Comforting words to the fatherless and those who lost their spouses. This short video is recorded in response to a request from a world wide Christian prayer group for a special need in their ministry.
Is Jesus Christ the only Savior for humankind? How about other religions and their gurus?
Thank you for this critical questions. Many people raised the same issue because Bible claims Jesus Christ is the only Saviour of all humanity. Did you ever think about this? If Jesus Christ is the only savior, God gave to men, as the Bible consistently claims, then the danger is many are deceived and they are on their way to destruction and eternity without God’s loving presence. That is going to be very severe and dangerous, isn’t it? Hence this is a very significant question.
Define the term.
Let us define the term savior. According to Merriam-Webster definition savior means, “one that saves from danger or destruction, one who brings salvation.” In a narrow sense of the term savior, there could be many saviors because the one who saves someone from dangers or destructions is a savior. If someone jumped into a roaring ocean and saved you from death, you would say he is the savior of your life, don’t you?
But in a broader sense of salvation which means the One who has the authority and power to grant you the deliverance or forgiveness of sins, rescuing from the power of sin on you, delivering from the power of devil, demons, canceling the eternal consequences of sins and protecting from the wrath of God on people’s sin, granting you eternal life in heaven forever, there is no other person come anywhere near to Jesus Christ.
Sin is humanity’s big and major problem. Bible emphatically says we all inherited the sin nature from Adam. Through one man (Adam) sin entered into this world and death as a result of sin. (Romans 5:12). Not only human death but also sin creates addiction and bondages finally causing to be under the power and dominance of darkness and devil. The salvation means to deliver people who are under addiction and bondages. In other words, salvation is to rescue such people from the kingdom of darkness and devil and transfer them to the kingdom of God’s beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Make people free from their addictions and bondages by granting forgiveness based on the ransom paid for their release – the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Finally, salvation also means giving people eternal life, instead of eternal damnation and hell, so that they can live in heaven for all eternity with the presence of their creator God. It is accomplished by Jesus Christ, not by any of our merits or works, but by the merit and word of Christ Jesus on our behalf-because of His death, burial, and resurrection for our sins.
The uniqueness of Jesus Christ is that- there is no comparison to Christ out there.
If the above description is the function of a true and real savior, then no one is even comparable or come closer to Jesus Christ. Hear the incarnation description of Jesus Christ. It says, “She (Virgin Mary) will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus because he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)
You see, there are several philosophers, thinkers, helpers, and teachers were and are in this world. Many so-called religions came out of their life. But you see, they remain only as helpers, teachers, philosopher, thinkers or good leaders. But there is a big difference between them and Jesus Christ.
Jesus was God wrapped in flesh in His incarnation.
None of those religious gurus or celebrities in the above groups claimed to be God. Nobody had even the audacity to claim that except Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I and the Father are one.” (John 10:30). He claimed to be God. He also said, “No one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:6). He said He is the one who gives eternal life and the one gets eternal life from Him will never perish. “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand; no one can snatch them out my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” (John 10:28-30). No other religious leaders or founders never claimed they are God not they can give eternal life.
John said this in 1 John 1 that “we have heard Him, we have seen Him, we have touched Him, and we have seen with our eyes that Jesus is the incarnated Word of God of life.” (1 John 1:1)
How about His authority to forgive sins?
No other religious gurus ever dared to announce the forgiveness of sins. Jesus said to a paralyzed man who was carried to Jesus by four men, “Son, your sins are forgiven…”. Then he looked at the crowd and said, “ But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
Jesus said to a sinful woman, who was weeping and wetting His feet with her tears, “Your sins are forgiven.” People in the house amazed and said among themselves, “Who is this who even forgive sins?” (Luke 7:48-49).
Jesus released people from demon possessions. One of the several accounts is given in Mark 5. A demon possessed man lived in the tombs and no one could bind him even with chains. If he was chained on foot and hand chains, he used to tore the chain apart and broke also the irons. No one could subdue him. He shouted at Jesus, “what do you want me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture me!” Jesus said to him, “Come out this man, you impure spirit.” Jesus asked what is your name? He replied, “My name is Legion” meaning, “for we are many.” And he begged Jesus again not to send them out of the area. They begged Jesus to send them to the pigs.” When Jesus said “come out of him, they all came out. Jesus permitted the impure spirit to go into pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned.
How about His full authority and power over devil and demons?
Bible says Jesus God has the authority and power to rescue people from the kingdom of darkness and bring them into the kingdom of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. There are only two kingdoms in this world – either the kingdom of darkness or the kingdom of Jesus Christ. God brings people out of the kingdom of darkness into His the kingdom of His son (Jesus Christ).
Jesus showed control over nature. Mark chapter 4 gives one of several examples of His control over nature. A destructive wind came up and the boat was tossed by the waves and was getting filled by water. Disciples about to die. Jesus said, “Be quiet! Be still.” At once the wind stopped blowing. No more waves.
His authority over sickness, blindness, food and even death.
Jesus showed authority over sickness, blindness, food, and over death. Jesus healed many sick people, many blind people got their sight back (Mark 14:46, Mark 8:22-25 and John 9), five loaves and two fish became sufficient food for more than 5 thousand people and twelve baskets were gathered after the all ate. Jesus raised Lazarus, a widow’s only son and Jairus’s daughter from death.
His authority to deliver us from the coming judgment and eternal damnation.
Finally, Jesus can deliver you from the wrath of God. It says in 1 Thessalonians 1:10, “Jesus rescues us from the coming wrath.” Wrath of God is upon on this earth because of the sins and wickedness of the people. A day of God’s wrath on all the untold atrocities of men is waiting and going to come soon. That day is called the day of great tribulation. Jesus is the one who saves people from the coming wrath of God.
Jesus said he is the one who determines the future eternal destiny of humans. Though the life history of Lazarus and rich man, he said, those people who come to him for salvation and eternal life will never end up in torment or hell after death. But those who won’t come to him will end up in torment and eternal hell. Hell is the opposite of heaven. Heaven is where God and all his goodness is. Hell is where no goodness of a loving God is present. This is a place of continued torments and cries thinking about the lost opportunities to accept the love and grace of God available today in the name of Jesus Christ.
Now you decide there any other savior in this world other than Jesus Christ? Did you ever hear anyone doing things like Jesus did? Jesus is the Son of God and the Son of Man, one hundred percent God and one hundred percent man, who was fit to give His life as a ransom for people’s sin and he reconciled the people to God through His body and blood that was sacrificed for all of our sins. 1 Timothy 5:6-7 says, “there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.”
The One who opened the way to come to the holy presence of God, the Father.
Bible says Jesus opened a new and living way for all of us through the curtain, that is, His body to enter to the holy place of God in heaven. Jesus Christ stands unique and he is the only savior of the world. Bible says in Acts 4:12, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Let us read this again and again. No other name like the name of Jesus is given for one to be saved.
The only One whose tomb is still open and verifiable by the public.
Finally, When all other religious gurus died like other human beings, Jesus Christ is the only one who died, buried and rose again on the third day. If you have any doubt about Christ’s resurrection from the dead, visit Jerusalem and witness the open tomb of Christ by yourself. It is still there, open and nobody inside. God send his Son for our salvation, God raised Him from the dead. He is not there in the tomb because He has risen.
Now after considering all the points made above, you answer the question raised- Is there any other savior in this world other than Jesus Christ? Did you ever hear anyone doing things as Jesus did?
I am unable to grant you faith to believe and trust Jesus Christ. Only God can give you faith to trust in Christ. Bible says, even your faith in Christ as your savior is God’s gift. I pray that God will open up your eyes to these truths explained above.
These are few compelling reasons in favor of the argument that Jesus Christ is the only savior of the world. No other gurus or founders of religion can ever come any where closer to His unique cards and claims. I hope you will see the truth in the above-cited points. Upon accepting Christ as your savior, God removes all sins from you. He dismisses it far away from you like east is from the west. (Psalm 13). Another analogy is God “will trample our sins under your feet and throw them into the depths of the ocean”. (Micah 7:9). God will use His power to help you come out of your bondages, addictions, sinful lifestyles, darkness or evil controls. He will make you a brand new creation. Old life and its pain, sufferings, and frustrations will be gone. He will make all brand new for you as He transforms you into a brand new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17). He will save you and your household and grant you eternal life.
This is the Savior humanity needs desperately!
One of our teachbible.org readers, a well qualified young lady, living in Australia said, “I want to hear God speaking. But how can I know God speaks?” See the answer below.
Thank you for sending this question. Of course, this is an excellent question. People want to hear God speaking, don’t they? Several sincere people asked the same question in the past.
Bible says How God spoke in Hebrews 1:1-2. It says there, “In the past, God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.” This verse tells us in the olden days before the incarnation of Christ, God spoke to our forefathers through God’s prophets and spoke in various ways. But it says in these last days God had spoken to us by His son, Jesus Christ. So listening to what Jesus said is a secret to listen to God. What Jesus taught is described in the Gospels in the New Testament section of the Bible. Jesus Himself said in John 10:27, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” My sheep here means the people who believe in Jesus Christ as their savior and Lord. This tells us if we need to hear God speaking, we should belong to Jesus Christ.
God being an all-powerful God, He can speak to anyone, and we cannot limit his power and ability to communicate. He can talk to anyone He wants to communicate. However, Bible informs us God speaks to us through His word which is the Bible. In the olden days, Abraham, Jacob, Gideon etc. did not have a completed Bible, and God spoke in many different ways. But now we have a completed Bible in our hands which contains all we need to hear God talking. (2 Peter 1:3). Bible says in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” All we need to know for life here and the afterlife are given to us in the pages of the Bible. God continuously talks to us when we read the Bible. Bible contains God-breathed, and God inspired letters so we can get the answer to all our questions, period! Bible is the Word of God, and Jesus Christ is the Word of God appeared in the flesh (John 1:1).
Because God has spoken to us in and through Jesus Christ and in the pages of the Bible, we do not need any other voice today to live a victorious life. Do you want to hear God speaking? Read what Jesus already spoken in the Gospel section of the New Testament and then read the whole Bible to listen to the voice of God. It is true God speaks, and the issue is do we spend the time to listen? Listening happens when we spent time every day in reading the Bible with a prayerful mindset. God speaks and gives daily bread through the Bible, for the well-being of our spirit.
Now, one more thing I would say. You will hear many people who claim God especially spoke to them regarding certain matters. I will be very cautious with such statements. If anyone claim God spoke to them, make sure you compare what they are saying with what Bible says. If you hear something that is not in the Bible or contradicts Bible, then you know it is not from God. Remember Acts 17:11 gives us an excellent practice. It says people in Berea “received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.” Daily they examined the scripture (Bible) to make sure what they heard sink with what is in the Bible. This way we can avoid many false and deceiving doctrines and teachings.
If you want to hear God’s voice, I would say first of all pray to God that you want to listen to His voice. Then start reading the pages of the Bible. If you haven’t accepted Jesus as your savior, please pray Jesus to save you from all your sins and make you a brand new person. Jesus Christ already paid for all of your sins with His sinless, spotless and divine blood. Upon your prayer, he will forgive all your sins and make you a child of God. Then attend a Bible teaching class in your local church. Make sure you choose a Bible teaching and preaching church that teaches the Bible accurately and systematically.
What does the term high places mean in respect of Israel’s idolatry? What is its significance today?
My dear friend sent me this question- What does the term high places mean in respect of Israel’s idolatry? What is its significance today?
Thank you for the question. When I started typing an answer to this question, it became a long answer with couple of pages. Sorry for this long answer or an article based on this important question. The topic is not that easy to understand without understanding little bit background and then applying to our lives today. Please read below. If you like the answer, please share with others.
Pantheism to Monotheism- Yahweh called children of Israel out of Egypt to fulfill His promise to Abraham.
We can see many references to high places in the Old Testament scripture in the Bible. The LORD God delivered the children of Israel out of Egypt and sent them to the promised land by His outstretched arm to fulfill His promise to Abraham in Genesis 12:1-3. In Egypt, the children of Jacob (Israel) multiplied greatly and it was the divine time for the LORD to fulfill his promises to Abraham regarding the land, nation and the worldwide blessings. Although the purpose God called them out and led them to the promised land was to fulfill His promise to Abraham (which was later reiterated to Isaac and Jacob), He had a specific clear-cut expectation about His chosen people in the new promised land, it’s law and worship system. God called them out of a pantheistic culture (worship of all so-called gods) to monotheism (belief and worship of only one God). Monotheism is the basic idea presented in the Pentateuch when Moses, the great leader of Israel, wrote the first 5 books of the Bible. In fact, monotheism is the message of the whole of Bible and not pantheism.
Yahweh stipulated the rule of the people in the land of promise.
God gave them the law that they would practice in the land through Moses in Exodus and repeated to the second generation in Deuteronomy. He also gave the details about their worship and sacrificial system to the tribe of Levy in the book of Leviticus. Moses upon the direction of the LORD said to them, “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.” (Deuteronomy 6:4). The God speaks in the Bible that “I am the Lord, and there is no other; there is no God but me. (Isaiah 45:5). “I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me.” (Isaiah 46:9). “ I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior.” (Isaiah 43:11). Pantheistic belief system believes all types of gods. The LORD God called them out so that they can represent the one true God on this earth.
God reminded them many times about the danger of worshipping idols and images. “You saw no form of any kind the day the LORD spoke to you at Horeb out of the fire. Therefore watch yourselves very carefully, so that you do not become corrupt and make for yourselves an idol, an image of any shape, whether formed like a man or a woman, or like any animal on earth or any bird that flies in the air, or like any creature that moves along the ground or any fish in the waters below.” (Deuteronomy 4:15-18)
Now the LORD also said when the children of Israel went to possess the promised land which is the land of Canaan, the land there had multiple gods and the people there worshiped all other so-called gods who were not real or true God. Lord commanded they must not worship the LORD their God in their way. Listen to the commandment of the Lord in Deuteronomy 12:1-7, “These are the decrees and laws you must be careful to follow in the land that the LORD, the God of your ancestors, has given you to possess—as long as you live in the land. Destroy completely all the places on the high mountains, on the hills and under every spreading tree, where the nations you are dispossessing worship their gods. Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones and burn their Asherah poles in the fire; cut down the idols of their gods and wipe out their names from those places. You must not worship the LORD your God in their way. But you are to seek the place the LORD your God will choose from among all your tribes to put his Name there for his dwelling. To that place you must go; there bring your burnt offerings and sacrifices, your tithes and special gifts, what you have vowed to give and your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks. There, in the presence of the LORD your God, you and your families shall eat and shall rejoice in everything you have put your hand to, because the LORD your God has blessed you”.
In short, Israel must destroy completely all the high places on the high mountains, break down their altars, cut down their gods and wipe out their names. They must not worship the LORD in their way. This was a fight between the truth and lie. There is only one God who created the heavens and the earth and all in it. The one and true God cannot substitute by any other false man-made gods.
Numbers 33:52 also gives them the same commandment. It says, “Destroy all their carved images and their cast idols, and demolish all their high places.” God did not want Israel to be any part of any idol worship because He is the only one and true God.
It appears before the temple was built by Solomon in Jerusalem according to God’s commandment and thereby all the tribes of Israel can come together and worship God and bring sacrifices in a localized place, there were worship locations in some localized places which is sometimes referred as high places. This practice of worshiping in local high places apparently was not condemned in the Bible at that time. Prophet Samuel used to visit different high places and He built an altar for the LORD God in Ramah. For example, 1 Samuel 9:12-19 tells us Samuel sacrificed in high places. But it appears the high place mentioned here was not part of any idol worship center. Even prior to all this, Genesis 12:6-8 says Abraham built altars to the Lord at Shechem and Hebron. But when Abraham, Samuel and Elijah worshiped the LORD God, these were identifiable places of worship and were apparently devoted to the worship of the LORD God of Israel or built for the purpose of worshipping Yahweh, the one true God of Israel.
In olden times, these localized worship sites were places of worship but later apparently called high places. But there is a difference – the pagan high places were devoted to idol worships and therefore God clearly commanded the children of Israel not to worship the LORD in that way. These pagan places are called high places because these were usually set up in an elevated place and it had a stone pillar or pole made by wood to show these are places of worship. The animals, idols, goddesses, and fertility deities are also worshipped in these high places. The Canaanite god included Baal (lord of earth and rain), Ashtoreth (goddess of fertility and farmers had relationships with cult prostitutes to make sure a good crop fertility in the year), Molech (ammonite god and children were sacrificed there), Chemosh (a Moabite god and children were sacrificed in fire) and Dagon (King Saul’s head was fastened in the house of Dagon).
They failed to obey the commandment of the Lord in its entirety and they were seduced by the pagan high places and what it offers to them for lustful and temporary satisfaction.
Though Israel was commanded to tear down and destroy the false worship system, they did not completely obey this command of the Lord and it became a snare for them. Maybe they were so familiar with the Egyptian idol worship system while they were living in Egypt or maybe idol worship places seduced the children of Israel to visit these places again and again due to the sexual immorality and lustful passions offered and practices in these pagan high places. It is almost apparent that Solomon could not control his sexual passions and that is the reason why he had many foreign wives and they influenced him even to build altars in high places. It was very tragic to think the same person who built the temple of Yahweh later in his life due to his uncontrolled lustful passions ended up building up altars for other gods in these high places. Another apparent reason was the social influence of the land. The pagan altars had feast and festivals and it was easy for the Israelites to succumb to the society’s influence.
The northern kingdom, Israel, had plunged deep into idol worship in high places because of the influence of their first king Jeroboam. The united monarchy under Solomon was divided into two- northern kingdom (Israel) and southern kingdom (Judah)- mainly due to the sin of Solomon. Rehoboam, Solomon’s son, became the king of Judah (2 tribes of Israel) and Jeroboam became the king of the remaining 10 tribes. Jeroboam did not want the people in his kingdom to go down to Jerusalem to worship in the temple built by Solomon fearing he will lose their allegiance. For people, it was a long journey to come down to the temple as well. He built two temples for his state and placed golden calves- in Bethel and in Dan. Calf worship was not new to Israelites but was now re-introduced to them and thereby the high places and idol worship centers became part and parcel of the northern kingdom, Israel. The southern kingdom, Judah, could not restrict the temptation and influence of these high places and immoral worship systems.
Yahweh always saw idol worship as harlotry and resulted in their captivity
The LORD always considered joining with these idol worship system as a harlotry/adultery to Him. It is like a husband-wife relationship. When a man or woman goes outside the marriage and has an illegitimate relationship outside the matrimonial commitment, it is called harlotry. The LORD wanted their full allegiance. By going to these pagan high places and participating in idol worships, the children of Israel provoked the anger and wrath of God, because they were going after man-made gods leaving the truth of one God who created all. God warned them to stay away from these pagan high places through His prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Hosea etc. repeatedly, again and again. There were few kings who tried to destroy the high places and pagan altars in the southern kingdom. But when the next king came to the throne, the practice continued again. The adamant and continuous disobedience of Israel and Judah by participating in these pagan worship system in high places and their on-going interest in such idol worship resulted in the captivity of both northern kingdom (Israel) and southern kingdom (Judah) going into exiles as slaves. The one proud and great city of Jerusalem was in ruin and desolation. Children died in the arms of their mother because of no food and drinks, only pain, crying and weeping left in the city. The result of God’s severe punishment and the bitter and painful experience of evil and suffering due to their sins are portrayed in the Book of Lamentation in the Bible.
However, their deep interest in participating in these idol worship was completely purged out when Judah came back from the Babylonian captivity. Never again we see such idol worship thirst in Israel. They learned the lesson when God allowed them to go through the severe crucible of punishment by a seventy-year exile.
Is high place have any significance for us today?
Jesus said to the Samaritan woman this. A time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem… a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in Spirit and in truth. God is Spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the spirit and in truth. (John 4:21-24). Therefore, the place is not important in our worship today. It does not mean that you should not have a building where believers can come together and worship Him. You do not need to go to Jerusalem or any so-called sacred places to worship God. Jesus also said in Matthew 18:20 that “where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Hence, when two or three or more gather in His name there is He and we can worship Him in Spirit and truth – with the help of the Holy Spirit and in the knowledge of the truth about God.
If particular place or location does not have any significance for worshipers today, what is the high place incident of the past teach us today? You see what happened to them in the past was this -they were influenced and seduced by the society in which they were living. This seduction originally happened in Egypt even before their exodus and they could not get away from the temptations and seductions these high places offered.
Remember Bible says in James 4:4 “You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy to God.”
Bible also says in 1 John 2:16, “ For everything in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life-comes not from the Father but from the world.” Then it says there in the next verse, “The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” 1 John 2:17.
Jesus said in Matthew 6:24, “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
Bible says in Colossians 3:5, Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.”
I believe, whatever that tempts you, seduce you to be away from the will of God becomes an idol and that is what apparently high places signified today. This could be an illegitimate and uncontrolled sexual passion, living in sexual immorality, greed for money and thereby you send up serving money instead of God who promised to meet all your needs, the high pride of life like the rich man in Jesus’s explanation. He ignored the poor Lazarus who was needy while he lived his life in pomp and luxury. Constantly going after the pleasures of this world, looking for what world can offer you and make you happy instead of looking for how God can make you truly happy and joyful. What is that tempts you and seduces you in this world? High places tempted and seduced the children of Israel due to what it can provide them for temporary pleasure and enjoyment etc. They were asked to destroy it but they did not. We the New Testament believers are asked to “put to death” certain passions and habits of our sinful old lives because Bible says we are crucified with Christ (Romans 6). Romans 6:11-14 says, “Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as ]instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.”
Remember Jude wrote this in his small letter that he was about to write about the salvation we share. But he felt compelled to write and urge us to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. The ungodly people pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only sovereign Lord. (Jude 3-4).
Are we holding on the faith that was once for all entrusted to us wholeheartedly? Are we perverting the grace of God into a license for immorality? Are we effectively guarding us against the influence of false doctrines that creeps into our society? Jude says such false teachers are blemishes at your love feasts. Are they eating with you without the slightest qualm- they that feed themselves?
Keep in mind, the term high place is not used in the New Testament. Although the term is not seen, the snare and the potential for failure is vividly understandable in the New Testament books. In short, high places that tempt and seduce us are all around us. Such high places have the power to ruin and destroy our spiritual life. If we continue flirting with these high places that we have seen above from the New Testament part of the Bible, God’s judgment can come upon us. This is what Israel’s history solemnly warn us. How much careful we should be to fight the good fight, finish the race and keep the faith that is once for all entrusted to us? How important it is for us to put to death those sins that easily entangles and hinders us to run the race of faith? Especially when we live at this end of the age, Peter reminds us in 2 Peter 3:11, “Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness.”
WILL THERE BE RAPTURE AS SO MANY IN THE WORLD HAVE TOLD YOU, IS THIS TRUE OR FALSE? WHEN WILL IT BE?
WILL THERE BE RAPTURE AS SO MANY IN THE WORLD HAVE TOLD YOU, IS THIS TRUE OR FALSE?
Thank you for a good question. Many have some confusion about this topic for sure. Let me try to help you to understand briefly the doctrine of rapture as found in the Bible. I believe the rapture is a true doctrine found in the Bible. The rapture of the church (all believers in Christ) is a glorious event when all the Christian believers – those who are already dead and those who are living will be snatched away to clouds and then to heaven with the Lord Jesus Christ before His second coming in to this earth. The main rapture passages are John 14:1-4, 1 Corinthians 15:51-53 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. This is the blessed hope of the church as illustrated in the Epistles (For Ex. Titus 2:13). Rapture and the second coming of Christ are two separate events according to the Bible. A careful reading of the Bible shows us one more thing – the rapture of the believers in Christ will happen before the tribulation period. This is called the pre-tribulation position, which means simply rapture will happen before the beginning of the seven-year tribulation period.
I understand true believers have different positions in the matter of rapture or timing of the rapture. Some believe in pre-trib rapture, others believe in mid trip (Middle of the tribulation) or post trib rapture (after the great tribulation). However, I believe “rapture” is the true doctrine in the Bible and it will happen before the great tribulation (pre-trib). The plain reading of the Bible and especially the book of revelation helps you to come to this conclusion.
The outline of the book of revelation is in chapter 1:19. “Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this.” What John has seen is chapter 1 (about glorious risen Jesus), things that are (present age -church age 2-3)and the thing that will take place after this (church age) is chapter 4-22. The “blessed hope” of the believers repeatedly found in the epistles are not the hope found in the great tribulation. There is no hope in tribulation, read the horrible things going to happen in this Christ-rejecting world after the rapture of the church. Revelation 2-3 talks about the span of the church history with Christ’s messages for the church. Chapter 4:1 verse says come up here- the church is taken up into heaven (rapture) and chapter 5 church (the redeemed by the blood of Christ are in heaven worshipping God). Many theologians have of the opinion that ‘the twenty-four elders’ in chapter 5 of the Book of Revelation represents the Church. We can understand this based on the reason of their worship.
They fell down before the lamb and sang, “You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
and with your blood, you purchased for God
persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
and they will reign[b] on the earth.”
Their salvation from all the tribes, nations and languages is the reason for their worship. Therefore, the church must be in heaven at this point and the believers are worshipping the lamb and God. Another point is this – there is no mention of the word ‘church’ after chapter 5 because the church is absent here in the earth when Christ unleashes his seal, bowl and trumpet judgments on this wicked earth beginning in chapter 6.
One thing the Lord make sure is to take the church away from this earth, the one that is bought by His own precious blood to his side in heaven before He unleashes his wrath on this Christ-rejecting earthy. Ephesians 5:25-27 explains the deep and tender love and care of Christ for the church. It says, there, “Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.” In addition, Church is mentioned as the bride of Christ and Christ the bridegroom will never allow His bride to experience the horrible things that are going to happen in this world during the tribulation period. That is not the love of Christ we know about. I have so many things to tell you from the Bible. But in short, a plain and careful reading of the book of revelation and other parts of the scripture will lead you to the conclusion that the doctrine of the rapture is true and it can happen anytime but will be before the tribulation time on this earth. Even in the OT we can see the shadow of rapture in Enoch and Elijah. These are the some of the pre-shadows of rapture in the old testament. Bible shows us a pattern of God protecting his own dear ones before destructions. Lot (Abraham’s nephew) was safely taken out of Sodom before the LORD destroyed that city. Genesis 19:22 says the angel said to Lot, “Hurry, escape there, for I cannot do anything until you arrive there. Therefore the name of the town was called Zoar.” The same thing is definitely the blessed hope of His beloved bride, the Church.
Apostle Paul says to his new believers in 1st Thessalonians chapter 1:9-10 “For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.” Paul ask them to wait for His Son (Christ) from heaven, who God raised from the dead, and He (Jesus) delivers us from the wrath to come. The wrath to come is the wrath that will come upon on all the earth in the tribulation period. But Jesus delivers us from that wrath to come.
Then he says how Lord is going to accomplish this in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. This is one of the rapture passages clearly talking about the rapture of the church. He says in verse 18 that thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these verses. As you know there is no comfort in the coming tribulation time period. But we can comfort one another in the fact that believers in Christ will be taken on the day of rapture before the great tribulation. See the outline of the book of Thessalonians. After assuring the rapture of Christ’s believers, in chapter 5, he talks about what is going to happen after the rapture of the church. He says in the very next chapter (5) this, “But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you, yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.” Did you notice, for when they say, Peace and safety, sudden destruction will come upon them (not on the believers in Christ but on the unbelievers)? They (not us) shall not escape from the coming, sudden destruction time of the tribulation.
Jesus Himself promised to the church in Philadelphia this important statement – “I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.” The hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth is talking about the coming tribulation period in which all the Christ rejected earth will be severely judged. But Christ promises that He will “keep you from the hour of trial”. It does not say He will keep the church safe in the tribulation. But it says He will keep church from this worldwide trial time. The church will not be there in that hour on the face of the earth. She will be raptured and then the Lord will deal with this wicked and evil world after the rapture of the church. This is the same way Lord dealt with the sin and wickedness of the people of Sodom, after keeping Lot away in a safe place.
I know this topic could get confused and there are genuine believers who are either side of this argument. However, The Bible and the Holy Spirit will lead you to the truth if you study wholeheartedly.
Even Paul thought that the rapture will happen in his lifetime when he said: “then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.” (1 Thessalonians 4:17). Another time Paul included himself in the rapture is when he said in 1 Corinthians 15:52 when he wrote, ” in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” Both times he said, “we” including himself in the rapture incident. This is why we say rapture is imminent. It means there no pre-condition or pre things to happen before the rapture. Bible says rapture could happen any time without the fulfillment of any pre-conditions. Rapture was the doctrine from the very 1st century and it was not an invention later after few centuries as some suggest. If the rapture happens only in the middle of the tribulation or at the end of the tribulation, then it is not imminent which means tribulation should start (as a pre-condition) before the rapture happens. In other words, tribulation should happen before the rapture occurs. But apparently, these passages in 1 Thessalonians and 1 Corinthians proves two things- (1) rapture is taught in the first century (2) it is described as an imminent thing- could occur any time with no pre-conditions attached to it. Paul thought it will happen in his life time according to his writings.
The sudden destruction of tribulation can start immediately without notice, but the fact is the Church, whom Jesus Christ loved and bought with His own blood, will be taken to safety with Him in heaven before He releases the seal, bowl and trumpet judgment on this earth.
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“I recently accepted Jesus as my savior. What are the next things should I do?”
Thank you for the question. I am so glad you accepted Jesus Christ as your savior and welcome to God’s household. This is a miraculous work that God accomplished in you to become a child of God by believing in Christ as your savior. Congratulations.
Now I want to suggest you few points so that you can grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ.
First, start reading the Bible.
You can go to a website and read Bible on line. Biblegateway.com is a good on line Bible website. However, I really prefer you to have a Bible in your hand. There are several different translations of the Bible available now. All are good translations and faithfully translated from the original languages of Hebrew and Greek. You can select one that is easy for you to read and understand. Some of the good translations include New King James Version, New American Standard Bible version, New International version and Revised standard version. If possible, try to get a study Bible. Study Bible has study notes on almost all pages of the Bible which can help you understand the important passages. If you are unable to get a Bible, please let us know by going to contact/prayer tab in www.teachbible.org. I would recommend you to start reading the Gospel of John which is one of the Gospels in the New Testament section of the Bible. Or you can read one of any other four Gospels. Gospels helps you to read the words and actions of Lord Jesus Christ.
Second, start praying to God in the name of Jesus Christ.
Prayer is simply talking to your father in heaven. He loves you and saved you, right? And now He is eager to listen to your prayers. Therefore, talk to him. Give Him thanks for saving you, forgiving you, giving you eternal life in heaven. When you accepted Christ Jesus as your savior, God granted you eternal life. The moment you die, you will be transferred to heaven and you will spend eternity in heaven with God and Jesus Christ. Bible talks about the assurance of your salvation. He will never cancel your salvation. You are saved for ever and you are guaranteed eternal life in heaven. This is the promise of God in the Bible. Amazing and wonderful blessings you received and therefore thank God.
You can pray to God for your daily needs, about your fears and worries. Jesus taught disciples a model prayer when they asked to teach them to pray. This is in in Mathew 6:9-13 and in other Gospels. When I pray, I usually start like this- “My Father in heaven.” Then I will say thank you for His blessings in my life. I praise Him. This is how I start my prayer with thanks giving and praises. Then I pray to lead me in His will and plans every day because His plans are the best plans for your life. After that, I pray to give me my daily needs. Say all your needs to God. He wants to hear from you all your needs. I pray to protect me so that I won’t sin against Him. I pray to deliver me from the evil one and wicked people. I pray to guard me safe today. Then after submitting all my needs, problems, worries and fears and praise Him again and thank Him for hearing my prayer. Then I will end my prayer by saying something like this, “I pray all these in the name of Jesus Christ, my savior”.
This is just a model prayer that Jesus taught the disciples but you are free to use your own words and styles in your prayer. You can pray for more things or different things as well. You can pray for other people’s needs. It is called intercessory prayer-praying for others. You can pray for your spouse, children, family and other people who are in need of your prayers. The most important thing is you pray and talk to God.
Thirdly, locate a Bible teaching and Bible preaching church in your area.
A church and other believers in Christ are essential for your spiritual growth. Jesus said “I will build my church and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” (Matthew 16:18). Christian Church is Christ’s enterprises and He is building it in this world. By becoming a member of a local church, you are allowing yourself to be a part of God’s work in our lifetime.
Fourthly, obey the Lord in water baptism and Lord’s Supper.
Water baptism is a commandment of the Lord. (Matthew 28:20 and several other passages in the Bible). When you connect with a Church the leaders of the Church will be happy to help you to obey this commandment. Please tell them I want to obey the Lord in waters of Baptism and they will arrange an occasion for you. Similarly, there is a second ordinance or commandment. This is the observance of the Lord’s table. (Luke 22:15-20). In observing the Lord’s table, a local church as whole is remembering the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It reminds us that the Lord is risen and He will come back to take us home with Him. In other words, this is a remembrance time of what the Lord has done for us. This is a time to give the Lord our worship and thanks giving for his sacrificial death, burial and resurrection for our sake. You can ask your local church how often they observe the Lord’s table. More often is better. The Church in the first century after the ascension of Christ, observed Lord’s table on every 1st day of the week, Sunday, per Acts 20:7
Fifthly, Join a Bible study group to study Bible on an going basis.
Your local church will have serious Bible study sessions. This is a wonderful opportunity to grow in the Lord and in the Bible. Now you are new child of God and He want you to grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. Bible gives you the spiritual food for your spiritual growth and strength like natural food makes you grow and strong physically. Bible says in 1 Peter 2:2, “as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.” The Word of God- Bible- is the pure milk that will make you grow spiritually. A new born believer in Christ, should desire to study the Word of God-Bible- like a newborn baby.
Sixthly, Share the same message of the good news you accepted to others.
You can share the Gospel which is the good news to family members, friends, neighbors and others. God want to use you to reach out to others so that they can also become the children of God and go and spend eternity in heaven with God. Romans 1:17 says Gospel is a dynamite which has super power in it. It can change the hearts of any man. It says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.”
Seventhly, Help others and obey the commandments the Lord gave us.
There are so many people who need to love and help of us around us. God loved us and gave His only Son for our sins. We can freely give and help others. This way we can model Christ in our lives. You can help other ministries, evangelists and missionaries as well, if you are financially able to help. God uses you and your resources along with all other children of God’s resources for the furtherance of His kingdom work in this world. “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” (Hebrews 13:16). Bible promises you will be rewarded when you help others who are in need and when you help Christian ministries. God will never forget the good works we have done for Him and He will faithfully reward you. When He rewards you, it will be much more than you ever expected or imagined. “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” (Colossians 3:23-24). Bible also reminds us,“ He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” (Ephesians 3:20).
Eighthly, Ask God forgiveness when you know did something wrong.
A child of God lives in this sin bound world and mingle with other sinful people. Chances are you will make mistakes and possibly sin. But when that happens remember to ask God forgiveness. Never go to bed without seeking Lord’s forgiveness when you become aware that you did something wrong. Remember Bible says 1 John 1:8-10, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.” But when we agree with Him and confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive all our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Ninthly, Understand Christian life is not rosy all the time.
Jesus Himself said in this world we will face various trails, persecutions and sufferings. A believer in Christ is not exempt from all these problems. A truly converted Christian’s life is not exempt from problems. In fact, as followers of Christ, we may have to encounter more trials and testing in this world. Jesus said to His disciples, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33). Jesus also promised His peace and presence in the midst of our trials and problems. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27). Bible reminds us, “For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him.” (Philippians 1:29). Keep this truth in your heart as you grow in Christ Jesus.
Tenthly, A final note: Remember you are saved by grace through faith in Christ and works are not reason for your salvation.
Now, please understand the above ten points are not intended to show any requirements from your part. You are saved by grace, by faith in the Savior, Lord Jesus Christ. Bible clearly says you are not saved by any works. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8. However, the above seven steps can help you to grow spiritually, to know the Lord more intimately and to fulfill God’s purpose for your life.
But when you became a child of God, you are God’s handiwork, created new in Christ Jesus to do good works. Bible says God already prepared in advance the good works you would do in His name. So fulfill God’s works and plan for your life. (Ephesians 2:10).
Did Jesus celebrate his birthday? How about Christmas?
Thank you for your question. Yes, every person who born into this world has a B-day. Is this the same for Christ? Please read my answer below. Thanks again for asking.
Bible says in Isaiah 9:6, “”For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”
This was a prophecy fulfilled in the incarnation of Christ Jesus along with more than other 300 hundred prophecies from the Old Testament, regarding the coming of the Messiah/savior of mankind into the world. Did you notice the verse above said, “a child will be born to us, a Son will be given to us.” Father God gave His eternal Son to us for our salvation. Keep in mind, Christ’s beginning did not start at his incarnation. He became a man in His incarnation.
This is what theologians call, “Hypostatic union.” It explains how God, the Son of God, took human nature but He remained God at the same time. Jesus is called God-man. Jesus Christ was fully God and fully man in his incarnation. He came to earth and became a man but kept fully the divine nature in Himself. This full divine and human nature of Jesus is clearly evident in the Gospels in the Bible. Jesus wept at the tomb of Lazarus like a man but in next few moments, you ordered Jesus to come out the grace and Lazarus, the dead one for three days, came out of the tomb. (John 11:38 and 43). He was sleeping in a boat showing his full humanity and yet woke up and rebuked the wind and waves and all stopped and the sea became perfectly calm. (Mark 4:39). Jesus healed the sick with His word, controlled the nature with His word, resurrected people with His word, released the people from demon possession with His word. It was due to the fact of the hypostatic union, He was able to pay for humanity’s sin by His sinless and perfect blood on the cross. Jesus Christ can save anyone from their sins and grant eternity in heaven with God based on His death, burial, and resurrection on our behalf if one comes to Jesus in prayer and ask for forgiveness and salvation.
In short, Christ does not need to celebrate His birthday during his lifetime on this earth, simply because He does not have a beginning or the end. After all, what is the birthday of the eternal God? He is eternal Son of God. Jesus says, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Revelation 22:13. In another occasion Jesus said to the disciples, “Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” John 8:48. Bible says also this about Jesus Christ as the eternal word of God in John 1 “In the beginning was the Word (Jesus), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He (Jesus) was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made…..The Word (Jesus) became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1-3 and verse 14). The Word, Christ, the Son of God, was given to us. He pre-existed before all things, and hence for Him, there was no need to celebrate birthday being the eternal and everlasting God. In addition, there is no reference in the Bible that says Jesus celebrated His birthday. His humanity had a beginning point at the time of His birth but He was divine and God always and will always be.
Now people all over the world celebrate Christmas every year not to remember Christ’s birthday (I hope) but to remember and acknowledge the Son of God became a man for their sake to reconcile them to God the Father. In fact, Christmas is not viewed as a birthday celebration of Christ. On the contrary, on Christmas day, people of all continents, remember Christ, the Son of God, became a man and came to this earth to pay for our sins on the cross of Calvery to get us back to a loving fellowship and friendship with God. In this way, people celebrate His incarnation (that Jesus took the human nature along with His divine nature) and not His B-day per say.
Alternatively, we should remember Christ, His incarnation, His death, burial and resurrection as a ransom (price) for our sin each and every day of our lives. We should give thanks and praises to Him and to God the Father who sent Jesus to this earth on an ongoing basis. Bible, in fact, asks us to be thankful always. It says, “Always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father.” (Ephesians 5:20).
Question received- “Does water baptism give a sinner true salvation?
If yes or no,
Give biblical support to your answers.”
Again, thank you for another question. I understand many people are confused regarding this matter of water baptism and salvation. Therefore it is a very important question.
Water baptism along with Lords Supper – remembering the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ in a local church, are the two ordinances given to the believers in the Bible. These can be read in Mathew 28:18-20 and Luke 26:26-28. These two are the commandments our Lord Jesus Christ. Keep in mind water baptism or Lords’ supper do not save anyone. When a person repents about his or sins and calls upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, then he or she get saved. Romans 10:9-13 along with other passages confirm how a person gets saved. It says, “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
A person who already got saved by confessing the sins and accepting Christ as the savior obey Lord Jesus by water baptism and remembering in Lord’s supper in a local church. I would say the first commandment to obey after salvation is water baptism. Acts 2:41 says after the preaching of Peter, people repented and accepted Christ as their savior. They were baptized. Who got baptized? Those “people who repented and accepted Christ as their savior.” Did you notice the order here? First repentance of their sins and acceptance of Christ as savior and then water baptism.
So baptism doesn’t save and in fact no human works ever save anyone. If any work saves people, Christ didn’t need to come to this earth and die for all of us. Only faith and trust in Christ saves. Salvation happens when one repents of their sins and turn to Christ for salvation. “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13. Accept Christ as your savior in a small prayer and you will be saved and granted eternal life.
One of the thieves on the cross right before his death prayed to Jesus like this, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus immediately answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Now if the thief had an opportunity to live he should have obeyed the Lord who loved him and saved him. But he did not get an opportunity to live any more days. But Jesus assured him eternal life on the basis of his request for salvation. There were two thieves on either side of Jesus. One mocked and ridiculed Jesus, but this thief expressed his faith in the Messiah (savior) right in the midst of his severe pain. His past was very bad and that is why he was crucified for his crimes. But one word of faith and trust in Christ made all the difference as far as his eternity in heaven is concerned.
It is very important to obey the Lord in water baptism after your personal trust and faith in Him because Bible asks us to do. But only after the profession of your faith in Christ. Refer Acts 8:26-40 for details and Acts 2:41 and right order. “Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?”
Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.”
And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” You see the belief in Christ is the key to true salvation. So Philip commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.” The right order as explained above in the Bible is (1) preaching and hearing the message of the Gospel because Philip preached the Gospel to Eunuch (2) Eunuch’s understanding of the Gospel message and request to get baptized. (3) Philip said You can get baptized “if you believe with all your heart, you may.” Both of them went down into the water and Philip baptized him. This is the right order. Repentance and faith in Christ and then get baptized to obey the Lord’s commandment of water baptism. It is not baptism that saves but what truly saves a person is his or her repentance and believe in Christ Jesus as the savior. Baptism is an ordinance that proclaims one’s faith in Christ as a public testimony and baptism is the first commandment a believer in Christ will need to obey. Christ said, if you love me you will obey my commandment.
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“Is homosexuality a sin? I am not homosexual but want to get a clear answer on this topic”
Jose, Good question. Thank you for asking. Homosexuality is a sin like other immoral sins mentioned in the Bible.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 says, “Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God”.
Then please read the very next verse #11 and thank and praise God. It says, “And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
I don’t want to condemn any person because Christ does not condemn but He convicts our sins with His perfect and matchless love. It is conviction and not condemnation that brings new life to people. God loves you the way you are and He has a wonderful deliverance and rescue plan for you. Do you know the truth? As believers in Christ, we all had a past sinful lifestyle- addicted to different types of sins before we repented about our sins and trusted Christ Jesus as the savior. But then Christ comes along and delivers us from such bondages and addictions with His power when we submit to Him. There is no sin that is unpardonable accept one sin. The one sin that is not pardonable or forgivable happens when an individual continuously rejects the work of the Holy Spirit when He draws him to believe in Christ Jesus and then eventually die without believing Christ Jesus as his or her savior.
The eternal destination is sealed at the time of death. The incident Jesus told about the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31) and several other passages in the Bible affirms this truth. Nothing we can do for our salvation after our death. And the problem gets more complex because we don’t know what day or time we die. Therefore, it is very, and very important to repent about the sin – if homosexual – repent about it, confess to the Jesus and turn to Him in prayer and seek His help. Bible says in 1 John 1:9-10, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.” It is important to admit homosexuality is a sin against God. We should not say homosexuality is not a sin. If we say that, then we make God a liar, because He said in the Bible it is a sin like other immoral sins. But the Bible also say, “the blood of Jesus, His son, purifies us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7(b).
The solution to all sin is this – Christ died for our sins on the cross and He rose again from the dead for our victory. He paid it all for us. Admit sin as sin and accept Christ Jesus as the savior of your life, forsake the old way of life and the Lord will grant you the power to over come the temptation once you trusted Christ as your savior. He will transform you to a brand new person. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” The old life style will be gone by Christ’s transforming power. Give God a chance to change and transform and you will be glad you did. Then join a Bible teaching and preaching church. God’s power and His Holy Spirit will help you overcome the temptations. I am sorry for the short answer. But hope it helps.