In my life thus far, i’ve come across many who claim various religious titles but who blatantly disregard the true doctrine of religion. In my own ignorance, I walked through life believing that I knew God intimately but found in being saved, that I myself was quite the hypocrite for most of my life. I found out that the true Word of God has the power to do something that we in ourselves are unable to do, and that is to make the change for us that we were unable to do, through our maintained relationship with Jesus through His Word.
I know my flesh would love to take credit and start off telling you about what i’ve found and done, but instead, I can only tell you about what He has chosen to show me in the Spirit.
Because most pervert the Word in false display of faith, it has led many others to stumble in their walk as well, and this is continuously perpetuated throughout time until the majority of society has fabricated a faith built upon some truth and some personal opinion which usually involves holding onto something that they know they should be letting go of. I strongly believe that the deeper you grow in your faith by studying the Word of God and prayer, you will be able to break away from these false idea’s and develop a real unbreakable faith with the real God of the Bible.
Studying will encourage a clear understanding which builds a strong relationship with God rooted in truth and love.
There was hundred’s of false beliefs I could’ve mentioned but i’d rather spend my time writing about God’s love rather than the false pretenses of religion.
So I’ve have narrowed my list down to these ten. I pray they lend to the maturing of your faith also.
“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
10. There are “certain” times when it’s okay to steal
Believing this as with any other contradictions of God’s word shows a clear indication that you have lost faith in God’s ability to provide for you and feel the need to provide for yourself, or “lean on your own understanding” which is not encouraged if you seek to walk under the leadership of an infinitely wise God. God’s leadership is not meant to restrict us, but rather to protect us. The deeper your relationship, the more you’ll be able to see that ill gotten gain is not gain at all. God may be testing your faith by separating you from something you desire, but this in no way should lead you to do that which the Lord detests as a means to provide for yourself. Remain faithful and the Lord will surely redeem you for your patience and perseverance.
9. Jesus drank “wine” so alcohol is a-okay
I’ve had this discussion with many from whether the wine was “actual” wine or grape juice etc etc, and in short, we should make a habit of studying many scriptures to justify our course of action in life. If one piece of scripture justifies an action while more than fifty speak the opposite, i would personally trust that since it was mentioned more than fifty times to withstand from the perils of alcohol over the latter, to go with that instead. Men will even use scripture to justify ungodliness, but a clear understanding of your Bible will help you to see through the lies. Studying how men have fallen from grace by this means will help you to see just how prevalent it is in alcoholic environments from thoughts to words to actions.
8. It’s okay to smoke or get high, no one said we couldn’t smoke
Since smoking wasn’t a problem that was prevalent in the times of the Bible, that could’ve been the reason it was not mentioned in detail. However, it does make clear indication that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit and that we should do all we can to treat it as a temple whereby we show worship to the Lord by the way we maintain our bodies. We are also said to have the strength of a sound mind while walking in the Spirit, so to need dependancies on anything other than what has been given to you in the body, would war against the Spirit’s ability to lead which should be our true course director in life
7. We are God
We are not God. We have been blessed by His Word and Holy Spirit to learn to walk according to that Spirit and may thereby fellowship with Him being made righteous by the blood shed by Jesus. He is still Almighty God, and any power we possess is a gift to be used for His purposes, not our own. He is God.
6. God is tempting me
God has the ability to allow trials for the strengthening of our faith and endurance, however, the Lord does not Himself tempt us in any way. He does allow for our enemies to tempt us to build us up against such trials, but also would not allow for us to be tempted beyond what we can handle. Before Satan can tempt us, he absolutely requires permission from our All-Powerful God.
5. Just before I die, I’ll repent and be saved!
Those who know better, are called to do better. Walking with God and growing in the faith is a process like the development of any relationship. Although forgiveness is absolutely freely given, no one can decide on their own to “get God” all of a sudden one day, but they can decide to be ready to accept His teachings or to learn. There is one bone chilling piece of scripture that I always remember when I see people who choose to partially submit to God that frightens me for the salvation of their soul. It’s when Jesus says: “Then I will tell them plainly, “I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers”. I would really hate for someone to be building up a fake sense of faith in God while relying on worldly wisdom only to die and hear God say those words on the day of judgement. Take your faith seriously. Jesus showed that His Father’s business was everything to Him and we are to follow His example. His death is not something that should be mocked or taken lightly in this lifetime. Even though previous mis-conceptions and sins are pardoned, true repentance should lead to a change of course. If you can’t on your own, you can certainly pray for His help in doing so. God is wise, powerful and loving, and His Word is no weak thing
4. I made a donation to the church so my sin is forgiven
As it is made known in the revelation of the New Testament, that by no works are we justified. We are justified by faith and faith only. We may do good works from the fruitfulness of being saved, in fact, you should certainly feel led to do so once you receive the knowledge of salvation from knowing God’s love for humanity and also know that you have been saved from your sins by nothing other than faith in the life, death, and resurrection in the Lord Jesus. But to feel that you must do good works first in order to receive salvation is completely false and unbiblical.
3. There are many different paths to God,
The is only one path to God according to the Bible, and it is clearly shown from the Old Testament right through to the New Testament. By faith in Jesus Christ. I encourage anyone who feels different to embark on a journey through Bible studies praying for the guidance of God. You will also come to see that there is only one name by which men (and women) can be saved. The thing that I love about the Bible that makes it certain truth for me, is that it clearly shows what is wrong with the other so-called “paths” by simply explaining it’s own. Whether idolatry, self-sufficiency, polytheism, debauchery, etc, it’s the one that holds true to what real goodness, holiness and righteousness is; God Almighty, while also explaining why people require the free gift of Jesus Christ and how many are misled into different directions by phony doctrine as well as how to spot lies by knowing certain truth. I believe in the narrow road because having been someone who was actually brought up in another faith, and has driven all over the broad road for most of my life, I was blessed to have seen the ends of those roads and to be brought to repentance in this lifetime while I still have the opportunity to do so. God in his merciful love saw me seeking and then led me to His truth. I sincerely pray for those still battling with accepting the truth that is Jesus Christ.
2. There is no heaven or hell
Although it may not be the most spoken about topic in churches, anyone who studies the Bible can see for themselves that there are clear indications of an afterlife. One that is rewarding for the fruitful, and one where tree’s producing no fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. One that explains that fruitfulness comes from remaining connected to the vine. One that refers to the vine as God and Jesus as the link between the two. I encourage personal Bible studies of the Word of God to have a clear understanding of all true doctrine and maintaining a real relationship with God by staying connected in prayer and the Word.
1. You only live once
We know from Jesus’s words that He went “to prepare a place” for his followers. We know His “Fathers house has many rooms” and we have many other indications that something exist beyond here with indications that it is a narrow road to getting there. Our treasure is not here in this world, but in the world to come. If you keep your eyes fixed on heaven, surely, your steps will follow in every area of your life to help maintain a walk that leads to you to this second life where the real treasure lies. Forsake what you must and seek this treasure. If you take a honest and real look around you, you too will see no need to run aimlessly after the empty ambitions this life has to offer. I speak to you all having been someone who was blessed and given mostly everything I had ever desired in this life thus far at only thirty years of age, only to find that none of them have ever been as satisfying as knowing the true love, mercy, and kindness of my eternal Father in Heaven.
Free yourselves of the worldly wisdom that corrupts men and women. Trust in the Word of God found in the Bible and study it daily. Hold tight to that which is true, and pray to be delivered from all that which stands between you and knowing the true God. God is not about commands like a dictatorship, but about relationship, convictions, and repentance for the times we might fall short. It is said that we all fall short of the glory of God, but God is also love and desires that not one of His sheep be led astray.
If you feel that you are guilty of one of these things, just know that Jesus Christ died for your sins. Sincerely repent, and you are immediately forgiven. Abstain from doing it again and allow for your future footsteps to be guided by your relationship with Jesus by the Holy Spirit alive within you which leads men to repentance. Read the word daily to feed the Spirit with the truth of the Word.
I pray for us both brothers and sisters
Grace be unto you always
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
1 Peter 2:9
Shai Linne – Biblical Theology