On the morning of the Sabbath Day (10-01-2015) at 07:08, I received an SMS from brother Jono saying, “Hi man of GOD hope c u street later ta j” I couldn’t respond to it because I wasn’t really sure if I was going to town that day, after all I enjoy resting on this day. It is the day of rest, is it not? After deep thinking I decided to get ready and I took my back pack which is always packed with some tracks, a digital camera, a video camera, my KJV Bible and a bottle of water. I got my bicycle ready and I cycled 9.03Km for 25minutes to town. When I got to our favourite preaching spot, (that is to say the city centre) right outside City Hall of Pietermaritzburg, I phoned Brother Jono and told him that I was in town. I didn’t know if he was coming to town or not but he thanked me for letting him know.

While I was getting ready to preach, I heard a car hooting. I looked and to my greatest joy it was Brother Gary. He went and parked the car and then joined me. While we were busy discussing some theological controversies we have encountered on social networks, we were joined by Brother Aziz and minutes later Brother Jono joined us.

 

 

Lungisa Joctrey preaching on 1 Timothy 1:15
Lungisa Joctrey preaching on 1 Timothy 1:15

I was then greeted by a Muslim man whom I had known while I was in prison and I started a short lived debate by simply asking him as to when he will become a Christian. I can’t recollect the actual words that were exchanged but it was about Jesus being the Son of God, a thing any good Muslim finds to be blasphemous. After that I took the stand and preached on Jesus Christ coming to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15). While I was preaching we were joined by Brother Philip and he assisted in handing out gospel tracts. When I made the end of my speech, Brother Gary preached next, raising his voice to glory of our God and Saviour Yahshua haMashiach (Jesus Christ) while Brothers Jono, Aziz, Philip and I, handed out tracts. While I took some pictures, I spotted Brother Mandlakhe Mncwabe coming towards us and he joined us in handing out tracts.

DSCF1902After Brother Gary had made the end of preaching, we said our goodbyes and all the brothers departed except Mandlakhe who was chatting with me while I was getting my cycling gear ready (that is gloves, cap, sunshades and some good music). When we were about to part, this young man by the name of Mxolisi came to us. He had been standing by while I was preaching and he was listening to what I was saying because I had changed the language from English to IsiZulu.

Before he could tell us anything about himself, I picked up from his tongue that he was a member of the TACC. He told us that he was listening to the preaching but he could not understand the part where I said God punished His Son on the cross. I then explained from Isaiah 53, how that it was prophesied that “it pleased the LORD to bruise Him” linking it with Jesus’ well known cry, “Eli Eli lama sabchthani!!?”

Isaiah 53:4-12 KJV

(4) Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

(5) But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

(6) All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

(7) He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

(8) He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

(9) And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

(10) Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

(11) He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

(12) Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

He then asked us if we had received the Holy Spirit. This is the question I always get when I converse with the TACC people and I enjoy answering it. So we answered him, “No one can believe on the Lord Jesus Christ without the Holy Spirit, because according to Jesus the Holy Spirit is the one that comes to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. Paul also tells us in 1 Corinthians 12:3 that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed and no one can say Jesus is the Lord except by the Holy Spirit”

“There is a lot of misunderstanding here” He said, “What I know is, in the book of Acts when the people of Samaria had believed the apostles were called for to lay hands on them so that they would receive the Holy Spirit. And when Simon the witch saw that “through the laying on of the hands of the apostles the people received the Holy Spirit” he produced money asking if they could sell this power to him. You see there, it shows that one can only receive the Holy Spirit through the laying on of the hands of the apostles”

DSCF1907“You are mistaken” I interrupted, “You see, Acts 8:18, tells us of Simon’s opinion based on his observation. He was not an apostle therefore we cannot be taught by his opinions. This is Simon’s opinion and not the ultimate rule that one would ONLY receive the Holy Ghost through the laying on of the hands of the apostles. There are accounts on the book of Acts where believers received the Holy Ghosts without having the apostle’s hands laid on them. One elephant in the room is Cornelius. Peter did not lay hands on anyone in the house of Cornelius but they received the Holy Ghost while Peter was preaching. Paul himself received the Holy Spirit when he was in Damascus, there was no apostle there. Ananias was not an apostles but he laid hands on Paul and He received the Holy Spirit ”

(Acts 9:17 KJV)

“And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.”

“But what do you say of the people that Paul asked if they had received the Holy Ghost sinced they believed and they said no, and they hadn’t heard that there was any Holy Spirit?” He asked

“The people that Paul found in Ephesus in Act 19:1-6- were not Gentiles and they were not Christians, but they were Jews who were the disciples of John the Baptist, since they were baptized by John the Baptist. Now Paul was compelled to preach to them the gospel of Jesus Christ and after that they were baptized again in the name of Lord Jesus. Then the Holy Spirit came on them.”

“I believe you are now answered on the issue of receiving the Holy Spirit, can we move on?” Mandlakhe asked

“Yes, I would like to ask you, what do you say of the resurrection of the dead?” Mxolisi asked

“The Bible says the dead will rise from their graves, just like Jesus was raised from His grave, as we all know that the disciples and the women found His grave empty. I know that your church the TACC, teaches that the dead are saved through the works of those are yet alive and they come and live in the bodies of the living in order to perform good deeds. That is not true, because firstly, the book of Ecclesiastes tell us that the dead have not a part in anything that is done under the sun. Secondly, the book of Revelation tells us that on the last judgment the dead are judged based on what is written on the books, according to their works. Those who qualify for heaven are those who have their names written on the Lamb’s Book of Life. There’s one way that anyone could have his name on that book. It is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.”

“But there were people in the times of Abraham who had never heard the gospel…” said Mxolisi

DSCF1904“Abraham heard the gospel, as it is written, “Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him for righteousness” You see, he was justified by faith before the coming Jesus Christ, same goes for Noah. As for the people who lived before the days of King Shaka (for the gospel came to this land in the days King Shaka) where the gospel wasn’t heard, Paul says of them, “For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another”  It is God’s business to deal with those who haven’t heard the gospel but I tell you the truth, that the laws of God were written in their hearts, therefore their conscience made them aware of what right or wrong. Those who have sinned without the law shall perish without the law and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law.

DSCF1905“I have no argument on this matter” Brother Mandlakhe added, “I take what the scripture says, the person who believes on the Lord Jesus Christ shall be saved and the one who doesn’t believe will go to hell, that is enough for me”

Romans 2:12-16 KJV

(12) For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;

(13) (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

(14) For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:

(15) Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

(16) In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

“Are you guys from Faith Mission?” Mxolisi asked

“No, We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ” I replied.

He then took my number down and promised that he would try to connect me to some of the TACC guys who might try to explain their faith to me. I responded, “That would be great, I wish to meet them because it seems like there is a lot of deception you have been taught by your pastors. I don’t blame them but I blame their teachers. You need to search the scriptures yourself and not just take the words of men. Do like the Bereans in Acts 17 who searched the scriptures in order to see if what the apostles taught was true or not.”

Amen.

ALL GLORY TO OUR GOD ALONE

 

1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not. 2 Peter 2:1-3

BEWARE OF FALSE PROPHETS

The subject issue of false prophets is all over the bible. It is certainly not a new thing. What makes it appear new to many people today is that we have not been taught how to spot or mark false teachers, thus when we finally learn, we find ourselves shocked because we’ve never thought that the most trusted of the clergy could be false prophets. It is always scary to discover that the so called “men of God” could be wrong. I remember 6years ago, I used to defend Benny Hinn as the man chosen by God to heal the people. I didn’t want to hear any criticism concerning him and I believed that one day I will meet him and he would lay his hand on me and I would be healed of any disease in my body.

In 2011, God opened my eyes and showed me the heresy contained in Hinn’s teachings and also in the teachings of other TBN/FAITH teachers. I then held to Chris Oyakhilome and believed his teachings were true but then again while watching his program on television God showed me that this man was not to be trusted. I was sadden by the realization of the heresy preached by the men on television.

These men are not preachers, they are shop owners. They sell lies in exchange for money. Every bit of truth (if any), is sold for money. My estimate is, 70% of their teachings is about money. Sometimes they demand the money and sometimes they beg for it. These calls for money are always coupled with threats or promises which are supposed to be from God, and such, will be carried out based on whether one gives money or withholds it.

Apostle Peter warned us in his second epistle,

    1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.”

(2 Peter 2:1-3)

The passage above is showing us the deeds of these false prophets. He says that, they will privily (secretly) introduce damnable heresies (false teachings). This means these false prophet will not come out in public and say “Hi everyone, I am a false prophet and I’d like to give you false teachings” but they will come in as good guys and give these false teachings under the radar.

The Lord Jesus Christ has taught us to watch out for these false prophets and he likens their unscrupulous behavior to the viciousness of wolves. This is what he says,

    “15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”

(Matthew 7:15-20)

These deceivers are “coming in sheep’s clothing,” that means they come in as believers. They look, talk, sing and act like Christians but their mission is to deceive. Peter says, “through covetousness shall they with feigned (deceptive/fictitious) words make merchandise (business) of you.” Yes, he said they will make merchandise of you. Don’t you see how crafty they are in using the scriptures in order to pick your pockets. They talk about “revelation knowledge” and this knowledge of theirs seems to be more interested in your money than in your spiritual well being. They always teach messages that are encouraging self glorification rather than Christ glorification. They love money and physical wealth more than the God who made the heavens and the earth. Not only are they false teachers but they are idolatrous false teachers.

DECEIVING AND BEING DECEIVED

Many of these false teachers are very sincere in their “faith.” They truly believe that what they teach the masses is the truth of God. They call upon the name of Christ out of sincerity, yet, they remain deceived because most of what they teach does not honor the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus warned,

    1 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

(Matthew 7:21-23)

You see, these people sincerely called Jesus “Lord” and in His name they prophesied, cast out demons and performed wonders but the Lord Jesus Christ will say unto them, “I never knew you, depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

Paul also gives a number of warnings against false teachers, and he shows them to be deceived.

    “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”

(2 Timothy 3:13)

These false teachers will grow worse and worse in their deception. They will continue to deceive and being deceived and deceiving one another. They will continue to sow divisions in the body of Christ by introducing these damnable heresies. Unless we learn to mark them and avoid them, we too shall fool into their falsehood and find ourselves spreading their lies, like the wind driving a wild fire.

“17 Now I beseech you, brethren MARK THEM which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. – Romans 16:17-18

BEWARE OF FALSE PROPHETS!!!

The Two Evils
Introduction

You might be having questions in your mind regarding the title of this post. I wouldn’t blame you if you do have questions because I would do the same if I were in your position. Needless to say, the whole world is surrounded by (if not drowning in) evil. All the wickedness that we see in the world is due to that people have committed two greater evils before God their creator. And we shall discuss these evils shortly. All scripture references will be taken from the unadulterated non-copyrighted Authorized King James Version of the Holy Bible (1611). The main purpose of this post is to warn God’s people and to give glory to God.
Point Raised
“For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.” Jeremiah 2:13
As we all know that these are the words of God by prophet Jeremiah. Our God who will not tell a lie spoke and His infallible word remains. God said and is still saying in His word that His very own people have committed not one but two evils. These two evils are:

  • They have forsaken me the fountain of living waters
  • And hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water

God exposed the sin of His people yet they refused to repent. He warned them but they would not return from their ways. They have provoked the Lord since He brought them out of the land of Egypt the house of bondage. They saw His wonderful works, they saw His deliverance, His provision but they would not refrain from provoking the Lord to anger. Their children were also a stiff-necked people, they went and whored after strange gods and forsook the Lord and the Lord sold them to their enemies. The Lord had mercy on them and raised up judges to deliver them and to judge among them.

They continued to provoke the LORD and they demanded a king in the days of Samuel the seer. They rebelled against their eternal King who lead them, fought for them and provided for them. The Lord gave them the king out of the tribe of Benjamin. Saul the Benjamite sinned against the LORD by not taking heed of the command that God gave concerning the Amalekites that he should surely destroy them and everything that belong to the Amalekites. Saul allowed that the things which were accursed be brought to the land of Israel that they may be offered unto the LORD. The LORD was sorely displeased and rejected Saul as king. The Lord sent Samuel to anoint David the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son Boaz the husband of Ruth the Moabitess.

1. “They have forsaken me the fountain of living waters”
The first evil that has been committed by the people of God is that they have forsaken God. They have removed themselves from the very fountain of living waters. This is rebellion at its best. Forsaking the LORD is to rebel against Him, His laws and everything that He had put in place. One evidence of that people have forsaken the LORD is that they start refusing His word. They claim that the present times are more advanced than the word of God. They attempt at all times to change the scriptures by omitting what they deem irrelevant for these times or that which is offensive to the general public. They add their own words which would agree with all their abominable lust-filled idolatrous lives.

We live in the time where the Lord Jesus Christ, the very source of life is being forsaken by many. Many churches have removed Jesus from His throne and they have put their own false christs to rule over them. Though they say “In the name of Jesus” it is only another “Jesus” they are calling. This attack against the true God and Christ was seen by the Psalmist and is found in the second psalm, being laid out in this manner, “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.” (Psalm 2:1-3) The nations and all the rulers of the world have ganged up against God and against his anointed. They say “let us break their bands asunder and cast away their cords from us.” They have removed all ties between them and God.

Instead of total surrender to the Son of God, the people have distanced themselves from the true God and censored anything that glorifies Christ on circular media. They allow only that which would blaspheme. The non-discerning Christian will be deceived thinking what they see and hear on television is the truth, while the name of Christ is being desecrated before them and they be busy nodding amens to all the circular religious television garbage.
In most government institutions, it is okay to say the word god but as soon as you say Jesus Christ, it becomes a problem. The societies believe in a god but not the true God. They would settle with anyone who says “god” because anything can be called “god” thus giving room to pluralism which says, “You have your god and I have mine.” This is to turn away from the One True God who made all things.

The modern day churches have deviated from biblical evangelism and biblical preaching of the word. Churches are now built by means of entertainment and motivation. Circular/demonic music is now played in what is supposed to be (by circular definition) the house of God. Repentance, Judgment, Hell and other gloom and doom sort of messages have not only been tossed out the window but they have found their place in the nearest garbage bin by these circular church builders. Church meetings are no longer about “Thus saith the Lord…” but instead they are about “You need to speak the word over your life…” The truth of God is being turned into a lie. That which is created is now being lifted far above that Creator who is blessed forever. Amen. The people of God have forsaken the LORD. They have committed an evil thing.

2. “And hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water”

The people have not only forsaken the LORD but they have found an alternative for God. This is the second of the two evils. The people ran after Asher and Baalim, the gods which were no gods at all. To say “they hewed them cisterns, broken cisterns, that hold no water” tells us that the people have replaced God with inferior or useless alternatives. They forsook the very spring of living waters and put their trust in that which cannot hold the water due to that it is broken or weak. They entrusted their lives to self made gods and systems of men. They made their own religions instead of living by the words that proceed from the mouth of God.

Some people have denied the existence of God and opted to believe that nonsensical idea of evolution which is based on nothing but fiction. The Roman Catholic people have removed Christ (as if it were possible) from running the church and they appointed the Pope in instead. The Pope decided that faith on Jesus Christ is not enough for salvation, thus he glorified Mary the mother of Christ. This over glorification of Mary is deception because this catholic Mary is just an anthropomorphization of Isis, an idol of the heathens. The Hindus bow to every abominable idol which they themselves have made and not only that, but also, just about anything is a god to any Hindu. Muslims have opted to follow their false prophet Elijah Muhammad who dared to write a book and renounced Jesus as the Son of God. Muhammad started his own religion based on a lie, just like any other false religion.

TBN, God TV and other few “multi-million dollar pastor” owned networks have been spreading lies in the name of the Lord. They perpetrated the old lie of the serpent which he told Eve in the Garden of Eden, saying “Ye shall be like gods.” They have removed the teachings of Christ and have spread men’s teachings. The Bible is now a reference book and their books are now the “must have” pieces of scripture. Often you hear them quoting from their books rather than quoting from the gospels or from any other book in the bible. If they happen to quote the bible, it would be to back the heretical points they have raised by misrepresenting the scripture or reading from the perversions of scripture which they have translated themselves in order to suit their abominable and damnable heresies.

People have hewed themselves broken cistern that can hold no water. They have trusted in the words of men and have rejected the infallible life giving Word of the True and Holy God. They condemn the bible as irrelevant to this day and age. They have put their trust in what they believe, only on the basis that “the pastor said so, therefore it must be true.” The churches today have formulated their own ways and have strayed from the way of truth. This is evil and it will not go unpunished unless the church returns to the very spring of living waters. God is that spring of living waters.
There is no need for false fire and false rain. These wicked preachers forsook God the very spring of living and now they stand in their churches shouting that the “rain of the Holy Spirit is falling” not realizing that they are just being blessed by demons and not God. How can God be in something He is not part of? If God were to bring the rain of fire, would all these sinners and hypocrites survive? Will God change and be the friend of those who blaspheme His name? God forbid! Surely He will utterly do away with the wicked who persist in their wickedness. As the LORD spoke about the destruction of the cities of Israel because of their evil doings, He is warning us today and we should take heed.

“Hast thou not procured this unto thyself,
in that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God,
when he led thee by the way? And now what hast
thou to do in the way of Egypt, to drink the waters of Sihor?
or what hast thou to do in the way of Assyria,
to drink the waters of the river? Thine own wickedness
shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore
and see that it is an evil thing and bitter,
that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God,
and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts. ”
(Jeremiah 2:17-19)

When there is enmity between two parties and one discovers that he cannot afford to wage war against the other, he would then send a mediator to negotiate the terms of peace. The terms of peace will be the layout of conditions to which the weaker party must subscribe, in order to avoid war or being destroyed by the stronger party. This body of text will discuss the terms of peace which God has laid down for us in order to be partakers of His Holiness and Kingdom. All scripture references will be based on the non copyrighted and unadulterated Authorized King James Version of the Holy Bible.

The human race has entered into enmity with God through sin. We have become rebellious and have completely rejected the word of God and His holy laws. We owe to die and be cast into hell which is the perfect flaming justice of the true and holy God. The terms of dealing with sin are DEATH, as it is written:

    Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.” (Ezekiel 18:4)

    For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Rom 6:23)

Every soul that committed a sin has to die. Since man began to sin, death came into the world and therefore everyone that is born of a woman must die. Death has been a fair end for all those who were born in sin (Psalm 51:5). All of them that are born are shaped and born in sin. If that was not true then little children wouldn’t die because only the soul that sins requires to die. The scripture proves to us that indeed we have all sinned and therefore fall short of the glory of God (Roman 3:23). This is a horrible position even to imagine, yet it remains true that we do not deserve to get to heaven or to behold the face of the holy God. Such knowledge has been placed within us and therefore the fear of death have found its place in our hearts because it is quite evident to us all that the worst is yet to come, once we crossover that river of death.

It appears that there is nothing we or anyone can do in order to change the fate of sinners which is hell fire. Though our situation is so grim, we must also know that God loved us and have proved His love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. While we were in the filth our sins and while we were yet the enemies of God, Christ came to die for the ungodly.

    And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Rom 5:5-10)

The text above tells us that while we were yet without strength Christ died for the ungodly. The question is, if Christ died for us while we yet sinners, does it mean that everyone is saved? The answer is no because there would be no need for the gospel to be preached and for the churches to be established. There would be no need for anyone to be told to repent. This sacrifice of Christ doesn’t automatically cover everyone. If it was so then there would be not a single person in hell and the book of Revelation would read differently, since there would be no further need for the human beings to be informed of the lake of fire.

There are terms and conditions that need to be ascribed to in order for the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus to apply upon someone. These terms are God’s terms and no one can change or bypass them. They stand sure and must be adhered to. Many people miss these conditions and then assume that they would go to heaven because of the fact that God is love. They think that heaven is for all people that pray at night or think about God a day or two even though they are living in sin.

One of the Terms of Peace that has been laid down is that people must REPENT.

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost… Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord… And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:” (Acts 2:38; 3:19; 17:30)

I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:3, 5)

Repentance is a requirement for forgiveness. One must repent and not only so but must also forsake the sin and look unto God for forgiveness and salvation. True repentance comes from God. People must seek the Lord and ask for true repentance () which leads unto salvation because only God can grant such repentance as shown in Acts 5:31 and Acts 11:18.

The Second of the Terms of Peace is that people must believe on the Son of God!!

I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.” (John 8:24) “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.” (John 14:1)

But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” (John 20:31)

And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” (Acts 8:37)

“And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” (Acts 16:31)

Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.” (Acts 19:4)

The Scriptures constantly tell us that we must believe on the Son of God in order to have eternal life. Jesus told Nicodemus that “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:14-18) and John the Baptist also confirmed: “The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:35-36)

To believe on the Son of God is a command from God (1 John 3:23). No one can get eternal life unless they believe on the Son of God. This means all the religions in the world no matter how much following they have managed to build, they will end up in hell unless they repent and believe on the name of the Son of God, whom God sent to the world so that the world might be save through Him. Jesus said, “He that believeth on him is not condemned but he that believeth not is condemned already because he hath not believed on the name of the only begotten Son of God.” So everyone who wants to be saved must believe on the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Third of the Terms of Peace is that one must be Born Again

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” (John 3:3-6)

This is a condition many seem to ignore or make fun of while others claim to have experienced it and some seem to be quite unsure about it. Many preachers come with different views on the subject of being born again, and that is the reason why we should rely on the scriptures and hear what it has to say to us about being born again. The majority of the so called Christian churches do not teach on the subject because they don’t believe it or it goes against the tradition of the church and there it remains censored. This condition has to be met by everyone who wishes to see or to enter the kingdom of heaven. Jesus says except a person be born again, the same will not see the kingdom of heaven and unless he be born of water and Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven, who can argue with the words of the Lord Jesus amongst the churches of God? Only a fool would do such a thing. Jesus Christ the owner of both heaven and earth tells that the prerequisite for anyone to enter the kingdom of heaven is to be born again.

Being born again refers to the complete transformation and change that occurs at a heart level of human being. It is only possible by the workings of God alone. Paul writes, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) Paul is describing that being born again is not possible outside the Lord Jesus Christ. He is telling us about a change that comes over those who come and dwell in Christ. To say that, “old things have passed away” does not only refer to the sin committed in the past but it talks about the person that enjoyed those sins. It talks about a new creature that only God can bring to existence. It is the creature that has a changed heart and mind. It is the creature that loves that which God loves and hates all such things as God hates. It is the fulfilment of the promise that was made through the prophet Ezekiel, saying:

    And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:” (Ezekiel 11:19)… “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.” (Ezekiel 36:26-27)

It is God that changes a person and the first place where a change must begin is in the heart. God is able to change the heart. The heart is where all the actions of a man come from. It is also said of the heart by the wisest man in the bible that: “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23). Whatsoever thing that is in the heart will always come out by the actions of the body or the speaking of the mouth. See also Matthew 12:34, Mark 7:18-23 and Luke 6:45. A sinner sins because it is his nature to do so and his heart is full of wickedness and deceit (Jeremiah 17:9) and it is therefore necessary that he be made into a new creature in order to qualify for entry into the kingdom of God.

The Fourth of the Terms of Peace is that people must FORSAKE ALL FOR CHRIST!

And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.” (Luke 9:23-24)

If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26-33)

This condition is the most difficult of all the conditions laid down. It requires that one be fully surrendered to God. It also demands that God be made a priority in all that pertains to the lives of those who say they love and serve God. No one can serve two masters and that is why a person must forsake all that which is of the world, the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life. The bible tells us that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, which means God Himself dwells in us. How can then God rule half the body and the devils take care of the other half? God is not looking for a share percentage of the man’s life but he asks for all or nothing. What? Have you not read how the master laid down these conditions, setting his foot down stating, “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.”

Is the Lord teaching us to hate our families and not to love them? Of course not, He is simply telling us that, if our love for Him does not exceed the love we have for our families and our own lives, then we are no worthy to be his disciples. If we had to choose between the Lord and our families, and we choose our families over the Lord, then we are not worthy of him. If we would choose to save our lives by means of denying Christ then we are not His. If we choose to compromise the word of Christ in order to gain worldly friends and increase our church attendances then we are not worthy of the Lord Jesus Christ. Unless we deny ourselves and take up our crosses daily and follow Jesus Christ we would never be His disciples. One must completely die to self and be completely alive in Christ to be fit for Him. These are the condition laid down by the king and anyone that claim to be born again and yet have not subscribed to these terms of peace, the same is a liar and is yet awaiting to be saved.