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Edwin BazaInventory and Purchasing Specialist, Layman who studies the Word of God

The Five Do Nots: 1. Do not forget the Gospel of Salvation 2. Do not take for granted the Gospel of Grace 3. Do not grumble against the Gospel of Mercy 4. Do not give up sharing the Gospel of Peace 5. Do not give into Counterfeit Gospels A Christian Call and Challenge of Faith

“THE 5 DO NOTS”
By Edwin Baza
1. DO NOT FORGET THE GOSPEL OF SALVATION!
 THE SCRIPTURE VERSES: 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 and 2 Peter 1:12-15; 2 Timothy 2:8; Romans1:15; Colossians
1:21-23
 THE IMPORTANCE:
THE 6 REMINDERS OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE SAVED
SAVED BY
WHO?
Jesus
Christ
*What is the
Gospel?
-Christ died
-Christ
buried
-Christ rose
from the dead
*NOTE: Anything
other than this is
accursed
(Galatians 1:9-10)
SAVED
FROM
WHAT?
-The Wrath of
God (Hell)
-The Power
and Fear of
Death
-The Power
and Penalty of
Sin
-The Power
and Bondage
of the Devil
SAVED HOW?
-By Grace Alone
-Through Faith
Alone
-In Christ’s Blood
Alone
*Two responses
towards the
Gospel:
-Repentance
(Turning
From/Change of
mind)
-Faith (Belief-
Trusting in
someone)
SAVED WHEN?
-Anyone who calls
upon the Lord Jesus
*Two important things
occur upon calling on
the Lord:
-The Heart: Believes
unto righteousness
(that Christ rose from
the dead)
-The Mouth: Confesses
unto salvation (Jesus
is Lord)
*They are born again*
*They have eternal
life*
*The Holy Spirit abides
in them forever upon
salvation*
*They are accredited
the righteousnessof
Christ
SAVED WHY?
-All have sinned (fallen
short of the glory of
God)
-All are under the
judgment of sin (wrath
of God-Hell)
-All are under the
penalty of sin (Death)
-All are under the curse
of sin (the
consequences it
produces)
-All who sin are slaves
to it and to their
bondage master (the
Devil)
-Your good works
cannot save you
-You must be born again
in order to inherit and
enter the Kingdom of
God
SAVED WHERE?
Thosewhoare saved will end up in
Heaven and will live forever
-Eternal Fellowship with theirGod
(TheFather,TheSon,and TheHoly
Spirit)
-Eternal Fellowship with other
believers
-Joining believersand angels in
worshipping God for all eternity
-Heaven isa placewhere sin,
death,suffering,pain,sorrow, and
crying doesnot exist.
-Heaven issogreat and
indescribable that even the
ApostlePaul was not commanded
to speakabout it when hevisited
Heaven (either in thebody or out of
thebody).
“HEAVEN IS FULL OF
PEOPLE WHO THINK THEY
DESERVE HELL BUT ARE
FORGIVEN.”
 It is the Power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes (Romans 1:16)! It has the power to save those who
do not believe but it is the power of God unto salvation for those who keep on believing.
 It demonstrates the need of a Savior. There are many religions out in the world today that offer salvation but can
never save. Christ is the only one that truly saves (John 14:6; Acts 4:32; 2 Timothy 2:5)!
 The Misconception: There are believers out there who think that the Gospel is only for those who do not believe.
However, the Gospel is for believers too! Believers need it just as much as unbelievers do. The Gospel needs to be
good news to us for it to be good news to unbelievers! It is good news because believers benefit from it! Salvation
is the benefit of the Gospel! What it did for you then (being justified), what it is doing for you now (being sanctified),
and what it will do for you in the future (being glorified).
 It is humbling to know that God’s grace is free and cannot be earned or attained (Ephesians 2:8-9). It is extended to
all who respond to it through faith and repentance. Religion is human attainment (What must I do to inherit Eternal
Life?) while Christianity is divine achievement (It is finished!).
 Those who believe no longer need to feel shame, fear, guilt, and condemnation. They can boldly come to the throne
of Grace that we may receive mercy and find grace in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16).
 THE APPLICATION:
 We need to remind ourselves daily of the Gospel (reading, hearing, believing, and obeying the Gospel). Just
because we are saved does not mean we are too good for it nor are we too bad for it! “The Gospel needs to be good
news to us or else it ceases to be good news to the World” -Scott Harris.
 Two things God reminds us all throughout the Old andNew Testament:
 Do not be afraid!
 Do not forget!
 What are some things that can make us forget the Lord? (Some examples):
 Whenever we face suffering and trials in our lives, the Gospel always reminds us of our meaning, purpose,
identity, and provision in Christ. It gives us the strength and endurance we need to persevere in our faith.
THINGS THAT CAN MAKE US FORGET THE LORD REMEMBERING THE LORD
 The Anxiety of Suffering and Trials
 The Trust in Idols (person, thing, or concept)
 The Bondage of Sin (habitual sin)
 The Spirit of Pride and Self-sufficiency
 The Pressure and Opposition of Persecution
 Remembering The Lord Jesus Sustains and
Sympathizes
 Remembering The Lord Jesus Satisfies and is
Sovereign
 Remembering the Lord Jesus Sanctifies,
Cleanses, and Secures
 Remembering The Lord Jesus Saves and is All-
Sufficient
 Remembering the Lord Jesus Sends and
Strengthens us to do ministry
 The Gospel motivates and equips us for ministry. It gives us passion to want to go out and share it!
 The Gospel gives us hope in this fallen world and to keep us from feeling despair and uncertainty. We need to
remind ourselves daily of the Gospel because we are too quick to forget it! Too often, we are constantly
bombarded by the daily distractions of the world.
 What are the distractionsof the world? (Mark 4:19; Matthew 13:22; Matthew 6:25-34):
 The cares of the world (stress on the job, daily necessities to be met, relationship issues, etc.)
 The deceitful desire for riches (other than being content with what you have) and for other things (other than God)
that leads to many sorrows and pain.
 The uncertainty of tomorrow and the future
 “Donot let thenoise of theworld keepyoufrom hearing the shout of the Gospel”!
 The Gospel makes us forever thankful to God. We are not just forgiven! We are grateful for being forgiven!
 We remember the Gospel every time we partake the Lord’s communion with one another!
 The Lord’sCommunion reminds us of four things (1 Corinthians 11:23-26):
 REMEMBERING THE LORD’S TRIUMPHANT DEATH: It symbolizes what Jesus did for us on the cross. Bread
representing His Body being broken for us and the Fruit of the Vine (juice) which represents His Blood being shed
for us.
 REMEMBERING THE LORD’S TRIUMPHANT RETURN- It is a proclamation to us that we proclaim Jesus’ death until
He returns on the day where He would reunite with His bride (The Church)!
 REMEMBERING SELF-EXAMINATION- It is all about self-examination to see if we are in right standing/right
relationship with God (that is trusting in Christ alone for salvation and living the life of total surrender and
obedience to Him). It is all about repentance and confessing sins before God before partaking in the bread and the
juice.
 REMEMBERING UNITY IN THE CHURCH- It is all about maintaining unity with other believers through loving,
serving, and submitting to one another in the name of Christ.
 The Gospel is for the here and now! We proclaim the Gospel on Earth just as much as it is praised in Heaven!
LET THISBE REMEMBERED:
 If we forget that we are under Grace,
 Then we are quick to being under the Law.
 If we forget the True Gospel that saved us,
 Then we are quick to follow and believe another Gospel that will deceive and condemn us.
 If we forget the One True God,
 Then we are quick to worshipping idols.
 If we forget the Holy Spirit and Him guiding us into all truth (the Word of God),
 Then we are quick to follow another spirit that will lead us into all error.
 If we forget the work of Christ,
 Then we are quick to believing that we can save ourselves by our good works.
 If we forget the person of Christ,
 Then we are quick to believing and following another Christ that cannot save us.
2. DO NOT TAKE FOR GRANTED THE GOSPEL OF GRACE!
 THE SCRIPTURE VERSES: Romans 6:1-23; Galatians 5:1-26; Hebrews 12:1; Ephesians 4:17-32; Colossians 3:1-17; 2
Corinthians 5:14-15
 THE IMPORTANCE:
 Although Grace is a gift, it is not cheap! It cost God dearly by giving up His Only Begotten Son to take our place of
punishment on the cross. Do not take grace too far or you will be too far from grace!
 Two things we should not take lightly of:
 GRACE(Abusing Christian liberty/Using Grace as a license to sin)
 SIN (Underestimating its power of deception and corruption in our lives)
 Grace is not a license to sin but to overcome sin in Christ (Romans 6:1; Romans 6:15)! Grace is not a safety net for
you to fall into sin, make an excuse to sin, and a free pass for your disobedience! It requires wise and responsible
stewardship! It sets us free from the power and penalty of sin so that we can live our freedom to serve Him and
carry out His purposes.
 Christ came to take away all sin and not just to take away some sin (John 1:29; 1 John 3:5). Repentance is to turn
from something (sin and self) and faith is turning toward someone (toward God)! It is not to turn from something
and then later go back to! That is not true repentance!
 You are either dead to sin or you are dead in sin (Romans 6:11)! “Kill sin or sin will kill you!” (John Piper)
 Friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God (James 4:4).
 Love for the world meansin John 2:16:
 1. The Lust of the Flesh (i.e., sexual perversion, sexual immorality, adultery)
 2. The Lust of the Eyes (i.e., coveting money, possessions, and other things)
 3. The Pride of Life (i.e., greed, arrogance, power, and self-promotion)
 You are to live holy just as God is holy (2 Timothy 1:9; Ephesians 1:4; 1 Peter 1:15-16)! Jesus is not just a Savior! He is
both Lord and Savior!
 Reality Check: Do not be deceived! You cannot be a Christian for one day (Sunday) and live the rest of the week like
the devil.
 THE APPLICATION:
 Now that you are saved, you are free from the power of sin. However, just because you are saved does not mean
you are free to sin and to live the way you want to live. Because of what Christ did for us, let us continue to give our
lives daily to Him. Christ died and took our place and in turn we must die to self and live for Him.
 The Christian walk is not about trying (to better yourself)! It is all about dying (to self)!
 THE DIFFERENCE: DIVING INTO SIN VS FALLING INTO SIN
PERSON DIVING INTO SIN
The Acknowledgement: Gives in but doesnot confess or
repents of sin.
The Action: Continues to sinwillfully andpersistently.
The Attitude: Does not fear God and cares less about the
relationshipsit affects andthe consequences it produces.
The Affection: Desires andloves sin!
The Accountability: None to confess their sin to (due to
isolation or lack of fellowship andtrust with other believers).
Loves to conceal it rather than being exposed and rebuked.
Refuses tobe disciplined, corrected, and or seek godly
counsel from others.
The Aspiration: Toplease/satisfy the flesh as much as they
can without consequences.
PERSON FALLING INTO SIN
The Acknowledgement: Gives in but confesses and repents of
sin (to God).
The Action: Struggles with sin but continuesto resistandflee
from it.
The Attitude: Fears God and cares about the relationships their
sin affects and the consequences it produces.
The Affection: Desires andloves God but wrestleswith it!They
hate their sin!
The Accountability: Confesses their sin to those whom they
trust. Acceptsdiscipline, correction, and seeks godly counsel.
The Aspiration: Desires to please God rather thanpleasingand
satisfying the flesh.
 The War Within: Who lives inside you (Romans 7:24-25; Galatians 5:16-18)?
 Is it the Holy Spirit within you = produces the Fruits of the Spirit (life of obedience to God)
 Or is it the Flesh within you = produces the Works of the Flesh (life of disobedience to God)
THE CROSS: THE PLACE OF DEATH
OUR OLD LIFE BEFORE CHRIST HAS BEEN CRUCIFIED-PUT
TO DEATH
SINCE CHRIST DIED, WE TOO DIED WITH HIM
WE HAVE BEEN REDEEMED-NO LONGER SLAVES TO SIN
THE EMPTY TOMB: THE PLACE OF LIFE
NEW LIFE IN CHRIST
WE ARE MADE ALIVE THROUGH CHRIST WHO ROSE FROM
THE DEAD
WE ARE FREE TO SERVE, WORSHIP, AND OBEY GOD
 The Test ofConduct: What does unbelievers see in you?
 A Mirror/Splitting Image- If your conduct and character does not reflect a changed life, then they would see a
direct reflection of themselves in you. If you live, think, and talk like them, then they would think you have not
changed at all and they will see how less Christ means to you. If they see that, they will be compelled to be drawn
away from Christ and gives them the opportunity to blaspheme God.
 A Window/Image of Christ- If your conduct and character reflect a changed life, then they would see Christ living
inside you. If you live, think, and talk like Christ, then they would see how much Christ means to you. If they see
that, they will be drawn to know Christ and glorify God because of your changed life.
Do the things of this
world seem more
stranger to you the
more you know Christ
and are becoming more
like Him? Or vice versa?
The Test ofConduct: What donew believers see in you (Matthew 18:6-8, Mark 9:42-48; Luke 17:1-4)?
 A Guide- If your conduct and character is constantly being conformed into the image of Christ, then they would be
inspired to follow your example. If you live, think, and talk like Christ, then they would see how much Christ means
to you in which they would want to know and love Christ more.
 A Stumbling Block- If your conduct and character does not reflect a changed life, then you may cause them to
stumble in their faith. If you live, think, and talk like them, then they would think you have not changed at all and
they will see how less Christ means to you. If they see that, they will either doubt that you are even saved or worse
they depart from the faith entirely.
The Test ofConduct: What does God see in you?
 IN GOD’S EYES: DOES HE SEE HIS SON IN YOU? ARE YOU ALIVE (LIVING FOR HIM) OR DEAD TO HIM (LIVING FOR THE
WORLD)?
 IN THE WORLD’S EYES: DO THEY SEE YOU AS A TRUE DISCIPLE OF CHRIST? OR ARE YOU AN IMPOSTOR? ARE YOU
ALIVE (LIVING FOR THE WORLD) OR DEAD TO THEM (LIVING FOR GOD)?
CHRISTIAN LIBERTY SHOULD NOT BE ABUSED:
1. To cause another brother or sister in Christ to
stumble in their faith
2. To flaunt it with arrogance
3. To be used as a cloak or license to sin
THE GREATEST ARUMENT FOR CHRISTIANITY
IS A TRUE BIBLE-BELIEVING CHRISTIAN!
THE GREATEST ARGUMENT AGAINST
CHRISTIANITY IS A COUNTERFEIT CHRISTIAN!
-JAMES MERRITT
Jesus said you are better off dead if you cause
another brother or sister in Christ to stumble!
IT IS EASY TO FOOLTHE
WORLD BY YOUR
APPEARANCEBUT IT IS
IMPOSSIBLETO FOOLGOD
WHO KNOWSYOUR HEART!
 Dare to Compare Chart: Are you a Fanatic for Christ or are you a Follower of Christ?
THE FANATIC THE FOLLOWER
Professor of Faith-Being a Christian is just a titleor labelthey use
Has Dead or Demonic Faith (Believes Only! Faith with noworks)
Unfruitful Life(No evidence toprove that theirlife has changed)
Hearer ofthe Word
Possessor of Faith-Being a Christian is living out their faith
Has Saving Faith= Faith that produces works
(They arenot saved by theirworks but saved todogood works)
Fruitful Life(Evidencetoprovea changed life)
Doer oftheWord
Shows Favoritism to those whoaregreat (rich and famous)-looks down on
the least
Lovesonly those who love them (familyand friends)
Attitude: “Who ismy neighbor”?
Hatestheir enemies
Does not showFavoritism (For God doesnot showfavoritism)-cares for the
least
Loves everyoneequally
Attitude: My neighbor isanyone whois need
Lovestheir enemies
BoastsofChrist but willquickly deny Him when persecution comes BoastsofChristand willnot deny Him when persecution comes
They rarely talk about God but moreof the world
Conformed totheworld (thingsbelow)
They often talkabout God rather than the world
Transformed by therenewalof theirmind (thingsabove)
Trying tobetteroneself daily (self-help)
Does not want togive up everything tofollow Christ
LackofCommitment
Dying toself-daily (self-denial)
Wantstogive up everything tofollow Christ
Lifelong/Whole-Hearted Commitment
Ungrateful forwhat God has doneand isstill doing in theirlife
Debbie DownerSyndrome/ Living miserably daily
Complainsabout anything and everything
Being anxiousall thetime
Grateful for what God has done and isstill doing in theirlife
Spirit Filled Living/Joyful Living
Rejoices everyday (either good or bad day)
Castsall their cares upon theLord
Displays lack offaith when suffering comes theirway
Foundation of faith built on sinking sand
BlamesGod for their suffering
Believes Christiansarenot to sufferat all
Displays strong faith when suffering comes theirway
Foundation of faith built on solid rock
Blesses God fortheir suffering
Believes Christiansare to suffer because it produces character, hope,and
endurance
Keeping their Christian lifeand witnessa secret
Afraid tolose relationshipsbecausethey areChristian
They areashamed of Christ
Making theirChristian lifeand witness known toall
They arenot afraid to loserelationshipsbecause they areChristian
They arenot ashamed ofChrist
False Conversion (TheSinner’s Prayer-I prayed a prayerand ora person
prayed over meand said I was saved)
TrueConversion (Heard,Believed,and Responded tothe Gospelthrough
Repentanceand Faith)
Believes theBible isnot the finalauthority for all matters oflife
Easily offended and disagrees with what the Bible (God’s Word) teaches
Does not believetheBibletobe inspired by God but written by men
Believes theBiblehasflaws in it and cannot betrusted
Believes the Bible isnot relevant for today
Does not endureand loveSound Doctrine
Believes theBibletobethefinal authority for all matters oflife
Receives correction and agrees with what theBible (God’s Word) teaches
Believes theBibletobe divinely inspired by God
Believes theBibletobe infallibleand can betrusted
Believes theBible isboth relevant today and throughout history
Enduresand lovesSound Doctrine
Lowviewof God:
God the Father:Bellboy,TheMan Upstairs, Big Brother, Genie, etc.
God the Son (Jesus): Passive,Weak, Frail, HomeBoy, Good Teacher, Love
Bomber, Magician,Enlightened Guru, Prophet, Miracle Worker, etc.
God the Spirit:A force or spirit energy you can tap into
Elevated ViewofGod:
God the Father:Holy,Righteous, Just,Merciful, Gracious, etc.
God the Son:Lord ofLords,King of Kings, Conqueror,Mediator, Savior, etc.
God the Spirit: Heis God, Spirit ofTruth,Comforter, etc.
“What would Jesusdo”? Therefore,I must do!
“What must I do to inherit Eternal Life”?
“What Jesusdid for mealready!”Therefore, it is finished!
“Lord,youhold the wordsofEternal Life”?
ServesTwo Masters: God and ___________
WorshipsIdols more than God
Syncretism: Blends God and __________
Serves only oneMaster: God
Worships God alone
Monotheism: Belief in OneGod (in ThreePersons)
Seeks and caresformiracles, signs,and wondersonly
Wantsthe Holy Spirit forpower (todomiracles, signs,and wonders)
Needs miracles, signs,and wonders daily tobelieve
Encountering and knowing God based by having mystical experiences
Faith is seeing tobelieve God
Every Christian hasbeengiven apostolic power and authority becausethe
Bibledoes teach it (Not all Scriptureisdescriptive!Holds toPrescriptive
View)
Seeks tohavea personalrelationship with God
Needs the Holy Spirit toempower, lead,and guidethem in their life
Does not need to seemiracles, signs,and wonders daily tobelieve. The
greatest miracle iswhat theGospeldoes to thehuman heart (conversion).
Encountering and knowing God by reading theWord
Faith isbelieving without seeing God
Every Christian doesnot possess apostolic power andauthority because the
Bibledoesnot teach it (Not all Scriptureis prescriptive!Holds toDescriptive
View)
Seeks God for material blessings ratherthan spiritual blessings
Money and Possessions isgreat gain
Seeks God for spiritual blessings rather than materialblessings
Godliness with contentment isgreat gain
Being a Christian isa fad spiritualjourney.
Believesat first but then soon departs and renounces theirfaith in Christ
Emphasis is on the pursuit ofHappiness
Being a Christian is lifelong spiritual journey
Continues to believeand never departsand or renounces their faith in Christ
Emphasis on the pursuit ofTruth
Forgiven less but loves God less Forgiven much but loves God more
Therefore,they forgive others conditionally Therefore,they forgive others unconditionally
Looks to theirown self-interests (self-focus) Looks to the interest of others(others-focus)
Sees fellowship with otherbelieversasa socialclub. Nothing more! Sees fellowship with otherbelievers togrowin theirfaith,theirrelationship
with oneanother,and tobe held accountable.
Indiscernible (does not test all things)
Christians arenot tojudgeat all
Discernable(test all things)
Christians are to judgewith righteous judgment
Refuses Churchdiscipline ifcaught in sin
Does not repent from sin and isnot restored
Receives Church discipline if caught in sin
Repents from sin and isrestored
SpiritualLevel:Childish
Never wants tomature in thefaith
Discipleship is not necessary formaturing
SpiritualLevel:Maturity
Continues tomature in thefaith
Discipleship is necessary for maturing
Worships God only on Sunday (They worship at Church)
Public Worship: Praises God with theirlips and handsduring Sunday
Worship but theirheartsare far from Him
Private Worship: Inactivein Spiritual Disciplines in their private life
(praying,fasting,and reading,studying the Bible)
Worships God every day (They bring their worship toChurch)
Public Worship: Praises God with theirlips and handsduring Sunday Worship
but their heartsare in right standing with Him.
Private Worship: Proactivein Spiritual Disciplines in their life (praying,fasting,
reading,and studying theBible)
Known tobea CEO (Christmas/Easterservice only).They only attend
service out oftheir own convenience.
Known toregularly attend servicebecause of their love for the church and the
preaching
Evaluatesand criticizes thepastor and his preaching Evaluatesthemselves by thepreachingand appreciatesthePastor’s
exhortation
Relationally disconnected from the Church Relationally connected with theChurch
Spectator/Attendeeat church
Lackof involvement or interest in joining and serving theChurch
Consumer: What can God and the Church doto servemy needs?
Member of theChurch
Actively involved with serving theChurch
Contributor:Howcan God usemeto serve theneedsoftheChurch?
Does not give financially totheChurch (they seeit as God or theChurch
robbing them)
If they do, they giveout ofcompulsion and not willfully
Storestreasures (possessions) on earth
Gives financially to theChurch (they see it asa form/expression ofworship to
God and a way toadvance the spreadingof the Gospel)
They willfully giveout ofa cheerful heart
Storestreasures in Heaven (spiritual rewards)
Inconsistent with holy and righteous living
Believes they are sinlessand noneed toconfess and or repent their sins
toward God
Loves sin/Believes it is okto sin (occasionally or continually)
Repentance from sin leadstoreformation (it is what they must do)
Consistent with holy and righteous living
Believes they still sin but continually confesses and repents ofsinstoward God
Hates sin/Believes it is not okay to sin at all
Repentance from sin leadstotransformation (it is what God grants-it isa gift)
Sees outreach ashumanitarian and philanthropy work
They oppose those who share theGospel
Apathetic to share the Gospel to those who arelost
Compromising with the culture by embracing it
Sees outreach as soul winning (evangelism)
They support those who share the Gospel
Passionate to share the Gospel with those who are lost
Countering the culture by sharing the Gospel
They say they loveother believers but their actions show they
hate them
They tear down other believers by being critical, judgmental, and
gossip
They sow division within the Church
They loveother believersand theiractions prove they love them
They build up other believers through words of inspiration and
encouragement
They strive and maintain unity and peace within the Church
(regardless of opinions and differences)
Judges, compares, and criticizes people (both believersand non-
believers)
Takes communion in vain (no self-examination)
Examines and judges oneself to seeif they are of the faith
Takes communion seriously and considers it sacred
(self-examination required)
Not Watchful/Anticipating the Lord’s return
Believes Christ is delaying His coming
Watchful/Anticipating the Lord’s Return
Believes Christ can come at any moment
“I will avenge for the evil that has been done untome”!
Repay evil for evil/insult forinsult
“Vengeance belongs to the Lord”! “He will avenge me”!
Overcomeevil with good
Man-Pleaser
Wants recognition from people
Glory to self when doing good works
God-Pleaser
Does not want recognition from people
Glory toGod when doing good works
Puffed Up Heart (Knowledge)
Reading and studying the Bible for facts only
Thinks they are wise in their own mind but foolish at heart
Thinks they know the Biblein and out and does not read and study
the Bible to grow more in their knowledge of God
Thinks they are teachers and do notthink they needmentoring
from others
Humble Heart (Knowledge)
Reading and studying the Bible to apply the Word intotheirlife
Thinks they are not wise but continues to study the Word to gain
wisdom
Does not believe they know the Bible in and out but continues to grow
in their knowledge of God
They consider themselves studentsof the Word who need to be
mentored by others
3. DO NOT GRUMBLE AGAINST THE GOSPEL OF MERCY!
 THE SCRIPTURE VERSES: Jonah 4:1-11; Luke 15:11-32; Luke 23:39-43; John 8:1-11; Luke 18:9-14; Matthew 19:16-30;
Matthew 20:1-16; Luke 9:51-56; Luke 10:25-37; Luke 19:1-10
 THE IMPORTANCE:
 Salvation is for anyone and everyone! The Lord does not want anyone to perish but that all should come to
repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
 With God, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26)! There is no sin so small that you do not need to repent of or be
forgiven nor is there no sin so great that it cannot be repented of or be forgiven!
 God shows no partiality when it comes to His mercy! God can show mercy on anyone He wants to (Romans 9:18).
All of us are not worthy! All of us cannot earn it! All of us do not deserve it! But instead, He gives it freely! His mercy
is a gift and not an obligation to mankind.
WHAT IS GRACE? WHAT IS MERCY? WHAT ISJUSTICE?
Getting the good that we do not deserve Not getting the bad that we deserve Getting the bad that we deserve
Earthly Example: A Free Gift
Spiritual Example: Salvation/Eternal Life
Earthly Example: Light Sentence/Charges
dropped
Spiritual Example: Sins Forgiven and
Pardoned
Earthly Example: Life
Sentence/Execution
Spiritual Example: Death/Hell
 What if the most wickedperson in the world turns to God?The same mercy He gave us is the same mercy He
extends to the most wicked person on earth in hopes they may come to believing and obeying the Gospel! At the
foot of the cross, it is ground level. No one is too good for Jesus nor is anyone too sinful for Jesus to save!
 The unbelieving world sees the Gospel as a controversial message and fail to see it as God’s message of mercy to
all! Why?
 Controversy #1: All have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God (Romans 3:23)! No one is good enough to go to
Heaven (Psalm 53:3; Romans 3:12)! Repentance and Faith in Christ alone will get you to Heaven (Acts 20:21)! For
example, the nicest and moralist person on earth who dies without repenting and placing their faith in Christ will
spend eternity in Hell! Hell is full of people who think they deserve Heaven apart from Christ! Heaven is full of
people who think they deserve Hell but have been saved by Christ!
 Controversy #2: The most wicked and vile person can be saved if they repent and place their faith in Christ! For
example, the worst criminal in history or the wickedest person on their death bed who dies as a repentant person,
trusting in Jesus alone, is saved. Praise God that His mercy is wide and He shows no partiality!
 Consider those in the Bible who were vile and wickedbut repentedand receivedmercyfrom God:
 1. The King and the people of Nineveh (they were known to be very evil and cruel to those of whom they conquered
especially the Israelites). Hence why Jonah hated them and anticipated for their destruction.
 2. King David (after committing adultery with Bathsheba and murdering Uriah her husband)
 3. King Manasseh (did more wicked than the nations God destroyed before the people of Israel)
 4. Thief on the cross (we can assume his crime was that of robbing and killing people)
 5. Zacchaeus (chief tax collector known for extortion and embezzling with people’s taxes)
 6. Saul who became Paul (he approved of Stephen’s killing as well as arresting believers and sentencing them to
death).
 God can forgive and change even the most wicked and evil person on earth. The cross gives anyone who
believes access to God through repentance and faith. “Itis notthe magnitude of sins, but the magnitude of God’s
mercy thatmattersfor salvation” -Trevin Wax.
 God is not concerned with the outward appearance but is concerned with the heart
(1 Samuel 16:7).
 God helps those who humbles themselves! He will not turn away those with a broken and contrite heart towards
Him (Psalm 51:17; Psalm 34:18)!
 We can only judge with righteous judgment by examining their fruit (to see if their lives have been transformed by
Christ-Matthew 7:16-20 and Galatians 5:19-20; 22-23) but we are strictly forbidden to make passive judgments.
“Any and all judgments and evaluations of another’s actions should come from a place of humility and care for
that person rather than a place of haughty condemnation” (Excerpt taken from Judging Others in Light of Christ’s
Command to Judge Not by Ryan Johnson).
 Beware of Limited Atonement (Hyper-Calvinist Theology)-This theology derives from the 5 points of Calvinism
(founded by John Calvin). It teaches that Jesus only died for the elect (those chosen by God) and not for everyone.
However, Christ’s atonement is sufficient to pay for all sin and the offer of salvation is extended to all.
 Beware how you treat your enemies!-The world tells us to pay back those who wrong, mistreat, insult, and, or
hate you (Proverbs 20:22; Proverbs 24:29). We are told that revenge is a meal best served cold but that should not
be the Christian motto to live by. However, God is the one who repays (Deuteronomy 32:35; Romans 12:19) and that
the best way to defeat your enemies is to show kindness to them (in hopes of making them believers). We ought to
reflect the character of God in that He shows kindness to them in order to bring them to repentance (Romans 2:4;
2 Timothy 2:25). We run the risk of bringing harm to the cause of the gospel if we take revenge against them.
 Beware of Replacement Theology!-This theology essentially teaches that the Church replaces the Nation Israel in
God’s redemptive plan. It is unbiblical, unloving, and very dangerous to hold this view. It further endorses
antisemitic (hostility towards and discrimination against Jewish people) views and should be avoided at all cost. It
is very arrogant to think the Church is better than Israel or to think that God shows mercy to a particular people
and punishes the other. Sadly, many churches today err from the truth of Scripture and believe and teach this
theology. God is not done with the nation Israel (Romans 11:1-32)! He made a promise that can never be broken! He
is the God who keeps His Word! They are His chosen people! His mercy has and will ever be with them! Although
they may have rejected Jesus their Messiah and have been given over to spiritual blindness, God will save His
people in the end because He is merciful!
 THE APPLICATION:
 We should not hate but instead love the Jewish people and our enemies:
 By praying for God’s mercy to be upon them in hopes they will believe and repent.
 By sharing the Gospel in hopes they may be saved and praise God for His mercy upon them.
 Stop comparing, scoffing, criticizing, and grumbling! Stop being the judge of people and let God be the judge! We
become skeptic when we see many celebrities and criminals coming to Christ! Instead, we should rejoice with the
angels in Heaven when one sinner repents (Luke 15:7; Luke 15:10).
 True Story 1: The infamous 90’s serial killer, cannibal, homosexual, and pedophile Jeffrey Dahmer repented and
got saved and was baptized while He was in prison. However, many people (then and now) do not believe he was
saved and considered His testimony to be a farce. Even some believe He became a Christian simply for a publicity
stunt. There is a biography series on Netflix that recently came out that is stirring up curiosity and controversy
surrounding his life when he committed the crimes as well as when he got saved while in prison. The question we
must ask ourselves is this: Is Jeffrey Dahmer in Heaven with the Lord despite all the evil he committed? The
answer is Yes! Why? Because His life was changed drastically when He came to know Christ. From being a serial
killer to becoming a saint! From being child of the devil to becoming a child of God! Before His death by the hands
of a fellow inmate, Jeffrey Dahmer was known to attend bible studies in prison as well as sharing the Gospel with
other prison inmates. The minister Roy Ratcliff even had this to say about him, “He was seekingredemption,” Mr.
Ratcliff says, recalling how Mr. Dahmer often spoke of being the worstof sinners. “He was seekingforgiveness.”
(Excerpt taken from He Befriended a Serial Killer, and Opened the Door to God by Dan Berry). The moral of the
story: God’s mercy is wide and not narrow! God owes no one anything! He gives His mercy to anyone who believes
in His Son! What part of the blood of Christ cannot save him (Jeffrey Dahmer), but can save you?”
 True Story 2: An angry woman once called into a Christian radio broadcast and vented that she would rather go to
Hell than to go to Heaven knowing she will be surrounded with former serial killers, drug dealers, and sex
offenders. The moral of the story: Do not have the spirit of Jonah like this woman had!
 If we are not careful, we will make the same mistake:
 A political leader and or pastor to crash and burn because of a scandal or controversy
 Our enemies to get what they truly deserve (to repay evil for evil and insult for insult)
 A criminal to be put to death and or burn in Hell for their heinous and vile crimes (to suffer a cruel and unusual
execution).
 To rally and or proclaim a message of condemnation (Fire and Brimstone preaching) to the LGBTQ community or
movement
 To rally and or proclaim a message of condemnation to those who work at abortion clinics and to those who
support it.
 Who commits the unforgiveable sin?
 Those who think they have not committed the unforgiveable sin but have. They remain comfortable but should
ought to be frightened and concerned. They are those who will not be forgiven because they have been exposed to
the full exposure to the Gospel and the full revelation of God but willfully and continually denies them and rejects
Christ. The unforgiveable sin is unbelief!
 Those who think they have committed the unforgiveable sin but have not but should be comforted and reminded
their assurance in Christ. They will be forgiven because they have been exposed to the Gospel and the full
revelation of God and therefore continues in repentance and faith in Christ.
 Reality Check: What Assurance Do You Have?
 Remember this: We were just as sinful, wicked, fallen, and lost! We were just as worst as murderers (Ephesians
2:1-5; Colossians 2:13-14)! While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8)! The blood of Christ is
powerful enough to forgive, cleanse, and take away the most vile and wicked sin we have ever committed! “If we
ignore God’smercy, we will feelhiswrath. If we turn to Christ, our sinisatonedfor by him. His sufferingcan cover
the largestdebt of the worst sinner because the price He paidwas adequate to notjust for the sins of one bad
man, butalso for the sinsof the entire evil world” -Greg Koukl.
4. DO NOT GIVE UP SHARING THE GOSPEL OF PEACE!
 THE SCRIPTURE VERSES: Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:15-16; Romans 10:12-15; Mark 13:10; Jude 1:22-23;
Ephesians 6:15; 2 Corinthians5:11; 2Corinthians 5:20; Isaiah52:7; Proverbs11:30; James5:20
 THE IMPORTANCE:
 Death happensto all and cannot be avoided- According to the statistics on world population review website,
about 332,648 deaths occur around the world every day. That is approximately 13,852 people around the world
dying every hour. It goes without saying that death is all around us and cannot be avoided. Everyone knows we will
all die (yet there a lot of people who refuse to believe it-see Hebrews 9:27; 1 Corinthians 15:22; Ecclesiastes 12:7;
Genesis 3:19). Life is fleeting and is but a vapor and a shadow (James 4:14; Psalm 27:1; Psalm 78:39; Psalm 144:4). In
a moment, a person can be living here on earth today and then dead and gone tomorrow (snatched away into
eternity). We should consider this as we share the Gospel to everyone we meet or know while we still can.
THE PHYSICALDEATH THE SPIRITUAL DEATH THE ETERNAL DEATH (SECOND DEATH)
Soul is separated from Body
Soul departs intothespirit realm
Soul of man is separated from God
(Both in the living and in Hades (Hell)
Soul is dead in sin
Both body and soul ofman are separated from God
forever
Soul is dead in sin forever
DEATH TO THE BODY DEATH TO THE SOUL DEATH TO BOTH SOUL ANDBODY
Body isburied and is subject to decay and
corruption.
Body willawait resurrection on Judgment Day.
Soul in Hades (Hell)-Temporary placeofagony
and conscious torment.
This istheabode ofthe unsaved.
Soul awaits finaljudgment.
FinalJudgment:Body will beresurrected and Hades
will giveup all the souls in Hades (Hell). Body and
Soul will bereunited and thrown intothe Lake ofFire
(Second Death)tobepunished with everlasting
“I SAY SO” ASSURANCE
THE ONE WHO ISSELF-DECIEVED
This individual professes tobe saved but their life
does not prove it (bearing fruit).They continueto
live in sin and completedefianceand disregard
towardsholy and righteous living before God.They
deceivethemselves intothinking they are saved
but they arenot.
“I DON’T KNOW SO” ASSURANCE
THE ONE WHO SELF-DOUBTS
This individual believes in Christ but does not believe
they are saved becausethey struggletobear fruit in
theirlives.They arenot confident in their faith andare
uncertain about their salvation and identity in Christ.
They strugglewith sin in their lifebut needs
correction,discipline,encouragement,and
affirmation from other believers.
“I KNOW SO” ASSURANCE
THE ONE WHO ISSELF-CONFIDENT
This individual knows they aretruly saved becausethey
pursue Christ and arebearing fruit in their life by the
Holy Spirit.Even though they strugglewith sin, they
continuetotrust in Christ aloneand maintain a continual
attitudeofrepentance.They believetheWord of God of
what it means tobesaved and that theyare fully
confident in their assurance and identity in Christ.
conscious torment and contempt.
 Judgment Day awaitseveryone-There will be a judgment after death (Hebrews 9:27). Everyone will face God
on Judgment Day and will give anaccount. Everyone will be judged by Him according to how they lived their life on
earth and thus will be rewarded: Either eternal life and Heaven in receiving Christ (repentance and faith) and or
eternal damnation in Hell for rejecting Christ (persistent living in sin and refusing the Gospel)! Remember that
Jesus preached more about Hell than He did about Heaven (showing us the severity of not obeying and believing
the Gospel). We should consider this as we share the Gospel to everyone we meet or know while we still can.
 No one is without excuse (Romans 1:19-20)-
 The Evidence of Creation: Creation itself declares there is a God who exists (Psalm 19:1)
 The Evidence of Morality: God gave every man a conscience (with knowledge) knowing good and evil (Romans
2:14-15).
 The Evidence of Eternity: God has put eternity in the hearts of every man (Ecclesiastes 3:11). Since the fall of man,
every person in the world have been subjected to the fear of death (Hebrews 2:15).
 The Evidence of Ongoing Missionary Work Around the World-God created the Church to send missionaries all over
the world to proclaim the Gospel! The Gospel has spread to every country, ethnicity, culture, and spoken in
thousands of languages all over the world.
 The Evidence of Unlimited Access to Information-We live in the age of advanced technology and information
(books, magazines, tracts, mail, television programs, phone apps, billboards, movies, radio broadcasts, internet,
etc.) that spreads the Gospel message all over the world.
WHAT IS JUDGMENT DAY? WHY IS JUDGMENT DAY NECESSARY?
Judgment Day will be:
1) A FULL JUDGMENT: FOR GOD SHOWS NO PARTIALITY!
It is a pronouncementof judgment upon all. No one will be exempted from
this day! It will be a day where everyone will face God and give an account
on how they lived theirlives on earth.
2) A FAIR JUDGMENT: FOR GOD IS HOLY AND JUST!
God is Just and He will pronounce ajust sentencing for all:
A) Eternal Torment and Punishment (Unbelievers) or Eternal Bliss and
Paradise (Believer)
B) Eternal Separation from His Presence (Unbeliever) or Eternal Fellowship
with Him (Believer)
C) Evil Works will be repaid (Unbeliever)/Good Works will be rewarded
(Believer)
3) A FIXED JUDGMENT: FOR GOD TRASCENDS TIME (HE SETS TIME AND IS
OVER TIME)!
God has set a day to judge all men and no one will be late for this appointed
judgment! No postponement! No bribes! No excuses! No rebuttal! No
exceptions! No attorney to defend you and object Him! Just you and God (the
Judge)!
4) A FINAL JUDGMENT: FOR GOD AVENGES THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN HIM!
God’s judgment and sentencing is final upon the individual. Unbelievers will
be terribly frightened on that day as He will not take back His Words and
there will be no second chances for them. There will be no appeal and no
other judge or higher court to overrule His verdict upon them. They will
agree that they deserve Hell for rejecting Him and will be thrown into Hell
forever. On the other hand, Believers will be handsomely rewarded and will
praise Him for being just. Also, He will avenge all believers who suffered
martyrdom and mistreatment from the hands of the lost and the wicked
(unbelievers).
 Those who are living have not been judged yet. God is
gracious and merciful in that He is giving time for all to
repent and be saved.
 God’s judgment will not be deferredfor too long. He
extends His grace and mercy to alland He desires all to
be saved (Faith in His Son Jesus Christ) and not perish.
However, On Judgment Day,His grace and mercy will no
longer be extended (only His wrath will remain and be
poured out on those who refused His mercy and grace).
 The Righteousness of God will be displayed for all to
see. He judges the world in righteousness and all evil
will be restrained and eradicated!
 God’s promise of justice and consummation of all things
will be fulfilled. This is what all believers are
anticipating!
 Justice will be served and well-deserved to the wicked
(unbelievers) and to the Devil and his fallen angels who
rebelled against God! Therefore, Hell will be their
reward.
 There will be full exposure on this day:
1) The individual who is lost will havehis/her sins be
revealed (Unbeliever)
2) The individual who is saved will be honored and
praised (Believer).
 The day Death (the last enemy) will be defeated and
eradicated forever!
 Many would argue that God is not just! They may say things like “What about those who never heardof Jesus”? As
much as this can be a legitimate question, it is nothing more than a diversion to dodge the truth or a cover up for
their sin! The answer to this question is people are responsible to God for what God has already revealed to them.
If they willfully reject it; then God is just to condemn them to Hell for all eternity. “If we assume that those who
never hear the gospel are grantedmercy from God,we lose our motivationfor evangelism. We alsoruninto a
terrible problem. If people who never hear the gospel are automatically saved, thenitislogical tomake sure no
one ever hears the gospel because then there would be a chance, they will rejectitandbe condemned” -Ronald
Nash.
THREE ISSUES PEOPLE DO NOT ACCEPT THE GOSPEL
1) THE ISSUEOF REASON
(BATTLE OF THE MIND):
Some people are ignorant towards it.
Some people are arrogant towards it.
Some people are indifferent towards it.
Some people think it is irrelevant for
our time (the era of constant change).
Some people think it is intolerant and
offensive towards other religions
because of its exclusivity.
Some people have misinformation,
misconceptions, and
misunderstandings about it.
2. THE ISSUE OF REPENTANCE
(BATTLE OF THE WILL):
People do not want to give up their sin
because they love it.
People believe it is unloving by telling others
they are wrong andneed to get right with God.
Peoplehave issues with authority and not
being told what to do. They believe the Gospel
to be a message that forces a person out of
their own will to choosethrough manipulation
and coercion.
People takeoffense when you say the name
“Jesus” or the word “Repentance” because it
always relates to something religious or
spiritual.
3. THE ISSUEOF THE RESURRECTION
(BATTLE OF THE HEART):
People believe Christ is not God and did not have
the power to raise Himself from the dead.
People believe Christ did not exist and therefore
He did not rise from the dead.
People believe Christ’s resurrection was
spiritual and not physical
People believe Christ and His resurrection was
a copy of other mystery religions and pagan
myths.
 God’s love for the lost should compel us to share it-
 God does not take pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 33:11)
 God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son so that those who believe will not perish but have
eternal life (John 3:16)
 God desires all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4).
 We should love others enough to share them the Gospel so they can turn from the error of their ways, to save their
soul from death, and to cover over a multitude of sins (James 5:20).
 Speaking the truth in love should always be our motivation when sharing the Gospel to others (Ephesians 4:15)
 We should not condemn those who continually mock and reject it. Our love for them should cause us to grieve
over their rejection towards it.
 Jesus loved all people especially lost people. He had so much compassion for the lost (Matthew 9:35-38). Not only
did He perform miracles, signs, and healings. He loved lost people so much that He confronted them with the truth
(that is sharing the Gospel)!
 “I’drather be rejected by people for sharing the Gospel lovingly than toface Jesus onJudgment Day andexplain to
Him why IrejectedHim infrontof people!” -Author Unknown
 The Great Commission is a command and not asuggestion-
 We are responsible for sowing and watering the seed of the Gospel (1 Corinthians 3:6-8) and not to coerce and or
manipulate people. We are responsible for the delivery and the hearer is responsible to make a choice: Repent
and Believe the Gospel or Refuse and Reject the Gospel! There will be times where we may sow the seed and times
where we may water the seed where another has sown. There are times where we may share it with people who
we may never see again or times where we may be sharing with people that we are establishing relationships
with (taking some time for them to believe). The point is that the Gospel is being shared and spread regardless if
you are the Sower or the one who waters. We gather as the Church to feed (hear the word preached) and are sent
in the world to scatter the seed (the Gospel)! We water and sow! God grows!
 We are responsible to know and understand the Gospel ourselves! Lack of knowledge, understanding, and bad
theology of the Gospel can be hurtful and dangerous to yourself and to your hearers! If someone came up and told
you that they were going to die in 60 seconds, will you be able to share the Gospel with them in 60 seconds or less?
 We are responsible on how we conduct ourselves when sharing the Gospel! We need to be gentle, kind, quick to
listen, and slow to speak! Screaming, yelling, interrupting, and talking over someone while they are speaking,
being sarcastic, being arrogant, and talking down on someone will not get anyone to hear let alone give them a
chance to respond to it! The statement is true for us when it says “It’s not what you said, it’s how you said it”! The
Gospel will offend people but your behavior and attitude should not give offense! What people need is not a heated
debate but a witness encounter to the Gospel.
 We are responsible on how we engage, communicate, and or draw people to the Gospel! We are to communicate
the Gospel in such a way that they can understand and respond rightly to it (repentance and faith)! There are many
segue way methods people use to communicate the Gospel such as using gospel tracts, magic tricks, object
lessons, current affairs or headlines on the news, scientific facts, trivia questions, etc. However, the method being
used should always transition to the Gospel. We need to find common ground with people in order to communicate
or draw them to the Gospel!
 We are responsible to be missionaries in the area where we live and serve. Do not be fooled! Sharing the Gospel is
not the pastor, the youth pastor, and or the missionary’s job! It is your job to share it! The mission field is not
limited to being sent overseas to a foreign country! The mission field is your family, town, city, neighborhood,
school, and work place. Every Christian has been called by God (The Father), commissioned by Jesus (The Son),
and empowered by the Holy Spirit (The Spirit) to share the Gospel.
 We are responsible to not keep the Gospel to ourselves! The Gospel is not to be concealed but it is to be revealed!
The Gospel is not something to be withheld but it is meant to be shared! Refusing to share it indicates that we
value more of our own comfort and salvation over the souls of others. Consider when you got saved, you received
the Gospel with gladness because someone shared it with you. In turn, you are to give back by sharing it among
others in hopes they receive it gladness! After all, sharing is caring!
 We are responsible to know when to walk away when the Gospel is not being received. It is not unloving to walk
away when someone repeatedly scoffs and ridicules the Gospel. However, we should keep in mind that we should
always pray for those who do scoff and ridicule the Gospel (Matthew 10:14; Matthew 7:6).
 We are responsible for our motives in sharing it. Love and obedience are the primary motivation why we share the
Gospel to others. We should share it with good intentions. We need to guard ourselves from selfish motives when
we share it.
 How canwe know our motives are selfish when sharingit? Here are some examples:
 The Quota Motive: When we treat people like a number or a statistic. We care more about filling the pews in our
church to gather data rather than love and concern for their souls. It is all about counting people’s decisions made
by Christ rather than making them into disciples of Christ.
 The Bait and Switch Motive: When we share the Gospel like it was a sales pitch (intentionally or unintentionally) or
a pyramid scheme. We promise people that Jesus will give them what they want if only they just believe (under
false pretenses). Not only is this not biblical but it is dangerous and can lead people in becoming false converts
trusting in a false hope and not trusting alone in the Work and Person of Christ.
 The Turn or Burn Motive: When we dupe people into fearing more of Hell than the God who created Hell and not
sharing with them the other spectrum of the Gospel: God’s love, mercy, and grace. This motive is nothing more
than a fear or scare tactic that induces fear, paranoia, and despair in people. It paints a wrong picture of God being
a wrathful tyrant who is angry at everyone and wants to send people to Hell. Also, people are only going to look at
salvation as “fire-insurance” rather than trusting their salvation in Christ alone.
 The Love Wins Motive- When we dupe people into thinking that God is nothing more than a loving God who wants to
save everyone without them repenting and trusting in Christ alone. It does not matter what they believe and what
sinful lifestyle they are living! God’s love accepts, overcomes, and tolerates it! This motive is dangerous and
unbiblical! It avoids being rejected and having to offend anyone. It puts emphasis more on the fear of man than the
fear of God. If you are highlighting one attribute of God and neglecting the other attributes He possesses, than you
are not giving them the real God of the Bible but rather a false one.
 The Work for It Motive: When we make it a requirement for salvation. For example, Mormons and Jehovah’s
Witnesses believe that they need to go door to door to share “their gospel” in order to be saved. They are more
concerned about their salvation than the salvation of others. This motive is dangerous in that they teach others to
become law-keepers and to keep people away from knowing God’s grace and mercy through Christ. We also can
fall into this camp if we are not careful.
 The Who Can Boast the Most Motive: When we boast (intentionally and unintentionally) to other believers about
how many people we lead to Christ! We look down on those who are not as successful as we are at winning others
to Christ! We may also criticize other people’s methods of soul winning rather than critique our own.
 The Self-Glory Motive: When we become prideful and take the credit or glory for ourselves rather than giving
credit or glory to God when we lead a soul to Christ. Remember, salvation belongs to the Lord! Also, we need to be
careful when sharing our personal testimony because we can share it with selfish motives (unintentionally).
 We are responsible for meeting people where they are in life (1 Corinthians 9:19-23)- In order to be more effective
at sharing the Gospel with people, we need to meet them where they are in life. Sometimes, we need humility and
need to understand where they are coming from. We need to understand their upbringing, their beliefs, their
values, their opinions, their worldview, etc. in order to know and respect them as individuals and assess how we
can approach them with the Gospel. We need to present or share it in ways that is appropriate or relational to the
hearer without compromising it. Sometimes, it is better to ask questions and listen rather than answering their
questions and talking throughout the entire interaction. In that way, you come off as being respectful and loving
towards them (by valuing their opinions) which can make them be more receptive to the Gospel.
 “The Great Commission is not a matter of emotions but submission (and obedience) to an already stated
command”-quote from John MacArthur.
 People are looking for happiness, hope, meaning, purpose, and identity in all the wrong places-
 Every person in the world wants what will give them happiness, hope, meaning, purpose, and identity. Whether
seeking for their soul mate, place, or thing that will meet their wants, needs, and expectations. The reality is that
they will never find true satisfaction or relief if they continue to pursue it through addictions, possessions, and
people. The world is full of lies, broken promises, broken dreams, false advertisements, and false hopes. A life
without God is vanity (Ecclesiastes 1:2-8). Hence, we need to share the Gospel to such people to give them hope,
joy, meaning, purpose, and identity that is found only in Christ. He alone truly satisfies!
WHAT PEOPLE DESIRE OR SEEK THE THINGS OF THE
WORLD:
WHAT PEOPLE SHOULD BE DESIRING OR SEEKING THE THINGS
OF GOD:
SEXUAL FREEDOM/FREE LOVE SEXUAL PURITY AND FIDELITY
DRUGS AND ALCOHOL (GETTING DRUNK AND HIGH) BEING FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT
PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS JOY IN THE LORD (THROUGH ALL CIRCUMSTANCES)
MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS WITH PEOPLE PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM (THE CREATOR)
GREED (MONEY AND POSSESSIONS) CONTENTMENT IN ALL THINGS
PERSONAL CLOUT, POPULARITY, AND ACCEPTANCE FROM
PEOPLE
HUMILITY AND IDENTITY HIDDEN IN CHRIST
WORLD PEACE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE GOD’S JUSTICE AND PEACE (THROUGH THE CROSS OF CHRIST)
RELIGION (FOR ALL OF LIFE’S QUESTIONS) KNOWING HIM (THROUGH HIS WORD-FOR ALL OF LIFE’S QUESTIONS)
FOLLOWING THEIR DREAMS TO BE SUCCESSFUL THROUGH
PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT AND SELF-HELP
FOLLOW GOD-SUCCESS THROUGH OBEDIENCE TO HIM
LIVE HEALTHY AND LONG LIVES LIVE HOLY, BLAMELESS< AND RIGHTEOUS LIVES BEFORE GOD
RETIREMENT AND INVESTMENTS (TEMPORAL) INVESTING INTO GOD’S KINGDOM (ETERNAL)
THE NEXT THRILL/DEATH DEFYING ADVENTURE THE FEAR OF GOD
BEING ATTRACTIVE (OUTER BEAUTY) GOD IS CONCERNED WITH THE HEARTS OF MEN (NOT OUTER
APPEARANCE)
 The Early Church andChristians Throughout History died for the Gospel-
 The Gospel is the good news of the Blood Shed of our Lord Jesus Christ while the Church is birthed by the Blood
Shed of the Saints.
 They suffered and died horrendous deaths in order to stand up for the Gospel. None of them will die for a lie he/she
knows to be false. They knew what they believed was true!
 None of them renounced or were unashamed of Christ or His Gospel! Even though their oppressors would attempt
to break their spirits (through pain and torture), they would not give in! Even though their oppressors would give
them chances to renounce their faith in Christ, they would reject it!
 They considered it great joy and honor to suffer and die for the Lord Jesus Christ!
 Christian persecution did not stop the spreading of the Gospel. What it did was magnify the spreading of it even
further (as predicted by the Lord Jesus)!
 They are remembered for their courage and boldness amid the face of terror and evil by their oppressors. We
should be reminded and encouraged by this when sharing the Gospel!
 Their deaths were not in vain. In fact, they died so that we as Christians today continue to spread the Gospel.
 Christianity is by far the most persecuted religion in the world. Many Christian brethren around the world today
are being persecuted in their own countries and are dying for their faith in Christ. We as Christians who live in
non-persecuted countries should support our brethren through prayer and providing provisions through
churches and ministries supporting them and their endeavors to continue to spread the Gospel!
 THE APPLICATION:
 We need boldness to share it -
 We do not have a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
 We are not to be ashamed of the Gospel (Romans 1:16). Why? Because of:
 Its simplistic and straight-forward message that even a little child can understand and respond to it.
 Its supernatural power in converting a sinner.
 Its saving ministry in the lives of those who keep on believing.
 We are to be ready in and out of season when sharing it (2 Timothy 4:2). Be ready to give a man an answer to the
hope that lies within you with meekness and fear (1 Peter 3:15).
 What are some fears we mayface when sharingthe Gospel?
 The fear of not knowing what to say to people
 The fear of what people may say or think of you
 The fear of being rejected by people
 The fear of offending people
 The fear of being persecuted (ill treatment and hostility)
 The fear of being humiliated or ridiculed
 The fear of arguments and confrontation
 The fear of civil disobedience (getting arrested by Law Enforcement)
 The fear of being ignored, cancelled (cancel culture), and or avoided
 Be prepared in getting rejected since Christ was rejected! You will be rejected because you believe and proclaim
that Jesus is the only way to God and there is no other way!
 Be prepared in getting hated since Christ was hated! You will be hated because you will expose the evil and
darkness in people’s lives by sharing the light (the Gospel).
 Get used to being called names such as bigot, intolerant, judgmental, and Jesus’ freak. No servant is greater than
His master. Jesus was called many names by those who rejected and opposed Him for speaking the truth.
 Get used to offending people! For the message of the cross (the Gospel) is an offense (1 Corinthians 1:23; Galatians
5:7-15) and foolish to those who do not believe (1 Corinthians 1:18).
 The worst form of persecution or opposition a Christian will face will not come from an unbeliever but the one who
claims to be believer or follow of Christ (Counterfeit Christian)!
 We need to stop relyingon living out the Gospel tobe the Gospel!
 Common Christian Clichés that support this:
 “Preach the Gospel at all times, if necessary, use words”
 “We are livingstones proclaimingthe gospel by example for othersto see. We may be the only Gospel they will
ever see andhear.”
 “We don’t needtopreach the Gospel; we needtodisplay the Gospel!”
 “Do notworry about talkingaboutJesus. Justlive like Him andyou fulfill the Great Commission.”
 It is true that we are to let our light shine before men (that is see our good works-Matthew 5:16) but we are to tell
people why we let our light shine (because of Christ).
 It is true that we are to live holy, blameless, and righteous lives before God but we should never make that the
Gospel to people. Just because you live it out does not mean you are sharing it!
 It is true that we are to practice what we preach: What we believe and preach is what we live by! However, living
out the Gospel is not preaching nor will it convince others to believe the Gospel. Trying to live the Gospel without
preaching it is being ashamed of the Gospel!
 The Gospel cannot be shared without words. It needs to be heard in order to respond. It needs to be spoken in
order to be comprehended. Faith comes only by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:14).
 Livingit out but not sharingitwill lead to three negative responses from people:
1) “Goodfor you but notgood for me”- They may pat you on the back or praise you for your holy conduct but it
will not convince them to be saved.
2) “Holier thanthou”- They may think you are trying to be better than they are or may think you have a
superiority complex. They may also think that you are being too religious and are trying to earn your way to
Heaven. This will only lead them away from the Gospel.
3) “You’re brainwashed”- They may think you are being brainwashed by some cult by how you live your life. This
will also lead them away from the Gospel.
 It is difficult to share the Gospel in silence. Someone needs to hear it! Someone needs to share it! That is the only
way they can respond to the Gospel!
 We need to both display the Gospel (by Deed) and proclaim the Gospel (by Word) to be effective witnesses for
Jesus.
 We need to stop relyingon our personal testimony to be the Gospel-
 Personal testimony is good but it is only good when Jesus is the focus (not on you). It is only good because your life
has been changed because of what Christ did for you. Too often, people talk more about themselves and less of
Jesus when they share their testimony with others.
 Do not forget that the Gospel is HIS STORY! “Each of our livesis a story andwitheach new personwe meet, we
become a part of their story and they become apart of ours. The Godwho created the universe has somehow
woventogether these billions of storiesinto one story, whichis the greatest story ever told” - Shai Linne.
 Sharing your testimony is not the Gospel! If you are going to share your testimony to someone, make sure to
always weave or transition to the Gospel! The Gospel has the power to save! Not your testimony!
 Remember this: The Gospel is the cause of your testimony and your testimony is the effect of the Gospel!
 We need topray to God for opportunities or open doors to share it-
 We avoid procrastination.
 We avoid making a multitude of excuses to God.
 We avoid depending on others to share it.
 We avoid being unloving or apathetic towards others.
 We avoid regret for not sharing it.
 We avoid guilt for not sharing it.
 We avoid neutrality (middle ground).
 We avoid being passive (push overs).
 We avoid running away from our responsibility to share it (consider the Prophet Jonah).
 We avoid relying on human effort and will power and rely on His Spirit to work in us. Without Jesus, we can do
nothing.
 We avoid being tolerant with the unbelieving world.
 We avoid listening to the enemy’s lies that we are ineffective (cannot be used by God).
 We need to get out of our comfort zone andshare it-
 We need to get used to being sent into hostile and difficult environments where the Gospel is not well-received.
We should be willing to place ourselves in new situations, even uncomfortable and hostile ones, for the sake of
furthering the spread of the Gospel. Like a famous pastor once said, “Get comfortable with the uncomfortable”!
 We need to get away from being culture shocked. We need to learn and adapt to the culture, society, and
environment that we are in to better understand how to engage and share the Gospel.
 We need to stop playing church or get out of our Christian bubble. It is not wrong to attend church and or be
involved in your church but if that is all you care to do and have no passion to go out into your local community and
share the Gospel to others who do not believe, then it is meaningless! If church becomes a social club or a place of
isolation for you, then you have it all wrong! We are not called to sit in pews but to be sent out into the world to
spread the good news! You can be a light to your church but your light shines brighter in the darkness (unbelieving
world)!
 We need to stop being tolerant with the culture and other religions that oppose our Christian values.
 We need to pray for more believers to step out in faith and be sent into places where the Holy Spirit is leading them
(Matthew 9:37-38; Luke 10:2; John 4:35-38).
 We need to learn humilitywhen sharingit:
 We may feel intimidated at times for not having all the answers when it is being challenged or questioned. We
need to remember that we may not have all the answers but what we do know is what we must share.
 We may get embarrassed at times by stuttering over our words, having awkward stares and silences from your
hearers, and or losing our train of thought when sharing it. We need to remember that the Holy Spirit is with us
and that He will give us the right words to speak to them.
 We may get annoyed and or discouraged at times when it is rejected, ignored, and or they change the subject
when you share it. We might think we have failed but remember to not give up in sharing it no matter what. God
sees you putting effort and it does not go unnoticed with Him!
 We may get defensive and argumentative at times when people ridicule, threaten, and or revile you for sharing it.
We need to exercise self-control (one of the Fruits of the Holy Spirit) when someone offends us.
 We need to remember that God is pleasedwith and blesses those who share it:
 “Asitiswritten, “How beautiful are the feetof those who preach the Gospel of Peace. For those who bring glad
tidingsof good things” (Romans 10:15).
 “How beautiful upon the mountainsare the feet of those whobring the good news, who publishespeace, who
brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says toZion, “Your GodReigns” (Isaiah 52:7).
 “The fruit of the righteousis a tree of life, He whowins soulsiswise” (Proverbs 11:30).
 “The Law of the Lordis perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making the wise the simple”
(Psalms 19:7).
 “Andthey that be wise shall shine as the brightnessof the firmament; and they that turnmany torighteousness
as the starsfor ever andever” (Daniel 12:3).
 We need to remember thatwe are amid aspiritual battle:
 The Devil and his demons know they have been defeated (Colossians 2:15; John 12:30; John 14:30). However, that
does not stop them from being sore losers. They will do anything and everything in their power to take as many
souls with them to Hell by deceiving them (Matthew 25:41).
 The mission of Satan is straight forward: He wants to Kill, Steal, and Destroy (John 10:10).
 The Devil’s playground is the world. Everything in the world belongs to God but the Devil is the god of the system
that opposes Him (anti-Christ). God has called us believers out of the world to be sanctified and sent back into the
world to do battle against the Devil. Before we were even saved, we were on the enemy’s side and pledged
allegiance to the enemy (the Devil). However, now that we have been saved, we are God’s side and pledged
allegiance to Him. Yet, God has now placed us in the middle of a spiritual battleground (against the Devil) aiming to
save those in the world (by sharing the Gospel) who have been blinded and enslaved by him (Ephesians 2:2; 2
Corinthians 4:4).
 The Devil and his demons will stop at nothing to use distractions and diversions in the world to disqualify, hinder,
entice, and lead you away from sharing the Gospel. The Devil and his demons will stop at nothing to use
distractions and diversions in the world to keep people from hearing, believing, and obeying the Gospel.
 People (flesh and blood) are not our enemy! The real enemy is the Devil and his demons who hate the message of
the Gospel. They are the ones influencing people to scoff, mock, ridicule, reject, and hate it. Those under his
influence to do his will which is opposing and oppressing Christians from sharing the Gospel.
RIGHT WAY TO EVANGELIZE WRONG WAY TOEVANGELIZE
 PRESENTING THE TRUE GOSPEL TO YOUR HEARERS
(THE DEATH, BURIAL,AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS)
 PRESENTING A FALSE GOSPEL TO YOUR HEARERS
(ADDING OR TAKING AWAY THE DEATH, BURIAL,
YOURSPIRITUALBATTLES:PRIVATEANDPUBLICWITNESSFORCHRIST
CONTRASTBETWEENSPIRITUALALLIANCES: LIFEBEFORECHRISTVS.LIFEINCHRIST
1) DO NOT GIVE IN TO COUNTERFEIT GOSPELS!
 THE SCRIPTURE VERSES: 2 Corinthians 11:2-4; 2 Corinthians 11:13-15; Galatians1:6-12; Romans 16:17-18;
Matthew 7:15-20; 1 Timothy 4:2-5; Colossians 2:8; Matthew24:4-5; Matthew 24:10-11; Matthew 24:23-26;
Jude 1:3-4; 1 Timothy6:22; 1 John 4:1-6; 1 Thessalonians5:22; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-15; Acts 17:11; 1 Timothy
4:16; Acts20:27-31
 CONVEYING MESSAGE TO BE SIMPLE AND STRAIGHTFOWARD
 MESSAGE IS SPOKEN-FAITH COMES BY HEARING AND HEARING
BY THE WORD OF GOD
(GOSPEL NEEDS TO BE VOCALIZED)
 THE GOSPEL TESTIFIES OF JESUS (HIS STORY)
AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS)
 CONVEYING MESSAGE TO BE COMPLICATED AND HARD TO
UNDERSTAND
 MESSAGE IS SPOKEN THROUGH HOLY AND RIGHTEOUS LIVING
(SILENT WITNESS/LIFESTYLE EVANGELISM)
 MY TESTIMONY IS THE GOSPEL (YOUR STORY)
 ADDRESSING THE MAJOR ISSUE: THE HEART
 RECOGNIZING A SPIRITUAL BATTLE
 CONCERNED WITH PERSON’S SOUL (SOUL WINNING)
 ADDRESSING MINOR ISSUE: THE MIND (CONSCIOUS)
 RECOGNIZES AN INTELLECTUAL BATTLE
 CONCERNED WITH WINNING AN ARGUMENT
 DEPENDENT UPON GOD BY PRAYING FOR OPEN DOORS
 BEING SPIRIT-LED WHEN EVANGELIZING (I.E., SPEAKING THE
TRUTH IN LOVE AND GIVING YOU BOLDNESS)
 ALLOWING THE HOLY SPIRIT TO CONVICT THE HEARER(S) OF
SIN, RIGHTEOUS, AND JUDGMENT
 EVANGELIZING WITH A GENTLE AND RESPECTFUL SPIRIT
 MOTIVATION IS OUT OF LOVE
 INDEPENDENT FROM GOD-HUMAN PLANNING FOR OPEN DOOR
OPPORTUNITES
 TRUSTING IN YOUR OWN STRENGTH AND KNOWLEDGE WHEN
EVANGELIZING
 CONVICTING OR JUDGING HEARER(S) OF SIN
 EVANGELIZING WITH A HAUGHTY AND PRIDEFUL SPIRIT
 SELFISH MOTIVES
 BALANCE OF LAW AND GRACE (50/50 RATIO)
 LAW TO THE PRIDEFUL
 GRACE TO THE HUMBLE
 IMBALANCE OF LAW AND GRACE (80/20 or 90/10 RATIO)
 MORE LAW/LESS GRACE LEADS TO DESPAIR AND FEAR
 MORE GRACE/ LESS LAW LEADS TO ABUSE AND CONTEMPT
 RIGHT RESPONSE TOWARDS THE GOSPEL: REPENTANCE AND
FAITH
 GOD LOVES YOU-HE CALLS FOR TURNING AND TRUSTING
CHRIST
 REPENTANCE FROM SIN IS EMPHASIZED
 WRONG RESPONSE TOWARDS THE GOSPEL: RECITING THE
SINNER’S PRAYER OR REPEAT AFTER ME PRAYER
 GOD LOVES YOU THE WAY YOU ARE
 REPENTANCE FROM SIN IS IGNORED OR OMITTED
 CHRIST IS THE ONLY WAY TO GOD (EXCLUSIVE)
 SALVATION BASED ON FAITH IN THE WORK OF CHRIST ALONE
 CHRIST IS AN OPTION (INCLUSIVE)-MANY PATHS TO GOD
 SALVATION = FAITH + YOUR WORKS
 CHRIST CAME TO DIE FOR SINNERS (TO SAVE THEM)
 CHRIST GIVES ETERNAL LIFE (HEAVEN)
 CHRIST CAME TO GIVE YOU LOVE, PEACE, JOY, ETC
 CHRIST GIVES YOU YOUR BEST LIFE NOW (EARTH)
 SHOWING CARE AND COMPASSION FOR THE LOST  SHOWING INDIFEERENCE TOWARDS THE LOST
 GOD CONVERTS THE SOUL-YOU ARE THE MESSENGER
 MAKING CONVERTS INTO DISCIPLES OF CHRIST-GOD ADDS TO
THE CHURCH
 LEAVING IT UP FOR THE HEARER(S) TO CHOOSE HOW TO
RESPOND (RECEIVE OR REJECT)
 PRODUCING TEARFUL CONVERTS (GOD’S RICHES OF HIS
KINDNESS, FOREBEARANCE, AND PATIENCE LEADS TO
REPENTANCE)
 PRAY FOR THEIR SALVATION EVEN IF THEY REJECT IT
 MAN CONVERTS THE SOUL-YOU ARE THE SAVIOR
 MAKING CONVERTS INTO DECISIONS FOR CHRIST-MAN ADDS TO
THE CHURCH
 PRESSURING HEARER(S) TO MAKE A DECISION (THROUGH
BULLYING, MANIPULATION, AND COERCION)
 PRODUCING FEARFUL CONVERTS (FEARING MORE OF GOING TO
HELL)
 MOVE ON-THOSE WHO REJECT IT ARE LOST CAUSES
 REASONING, URGING, AND PLEADING WITH HEARER(S)
 STAYING ON TOPIC (FOCUS ON THE PERSON AND WORK OF
CHRIST)
 MESSAGE IN AND OF ITSELF IS OFFENSIVE TO UNBELIEVERS
 LISTENING AND DISCERNING HEARER(S)-SLOW TO SPEAK
 ASKING QUESTIONS TO HEARERS’ BELIEFS AND BEING HUMBLE
AND RESPECTFUL
 DEBATING AND INTERUPTING HEARER(S)
 STAYING OFF TOPIC/DISTRACTED THROUGH RABBIT TRAILS AND
RED HERRINGS-TOO MUCH FOCUS ON ANSWERING QUESTIONS
FROM HEARER(S)
 BEING OFFENSIVE TO UNBELIEVERS (APPROACH/BEHAVIOR)
 NOT LISTENING/DISCERNING-SWIFT TO SPEAK
 NO INTEREST IN RESPECTING HEARER’S BELIEFS-BEING CRITICAL
 THE IMPORTANCE:
 Counterfeit Gospels Are to Be Rejected and Avoided at AllCosts:
 Another Jesus- Any Jesus that is not the Jesus of the Scriptures! Anything that takes away or adds to both His
humanity and His divinity is another Jesus. There are many Jesuses out there in the world today but there is only
one Jesus!
 Stay away from those who teach these things (some examples):
 Jesus is one of many gods and rules His own planet. He is also the brother of the Devil). Those who believe this can
eventually become gods themselves just like Jesus and rule their own planet. (Mormonism/The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-Day Saints
 Jesus is not God but a created being. He is Michael the Archangel (Jehovah’s Witnesses)
 Jesus is not God but became an example for us to become little gods. Both He and Adam were little gods.
(Prosperity Gospel Teachers)
 Jesus is not God but a man who became an enlightened guru or ascended master. He became an example for us so
that we can become enlightened like Him (Eastern Mysticism and the New Age).
 Jesus is not God but was a prophet of God named Isa (Islam).
 Jesus is black and He will come to judge and enslave all whites (Black Hebrew Israelite Movement).
 Jesus is a great miracle worker and magician (Famous Stage and Street Performing Magicians).
 Jesus is not God and the Messiah of Israel. (Judaism)
 Jesus is not God but an alien who came from another planet (New Age Cults and UFO Conspiracy and Ancient Alien
Theorists)
 Jesus is God the Father. He was just one of the modes of God (Oneness Pentecostalism).
 Jesus was not God but just a good moral teacher (Historical/Modern Day Philosophers).
 Jesus was a communist who taught His disciples Communism (Communism)
 Jesus is a Sabbath Keeper and did not rise from the dead-on Sunday (the first day-Seventh Day Adventist)
 Jesus was a victim of divine child abuse (Emergent Church Movement/Progressive Christianity Movement)
 Jesus had many children with his disciple Mary Magdalene (DaVinci Code/Gnosticism)
 Another Spirit- Any person or organization that takes away or adds to the divinity of the Holy Spirit is another
spirit. Any spirit that leads you into denying the work and divinity of Jesus is another spirit.
 Stay away from those who teach these things (some examples):
 You must be baptized by water in order to receive the Holy Spirit!
 You must speak in tongues in order to be saved (evidence you have the Holy Spirit)!
 You must perform miracles, signs, wonders, and healings in order to prove you are operating by the power of the
Holy Spirit!
 The Holy Spirit is not God but is a force or energy that you can tap into (Jehovah’s Witnesses and Christian Science
teaches this).
 The Holy Spirit is not God and should not be worshipped.
 The Receiving of the Holy Spirit and The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is heavily emphasized and are two different
events (not the same) in a Christian’s life. These two events must happen in the life of a Christian.
 The Holy Spirit is the key to unlocking secret knowledge and revelations from God (Gnosticism teaches this).
 The Holy Spirit can be released through transcendental meditation and yoga practices (Christian Mysticism
teaches this).
 The Holy Spirit is only a symbol of faith and not a real person.
 The Holy Spirit is referred to feminine pronouns such as “She” or “Her.”
 The Holy Spirit is genderless and or transgender (i.e., refer to as an it).
 The Holy Spirit can be manipulated or controlled to do your bidding (Prosperity Gospel teachers teach this).
 You can breathe in the Holy Spirit (i.e., breath prayers). You can impart the Holy Spirit unto others through
breathing upon them (like Jesus did to His disciples).
 Holy laughter is the evidence of you having the Holy Spirit
 You can get high off the Holy Spirit (smoke him as if He is a marijuana joint).
 You can be drunk in the Holy Spirit
 You can get slained in the Spirit
 You can impart the Holy Spirit unto others through the practice of “fire tunnels”
 Another Gospel-Any gospel that takes away or adds to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus is another
gospel! Any gospel that contradicts the True Gospel of the Scriptures! In fact, anyone preaching another gospel is
accursed!
 Stay away from anything thatteachesthese things (some examples):
 The Gnostic Gospel (Da Vinci Code/Hollywood Gospel)- It teaches that matter (physical) is evil and spirit (spiritual)
is good. Therefore, Jesus’ body was not real but appeared to be physical and that His spirit descended upon Him
when He was baptized. It goes on to say that His spirit left Him when He was crucified. There are other gnostic
gospels that depict Jesus and God as being evil and Satan as good (who becomes a hero that fights for humanity
and defeats them). Yet there are others that mentions Jesus faking His death on the cross and marries Mary
Magdalene (who bears numerous children). However, Gnosticism is a belief that has gain popularity in Hollywood
and its teachings are propagated in most Hollywood movies of today.
 The Aquarian Gospel (New Age)- It teaches that Jesus was not God but just a man who travelled to India, Greece,
and other countries to obtain wisdom and enlightenment in order to encounter the god within you. It goes on to say
that He brought these teachings back with Him to Palestine and taught it to His disciples. Therefore, it leads
people into dabbling with New Age Spiritual Practices and Eastern Mystical Spiritual Practices to obtain what
Jesus obtained (that is the Christ Consciousness).
 The Woke Gospel (Cancel Culture)- It teaches that Jesus was woke (awakened) to the racial and cultural injustice
of his day. It teaches that we must be woke (awakened) to the racial discrimination and social injustices of our
day. Those who embrace this gospel will do whatever it takes to eliminate all social problems and inequality (even
if it means using guerilla warfare tactics against governing authorities and spreading propaganda in their
community to cause division and hate between certain races and ethnicities).
 The Environmentalist Gospel (Gaia/Mother Earth)- It focuses more about caring for the earth and the environment
more about caring for people’s souls. It emphasizes that all humans are stewards of God’s creation and have been
given the responsibility to care for it. The danger behind this gospel is that the god it refers to is none other than
Mother Earth/Gaia and that it worships the creation rather than the Creator. Sadly, the Catholic Church has
recently joined partnership with the United Nations in creating the 10 Green Commandments to help prevent
global climate change and global warming.
 The Power Gospel (Signs and Wonders/New Apostolic Reformation)- It teaches that Jesus emptied Himself
(Kenosis) of His divinity before His incarnation. It also teaches that He came on earth as a man who obtained
divinity when the Holy Spirit descended upon Him after He was baptized by John the Baptist. Jesus constantly
relied on the Holy Spirit to perform miracles, signs, healings, and wonders during His earthly ministry. It goes on
to say that after He died on the cross, He had to suffer in Hell in order to redeem humanity.
 The Prosperity Gospel (Health and Wealth)- It teaches that physical healing, success, and prosperity has been
provided by the atonement (Christ’s death). Instead of sin, God put all of humanity’s sickness, diseases, sorrow,
grief, and poverty on Jesus. Like the Power Gospel, it also teaches that Jesus went to Hell to suffer for our
redemption. Therefore, God wants everyone to be rich and healthy and if you are poor or sick (with illness or
disease), then you do not have enough faith.
 The Moral Performance Gospel (Behavior Modification)- It professes that Jesus is God but it teaches that He came
to set an example for us to live by (living a sinless and perfect obedient life before God). It diminishes the
atonement of what Christ did for us on the cross and emphasizes that we can be just as good as Christ (or even
better). We can accomplish this by right thinking, right behavior, right actions, right speech, and right attitudes.
Rather than dying to self, we can make self-better. It also teaches that you do not need Jesus to be good but that
you are good enough if you keep the Golden Rule (treating others the way you want to be treated).
 The Legalist Gospel (Law Keeping)- It teaches that Jesus did not come to abolish the Law of Moses and therefore
we must keep it. Jesus’ atonement is not enough for salvation. You must achieve both salvation and spiritual
growth by keeping the Law.
 The Self-Esteem Gospel (Do It Yourself/Believe in Yourself)-The counterpart of the Prosperity Gospel. It teaches
how you can improve yourself rather than the focus on Jesus’ work and personhood that saves us. It is all about
you being happy, that God wants you to be the best that you can be and that it is up to you to reach your full
potential within yourself. Rather than believing in Jesus Christ alone, you believe in yourself! You live your best
life now rather than in Heaven!
 The Universalist Gospel (God is Love)- It teaches that everyone who has ever lived, is living, or will be living in the
future will be saved regardless of what they believe (religion) and removes the need to repent and believe in
Christ alone. This gospel also teaches that Satan and his demons will be given a second chance of redemption and
reconciliation with God in the last days.
 The Inter-Faith Gospel (Ecumenicalism)- It teaches that we should come together with others in different
religious faiths (ecumenical unity) by advocating social justice and assist with humanitarian efforts. Instead of
standing in the truth of the Gospel, it teaches to set aside the truth and unite with other religious faiths to make
the world a better place.
 Counterfeit Gospels Are Inspired andEndorsed by Demons:
 They inspire those to preach man-centered sermons rather than Christ-centered sermons
 They inspire those to teach damnable heresies rather than the truth concerning Christ
 They inspire those to teach doctrines of demons rather than doctrines of God
 They inspire those who hear to not endure sound doctrine and reject the truth
 They inspire their influencers to oppose and persecute those who love and endure sound doctrine
 They inspire those who hear to worship idols rather than worship God alone
 Counterfeit Gospels Are Partof The Devil’s Schemes:
 The Devil will do anything to lead people away from being saved by the truth of the Gospel.
 “Since Satancannotdestroy the Gospel, he has toooften neutralizeditsusefulness by addition, subtraction, and
substitution.” -JC RYLE
 He either: Mixes his Lies with Truth, distorts truth, takes away Truth, and confuses Truth.
 There are two things the Devil is good at doing:
 HE IMITATES! WHAT GOD CREATES, SATAN COUNTERFEITS!
 HE INFILTRATES! HE DOES NOT LAUNCH A FRONT-LINE ASSAULT BUT LAUNCHES AN AMBUSH (SNEAK ATTACK)!
 He imitates all that is God:
THE THINGS OF THE DEVIL THE THINGS OF GOD
The spirit of Anti-Christ
The spirit of Error
Demon Possessed
Works in the Sons of Disobedience (unbelievers and false
Christians)
Those who serve Him oppose and persecute God’s people (Church)
who preach thetruth
Those who serve Him hate thelight(the truth)
The Holy Spirit
The Spirit of Truth
Spirit-Filled
Works in the Children of God (believers)
Those who serve Him preach the truth in order to save Those
who are lost and willingly/unwillingly serve Him
Those who serve Him love the light (the truth)
Many Paths to God-All roads lead to Heaven (Inclusive-Wide Gate)
There is no Judgment Day
There is no Hell/There is no eternal punishment
Jesus is the only way to God (Exclusive-Narrow Gate)
There will be a Judgment Day
Hell is a real place and is a place of eternal punishment
Devil’s Son: The Beast/Anti-Christ (Son of Destruction)
The Devil will send theAnti-Christ into the world
The fullness of the Devil dwells in the Anti-Christ
Described as a roaring Lion
He appears as an angel of light
Gives authority to the Anti-Christ (Acts like God the Father)
Defies God
He will die but be resuscitated (false resurrection)
God’s Son: The Lord Jesus Christ (Son of God)
God the Father sent Jesus into theworld (He will come again)
Fullness of God dwells in Christ
Described as the Lion of Judah
Christ is the Light of theWorld
Given all authority by God theFather
Christ submits willingly to theFather’s will
Christ died and resurrected on thethird day
The Synagogue of Satan
His bride: The Harlot
His city: Babylon
The Church (Called Out Ones)
His bride: Israel/His Son Jesus’ bride: The Church
His city:New Jerusalem
The devil comes to kill, steal, and destroy all Christ came to give life to all and give it abundantly
Many Counterfeit Gospels (false):
1. Jesus did not die
2. Jesus was not buried
3. Jesus did not rise from the dead
4. Jesus is not God/God did become aman
Only One Gospel (true):
1. Jesus died
2. Jesus was buried
3. Jesus rose from the dead
4. Jesus is God and became theGod Man
False Bibles/Religious Texts
Deep Things of Satan (Given by Seducing Spirits)
Mystery of Iniquity (Anti-Christ Revealed-Demonic Incarnation)
Only One Book-TheBible (Holy Scriptures)
Deep Things of God (Discerned by the Spirit)
Mystery of Godliness (Jesus: God in the Flesh Revealed)
He is not omni-scient (all knowing)-yet he studies men on how to
tempt them to sin
He is not omni-present (present everywhere)- heroams the earth
to and from and hashis fallen angels (demons) spread out to do his
bidding.
He is not omni-potent (all powerful)- He does have powers but he is
not as powerful and sovereign than God. He is a created being who
wants to be like God.
He is omni-scient (all knowing)-Heknows what is in the hearts ofmen!He
knows thebeginning and theend!
He is omni-present (present everywhere)- He seeall things!Earth is His
footstool! Noone can hide or escape from His sight!
He is omni-potent (allpowerful)-There is no one likeHim!Noonewhoisas
powerfuland sovereign like Him!He has noequal! Hehas no rival!He
created all things and everything Hehas created submit to Him!
Satan commissioned false apostles
False prophets and teachers who twist the Word of God
Wolves to deceive and devour God’s flock (church)
Know them by their fruits: Bad Tree produces Bad Fruit
Satan’s Forerunner: The FalseProphet in Revelation
Christ commissioned apostles
Faithful Pastorsand Teachers oftheWord of God
Faithful shepherds whoprotect, carefor, and feed God’s flock (church)
Faithful shepherds must beblameless and live out holy livesamong all
people
Christ’s Forerunner: John theBaptist (Spirit ofElijiah)
Same Sex Marriage: man with man/woman with woman
Hybrid Marriage: Angels (Sons of God) marrying Human
Women (Daughters of Men) and giving birth to Giants.
Sex: All formsof sexual perversion and immorality
acceptable (Outside the bounds of marriage)
Fulfill the lustsof the eyes and the flesh
Marriage (between a man and a woman)
Sex: Acceptable in the bounds of the marriage covenant
(do not defile the marriage bed)
Procreate (produce offspring/children)
Love and Union between husband and wife
Rainbow represents sexual liberation orpride for theLGBT+
community
Rainbow represents God’s covenant with Noah to not
destroy the world again with water (global flood)
Transgender/Genderless
Cross-breeding different kinds of animals
Male and Female Gender
Animals reproducing after their own kind
Tyranny, Anarchy, Corruption, Chaos, and Injustice
Creates Riots and Violent Protests to justify the means
Government, Law, Justice, Peace, and Order
Brings Revival through Evangelism
Encourages evil (evil is good and good is evil)
Hates what is good
Uses suffering to bring despair, sorrow, and misery
(Curse God)
Restrains evil (Evil is evil and Good is good)
Hates what is evil
Uses suffering to produce character, hope, and
perseverance (Bless God)
Cain (Man of Sin)
Ishmael (born of the Flesh)
Esau (Man of the Wild)
King Saul (Former King of Israel/Evil King)
King Ahab/Jezebel/Prophets of Baal (Prophets of the Devil)
Haman (Minister of Evil)
Abel (Righteous Man)
Isaac (born of the Spirit)
Jacob/Israel (Man of Peace)
King David (New King of Israel/Righteous King)
Prophet Elijah/Elisha (God’s Prophets)
Esther/Mordecai (Queen of God’s People)
7 Nations of Canaan: Enemies of Israel
Canaanites, Amorites, Gergashites, Hittites, Hivites,
Jebusites, Perizzites
12 Tribes of Israel: Enemies of The Canaanites
Judah, Reuben, Simeon, Benjamin, Levi, Dan,
Naphtali, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph. Gad
Worship of idols (leads to demon worship)
Devil wants to be worshipped
Desired Worship: Religion, Rituals, and Human sacrifices
Worship God and Serve Him Only
Jesus received worship from those who believed
Desired Worship: Worship God in Spirit and in Truth
DemonicTrinity: Father, Mother,and Son Worshipped The Trinity (Godhead): One God in Three Persons
Babylon: Nimrod, Semiramis,and Tammuz (O.T.)
Greek: Zeus, Athena,and Apollo (N.T.)
Catholics (somebelieve): TheFather,Mary (Motherof God),and The Son
(False Jesus)
Mormons:The Father, Joseph Smith,and TheSon (False Jesus)
TheFalse Prophet,TheBeast,and The Devil (End Times DemonicTrinity)
Worshipped:
God The Father
God The Son (Jesus Christ)
God The Holy Spirit
Family Values: Dysfunction, Conflict, Legalistic, Division,
Divorce, Addictions to drugs and alcohol, Adultery, Neglect,
and Domestic Violence
Christ is not the Lord over the household! It is the Devil!
The Devil is after the vulnerable in the household:
wife (woman) and children. If man is not leading his
household in a Christlike manner, his household will be
destroyed and overtaken by the Devil.
Children are born and raised into broken homes which leads
them to becoming lawless and defiant towards any authority
Family Values: Submission, Honor, Love, Holiness,
Humility, Forgiveness, Grace, and Mercy
Christ is the Lord over the household!
Man (husband/father) is appointed by God to be
head of his household but submits to authority and
Lordship of Christ! He cares, protects, and guides
His family (wife and children) in the admonition of
the Lord!
Children are raised, shaped, and prepared by their
parents for a life of humble service towards Christ
and others.
Children of the Devil
Sons of Belial/Sons of Disobedience
Tares
Goats
The Wicked
The Accursed
Children of God
Sons and Daughters of the Living God
Wheat
Sheeps
The Righteous
The Blessed
“Do wilt thou wilt which is the whole of the Law” (quoted by
Satanists Anton Levey/ Aleister Crowley)
What is done on Earth reflects Hell (From Below)
“Your will be done on Earth as is in Heaven”
What is done on Earth reflects Heaven (Up Above)
Lying signs, miracles, healings, and wonders
False Prophecies that never come to pass
Powers given by demons (i.e., witchcraft, psychic, etc.)
True signs, miracles, healings, and wonders
True Prophecies predicted and 100% fulfilled
Spiritual Gifts distributed by the Holy Spirit
Human Sacrifices: Children Sacrificed to gods/idols (O.T. and
N.T.)
Human Sacrifices (Present Day): Abortion and Satanic
Rituals (both adults and children)
Animal Sacrifices (O.T. shadow)-covered but could
not take away sin
Jesus’ Sacrifice (N.T. substance)-
The Lamb of God who both covers and takes away
sin completely
The Kingdom of Darkness
Army of fallen angels/demons (who serve him)
The Kingdom of Light (God’s Kingdom)
Army of good angels (who serve Him)
New World Order established
The temporal reign of the Beast (Anti-Christ)-3 ½ years
Devil’s mark: The Mark of the Beast (number 666)
Christ’s Millennial Kingdom established
The eternal reign of Christ
God’s mark: The seal of the Holy Spirit
The Father of Lies
He is cunning and deceitful
Uses lies to divide
Unity without truth
Conceals and confuses the truth (hidden occultic symbology
and consulting with demonic spirits)
Global Peace: Temporary and fleeting
Author of confusion
Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life
He is filled with wisdom and grace
Uses the truth to divide
Unity in the truth
Reveals the truth (through the Word and His Holy
Spirit)
Peace with God (Everlasting): Right Relationship
with Him through believing in Christ’s death and
resurrection
Author of order (not confusion)
To be born again: to be woke (consciously aware of racial and To be born again: Repentance and Faith in Christ
social injustice), to be enlightened (by your third eye), or to
perform satanic rituals in secret societies.
alone. Holy Spirit is given to us upon conversion.
His Holy Days:
Lupercalia, Hexe Nacht, Unveiling Day,
Halloween (Sam Hain), Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead),
Saturnalia (Commercialized Christmas), Sol Invictus
The Ten Green Commandments
(Pope’s mandate on climate change/salvation of the
environment)
His Holy Days:
Sabbath, Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread, Feast of
First fruits, Feast of Harvest, Feast of Trumpets, Day of
Atonement, and Feast of Tabernacles
The Ten Commandments (written by the finger of
God and given to Moses)
Declares war against God, His angels, and His children
(believers)
Thinks he will win the war against God
Declares war against the Devil, His demons, and His
children (unbelievers)
The Devil has already been defeated and judged by
Him
 He infiltrates God’s Church and Mission:
 By having the Church compromise with the culture and society by adopting and fusing its worldly and demonic
ideologies with Christian beliefs. Hence, he wants the Church to act more like the world rather to be separate
from the world.
 By having the Church focus more on the Church building, Church programs, and Internal Affairs rather than
Community Outreach, Church planting, and supporting domestic and international ministries.
 By having the Church use man-centered tactics (like marketing) or provide entertainment to draw people to
Church.
 By doing more philanthropy work or mercy ministry in the mission field (both domestic and international) than
sharing and spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
 By having pastors and teachers preach and teach a “Bloodless Gospel” rather than a “Blood-Shed Gospel” as to
soften the message of the Gospel as well as to not offend their audience (both believers and unbelievers alike).
 By causing division within the Church through (Matthew 12:25; Mark 3:24-25):
 Majoring in the minors (dividing over secondary doctrinal issues-the gray areas-adiaphora)
 Preferences over Principles (Traditions of men over Truth)
 Elevating a certain leader in the Church over others in leadership (also known as Sectarianism)
 Elitism over Equality (A certain individual or group of people in the Church who elevate themselves over others
due to spiritual giftings)
 Serving in the Church (convicting those who serve less and commending those who serve more)
 Financial Giving to The Church (commending those who give more over those who give less)
 Cliques in the Church/Favoritism (loving and favoring a particular person or group over others)
 Spreading Gossip and Slander rather than spreading the Gospel
 Spiritual Disciplines (commending those who read and study the Word, pray, and fast over those who do not)
 Scandals (secret love affairs, sexual assault and abuse, extortion, etc) over being Blameless
 Advocating Racism over Embracing Diversity
 “Anempire toppled by itsenemiescanrise again, but one which crumblesfrom within, isdead forever” -quote
taken from super villain Helmut Zemo in the movie Captain America: Civil War.
 The Devil has twoways that he attacks anddestroys the Church:
 1) IMPLOSIVE TACTIC: Through Compromise with the World (Inward Spiritual Attack)-Outward Influence will
destroy the Church from within.
 2) EXPLOSIVE TACTIC: Through Criticism from the World (Outward Spiritual Attack)-Outward scrutiny will destroy
the mission and integrity of the Church.
 Counterfeit Gospels Ushers in Last Days Deception and Apostasy:
 Jesus and the apostles spoke of and predicted Last Days Deception and Apostasy (Matthew 24:4-5; Matthew 24:11;
Matthew 24:24; Mark 13:22; Acts 20:29-30; 2 Corinthians 11:13-15; 1 Timothy 4:1-4; 1 John 4:1; 1 John 2:18; 2 2 Timothy
3:13; 1 Timothy 4:1; Thessalonians 2:3)
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  • 1. “THE 5 DO NOTS” By Edwin Baza 1. DO NOT FORGET THE GOSPEL OF SALVATION!  THE SCRIPTURE VERSES: 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 and 2 Peter 1:12-15; 2 Timothy 2:8; Romans1:15; Colossians 1:21-23  THE IMPORTANCE: THE 6 REMINDERS OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE SAVED SAVED BY WHO? Jesus Christ *What is the Gospel? -Christ died -Christ buried -Christ rose from the dead *NOTE: Anything other than this is accursed (Galatians 1:9-10) SAVED FROM WHAT? -The Wrath of God (Hell) -The Power and Fear of Death -The Power and Penalty of Sin -The Power and Bondage of the Devil SAVED HOW? -By Grace Alone -Through Faith Alone -In Christ’s Blood Alone *Two responses towards the Gospel: -Repentance (Turning From/Change of mind) -Faith (Belief- Trusting in someone) SAVED WHEN? -Anyone who calls upon the Lord Jesus *Two important things occur upon calling on the Lord: -The Heart: Believes unto righteousness (that Christ rose from the dead) -The Mouth: Confesses unto salvation (Jesus is Lord) *They are born again* *They have eternal life* *The Holy Spirit abides in them forever upon salvation* *They are accredited the righteousnessof Christ SAVED WHY? -All have sinned (fallen short of the glory of God) -All are under the judgment of sin (wrath of God-Hell) -All are under the penalty of sin (Death) -All are under the curse of sin (the consequences it produces) -All who sin are slaves to it and to their bondage master (the Devil) -Your good works cannot save you -You must be born again in order to inherit and enter the Kingdom of God SAVED WHERE? Thosewhoare saved will end up in Heaven and will live forever -Eternal Fellowship with theirGod (TheFather,TheSon,and TheHoly Spirit) -Eternal Fellowship with other believers -Joining believersand angels in worshipping God for all eternity -Heaven isa placewhere sin, death,suffering,pain,sorrow, and crying doesnot exist. -Heaven issogreat and indescribable that even the ApostlePaul was not commanded to speakabout it when hevisited Heaven (either in thebody or out of thebody). “HEAVEN IS FULL OF PEOPLE WHO THINK THEY DESERVE HELL BUT ARE FORGIVEN.”  It is the Power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes (Romans 1:16)! It has the power to save those who do not believe but it is the power of God unto salvation for those who keep on believing.  It demonstrates the need of a Savior. There are many religions out in the world today that offer salvation but can never save. Christ is the only one that truly saves (John 14:6; Acts 4:32; 2 Timothy 2:5)!  The Misconception: There are believers out there who think that the Gospel is only for those who do not believe. However, the Gospel is for believers too! Believers need it just as much as unbelievers do. The Gospel needs to be
  • 2. good news to us for it to be good news to unbelievers! It is good news because believers benefit from it! Salvation is the benefit of the Gospel! What it did for you then (being justified), what it is doing for you now (being sanctified), and what it will do for you in the future (being glorified).  It is humbling to know that God’s grace is free and cannot be earned or attained (Ephesians 2:8-9). It is extended to all who respond to it through faith and repentance. Religion is human attainment (What must I do to inherit Eternal Life?) while Christianity is divine achievement (It is finished!).  Those who believe no longer need to feel shame, fear, guilt, and condemnation. They can boldly come to the throne of Grace that we may receive mercy and find grace in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16).  THE APPLICATION:  We need to remind ourselves daily of the Gospel (reading, hearing, believing, and obeying the Gospel). Just because we are saved does not mean we are too good for it nor are we too bad for it! “The Gospel needs to be good news to us or else it ceases to be good news to the World” -Scott Harris.  Two things God reminds us all throughout the Old andNew Testament:  Do not be afraid!  Do not forget!  What are some things that can make us forget the Lord? (Some examples):  Whenever we face suffering and trials in our lives, the Gospel always reminds us of our meaning, purpose, identity, and provision in Christ. It gives us the strength and endurance we need to persevere in our faith. THINGS THAT CAN MAKE US FORGET THE LORD REMEMBERING THE LORD  The Anxiety of Suffering and Trials  The Trust in Idols (person, thing, or concept)  The Bondage of Sin (habitual sin)  The Spirit of Pride and Self-sufficiency  The Pressure and Opposition of Persecution  Remembering The Lord Jesus Sustains and Sympathizes  Remembering The Lord Jesus Satisfies and is Sovereign  Remembering the Lord Jesus Sanctifies, Cleanses, and Secures  Remembering The Lord Jesus Saves and is All- Sufficient  Remembering the Lord Jesus Sends and Strengthens us to do ministry  The Gospel motivates and equips us for ministry. It gives us passion to want to go out and share it!  The Gospel gives us hope in this fallen world and to keep us from feeling despair and uncertainty. We need to remind ourselves daily of the Gospel because we are too quick to forget it! Too often, we are constantly bombarded by the daily distractions of the world.  What are the distractionsof the world? (Mark 4:19; Matthew 13:22; Matthew 6:25-34):  The cares of the world (stress on the job, daily necessities to be met, relationship issues, etc.)  The deceitful desire for riches (other than being content with what you have) and for other things (other than God) that leads to many sorrows and pain.  The uncertainty of tomorrow and the future  “Donot let thenoise of theworld keepyoufrom hearing the shout of the Gospel”!  The Gospel makes us forever thankful to God. We are not just forgiven! We are grateful for being forgiven!  We remember the Gospel every time we partake the Lord’s communion with one another!  The Lord’sCommunion reminds us of four things (1 Corinthians 11:23-26):  REMEMBERING THE LORD’S TRIUMPHANT DEATH: It symbolizes what Jesus did for us on the cross. Bread representing His Body being broken for us and the Fruit of the Vine (juice) which represents His Blood being shed for us.  REMEMBERING THE LORD’S TRIUMPHANT RETURN- It is a proclamation to us that we proclaim Jesus’ death until He returns on the day where He would reunite with His bride (The Church)!
  • 3.  REMEMBERING SELF-EXAMINATION- It is all about self-examination to see if we are in right standing/right relationship with God (that is trusting in Christ alone for salvation and living the life of total surrender and obedience to Him). It is all about repentance and confessing sins before God before partaking in the bread and the juice.  REMEMBERING UNITY IN THE CHURCH- It is all about maintaining unity with other believers through loving, serving, and submitting to one another in the name of Christ.  The Gospel is for the here and now! We proclaim the Gospel on Earth just as much as it is praised in Heaven! LET THISBE REMEMBERED:  If we forget that we are under Grace,  Then we are quick to being under the Law.  If we forget the True Gospel that saved us,  Then we are quick to follow and believe another Gospel that will deceive and condemn us.  If we forget the One True God,  Then we are quick to worshipping idols.  If we forget the Holy Spirit and Him guiding us into all truth (the Word of God),  Then we are quick to follow another spirit that will lead us into all error.  If we forget the work of Christ,  Then we are quick to believing that we can save ourselves by our good works.  If we forget the person of Christ,  Then we are quick to believing and following another Christ that cannot save us. 2. DO NOT TAKE FOR GRANTED THE GOSPEL OF GRACE!  THE SCRIPTURE VERSES: Romans 6:1-23; Galatians 5:1-26; Hebrews 12:1; Ephesians 4:17-32; Colossians 3:1-17; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15  THE IMPORTANCE:  Although Grace is a gift, it is not cheap! It cost God dearly by giving up His Only Begotten Son to take our place of punishment on the cross. Do not take grace too far or you will be too far from grace!  Two things we should not take lightly of:  GRACE(Abusing Christian liberty/Using Grace as a license to sin)  SIN (Underestimating its power of deception and corruption in our lives)  Grace is not a license to sin but to overcome sin in Christ (Romans 6:1; Romans 6:15)! Grace is not a safety net for you to fall into sin, make an excuse to sin, and a free pass for your disobedience! It requires wise and responsible stewardship! It sets us free from the power and penalty of sin so that we can live our freedom to serve Him and carry out His purposes.  Christ came to take away all sin and not just to take away some sin (John 1:29; 1 John 3:5). Repentance is to turn from something (sin and self) and faith is turning toward someone (toward God)! It is not to turn from something and then later go back to! That is not true repentance!  You are either dead to sin or you are dead in sin (Romans 6:11)! “Kill sin or sin will kill you!” (John Piper)  Friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God (James 4:4).  Love for the world meansin John 2:16:  1. The Lust of the Flesh (i.e., sexual perversion, sexual immorality, adultery)  2. The Lust of the Eyes (i.e., coveting money, possessions, and other things)  3. The Pride of Life (i.e., greed, arrogance, power, and self-promotion)  You are to live holy just as God is holy (2 Timothy 1:9; Ephesians 1:4; 1 Peter 1:15-16)! Jesus is not just a Savior! He is both Lord and Savior!  Reality Check: Do not be deceived! You cannot be a Christian for one day (Sunday) and live the rest of the week like the devil.
  • 4.  THE APPLICATION:  Now that you are saved, you are free from the power of sin. However, just because you are saved does not mean you are free to sin and to live the way you want to live. Because of what Christ did for us, let us continue to give our lives daily to Him. Christ died and took our place and in turn we must die to self and live for Him.  The Christian walk is not about trying (to better yourself)! It is all about dying (to self)!  THE DIFFERENCE: DIVING INTO SIN VS FALLING INTO SIN PERSON DIVING INTO SIN The Acknowledgement: Gives in but doesnot confess or repents of sin. The Action: Continues to sinwillfully andpersistently. The Attitude: Does not fear God and cares less about the relationshipsit affects andthe consequences it produces. The Affection: Desires andloves sin! The Accountability: None to confess their sin to (due to isolation or lack of fellowship andtrust with other believers). Loves to conceal it rather than being exposed and rebuked. Refuses tobe disciplined, corrected, and or seek godly counsel from others. The Aspiration: Toplease/satisfy the flesh as much as they can without consequences. PERSON FALLING INTO SIN The Acknowledgement: Gives in but confesses and repents of sin (to God). The Action: Struggles with sin but continuesto resistandflee from it. The Attitude: Fears God and cares about the relationships their sin affects and the consequences it produces. The Affection: Desires andloves God but wrestleswith it!They hate their sin! The Accountability: Confesses their sin to those whom they trust. Acceptsdiscipline, correction, and seeks godly counsel. The Aspiration: Desires to please God rather thanpleasingand satisfying the flesh.  The War Within: Who lives inside you (Romans 7:24-25; Galatians 5:16-18)?  Is it the Holy Spirit within you = produces the Fruits of the Spirit (life of obedience to God)  Or is it the Flesh within you = produces the Works of the Flesh (life of disobedience to God) THE CROSS: THE PLACE OF DEATH OUR OLD LIFE BEFORE CHRIST HAS BEEN CRUCIFIED-PUT TO DEATH SINCE CHRIST DIED, WE TOO DIED WITH HIM WE HAVE BEEN REDEEMED-NO LONGER SLAVES TO SIN THE EMPTY TOMB: THE PLACE OF LIFE NEW LIFE IN CHRIST WE ARE MADE ALIVE THROUGH CHRIST WHO ROSE FROM THE DEAD WE ARE FREE TO SERVE, WORSHIP, AND OBEY GOD  The Test ofConduct: What does unbelievers see in you?  A Mirror/Splitting Image- If your conduct and character does not reflect a changed life, then they would see a direct reflection of themselves in you. If you live, think, and talk like them, then they would think you have not changed at all and they will see how less Christ means to you. If they see that, they will be compelled to be drawn away from Christ and gives them the opportunity to blaspheme God.  A Window/Image of Christ- If your conduct and character reflect a changed life, then they would see Christ living inside you. If you live, think, and talk like Christ, then they would see how much Christ means to you. If they see that, they will be drawn to know Christ and glorify God because of your changed life. Do the things of this world seem more stranger to you the more you know Christ and are becoming more like Him? Or vice versa?
  • 5. The Test ofConduct: What donew believers see in you (Matthew 18:6-8, Mark 9:42-48; Luke 17:1-4)?  A Guide- If your conduct and character is constantly being conformed into the image of Christ, then they would be inspired to follow your example. If you live, think, and talk like Christ, then they would see how much Christ means to you in which they would want to know and love Christ more.  A Stumbling Block- If your conduct and character does not reflect a changed life, then you may cause them to stumble in their faith. If you live, think, and talk like them, then they would think you have not changed at all and they will see how less Christ means to you. If they see that, they will either doubt that you are even saved or worse they depart from the faith entirely. The Test ofConduct: What does God see in you?  IN GOD’S EYES: DOES HE SEE HIS SON IN YOU? ARE YOU ALIVE (LIVING FOR HIM) OR DEAD TO HIM (LIVING FOR THE WORLD)?  IN THE WORLD’S EYES: DO THEY SEE YOU AS A TRUE DISCIPLE OF CHRIST? OR ARE YOU AN IMPOSTOR? ARE YOU ALIVE (LIVING FOR THE WORLD) OR DEAD TO THEM (LIVING FOR GOD)? CHRISTIAN LIBERTY SHOULD NOT BE ABUSED: 1. To cause another brother or sister in Christ to stumble in their faith 2. To flaunt it with arrogance 3. To be used as a cloak or license to sin THE GREATEST ARUMENT FOR CHRISTIANITY IS A TRUE BIBLE-BELIEVING CHRISTIAN! THE GREATEST ARGUMENT AGAINST CHRISTIANITY IS A COUNTERFEIT CHRISTIAN! -JAMES MERRITT Jesus said you are better off dead if you cause another brother or sister in Christ to stumble! IT IS EASY TO FOOLTHE WORLD BY YOUR APPEARANCEBUT IT IS IMPOSSIBLETO FOOLGOD WHO KNOWSYOUR HEART!
  • 6.  Dare to Compare Chart: Are you a Fanatic for Christ or are you a Follower of Christ? THE FANATIC THE FOLLOWER Professor of Faith-Being a Christian is just a titleor labelthey use Has Dead or Demonic Faith (Believes Only! Faith with noworks) Unfruitful Life(No evidence toprove that theirlife has changed) Hearer ofthe Word Possessor of Faith-Being a Christian is living out their faith Has Saving Faith= Faith that produces works (They arenot saved by theirworks but saved todogood works) Fruitful Life(Evidencetoprovea changed life) Doer oftheWord Shows Favoritism to those whoaregreat (rich and famous)-looks down on the least Lovesonly those who love them (familyand friends) Attitude: “Who ismy neighbor”? Hatestheir enemies Does not showFavoritism (For God doesnot showfavoritism)-cares for the least Loves everyoneequally Attitude: My neighbor isanyone whois need Lovestheir enemies BoastsofChrist but willquickly deny Him when persecution comes BoastsofChristand willnot deny Him when persecution comes They rarely talk about God but moreof the world Conformed totheworld (thingsbelow) They often talkabout God rather than the world Transformed by therenewalof theirmind (thingsabove) Trying tobetteroneself daily (self-help) Does not want togive up everything tofollow Christ LackofCommitment Dying toself-daily (self-denial) Wantstogive up everything tofollow Christ Lifelong/Whole-Hearted Commitment Ungrateful forwhat God has doneand isstill doing in theirlife Debbie DownerSyndrome/ Living miserably daily Complainsabout anything and everything Being anxiousall thetime Grateful for what God has done and isstill doing in theirlife Spirit Filled Living/Joyful Living Rejoices everyday (either good or bad day) Castsall their cares upon theLord Displays lack offaith when suffering comes theirway Foundation of faith built on sinking sand BlamesGod for their suffering Believes Christiansarenot to sufferat all Displays strong faith when suffering comes theirway Foundation of faith built on solid rock Blesses God fortheir suffering Believes Christiansare to suffer because it produces character, hope,and endurance Keeping their Christian lifeand witnessa secret Afraid tolose relationshipsbecausethey areChristian They areashamed of Christ Making theirChristian lifeand witness known toall They arenot afraid to loserelationshipsbecause they areChristian They arenot ashamed ofChrist False Conversion (TheSinner’s Prayer-I prayed a prayerand ora person prayed over meand said I was saved) TrueConversion (Heard,Believed,and Responded tothe Gospelthrough Repentanceand Faith)
  • 7. Believes theBible isnot the finalauthority for all matters oflife Easily offended and disagrees with what the Bible (God’s Word) teaches Does not believetheBibletobe inspired by God but written by men Believes theBiblehasflaws in it and cannot betrusted Believes the Bible isnot relevant for today Does not endureand loveSound Doctrine Believes theBibletobethefinal authority for all matters oflife Receives correction and agrees with what theBible (God’s Word) teaches Believes theBibletobe divinely inspired by God Believes theBibletobe infallibleand can betrusted Believes theBible isboth relevant today and throughout history Enduresand lovesSound Doctrine Lowviewof God: God the Father:Bellboy,TheMan Upstairs, Big Brother, Genie, etc. God the Son (Jesus): Passive,Weak, Frail, HomeBoy, Good Teacher, Love Bomber, Magician,Enlightened Guru, Prophet, Miracle Worker, etc. God the Spirit:A force or spirit energy you can tap into Elevated ViewofGod: God the Father:Holy,Righteous, Just,Merciful, Gracious, etc. God the Son:Lord ofLords,King of Kings, Conqueror,Mediator, Savior, etc. God the Spirit: Heis God, Spirit ofTruth,Comforter, etc. “What would Jesusdo”? Therefore,I must do! “What must I do to inherit Eternal Life”? “What Jesusdid for mealready!”Therefore, it is finished! “Lord,youhold the wordsofEternal Life”? ServesTwo Masters: God and ___________ WorshipsIdols more than God Syncretism: Blends God and __________ Serves only oneMaster: God Worships God alone Monotheism: Belief in OneGod (in ThreePersons) Seeks and caresformiracles, signs,and wondersonly Wantsthe Holy Spirit forpower (todomiracles, signs,and wonders) Needs miracles, signs,and wonders daily tobelieve Encountering and knowing God based by having mystical experiences Faith is seeing tobelieve God Every Christian hasbeengiven apostolic power and authority becausethe Bibledoes teach it (Not all Scriptureisdescriptive!Holds toPrescriptive View) Seeks tohavea personalrelationship with God Needs the Holy Spirit toempower, lead,and guidethem in their life Does not need to seemiracles, signs,and wonders daily tobelieve. The greatest miracle iswhat theGospeldoes to thehuman heart (conversion). Encountering and knowing God by reading theWord Faith isbelieving without seeing God Every Christian doesnot possess apostolic power andauthority because the Bibledoesnot teach it (Not all Scriptureis prescriptive!Holds toDescriptive View) Seeks God for material blessings ratherthan spiritual blessings Money and Possessions isgreat gain Seeks God for spiritual blessings rather than materialblessings Godliness with contentment isgreat gain Being a Christian isa fad spiritualjourney. Believesat first but then soon departs and renounces theirfaith in Christ Emphasis is on the pursuit ofHappiness Being a Christian is lifelong spiritual journey Continues to believeand never departsand or renounces their faith in Christ Emphasis on the pursuit ofTruth Forgiven less but loves God less Forgiven much but loves God more
  • 8. Therefore,they forgive others conditionally Therefore,they forgive others unconditionally Looks to theirown self-interests (self-focus) Looks to the interest of others(others-focus) Sees fellowship with otherbelieversasa socialclub. Nothing more! Sees fellowship with otherbelievers togrowin theirfaith,theirrelationship with oneanother,and tobe held accountable. Indiscernible (does not test all things) Christians arenot tojudgeat all Discernable(test all things) Christians are to judgewith righteous judgment Refuses Churchdiscipline ifcaught in sin Does not repent from sin and isnot restored Receives Church discipline if caught in sin Repents from sin and isrestored SpiritualLevel:Childish Never wants tomature in thefaith Discipleship is not necessary formaturing SpiritualLevel:Maturity Continues tomature in thefaith Discipleship is necessary for maturing Worships God only on Sunday (They worship at Church) Public Worship: Praises God with theirlips and handsduring Sunday Worship but theirheartsare far from Him Private Worship: Inactivein Spiritual Disciplines in their private life (praying,fasting,and reading,studying the Bible) Worships God every day (They bring their worship toChurch) Public Worship: Praises God with theirlips and handsduring Sunday Worship but their heartsare in right standing with Him. Private Worship: Proactivein Spiritual Disciplines in their life (praying,fasting, reading,and studying theBible) Known tobea CEO (Christmas/Easterservice only).They only attend service out oftheir own convenience. Known toregularly attend servicebecause of their love for the church and the preaching Evaluatesand criticizes thepastor and his preaching Evaluatesthemselves by thepreachingand appreciatesthePastor’s exhortation Relationally disconnected from the Church Relationally connected with theChurch Spectator/Attendeeat church Lackof involvement or interest in joining and serving theChurch Consumer: What can God and the Church doto servemy needs? Member of theChurch Actively involved with serving theChurch Contributor:Howcan God usemeto serve theneedsoftheChurch? Does not give financially totheChurch (they seeit as God or theChurch robbing them) If they do, they giveout ofcompulsion and not willfully Storestreasures (possessions) on earth Gives financially to theChurch (they see it asa form/expression ofworship to God and a way toadvance the spreadingof the Gospel) They willfully giveout ofa cheerful heart Storestreasures in Heaven (spiritual rewards) Inconsistent with holy and righteous living Believes they are sinlessand noneed toconfess and or repent their sins toward God Loves sin/Believes it is okto sin (occasionally or continually) Repentance from sin leadstoreformation (it is what they must do) Consistent with holy and righteous living Believes they still sin but continually confesses and repents ofsinstoward God Hates sin/Believes it is not okay to sin at all Repentance from sin leadstotransformation (it is what God grants-it isa gift)
  • 9. Sees outreach ashumanitarian and philanthropy work They oppose those who share theGospel Apathetic to share the Gospel to those who arelost Compromising with the culture by embracing it Sees outreach as soul winning (evangelism) They support those who share the Gospel Passionate to share the Gospel with those who are lost Countering the culture by sharing the Gospel They say they loveother believers but their actions show they hate them They tear down other believers by being critical, judgmental, and gossip They sow division within the Church They loveother believersand theiractions prove they love them They build up other believers through words of inspiration and encouragement They strive and maintain unity and peace within the Church (regardless of opinions and differences) Judges, compares, and criticizes people (both believersand non- believers) Takes communion in vain (no self-examination) Examines and judges oneself to seeif they are of the faith Takes communion seriously and considers it sacred (self-examination required) Not Watchful/Anticipating the Lord’s return Believes Christ is delaying His coming Watchful/Anticipating the Lord’s Return Believes Christ can come at any moment “I will avenge for the evil that has been done untome”! Repay evil for evil/insult forinsult “Vengeance belongs to the Lord”! “He will avenge me”! Overcomeevil with good Man-Pleaser Wants recognition from people Glory to self when doing good works God-Pleaser Does not want recognition from people Glory toGod when doing good works Puffed Up Heart (Knowledge) Reading and studying the Bible for facts only Thinks they are wise in their own mind but foolish at heart Thinks they know the Biblein and out and does not read and study the Bible to grow more in their knowledge of God Thinks they are teachers and do notthink they needmentoring from others Humble Heart (Knowledge) Reading and studying the Bible to apply the Word intotheirlife Thinks they are not wise but continues to study the Word to gain wisdom Does not believe they know the Bible in and out but continues to grow in their knowledge of God They consider themselves studentsof the Word who need to be mentored by others 3. DO NOT GRUMBLE AGAINST THE GOSPEL OF MERCY!  THE SCRIPTURE VERSES: Jonah 4:1-11; Luke 15:11-32; Luke 23:39-43; John 8:1-11; Luke 18:9-14; Matthew 19:16-30; Matthew 20:1-16; Luke 9:51-56; Luke 10:25-37; Luke 19:1-10
  • 10.  THE IMPORTANCE:  Salvation is for anyone and everyone! The Lord does not want anyone to perish but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).  With God, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26)! There is no sin so small that you do not need to repent of or be forgiven nor is there no sin so great that it cannot be repented of or be forgiven!  God shows no partiality when it comes to His mercy! God can show mercy on anyone He wants to (Romans 9:18). All of us are not worthy! All of us cannot earn it! All of us do not deserve it! But instead, He gives it freely! His mercy is a gift and not an obligation to mankind. WHAT IS GRACE? WHAT IS MERCY? WHAT ISJUSTICE? Getting the good that we do not deserve Not getting the bad that we deserve Getting the bad that we deserve Earthly Example: A Free Gift Spiritual Example: Salvation/Eternal Life Earthly Example: Light Sentence/Charges dropped Spiritual Example: Sins Forgiven and Pardoned Earthly Example: Life Sentence/Execution Spiritual Example: Death/Hell  What if the most wickedperson in the world turns to God?The same mercy He gave us is the same mercy He extends to the most wicked person on earth in hopes they may come to believing and obeying the Gospel! At the foot of the cross, it is ground level. No one is too good for Jesus nor is anyone too sinful for Jesus to save!  The unbelieving world sees the Gospel as a controversial message and fail to see it as God’s message of mercy to all! Why?  Controversy #1: All have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God (Romans 3:23)! No one is good enough to go to Heaven (Psalm 53:3; Romans 3:12)! Repentance and Faith in Christ alone will get you to Heaven (Acts 20:21)! For example, the nicest and moralist person on earth who dies without repenting and placing their faith in Christ will spend eternity in Hell! Hell is full of people who think they deserve Heaven apart from Christ! Heaven is full of people who think they deserve Hell but have been saved by Christ!  Controversy #2: The most wicked and vile person can be saved if they repent and place their faith in Christ! For example, the worst criminal in history or the wickedest person on their death bed who dies as a repentant person, trusting in Jesus alone, is saved. Praise God that His mercy is wide and He shows no partiality!  Consider those in the Bible who were vile and wickedbut repentedand receivedmercyfrom God:  1. The King and the people of Nineveh (they were known to be very evil and cruel to those of whom they conquered especially the Israelites). Hence why Jonah hated them and anticipated for their destruction.  2. King David (after committing adultery with Bathsheba and murdering Uriah her husband)  3. King Manasseh (did more wicked than the nations God destroyed before the people of Israel)  4. Thief on the cross (we can assume his crime was that of robbing and killing people)  5. Zacchaeus (chief tax collector known for extortion and embezzling with people’s taxes)  6. Saul who became Paul (he approved of Stephen’s killing as well as arresting believers and sentencing them to death).  God can forgive and change even the most wicked and evil person on earth. The cross gives anyone who believes access to God through repentance and faith. “Itis notthe magnitude of sins, but the magnitude of God’s mercy thatmattersfor salvation” -Trevin Wax.  God is not concerned with the outward appearance but is concerned with the heart (1 Samuel 16:7).  God helps those who humbles themselves! He will not turn away those with a broken and contrite heart towards Him (Psalm 51:17; Psalm 34:18)!  We can only judge with righteous judgment by examining their fruit (to see if their lives have been transformed by Christ-Matthew 7:16-20 and Galatians 5:19-20; 22-23) but we are strictly forbidden to make passive judgments. “Any and all judgments and evaluations of another’s actions should come from a place of humility and care for that person rather than a place of haughty condemnation” (Excerpt taken from Judging Others in Light of Christ’s Command to Judge Not by Ryan Johnson).
  • 11.  Beware of Limited Atonement (Hyper-Calvinist Theology)-This theology derives from the 5 points of Calvinism (founded by John Calvin). It teaches that Jesus only died for the elect (those chosen by God) and not for everyone. However, Christ’s atonement is sufficient to pay for all sin and the offer of salvation is extended to all.  Beware how you treat your enemies!-The world tells us to pay back those who wrong, mistreat, insult, and, or hate you (Proverbs 20:22; Proverbs 24:29). We are told that revenge is a meal best served cold but that should not be the Christian motto to live by. However, God is the one who repays (Deuteronomy 32:35; Romans 12:19) and that the best way to defeat your enemies is to show kindness to them (in hopes of making them believers). We ought to reflect the character of God in that He shows kindness to them in order to bring them to repentance (Romans 2:4; 2 Timothy 2:25). We run the risk of bringing harm to the cause of the gospel if we take revenge against them.  Beware of Replacement Theology!-This theology essentially teaches that the Church replaces the Nation Israel in God’s redemptive plan. It is unbiblical, unloving, and very dangerous to hold this view. It further endorses antisemitic (hostility towards and discrimination against Jewish people) views and should be avoided at all cost. It is very arrogant to think the Church is better than Israel or to think that God shows mercy to a particular people and punishes the other. Sadly, many churches today err from the truth of Scripture and believe and teach this theology. God is not done with the nation Israel (Romans 11:1-32)! He made a promise that can never be broken! He is the God who keeps His Word! They are His chosen people! His mercy has and will ever be with them! Although they may have rejected Jesus their Messiah and have been given over to spiritual blindness, God will save His people in the end because He is merciful!  THE APPLICATION:  We should not hate but instead love the Jewish people and our enemies:  By praying for God’s mercy to be upon them in hopes they will believe and repent.  By sharing the Gospel in hopes they may be saved and praise God for His mercy upon them.  Stop comparing, scoffing, criticizing, and grumbling! Stop being the judge of people and let God be the judge! We become skeptic when we see many celebrities and criminals coming to Christ! Instead, we should rejoice with the angels in Heaven when one sinner repents (Luke 15:7; Luke 15:10).  True Story 1: The infamous 90’s serial killer, cannibal, homosexual, and pedophile Jeffrey Dahmer repented and got saved and was baptized while He was in prison. However, many people (then and now) do not believe he was saved and considered His testimony to be a farce. Even some believe He became a Christian simply for a publicity stunt. There is a biography series on Netflix that recently came out that is stirring up curiosity and controversy surrounding his life when he committed the crimes as well as when he got saved while in prison. The question we must ask ourselves is this: Is Jeffrey Dahmer in Heaven with the Lord despite all the evil he committed? The answer is Yes! Why? Because His life was changed drastically when He came to know Christ. From being a serial killer to becoming a saint! From being child of the devil to becoming a child of God! Before His death by the hands of a fellow inmate, Jeffrey Dahmer was known to attend bible studies in prison as well as sharing the Gospel with other prison inmates. The minister Roy Ratcliff even had this to say about him, “He was seekingredemption,” Mr. Ratcliff says, recalling how Mr. Dahmer often spoke of being the worstof sinners. “He was seekingforgiveness.” (Excerpt taken from He Befriended a Serial Killer, and Opened the Door to God by Dan Berry). The moral of the story: God’s mercy is wide and not narrow! God owes no one anything! He gives His mercy to anyone who believes in His Son! What part of the blood of Christ cannot save him (Jeffrey Dahmer), but can save you?”  True Story 2: An angry woman once called into a Christian radio broadcast and vented that she would rather go to Hell than to go to Heaven knowing she will be surrounded with former serial killers, drug dealers, and sex offenders. The moral of the story: Do not have the spirit of Jonah like this woman had!  If we are not careful, we will make the same mistake:  A political leader and or pastor to crash and burn because of a scandal or controversy  Our enemies to get what they truly deserve (to repay evil for evil and insult for insult)  A criminal to be put to death and or burn in Hell for their heinous and vile crimes (to suffer a cruel and unusual execution).  To rally and or proclaim a message of condemnation (Fire and Brimstone preaching) to the LGBTQ community or movement
  • 12.  To rally and or proclaim a message of condemnation to those who work at abortion clinics and to those who support it.  Who commits the unforgiveable sin?  Those who think they have not committed the unforgiveable sin but have. They remain comfortable but should ought to be frightened and concerned. They are those who will not be forgiven because they have been exposed to the full exposure to the Gospel and the full revelation of God but willfully and continually denies them and rejects Christ. The unforgiveable sin is unbelief!  Those who think they have committed the unforgiveable sin but have not but should be comforted and reminded their assurance in Christ. They will be forgiven because they have been exposed to the Gospel and the full revelation of God and therefore continues in repentance and faith in Christ.  Reality Check: What Assurance Do You Have?  Remember this: We were just as sinful, wicked, fallen, and lost! We were just as worst as murderers (Ephesians 2:1-5; Colossians 2:13-14)! While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8)! The blood of Christ is powerful enough to forgive, cleanse, and take away the most vile and wicked sin we have ever committed! “If we ignore God’smercy, we will feelhiswrath. If we turn to Christ, our sinisatonedfor by him. His sufferingcan cover the largestdebt of the worst sinner because the price He paidwas adequate to notjust for the sins of one bad man, butalso for the sinsof the entire evil world” -Greg Koukl. 4. DO NOT GIVE UP SHARING THE GOSPEL OF PEACE!  THE SCRIPTURE VERSES: Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:15-16; Romans 10:12-15; Mark 13:10; Jude 1:22-23; Ephesians 6:15; 2 Corinthians5:11; 2Corinthians 5:20; Isaiah52:7; Proverbs11:30; James5:20  THE IMPORTANCE:  Death happensto all and cannot be avoided- According to the statistics on world population review website, about 332,648 deaths occur around the world every day. That is approximately 13,852 people around the world dying every hour. It goes without saying that death is all around us and cannot be avoided. Everyone knows we will all die (yet there a lot of people who refuse to believe it-see Hebrews 9:27; 1 Corinthians 15:22; Ecclesiastes 12:7; Genesis 3:19). Life is fleeting and is but a vapor and a shadow (James 4:14; Psalm 27:1; Psalm 78:39; Psalm 144:4). In a moment, a person can be living here on earth today and then dead and gone tomorrow (snatched away into eternity). We should consider this as we share the Gospel to everyone we meet or know while we still can. THE PHYSICALDEATH THE SPIRITUAL DEATH THE ETERNAL DEATH (SECOND DEATH) Soul is separated from Body Soul departs intothespirit realm Soul of man is separated from God (Both in the living and in Hades (Hell) Soul is dead in sin Both body and soul ofman are separated from God forever Soul is dead in sin forever DEATH TO THE BODY DEATH TO THE SOUL DEATH TO BOTH SOUL ANDBODY Body isburied and is subject to decay and corruption. Body willawait resurrection on Judgment Day. Soul in Hades (Hell)-Temporary placeofagony and conscious torment. This istheabode ofthe unsaved. Soul awaits finaljudgment. FinalJudgment:Body will beresurrected and Hades will giveup all the souls in Hades (Hell). Body and Soul will bereunited and thrown intothe Lake ofFire (Second Death)tobepunished with everlasting “I SAY SO” ASSURANCE THE ONE WHO ISSELF-DECIEVED This individual professes tobe saved but their life does not prove it (bearing fruit).They continueto live in sin and completedefianceand disregard towardsholy and righteous living before God.They deceivethemselves intothinking they are saved but they arenot. “I DON’T KNOW SO” ASSURANCE THE ONE WHO SELF-DOUBTS This individual believes in Christ but does not believe they are saved becausethey struggletobear fruit in theirlives.They arenot confident in their faith andare uncertain about their salvation and identity in Christ. They strugglewith sin in their lifebut needs correction,discipline,encouragement,and affirmation from other believers. “I KNOW SO” ASSURANCE THE ONE WHO ISSELF-CONFIDENT This individual knows they aretruly saved becausethey pursue Christ and arebearing fruit in their life by the Holy Spirit.Even though they strugglewith sin, they continuetotrust in Christ aloneand maintain a continual attitudeofrepentance.They believetheWord of God of what it means tobesaved and that theyare fully confident in their assurance and identity in Christ.
  • 13. conscious torment and contempt.  Judgment Day awaitseveryone-There will be a judgment after death (Hebrews 9:27). Everyone will face God on Judgment Day and will give anaccount. Everyone will be judged by Him according to how they lived their life on earth and thus will be rewarded: Either eternal life and Heaven in receiving Christ (repentance and faith) and or eternal damnation in Hell for rejecting Christ (persistent living in sin and refusing the Gospel)! Remember that Jesus preached more about Hell than He did about Heaven (showing us the severity of not obeying and believing the Gospel). We should consider this as we share the Gospel to everyone we meet or know while we still can.  No one is without excuse (Romans 1:19-20)-  The Evidence of Creation: Creation itself declares there is a God who exists (Psalm 19:1)  The Evidence of Morality: God gave every man a conscience (with knowledge) knowing good and evil (Romans 2:14-15).  The Evidence of Eternity: God has put eternity in the hearts of every man (Ecclesiastes 3:11). Since the fall of man, every person in the world have been subjected to the fear of death (Hebrews 2:15).  The Evidence of Ongoing Missionary Work Around the World-God created the Church to send missionaries all over the world to proclaim the Gospel! The Gospel has spread to every country, ethnicity, culture, and spoken in thousands of languages all over the world.  The Evidence of Unlimited Access to Information-We live in the age of advanced technology and information (books, magazines, tracts, mail, television programs, phone apps, billboards, movies, radio broadcasts, internet, etc.) that spreads the Gospel message all over the world. WHAT IS JUDGMENT DAY? WHY IS JUDGMENT DAY NECESSARY? Judgment Day will be: 1) A FULL JUDGMENT: FOR GOD SHOWS NO PARTIALITY! It is a pronouncementof judgment upon all. No one will be exempted from this day! It will be a day where everyone will face God and give an account on how they lived theirlives on earth. 2) A FAIR JUDGMENT: FOR GOD IS HOLY AND JUST! God is Just and He will pronounce ajust sentencing for all: A) Eternal Torment and Punishment (Unbelievers) or Eternal Bliss and Paradise (Believer) B) Eternal Separation from His Presence (Unbeliever) or Eternal Fellowship with Him (Believer) C) Evil Works will be repaid (Unbeliever)/Good Works will be rewarded (Believer) 3) A FIXED JUDGMENT: FOR GOD TRASCENDS TIME (HE SETS TIME AND IS OVER TIME)! God has set a day to judge all men and no one will be late for this appointed judgment! No postponement! No bribes! No excuses! No rebuttal! No exceptions! No attorney to defend you and object Him! Just you and God (the Judge)! 4) A FINAL JUDGMENT: FOR GOD AVENGES THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN HIM! God’s judgment and sentencing is final upon the individual. Unbelievers will be terribly frightened on that day as He will not take back His Words and there will be no second chances for them. There will be no appeal and no other judge or higher court to overrule His verdict upon them. They will agree that they deserve Hell for rejecting Him and will be thrown into Hell forever. On the other hand, Believers will be handsomely rewarded and will praise Him for being just. Also, He will avenge all believers who suffered martyrdom and mistreatment from the hands of the lost and the wicked (unbelievers).  Those who are living have not been judged yet. God is gracious and merciful in that He is giving time for all to repent and be saved.  God’s judgment will not be deferredfor too long. He extends His grace and mercy to alland He desires all to be saved (Faith in His Son Jesus Christ) and not perish. However, On Judgment Day,His grace and mercy will no longer be extended (only His wrath will remain and be poured out on those who refused His mercy and grace).  The Righteousness of God will be displayed for all to see. He judges the world in righteousness and all evil will be restrained and eradicated!  God’s promise of justice and consummation of all things will be fulfilled. This is what all believers are anticipating!  Justice will be served and well-deserved to the wicked (unbelievers) and to the Devil and his fallen angels who rebelled against God! Therefore, Hell will be their reward.  There will be full exposure on this day: 1) The individual who is lost will havehis/her sins be revealed (Unbeliever) 2) The individual who is saved will be honored and praised (Believer).  The day Death (the last enemy) will be defeated and eradicated forever!
  • 14.  Many would argue that God is not just! They may say things like “What about those who never heardof Jesus”? As much as this can be a legitimate question, it is nothing more than a diversion to dodge the truth or a cover up for their sin! The answer to this question is people are responsible to God for what God has already revealed to them. If they willfully reject it; then God is just to condemn them to Hell for all eternity. “If we assume that those who never hear the gospel are grantedmercy from God,we lose our motivationfor evangelism. We alsoruninto a terrible problem. If people who never hear the gospel are automatically saved, thenitislogical tomake sure no one ever hears the gospel because then there would be a chance, they will rejectitandbe condemned” -Ronald Nash. THREE ISSUES PEOPLE DO NOT ACCEPT THE GOSPEL 1) THE ISSUEOF REASON (BATTLE OF THE MIND): Some people are ignorant towards it. Some people are arrogant towards it. Some people are indifferent towards it. Some people think it is irrelevant for our time (the era of constant change). Some people think it is intolerant and offensive towards other religions because of its exclusivity. Some people have misinformation, misconceptions, and misunderstandings about it. 2. THE ISSUE OF REPENTANCE (BATTLE OF THE WILL): People do not want to give up their sin because they love it. People believe it is unloving by telling others they are wrong andneed to get right with God. Peoplehave issues with authority and not being told what to do. They believe the Gospel to be a message that forces a person out of their own will to choosethrough manipulation and coercion. People takeoffense when you say the name “Jesus” or the word “Repentance” because it always relates to something religious or spiritual. 3. THE ISSUEOF THE RESURRECTION (BATTLE OF THE HEART): People believe Christ is not God and did not have the power to raise Himself from the dead. People believe Christ did not exist and therefore He did not rise from the dead. People believe Christ’s resurrection was spiritual and not physical People believe Christ and His resurrection was a copy of other mystery religions and pagan myths.  God’s love for the lost should compel us to share it-  God does not take pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 33:11)  God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son so that those who believe will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16)  God desires all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4).  We should love others enough to share them the Gospel so they can turn from the error of their ways, to save their soul from death, and to cover over a multitude of sins (James 5:20).  Speaking the truth in love should always be our motivation when sharing the Gospel to others (Ephesians 4:15)  We should not condemn those who continually mock and reject it. Our love for them should cause us to grieve over their rejection towards it.  Jesus loved all people especially lost people. He had so much compassion for the lost (Matthew 9:35-38). Not only did He perform miracles, signs, and healings. He loved lost people so much that He confronted them with the truth (that is sharing the Gospel)!  “I’drather be rejected by people for sharing the Gospel lovingly than toface Jesus onJudgment Day andexplain to Him why IrejectedHim infrontof people!” -Author Unknown  The Great Commission is a command and not asuggestion-  We are responsible for sowing and watering the seed of the Gospel (1 Corinthians 3:6-8) and not to coerce and or manipulate people. We are responsible for the delivery and the hearer is responsible to make a choice: Repent and Believe the Gospel or Refuse and Reject the Gospel! There will be times where we may sow the seed and times where we may water the seed where another has sown. There are times where we may share it with people who we may never see again or times where we may be sharing with people that we are establishing relationships
  • 15. with (taking some time for them to believe). The point is that the Gospel is being shared and spread regardless if you are the Sower or the one who waters. We gather as the Church to feed (hear the word preached) and are sent in the world to scatter the seed (the Gospel)! We water and sow! God grows!  We are responsible to know and understand the Gospel ourselves! Lack of knowledge, understanding, and bad theology of the Gospel can be hurtful and dangerous to yourself and to your hearers! If someone came up and told you that they were going to die in 60 seconds, will you be able to share the Gospel with them in 60 seconds or less?  We are responsible on how we conduct ourselves when sharing the Gospel! We need to be gentle, kind, quick to listen, and slow to speak! Screaming, yelling, interrupting, and talking over someone while they are speaking, being sarcastic, being arrogant, and talking down on someone will not get anyone to hear let alone give them a chance to respond to it! The statement is true for us when it says “It’s not what you said, it’s how you said it”! The Gospel will offend people but your behavior and attitude should not give offense! What people need is not a heated debate but a witness encounter to the Gospel.  We are responsible on how we engage, communicate, and or draw people to the Gospel! We are to communicate the Gospel in such a way that they can understand and respond rightly to it (repentance and faith)! There are many segue way methods people use to communicate the Gospel such as using gospel tracts, magic tricks, object lessons, current affairs or headlines on the news, scientific facts, trivia questions, etc. However, the method being used should always transition to the Gospel. We need to find common ground with people in order to communicate or draw them to the Gospel!  We are responsible to be missionaries in the area where we live and serve. Do not be fooled! Sharing the Gospel is not the pastor, the youth pastor, and or the missionary’s job! It is your job to share it! The mission field is not limited to being sent overseas to a foreign country! The mission field is your family, town, city, neighborhood, school, and work place. Every Christian has been called by God (The Father), commissioned by Jesus (The Son), and empowered by the Holy Spirit (The Spirit) to share the Gospel.  We are responsible to not keep the Gospel to ourselves! The Gospel is not to be concealed but it is to be revealed! The Gospel is not something to be withheld but it is meant to be shared! Refusing to share it indicates that we value more of our own comfort and salvation over the souls of others. Consider when you got saved, you received the Gospel with gladness because someone shared it with you. In turn, you are to give back by sharing it among others in hopes they receive it gladness! After all, sharing is caring!  We are responsible to know when to walk away when the Gospel is not being received. It is not unloving to walk away when someone repeatedly scoffs and ridicules the Gospel. However, we should keep in mind that we should always pray for those who do scoff and ridicule the Gospel (Matthew 10:14; Matthew 7:6).  We are responsible for our motives in sharing it. Love and obedience are the primary motivation why we share the Gospel to others. We should share it with good intentions. We need to guard ourselves from selfish motives when we share it.  How canwe know our motives are selfish when sharingit? Here are some examples:  The Quota Motive: When we treat people like a number or a statistic. We care more about filling the pews in our church to gather data rather than love and concern for their souls. It is all about counting people’s decisions made by Christ rather than making them into disciples of Christ.  The Bait and Switch Motive: When we share the Gospel like it was a sales pitch (intentionally or unintentionally) or a pyramid scheme. We promise people that Jesus will give them what they want if only they just believe (under false pretenses). Not only is this not biblical but it is dangerous and can lead people in becoming false converts trusting in a false hope and not trusting alone in the Work and Person of Christ.  The Turn or Burn Motive: When we dupe people into fearing more of Hell than the God who created Hell and not sharing with them the other spectrum of the Gospel: God’s love, mercy, and grace. This motive is nothing more than a fear or scare tactic that induces fear, paranoia, and despair in people. It paints a wrong picture of God being a wrathful tyrant who is angry at everyone and wants to send people to Hell. Also, people are only going to look at salvation as “fire-insurance” rather than trusting their salvation in Christ alone.  The Love Wins Motive- When we dupe people into thinking that God is nothing more than a loving God who wants to save everyone without them repenting and trusting in Christ alone. It does not matter what they believe and what
  • 16. sinful lifestyle they are living! God’s love accepts, overcomes, and tolerates it! This motive is dangerous and unbiblical! It avoids being rejected and having to offend anyone. It puts emphasis more on the fear of man than the fear of God. If you are highlighting one attribute of God and neglecting the other attributes He possesses, than you are not giving them the real God of the Bible but rather a false one.  The Work for It Motive: When we make it a requirement for salvation. For example, Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that they need to go door to door to share “their gospel” in order to be saved. They are more concerned about their salvation than the salvation of others. This motive is dangerous in that they teach others to become law-keepers and to keep people away from knowing God’s grace and mercy through Christ. We also can fall into this camp if we are not careful.  The Who Can Boast the Most Motive: When we boast (intentionally and unintentionally) to other believers about how many people we lead to Christ! We look down on those who are not as successful as we are at winning others to Christ! We may also criticize other people’s methods of soul winning rather than critique our own.  The Self-Glory Motive: When we become prideful and take the credit or glory for ourselves rather than giving credit or glory to God when we lead a soul to Christ. Remember, salvation belongs to the Lord! Also, we need to be careful when sharing our personal testimony because we can share it with selfish motives (unintentionally).  We are responsible for meeting people where they are in life (1 Corinthians 9:19-23)- In order to be more effective at sharing the Gospel with people, we need to meet them where they are in life. Sometimes, we need humility and need to understand where they are coming from. We need to understand their upbringing, their beliefs, their values, their opinions, their worldview, etc. in order to know and respect them as individuals and assess how we can approach them with the Gospel. We need to present or share it in ways that is appropriate or relational to the hearer without compromising it. Sometimes, it is better to ask questions and listen rather than answering their questions and talking throughout the entire interaction. In that way, you come off as being respectful and loving towards them (by valuing their opinions) which can make them be more receptive to the Gospel.  “The Great Commission is not a matter of emotions but submission (and obedience) to an already stated command”-quote from John MacArthur.  People are looking for happiness, hope, meaning, purpose, and identity in all the wrong places-  Every person in the world wants what will give them happiness, hope, meaning, purpose, and identity. Whether seeking for their soul mate, place, or thing that will meet their wants, needs, and expectations. The reality is that they will never find true satisfaction or relief if they continue to pursue it through addictions, possessions, and people. The world is full of lies, broken promises, broken dreams, false advertisements, and false hopes. A life without God is vanity (Ecclesiastes 1:2-8). Hence, we need to share the Gospel to such people to give them hope, joy, meaning, purpose, and identity that is found only in Christ. He alone truly satisfies! WHAT PEOPLE DESIRE OR SEEK THE THINGS OF THE WORLD: WHAT PEOPLE SHOULD BE DESIRING OR SEEKING THE THINGS OF GOD: SEXUAL FREEDOM/FREE LOVE SEXUAL PURITY AND FIDELITY DRUGS AND ALCOHOL (GETTING DRUNK AND HIGH) BEING FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS JOY IN THE LORD (THROUGH ALL CIRCUMSTANCES) MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS WITH PEOPLE PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM (THE CREATOR) GREED (MONEY AND POSSESSIONS) CONTENTMENT IN ALL THINGS PERSONAL CLOUT, POPULARITY, AND ACCEPTANCE FROM PEOPLE HUMILITY AND IDENTITY HIDDEN IN CHRIST WORLD PEACE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE GOD’S JUSTICE AND PEACE (THROUGH THE CROSS OF CHRIST) RELIGION (FOR ALL OF LIFE’S QUESTIONS) KNOWING HIM (THROUGH HIS WORD-FOR ALL OF LIFE’S QUESTIONS) FOLLOWING THEIR DREAMS TO BE SUCCESSFUL THROUGH PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT AND SELF-HELP FOLLOW GOD-SUCCESS THROUGH OBEDIENCE TO HIM LIVE HEALTHY AND LONG LIVES LIVE HOLY, BLAMELESS< AND RIGHTEOUS LIVES BEFORE GOD RETIREMENT AND INVESTMENTS (TEMPORAL) INVESTING INTO GOD’S KINGDOM (ETERNAL) THE NEXT THRILL/DEATH DEFYING ADVENTURE THE FEAR OF GOD BEING ATTRACTIVE (OUTER BEAUTY) GOD IS CONCERNED WITH THE HEARTS OF MEN (NOT OUTER
  • 17. APPEARANCE)  The Early Church andChristians Throughout History died for the Gospel-  The Gospel is the good news of the Blood Shed of our Lord Jesus Christ while the Church is birthed by the Blood Shed of the Saints.  They suffered and died horrendous deaths in order to stand up for the Gospel. None of them will die for a lie he/she knows to be false. They knew what they believed was true!  None of them renounced or were unashamed of Christ or His Gospel! Even though their oppressors would attempt to break their spirits (through pain and torture), they would not give in! Even though their oppressors would give them chances to renounce their faith in Christ, they would reject it!  They considered it great joy and honor to suffer and die for the Lord Jesus Christ!  Christian persecution did not stop the spreading of the Gospel. What it did was magnify the spreading of it even further (as predicted by the Lord Jesus)!  They are remembered for their courage and boldness amid the face of terror and evil by their oppressors. We should be reminded and encouraged by this when sharing the Gospel!  Their deaths were not in vain. In fact, they died so that we as Christians today continue to spread the Gospel.  Christianity is by far the most persecuted religion in the world. Many Christian brethren around the world today are being persecuted in their own countries and are dying for their faith in Christ. We as Christians who live in non-persecuted countries should support our brethren through prayer and providing provisions through churches and ministries supporting them and their endeavors to continue to spread the Gospel!  THE APPLICATION:  We need boldness to share it -  We do not have a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).  We are not to be ashamed of the Gospel (Romans 1:16). Why? Because of:  Its simplistic and straight-forward message that even a little child can understand and respond to it.  Its supernatural power in converting a sinner.  Its saving ministry in the lives of those who keep on believing.  We are to be ready in and out of season when sharing it (2 Timothy 4:2). Be ready to give a man an answer to the hope that lies within you with meekness and fear (1 Peter 3:15).  What are some fears we mayface when sharingthe Gospel?  The fear of not knowing what to say to people  The fear of what people may say or think of you  The fear of being rejected by people  The fear of offending people  The fear of being persecuted (ill treatment and hostility)  The fear of being humiliated or ridiculed  The fear of arguments and confrontation  The fear of civil disobedience (getting arrested by Law Enforcement)  The fear of being ignored, cancelled (cancel culture), and or avoided  Be prepared in getting rejected since Christ was rejected! You will be rejected because you believe and proclaim that Jesus is the only way to God and there is no other way!  Be prepared in getting hated since Christ was hated! You will be hated because you will expose the evil and darkness in people’s lives by sharing the light (the Gospel).  Get used to being called names such as bigot, intolerant, judgmental, and Jesus’ freak. No servant is greater than His master. Jesus was called many names by those who rejected and opposed Him for speaking the truth.  Get used to offending people! For the message of the cross (the Gospel) is an offense (1 Corinthians 1:23; Galatians 5:7-15) and foolish to those who do not believe (1 Corinthians 1:18).  The worst form of persecution or opposition a Christian will face will not come from an unbeliever but the one who claims to be believer or follow of Christ (Counterfeit Christian)!
  • 18.  We need to stop relyingon living out the Gospel tobe the Gospel!  Common Christian Clichés that support this:  “Preach the Gospel at all times, if necessary, use words”  “We are livingstones proclaimingthe gospel by example for othersto see. We may be the only Gospel they will ever see andhear.”  “We don’t needtopreach the Gospel; we needtodisplay the Gospel!”  “Do notworry about talkingaboutJesus. Justlive like Him andyou fulfill the Great Commission.”  It is true that we are to let our light shine before men (that is see our good works-Matthew 5:16) but we are to tell people why we let our light shine (because of Christ).  It is true that we are to live holy, blameless, and righteous lives before God but we should never make that the Gospel to people. Just because you live it out does not mean you are sharing it!  It is true that we are to practice what we preach: What we believe and preach is what we live by! However, living out the Gospel is not preaching nor will it convince others to believe the Gospel. Trying to live the Gospel without preaching it is being ashamed of the Gospel!  The Gospel cannot be shared without words. It needs to be heard in order to respond. It needs to be spoken in order to be comprehended. Faith comes only by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:14).  Livingit out but not sharingitwill lead to three negative responses from people: 1) “Goodfor you but notgood for me”- They may pat you on the back or praise you for your holy conduct but it will not convince them to be saved. 2) “Holier thanthou”- They may think you are trying to be better than they are or may think you have a superiority complex. They may also think that you are being too religious and are trying to earn your way to Heaven. This will only lead them away from the Gospel. 3) “You’re brainwashed”- They may think you are being brainwashed by some cult by how you live your life. This will also lead them away from the Gospel.  It is difficult to share the Gospel in silence. Someone needs to hear it! Someone needs to share it! That is the only way they can respond to the Gospel!  We need to both display the Gospel (by Deed) and proclaim the Gospel (by Word) to be effective witnesses for Jesus.  We need to stop relyingon our personal testimony to be the Gospel-  Personal testimony is good but it is only good when Jesus is the focus (not on you). It is only good because your life has been changed because of what Christ did for you. Too often, people talk more about themselves and less of Jesus when they share their testimony with others.  Do not forget that the Gospel is HIS STORY! “Each of our livesis a story andwitheach new personwe meet, we become a part of their story and they become apart of ours. The Godwho created the universe has somehow woventogether these billions of storiesinto one story, whichis the greatest story ever told” - Shai Linne.  Sharing your testimony is not the Gospel! If you are going to share your testimony to someone, make sure to always weave or transition to the Gospel! The Gospel has the power to save! Not your testimony!  Remember this: The Gospel is the cause of your testimony and your testimony is the effect of the Gospel!  We need topray to God for opportunities or open doors to share it-  We avoid procrastination.  We avoid making a multitude of excuses to God.  We avoid depending on others to share it.  We avoid being unloving or apathetic towards others.  We avoid regret for not sharing it.  We avoid guilt for not sharing it.  We avoid neutrality (middle ground).  We avoid being passive (push overs).  We avoid running away from our responsibility to share it (consider the Prophet Jonah).
  • 19.  We avoid relying on human effort and will power and rely on His Spirit to work in us. Without Jesus, we can do nothing.  We avoid being tolerant with the unbelieving world.  We avoid listening to the enemy’s lies that we are ineffective (cannot be used by God).  We need to get out of our comfort zone andshare it-  We need to get used to being sent into hostile and difficult environments where the Gospel is not well-received. We should be willing to place ourselves in new situations, even uncomfortable and hostile ones, for the sake of furthering the spread of the Gospel. Like a famous pastor once said, “Get comfortable with the uncomfortable”!  We need to get away from being culture shocked. We need to learn and adapt to the culture, society, and environment that we are in to better understand how to engage and share the Gospel.  We need to stop playing church or get out of our Christian bubble. It is not wrong to attend church and or be involved in your church but if that is all you care to do and have no passion to go out into your local community and share the Gospel to others who do not believe, then it is meaningless! If church becomes a social club or a place of isolation for you, then you have it all wrong! We are not called to sit in pews but to be sent out into the world to spread the good news! You can be a light to your church but your light shines brighter in the darkness (unbelieving world)!  We need to stop being tolerant with the culture and other religions that oppose our Christian values.  We need to pray for more believers to step out in faith and be sent into places where the Holy Spirit is leading them (Matthew 9:37-38; Luke 10:2; John 4:35-38).  We need to learn humilitywhen sharingit:  We may feel intimidated at times for not having all the answers when it is being challenged or questioned. We need to remember that we may not have all the answers but what we do know is what we must share.  We may get embarrassed at times by stuttering over our words, having awkward stares and silences from your hearers, and or losing our train of thought when sharing it. We need to remember that the Holy Spirit is with us and that He will give us the right words to speak to them.  We may get annoyed and or discouraged at times when it is rejected, ignored, and or they change the subject when you share it. We might think we have failed but remember to not give up in sharing it no matter what. God sees you putting effort and it does not go unnoticed with Him!  We may get defensive and argumentative at times when people ridicule, threaten, and or revile you for sharing it. We need to exercise self-control (one of the Fruits of the Holy Spirit) when someone offends us.  We need to remember that God is pleasedwith and blesses those who share it:  “Asitiswritten, “How beautiful are the feetof those who preach the Gospel of Peace. For those who bring glad tidingsof good things” (Romans 10:15).  “How beautiful upon the mountainsare the feet of those whobring the good news, who publishespeace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says toZion, “Your GodReigns” (Isaiah 52:7).  “The fruit of the righteousis a tree of life, He whowins soulsiswise” (Proverbs 11:30).  “The Law of the Lordis perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making the wise the simple” (Psalms 19:7).  “Andthey that be wise shall shine as the brightnessof the firmament; and they that turnmany torighteousness as the starsfor ever andever” (Daniel 12:3).  We need to remember thatwe are amid aspiritual battle:  The Devil and his demons know they have been defeated (Colossians 2:15; John 12:30; John 14:30). However, that does not stop them from being sore losers. They will do anything and everything in their power to take as many souls with them to Hell by deceiving them (Matthew 25:41).  The mission of Satan is straight forward: He wants to Kill, Steal, and Destroy (John 10:10).  The Devil’s playground is the world. Everything in the world belongs to God but the Devil is the god of the system that opposes Him (anti-Christ). God has called us believers out of the world to be sanctified and sent back into the world to do battle against the Devil. Before we were even saved, we were on the enemy’s side and pledged allegiance to the enemy (the Devil). However, now that we have been saved, we are God’s side and pledged
  • 20. allegiance to Him. Yet, God has now placed us in the middle of a spiritual battleground (against the Devil) aiming to save those in the world (by sharing the Gospel) who have been blinded and enslaved by him (Ephesians 2:2; 2 Corinthians 4:4).  The Devil and his demons will stop at nothing to use distractions and diversions in the world to disqualify, hinder, entice, and lead you away from sharing the Gospel. The Devil and his demons will stop at nothing to use distractions and diversions in the world to keep people from hearing, believing, and obeying the Gospel.  People (flesh and blood) are not our enemy! The real enemy is the Devil and his demons who hate the message of the Gospel. They are the ones influencing people to scoff, mock, ridicule, reject, and hate it. Those under his influence to do his will which is opposing and oppressing Christians from sharing the Gospel. RIGHT WAY TO EVANGELIZE WRONG WAY TOEVANGELIZE  PRESENTING THE TRUE GOSPEL TO YOUR HEARERS (THE DEATH, BURIAL,AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS)  PRESENTING A FALSE GOSPEL TO YOUR HEARERS (ADDING OR TAKING AWAY THE DEATH, BURIAL, YOURSPIRITUALBATTLES:PRIVATEANDPUBLICWITNESSFORCHRIST CONTRASTBETWEENSPIRITUALALLIANCES: LIFEBEFORECHRISTVS.LIFEINCHRIST
  • 21. 1) DO NOT GIVE IN TO COUNTERFEIT GOSPELS!  THE SCRIPTURE VERSES: 2 Corinthians 11:2-4; 2 Corinthians 11:13-15; Galatians1:6-12; Romans 16:17-18; Matthew 7:15-20; 1 Timothy 4:2-5; Colossians 2:8; Matthew24:4-5; Matthew 24:10-11; Matthew 24:23-26; Jude 1:3-4; 1 Timothy6:22; 1 John 4:1-6; 1 Thessalonians5:22; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-15; Acts 17:11; 1 Timothy 4:16; Acts20:27-31  CONVEYING MESSAGE TO BE SIMPLE AND STRAIGHTFOWARD  MESSAGE IS SPOKEN-FAITH COMES BY HEARING AND HEARING BY THE WORD OF GOD (GOSPEL NEEDS TO BE VOCALIZED)  THE GOSPEL TESTIFIES OF JESUS (HIS STORY) AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS)  CONVEYING MESSAGE TO BE COMPLICATED AND HARD TO UNDERSTAND  MESSAGE IS SPOKEN THROUGH HOLY AND RIGHTEOUS LIVING (SILENT WITNESS/LIFESTYLE EVANGELISM)  MY TESTIMONY IS THE GOSPEL (YOUR STORY)  ADDRESSING THE MAJOR ISSUE: THE HEART  RECOGNIZING A SPIRITUAL BATTLE  CONCERNED WITH PERSON’S SOUL (SOUL WINNING)  ADDRESSING MINOR ISSUE: THE MIND (CONSCIOUS)  RECOGNIZES AN INTELLECTUAL BATTLE  CONCERNED WITH WINNING AN ARGUMENT  DEPENDENT UPON GOD BY PRAYING FOR OPEN DOORS  BEING SPIRIT-LED WHEN EVANGELIZING (I.E., SPEAKING THE TRUTH IN LOVE AND GIVING YOU BOLDNESS)  ALLOWING THE HOLY SPIRIT TO CONVICT THE HEARER(S) OF SIN, RIGHTEOUS, AND JUDGMENT  EVANGELIZING WITH A GENTLE AND RESPECTFUL SPIRIT  MOTIVATION IS OUT OF LOVE  INDEPENDENT FROM GOD-HUMAN PLANNING FOR OPEN DOOR OPPORTUNITES  TRUSTING IN YOUR OWN STRENGTH AND KNOWLEDGE WHEN EVANGELIZING  CONVICTING OR JUDGING HEARER(S) OF SIN  EVANGELIZING WITH A HAUGHTY AND PRIDEFUL SPIRIT  SELFISH MOTIVES  BALANCE OF LAW AND GRACE (50/50 RATIO)  LAW TO THE PRIDEFUL  GRACE TO THE HUMBLE  IMBALANCE OF LAW AND GRACE (80/20 or 90/10 RATIO)  MORE LAW/LESS GRACE LEADS TO DESPAIR AND FEAR  MORE GRACE/ LESS LAW LEADS TO ABUSE AND CONTEMPT  RIGHT RESPONSE TOWARDS THE GOSPEL: REPENTANCE AND FAITH  GOD LOVES YOU-HE CALLS FOR TURNING AND TRUSTING CHRIST  REPENTANCE FROM SIN IS EMPHASIZED  WRONG RESPONSE TOWARDS THE GOSPEL: RECITING THE SINNER’S PRAYER OR REPEAT AFTER ME PRAYER  GOD LOVES YOU THE WAY YOU ARE  REPENTANCE FROM SIN IS IGNORED OR OMITTED  CHRIST IS THE ONLY WAY TO GOD (EXCLUSIVE)  SALVATION BASED ON FAITH IN THE WORK OF CHRIST ALONE  CHRIST IS AN OPTION (INCLUSIVE)-MANY PATHS TO GOD  SALVATION = FAITH + YOUR WORKS  CHRIST CAME TO DIE FOR SINNERS (TO SAVE THEM)  CHRIST GIVES ETERNAL LIFE (HEAVEN)  CHRIST CAME TO GIVE YOU LOVE, PEACE, JOY, ETC  CHRIST GIVES YOU YOUR BEST LIFE NOW (EARTH)  SHOWING CARE AND COMPASSION FOR THE LOST  SHOWING INDIFEERENCE TOWARDS THE LOST  GOD CONVERTS THE SOUL-YOU ARE THE MESSENGER  MAKING CONVERTS INTO DISCIPLES OF CHRIST-GOD ADDS TO THE CHURCH  LEAVING IT UP FOR THE HEARER(S) TO CHOOSE HOW TO RESPOND (RECEIVE OR REJECT)  PRODUCING TEARFUL CONVERTS (GOD’S RICHES OF HIS KINDNESS, FOREBEARANCE, AND PATIENCE LEADS TO REPENTANCE)  PRAY FOR THEIR SALVATION EVEN IF THEY REJECT IT  MAN CONVERTS THE SOUL-YOU ARE THE SAVIOR  MAKING CONVERTS INTO DECISIONS FOR CHRIST-MAN ADDS TO THE CHURCH  PRESSURING HEARER(S) TO MAKE A DECISION (THROUGH BULLYING, MANIPULATION, AND COERCION)  PRODUCING FEARFUL CONVERTS (FEARING MORE OF GOING TO HELL)  MOVE ON-THOSE WHO REJECT IT ARE LOST CAUSES  REASONING, URGING, AND PLEADING WITH HEARER(S)  STAYING ON TOPIC (FOCUS ON THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST)  MESSAGE IN AND OF ITSELF IS OFFENSIVE TO UNBELIEVERS  LISTENING AND DISCERNING HEARER(S)-SLOW TO SPEAK  ASKING QUESTIONS TO HEARERS’ BELIEFS AND BEING HUMBLE AND RESPECTFUL  DEBATING AND INTERUPTING HEARER(S)  STAYING OFF TOPIC/DISTRACTED THROUGH RABBIT TRAILS AND RED HERRINGS-TOO MUCH FOCUS ON ANSWERING QUESTIONS FROM HEARER(S)  BEING OFFENSIVE TO UNBELIEVERS (APPROACH/BEHAVIOR)  NOT LISTENING/DISCERNING-SWIFT TO SPEAK  NO INTEREST IN RESPECTING HEARER’S BELIEFS-BEING CRITICAL
  • 22.  THE IMPORTANCE:  Counterfeit Gospels Are to Be Rejected and Avoided at AllCosts:  Another Jesus- Any Jesus that is not the Jesus of the Scriptures! Anything that takes away or adds to both His humanity and His divinity is another Jesus. There are many Jesuses out there in the world today but there is only one Jesus!  Stay away from those who teach these things (some examples):  Jesus is one of many gods and rules His own planet. He is also the brother of the Devil). Those who believe this can eventually become gods themselves just like Jesus and rule their own planet. (Mormonism/The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints  Jesus is not God but a created being. He is Michael the Archangel (Jehovah’s Witnesses)  Jesus is not God but became an example for us to become little gods. Both He and Adam were little gods. (Prosperity Gospel Teachers)  Jesus is not God but a man who became an enlightened guru or ascended master. He became an example for us so that we can become enlightened like Him (Eastern Mysticism and the New Age).  Jesus is not God but was a prophet of God named Isa (Islam).  Jesus is black and He will come to judge and enslave all whites (Black Hebrew Israelite Movement).  Jesus is a great miracle worker and magician (Famous Stage and Street Performing Magicians).  Jesus is not God and the Messiah of Israel. (Judaism)  Jesus is not God but an alien who came from another planet (New Age Cults and UFO Conspiracy and Ancient Alien Theorists)  Jesus is God the Father. He was just one of the modes of God (Oneness Pentecostalism).  Jesus was not God but just a good moral teacher (Historical/Modern Day Philosophers).  Jesus was a communist who taught His disciples Communism (Communism)  Jesus is a Sabbath Keeper and did not rise from the dead-on Sunday (the first day-Seventh Day Adventist)  Jesus was a victim of divine child abuse (Emergent Church Movement/Progressive Christianity Movement)  Jesus had many children with his disciple Mary Magdalene (DaVinci Code/Gnosticism)  Another Spirit- Any person or organization that takes away or adds to the divinity of the Holy Spirit is another spirit. Any spirit that leads you into denying the work and divinity of Jesus is another spirit.  Stay away from those who teach these things (some examples):  You must be baptized by water in order to receive the Holy Spirit!  You must speak in tongues in order to be saved (evidence you have the Holy Spirit)!  You must perform miracles, signs, wonders, and healings in order to prove you are operating by the power of the Holy Spirit!  The Holy Spirit is not God but is a force or energy that you can tap into (Jehovah’s Witnesses and Christian Science teaches this).  The Holy Spirit is not God and should not be worshipped.  The Receiving of the Holy Spirit and The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is heavily emphasized and are two different events (not the same) in a Christian’s life. These two events must happen in the life of a Christian.  The Holy Spirit is the key to unlocking secret knowledge and revelations from God (Gnosticism teaches this).  The Holy Spirit can be released through transcendental meditation and yoga practices (Christian Mysticism teaches this).  The Holy Spirit is only a symbol of faith and not a real person.  The Holy Spirit is referred to feminine pronouns such as “She” or “Her.”  The Holy Spirit is genderless and or transgender (i.e., refer to as an it).  The Holy Spirit can be manipulated or controlled to do your bidding (Prosperity Gospel teachers teach this).  You can breathe in the Holy Spirit (i.e., breath prayers). You can impart the Holy Spirit unto others through breathing upon them (like Jesus did to His disciples).  Holy laughter is the evidence of you having the Holy Spirit  You can get high off the Holy Spirit (smoke him as if He is a marijuana joint).
  • 23.  You can be drunk in the Holy Spirit  You can get slained in the Spirit  You can impart the Holy Spirit unto others through the practice of “fire tunnels”  Another Gospel-Any gospel that takes away or adds to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus is another gospel! Any gospel that contradicts the True Gospel of the Scriptures! In fact, anyone preaching another gospel is accursed!  Stay away from anything thatteachesthese things (some examples):  The Gnostic Gospel (Da Vinci Code/Hollywood Gospel)- It teaches that matter (physical) is evil and spirit (spiritual) is good. Therefore, Jesus’ body was not real but appeared to be physical and that His spirit descended upon Him when He was baptized. It goes on to say that His spirit left Him when He was crucified. There are other gnostic gospels that depict Jesus and God as being evil and Satan as good (who becomes a hero that fights for humanity and defeats them). Yet there are others that mentions Jesus faking His death on the cross and marries Mary Magdalene (who bears numerous children). However, Gnosticism is a belief that has gain popularity in Hollywood and its teachings are propagated in most Hollywood movies of today.  The Aquarian Gospel (New Age)- It teaches that Jesus was not God but just a man who travelled to India, Greece, and other countries to obtain wisdom and enlightenment in order to encounter the god within you. It goes on to say that He brought these teachings back with Him to Palestine and taught it to His disciples. Therefore, it leads people into dabbling with New Age Spiritual Practices and Eastern Mystical Spiritual Practices to obtain what Jesus obtained (that is the Christ Consciousness).  The Woke Gospel (Cancel Culture)- It teaches that Jesus was woke (awakened) to the racial and cultural injustice of his day. It teaches that we must be woke (awakened) to the racial discrimination and social injustices of our day. Those who embrace this gospel will do whatever it takes to eliminate all social problems and inequality (even if it means using guerilla warfare tactics against governing authorities and spreading propaganda in their community to cause division and hate between certain races and ethnicities).  The Environmentalist Gospel (Gaia/Mother Earth)- It focuses more about caring for the earth and the environment more about caring for people’s souls. It emphasizes that all humans are stewards of God’s creation and have been given the responsibility to care for it. The danger behind this gospel is that the god it refers to is none other than Mother Earth/Gaia and that it worships the creation rather than the Creator. Sadly, the Catholic Church has recently joined partnership with the United Nations in creating the 10 Green Commandments to help prevent global climate change and global warming.  The Power Gospel (Signs and Wonders/New Apostolic Reformation)- It teaches that Jesus emptied Himself (Kenosis) of His divinity before His incarnation. It also teaches that He came on earth as a man who obtained divinity when the Holy Spirit descended upon Him after He was baptized by John the Baptist. Jesus constantly relied on the Holy Spirit to perform miracles, signs, healings, and wonders during His earthly ministry. It goes on to say that after He died on the cross, He had to suffer in Hell in order to redeem humanity.  The Prosperity Gospel (Health and Wealth)- It teaches that physical healing, success, and prosperity has been provided by the atonement (Christ’s death). Instead of sin, God put all of humanity’s sickness, diseases, sorrow, grief, and poverty on Jesus. Like the Power Gospel, it also teaches that Jesus went to Hell to suffer for our redemption. Therefore, God wants everyone to be rich and healthy and if you are poor or sick (with illness or disease), then you do not have enough faith.  The Moral Performance Gospel (Behavior Modification)- It professes that Jesus is God but it teaches that He came to set an example for us to live by (living a sinless and perfect obedient life before God). It diminishes the atonement of what Christ did for us on the cross and emphasizes that we can be just as good as Christ (or even better). We can accomplish this by right thinking, right behavior, right actions, right speech, and right attitudes. Rather than dying to self, we can make self-better. It also teaches that you do not need Jesus to be good but that you are good enough if you keep the Golden Rule (treating others the way you want to be treated).  The Legalist Gospel (Law Keeping)- It teaches that Jesus did not come to abolish the Law of Moses and therefore we must keep it. Jesus’ atonement is not enough for salvation. You must achieve both salvation and spiritual growth by keeping the Law.
  • 24.  The Self-Esteem Gospel (Do It Yourself/Believe in Yourself)-The counterpart of the Prosperity Gospel. It teaches how you can improve yourself rather than the focus on Jesus’ work and personhood that saves us. It is all about you being happy, that God wants you to be the best that you can be and that it is up to you to reach your full potential within yourself. Rather than believing in Jesus Christ alone, you believe in yourself! You live your best life now rather than in Heaven!  The Universalist Gospel (God is Love)- It teaches that everyone who has ever lived, is living, or will be living in the future will be saved regardless of what they believe (religion) and removes the need to repent and believe in Christ alone. This gospel also teaches that Satan and his demons will be given a second chance of redemption and reconciliation with God in the last days.  The Inter-Faith Gospel (Ecumenicalism)- It teaches that we should come together with others in different religious faiths (ecumenical unity) by advocating social justice and assist with humanitarian efforts. Instead of standing in the truth of the Gospel, it teaches to set aside the truth and unite with other religious faiths to make the world a better place.  Counterfeit Gospels Are Inspired andEndorsed by Demons:  They inspire those to preach man-centered sermons rather than Christ-centered sermons  They inspire those to teach damnable heresies rather than the truth concerning Christ  They inspire those to teach doctrines of demons rather than doctrines of God  They inspire those who hear to not endure sound doctrine and reject the truth  They inspire their influencers to oppose and persecute those who love and endure sound doctrine  They inspire those who hear to worship idols rather than worship God alone  Counterfeit Gospels Are Partof The Devil’s Schemes:  The Devil will do anything to lead people away from being saved by the truth of the Gospel.  “Since Satancannotdestroy the Gospel, he has toooften neutralizeditsusefulness by addition, subtraction, and substitution.” -JC RYLE  He either: Mixes his Lies with Truth, distorts truth, takes away Truth, and confuses Truth.  There are two things the Devil is good at doing:  HE IMITATES! WHAT GOD CREATES, SATAN COUNTERFEITS!  HE INFILTRATES! HE DOES NOT LAUNCH A FRONT-LINE ASSAULT BUT LAUNCHES AN AMBUSH (SNEAK ATTACK)!  He imitates all that is God: THE THINGS OF THE DEVIL THE THINGS OF GOD The spirit of Anti-Christ The spirit of Error Demon Possessed Works in the Sons of Disobedience (unbelievers and false Christians) Those who serve Him oppose and persecute God’s people (Church) who preach thetruth Those who serve Him hate thelight(the truth) The Holy Spirit The Spirit of Truth Spirit-Filled Works in the Children of God (believers) Those who serve Him preach the truth in order to save Those who are lost and willingly/unwillingly serve Him Those who serve Him love the light (the truth) Many Paths to God-All roads lead to Heaven (Inclusive-Wide Gate) There is no Judgment Day There is no Hell/There is no eternal punishment Jesus is the only way to God (Exclusive-Narrow Gate) There will be a Judgment Day Hell is a real place and is a place of eternal punishment Devil’s Son: The Beast/Anti-Christ (Son of Destruction) The Devil will send theAnti-Christ into the world The fullness of the Devil dwells in the Anti-Christ Described as a roaring Lion He appears as an angel of light Gives authority to the Anti-Christ (Acts like God the Father) Defies God He will die but be resuscitated (false resurrection) God’s Son: The Lord Jesus Christ (Son of God) God the Father sent Jesus into theworld (He will come again) Fullness of God dwells in Christ Described as the Lion of Judah Christ is the Light of theWorld Given all authority by God theFather Christ submits willingly to theFather’s will Christ died and resurrected on thethird day The Synagogue of Satan His bride: The Harlot His city: Babylon The Church (Called Out Ones) His bride: Israel/His Son Jesus’ bride: The Church His city:New Jerusalem
  • 25. The devil comes to kill, steal, and destroy all Christ came to give life to all and give it abundantly Many Counterfeit Gospels (false): 1. Jesus did not die 2. Jesus was not buried 3. Jesus did not rise from the dead 4. Jesus is not God/God did become aman Only One Gospel (true): 1. Jesus died 2. Jesus was buried 3. Jesus rose from the dead 4. Jesus is God and became theGod Man False Bibles/Religious Texts Deep Things of Satan (Given by Seducing Spirits) Mystery of Iniquity (Anti-Christ Revealed-Demonic Incarnation) Only One Book-TheBible (Holy Scriptures) Deep Things of God (Discerned by the Spirit) Mystery of Godliness (Jesus: God in the Flesh Revealed) He is not omni-scient (all knowing)-yet he studies men on how to tempt them to sin He is not omni-present (present everywhere)- heroams the earth to and from and hashis fallen angels (demons) spread out to do his bidding. He is not omni-potent (all powerful)- He does have powers but he is not as powerful and sovereign than God. He is a created being who wants to be like God. He is omni-scient (all knowing)-Heknows what is in the hearts ofmen!He knows thebeginning and theend! He is omni-present (present everywhere)- He seeall things!Earth is His footstool! Noone can hide or escape from His sight! He is omni-potent (allpowerful)-There is no one likeHim!Noonewhoisas powerfuland sovereign like Him!He has noequal! Hehas no rival!He created all things and everything Hehas created submit to Him! Satan commissioned false apostles False prophets and teachers who twist the Word of God Wolves to deceive and devour God’s flock (church) Know them by their fruits: Bad Tree produces Bad Fruit Satan’s Forerunner: The FalseProphet in Revelation Christ commissioned apostles Faithful Pastorsand Teachers oftheWord of God Faithful shepherds whoprotect, carefor, and feed God’s flock (church) Faithful shepherds must beblameless and live out holy livesamong all people Christ’s Forerunner: John theBaptist (Spirit ofElijiah) Same Sex Marriage: man with man/woman with woman Hybrid Marriage: Angels (Sons of God) marrying Human Women (Daughters of Men) and giving birth to Giants. Sex: All formsof sexual perversion and immorality acceptable (Outside the bounds of marriage) Fulfill the lustsof the eyes and the flesh Marriage (between a man and a woman) Sex: Acceptable in the bounds of the marriage covenant (do not defile the marriage bed) Procreate (produce offspring/children) Love and Union between husband and wife Rainbow represents sexual liberation orpride for theLGBT+ community Rainbow represents God’s covenant with Noah to not destroy the world again with water (global flood) Transgender/Genderless Cross-breeding different kinds of animals Male and Female Gender Animals reproducing after their own kind Tyranny, Anarchy, Corruption, Chaos, and Injustice Creates Riots and Violent Protests to justify the means Government, Law, Justice, Peace, and Order Brings Revival through Evangelism Encourages evil (evil is good and good is evil) Hates what is good Uses suffering to bring despair, sorrow, and misery (Curse God) Restrains evil (Evil is evil and Good is good) Hates what is evil Uses suffering to produce character, hope, and perseverance (Bless God) Cain (Man of Sin) Ishmael (born of the Flesh) Esau (Man of the Wild) King Saul (Former King of Israel/Evil King) King Ahab/Jezebel/Prophets of Baal (Prophets of the Devil) Haman (Minister of Evil) Abel (Righteous Man) Isaac (born of the Spirit) Jacob/Israel (Man of Peace) King David (New King of Israel/Righteous King) Prophet Elijah/Elisha (God’s Prophets) Esther/Mordecai (Queen of God’s People) 7 Nations of Canaan: Enemies of Israel Canaanites, Amorites, Gergashites, Hittites, Hivites, Jebusites, Perizzites 12 Tribes of Israel: Enemies of The Canaanites Judah, Reuben, Simeon, Benjamin, Levi, Dan, Naphtali, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph. Gad Worship of idols (leads to demon worship) Devil wants to be worshipped Desired Worship: Religion, Rituals, and Human sacrifices Worship God and Serve Him Only Jesus received worship from those who believed Desired Worship: Worship God in Spirit and in Truth DemonicTrinity: Father, Mother,and Son Worshipped The Trinity (Godhead): One God in Three Persons
  • 26. Babylon: Nimrod, Semiramis,and Tammuz (O.T.) Greek: Zeus, Athena,and Apollo (N.T.) Catholics (somebelieve): TheFather,Mary (Motherof God),and The Son (False Jesus) Mormons:The Father, Joseph Smith,and TheSon (False Jesus) TheFalse Prophet,TheBeast,and The Devil (End Times DemonicTrinity) Worshipped: God The Father God The Son (Jesus Christ) God The Holy Spirit Family Values: Dysfunction, Conflict, Legalistic, Division, Divorce, Addictions to drugs and alcohol, Adultery, Neglect, and Domestic Violence Christ is not the Lord over the household! It is the Devil! The Devil is after the vulnerable in the household: wife (woman) and children. If man is not leading his household in a Christlike manner, his household will be destroyed and overtaken by the Devil. Children are born and raised into broken homes which leads them to becoming lawless and defiant towards any authority Family Values: Submission, Honor, Love, Holiness, Humility, Forgiveness, Grace, and Mercy Christ is the Lord over the household! Man (husband/father) is appointed by God to be head of his household but submits to authority and Lordship of Christ! He cares, protects, and guides His family (wife and children) in the admonition of the Lord! Children are raised, shaped, and prepared by their parents for a life of humble service towards Christ and others. Children of the Devil Sons of Belial/Sons of Disobedience Tares Goats The Wicked The Accursed Children of God Sons and Daughters of the Living God Wheat Sheeps The Righteous The Blessed “Do wilt thou wilt which is the whole of the Law” (quoted by Satanists Anton Levey/ Aleister Crowley) What is done on Earth reflects Hell (From Below) “Your will be done on Earth as is in Heaven” What is done on Earth reflects Heaven (Up Above) Lying signs, miracles, healings, and wonders False Prophecies that never come to pass Powers given by demons (i.e., witchcraft, psychic, etc.) True signs, miracles, healings, and wonders True Prophecies predicted and 100% fulfilled Spiritual Gifts distributed by the Holy Spirit Human Sacrifices: Children Sacrificed to gods/idols (O.T. and N.T.) Human Sacrifices (Present Day): Abortion and Satanic Rituals (both adults and children) Animal Sacrifices (O.T. shadow)-covered but could not take away sin Jesus’ Sacrifice (N.T. substance)- The Lamb of God who both covers and takes away sin completely The Kingdom of Darkness Army of fallen angels/demons (who serve him) The Kingdom of Light (God’s Kingdom) Army of good angels (who serve Him) New World Order established The temporal reign of the Beast (Anti-Christ)-3 ½ years Devil’s mark: The Mark of the Beast (number 666) Christ’s Millennial Kingdom established The eternal reign of Christ God’s mark: The seal of the Holy Spirit The Father of Lies He is cunning and deceitful Uses lies to divide Unity without truth Conceals and confuses the truth (hidden occultic symbology and consulting with demonic spirits) Global Peace: Temporary and fleeting Author of confusion Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life He is filled with wisdom and grace Uses the truth to divide Unity in the truth Reveals the truth (through the Word and His Holy Spirit) Peace with God (Everlasting): Right Relationship with Him through believing in Christ’s death and resurrection Author of order (not confusion) To be born again: to be woke (consciously aware of racial and To be born again: Repentance and Faith in Christ
  • 27. social injustice), to be enlightened (by your third eye), or to perform satanic rituals in secret societies. alone. Holy Spirit is given to us upon conversion. His Holy Days: Lupercalia, Hexe Nacht, Unveiling Day, Halloween (Sam Hain), Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), Saturnalia (Commercialized Christmas), Sol Invictus The Ten Green Commandments (Pope’s mandate on climate change/salvation of the environment) His Holy Days: Sabbath, Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread, Feast of First fruits, Feast of Harvest, Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and Feast of Tabernacles The Ten Commandments (written by the finger of God and given to Moses) Declares war against God, His angels, and His children (believers) Thinks he will win the war against God Declares war against the Devil, His demons, and His children (unbelievers) The Devil has already been defeated and judged by Him  He infiltrates God’s Church and Mission:  By having the Church compromise with the culture and society by adopting and fusing its worldly and demonic ideologies with Christian beliefs. Hence, he wants the Church to act more like the world rather to be separate from the world.  By having the Church focus more on the Church building, Church programs, and Internal Affairs rather than Community Outreach, Church planting, and supporting domestic and international ministries.  By having the Church use man-centered tactics (like marketing) or provide entertainment to draw people to Church.  By doing more philanthropy work or mercy ministry in the mission field (both domestic and international) than sharing and spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ.  By having pastors and teachers preach and teach a “Bloodless Gospel” rather than a “Blood-Shed Gospel” as to soften the message of the Gospel as well as to not offend their audience (both believers and unbelievers alike).  By causing division within the Church through (Matthew 12:25; Mark 3:24-25):  Majoring in the minors (dividing over secondary doctrinal issues-the gray areas-adiaphora)  Preferences over Principles (Traditions of men over Truth)  Elevating a certain leader in the Church over others in leadership (also known as Sectarianism)  Elitism over Equality (A certain individual or group of people in the Church who elevate themselves over others due to spiritual giftings)  Serving in the Church (convicting those who serve less and commending those who serve more)  Financial Giving to The Church (commending those who give more over those who give less)  Cliques in the Church/Favoritism (loving and favoring a particular person or group over others)  Spreading Gossip and Slander rather than spreading the Gospel  Spiritual Disciplines (commending those who read and study the Word, pray, and fast over those who do not)  Scandals (secret love affairs, sexual assault and abuse, extortion, etc) over being Blameless  Advocating Racism over Embracing Diversity  “Anempire toppled by itsenemiescanrise again, but one which crumblesfrom within, isdead forever” -quote taken from super villain Helmut Zemo in the movie Captain America: Civil War.  The Devil has twoways that he attacks anddestroys the Church:  1) IMPLOSIVE TACTIC: Through Compromise with the World (Inward Spiritual Attack)-Outward Influence will destroy the Church from within.  2) EXPLOSIVE TACTIC: Through Criticism from the World (Outward Spiritual Attack)-Outward scrutiny will destroy the mission and integrity of the Church.  Counterfeit Gospels Ushers in Last Days Deception and Apostasy:  Jesus and the apostles spoke of and predicted Last Days Deception and Apostasy (Matthew 24:4-5; Matthew 24:11; Matthew 24:24; Mark 13:22; Acts 20:29-30; 2 Corinthians 11:13-15; 1 Timothy 4:1-4; 1 John 4:1; 1 John 2:18; 2 2 Timothy 3:13; 1 Timothy 4:1; Thessalonians 2:3)