"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." - (Romans 6:23)
See: What is the Gospel?
"You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!" - James 2:19
Do you have a genuine saving faith or only a demon faith? The answer to this question is crucial. It's the difference between eternity in heaven and eternity in hell!
The following is from GotQuestions.org:
Therefore: "Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?--unless indeed you fail to meet the test!" - 2 Corinthians 13:5 (See: Examine Yourself - John MacArthur)
The following is from GotQuestions.org:
Knowing Jesus vs. knowing about Jesus—what is the difference?
Fan magazines help us answer this question. Adoring fans of movie, TV, music, or sports stars buy thousands of dollars’ worth of information, photos, and juicy tidbits. After poring over such material, the fans feel as if they really know their heroes. But do they? They may know certain facts about their chosen hero. They may be able to cite birth date, favorite color, and childhood pets, but, if they were to meet that person face to face, what would the hero say? Does the fan really know the hero?
Jesus responded to this question in Matthew 7:21–23: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’" There were people in Jesus' day who thought they were friends of His because they knew the Law, made strict rules for themselves (and for others), and listened to His teaching. They followed Him, applauded the miracles, and liked some of what He said. But Jesus calls them “evildoers” and states, “I never knew you.”
Today there are thousands who know about Jesus—that is, they know some facts about Him, commit Bible verses to memory, and perhaps attend church regularly. But they have never allowed the facts to become their personal reality. They hold knowledge in their heads without allowing the truth to penetrate their hearts. Jesus explained the problem: “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules" (Matthew 15:8–9; Mark 7:6).
We easily substitute religion for a real relationship with Jesus. We often think that, if we are doing “Christian things,” that's all that counts. We can appreciate the facts of Jesus' death and resurrection, but until we have made Him our Lord, the facts do us no good (John 3:16–18; Acts 10:43; Romans 10:9). There is a difference between intellectual assent and saving faith. Knowing Jesus means we have accepted His sacrifice on our behalf (2 Corinthians 5:21). We ask Him to be the Lord of our lives (John 1:12; Acts 2:21). We identify with Him in His death and consider our old selves to have died with Him (Colossians 3:3; Romans 6:2, 5; Galatians 6:14; 2:20). We accept His forgiveness and cleansing from sin and seek to know Him in intimate fellowship through His Holy Spirit (John 17:3; Philippians 3:10; 1 John 2:27).
Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/knowing-Jesus.html
You might be able to find someone to introduce you to the President, but who could introduce you to God? Only one Person can do that. See: Meet the President (Unlocking the Bible)
Religion does not save people! Jesus does!
This is the ultimate question...
A Call to the Unconverted by Alistair Begg
Last updated 04/05/2014
Son of God Movie Trailer 2014 - Official [HD]
(Photo source: Christian Post) Description: The Bible' TV series producers, Mark Burnett (far left) and Roma Downey (2nd from far right), are interviewed by Pastor Mark Driscoll during the Resurgence 2013 conference. Driscoll's wife, Grace, ended the session in prayer for the Christian Hollywood industry couple, Nov. 6, 2013.
'The Bible' TV Series Producers Go Big Screen for Jesus, Give Christian Leaders Sneak Peek of 'Son of God' Movie
SEATTLE – Christian leaders and pastors attending the Resurgence conference were treated to a first-time public screening of the movie trailer for "Son of God," as presented by "The Bible" TV series producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett."Many people thought that nobody in America, during prime-time TV wants to hear about or watch the Bible. They were so wrong. One-hundred million people tuned in," Burnett told The Christian Post backstage at the R13 conference hosted by Mark Driscoll at Mars Hill Downtown Church last Tuesday and Wednesday. "We knew when we were shooting that the Jesus portion of our 'Bible' series was special and we shot much more footage and we've re-edited many more scenes into a stand-alone feature film called 'Son of God.'"
READ MORE: http://global.christianpost.com/news/the-bible-tv-series-producers-go-big-screen-for-jesus-give-christian-leaders-sneak-peek-of-son-of-god-movie-108407/
Mark Driscoll is just one of the many evangelical leaders promoting the "Son of God" movie. The list also includes several well-known false teachers (i.e. Word of Faith, Prosperity, Emergent, etc.) and Roman Catholics. See: Son of God Leader Commentaries (You can also listen to Worldview Weekend Radio with Brannon Howse, description and link below).
WORLDVIEW WEEKEND RADIO: So called evangelical leaders are once again revealing their lack of Biblical discernment and commitment to Biblical truth by endorsing the Son of God movie by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. Some evangelicals are declaring that Mark Burnett and Roma Downey are Christians and others are saying that they are being used by the Lord. Have any of these New Religious Right and Neo-evangelicals ever used a search engine to see what Mark and Roma actually believe? What does it tell you when Focus on the Family, Liberty University, Mark Driscoll, Pat Robertson, Leith Anderson, Jack Graham, Samuel Rodriquez, Rick Warren, Joel Osteen, TD Jakes and some catholic priests are all promoting the Son of God movie? Brannon plays sound clips that reveal that Roma is an admitted Catholic that talks about hearing God in the silence, thinks God is in everyone and everything and has according to USA Today, sat with physic John Edward for a reading. Dont miss this program and be sure to share with your friends so you can warn your friends about the worldview of Mark and Roma and their unbiblical movie.
Plugged In (a ministry of Focus on the Family), in the "Son of God" movie review classifies Burnett and Downey as Christians, when Roma Downey, according to her own interviews (see below), describes herself as what I would define as a new age Catholic. There is little discernment at Plugged In and Focus on the Family when it comes to making a distinction between who is a Christian and who is not a Christian (according to the Bible). "Burnett and Downey—both Christians—wanted their own depiction of Jesus to be both reverent and accurate, both restrained and poignant, honoring the beliefs of a wide swath of Christian traditions. Son of God is not the work of a couple of envelope-pushing auteurs, but rather believers who want it to reflect biblical truth."
Writing Checks to Mel Gibson by Tim Challies
In late 2003 and early 2004, we were told that Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ was going to change the world. We saw breathless slogans like, “perhaps the best outreach opportunity in 2,000 years.” Rick Warren, whose book The Purpose Driven Life had made him a household name, predicted “a spiritual tsunami” would hit when the film released. When he saw this tsunami coming, he planned a two-week preaching series leading up to the movie’s release, booked 47 theatre screens so members of his church could attend with their lost friends, invited a long list of celebrities and billionaires to a premier showing, and prepared a three-week small group curriculum for follow-up. He claimed that his church rode this tsunami to incredible results: “Over 600 unchurched community leaders attended our VIP showing; 892 friends of members were saved during the two-week sermon series. Over 600 new small groups were formed, and our average attendance increased by 3,000.”
It is hard to overestimate the buzz, the excitement, and the anticipation prior toThe Passion. Do you remember it? I do.
READ MORE: http://www.challies.com/articles/writing-checks-to-mel-gibson
Roma Downey discusses her views on religion and faith in a Washington Post interview. Roma Downey is clearly a new age Catholic.
Actress Roma Downey on religion, faith (2:19)
February 9, 2012 10:56 AM EST — "Touched by an Angel" star Roma Downey discusses her views on religion and faith with The Washington Post's Sally Quinn. (Feb. 9) (The Washington Post)
Roma Downey, in a web exclusive interview, talks about her new age spirituality.
Beck/Smith Hollywood: Roma Downey Happy Out of Spotlight
Roma also attends the University of Santa Monica, a private graduate school founded by New Age spiritual and self-help guru John-Roger, and will graduate with a master’s degree in spiritual psychology in June.
‘As someone who has been on a spiritual journey for many years, it seems a natural extension of that work,’ says the lady still seen in Hallmark Channel reruns as angel Monica. She notes, ‘The skills I’m learning will ultimately qualify me to be a therapist’ — not that she has plans to start a practice anytime soon. ‘It’s really so interesting to learn about human behavior.’
And other matters.
Says Roma, who lives in Malibu, ‘My kids go to school about a 40-minute drive away. I’m open to the group’s opinion about what we listen to on the way there. On the way back, I get my own selections — books on tape by Eckhart Tolle, Tony Robbins…My husband says I’m so self-realized I’m practically levitating.’
READ MORE: http://becksmithhollywood.com/2009/04/roma-downey-happy-out-of-spotlight/
Theological Errors of the History Channel's Miniseries "The Bible"
Chris Rosebrough of Fighting for the Faith examines the Theological Errors of the History Channel's Miniseries "The Bible".
The following is from Jesus.org:
What Does “Propitiation” Mean? By Adrian Rogers
Propitiation is a big word that means satisfaction. Because God is a holy God, His anger and justice burns against sin. And He has sworn that sin will be punished.
There must be a satisfactory payment for sin. But God said, “If I punish man for his sin, man will die and go to hell. On the other hand, if I don’t punish man for his sin, My justice will never be satisfied.”
The solution? God said that He would become our substitute. He would take the sin of mankind upon Himself in agony and blood—a righteous judgment and substitute for sin.
His wrath burned out on the cross when His only Son died as man’s propitiation for sin. And this is love (see 1 John 4:10).
READ MORE: http://www.jesus.org/following-jesus/repentance-faith-and-salvation/what-does-propitiation-mean.html
The Roman Catholic Church denies justification by faith alone and curses anyone who believes that they are saved by faith alone!
The following is from CARM:
The Roman Catholic view on justification by Matt Slick
The Bible states that justification is not by works (Rom. 3:20, 28; 4:5; Eph. 2:8-9) because our righteous deeds are filthy rags before God (Isaiah 64:6). Therefore, we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.
Those who are justified are saved and salvation is a free gift (Rom. 6:23), something we cannot earn (Eph. 2:1-10). However, Roman Catholic doctrine denies justification by faith alone and says:
Anathema, according to Catholic theology means excommunication, "the exclusion of a sinner from the society of the faithful." The Greek word anathema is also translated as "accursed" (Rom. 9:3; Gal. 1:8-9, NASB & KJV),"eternally condemned" (Gal. 1:8-9, NIV), and "cursed" (Rom. 9:3, NIV),. We can see that Roman Catholic theology pronounces a curse of excommunication, of being outside the camp of Christ if you believe that you are saved by grace through faith alone in Jesus.
READ MORE: http://carm.org/roman-catholic-view-justification
A Tale of Two Gospels
Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty." (John 6:35)
Three simple words... but oh, what a difference they make.
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"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast." Ephesians 2:8-9 (NKJV)
Photo source: Favorite King James Bible Verses
"IT IS PHILOSOPHICALLY IMPOSSIBLE to be an atheist, since to be an atheist you must have infinite knowledge in order to know absolutely that there is no God. But to have infinite knowledge, you would have to be God yourself. It's hard to be God yourself and an atheist at the same time!
The Bible says in Psalm 14:1, "The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God.'" - from Fast Facts on False Teachings by Ron Carlson and Ed Decker
If the "fool" is finally willing to admit his need for God, here is a quick test to see if he meets God's standards for eternal life in heaven: http://www.needgod.com/
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