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Christianity--About the Fine Print
ABOUT THE FINE PRINT
The fine print, the part of the contract few people bother to read. Why? Probably because in most cases it's accept it or no contract for you.
Most professing Christians do not realize that becoming a Christian has similarities to buying fire insurance, and in fact it is in a sense doing exactly that. A true follower of Christ will be exempt from the fire that comes at the end of this age. Of course this is not the real reason to become one but it is one of the benefits, an eternal one, the ONLY eternal thing in this life. First I will explain a bit about insurance and then compare the similarities.
Fire Insurance Contract (Insurance Policy)
Do you know what your insurance policy actually covers? Or just what the agent said it does?
Free Legal advice website Says “Most homeowners have fire insurance, but few truly understand what it is and how it works.”
Do you UNDERSTAND that no matter what the agent told you the ONLY coverage you actually have is laid out in the policy. There is also a section of the policy that lists the things that are specifically not covered.
The four parts of a standard policy are Declarations, Insuring Agreement, Conditions, and Exclusions.
Here are a couple of exclusions from an actual policy.
Loss, destruction or damage caused by war, invasion, act of foreign enemy hostilities or war like operations (whether war be declared or not), civil war, mutiny, civil commotion assuming the proportions of or amounting to a popular rising, military rising, rebellion, revolution, insurrection or military or usurped power.
Any loss or Damage occasioned by or through or in consequence directly or indirectly due to earthquake, volcanic eruption, or other convulsions of nature.
THIS actual POLICY HAS 8 LINES OF EXCLUSIONS that you would not know about if you DID NOT READ the policy but would affect you if you had a fire and made a claim.
There are some agents that make sure you understand what is and what is not covered if you have a claim but they are not the majority. And then, like in anything these days there are unscrupulous agents that do not disclose the exclusions or just lie about what is covered.
This MAKES IT IMPERATIVE THAT YOU READ YOUR ENTIRE POLICY YOURSELF and if you have questions call the issuing company for clarification..
Conversion to Christianity-- Becoming a Real Disciple of Christ
Do you know what it really takes to become a real disciple of Christ? I mean really, the requirements, the exclusions, ALL the details?
Like in buying insurance the agent that is “selling” you the need for and how to's of conversion, there are many kinds of agent. Men following and bringing the real Jesus to meet you along with correctly presenting His doctrine, men following other men and bringing a “church” for you to join, men bringing doctrines of men that want to collect your money, that are actually following satan for what ever nefarious reason and others.
Now let's look at scripture to see how to know which is which.
REMEMBER, THIS IS MUCH MORE IMPORTANT than buying fire insurance on your possessions
THIS IS the ONLY ETERNAL thing you will ever do on this earth.
DECLARATIONS , part 1
This contract is called the NEW TESTAMENT and is where ALL things pertaining to the Kingdom of God are found, you MUST READ & UNDERSTAND IT CORRECTLY TO ENTER.
As in any CONTRACT, you are actually making a contract , in this case , with God through His Son Jesus , to whom ALL POWER ON HEAVEN AND EARTH has been given for this age, when you become converted.
AS IN ANY CONTRACT there are several parts to the contract WHICH ALL MUST BE ADHERED TO to actually receive the prize at the end of this age-- ETERNAL LIFE.
Many people professing and believing they are converted ARE NOT, they believe what they were told but have not been given ALL the details. Many believe that ALL the details are NOT IMPORTANT, BUT GOD who is the author and FINAL JUDGE says ALL ARE IMPORTANT and necessary.
Like the insurance agent that does not make sure that you understand the exclusions, for what ever reason, these people are doing a DISERVICE TO YOU AND TO GOD. They may have the best of intentions, think they have the truth and are giving it, but in fact DO NOT and are spreading a false gospel.
This is an incredible sin on their part. They will answer to God for their actions BUT YOU ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE for what they say , YOU are responsible for WHAT YOU BELIEVE. So. Like with the fire insurance policy YOU MUST STUDY THE CONTRACT. You must read the FINE PRINT, to see what the contract REALLY expects of YOU, what you are binding yourself to.
Scripture tells us many things, one that is repeatedly mentioned is “many will come in MY name, beware”
Luke 21:8 And He said: "Take heed that you not be deceived. For many will come in My name, saying,
Some will try to deceive you on purpose, some because of ignorance of truth of scripture or what ever reason but those that bring a gospel other than the FULL GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST are all wrong and the ONLY WAY to find the truth, the full Gospel of the Kingdom (the Gospel of Jesus IS the Gospel of The Kingdom) is to read and follow scripture. Scripture says the ONLY way to know ALL TRUTH is through The Holy Spirit.
John 8:32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
John 16:13-15 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.
Your best friend may introduce you to the Gospel, but he may not have he FULL TRUTH, so you MUST read and study the contract with the aid of the Holy Spirit to BE SURE YOU have the FULL TRUTH and if he does not then you can help him see the truth..
Today there is so much information to be found on the internet, some of which can be accepted with no real adverse consequences. But this is not true of the Gospel of the Kingdom as found on the internet, most of it IS THE THOUGHTS AND BELIEFS OF MEN, a FALSE gospel and so our source must be the Holy Spirit. There is of course, some truth to be found there but that must be treated in the same way, you must study it in scripture and have the Holy Spirit to confirm or deny it's truth BEFORE you believe ANYTHING.
1 Thess 5:21-22 Test all things; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil.
INSURING AGREEMENT & C0NDITIONS , parts 2 & 3
There are things that YOU MUST AGREE TO in order for this contract to be valid and in force. One of the things you will find is that there is NO MONEY TRANSFER in THIS AGREEMENT. Unlike you fire insurance contract, this contract can not be validated with money. Only “hirelings” which Jesus spoke harshly against are looking for money, It is a contract that brings you A WHOLE NEW LIFESTYLE, it's validation is when your actions and thoughts are changed to His instead of those of a mere mortal.
It is being changed from a physical person to a Spiritual person. It is to be turning you into a Christlike personality, that obeys God in all things instead of following your heart which scripture tells us is “desperately wicked above all things” (evil).
There are a few steps to complete in these parts of the contract.
You must Submit to God through Jesus His Son. That does not mean that you believe He is the Son of God, satan believes that, it means you must have faith in HIM and Entrust your spiritual well being to Him by following Him and being faithful to the Holy Spirit.
NT:4100 pisteuo (pist-yoo'-o); from NT:4102; to have faith (in, upon, or with respect to, a person or thing), i.e. credit; by implication, to entrust (especially one's spiritual well-being to Christ):
You must be baptized in WATER AND The HOLY SPIRIT.
John 3:5-6 Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the
Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that
which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
You must admit you are a sinner.
No man is without sin and you cannot repent of your sin unless you admit you are a sinner.
You must REPENT of your sins
Matt 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
Mk 1:14-15 Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel."
You must Follow His ways not the ways of man.
To do this you must allow His Spirit to replace your Spirit as your leader. To be one Spirit with HIM.
Phil 1:27-28 Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel,
1 Cor 6:17 But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.
You must learn the correct (there is only one) interpretation of scripture (from the Holy Spirit.)
John 4:23-24 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the
Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and
those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."
John 16:13-15 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all
truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and
He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine And
declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take
of Mine and declare it to you.
Acts 1:8 you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be
witnesses to Me
Acts 2:1-4 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one
place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it
filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided
tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy
Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Praise God the Holy Spirit HAS BEEN RELEASED on the earth, he is here, now we see why we need the infilling of this His Holy Spirit (also known as baptism in the Holy Spirit) to have Him living in and through us, making us of one Spirit with God, His Son Jesus and all other real followers of Jesus Christ as scripture tells us we must be to actually be a disciple of Christ our Savior.
You must ENDURE TO THE END
Matt 10:22 And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end
will be saved.
Matt 24:13-14 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
EXCLUSIONS, part 4
There are things that cause this contract to be INVALID.
Some of them are below. Today many professing to be led by God say these are not disqualifications, but who will YOU BELIEVE God or man? Remember the new testament scriptures are the contract and God not man will judge at the end of the age so you MUST READ and UNDERSTAND CORRECTLY from the Holy Spirit what the contract says are excluded and will void the contract.
The following scripture makes it clear that if you practice ANY of these things you have voided your contract and it will no longer be valid unless you have fully repented.
1 Cor 6:9-11 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
Many men will tell you that once you are “born again” your salvation is assured and is now and forever yours, but THE CONTRACT does not say that it tells us that being born again is the first step in the lifelong process and no one is “saved” until their death or the judgement which ever comes first to each individual and ONLY those who have “ENDURED TO THE END SHALL BE SAVED.
Matt 24:12-14 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
Mark 13:13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
I have given you a few of the scriptures regarding the contract that you must make or have made to become a citizen of the Kingdom of God. But you must read and study the scriptures for yourself with the help of the Holy Spirit to learn ALL Truth. You can NOT take the word of anyone UNLESS it as been conformed by the Holy Spirit and if it has been you will find there is NOT ONE scripture that will disavow it. Remember, NO SCRIPTUE CONTRADICTS ANOTHER SCRIPTURE and if one does that is proof it is not properly interpreted.
Remember your bible is NOT SCRIPTURE, it is a TRANSLATION by men, some of whom do not have much truth and therefore has errors. The Holy Spirit will show you those mis-translations as you let Him lead and teach you. You also should have a literal word for word translation such as the interlinear bible (which can be found on the internet), a Strings concordance and a couple of translations (bibles, I like amplified and NKJV) as part of your scripture study arsenal . You want to study the scriptures as interpreted by the Holy Spirit to YOU, not a bible translated by man.
Remember your goal is to be OF ONE SPIRIT WITH GOD and HIS SON JESUS, then you will be of ONE SPIRIT WITH ALL THAT ARE OF HIS SPIRIT.
I hope and pray that this short article will instill in you the desire to read, study and learn the TRUTHS OF SCRIPTURE so that you can recognize and DISCARD all things that are NOT OF GOD.
Do not believe me, study and ask the Holy Spirit if what I teach be of God.
You might want to check out my article “How to study scripture.”