Non Christians… let me explain

A Christian is a person who is saved by faith through grace, having had a born again experience – and believes that Jesus Christ is God in human flesh, one third of the Trinity, and finally, acknowledges there is no other means of salvation than through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ.

I say that to preface my remarks.

Christians today acknowledge – wrongly – a number of groups that are not Christians, but are instead members of false religions and cults.

If I whitewash that, and go along with your false belief, I am being exceptionally cruel. Because while I’m sitting in heaven, celebrating with the Lord, you are not in heaven, but a place of agony, torment that will not end, ever, forever, and ever, and ever. The flames will never die down. The worms will not stop devouring you. The pain will never get less. you will either weep forever, or scream in rage forever. When I’ve been in New Jerusalem for 13 MILLION years, you will still be in Hell… and it is just the beginning for noth of us.

So I can’t nod and lie, and let you believe your saved when you’re not.

Jehovah’s Witnesses: Deny the deity of Christ, the Trinity, hold to many false and heretical beliefs. They don’t believe in Hell, but sadly will find themselves condemned to the very thing they deny.

Roman Catholics: Believe in salvation by works, and add church authority and tradition to the Bible, and routinely practice idolatry.

Seventh Day Adventists: Believe in salvation by works, claim to be trinitarian but claim (like JW’s), that Jesus is the archangel Michael. Also deny an eternal Hell. You’ll find out.

Mormons: deny the deity of God, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus Christ, by elevating themselves to the position of being gods. They deny the scriptures, and add the Pearl Of Great Price, Doctrines and Covenants, and The Book of Mormon. Just because one ran for President as a Republiccan, suddenly Christians are running to embrace them as a Christan – and they’re not. Also don’t believe in Hell. It’s going to be a horrible shock when they find out.

Messianic Jews: The Sacred Name, Torah Observant, and Hebrew Roots Messianics are not Christians. They believe in salvation by works, deny the trnity and deity of Christ. This is going to horribly offend one or two of my readers, but I’m sorry – if you believe you must keep the Sabbath, the Law, Kashrus, etc – you believe in Salvation by works, and you’re in for a horrible eternity.

If you’re in one of those groups, get saved. Come out of her and touch not the unclean thing! Repent! and believe the Gospel.

If I offended any members of those groups, I don’t apologize. You should feel terror, not wrath. GET SAVED.

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You can get a policy that lasts forever, and the premiums are already paid for you.


James 24

“Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.” (James 5:7–8, KJV)

One of the books I’m reading right now in Logos is What you need to know about the Rapture, by Charles Ryrie. It actually uses a lot of the same arguments I have used in favor of a pre-tribulational rapture.

Only Pre-tribulation believers can say they believe in the imminence of a pre-trib rapture. Everyone else must wait for specific dates.

“Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.” (James 5:9, KJV)

Only a Pre-trib believer can say this. Nobody else. Otherwise, the Bible would say, “The judge will come at the end of days”. But we’re told the Judge standeth at the door. He can enter at ANY TIME.

Only a pre-trib believer believse that. Mid trib, post trib, pre-wrath… all do not believe the Bible, or they’ve studied someone’s book but not the Bible. The Pre-Trib doctrine was firmly established in me the very first time I read through the Bible – and THEN I found Tim LaHeye!

5:9. James called for the believers to stop groaning lest they be judged, because Jesus the Judge is standing at the door! In view of the hope of Christ’s soon return, believers should cease the petty conflicts to which James alluded in chapter 4. As children in a school classroom look out for their teacher’s soon return, God’s children should be on guard for Christ’s return. In so doing, good behavior and mutual harmony are essential.

J. Ronald Blue, “James,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 2 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 833.

James 23

“Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth. Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter. Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.” (James 5:1–6, KJV)

We see a condemnation of those who sre not righteous, but trust in riches. Zacchaeus restored what he had wrongly taken, and Christ commended him. So, does this verse specifically say rich men go to hell?

No. Zacchaeus was rich, and yet the Bible is clear he was saved by his faith.

The difference is 1). saved and 2). using your wealth for the reason God entrusted you with it! To provide for and help the poor in your church.

5:4–5. It is not the wealth itself that is condemned, but the greedy attitude toward it and the grisly actions with which it was obtained. God is not deaf to the cries of injustice that rise both from wages withheld in fraud and from the laborers who have been oppressed by the rich. The Jewish converts were well aware of God’s Law forbidding holding back on wages (Lev. 19:13; Deut. 24:15) and oppressing the poor (Prov. 3:27–28; Amos 8:4–6; Mal. 3:5). The life of luxury (etryphēsate, “to lead a soft life,” used only here in the NT) and self-indulgence (espatalēsate, “to live voluptuously or wantonly,” used only here and in 1 Tim. 5:6), is like so much fat for the slaughter. The sarcastic illustration was vivid for Jewish believers who had seen many fattened sheep and oxen meet their fates in sacrifice.

5:6. In the scramble for more wealth, the rich used their influence in courts of justice, and in the process were guilty of bringing condemnation and even death to innocent men who offered no resistance (“innocent men” is lit., “the righteous one” though it probably refers to a class of people rather than to one individual). What began as an interest in money ended as an insensitivity to murder.

A believer who seeks spiritual growth dare not become caught up in the accumulation of wealth for himself. He should share his possessions for God’s glory and the good of others.

J. Ronald Blue, “James,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 2 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 832–833.

James 22

“Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” (James 4:13–17, KJV)

The key to understanding this passage is, well the context, which is summed up in the rhetorical question, “What is your life?” When you’re fifteen, it seems like being your parents age is SO MANY YEARS away. Try this – turn around three times in a circle. Now you’re older than your parents!

At least that’s how it seems.

Don’t put off anything. Schedule things, but don’t procrastinate.

And never procrastinate about doing good!

4:17. It is likely that chapter 4‘s concluding sentence, Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins, is related not only to the matter of boasting but also to all the advice given thus far in the epistle. “Then” (lit., “therefore,” oun) supports this contention. James’ readers could not plead ignorance. The letter abounds with exhortations to do good. To fail to comply is clearly sin.

J. Ronald Blue, “James,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 2 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 832.

James 21

I really need to upload these as soon as I write them! What happens is, right now I’m extremely busy. I have a lot of responsibilities right now, and deadlines. What’s happening is I write my blog on Saturday and Sunday mornings, and… I try to upload them every two days. What I really need to do is write them – and put them online right away.

“Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?” (James 4:11–12, KJV)

Again, this is not talking about heretics and apostates. we are commanded to mark those who cause division by teaching false doctrine. Mark and avoid. Paul named names.

What we’re talking about is the buzz-buzz that happens every sunday in every Baptist church, as people speak behind raised hands. You know, if you’ve noticed that so and so is struggling, and looks like they may be backsliding – why don’t you go up to them and see if you can help? Sometimes (MOST OF THE TIME) there are people in every church who are struggling with this or that – HELP them, don’t gossip about them!.

4:11. To slander and judge one another is totally incongruous to the humble spirit God desires. Furthermore, to judge another is actually a judgment of God’s Law itself. His Law is a mandate over all people. No one dares assume a haughty position over the Law. The slanderer is sentenced by the Law; the self-styled judge is jeopardized by the Law; only the humble person is honored. True justice is rendered when a believer subjects himself to God in humility and obedience.

J. Ronald Blue, “James,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 2 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 831.

James 20

Let’s do something really quick. I wanted to gloss over this verse, so we could return and examine it.

“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” (James 4:4, KJV)

Friendship with the world… is enmity with God.

Spiritually, if you are conforming to the world, if you are a worldly Christian – God is calling you an adulterer.

Here’s one thing we really lose by taking the first step into Textual Criticism. “We need to find out what the author of the book REALLY INTENDED when he wrote the passage…”

No, we don’t! We READ it and HEED it! The author wrote what he REALLY INTENDED!

So, who’s the author? James?

Answer – God. James was the instrument. Calling James the author is like saying my blog was written by Dell.

Friendship with the world… is enmity with God.

Spiritually, if you are conforming to the world, if you are a worldly Christian – God is calling you an adulterer.

What changes are you going to make in your outlook, beliefs, and life to avoid this?

James 19

“Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” (James 4:5–10, KJV)

According to John Walvoord (for some reason, Logos keeps attributing every quote I’m reading in the Bible Knowledge Commentary to Ronald Blue, but he was only one of the three who wrote in the BKC), much of the terminology in this section is actually military in nature, probably in keeping with the mention of “war” earlier.

To resist ἀντιτάσσω (antitasso) comes from anti (against) and tasso (determine, designate). Many of the uses of tasso are indeed military – to order, command, renounce, oppose, rebel, rebellious, subordinate. This is a classic example of how “Strong’s Theology” can really lead you astray. The use of the root word does not mean it contains all of the tenses of the various conjugations! “To eat” for example could be wrongly understood to mean “I’ve already eaten” using that logic. So, Strong’s Theologians need to be careful, in that you could say “I’m hungry” to another Strong’s Theologian, and they could interpret that to mean you’ve already eaten!

We get instead a sense of the passage from the various uses of the word. But we render literally what the word, in its present conjugation and tense means. Greek is VERY specific! English tends to be somewhat slippery to translate – Greek does not. I can always spot people who are lying about taking Greek in seminary when I see them make this classic error of trying to translate a Greek word in the same slippery sense we give English words.

God resisteth the proud… resist the devil.

Draw nigh unto God. He will draw nigh unto you.

Contrastive thought, comparitive thought. I’ve described it before as being the fingerprint of God throughout the Bible. For God to resist the proud seems to literally mean in this context, that God wars against them! Humble yourself. Rend your heart. Submit to God.

It’s really amazing that sometimes all God asks for is a minute by minute thing. “be humble. don’t be proud. I will lift up the fallen.”

Whatever questions remain unresolved about verse 5, there is no question about the clear truth of verse 6. God opposes the proud. The word “opposes,” or “resists,” is antitassetai, a military term meaning “to battle against.” To the humble, however, God gives grace. Whether a believer is called to resist his human spirit which tends toward envy or to rejoice in the Holy Spirit who jealously yearns for each believer’s edification, the call is to shun pride and to submit humbly to God’s authority. The cure for conflict is a humble spirit which is rewarded by God’s unmerited favor. James continued by showing in verses 7–12 how humility is related to peaceful justice

J. Ronald Blue, “James,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 2 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 830.