Learning to Thank God

Ephesians 5:20giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ

It is quite easy to thank God for those wonderful things which happen in our lives, but Paul didn’t mince his words when he said to give “thanks always for ALL things”. This would mean the mundane things we take for granted as well as the hurt and heart break and turmoil we experience.

Now someone may have just read “as well as the hurt and heart break and turmoil we experience”, and scratch their head and say “WHAT?” Allow me to explain. If we learn and more importantly UNDERSTAND what God’s sovereignty entails, you will also learn to thank Him for all things including the things we would never think of thanking Him for.

Let me give you an example. In 2008-2009 a couple of years before my rebirth I was greatly scammed by a woman and her boyfriend. They took thousands of dollars from me. Without going into all the sorted details, let’s just say I took full responsibility for my sheer stupidity. But what was the lesson God taught me and thus I thank Him for? I realized when God opened my eyes how much He had forgiven me, and now it was my turn to forgive my offenders. And honestly, without a rebirth, I would have probably ended up in jail in my zeal for revenge.

Another example in my life came from the person who took the time to read the Bible out loud in a busy restaurant to me. This person said and did MANY nasty evil things to me as well. But if it wasn’t for God using her to read the Bible, my eyes would have remained shut for another day. So I thank God for this!

I thank God for all the things He provided before, during, after my rebirth. These things all gave me a witness and testimony in Jesus Christ! Some were really terrible things, which I realized only after my rebirth were shaping my ministry in Jesus. It is hard to thank someone for the repeated slaps upside the head, but with God and His discipline, you have no other choice but to thank Him because His intent, His motivation, is for YOUR OWN GOOD!

When we lose someone in our life, are we thanking God for the time we spent with them? We should be! Turn to gratitude instead of self-loathing and you will see that hand of God. You see, it is God who makes everything possible, not you and many times we think we are our own god. Some see the devil in everything, while the devil is definitely working against God and His children, he is NEVER sovereign over God’s plan and purpose. Remember, God gave the devil rules when He allowed him to work on Job. Those rules still apply to you, the devil is not working outside of God’s boundaries. The devil is NEVER more powerful than God!

So learn to thank God during those hard times, and you will appreciate Him even more during the good times!

A New Creation Will Have a Former Life

When God by His power alone gives a new life in Jesus Christ to a saved sinner, it doesn’t extinguish the former life of the sinner. Rather, it is used by God to further demonstrate His grace and mercy in the witness of that saved sinner.

Our natural desire is to forget that former place, that former life of depravity, but it shouldn’t be removed from our memory. The more you dwell on it, the more you REALIZE the depth of the depravity and the goodness of Jesus Christ! By dwelling, I mean never coming across in your witness as if you never had been depraved.

Phil Robertson, the Duck Commander, is a great example of always being completely honest of who he was and who he is now. He always goes into great detail of the depraved nature he was living to demonstrate that God took him out of that life. And by this, he realizes if this supernatural event never occurred, what his life would be like now, probably without a family, without a successful business, without anything. And then how many would never would have come to Christ based on that witness to the Gospel is also compounded in this.

The rebirth is based on God’s timing to His purpose alone. It was not until 43 years that He granted me a new life and my former life of depravity ended. I personally shake my head when those memories come up in my former life, sinful and wicked things I was doing without a care in the world other than for myself. And in my case, I had thought all along I was a child of God, I clearly wasn’t by the way I lived! In a book I published, I actually spent 9 chapters detailing the couple of very sad years leading up to my rebirth.

How God gives a rebirth is totally of His counsel. He might take everything away from you, or He may not. All will have a different testimony, but all will have the same witness in Jesus Christ. In my case, the bottom dropped out of my life, but that’s not when the rebirth happened. It occurred several months later for reasons only known to God, but that timing was perfect.

So if you are ever being witnessed to by a Christian or want a key in discernment, the simple question to ask is on their former life. Some will have been saved at a young age, but should be able to speak about the stage where they rejected God. Don’t forget your former life, embrace it in your testimony! It serves as a love note from the Great God Almighty, who took you from that wicked nature and placed you in His Son, Jesus Christ!

The Ark is an Ultimate Gospel Lesson

Genesis 6:16So those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him; and the Lord shut him in

The Great Flood and Ark is becoming one of my favorite witnessing tools. It pretty much debunks and refutes all notions of modernism when it comes to God, the Gospel, and His grace and mercy. And this would apply to both unbelievers and so-called believers and many false pastors especially in the U.S.

The flood account is diametrically opposed to watered down feel good false gospels which basically state that the reason why there was only 8 humans saved on the Ark, was because they had to be somehow better, or more morally righteous. Those who drowned, just didn’t get it is the notion. But the question is WHY they didn’t get the message is the thing being either hidden or misunderstood or just flat out lied about.

I saw a meme recently of a depiction of the Ark, and many outside trying to get in. This is a completely false depiction! Jesus clears this up in Luke 17:27, “They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.

The account tells us that it was 500-600 years before the Flood came while Noah most likely warned the world of the pending doom. When the event happened, the rain came, it didn’t cause anyone to run to the Ark. When the rain obviously became heavier and heavier, they still didn’t go to the Ark. They were still rejecting the doom that God promised. They were still hosting weddings while things were being flooded. When they obviously saw their animals, family, and friends perishing, it still didn’t cause them to go that Ark.

Because the Ark represented God’s salvation, other than Noah and his family and the animals he brought on board, the rest rejected it vehemently. They wanted NOTHING to do with the Ark. Their fallen nature told them to reject, deny, and fight against it. Because if the Ark was true, and what Noah said about the Flood was true, then there is a God who holds them in judgment. So to run to the Ark and acknowledge the coming doom would be to discard their pride.

Noah and his family never heard a scream of “Let us in!”. No one chose God’s saving Ark. And that should be the lesson to the false teachers who are breeding false converts. The false convert might nod their head and say “yes I believe”, but in the end so to speak will make it manifest they had NO interest in the Ark of Jesus Christ. No one on the Last Day is going to be pounding on the doors of heaven screaming “LET US IN!”.

Luke 16:28 for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ 29 Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’ ”

An analogy: Jesus doesn’t throw out lifejackets and send out lifeboats and cross His fingers that the right “choice” is made as modern false gospels will teach, rather He swims out and actually saves a drowning sinner! And He never fails! The sinner never drowns. The full debt of their sins was paid on the Cross by Him!

Jesus made it abundantly clear, that we need God’s intervention, a rebirth so as to believe in that Ark in Him, to believe we are rotten sinners and He would be our Redeemer. Outside of this, you do not hear, you do not see the need for an Ark. You are no better than those before the Great Flood. You wouldn’t grasp a lifejacket or jump on a boat if your fallen life depended on it! To be placed in Christ, as those placed in the Ark by God, it will only come by His mercy and grace, and more importantly His choice. Your choice was to remain outside, to drown in your sins. Salvation never comes by self-righting!

God Never Gives Up

Matthew 18:12 “What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying?

Do you believe you are BEYOND salvation by the bad things you have done? Or did someone or a religion tell you that God “won’t save you” unless you cleaned yourself up first? Or have they taught you that because of your sinful life, God has “given up you”? Well Scripture shows they are absolutely 100 percent wrong. God never gives up on a child of His.

I think of my own Dad in this example. When I was young, I was quite stubborn. My Dad wanted me to do things of which I didn’t want to do. Hunting was something as a child I dreaded and absolutely HATED. The cold, the wind, the rain, the snow, the hard work, the getting up early was enough for me to ignore his call “wake up, let’s go!”. I would grudgingly get in his old truck with my brother and off we would go. I would mutter things under my breath to get under my Dad’s nerves. I didn’t want to shoot anything or participate, so I was quite obstinate when I look back, enough to try anyone’s patience and then some! I would basically keep asking by words and behavior, “when is this all going to be over so we can go home now?” How I didn’t break him, I really don’t know.

But my Dad didn’t give up. Each time he went hunting, the same routine ensued. His longer-suffering with this was admirable, because I hardly was a good hunting companion. I did everything I could to make the experience miserable for him and for me. He could have easily said “that’s enough, stay home!”, and I would have gone along with this. Now this wasn’t a one time event, it went on for years, and he still didn’t give up on me. The torturous behavior I put him through was quite immature and regretful when I look back on it. I was testing his will which never budged.

But somehow my Dad KNEW that eventually I would love to go hunting, because that is EXACTLY what happened. I’d say after 10 years or so of sheer obstinance, as a teenager I then went hunting on my own for the first time and it was then it all clicked. I did this just to please my Dad. I wanted him to be proud of me and he was. After this, hunting was something that enjoined my life, it was an irreplaceable joy.

Consider this as well, I basically by immaturity and pride told a girlfriend a couple of years later “hunting will always rank number one in my life, you will always be number 2 or 3, so don’t get any ideas”, yes, I actually did say that, and now wonder why that girl didn’t immediately run, but she eventually did. I guess she gave up on me, I say in jest. But going back to my earlier absolute hate of hunting, it was a total change, and I think always if my Dad would have given up on me how different and sad my life would be.

The outdoors and the activity of it was something I thoroughly enjoy to this day! I’d dare say I became a much larger of a hunter than even my Dad. And this was all due to him never giving up on me. I don’t know if I was in his shoes and had such a child as me if I could have EVER had his patience. He did this with other things as well, things I thought I hated, he pushed me past my obstinance by staying the course and never giving up on me.

Now transposing this to God and how He doesn’t give up. It took 43 years of longsuffering, when He opened my eyes to His truth. The dreadful evil and sinful life I was living up to that point was the same very obstinance I had with my Dad about hunting. I desired things MY WAY, not His. I didn’t want to leave my sins because they were much more enjoyable in my fallen mindset.

I look back just the same on God not giving up on me, because He surely could have and would have every right to say just as I said my Dad could have “enough of this! Do now what you want”. But He didn’t. He stayed the course by His will, and KNEW just like my example of hunting, that I would LOVE His ways, His word, His Gospel.

Yes, this is the God Almighty! If He is seeking you, He won’t give up! You might have given Him every excuse in this world and then some to just let you be, but He stays the course with you because He loves you! It might be decades, it might very well be on your death bed, but He won’t give up until He has you!

And despite world religions teaching, He will give up based on your bad living or not following their extra biblical rules, He doesn’t. I am a living example of this!

New Year New Beginning

With the upheaval in society the past couple of years, I pray that 2022 is a new beginning where folks begin to realize who is in control, that is the Almighty God.

Degenerate politicians have failed you as well as “scientists” who are basically paid off politicians, sold to the highest bidder. The fear of death is what they prey upon with Satan exhorting this on. Even the most hardened atheist understands that everyone will eventually die, while only the delusional believe they can somehow beat death.

The pandemic should instead be a WAKE UP CALL to those perishing. That reminder that you will never beat your own death as God has affixed the exact date and time. And after death comes judgment. What a sad state of affairs for those who believe this is all there is as they cling to this world like a drunk trying to avert driving off a cliff.

But I have seen this before, many times where an individual is given a personal wake up call from God which comes and goes and they go back to their life of sin. Sooner or later, there won’t be anymore alarms or reminders!

Do you want to live in peace no matter the circumstance? Place your faith alone in the person and work of Jesus Christ. You will live knowing that this isn’t all there is, you will live eternally with Him! If I am wrong, then you have nothing to worry about. If I am right however, and I will unequivocally say I am right because of the myriad of evidence on this, you have plenty to worry about if you reject Jesus. This pandemic and your worldly issues are NOTHING compared to eternal hell, where there are no breaks from the misery, NO HOPE, NO LOVE, just continual torment and despair.

No one will beat the death clock, none have! Not even Jesus could add a minute to His own life here on earth, so what makes you believe you can? If it is God’s will that you die of Covid-19, rest in that will, and you will start living your life! I read story after story of those doing everything degenerate politicians tell them to, and it hasn’t prevented them from contracting this virus. So what if you do? Do your thoughts immediately have to turn to death because you really haven’t thought about it before? Hence the wake up call from God!

You can wear 10 masks, get 15 boosters, curl up in the fetal position in fear of the virus, and then go out the next day and get hit by a bus and die. Because you will never beat that death clock or how you will die. The wages of sin is death, and we ALL have sinned.

So, if you are unbeliever or deceiving yourself in a world religion, I pray in 2022 you try something NEW! Place your faith alone in Jesus Christ, repent of your sins, come INTO His rest and peace and your life will change forevermore! I can promise you this just as the sun arose this morning, that Jesus will NEVER fail you! He is an Unmatched Conqueror seeking sinners who He has chosen!

All Things Made New

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

When my dog Leo passed away in late March of 2020, it was a devastating loss. I really clung onto my faith during that time, as I could only hope things would somehow return to normal. He was all that I had, and a symbol to my new life in Christ. God had promised “all things will become new”, and came through with this promise which seemingly ended.

But God’s promise didn’t end, as every ending has a new beginning just like my former life of sin ending. Clinging to my faith and hope, I took a giant leap into the unknown. A new puppy named Joby came along two months later. In my former life, I had really no faith, so there is no way I would have taken that leap.

Now a newness in things doesn’t mean there isn’t a bit of anxiety or nervousness. The uneasiness of the unknown. But when that moment arrived, God took all that anxiety away as Joby was another the new and blessed beginning. It was an instant bond, as Joby seem to know what I needed from the start. His affection and compassion was there from the beginning, always giving a hug and always obedient. God showed me that every sad end is actually just another new beginning just as my rebirth in Christ. And ALL things are made new.

Joby 12-30-2021

The new beginning of love, joy, peace, rest, is what God by His grace will give. A reset. It doesn’t mean we forget former things, it means we move on and realize the blessings. Joby didn’t replace Leo, the newness meant that I would make new memories now with him. A blessed addition, not a substitute.

He has his own unique character, and as I learned from Leo, I am now learning new things from Joby. Call it as you wish, but this is God’s means and I truly believe He sent them my way for this education. As people, family, friends in my former life couldn’t supply, they have. God knows best! All made possible by the faith He granted me and all to His glory alone.

Every New Year, the mentality is when a the year ends, the slate is clean. There is a newness we hope for. All the worries, sadness, etc. are extinguished in that hope as we now move forward into a new year. And I pray that God gives you a newness in life and that you realize His blessings!

When you are born-again, ALL things are made new, not somethings, but ALL things. The end of your former fallen life now has a completely cleaned slate, and Jesus cleaned that slate by His sacrifice! The end gave you a NEW beginning, just as the new year comes.

When God Gives a Gift

Human gift giving is not God’s gift giving. Fallen man will always have strings attached to the gift, no matter how much one tries to rationalize this. So examine yourself, are you really emulating God when you give a gift to another? Or in other words, is it really a gift?

When God gives a gift, there are zero strings attached. It is completely unconditional. He isn’t giving any gift to be a “better God” or just to prove how loving and merciful He is. He isn’t trying to gain favor or allegiance. He does this to glorify Himself, it is just who He is. He is not seeking anything by giving the gift such as loyalty or devotion. The gifts He give are unconditional to His perfect plan and purpose.

Religious zealots will attach failed strings to God’s gifts in the attempt to reduce Him and His glory. They will basically teach that God works as an ATM machine, the more religious loyalty and devotion you give Him, the more He gives His gifts. But this only NEGATES God and His grace, because it reduces Him into a fallen human being.

If you are really emulating God’s way of giving a gift, there is nothing attached, even your own expectation of enjoyment. You give the gift with absolutely no expectation or emotion attached, such as even a “thank you” from the recipient. You gave the gift to totally and unequivocally benefit the recipient, never yourself.

Was it benefiting Jesus to leave His eternal throne and die on a Cross? Or was that gift from God solely the benefit of the recipients of His redemption. Because IF Jesus had attached conditions to His sacrifice, no one indeed would be saved, not a one.

Matthew 6:3 But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing

Jesus makes an awesome point for us to understand. “Do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing”, because in our flesh which holds sin, we naturally attach strings to our gifts. We EXPECT things. Let’s say you gave randomly an expensive gift to someone you love and that person said nothing, would you be instantly disappointed? Be honest, you probably would because you attached an expectation, you let your left hand KNOW what your right hand was doing. You gave that gift with the mindset it might help that person you love, but ALSO with that it would build your own esteem. In other words the intent was selfish no matter how benevolent you felt you were.

And speaking from experience, it is NOT easy in this because of our natural tendencies. It takes practice, discipline and a total reliance on the Holy Spirit to just give a gift and then walk away from it! But when you do? How much more fulfilling it is! Honestly, when I first started doing this, I would have to be reminded by an individual that I did something for them because I walked away from any expectation.

What I personally learned by studying God’s gift giving was how LIMITED humans are in their gift giving based on conditions and strings and expectations. We tend to give gifts solely and only to those we believe DESERVE them. God on the other hand gives His gifts to those we naturally believe DO NOT deserve them! Think about this!

So if you are enveloped in a religion which is attaching strings to the gift of salvation, that would be a man-centered faith, and time for you to leave! Run to God, who never attaches such strings!

Collapsed Under the Weight

Isaiah 44:22, “I have wiped out your wrongdoings like a thick cloud And your sins like a heavy mist. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.”

One of the first things those God has given a rebirth will invariably experience a collapse under the heavy weight of sins they have accumulated. Without this collapse, the sinner either deceived themselves or were deceived by another. For the first time, you will realize and fully understand what a sinner is, and indeed it is you who looks in the mirror.

In December of 2010, I experienced this collapse under the weight of my sins and didn’t realize the symbol God sent to signify this until just recently. On December 18, 2010, I posted some photographs of a major cataclysmic event which happened the night before. My back porch had collapsed under the weight of heavy snow. It was around 2:00 AM, when I heard the crash, the whole house shook like an earthquake as it awakened me and probably my neighbors. I didn’t investigate the damage until the sun arose, and discovered it was a total loss.
Now the day after this, December 19, 2010 was when God opened my eyes to His Scripture for the very first time in my life. Reading the first Chapter of the Gospel of Mark, the words were literally bouncing off the page and into my heart. I was asking myself “why didn’t you see this before?”.

I didn’t honestly realize the depth of my wickedness at the point in time, probably I would say a month later when I read and studied the crucifixion of Jesus is when I realized the tremendous weight of my sin. I literally collapsed under that weight just like my porch did under the heavy weight of the snow. A cataclysmic event in my life.

Romans 6:4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in newness of life.

You see, if you don’t understand this weight of sin you carry, you will NEVER understand the absolute need for a Savior. And when that collapse happens as you realize your very sins were imputed to Jesus Christ on the Cross, you then see Him picking you up out of the rubble and destruction which occurred. Before this point you were literally BURIED under your sins, and in my case I didn’t realize it until God gave me a second birth!

Now literally over 10 years later, I see God sending me a literal example of what was going to transpire. The collapse under my sin weight was coming. I would be saved, redeemed by Jesus Christ!

If you haven’t collapsed under that sheer weight of sin, I would suspect you are still empty, still trying to claim a faith which comes and goes under a religion. Those who have been saved, naturally repent of sin, knowing full well WHO pulled them out of the twisted rubble, it was Jesus Christ alone. You realize you didn’t pull yourself out and there is no way you could have! Or in other words, you understand that you could never save yourself by ANYTHING you do or say!

Before salvation, you see yourself as a good person, there is NO weight of sin experienced. Sure, you might feel guilty at some bad things you have done, but overall you don’t feel the real weight of it because you really don’t fear God. It is by the second birth is when God shows you His eternal holiness in the person and work of Jesus Christ, that is when the weight of sin is realized! Before that point, you will always believe you are a strong porch that has really no snow on top of it.

2 Corinthians 9:15 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

And God willing, He collapses or has collapsed you under that weight of sin so that you see your Savior Jesus Christ.

Porch collapse Dec. 18 2010
Porch collapse December 18, 2010

Sent by the Almighty God

This Christmas of 2021, I would like to provide a witness to all of those who rose up during the Christmas season of 2019 and helped and prayed for my beloved dog Leo who was dying of cancer.

Isaiah 6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Whether you believe God exists or not, my personal witness is that He sent you! Without that unconditional support, without your prayers, I don’t believe Leo would have made it through December let alone November.

I wrote in the past of the daunting trip we made to Colorado, on faith alone. There are too many things to write on this, but will testify when I look back how it could be no other than God Himself which provided us safety and protection and provision. The sheer details would shock many, as to what needed to line up and when. Miracle after miracle is what I witnessed in a short period of time.

Some never even met Leo in person, yet they rose up and supported us. And some of the least expected people did so as well. There were no questions, just love and support. As some know, I was deeply moved by this experience, the appreciation I felt was overwhelming! Never in my life I had done something like this, and God made others aware of this by His grace alone.

On Christmas Eve of 2019, Leo and I went to a church service in Fort Collins. We scaled up a dark stairs and were seated in the balcony. As I sat there with Leo, I thanked God for getting us to that moment! Leo quietly listened to the hymns and service, we then scaled back down the stairs, a peaceful joyous victory in this battle for his life. He was still with me and his health was quite good for the moment, as God placed a memory for a lifetime, as I knew this might very well be the last Christmas Leo and I would share together. There was nothing taken for granted! All made due to the prayers and support we received. God heard them, He sent you!

So I write to those who supported me and Leo before, during, and after to tell you that God sent you! And just as the blessing of Leo was to me, you are also counted as a true blessing from God. And know, it wasn’t the amount of support, whether it be small or large, that mattered, an ounce is all it took! And I do believe God prompted everything for each individual, so we can rest in this!

I don’t think I had a better Christmas in my entire life! It was so peaceful, so joyful, so thankful! So forgive me if years from now, God willing, I am still thanking you! My gratitude is eternal!

Jesus Seeks Sinners, not the Religious “godly”

Matthew 9:11 And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples, “Why is your Teacher eating with the tax collectors and sinners?” 12 But when Jesus heard this, He said, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. 13 Now go and learn what this means: ‘I desire compassion, rather than sacrifice,’ for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

The common perception of hypocrisy from unbelievers is a valid notion in my estimation. Some who claim to be Christians seem to demand perfect religiosity, church attendance, and morality before God will save a sinner. And then they see these same “Christians” using profanity, getting divorced, committing crimes. The demand is what they see as hypocrisy, but the demand is a false notion!

The Pharisees were an ultra-religious sect. They invented laws over and above what God commanded in religious piousness and expected everyone who were Jewish to meet this bar of religiosity. They would then move the goalpost as well when they saw one coming near that bar so as to prevent them from reaching their level. They didn’t view themselves as “sinners”, but God’s holy ones.

So when Jesus came, they saw no need for Him. The Pharisees thought by their inherent godliness, they were on their way to heaven or as you hear from modern sinners “I am a good person, God will save me”. It didn’t make much sense to the Pharisees if this Messiah, Jesus Christ, was consorting with the lowest of the low, tax collectors, prostitutes, thieves, the most ungodly.

Jesus by a divine common sense and clarity tells them “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick“. The point being He being the Redeemer as the Physician is needed by those who truly know they are sinners and need Him.

I will say from personal experience and my time of witnessing, that one will really never know the sheer DEPTH of being a sinner in God’s sight until He grants them a new heart. Before that point, it is “I am a good person”. But the comparison is ALWAYS based on other sinners, not as a comparison to God. It is when God gives a rebirth, you SEE for the first time the comparison is only made to God. And only then you see yourself as this wicked vile rotten sinner who THEN needs a Savior.

Before it was “I am better than those vicious rioters and murderers”, after a rebirth is “I am a rotten sinner in need of a Savior, Jesus Christ”. And if your church is not teaching this, if they demand that before one can be saved they must meet a list of things first before God will grant salvation, that church would be a church of the Pharisees, not Jesus Christ. God saves the ungodly, NEVER the self deceived religious “godly”!