Q: I Believe The Good News! What Do I Do Now?
Get baptized (A one-time full immersion under water) in the name of Jesus Christ by another believer. Baptism doesn't save you, nor is it magical, nor will a believer go to hell if they're not baptized. It is just a sign to God and to the world that you are already born again by the spirit of God by simple child-like faith in the Good News of Jesus shedding His Blood for your sins. It is a picture of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus (a death to self and to this world, and a new resurrected life in Christ.) Jesus commanded it, so you ought to do it.
Q: I Got Baptized! Now What Do I Do?
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Note: I do not necessarily endorse all other teachings from this video's creator.
NOTE: Everything you need to know as a Christian is in the Bible alone. Scripture interprets scripture. It's not of one man or another's interpretation. Do not go above "that which is written."-1 Cor 4:6 "Let God be true, but every man a liar."-Romans 3:4
Q: Which Bible Translation Should I Use?
Here is a recommended English bible to purchase (1611 King James Version), which is assumed by many to be the most accurate translation from the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek scriptures and tried-and-true over the centuries:
In addition to or alternatively, below is a link to "e-Sword," where you can download the Bible on your phone or computer for free (available for Mac, iOS, PC, & Android.) It has a suggested KJV+ option:
Thou, Thee, Thy, Thine, Ye, You, Your, and Yours are very important to read in the King James Bible; not because they sound "Holy," but because these words make a clear distinction between singular and plural pronouns, which are not always clear in "modern" English Bibles:
"STUDY to show yourself approved." - 2 Timothy 2:15 (In the KJV, but the word "study" is missing from every other bible translation.)
Here's an example of the King James Bible vs. other English translations (Remember: THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS):
1 Corinthians 1:18 is translated in the King James as:
"For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us who ARE SAVED it is the power of God."
In several other translations, this same verse is translated as:
"For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who ARE BEING SAVED it is the power of God."
The KJV implies a done deal by faith in Jesus' full payment for our sins on the cross (you ARE saved), while most other translations seem to imply an ongoing progressive process (you are BEING saved: not quite saved yet, in the process of happening, will get there someday if I work hard enough...if my good actions outweighs my bad actions... if I stop sinning enough... maybe..., etc.), which in many cases leads to a works based or legalistic portrayal of salvation and denies 1 John 1:13: "...that YE MAY KNOW that ye have eternal life" (not that you may be unsure of if you have eternal life or not.)
It makes no sense to translate the Greek word: "σῳζομένοις" (dative form: "to" - "to those who are saved") in 1 Cor 1:18 as "being saved" when the same Greek word in Revelation 21:24: "σωζόμενων" (genitive form: "of" - "of them which are saved" - found in the Textus Receptus / KJV, but interestingly enough is missing from almost every other bible translation) is properly translated as "are saved." People are not "being saved" in Rev 21:24 (they "are saved") because this is after the millennium, after the great white throne judgment, after death has been eliminated, in the new heaven and new earth, and the theory of "progressive salvation" of course wouldn't make any sense at this point in history.
Why you can trust the King James translation of the Bible:
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The King James translation was also hundreds of years before occultism became more prevalent in the English speaking world around 1875 (most bibles today rely on the English "Revised Version" translation of 1881.) THE KJV and/or its preceding text base happened before all the mainline denominations of "Christianity" came into existence with all their different doctrines and biases. Also the KJV came way before the numerous political and ideological biases we have in today's culture. I am not saying other translations of the Bible can't be accurate, but they can often lead to confusion, and for these reasons alone, I find the KJV more trustworthy.
Many Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek words can have several meanings. Who is to say which one is correct in translating (especially if the translator has a denominational bias)? One can use Strong's Hebrew & Greek Lexicon and "translate" John 3:16 ("For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.") as something like this: "Because the supreme divinity after that loved her decoration, therefore to give her only born foal, lest as many as commit to expressing motion, she without dying, would indeed tremble eternal life." Of course the latter, as an example, is a bad translation. The committee of 47 scholars who translated the King James Bible are unmatched throughout English Bible translation history in their education.
If confused about a word in the King James Bible, I suggest you look it up in Noah Webster's "American Dictionary Of The English Language" (1828) below:
NOTE: Please keep in mind that CONTEXT for everything in the Bible is key, and there are MANY false gospels and deceptions out there, so below is a great free "Verse By Verse" Bible study tool to help you have an in depth and accurate study of the scriptures so that you can apply them to your own life, when applicable, according to context, in order to grow as a believer and earn eternal rewards in heaven (NOT to earn or keep your salvation; that is a done deal by faith alone in Jesus' payment for your sins; hence the gospel, which means "Good News.") Cherry-picking verses out of context is dangerous and while no Christian is always right about everything (we're just imperfect humans saved by God's free gift of salvation), and while I biblically disagree with some things they teach, I find "Verse By Verse" to be overall a very good teaching ministry when it comes to understanding context.
I recommend to begin studies in the New Testament starting with the book of Romans through Revelation, then Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Acts (understanding now the free gift of salvation in Jesus and your new identity in Christ), then the Old Testament from Genesis to Malachi (again understanding the new covenant you are under by faith in the free gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ, as to not get confused with the old covenant under the Law Of Moses, etc.) "Verse By Verse" is also available in app format (both for iOS & Android):
Q: What Kind Of Church Should I Go To?
Much of what people consider as "Christianity" today are vain traditions of man which "quench the spirit," and are not biblical. In my opinion, a non-denominational small gathering in a house or wherever else is best. Inside or outside, the location makes no difference, neither does meeting together on Saturday or Sunday give you any more benefit than meeting on Monday or Thursday or any other days or times of the week.
Examples of some false doctrines: Believe AND repent of your sins to be saved, repent of your sins to be saved, get baptized to be saved, go to church to be saved, give money to be saved, etc.
Examples of false religions: ALL OF THEM including Roman Catholicism, Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses, Islam, Hinduism, Atheism, Buddhism, Folk Religions, Sikhism, Scientology, New Age, Pantheism, Transhumanism, Transgenderism, Humanism, Liberalism, Conservatism, Gnosticism, Christ-consciousness, Judaism after the death of Jesus (circa AD 33), the other apparent 45,000 different denominations of Christianity (or so-called), Ecumenicalism, and every other religion or spiritual form or technique to gain "enlightenment," hidden wisdom, prosperity, self-esteem, self-glorification, or glorifying man's achievements, etc.
Below is a recommended "Statement Of Faith." It is also a house church resource. I would clarify, however, that while I believe the King James Version is the most accurate English translation of the Bible we have today, the copies of the scriptures from the Received Text base (Textus Receptus) that were passed down from Antioch through the centuries before 1611 were still the word of God. The Bible didn't just appear in 1611:
NOTE: Jesus, who was born of a virgin woman, who came in the flesh, who walked the earth about 2,000 or so years ago, who died for our sins by shedding His perfect blood on our behalf, was buried, and then rose again to life, is the ONLY way to heaven. And the gospel is what Jesus did for you + Nothing. EVERYBODY that's ever been born can be saved from hell (the penalty of sin) if they believe the good news. Whether you are "worse" than Hitler or "better" than the world's greatest philanthropist, it makes no difference at all to God. ALL have sinned, ALL fall short of the Holiness of God; ALL deserve eternity in hell. ALL can receive his forgiveness by faith alone in the blood He shed for ALL sins: past, present, and future.
If anybody says you are saved by any other way than by what Jesus did by paying 100% for your sins, it is a false gospel. You can't earn your way to heaven or pay for your sins yourself (no matter how many verses one takes out of context.) One sin sends you to hell, so it is impossible for your "good" action(s) to outweigh your bad actions because one sin against a Holy eternal God deserves eternal judgment because God is eternally righteous and perfect and by default must judge any and all evil in the universe, no matter where it comes from. Thank God that even though He must judge sin because He is a perfectly fair judge, He has also created a way out of punishment by punishing Jesus with all of your sins instead of punishing you.
But you can only accept this free gift by believing it before you die, otherwise you won't be able to enter heaven. It is a FREE GIFT you cannot earn, maintain or work for or towards in any sense; you accept it by faith alone in what Christ did for you alone. But God doesn't force you to accept the gift. You must choose to accept it by believing it. Step out in faith believing the good news, even if you don't "feel" like you believe it. Don't go by your feelings. "We walk by faith, NOT by sight."
You didn't "give your life to Jesus" as some say. Rather, Jesus gave HIS life for YOU. Know that if you believe, your sins are forgiven and that you are a new creation in Christ. If you are indeed a new creation in Christ by simple child-like faith in the good news alone, then renew your mind to learn your new identity in Christ and act accordingly while in this body. So-called "Giving your life to Christ" (repenting of sin/pursuing holiness) happens AFTER you are saved and is a life-long process some call "sanctification."
Christians walk by faith, not by sight (feelings, emotions, opinions, experiences); no matter how "great" or even "Christian" that sight may appear, seem, or feel. Many powerful spiritual deceptions exist even in the name of Jesus Christ, but only ONE true way and that is the NARROW way through Jesus ALONE. HE is the door, none else; and HIS payment for our sins ALONE "gets us through the door" to eternal life with God.
Since it is also important to the function of Christian families and the church at large, it is worth noting that relations outside of marriage (which is only between one biologically born male and one biologically born female) is unbiblical, as is divorce (except optional in cases of adultery.) Be assured, however, that if you are a believer, all your sin is forgiven when it was nailed to the cross of Christ, so we should try to reflect that in our everyday lives to glorify God and earn rewards in Heaven by putting sin to death while we're here on earth. This includes not having fellowship with Christians who sin unrepentantly (without remorse), so that our prospective rewards won't be lost and we can glorify God.
The other good news is that God will give believers an incorruptible body that can't sin after we leave this one. While in this body, be sober-minded, scripture-minded, not lofty minded being tossed like the wind by man's philosophies, politics, media, achievements, "swelling words" that seem noble, but are hollow of any saving, edifying or eternal truth, and any various forms of extra-biblical or biblical-interpretive "teaching," "modality," or "feeling;" which is a crafty deception from the devil and demons at work.