F.M. Riley (25 June 2017)
"Preaching the Gospel of God's Grace in Christ Jesus? or.....Another "false gospel?" "

Preaching the Gospel of God's  
Grace in Christ Jesus?
Another "false gospel?"
                                                                 By Pastor F. M. Riley
                                                                                                  June 19, 2017
     "But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtility, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
     For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him," 2 Corinthians 11:3-4.  

     "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from Him that called you into the GRACE of Christ unto another gospel.
     Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ,
     But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed."    Galatians 1:6-8.  
     I am personally appalled by what I hear being preached as "the gospel of Christ," in many of the churches and the ranks of Christianity today, and by "the works" of many today who  "profess" to be Christian believers.  It is not the Word of God which has changed, but as the Apostle Paul stated, "...there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ."  Sadly, because of shallow Bible  study, and lax standards of conduct for church members, many of the churches today have one or more of these Scripture perverting people in their midst, or on their church rolls.  
      The Great Apostasy
     I am now 83 years old, and I have never previously seen the wickedness, indifference to God's Word, and outright evil, that I am seeing today.  The Lord Himself explicitly said, "And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man," Luke 17:26-27.  In studying the prophecies of God's inspired Word, I fully expected the unbelieving  lost world to become like this.  However, I did not expect to see so much indifference, corruption of the Word, and outright sin in the churches, and in the ranks of Christianity, as I am seeing today.  How very sad!
     Many "professing" Christians today no longer believe that the Bible is the Holy inspired and inerrant Word of God, although they still claim that they do.  As my Momma used to tell me when I was growing up, "Son, actions speak louder than words."  
     Outright Scriptural illiteracy abounds, because many "Christian" people today seldom ever seriously study, or even read, the Bible, and do not seek to live by it's precepts and teachings.  It is obvious that such people do not believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God, and has no authority over their lives.  Such people might as well call themselves atheists.  If they did, at least they would then be honest in what they "profess."
     Across the years, I have had a number of these ""religionists"  ask me to prove to them that the Bible is indeed the inspired Word of God.  I have presented such proof, time and time again, and still some people refuse even to accept the proof.  So what does a true believer do to convince such people that God ".....is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him," Hebrews 11:6?   Well, we could.......
Drill a Hole in the Ground
     No, I am not joking!  As I was meditating on these things, the Lord God reminded me of the hole which was drilled in the Earth several years ago.  
     I do not recall the exact year this occurred.  I have in my files, actual newspaper clippings reporting this event, however I could not locate them on the spur of the minute.  I am sure some of our readers will also remember this news item, because it was reported in newspapers all over the world at the time.  Anyway.......
      I think it was about 30 years ago [in the 70's or 80's] that Russian scientists decided to study the interior of the Earth.   They did so by drilling into the Earth as if they were drilling for oil.  However, the hole they drilled was anything but an oil well.  They drilled the deepest hole in the Earth that has ever been recorded in the history of mankind, and their record still stands today.  
     The Russians equipped their drilling equipment with modern high frequency detectors, which would transmit radio signals back to the surface of the earth while they were drilling.  This way they could identify the different layers of the Earth that their drill bits were passing through.  Passing through soil makes a certain sound, rocks other sounds depending on the kind of rocks, sand or gravel yet other sounds, layers of clay other sounds, and of course, water or oil, still other sounds.  
     This reminds me of the Apostle Paul's discourse on "sounds" made by different people and things in 1 Corinthians 14.  Notice especially verses 6 - 10.  
     The Russian scientists drilled downward through the bowels of the Earth, recording each layer of the Earth that their drill bit passed through, and the various depths where each different layer was located.  If my memory serves me right, it was never stated what these Russian scientists were looking for, if anything in particular.
     This drilling process went on for nearly two years, and was reported on by the world news media.  
      Down, down, down, they drilled into the depths of the Earth.  The news media reported when they passed the depth of the deepest oil wells on Earth.  Then they kept on drilling, pushing their hole ever deeper into the Earth.  Then it was reported that they had reached a depth of more than 21,000 feet into the earth; a little more than four miles straight down.   And this is where they run into a problem.  At that depth their drill bit hit what they called a "volcanic dome" of the hardest rock they had ever encountered.  The Russian scientists discussed pulling their pipe and drills out of the hole, and abandoning the entire project.  They had already set a world record for the deepest hole ever drilled in the surface of the earth.  
      But after some discussion, the Russian scientists decided to continue drilling by using some kind of explosives to allow their drill bits to go through this super hard rock dome they had hit.   So they went back to drilling again.  
      Then the surprise came!   At nearly 22,000 feet their drill bit punched a hole through the top of the volcanic dome, and dropped into an open space.  That was not the surprise, for they expected to break through the dome.  The surprise was what their radio signals immediately began picking up and recording on tape.  
      When the drill bit of these Russian scientists punched a hole through the top of that dome at nearly 22,000 feet beneath the surface of the Earth, their radio immediately began recording the screams, cries, groaning, and  moaning,  of human voices.   Their radio signals recorded these human voices in a mixture of different languages, with some sounding like men's voices,  and some feminine like women's voices.   But there was no question that the voices they were hearing were human voices.
     It is more than "coincidence" that geologists working in close proximity to erupting volcanoes have reported hearing the same kinds of sounds; like humans screaming and crying as lava was erupting upwards from the bowels of the Earth.  
     It is needless to say that the Russian scientists were shocked, amazed, baffled, confused, and terribly frightened by what they were hearing being recorded on their tapes.  
      The drill bit of those Russian scientists had literally punched a hole  through the top of Hades or Hell, and their radio signals were recording the screams of the damned souls who are  in Hell.  This perfectly agrees with the Word of God which points out numerous times that the location of Hell is down, beneath, below, under, and somewhere in the bowels of the Earth.  
     At this point some readers may just throw this study aside, saying that this story is just some of this preacher's  foolishness; that such a thing  never happened!  Wrong!  It did happen!  And at the time, it was reported on by numerous newspapers all over the world.   This amazing discovery by these Russian scientists is now documented history.   Any  reader willing to do the research, can verify the story for themselves.  
       For those readers who don't want to believe this, I suggest reading Amos 9:2 in the inspired Word.  In this inspired Scripture, the Prophet Amos was inspired of God to clearly state the "possibility" of digging into Hell [Hades; the dwelling place of lost unbelievers].  And if a reader doesn't want to believe the inspired Word in Amos 9:2, then just tear it out of your Bible, and join the ranks of other lost unbelievers.   At least you would be honest in admitting that you don't really believe that the Bible is the Divinely Inspired Word of God.  
The Wickedness of Fallen Mankind
     Those Russian scientists were so alarmed that they took their tapes to the Kremlin, presenting them to Russian Communist government officials.  No less an alarm on the part of the Russian officials.  After listening to the tapes, and much debate, the orders were given that every copy of those tapes should be destroyed, and that the scientists involved in the project were never to say a word about what they had heard on the tapes to anyone.  
      In other words, the Russian atheistic Communist government wanted to keep this discovery, not only from their own Russian people, but from all the peoples of the whole world.  Since these Russian scientists had discovered that Hell is a real, literal, place, exactly as stated in the Bible, then there must be a real, literal, God Almighty who made it all.  Admission of this truth would be a death blow to atheistic Communism.  
     However, human nature being what it is, there were some Russian people involved in this project, that were more frightened by what they had experienced and heard for themselves, than they were of their Communist government.  So some of them  "leaked" the information about drilling into Hell, and hearing the human voices screaming and crying.  Thank God for the "leaks."
Absolute Proof  
     Folks, this discovery by those Russian scientists of drilling into Hell, literally proves the truth and accuracy of the inspired Word.  There is a real, literal, place called Hades or Hell, just as the Bible records.  And it is the place where the souls of Christ rejecting unbelievers go when their body dies.  A place of eternal torment, Luke 16:23-25.  This is exactly what the inspired Word teaches in many Scriptures in the Bible, and these Russian scientists confirmed this truth with their discovery.  Do our readers suppose that the Lord God, who loves the souls of men and women, boys and girls, enough to die for them at Calvary, had anything to do with revealing the literal existence of Hell far below the surface of the Earth?   Well...??
     Since Hades or Hell has now been confirmed as being a real, literal, place in the bowels of the Earth, exactly as repeatedly stated in God's Word, isn't this also logical proof that everything else recorded in God's Word is also actually and literally true?   Well...??  John 3:16-21.  
The Coming of Christ
     Yes!  I sure believe it does!  And the inspired prophecies of God's Word plainly predict that the Lord Jesus Christ, who ascended back to His Father in Heaven some 2,000 years ago, will literally, visibly, and bodily come again.  
     And when will He come?  The inspired Word over and over again states that His coming again will occur "after two days," Hosea 6:1-3.  The "two days" are the equivalent of two days or 2,000 years in God's Great Week, 2 Peter 3:8.         
     Folks, this is the "time frame" we are living in right now.  Our Lord's coming is in two phases.
     [1] He first "appears" in the heavens above the Earth, calling the "dead in Christ" [those who sleep in Jesus] to come forth from their graves or burial places in new "glorified" bodies.  At that same time we believers who are still alive in the flesh, will experience an instant  "change" into a "glorified" body, and will be "caught up" [raptured] to glory together with those saints who have just been resurrected.   Read it for yourself in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.   
     [2]   Seven years later, following the Tribulation period on the Earth, the Lord will visibly, bodily, return to the Earth to establish His own Kingdom upon the Earth, Matthew 24:29-30; Revelation 19:11-21.  
     All of the "signs" the Lord told His disciples to "watch" for, which would indicate His very SOON return to resurrect and rapture His Church and believing saints to glory, have been happening for some time now, and are continuing to come to pass even as I write.   So.......
     Are you ready?   Really ready to meet the Lord when He comes?  Are you saved by the grace of God, and know that you are?  Read Ephesians 2:8-10.  Do you have the assurance that you have indeed been "born again?"  Read John 3:1-8, 3:16-18, 5:24, 14:6, Acts 4:12, 16:30-31, Romans 10:8-13, and 2 Peter 1:10-11.   Even as I write, I am praying for every reader of this study who may still be lost in sin and unbelief, asking the Lord God to grant His GRACE for my readers to be saved.   
     The Lord Jesus could now come at any minute of any day or night, and I want to meet every reader in glory when the Lord comes for us.  If you are unsaved, please ask the Lord by faith right now to come into your heart and life and save your soul.  Hurry!  Time is running out!  
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     God bless every reader is my prayer.  Pray for me.  
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