Converted: to be turned. Turned from darkness to light, from the power of Satan to the power of God.
Purged: to be made pure, purified, especially from the power and bondage of sin.
Forgive: to loose from, to deal graciously with.
All of the above refer to our salvation. The problem is we have not been taught the first two so that we can receive the third – Forgiveness! Forgiveness is the process whereby Saints maintain their holiness, not Sinners!!! Forgiveness only shows God’s graciousness, it does not change anyone…
Isaiah 22:14 declares, «‹Surely this iniquity shall not be purged from you till you die›, saith the Lord GOD of hosts…»
Paul explains this in Romans 7:1-4: «Now, dear brothers and sisters – you who are familiar with the law – don’t you know that the law applies only while a person is living? For example, when a woman marries, the law binds her to her husband as long as he is alive. But if he dies, the laws of marriage no longer apply to her.
So while her husband is alive, she would be committing adultery if she married another man. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law and does not commit adultery when she remarries. So, my dear brothers and sisters, this is the point: You died to the power of the law when you died with Christ.»
The question is, «How do we die with Christ»?
…Have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.
Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. Romans 6:3-8
If you have not been Baptized at all, or have been Baptized into a «Church» and not into Christ, your old sinful self has not died! You are still under the Law of Sin and Death and have not been Purged nor Converted into a «New Creature in Christ.»
These so-called «Churches» of today do not teach this, yet it is the basis of our salvation…
God sent John the Baptist. We don’t hear about him either, yet he introduced Baptism and we find this Scripture in Luke 7:29-30: «All the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John. …Butt, the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him.»
God sent John to prepare a people for the Lord Jesus Christ, not to be ignored nor disobeyed. This is the death we are to die purging us from our sin!
God chose baptism for our death and our purging, there is no other way. Even our own Lord and Savior had to be baptized before He was recognized as the son of God! Can you do any less?
John the Baptist and Paul the apostle are the two most ignored men in the Bible. One was sent by God, the other was sent by Jesus, yet both are ignored even though our own salvation rests in and on these two through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ!
God sent Jesus and John…Jesus sent Peter and Paul; Peter to the Jews, and Paul to the Gentiles… Jesus told the Twelve Disciples when He sent them out: «He that receives you receives me, and he that receives me receives Him that sent me.» (Matthew 10:40) And at The Last Supper, «He that receives whomsoever I send receives me; and he that receives me receives Him that sent me.» John 13:20
After Jesus appeared to Paul on the road to Damascus, Paul was Baptized. He then returned to Jerusalem and had another vision of Christ while in the Temple, And I saw him saying unto me, «Make haste, and get thee quickly out of Jerusalem: for they will not receive your testimony concerning me…Depart: for I will send you far hence unto the Gentiles.»
Jesus sent Paul to us, the Gentiles – Paul also offered his life for us! «Yea, and if I be offered? upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all…For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.» Paul lived and died for us!
Until you read the New Testament for yourself, and what Jesus said to us through Paul, you will go along foolishly straight to hell with all the others who have come in their own names!
I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you. For though you have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have you not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation
Jesus said John the Baptist was the greatest prophet, and more than a prophet. He fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah – One crying in the wilderness – He also came in the spirit and power of Elijah, and restored all things! And in man’s so-called churches he is ignored…
And Jesus said of his baptism by John: «It becomes us to fulfill all righteousness.» Even Christ had to be baptized, do you think you don’t have to be? Only then did God declare, «This is My beloved son in whom I am well pleased!»
Ananias told Paul, «The God of our fathers hath chosen you, that you should know his will, and see that Just One, and should hear the voice of his mouth. For you shalt be his witness unto all men of what you have seen and heard.»Then he said, «And now why do you delay? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.» It was only after this that Christ gave him his life’s work, which he gave his life for – for you and me!
It has taken us years of study to come to this knowledge of the truth! We hope you will grasp it sooner…
Man’s churches do not preach this gospel! They do just as Jesus said, «This is the heir (you), come let us kill him and we will seize on his inheritance!»
Do they get money from you every time you go to church? Why? They did nothing to or for your salvation. They deceive you by fair speeches and feigned words out of covetousness, making merchandise of your souls. They get you out of your houses, out of your prayer closets, and into a man-made building where they tell you exactly what they want you to hear. Not what Jesus said, «You shall all be taught of God.»
They pray in public, they take the upper seats, and take of your inheritance. There is not one of us who owe them anything!
Paul said to work with your own hands and if you don’t work you shouldn’t eat! Can you see the Pope digging ditches? Can you see your own pastor cleaning sewers? Can you see Joel Osteen flipping hamburgers? Can you see any of these so-called women preachers and teachers scrubbing floors, making beds, or cleaning toilets in a motel? NO!!!
…Butt, You can, and do give them part of your paycheck, to read to you out of a book you can read for yourselves. You pay for their big buildings, their cars, their clothes, their homes, their vacations, and their TV time! Now, tell us they aren’t taking of your inheritance. What do you get? Nothing, except a trip to hell. Personally, I don’t want to pay my own way to hell! Do you?
Peter clearly stated, «Baptism does also now save us!» Do you really think God is going to translate you into the Kingdom of his dear Son if you are in direct disobedience and unwashed to boot?
You have all the teaching you›ll ever need from God, Jesus, Peter, Paul, and all those they sent to us. Jesus prayed for us who would believe on him through their word, you have their words. You have a home where Jesus said he and his father would come to you, and make their home with you, and eat with you, and teach you. They asked you to make a little sanctuary where they could meet with you.
Dear brothers and sisters, please come out from among them, and God will receive you unto Himself, and be a Father to you, you don’t have to go anywhere, He will come to you!
If this letter sounds harsh remember Paul’s words, «These are the commandments of the Lord – Who is the only mediator between God and man – Hear him!
- Do not pray in public
- Do not take the upper seats
- Do not give your alms to be seen of men
- Do not suffer a woman to teach, or to take authority over a man in the church
- Study to find yourself approved of God
- Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling
- Seek the things from above, where Christ sits on the throne, peace, love, and joy
- Let your prayer request been known to God, with praise and thanksgiving
- There is no more offering for sin
- When you pray go in your closet and shut the door
- Give to the poor, widows, orphans, hungry, homeless, sick, and in prison
- Pray without ceasing
- Learn of me (Jesus), take my yoke upon you
- Accept whom I sent and received me
- Eat my flesh and drink my blood
- Repent and be baptized
- Love the Lord your God with all your heart, strength, soul, body, and mind
- Love your neighbor as yourself
- Present your body a living sacrifice
- Be reconciled unto God
- Honor the Son as you honor the Father