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Slain in the Spirit

There is a practice in some churches of being “slain in the Spirit.” Being slain in the Spirit is not Biblical.  There are no instances of anyone in the Bible being slain in the Spirit as practiced in some churches.  When people are slain in the Spirit, they fall backward.  They say it’s the power of the Holy Spirit that throws them back.  But in some churches when a woman falls back, they put a towel or something over their legs.  What they are doing when they do that is accusing the Holy Spirit of causing a woman to be indecent.  The Holy Spirit, Who is righteous and pure, will NEVER cause indecency.  So just by the fact they cover a woman’s legs proves the Holy Spirit has nothing to do with it.

The belief of being slain in the Spirit is a fleshly belief that is all emotion and feelings.  This is easily believed in today’s society of weak people who go by their feelings and not facts.  People are mostly followers and don’t want to feel left out.  They want the attention and the emotional high of being focused on by others when they fall back.  I’ve seen people fall back at church who were newly saved from a life of drugs, just to fall back into drugs within a few weeks of falling back at church.  If the Holy Spirit’s power caused them to fall back, why doesn’t the Holy Spirit’s power at least keep them from falling back into the habits and lifestyle of the world.  The reason is because it’s not the Holy Spirit.  It is a show, and since the show is based on emotion and feeling, those are fleeting things and are not lasting and strong.  Because it is a show and based on outward appearances, the people at church can be fooled into thinking the person falling backward is touched by the Holy Spirit.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.

The Bible must be our basis for our doctrine and what we believe. God’s word must reign over our feelings and emotions. So let’s see what the Bible says about being slain in the Spirit, or falling backwards.

Isaiah 28:12-15, “To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.  But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken. Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem. Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves.”  Notice in this context, the people who fell backward were scornful liars who made a covenant with death and hell.  Doesn’t sound like they were doing anything good.  God’s judgment was soon to come on them.

John 18:3-6, “Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons. Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye?  They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them.  As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.”  The men who fell backward in this instance were evil men who were coming to take Jesus away.

Matthew 28:2-4, “And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.  His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:  And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.”  These soldiers were definitely NOT sitting there or sleeping. The punishment for shirking their duty was execution (see Acts 12:19).  They became as dead men, so if a person was standing and then they became dead, they would surely fall.  Another instance of those falling back being the evil ones doing a bad work.

Acts 9:1-4, “And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,  And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.  And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:  And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?”  Saul fell also, and he wasn’t doing anything good.  He was on his way to persecute more Christians.

Acts 5:3-5, “But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?  Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things.”  This is one instance of someone being slain and falling down, but it’s not what the churches practice, because Ananias and Sapphira were actually slain.  Notice they weren’t doing anything good either.  They were lying to God.

In every one of these instances the people who fell backwards, or fell down, were all doing evil works.  There are no verses in the Bible that mention any Saint falling down as being a good thing.  There are no verses that even imply that the power of the Holy Spirit will cause fleshly feelings or emotions.

A baby Christian who is living in the flesh can be slain in the Spirit.  In reality, even a person who is not born again, but claims to be, can be slain in the Spirit, since it’s all depending on the person falling backwards, not the Holy Spirit.  If the unsaved person wants to feel spiritual, they can go forward to the altar and then fall backwards.  Since this is purely an outward show, this act can fool the people at church, who think that the person who fell backwards is saved and got touched by the Holy Spirit.  In conclusion, being “slain in the Spirit” is not Biblical, but is based on feelings and emotions, and as such, can fool others into believing that the person who fell backwards is very spiritual.

Baphomet & the Roman Catholic Jesus

This is a short study to show the Roman Catholic Jesus is related to the satanic Baphomet. Notice first the picture of the statue of Baphomet, which was recently in the news. The hand sign of the first two fingers together is satanic, as shown on the statue. This satanic hand gesture is used by the Roman Catholic priests when they make the sign of the cross. It is sometimes called the benediction gesture and is used by the priests when they perform blessings. Notice also that it is a main gesture of the Baphomet statue. It sticks out more than the other features and it gives an important message that this is the sign of Baphomet. Notice next the Roman Catholic pictures of Jesus Christ. The Roman Catholic Jesus is giving a satanic salute. Just one more evidence that the Roman Catholic church is anti-Christ.
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False Christian Religions

Truth From the Book presents a video on false Christian religions. These religions claim to be Christian, and many use a variation of the word “Christian” in their name. This study is not exhaustive, but covers the main religions that claim to be Christian. They are really masquerades.

Life Church – A Worldly, Modern Church

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Sunday, July 27, 2014, I went to LifeChurch to observe one of their services. I wanted to see, for myself, what a modern church is like. I can tell you it was amazing what I saw. First, the music was very loud. As you enter the sanctuary, they have boxes attached to the doors full of ear plugs, for those who can’t handle the very loud rock music. Do you know why? I do. It’s because the music is so worldly and loud that a Christian who goes to a normal church service, in order to enjoy the service, has to wear the earplugs to block out some of sound. Do you think that is holy and true? Do you think music that is so loud that you have to wear earplugs is pleasing to the Lord? The music was about as worldly as you can get, with the lead singer in skinny jeans jumping around, and with a haircut where he had to keep pushing the hair out of his eyes. I thought maybe he forgot to use hairspray. The lyrics were lame and like most modern “Christian” songs, didn’t mention righteousness, the blood of Christ, holiness, the Trinity, grace, etc. They even had a guitar solo, just like the worldly rock concerts. And that is the main problem with LifeChurch. It is world friendly. It sounds like the world and acts like the world.

The funny thing is, the speaker kept talking about being deceived by satan, and also about living a life separate from the world, but at the same time, the service was as close to the world as you can get. The speaker said they would do everything just short of sin to try to get the message out. In other words, they are going to get as close to sin as you can get (which you can tell by their service). But why would a Christian want to get that close to sin? And just where is that line, where sin begins? If you don’t know exactly where that line is, how do you know you’re not sinning when you try to come right up to that line? You would think that a Christian would want to get as far from sin as you can get. But not at this church. Do you know why he said that? I do. It’s because sin is attractive to the world, and they want to be a popular church by being attractive to the world. I’m not sure why a Christian or a church would want to be attractive to the world when the Bible speaks otherwise (see James 4:4 and 1 John 2:15-16). They want to make people feel comfortable while they live like the world. They want to tell people to change their life by becoming a Christian, but they don’t have to change the way they dress, the music they listen to, the way they talk, what they drink, etc. You will NEVER hear a sermon on those subjects at LifeChurch.

As far as God’s word goes, I looked but could find no one who brought a Bible. After all, why would you need the word of God in a worldly church service? I looked on the chairs when people were standing to sing. I looked at people coming in the door. I never saw one person who had a Bible, other than the one my friend brought. I didn’t bring one because I knew where I was going – to a worldly church where people don’t have to bring a Bible. They don’t put any Scripture on the screen, but there are some verses printed in the bulletin. The verses are from the new versions, which is strange, because when the speaker quoted a verse, he quoted from the King James. Do you know why? I do. It’s because the new versions take the word “Christ” out of the verse he quoted (Philippians 4:13). I don’t know if a leader over thousands of people can be that ignorant, but doesn’t he realize that his versions are so bad that he can’t even quote them? He also quoted the King James because the King James Bible’s cadence and wording is such that it is very easy to memorize. But the congregation doesn’t know the difference, because they aren’t taught those things.

As for the picture, does that look like something Christian or Biblical? The picture shows a monster, one of the monsters in the movie Frozen, but a monster nonetheless. Ask yourself, does a monster glorify God or lead people to the Lord? Is it something that a church should do? The lobby was turned into a movie set. The Bible was nowhere to be found. The theme of the sermons for the last four weeks was “At the Movies.” There was a notice before the main sermon like you see at the movies. It said the sermon is PG 13 and not appropriate for young children, and parents were strongly cautioned about it so they could take their children out if they didn’t want them to see it. What kind of Bible message is so bad that a child shouldn’t see it? Why should we be given a caution before a church sermon that it is not appropriate for a child to see? Do you know why? I do. It’s because they are so worldly, and are trying to be like to world so much, that they will exclude children to make the service popular. They’re using movies of the world in trying to give truth, instead of the Bible.

The funny thing is, the speaker said that one of the tools of the devil (he never called the devil by name, but called him the “evil one”) is that he lies. Yet he is using the lies of the devil (worldly movies) to give Bible truths. You can’t get truth from the lies of the devil. Luke 6:43 says, “…neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.” John 8:44, speaking of the devil, says he “abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” Don’t you think, if you want Bible truths, that you should just use the Bible? Do you think using worldly movies is holy and TRUE and Biblical? Do you think Jesus would approve of a message that young children shouldn’t see? Remember what He said to His Disciples? “Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14.

This church is going against the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Bible, and is trying to use the world to discover the truths of the Bible, instead of using the Bible itself. There are many examples in the Bible we can use to find the truth in it’s pages. LifeChurch is a worldly church for the end times. A church like this will, eventually, come out as accepting homosexuality. I’ve been around people who attend LifeChurch and who love LifeChurch, and they were very worldly – they cussed, drank, etc. I know the reason they like LifeChurch. They don’t get real preaching about sin and how to live a true Christian life, and how to be separate from the world. They are not convicted about their sin, for their pastor will NEVER give them a true, convicting message aimed at their sins and based on the word of God! The messages are generic slop that smells like the world, and as a result, the people who attend look like the world, talk like the world and walk like the world.

Who are you going to believe?

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John 12:25, “He that loves his life shall lose it; and he that hates his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.”

Where Do the Dead Go After Death?

Soul sleep is the belief that your soul goes to sleep until the resurrection. This teaching is not Scriptural. Those who believe in soul sleep are interpreting the Bible instead of reading and believing it as it says. Interpreting the Bible by your own beliefs is going against Scripture, which says in 2 Peter 1:20, “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.” Most of those who believe in soul sleep belong to cults or religious organizations that are questionable, including Jehovah’s Witnesses and Seventh Day Adventists. Just the fact that the Jehovah’s Witnesses believe in soul sleep should be enough to raise a red flag for any Bible believer. Those who believe in soul sleep do not have a firm grasp of Biblical truths. This study is done to show that when a person dies, their body dies, but their soul departs.

Revelation 6:9 says, “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held” Let’s notice a few things here.
One – these souls were in Heaven, and there were still people on earth, because the souls mentioned “them that dwell on the earth” (vs. 10). This verse, among many, is one that testifies AGAINST soul sleep. When a person dies, their body gets put in the ground. Not their soul. Genesis 35:18, speaking of Rachel, says “her soul was in departing, (for she died)”. Rachel’s soul departed her body when she died. When the son of the widow of Zarephath died, Elijah “stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, I pray thee, let this child’s soul come into him again. And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived.” This child’s soul had left his body, and because it left, the body died. When the child’s soul came back into his body, he came alive.

The Bible is clear. When a person dies, their soul departs their body. When their body gets put in the ground, it is dead because the soul is what gave it life, and the soul is not there anymore.
Two – these souls spoke and had intelligence apart from the body. The soul is the real person, not the body. The body will change. The soul won’t. 1 Corinthians 15:44 says, “It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.” The body will change at the resurrection, not the soul. It is the soul that gets saved, not the body. James 5:20 says, “Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death.” Hebrews 10:39 says, “But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.” (emphasis mine)

There is also a spirit body. Revelation 5:1, 7 mention God holding a book in His right hand. John 4:24 says that God is a Spirit. God, Who is a Spirit, has a hand. And a hand is part of the body. So therefore, God has a body, but it’s a spirit body. When we die, our physical body goes into the ground, and our soul and spirit go to Heaven. In Heaven, until the resurrection, we will have a body, but it will be a spirit body. At the resurrection, our physical body is resurrected and changed into a spiritual body. Our soul and spirit will combine with our spiritual body and we will become a trinity, as we were meant to be.

When a Christian dies, their soul and spirit go to be with the Lord in Heaven. Their body is dead and is put in the ground. Whenever the Bible speaks of a deceased Christian as “dead”, it is speaking of their body, not their soul or their spirit. Notice Acts 2:29 says, “Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.” Remember, the Bible defines itself. To be dead is to be buried. The body gets buried, because it is dead. James 2:26 says, “For as the body without the spirit is dead…” It is the body that is dead in the grave, not the spirit!

Let’s dig into this a little deeper. 1 Thessalonians 4:14-16 says, “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first.” Notice that is says those who sleep in Jesus will come with Him when he returns at the rapture. It also says the dead in Christ shall rise first.

One verse says those who are asleep Jesus will bring with Him, and another verse says the dead in Christ will rise to meet Him in the air. These verses seem contradictory. If we believe the Bible just as it says, and not put our interpretations on it, it is easy to explain. Those who are “asleep” are the souls in Heaven. The “dead in Christ” are the bodies that are buried on earth. A complete Christian is a trinity – soul, body and spirit, just like God. When a Christian dies, his soul and spirit separate from his body. He is no longer a trinity, but only a two part being. That is why the body is resurrected – so that the Christian can be complete.

When Jesus returns at the rapture, He brings the souls and spirits of those who “sleep in Jesus.” He resurrects their bodies and their bodies rise to join their soul and spirit, becoming a complete trinity. Those who are alive are a complete trinity, and only need to have their body changed, not their soul or spirit.

Luke 16:22-23 says, “the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.” Here the rich man went to hell right after he died. If you put thousands of years in between the word “buried” and the word “and”, you are putting something there that isn’t there and doesn’t belong there. In Luke 23:42-43, the thief on the cross “said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” Plain enough. Yet those who believe in soul sleep have to change this verse to support their doctrine. They move the comma from before “today” to after “today”, so the verse looks like this: “Verily I say unto thee today, shalt thou be with me in paradise.” Search if you like, but nowhere in the Bible does Jesus, or anyone else, use the phrase “I say unto thee today.” No one talks like that. This is another attempt to change God’s word to suit the doctrine of soul sleep.

Those who believe in soul sleep are using their doctrine as a base to find Bible verses, instead of using the Bible to base their doctrine on. That is how you can expose a cult – by their changing of God’s word. For an example, see below the paragraph on the word “absent.” They change the grammar of a sentence, or change punctuation, or redefine basic words. They have to, because if they leave God’s word alone, it will never back up their false doctrine.

Matthew 12:40 says, “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” The grave is not the heart of the earth. When Jesus died, He went to hell. Acts 2:31 says, “He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.” Notice that Jesus’ SOUL went to hell. This was before He resurrected, so His body was still in the tomb. Just another verse that shows when a person dies, their soul goes to Heaven or hell, but their DEAD body is in the grave. Isaiah 32:18 says, “Son of man, wail for the multitude of Egypt, and cast them down, even her, and the daughters of the famous nations, unto the nether parts of the earth, with them that go down into the pit.” Notice the pit is in the nether parts of the earth, which means the lower part of the earth. It is not the grave.

John 8:51-56 is good for this study, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death. Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself? Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.”

Jesus said that if a person keeps His saying, that person will never see death. The Pharisees said that Abraham is dead. So who is telling the truth? They both are. Jesus is speaking of Abraham’s soul. The Pharisees are speaking of Abraham’s body. Jesus said that Abraham saw His day. The only way Abraham could see Jesus’ day was if Abraham was alive. If Abraham was asleep in the grave, he couldn’t see anything.

Jesus said in Mark 12:27, “He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living.” The context of that verse is about the dead (see Mark 12:19-22; 25-26). But Jesus said God is not the God of the dead. John 3:15 says, “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” God is a giver of life. God is the God of the living, those who are alive in Heaven. God is not the God of the dead, those who are in the grave.

2 Corinthians 5:6&8 say, “Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” Absent means you aren’t there. If a person is absent from roll call, they aren’t there. If a person is absent from school, they have played hooky. There is no need to ponder over words, or try to make new meanings from plain words. God’s word means just what it says. If you are home in the body, in other words, if you are still here in your body, then you are absent from the Lord. Where is the Lord? He’s in Heaven. If you’re absent from Heaven, you aren’t there. That is plain as day. Then the Bible says if you are absent from the body, you are with the Lord. Absent means you aren’t there. If you are absent from the body, you aren’t in the body anymore. You are with the Lord. Where is the Lord? He’s in Heaven, seated at the right hand of the Father. If your soul has left your body, you are absent from your body. You aren’t there anymore. You are in Heaven. Those who believe in soul sleep must change plain meanings of words, and must ignore the rest of 2 Corinthians 5:3,9; 10:1,11; 13:2,10 and all the other verses that have the plain meaning of the word “absent.”

The Bible is very clear. When a person dies, their soul goes to either Heaven or hell. It does not go to sleep. When a person dies, their body is dead, because the body is only a covering for the soul. And as such, it gets put in the grave to await the resurrection. The body gets resurrected, not the soul. Believe the Bible. Take it as it says and you will never go wrong. God bless.

The Sabbath

A Bible study on the observation of the Sabbath.

• There is absolutely NO reference anywhere in the New Testament for Christians to observe the Sabbath.
• The Sabbath was given to the Jews as a sign between God and Israel (Exodus 31:13), because the Jews require a sign (1 Cor. 1:22). It was not given to the Gentiles!
• The observance of the Sabbath is part of the Law, and we are NOT under the Law, but under grace (Romans 6:14).
• No one is to judge us in regards to the Sabbath (Colossians 2:16).
• Keeping the Sabbath is a work of the Law, and no one is justified by the works of the Law (Galatians 2:16).
• Christians in the Bible met on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7), took up collections on the first day of the week (1 Cor. 16:1-2), preached on the first day of the week (Acts 2:14, 20:7), received the Holy Spirit on the first day of the week (Acts 2:1-4), Jesus rose on the first day of the week (John 20:1, Luke 24:1) and Jesus appeared to His disciples on the first day of the week (John 20:19). Therefore the first day of the week is called the Lord’s day (Revelation 1:10).
• After the book of Acts, the Sabbath is only mentioned once, which speaks against anyone saying you should observe the Sabbath.
• Paul listed the commandments in Romans 13:9, and they do not include the Sabbath day. It also says if there are any other commandments than the ones he listed, they are summed up by just loving your neighbor. Romans 13:10 and Galatians 5:14 both say that love is the fulfilling of the Law. So if you love your neighbor, you have fulfilled the Law, which includes the observance of the Sabbath.
• Galatians 5:1 says Christ has made us free from the Law.
• For those who say that observing the Sabbath is required, Christ is become of no effect to them, and they are fallen from grace (Galatians 5:4).
• Galatians 5:17 says if your are led by the Holy Spirit, you are not under the law.
• Galatians 4:9,10 says that if you observe special days you are in bondage to weak things.
• In Luke 4:16, it doesn’t say that Jesus went into the Synagogue because it was the Law regarding the Sabbath. It says He went into the Synagogue because it was “His custom.” We have a custom too. It is our custom to go to church on the first day of the week – Sunday.
• If we are under the law, and must obey the Sabbath Law, then we must also put to death anyone who does not observe the Sabbath as required in Numbers 15:32-36.
• Worship on the first day of the week is supported by many early Christian writings and was observed by the church since the first century.
• There is NO mention or even a hint of the Sabbath in Revelation, and it has nothing to do with the mark of the beast.

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