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One True Church Part 9

Again, I must bring to your attention that parables, which are so common in the teaching ministry of Jesus while on the earth, were also what He used when He was the God of the Old Testament called Jehovah. Exodus 6:3 These parables have often been reduced to “children bed-time stories” or Sunday School stories to entertain our young and start them on a Biblical understanding of God. They ALL pointed to a New Testament truth. This would be lost IF WE DO NOT use them as Author-intended!!
The life of Jacob is full of such. Jacob’s two marriages, having already been discussed, is just a pattern. When Jacob fled from Esau he spent his first night ALONE. Oh! What an agony for a momma’s boy. What is interesting about this “place” he spent the night was what it was. It was a certain place, you know like the place Abraham “happened” upon when he offered his “only begotten son” for a sacrifice at the command of God. In this “certain place” Jacob rested on his journey to Syria. The Hebrew word leads to the thought it was a place of waiting, a place of hope. Here, with God as his canopy and stones as his pillow he dreamed. All my life I was taught of Jacob’s ladder. Unfortunately it has been named incorrectly. Maybe it should have been called HOPE. On this ladder were the messengers of God (angels) descending (bringing the message from God) down to man and angels (messengers of God) ascending (having the privilege to be with God in the Heavens!!) At the top of the ladder (the pathway to Heaven and peace) stood one lone figure, the Great I AM. He had a message to give mankind. “Thy seed (Christ) shall bless all the families of the earth.” Genesis 28:14
This was a great revelation to a scared boy with no friends in the world, all alone, in a strange place, without direction. God, Christ in the New Testament, wanted Jacob to know He was with him even though his travels took him away from everyone he loved. (In fact, Jacob NEVER saw the face of his beloved father and mother, again. So someone else MUST sustain him.) I don’t think by now I have to spell out the obvious; Jacob is like those of us who have had to forsake father, mother, sisters, and brothers for the Kingdom of Heaven’s sake. We might have to be the ONLY one in our families who get in the Ark (the Church of Christ) to make it to the other side, the rest are in “feel-good” churches who think “one is as good as the other”. But tell me, all alone, no friends, no hope, where would you expect Christ to house those who are His?? You’re right!!, He adds them to His church (the one God LEADS to). Acts 2:47 We might be the ONLY ONE IN THE WORLD who is a member of the Church of Christ, bought by the blood of God’s only begotten Son (Acts 20:28) left on the planet, yet holding true to God’s word and promises, like Noah, we will arrive home after awhile!! Of course it helps to know that the word Bethel (Genesis 28:19) means “house of God”. House is the New Testament equivalent church and God (the name of a nature, not an individual, has to be defined by the action mentioned. This being called God is the One who would DIE for His bride, the church!!). In the New Testament, the God who “purchased His church with His own blood, is Christ.” Acts 20:28, Ephesians 5:23-25 The “certain place” Jacob spent the first night was in, at the Church of Christ—the place of Hope!!, that to whom Christ adds. YES, THERE IS ONLY ONE!! Ephesians 4:3-4
Again, Jacob states a truth, “this is none other but the gate of Heaven”. Paul wrote Timothy and nailed down this point when he, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit wrote; “until I come, that you may know how you ought to behave yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God (Christ)…1 Timothy 3:15 There is only ONE!!

One True Church Part 8

If you read last week’s blog, you found the story of the Jewish enslavement purposeful and fulfilling. Some may have thought we lost our way in this series (and maybe we have and do not know it! ha!), but I do not think that is true. Sometimes “asleep at the wheel” semi drivers are extremely dangerous on the open road (for that matter so is everyone else). Such is the case with those who do not know WHY the Lord gave us all the parables in the Old Testament without calling them by the name parabolis.
Sometimes you have to dig a little deeper to get the best fruit of the crop; we are told to “search the scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and they are they which testify of Me”, John 5:38-39, and to “study to show ourselves approved”, 2 Timothy 2:15, and “these are written for our learning, that through patience and comfort of the Scriptures we might have hope.” Romans 15:4 Now, if you will just take a second and think you will see the trap you have fallen into that this line of teaching forever and irrevocably teaches is: in ALL the examples/parables, THERE IS ONLY ONE thing being taught, whether it be of peoples, nations, or individuals that the explanation is used and that will fit!! The Greek word for “study” is spoonae and it means to dig with all your might, for the value is within. The Greek word for “approve” is dokimos and it means to recognize, be approved and accepted in the furnace of adversity. The Old Testament stories/parables/Sunday School messages were NEVER meant for a simple cursory reading which required no thought or digging into!! Sometimes the easy is the hardest.
When we come to the story/parable of Esau and Jacob, this is no exception. These two brothers represent two peoples and how they were to accept the gospel of Jesus Christ. Esau as the type of Israel had the birthright by being the first-born son who mocked, treated with no concern, and was very indifferent to what it meant. He could have cared less that the Messiah was to come from his ancestry. When offered a minimal exchange for the birthright, Esau traded immediately because he had a selfish interest to take care of; he was hungry and had not been successful at the hunt. Jacob, on the other hand, had a great, overwhelming desire for the birthright his brother so foolishly ignores. Also, before the boys came from Rebecca, God had told her and her alone that the older was His choice: “JACOB have I loved and ESAU have I hated.” Romans 9:13 The Jew was complaining that God had treated them badly and had cheated them out of their inheritance without any consideration. They felt sorry for themselves and complained because they had gone through all the grief and misery for 1500 years just so the Messiah could come through their blood line that would bless ALL NATIONS. Genesis 15 This pity had to cease when they had revealed to them the reason for the story/parable, Sunday School message they had know from their youngest memories!! God MADE choice BEFORE either boy had done anything good or evil, (by the way, it was quite all right with them when THEY were the recipients of the special providence of God in selecting Jacob who was their father in the flesh, they even thought God was JUST in so choosing—now, they did not think as highly of the message as they once did thinking themselves the ONLY ONE!!) Notice the message ONLY ONE?? Maybe Ishmael and Esau had a complaint BUT God had a PLAN!! See how easy this explains the Jewish dilemma? Thanks to brother Paul and the Holy Spirit for making us dig into this in Romans 9. You cannot complain when you have had your chances for 1500 years and blown it!! Without “the Seed” the Jew was nothing.

One True Church Part 7

For years I had heard the story of Egyptian bondage. For years I had searched the Old Testament for reasons this happened. I looked for a reason. The closest thing I could come up with was Abraham’s improper offering of a sacrifice in Genesis 15. I was missing the point as have most others who have read these stories. God was telling Abraham HOW He was going to accomplish the bringing in of the Christ-child. Abraham had grown a little concerned that his “heir” was not going to be. So, like the rest of the world, Abraham tried to help God out a little. “Behold to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is my heir. And, behold, the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, ‘This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine won bowels shall be thine heir.” Genesis 15:4 Once we know what is being discussed, we can get in on the discussion! Abraham believed but God was going to show him how He would accomplish the promise.
Why did the house of Israel go into Egyptian bondage? Most people do not know, yet they tell the story over and over, again. Again, God deals in types to explain the anti-type (the physical to explain the spiritual). It seemed unduly unfair for the house of Israel to go into punishment as this. We have felt sorry for them for years, yet, we have never known the plan of God. “A picture is worth a thousand words”, they tell us and a story, allegory, parable is even better!! Do not ever begin to think Jesus only used parables in His earthly ministry, He used them throughout the Old Testament, we just have not seen them as such. A parable, they tell us is “an earthly story with a heavenly meaning”, true, so what is the story meant to be told by the 440 years of Egyptian bondage of the Jewish people?? To understand the parable/story/allegory intended, we have to again go BACK to the text and see the story line. God was telling Abraham HOW He would accomplish His purpose, an heir was coming through Abraham’s wife (even though she would be impregnated for 40 more years) and NO substitute would be acceptable!
The story of Egyptians bondage is no different that the truth of our bondage in sin before we were led out of this bondage by the servant of God, Jesus Christ. Our plight is/was no worse for us than it was for them. Like them, we are in a strange land, “this world is not our home IF we are children of God.” Being enslaved to sin is no worse than being enslaved to some Egyptian Lord; most of us just do not see it that way.
Moses came, born in the death threat of male children under 2 years old, as did our Lord. When prepared by God, Moses returned to lead his people, they rejected him. He worked miracles (called plagues) to prove his calling. So did our Lord. John 14:11, 15:24 Moses led them across the Red Sea, Christ leads us into His blood in the watery grave of baptism. 1 Corinthians 10:1-4, Mark 16:16 Moses was the great law-giver, Christ the greater. As Moses led the children of Israel 40 years in the desert preparing them for entrance into the promised land so Christ sent the Holy Spirit and worked with the Church of Christ 40 years before they were free from Judaism and “go into all the world”. Moses required ALL those who were apart of his covenant to be circumcised, Christ requires ALL of us who are apart of His covenant to be spiritually circumcised as we are baptized into Christ. Colossians 2:11-13 As those who crossed the Red Sea were released from their Egyptian bondage so all who are baptized into Christ are forgiven of their past sin. This is not coincidental; this was given so God could explain HOW He was to accomplish the salvation by the heir of Abraham. Galatians 3:13-16 Don’t feel sorry for the Jew; feel sorry for yourself IF YOU HAVE NOT OBEYED THE GOSPEL!!

One True Church Part 5

When Noah was told of the plan of God to build an Ark, a part of God’s plan for the church was revealed. Of all the stories related in ancient history, Noah and the Ark is always given.
The preaching of “grace” had come down to one man. This man had to hide away from the main-stream of society, in a mountainous area to begin construction. Jude vs. 15 Like all things God has done, He has explicit instructions on how it was to be built, of what it was to be built, and by whom. Noah was told of God’s plan (in other places called grace) because of his faithfulness. “The end of all mankind is before Me” God had spoken because the “thoughts of man’s heart was evil continuously.” Noah built the Ark “by Faith”, or instruction from the Holy One so teaches Hebrews 11:7. As far as we can know, Noah had only 2 other men to help him build this gigantic boat (for it was to hold ALL life). This boat, perfect for carrying safely large loads, had only ONE window and ONE door. It must have looked very weird for one man and his sons to be building a boat far away from any body of water. When anyone came in his hearing, Noah would tell them of something that they had never seen before, rain, and that it was coming and the earth was to be flooded and (here was the weirdest) everyone that was not in his Ark would drown!! I am sure this provoked many a laugh for everyone knew that the Roman Catholic boat would be built just 3000 years later, then the Greek Orthodox boat, then the Lutheran, Wesleyan, Baptist, and on and on. Everyone would have a “choice” of boats then and it would be as to how they felt as to which boat they got aboard! Surely, they could not be serious in thinking there would only be ONE??
The day came (no doubt it was sunny and fair) when Noah was told of God to “Get aboard”. As they were loading the boat, Noah was still preaching—“he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved”. Other boat builders gathered around and mocked Noah (you see, his boat did not even have a piano on board, or as the heathen put it, “there was no music”). All their boats had multiple windows and doors of entrance (every one could do it THEIR way). God had told Noah to “get aboard” on a certain day like He tells His children to “meet Him around the Table of Remembrance every first day of the Week” and like today, they ignored Him—-yet, they said they “loved God”!! Many planned on boarding, some never intended, others would have IF they had gotten all their overtime hours at work done. Besides all this, it was sunny with not a cloud in the sky that day!! ONE BOAT AND BUT ONE??? With all the laughing, mocking, and revelry there that day it must have been real hard on poor old Noah until that first drop of rain hit his old bald head!! Most of the crowd did not even notice the difference in the gait of Noah; he was hurrying his daughters-in-law now, and finishing with the final animals when the first crack of thunder sounded over the mountains. As Noah looked on, Noah saw what his eyes would never forget—God began to shut the door!!
Friends, family members, in-laws, influential congressman, and others began to cry aloud, “hold the door for me”, but Noah had no control; God was handling things, now! Somebody cried aloud, “don’t worry, get on the Baptist (Methodist, Catholic, Pentecostal, and Muslim) boat down the hill, besides theirs have “music”!! These ‘other’ boats were not built of the right wood, pitched with the right pitch, nor were there any Noahs on them!! Oh, yes, they filled up fast, the music was bellowing from their multiple windows and doors, BUT, they were already beginning to take on water!!” Somebody cried; “just pray”. They did, as they were drowning.

One True Church Part 4

Every time you quote Romans 16:16, “The churches of Christ salute you.” most people thinks that means that EVERY DENOMINATION IS APART OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST. This is alright with me as long as the Lord approves. If He does not, we are plagiarizing His name and that of His bride.
A lot of times things that seem unable to be answered are easily seen when we use the scriptures to explain them. We often can look in the Old Testament and find what is called “types” which explain the New Testament teaching called “anti-types”. This language may be un-familiar to those who have not studied much, but to those who have they become a real tool to understanding what a lot of times seems hard to understand.
A “type” is a pattern, an example, it is always physical and tells HOW God intended to carry out His Will. The “anti-type” is the fulfillment of the type in that it plays off the “type” using its story-line to explain the “anti-type”. When God uses a “type” EVERY PART OF THE STORY MUST FIT. Today, we will use stories, types, examples to answer the serious student of the Word and leave all of us without ANY question as to the truth. This takes the argument by the gainsayer out of the discussion.
Adam and Eve were the first, on earth, to be married. You will need to read Genesis 2:15-25 Adam went looking for a help-meet, one like himself, with whom he could find compatibility, verses 18-20. He found none. God caused a deep sleep (operation) to fall upon Adam, He took a rib (a part of his anatomy-in this testament it would have to be physical) and made him a woman (help-meet, one to support him, love him and help him). And Adam said, ‘This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called ‘Woman’, because she was taken out of man’. Therefore shall a man leave his father (Adam did not have a physical father or mother), and shall cleave (be joined physically) to his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”verses 23-24 Question: how many women were Adam speaking of, how many operations did God perform on him, and who named his wife/help-meet? For one to qualify as the bride/wife of Adam would she not to have lived in the same century, area, speak the same language as Adam? Do we have any problems, yet? Have we made any progress, yet? This is the “type”.
When Christ came to the world, He came seeking “one like Himself-sinless, pure, without fault. Like Adam, he went among men (Adam among animals) and found NONE. God put Christ into the operation called the “deep sleep” which was death and took from Him apart of His being. He did not take a rib, He took BLOOD. It was not to purchase anything physical, it was to purchase something like Christ, spiritual. She had to be compatible, alike, of the same as Christ—she had to be sinless for God cannot sin and Christ is/was God!! The reason with Christ it was BLOOD is simple; the Old Testament had taught that “life was in the blood…for it is the BLOOD that makes an atonement for the soul.” Leviticus 17:11 Jesus purchased the church with His BLOOD; Acts 20:28. We have to be washed in His blood, Revelation 1:5, and are so washed when we are ‘arise and are baptized, washing away our sins’. Acts 22:16 We become ‘bone of His bone, flesh of His flesh (we are made sinless, we are compatible to Him) in this marriage ceremony called baptism. Ephesians 5:23-32 He then adds us to His family, the church, which, by the way, He has NAMED. Acts 2:38-47, Romans 7:4 and Romans16:16 Since Christ is God, He also calls her the Church of God, God being the name of a nature—Christ tells which being called God to whom she is married. How many women/churches? In what century did she begin? Christ was in the first century!!

One True Church Part 3

There are many of the ‘religious’ that have such a kind heart they can conceive of no one being lost that professes a kindness toward and a belief in the Lord Jesus. They are so overwhelmed with their own guilt they want to believe their friends and loved ones, like themselves, are those who, in the denominations of man, are going to Heaven in spite of their disobedience to the Law of God!! After all, they claim, “God is love!”
There many ways to PROVE that Christ has just one wife/ bride/ body/ kingdom that those of us who study the Bible are mystified as to how they MISS the clear message therein taught!! For example: the bride of Christ wears His name as any wife wears the name of her mate (unless you are in today’s society where the woman does not respect the man enough to wear his name), the kingdom has only ONE king as any kingdom, the body is singular as is it’s Head (one body, one head) as is the bodies of all men. No man’s head EVER wore a different name than his body!! Jesus is the ONLY being I know of who came to this world with the proscribed mission to DIE for the sins of those He could redeem by His blood!! He is the only church-builder, beginner, originator that actually DIED to bring His church into existence. No denominational church beginner, organizer, originator actually died so his or her church comes into existence!! Jesus is the only being that possessed the nature called God who purchased a church. Acts 20:28, John 3:16 All other churches are started by a man, a group of men, or a country and ALL OF THEM were sinners. Jesus Church is the ONLY church I have read about that came from the side of a dead being!! The Roman soldier thrust his spear into the side of Christ and “forthwith came there out blood and water.” John 19:34 It is this same “blood and water” that ‘bears witness’ (affirms, supports, teaches, continues the story) as is used in 1 John 5:8. Christ’ Church is the ONLY church to have started in the city of Jerusalem, AD 33, at 9:00am on the Pentecost Sunday morning immediately AFTER the resurrection of Christ from the grave!! Acts 2:1-4, 38-47. The Church of Christ is the ONLY church that began WHILE the middle wall of partition was STILL IN POWER, the Law of Moses. Ephesians 2:14-18, Colossians 2:14-18 It is the ONLY church that began during the reign of a king of kings. Daniel 2:44 (A king of kings was a king who reigned over kings of other nations, they were WORLD kings. There had been four world conquerors: the Babylonian with Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar, Medes and Persians with Darius, Greeks with Alexander the Great, and the Romans with the Caesars) The Church of Christ started in the days of the Caesars! Christ kingdom was to “come out of Zion” Isaiah 2:2-4, Micah 4:2. It is the ONLY church the disciples of John the Baptist could ALL be baptized out of John’s movement and into the kingdom of God’s dear Son. Colossians 1:13. It is the ONLY church to which ALL of the apostles belonged, all other churches started hundreds of years later and they were all dead. Acts 10:47-48, Acts 22:16. It is the ONLY church that for the first TEN years of its existence the only members of it were Jews!! Acts 10. No denomination existed early enough to have men or women who could trace their blood lines back to Abraham!! The Church of Christ pre-existed time!! Ephesians 5:32. These are but a few of the distinguishing ear-marks of the Lord’s Church—get some denomination to match on two of them, if you can and please inform the writer, he needs this kind of information !!
After ALL this proof, they will still cry; “the Church is one great big combination of all the churches, Romans 16:16 just means ALL the churches collectively.”

One True Church Part 2

I guess the first question is did Jesus lie? In Matthew 16:13-18 Simon Peter confessed Christ as the Son of the Living God:”Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God”. Because of this confession Christ countered with a statement that had never been heard, a statement that should have shocked anyone who heard what He said. “I say unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock (statement of fact that I Am the Son of the Living God), I will build My Church, and the gates of Hell (death, both physical and spiritual, will not separate those in My Church from Me, anymore) shall not prevail against it.” Notice, Jesus did not say churches, in the plural. The sophistry of the day will retort; “all religious bodies make up the ONE church”. This might sound reasonable and plausible, the trouble is it is not true!!
Just because some confess they believe in Christ does not mean they belong to Him!! “Not everyone that saith Lord, Lord shall enter the Kingdom of God, but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in Heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name done many wonderful works? And then I will profess unto them, I NEVER KNEW YOU (emphasis mine): depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:21-23 This does not take a genius to figure this out!! Why did He command them to depart (flee from His presence)? It was as He said—you worked iniquity!! What is iniquity? The word iniquity is the word in the Greek anomos, nomos is Law, with the “a” at the beginning of the word, it means against, contrary, with no respect to. These people did a lot of what they conceived “good works”, the only thing they did not do was yield to the Will of the Father because they inserted their own!! (They wrote creeds, manuals, prayer-books, disciplines, church covenants, or just had a “FEELING” they were right!) In the Greek language there is a synonym to the word anomos, it is the word adikos, it means to presumptuously and wickedly assert YOUR will. The person who disallows the Will of the Father and replaces it with their own registers a contempt for the ‘Will of the Father’!! In Mark 7:6-13, Jesus spoke openly defining His statement(s) made on other occasions: “Well hath Isaiah prophesied of you hypocrites (play acting, putting up a front),as it is written, ‘This people honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. In vain (it is useless and without value) do they worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God (you can only have ONE captain per ship), you hold (obey) the tradition of men…..Making the Word of God of none effect through your tradition, which you have delivered and many such like things do you.”
What is the Will of the Father? I thought you would never ask!! In John 7:16, Jesus defined it. “My doctrine is not Mine, but His that sent Me. If any man will do His Will, he shall know the doctrine (that is God’s doctrine, not man’s); whether I speak of Myself.” Where do you think one would find the ‘doctrine of the Father’? In the B I B L E, where else?? Where would you expect to find the doctrine of the Baptist denomination? Lutheran? Roman Catholic?, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and on and on??
They all would shout out, “the Bible”!! To that we retort; “FINE, TELL US WHERE IT IS IN THAT SACRED VOLUME?? You cannot even find their NAME in the Word of God, much less their doctrine!!
JESUS SENT HIS DISCIPLES INTO ALL THE WORLD PREACHING ONE MESSAGE,“He that believes and is baptized will be saved; he that believes not will be damned.” Mark 16:16. NO DENOMINATION TEACHES, THIS!!

One True Church

One of the hardest things some people have in understanding God is the question often asked; “is there really just ONE church”? Some people consider you and I bullies, cultists, egotists, and partially insane who think Christ is married to just ONE church, that only those in that ONE church have a chance of gaining that eternal home. They think God UNFAIR and we His children irrational and a little beside themselves who take His Word as our proof for this belief, after all “surely not ALL the people in ______ denomination are lost, are they?” These fair-minded, people loving kind are heard to say; “My cousin is a ‘good man’ and surely God will not send him to Hell just because he does not see the scriptures as you, will He?” I warn you our reply is often mighty disturbing. But, let me invite you into a conversation that occurred on this exact subject and you see the ploys of Satan and the answers to their questions.
“My best friend is a good woman, she has been in the Baptist Church all her life; if there is anyone who is better that she, I do not know them.” Answer: “Is she good enough to burn in Hell for eons of endless existence with you by her side?? Is she better than Jesus Christ, He was brash enough to claim, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life, NO MAN cometh to the Father, but by Me.’ He will died for you, He will call you in death; He said ‘He that believes and is baptized shall be saved’!! Do you not consider her life as one which every day calls Jesus Christ a liar? (Oh, I forgot that is unkind by those who do not study God’s Word and want to FEEL GOOD!!) Question: “Jesus would NEVER have been so unkind as to have said something like this, let alone have such come from His lips”!!, they contend. “My cousin just does not like the Church of Christ’ doctrine; are you sure you are justified in making the above statements, will you not run us away from the Church of Christ by making such statements, you are not much like Christ, are you? This seems so hard-hearted and judgmental”!! Answer: “Now wait a minute, you have picked on the best friend I have ever had in my life, Jesus Christ, you have called into question His motives, and you expect me not to defend Him?? When did your cousin get better, smarter, more qualified to know what MUST BE DONE than the written document called the Bible? How can you justify taking his word for something AGAINST the inspired Word of God? If he is that good, he will be too good to go to Heaven, Heaven is for the people Jesus had to die to save, that had to obey what Jesus said for them to do, and who considered it the greatest honor of their existence when Jesus added them to the Church of Christ!! Why should you be so concerned about every-ones feelings but Jesus, the God of Heaven and Earth?? Did this cousin you are so considerate of die for you? If he did, that is sad, his death will not make any difference in your soul’s station in eternity; but this Jesus—His death has made ALL the difference!! Are you sure you are choosing the right man to lead you into the shores of timelessness?? I recommend you follow the Man who created EVERYTHING”!!
“Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that findeth it.” Matthew 7:13-14 Question: “My cousin will not attend with me.” Answer: “Will they be with you beyond this life? “For it had been better for you not have known the way of righteousness, that, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.” 2 Peter 2:21 “They will not be with you in Hell, either, your fate will be far worse than theirs, you cannot win by your standards, only Jesus can win.”