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Are We True Christians?

Summary: This is a Bible study. Comparing churches' doctrines and teachings to the Bible, I find all churches are severely deficient, and producing spiritually dead people. I urge you to temporarily set aside what you learned in your church and open your heart to these biblical truths. So many good people are misled by their church! I am not a member of any church-denomination. My wisdom comes from God through studying the Bible, not from earthly organizations.

John 14:15

Jesus said: If you love me, keep my commands.

1 John‬ ‭2:4‬

“The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and yet doesn’t keep His commands, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”

Jesus has specific new-covenant commands. Does anyone know them? Is anyone keeping them? 

The majority of Christians today are not true Christians, because they're running Christianity their way, not God's way.

Most "Christians" today are one of these:

  • Praying to Mary and saints to intercede.

They don't know God!

  • "By faith alone" - ignoring Jesus' commands

Don't know the other side of the Bible!

  • God already mysteriously selected people.

They don't know God! 

No wonder there is no peace on earth, which is also why Jewish people are mocking us and are still waiting for the "true messiah" to come!!

After years of attending churches followed by years of diligently seeking God in the Bible, I realized how far off we all are. I documented my notes of how to be Christians as God intended, in these 2 pages:

How to Be True Christians 

The Lord's Prayer is Severely Misunderstood

I'm not selling anything! It is all out of love for God and for all people on earth.

What gives me the right to do this? Direct orders from the Apostle Paul in the Bible:

‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭4‬:‭2-‭4 Paul said: 

"I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 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."

We have without a doubt reached that time! And I am rebuking and correcting!!

Let's start with the church leaders and so-called "Christian theologians" of today, our supposed role-models and top decision-makers on doctrines and theology. It is obvious none of them are true believers; none are filled with the Holy Spirit. Yes, a bold claim; how dare I say this? Here's why:

John 14:12-14 Jesus said: 

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

If the pope or the most devout protestant church leader walk into a hospital, can they heal anybody in the name of Jesus? No. Can they put their hand on a child in wheelchair and make her walk? No. And yet they are the top decision-makers on doctrines, theology, and what to teach people!! And people are still in churches listening to their misleading teaching and false doctrines!! It is true we are called to obey our spiritual leaders, but only when they are teaching sound biblical doctrines!!

1. Comparison of Christian Leaders' Accomplishments, Then and Now

Disciples & Apostles' accomplishments, then:

  • Preached the Word correctly? Yes

  • Laid their hands on sick people and healed them? Yes

  • Laid their hands on crippled people and made them walk? Yes

  • Brought dead people back to life?! (Peter and Paul did!) Yes

  • Paul accidentally picked up a venomous snake and it did not harm him.

  • Number of changes in God's realm: 0 - As it should be!

  • Having dedicated every moment of their lives to this, they were poor and homeless, with barely enough to eat. 💝

Church leaders' accomplishments, since then:

  • Preached the Word correctly? No

    • Protestants brain-washed people into ignoring Jesus' commands, and just keep saying these words: born-again, saved by the blood.

    • Catholics brain-washed their people into praying to Mary and saints to intercede with God. 

    • Calvinists brain-washed their people into "God already decided; it's all His will, we have no say". Anything else is "devil doctrines".

  • And the resulting number of miracles performed in the name of Jesus: 0

  • Number of dead people brought back to life: 0

  • Number of changes in God's realm: 2 - Horrible & blasphemous

    • The Pope seated Mary next to God in heaven as God's mother.

    • The Pope created a mini-Hell (aka, Purgatory) to process certain type sins after death and provide a path to heaven, that Jesus didn't/couldn't provide.

  • Any church leaders homeless or hungry? No, they improved some on that.

    • Protestants stressed the need to tithe 10% - Church leaders are Millionaires with private jets.

    • Catholic churches collected donations and sent to the Vatican. The Vatican's worth is in $trillions. It's an organized spiritual mafia.

 

Each church-denomination preaches from their side of the Bible, limiting it to verses that support their individual theologies, and ignores the rest of thousands of pages opposing to them.

👉 Consider this analogy of facts:

  • Old-Covenant: God gave the Jewish leadership high-priest role to Moses who became Godly and performed miracles.

1500 years later, the Jewish high-priest and the whole Sanhedrin voted unanimously to crucify Jesus, despite knowing He was the awaited Messiah!

  • New-Covenant: Jesus gave the church to Peter who became Godly and performed miracles in the name of Jesus Christ.

2000 years later, fill in the blank ________.  (Hint, use from the bullets above.)

Humans will be humans. God gives it a push, then years later human complacency and corruption take over. They always did, ever since creation, causing God to take drastic measures - Noah's flood, Sodom & Gomorrah, Jews exiled and re-exiled every few hundred years, etc.. And now awaiting the final big one. See my page on The Rapture.

If you are truly seeking God and His kingdom, then seek God in the Bible with family and friends, a small group, or on your own. More details here: How to Be True Christians

 

God never intended for us to have all these contradicting denominations, but rather one Christian body of believers. Did you know there are 45,000 Christian denominations today? 45,000 different interpretations of the Bible with different niches to draw people and collect donations!!  Here's what the Bible says:

Matthew 18:20  Jesus said:

"For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them."

The 2 or 3 gathering in Jesus' name would be one example of that church. If the 2 or 3 are gathered truly in His name, then God would not mislead them or give each group of 2 or 3 different interpretations of the scriptures. So only one explanation, leaders in church-denominations are not truly filled with the Holy Spirit. This is why people need to be on their guard, and not blindly follow their church. It is our eternity we're talking about; are you willing to take a chance with earthly loyalties? There is no "oops" later; no changing your mind after death!

And Paul said:

Hebrews 10:24-25

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another...

Back in Paul's days, it was one true church, not 45,000 !! Today, we have church-buildings open for business and fun, with no teaching of Jesus' commands and no seeking of God anywhere. I do obey this "meeting together" verse from Paul. Explained how-to, here: How to Be True Christians.

 

2. God Is No Longer In Today's Churches

Paul already rebuked today's churches because they started the veering-off trend in his days:

1 Timothy‬ ‭6‬:‭2‬-‭3 Paul said:

"... If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, they are conceited and understand nothing."

Paul has been rebuking the churches ever since he was with them. Here is what Paul said in between his visits to those churches:

 

Galatians 1:6 Paul said:

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.

If they "so quickly deserted the truth" then, how much more now, 2000 years later?!!!

And it wasn't just one or two references from Paul! Several!! Here's another one:

2 Corinthians 11:4  

For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.

For Jesus, the "church" is the Christian body of genuine believers, led by Jesus Himself through the Holy Spirit within us. And one interpretation of the Bible!!

Matthew 16:18

"And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."

When He told Peter he was the rock to build His church on, He meant Peter was the role model He intended for Christians to follow. So, we don't need an earthly church leader, because Jesus Himself is the leader of the church - Continued with supporting Bible references here: How to Be True Christians.

And another reference from Jesus clarifying that all "physical" aspects of worshiping God are gone! Removed! No longer needed! So to all churches, stop pressing people with the excuse of "assembly", so they come and donate! When the teaching is anti-Christian!! 

‭‭John‬ ‭4‬:‭21‬-‭24‬

”“Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem... Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”“

"In the Spirit", not in church buildings run by ungodly people!

Matthew 10:16 “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.

Yes we are nice friendly and loving Christians. But when we see a mockery of God's scripture, then we are snakes!!

 

3. The Deficiencies in Church-Denominations

Mainly focusing on the deficiencies and abuses of God's scripture.

3.1 Protestants
(Including Baptists, Evangelicals, Pentecostals, etc.)

I listened to Charles Stanley's weekly sermon for 30 years, and Chuck Swindoll's for a number of years. The parts of the Bible they preached, they preached very, very well. And the parts of the Bible they avoided, they avoided very, very cleverly!! Never did either of them touch on the verses highlighted here below. They only preached from one side of the Bible; the side that agrees with their lip-service by-faith-alone theology! And ignored the rest.

  • Saved, nothing else to do? - The bible is full of verses and parables about spiritual maturity, but all ignored by protestant churches! Why? To please people with the "do nothing and just sing & wave-arms" message. They stick to the high-level verses in the Bible, please the people, and collect donations. See my page on By Faith Alone? for more shocking truths.

  • Impossible to become unsaved? - Protestants spend whole sermons on "once saved always saved", ignoring the many parables from Jesus about becoming rejected and sent to hell if you're not growing spiritually. Examples, John 15:6 "branches that wither and die", Luke 13:6 "cut the fig tree down", and Matthew 25:30 "cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness". See my page What Does "Believe in Jesus" Really Mean? for more details and Bible references.

  • By Faith Alone? Paul introduced Jesus to the Gentiles. But Protestants ran with the intro as the complete message!! ​ The Protestants' "by faith alone" is completely different than the Bible's "by faith alone". The Bible says, we have to learn Jesus' commands and keep them! Example, pray the Lord's Prayer once a day as He commanded. More details in my page By Faith Alone?

  • Refuse to pray the Lord's Prayer!! - The key part of God's New Covenant!! Protestant churches utterly refuse to pray it in their sermons, and never encourage their members to pray it daily as Jesus commanded. Why? 3 reasons: (1) Because Catholics pray this prayer! (2) Because Protestants call it "repetitive works" - it's a burden to have to pray it daily; contradicting to their "by faith alone" theology. And (3) because their arrogant theologians decided Jesus meant it only for the Jews. They connected it to the manna from Moses, or some worthless explanation like that. They decided, and that's their final answer - But you stopped seeking God in the Bible! Go back and look!! You messed up big on this one!!! You're not covered by the blood, nor saved by grace; you're spiritually dead, unless you pray the Lod's Prayer daily - we need the Bread of life daily. It is one new covenant from God, not two - not one for Jews and one for gentiles?!! See my page The Lord's Prayer is Severely Misunderstood for eye-opening Bible references.

  • Pentecostals? They're just Protestants, equally lost with the same unbiblical version of by-faith-alone theology but kicked-up a few notches with energy and charisma. And people flock there like they flock to the newest restaurant in town! Making a lot of noise jumping up and down and waving hands, does not mean the Holy Spirit is anywhere near there. It is not a sports game. The Holy Spirit is given by God to those who obey Him:

Acts 5:32 ...the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him. This clearly means not jumping up and down, not waving hands, not making noise, not faking speaking in tongues, and not faking miracles!!! It means first learn Jesus' commands and keep them. If you truly know Jesus' commands, you wouldn't be doing this. I don't say this to criticize everybody. I say it to make those who genuinely care, look closer at the Bible. Don't just join the charismatic crowd.

  • Must tithe the whole 10%? - Protestants would spend a whole sermon on the subject of tithing; digging up verses all the way back from Leviticus and making sure that people tithe the full 10% of their income, not 9% or 8% because "they'd be stealing from God." But the Lord's Prayer? "Jesus meant that for the Jews." When in fact the 10% amount of tithing was the one meant only for the Jews, for their 11 to 1 tribes' ratio! Hebrews 7:5 Now the law requires the descendants of Levi who become priests to collect a tenth from the people—that is, from their fellow Israelites.  Tithing 10% is "works of the law" that Jesus nailed to the cross. It was modified by Paul for the Gentiles, to: "Any gift is good" Philippians 4:16-18. See section below on Still Tithing 10%?  

  • Solely going by Paul's message as the one for the gentiles, and ignoring Jesus' teaching, and the fact that God gave us 1 new-covenant not 2!!  Protestants brush off discrepancies between Jesus' message and Paul's as something like: "Jesus meant that for the Jews; Paul's message was for the gentiles who became Christians later..."  This is so dangerous on so many levels, disrespectful to God, and causing spiritual-death to so many people! Those churches missed the following scripture from Paul, and from Jesus after His resurrection talking to His Jewish disciples:

Romans 10:12

For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him.

Matthew 28:17-20

... Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you...”

Notes: This clearly says, "teach all nations to obey EVERYTHING Jesus commanded His Jewish disciples". Any church who preaches otherwise, makes it no different than the Pharisees who crucified Jesus despite knowing He was the Messiah. Jesus is GOD!! All His teachings are for all people, not just the Jews. And Paul is a human. His teachings to the gentiles were elementary, a supplement to Jesus'. Paul mainly pointed to Jesus. Any discrepancy between Paul's and Jesus' messages meant check what Jesus said for completeness! See my page on Jesus for Jews & Paul for Gentiles?

  • Giant Screens & Loud Music, But No Seeking of God - The focus shifted to big screens, loud music, and waving of hands. When instead it should be on seeking God and His kingdom. Even if we spend every moment of our lives seeking God in the scriptures, we'd only tap into a tiny fraction of God's ways and Personality. But churches went on with what pleases people!! And the sermon preaching is always yearly-rotating the same simple, safe, and unoffending subjects. No preaching on Jesus parables that contradict their theology!! Nor on "politically incorrect" subjects of today's culture; careful not to upset people and lose donations.

Related Readings

Why didn't Paul Preach the Lord's Prayer?

3.2 Catholic Church (including all Orthodox)

I grew up Catholic, went to Catholic schools and the rest. So, I know Catholicism inside and out, and I can write a hundred books on the subject.

They got the Nicene Creed right. They pray the Lord's Prayer in their sermons, although they don't mean it right. Other than these, everything else they do is problematic! And even blasphemous!! The Catholic church and their side-kick the Orthodox church teachings, for hundreds of years, have been mostly unbiblical. And the people following them are duped by the grand display of authority, and are being misled!

The root cause of the mess in Catholic & Orthodox churches is this:

They still think God uses "sin" as the measure of our "righteousness". They have no idea how God's new redemptive covenant works, or more likely they do have an idea but ignore and reject it!! They're still canonizing "sinless" saints!! And the message to people is, minimize your sins to maximize your chances for heaven.

Here's one example verse in the Bible that explains why their thinking is completely unbiblical:

Matthew 5:20 Jesus said: "For I tell you that unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."

The Jewish scribes and Pharisees were the role models in perfection and living sinless all their lives. But Jesus told them it's not good enough!! He specifically said, "you will never enter heaven"! He said we need to exceed that level of sinless perfection! How do we achieve that? We do by getting renewed day by day through praying the Lord's Prayer daily. The "righteousness" achieved by receiving the redemptive Bread of life daily, is impossible to achieve any other way!!  (For how the Eucharist relates to the Lord's Prayer, see section 1.8 in The Lord's Prayer is Severely Misunderstood.)

  • Canonization of Saints - An unbiblical doctrine. A process where the pope and cardinals anoint so called "saints", based on investigations into their lives and determining that they were "sinless" or "almost sinless". Which is contradicting to the Bible teachings and the whole sin-redemption sacrifice of Jesus. The process is mostly political. They try to satisfy all countries by canonizing a saint from each. Some churches around the world take it a step further and use sensational tricks like mummifying the "saint", showing blood still oozing out of their body, and putting him/her on public display!!!

  • Pray to saints? The Vatican canonizes them, and people pray to them! Some get on their knees before the statue of so and so, and others lay face down at the feet of another. The church is not doing anything to stop it - being careful not to upset people (where donations come from), but is ok with upsetting God! Here's what God said: ‭‭Exodus‬ ‭20‬:‭4‬ ‭“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them;"

The Vatican's difficult process to confirm a "saint" got the Catholic people thinking, "if it is that impossible to become a 'saint' and get into heaven, then there is no hope for me. Thus, the only remaining way for me is to pray to the 'virgin Mary' and to those 'saints'!!!" Catholics think that turning to Mary and saints is the same as turning to God via these people. They ignore the Bible saying, Jesus is the only mediator (1Timothy 2:5) who's sacrifice is sufficient for them to become true saints! I am extremely sad! So many innocent people are/were lost, including my own parents and ancestors. Misled by the church!!​​

  • Mary the Mother of God?! Do they even know what they're saying?!! So Mary is the mother of our Triune God?! ...the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see... Timothy 6:15-16. This God?!!! Mary is the mother of this God?!!! And God has become a quadrune god?!! mother father son and holy spirit?!!!!! The Bible only called the blessed Mary "the mother of Jesus". But the Catholic church defiantly pushed their way to the deity level!! Pope Pius declared it a doctrine in 1950! There were 259 Popes before Pope Pius XII. 1900 years and 259 Popes; none of them touched this. Why? Because despite pressure from the people, they were still part of the church-generation that feared God! So then, was Pope Pius XII and his cardinals smarter and Godlier than the 259 before him? That they got this brilliant idea to seat Mary next to God?

Catholics "feel" that Jesus' sacrifice is not sufficient to forgive all their sins!!! particularly the sexual sins. They "feel" they need to turn to the "virgin" Mary and the "sinless" Saints to beg God for them. This is not Christianity!! It's a hybrid-pagan religion! Matthew 15:8 ‘These people honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me. My Catholic relatives keep pressing me to read a book about all the miracles of Mary. It is a hopeless situation 😪. Continued in my page Mary the Mother of God?

  • The Lord's Prayer not interpreted right - The Catholic church would not acknowledge "the Bread" = "the Bread of life". Obviously, because it makes it a DIY version of their Eucharist. Which would belittle their bishops' and priests' roles - if people can receive the Bread of life at home by directly praying to God, then they won't come to church and donate! Is the Catholic church thinking from God's perspective here? Or their financial perspective? see my page on The Lord's Prayer is Severely Misunderstood.

  • Purgatory (Catholics only) Another unbiblical doctrine created by the Vatican. Even the Orthodox church is against it! It is a kind of a mini hell, "required for those sins that Jesus' sacrifice did not cover"! It is a result of misunderstanding some verses in the Bible: 1 John‬ ‭5:16-17‬ and ‭‭Mark‬ ‭3:28-30‬. They took these 2 references and extrapolated a whole doctrine. All because Jesus used the term "will not be forgiven in the next age" related to the "unforgivable sin of the spirit". I have a good explanation on my page: Purgatory?

  • Confessions! People confess their sins to a priest. Then based on the number of death-sins and not-death-sins they committed, the priest determines how many times they should repeat the hail-Mary prayer as a penalty for their sins in order to be forgiven, but no guarantee on the death-sins - they may need Purgatory for those! They ignore what Jesus said in the Lord's Prayer, that the only condition for forgiveness is repent and forgive others. 

  • Little to no spiritual growing - The Catholic church is still running with their antiquated plan since the 3rd century: The church (its priests), supposedly study the Bible (but in reality, they don't), then turn around and teach it to the people who are illiterate and can't read or understand the difficulty of the Bible for themselves." Maybe this was acceptable in 300AD, but now in 2024, I think we can do it ourselves and don't need bishops anymore. We have no excuse not to, except laziness.

  • No Seeking of God as Jesus Commanded - People don't read the Bible - instead they look to the priests. And the Priests don't read the Bible - A church priest behaves more like a social worker - he doesn't have time to read the Bible. He learned it in theology school? No, all he learned there was about how to run a Catholic mass. If people have difficult Bible questions, they usually ask the priest. And the priest usually does not know. Because all he knows is what to do in the repetitive activities of sermons. The usual Catholic sermon Bible reading time is nice stories from the New Testament. Followed by a message from the priest about "let's all be good and nice".

  • The Vatican - A hierarchy of people with glittery costumes and props - They're more concerned with levels and appearance than with substance, in-line with Jewish temples and Pharisees. ... instead of spending their time on seeking God in the scriptures to revisit their ungodly doctrines and see if just in case, ... just in case they messed up! But no, like the rest of churches, they created their niche and cookie-cutters, and are marching forward.

3.3 Calvinists

(Including Reformed, Presbyterian, etc.)

Watch out and be on your guard for the yeast of the Calvinists. So I reused Jesus' words here (as in Matthew 16:6). I'm sure Jesus won't mind.

The true message of the Bible, that Calvinists missed, is this: Before the cross, God was the one choosing people to clear the way for Jesus to come and accomplish salvation - they were the "Elect". After the cross, people developed faith by hearing the word - these are the "Predestined" that God foresaw and predestined accordingly.

Giving a quick summary on this subject for those who don't know. Christianity today can be sliced in many different ways in terms of Bible interpretation, one example is the different church-denominations out there. But at a higher layer, there is a fork-in-the-road disagreement on the free-will subject:

  • Calvinist: God predestined us for His mysterious reasons, before creation. We have no say.  > Calvinist churches.

  • Arminian: We have the free-will to choose God's grace or reject it. It's our free-will decision.  > All other churches, Protestants & Catholics.

The line that separates Calvinists from Arminian is "free will". Calvinists say we don't have free will; God decides everything. Arminians say we have free will, and we decide to accept God's Grace or not.

I actually do believe in predestination based on God's foreknowledge as described in the Bible. But not the "Calvinist's 'mysterious' predestination", which is against Bible teaching. More on this here: Are Calvinist, Presbyterian, Reformed, Biblical?

Calvinist Doctrine Summary: Based on some verses in the Bible that contain these words "Elect" and "Predestined for His pleasure" and a few other verses that allude to them, the Calvinist church built a whole doctrine around that, ignoring the rest of the thousands of verses in the Bible that say otherwise, and has been preaching that God is the one who "elects" us "based on His mysterious reasons". The Calvinist doctrine states that we have no say, no matter what we do. Which makes us mere robots; and which is the complete opposite of what the God we know, would do! The Calvinist doctrine, being human-limited-thinking at its worst, cannot see that God is not in our space-time continuum.

God is "I Am".  There is no "before" and "after" for God; infinity past & future are always "now" for Him. What you do now in your life determines your predestination status. Example, do you know Jesus' commands? Are you keeping them? 

Romans 8:29 "For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son". God foreknew our tendencies first, destined second! I am very sad for the people following the Calvinist and reformed churches. They are so misled.

 

I listened to R.C. Sproul's sermon for a couple of years and read one of the Calvinist books. So, I am qualified to say a few things about Calvinists:

  • Do nothing, God already decided for His mysterious reasons? - Calvinists are even worse than the regular Protestants, in the "do nothing" message. They take it a step further to tell their members that no matter what they do, God already decided who will be saved and who won't.  Calvinists don't encourage reading the Bible either. They do however encourage to read some books from famous Calvinist leaders!

  • God's election decision is Unconditional?! - Calvinists ignore the many Bible statements from Jesus/God saying things like, "if you love me, I will love you back..." and "if you obey my commands, you will be my people..." But Unconditional is the only way the Calvinist doctrine can hold. If God's predestination was conditional, their whole doctrine would crumble.

  • Scripture meaning manipulated - They also try to put words in the scripture's mouth; make it seem that "the Bible did not really intend to say 'that', but rather it meant to tell us 'this'..."  For example they teach: "any biblical reference to 'the whole world' actually means 'the whole world of the Elect', not the actual whole world." I can understand human incompetency can lead to misinterpretations, but this? I don't see how their church members can swallow it!  And sometimes the meaning is manipulated to accommodate certain psychological human behavior...You get the picture. They're in the same league with Mormons, Jehovah's witnesses, etc..

 

  • TULIP? - We cannot reduce God to an acronym! We have to keep seeking Him and maturing! John Calvin introduced this acronym. And all their members follow it. They do not read the Bible. They just follow the TULIP teaching!! Because their leader J. Calvin already figured out the Bible and summarized it for them. Then all their "respected" Calvinist book authors are selling books based on TULIP. They painted themselves in a corner, and made the Bible fit to it! When it should have been the other-way-around!

Let's examine the TULIP: Total depravity, Unconditional election, Limited atonement, Irresistible grace, Perseverance of the saints. 

- Irresistible grace and Perseverance of the saints, are good but should be meant for all people on earth, not selectively!

- Limited atonement?!  There are thousands of statements in the Bible from God and Jesus directed to "whoever", "the world", etc. You want to twist all of these to fit your tulip?!!

- Unconditional Election?!! Calvin based it on his separation from the Catholic church and their false Purgatory-condition doctrine. But he forgot to check with the Bible first before putting a U in tulip! This is the worst malicious attack on God's word! "Antichristian" would have been a better choice word instead of "Unconditional"! The acronym should have been TALIP. There are thousands of verses in the Bible that say it is conditional. Here is one example key condition from Jesus Christ: For IF you forgive other people when they trespass against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But IF you do not forgive others their trespasses, your Father will not forgive your sinsMatthew 6:14-15. You can tulip yourself all you want, if you don't forgive other people you're hell-bound, to give one example on this.

The Calvinist church members are good people! But misled by their church. You are not predestined. You are lost. To be predestined, you have to be following Jesus' commands right now! Drop the TULIP, and learn Jesus' commands and keep them!! Then you become predestined!

Related Reading

Calvinist, Presbyterian, Reformed, Biblical?

4. Calling All Christians

Calling all Christians who genuinely care. Churches made a mockery of God's word!! Do you know what all this means? A partially good church is not good at all!! Preaching partial truth means people are lost; not saved! They are producing spiritually dead people!! They perverted God's word and made a mockery of it!! Millions of innocent people are spiritually lost. Which is fulfilling Jesus' "wide gate" verse in Matthew 7:13-14.

 

A partially good church is not good at all!! Their spiritual food is poisoned with their inefficiencies and bad doctrines. You're not on the right path to God!

Most people in church-denominations behave as in a war - "us and them", rather than acting like the Godly people they claim to be, loving one another, and truly seeking God! Protestants, Catholics, and Calvinists went far apart in their interpretations. Protestants don't do what Catholics do, and vv.. Is this Godly? They each have some good interpretations and some not so good. But each denomination's members are loyal to their church as if they got everything 100% right (sort of like Republicans and Democrats). 

If you believe your church is great and want to stay with them, show them this page. Let them know they need to revisit their teaching to make it in-line with the Bible! Have them forward it to their theologians, Vatican, and seminary colleges. Or they can separate from their denomination and simply become a true Christian church. Don't just stand there and pray hail Mary with them, or quietly listen to their unbiblical version of "by faith alone" preaching. God IS alive and can see you doing this!

4.1 If by miracle of God churches agreed to change, here's the biblical way:

All churches should start their sermons with the Lord's Prayer and teach people to pray it daily with the "bread" = "Bread of life" for forgiveness. Then you become saved! First meet God's requirements, then do your other fluff, hymns, loud music, and "eloquent" speeches.

Protestants:

  • Follow Jesus' commands!! Mature spiritually by seeking God in the whole Bible - The bible reading needs to get into those parts contradicting to your version of "by faith alone" theology! And properly explain them that there are Jesus commands that need to be obeyed daily!! You can become unsaved if you don't!

  • Downsize your seminary colleges and let go the useless theology professors. They're not Godly; how could they have missed all these truths!!

  • No more pushing for 10% tithing! Any gift is good as the apostle Paul said. Get rid of your Business Development people.

THIS IS A HOUSE OF GOD!!

Catholics:

  • Your mass needs to change from 90% "repetitive stuff stand-up sit-down incense", to 90% Bible reading. Sure you'll lose people, but you'll gain God. The ones that leave are in it for the tradition's aspect of it, not Godly people.

  • The pope should reverse all unbiblical doctrines, starting with "Mary the mother of God" and "Purgatory"! And stop the unbiblical "canonization of saints"! All true believers who pray the Lord's Prayer daily are righteous in the eyes of God and are called saints. 

Although I actually believe if the pope does do this, a mob of people would attack the Vatican and destroy it. Therefore, he won't - it's a blind leading the blind.

Calvinists:

  • Ignore your "respected" Calvinist book authors! READ ONLY THE BIBLE!!

  • TULIP?  We can't make a "cookie-cutter" out of God's scripture! We have to keep seeking God, learning, and maturing.

5. Churches Are Businesses

So many contradicting denominations, most are not “seeking God”. They're donation-collecting businesses and social settings that people enjoy being at. But seeking of God is nowhere to be found!

They call themselves non-profit, but in reality they're high-profit. It is acceptable to collect tithes and donations from the people, but only when teaching sound doctrines from the Bible. Not when misleading them!

John 21:17

Jesus asked a third time, “Simon son of John, do you love Me?” ...Yes, Lord,” he answered, “You know I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.” 

But churches are not feeding the sheep with proper truths. And still charging them tithes and donations. 

Shortly after the disciples and Paul's generation died off, churches' spiritual quality went downhill. Not surprising; they even went downhill in-between Paul's visits to those churches in his days: Galatians 1:6, 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.

The real objective of churches is money, not God, as evident in these public facts:

  • Seminary college graduates find high-paying jobs at churches.

  • Bankers estimate the Vatican's wealth between $10 billion and $15 billion and some think it's $ trillions.

  • Catholic churches around the world send money to the Vatican! Sure the Vatican has charity programs, but bankers estimate those to be "a drop in the bucket" compared to the church's wealth. Btw, if you check public records, you'll find that the Vatican's wealth doubled shortly after their 1950 official announcement of Mary's ascension to heaven, to say what people's itching ears want to hear! It's a business - please the people and collect more donations.

 

It's time for people to be vigilant about their spiritual status and their eternity. And not rely on churches. There is no oops later. When facing God at judgement, claiming it's the church's fault will not fly. The Bible is full of verses that point to personal responsibility to mature spiritually, or face spiritual death, which leads to hell.

Do you know this verse from Jesus? Luke 9:60 “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” And along those lines I say, let the dead attend [today's] church with the dead. But as for you, genuine Christian believer, leave the churches and seek the kingdom of God by studying the scriptures with your family and friends, without letting today's church poison your knowledge. See my page on what to do instead here: How to Be True Christians. I assure you God will be with you and will guide you.

5.1 Still tithing 10%?

Nowhere in the New Testament does it say to tithe 10%. Jesus had a lot of parables and other teachings, but never mentioned 10% tithing. And the Apostles never mentioned it either, including Paul, who did not say anything about 10% except when he was clarifying a point from the old covenant:

Hebrews 7:5

Now the law requires the descendants of Levi who become priests to collect a tenth from the people—that is, from their fellow Israelites.

10% tithing is "works" of the law of Moses. It has been nailed to the cross along with the rest of the law-commandments. 

It was only meant for the Jews for their 11-to-1 tribes ratio. This ratio that mandated 10% is no longer valid today. We are in the new covenant now. But as always, churches are crafty in what is profitable! 

‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭11‬:‭14 ”And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.“

Just because it is a church with buildings, does not mean they are following God according to the Bible. You could actually be donating your way to hell.

God will not bless you for following the obsolete law of tithing from the old-covenant! He will bless you when you obey Jesus' commands, of the New Covenant! Example, praying the Lord's Prayer daily with the proper meaning of the words!

Paul modified it for the Gentiles to, "any gift is good":

Philippians 4:16-17

for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need. Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account.

Paul would have said something here. But no, he said "not that I desire your gifts". He did not say "yes you must tithe 10%"!!! He also explained in other verses to set your heart on a gift and give it cheerfully. Even there he did not say anything about 10%.

 

And all the other verses that point to no-tithing required or even desired:

‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭2‬:‭17 

“Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity...” 

 

Jesus told His disciples to teach and perform miracles for free (not collect 10%):

Matthew 10:8  "...Freely you have received; freely give."

 

Hosea 6:6
I don’t want your sacrifices - I want your love; I don’t want your offerings - I want you to know me.

People think they've fulfilled their obligation to God, because churches instilled this in them!!  When all God really wants them to do, is spend time studying the Bible to learn about Him, rather than donating and be done!

The 10% amount of tithing was meant only for the Jews. It was advised by God in the days of Moses when it was an 11 to 1 ratio of tribes. Of the 12 tribes of Israel, one tribe, the Levites was the priestly tribe who did not get a land inheritance and instead was given 10% of goods from the other 11 tribes.

This was because the Levites had a tough job to execute hundreds of requirements in the temple of God daily, and had no time to work the land, God advised the other 11 tribes to give a tenth of their produce to the Levite tribe. Today's church, in comparison does nothing, except preach on Sunday what their predecessors preached. And is still pressing their members to tithe the full 10%. Also in comparison, the ratio of people-to-church-ministers today is more like 1,000 to 1, vs., the Jews was 11 to 1.

I know this angers many; especially those who rely on this as their source of income. I do receive hate-emails.

Closing Notes

This new reality of how to be real Christian believers may seem strange to you at first. This is because churches have brainwashed us into thinking differently for years. Today's Churches teach what previous generations of ministers taught. Not many study the Bible to seek God for themselves. "Why re-invent the wheel" is the general view. But I urge you to keep looking at these Bible references on this website and studying them. You'll see it clearly.

Request from your church to preach the biblical truths revealed in this website, correctly. Be loyal to God, not to your church, to your favorite preacher, to your denomination, or to your ancestors. 

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Old English:

Please stop "old English" because young generations don't understand it. It is NOT the language of the Bible; it's a tradition. Aramaic, Hebrew, and Greek were the original languages of the Bible. Why are there churches today still teaching in "old English"? This is how you get the young generations who speak plain English to completely miss the message, and become uninterested. It is about getting the meaning of the scriptures to the people. Not about fake traditions and formalities. Older people can use old-English with each-other, that's fine. But careful with young generations. Many are misunderstanding the message, and fleeing Christianity altogether.

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