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    The Trap
    From Catholicism to 'Presumptionism'
    by Edwin Morris

    If you truly desire to enter into life, having pleased the Lord God, then naturally you won’t mind checking to see if you are inside, or outside His will. Perhaps you have been living His will inside out as many of today’s Luther-based believers do? And why do I say Luther-based? Read on please, and see what the effect of one man’s liberal and heretical teachings can do in our time.

     

    From Catholicism to 'Presumptionism'

        Historically the Catholic Church controlled the western religious world, totally dominating the religious scene. She dominated to such an extent that she actually organised to eradicate any opposition, for there were small pockets of believers who lived by their conscience, such as the Waldenses.

        Nevertheless, the great mass of the population of Europe and beyond lived under the authority of the Catholic Church. As with all administrations, over time there came a time of rebellion. A number of the clergy and layfolk became disillusioned with the religious teachings of the Church and rebelled. One of these was Martin Luther. Although he was zealous to change the church, and nailed his list of requests on the door of one of the Church buildings, he was a little bit like a man leaping off a train because he didn’t like the meal. He had not really thought out what he was going to do once removed from the situation he so disliked.

        Although Luther surely must be complimented for standing up against the Catholic Church, his philosophy and interpretation of Scripture often seemed to be motivated by a fanatical desire to condemn all form of law and order given by God. He seemed to condemn God’s administration along with the false administration of the Catholic Church.

        "If Moses should attempt to intimidate you with his stupid Ten Commandments, tell him right out — chase yourself to the Jews." (from a lecture at Wittenberg)

        This statement is not borne of a man desiring to lead a true restoration of all things. Christ Himself said; "...if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.." (Matthew 19:17)

        Naturally then, the keeping of the Ten Commandments is an integral part of our faith.

        The time of the so-called ‘reformation’ was a time of weakness within the Catholic Church, whereby those who hated the Church simply spoke out in anger against it. As with all revolutions, death and martyrdoms do not prove that the dead or persecuted were right. They simply had a management disagreement, whereupon they paid a price. And so Luther proclaimed many things of a zealous nature that were not really anything more than an angry man proclaiming his repulsion of Catholic tradition. In so-doing, he went too far in the other direction, giving birth to many conceptions still found in churches today.

        Luther’s famous "sin vigorously" quote speaks for itself:

        "God does not work salvation for fictitious sinners. Be a sinner and sin vigorously ... Do not for a moment imagine that this life is the abiding place of justice; sin must be committed."

        Yet God says we should not sin; "The soul that sinneth, it shall die..." (Ezekial 18:20) , as Christ also said to the adulteress; "go, and sin no more." (John 8:11)

        Luther went further still:

        "Sin cannot tear you away from him [Christ], even though you commit adultery a hundred times a day and commit as many murders."

        "A person that is baptised cannot, though he would, lose his salvation by any sins however grievous, unless he refuses to believe..." (The Babylonian Captivity)

        "It is more important to guard against good works than against sin." (Tischreden, Wittenberg Edition, Vol. VI, p.160)

        Out of the "reformation" came all sorts of thoughts on how man should worship God. The reformation literally took many people out of the Catholic frying pan and into the Protestant fire.

        Luther and others created a cart before the horse version of Christianity that told of a way to God that is the exact opposite of the holy way of God.

    Putting it in perspective

        God is consistent in His demands on His people, and historically He has asked for obedience — and then the blessings follow!

        "What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it." (Deuteronomy 12:32)

        "Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse;
    "A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day:
    "And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God..."
    (Deuteronomy 11:26–28)

       "And Moses and the priests the Levites spake unto all Israel, saying, Take heed, and hearken, O Israel; this day thou art become the people of the LORD thy God.
    "Thou shalt therefore obey the voice of the LORD thy God, and do his commandments and his statutes, which I command thee this day."
    (Deuteronomy 27:9-10)

        "And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:
    "And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.
    "Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.
    "Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
    "Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.
    "Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
    "The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.
    "The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
    "The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways.
    "And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee.
    "And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee.
    "The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.
    "And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:
    "And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.
    "But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:"
    (Deuteronomy 28:1–15)

        "Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which I command thee this day, to do them.
    "Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments, and keep, and do them, that the LORD thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers:
    "And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee.
    "Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle.
    "And the LORD will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee."
    (Deuteronomy 7:11–15)

       "And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish.
    "As the nations which the LORD destroyeth before your face, so shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the voice of the LORD your God."
    (Deuteronomy 8:19–20)

        "For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth." (Deuteronomy 7:6)

        "And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no." (Deuteronomy 8:2)

        This is the way the Lord dealt with His people back then. All the prophets said the same, crying out to God’s people to be obedient in love.

        To believe in God does not necessarily give one salvation.

        "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble." (James 2:19)

        Unless one understands what one is believing in, one could completely misunderstand the will of God.

        We all want to know that we are accepted by God. and we can, but please look at what Lucifer has done.

        Martin Luther did not understand (as perhaps many reformers didn’t) that true belief in Christ actually meant observing God’s vital law [minus the sacrificial system] as Christ did.

        "Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." (Matthew 28:20)

        That includes statements like:

        "But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." (Matthew 4:4)

        This same command was given to God’s people some 1,500 years before Christ, in the law:

        "...man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live." (Deuteronomy 8:3)

        ‘Every word’ is supposed to mean just that.

        "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." (Matthew 5:48)

        Can there be two types of perfect? Was not Abraham himself asked to be perfect, and He kept the laws and commandments of God.

        "And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect." (Genesis 17:1)

        "Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws." (Genesis 26:5)

        And we are warned: "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 7:21)

        What is the will of Christ’s Father?

        "And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law." (Nehemiah 8:9)

        Do you weep because of lawlessness today?

        Remember Jesus wept over Jerusalem:

        "Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:
    "That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.
    "Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.
    "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!"
    (Matthew 23:34 –37)

    Note: Christ sent the prophets (verse 34).

        What did the prophets teach? Why did the religious leaders of their time kill them?

        For the same reason they killed Christ! The prophets and Christ taught that the law of God should be kept in a holy manner, thereby exposing the traditions of man that were disguised and taught as the traditions of God.

        "Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread."
    ... "Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias [Isaiah] prophesy of you, saying,
    "This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
    "But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."
    (Matthew 15:2,7,8 & 9)

    Note: Christ stated that Isaiah prophesied that there would come a time when men would follow man’s tradition rather than the commandments and laws.

        Christ could not have said that, unless He Himself kept the law. Otherwise He would have been a hypocrite.

        So belief in Christ is to believe what He did, and what He taught.

        It is easy for some preacher who does not understand the truth to quote Scriptures out of context and appear to have got it right. A closer look however will reveal that all he has done is snatch some superficial verses, not understanding what real grace is, and point the finger at those naughty law-keepers — like Christ. Most teachers today are sadly ignorant of the truth and don’t realise this.

        Salvation, then, is not something we get the moment we believe in Christ — for we may not even know what "belief" is.

        Salvation is the gift God gives to all who understand that they have become one of God’s people, because they want to obey christ in keeping the ways of God [minus the sacrificial system].

        Salvation is a deal between God and whoever wants to be one of His people. Just as a bride becomes the husband’s wife, and is under the authority of her husband, so are we also under the authority of Christ the moment we say ‘Amen’ to the invitation to become one of God’s people.

        Salvation is not a free ticket policy, or all who believe in Christ would be saved. On the contrary, few of those who think they believe shall enjoy salvation.

        "Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
    "And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
    (Matthew 7:22– 23)

       "And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
    "Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:
    "He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.
    "But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great."
    (Luke 6:46–49)

        Is your faith built on rock or sand?

        The faith of today’s Christian lies in the ruins of liberalism, promoted by those who saw and still see Christianity as a new religion. To them, Christianity is kind of cosmic insurance company whose only requirement for receiving eternal life is blind faith.

        Yet God has called us to be His people.

        We read clearly in the Book of 1st Peter: "As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:

        "But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

        "Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy." (1st Peter 1:14–16)

    Note: We are asked to "be holy". There surely can only be one way to be holy — one standard for all time. Our love for the truth, and living the life is vital.

       "Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

        "Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

        "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

        "For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

        "But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you." (1st Peter 1:21–25)

        Have you purified yourself in obeying the truth? Christ opened the door for us Gentiles to take hold of an offer originally given to Israel. But just like the parable of the wedding feast (in which the King invited guests who refused, so He then invited strangers — Matthew 22:2) so also has God invited us. Yet we must live by the same rules of righteousness. Our duty is to love and obey Christ who obeyed God. We must know His ways; we must walk in His pattern, or we have become corrupt.

        "And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
    "He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
    "But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
    "He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked."
    (1st John 2:3–6)

        Do you keep the commandments?

        The trap has been sprung, and many "believers" enter in by the broad gate, having been deceived into believing they are already "saved". They know not that salvation is a process.

        We are dealing with a life and death issue here.

        Has God got two ways to salvation? Is God double-minded? Certainly not!

        He has always desired that His people live by His laws and commandments and learn them to the point where they are written on our heart by familiarity. God’s law is the stamp of His people.

        "Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings." (Isaiah 51:7)

        The whole intention of God has always been to separate to Himself a people for Himself; not to hand out free tickets to foreigners.

        "And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine." (Leviticus 20:26)

        This is the purpose of the gospel — for us to walk in God’s law and love Him with a whole heart, as Christ did, as King David did, etc.

        "And the rest of the people, the priests, the Levites, the porters, the singers, the Nethinims, and all they that had separated themselves from the people of the lands unto the law of God, their wives, their sons, and their daughters, every one having knowledge, and having understanding;
    "They clave to their brethren, their nobles, and entered into a curse, and into an oath, to walk in God's law, which was given by Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all the commandments of the LORD our Lord, and his judgments and his statutes;"
    (Nehemiah 10:26)

        "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
    "But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
    "And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

    "The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
    "Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
    "For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish."
    (Psalm 1)

        The delight of the believer should be the law of the Lord, and he should be separate from the wicked who do not love the law of the Lord, for in this Psalm we see by what means God will judge the earth.

        "And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.    
    "Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
    "And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty."
    (2nd Corinthians 6:16–18)

        What a promise! Furthermore, if we are the temple of the Living God, we must surely live by the law that abides in the temple.

        Our faith in reality is all about becoming God’s people by obeying Him.

        The ‘trap’ is the doctrine of deceit that leaves the "believer" ill-equipped to be one of God’s people. Woe to the teachers who have taught this deceit, for as Christ said, it would have been better if these people had not been born, as also the great Apostle Stephen cried out to those who taught lawless ways:

        "Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.
    "Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:
    "Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it."
    (Acts 7:51–53)

        That same cry goes out today from the mouth of a few who understand the Everlasting Gospel.

        Why won’t people see? Christ Himself lamented the same thing. To the teachers of His time He did not mince words:

        "Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.   
    "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
    "And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not."
    (John 8:43–45)

        They did not love God, therefore they could not understand, because they did not know or keep the rules.

        "But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you.    
    ... "For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.
    "But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?"
    (John 5:42, 46 & 47)

        "For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous." (1st John 5:3)

        Do you have the love of God in you?

        The trap is that modern Christianity does not understand that this earth will be judged by the law of God.

        "Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments." (Malachi 4:4)

        This reminder comes at a time when the earth is about to be burned an the end of this age. The law of Moses is very relevant — but the Devil’s goal is to deceive if possible [which it is] even the elect. The Apostle Peter writes again:

        "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
    "Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,"
    (2nd Peter 3:10-11)

        Will you be keeping God’s law then? Or are you saved in your lawless state now?

        You see, at the time of Christ, God’s people were going astray, and today is no different. But from what are we going astray? We must be going astray from an established value system — God’s Law — for Peter writes;

        "For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls." (1st Peter 2:25)

        If Christ brought us back to the truth; as a Good Shepherd, then, if we are to be His sheep, we must answer to His voice.

        "If ye love me, keep my commandments." (John 14:15)

        Which commandments?

        "And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it." (2nd John 1:6)

        Do you realise that Christ was actually preaching the gospel some two years before his death, perhaps even three years (Mark 1:14 and Matthew 4:23)? This makes a mockery of today’s so-called "Gospel", as the Gospel is the good word of God. Naturally we can’t have two different standards and rules coming from the same God! The Gospel has been preached from the beginning — that we ought be obedient to the Lord our God who desires us to be careful and enter through the narrow gate.

        There is no other way to please God than by believing, through Christ, that the sacrificial system has gone (but not the law of righteousness), and to love God and mankind within the boundaries of God’s everlasting ways.

        The trap laid down in the beginning by the Evil One, that even in disobedience we can still live and please God, has widened to apply to all who hope in the Lord’s salvation.

        "And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:" (Genesis 3:4)

        One can take a thin layer of quotations out of the New Testament that point to being saved by believing in Christ — and reject all other Scriptures. But this is delusion. Christ and the Apostles warn us against doing this, knowing that just as Eve was deceived, so we also can be.

        "For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

        "But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

        "For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him." (2nd Corinthians 11:2–4)

        The chilling fact is that you are probably going to Hell, being rejected by Christ, because you willingly deceived yourself, knowing that;

    • Ungodliness

    • Unrighteousness

    • Disobedience

    • Transgression

    • Unholiness

    • Backsliding

    • Rebelliousness, etc.,

    all pertain to the act of a human being, or human beings, doing something other than what is required of God.

        Although there are some things hard to understand within the writings of Paul in particular (as Peter writes –2nd Peter 3:16) the bulk of all writings in the New Testament, when carefully and prayerfully read, point to keeping the law (minus the sacrificial system).

        Paul said; "Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ." (1st Corinthians 11:1)

        Christ said He only preached His Father’s doctrine.

        "Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me." (John 7:16)

        And God said, through King Solomon;

        "For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law." (Proverbs 4:2)

        Unfortunately, most seekers of truth will believe the lie, and think they have salvation by empty belief. Please take heed of Christ’s words themselves, and understand that to believe in Christ is to believe He kept His Father’s law faithfully to the end, as He has asked us to do also, or we will, through our rebelliousness, "die in our sins."

        "Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me?" (John 7:19)

        Here Christ is chastising the Jews for not keeping God’s law of righteousness.

        "Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust.

        "For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.

        "But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?" (John 5:45–47)

        Here Christ is pointing out that the laws by which God will judge man are the laws given to Moses. Furthermore, had the Jews truly believed in the writings of Moses, they would have known that Christ would come to straighten the law of Moses (that they had bent). But because they would not believe Moses — they could not believe Christ, for He said the same thing.

        "And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail." (Luke 16:17)

        Are you going to reject these scriptures, and still keep your favourite quotes, thus deceiving yourself? This question is asked in love.

        Please avoid the trap. Modern Christianity is not where God’s people should be. It is lawless. It is an entanglement of man-made traditions. It is fool’s gold. It doesn’t even make sense. It certainly isn’t fair on those who lived before Christ, and it has mocked God.

        If Christianity had had a true reformation at the time of Luther, we Christians would be a light on the hill. But because of the teachings of Luther and others, ‘Christianity’ has become a form of entertainment for pagans to laugh about on Sunday mornings (and why not?).

        From their point of view, Christianity has nothing good to offer, except light entertainment.

        Where are the true people of the Lord who live by every word of the Living God? Where are the real men who "walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly... "But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night."

        Where are you?

        Can’t you see that the Lawless One is going around promoting, through his false apostles, that the law of God is gone?

        Well did King David write of this age when he prophesied; "It is time for thee, LORD, to work: for they have made void thy law." (Psalm 119:126)

        If it was a light to his path, why isn’t it to us?

        "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." (Psalm 119:105)

        Shame on us all for doubting the Living God, for He is fair, He is consistent throughout all eternity, both in the past, and in the future.

        Shame, shame, shame on us all, for we have sinned, in taking hold of the world’s ways and neglecting the Holy ways of our Mighty God in whom we claim to trust.

        "Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law." (Psalm 119:136)

        Have Christ and the prophets died in vain for us? Or if we are to be the Lord’s peculiar people (1st Peter 2:9) will we rejoice in or reject His peculiar and perfect way?

        Today’s Christianity is nothing like the way God gave to His people.

        Be brave, and be of good courage. Look at yourself, and what you believe.

        Are you going to walk right into the trap? Do you really think Christ is going to be well pleased, just because you "believed"? Or do you think He is likely to be angry if you are careful of your ways and live by God’s standard?

        What more can be said? All that can be done is to appeal to your conscience, and your ability to reason, and beg you to walk in the opposite way of liberal Christianity. Ironically, liberal Christianity does not give liberty; only through God’s law of love can true liberty be experienced.

        For this is what God loves.

       "For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous." (1st John 5:3)

        Therefore, if you don’t want to please God and live, disobey Him and see what happens. The Bible is full of examples of what happens to those who disobey Him. Yet the Lord has called to Himself a people in whom He delights.

        Be brave, humble yourself and take hold of God’s standard and avoid the misery coming to those who enter through the broad way into the trap...

        "For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.   
    "Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man."
    (Luke 21:35-36)

        Are you worthy? Or are you under the strong delusion that "she’ll be right..."?

        "And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
    "Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
    "And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
    "And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
    "That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness."
    (2nd Thessalonians 2:8–12)

        What is light? And what is truth?

        "For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:" (Proverbs 6:23)

        Christ was the light of the world because He kept God’s law, toppling the administration of the time as He went, being our example in a dark world.

        Pilate asked Christ; "What is truth?"

        He was looking at it, for Christ was living the law.

        "Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth." (Psalm 119:142)

        Lawlessness is therefore the trap.

        Of course, Christ covers us if we make a genuine mistake, but we are lost if we do not embrace the holy standards of the Lord, and love one another who are of the faith with a fervent love.

        If you are truly called by God to be one of His people, you will know what I have written is true.

        There is "a way that seems right to man" but it’s way leads to death.

       "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
    "But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
    "To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
    "And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
    "And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers."
    (John 10:1–5)

        Are you entering through the door, or are you trying to climb up another way?

        It is hard for us to conclude that we have been deceived, for often a deceived man or woman does not realise they are deceived, unless someone, or something jolts them out of error.

        Praise God if you now understand that at this time those who seek after the Lord are under strong delusion from the lawless one to be lawless.

        We know how alone one can feel as one steps out in true faith to follow the Lord God with a whole heart as King David did.

        Please believe me though, it is worth it, for the truth of the Lord, and the fervent love of the brethren are worth far more than anything the world can offer.

        There will be "new" things to learn. There will probably be an inner struggle to come to terms with what you have read, and will read, but the gospel is all about how we respond to God’s offer for us to be His holy people.

        The Evil One knows all he has to do is convince us that we will not surely die, and we will never be God’s people!

        How can the disobedient inherit the promises of God?

        Therefore if you truly desire peace and genuine love and fellowship in this life, and the joy God has for all who love and obey Him in the new world, then turn and live, for we have all been wicked (lawless) in this generation.

        "But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die." (Ezekial 18:21)

        The people of God are to live God’s ways here on earth to show Him that we are ready to be His people forever.

        We pray that this article has helped you to see more clearly that the religion we call Christianity today is mostly a melding together of worldly ways with parts of God’s law: an unacceptable doctrine to the Lord. We hope that you will choose to honour God by keeping His ways in your heart and living them out in your life. We also hope that you come to be one of us who love the Ancient paths of the Lord.

        "Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.
    "Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him."
    (Isaiah 51:1-2)

        May God bless you as you choose this day to serve the Lord according to His holy law.

        The choice is yours, if you choose to serve the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, then His righteous ways come with Him, for they are His will for us.

        "And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD." (Joshua 24:15)

        And we welcome you to be part of our house if indeed you choose to serve the Lord His way, thus avoiding the snare of the Devil which is the trap...

    Author: EM

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