If Jesus would come tonight would you go in the rapture with him or would you be “left behind” like the 5 foolish virgins in Matthew 25? One minister said, did you notice 50% did not go? I know that is not the traditional teaching on this parable, but hear me out. My grandfather or my father did not have to know the reality of this parable, but we do in the church today, the time is short.

Some would say I’m a Christian, I am born again, that’s good, but from what I see in God’s word, going in the rapture and not going does not exclude you from eternal life as a Christian, heaven is your home. But would you want to be here when the Antichrist takes over? Be ready, don’t listen to other people, read the Bible for yourself. Too many times we follow some teachings that don’t line up with the word of God.

One area that will cause a lot of Christians to miss it, is preaching grace without repentance. Don’t be fooled, yes, we are saved by God’s grace but if we sin, we still have to repent, turn the other way. You can’t walk the walk as a Christian unrepentant of those times you missed it in your daily walk. The Bible says love covers a multitude of sin, it does not say all sin, so take care of those areas of your life where you miss it. I believe the confusion lies in the fact that we are a threefold being, we are a spirit which has been redeemed because of Jesus by the grace of God, but our soul and our body have to be worked out. Approximately 100 times in the Bible it talks about saving the soul, that is done by getting the word of God into our innermost being, then we can overcome those fleshy desires to sin. The Bible says if you sin, repent. Yes, all believers have received God’s grace in their born-again spirit. Yet, many times Christians don’t walk in the spirit by walking in love, they are flesh ruled.

Your life should reflect a Christ-like walk, the grace message without repentance makes for “foolish virgins” and could even cause someone to miss eternal life. Someone may say “no way”, well, read Hebrews 6:4-6 “for is impossible for those who were once enlightened and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come. if they fall away to renew them again to repentance....”

Hebrews 10:26 speaks to that, also 2nd Peter 2:20.

You draw the conclusions many times we hear someone’s teachings and you don’t back it up by the word, one cannot pick and choose which Scriptures they want to follow, don’t let someone else deter you from God’s word and His best for you.

There’s a lot of feel-good messages out there and that’s good, we need to be lifted up, although it needs to be seasoned with the whole word of God. Yes, God’s word is good and He is worthy to be praised. Also, the Bible says if you sin, repent, also be a doer of the word not just a hearer only. Our love walk will show by our outward acts of kindness, not just our love talk.

The Bible doesn’t say if you accept Christ and are born again, that you can do whatever you want to do. No, you have to follow God’s word. Read the letters to the church, the Epistles from Acts to Jude and look what Jesus told us in the Gospels; get them into your innermost being and walk in the spirit, walk in love.

You can’t expect your pastor to keep you in God’s word by a 45 minute message once a week, let the word of God direct your path by studying his word and meditating on his word daily.

Jesus talked about all “O ye of little faith,” then in another place he told the one man that he had great faith. Yes, we can cause our faith to grow, the word shows us “faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God,” allow your faith to grow by studying his word. Be a doer of the word not a hearer only.

When we walk in love we reap the benefits that God shows us in his word.

Jesus is coming for the church without spot or blemish, Wow. That’s where the grace of God comes in, because without it I wouldn’t make it, but remember what Jesus said about the 5 foolish virgins ”their lamps were going out,” which means at one time they had the source, get ready, be ready for a unprecedented time.

Lavon Barve ministers through Cup of Life Ministries in Wasilla, AK.

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