There is a whole world of controversy surrounding Christianity and faith. One thing that is rarely ever discussed is the controversy WITHIN the church! There is deception in our midst even as we speak and most of us are completely blind to it.
I will call out “religion” now, because I have been through the mill with quite a few of them. I have attended Mass in the catholic church and have seen the statues of Mary and the rituals that are performed for “salvation”. I have spent time as a member of a Mormon church and heard the “gospels” of Joseph smith. I grew up with a father who once belonged to the Jehovah witness congregation and then married a man who also belonged once to them. I have sat in a synagogue and sang praises in Hebrew.
I may get a lot of people riled up at me for this, but none of these are the way to our heavenly father. NO ONE CAN GET TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH THE SON. There is deception in all of these “religions”. I can prove it with one simple fact that all christians alike cannot, and should not ignore. It goes against the word of God!
In order to be saved we must repent to God our sins ( yes, to God, and God alone). We must claim his promise that he will save our souls if we accept Jesus Christ as our savior, as the son of God who came to earth to preach the gospels and died on a cross for our sins so that we may enter the kingdom of heaven as his elect. There are no limits on who can accept this promise. God will not tell us that we cannot claim this promise. I know for a fact that several of the above mentioned “religions” do.
I’ve spent a long time studying scripture and praying for answers and understanding in his word, and over that time, I have discovered that things I was once taught by the many churches and services I have attended are no more than a complete disregard for what scripture really tells us.
I look back and i remember the times I had attended the catholic mass with my friend at the time. We would go, and say prayers in unison. We would read a very small amount of scripture and then get into the religious literature passed around. Then there was communion. Now I was raised in a free Methodist church where things were done completely different. I had taken communion as a child without even understanding its real meaning. I saw that the way adults were taking communion, that it remained the same with them. They had no real understanding. I was told by the family I was with that I had to sit out of communion because I was not a “member of the church”. This came as quite a shock to me. I thought about this verse in the bible and wondered how many “Sunday Christians” had come to church to “confess” to a priest or deacon so that they could just feel a little better about the sins they knew they would continue to commit the following week.
Later on I had learned more about Jehovah’s witnesses and I still don’t know, or understand everything there is to know about life in that particular congregation, but what I DO know, is that there has been more corruption and lies than most other “christian” religions.
I found this on wikipedia and it goes well in accordance with everything I have learned from my family.
Doctrines of Jehovah’s Witnesses are established by their Governing Body. Until late 2012, the Governing Body described itself as the representative and “spokesman” for God’s “faithful and discreet slave class” (the approximately 10,000“anointed” Jehovah’s Witnesses), which Witnesses were taught Christ used as a channel for God’s progressive revelations and to direct Christians on biblical matters. The Governing Body seeks neither advice nor approval from any “anointed” Witnesses other than high-ranking members at the Brooklyn headquarters. At the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Watch Tower Society, the “faithful and discreet slave” was defined as referring to the Governing Body only.
Jehovah’s Witnesses are instructed to welcome changes to their religion’s doctrine, regarding such “adjustments” as “new light” or “new understanding” from God. The view is based on their interpretation of Proverbs 4:18, which they believe refers to a continuous progressive advancement in doctrinal knowledge and scriptural understanding for “righteous ones”, with the holy spirit helping “responsible representatives of ‘the faithful and discreet slave’ at world headquarters to discern deep truths that were not previously understood”. Watch Tower literature has suggested such enlightenment results from the application of reason and study, the guidance of holy spirit, and direction from Jesus Christ and angels,however, the Governing Body also disclaims infallibility and divine inspiration. The religion makes no provision for members to criticize or contribute to official teachings and all Witnesses are expected to abide by the doctrines and organizational requirements as determined by the Governing Body. Watch Tower Society publications strongly discourage Witnesses from formulating doctrines and “private ideas” reached through independent Bible research.Members who promote privately developed teachings contrary to those of the Governing Body may be expelled and shunned.
Does that sound like God? No. If they change their literature based on God, that is easily disproved by the following: THE WORD OF GOD!!! CHECK IT TO THE WORD.
God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it? Behold, I received a command to bless: he has blessed, and I cannot revoke it.
That went well, so that brings us to another group: Mormons. While I was going through the rounds in that congregation, I was brought in and given 3 books. The bible, a translator, and the book of Joseph smith. Now, this one is rather obvious. Mormons were attempting to teach me to follow the gospels of Joseph smith. Saying I cannot be saved or truly inherit Gods blessings unless I knew and believed these gospels. Again, CHECK IT TO THE WORD!!!
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Finally, the Jewish faith! Now here’s one I wanted to get behind!!!! The Jews were Gods chosen people. They were given a law and a requirement of works so that they may inherit Gods love and favor. At one time, this was all true, but then in came Jesus!!!!
Here is a few good scriptures for that one:
John 3:3 – 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.
1 Corinthians 3:8 – Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
Ephesians 2:8-9 – For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God:
Do you see it now? We are not saved by keeping the law or by our own works, we are saved by GOD through JESUS CHRIST!!!! Many of the Jewish faith do not believe in Jesus and his coming. They knew it was coming based on the prophecy of Isaiah, but they did not see it or choose to believe it. That is when they are lost. We have done NOTHING deserving of Gods wonderful grace. We are not to boast, we are not to seek praise for our doings, because it is not by us that we are Gods people, it is by Jesus Christ and faith in him and his death and resurrection that we will live on.
In the translation of NIV:
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
If you want to argue with scripture, it is your soul on the line, but if you heed my words, i urge you to constantly check the word of God, or as the bible says:
1 Thessalonians 5:21
21 But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;
I urge you to ask God for wisdom, discernment, and understanding when you read the bible or hear anything from anyone pertaining your salvation. Understand that Jesus is the only way to heaven and that if you cannot understand that the law of God is above the law of man, then you may live (or die) to regret that little misconception. No literature is better, or above Gods words. God wants you to read them, and understand them. That is his way of speaking to you plainly, as not all people have opened their hearts to him. Jesus is the way, truth, and life, and to deny him, is to deny God. To deny God is to deny eternal life. So on this subject, I urge you to look for the answers. Don’t even listen to me if you cannot check it to the word of God and find truth in what I am saying! I tell you these things because I love you. All of you. Even if I don’t know you, or understand you or your situation. I don’t need to, to know that I love you, and that I am praying for you.
1 Paul, an apostle—sent not from men nor by a man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— 2 and all the brothers and sisters[a] with me,
To the churches in Galatia:
3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
No Other Gospel
6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! 9 As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!
10 Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
I would like to also add, that out of every church can come people of true faith. I know, for instance, many Catholics who are pure in faith and love Jesus with their hearts and souls. It is possible. Believing doctrine other than the word is a different story.
I dedicate this post to my beautiful, loving sister, who is hard at work to expose the lies and deception in the body of Christ! I pray for you every day and I feel that you will go far in this life as long as God is front and center ❤
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