Do you really Know the truth?

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“It has not been at all unusual throughout the ministry of Brother Thomas for religious people of every hue and stripe to attempt to “straighten him out.” Sometimes they feel he is in outright error — in their assessment — and at other times that there is not a sufficient emphasis upon their “pet doctrine” or practice.  Often following ministry Brother Thomas has had to endure the well-meaning zeal of someone who would corner him to explain what he ought to say and do and emphasize. Not a few letters over the years have arrived, often with enclosed literature, sent not with a free spirit to bless and encourage, but with a subtle, and sometimes not so subtle, spirit to correct, to contend for their version of Christianity. There is such a diversity of opinion that prevails under the umbrella of what passes for Christianity that it can only be characterized as “Babylon.” “Babylon” means confusion. Its meaning is rooted in the confusion of language that God brought about at the Tower of Babel (Gen. 11) to thwart men’s efforts to unite in rebellion against Him. “ The religious confusion we see today is the result of men’s own, uncalled by God, efforts to build and preserve their concepts of the Kingdom of God. Men contend, not for the faith once delivered to the saints (Jude 3), but for that of the Baptists, Methodists, Pentecostals, Holiness, Zionists, Satan, etc. Is God the author of confusion (I Cor. 14:33)?
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What is it that causes men to hold and contend for such obviously conflicting religious views?  We are shaped more by our environment than we realize. If we are exposed to a particular belief long enough we tend to believe it. To us it becomes “the law and the gospel.” In addition it becomes a yard stick by which we measure and evaluate others. Unless God intervenes it never occurs to us to question whether our ideas are really so or not. To us, we’re right and others who differ are wrong. Religious ideas not of God are undoubtedly the worst prison in our world (Is. 42:22). Few escape from this prison. It offers men the delusion that they are thereby acceptable to God when in fact they are being bound into bundles and made ready for the fire (Matt. 13:30). “
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A Professing Christian brother  in my own neighborhood, with a nice shining rich car, had a bumper sticker on his car which read” don’t be mistaken by my car my treasure is in heaven”. As he was standing there by the car, and as I was passing by, I said hello  and we  started to talk even about his   local Church that he went too..  He wanted to know what the Bile said on tithing?  I told him also  I disagreed with his church’s false positions on enforced tithing  and  I merely then asked him if he had read all of the Bible verses in the Bible on tithing and  he admitted that  he did not.  I asked him if he and his church   gave 1/7 of his tithes to the poor persons as required by the law of tithing too? he was not even aware of this Bible requirement. I asked him if was he aware that all Pastors who got the financial benefit of the tithe as an income they  were not allowed to own property, such as a house according to the tithing law of the Bible.. and he said that truth   was not even in the Bible. Then I merely told him that there was not much point in my discussing the Bible with him cause he clearly did not know it or read it and he was merely defending what his church had told him which was not the truth… He was embarrassed. I told him I would come back and give him a Biblical computer print out about tithing, whether it was a biblical requirement today. We next left on friendly terms..
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To me he was still only a “religious” person, only “pretending to be a Christian”, merely making a false  a show of his religion..
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Now sadly today many a church attendee’s  theology is still based on cultural or human traditions and not on God or the Bible in fact. Why? Most professing Christians they still really do not know the whole Bible, they really do not read it daily,  fully for themselves as well. They wrongfully expect their even  too often wrong, false teachers, pastors to do that for them. Sadly today many a church teaching is still based on cultural or human traditions and really not on God or the Bible in fact. 
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My own real, personal experiences also the last few years in churches, with many  pastors still seems to also indicate that they always firstly do want something from me, like my money for a start,  but they are not willing to have genuine, real, reciprocal, mutual Christian fellowship..  most of the pastors even are merely hirelings and not true servants of God still too,  I really do not rightfully trust too many of them even to do the right thing. I put my trust solely in God. And what about you do you daily read the Bible, pray, have fellowship with God too? we all need to do that.
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Romans 6:6 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.
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1 Corinthians 1:13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?
23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
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1 Corinthians 2:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
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2 Corinthians 13:4 For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you.
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Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth 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.
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Galatians 3:1 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
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Galatians 5:24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
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Galatians 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
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Satan has a great host of wicked spirits with even the last  2000 years of experience in promoting the wide variety of religion operating under the banner of “Christianity” while causing men to sidestep the  new birth., the Lordship of Christ and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit too

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Demons are real beings with individual personalities and abilities. Some spirits have become adept at being Catholic. Mormon, Seventh day Adventists,  Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian,  Christian Missionary Alliance,  Holiness, etc. — that is those religious groups that they do  they promote those forms of partial truths, a religion apart from the true Gospel and  power of Christ.

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Some spirits seek out people who are impressed by dignified formal religion with a lot of ritual and ceremony. Others seek those who are intellectual and puffed up with their supposed knowledge while despising the ignorance of others. Other false spirits seek out those who crave feelings and experiences.

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I Tim. 4:1-2 says, “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.”

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“ The foundation of spiritual knowledge is expressed in Prov. 1:7. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

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Man, by nature, does not fear God (Rom. 3:18). He is proud, arrogant, rebellious, self-reliant, presumptious and a long list of similar attributes. Some brands of religion teach their followers a kind of fear of God but it is a fear “taught by the precept of men” (Is. 29:13). This kind of “fear” only produces religious professors who draw nigh to God with their lips but whose hearts are far from Him.

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The only fear that is of any value whatsoever is that taught by God himself. Job reached a place where he said to God, “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” Job 42:5-6.

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Job was allowed by God to go through a place of deep and heart-rending trial. The Lord waited while Job and his friends tried in vain to use their religious knowledge to explain what had happened to him. Then, at the proper time, the Lord intervened and Job acquired a different kind of knowledge — a knowledge that only comes when God steps in and reveals Himself in some measure to a human heart.

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This kind of revelation isn’t necessarily a phenomenal experience. Most often it is simply an inward awareness that there is a God who is great and over all and that we are small, weak, ignorant and needy before Him.

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Such knowledge comes only from God Himself and creates a fear — a deep respect for this great Being that works to restrain our sinful presumption. It is not salvation but it is the beginning of true spiritual knowledge that starts God’s elect on the road to salvation.

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Whenever one of God’s elect encounters Him in any measure, there is a corresponding degree of awareness of what we as human beings are in contrast. We are naturally prone to measuring ourselves by other human beings. We are so corrupt that we are even secretly glad at the weakness of others because it feeds the pride that causes us to feel that we are better than they are.

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But when we see ourselves in the light of God’s greatness, holiness, wisdom, power, etc., our perception changes dramatically. Job said, “I abhor myself and repent in dust and ashes.” Job 42:6. Isaiah said, “… Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.” Is. 6:5. “

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Isaiah 60:2 says, “For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people …”

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Rom. 3:11 says, “There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.”

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God is not the author of confusion. Make no mistake, however: there is an author. Satan. The diversity and confusion we observe in religion did not just happen.

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In II Cor. 4:4, Paul says that “… the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”

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The “god of this world” is, of course, Satan. When Satan fell, he led one third of the angels with him (Rev. 12:3-4). Jude 6 refers to them as being “reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.” This expresses their hopeless condition before God. Their “chains” in no way prevent them from blinding, deceiving, corrupting, and leading lost mankind down the road to destruction.

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Especially in our day, Satan and his hosts are loose as never before and men are defenseless without truth. As the coming of the Lord draws near we can expect the hold of darkness to grow greater and stronger upon the world as a whole. Rev. 12:12. Matt. 24:37-39. Gen. 6:5.

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When Satan realized the absolute victory that Christ won at the cross, his only recourse was to do all in his power to oppose and hinder the outworking of that victory. The only arena in which he is free to operate is this earth realm. Those who have died in Christ are forever beyond his reach! Praise the Lord!

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Over the centuries, outright persecution of believers has not been unusual. Fox’s Book of Martyrs chronicles some of Satan’s efforts in this regard. Of course it also chronicles God’s great faithfulness to those who have been called to glory by that route!

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However, by far Satan’s most effective tactic has been to join and then to corrupt the church. He has come to man masquerading as Christ, presenting himself as a spiritual friend. Paul said, “… Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” II Cor. 11:14. The next verse refers to “his ministers.” Satan has ministers who undoubtedly appear to be ministers of Christ.

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II Cor. 11:4 speaks of “another Jesus,” “another spirit,” and “another gospel.” This is a pretty good description of what is symbolically pictured in Rev. 12:15 as a flood coming from the serpent’s mouth.

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Even as Christ is purifying the Church by the “washing of water by the word,” so is Satan corrupting and deceiving mankind with a flood of doctrines and philosophies that come from his mouth. Much of this flood is religious in nature and is designed to subvert the influence of truth.

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The reason Satan is so successful is that his ideas appeal to the fallen nature of man. This is pictured in Rev. 12:16 where it says that “… the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.” Satan’s ideas are easily “drunk in” by the natural or “earth” man.

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The truth of God confronts the desperate condition of man without compromise. It offers nothing but the absolute sentence of death to the old nature while it gives newness of life and everlasting hope to the repentant sinner. Rom. 6:3-4.

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Satan, on the other hand, accommodates human nature, allowing it to live and flourish. It is the same as if a supposed doctor were to treat a terrible disease by feeding and encouraging the disease while covering up some of the more obvious symptoms. Jer. 6:13-14.

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Mankind is “infected” with sin, a self-willed, self-pleasing rebellion against divine authority. This rebellion is especially manifest when that authority is expressed through men.

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What religion does is to clean up the outward man and make him appear to be righteous while leaving the inward man unchanged and, in time, unchangeable. Matt. 23:2-39. There comes a time when God ceases to deal with those who receive not “the love of the truth.” The result is not simply delusion but strong delusion. II Thess. 2:10-12.

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Strong delusion is being absolutely sure you are right, but you are wrong.

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