The spiritual world is not straightforward
After more than fourteen years ministering for God's kingdom, I've seen a lot of false teaching and bad influences in the
church. I've also made a lot of mistakes as I matured in Christ, but that is God's way for everyone. We learn through hardship and error, but unfortunately, there are stubborn preachers that do not acknowledge the error of their doctrine or ways. Not everyone should be
a teacher of the faith, for our judgment is more severe if we sin or teach
in error (James 3:1), and as far as the gospel goes, it can be a very costly mistake to get wrong as we will see.
we were taught incorrectly or jumped to the wrong conclusions about
things, new believers should not move too quickly into teaching roles.
Years of training are needed to be a most effective minister, and I found
that religious fervor caused by religious spirits can make anyone run too quickly or too often
to evangelize, or spread spiritual knowledge whether it is true or not or
given by God or not. The world, especially the Internet, is too full of
this rampant sharing of false, bad teaching, even by well-known
and established preachers and teachers in every religious sect.
Maybe the worse consequence of
running too quickly with bad spiritual knowledge is that it gives hooks
for religious spirits to blind you. This spiritual blinding prevents you
from thinking clearly or making the correct conclusions about even good
guidance, like valid scripture or the truth. This is the searing of the conscience by
deceiving demons in 1 Timothy 4:1-2.
good, though, to be of sincere faith and heart to spread the gospel and help
people. I was very zealous about that when I first came to Christ
because of the unusual way I came to believe
but we should also not want to be teachers too swiftly when we do not
truly understand the details of what we so confidently assert (1 Timothy 1:7)
In my many years of service, speaking with people and ministries around
the world, I don't believe I encountered one ministry, church, or
person, including myself, to be completely free of error from bad
teaching. This is because bad and false teaching is so widespread and popular that it is very easy to consume and accept. I had no choice as a new believer to accept what was common in the church, but over the years, I would see that God anointed me towards greater discernment and to correct His people.
It is a misconception that spiritual things are easy to
understand or that God is not a God of "confusion" or "confusing
It is more accurate to say the Lord is not a God of disorder or disarray
which is what 1 Corinthians 14:33 refers to by saying He is not a God of
confusion (see Myths in Light Within for more)
. However, I've seen many
people use that verse in the wrong way and say that God and the Bible
confusing guidance or anything else that is confusing.
This is not true and this mentality
prevents us from thinking deep enough about things, which makes us
accept false guidance easier or dismiss the truth and good guidance,
because we don't go far enough to understand it. It is even a step in
brainwashing to prevent people from thinking more deeply[6.3.4]
, and it is not
God's way to have us always simply follow blindly. God tests us and we should examine things closely (1 Thessalonians 5:20:21; Deuteronomy 13:1-3)
truth is, God does speak and do in very confusing ways on purpose. Much
prophecy in the Bible uses confusing imagery, and the Lord hid the true
meaning of things when He spoke in parables or through metaphor. He does this so those who
are cursed cannot easily come to healing and to hide the truth from
those who would consider themselves wise and learned (Matthew 11:25, 13:15; Mark 4:12; Luke 10:21; Acts 28:27; 1 Corinthians 1:19-29; Isaiah 6:10).
hides the truth from the world that is proud in their own ways and knowledge, but for
those who wish with pure heart to know the untainted truth He will make things plain. I had to come
out of a lot of bad teaching I got from the church to learn the actual truth, and as far as the
True Gospel goes, the Lord gave me further understanding to remove some stumbling
blocks about the Narrow Door or Gate into salvation (Matthew 7:13-14; Luke 13:24).
For much of my ministry, I, along with
others, got a lot of guidance on what the True Gospel really is. However, we only got pieces as individuals and ministries, "for we know in part and we prophesy in part" (1 Corinthians 13:9), and unfortunately, some of those pieces were misinterpreted or misconstrued by false guidance and incomplete or bad interpretations, as has been done in the church for millennia.
Examples of this include believing we are saved when we decide Yeshua (Jesus) is real and talk to Him in our prayers. That is a very popular notion of being saved and appears correct because of scripture like the following: “Everyone who believes that Yeshua is the Christ is born of God" (1 John 5:1), "Ask and it will be given to you..." (Luke 11:9), "the man who loves God is known by God" (1 Corinthians 8:3), and "if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with Me" (Revelation 3:20). The moment we decide to have faith in Christ is definitely important, but is it when we are truly saved into the kingdom of heaven? That's what we're discussing here.
No, it isn't. If you look closely at the previous scripture or anything similar, we see the authors are speaking either in a generalized context or a different context that doesn't have to do with eternal salvation. 1 John 5:1 is misleading, because it suggests everyone who simply believes is reborn of God, but we cannot understand completely by omitting all the details, as we will see. We need to understand 1 John 5:1 is a generalized statement, so it is not absolutely true in every case that everyone who believes in Christ is born of God's Spirit and saved eternally. We will see why soon.
Luke 11:9 and Revelation 3:20 on the other hand are speaking about something other than salvation in Christ. They are references to asking God for things and having Him more in your life. If you want God more in your life, He will move more in your life, but it doesn't mean you are in His kingdom. After all, don’t Muslims, non-Christians, and even people without structured faith talk to God and acknowledge Him in their lives? That doesn’t mean they belong to Him through Christ or are saved in His kingdom.
You can understand this better when you consider people who are not saved, yet they still experience miracles of all kinds. I experienced signs, wonders, and miracles before I came to believe in Yeshua, and I've heard the testimony of many others, so it's obvious God can be in your life without being saved into His kingdom. God is in everyone's life whether they know it or not or whether they are saved or not.
What about 1 Corinthians 8:3 - whoever loves God is known by Him? If we look again at context, we see Apostle Paul is talking to believers in that chapter and saying we don't need to worry about eating food sacrificed to idols. It doesn't hurt our state of eternal salvation to eat sacrificed food. This also assumes we are already saved. But for arguments sake, lets ponder, what if the person is not saved?
There is still nothing in that or other scripture saying we get eternal salvation for loving God. It only says, God knows who loves Him. Anybody who does not believe in Christ, but loves God or their version of God, like a Mormon, Jew, or Muslim, can experience God in many ways, but without belief in Yeshua (Jesus), specifically, they cannot open the door by the New Covenant. Scripture is clear on this elementary part of having salvation in Christ.
God's grace in Christ "[saves us] through faith, and is not of [ourselves], as it is the gift of God, not a result of works [of our righteousness], so that no one may boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9). It’s obvious God promises eternal life through faith or belief in Yeshua as God and Savior (1 John 2:25; Romans 3:22-26; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 Peter 1:8-9; 2 Timothy 3:15), but the details of the New Covenant or True Gospel do not end with faith alone.
What is the True Gospel?
After many years with the Lord's help in sorting through much false guidance in the church, I can now share a much truer and detailed image of the True Gospel. In his letters to Timothy,
Apostle Paul says it is his
gospel for which he was entrusted (1 Timothy 1:11; 2 Timothy 2:8)
, and it is that very same gospel the Lord led me to understand and teach here. Why did Paul refer to the gospel as his
gospel instead of the
it or not, the other apostles at the time were not aware of the
complete details of how the New Covenant worked, just as most of the church still does not know, or at least does not accept. I realized that when I saw the Lord was guiding me much as He had Paul, chosen to reveal the gospel's more complete working, though for years I did not have scriptural proof for what I felt - that the other apostles only had incomplete knowledge of how the New Covenant worked, for truly, "we know in part and we prophesy in part" (1 Corinthians 13:9).
That ended in March of 2020, when I was evaluating Galatians 2 for a brother of the faith. I saw there, that Paul did know more about the gospel and went to Jerusalem to confirm with the other apostles "the gospel which [he] preached among the Gentiles" (Galatians 2:2) after about 18 years of serving Christ outside of Jerusalem (Galatians 1:15-2:9).
Paul went to the apostles who were of reputation (James, Peter/Cephas, and John), but he did so privately, because he was still uncertain of the revelations the Lord gave him about the gospel (Galatians 2:2, 2:9; also Acts 15:1-12)
. This uncertainty reinforces how the Lord guides His servants in the New Covenant Age - not with absolute and complete detail, but in part and dimly, as seen in hazy mirror (1 Corinthians 13:9-12)
After conferring with the other apostles, they could not add or take away anything to Paul's gospel and took his hand in fellowship; acknowledging the Lord's revelations of the gospel in which He entrusted Paul (Galatians 2:6-9). That is why Paul called the gospel he taught his gospel.
The terms for it were spoken succinctly by Yeshua in Matthew 10:32-33, "Therefore
everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My
Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also
deny him before My Father who is in heaven." Those are the terms
for the New Covenant and how the Narrow Gate/Door opens and closes - We must confess or acknowledge our belief in
Christ to others and remain publicly loyal to God through Christ - not deny faith in Christ publicly.
Paul backs this up with four trustworthy statements when he talks about "his gospel" in 2 Timothy 2:
- "If we died with [Christ], we will also live with Him" (2 Timothy 2:11)
- Living with Christ here is about symbolically dying to the ways of the world when we live Christian
lives (Romans 6:1-7), but it also refers to being reborn with God's Spirit so He actually does literally live within us.
Paul proclaimed, "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me" (Galatians 2:20), and "Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come" (2 Corinthians 5:17). These verses are not just about living new righteous lives, but also refer to how we truly are new creatures when we are reborn with God's Spirit once we are saved by the New Covenant.
In John 3:3-8, Yeshua said this rebirth is required to enter the kingdom of heaven (to be truly saved in Christ), since He said, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God... I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." (John 3:3, 3:5).
The Lord isn't talking about being baptized with water as many people think. A clue is in the original words where "born again" in the Greek, γεννάω ἄνωθεν (gennao anothen), means "born from above or a higher place"[2.900.2].
We also know "water" is a metaphor for God's living water or the power of His Spirit, so being "born of water and the Spirit" and "born again" from John 3:3-8, involves our spirit being literally remade, regenerated, or reborn with God's power and Spirit "from above/heaven."
It is the point when the Holy Spirit comes to indwell within us, when our spirit is literally transformed by God's. It gives us the Holy Spirit or actually remakes our spirit with God's Spirit, so our bodies are literal temples for Him (1 Corinthians 6:15-20; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18). Paul said, "If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him" (Romans 8:9), which refers to not being truly saved in Christ if we are not reborn with water and the Spirit as Yeshua said.
This rebirth happens when someone witnesses our confession of belief in Christ (1 John 4:15).
This confession or outward expression of faith in Christ is the fulfillment of the first covenant promise Yeshua spoke in Matthew 10:32, "Whoever confesses Me before men, I will also
confess him before My Father who is in heaven." Our confession, not faith or belief alone,
is what gets us into God's kingdom, as Paul also said, "For with the
heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth
he confesses, resulting in salvation" (Romans 10:10).
It is righteousness to have faith and it is that faith that is our justification for being saved, but it is confessing that faith to
someone that results in our salvation and brings the rebirth of our spirit with God's.
1 John 4:15 backs this up by saying, "Whosoever shall confess that Yeshua is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God."
literal rebirth is the mystery of the church's marriage with Christ that
Paul talks about in Ephesians 5:31-32. In those verses, the reference to marriage's "and the two
shall become one flesh," refers to our spirits being reborn with God's,
so we actually are, literally, "one flesh" with God. If this has not happened, but
you still believe in Yeshua, then you are basically in the betrothed
state to Christ and not married or truly reborn and saved or belong to Him.
believing in Christ gives the Holy Spirit and God's power in other ways,
such as in Acts 10:44-47 when people received powers of the Holy Spirit
simply when they heard Peter talk about the gospel and believed. Anyone can also use
any of God's names with power if they believe, the Jews did and continue to do so, but these things are not
the same as getting the rebirth of the Holy Spirit in us or being truly saved when we
confess our faith in Christ to someone.
It's when we fulfill the
first term of the New Covenant given in Matthew 10:32 that we are washed
inside and out by this rebirth, and it is the only way we can truly be
washed clean with no spot or wrinkle, so we are holy and blameless to enter heaven (Ephesians 5:27), since no one but Yeshua was and is sinless (Romans 3:23, 5:12; Hebrews 4:15; 1 Peter 2:22; 1 John 3:5; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Samuel 2:2).
Examples of people fulfilling this confessing of belief in Christ, but nothing else that the church often says are required to be saved, such as repentance, baptism, sanctification, exhibiting spiritual gifts, or belief in Christ's resurrection, are Martha in John 11:25-27, the thief crucified with Christ in Luke 23:42-43, the woman who anointed Christ's feet with perfume in Luke 7:36-50, everyone who acknowledges Christ as King or the Messiah during His Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem (John 12:13), and Peter in Matthew 16:15-16, Mark 8:29, and Luke 9:20 when Yeshua asked the disciples who they thought He was.
We can directly see the thief on the cross was saved by his confession, because Christ tells him he will be in paradise or heaven with Him after he acknowledged Christ's kingship and divinity (Luke 23:43), yet this thief had no time to come to repentance of his sins nor did he believe in Christ's resurrection, which had not yet happened.
During the Triumphal Entry, the people shouted for Christ, "Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, indeed, the King of Israel!" (John 12:13; also Psalm 118:25-26). They acknowledged His kingship and that He was the prophesied Christ Messiah, as the thief and Peter also did.
And the sinful woman who cried at Yeshua's feet when she anointed Him with perfume was saved into the kingdom because of her public acknowledgment of Christ, since Yeshua said, "For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much, but he who is forgiven little, loves little.” Then He said to her, 'Your sins have been forgiven.' Those who were reclining at the table with Him began to say to themselves, 'Who is this man who even forgives sins?' And He said to the woman, 'Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.'" (Luke 7:47-50). The woman's faith was her justification for being saved - the belief in her heart, but her public act of acknowledging Yeshua was her confession, which was without words. So Paul saying our acknowledgment "by the mouth" is what saves us, is not restricted only to verbal acknowledgments (Romans 10:9-10).
Our rebirth from fulfilling acknowledgment of Christ gives us the new heart or actually new spirit promised by the New Covenant, so we have the desire to follow and obey the Lord (Jeremiah 31:31-34; Romans 5:5; 2 Corinthians 1:22, 3:3; Colossians 3:15; Hebrews 8:8-12).
However, the enemy can take advantage of that enthusiasm and use our
ignorance to get us to follow false guidance and teaching. I will discuss more about that later. For now, I will
continue with the True Gospel and 2 Timothy.
- "If we endure, we will also reign with Him" (2 Timothy 2:12)
- This is about persevering through all hardship and persecution with
our confession of faith ("dying with [Christ]" in the first saying). We must
hold fast to our confession and never let go (Hebrews 4:14, 10:23; also 1 Timothy 6:12-14; 2.13.19),
which means we are not to change our mind about belief in Christ
because it is the justification that makes our confession valid (Romans 10:9-10).
That confession needs to remain valid because it will keep our eternal
salvation through any act except for one thing, which is given in the
Christ said the brethren "will be hated by everyone because of [His] name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved" (Mark 13:13), and again He said, "You will be hated by all people because of My name. And yet not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will keep your souls" (Luke 21:17-19), so "let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering" (Hebrews 10:23) and "see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is what He promised us - even eternal life," (1 John 2:24-25) "if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you have heard" (Colossians 1:23).
- "If we deny Him, He will also deny us" (2 Timothy 2:12)
- This refers to fulfilling the second covenant condition Yeshua spoke in
Matthew 10:33, "But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him
before My Father who is in heaven." Denying our belief or affiliation
with Yeshua to others is the ONLY way we lose eternal salvation through the New Covenant once we attained it.
To affirm this, the Lord guided me to connect the New Covenant's terms with John 12:42-50 where Christ says the word He spoke (John 12:48)
(referring to Matthew 10:32-33), will condemn anyone who does not adhere
to it (both parts of it; Luke 12:8-9 also affirms these conditions of the New Covenant). At the end of John 12, He was speaking about
people who did not publicly confess their belief in Him, because they were afraid
of being expelled, "for they loved the praise from men more than praise from God" (John 12:43).
So we see the Lord was saying, if we hide or deny our
belief in Him in front of people, it will cost us eternal salvation,
since He also says His commandment or word is eternal life in John
12:50. And Christ affirmed that when He said, "Truly, truly I say to you, if anyone follows My word [that very word of Matthew 10:32-33], he will never see death" (John 8:51).
This doesn't mean sinning has no effect on us. It just does not
affect our state of eternal salvation through the New Covenant. Paul
notes this in 1 Corinthians 5 where he gives a man living in immorality
to Satan for the "destruction of his flesh" or premature death[3.1.68]. It is
done so his reborn spirit can be saved on the day of the Lord or resurrected in
what the church calls The Rapture (1 Corinthians 5:5).
This notes how sin in itself does not take away our eternal salvation from the
New Covenant, but denying loyalty to Christ will.
Giving the sinner
over to an early death heeds the danger that the sinner may lose eternal
salvation by denying Christ if enough time passes for darkness to
influence him more completely. I have seen prominent believers in the church be cursed to deny Christ and so lose their eternal salvation because of their sins. Sin and our acts also affect things in the afterlife even if we remain saved, but I will get to that later.
Now we see the absolute security of God’s Holy Spirit deposit and seal of ownership on us. It is why Yeshua said, “No one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand” (John 10:29). No one but yourself can make you lose your eternal salvation in Christ. You have to change your mind about the truth of Christ or deny belief or affiliation with Christ in front of others to be denied in God’s kingdom (Matthew 10:33; Luke 12:9, 2 Timothy 2:12; 1 John 2:23).
However, the seal of the Holy Spirit is called a deposit because our eternal salvation can be taken away. Remember Paul's words, "So do not throw away your confidence. It will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.
For [the Lord said], in just a very little while, 'He who is coming will come and will not delay. But My righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back [lose faith in Christ or denies Me], I will not be pleased with him.'
But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved." (Hebrews 10:35-39).
- "If we are faithless, [Christ] remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself" (2 Timothy 2:13)
- The last saying states Yeshua is eternally faithful to us even if we
don't believe in Him or all of His ways. He doesn't change who He is (Malachi 3:6).
Many won't reign with Him in the end, but His commitment to having us
mature and prosper won't ever change. This saying also goes with
Christ's role as Judge for the faithless or unsaved (Romans 2:16; 2 Timothy 4:1), which I will also speak of later.
Peter's denials lost him salvation
example of God's faithfulness despite our unfaithfulness is Peter's
denials. Yeshua said Peter would disown or deny Him three times, using
the same terminology for being denied in heaven (Luke 22:34; Matthew 10:33). Peter also denied Christ in front of other people, which fulfills the New Covenant's terms for losing eternal salvation, "but whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven" (Matthew 10:33; also stated in Luke 12:9; 2 Timothy 2:12; 1 John 2:23).
lost his salvation when He denied knowing the Lord, but he had time
afterwards to secure it again with new confessions of belief. How do we
know that is what really happened? The deeper meaning in Peter's denials
and later reinstatement (John 21:15) is shown in
Luke 22:31, where Yeshua tells Peter he would soon deny Him as a result
of his being tested, because Satan wanted to "sift [Peter] like wheat."
That is a reference to sorting out people into the two eternal choices
of heaven and hell. Christ knew it would happen, but He prayed Peter's
faith would not fail completely and that he would return to strengthen
his brothers (Luke 22:32).
would Yeshua say those things if denying Him was trivial? From where was
Peter to come back from? Was it just from the state of shame or was it from
something more serious? And for what purpose would his experience
strengthen his brothers?
All of it points to
the fact that Peter's denials flipped his state of eternal salvation
from saved by the New Covenant to not saved, because of the covenant
terms for eternal salvation (Matthew 10:32-33; 1 John 2:23; Romans 10:9-10; 1 John 4:15; Luke 12:9; 2 Timothy 2:12)
, "that very word [Yeshua] spoke,"
which condemns on the last day (John 12:48)
if a person denies belief in Christ in front of other people, even if they believe in Him.
That is how God's conditional covenants work. If we fulfill the conditions, we get the promises or results of fulfilling the conditions, but if we do not fulfill the covenant's terms or break them, we do not get its promises. So if we violate the covenant's conditions, we break the covenant and the promises are taken away (see Myth 3a in Light Within for more about covenants)
it was not Peter's last day, and he got the chance to return to God's kingdom and help strengthen his brothers to not make the same mistake he
did. There is hope for those who believe but
denied their belief, if they acknowledge their faith in Christ to people
and keep that confession solid before death takes the chance away
Everyone should be serious about that. No one in God's kingdom
should even think about denying their belief in Christ. Not for threat of
death or anything else. The treasure and power of grace in Christ to wipe away the eternal penalty of ALL our sins, so we can enter heaven without worry is so valuable that nothing else in our temporary, physical lives can compare.
are still dying around the world today before they would deny the Lord and
convert to Islam or other religions. They do that because they value
their place with Christ more than anything else. That is how God wants us
to act when it comes to placing Him before everything else. It also
fulfills the Greatest Commandment to love the Lord with all your strength,
all your mind, and all your heart, for it's obedience to His commands
that is true love for God (1 John 5:3; John 14:15), which in this case is to keep the covenant terms for grace in Christ unto death.
Facing the Judgment
If Peter died before being reinstated in the kingdom, he would not be part of the first resurrection of the dead (The Rapture; Revelation 20:4-6; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12; John 5:25-29), but instead would be resurrected in the second resurrection of the dead for those who were not saved or kept their salvation (Revelation 20:5, 20:13).
This is when the Judgment happens and Christ judges those who weren't
saved. What they did in life (the records in the books of Revelation
20:12) are examined, and if at the end of the Judgment, they are found
to be not righteous enough to be in heaven, they will be thrown in the
lake of fire (the second death or eternal hell) (Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 20:14-15).
The Judgment shows how valuable being saved by the New Covenant is. All our sins are forgiven and we are guaranteed
placement in the Book of Life. We only need to confess our belief in
Yeshua and hold on to that despite any opposition, because if we lose our
guaranteed eternal salvation, we will be judged by all our deeds in the
On November 29, 2016, God gave me the revelation to understand this is why the New Testament states certain types of sinners will not get the kingdom (Matthew 25:41-46; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:5-6; Revelation 21:8, 22:15).
It isn't because Yeshua's sacrifice doesn't cover those sins. It's
because if you don't truly belong to Him (weren't reborn with His
Spirit and truly saved) or you denied Him and lost your eternal salvation, then you won't be part of the first resurrection or Rapture, and
those sins will keep you from getting into heaven when you are judged by your acts in the Judgment.
The following is a list of sins that are said to keep you out of the kingdom of heaven:
- Abusive Anger or Rage (1 Corinthians 6:10; Galatians 5:20; Matthew 5:22)
- Covetousness, Envy, or Jealousy (Galatians 5:20-21; Ephesians 5:5)
- Cowardice (Revelation 21:8) - Not general cowardice, since it is not a sin to have fear. Yeshua feared going to His death on the night He was captured and asked God to release Him from that duty three times (Matthew 26:39, 26:42, 26:44 and Luke 22:42). God also allowed soldiers who had fear of battle to be released from duty (Deuteronomy 20:8).
The cowardice that keeps you from getting into heaven is the kind that prevents you from acting righteously when needed, such as seeing someone being abused but doing nothing about it. So act in righteousness to help the oppressed and keep faith in God to protect. Remember we "shall not fear man, for judgment is God's" (Deuteronomy 1:17) and "the One who is in [us] is greater than the one who is in the world" (1 John 4:4).
- Drunkenness (1 Corinthians 6:10; Galatians 5:21)
- Hate (Galatians 5:20; Matthew 5:22)
- Division and Keeping Factions or Sects or Inciting Strife, Discord, or Dissension (Galatians 5:20; 1 Corinthians 1:10)
- Idolatry and Greed (1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Colossians 3:5; Revelation 21:8, 22:15) - Greed is listed with idolatry because Colossians 3:5 says greed is idolatry. It is covetous desire, avarice, or extreme desire to gain and hoard material things[2.900.6], like wealth and fame. This sin is also why Yeshua said, "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God" (Matthew 19:24; Mark 10:25; Luke 18:25). He was speaking about how greed would prevent rich people from entering heaven if they have to go through the Judgment. The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus also goes with this. See the sin of Selfishness or Neglecting the Poor, Needy, and Afflicted below.
Idolatry is contained in the first two of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:3-5; Deuteronomy 5:7-9). It is the worship of other gods or anything other than God, so greed amounts to worshipping material things, yourself, or wealth of any kind.
The church can also fall to idolatry when they worship saints, angels, and false-christs or imposters of the Lord, which goes with the curse of false gospels Paul stated in Galatians 1:8-9, "But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say again now, if anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!" These curses include getting imposters of the Lord, His saints, and angels (see Light Within for more), so heed God's warnings seriously. If the gospel and having salvation in Christ is different than given here, then change in your doctrine is needed.
- Imprudence or Not Using Caution (Revelation 22:15; Matthew 5:22) - Rushing in voice or action can bring us to sin, such as making vows we cannot keep (see Vowed Offerings... for more about vows to God[3.2.22]), marrying the wrong person, or speaking hateful words in anger.
- Murder (Revelation 21:8, 22:15)
- Lying (Revelation 21:8, 22:15) - Related to dishonest gain below.
- Selfish Ambition (Galatians 5:20)
- Selfishness or Neglecting the Poor, Needy, and Afflicted (Matthew 25:41-46) - In the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31),
the rich man was in Hades or Hell partly because he neglected to care
for sickly Lazarus, who waited for charity at the rich man's gate.
Yeshua also said people who did not feed or give Him drink when He was hungry and thirsty, or who did not invite Him in as a stranger, or who did not clothe Him when He was naked, or who did not visit Him when He was sick in prison, would go into the eternal fire of hell (Matthew 25:41-46). He meant people who treated others, especially reborn believers because God is within them, in that manner would not get into heaven or eternal life if they have to go through the Judgment.
Some people think we can get generational curses of poverty because we do not tithe, but tithing is not a commandment for Christians (see Properly Handling God's Money and Our Taxes for more about tithing). However, our children and descendants can be cursed with poverty for neglecting the poor and afflicted.
- Sexual Immorality (1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Galatians 5:19-21; Revelation 21:8, 22:15) - This includes fornication (sex outside of marriage), adultery, homosexuality, lesbianism, LGBT+ lifestyles, prostitution, and other sexual sins. See Sex and Marriage - The Plain Truth for complete details and scripture for these sins.
- Thievery, Stealing, and Dishonest Gain (1 Corinthians 6:10) - Stealing is also addressed in one of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:15; Deuteronomy 5:19), and God hates dishonest gain (Jeremiah 22:13-17; Habukkuk 2:6; Psalm 119:36; Proverbs 20:23, 21:6; Ezekiel 22:13-14; 1 Timothy 3:8; Titus 1:7, 1:10-11; 1 Peter 5:2).
- Unbelief or Faithlessness (Revelation 21:8) - This is atheism or unbelief in God.
- Witchcraft, Voodoo, Black Magic, and Sorcery (1 Corinthians 6:20; Revelation 21:8, 22:15)
If you have lived in the above sins, then you aren't likely to get your
name into the Book of Life during the Judgment. How many times have you sinned in your life? I don't know about you,
but I won't rely on all my life's acts to get me into heaven. I will resist all
false gospels and false guidance and hold on to the gift of grace God gave
through the New Covenant by adhering to what the True Gospel says we must do - exhibit faith and loyalty to God through Christ.
We live in an age where many of the above sins are common and accepted as a part of normal life. I used to live in that secular life and belief system, so I know how the world thinks and lives. It is the wide gate or broad way that leads to destruction (Matthew 7:13)
. But now after many years as a Christian servant, I see the world moving even further into the sins God hates, and believers have done the same - God's people have regressed rather than improved, not even at least maintaining the righteousness they had, such as Ireland eliminated a fetus's right to life and enacted pro-abortion law in 2018 (Hosea 4:16, 11:7; Jeremiah 2:19, 3:6-22, 5:6, 8:5, 31:22, 49:4)
So it's no wonder the world no longer trusts the church or other believers, and after what I've seen with spiritual imposters and false guidance, I no longer simply give blind trust to anyone or spiritual teaching, even if they are experienced or famous, or accompanied by miracles and such. The enemy can give signs and wonders in the same ways as God's angels do. Satan and his angels were all God's angels in the beginning and have the same kinds of spiritual powers. Paul noted them using spiritual powers and signs to deceive, saying "the activity of Satan [is] with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish" (2 Thessalonians 2:9-10).
issue of imposters is a difficult one, but it is one all believers should be aware of, so we do not fall into lies and become slaves of the
devil as I have found many people in believing communities have fallen to - they've succumbed to spiritual blindness and brainwashing.
This spiritual blindness is a curse
that goes with Paul saying anyone who preaches a gospel contrary
to the one he gave above will be cursed (Galatians 1:8-9).
This is a serious issue because spreading the lies and any false teachings of false christs and
false teachers gives the devil hooks in you that will allow demons to usurp
your relationship with God by them pretending to be Him in any form.
I've seen them pretend to be the Holy Spirit and Christ and even use
God's holy names in Hebrew and other languages.
In the many years
I served the Lord, I encountered far too many people following
imposters and demons by the false guidance they give. Some claimed to be
prophets, but they speak all kinds of nonsense in the name of the Lord,
such as condemning minor amusement parks as abominations and condemning women
for pursuing careers instead of families. It's even possible for a true
prophet or servant of the Lord to be deceived and have these imposter
demons that they speak from, "for false christs and false prophets will
arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if
possible, even the elect" (Matthew 24:24; Mark 13:22).
Every saved Christian gets good guidance from God, but it very easily gets mixed up and
misconstrued or misinterpreted by the demons and darkness influencing them. It is even possible to fall to idolatry by
following false guidance from imposter spirits. This is much more common in the church than most believers realize. But remember, we cannot have more than one God, one
Teacher, Father, Master, or Leader (Matthew 23:9-10; Matthew 4:10, 6:24; Luke 4:8, 16:13), so if we follow false ones, we are not truly living by the Spirit or through God as our only Teacher, Father, and Leader.
Unfortunately, you really can "receive a different spirit," different Yeshua (Jesus), or false-holy-spirit from a "different gospel" (2 Corinthians 11:4), since these imposters can spread easily to you just by you believing in them or their false guidance. Paul commended people who rejected these "different" spirits and gospels and "another Yeshua [Jesus]" in 2 Corinthians 11:4, but today it is increasingly difficult to identify them and their teaching, because imposters of the Lord, His Spirit, saints, and angels and their false guidance have infiltrated a majority of the church through the millennia.
Not only do they use God's, saints', and angels' names to do this, but they use valid scripture, truth, and real spiritual powers to prophecy and work miracles, signs, and wonders to deceive. The
enemy's deceptions are many, but I will not discuss them here (see Light Within for more or for a summary of ministries and churches to avoid, see Ministry Warnings)
For the True Gospel, it is important to know that
preaching and living in false gospels and teachings will bring imposters into your
life, such as a false holy spirit or christ. This is a sin that allow hooks to the enemy - the "strong man's property" (Matthew 12:29; Mark 3:27) that Christ talks about when He speaks about casting out demons are these
hooks, so to "bind the strong man" and get rid of those hooks, we need
to reject sin demons attach to, which also means rejecting the false beliefs and
false guidance and false teaching they give. Only keep good teaching and truth, because truth is truth no
matter who gave it, and keep the knowledge of your experiences so you
can help others and remember your lessons.
God's power can deliver us from any demon, but they will
come back if hooks remain, and people can end up worse off for it. Yeshua talks about this in Matthew 12:43-45 and Luke 11:24-26 where a demon
comes back with others even worse after being cast out of someone. They
can do this because if a person continues to sin or keeps false beliefs and teachings, then the enemy
continues to have the hooks they need to come back. This is also why Christ told a crippled man to, "stop sinning or something worse may
happen to you" after He healed him in John 5:14.
Being infected by these demons is a real and serious issue, and why I warn and urge teachers of false doctrine to stop teaching and instead
focus on getting rid of their false beliefs and false teachings. The
hooks must be removed if they want to be freed from the demons that
attach to them. Continuing in false guidance can keep you from being freed, even by the truth. I've seen this often in believers when I gave them truth and scripture that contradicted their teachings or beliefs, yet they continue to hold on to what is false.
I lamented to the Lord about this, because why should we
get imposters and demons when we sincerely try to follow Him and ask only for Him? Imposter demons, like false-christs, can
take over our relationship with God when we treat them as Him and their
guidance as from Him. It doesn't matter if we try to speak directly to
the Lord by name or try with all our heart to listen to His voice. If these demons are in our midst pretending to be Him, they
will interfere, mislead, and misconstrue true guidance from the Lord, as
well as give false guidance.
Unity only at the end
Believe it or not, it is God's will
that we have to deal with these imposters, and they will be in the
church until the end of the age. This means division in the church and among God's people is His will. He divided Israel into two kingdoms after King Solomon became idolatrous (1 Kings 11:9-13, 11:34-36) and He broke the staffs of Favor and Union to further separate the Jews (Zechariah 11:4-14). Division among God's people can be seen today in the many different sects of Judaism and Christianity.
about this division until the end of the age in the Parable of the Tares (Weeds) and Wheat. God's kingdom
is like the tares and wheat, because the tares are the people sowed by
the devil (Matthew 13:38-39) and God proclaims that both the tares and wheat have to grow up together until the harvest, which is at the end of the age (Matthew 13:29-30, 13:39-40).
All this means the church and God's people
will not have complete unity until the end of the age and after Christ returns. Daniel 7:22-27 notes this in how the saints (us, the church) take possession of the kingdom after the Lord returns to defeat the last antichrist, which is part of the fourth beast of Daniel's vision in Daniel 7.
The end of this age is when the Lord returns and we will be resurrected to reign with Him in the Millennial Reign (Revelation 20:4-6; Daniel 7:21-27)
so the church and God's people as a whole cannot come to complete
unity without the Lord coming back to assert His authority and destroy remove
all the false teaching, guidance, and doctrine of the devil and his tares. All of it must be rejected and removed.
Until that time, be wise in what is truly from God and what is the True Gospel. Resist and reject all false gospels and imposters of the Lord, His saints, and angels and their guidance. Gospels that teach you are saved by acts or sanctification, water baptism, rituals, or only by believing in or having a relationship with Christ and God are false gospels. That means many popular gospels, such as the Prosperity Gospel, and saving people through sinner's prayers, are false gospels and spread demons associated with them. Likewise, gospels that teach you lose the New Covenant's salvation through acts or sin other than denying the Lord are false (see Ministry Warnings for a summary of churches and ministries to avoid and Light Within for more details about the enemy and imposters)
The Unforgivable Sin
When I gave the greater workings of the New Covenant to one of the brethren, he tried to rebuke it with the unpardonable sin or blaspheming the Holy Spirit, as Christ said, "Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people, but blasphemy of the Spirit shall not be forgiven. And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven them, but whoever insults the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven them, either in this age or what is to come." (Matthew 12:31-32)
, and "Truly I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons and daughters of men, and whatever blasphemies they commit, but whoever blasphemes the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin'" (Mark 3:28-30)
Obviously, the words never has forgiveness and eternal sin (some translations say eternal damnation), make people believe there is one sin Christ's blood does not cover. In the past, I didn't quite understand this as it related to the workings of the New Covenant, but I asked the Lord to guide me in it. It was not immediate, but He was faithful to give me the proper revelations to understand and explain this.
The person who tried to rebuke the true workings of the New Covenant said I diminished the work of Christ by suggesting any "fleshy effort" or works of righteousness, removing sin from us (sanctification), were involved in getting us saved in Christ. He was referring to Ephesians 2 where Paul said, "For by grace you have been saved through faith [in Christ], and this is not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not a result of works [of sanctification], so that no one may boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9). I mentioned this verse at the beginning. It is a big reason why the church thinks we only need belief in Christ to be saved.
However, it appeared the person I was trying to correct did not study the True Gospel as I asked, and so he made many incorrect assumptions about me and what I taught. He also did not fully understand salvation in Christ, how God's conditional covenants worked, or the different notions of forgiveness in the New Testament. So to address this unforgivable sin, I told him it was him that diminished the work of Christ, for he diminishes what Christ did and the power of His atonement by saying His blood does not cover ALL sin as scripture states.
He did not seem to understand that context of forgiveness in scripture also applies to God taking away curses or judgment for sin, and not only to eternal salvation. Christ said, "If you do not forgive others their sins, Your Father will not forgive your sins" (Matthew 6:15)
. He was not talking about eternal forgiveness to get into heaven, but was actually speaking about removing curses and judgment if we do not forgive others. I speak more of this in Balancing the Truth and Prayer
So to understand the unpardonable sin, we need to include greater context from scripture. Christ said His kingdom is like a large house (John 14:2-3), and in that house, there are vessels, some with honor and some dishonor (2 Timothy 2:20), which refers to believers, both in heaven and in this life, who have varying degrees of righteousness because of their acts in this life.
Remember, sin alone does not take away our eternal salvation in Christ, and that includes blaspheming the Spirit. Those who sinned in that way will have dishonor in the eternal kingdom of heaven and judgment that God will never "forgive" or take away, even though they are in heaven. All of us who are saved in Christ will be judged, not to get into heaven, but to determine our place and rewards in the next life (2 Corinthians 5:10). So blaspheming the Spirit may not prevent eternal salvation, but those who did it will have some kind of dishonor and judgment that will be with them eternally, which is what Christ meant by blaspheming the Spirit will not be forgiven and people will have eternal sin.
Confirmations of the True Gospel
Conditional Covenants - I already brought up the end of John 12 where Yeshua talked about believers being condemned eternally. Another important part of that is where He says about the New Covenant, "There is a Judge for the one who rejects Me and does not accept My words, that very word which I spoke [the terms of the New Covenant] will condemn him at the last day. For I did not speak of My own accord, but the Father Who sent Me commanded Me what to say and how to say it. I know that His command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told Me to say" (John 12:48-50).
I bolded the statements about God telling Christ exactly how to state the New Covenant. It is important because God's conditional covenants work by promises being fulfilled or not fulfilled by their terms or conditions. In other words, we do not get the promise, like eternal salvation, if we don't fulfill the conditions or if we break them. Likewise, if there are conditions that break the covenant, like for the New Covenant, it is denying loyalty to Christ in front of someone or not believing in Him anymore, then the covenant is broken and we lose eternal salvation.
The Old Covenant worked the same way. Leviticus 26:3-13 and Deuteronomy 7:12-15 and 28:1-14 list the blessings for obeying the commands in the Law of Moses, while Leviticus 26:14-39 and Deuteronomy 28:15-68 lists curses for breaking the Old Covenant. The chapters of Deuteronomy 6, 11, 27, and 29 through 30 also list blessings and curses for the Law of Moses.
Both the Old and New Covenants are conditional on specific terms and there are other examples in the Bible, such as where Achan and his family broke a covenant and took away God's protection for the people in Joshua 7:1-26, and the first commandment with a promise, "honor/obey your father and mother, so your days may be prolonged and things go well" (Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 5:16; Matthew 15:4, 19:19; Mark 7:10, 10:19; Luke 18:20; Ephesians 6:1-3) is conditional on your treatment of your parents.
Even Christ had to fulfill the conditions of the New Covenant, otherwise, as a man, He would not have fulfilled His own covenant. We can see this in John 3, where He tells Nicodemus, a Jewish teacher of the law, about how everyone (every human) must be reborn with water and the Spirit to enter God's kingdom (John 3:1-12), which we talked about above.
Then immediately after, Christ says, "Indeed, no one ascends into heaven, if not for the Son of Man, who descended from heaven. For just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes will have eternal life in Him" (John 3:13-15).
I translated John 3:13-15 to better convey what Christ was saying to Nicodemus, which He did not say in absolutely clear terms, but told in parable. Christ was referring to how He proclaimed the New Covenant and its conditions. No one could ascend to the kingdom of heaven without Him doing so.
He also said that His later resurrection would give people faith to believe in eternal salvation with Him (He must be lifted up), but also, Christ was noting that no one could ascend into heaven, not even He, the Son of Man, without fulfilling the terms of the New Covenant to acknowledge and confess belief in Christ. Why is that?
It's because Yeshua was also a human and God declared that no human could enter God's kingdom by the New Covenant unless they acknowledged belief in Christ to someone else (Matthew 10:32). God wanted the New Covenant stated exactly like that, as I noted above, when Yeshua said, “For I did not speak of My own accord, but the Father Who sent Me commanded Me what to say and how to say it” (John 12:49). So though, Christ could have bypassed the New Covenant and enter His kingdom, being God having that authority, if He did not confess His own belief in Himself to others, He would not have fulfilled God's commands and law in the New Covenant.
But Christ came to fulfill God's prophecies and law (Matthew 5:17), so God made certain all law was sealed and had Christ fulfill the terms of the New Covenant by acknowledging His own belief in who He was to others (Matthew 27:11; Mark 15:2; Luke 23:3; John 4:25-26, 8:28).
Paul even affirmed Christ made the confession according to the True Gospel when he talked about fighting the good fight towards righteousness and making the good confession publicly (1 Timothy 6:12). He added, "Mashiach Yeshua [Christ Jesus]... testified the good confession in front of Pontius Pilate" (1 Timothy 6:13), which refers to how Yeshua acknowledged He was King of the Jews and King of a supernatural realm, not of this world or realm, when Pilate questioned Him before the crucifixion (Matthew 27:11; Mark 15:2; Luke 23:3; John 18:33-37). All these references in scripture show how important it is to fulfill the conditions of God's conditional covenants. Even Christ fulfilled them.
Why would God use conditional covenants? There is no arguing about whether or not you fulfilled or broke them when the conditions are clear. For the New Covenant, you either do or not not believe in Christ, you either did nor did not acknowledge Him by showing that belief in front of others, and you either did or did not deny your faith in front of others. Somebody can't "sneak" their way into being saved with the New Covenant by arguing their way in. God's use of conditional covenants are a testimony to His perfect ways and tested and refined wisdom (Deuteronomy 32:4).
The conditions of the New Covenant also test us for loyalty to God and whether we truly love Him with all our mind, heart, strength, and soul. Disloyalty to Him and idolatry or worshipping other gods is one of the biggest reasons why judgment came and comes upon the Jews, Christians, and other peoples.
Since the True Gospel is a conditional covenant with terms to fulfill or break, we can see how false teachers and prophets will bring swift destruction on themselves as Peter states in 2 Peter 2:1-3, “[they] will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them...” That refers to how they will quickly lose their eternal salvation in Christ by denying Him (Matthew 10:33; Luke 12:9; 2 Timothy 2:12; 1 John 2:23).
The Parable of Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13) also confirms the True Gospel. The parable can be understood much better after you know the True Gospel and everything stated here. Half of the virgins were wise and had enough oil to wait for the Bridegroom's return (Christ's second coming), but the foolish ones did not bring a flask of oil with them. So when the Lord returned, the unwise virgins were shut out of the wedding feast and the Lord said, "Truly, I say to you, I do not know you" (Matthew 25:12).
The Lord didn't know the foolish virgins because they did not truly belong to Him. They were betrothed or in that state of belief in Yeshua I mentioned above, but did not yet confess their belief or they denied the Lord, which means they did not fulfill the New Covenant or broke its terms, and so lost their guaranteed place in the Book of Life.
The oil flasks that the wise virgins brought with them symbolize the Holy Spirit being reborn in them when we are truly saved into God's kingdom. Remember Yeshua said that rebirth is necessary in John 3:3-8. This holy lamp oil is a miracle that never runs out, like the oil used to rededicate God's temple for which Hanukkah is celebrated. God's miracle of renewal to dedicate our bodies as temples for Him by the New Covenant is like Hanukkah's miracle of renewing oil to re-dedicate the temple in Jerusalem.
When the Jews retook the temple from occupation, they only had one day of oil for the required eight days of dedicating the temple, but they lit the menorah anyways, and God miraculously renewed the oil so the lamps burned the whole eight days.
The Holy Spirit in our reborn spirits, symbolized by the wise virgin's oil flasks, is the limitless holy oil we need for us to be truly dedicated or belong to the Lord, and is one thing we need to be part of the wedding feast when He returns. Remember, Paul said if we do not have the Spirit then we do not belong to Christ (Romans 8:9). This refers to our reborn spirits having God's Spirit, and not to other gifts of the Spirit, such as speaking in tongues, which some denominations require as a sign someone is truly saved.
The unwise virgins, though, were shut out, like Peter would have been, if he never got reinstated into the kingdom and kept from denying the Lord again. They would face the Judgment at the second resurrection of the dead, and so be in the place where "there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth," (Matthew 8:12, 13:41-42, 24:51; Luke 13:28; related Matthew 13:47-50, 22:13, 24:42-51, 25:14-30), because they were not truly saved and missed being part of the first resurrection or Rapture - the Lord did not know them, like the unwise virgins.
Other places where Yeshua talks about believers being shut out of the kingdom are Matthew 7:21-23 and Luke 13:22-30. We know these are Christian believers because they say, "Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?" (Matthew 7:22) and "We ate and drank in Your presence [referring to taking communion], and You taught in our streets" (Luke 13:26). However, the Lord responds to them like He did to the unwise virgins, "I never knew you. Depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness" (Matthew 7:23) and "I tell you, I do not know where you are from. Depart from Me, all you evildoers" (Luke 13:27).
Christ's last two responses add to the response He gave the unwise virgins. We see the believers were shut out because they were lawless or evildoers, however, we know that sin in general does not take away our eternal salvation in Christ. "Lawlessness and evil" must refer to something more specific, and if you've kept track of how we get and lose salvation by the New Covenant, you'll come to the conclusion that these believers must have denied the Lord or were never saved in the first place by making a confession of belief and being reborn.
Yeshua said, "I never knew you," so it implies never belonging to Him. Being "lawless" or "evil" in this context refers to never fulfilling or to breaking the New Covenant's terms for eternal salvation, which means they never acknowledged or confessed their belief in Christ to someone and/or they denied their affiliation with Christ.
Christ also notes the original people of God, the Jews, can also be shut out of the kingdom in the next life if they didn't believe in Him when He said, "but the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth" (Matthew 8:11-12).
Furthermore, that scripture goes with God's wedding banquet, since the "outer darkness"
is also where God's wedding guests are thrown out into if they do not have the right clothes on (Matthew 22:11-13)
. Scripture does not note more than one banquet when a feast in heaven is spoken of, so all of the instances of God holding a banquet very likely refer to the one wedding banquet prepared for the Bride of Christ (Isaiah 25:6; Matthew 8:11, 22:1-14, 25:10; Luke 12:35-48, 13:28-29)
The outer darkness is also where the "evil slave"
of Matthew 24:48-51 is thrown. Even though he sinned greatly, if he was saved by the New Covenent he would still be in heaven, but cast out into a place where he could not be a part of things that those who were more righteous get to do, so the outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth does not always have to mean not in heaven forever as well[3.1.54]
. Some people will be excluded from certain things and roles, like the wedding banquet, in the next life because of their sin or acts, or did not get salvation by the New Covenant and need to go through the Judgment.
These people represent unrighteous believers and are the vessels or articles in God's house having dishonor if they ultimately get into the kingdom of heaven (2 Timothy 2:20)[3.1.64]
. They may be saved by the New Covenant or were righteous enough to pass the Judgment, but their sins discredit them, so they don't have the wedding clothes needed for the wedding banquet and other roles in the next life. We know this because the wedding clothes symbolize righteous acts[3.1.50]
from Revelation 19:8, "for the fine linen [of the Bride] is the righteous acts of the saints."
For the Jews or "sons of the kingdom" in Matthew 8:12, they would have needed the righteous act of confessing belief in Christ to get their wedding clothes, like the wise virgins represent being truly saved by the New Covenant; they were automatically admitted into the wedding feast (Matthew 25:10).
However, we also know it's possible to be ejected or excluded from the wedding banquet from Matthew 22:11-13, when the King examines the guests. The guests who are thrown out because they don't have wedding clothes represent people in the church who had certain types of sin, like the "evil slave" of Matthew 24:48-51. They were invited because the last group invited were "both evil and good" (Matthew 22:10), referring to everyone evangelized into the modern church. The first two groups invited to the wedding banquet but rejected it were, respectively, the Jews and the older established church who follow the wrong doctrines and gospels (Matthew 22:3-6).
Be as the wise virgins and make sure you truly are reborn with God and maintain public loyalty to Him. Also keep from sin that would make you a vessel of dishonor, so you aren't ejected from the wedding feast and excluded from other things in the next life. That requires knowledge and wisdom, which is what the wise virgins told the others to go buy in Matthew 25:9 when they said, "go buy oil from the dealers" - the knowledge of how to be truly saved as told here and live righteously, which I started talking about.
The Parables of Talents and Minas
Another way to be righteous and not be cast into the outer darkness is to share the Godly wisdom or truth you are given. This goes with the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30; a talent was about 75 pounds and 300 years wages[2.820.10.1, 2.820.11.1])
, and its parallel the Parable of the Ten Minas
or Parable of Money Usage (Luke 19:11-27; there were 60 minas in a talent, so a mina was about 3 months or 5 years wages depending on whether it was gold or silver[2.820.11.1, 2.820.9.1])
. In the Parable of Talents
, a master gives three slaves, five, two, and one talent, respectively (Matthew 25:14-30)
, while in the Parable of Ten Minas
, he gives each slave one mina.
The first two slaves in the first parable promptly trade with their talents and get back an equal amount. This refers to God giving his servants wisdom to share and when they do, they also get wisdom they didn't have before from those they shared with, especially from other servants of the Lord. The first two slaves in the Parable of Minas also get a return on their money.
The last slave mentioned in both parables, though, hid what he was given, because he was afraid and knew the master was a stern man, reaping where he did not sow and gathering where he scattered no seed (Matthew 25:24-25; Luke 19:21-22). This angered the master who told him, "You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed. Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest." Then the master threw one slave into the outer darkness and the other was killed (Matthew 25:26-30; Luke 19:22-27).
The last slaves represent God's servant who doesn't share the wisdom He gave. He should have at least "put it in the bank," to get interest on it. This refers to giving the wisdom to anybody that could use it, because when we share Godly wisdom, it can benefit them and be used by God for what He wishes. However, the servant is called lazy and wicked, so he doesn't want to put in the effort to share or use what he was given.
The money for these slaves was taken away and given to the first slave in both parables who got the best returns (Matthew 25:28; Luke 19:24). Then the master says, "For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away" (Matthew 25:29; Luke 19:26; also Mark 4:25). This refers to God giving more to people who did well with what they got, especially their spiritual guidance, Godly wisdom, or truth, but for the "one who does not have," even their wisdom or truth from God will be taken, so failing to use the truth and Godly wisdom you learn can make you forget or leave it behind.
These parables also go with the word "talent" meaning skill or ability, which originates from the Greek "talentum"[6.6.2]
, the same word used in the original Greek manuscripts for the Parable of the Talents
. God gives us skills and abilities that can be used for His purposes, and if we don't to use our talents, such as in speech, writing, music, art, etc., it prevents God's effectiveness in whatever He is trying to accomplish with us.
The part in these parables about the master reaping and gathering where he did not sow goes back to the Parable of the Tares and Wheat. It refers to God using and saving even people that the devil sows, because they can still give truth that will benefit others and in the process they may be saved as well. Yeshua referred to those people He didn't sow but were saved as His "other sheep, not of this fold, sheep pen, or house" in John 10:16, and their shepherds as those who did not go into the flock through Him (John 10:1-13).
These people sown by the enemy can also be used for purposes that God wills, as He has done throughout history in the church and world, such as the Catholics to convert and displace pagan societies and the Assyrians and Babylonians to conquer other nations, including Israel, for their sins.
Continue to evaluate closely and mature
However, we must be careful with information planted by the enemy. I noted in the beginning that I've seen a lot of false teaching and bad influences in the church. Some of it can be very harmful and spread demons, so we need to evaluate things carefully and determine if we really got something from God to share before running with it. The world is over saturated with lies and misinformation in our Internet age, and if we just assume it is all good information and run with it, it will come back to haunt us when the bad information makes it so we can't pick out the good from the bad.
Plus, spreading lies about spiritual teaching, like the True Gospel, can bring curses. So be respectful of the True Gospel and all teaching from God. Understand it and teach it correctly, because you can be cursed for teaching lies and following false teachings. Why would God allow us to be cursed with imposters if teaching the gospel correctly did not matter? He tests us and wants us to give appropriate respect to what is sacred, so spreading lies about how we are saved was made a sin that demons attach to.
God warned His people even with the Old Covenant about changing His words (Deuteronomy 4:2, 12:32), so "Do not add to His words or He will rebuke you, and you will be proved a liar" (Proverbs 30:6).
And because we are at the end of this age, it is now even more important to leave behind false gospels and teachings and loyalty to them and the demons that spread them. This is more clearly seen in God's Alarm and Leaving the Harlot Babylon
, so may you continue there when you're finished with this page.
May you be blessed by the knowledge in this document and continually be perfected into God's image in Mashiach Yeshua. Amen.