Hell and the Grave are NOT the same

Show these verses to your Jehovah’s Witnesses friends!

O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. – Psalms 30:3.

And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice. – Jonah 2:2.

For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved: Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance. Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. – Acts 2:25-31.

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How you became a Christian; to be eternally saved

When you were born, you belonged to God in your innocence…

  • Then one day your conscience awakened to the fact that the wrong things you did were sins against God.
  • Your sins were imputed to you, and you were reckoned a child of disobedience and a child of wrath (Ephesians 2: 1-4).
  • Jesus, having paid the price for your sin to satisfy God’s wrath, sent his Holy Spirit to you to convict you of your sin and to reveal the Gospel to you.
  • Upon believing the Gospel and receiving Christ as your Saviour, the payment for your sin is applied to you.
  • You are freed from the body of sin and the penalty of the Law.
  • You are placed into Jesus Christ and received back into the family of God as a brother of the Saviour.
  • God the Father treats you now just as He treats His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ

If you are a professing Christian and you have continual doubts about your salvation, then you need to spend time reading through the Pauline epistles. Go through them at least 3 times before you go back and read through the entire New Testament.

The only problems you might have are:

  1. If you are depending on anything else besides Jesus Christ for salvation. The Holy Spirit won’t give you assurance of salvation if you are trusting Jesus Christ and your good works or Jesus Christ and your baptism or Jesus Christ and your church membership.
  2. If you have besetting, unconfessed sin or a love for the world that you won’t give up. Those things strengthen the old nature and weaken your new nature. You are not near enough to God to hear what He is saying.
  3. If you are giving more credence to your feelings than to the facts of Scripture. Feelings lie; the Scriptures don’t.

They have no concern for their own souls

The majority of people have little or no concern about their salvation. We try our best witnessing to them about what the Lord Jesus Christ has done for them, and telling them about the free gift of salvation offered to all, but they still reject. Even though we might show them a verse related to everyone coming short of the glory of God, it still has no impact on their hardened hearts.

They don’t understand that if a person keeps rejecting God’s message of salvation, He might finally ‘let them go’. The Bible warns,

He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy. – Proverbs 29:1.

  • Judas was reproved for three and a half years; he was destroyed without remedy.
  • Pharaoh was reproved for seven years; he was destroyed without remedy.
  • Zedekiah was reproved for eleven years; he was destroyed without remedy.
  • The list in the word and throughout history goes on and on.

True stories:

A homeless man at a mobile rescue mission said to the superintendent, “None of that stuff for me!” (This was said in response to a gospel invitation). The homeless man walked one block eastward from the mission, crossed the railroad tracks, and was cut in two by a train.

A man mowing his lawn cursed a preacher after he witnessed to him. The man turned one corner of his yard with the mower and dropped dead of a heart attack.

A young preacher boy witnessed to a family. The man and wife laughed at him, cursed him, and threw a chair at him as he went out the door. The boy went down the path to the street, and the man came to the door shaking his fist and cursing him, and then he dropped dead of a heart attack in his own doorway and his wife fainted on top of him.

A young man left a ‘Youth for Christ’ meeting laughing, and said, “You’d see me in Hell before you’d see me down at that altar”. An hour later they brought out hoses to wash the blood off the motorway where he’d hit a culvert (a structure that allows water to flow under a road) at 75 miles an hour.

Millions (if not billions) of people have been reproved by the word of God for years, but they are still unsaved. Many of them laugh outright at the Bible, some have devoted their lives to attacking and trying to destroy it, and many have merely laid it aside and fled from it. Their destination is described Proverbs 29:1 and in Proverbs 1:24-33.

Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil. – Proverbs 1:24-33.

God may no longer try and reach a person any more. Perhaps He won’t send Christians to the person, or they will no longer have any conviction at all over their sin, or perhaps their life will indeed end unexpectedly; without remedy.

There are many ways to try and get someone to see their need for a Saviour, but here are a few which should do it, ONLY IF the person doesn’t already have a seared conscience:

Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; – 1 Timothy 4:2.

NOTE: If the conscience is “seared” – literally “cauterized” – then it has been rendered insensitive. It does not work properly; it’s as if “spiritual scar tissue” has dulled the sense of right and wrong.

Show them that they are a great sinner before God

READ: Matthew 22:34-40 and Mark 12:28-34.

One of the best verses for this purpose is:

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. – Matthew 22:37-38.

Before the person reads these verses, say to them, “Do you know that you are a great sinner before God?”. They will probably say “No”, or “I’m not a great sinner”, or something similar. Tell them that they HAVE actually committed the greatest sin that a man can possibly commit, and then ask them what they think that is. They will probably say, “But I haven’t murdered anyone!” (thinking that murder is the greatest sin), but then show them what God says about it. That NO ONE has kept the first and great commandment – to love God with all of your very being. And by NOT keeping this commandment, this then is the first and great SIN.

And they will have to give an account to God

So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. – Romans 14:12.

Another excellent verse to use to produce conviction of sin. It brings the careless person face-to-face with God, and makes them realise that they must give account to God for the way they lived their lives.

  1. Who has to give account? –  YOU.
  2. To whom are you to give account? – to God.
  3. Of what are you to give account? – of your life.

Get the person to say, “I shall give account of myself to God”, and get them to repeat it again and again until it has sunk into their heart.

READ: Amos 4:12 – this can be used in much the same way.

And that ALL their deepest, darkest secrets will be judged

In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel. – Romans 2:16.

Ask the person if they are ready to have their secret hidden things of their life judged by a holy God?

At the Great White Throne Judgment (of the unsaved), a lot of things are going to come out that you never dreamed would come out. In that day, God will reveal the secrets about which only He and the person being judged knew. He will judge them properly, and He will judge with a perfect Judge (Jesus Christ) and by a perfect standard (the Gospel – 1 Corinthians 15:1-4).

And then they will be cast into the lake of fire forever

He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. – Revelation 21:7-8.

A Christian has overcome everything through the Blood of Christ (1 John 4:4, 5:4), and is a son of God, and will go to the place where there is no sorrow, no death, no pain, no tears. BUT (v8) the unsaved, lost, Christ-rejecting soul will go to the place where there is nothing but tears, sorrow, pain, weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth forever (Revelation 20:14-15).

Notice the classes of people: not only the “whoremongers” and the “liars” and the “murderers”, but the “unbelieving”. God classes unbelieving people with whoremongers, murderers, and idolaters.

  • “unbelieving” – are certainly not born again, Bible believing Christians. God condemns a person for not believing what He said.
  • “fearful” – God classifies men who are afraid to trust Christ with “murderers” and “whoremongers”. Isn’t that a thought?
  • “liars” – EVERYONE has lied at some point in their lives. If they say they haven’t, then they’ve just lied to you. Lying is one of the things that God hates (Proverbs 6:16-19).

An unsaved person is connected to the sins they commit and partakes of them, and they are part of them, which means that if they die without their sins forgiven, then they will go straight to Hell.

Leave them with that thought, and let the Holy Spirit do His work:

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: – John 16:7-8.

It is time for thee, LORD, to work: for they have made void thy law. – Psalms 119:126.


A NOTE FOR CHRISTIANS:

It is true that a Christian can commit sin, and they’ll not “inherit the kingdom of God” if they practice these things (Galatians 5:21), but a Christian is still a Christian.

An unsaved person is not just guilty of the sin, but because they are unsaved, they are connected with the sin (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).

  • An unsaved person doesn’t tell lies, they are a liar.
  • An unsaved person doesn’t drink, they are a drunkard.
  • An unsaved person doesn’t commit adultery, they are an adulterer.

A Christian can do these things, and they lose rewards and are punished for doing them (Galatians 5:19-21). The Christian loses their inheritance for doing them, but the Christian is still a Christian.

It is not a bit unfair! The Christian’s sins have been paid for, atoned for, and they have been separated from them by the BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST. This is the doctrine of “eternal security” that some people have so much trouble with).

If a Christian sins they lose:

  1. The joy of God’s salvation (Psalms 51:12).
  2. Their testimony (1 Corinthians 15:33-34).
  3. Their health (1 Corinthians 11:30).
  4. Their rewards (1 Corinthians 3:13-15).
  5. A Millennial inheritance (Luke 19:15-26).
  6. Their life (1 Corinthians 11:30).

A Christian can lose a lot without losing their soul, but they are still a Christian.

Some clear verses showing Jesus is God

Jesus said He is God many times in t he New Testament. Jesus is all over the Old Testament. Jesus fulfilled ALL the Messianic prophecies.

Isaiah 9:6-7

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

John 1:1 and 14

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God … And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

John 8:58

Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

Acts 20:28

Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

1 Timothy 3:16

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

1 John 5:7

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

1 John 3:16

Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

John 14:6

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Philippians 2:6-11

Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

1 Timothy 1:1

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;

1 Timothy 2:3

For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

Titus 1:4

To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.

1 John 5:20

And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

And many, many, many, many ….. more!

 

Who are you REALLY hearing from?

The ‘messages’ you hear from psychics, mediums, clairvoyants are real, BUT they are NOT what you think. The Holy Bible says that these people use divination; are enchanters; witches; wizards; charmers; consulters with familiar spirits; and necromancers, and are an abomination unto the LORD!

Satan (the Devil) deceives us, and uses these ‘new age ministers’, to give you a false impression that you are hearing from your deceased loved ones when in fact, you are hearing from a “familiar spirit” (i.e. a devil who knows about you, and pretends to be the deceased person you seek to make contact with). The Bible says,

And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. – 2 Corinthians 11:14-15.

So, what is the TRUTH?

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. –  John 14:6

The only way to Heaven is by the Lord Jesus Christ (God in the flesh), who died for our sins, was buried, and then rose again the third day. ANYONE who believes this with all their heart; trusting Him ALONE for salvation, receives the free gift of forgiveness of their sins, and is SAVED! Heaven is now their home when they die.

They don’t go to an ‘in between’ place, or ‘wander the earth’ as spirits, or give us ‘messages from the afterlife’. God’s word (Holy Bible) says,

We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. – 2 Corinthians 5:8

All those who die IN CHRIST immediately go to be with Him in Heaven. Isn’t that wonderful!

Catholicism, New Age, and chronic depression

From Rome to New Age to Christ


Chronic depression, angry mood swings, and anxiety

That was my life for at least 20 years – mental and physical suffering; strained personal and work relationships.

I tried my hardest to get out of it; to change. From studying a ton of self-help tools and techniques to trying different religions; nothing worked. Granted, these things did provide me with a little comfort, but ultimately made me feel more low and empty, and my depression got worse.

On the surface, I had a ‘cool’ lifestyle; expensive sports cars, self-employed, money, married to my dream woman (who loved me very much) who had also given birth to our beautiful dream daughter, so what was the problem? Why the chronic depression?

In 2008, I reached a ‘tipping point’ where I feared I would lose everything in my life. Then one night, I watched a TV programme where a man was talking about the Lord Jesus Christ.

I listened as he spoke about why Jesus had done what He did on the Cross, and that we needed to believe on Him to be forgiven of our sins, in order to go to Heaven when we die.

For some reason, what I heard rang true, and I felt convicted over the sin I had done in my life. I switched off the TV and fell to my knees crying out to God asking Him to forgive me of my sins; believing with my heart the message I had just heard; that Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again the third day. At that moment, I ‘felt’ a heavy weight, or a burden if you will, lifted from me, and my tears turned to rejoicing!

The next morning, I felt like a man with newness of life – lighter, happier, comforted, focused. I realised afterwards that I had been saved by God Himself, the Lord Jesus Christ – The WAY, The TRUTH, and The LIFE.

No matter how much I had tried to ‘clean up’ my life before this, I could not do it. I NEVER would have been able to do it, because I needed to have my sins forgiven by God! Only Jesus could do it. Only Jesus could SAVE me!

Oh friend, the joy in my heart now is wonderful; my life has completely changed!

I do pray you found my brief personal testimony of some interest and comfort to you.

May the Lord bless you as you seek to know Him, and the wonderful salvation He offers FREELY to ALL who call upon Him in genuine, heartfelt repentance.

50 Reasons Why a Saved Christian Can Never Be Lost

READ: Romans 5:1-5 and 1 Peter 1:6.

As a SAVED Christian you can NEVER lose your salvation. It is a free gift from God, which He can never take back. No matter what trials, tribulations, and persecutions you go through in this life, it does NOT affect your standing in Christ.

There are so many Christians today who live in fear of losing their salvation. Perhaps they have heard it said from false teachers that “if you keep sinning then you are not really saved!”, or the Christian believes that God is still angry with them for some reason (and that He didn’t really save them in the first place) and will send them to Hell anyway, or, most probably, they have not read and studied the true word of God and don’t know what the Bible actually says. Whatever the case may be, it is unscriptural to say or think that a Christian can lose their salvation once they are saved.

Below are just 50 reasons why a saved Christian can never be lost (unsaved) again. There are many other verses for each of these 50, and indeed many other reasons, but this should be enough to show you that you are eternally secure in Christ once you are saved.

1. Eternal life is eternal

John 3:15, 10:28; Romans 6:23; 1 John 2:25, 5:11 & 13 – ‘Eternal’ means never ending. Once you have eternal life it can never be taken away. If it could be it would not be eternal.

2. Everlasting life is everlasting

Daniel 12:2; John 3:16 & 36, 5:24, 6:40 & 47; Romans 6:22 – Everlasting life can never end. It is everlasting regardless of your behaviour.

3. It is God’s Will

John 6:39 – It is God’s will that Christ lose none of those who come to Him.

4. Heaven is reserved for you

1 Peter 1:4 – An inheritance in heaven is reserved for you.

5. Salvation (inheritance) is incorruptible

1 Peter 1:4 – No one can corrupt something God has made incorruptible.

6. Salvation (inheritance) cannot be defiled

1 Peter 1:4 – No one can defile something which God says cannot be defiled.

7. You are sealed by the Holy Spirit

Ephesians 1:13 – No power in Heaven or earth can break God’s seal.

8. You are sealed unto the Day of Redemption

Ephesians 4:30 – You are sealed until the day God redeems your body.

9. Holy Spirit will abide forever

John 14:16-17 – The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is permanent.

10. You are preserved forever

Psalms 37:28 – God preserves you forever.

11. You are born of God

John 1:12-13 – You actually become God’s child and cannot be “unborn”.

12. You are a new creature

2 Corinthians 5:17 – God has made you a new creature and no one can “uncreate” you.

13. You are created in Christ Jeusus

Ephesians 2:10 – You were created in your Saviour.

14. You are preserved unto the Heavenly Kingdom

2 Timothy 4:18 – You are preserved like Paul since God is no respecter of persons.

15. You are kept by the power of God

1 Peter 1:5 – Since God is keeping you, you cannot fall from salvation.

16. Christ has prayed for you

John 17:11 – Jesus prayed that God would keep all who He had given Him.

17. Works cannot affect your salvation

Romans 11:6 – Salvation is not gained by works, so it cannot be lost by works.

18. Your faith is counted for righteousness

Romans 4:5 – It is faith which brings salvation to you.

19. Nothing can separate you from the love of Christ

Romans 8:38-39 – Nothing material, immaterial, past, present, or future can separate you from Christ’s love.

20. Salvation is of the Lord

Jonah 2:9 – Salvation is all God’s work. He bought it and provided it.

21. God is able to keep you

2 Timothy 1:12 – Your salvation rests on God’s omnipotent ability to keep you.

22. You are promised not to come into condemnation

John 5:24 – This promise would be broken if even one believer fell into eternal condemnation.

23. You are promised to never perish

John 10:27-28 – You have an unconditional promise to never perish.

24. You will never be cast out

John 6:37 – Under no condition will you be cast out from Christ or Heaven.

25. All things work together for good to you

Romans 8:28 – It would not be good for one to lose his salvation.

26. You are in Christ’s hand

John 10:28 – You are in your Saviour’s Hand.

27. You are in the Father’s hand

John 10:29-30 – You are in your heavenly Father’s Hand.

28. You are, and always will be, a sheep

John 10:27-28 – A sheep represents a saved person and cannot change from being one.

29. God’s mercy never dies

Titus 3:5 – You are saved by God’s mercy and it endures forever (Ps. 136).

30. God cannot lie

Titus 1:2 – Once God saved you, He cannot go back on His word.

31. Your sins are gone forever

Psalms 103:12; Micah 7:19; Isaiah 38:17, 44:22; Hebrews 10:17 – Your sins are gone.

32. You shall be like Christ

1 John 3:2 – It is a certainty that you will be like Christ.

33. God sees you as already glorified

Romans 8:30 – You are as good as glorified in God’s sight.

34. You are born of incorruptible seed

1 Peter 1:23 – Your new birth was from incorruptible seed.

35. You will appear with Christ in glory

Colossians 3:4 – You are promised to appear with Christ when He returns.

36. You are hidden in Christ

Colossians 3:3 – You are dead to the world and alive in Christ.

37. You are dead to and freed from sin

Romans 6:2-7 – Sin can no longer affect your destiny. You are freed from it.

38. The Lord is now praying for you

Hebrews 7:25 – The Lord is presently interceding in your behalf.

39. God will finish what He started

Philippians 1:6 – God began the work of salvation and will finish it.

40. You have eternal redemption

Hebrews 9:12 – You have been eternally redeemed from your sins.

41. Your life is Christ’s life

Colossians 3:4 – Your life is Christ’s very own life, so how could it be lost?

42. You have an everlasting covenant with God

Hebrews 13:20 – God made a covenant to give you everlasting life.

43. You are kept by Christ from falling

Jude 24 – You cannot fall from grace because Christ is keeping you.

44. Salvation is a free gift

Romans 6:23 – A free gift is given with no conditions.

45. You have imputed righteousness

Romans 4:6-7 – The righteousness you have is Christ’s perfect righteousness.

46. You are a part of Christ

Ephesians 5:30 – You are a part of Christ’s body. “Bone of His bone….”

47. Christ is the Author and Finisher of your salvation

Hebrews 12:2 – Christ began and will finish your salvation.

48. You have been predestinated to be conformed to Christ’s image

Romans 8:29 – After salvation you are predestinated.

49. Christ’s blood has made peace for you

Colossians 1:20 – You have peace with God through the blood.

50. The Bible was written so you could believe and know

1 John 5:13 – You can know you HAVE ETERNAL SALVATION!