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1 timothy 5:18 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
1 Corinthians 1:10

Why So Fractured?

December 15, 2017

“There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” ~Ephesians 4:4-6

"For in the first place, when you come together as a church I hear there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it. For there must in fact be divisions among you, so that those of you who are approved may be evident." 1 Corinthians 11:18, 19

There are very few sects (cults) I have come across that twist God's Word as much as the Seventh Day Adventist sect. They are like a cross between Jehovah's Witnesses, Christian Science, Mormonism and a bit of Pentecostalism thrown in for good measure. They worship Ellen G White and quote her writings as if they were Scripture. Meanwhile, Ellen G White was a known plagiarist and a satanic heretic (sorry to sound so dramatic but it's true). Ellen G White is to the Seventh Day Adventists what Mary is to Roman Catholicism (See also the book "The White Lie" by former Adventist Pastor Walter Rea. And one , two other links to websites put together by ex-adventists).

I don't belong to any cult or sect of "Christianity". I was born again over 20 years ago (Early 1997) and learned pretty fast that none of the major branches of Christianity had any of God's Life in it. I never needed any church or person to teach me anything of any importance when it comes to God. I have learned myself (by the Holy Spirit) to seek God with all my heart, pray to Him, worship Him and study His Word and use God's Word only as my guide and authority. And not through any filter of any branch or sect of Christianity. While these sects hold up their twisted teachings of men as their authority, I only hold up God's pure Word and its one and only interpretation as mine. Each sect of Christianity twist certain scripture and hold up certain passages over the rest of the Word of God. That is wrong. If one was to do that I would recommend they hold up the commandments which Jesus Himself said were the greatest. Namely, to love the Lord God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and your neighbor (everyone) as yourself. "On these two depend all the law and the prophets." (Leviticus 19:18; Deuteronomy 6:4, 5; Matthew 22:36-40; Luke 10:27, 28) Strange how none of them hold these verses up instead of whatever other ones they've cherry picked in order to teach others that one need only to give a small percentage of their effort in order to be saved. That is satanic false doctrine. We need to deny everything (ourselves, our thoughts and our will) as Jesus Himself said,

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"I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought." ~1 Corinthians 1:10

“But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.” — Matthew 12:25

These verses connect the desires of the flesh with the things of the world. James 4:4 connects love of the world with being the enemy of God

Psalm 133 A song of ascents, by David. 1 Look! How good and how pleasant it is when brothers live together! 2 It is like fine oil poured on the head which flows down the beard – Aaron’s beard, and then flows down his garments. 3 It is like the dew of Hermon, which flows down upon the hills of Zion. Indeed that is where the Lord has decreed a blessing will be available – eternal life.

"Then Jesus said to all of them, “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it." Luke 9:23, 24

"Anyone who loves his father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me; and anyone who does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it." Matthew 10:37-39

"And whoever does not carry his cross and follow Me cannot be My disciple." Luke 14:27

If this offends you then you are not cut out for the Kingdom of God. You are double minded, unstable in all your ways.

If we could all receive this Word from the Lord and throw off all sectarian and political garbage then we can unify the body of Christ in a powerful way just like we read about in the book of Acts. A body of believers born again of the Spirit of God! Trusting in God's Word alone. Teaching and believing the teachings of Jesus and prophets and apostles. God demands ALL the heart and MIND. All the thoughts (2 Corinthians 10:5; Isaiah 65:2; Psalms 119:113; Psalm 10:4). Every idle word men will give account of in the judgment (Matthew 12:36). Jesus told us this to instill FEAR within us. The fear of God is a GOOD thing. Only the doctrines of demons will tell you otherwise.

Messiah Died for us while we were walking contrary to Him. All mercy, grace and peace from God is unmerited.

”And He gave some [as] apostles, and some [as] prophets, and some [as] evangelists, and some [as] pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;...” Ephesians 4

Jesus Christ is going to return. SUDDENLY (Luke 21:34b, 35, 36). The very elements are going to melt into nothing (2 Peter 3:9-11). And there we will all be, standing before God and Christ for judgment (www.bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Last-Judgment - 69 Bible verses about the last judgment) On that day we will not be able to point fingers at our pastors, political leaders or your mommy and daddy. We will all answer for what WE have done in this world. Namely, Have you followed God with all your heart. And everything we did or didn't do was a message to our neighbor and will be taken into account. What kind of message were you throughout your life. A message of God, or a message of self will and the devil. If you're reading this, its not too late to change. Follow God with all your heart. Pray to Him, seek Him, take oaths to obey Him with all your heart. Confess your sins to Him, accept His blood that was shed for you, Invite Him into your heart and vow to serve Him. We are all only one breath away from judgment day. Forget what man says. Seek what God says in His Word, YOURSELF. In the Mighty Name of Jesus. Amen

Here are some of my writings on sects which are considered to be under the umbrella of "Christianity":

Seventh Day Adventist sect: spirituallysmart.com/SDA%20Church.html

Catholic Church sect: spirituallysmart.com/mary.html

Pentecostal sect: spirituallysmart.com/tongues.html

What a lot of these sects have in common is they teach that HELL isn't eternal. And that God is too nice to do such a thing. God is kind. God is love. But if you reject His love, all that is left is His wrath. Let's go through the Bible and see all the times God poured His wrath on the world. Then tell me about how He is supposedly "all love" and loves us "unconditionally". These are the doctrines of devils and demons. Just like we hear from the serpent in the Garden of Eden. Those who habitually disobey God, upon death they will be thrown into hell, hades, the grave, sheol, whatever you want to call it. But you will either be where the rich man is in Luke 16:19-31, or you will go where Lazarus the beggar is. Then, at the very end, we read in revelation that death and hell will be thrown into the lake of fire where the smoke of their torment will ascend forever and ever. "Forever and ever" there says "eon to the eon" or an age that has no definitive end.

"The sea gave up its dead, and Death and Hades gave up their dead, and each one was judged according to his deeds. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death — the lake of fire. And if anyone was found whose name was not written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire." Revelation 20:13-15

and Daniel also says,

"Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued. "Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt. "Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.… Daniel 12:1-3

I know all about these false teachings and doctrines of devils which are used to try and obfuscate the Word of God. Jesus came down out of glory and was born into a baby. He grew up as a child and when He became a man and the appointed time came, He entered into His ministry with signs and wonders and great power. Healing all manner of diseases, opening the eyes of the blind, casting out demons and raising the dead. Healing the broken hearted and taking fisherman out of their boats and placing them in positions of great honor and power. Then He died a horrific death on the cross for the world, to SAVE them from eternal hell. Otherwise, he would NOT have gone through that. So many, professing believers DO NOT believe. They have a form of godliness but deny the power thereof. And part of God's "POWER" is the power to throw a soul into hell. Jesus Himself said,

"I tell you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear the One who, AFTER YOU HAVE BEEN KILLED, has POWER to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear Him!" Luke 12:4, 5

And there's no reason to fear God if all Jesus is talking about is an extinguishing of our existences which is what Seventh Day Adventists teach, along with Jehovah's Witnesses and Pentecostals and many others. These cults attempt to turn the Word of God and the teachings of Christ on it's head.

Nobody would ever follow God if there wasn't a horrible future for those who rebel against God.

"For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths." 2 Timothy 4:3-4

"So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction. Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen." 2 Peter 3:14-18

"Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood." 1 John 4:1-6

Why warn you about this? What is the motive for saying there's a hell if there isn't one? There is no motive except to get you to serve God with all your heart as He commands. There is a BIG motive however to say there ISN'T a hell. As the demons speaking through these false prophets want to stop you from serving God with all you heart.

It's painfully obvious to those who know the truth, and the truth has set them free...

God bless you all in Yeshua the Messiah. Amen

Thomas Richards

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You can be saved!

if you have never repented of your sins and been saved and feel the desire to do so now please say this prayer. This is how I was powerfully saved 20 years ago!

Say, "My Lord and my God, Have mercy on my soul, a sinner, I believe Jesus the Messiah died on the cross and shed His precious blood for the forgiveness of all my sins. I believe God raised Jesus from the dead and Jesus is now on the right hand of God and can hear my prayer at this moment and wants to live through me and give me power to keep His Word. I open up the door of my heart and I invite You into my heart Lord Jesus. Please be my Lord and Savior in every aspect of my life. Thank you God for saving my soul and I vow to serve you with all my heart which is the first and greatest commandment. Amen"

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