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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Challenge 4

 


The challenge is to …

In one sitting, read through the whole of Psalm 119 everyday for the next 14 days, and at the end of each reading, quickly jot down 3 things you learned or thoughts you had about God’s word, during that reading.


 

What will I need to complete this challenge?

  • King James Bible.
  • Your favourite pen or pencil.
  • Notebook to keep track of your progress and to jot down all the thoughts, verses, etc., that come into your mind as you are doing the challenge.

How much time should I allocate?

About 40mins in total each day.

How difficult is this challenge?

No difficulty.

What other advice do you have for me?

  • Find a quiet place to do this challenge.
  • Switch off your mobile phone, and get rid of other distractions each day for the duration of the challenge.
  • Take time when reading the Psalm, and also try to pronounce the Hebrew alphabet letters at the start of each of the 8 verse segments.
  • Write down your learnings and thoughts immediately upon finishing reading the Psalm – don’t delay and try to think about what to write; just write whatever comes to mind; switch off your ‘internal editor’.
  • Once you have your 21 learnings/thoughts at the end of the 7 days, then see if you can organise your notes into a sermon message or Bible study to share with others, or a devotional for yourself and/or your family.

 


If you did this challenge, please let us know how you got on, or leave a comment below.

One more strike and you’re out – ‘Soul Ties’

This is the first post in a new regular series called ‘One more strike and you’re out’ where we take a very quick look at a popular (and widely accepted) false teaching within Christian churches today.

We start with the topic of ‘Soul Ties’. Here’s a definition from a popular Christian website:

“The Bible speaks of what is today known as soul ties. In the Bible, it doesn’t use the word soul tie, but it speaks of them when it talks about souls being knit together, becoming one flesh, etc. A soul tie can serve many functions, but in it’s simplest form, it ties two souls together in the spiritual realm.”

Let’s take a look at this. Firstly, the term ‘Soul Ties’ appears NOWHERE in the Bible, and secondly, neither does the concept it describes, i.e. supposedly uniting or tying one person’s soul to the soul of another person in some way.

False teachers misrepresent the meaning of certain passages in the Bible, like:

And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. – 1 Samuel 18:1.

and

What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. – 1 Corinthians 6:16.

They claim that these passages are examples of ‘knitting souls together’, but their claim is not supported by a proper interpretation of what is written. Instead, this is yet another case of false teaching distorting the true meaning of scripture to promulgate strange myths built upon speculation. One can be reminded of what it says in 1 Timothy 1:4:

Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do. – 1 Timothy 1:4.

So, what does the Bible actually say?

The Bible teaches that a saved Christian is united with Christ alone and with no one else. Even in marriage we unite only in FLESH until the death of the body according to Romans 7, and NOT in spirit or soul.

In 1 Samuel 18:1, “knit” simply means that Jonathan and David entered into a covenant together (v3). Covenants unite two people in a lifelong earthly bond, NOT some sort of ‘spiritual or soul realm’ bond.

Jonathan felt great affection and admiration for David (a ‘type’ of the Lord Jesus Christ), recognising him to be the future king of Israel, and so he became devoted to David, and entered into a covenant with him. It describes their deep emotional and covenantal bond.

In the case of 1 Corinthians 6:16, Paul warns believers not to become “one flesh” with prostitutes through an act of sexual immorality. Notice Paul’s concern was that of becoming one FLESH, NOT one spirit or one soul. He was describing the life-long bond of marriage, not a special spiritual union.

Final thoughts

If there is anything that you still have in your life that reminds you of some ‘bad times’ in your unsaved days, for example, then you should WANT to get rid of them anyway, and to keep you life as clean and pleasing to the Lord as you can. However, there is NO Biblical support for the concept of ‘soul ties’; it’s a false teaching.

Stick with what the word of God says, and compare scripture with scripture. And ask the Lord to reveal His TRUTH to you about these and such things.

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.

9 things that will help you in your Bible studies

Here are nine things to help you in your study of God’s word:

Get a King James Bible

Anything other than an Authorized Version King James Holy Bible will hinder your spiritual growth and understanding. Use the Book that God gave us!

Develop a regular reading habit

We are indeed commanded to study the Bible (2 Timothy 2:15), but don’t forget to spend some time each day reading it too. Regular reading will familiarise yourself with its vocabulary, characters, precious promises, valuable lessons, and doctrinal truths. The more familiar you become with God’s word the more you’ll enjoy it.

Have a Bible with you always

God’s word is your spiritual food and your weapon; make sure you have one with you everywhere you go. Keep one in your bag, your car, next to your bed for reading, one in your office, and so on.

Pray for wisdom and understanding

The Author of the Bible is ALIVE! He can help you understand it (James 1:5; 1 John 2:27; 1 Kings 3:5-12). When was the last time you asked the Lord for understanding?

Keep your sins confessed

Keep yourself clean (1 John 1:9). God is not particularly interested in teaching His word to someone with a wicked heart (Psalms 66:18; Ezekiel 14:1-9).

Always believe what you read

To question God’s word is satanic (Genesis 3:1), so don’t ever question it. Just believe it by faith. If you can’t understand it, then at least believe it.

Make it a habit to mark your Bible

Start marking your Bible by underlining or circling special words and verses. Write important notes and references in the margins.

Thank God for all you learn

We really are unworthy to sit at the feet of our Saviour and learn, yet He commands us to do so. We should count it an honour and privilege! When you learn a new truth, no matter how small, always THANK Him! (1 Thessalonians 5:18; Romans 1:21).

Apply what you learn

James 1:22 tells us to DO the word, not just hear it. God teaches us the word because He desires to use us in His service. He feeds us that we might be healthy and strong to fight His battles. Apply what you learn as you learn. Get your basic training and then get out on the battlefield!

Why believe the Authorized Version is the only word of God?

There is so much that we could write on this subject, but this study (even only a small part of the content included within) should be enough to show you that God has preserved His word for us today in the Authorized Version (AV) King James Holy Bible.

God promised to PRESERVE His word

The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. – Psalms 12:6-7

For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. – Psalms 100:5

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. – Matthew 24:35

  • There MUST be an infallible, inerrant Book somewhere if it is not the Authorized Version.
  • Original autographs were inspired (God used men to write His words) – the Authorized Version is the same autographs preserved (God took His words already written and used men to preserve them).
  • Various translations contain different readings – God is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33).
  • God warned us about Bible perversion (2 Corinthians 2:17; Jeremiah 23:26; Revelation 22:18-19).

Translated under a God-ordained king

  • Main subject of the Holy Bible is the kingdom that God intends to give to His Son (Revelation 19:16).

Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou? – Ecclesiastes 8:4

The Authorized Version has no copyright

  • Not forbidden for anyone to copy.
  • For over 400 years, billions of copies have been printed without requesting permission from anyone.
  • The Holy Spirit has blessed and used the Authorized Version for so long, and He allows ministries to print it without cost.

God always translates perfectly

  • “Translate”, “translated” mentioned 4 times in the Holy Bible – God is Translator each time:
    • Translated Saul’s kingdom to David – 2 Samuel 3:10.
    • Christians translated into the kingdom of Jesus Christ – Colossians 1:13.
    • God translated Enoch that he should not see death – Hebrews 11:5.
  • The point is that a translation CAN be perfect, if God is involved in the translating. The Authorized Version translators were just merely instruments in translating and preserving God’s word.
  • Modern versions have a majority belief in them, and the majority is always wrong:
    • majority will not be saved – Matthew 7:13-14,
    • majority rejected Noah’s preaching,
    • majority perished in Sodom and Gomorrah,
    • majority of Israel worshipped Aaron’s golden calf,
    • majority rejected prophets such as Jeremiah,
    • majority rejected Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry, and
    • majority still reject Jesus Christ today.

The Authorized Version produces good fruit

  • Nearly all Christians I know or speak with were led to Christ with the Authorized Version.
  • Modern translations produce MONEY and EVIL fruit.
  • How is it that people naturally believe the Authorized Version, but must be educated out of his belief in it?
  • The Authorized Version is easier to memorise, to translate into other languages, and to understand – the language gives the impression that one is reading a Book very different from others and far superior to the rest.

The Authorized Version translators believed they were handling the very words of God

  • Modern translators approach the scriptures with skepticism – “Yea, hath God said?” (Genesis 3:1).
  • If you lack faith in God’s word, you are in no condition to translate it – this eliminates every revision committee in the past 100 years (highly educated men and women who were heady, high-minded, proud, and thought their intelligence qualified them to tamper with His words).
  • The Authorized Version translators’ scholarship far exceeded these modern translators – they remained humble, and allowed God to use them as instruments rather than trying to judge and correct the words.

The Authorized Version translators were honest in their work

  • Idioms change when translating from one language to another, thus it is necessary to add certain words to help the reader grasp full meaning of the text:
    • The Authorized Version translators put these in italics, proving their honesty – modern versions do NOT italicise!
    • The italic words are inspired by God – compare Matthew 4:4 “word”, with Deuteronomy 8:3 “word” for example.
  • Elhanan slaying Goliath? NO. Added “the brother of” Goliath in 2 Samuel 21:19 as 1 Chronicles 20:5 said “brother”.
  • Last verse of 1 John 2:23 was missing at translation time – the Authorized Version translators added as italics. BUT they were right to do so as newer manuscripts found contain the last half.
  • Peter quotes Psalms 16:8 in Acts 2:25, and he uses the italic words. How did the Authorized Version translators know this if the Lord did not lead them?
  • All new versions compare themselves to the Authorized Version.
  • New versions do NOT compare themselves to each other, but ALWAYS to the Authorized Version.
    • Why not attack one another? Because Satan has no desire to divide his own kingdom – Matthew 12:26.

Time in history in which the Authorized Version was translated

  • Translated during the Philadelphia church period that Jesus commended for keeping His word (Revelation 3:8-10), NOT during the Laodicean period (TODAY – last Church before the Second Coming – Revelation 3:14-22).
  • The world with time degenerates – morals, characters, education have degenerated since 1611.
  • The greatest missionary work was done between 1700 to 1900 – God made HIS Bible ready for this.

No one has ever proven the Authorized Version is not God’s word

  • The Authorized Version should be presumed innocent until proven guilty – like everything else.
  • No scholar has actually proven that there are errors in the Authorized Version. They say it, but do not prove it, because there are NONE. The same goes with scientists and atheists, and other people who reject and mock the word of God. NO ONE has ever proven it incorrect on anything!

Manuscript evidence

  • Over 5,000 manuscripts – 95% support the Authorized Version – new versions only supported by 5%.
  • New versions supported by 2 corrupt 4th century manuscripts – Vaticanus and Siniaticus – both filled with text alterations to meet demands of Roman Catholic tradition.
  • New versions include Apocrypha, which Jesus excluded from the OT – Luke 24:44.
  • Line of manuscripts:
    • New versions (corruptions) from Alexandria, Egypt, and Rome (the Holy Bible speaks NEGATIVELY of all of these).
    • Critical hand of man, Origen – his ideology was the Holy Bible to be divine, BUT not perfect or without error.
      • God always called His people (and Son) out of Egypt
      • Romans nailed Jesus to the cross
      • Romans persecuted Christians for thousands of years (over 200 million people)
      • Romans destroyed Jerusalem in 70AD
      • Christ will destroy the Revised Roman Empire at His Second Coming – Daniel 2:7, Revelation 13.
    • Modern translators/Bible critics have this ideology and accept Alexandrian to be more superior.
    • Wescott and Hort (1871-1881) – ever modern ‘Bible’ uses their New Testament translation, were:
      • unsaved
      • worshipped Mary
      • kept Roman sacraments
      • rejected infallibility of scripture
      • rejected literal account of Genesis
      • supported Darwin and his evolution theory
      • did not believe in Second Coming, the Millennium or literal heaven
      • rejected hell and prayed to the dead in purgatory
      • refused to believe the Trinity
      • refused to believe in angels,
      • their Greek text (which ALL modern ‘Bibles’ are based on), was SECRETLY given to the Revision Committee (the members were sworn to a pledge of secrecy, and met in silence for 10 years)
      • their Greek text was only released to public 5 days BEFORE the Revised Version ‘Bible’ came out, thus preventing Bible-believing scholars such as Dean Burgon from reviewing it and exposing it for the trash it was.
  • The Authorized Version (Textus Receptus – received text) from Antioch, Syria (Bible speaks POSITIVELY of this place).
    • Ideology was that Holy Bible is not only divine, but perfect and without error.
    • Antioch is where disciples were first called Christians, Paul & Barnabas taught the word of God for 1 year (Acts 11:26), manuscript line called Syrian or Byzantine type text the Authorized Version is from.
    • Dead Sea Scrolls support the Authorized Version and the Textus Receptus.
  • New manuscripts have been found since 1611, but no new readings.
    • Sinaitic found amongst trash paper in St. Catherine’s monastery at foot of Mt. Sinai in 1841 – very similar to Vaticanus (its sister manuscript found in 1481), so readings in them were well known to the Authorized Version translators.
  • There are NO new readings available today that the Authorized Version translators did not already have.

The Authorized Version exalts the Lord Jesus Christ

  • “Search the scriptures…And they are they which testify of me.” John 5:39.
  • The Authorized Version testifies of the Lord Jesus Christ – the true word of God will ALWAYS EXALT Jesus Christ.
  • New versions attack His Diety, His Virgin Birth, His Blood Atonement, His Bodily Resurrection, His Glorious Second Coming, and any other doctrines concerning His Person.
  • New versions have hatred toward the Authorized Version and the way it gives the Lord Jesus Christ the preeminent place.
  • New versions testify AGAINST Him. This should be reason enough to convince any TRUE believer of the modern ‘Bible’ corruptions.

The Authorized Version has NOT been changed

  • The Authorized Version has had 7 editions to polish it, NOT revisions – all come from the Textus Receptus.
    • Printing changes (Gothic > Roman).
    • Spelling changes (darke, feare, euill, etc.).
    • Textual changes (correction of earlier printing errors).
    • The New King James Version is NOT a continuation of revisions. It is NOT a King James Version at all!
  • William Tyndale (1526), Coverdale Bible (1535), Matthew’s Bible (1537), Great Bible (1539), Geneva Bible (1560), Bishop’s Bible (1568), King James Bible (1611 – perfect!)
    • all the same, all formal equivalency (word-for-word).
    • modern versions are dynamic equivalency (the translator’s opinion of what the verse says or should say – free to write whatever they want).
  • No more translations then for 300 years – did we need an improvement upon perfection?

The Authorized Version is easier to read and understand

  • New versions may be ‘easier to read’ nowadays, but NOT to understand (1 Corinthians 2:10-14).
  • Today’s Christians are more worldly and less dedicated to Jesus Christ than their 19th or early 20th century counterparts, who were raised on the Authorized Version.
    • No mass spiritual awakening of any kind by modern translations – no revivals, nothing!
  • Since modern translations have been out, (to name a few) beginning with ASV 1901:
    • God and prayer have been kicked out of public schools,
    • Abortion-on-demand is legalised,
    • Homosexuality accepted nationally as an ‘alternate lifestyle’,
    • In-home pornography via television and Internet,
    • Child kidnapping and pornography running rampant,
    • Drugs have become an epidemic,
    • Suicides on the increase, and even new legal assisted suicide acceptance, and
    • Satanism, witchcraft, etc. all on the rise.

Pronouns ARE supposed to be in there

  • Greek and Hebrew use different words for 2nd person singular (thee) and 2nd person plural (ye) pronouns.
  • The Authorized Version is word-for-word, there the generic “you” would not meet the criteria for translation no matter how much English language has changed over the years:
    • T’s (thee, thine, thou, thy) = singular
    • Y’s (ye, you = plural
      • EXAMPLE in Acts 5:9:
        • AV: Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.
        • NKJV: Then Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.”
        • AV: Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
        • NKJV: Do not marvel that I said to you, “You must be born again”.
          • NO salvation for ANYONE if Jesus was only addressing being born again to Nicodemus only as it says in the New King James Version!
  • Modern translators want ALL the Holy Bible to be understandable by ANYONE including the UNSAVED – NO! You DON’T change the word of God to suit people!

You are no longer ignorant of this fact now. So, if you reject it, then you are in direct rebellion to God. It’s as simple as that.

Challenge 3

 


The challenge is to …

Leave one tract in EVERY public place you visit during the next 7 days – obviously keep doing this all the time after the challenge!


 

What will I need to complete this challenge?

  • King James Bible.
  • Some gospel tracts – if you don’t have any then please click here to download and print your own.
  • Computer and printer (if you’re printing your own).
  • Places to go.
  • Notebook to keep track of your progress and to jot down all the thoughts, verses, etc., that come into your mind as you are doing the challenge.

How much time should I allocate?

Difficult to calculate as we all have completely different daily routines. However, it shouldn’t take any more time at all – it’s a simple case of leaving a tract in the public place you visit before you leave that place.

How difficult is this challenge?

On paper, this challenge is incredibly easy; “Nothing to it” you would think. BUT, if you are not used to leaving tracts in places, then your flesh will NOT want to do this for fear of embarrassment or “getting caught” somehow. Don’t be discouraged – the enemy will try and give you all sorts of silly, unreasonable, irrational thoughts as to why you shouldn’t be leaving literature around the place, but DON’T listen to him. You KNOW that your spirit is willing to work for the Lord and help get people saved, so stay in prayer to the Lord and get encouragement and strength from Him (Phil. 4:13). He WILL give you the opportunities to leave the tracts.

What other advice do you have for me?

  • Allow yourself time to get used to leaving tracts in public places.
  • Don’t ‘beat yourself up’ if you forget to leave a tract somewhere every now and then. The Lord is always in control, and perhaps it was the wrong place to leave one at that particular time?
  • If you don’t use your everyday carry bag to hold your tracts, then before bedtime, always keep the tracts near your keys and wallet/purse so that you don’t forget to bring them with you the next day.
  • If you feel the prompting of the Holy Spirit to leave more tracts in a particular place, then DO!
  • If you feel the prompting of the Holy Spirit to actually hand someone in a public place a tract, then DO!
  • ALWAYS be polite and gentle – be the best soulwinner YOU can be for the Lord!

 


If you did this challenge, please let us know how you got on, or leave a comment below.