If a person truly wants to know where they are going to spend eternity it really is not a very difficult thing to understand. The question is this. Do you TRULY want to know where you are going AFTER you die? Most people live their lives without ever taking the time to search out this whole matter for themselves. They may be very nice and decent people (according to their own standard of “good” or the World’s standard of “good”) and thus they are satisfied with themselves, and hope for the best after they die. There is another whole group of people who fall under the title of ATHEIST, and they simply refuse to acknowledge that there is a “God” to whom they will answer, after they leave this world. Then there are the billions who have embraced a FALSE “god” and thus a FALSE religion and are following a path that they believe will lead them to Heaven, but in effect it will lead them to an eternal Hell! If you read or listen to the media you will get the impression that the majority of people are on their way to heaven, while the Bible actually tells us the complete opposite! In fact Jesus Christ, the Son of God sent down from Heaven declared the following:
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (Matthew 7:13-14)
It was the Lord Jesus Christ himself who declared that the way that leads to DESTRUCTION (ultimately Hell) was a very BROAD (wide) road, while the way that leads to LIFE (eternal life) was a narrow way, and only a precious FEW will find it! Was Jesus Christ a LIAR or was he telling the TRUTH here? A person can play games with the scriptures if they like, but in the end they will realize (too late) that they were only kidding themselves. Every day of the week LIES are uttered over the remains of dead people (in the casket) at funerals, who had never turned to the Lord for the salvation of their soul, and smooth sentimental stories are spoken to soothe the loved ones left behind. That is the NORM in most places today. The truth of the whole matter is that the MAJORITY of people actually DIE in their SINS, and ultimately end up in HELL! Why? Simply because they NEVER repented of their sins, and trusted in Jesus Christ. (Mark 1:15, Luke 24:47, John 8:24, 14:6) Is this whole salvation thing serious business? You bet your life it is. You see when you study the Bible for yourself you will notice a big difference between what Jesus Christ and his own disciples spoke, compared to what is preached in many so called “churches” in our modern day. You see, Jesus and his disciples all preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ without watering it down, or sugar coating it, like today’s modern day preachers. I speak as a former Roman Catholic, having been DECEIVED for the first 36 years of my life, UNTIL the Lord saved my soul in 1989. The big difference is that I have been regenerated by the power of the Holy Spirit, and I have been transferred INTO the Kingdom of God by the Grace and Mercy of Almighty God!
Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: (Colossians 1:12-14)
I would now like to show you what the Bible has to say regarding this whole thing about salvation and Jesus Christ.
1] You Must Be Born Again
I do not care who you are, and I do not care where you live, and I do not care whether you are male or female, and I do not care what your lot in this life may be. The word for YOU today is that you must be born again! Not because I say so, BUT because God says so. There are billions of people in this very large world of ours who declare themselves to be “spiritual” or “religious” but they are still very lost and DEAD in their sins. If they were to die tonight they would be lost forever (not annihilated) but into everlasting punishment! Nicodemus was a Jewish religious ruler who did NOT understand his own need for the New Birth, and that is why Jesus explained it to him. (John 3:1-8)
There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (John 3:1-3)
If a person is a TRUE Christian then they know that they have been born again of the Spirit themselves, and they will know that any person who desires to be inside the “spiritual Kingdom of God” must be born again also. It is amazing to me that you will even hear so called “Christians” mock the “born agains” as if they were some odd sect or something. Folks it is downright scary out there sometimes. If you are reading this right now and you have never been born again of the Spirit of God, then you are in a LOST spiritual condition right now also. Read on:
That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. (John 3:6-7)
You entered into this world by a physical birth (born of the flesh), BUT you can only enter into the Kingdom of God through a spiritual birth (born of the Spirit). You can memorize the whole Bible from cover to cover, and still not be a child of God, through the New Birth, and that is the God honest truth!
2] The Blood Of Jesus Christ Is Necessary To Atone For Your Sins
You were born in sin, and you will die in your sins unless you repent and believe the good news about Jesus Christ. (Mark 1:15) If you have NEVER had your sins washed away by the BLOOD of Jesus Christ then you are still DEAD in your sins. There will be NO excuse for any person, or any group of people either. The Jewish people seem to think that they are somehow exempt from all of this, when they will actually be very accountable to the Lord. In fact the Gospel went to the Jew first according to the scriptures:
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16)
The religious (and secular) Jewish people are still in rebellion to Almighty God to this very day! They teach and believe that Jesus is a FALSE Messiah, and yet many so called “Christian Leaders” who are Christian Zionists continue to pamper them, and puff them up with pride declaring them to be the “Chosen people” of God! Read the New Testament (Covenant) and you will NEVER find the Jewish people being called the “Chosen” people, outside of a relationship with Jesus Christ. There is NO Jewish Tabernacle or Temple in which to offer up “blood sacrifices” to God, because the death of Jesus Christ satisfied the justice of God almost 2000 years ago! The Jewish people call Jesus a FALSE Messiah (among other things) BUT Jesus declared himself to be the Messiah and the Bible backs it up.
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias (Messiah) cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he. (John 4:24-26)
Right then and there, the Lord revealed himself as the Messiah, and he did so to a Gentile Samaritan woman who was shacking up with a guy, and had been married five times before that! It was not unusual for the Lord Jesus Christ to extol the FAITH of the Gentiles, against the UNBELIEF of the hard hearted Jewish religious people who stubbornly rejected him (and still do) as the Messiah! Here is an example where the Lord not only extolled the faith of a Gentile man, BUT he declared that there would be people from all over the world entering in while the unbelieving Jews would be cast out (into outer darkness = Hell!)!
The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 8:8-12)
All people (Jewish and Gentile) need to realize that it is only the BLOOD of Jesus Christ that can justify them on judgment day. The Jewish apostle Paul was converted himself from being a stubborn religious Jew to a believer in Jesus as the Messiah and he wrote the following:
For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. (Romans 5:6-9)
For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. (Leviticus 17:11)
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It is obvious by even this brief glimpse into the doctrines of mortal and venial sins, confession, penance, and purgatory, that the Roman Catholic Church has constructed one of the most unbiblical doctrinal systems that has ever been considered “Christian”. The fear, anguish, and religious bondage that such a system of “reward and punishment” creates, has tormented millions of lives for centuries, and continues to prey on those who are ignorant of the biblical way of salvation. To merely call such a system “a cult”, would be to throw it into the vast category of religions and quasi-religions that are currently making the rounds of our college campuses and city streets, snatching up many an unsuspecting youth. No, the Roman Church is not a cult. It’s an empire! With its own ruler, its own laws, and its own subjects! The empire has no borders, it encompasses the globe with its eye on every person who does not vow allegiance. It calls the members of other faiths “separated brethren” and has as its goal the eventual bringing together of everyone under its flag.
I know that many will not be convinced or moved by this article (or any of the others) to make such a conclusion. They are impressed by what they’ve heard about recent stirrings among the Catholics in the “charismatic renewal”. Many evangelicals (especially Charismatics) have been thrilled by the reports of Catholics speaking in tongues, dancing in the Spirit, having nights of joy and praise, even attending “charismatic masses”. Mouths that used to speak out boldly against the Church of Rome have been quieted by the times. It no longer is in vogue to speak of the pope as “the antichrist” or the Catholic Church as the “whore of Babylon”. Now Protestants unwittingly believe that “our differences are not so great”. Ah, that is just what She needs us to think! I’ve never completely understood why God led me to write these articles. But it becomes more clear with each day of study, and each page of research. Never has something so black and wicked, gotten away with appearing so holy and mysteriously beautiful . . . for so long! [Preacher and Songwriter Keith Green: The Catholic Chronicles]