Deceived?

I want this message to expose a fraud. The deception that religious traditions have brought to our world, distorting God’s Word and creating a false image of God and what it means to be a Christian. The truth is that belonging to a church, being baptized, being confirmed, or speaking in tongues will not save you if you continue to live in disobedience and sin.

(Being deceived means a sincere belief that something is true, when in fact it is not.)

I decided to write about what defines a true Christian and what constitutes the Christian life. I decided to do this because a large proportion of Danes consider themselves Christians, when in fact they have been deceived. They call themselves Christians because they have a misconception about what it means to be a Christian. And this is because we live in an extremely religious society. We are a country where true Christianity has been replaced by religiosity. We live in a land where so many pastors do not know God at all. They know the “Christian” religion, not the person of Christ. So from Sunday to Sunday, when preaching or speaking in the media, they usually present a distorted idea of ​​what true Christianity is. According to Jesus, they are the blind who lead the blind.

Leave them! They are the blind guides of the blind. But if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into the pit (Matthew 15:14)

Christian?

Let me say at the outset that if you are reading this text and trying to figure out whether you are a Christian or not because you are not sure, the answer is NO, you are not a Christian! If you really received Jesus’ forgiveness and were born again, as the Bible says (in other words, when you became a new creation and were baptized with the Holy Spirit), then something happened inside you. And then you can no longer doubt, for the Holy Spirit has opened your eyes so that you can now know God, and He assures us that we are truly children of God.

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. Father! ” The same Spirit confesses with our spirit that we are children of God. (Rom. 8: 15,16)

When you are born again (that is, you repented and turned away from your sins and received forgiveness from Jesus), you become a true new creation and start to see things very differently. You begin to understand who God is, you begin to see the Kingdom of God as the Bible says.

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.(John 3: 3)

Therefore, simply becoming a Christian, joining a religion, or joining a church is not enough to become a Christian. You can only become a Christian by becoming a new creation. It is not superficial as if you change your external behavior, but you become a new creation internally. You become a different person and start a whole new life that is automatically noticeable from the outside.

Thus, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old is gone, now everything is new. (2 Cor. 5:17)

If you have become a new creation, then you know it! I cannot doubt whether I am married or not, since I was married on October 19 1996. I remember this very well and I know that I am still married to my wife. We live together, eat together, sleep together and we even have three children together. Nor do I doubt whether I am a Christian because I live with God; like my wife, I get to know Him better every day. I have a relationship with Him, I talk to Him and He talks to me.

I say again: if you doubt whether you are a Christian, whether you know God, whether you live with Him, then you are most likely not a Christian. Suppose someone asks you if you are a Christian, do you believe in Jesus and God? If you are not sure what to answer or if your answer is “I think yes” or “it depends on the definitions”, then the real answer is NO. No, you are not a new creation/ Christian. But one day you can become one and then you are absolutely sure of it.

Many believe, but they are deceived

We are now talking about those who really think they are Christians and will answer this question without any doubt, “Yes, I am a Christian.” But when you talk to them, you find that they have a completely wrong idea of ​​God and what it means to be a Christian and live with God.

Not long ago, I was talking to a woman in the city center who was about 50 years old. She was “absolutely” sure that she was a Christian. According to the woman, she made a covenant with God that He is there when she needs Him, and when a woman dies, He takes the woman with her because she was baptized as a child, attended confirmation, and sometimes even goes to church.

It didn’t take me long to realize that she had invented her own god — a god who suited her in every way, but who had nothing to do with the true God revealed to us in the Bible, who created us all. I asked her if she knew Jesus, and I said that the Bible says that when we say we know Him, we must keep His commandments. So I asked her if she knew His commandments.

And by this we know that we have understood Him, if we keep His commandments. (1 John 2: 3)

She was ready to confess that she knew nothing about Jesus or His commandments. Nevertheless, she believed in God and thought she was living with Him because she considered herself to be a good person.

Then I told her (as I unfortunately could tell many so-called Christians in this country) that she did NOT know God. I said that the god she believes in is not the God who created her and who can save her, but only her own “idol” who fits her needs. She has created a god / idol who will never be able to save her on the Day of Judgment, although she hopes for it deep down. I told her that if she did not repent or turn to the one and only biblical God who created the universe, and if she did not live according to His commandments and follow Him daily, she would perish forever.

We Danes are completely blind to the nature of Christianity and becoming a Christian. We think that being a Christian means going to church, living in a Christian country, and believing in God in our hearts, but at other times we can live our lives the way we want. Many people in our country, when asked if they are Christians and believe in God, answer, “Yes, I believe I am a good person.” But simply “believing” in God and “striving” to be a good person does not make anyone a Christian.

We cannot live by God’s standards on our own. And now we are considering this issue in more detail, because the standards are set by God, not us. Therefore, we should not compare ourselves to a drug dealer or serial killer, concluding from this comparison that we are all right with God. Instead, we need to compare ourselves to God’s standards and God’s way of life. And without Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, we simply cannot be good enough. Even if you honestly try to live a good and right life, it is not enough. Good deeds alone do not save anyone, but repentance and faith in Jesus save.

What is faith?

Faith is not what most people know about it today. Many believe they have faith and it works somehow, but it cannot be defined or seen. Very often I have had to talk about God, heaven and hell with the relatives and friends of a recently deceased person, and I am usually told that the deceased believed in God. He just never talked much about it or was not very fanatical about it, but deep down he believed in God.

Many people believe in God or in a higher power, but do not consider themselves sinners who need the forgiveness of Christ, who died for them. Such faith is worthless because salvation is possible only through Jesus.

Faith in God without repentance and deeds is DEAD. Faith that cannot be seen or expressed in action is dead. True FAITH can be seen and felt, and it is not what we have made it into: something very personal, invisible and indefinable to all.

The Bible makes it abundantly clear that if our faith is not manifested in our actions, it is dead faith. And if you still live in conscious sin, then your faith is worthless. Such faith cannot save anyone, because faith and turning to God are intertwined.

But some may say, “You have faith, but I have works.” Show me your faith apart from deeds, and I will show you faith by my deeds. You believe that God is one. You do well, and evil spirits believe it and tremble with fear. Can you understand, you trivial person, that faith is without deeds dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? You see that faith went with his deeds and became perfect through deeds. And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned unto him for righteousness, and he was called God’s friend. You will see that a person is justified by works and not only by faith. And likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had given refuge to the spies, and sent them away another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so it is faith without works also died (James 2: 18-26).

The Bible clearly states that faith and repentance without works are equal to death. This means that the “faith” of most Danes is worthless. They have not faith, but a small HOPE: “I hope that everything will be fine. I hope to get to heaven if such a place exists… ” BUT HOPE IS NOT ENOUGH. The faith that saves is the faith you are willing to give your life for. It is a belief seen in the way you live your life.

Let’s take a small illustration of the benij jump I did a few years ago. I stood at a height of 55 meters (180 ft) and had to jump, BELIEVING that the elastic rope would withstand and that it would not be too long. When I was preparing to jump, I had the confidence and the firm conviction that everything would be fine, because otherwise I would definitely die. I believed everything would be fine and so I jumped. If I hadn’t had the belief that “everything will be fine,” I wouldn’t have jumped, because it would have been just stupid.

If you replaced the elastic rope with faith in Jesus, would you jump then? Are you willing to risk your life for what you believe in, even if the price is high, even if you are persecuted, ridiculed, and maybe even lose your life?

If the Bible says that salvation is possible only through faith in Jesus, then it is NOT enough to believe in Jesus as in a historical figure, especially since all reasonable people believe that Jesus once lived on Earth. When the Bible says that faith in Jesus saves, it means FAITH in Him and in what He SAYS (just as we can believe in other people and believe their words as truth).

When He said this, many believed in Him (John 8:30).

What did they believe? Did they just believe the fact that He was a real man of flesh and bones? No, they believed His words, they believed He was telling the truth. After all, it is said that “when He spoke, many believed in Him.” So those were the words they believed in.

The following verse explains what it takes to become a Christian/disciple and what it means to believe in Jesus:

Then said Jesus unto the Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed, and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free “(John 8: 31,32).

You see, believing in Jesus means believing His words and fulfilling them. He says that we must abide in His Word, that is, do what He says. He also says that if we do not live according to His words, if we do not keep His word, then we are not His disciples. Thus, not only does a Christian believe that Jesus once lived on earth, but he must believe that Jesus’ words are true, which means that he must live those words.

What does the word Christian mean?

This word was first given to Jesus’ disciples about 13 years after His resurrection. Believers were called Christians because they followed Christ and were like Him in their ways, words, and deeds. The word “Christian” means a follower of Christ. Thus, they were called “Christians” because they imitated Jesus (Christ), not because they lived in a “Christian” country or attended church. At the same time, other people called them Christians, they did not invent this wonderful name themselves, but got it from others, because it was clear to everyone that they lived with Jesus.

And they went into the church all the year, and taught much people. And this was in Antioch, where the disciples were first called Christians (Acts 11:26).

A Christian means a disciple, but who is a disciple?

So go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to keep all that I have commanded you, and behold, I am with you all the days of the end. Amen. (Matthew 28: 19,20)

Before going to heaven, Jesus told His disciples to go into the world and make other people His disciples, teaching them to keep His commandments and do all that He told His disciples to do. He did NOT give the task of turning people into religious Christians who know nothing about Him, do not keep His commandments, and do not keep His words.

Here, in the original, the Greek word “matetyje” is used in its main meaning: to be a student of a person, following his oral and written teachings, commandments, rules; be someone’s student, learn from someone in practice.

And if we were to give the word “Christian” its very original meaning, many would not be in a hurry to proclaim that they are Christians. The title, in its true sense, requires “a little” more than just going to church and living a reasonably good life. It requires you to live with Christ and do EVERYTHING He says.

But no matter how we call ourselves Christians or disciples, if we don’t do EVERYTHING He tells us to do, God doesn’t care about how we call ourselves. I could start calling my son “my daughter,” but that doesn’t change the fact that he’s my son. Therefore, it doesn’t really matter how you call yourself when you are actually on the path to eternal condemnation because you have not repented or turned away from your sins and have not chosen a life that is faithful to the commandments of Christ.

A small amount of water poured over the head (baptism) does not change ANYTHING in itself. Similarly, nothing changes when you go to church and live in a “Christian” country. There is no salvation in all this. Salvation is a matter of repentance and faith, 100% obedience to Jesus Christ, and keeping His commandments — whether we do it or not.

So you can see that not all 87% of the Danish population belonging to the national (Lutheran) church are Christians on their way to heaven. On the contrary, Jesus’ disciples are only 1-2% or even less of the population of our perishing country. Denmark is one of the deadliest countries in the world in terms of true Christianity. In many other countries where Christianity is not a national religion, there are many more followers of Christ. One of the reasons for this situation is that Christianity has long been a religion in our country and there is only a religious way to practice Christianity. And this religious practice has created a false idea of ​​what it means to be a true Christian. The Danes very often use phrases like, “I was baptized and I went to confirmation, so I don’t have to worry about anything.” In addition, because of some so-called Christians and their way of life, the Danes have accepted the idea that the Bible is not true.

And I want to ask you a question: ARE you one of those 1-2% of the people (these numbers are gradually increasing) in our country who live as a disciple / follower of Jesus? If not, what are you going to do about it? The explanation that you have seen too much absurdity and double standards in churches, or that you live by what your pastor (priest) tells you, is not good.

So what does it take to be a disciple of Jesus?

It is a matter of willingness to surrender everything to Jesus and obey everything He says. When we do, we experience a lot of new and wonderful things. The more we obey Him, the more He will reveal to us and give us His power.

Let’s look at what Jesus said about his follower or disciple:

He that loveth father or mother more than Me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after Me, is not worthy of Me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for My sake shall find it (Matthew 10: 37-39).

Jesus wants us to give Him leadership and a place in all aspects of our lives so that nothing and no one is above Him for us and we continue to obey Him. God never tells us that we should do something if it does not ultimately benefit us. Sometimes obedience to God seems extremely inconvenient and unprofitable to us because we only see what is here and now. But God is much more and He knows what is really best for us.

We read that it is not possible to love a father, mother, son, etc. more than Jesus, and that means He should be at the forefront of all areas, events, and phenomena in our lives. He wants our love for Him to be so strong that no other love can overshadow it. Jesus wants to be the most important thing in our lives and to be first and foremost in everything and at all times. When He comes first, everything works as it should. And with family and friends. When we follow Jesus, He is with us and we think much more about our neighbors, friends, and relatives than before.

Unfortunately, many people stop following Jesus because of family or friends. Therefore, it is very important that we always put Jesus in the first place in our lives, even if it calls into question the views and opinions of others. Until you are born again, you are “blind”, and if you listen and follow another “blind”, things will go wrong. Instead, we must live with God ourselves so that we can bring “sight” to our family and friends so that they too can see. Ultimately, they are very grateful to us for that.

Thus, being a Christian/disciple means obeying His commandments, 100% obedience to Him, and everything He says. Salvation is only in Jesus, not in some of the gods we invent for ourselves. Only God can save, and that will only happen if we live with Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

Unfortunately, the example of a woman who believed in her god is a typical example of the condition of the people of our country. So many Danes live in deception and think that everything is fine, that they are on their way to heaven, because they have been baptized as children, gone through confirmation and are members of the church. Others think they are all right because they live a relatively good and intelligent life, like most people around them. But no, my dear friend! Baptism as a child, even with a confirmation school certificate, cannot save you or make you a Christian. And trying to live a relatively intelligent life doesn’t mean you’re on your way to heaven. The truth is that we have all sinned. And if we do not repent, turn from our sins, ask God for forgiveness, and live with Him every day, we will perish.

What I wrote may be different from what you usually hear in church. Because we live in a time when people prefer to listen not to the truth, but only to what is pleasing to their ears. They prefer to hear that being baptized as a child is enough for them to now have an excuse to continue their life as before.

Many believe this, but the truth is different, even if we do not want to hear it. There is no point in acting like the deaf in the hope that we will not be judged by the truth. Whether you want to hear it or not, but the truth does not change. And according to the truth (and not our own theories), we will one day be accountable to God for our lives.

For the time will come when they will not accept the right doctrine, but will choose according to their whims the teachers who will stroke their ears; and they turn their ears away from the truth, and turn to fairy tales. (2 Tim. 4: 3,4)

To be continued..

Source: https://outpouring.ru/blog/2016-06-04-7388

Deceived – Part 2

The Holy Spirit

One very important part of being a Christian is the Holy Spirit, or filling/baptism with the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit, we CANNOT live a life pleasing to God. When you are baptized with the Holy Ghost, something happens in your life and you begin to see things from a completely different perspective.

First, you will gain a better understanding of God’s Word. I know many “Christians” who believed in God for years, attended church faithfully, called themselves Christians, and lived according to their own understanding. But when, after all these years, they were baptized in the Church with the Holy Spirit, something happened to them and they changed. Their relationship with God suddenly became more real and vibrant, and they saw everything around them in a whole new light. And then they began to see and do things they had never seen or done before.

When I talk about baptism with the Holy Spirit, I am NOT talking about the water baptism you received as a child when you were baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This is a completely different baptism.

The Bible says that John the Baptist baptized many people. It was a baptism of repentance comparable to water baptism. Unfortunately, many stop there and prefer to think that is enough.

But John the Baptist himself said that he baptized with water; but He that followeth him, He baptizing with the Holy Ghost and with fire. It is baptism with the Holy Spirit and it is essential for a true Christian life.

I baptize you with water, that ye may repent: but He that cometh after me is mightier than I. I’m not fit to bring Him shoes either. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire (Matthew 3:11).

As Jesus walked the earth, He spent three years each day with His disciples. He taught them, answered all their questions, supported and encouraged them in difficult times, and so on. Think about it! They were with Jesus every day for three years. They heard Him teach. They saw how He healed people. They saw Him perform great signs and wonders. It was wonderful to be close to Jesus personally. If we could walk with Jesus today, it would be powerful, wouldn’t it? But Jesus told the disciples (and us) that it would be better for them to leave, because if He does not leave, He cannot send them the Holy Spirit.

But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go away: for if I do not go away, the Comforter will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. (John 16: 7)

But what could be better than living with Jesus? Of course, there is nothing better, but that is why we received the Holy Spirit. As you receive baptism with the Holy Ghost, you will receive constant help to live a life pleasing to God. The Holy Ghost reminds us of everything Jesus spoke of and gives us the strength to testify of Jesus. By living a life like Jesus, we can do what He did: signs and wonders. We can pray for the sick in Jesus’ name and see their healing.

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth ”(Acts 1: 8).

So when you turn to God and receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, you begin to experience a close relationship with God / Jesus through the Holy Spirit. … And this relationship can become as close as the relationship between Jesus and His disciples. It is said that when the Holy Spirit descends upon us, we gain power, but it is not only power to evangelize and proclaim the Word of God, but also to heal the sick, deliver people from demons, prophesy, and so on.

How to receive / receive the Holy Spirit?

You can overcome it by asking God, or ask someone who already has the Holy Ghost to pray for you. Not long ago, four people in our home were baptized with the Holy Ghost and began to speak in tongues. It happened when we prayed together. We (who had the Holy Spirit) laid our hands on them, and the Holy Spirit came upon them and filled them. And then, as described in the Bible, they spoke in tongues. (Speaking in other tongues is a gift that those who know Him receive from God. This language itself is incomprehensible, but so your spirit prays to God and through that prayer it answers and builds you up, glorifies God, etc.)

And he said, Wherefore are ye baptized? They answered, “To the baptism of John.” But Paul said, “John baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on him who would come after him, that is, on Jesus.” When they heard this, they were baptized in the Lord Jesus
name. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied (Acts 19: 3-6).

Here we read of Christians who have never heard of the Holy Spirit. It is also today, but not too late – you too can be baptized with the Holy Ghost.

Forgiveness

Now you have received some guidance on what it means to be a Christian. If as a result you realized that you want to meet God and learn. If you need His forgiveness, it is possible. And it’s very simple.

If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved: for with the heart man believeth unto righteousness;
for salvation (Rom. 10: 9,10)

It says very clearly what you need to do. You must acknowledge that Jesus is the Lord in your life and believe that God raised him from the dead. Confessing Jesus as Lord means obeying all of His commandments and DOING EVERYTHING He commands you to do. So it is NOT enough to say that you believe in Him and continue to live as you wish. NO, you must live in 100% obedience to Him.

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; only he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven (Matthew 7:21)

There is another place in the Bible where Jesus asks us why we call Him Lord, but we do not do what He says. He does not want us to simply call Him Lord and continue to live our lives. He wants our obedience.

And if we do not keep His commandments, He will ask us, “But why do you cry out to Me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ and do not what I say? ” (Luke 6:46).

When the Bible says we can be saved, then when Jesus is Lord in our lives, we need to understand the word “Lord” correctly: it is He who controls and directs us, who we serve — that is, we do what He says that we are the person who obeyed Him in everything and are 100% obedient.

One might think that it is impossible to be 100% obedient. What happens if you are not quite sure what God’s will is, what if you do something wrong and show disobedience to God? God does not hold us responsible for what we do not understand, but only for what we already know and understand.

He who can do good but does not do it is a sin (James 4:17).

The same is true of sin. We can do something wrong by accident, not intentionally, and we are always forgiven. But if you sin arbitrarily, consciously, then you just are NOT a Christian and you need to repent. For example, everyone knows that watching pornography is a sin. And if you get into this network and “accidentally” watch pornography, wanting something you shouldn’t want, you are intentionally sinning. If you do, you are in great danger, you will be judged with sinners, and you will perish forever if you do not repent immediately.

The Bible says that in order to be saved, we must turn from all our sins. EVERYTHING means everything wrong that we know. Of course, sin can destroy our consciences in such a way that there is almost nothing left of it, but God’s Word is always true. The Bible makes it very clear what sin is and that sin separates us from God (10 commandments, etc.). But if you repent and give your life to God, you will be born again, and your conscience will be born again. It becomes sharp again as a razor. You will soon start to worry that some things in your life need to be improved. And you must live a new life and learn to distinguish right from wrong.

And do not conform to this age, but change your minds, that you may know what is God’s will, good, pleasing, and perfect (Rom. 12: 2).

If you try to hide your sin by ignoring it, ignoring your conscience, or think that God is gracious and therefore all will be well, you are wrong and you must repent before it is too late.

He who hides his transgressions will not reach his goal, but he who confesses them and forsakes them will find mercy. (Proverbs 28:13)

It is very important to always live in the light and not have conscious or unrepentant sins in our lives, because we must be ready to stand before God at all times. This can happen in an hour or maybe in 10 years. So there is only one question: are you ready for the judgment? Is there something you have not repented that you have not turned away from? If you knew you were standing in front of a judge in an hour, would you have anything to regret or forgive anyone? That is how we must report. And if you have something like that, deal with it NOW!

Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing,
whether it is good or evil.(Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14).

You may ask: how can I always know God’s will for what is right?

First, you must repent of your sins and repent, because you live in disobedience to your God and Creator. Turning away means changing the direction of travel, you have to do it.

First, ask God to forgive you of your sins and disobedience – in the name of Jesus. Then tell Him that from now on you will live for Him and obey His word. This is the very first thing to do, because if you do not, God will not be able to accept you. Even if you read the Bible and go to church. Until you repent or decide to follow Him and do everything He says / demands, you will live in rebellion. And if you don’t do what’s necessary, then with every breath you make you rebel against your God and Creator.

After that, you must fill yourself with the word of God (the Bible). You will get to know God through reading the Bible and fellowship with Him (prayer).

Last but not least is fellowship with those who live with Him. I am NOT referring to those who call themselves Christians, but are actually their own masters. I am talking about those who gave their lives to God and live by His Word, who are not Christians not only on Sundays, but who live with God 24 days a day.

So, start by repenting of all your sins and asking God for mercy, confess your sins to Him, and ask Him to forgive you so that you will not be condemned with sinners. If you repent and ask God in the name of Jesus to forgive all the wrong things you have done, God will forgive you and give you salvation. You will begin a whole new and wonderful life with God. Then find Christians who can help you in your new life with God so that you do not miss His plan for your life.

After that, you must be baptized in water and receive the Holy Spirit, because without Him you cannot go that way. If you don’t know of any Christians who can help you, write to me. Maybe I know Christians who live not far from you, or I can help you in your new life with God (see the email address below the article).

How did I become a Christian and how did that change my life?

I was born in 1976 and grew up in Brande city  in a completely ordinary family. My parents were members of the state church, where I was baptized as a child and where I was camped. But like most Danes, we never went to church. I believed there was more between heaven and earth, but I didn’t know exactly.

I once visited a friend who had recently become a Christian through personal faith and started attending an evangelical church. I told him that he was either insane or brainwashed, and that he needed to make sure that they were not Jehovah’s Witnesses or any other sect because they were talked about so much. However, I became curious. Some time later I saw a TV show from the church and saw that some people were really experiencing God. Then I thought, “If they can experience God, so do I.” And to my friend’s great surprise, I decided to go with him to the next service in his church.

When they arrived, people sang from their hearts, raised their hands, and spoke with tongues. At first I thought I was the only one normal here. However, I experienced something very special that night. When the speaker asked if there was anyone who wanted to receive Jesus as their personal Savior, I knew he was turning to me. I went on and said a prayer asking Jesus to forgive my sins and become my Savior. I didn’t know anything about it then, but something happened to me. Later that evening, someone prayed for me, and I felt something like a powerful fire run through my whole body. It is very difficult to describe, it was real and wonderful.

Much has happened since that day, April 5, 1995. The fear of death left me immediately and completely, I found great joy, peace, and experienced incredible freedom. Before that experience, I felt that God was very far from me in praying, but after that I knew He was near and prayer became easy. I suddenly began to understand many new things and experienced how God spoke to me.

About five months later, I was at a Christian concert in Aalborg, and God told me that my wife would be a girl standing behind me. I turned around and looked at her. After the concert, I was on my way home with a friend and told him that I had just met my future wife. I didn’t know who she was, what her name is, where she came from, and so on. But God said she would be my wife. When I returned home, I asked God to unite us in some way because I didn’t know who she was. Three months later we met again, today we are married and we have three children.

I have repeatedly experienced that God speaks to me directly through the Bible. This book has become alive and real to me. As I read the Bible, I often experienced that these were not just words, but that God Himself speaks to me. I like to read the Bible because it is different from other books.

I also had the opportunity to pray for the many people who were healed after prayer. They got rid of asthma, tinnitus, back pain, headaches, arthritis and more. I’ve seen people get well in the city center and throw their crutches away.

I told them I was a Christian and asked if I could pray for them. I witnessed how demons went out of people and how those people were completely changed as a result. They were bound and enslaved by fear, depression, nightmares, etc., but they were set free and it all left them behind. I had the honor of bringing other people to God and witnessing how their lives completely changed in seconds.

God helps me live the life we ​​should live according to the Bible – a life of signs and wonders: a life as we get closer to God and learn. Get to know him better every day. This is an absolutely amazing life. I can’t imagine living without God for even one day.

Salvation and my life with God is the best thing that has ever happened to me. Life is no longer empty, but full of meaning. I got a task and a goal to live by, and it’s amazingly beautiful. Sometimes it can be difficult, but the Bible warns against it. Personally, I experience a lot of resistance in my life. From near and far, but the relationship with God is much more than all that. And no matter what happens, He is ALWAYS there.

Today, when I pray to God, I no longer pray religious prayers like I once did when I was in a difficult situation and needed help. Now it is very personal relationship with Him.

Prayer is a relationship, not a machine that you try to use when needed. For example, today I really like to go for a walk and just be with God. I miss the time of being with Him. I can easily close the door, shout, and talk to Him for an hour and listen to what He answers. No matter what I do, I always meet Him. When I drive, I talk to Him. When I work, He is there. He is present every day of my life, and I can’t imagine living without Him for a second. Life without Him is empty. Once you have met God, you will never be the same again.

These are just a few words about me, just a few words about my life and how God changed it. I could talk at length about my experience and what God has done for me. And this is just the beginning, because God has much more for me and I know Him much more now. The more time we spend with Him, the better we will get to know Him.

Today I know that God is real and my faith is not in vain. I met Him and I live with Him every day. Jesus died for me and for you, but we must also give our lives to God.

I have lived without Him for 18 years, and if I had died then, I would certainly have died. I don’t want you to die.

On April 5, 1995, I experienced salvation. You can experience it today. It depends on you. And it is not about belonging to the church, but about the personal relationship between the living GOD and YOU. Jesus gave me so much. He is LIFE.

At the end of this pamphlet, I quote several scriptures that describe the qualities of a Christian.

Signs of a true Christian

But believers receive such signs: in my name they cast out evil spirits, speak new tongues, raise up venomous snakes with their bare hands, and if they ran something deadly, it would not harm them; the sick upon whom they lay their hands shall be healed ”(Mark 16: 17.18).

It says that these signs follow those who believe. The word “sign” means the same as a sign that can be placed in front of a store. This label gives you an idea of ​​what the store is selling.

For example, if you see a donut-shaped label, you know it’s a bakery and you can buy bread from that store. Speaking with tongues, casting out demons, healing diseases by laying hands on the sick are all signs that you are a Christian.

Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. and he cannot sin because he was born of God (1 John 3: 9).

The quality of a man born of God, or a Christian, is that he does not sin. The meaning of this verse can be conveyed as follows: Everyone who is born of God does not live in sin because he has the seed of God in him; he cannot continue to sin because he was born of God.

So if you say that you are born again or that you are a Christian but still live sinfully, you are deceiving yourself. If you watch pornography, lie, steal, if you have not forgiven anyone, then you are not a Christian. And then you must immediately repent and repent of your sins before you are convicted of sin and perished forever.

As the Bible says, you must renew your mind so that you can know God’s will. It is a process in which you are constantly approaching God and learning to distinguish right from wrong. Therefore, a person who has been a Christian for many years makes fewer mistakes than a newborn Christian. But if you do NOT intend to live without sin, then you have NOT yet begun your spiritual path.

And the disciples went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs. ”(Mark 16:20)

God confirms with miracles and signs that we speak the word of God, not of ourselves. If these signs do not accompany our words, it is not clear whether we speak the words of God or ourselves… So many different things are preached in our churches today.

Some pastors say something, quote a verse from Scripture, and it sounds like the word of God, but in reality it is their words. Many can be deceived by this. Therefore, we need to see if God confirms what we say. And here you may be in danger. I can easily tell you that everything is fine with you and that you can continue the same life you lived, and you can even believe me. But that would not be the word of God, but my personal opinion. And no matter how much I tell you that everything is fine, nothing will change. If you do not live a righteous life, you are on your way to hell because I cannot save anyone – only God can do that.

Conclusion

Radical, right? Yes, God’s Word is radical. You may be thinking, “No one can live such a life.”
But this is not the case, you can live this kind of life. Once you have truly repented, met the living God, and been close to Him, living a life pleasing to God is no longer a problem. Because He is always with us and guides us.

And to those who “know” God but do not live the right life that is pleasing to Him, I say the following:
Come closer to Him.

Pray and call on Him to show you who He really is.

Pray that He will expose satan’s deception in your life, that all your religiosity and “lukewarmness” may be revealed, that you may begin to read God’s Word without religious glasses.

Stop saying, “But God’s grace protects me” and use it as an excuse for your “lukewarm” Christian life. It won’t help you. Seek God like never before. Learn who He really is: a holy, just, and loving God who loved us so much that He gave / sacrificed His Son Jesus so that through Jesus we can be freed from the power of sin and fellowship with our God and Creator. He loves us incredibly, but as much as He loves us, He hates sin. He cannot simply close his eyes to sin and disobedience. He always condemns sin and disobedience.

Additional information

This pamphlet is written with one wish: for many to open their eyes and see the truth that Satan’s deception would be revealed in our country. We must turn to the living and true God, confess Jesus as our Lord and Savior, and learn who He really is because He is LIFE!

And I have the last words for those who do not know God, but think that they are all right and do not have to turn to God.

It’s not about what you think or feel, it’s about absolutely need to forgive your sins and be reconciled to God. If you have ever violated God’s law (10 commandments), you are guilty.

For example, if you lie, steal something, or use God’s name in vain, you have broken the law and you will be judged as sinners. And these are just three of the Ten Commandments.

So the question is not whether we feel good or not, but in forgiveness and reconciliation with God.

After all, the truth is that you are guilty because you have broken His law.

We have all done this, and therefore we must all repent and be forgiven by God.

However, this does not apply to anyone anywhere, it concerns YOU personally! It doesn’t matter if you “feel” the need for forgiveness or not. We simply have either forgiveness or condemnation. And the only important thing is that there is only one way to avoid the punishment you deserve for breaking God’s law — repent of your sins and be forgiven through Jesus. God loves us and does not want us to perish. Therefore, He sent His Beloved Son, Jesus, to die for us because of our sins, that through Him we might be forgiven of our sins.

If you refuse to repent, do not turn from your sins, you will not be forgiven. You will be convicted of offenses (as you will be convicted of violating Danish law). And it’s really important. And this is really important and true for you and me, because one day we will ALL be accountable to God for our lives.

So repent today and be forgiven.

For there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
(Acts 4:12)

This name is JESUS…

If you need help turning to God or have questions, don’t be confused or alone, but contact our church.

You can also write to Torben Sondergaard:
mail@oplevjesus.dk

Deceived Part 1

Source: https://outpouring.ru/blog/2016-06-04-7389

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