The New Liberal Pharisees

There’s a Christian college that’s taking a stand. They’ve come up with a policy that says they will fire anyone in support of gay marriage. They’re doing this because that stance does not line up with their teaching. Biblical teaching.

I was just reading comments on the article and one girl was quoting Mark 7:5 accusing the college of being like the Pharisees mentioned in this verse. Here’s the verse.

Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands? (Mark 7:5)

While she’s toatly cool and hip for quoting this verse she’s also dead wrong. Let’s look at Jesus conclusion in Mark 7:9.

And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. (Mark 7:9)

Jesus wasn’t telling the Pharasees they weren’t being cool. He was telling them they were wrapped up in their own culture and beliefs to the point that they were not willing to submit to God’s commands. Liberal “Christians” are the ones taking the Pharisees place. They want to make God fit their ideas. They want Him to be cool with homosexuals. Doesn’t God see what great fashion sense they have? Doesn’t God know how funny they are on tv shows?

God’s not impressed. It’s God’s commands that make homosexuality a sin not mans opinions. I’m a sinner just like them. God loves them. But I can’t expect that Christian organizations should tolerate my sins or their sins.

One young woman refers to this as an attempt at brainwashing. Chrisitans are people of God’s Word. We willingly submit to His teachings. We know how to repent because His Word tells us wrong from right. I’m sick of the blind accusations that God’s now okay with people being unwilling to submit to His teachings. It’s a lie.

Let’s love one another. Let’s show God’s grace and mercy to the world. Let’s always stand up for what is right. Don’t conform to this world. Stop drinking the humanistic kool aid. There’s God’s way and then there’s sin.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.(Romans 12:2)

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Your Pastor vs Your Favorite tv Pastor

Have you ever thought, “Why can’t my pastor be more like that tv pastor I love so much?”
If so here’s an answer for you.

The pastor on tv doesn’t live in your community. He doesn’t speak to the needs of your community. He doesn’t know you. He doesn’t know how to encourage you to grow in your walk with Christ. He doesn’t know the areas that your church needs to work on and grow in.

He wasn’t called to be your pastor. He’s probably more educated than your pastor. He probably has more experience than your pastor. He was probably chosen for his voice and eloquent speech. He probably has a staff of 50 or more people. He probably has people organizing and reviewing his sermons. He’s probably great at what he does. God’s called him to do what he does.

You probably never feel personally attacked when he speaks. You probably rarely feel challenged when he speaks. When you do feel challenged you’re probably thankful for his passion. You’re never upset that he hasn’t visited you. You never see him make a mistake.

He’s the character in your romance novel. He’s perfect. Your pastor is real. He’s imperfect. He has the God given responsibility of addressing real problems. He probably has a staff of 2 or 3 if he’s lucky. He’s probably responsible for visiting every sick person in the church. He’s probably responsible for weddings, funerals, and public events. He’s probably the head of your nursing home ministry, and your visitation program. He’s probably expected to attend every committee meeting. He’s probably responsible for speaking at every service. He’s probably an active member of community organizations. His wife is probably involved in multiple ministries at the same time. He’s probably responsible for helping solve every complaint in the church. His children probably have activities that he’d like to attend.

Coming from the pastor of a small local church let me give you some advice. Please don’t compare your pastor to your favorite tv pastor. Encourage him. Pray for him. Recognize that he’s human and treat him that way. Understand that God has given him a responsibility. If he’s called of God he’s going to do the best he can with what he has. It’s not your job to try and see if you can make him fail.

Yes, we know you want the romanticized version of a pastor. If you want God’s Kingdom to grow then please come back to reality. If you can’t be satisfied with anything less than your favorite tv pastor then God may be calling you to pack up and move to where they are. If you’re  where God wants you to be then be a positive influence in your church.

“If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 4:12)

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No one Should Pastor a Dying Church

All over the world the poorest and most persecuted Churches are growing the fastest. In Western countries the richest and most comfortable churches are growing the fastest.

The poorest and most persecuted Churches practice the love and generosity we see in the first Church. They want to know what they can do for the Kingdom of God. They want to help, love, and encourage one another. They want to spend more time in Worship. More time on prayer. More time studying His Word. They’re willing to lose everything to share the gospel with the lost.

Many Westernized churches look for the path of least resistance. They want to know how they can get the most out of Jesus with the least effort. They want to know how they can be “blessed” with more material possessions. How they can spend less time at church. Less time in the Word. Less time in prayer. Less time in worship. They want things their way. They want to be surrounded by people who are like them. People that have their act together. The churches that make these things happen grow the fastest in our culture.

God still adds to Churches who seek to be more like the Church was designed to be. Churches that spend time in the Word. Churches that love and encourage one another. Churches that make disciples. Churches that seek out opportunities to help others and share the gospel with the lost.

A couple of days ago I was asked why churches are not growing. I gave what many will find to be a very conceited answer. I said that I’ve never pastored a Church that didn’t grow. What will appear to be more conceded than that? Well, how about the fact that I don’t believe I’ll ever pastor a Church that doesn’t grow.

I struggle with finances. I stumble over words. I forget important things. I’m overly emotional from time to time. I’ve wrestled with addictions. I’ve experienced major depression. I have no real skills. No talents to speak of.

But… I know a man named Jesus. He’s an awesome man. I love Him. I trust Him. I’m growing in Him. I want to point others to Him. I don’t make decisions based on keeping my “job”. I don’t worry about pleasing everyone. I love everyone enough to tell them the truth about Jesus and His Word. I have faith in my Lord and Savior. I know He loves every man, woman, and child. He will grow His Church.

No Church should be dying. A dying church is a man focused church. Not every growing church is of God. Every dying church is of man. God never fails.

41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. 44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common; 45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. 46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, 47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.(Acts 2:41-47)

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Stand up for the Flag. She will stand up for you.

I was taking my dad back to Colquitt from Albany when I saw this flag laying on the side of the road. There were men bush hogging the ditches on Highway 91 just outside of Albany. They apparently didn’t see the flag before, or after, they ran it over. I couldn’t just leave it there.

I find the disrespect that people are showing towards the flag to be disheartening. It’s true, we live in a free country. That’s why so many liberals are arguing that disrespecting the flag, and our national anthem, is expectable.

However, it’s this nation that allows us the freedom to voice, and vote on behalf of, our frustrations. The flag represents the best in all of us. It represents the sacrifices that’ve been made to make this country free. It represents success despite differences. It represents unity in the pursuit of happiness.

If you want to see racism driven from our police forces then raise the flag high. Remind those who obstruct your liberty they’re in the wrong nation. We stand for liberty and justice for all. We’ll fight for those noble aspirations.

I hope the flag will remind us we’re “out of many, one.” If any person tramples on the rights of one of us they trample on the rights of all of us. This is a free county.

I believe our Nation’s ultimate hope can only be found in God. Whether or not you believe in God please recognize success will not come through division. If you’ll stand up for the flag she will stand up for you.

24 And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.      (Mark 3:24)

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My Accuser Lives (Temporarily)

One day we will stand before God and Satan will be our accuser. We’ll know His accusations are true. Jesus will interceed as our advocate and declare that we’ve been forgiven. We’ve been adopted and we’re His children. God the Father will pardon all our sins.

I love that illustration. It’s not 100% theologically sound. It is a great way to represent what Christ has done for us. I think I first heard that from Bro. Dan, my first pastor.

We all know it’s true. We’ve sinned. If we were to stand before God with our accuser we’d have no defense. We’re guilty.

Satan is currently our accuser. We all struggle in one way or another. We know God loves us and He has forgiven us. But the accusations do not stop. Some true some false.

It’s like people think the world would come to an end if we swallowed our pride and worked together. Satan uses petty things to divide us and keep us from our Lord’s work. We’re suppose to be willing to lay down our lives for one another. Yet we fight over the dumbest things.

Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
(1 John 3:16)

Sometimes I want to tell people what I really think about the way they treat me. I want people to know how much it hurts. I’d do anything I could to help them. They’d turn on me without a second thought. Tears are filling my eyes as I think about this. I’m not using this as an illustration. I’m telling the truth. It makes me sad.

Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
(Matthew 7:5)

The thing is I know I’m guilty of plenty. Being forgotten. Being cast aside and treated like I’m nothing by people I love reminds me to repent. It reminds me to be thankful for my advocate. It reminds me to treat others the way I want to be treated.

I’m not the only one who feels this way. Most of us have been hurt by people we love. This is somthing that’ll continue until Jesus returns. Our hope must be in Jesus. Having others mistreat us should remind us of how wonderful He is. He will never love us less. He is always ready to forgive. He will never leave us.

We should fight for the dignity of our family, brothers and sisters in Christ, friends, and those who can’t fight for themselves. We must let God fight for us.

The tears have stopped. My heart is full of joy. My advocate lives in me. Satan can keep on coming with the accusations. Keep on pointing out my flaws. I’ll continue to recognize that apart from Christ I am nothing. With Christ I am a born again Child of God. I’ve been forgiven. I’ve been redeemed.

Please don’t feel sorry for me. Feel sorry for, and pray for, those who haven’t found peace in Jesus. Who don’t know how to love and forgive. Feel sorry for those who can’t shed a tear in their devotions and prayers. My victory is in Christ. I don’t expect to have an easy path through this life. I do know He is walking before and behind me. Neither life nor death can separate me from His love.

And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. (Revelation 12:10)

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Judgmentalism in Disguise

There’s comfort for every situation in scripture. Romans 14 reminds me not to get caught up in the game of wrong or right. Of course there are times when its necessary to defend truth. So how do we know when we should stand and fight and when we should let it go?

One way we can determine this is by intent of the heart. Only God knows a persons true intent but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be open to giving people the benefit of the doubt. We’re to be at peace as much as is possible with us.

Is it possible the person has only good intentions? If so, let it go. Will it do more harm than good to try and “win”? If so, let it go. Will letting it go harm another person? If not, let it go. Does it change the gospel message? If not, let it go.

I don’t know if it was God’s original intent for us all to be so different. I know He intended for us to be individuals. I believe the fall has driven us to the point of seeing things so differently that we sometimes despise our differences.

The Word of God commands us to change our thinking. As followers of Christ we can’t base our thoughts, words, or deeds simply on what we “feel” is right or wrong. We must check our attitudes with His Word. Sometimes our attempts at righteousness are nothing more than us being judgmental in disguise.

Has someone “wronged” you?

Is it time to let it go?

10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. 12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
(Romans 14:10-12)

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Why Are You Following Jesus?

Why are you following Jesus?

And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased. (John 6:2)

When Jesus was performing miricales there were people who followed Him because they knew He could heal their bodies. Then they found out He could feed them food. So they followed Him because they knew they could live off of Him. They’d no longer have to worry about being hungry.

Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. (John 6:26)

What they didn’t know or expect was they’d have to live off of His flesh and blood if they wanted to be His disciples.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. I am that bread of life. (John 6:47-48)

Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. (John 6:54)

This was a disgusting proposition. They wanted a show. They wanted their needs to be met. They didn’t want to follow Jesus for what He taught. They weren’t willing to listen to His difficult sayings. Why couldn’t He just heal them, feed them, entertain them and stay out of their business?

It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
(John 6:63)

They couldn’t see that He was speaking of Spiritual things. He was speaking of the intimate nature of His relationship with those who believe in Him as Lord. Not those who followed because of what He could do for them.

From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
(John 6:66)

This still happens today. People come to Jesus seeking healing. They come seeking provision for their immediate needs. Then they hear of repentance, obedience, and sacrifice. Immediately they turn their backs on Him.

If you’ve sought Jesus during a difficult time, but you left Him because His sayings were too difficult, return to Him. He’s worth living and dying for. His sayings lead to eternal life. He wants to do more than heal your sickness or fill your body with food. He wants to give you eternal life. You must partake of Him to receive this gift. You must believe He is Lord. His Words are truth and life. Believe and be saved.

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This Pastor Has ADD

I’m super pumped about football season. A couple of days ago I watched a 2015 Alabama highlight video with Eli Gold calling the plays. If you’re an Alabama fan you should watch that video. I got a major adrenaline rush. Watching football, especially college football, is one of my favorite things to do.

There are other things I enjoy. I enjoy a good book. I especially enjoy having the time to read or listen to a good book and finish it in two or three days. My ADD prevents me from really enjoying a book if I’ve got to spread it out too far. I’ll lose interest and find another one. Audio books are awesome. I listen to them at 2 and 1/2 speed. So finishing even a 20 hour book is easy to accomplish in two or three days. I like all different types of books. Mystery, educational, religious, philosophy, business, psychology. I saw a preview at the movie theater and I was excited because I was able to name the movie. It was “Girl on the Train.” From the preview I may not watch the movie until I can see it on Vid Angel, but the book was good.

I also enjoy movies. I like action, thriller, comedy, documentaries, westerns, even Kung Fu. If you haven’t seen the Ip Man series you should watch them. They’re excellent movies! They’re available on Netflix.

I like to go to the beach with Meredith and the kids. I don’t get to go often but I enjoy it. I love the mountains, especially in the fall. Drinking a cup of coffee, or hot chocolate, on a cool morning with a view of the mountains is one of my favorite things.

I love to laugh. Road trips are an excellent opportunity for laughter. I enjoy spending quality time with people. I enjoy a good serious, deep conversation about the big questions in life.

I’ve recently learned that it’s my ADD that affords me a very good since of humor. I get silly, dark, dry, or whatever kind of humor a person may have. This causes me to come off as strange or immature from time to time but I wouldn’t change it. Laughter is so good for you.

I enjoy all types of music. Yes even rap music. My ADD brain can’t figure out why people don’t enjoy all types of music. I did grow up in an eclectic household. My dad liked country. My mom liked classic rock. My older brother listened to heavy metal. And many of my friends listened to rap.

I’m not a super human person. I know no one thinks that I am. I do fear that people may think that I think that I am. I’m always posting my devotionals. Part of ADD is condensing thoughts. I can come off as judgmental or angry because my words are right to the point. I don’t make many apologies and I don’t try and consider how my words will make people feel. I have a point and I want to make it as quickly and bluntly as I can. It’s just how my brain is wired.

If you’ve met me in person you know that I’m just as dogmatic in person when making arguments. I have a point and I’m going to make it. I expect you to be able to make your point if you’re going to argue with me. That’s part of my ADD. It may sound like an excuse but if you have anyone in your family like this you may want to look into the science behind ADD. It’s not an excuse. It’s and actual thing. I don’t consider it to be a disability. It actually has some pretty awesome benefits. It does require a lot of work to fit into a non-ADD world, but once you know you have it, it’s worth the effort.

I’m just learning about the benefits and pitfalls myself. I’ve always been prone to making mistakes in writing, forgetting important things, being impulsive, having poor money management skills, forming addictions, and losing focus in conversations. People label you as dumb, immoral, uncaring, or lazy when you make these types of mistakes. If you suspect you or someone you love has ADD you should be tested immediately. Just knowing what’s going on gives a person with ADD a great deal of peace. They’ve developed brain scans that can actually pick up the difference in someone with ADD’s brain. Again being ADD also has it’s advantages. There are very successful people in all walks of life with ADD. There are many successful treatment options. I’m 38 and I wish I had known more about this when I was 18.

As a Christian I take full responsibility for any sins I’ve committed. As a human I now know that I’m particularly susceptible to certain sins. This helps me make wise decisions in my walk with Christ.

I read mostly Christian books. I listen to mostly Christian music. I watch all sorts of movies but I love my Vid Angel that takes out the ugly parts. I’m a sports fan and a nature fan. I like to kid around and laugh, but I keep it clean most of the time.

I’m not perfect. I’m not holier than thou. But I unashamedly love my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I’m not trying to talk people into being boring. I’m not trying to take the fun out of life. But I am going to keep encouraging people to give more to Jesus every day. Live life. Enjoy life. Just don’t waste life. We’ve got this one chance to choose to serve Him. This one chance to show our appreciation for all that He’s done. He is worth the effort. Pray. Study His Word. Live His Word. Not matter what the world thinks. Jesus is Lord.

I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.
(Psalm 86:12)

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Lies and Lazy Christians

Many of our pursuits in life are vain. Solomon was the wisest man to ever live and after observing the actions of man he determined that everything man does is in vain.

If you go to a Christian retreat or conference there’s about an 8 out of 10 chance you’ll hear someone tell you not to get too busy serving God. They’ll tell you how you’re just wasting time, but if you’ll buy their book they’ll tell you the easy way to serve God.

Do you know what’s humorous about that? Most Christains hardly spend anytime serving God. This message is still popular because our lives are terribly busy. Full of vanity. We think to ourselves, ‘You mean there’s a way I can reduce the time I spend serving God and still please Him? Sign me up!’

I’d like to pop that bubble. Stop trying to save time by taking away from God’s work. Get rid of the things in your life that aren’t glorifying God. Learn how to honor Him at work, at home, at school, and at play. Do more for the Lord.

Yes more for the sake of more. More because more is needed. More because less isn’t working. I’m going to throw a Bible at the next person who says, “Our churches are wasting time with their programs. We need to slow down and find the will of God.” I’ve got news for you. It’s not God’s will for one man to tell every church what programs are good and what are bad. It’s not God’s will for us to do less. Or to do things your way. How much should we do? All we can. Then we should trust God to help us do more.

While our culture is being destroyed by immorality the church is retreating. Sunday schools inconvenient so let’s stop that. Sunday nights take away from family time so let’s stop that. Family time means watching tv and playing on electronics. That’s so important! People take advantage of our benevolence so let’s stop that. People don’t want to hear about Jesus so let’s stop our visitation program.

I’ll tell you what you’ll never hear at a Christian conference. We’re lazy. We’re worldy. We want to be coddled. We want to find more excuses to do less. We’re suppose to give 100% of our selves to Jesus Christ and His work. We’re suppose to trust Him for strength.

Get involved with your local church. Start programs. Attend services. No more excuses. You’re going to give an account to God. Don’t be lazy. Jesus wasn’t lazy. I’m also going to throw a Bible at the next person who says Jesus took retreats. What proof do they offer? He went off and stayed awake to pray all night just to serve all day the next day!

Yes there should be a day of rest and it should be preceded and followed by six days of work. Let’s do what matters. Let’s serve our Lord. Life’s short. Don’t waste it on your fleshly desires. God has so much more in rewards for those who give this brief life in service to Him.

Have faith in a place that’s better than you can ask think or imagine. Stop wasting your precious energy trying to please your flesh. All is vanity. All will fade away. All except that which we do for Him.

58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord
(1 Corinthians 15:58)

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Spiritualy Ill

To understand and believe the gospel is to have your life forever changed. Nothing is unaffected by its implications. We come to know many things. Some are what many suspect. Like God exists, and there’s life after death.

That’s not all that surprising to many people. What’s surprising is the personal nature of God. He not only exists He’s concerned with us. He loves us.

That’s not too difficult to grasp. What’s difficult to grasp is the extent to which He’s concerned with us. Like the fact that He knows the number of hairs on our heads. He keeps a record of our every word, deed, thought, and prayer.

What’s unbelievable, what’s unimaginable, is the length He’s gone to in order to save us. While we were rejecting Him, denying His existence, and breaking His commands, He was working all things together throughout history to make a way for us to be saved.

He became flesh. He dwelt with His creation. He went to the cross, suffered, and died willingly. He freely offers eternal life to all who will trust in Him.

To show us how much He cares He gave us a name by which we could be saved. The name of Jesus. We can call on Him personally. By name. It’s more than we could have imagined.

We know we’ll live in the light of His presence for all of eternity. That we’ll worship Him for all of eternity. We know those who deny Him will suffer for all of eternity. We know He’s commanded us to give our lives to Him and for Him.

Yet we live as if knowing Him is a common thing. We live as if it’s no big deal. We’re concerned about our pleasures, our pains, our careers, and the cares of this world. We have little concern for spiritual matters. The time we spend serving God reflects a fraction of one day a week.

I can only describe this as insanity. To know what we know and live how we live. People call the religiously zealot insane. Those who claim to know the truth about eternal life yet live for temporal things are the ones who are mentally ill, or more properly they’re spiritually ill.

The Word of God requires much more than we’re giving. We’re constantly seeking teachers who’ll make us feel better about our rejection of the truth. We put our fingers in our ears and close our eyes when confronted with the truth.

Wake up. Grow up. Life is short. Repent. We’re going to be held accountable. Our rewards, or our consequences, will be eternal. What don’t we get? Why don’t we understand?

God deserves and demands all of you. When you fail repent and try again, and again, and again… He won’t ever give up on you.

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.(Matthew 16:24)

Pray without ceasing.
(1 Thessalonians 5:17)

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
(Matthew 22:37)
2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.(Colossians 3:2)

19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matthew 6:19-31)
No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. (2 Timothy 2:4)

Who will render to every man according to his deeds: (Romans 2:6)

But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
(Matthew 12:36)

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. (Romans 12:1)

21 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. 22 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? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
(Matthew 7:21-23)

5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
(2 Corinthians 13:5)

18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. 19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in. 20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:
(Romans -1:18-20)

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

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