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A response to the contraversial words of Pope Francis Jorge Mario Bergoglio

In an article entitled “Church is essential for faith; there are no ‘free agents,’ pope says”, by Cindy Wooden of Catholic News Service, published on Jun. 25, 2014, words quoted from the pope contradict the Word of God. In this response, some words of the pope which are quoted in the article published by NCR will be addressed. The article is included in it’s entirety herein.

The Lord made sure we have the scripture as a foundation we could depend on.

Hear the Psalmist:

(Ps 119:103 [AKJV]) How sweet are your words to my taste! yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

(Ps 119:104 [AKJV]) Through your precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.

(Ps 119:105 [AKJV]) Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.

If Satan can keep you from the Word of God or if he can cause you to depart from it, he can take your soul. Many say they believe in Jesus Christ and that is ok with this pope, as long as you follow him first and not Christ. When we have a leader who knows the Word of God but who evades, avoids, and contradicts the Word of God, you can be sure he is an agent of Satan. This man, Pope Francis Jorge Mario Bergoglio, not only seeks to distract you from the bible, but from the pre-eminence of Christ. This pope has exalted his word above the Word of God.

Below, we will see how this pope, opposes the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Apostles Paul, the Apostle Peter, and the Lord Jesus Christ. Critiquing the words of the pope quoted in the article below could give rise to an entire book. However, this response, will primarily focus on four essentials with some other points included in light of these.

There are Fundamental Essentials of true faith and life in Jesus Christ being attacked by this pope in the words quoted in this article. We will focus on four of them as follows:

> Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church and He has no delegates for that position! Period!;

> The Church is the body of Christ and Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church;

> No one but no one can be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ without being born again;

> Salvation, Redemption, Begetting us to a living hope, is God’s work not man’s.

The Pope is Lying to you! According to the words in this article, the Pope is a lying heretic and an enemy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If you follow this man or anyone who says the things pointed out in this article, you are being led to hell.

Hear the Words of Jesus Christ.

(Luke 6:39 [AKJV]) And he spoke a parable to them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch?

It is difficult to know where to start here. First, lets see the article.

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VATICAN CITY – Christians are not made in a laboratory, but in a community called the church, Pope Francis said.

At his weekly general audience Wednesday, Pope Francis continued his series of audience talks about the church, telling an estimated 33,000 people that there is no such thing as “do-it-yourself” Christians or “free agents” when it comes to faith.

Every Christian, he said, can trace his or her faith back to parents, grandparents, teachers or friends. “I always remember the nun who taught me catechism. I know she’s in heaven because she was a holy woman,” he said.

In the Old Testament, the pope said, God called Abraham and began to form a people that would become a blessing for the world. “With great patience — and God has a lot of it — he prepared the people of the ancient covenant and in Jesus Christ constituted them as a sign and instrument of the union of humanity with God and unity with one another.”

Pope Francis described as “dangerous” the temptation to believe that one can have “a personal, direct, immediate relationship with Jesus Christ without communion with and the mediation of the church.”

Obviously, he said, it is not always easy to walk the path of faith with other people. “Sometimes it’s tiring. It can happen that a brother or sister creates problems for us or scandalizes us, but the Lord entrusted his message of salvation to human beings, to us, to witnesses,” he said.

“It is through our brothers and sisters with their gifts and their limits,” the pope said, “that he comes to us and makes himself known. This is what belonging to the church means. Remember: Being Christian means belonging to the church. If your first name is Christian, your last name is Member of the Church.”

At the end of his talk, the pope asked people to join him in praying that they would never “give into the temptation of thinking you can do without others, without the church, that you can save yourself, of thinking you can be a laboratory Christian.” Christians, he said, are not manufactured in isolation, but belong to a long line of believers who handed on the faith and challenged one another to live it fully.

The audience was the last the pope was scheduled to hold before beginning a reduced summer schedule.

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(NCR Pope quotes were taken from a Pope Francis address entitled, “The first and last name of a Christian”· Pope Francis’ catechesis at the General Audience ·June 25, 2014 )

First let’s establish who is reporting this.

The Article is published by the National Catholic Reporter (NCR). Here is their “About” blurb from their website.

“Established in 1964, the National Catholic Reporter (NCR) began as a newspaper and is now a print and Web news source that stands as one of the few independent journalistic outlets for Catholics and others who struggle with the complex moral and societal issues of the day.

NCR is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.” Source

(((It is established that NCR is a Catholic Publisher.)))

Let us now focus on four Fundamental Essential truths which this pope has trampled over and which he is seeking to hide from you and to overturn in his campaign of lies.

There are Fundamental Essentials being attacked; here are four of them:

> Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church and he has no delegates for that position! Period!;

> The Church is the body of Christ and Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church;

> No one but no one can be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ without being born again;

> Salvation, Redemption, Begetting us to a living hope, is God’s work not man’s.

Lets look at some scripture. Commentary after select verses will be included.

(Col 1:12 [AKJV])​Giving thanks to the Father, which has made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:

(Col 1:13 [AKJV])​Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

Explicitly here, the Apostle Paul makes it unmistakably known that the Father saves us. He says it is the “Father, which has made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light“. This is in direct opposition to the pope’s not so subtle implications that we can’t be saved unless we join the church.

It is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ  “who has delivered us from darkness into the Kingdom of His dear Son“, the Lord Jesus Christ. The pope wants it to be the “mother church“. (Link to Vatican II.) Why do you think the Catholic Church needs 175,564 words in 16 documents when we have the bible and the Spirit of God?  Maybe to compete with these truths?

(John 14:26 [AKJV/PCE]) But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

(1John 2:20 [AKJV/PCE]) But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.

(1John 2:26 [AKJV/PCE]) These [things] have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.

(1John 2:27 [AKJV/PCE]) But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.    

My friends, believe the Words of the Lord Jesus Christ and His Apostles. We do not need a usurper to tell us what the bible means. We need a sincere heart and a bible with faith in Jesus Christ that he will teach us by His Spirit as He promised.

We do learn from one another, that is why God places teachers in the body of Christ as shown in Ephesians 4:11-16. However, when an organization or an individual decides what you will think and presents such a massive body of material as Vatican II, 175,564 word in 16 documents, which would take a PHD in 7 fields to interpret, (that’s the idea, let the priests tell you what to think), they seek to dominate your time and energy and to be “the one” you are depending on rather than the bible and the Spirit of the Living God. Essentially, you end up worshiping the creation, (man) instead of the creator. (Not to mention the idols they have in so many Catholic Churches, but that’s another topic.)

This is a blatant usurpation of the preeminence of Jesus Christ and the Word of God. Once he has you lassoed into his idea of “the Church”, you will see how that the “Mother of God” replaces the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

(Col 1:14 [AKJV])​In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

Redemption is in the blood of Jesus Christ, not the Catholic Church of apostate men. The forgiveness of sins is in the blood of Jesus Christ, not in the Catholic Church of Apostate men. Why do they not tell you this? Maybe they don’t want you to know! They want your allegiance to belong to them and not to Jesus Christ.

(Col 1:15 [AKJV])​Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

(Col 1:16 [AKJV])​For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

(Col 1:17 [AKJV])​And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

All things were created by Him and for Him. Jesus Christ is preeminent. It is explicit. Those like this pope who focus you on other things, like man’s Church, various works, sacraments, etc. . .  are apostate liars who seek to bring your soul down into the depths of an eternal hell. This pope is pointing to the Church of man and not to Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul spoke the truth, “he is before all things“. Jesus Christ is preeminent, not a pope, not a Church, not membership to or belonging to a Church. Just Jesus Christ. For a pope to make himself or any other thing preeminent is to be “other than” Christ. “Other than” Christ is “Antichrist”. Ask yourself why a pope would not emphasize the same things that the Apostles emphasized?

(Col 1:18 [AKJV])​And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

Here, in vs 18, Paul explicitly gives the definition for the Church, “And he is the head of the body, the church“. The “he” here is Jesus Christ as clearly established in verse 13, and He,  “has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son“.  His dear son is Jesus Christ. “Has Translated us into . . .”. It’s done, He did it, He does it, He alone. Paul says he, [Jesus Christ] is the head of the Church and that He has preeminence. Any true servant of God will preach this and not preach any message to contradict or diminish this Fundamental Essential truth.

(Col 1:19 [AKJV])​For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell;

(Col 1:20 [AKJV])​And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things to himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

(Col 1:21 [AKJV])​And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now has he reconciled

(Col 1:22 [AKJV])​In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and blameless and unreproveable in his sight:

(Col 1:23 [AKJV])​If you continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which you have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;

Paul makes it emphatically clear here that Jesus Christ has “made peace by the blood of His cross” and He has reconciled us to Himself and He alone can and will “present you holy and blameless and unreproveable in his sight”, if you are His. The condition Paul gives is that we continue. Continue in what?  “… continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which you have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister”.   “…be not moved away from the hope of the gospel“. The pope says it is the Church, the pope’s Church. The pope is lying to you. Salvation is God’s work not man’s. In this entire passage, Paul says nothing of the “mediation” of the Church. Why would the pope say it? What does the bible say about a mediator? Why do you think the pope avoids the scripture?

Let’s look at what the scripture says about a mediator.

(1Tim 2:5 [AKJV]) For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

(1Tim 2:6 [AKJV]) Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

(1Tim 2:7 [AKJV]) Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.

Paul doesn’t preach Church, he preaches Jesus Christ. This pope wants you to believe that the Church is the mediator. His definition of the Church of course is the “mother Church” and not the Church that Jesus Christ builds. The Apostle Paul has made it clear that Jesus Christ is the only mediator between man and God. We have access through Jesus Christ, not through a Church.

(Eph 2:10 [AKJV/PCE])
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

(Eph 2:11 [AKJV/PCE])
Wherefore remember, that ye [being] in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;

(Eph 2:12 [AKJV/PCE])
That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

(Eph 2:13 [AKJV/PCE])
But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

(Eph 2:14 [AKJV/PCE])
For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition [between us];

(Eph 2:15 [AKJV/PCE])
Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, [even] the law of commandments [contained] in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, [so] making peace;

(Eph 2:16 [AKJV/PCE])
And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

(Eph 2:17 [AKJV/PCE])
And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.

(Eph 2:18 [AKJV/PCE])
For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

Again, it is so clear that we are: the workmanship of Jesus Christ; made near to God by the cross of Jesus Christ; placed into one body by the cross; and through Jesus Christ we have access to the Father by the Spirit of God. The only time Paul mentions Church here is as he explains that both Jew and Gentile are now one body, one new man and that it has been accomplished by the blood and the cross of Jesus Christ.

When you come to know Jesus Christ, when you are born again, when you are apprehended by Jesus Christ, when you meet Him, then and only then are you a member of the Church that Jesus Christ builds. We, as servants of the most high God are calling sinners to Jesus Christ, not to a Church. Once we are born again, then we are part of the Church, then we may enjoy fellowship in Christ with one another. Remember, the body is the Church and the head of the Church is Jesus Christ and the only way to be part of the body is by Jesus Christ. The pope turns this upside down making the Church the way to Christ! Making the Church the way to salvation, making the Church preeminent over Christ and know this, the pope’s Church is not the Church that Jesus Christ builds!

(Eph 3:10 [Wesley]) That the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in heavenly places,

(Eph 3:11 [Wesley]) According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord,

(Eph 3:12 [Wesley]) By whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in him.

The Church, the one true Church which Jesus Christ builds, makes known the manifold wisdom of God, it is not the mediator, Jesus Christ is the mediator. “By whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in him.” Paul preaches Jesus Christ. The pope preaches the Church and don’t be fooled, the pope’s Church and the Church Jesus Christ builds are not the same! The pope is preaching the Mother!

In another article, entitled, “Pope begins new Catechesis on the role of the Church 2014-06-18″ published by Rome Reports, the pope is quoted, “Today begins a new cycle of catecheses devoted to the Church. The Church is not simply an institution but a mother, a family, a mystery which is meant to embrace the whole human race.”

(“meant to embrace the whole human race” ?? That’s another topic in and of itself!)  Mother? Mystery? Sound familiar? “And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” Rev 17:5

(Rom 5:1 [AKJV]) Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

(Rom 5:2 [AKJV]) By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Again Paul makes it clear that we have access to this grace through Jesus Christ, not a Church. This pope is leading people to believe that salvation is only possible by first becoming a member of the Church, the pope’s Church. The truth is one can only become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ by being born again of the Father by Jesus Christ. This will be shown in scripture herein. The pope is leading people to their doom, by changing the definition of what the Church is and by changing how it is that one must be saved. He is lying with the lips of Satan.

What does the Apostle Peter have to say about how we are saved?

(1Pet 1:3 [AKJV]) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy has begotten us again to a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

Who begets? The father. Salvation is God’s work, not man’s, not the Church. How does the Father beget us? “by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead”, not through men, not through succession, not by joining the pope’s Church. The pope says we have to be a member of the Church. Why do you think the pope would say you have to join the Church to be saved when the Apostle Peter says the father saves us through Jesus Christ?

(1Pet 1:4 [AKJV]) To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fades not away, reserved in heaven for you,

(1Pet 1:5 [AKJV]) Who are kept by the power of God through faith to salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

The power of God saves us, the power of God keeps us through faith in Jesus Christ. It is the Word of God as revealed explicitly in the scriptures which this man, Pope Francis Jorge Mario Bergoglio, knows but strategically avoids. That begs a question in and of itself; doesn’t it? Why would he avoid the bible? For the same reason he never preaches the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is seeking something else and it is not your salvation.

Pope Quote, “Pope Francis described as “dangerous” the temptation to believe that one can have “a personal, direct, immediate relationship with Jesus Christ without communion with and the mediation of the church.”” He also said, “there are no such thing as “do-it-yourself” Christians or “free agents” when it comes to faith.” 

Let me put that in other words for you. You are illegitimate if you met Jesus Christ without the help of man or without the Catholic Church. The pope is saying you can’t be saved, you can’t have a relationship with Jesus Christ except within his parameters. He is deciding how God does His work. The pope here is pompously prohibiting God from directly initiating a relationship with you. Pay attention to the words “direct”, “immediate” and “mediation”. The pope is telling you that the Church, his Church, is the mediator between you and Jesus Christ and he is prohibiting any direct relationship with Jesus Christ. Like a mafia boss, he is saying, that you have to go through his people, which means, you have to go through him!

But what did Jesus Christ say? (John 14:21 [AKJV]) He that has my commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves me: and he that loves me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

This pope is opposing Jesus Christ!  This pope is opposing the Word of God! This pope is opposing the Apostles!

“Pope Francis described as “dangerous” the temptation to believe that one can have “a personal, direct, immediate relationship with Jesus Christ without communion with and the mediation of the church.””

The very thing that is necessary to be saved, to know Jesus Christ, this pope is opposing!

Lets look at it.

(John 6:44 [AKJV/PCE]) No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

The pope would have you believe that no one comes to Jesus except through the pope’s ways, as he said, “without communion with and the mediation of the church”.

(John 6:45 [AKJV/PCE]) It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.

Jesus says those who hear and learn from the Father come to Him. Why do you think the pope doesn’t tell you that? Why do you think the pope has imposed some “other way”?

(John 6:46 [AKJV/PCE]) Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father. (John 6:47 [AKJV/PCE]) Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

Jesus said, “He that believeth on me hath everlasting life“.

Pope Quote, “It is through our brothers and sisters with their gifts and their limits,” the pope said, “that he comes to us and makes himself known.

But that’s not what Jesus said. That’s not what the bible says. Let’s take a look at what Jesus says in the bible.

(Matt 16:13 [AKJV]) When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?

This is the main thing; who is Jesus Christ? Knowing Jesus Christ is the point of this passage. Knowing Him personally and directly.

(Matt 16:14 [AKJV]) And they said, Some say that you are John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.

(Matt 16:15 [AKJV]) He said to them, But whom say you that I am?

Jesus doesn’t want to know what others say. He wants to know what you say. Who do you say He is? What others tell you is not good enough! He is calling on you to give an answer. Who do you say He is? Do you know who He is? Do you know Him personally?

(Matt 16:16 [AKJV]) And Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.

(Matt 16:17 [AKJV]) And Jesus answered and said to him, Blessed are you, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood has not revealed it to you, but my Father which is in heaven.

(((((flesh and blood has not revealed it to you, but my Father which is in heaven.)))))

Peter answers with the truth! How did he know? What did Jesus say in John 6:45?

“It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.”

Peter heard from God. Directly. This isn’t just for Peter, it is for ALL. “And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me“. 

Jesus told Peter that the Father revealed this to him. That’s the only way anyone can know who Jesus Christ is. That’s what the pope is opposing! ” This pope is saying the exact opposite!

“It is through our brothers and sisters with their gifts and their limits,” the pope said, “that he comes to us and makes himself known.””dangerous” the temptation to believe that one can have “a personal, direct, immediate relationship with Jesus Christ without communion with and the mediation of the church.”

But Jesus said, flesh and blood has not revealed it to you, but my Father which is in heaven.” Again, let me remind you. The pope says the Church is the Mother. He is replacing the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ with the Mother of God, the Queen of Heaven!

(Matt 16:18 [AKJV]) And I say also to you, That you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Jesus Christ builds His Church on those who hear from the father. The pope builds his Church on those who hear him! Whose Church is it? Jesus Christ’s or the pope’s?. Who builds it? Jesus Christ or the pope?. Which one are you in?

(Ps 127:1 [AKJV]) Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman wakes but in vain.

Interesting how the pope is opposing this passage and these words of Jesus Christ. This is a key point of scripture twisting in Catholicism. Not only would the pope have you not hear God for yourself but through men only, not only does the pope have his own definition of the Church, but he also says you can only be in the faith through succession and that idea stems from their twisting of this very passage.

Pope quote, “Christians, he said, are not manufactured in isolation, but belong to a long line of believers who handed on the faith and challenged one another to live it fully”.

This is the doctrine of succession. They want everything centered in the Catholic Church. So they teach that Peter was the first pope. All other popes, they say, are in succession from Peter. They call it “Legitimate Apostolic Succession” and they try to make your salvation, your relationship with God, bound to their lying apostasy. How do they twist this scripture to support their Legitimate Apostolic Succession lying apostasy? Two Words, “Peter” and Rock” out of verse 18, “And I say also to you, That you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” They say Peter is the rock on which Jesus Christ builds His Church in this passage. First of all that is a half truth and half truths, unfortunately contain complete lies.

We already have seen that the Church is the body of Christ which is made up of born again believers in Jesus Christ. We also saw that we have access through Jesus Christ to the father by the Spirit. Let’s look at another Ephesians passage to see about the Church and what it is built on, then we will look at those two words, “Peter” and “Rock”.

Words in [these brackets] are added to to represent the context established in the greater text. You can verify this for yourself by reading it in it’s entirety by clicking here


(Eph 2:18 [AKJV/PCE])
For through him [Jesus Christ] we both [Jews and gentiles] have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

(Eph 2:19 [AKJV/PCE]) Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

(Eph 2:20 [AKJV/PCE]) And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner [stone];

(Eph 2:21 [AKJV/PCE]) In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:

(Eph 2:22 [AKJV/PCE]) In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

As we can see, this is completely opposite of what the pope is saying in the article. This passage shows us that we have access to the Father through Christ, by the Spirit. As a result we are being built, (by Jesus Christ as shown in Matthew 16:18), on the foundation of Apostles, (plural) and prophets, not just on Peter. We grow into a holy temple in the Lord as a result of knowing Jesus Christ and hearing the Father.

The pope is trying to destroy this understanding. He wants you to do the opposite. He wants you to become a member of the Church, to hear God through men and believe that he is the preeminent head of the Church and the one and only legitimate apostolic successor of Peter who they say is the first pope. Who does the opposite of God?  Who opposes Jesus Christ? Satan. Antichrist. That’s who.

Now lets look at Matthew 16:18 again and see what the root words for “Peter” and “Rock” really are.

(Matt 16:18 [AKJV]) And I say also to you, That you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

1) Peter from the Mickelson’s Enhanced Strong’s Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries

G4074 Πέτρος Petros (pet’-ros) n/p.

1. a (piece of) rock

2. as a name, Petrus, an apostle

KJV: Peter, rock

2) Rock from the Mickelson’s Enhanced Strong’s Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries

G4073 πέτρα petra (pet’-ra) n.

1. a (mass of) rock

KJV: rock

(Matt 16:18 [AKJV]) And I say also to you, That you are Peter (a piece of rock) , and on this rock, (a mass of rock)  I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

So, when Jesus said, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood has not revealed it to you, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also to you, That you are Peter (a piece of rock) , and on this rock, (a mass of rock)  I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it’, he was saying that Peter is a piece of rock and on this mass of rock of revelation from the Father, on this rock of hearing from the Father He will build His Church. Peter understood this and we should too.

(1Pet 2:1 [AKJV]) Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, all evil speakings,

(1Pet 2:2 [AKJV]) As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may grow thereby:

Here we have Peter who the pope says is the first pope saying that we grow by the WORD OF GOD. Peter like all true servants and Apostles of Jesus Christ point to Jesus Christ and the Bible. The pope points to the Church and the Vatican II documents and his own catechesis of opposite doctrine.

(1Pet 2:3 [AKJV]) If so be you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

(1Pet 2:4 [AKJV]) To whom coming, as to a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,

(1Pet 2:5 [AKJV]) You also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

(1Pet 2:6 [AKJV]) Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believes on him shall not be confounded.

(1Pet 2:7 [AKJV]) To you therefore which believe he is precious: but to them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,

(1Pet 2:8 [AKJV]) And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.

(1Pet 2:9 [AKJV]) But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light;

Jesus is saying, Peter! You hear my Father and you say what He says! Therefore even as I am the rock, so you too are a piece of that rock with which I will build my church. Now, Peter is telling you, that you too are a precious stone with which Jesus builds His temple!!

(John 14:23 [AKJV]) Jesus answered and said to him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come to him, and make our abode with him.

Again here we see that Jesus and the Father will come and “make their abode with us as a result of loving Jesus and keeping His Words, not as a result of first joining the catholic Church or the “mother” who “embraces all humanity”. (((HIS WORDS – JESUS’ WORDS))) We must know HIS WORDS in order to recognize when the words of others like the words of Pope Francis, are opposing Him.

(John 14:24 [AKJV]) He that loves me not keeps not my sayings: and the word which you hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.

“The words that you hear are not mine but the Father’s which sent me.”  This is what happened to Peter when He said, “you are the Christ, the son of the living God”, and when Jesus said, “blessed are you Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it to you but my Father which is in Heaven:”. This is the way it happens with all saints of Jesus Christ. This is who Jesus builds His Church with. Those who hear from the Father and say what the Father says.

(John 14:6 [AKJV]) Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me.

The pope says we can only come through our brothers and sisters and through the Church, since in his words, the the Lord only comes to us through other people.

Jesus Christ builds His Church on the rock of those who know Him as a result of the Father revealing Christ to them. Just as THE ROCK Jesus hears the Father and says what he hears from the Father, so too the true servants of Jesus Christ hear the Father and say what He says. These are those with and upon whom Jesus Christ builds His church. Sorry pope, that leaves you out.

(1Cor 3:9 [AKJV]) For we are laborers together with God: you are God’s husbandry, you are God’s building. (Church/Temple)

(1Cor 3:10 [AKJV]) According to the grace of God which is given to me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another builds thereon. But let every man take heed how he builds thereupon.

(1Cor 3:11 [AKJV]) For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Paul here is fulfilling the very words of Jesus which we have just seen, Paul had a direct revelation of Jesus Christ and Paul preached, pointed to and revealed Jesus Christ.  Paul also walked out the following words in John 17:18. This is our example, this is our pattern, this is our instruction, not the upside down and backwards words of pope Francis.

(John 17:18 [AKJV]) As you have sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.

We established above that the Father begets us. That means we are born again. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy has begotten us again to a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,”(1Pet 1:3) That is how we can see and enter the kingdom of God, by being born again, by the Spirit; Peter also says we are born again by the Blood of Christ and the Word of God.

(John 3:3 [AKJV/PCE]) 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 3:4 [AKJV/PCE]) Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?

(John 3:5 [AKJV/PCE]) Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

(John 3:6 [AKJV/PCE]) That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

(John 3:7 [AKJV/PCE]) Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

(John 3:8 [AKJV/PCE]) The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

We are not born again through the traditions of our Fathers, as in “handed on”, like the pope is saying. He is diverting your attention from the work of God and being born again, to his version of “the faith” which is a “handed on” tradition of the Catholic church fathers.

(1Pet 1:18 [AKJV/PCE]) Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, [as] silver and gold, from your vain conversation [received] by tradition from your fathers;

(1Pet 1:19 [AKJV/PCE]) But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

(1Pet 1:20 [AKJV/PCE]) Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

(1Pet 1:21 [AKJV/PCE]) Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

(1Pet 1:22 [AKJV/PCE]) Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, [see that ye] love one another with a pure heart fervently:

(1Pet 1:23 [AKJV/PCE]) Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

Notice too, Peter said “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren“? He said, “unto“.  “…purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren”.

Once we have been born again, we are automatically a member of the body of Christ which is the Church of which Jesus Christ is the only Head and which He builds. It is after we are born again that we are placed in the body, the Church. We become members of the body of Christ as a result of being born again. This pope wants you to believe that your way to God is through the Church but in truth, your way into the Church is by being born again. Your way into the Church is through Christ who said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)   “Unless we are connected to the head, which is Christ, we can not be a part of the body of Christ, the Church. I hope that has been made clear in the volume of this response. A true servant of Jesus Christ points to Jesus Christ not to a Church. Many can join some kind of Church and never be joined to Christ, the head of the true Church. But no one can be joined to Christ the head of the true Church and not be joined to the Church. It is automatic, He does it. Saying we need to join the Church after we are born again is like saying “you are alive, now breath and make your heart beat”.

Notice how that the pope mentions Jesus Christ, and it is a “danger”?

“dangerous” the temptation to believe that one can have “a personal, direct, immediate relationship with Jesus Christ without communion with and the mediation of the church.” 

In the overwhelming majority of the quotes, he says “faith”.

It is “Catholic Faith” verses Jesus Christ with this pope’s silky tones and smooth words of persuasion.

Pope Quote, “no such thing as “do-it-yourself” Christians or “free agents” when it comes to faith.”

As if when God saves you, it makes you a “do-it-yourself” Christian. We, as a matter of fact, are “free agents” or how else could we willingly pick up our cross daily and follow Jesus Christ? How else could we choose to love Jesus Christ and one another? Of course we are free agents. What does this pope want, unfree agents? Slaves?

What he really means is Jesus Christ can’t save you unless He does it through the mediation of the pope’s Church! This is a direct attack upon true born again saints of Jesus Christ. This my friends will be the seed that grows into full fledged persecution of the true saints of Jesus Christ, just like this so called Church has done so many times throughout it’s sordid history. This is a lasso, an attempt to rope you into a system designed to kill you spiritually. He is saying “come to me, come to the Mother and depart from your allegiance to Jesus Christ”.

He is saying if you are not Catholic, you are illegitimate. In Catholicism, faith more often refers to one’s relation to the Church, of the life of a Catholic, not primarily and foremost faith in Jesus Christ. The pope is preaching Church and succession here, not Jesus Christ. This is “another foundation”.

For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.“(1Cor 3:11)

Pope Quote, “Every Christian, he said, can trace his or her faith back to parents, grandparents, teachers or friends.”

Oh really? I can trace my “faith” in Jesus Christ back to a direct encounter with God in my living room! The pope goes on to Catholicize this by sharing his endearing memory of the nun who taught him.

Pope Quote, “Christians, he said, are not manufactured in isolation, but belong to a long line of believers who handed on the faith and challenged one another to live it fully.” 

The pope’s “faith” is Catholicism and you are illegitimate in his eyes and in the eyes of Catholicism if one of them did not “hand on the faith” to you. This is succession. Catholic Succession. The pope is exalting belonging to the Church over knowing Jesus Christ. He is distinguishing between relationship with Christ and Catholic Faith. We do not unify around a pope. We unify around, through, by and in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is our credentials. Jesus Christ is our legitimacy. Not “handed on” faith by the vain tradition of Catholic Church Fathers.

(1Pet 1:18 [AKJV/PCE]) Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, [as] silver and gold, from your vain conversation [received] by tradition from your fathers;

TWISTED EXAMPLE OF THE FAITH – USING ABRAHAM

Pope Quote, “In the Old Testament, the pope said, God called Abraham and began to form a people that would become a blessing for the world. “With great patience — and God has a lot of it — he prepared the people of the ancient covenant and in Jesus Christ constituted them as a sign and instrument of the union of humanity with God and unity with one another.“” (Some veiled humanistic ecumenical philosophy here maybe?)

Abraham heard directly from God. He is referred to as the father of our faith in the bible. He is the example of faith to us.

(Rom 4:11 [AKJV]) And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed to them also:

(Rom 4:12 [AKJV]) And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.

(Rom 4:13 [AKJV]) For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.

(Rom 4:14 [AKJV]) For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect:

(Rom 4:15 [AKJV]) Because the law works wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression

(Rom 4:16 [AKJV]) Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,

Paul is not agreeing with the pope here. What does the pope not want you to see? In his very use of Abraham as an example, he avoids the very example that Paul is setting forth here. Abraham heard from God, believed God, had righteousness imputed for his faith in God. We are not counted as righteous based on, nor are we dependent upon, the control of or membership to, the Catholic Church. The pope is making a law and telling you and me that we have to obey him rather than scripture, rather than the gospel, rather than the Apostles, rather than Jesus Christ.

Abraham was called out from, not into. So are we. Christ was sacrificed outside the camp and we go outside with Him, not into all humanity but “out of” and set apart.

(Heb 13:12 [AKJV])
Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.

(Heb 13:13 [AKJV])
Let us go forth therefore to him without the camp, bearing his reproach.

(Heb 13:14 [AKJV])
For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.

This does not “embrace all humanity” as the pope is preaching.

(Rom 4:3 [AKJV]) For what said the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him for righteousness.

Abraham heard directly from God, Isaac heard directly from God, Jacob Heard directly from God. How is it that this pope can use this example to say, that we now must only hear from God through others?

(Gal 3:6 [AKJV]) Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.

The example is hearing from God and believing God. Remember what Jesus said?

(John 6:45 [AKJV]) It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that has heard, and has learned of the Father, comes to me.

(John 6:46 [AKJV]) Not that any man has seen the Father, save he which is of God, he has seen the Father.

(John 6:47 [AKJV]) Truly, truly, I say to you, He that believes on me has everlasting life.


The one thing that saves us is the one thing this pope says is dangerous; direct and immediate relationship with Jesus Christ. Think about what this man is saying. The Church must “mediate”.  “Immediate or Mediate”? I am not about to entrust my soul to the ‘mediation’ of the pope or his so called Church. It is Immediate for me. 

“dangerous” the temptation to believe that one can have “a personal, direct, immediate relationship with Jesus Christ without communion with and the mediation of the church.” 

(Matt 7:23 [AKJV]) And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.

If we do not know Jesus directly, He does not know us in the sense of intimate person to person relationship which the pope says is dangerous. I am sure it is dangerous to the pope for us to truly know Jesus Christ.

PRAYER  For All Who Seek The Truth

(Eph 1:17 [AKJV/PCE])
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

(Eph 1:18 [AKJV/PCE])
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

(Eph 1:19 [AKJV/PCE])
And what [is] the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

(Eph 1:20 [AKJV/PCE])
Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set [him] at his own right hand in the heavenly [places],

(Eph 1:21 [AKJV/PCE])
Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

(Eph 1:22 [AKJV/PCE])
And hath put all [things] under his feet, and gave him [to be] the head over all [things] to the church,

(Eph 1:23 [AKJV/PCE])
Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

THE GOSPEL

In case you have never heard the gospel preached let me close with an example from a true Apostle of Jesus Christ.

(Acts 3:12 [AKJV]) And when Peter saw it, he answered to the people, You men of Israel, why marvel you at this? or why look you so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?

(Acts 3:13 [AKJV]) The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his Son Jesus; whom you delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.

(Acts 3:14 [AKJV]) But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted to you;

(Acts 3:15 [AKJV]) And killed the Prince of life, whom God has raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.

(Acts 3:16 [AKJV]) And his name through faith in his name has made this man strong, whom you see and know: yes, the faith which is by him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.

(Acts 3:17 [AKJV]) And now, brothers, I know that through ignorance you did it, as did also your rulers.

(Acts 3:18 [AKJV]) But those things, which God before had showed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he has so fulfilled.

(Acts 3:19 [AKJV]) Repent you therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.

(Acts 3:20 [AKJV]) And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached to you:

(Acts 3:21 [AKJV]) Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.

(Acts 3:22 [AKJV]) For Moses truly said to the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up to you of your brothers, like to me; him shall you hear in all things whatever he shall say to you.

(Acts 3:23 [AKJV]) And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.

(Acts 3:24 [AKJV]) Yes, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.

(Acts 3:25 [AKJV]) You are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying to Abraham, And in your seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.

(Acts 3:26 [AKJV]) To you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.

(Acts 4:8 [AKJV]) Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said to them, You rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,

(Acts 4:9 [AKJV]) If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the weak man, by what means he is made whole;

(Acts 4:10 [AKJV]) Be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him does this man stand here before you whole.

(Acts 4:11 [AKJV]) This is the stone which was set at nothing of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.

(Acts 4:12 [AKJV]) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Will you base your doctrine and beliefs on a sentence fragment?  That is what much of Christianity is doing today.

Paul, Chief of Sinners?


Apostle Paul

(Acts 24:16 [AKJV]) And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offense toward God, and toward men. 

Paul could not have been the chief of sinners and at the same time “have always a conscience void of offense toward God”. He said this and Luke wrote this under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost. “a conscience void of offense”.  

Not merely “considered” free from offense, but he said, “I ‘exercise myself’ to have ALWAYS a conscience void of offense toward God and toward men”.

Only a man free from sin can say such a thing and not be a liar. The holy Ghost would not endorse a lie. Paul walked in the freedom he preached which comes by the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ; by the power of Christ in you; by the true grace of God.

Notice, in Galatians 1, how Paul contrasts his past when he persecuted the church, with his present preaching of the faith. We will see that he also compared his past with his present in his letter to Timothy which is below.

But first, let us read the Galatians passage and take note of vss. 13 and 23 and how Paul contrasts his past and present. That is how we give testimony. A testimony is what we were before we met Christ, how we came to know Christ, what He has done in us and how it has been since we met Christ. We give experiential evidence of what Christ has done in us.

(Gal 1:10 [AKJV]) For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

Apostle Paul cannot be the “servant of Christ” and the servant of sin at the same time.

(Gal 1:11 [AKJV]) But I certify you, brothers, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. 

(Gal 1:12 [AKJV]) For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. 

(Gal 1:13 [AKJV]) For you have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: 

Note on the word, “Conversation“. It means conduct or behavior.

CONVERSATION G391 ἀναστροφή anastrophe (an-as-trof-ay’) n.

1. behavior 

[from G390]

KJV: conversation

Root(s): G390

(Gal 1:14 [AKJV]) And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in my own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.  

See here how Paul is speaking of his past, before Christ apprehended him?

(Gal 1:15 [AKJV]) But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace

(Gal 1:16 [AKJV]) To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:

Paul says God was pleased to “reveal His son in me“. He is speaking a time after he persecuted the church.

(Gal 1:17 [AKJV]) Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again to Damascus. 

(Gal 1:18 [AKJV]) Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and stayed with him fifteen days. 

(Gal 1:19 [AKJV]) But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord’s brother. 

(Gal 1:20 [AKJV]) Now the things which I write to you, behold, before God, I lie not. 

(Gal 1:21 [AKJV]) Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia; 

(Gal 1:22 [AKJV]) And was unknown by face to the churches of Judaea which were in Christ: 

(Gal 1:23 [AKJV]) But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preaches the faith which once he destroyed.  

See the glaring comparison of past Saul and present Paul?

(Gal 1:24 [AKJV]) And they glorified God in me. He says, “they glorified God in me”.  

Can god be glorified by a practicing sinner? Obviously and contrarily, God was glorified by the wondrous change he worked in the heart of the Apostle who once persecuted the church but now builds it as a chosen vessel of Jesus Christ Himself. A chosen vessel of Jesus Christ, filled with the Holy Ghost. See it here in Acts 9, see his transformation and hear the very words of Jesus who called him into service.

(Acts 9:15 [AKJV/PCE] But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: 

(Acts 9:16 [AKJV/PCE]) For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake. 

(Acts 9:17 [AKJV/PCE]) And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, [even] Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. 

(Acts 9:18 [AKJV/PCE]) And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized. 

(Acts 9:19 [AKJV/PCE]) And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus. 

(Acts 9:20 [AKJV/PCE]) And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God. 

(Acts 9:21 [AKJV/PCE]) But all that heard [him] were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests

(Acts 9:22 [AKJV/PCE]) But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ. 

Now let’s look at the much repeated, “I am chief of sinners” mantra that people use to say Paul was a sinner all his life. We must keep in mind that Paul never wrote merely a verse to a church or a person. He wrote letters, entire letters. Many pick and choose verses and they twist the Apostle’s words like a media man during a campaign year.

Look at the following and notice the same contrast Paul makes of before and after Christ was revealed in him.

(1Tim 1:12 [AKJV]) And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry

(1Tim 1:13 [AKJV]) Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.  

Note Paul is referring to his past, before conversion.

(1Tim 1:14 [AKJV]) And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 

(1Tim 1:15 [AKJV]) This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.  

(1Tim 1:16 [AKJV]) However, for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show forth all long-suffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. 

(1Tim 1:17 [AKJV]) Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen. 

It is common to use present tense when making a point. Example; “I am more of a sinner than you all, just look at what I did before I came to Christ and He changed me”. This passage in no way was ever intended by the Apostle nor by the Holy Ghost to comfort us in our sin nor to say that Paul continued in sin for the rest of his life after conversion. This passage is showing a contrast between pre and post conversion of Paul.

(1Cor 4:16 [AKJV]) Why (wherefore) I beseech you, be you followers of me. 

Would the Holy Ghost inspire Paul to say “follow me the chief of sinners”? or, is Paul inspired by the Holy Ghost to say “follow me” because God has so worked in his heart that to follow him is to follow Christ?

(1Cor 11:1 [AKJV/PCE]) Be ye followers of me, even as I also [am] of Christ. 

(1Cor 4:17 [AKJV]) For this cause have I sent to you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church.  

My ways which are in Christ“: are the ways of a ‘chief of sinners’, the ways of Christ? Of course not, Paul has new ways which are in fact the very ways of Christ. He teaches these ways every where in every church. He teaches the ways of Christ, every where in every church. The ways of Christ, which, by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, Paul calls his ways. Paul’s ways are, the ways of Christ, no longer are they the ways of the chief of sinners.

 …”remembrance of my ways which be in Christ“. Can Paul say this under inspiration and in good conscience if he were a sinner? If Paul’s ways were the ways of a sinner, a “chief” sinner, will the Holy Ghost inspire him to write this?

“am of Christ”…  Is sin ,sinning and sinner ‘of Christ’? Paul did not say, “be followers of me, a sinner of Christ”.

Again:

(Phil 3:17 [AKJV]) Brothers, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as you have us for an ensample. 

Does Paul and Holy Ghost want us to follow sinners as an example? Here too, Paul shows that others walk in such a way as to be commended as worthy of being followed.

The gospel came with power and it’s power was revealed and exhibited in the holy lives of the messenger who testified.

(1Thess 1:5 [AKJV]) For our gospel came not to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as you know what manner of men we were among you for your sake. 

(1Thess 1:6 [AKJV]) And you became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost. 

(1Thess 1:7 [AKJV]) So that you were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.

Paul brings their attention and calls on them to remember His blameless behavior among them

(1Thess 2:10 [AKJV])You are witnesses, and God also, how piously and justly and blamelessly we behaved ourselves among you that believe: 

Can Paul say this while all the while he is sinning? Remember, he is writing under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost. Paul’s conscience would have condemned him and he could never have written such a thing if he were a sinner.

Review the words of Paul in 1 Timothy Chapter 1 and refuse the twisted and lying way that this statement, “of whom I am chief”, has been fed to us and repeated until it is believed as a truth over the years. Doctrines are not based on a sentence fragment!

“War Propaganda”, in volume 1, chapter 6 of Mein Kampf (1925), by Adolf Hitler 

(two variations)  

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.  

If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it. 

Moral of the story:

If we embrace the lie that “even Paul sinned all his life“, then we will justify our own continuance in undefeated sin. If we deny that freedom from sin is possible by embracing the lie that Paul sinned all his life and never walked in complete sanctification then how can we believe God will bring us into complete sanctification?.

(1Thess 5:19 [AKJV]) Quench not the Spirit. 

(1Thess 5:20 [AKJV]) Despise not prophesyings. 

(1Thess 5:21 [AKJV]) Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 

(1Thess 5:22 [AKJV]) Abstain from all appearance of evil. 

(1Thess 5:23 [AKJV]) And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

(1Thess 5:24 [AKJV]) Faithful is he that calls you, who also will do it.

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(1Cor 3:10 [AKJV/PCE]) According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. 

Paul was given grace to lay the foundation. Jesus Christ is the foundation. All things pertaining to faith and godliness, forgiveness and redemption proceed forth from Christ. Not just from Christ to anyone but to the one who has “fellowship” with Him. These things are not merely “from” Christ but “In” Him and are attainable as a result of true fellowship with Him.

We are called to repent of our sins and to enter into fellowship with Jesus Christ through the gospel. The gospel which Paul was “graced” to preach. That post Mosaic dispensation of grace, by which we may be forgiven of sins and empowered by the very Spirit of God through the shed blood and resurrection of Jesus Christ and through fellowship with Him.

Today there is the notion that grace merely pardons us of sin and even rewards us in the face of continued sin; as though God winks at sin and says, “I got ya covered and by the way, here are some great gifts for you too”. This is mental assent to false doctrine and gross error. To the extent that someone’s notion of grace serves as an encouragement to sin, that notion is in error. While we do have an abiding propitiation for our sins which we “may” commit from time to time, grace is not a covering for continued intentional and habitual sin and it is not something that comes to us apart from fellowship with Jesus Christ.

(1John 2:1 [AKJV/PCE]) My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

(1John 2:2 [AKJV/PCE]) And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for [the sins of] the whole world.

Let’s look at 1st Corinthians 1:3-9.

(1Cor 1:3 [AKJV/PCE]) Grace [be] unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and [from] the Lord Jesus Christ. 

(1Cor 1:4 [AKJV/PCE]) I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; 

(1Cor 1:5 [AKJV/PCE]) That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and [in] all knowledge; 

No doubt, but that this enriching, utterance, knowledge etc…, came by that grace which was given to them. We need to see how that grace is effectual, not merely ethereal, not merely reckoned, but evidential in the life. Grace has an outworking which can be experienced by the recipient and observed by the onlooker. Paul goes on to list some of that evidence.

(1Cor 1:6 [AKJV/PCE] ) Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: 

Here, in verse 6 we have two important words to understand, “Testimony” and “Confirmed“.

(In the following definitions, the bolds are mine.)

1) TESTIMONY G3142 μαρτύριον marturion (mar-too’-ree-on) n.

1. something evidential 

2. (genitive case) evidence given or (specially), the Decalogue (in the sacred tabernacle)

KJV renders it: to be testified, testimony, witness

2) CONFIRMED G950 βεβαιόω bebaioo (beb-ai-oh’-o) v.

1. to make firm, steadfast 

2. (figuratively) to confirm

KJV renders it: confirm, (e-)stablish

Paul is saying that the evidence of Christ has been established in these to whom he is writing. This evidence is a result of the grace of God at work in the saints.  Paul continues to mention more evidence.

(1Cor 1:7 [AKJV/PCE]) So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: 

While we wait for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, we ought to be abiding in Him such that we “evidence” Him in our lives and character, even to the extent of operating in some gift of God which is peculiar to those endued by HIS Spirit.

(1Cor 1:8 [AKJV/PCE]) Who shall also confirm you unto the end, [that ye may be] blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ

Here is that word “confirm” again. It means to “solidly establish”. It speaks of an outward sanctification resulting from that sanctification concerning you and me which existed first in the heart of God and then became evidential in the heart and the life of the recipient of the grace of God.

Paul says Jesus Christ will establish you. Again here, as in so many other places, Paul properly puts the focus on faith in Jesus Christ. We must see this and allow it to grow our faith, seeing that it is the intention of Jesus Christ to establish us in Him such that when He comes back, He will find us “blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ”

(1Cor 1:9 [AKJV/PCE]) God [is] faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 

In verse 9 we have one more word to become familiar with, it is “Fellowship“.

1) FELLOWSHIP G2842 κοινωνία koinonia (koy-nown-ee’-ah) n.

1. partnership 

2. (literally) participation 

3. (social) intercourse 

4. (financial) benefaction

KJV renders it: (to) communicate(-ation), communion, (contri-)distribution, fellowship

This verse has depths of meaning. Paul continues to point us to faith in the faithfulness of God to establish us blameless at the coming of Jesus Christ. We are called to fellowship, (Koinonia) with His Son Jesus Christ, both now, practically, and ultimately in eternal glory in the New Creation to come.

This fellowship is a real, two way intercourse with Jesus Christ and a participation with Him. Like a marriage, it is a partnership. We both must do our part. We do what we can and must do; He does what only He can do. He will not force Himself on us. In this we see the importance and value of loving God out of a pure and sincere heart. Out of this fellowship flows unfathomable benefits. We do become benefactors of the necessary fruits of grace through sincere fellowship with Jesus Christ. Let us look at these.

(1Cor 1:30 [AKJV/PCE]) But of him, (God) are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 

Many today think they do not have to participate. But this chapter makes it clear that we are in a partnership and we must do our part. It is from this Koinonia with Christ that these benefits flow. It is not merely “from” Him but “in” Him that we have such benefaction given unto us. “But of him, (God) are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:“. Before we actually enter into relationship with Jesus Christ through repentance and acknowledgment of Him and His work on the cross and in the resurrection from the dead, such benefaction is merely offered to us. Once we enter into true fellowship with Him, then do these benefits become real and effectual to us. Only then does He become for us “wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:”.

This Koinonia fellowship extends beyond merely the person and Jesus. It flows horizontally between us too. No doubt this was Paul’s grief in his hearing of the affairs of this Corinthian body of believers: the evidence of Christ was confirmed in them but they were not honoring Christ in one another. From this letter, among other things, we may see how that we are truly one body: and that body is the body of Jesus Christ. We may benefit from the following consideration: if we would not do this to Jesus Christ, we should not do it to one another. If we would not treat Jesus this way, we should not treat one another this way. Consider Paul’s rebuke of the Corinthians’ behavior toward one another in 1st Corinthians 11:17-34. Their taking of the communion in unworthy manner had everything to do with the way they treated one another. Paul addresses some other things in this light, such as divisions and fornication etc., which were going on in the Corinthian Christian community. Once we understand fellowship, (Koinonia), with Jesus Christ, we may then be able to love one another the way we should. Once we understand that it is not merely by quoting a verse like 1 Cor 1:30, “But of him, (God) are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:“, so that we may go around doing as we please because we are, so called, “covered“, but that it is through true, sincere fellowship with Him that we have these benefits; it is only then that we may be found blameless in actuality, in our character and in our walk here on earth at the appearing of Jesus Christ. Once again, it comes down to this; do you believe HE is able and do you want Him to do the work in you?

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Preachers have taught you to walk in unbelief.

(Heb 3:19 [AKJV/PCE])
So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

If we don’t understand that by the power of God we can be holy even as He is holy; if we don’t understand that by the grace of God we are freed from sin; if we don’t understand that the grace of God is the power of Christ in us to walk in entire and complete sanctification then we can not possibly believe that we can ever stop sinning, or walk in holiness or come to biblical perfection or entire sanctification.

Jesus said:

Matthew 19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

Did you see that? “If thou wilt be perfect“.

But the preacher said no one can be perfect. Who is lying?

Read on:

Matthew 19:22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.

Matthew 19:23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 19:24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

Matthew 19:25 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?

Matthew 19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

Jesus said with God, all things are possible.

Ok let’s see it again,

Preacher says “no one can be perfect”

Jesus says, “If thou wilt be perfect…”

Preacher says, “no one can be perfect”

Jesus says, “with God, all things are possible.”

Preacher says, “no one is perfect, only Jesus can be perfect”

Jesus says, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” ( Matthew 5:48 )

Preacher says, “no one can be holy. Only Jesus is holy”

Peter says, “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.(1Peter 1:15-16)

Hebrews says, “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; … (Hebrews 12:14-15)

“…Fail of the grace of God…”

The preacher has you in unbelief due to an anemic and false understanding of grace. Obviously since God says be ye holy, He has made it possible to do what He told us to do. His command is a promise and his promise is a command. Jesus said all things are possible with God.

Jesus said,… “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” (Mark 9:23)

Think about it, how can Jesus say “repent” if He did not know it were possible? If you think you have to sin until you die, then how can you repent?

Listen to Jesus:

Mark 1:15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

Obviously if a preacher is telling you that we all will sin, no one is perfect, no one can be holy, then he is an unbelieving preacher, preaching defeat and unbelief and calling it the unmerited favor of God. What kind of man will stand up there and tell you to feel comfortable in sin and unbelief?

Listen to Jesus:

“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. (Mark 1:15)

Believe the gospel. The whole Gospel.

Paul knows that God is able to bring you all the way to perfection. He not only tells you to be holy, but he tells you how! Believe in Christ to do it.

Look at his words:

“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly [ENTIRELY}; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” (1Thessalonians 5:23-24)

He points you to trust Jesus Christ to do it! You are called to be wholly sanctified and blameless, body, soul and spirit, now until Jesus Comes. “...the very God of peace sanctify you wholly”. He will do it if you believe and just cooperate. Do you want it?

Jude knew it; look at his words:

“Now ((unto him that is able to keep you from falling)), ((and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy)), To the only wise ((God our Saviour)), be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. (Jude 1:24-25)

Paul’s words here too:

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.” (Philippians 2:13-16)

This is something to be excited about. This is Jesus’ work. He is working for a prize and you are it! You are Jesus’ prize!!!

Look at these words about the grace of God and what Jesus is doing with you!!

“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.” (Titus 2:11-15)

When it says that the grace of God is teaching us, it means teaching like you would teach a child how to play baseball. He becomes a baseball player. Not like someone who reads a book on baseball and never plays. Grace teaching is the power of God bringing it to pass in you right now!!

Did you see the prize Jesus is after?

“Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”

“and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”

He is purifying a people unto himself!! You are his prize, you are His poetry, you are His workmanship!

Saved by grace! You are not saved if you practice sin all your life. That is why we need this grace which the cleansing blood of Jesus made it possible for us to have.

Look at the popular grace vs:

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Look familiar? Ok now look at the rest of it,

“And you hath he quickened, ((who were dead in trespasses and sins;))

Wherein (((in time past))) ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Among whom also we all had our conversation ((in times past)) in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Not of works, lest any man should boast.

For (((we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.))) (Ephesians 2:1-10)

Notice the repentance? Repentance is not dead works. Walking in holiness by the power, (grace) of God is not dead works, … is not legalism.

Despising holiness is not an attribute of a saint of God. The absence of the desire for holiness is not an attribute of a true saint of God.

The preachers lied to you. They sold you a half baked grace message which says grace is merely the unmerited favor of God. They tell you “you have bean cleansed by the blood and God’s grace smiles at you because when the Father looks at you He sees Jesus, not your sin”. The preachers tell you that “you will always sin but that’s ok because Jesus paid the price”.

Jesus did not pay the price to make it ok for you to enjoy the sin that has broken His heart and damned His creation. What kind of stupid gospel is that? A holy God comes and dies a shameful death on a cross so that you can sin and not worry about it? God forbid.

You have been bought by the blood of God and cleansed so that He can come live in you and by His power walk you into holiness. The good news is that by His power and work in you, you can walk in the Spirit and no longer be slave to sin. The power of sin has been broken!

Look again

Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

For he that is dead is freed from sin.

Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: (Romans 6:6-8)

Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

(ok stop right here. Catch it. “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” Do you see it? If you are under the law, you can’t help but to sin. But if you are under grace, you no longer serve sin. Being under grace means sin has lost it’s power over you. Grace has made you free from sin!)

Rom 6:15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

Romans 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

Romans 6:17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.

Romans 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

Romans 6:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

Romans 6:20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.

Romans 6:21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.

Romans 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

It is explicitly clear. Believe and trust Him. Walk in what He has given you. Freedom from the bondage of sin.

Now someone who is either confused, deceived or just plain rebellious will quote this,

1John 1:8 “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

But for those of us who actually love the Lord and want to walk in truth and holiness and honor the gift of God toward us, we will read the rest of it.

1John 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

(Sin is darkness)

1John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

1John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

(We have been freed from sin. Sin no longer has dominion. Sin is still present in the dead flesh man. Every time you say no to sin, you show your love for God, you testify or give evidence of the power of God at work in you and you are overcoming. Each choice for righteousness and holiness opens the flood gate for the grace of God to empower you to walk in His ways.

Jesus says much about overcoming in the letters to the 7 churches in the book of Revelation. Without the presence of sin, there would be no overcoming, no picking up your cross, no dying daily etc…Sin is challenging you all the time. Sin is always present and we always will have to deal with it. But we do not have to sin. We do not hae to obey sin. So if you say you have no sin, then you are a liar. It does not say, “if you say you do not commit sin, it says ‘have no sin'”.)

1John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

(As we grow as overcomers we may, (it is possible to) fail to resist sin and commit sin from time to time. This will be less and less until we cease from sin altogether. Here we have a provision for forgiveness and cleansing. This is not a provision for sin! God does not make provision for sin. God is holy and sin is unholy. This is provision for forgiveness as you grow and are being perfected. You are expected to overcome and cease from sin; and God has provided a way for you to do that. Believe.)

1John 1:10 If we say that we (((have not sinned))), we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

(All (((have sinned))). I think we all know this and it really needs no comment other than it is PAST TENSE)

You are expected to cease from sin. Look at what Peter says about ceasing from sin.

2Peter 2:14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:

2Peter 2:15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;

2Peter 2:16 But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet.

2Peter 2:17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.

2Peter 2:18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.

2Peter 2:19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.

If we do not understand grace, then we can never believe unto holiness.

The popular grace message is a false one. Many have realized this but have left false grace and stepped into the very next trap. Failure to distinguish false grace from biblical grace. Many are reacting to the word “Grace” with a reaction that belongs on false grace alone. Failure to make the distinction between false and biblical grace will cause reactions against true grace. Already I am seeing what amounts to the notion that there is a contest between grace and holiness or between grace and obedience. There is a notion that grace is in conflict with the words of Jesus. Not true. False unbiblical grace is a problem. Rejecting true grace is a wrong response. We need to study and understand what grace truly is.

First of all we need to be reading each letter or book of the bible in it’s entirety. We need to identify the thoughts and concepts as we read. Chapter and Verse are useful for identifying where things are. That’s all. Paul and Peter did not write verses to people and churches, they wrote entire letters.

Next I suggest everyone study grace. Look up every place where it is mentioned and see how it is used. Look up the meaning in the original language, in dictionary, particularly Websters. Look it up in the Strong’s concordance.

Without grace, holiness will be another false message. Holiness without a proper understanding of grace will be but flesh works and legalism.

Anyone can preach repent and be holy. But that is not enough. We do not need people getting frustrated at a graceless holiness and then rejecting true holiness for the same reason they rejected true grace. A false doctrine based on a real truth will bring a reaction against the true. That has been Satan’s plan and it has worked well for him. Jesus and the Apostles told us how to realize holiness and entire sanctification, they didn’t just say be holy, repent and obey. They provided the power to do so. If you don’t see it you can’t believe it. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. When you see it in the word and hear it preached correctly, then your faith will be able to welcome in that power to walk all over that sin monster that you hate so much. You do not have to be a slave any more. Jesus not only forgave you and washed you by His blood but He empowers you. He is your power over sin.

Tell the lying preachers who take your tithe like it’s a law while telling you that you can never stop sinning to get lost.

(Heb 3:12 [AKJV/PCE])
Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

….heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

…departing from the living God.

(Heb 3:13 [AKJV/PCE])
But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

(Heb 3:14 [AKJV/PCE])
For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;

(Heb 3:15 [AKJV/PCE])
While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.

(Heb 3:16 [AKJV/PCE])
For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.

(Heb 3:17 [AKJV/PCE])
But with whom was he grieved forty years? [was it] not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?

(Heb 3:18 [AKJV/PCE])
And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?

(Heb 3:19 [AKJV/PCE])
So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

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(1Cor 15:34 [Webster])Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God. I speak [this] to your shame.

Today, preachers will have you believe that your hope is only in the resurrection. Resurrection is indeed our primary and ultimate hope. It is the blessed hope of eternal life free from the corruption of the flesh, free from sin and death and forever one with God.

The resurrection is our future hope. We have also a present hope. We have a present deliverance, a real and present deliverer which is Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ in us.

Preachers today tell us we will always be sinners until we die. They make our death, the death of a sinner, our deliverance. They make our own death our hope. This does not agree with the word of God.

A man’s personal experience is not a tool by which to interpret or filter scripture. Because the preacher can’t or won’t stop sinning does not mean that the bible teaches that we have to sin until death delivers us.

In Paul’s time, there were those who were teaching that there is no resurrection. In Paul’s effort to correct this error he made the following statement:

(1Cor 15:19 [Webster])If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

In Paul’s reassurance to the Corinthians, he points to two hopes. One now and one in the resurrection, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable”. Notice there is a hope now. We do not have to be subject to sin for the rest of our lives.

Jesus Christ is our deliverance, not the death of a sinner. Corruption and the battle against sin will surely end with our resurrection/transformation at Christ’s coming. Until then, we have a present hope and an internal power. The very power of the God of all creation abides in us enabling us to walk in righteousness and holiness. Listen to Paul and compare these words of Paul to those preachers who say “you will always sin until you die”.

(1Cor 15:34 [Webster]) Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God. I speak [this] to your shame.

No Apostle of Christ ever preached that we will always sin until we die.

There is what I call Parrot theology out there where so many repeat an error so often as to make it sound like an irrefutable truth. One major error is that Paul claimed to be a sinner until death when he said “not that I have attained…” in Philippians 3:12. They completely overlook or ignore verse 11 which clearly shows he was talking about the resurrection. “If by any means I might attain to the resurrection of the dead”. Then the other parrot theology says no one can be perfect when in the same passage Paul declares the exact opposite: 15)”Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing you be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this to you”.
Lets look at the passage in Philippians 3:

Philippians 3:10-21 – Casting Down Imaginations – Two Perfections

We will be looking at Philippians 3:10-21

10)That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable to his death;

11)If by any means I might attain to the resurrection of the dead.

12)Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

13)Brothers, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth to those things which are before,

14)I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

15)Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing you be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this to you.

16)Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.

17)Brothers, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as you have us for an ensample.

18)(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:

19)Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

20)For our conversation is in heaven; from where also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ:

21)Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like to his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things to himself.

People love to quote Paul here in their effort to refute entire sanctification.

“Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.”(Philippians 3:12)

They assert that this proves that Paul was a sinner too, that is, that he sinned all his life and never attained unto entire sanctification. unfortunately many simply repeat what they have heard as though it is true and by so doing, miss what Paul was actually saying.

One might wonder, “have they ever actually read the entire book of Philippians or even this entire chapter? Or even verses 11 and 15?”

Verses 11 and 15: “If by any means I might attain to the resurrection of the dead.”(Philippians 3:11)

Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing you be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this to you.”(Philippian 3:15)

Paul was speaking here of two perfections. One, the crown of glory which he has not nor does he expect to attain until the resurrection from the dead. That is what this entire thought is about. He starts off with the resurrection and ends with the resurrection. He is talking about the resurrection. The other perfection, he explicitly claims to have attained. “Let us therefore, as many as be perfect … whereto we have already attained…”.

When running a race, one is not rewarded until the end of the race and he must run the race lawfully.

“And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.”(2Timothy 2:5)

Paul is not saying that he is a sinner any more than Jesus was when he said “I shall be perfected on the third day”.

Luke 13:32 And he said unto them, “Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.”

Observe “perfect[ed]” in the key verses with the Strong’s:

Philippians 3:12 NotG3756 as thoughG3754 I had alreadyG2235 attained,G2983 eitherG2228 were already perfect:G5048 G2235 butG1161 I follow after,G1377 if thatG1499 I may apprehendG2638 that forG1909 whichG3739 alsoG2532 I am apprehendedG2638 ofG5259 ChristG5547 Jesus.G2424

PERFECT G5048 τελειόω teleioo (tel-ei-oh’-o) v.
1. to complete
2. (literally) to accomplish
3. (figuratively) to make perfect (in character)
[from G5046]
KJV: consecrate, finish, fulfil, make) perfect

ALREADY G2235 ἤδη ede (ay’-day) adv.
1. even now
[apparently from G2228 (or possibly G2229) and G1211]
KJV: already, (even) now (already), by this time

Philippians 3:15 Let us therefore,G3767 as many asG3745 be perfect,G5046 be thus minded:G5426 G5124 andG2532 if in any thingG1536 ye be otherwise minded,G5426 G2088 GodG2316 shall revealG601 evenG2532 thisG5124 unto you.G5213

Perfect G5046 τέλειος teleios (tel’-ei-os) adj.
1. complete{(neuter as noun, with G3588) completeness; in various applications of labor, growth, mental and moral character, etc.}
[from G5056]
KJV: of full age, man, perfect

(Luke 13:32 [KJV])And G2532 he said G2036 unto them G846, Go ye G4198, and tell G2036 that G5026 fox G258, Behold G2400, I cast out G1544 devils G1140, and G2532 I do G2005 cures G2392 to day G4594 and G2532 to morrow G839, and G2532 the third G5154 [day] I shall be perfected G5048.

Perfected G5048 τελειόω teleioo (tel-ei-oh’-o) v.
1. to complete
2. (literally) to accomplish
3. (figuratively) to make perfect (in character)
[from G5046]
KJV: consecrate, finish, fulfil, make) perfect

People tend to set up laws with strong statements which they passionately and often repeat. Statements like: “Any time someone says ‘I have arrived’, I know right away they are off.”

But look at what Paul said, “Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing you be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this to you. Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.”(Philippian 3:15-16)

Is Paul saying let us walk by the same rule of not having attained or not being perfect? Is he saying let us walk in imperfection?

Paul just said “US”, “as many as be perfect”. He said, “… have already attained…”

May I reveal a little about that word “attained”? Attained, in verse 16 is from the Greek word “phthano”, (Strong’s number G5348).

Attained G5348 φθάνω phthano (fthan’-o) v.
1. to be beforehand, i.e. anticipate or precede
2. (by extension) to have arrived at
[apparently a primary verb]
KJV: (already) attain, come, prevent

It says, “to have ARRIVED at”… I do not think Paul was off!

People also say things like, “Paul never went around claiming to be perfect or to have arrived.” Really? We just saw that he said exactly that.

When we say things like that so strongly, so matter of factly and so often; people who hear them believe them and then go about in all their study, behavior and confessions to agree and to measure up to them. These statements become a law!! People then go about adhering to these statements which are as law to them! Every time the subject comes up, these strong statements, which they have heard said so often, replay in their mind and they end up adjusting themselves to fit these statements which have become as law to them. Do you know what the bible says about that?

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.” (2Corinthians 10:3-6)

Many don’t even believe their obedience will ever be fulfilled!

“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”

This is what we are doing right now. Casting down imaginations which exalt themselves against the knowledge of God.

“Why can’t I get past these sins?”, one might ask. One reason may be because of a stronghold of unbelief fashioned as an often repeated statement like, “you never hear the Apostles going around saying they are perfect or that they have arrived, as soon as someone does that you know they are off” etc…. Or, “we will always sin, we will never be perfected until we die, until after the resurrection”. What? Is this a new law now?

To many, it sounds good at first. But what if the Holy Ghost inspired someone to say or write that? Like He did with Paul? I have never heard anyone outside of written scripture claim to be perfect. No wonder, with all the unbelief of it and resistance to it. Yet when the claim is made that it is possible to be entirely sanctified, such statements against it often surface like some vehement defense of one’s own choice to remain in rebellion and unbelief. I truly think many are obeying such opposing statements more than they are the word of God! Can you hear them? “No one can ever be perfect. We all sin. We will always sin. The bible says all sin”, etc…

By the way, the bible does NOT say we all sin. It says we have all sinned, past tense.

Notice: Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all (((have sinned:)))

1John 1:10 If we say that we (((have not sinned))), we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

Remember Jesus’ words recorded as being said to two different people?

John 5:14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.

John 8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

Notice how Paul agrees with Jesus Christ who called and appointed him?

Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God. I speak [this] to your shame.”(1Cor 15:34 [Webster]).

In other words in light of the fact that we have the hope of the resurrection, Paul says “Awake to righteousness, and sin not;”.

So they say “Paul didn’t go around saying he had arrived, attained or was perfect? As soon as someone does that they are off”? Really?

These statements refuting entire sanctification, exalt themselves above the knowledge of God. Especially when an inspired Apostle absolutely did say such things. The issue is not that people would claim such a thing, the issue is whether the claim is true; and more so, did the Lord say to say it? If it is true, one can say it about one’s self as a testimony to the power of the grace of God and as an encouragement to other saints who have yet to attain. After all, that is the good news. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach (((deliverance to the captives))), and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,”(Luke 4:18)

Let’s look at some statements from Paul that will cast down these vain imaginations.

“And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offense toward God, and toward men.”(Acts 24:16)

“You are witnesses, and God also, how piously and justly and blamelessly we behaved ourselves among you that believe:”(1Thessalonians 2:10)

“Giving no offense in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in watchings, in fastings; By pureness, by knowledge, by long-suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,”(2Corinthians 6:3-7)

“For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.”(2Corinthians 1:12)

“I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of you in my prayers night and day;”(2Timothy 1:3)

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”(Galatians 2:20)

“But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world.”(Galatians 6:14)

“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”(Philippians 1:21)

“Why (wherefore) I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.”(Acts 20:26)

The Apostle Paul is Christ’s chosen servant, (But the Lord said to him, “Go your way: for he is a chosen vessel to me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel”:[Acts 9:15]), speaking under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost and as such he absolutely did make these claims that so many insist he did not make and are not possible.

Cast down the laws (imaginations) that are placed upon you by people’s statements which are contrary to the Word of God.

This passage of Philippians 3:10-16 does not prove that Paul was a sinner but on the contrary explicitly testifies to his attaining of entire sanctification; and it also testifies to others having attained it.

(Phil 3:15 [AKJV])Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing you be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this to you.

(Phil 3:16 [AKJV])Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.

(Phil 3:17 [AKJV])Brothers, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as you have us for an ensample.

“be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as you have us for an ensample.”

Could the Holy Ghost inspire Paul to write such a thing if it were a lie? If Paul were sinning until He dies how is he an example? If others were not walking in the fulness of the blood bought sanctification which Jesus Christ our Lord made available to us, then how can the Holy Ghost inspire Paul to write for us to “mark them which walk so as you have us for an ensample”?

There is so much coming from the pulpit which is in stark contrast to the written words of the Apostles of Christ. Hold everything up against the light of written scripture, Babylon is everywhere.

If entire sanctification is not possible, Paul was a pathological liar living in a fantasy world. We know that is not true, so who is lying? The word of God or those who repeat statements contrary to the word of God? Cast down the imaginations which exalt themselves against the knowledge of God.

Is there anything too hard for God?

(Matt 19:26 [AKJV]) But Jesus beheld them, and said to them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

(1Thess 5:23 [AKJV]) And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(1Thess 5:24 [AKJV]) Faithful is he that calls you, who also will do it.

“Faithful is he that calls you, who also will do it”. (Thank You Father)

“Faithful is he that calls you, who also will do it”. (Thank You Lord Jesus)

“Faithful is he that calls you, who also will do it”. (Thank You Holy Ghost)

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Romans 7:14-25 does not teach that Paul was a sinning apostle. Nor should it be used to excuse any one’s practice thereof.

Romans 7:14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
Romans 7:15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
Romans 7:16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
Romans 7:17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
Romans 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
Romans 7:19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
Romans 7:20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
Romans 7:21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
Romans 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
Romans 7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
Romans 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
Romans 7:25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

One should read Romans chapters 6-8 to fully grasp the following teaching.

Comments from Charles Finney:
Romans 7:14-25 has by many been supposed to be an epitome of Paul’s experience at the time he wrote the epistle. Upon this I remark:

1. The connection and drift of Paul’s reasoning show,that the case of which he was speaking, was adduced by him to illustrate the influence of the law upon the carnal mind. This is a case in which sin had the entire dominion, and overcame all his resolutionsof obedience.

2. That his use of the singular pronoun, and in the first person, proves nothing in regard to the point, whether or not he was speaking of himself, for this is common with him, and with other writers, when using illustrations. He keeps up the personal pronoun, and passes into the eighth chapter; at the beginning of which he represents himself, or the person of whom he is speaking, of being not only in a different, but in an exact opposite state of mind. Now, if the seventh chapter contains Paul’s experience, whose experience is this in the eighth chapter? Are we to understand them both as the experience of Paul? If so, we must understand him as first speaking of his experience before, and then after he was sanctified. He begins the eighth chapter by saying, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit” (Romans 8:1), and assigns as a reason, that “The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:2). The law of sin and death was that law in his members, or the influence of the flesh, of which he had so bitterly complained in the seventh chapter. But now, it appears, that he has passed into a state in which he is made free from this influence of the flesh, is emancipated and dead to the world and to the flesh, and in a state in which “there is no condemnation”. Now, if there was no condemnation in the state in which he then was, it must have been, either because he did not sin, or, if he did sin, because the law did not condemn him; or because the law of God was repealed or abrogated. Now, if the penalty of the law was so set aside in this case, that he could sin without condemnation, this is a real abrogation of the law. But as the law was not, and could not be set aside, it’s penalty was not and could not be be so abrogated, as not to condemn every sin. If Paul lived without condemnation, it must be because he lived without sin.

To me it does not appear that Paul speaks of his own experience in the seventh chapter of Romans, but that he merely supposes a case by way of illustration, and speaks in the first person, and in the present tense, simply because it was convenient and suitable to his purpose. His object manifestly was, in this and in the beginning of the eighth chapter, to contrast the influence of the law and the gospel – to describe in the seventh chapter the state of a man who was living in sin, and every day condemned by the law, convicted and constantly struggling with his own corruptions, but continually overcome, – and in the eighth chapter to exhibit a person in the enjoyment of gospel liberty, where the righteousness of the law was fulfilled in the heart by the grace of Christ. The seventh chapter may well apply either to a person in a backslidden state, or to a convicted person who had never been converted. The eighth chapter can clearly be applicable to none but to those who are in a state of entire sanctification.

I have already said, that the seventh chapter contains the history of one over whom sin has dominion. Now, to suppose that this was the experience of Paul when he wrote the epistle, or of any one who was in the liberty of the gospel, is absurd and contrary to the experience of every person who ever enjoyed gospel liberty. And further, this is as expressly contradicted in the sixth chapter as it can be. As I said, the seventh chapter exhibits one over whom sin has dominion: but God says, “for sin shall not have dominion over you; for ye are not under the law, but under grace” (Romans 6:14). I remark finally upon this passage, that if Paul was speaking of himself in the seventh chapter of Romans, and really giving a history of his own experience, it proves nothing at all in regard to his subsequent sanctification; for the eighth chapter shows conclusively, that it was not his experience at the time he wrote the epistle. The fact that the seventh and eighth chapters have been separated since the translation was made, as I have before said, has led to much error in the understanding of this passage. Nothing is more certain, than that the two chapters were designed to describe not only different experiences, but experiences opposite to each other. And that both these experiences should belong to the same person at the same time, is manifestly impossible. If therefore Paul is speaking in this connection of his own experience, we are bound to understand the eighth chapter as describing his experience at the time he wrote the epistle; and the seventh chapter as descriptive of a former experience.

Now, therefore, if any one understands the seventh chapter as describing a Christian experience, he must understand it as giving the exercises of one in a very imperfect state; and the eighth chapter as descriptive of a soul in a state of entire sanctification. So that this epistle, instead of militating against the idea of Paul’s entire sanctification, upon the supposition that he was speaking of himself, fully establishes the fact that he was in that state. What do those brethren mean who take the latter part of the seventh chapter as entirely disconnected from that which precedes and follows it, and make it tell a sad story on the subject of the legal and sinful bondage of an inspired apostle? What cannot be proved from the bible in this way? Is it not a sound and indispensable rule of biblical interptretation, that a passage is to be taken in it’s connection, and that the scope and leading intention of the writer is to be continually born in mind, in deciding upon the meaning of any passage?

Taken from “Charles Finney – The Complete & Newly Expanded 1878 Edition – Finney’s Systematic Theology”. Copyright 1994 Bethany House Publishers. Pages 401 – 402.

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