Will They Rest in Peace?

A common line declared upon the death of an individual is “may he or she rest in peace”. It’s design is to be seemingly comforting, but is it really? Because if we really look into this further, it is in fact not a comforting declaration.

Because the total brutal truth is that when one dies, they were already resting in peace in their Savior Jesus Christ, or they weren’t. And if they weren’t? Well, that rest will never show itself after death. Many world religions such as Roman Catholicism will attempt try to pray that soul into heaven after death, something that is not possible if we believe the truth revealed in Scripture. Hebrews 9:27 unequivocally teaches us, “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment”. God has appointed this, there is no deviations from His promises which are immutable.

So when is the time to come into that “rest” and by that you can “rest in peace”? Scripture again teaches us in Romans 5:1 “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God”. The time is NOW! Not after death, but NOW.

Jesus teaches us further in Matthew 11:28 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Jesus was not teaching this as sometime in the future, the time is NOW. You can come into His rest and thus rest in peace. Your pending death will not stop this resting peace either, as by this salvation you are also granted eternal life. Praying for a soul which has passed away is silly and futile, because the time has also passed in which they could have come into the rest of Jesus Christ.

The Christian who passes away, was already resting in peace! Those who did not place their faith alone in Jesus Christ never came into His rest, thus they will never rest in peace. Again, God doesn’t change His mind on His promises, His judgment is not in flux. The time is right now, today! Place your faith alone in Jesus Christ, discard all those false theologies and world religions which never promise you rest and peace. They would rather you NOT have ANY peace or rest with God through Jesus Christ because suddenly you are not dependent on them for peace and rest which will never come.

Roman Catholicism for example will put road blocks up to this peace and rest which is always out of the grasp of the lost Catholic. And then they attempt to keep a soul dependent on their “church” in fictional purgatory AFTER death, where there is no peace or any rest either! Discard that false religion in the trash for your own good! Make no mistake and with God as my witness, I declare that Jesus Christ offers total peace, total rest!

Do you have peace, do you have rest in your eternal life? Really ask yourself this question, because once death comes, that answer cannot change and will not change. Those who are already resting in peace with God through Jesus Christ die knowing this rest and peace never goes away, it is there for an eternity! Do you really want this rest and peace with God? Repent (turn away) of your sins and believe solely on Jesus Christ as your Savior and as your Lord. When that peace and rest comes into your heart from God, there is NO mistaking it! No one can snatch you out of that rest or peace either. You discard anyone or any “church” which tries to do so. You will be resting in peace, right here and right now for an eternity!

Discernment Made Easy

There are many world religions out there which claim they are in fact the original church founded by Jesus Christ. There are many Christians out there claiming they are following Jesus Christ. But questions arise when one looks under the hood so to speak and they see differences in these religions and Christians, so which one is correct? Which church is sharing the true Gospel and which one is the fake?

In my view the discernment is made easy from a logical standpoint. It starts always with the Good News of Jesus Christ and the many deviations from this is where you can decipher the fraud. I start always looking at the central question of salvation and what is taught in the revealed word of God, Scripture. If this question is not answered by the test of Scripture, the fraud is shown.

So what is that central question which must be answered? How does one go to heaven, how are they saved. The answer most all affiliated with Christianity will give is “to believe in Jesus Christ”. But that being the main cog, the looking under the hood in that teaching must also be made. Jesus is the Savior, there are no other ways to heaven outside of Him, He provides complete forgiveness of ones sins, gives eternal life freely without one condition, and that it is by faith alone in Jesus Christ alone through grace one is saved. Now this last statement I gave is where the wheels fall off many world religions and so-called Christians. The engine of the Gospel is rejected, thus the fraud can be discerned.

A simple and easy example? If a religion or so-called Christian teaches that one cannot go directly by faith to Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins, they are frauds. Jesus said in Matthew 11:28, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” He also said in John 7:37 “On the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood up and called out in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.” Jesus said “come to Me”. He did not say “come to a person who claims to represent Me, and they will give you rest”. Now logic would tell you that the only way one could actually come to Jesus is by faith, since He no longer physically walks the earth. Jesus did not say “come to a brick building with a steeple, and there you will find rest”, or “come to Mary, she will give you rest”, or “come to My pastor”, or “come to my sacraments and rituals”, didn’t say these things either.

So IF any deviation comes from “Come to Me” which is Jesus Christ directly by faith, you can discern that person or religion or church as fraudulent. And I boldly state with God as my witness to discard them! Some will state that their religion traces back to the early Apostles and they are successors to them. Are they? Again, the Apostles did not deviate off the Good News and exhorted sinners to come to them, they always pointed to a direct line to Jesus Christ. They never claimed to replace Jesus as many world religions either overtly or subtlety try to do. Discard them! Discard any pastor, minister, so-called Christian who claims they are your keys to eternal life and in effect replace Jesus Christ. Why? Because they are not asking you to place your faith in Jesus, but in them! Again, Jesus is the ONLY ONE who can forgive you. There is no man, no religion, no church, no ritual, which can replace or emulate His work on the Cross.

Every fraud will ask you to disregard that faith in Jesus, that direct and complete line to Jesus. This is why I said, discernment is actually made easy while these frauds will put it in your head that it is much more complicated. The frauds will scoff, mock, and argue when you say “well, why can’t I go directly and openly to Jesus on my own”. Because surely as the sun came up this morning, you can! They know it as well, and it now takes what light they thought they had and places it on Jesus Christ alone where it belongs. They hate this! They would love for you to get behind their roadblocks, but you just showed there are none.

The fraud will ALSO by these roadblocks insist that you do something first, dismissing your faith in Jesus, before Jesus could save you. They try to destroy the salvation equation and pervert God’s grace into something it is not, which is always placing conditions on salvation. The fraud will ALSO teach that you can lose this salvation from Jesus Christ, problem is Jesus promised never to lose anyone He saved.

So if you had your mind convoluted by all these world religions and so-called Christians telling you all sorts of things which are always different from the other, dismiss them ALL! Because friend, I am telling you that there is a DIRECT and UNIMPEDED line to the Messiah Jesus Christ by faith alone. If it is His will, TODAY you can be saved, yes TODAY. Approach Him as you would a King who loves you and He will forgive ALL your sins and more good news, He will grant you eternal life! It doesn’t matter how bad you were either, Jesus saves only the ungodly, never the frauds who think they are being saved by self righteousness.

Think on these things, and if you do not believe me considering I am merely an ordinary man, I ask you to discern all of this by Scripture and you should find as I did, the truth! Scripture never tells a lie! Again, that direct line to Jesus exists even while all these frauds tell you “no”. No one can replace Jesus Christ, so approach Him in total faith, and see how your heart changes forever!

There is NO Compromise to the Gospel

Philemon 1:6  And I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.

In today’s climate it should be increasingly be made aware to those who were placed in Jesus Christ, that the Gospel is under attack. This ongoing attack is not only coming from outside the church, but inside the church. The Gospel which is the POWER of God unto salvation can not be altered, it cannot be appeased, or compromised or it loses all that power of God.

The attacks usually come by the fallacy of an emotional appeal. “But why why why can’t you agree with me that your Gospel is much to intolerant and discriminates” is the main gist of that emotional appeal. The ploy is the compromise, to have you give ground on the Gospel to appease a sinful behavior. The next thing in this subtle attack you will always hear is “you aren’t the Judge of me, God is”. This is a true statement, however the clear response we can give always is “yes, God has already judged everyone of us based on our sins, as GUILTY, so I am just relaying that judgment”.

You must hold your ground on these emotional appeals. You will be called every name in the book, a “hater”, but in actuality it is God who truly hates sin and those false messages which sends sinners to hell. Many have this idea that they are “good”, since they did not murder anyone, they never committed adultery, or some major crime, which is untrue from a biblical standpoint as Jesus tells us even if were angry with another, we committed murder in our heart for example.

God NEVER compares a sinner to another sinner, He compares the sinner only to Himself. Thus there can be NO compromising by emotional appeals to the Gospel. He demands pure perfection from everyone. Adam and Eve were kicked out of the Garden for simple disobedience and the whole world fell into sin, while a Messiah, Jesus Christ the only Son of God left His eternal throne to remedy this. So in this climate, sin is sought to be relativized.

The plea in the compromise then comes “But but but, I thought God was a loving God?” This plea is also misconstrued, because it is true God is a truly a loving God, but this does NOT mean He discredits or abandons His own holiness as any compromise to sin. Again, Jesus left His throne not because God was tolerant of sin, it was because He truly is intolerant. And by that love, Jesus gave up His life to become the substitute for every sinner who places their faith alone in Him. So yes, it is TRUE that God is love just by this alone! And the fact that by longsuffering and patience, He puts up with our sin without His wrath immediately coming as He would be in the right to give by His justice. None of us would see another breath, if God wasn’t a loving God. So the appeal to that emotional fallacy must always be countered with the truth.

There are no back doors to heaven, no other ways other than through the person and work of Jesus Christ. World religions and unbelievers have fought this notion since the Garden of Eden. The world was wiped out from a Flood, and yet the notion lives on that other ways can be sought to gain entry into God’s Kingdom. The road is narrow as Jesus said, not wide. The narrowness comes only by placing your faith alone in Him! Do so, and you are eternally secure. If not, you will be boxing the air throughout your life while your world religion puts up road blocks. It really is this simple but oh so hard to believe for the fallen sinful heart!