Approaching God

Terms and Consequences
By Ran Alan Ricard

When we read in Scripture of the giving of the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai, we read how the people were warned not to get too close to God or they would die. I don’t know about you, but I take that as a pretty serious warning! Stepping out of bounds regarding God is perilous, pure and simple. It would behoove each of us who call ourselves Christian and (in these perilous times -AMERICANS) to really understand the balance of not being afraid with the needto fear God. To fail to do so leaves us wanting in our understanding of God’s incredible power.

In our country today and around the world, it doesn’t take a long discerning look to see that The Master and Creator of the universe and Judge of the whole world has become demoted to being the god of the religion of extreme tolerance. To say “God loves you” has come to mean that God accepts you regardless of your behavior – a very different view from the One Who commanded such strict lifestyle standards through Moses.

There are those who believe and teach that the ‘Old Testament’ is merely a ‘testament’ of God’s anger. They believe and teach that through the ‘New Covenant’, sealed by the precious blood of His Son Yeshua, that His anger is diminished and He has become a calmer, kinder, gentler… more ‘tolerant’ god.

The fact is: The God of the Old Covenant and The God of the New Covenant is the same.  Yeshua is God.  He said He and The Father are one.  In Hebrews it’s written: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings…” Heb 13:8-9.

Using common sense as the balance to weigh truth and error, it doesn’t take a great deal of contemplation to understand that our Heavenly Father is still the same ‘awesome frightening’ God Whose voice shook heaven and earth causing an entire people to cower in fear of their lives and elect just one of their number to go and face Him. The fact remains, as it was then, so it is today:  God can be very awesome and frightening.He is the greatest power in the universe. His power is infinite, without limit, yet our tendency is to approach Him and treat Him on terms of our own creation, not by the terms He laid out in His instructions to us. I would urge everyone reading this to come to grips with this fact –The Creator of the Universe, The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is not to be approached on man’s terms … ever. To do so is to travel the same dangerous road our ancestors traveled. Scripture is replete with examples of the ’cause and effect’ of that folly. Approach Him on our terms and be punished on His terms … cause and effect.  As He demonstrated through Moses, The Great I AM is to be obeyed, and obeyed on His terms alone.

So do we, like our ancestors at Mt. Sinai, cower in fear and appoint one to stand up for us? It appears that Hashem has already chosen that One, just as He chose Moses and said He would raise up another for us. He knew, even at Mt. Sinai, that a Way would be needed to be fully restored to a right and proper relationship with Him. Through faith in His Son Yeshua and the indescribable sacrifice He made for us, we are made fit to draw near to this awesome, infinitely powerful God, on His terms laid down before the  creation of the earth.

The God we approach is the same God Moses approached at Sinai, and He still requires that we approach Him on His terms alone – through His faithful Son. To neglect that simple truth and disregard the ‘term’ carries nothing short of eternal consequences. As both the Old and New Covenant writings attest, “our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:29; Deuteronomy 4:24).

But as always, you decide.

Until He comes, keep your heads down, your faith high and your powder dry.

Ran Alan Ricard

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Ran Alan Ricard is a two-tour Vietnam Veteran who also spent twenty-seven years on the Police Force. He has been married for 26 years to his beloved bride and best friend, Brenda. They have 3 children and 3 grandchildren and presently live in North Port, Florida. Ran is a motorcycle enthusiast, a talented voice-over artist, plus an engaging and funny freelance writer.

Ran began his walk of salvation at an early age in a Southern Baptist church on the Wind River Indian Reservation in central Wyoming. He and Brenda embraced their Messianic faith in the late 90’s. He is one of the voices herd in the recorded books of Key of David Publishing.

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13 Responses to Approaching God

  1. Deborah says:

    Recently visited a website named “Jews for Judaism,” their total mission is to disprove Yeshua as the Mashiyach, they refer to it as “countering missionary education.” Because of anti-semitism, much coming from the Christian Church, I truly understand their position. I don’t agree of course with their reasoning and interpretation of the scriptures. They certainly don’t see the duality of prophesy concerning Israel. Not to mention the 1st and 2nd advents of Yeshua.
    They outlined all the requirements of the “COMING MASHIYACH.”
    They believe he will be born of two human parents, suffer then die; leaving his throne to his son. They believe that he will insist on Torah being followed. Rebuild the Temple. He will re-introduce animal sacrifice. There is alot more, can’t remember it all
    at this time. Having a some-timers moment!
    Basically what I learned is that Judaism bases its beliefs on National Revelation. It was quite an educational experience for me.
    Alot of damage control, what with replacement theology and dispensationalism, no wonder they seem to be on “high alert.”
    For the longest time I didn’t quite understand the parable about the “lost son,” Luke 15:11-32. It really is about the “two sons.” It wasn’t until a few years ago that I was made aware of the “two sticks,” Ezekiel 37:15-28.
    These are vital keys to understanding YHWH’s purpose and how all the prophesies tie into each other. He has an awesome plan to bring His people into to His land, under one Banner. It really is alot simpler than we think!! We get all tied up and buried under religiosity.

    Be a Blessing to someone today!!

  2. Deborah Bean says:

    I am at an elementary level of understanding of the hebrew language. There is a website “Fallenangels.ning.com/group/torahinstitute” that featured a Rabbi from “Torah anytime.com”; he did a teaching on Hebrew and how YHWH created the language. The video isn’t very long but well worth watching.
    I plant seeds when I can. The world is in a state of apostasy. Very few people want to hear what I have to say. We have lost friends because of the way we believe and live our lives. It is in my heart to share what YHWH has given me. But who wants to listen to an middle aged woman?
    To my understanding obedience to Torah as the Word of YHWH is the process of Sanctification, which is the setting apart of YHWH’s people unto Himself. Which sets us apart from worldliness and false religion.
    Whatever direction YHWH leads my life I am here to follow. I’d love to teach. Just don’t believe that I am qualified to do so. Have a ways to go yet!
    There are however others who have access to media and are able to reach many people that I am praying for. Whatever is YHWH’s will. Shalom

  3. Deborah Bean says:

    Ephraim,

    I understand that haShem means “the Name”, and is used by the Jewish faith when referencing YHWH. In order to understand Yeshua as Mashiyach, it is vital to have a Hebrew and Aramaic contextual understanding of Mashiyach. With the advent of a Greek “Jesus” throughout the text, the intended depth and clarity was lost because the Greek Iesous has no similarity to, and nothing whatsoever to do wityh the name YHWH. Some might backtrack and suggest that, the Good News tells us what “Jesus” means; but this a blind alley because Greek is only attempting to translate a Hebrew name with all its intrinsic force and insight to begin with, and so we must turn to the original vessel to get the message. That “Jesus” means “God saves” is oinly a very partial translation of the name Yeshua. Yeshua means “YHWH saves” which is an extremely vital key. Every title for deity in Tankh is just a title, as in Elohim, El-Shaddai, etc; but only YHWH is the One True authority and Name, as opposed to the many generic titles conjured up by men. This is paramount to understanding the special messenger mentioned in Shemot(EXODUS) 23:20-22 which states, “MY NAME IS IN HIM.”

    While it is true that Iesous became the Greek substitute for Yehoshua, it is also true that the Greek language is very capable of reproducing the name Yehshua(YESHUA) with the exact sonic pronunciation. However an etymological link evolved between Iesous, Zeus, and Jesus, pornounced: Ie-soos; Zoos; and Jee-zuhs. Regardless as to whether one recognizes sonic similarities or not, there are many other factors that connect christian worship of Jesus to Zeus.

    Historians have noted for mant centuries busts of Zeus were prominently displayed in many christian churches. It is a fact that that the early Roman church history found it fashionable to syncretize pagan worship into christianity. In the year 230 C.E. the christian “church founder” Tertullian wrote: ” By us gentile christians who are strangers to Jewish Sabbaths, and the new moons, and festivals, once acceptable to God, the Saturnalia, the feast of January, the Brumalia, and Matronalia are now frequented, with gifts being carried to and fro.” It was just a blatant rejection of the fact that Yeshua was Jewish, he followed the Torah, honored the Sabbath, and YHWH’s feast days.

    Most christians don’t see the difference between the absolute Truth of the perfect Mashiyach versus a false religious system that invented Je-Zeus according to a mixture of truth and paganism.

    The distinctions of Mashiyach’s government are universal and unchanging regardless of how He is personified by Christians, Jews, Muslims and all other religions. Although Christians may posture a Jesus deity according to Greco-Roman and pagan traditions, and may even give themselves to the Kingdom of Elohom, the fact remains that Yeshua gave plenty of warnings against mans traditions when He said in Matthew 7:21-24; ” It will not be that just anyone who says to me “My master, my master.” Will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but whoever does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, “My master, my master, by your name have we not prophesied? And by your name have we cast out demons? And by your name have we done many miracles? And then I will profess to them from eveflasting, I have not known you. Depart from me, you worker of iniquity! Anyone, therefore, who hears my words, these , and does them, will be likened to a wise man who built his house upon a stone.”

    To answer your question about my first coming to Yeshua as “Jesus.” The answer is yes. I was raised Roman Catholic, but I was nearly 19 before I understood Him as wanting to be my Saviour. Then in my 20’s I became what is called a non-denominational christian. Traditional christianity can only know Yeshua in a very marginal way. It is sad to think I actually thought I was obeying Him. It wasn’t until I turned 52 and began searching for truth that I found out what I was really missing. I began studying the Ten Commandments. I soon discovered YHWH’s feasts, what I had been missing all those years!! When I discovered that Yeshua fulfilled the first four feasts; I can’t tell you the remorse I felt for all the years I celebrated pagan holidays. I had to repent! They pale in comparison to the connection and oneness I feel to YHWH by seeing His plan for us through His feast days. The weekly Sabbath has taken on a whole new meaning to me. The depth of the truth in His scriptures has opened my eyes. All I can do is thank YHWH and praise Him. Yes there is a BIG difference in my relationship from Jesus to Yeshua. It is more focused on Him and not me. Baruch haba b’shem YHWH. Blessed is he who comes in the Name of YHWH!

    • Deborah Bean says:

      Sorry for the miss spellings! It is late and sometimes my thoughts get ahead of my fingers ability to hit the proper keys. I am very passionate about the importance of people having access to the truth. This is something I never received from the mainstream christian church. I challenge people to find the truth for themselves. That is what the Ruach haKodesh is for. Shalom

      • Dennis says:

        Thank you Deborah. Yet let us not wait, but do the Torah. I encourage you to take it to the mainstream “church” and to those who follow Jewish Talmudic dogma, so that His light may shine and be seen through you as a beacon light to all nations with the spirit, the Ruach haKodesh in you!

        For we are His workmanship, created in Messiah Yeshua for good works, which Elohim prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Matthew 5:10

        I am writing this in the spirit of Torah, which Paul tells us can be summed up in one word…..Love. Galatians 5:14 For the whole Torah is fulfilled in one word, in this, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”

        Blessings!

    • Dennis says:

      Yes, Constantine’s team (the Catholic father’s) have unwittingly been milead and many have followed in their footsteps off the path of YHVH. May we serve as witnesses to the light and truth to the unchanging Elohim.

  4. Deborah Bean says:

    Shalom! I made a comment yesterday and was wondering why it isn’t posted. I believe that the truth set us free. Sometimes it hurts. I was passing along truth which can be proven both in scripture and in history. We all need to question. And YHWH tells us to be like the bereans who when hearing something would go and check the scriptures. Above someone mentioned Matt. 7:21-23. , many people today think that all they have to do is believe in Yeshua and that is the gospel. The gospel is also about His Kingdom. And it is impossible to serve YHWH without following His Torah, which are His Commandments to all not just to the Jew. Yeshua never came to start a new religion called christianity, that is why the disciples were called Netzarim (Nazarenes). History shows that christians was a later title. Yeshua just re-newed the old covenant that YHWH first established. The law was never abolished and grace continued as it always was, grace never replaced the law. Maybe my comment about the Roman Catholic Church seemed harsh, but Rev. 18:4 warns us to come out of her, most Christian churches don’t realize they are daughters to the mother church(RCC). The truth is what is going to separate the goats from the sheep. REV.12:17 states why the dragon makes war with the remnant (remnant means from the original), because they keep the Commandments of YHWH. Not because they follow the doctrines and traditions of a church that adopts paganism and calls it christianity. I was so mad when I found out that all the things I did, thinking I was a christian were not in keeping with scriptures. But I am thankful for the truth. We have been so deceived by satan, and if people don’t learn the truth they will be even more deceived when the false messiah appears as an ” angel of light”. I basically hoped to encourage people to check out my comments to see for themselves if I am right or not. I would rather know the truth and be saved. I have been asked why I don’t worship on Sunday, and have replied that Yeshua says thay if you love me you will do my commandments. The operative word here is “DO”. And then I precede to explain that Sabbath is Saturday and that YHWH created it for us, and that HE never changed it! So I firmly believe that the mark of the beast will come down to who and when you worship, as layed out in REV.12:17. I believe that there is one Torah as spoken in EX 12:49, for the native born and the stranger who sojourns among you. There will be nothing else!! The mystery of Mashiyach can only be understood within the Torah. It is insturctions in righteousness and the Word of YHWH is His very nature and being. I don’t believe He intends to be any other way. WE can”t approach Him on our own terms, He clearly tells us it’s His way. We are to seek the ANCIENT PATHS Jer. 6:16. Don’t know how to close, but to say. That I truely love my brother and neighbor enough to want them to know the truth and be saved. I truely believe that we can’t afford to be afraid of hurting people feelings all the time . Avoiding the tough stuff will cause many to lose their soul and maybe miss eternal life, just because we don’t want to offend anyone. It is time to get real and down to the nitty-gritty. Got to go, or I’ll go off in another tangent. Sometimes we just have to do what we have to do. But my children and grandchildren will respect me in the end because I tell them the truth! Love to all in Yeshua ha Mashiyach and see you all in the Millenium!!! Shalom

    • Ephraim says:

      In Hebrew thought and understanding we are saved by His “name”, in Hebrew name is “shem” which means His authority, reputation, fame and glory!! My guess is you got to know Him by his name Jesus, but praise God He is restoring His pure language for our greater understanding! May we know His authority as Creator and Saviour, no matter what language we speak and may Yeshua be glorified through our lives.

  5. Deborah Bean says:

    Acts 24:5 Refers to the disciples as of the sect of the Nazarenes, or Netzarim. Quoting from a foot note from my Aramaic English translation of the Re-newed covenant. “Netsarim specifically refers to the Netzer (Little shoot) of Isaiah 11:1 that depicts the sprouting of the Malcut Elohom in Mashiyach. Netzarim is a sect within the broader category of Judaism. From what I’ve studied that during the days the disciples did their ministering there were people called Chrestians who were followers of a pagan god devised by Ptolomy Soter , named Serapis Chrestus. He was a combination of several pagan gods. Ptolomy was a pharoah who used this new religion to solidify his power and bring together Egyptian and Greek cultures. When the disciples appearred on the scene many people mistook them for Chrestians. Statues of Serapis were displayed in many churches. Later they were called Christians. This may also shock you but the word christian was taken from the word cretin. WE FAIL TO REALIZE THAT Yeshua spoke hebrew, he was from the tribe of Judah. The scriptures were written in Hebrew then to Aramaic. The greek translators did the best they could. The the greek language is very much influenced by it’s pagan culture. In latin Jesus means the pig. You have to remember the Roman Caatholic Catholic Church hated anything jewish. That is why they changed the Sabbath. And adopted all the pagan holidays and replaced the seven holydays Yahweh said were His. I could go on and on. Just do your research. So if you are a follower of Yeshua and be we should follow Torah, you are called a Netzari.

    • Ephraim says:

      Hum… Yes the Hebrew name of our Saviour is spoken as Yeshua, but I am pretty certain that Jesus came about from the Greek Ieous didn’t it?. Do you have a source text for the Latin reference… but then again, does it really matter? After all His name is now restored praise YHVH and no one is speaking the Latin of the dark ages anymore are they? That tongue has died, but Hebrew is being restored, first in the land and now in the hearts of many.

  6. Ephraiyim says:

    Ran,

    While I agree that we need to have a greater respect for Daddy’s power and awesomeness I, nevertheless, question whether our approach to Him can be likened to that of those who were at Mt Sinai. Our relationship with Him is different in that we are given an access that they could not have because of the perfect blood of Messiah.

    Our righteousness in Messiah is a righteousness that they could not attain since they did not have the once for all time sacrifice for sin through Yeshua.

    We are told that we can boldly approach His throne. Now while I agree one must not presume upon Him and must examine oneself lest we be seen as presumptuous, we are still in a very different place in our standing. We can cry out Abba, while they did not generally do so.

    As a son of The Most High I have respect for my Daddy and do what I am told but it is an response to His great Love for me. I fear to break His heart, not that I will suffer punishment for disobedience. While I, certainly, will be disciplined if disobedient, that is not my greatest fear. It is loss of His closeness that I would fear more.

    I don’t think that most of our fathers prior to Yeshua had that revelation. It may have been available but with few exceptions, primarily David, I don’t see it there.

    Blessings.

    • Angus and Ran says:

      Ephraiyim,

      I could write a book as a response. However, I would make several key points.

      1. We were at Mt Sinai (Deu 5:1-7). Moses. Speaking to the Israelites forty years after Sinai, as they prepared to cross the Jordon (the vast majority being under 40 years of age, so they had not been born until after the Sinai incident.) says to them “The LORD our God made a covenant with us at Horeb. The LORD did not make this covenant with our fathers, but with us, with all those of us alive here today. The LORD spoke to you face to face at the mountain from the midst of the fire, while I was standing between the LORD and you at that time, to declare to you the word of the LORD; for you were afraid because of the fire and did not go up the mountain. He said, ‘I am the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.’” Then the Lord gave the covenant (the Ten Commandments).

      I believe Moses would give us the same message today that he gave the Israelites at the Jordon. We were there. At the very least in the loins of our forefathers. After all Our Father foreknew us before the foundation of the world (Rom 11:2-5, Eph 1:4, Rev 17:8).

      2. Everyone is still sentenced to die a physical death.

      3. In the Lamb’s book of life, and at the Great White Throne judgment there does not seemed to be any division or distinction on the treatment of those born prior to Yeshua death and resurrection and those born after. After all Yeshua was the lamb slain before the foundation of the world (1Pet 1:20).

      4. YHVH does not change! “Also the Glory of Israel will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should change His mind,” (1Sam 15:29, Psa 55:19, Jer 4:28, Mal 3:6).

      Angus

      Shabbat Shalom Ephraiyim,

      I agree that our relationship is different because of Yeshua’s sacrifice, but not to the degree that we can alter our approach to Him. At Sinai Hashem placed limitations around the mountain that the people were not to violate. Moses, acting as a ‘mediator’ for the people approaches the Throne on their behalf. I see that system still very much in place. We now, because of Yeshua’s sacrifice, have a much more ‘intimate’ approach to the throne, but there are still boundaries we cannot cross. Yeshua, at the right hand of the Throne is as far as we dare go. He said that no one gets access to the Father except through Him.

      As Angus already pointed out, Yeshua was slain from the foundations of the Earth. It was His death that paid the penalty for ALL sin, including that which occurred before He died. The people who lived and sinned before his death already had the benefit of that sacrifice. The veil that separated us from the Holy of Holies was torn at the moment of His death, so something did indeed change in the nature of our access, but there is no reason to believe nor any scriptural basis to believe that the GOD who thundered at Sinai changed in the least.

      There is another difference as well. Due to the frailty of human nature, our forefathers did not have the benefit of seeing the atoning sacrifice, and likely didn’t have enough information at that point to truly know the nature of the covering which was available through faith. We however are without excuse, because it has been plainly revealed for us. But if we step out from The Messiah’s covering, and attempt to approach God uncovered, especially with the lukewarm and tolerant – accept all – spirit that festers in our country today, the same GOD Who sat ablaze on top of Sinai will terrify us just as badly as He terrified our Israelite ancestors.

      Unfortunately, even after Yeshua’s sacrifice, we act in the same ‘dangerous’ way our forefathers did. While waiting for Moses, they grew restless. Their memories of the fearsomeness of Hashem grew faint. They grew arrogant and created their own god and succombed to the lusts of the flesh. This caused our Heavenly Father to become angry, but due to Moses mediation on behalf of the people, The Holy One stayed His wrath.

      Yeshua does the same for us now. The Creator of the Universe is unchanging. He is the same awesome, fearful, wrathful, jealous, loving Father today as He was then. His feelings and reactions to our disobedience, our apathy, or flippant approach to His Holiness is the same today as it was then. But a day approaches soon that Yeshua will no longer mediate The Fathers wrath and it will be those who hold fast to His Commandments, hold tight to their testimony of Yeshua and approach The Throne with fear and trembling that will endure.

      I agree with you that we should be obedient because we are told to do so and it should be a response to the love He has for us. But for me, the desire to be obedient is so I can say to Him in the way He desires …….. I love you Father.

      I do fear punishment for disobedience. I see that punishment all around me in disease and suffering that didn’t have to be had our forefathers chosen a different path. I believe I see ‘collective’ punishment on our nation for turning our backs on Him. For offering up lukewarm varieties of worship. For being ‘tolerant’ of what He says are abominations. I think we are ‘tolerating’ ourselves to destruction.

      I had respect for my earthly father. I did what I was told (with the exception of a few ‘teenage’ years) as a response to his love for me because I recognized that the rules he laid down were done so because he loved me. I feared to break his heart too because I love him. But I also held a very healthy respect for his correction as well. He corrected me when I was disobedient … because he loved me. But, correct me he did. And where did he learn to do that? From his Heavenly Father!

      I find in my studies that GOD’s children did in fact cry out to Him on a pretty regular basis. They drifted, they became disobedient, they suffered and they cried out to Him in their despair. In most cases, He raised someone up to be their mediator. They cried out in Egypt and He sent Moses and Aaron. But they drifted and became disobedient and fell to the Philistines. So they cried out again and The LORD sent Jerubbaal, Barak, Jepthah and Samuel to mediate. Ehud, Deborah, Othniel, etc. etc. I know these are not necessarily in order, but my point is that GOD’s chosen ones have a nasty habit of forgetting the consequences of suppressing the memory of GOD’s anger. Yeshua is the final mediator. There will be no one raised up again. His sacrifice and where He sits now, on our behalf, makes that unnecessary.

      I try to display a healthy fear of my GOD because I love Him and through that fear I believe I pay Him homage to His great and awesome power.
      But as always, you decide.

      Until He comes, keep your head down, your faith high and your powder dry.
      Ran

    • Dennis says:

      Ephraiyim,

      I just recently received an email from Richard Rives that came to mind as I read your comment. I think Mr. Rives points are well worth considering about the stark reality of the bold words of Yeshua.

      After all, as Ran pointed out, “The fact is: The God of the Old Covenant and The God of the New Covenant is the same. Yeshua is God. He said He and The Father are one.” And God does not change.

      From Richard Rives…

      “The Book of First John states that, Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. In the Book of Hebrews we are told that if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

      In the actual Greek phrase translated – sin is the transgression of the law – we find the word anomia which means an illegality – something opposed to the law. The New Testament is full of references to the law. Even so, today we are being told that the law has been nailed to the cross and has no place in the church.

      In the Book of Matthew, we find a forewarning issued directly by our savior. Not everyone that saith unto me Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say unto me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name have done many wonderful works? And then I will profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

      Now let’s take a look at the word iniquity – depart from me ye that work iniquity. It is the English translation of the Greek word anomia – the same word used in the Book of First John, which defines sin as the transgression of the law. Sin is anomia: sin is the transgression of the law.

      Who are the many that Jesus will turn away?

      We are told that in His name they prophesy. In His name they cast out devils, and in His name they do many wonderful works. There’s only one group of people who do wonderful things in the name of Jesus – – People who call themselves Christians.

      There is no way to avoid the fact that what Jesus said was that those who practice sin through the transgressing of His laws, even though they do wonderful things in His name, will be told that they must depart from Him. Not only must the transgressors depart from Him, but He will say that He never knew them. Now that’s something that everyone calling him Lord should carefully consider.”

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