Mary Ames (28 March 2011)
"Re: Jennie and The Big Question for all Doves"
Regarding Jennie's recent post, (see copy of her post below) about being counted worthy--I think many believers overlook many hard
words in scripture so we can excuse certain behaviors. I agree--many
so-called "believers" live like hell and expect to get a heavenly free
ride. Our Messiah told us that the gate is narrow that leads to
eternal life and that few will enter. (Matthew 7:14)
There is an immutable law of His Kingdom: You reap what you sow.
Actions have consequences. YHWH will not be mocked. (Galatians 6:7)
Grace is to be used as mercy for our occasional sins---not for a
lifestyle of purposeful sin. As Paul said in Romans: 6:15:
What then? Shall we sin because we are not under Law, but under grace? Let it not be!
Remember the definition of sin according to scripture in 1st John 3:4:
Everyone practicing sin also practices lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.
I think one of the most sobering passages is scripture is found in Matthew 7:20-23. Remember, these words are in red letters:
(21) Not everyone who says to Me, Master, Master will enter into the kingdom of Heaven, but the ones who do the will of My Father in Heaven.
Many will say to Me in that day, Master, Master, did we not prophesy
in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name do
many works of power?
(23) And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; depart from Me, those working lawlessness! (cf.Psa. 6:8)
this sound like He is talking to believers? I think so. What an awful
thing to hear from our Savior! And there are many more substantiating
James tells us faith without works is dead. (James 2:20)
John tells us if we don't do His commandments, we are a liars and the truth is not in us. (I John 2:4).
author of Hebrews tells us that there is no more sacrifice for sins for
those who know the truth and then willingly sin. (Hebrews 10:26)
the Messiah tells us that we must overcome in order to remain in the
book of life and to be acknowledged to the Father (Revelation 3:5)
as Jennie pointed out, the Messiah also tells us in Luke 21:36 to watch
and pray to be counted worthy to escape all the terrible things that
will come to pass.
these scriptures and many others just like it must be reconciled in
each of our minds and then in our actions. As Paul says
in Philippians 2:12, we must each work out our own salvation with fear and trembling.
(scriptures from the Literal Translation)
Jennie (26 March 2011)
"Here is a Question for all 5 Doves?"
People are saying that EVERY Born Again person WILL be Raptured, but
what about those Pastors and Priests.... who get left behind??? I
believe you can be Born Again and get left behind. God says that once
we receive Jesus, we are TO LIVE ACCORDING TO HIS WAYS. I know a lot
of Born Again Christians who are still living as though they were never
saved. So, in my opinion I don't believe EVERYONE will be Raptured.
This is why Jesus commands us to WATCH AND PRAY TO BE COUNTED WORTHY???
The Rapture is a GIFT, not a RIGHT. We christians need to remember this. YSIC Jennie