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Preconditions for Heaven Volume 2
by Segun Olumide
8/10/2016 / Christian Living
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
CHAPTER 1. INCOMPLETE OR NO RESTITUTION
CHAPTER 2. DRINKING & SMOKING
CHAPTER 3. LUST, ADULTERY & FORNICATION
CHAPTER 4. HOMOSEXUALITY & LESBIANISM
CHAPTER 5. POLYGAMY, SOLOGAMY & DIVORCE
CHAPTER 6. MASTURBATION & CO-HABITING
CHAPTER 7. SEXUAL PERVERSION IN MARRIAGE
CHAPTER 8. FALSE RELIGION
CHAPTER 9. FALSE CHRISTIANITY & ITS DEFILEMENT
CHAPTER 10. STRANGE SONGS, MUSIC, MOVIES & DANCE
CHAPTER 11. IMPROPER OR NO TITHES & OFFERINGS
CHAPTER 12. FALSE TEACHINGS & PRACTICES
CHAPTER 13. REBELLION & WITCHCRAFT
CHAPTER 14. STUBBORNNESS & IDOLATRY
CHAPTER 15. GREED/COVETOUSNESS
CHAPTER 16. EVIL NAME & ASSOCIATION
CHAPTER 17. SECRET SIN
CHAPTER 18. UNCOFESSED & UNFORSAKEN SIN
CHAPTER 19. CHEATING & ROBBERY
CHAPTER 20. PLAGIARISM & PIRACY
CHAPTER 21. CULTISM & OCCULTISM
CHAPTER 22. LIES & DECEITS
CHAPTER 23. COARSE JOKING
CHAPTER 24. PRIDE & FALSE HUMILITY
CHAPTER 25. GOSSIP & SLANDER
CHAPTER 26. UNFORGIVENESS, IRRECONCILIATION & MALICE
CHAPTER 27. HATRED & ENVY
CHAPTER 28. ANGER, WRATH & STRIFE
CHAPTER 29. MURMURING & DISPUTING
CHAPTER 30. KILLING & ABORTION
CHAPTER 31. BREAKING THE SABBATH
CONCLUSION: Paul's Forgotten Prayers for the Churches
The Message Bible warns: "If good people barely make it, what's in store for the bad!" (Proverbs 11:31).
Making heaven is a very difficult task that if you don't make daily effort to make yourself fit to enter by the narrow gate, then you may never make it at last!
That was why Jesus warned: Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, Sir, open the door for us. But he will answer, I dont know you or where you come from. Then you will say, We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets. But he will reply, I dont know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers! There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out. People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God. Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last" (Luke 13:24-30, NIV).
INCOMPLETE OR NO RESTITUTION
Romans 13:8 (NKJV) says, "Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law."
Psalm 37: 21 says, "The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously."
Psalm 9:17 (NKJV) warns, "The wicked shall be turned into hell, And all the nations that forget God."
Isaiah 57: 21 reveals, "There is no peace," says my God, "for the wicked."
Jesus took Sister Victoria Nehale from Namibia to hell some years ago.
She saw 3 categories of debtors in the fire.
Those who could afford to pay their debts but kept delaying it until they died.
Proverbs 27:1 (NIV) admonishes, "Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring."
Those who could pay their debts and were eager to do so, but were afraid of the consequences of people getting to know the truth of their debts. They never asked Jesus to help them until they died.
Proverbs 29:25 (NKJV) reveals, "The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe."
Those who could not afford to pay back their debts, but never asked the Lord to help them until they died.
Jesus looked at them and said, With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26, NIV).
If you have made a vow to God, please redeem it before it is too late. And don't ever let any greedy preacher force you to vow (Please read Ecclesiastics 5:1-7).
Vow should be between you and God. Read your Bible very well. (See Gen 28:20-22, Gen 31:11-13, Deut 23:21, 1 Sam 1:11,21, PS 132:2, Eccl 5:4, Is 19:21).
It's usually monitored by angels, not by pastors, deacons or ushers (See Eccl 5:4-6, KJV).
Also, if you have borrowed a book, pen, clothes, DVD, plate, car jack, shoes, belt, money, phone charger, electronic gadget or something else from someone, please return it on time. But if it's lost, then beg them to forgive you or else replace it for them.
In addition, make sure you settle all your outstanding rent, workers' salaries, electric bill, hospital bill, tax, school fees, dues, and so on.
If you are yet to pay the bride price (or dowry) on your spouse, please go ahead and pay that or else you are a thief doomed to hell!
If you have two or more wives, you need to make restitution as quickly as possible (Matthew 19:4-6, 10-12, Genesis 20:7). No polygamist will make heaven!
If you are a second or third wife, that is not your husband as Jesus told that woman in John 4.
John 4:16-18 (NIV) declares,
'He told her, Go, call your husband and come back.
I have no husband, she replied.
Jesus said to her, You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, ANd the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true."
I will advise you to write a list of people that you owe anything, big or small, and put whatever you owe them after their names.
Pray and fast on it. Seek divine intervention. Pray in an unknown tongue long enough on it regularly. Praise God for He won't put you to shame in each case. Complete all the restitutions by His grace.
Be like the partriaches of old, the Bible says, "...THEY WERE LIVING FOR HEAVEN..." (Hebrews 11:16, TLB).
Every day of your life, live for heaven. Prepare for heaven. Clear your debts. Work on your complete restitutions.
Receive supernatural favour and mercy to complete your restitutions before it's too late in Jesus' precious name!
DRINKING & SMOKING
How many people have been delivered from the spirit of alcoholism and the spirit of nicotine [smoking]?
I know a man who fasted and prayed for 3 days and during the period the unholy desire for alcohol left him!
Proverbs 31:4-7 (NKJV) reveals, "It is not for kings, O Lemuel,
It is not for kings to drink wine,
Nor for princes intoxicating drink;
Lest they drink and forget the law,
And pervert the justice of all the afflicted.
Give strong drink to him who is perishing,
And wine to those who are bitter of heart.
Let him drink and forget his poverty,
And remember his misery no more."
Two different types of drinks are being spoken about here, namely:
i. nonalcoholic drink or wine
ii. alcoholic or strong drink
It says, "Give strong drink to him who is perishing..."
So if you are perishing, sinking into hell while still alive, then go ahead and drink alcohol: gin, beer, intoxicating wine, and so on!
Those of you working in a brewery (where alcoholic drinks are manufactured), you are on your way to hell.
If you manufacture, transport, advertise, sell, buy, drink or encourage alcoholic drinks, you are living in sin.
1 Timothy 5:22-24 (NIV) says, "... and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure. Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine [nonalcoholic wine] because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.
The sins of some are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them."
The fellow who sips alcohol in a small quantity is not different from the one who gulps it in a large quantity as far as God is concerned.
The woman who drinks alcohol occasionally because of marital problems and the man who drinks it compulsively, habitually and regularly due to tension in his work or finances are both doomed to hell.
Doctors may tell you that it is medicinal for you: it helps to prevent or cure some diseases!
The truth is: if you want to kill a mouse or rat disturbing you at home. You may get poison and mix it with food or meat. Then put it where the mouse or rat can eat it. But do you know that the foolish mouse or rat will see the "good" food, but fail to see the "bad" poison?
Yes, it may enjoy the food for some minutes, but the poison will destroy it sooner or later!
The devil wants to destroy you through alcoholic drinks, especially the ones that are said to be very good for your health!
I'm talking about hell, you are talking about health. Deception! Deception!! Deception!!!
I'm deeply sorry for you. Is your temporary physical health more important than your eternal spiritual health?
Proverbs 14:12 (NKJV) warns, "There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death."
Somebody said there is nothing wrong with smoking that it's just to keep your body warm!
1 Thessalonians 5:22 (NKJV) admonishes, "Abstain from every form of evil."
See, there is a section of hell for smokers, just as there is another section for drinkers or drunkards.
In 1 Peter 4:3, Peter condemned 3 levels of drinking. Please read 1 Peter 4:2-5 (NIV).
He wrote, "For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries" (Vs 3, KJV).
1. Excess of Wine [Drunkenness]
The Greek word for "excess of wine" here is "oinophlugia" which means "an insatiate desire for wine and refers to debauchery, an extravagant indulgence on alcoholic beverages that may permanently damage the body."
It means "drunkenness." So this is heavy drinking!
2. Revellings [Orgies]
The Greek word for "revellings" here is "komos" and "hence used generally of feasts and drinking parties that are protracted till late at night and indulge in revelry.
It means "a carousal." So this can mean mild (average) drinking or heavy drinking with noisy partying!
3. Banquetings [Carousing]
The Greek word for "banqueting" here is "potos." It means "a drinking bout, a banquet; not necessarily excessiveness, though it does provide that opportunity." It can also mean "a carousal."
So this is light drinking, which may sometimes end up in mild or heavy drinking!
I love to call it social drinking.
LUST, ADULTERY & FORNICATION
Jesus said in Matthew 5:27-30 (NIV):
You have heard that it was said, You shall not commit adultery. But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell."
If you meditate on, plan or commit sex with someone in your heart, then you are guilty of the sin of lust, which is equal to adultery before God.
If you sleep with the opposite sex before marriage, you commit fornication; but if you do it after marriage, you commit adultery!
All these sins will take one to hell unless they are confessed and forsaken (Proverbs 28:13).
Deliverance comes through developing a deeper fellowship with God rich in worship and other forms of prayer as well as studying, confessing and meditating on the Scriptures (Ps 119:9-11).
Very importantly, one needs to live a disciplined life of fasting as regularly as needed (Mat 17:21 KJV, 1 Cor 9:27).
A believer who cannot fast at least one or two times in a week may find it difficult to live a holy life!
Again, one needs to be transparent to one's spouse or spiritual leader or mentor because secrecy gives power to sin (James 5:16).
Also you need to avoid wrong thinking, wrong body contact, wrong looking, wrong words, wrong gifts, some people, some places, some films or movies, some books or magazines, some websites, blogs or news, odd hour visits, being alone with some people, and so on (Philippians 4:8).
Please study prayerfully Genesis 39:10, Proverbs 5, 6, 7 and 1 Corinthians 5, 6, 7 and follow all the instructions and warnings there.
O God, put a gulf between that seductress/seducer (mention her/his name) and me. Let every strange sexual desire for men and women, boys and girls disappear from my heart, never to appear again in Jesus' name.
I command every spirit of lust (mention other sexual demons that may be trying to manoeuvre your life) to lose its grip and hold over my life and leave me alone from now on in Jesus' name.
HOMOSEXUALITY & LESBIANISM
Romans 1:26-28 reads, "Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones.
In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done."
1 Corinthians: 6. 9. Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men."
Male having sex with male (homosexuality or gayism) and female having sex with female (lesbianism) are forms of sexual perversion, which are abominations in God's sight!"
All gays (homosexuals) and lesbians are on their way to hell!
And these sex toys like dildo, vibrator, and so on are tools of hell!
POLYGAMY, SOLOGAMY & DIVORCE
In Matthew 5: 31-32, Jesus explained, "It has been said, 'Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.'
But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery." (See also Matthew 19:3-12).
Polygamy, which is marrying more than one wife or husband as well as sologamy, which is marrying oneself (self-marriage) is a sin leading to hell!
One the other hand, divorce has become a deadly norm for church leaders, especially in America today!
Malachi 2:15-16 (NLT) declares, "Didnt the LORD make you one with your wife? In body and spirit you are his. And
what does he want? Godly children from your union. So guard your heart; remain loyal to the wife of your youth. For I hate divorce! says the LORD, the God of Israel. To divorce your wife is to overwhelm her with cruelty, says the LORD of Heavens Armies. So guard your heart; do not be unfaithful to your wife.
God says he hates divorce, but some preachers, especially American preachers love divorce! How sad!
Recently, Benny Hinn shared the testimony of his revelation about how he was disqualified to enter heaven.
The Lord gave him another chance and warned him not to blow it up again.
He admitted that his divorce took him far away from God. He was only pretending as if all was well. Thank God his wife is reunited with him!
Bro Sodiq saw a Nigerian church leader in hell, whose problem began when he divorced his wife and remarried.
MASTURBATION & CO-HABITING
Matthew 5:28-30 reads, "But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell."
When you excite yourself sexually with your own hands, objects or sex toys, you commit the sin of masturbation!
And when you live together with someone as husband and wife without being properly scripturally married, you are guilty of sin of cohabiting! No bride price. No parental consent. No church blessing.
Pastor Park Yong Gyu said he saw demons piercing men's and women's stomachs with a very big sharp nail in hell!
When he asked the angel what they did, he replied that they lived with each other unmarried. They became guilty of abortions as pregnancy set in but never repented!
[Please read his heaven and hell testimony book or watch his video "1000:1 by Park Yong Gyu."]
SEXUAL PERVERSION IN MARRIAGE
Oral Sex/Anal Sex/Manual Sex/Object Sex
Sex is for those who are properly married only. Please to avoid hell, avoid sex before marriage and sex outside your marriage.
Also married couples should run away from oral sex (sex with mouth), manual sex (sex with hand), anal sex (sex with anus) and object sex (sex with objects like dildo, vibrator, banana, and so on).
Practise only penile-vaginal sex in your marriage. Also men should avoid using all sex toys: fleshlight, prostate massager, cock ring, and so on.
[Sex is for proper marriage only. And it must be practised with decency and godly fear. It must never be done like animals. See Hebrews 13:4.]
The Lord showed Ms Carrillo a lot of immorality which people inclusive of church people commit in secret.
She saw a demon of oral sex, and the Lord told her to warn people to change and that He is Holy God and people's mouth is to glorify him, not for immorality (1Cor 6:19-20, KJV).
[Please read her full testimony free online:"Holiness Required for Heaven" by Adelaide De Carillo from Bolivia, South America.]
Different Positions in Sex
In the past, l was wrongly teaching married couples to try different reasonable styles or positions in different unquestionable places with their spouses.
But after a dearly wonderful brother referred me to the testimony of Pst Olugbenga Oladejo based in the United Kingdom, I changed my teaching along this line.
In 2014, the Lord took this pastor to hell and showed him how perverted sexual practices are taking married Christian couples to hell.
God only wants married couples to practise the missionary style on their matrimonial bed with the husband on top of his wife (face-to-face), which is symbolic of a wife submitting to her own husband's authority as the head (Ephesians 5:22-24, Colossians 3:18)!
Please I will strongly recommend that every married couple google or youtube Pastor Olugbenga Oladejo's testimony: A Warning for Married Christian Couples.
This is modernised idol worship. Moslems face the east to worship Allah, who historically is the god of the moon, being worshipped before Muhammed was born!
Or why do Moslems wait to sight the new moon occasionally? And why did they adopt crescent moon as a major part of their religion's symbol?
Paul warned the Christians in Colossians 2:16-17 (NIV): "Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. "
Another translation put verse 17 above as: "All those things are mere shadows cast before what was to come; the substance is Christ" (MSG).
So Moslems are chasing the shadow (new moon), but leaving the substance (Christ).
Friend, Christians and Moslems are not serving the same God!
On the other hand, in the Arabic language, Allah has been wrongly accepted as the God. In fact, the Arabic Bible wrongly adopted Allah as the Living God.
Anyway, the Koran (Quran) says the following about Jesus:
1. Jesus is the Word of God (Sura 28:27; 2: 253).
2. Jesus is the Christ [Messiah]. Literally rendered as "Masih" (Sura 4:17; 5:119).
3. "God" says He would cause Jesus to die and raise him from the dead; and anyone who does not put his faith in him will have no helper on the day of Judgment (Sura 3:560; 43:61; 19:23-24).
4. Jesus went to heaven (Sura 3:55; 4:158).
5. Jesus is still alive (Sura 3:55; 5:117).
6. Jesus will come again (Sura 3:61).
7. Jesus is the Straight way (Sura 43:61).
8. Jesus is the Author of Creation and Miracles (Sura 3:49).
9. Jesus is sinless and faultless (Sura 19:91).
10. Jesus is a clear sign sent by God (Sura 2:87).
11. Jesus' followers were superior to other people (Sura 3:55).
12. Jesus is the seed that would destroy Satan's work (Sura 2:28).
On the other hand, the Koran never says any of these things about Muhammed.
The Koran, thus, infer the following about Muhammed:
1. Muhammed is not the Word of God.
2. Muhammed is not the Christ [Messiah].
3. "God" does not say He would cause Muhammed to die and raise him from the dead; and anyone who does not put his faith in him will have no helper on the day of Judgment.
4. Muhammed did not go to heaven.
5. Muhammed is not alive anymore.
6. Muhammed will not come again.
7. Muhammed is not the Straight way.
8. Muhammed is not the Author of Creation and Miracles.
9. Muhammed is not sinless and faultless.
10. Muhammed is not the seed that would destroy Satan's work.
Also interestingly, the Koran says if Moslems have any doubt about the Koran, then they should go the Christians or read the Bible (Sura 10:94-95; 21:7).
[Some of these were extracted from converted Mario Joseph's testimony and a tract titled: "CHRIST, The Most Important Personality in the Quran, Hadith." by CAC, Agoro DCC, Lagos.]
The list goes on and on. In fact, Jesus is unequalled by Muhammed, Buddha, Sango, Ogun, Oya, Esu, and so on!
He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords!
You see, the Quran gives more attention to Jesus than Muhammed!
Yes, while Muhammed was mentioned in only 4 places, Jesus was mentioned in 25 places of all the 114 chapters and 6666 verses in the Quran!
Let me quickly sound this warning that Christians preparing for heaven should never celebrate Moslem festivals like Ramadan, Sallah, and such like. They should never congratulate or exchange greetings with them on account of such useless modernised idolatry!
The same holds true for all these false religions!
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, hinduism is "the main religion of India which includes the worship of many gods and the belief that after you die you return to life in a different form."
No follower of Hinduism will make heaven!
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines Judaism as "a religion developed among the ancient Hebrews and characterized by belief in one transcendent God who revealed himself to Abraham, Moses, and the Hebrew prophets and by a religious life in accordance with Scriptures and rabbinic traditions."
Paul the apostle abandoned Judaism to embrace Christianity.
That was why he wrote in Galatians 1:13-14 (NIV), "For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it.
I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers. But when God, who set me apart from my mothers womb and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, ..."
Judaists are doomed to hell as well!
Buddhism is practised in central and eastern Asia based on the teachings of Gautama Buddha.
Buddha worship is idolatry. I read "Back From the Dead" by Athet Pyan Shinthaw Paulu.
It is a true life testimony of a Buddhist monk in Myanmar (Burma) who died and saw hell!
He saw a fellow in the flames and he was told, "This is the one you worship: Gautama [Buddha]."
He became very worried to see Gautama in hell. So he protested, "Gautama had good ethnics and good moral character, why is he suffering in this ...?"
The king of hell answered him, "It doesn't matter how good he was. He is in this place because he did not believe in the Eternal God."
1 John 5:20 reveals: "And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life." [See John 1:1,14].
He also saw two other leaders in hell for not believing in Jesus Christ (John 14:6). So he came back to life after 3 days and now he is a follower of Jesus Christ! Glory to God! [You may google his testimony free online.]
All Buddhists are treading the path of hell!
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines Shintoism thus: "the indigenous religion of Japan consisting chiefly in the cultic devotion to deities of natural forces and veneration of the Emperor as a descendants of the sun goddess."
All Shintoists are on their way to hell!
Some Yoruba traditionalists believe in Eledumare who is wrongly worshipped as the living God.
It was my wife, the prophetess, who first told me that the Lord told her that Eledumare is not God.
Then I went on the internet to research and discovered it's an idol or god.
Some of the gods and goddesses leading people to hell are:
Sango (Shango, Chango, Xango) - god of thunder [and weather]
Ogun - god of iron
Osun (Oshun, Oxun, Oshoun, Oxum, Ochun) - goddess of the River Osun [believed to be responsible for love, marriage and fertility]
Oya - goddess of the River Niger
Oba - goddess of the River Oba
Mammon - god of money
FALSE CHRISTIANITY & ITS DEFILEMENT
Proverbs: 14. 12. "There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death."
There are false churches or Christian groups, claiming to serve Jesus but are worshipping demons.
These false churches or Christian groups include the Synagogue Church of all Nations, the Roman Catholic Church, the Lord's Chosen, Celestial Church of Christ, Christ Embassy, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints [the Mormons], the Seventh Day Adventist, the Brotherhood of the Cross and Star, the Branhamite Church, the Church of Orunmila, Church of Luminants, Jehovah's Witnesses, among others.
The Lord took Evangelist Rodolfo Acevedo Hernandez to hell where he saw Charles T. Russell, founder of Jehovah's Witnesses burning in the fire!
And Jesus said he (Charles T Russell) is a cursed man. He took the word "HELL" out of the Bible and has caused many people to go to hell!
He preached that God is only God of love without preaching Him as a Consuming Fire according to Hebrews 12:29.
He also denied the deity of Jesus Christ and of the Holy Spirit.
[Read more from: "Heaven, Hell & the Condition of Today's Church" - Rodolfo Acevedo Hernandez.]
Jehovah's witnesses have a right method of evangelism, but wrong message. So neither encourage them nor welcome their messages.
2 John 1:7-11 (NIV) warns: "I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.
If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them. Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work."
Also, I remember that the Lord asked Kingsley Ubani if he knew the church that has the highest number of people in hell. He answered, "No."
Then the Lord replied that it was the Catholic Church for while they profess to be worshipping God, they are only worshipping idols - molded images. He made it clear to him that those who bow down to idols have no part in HIM for no idolater will enter HIS KINGDOM.
Bowing down to the image or picture of Virgin Mary, Pope, saints, Church leaders or even of Jesus is idolatry!
Recently, I read about Robert Powell who acted the role of Jesus Christ in movie "Jesus of Nazareth" warning with these words: "I never cease to say and repeat it to the world since 1977.
"I am not Jesus Christ, I am just an actor and a British comedian.
"I hurt and tired of seeing my photos displayed in places of worship and others worship and pray to me.
"I just made a film for a living. So people should stop loving and praying to me.
"Burn my pictures and worship the only God in truth!!! Amen."
Friend, do you know that even if you bow down to the picture, statue or image of true Jesus, it is still idolatry let alone the pictures, statues or images of other people (Revelation 21:8)?
Come out of Babylon! Be cleansed from all the pollutions or defilements of false, demonic, cultic or occult churches before it's too late so that you can be worthy and holy in spirit, soul and body to meet the Lord at his glorious coming!
Woes to Hypocritical Christian Leaders!
1. Woe to those who are barricades to heaven.
Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in peoples faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to" (Mat 23:13, NIV).
Some of today's Christian leaders are anointed hypocrites [pretenders], Holy Ghost-filled crooks, tongue-speaking rouges and charismatic thieves.
They are not prepared for heaven. Neither are they preparing their unthinking followers for heaven.
They only use one side of the two-edged sword of God's word!
They preach prosperity, success, healing, deliverance, dominion, faith, prophecy, protection, hearing from God and so on; but cleverly avoid speaking on HEAVEN and HELL which can drive many of their followers away from them because of the love of this world!
When a dear pastor friend here in Lagos began to teach seriously on Heaven and Hell, about 85 percent of the church members left.
So he admitted, "It's now that I'm just starting church. People who do not want to go to heaven have no business being in church."
Now that same church had probably more people than before; but with a big difference in terms of commitment, holiness, radical evangelism, heaven-consciousness, and so on.
You see, if you follow the wrong leader or attend a wrong church, you will surely end up in a wrong place just as if you board a wrong vehicle or plane, you will definitely end up in the wrong destination!
Jesus said in Matthew 15:14 (NIV):
"Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.
As a wise man once put it: "How will it be, if you climb a ladder to the top, but then discovered that the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall? (paraphrased)."
2. Woe to the devourers of widows' houses.
"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour windows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation" (Mat 23:14, KJV).
Church leaders that deceive widows into giving their money and property to the church compulsorily without thinking are wicked.
Let's not take advantage of weak-minded women whose husbands are no more, for the LORD Jehovah is the Husband and Avenger of the widow!
3. Woes to the disciplers of more terrible sons and daughters of hell.
Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are" (Mat 23:15, NIV).
Someone said that you will teach what you know, but you will reproduce who you are (Matt 7:28-29, Matt 23:2-3).
So as apple trees reproduce apple fruits, and lions reproduce lions, pretenders reproduce pretenders, corrupt leaders reproduce corrupt followers and hell-bound pastors reproduce hell-bound congregations.
Many of our Christian leaders in the world today are less concerned about heaven and hell, and those following them will be worse than them.
4. Woe to the desecrators of holy things.
Woe to you, blind guides! You say, If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing; but anyone who swears by the gold of the temple is bound by that oath. You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred?
You also say, If anyone swears by the altar, it means nothing; but anyone who swears by the gift on the altar is bound by that oath. You blind men! Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred? Therefore, anyone who swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it. And anyone who swears by the temple swears by it and by the one who dwells in it. And anyone who swears by heaven swears by Gods throne and by the one who sits on it" (Mat 23:16-22, NIV).
It's sacrilege when leaders treat holy things with dishonour, laughing at what heaven is weeping at.
Woe to those hypocrites on the pulpit, making holy things look unholy.
5. Woe to those who major in minor, and minor in major.
Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spicesmint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the lawjustice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel" (Mat 23: 23-24, NIV).
Jesus was saying here that we should give our full tithes [It's one of the keys to financial success], but focus on more important teachings that develop our character: judgment (justice), mercy and faithfulness.
Micah 6:8 (NIV) says, "... And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."
Paul warned:"If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied" (1 Cor 15:19, NIV).
Let's be both earthly and heavenly successful and hopeful.
I pity Christian leaders not preparing people for heaven as they should! I also pity church members not preparing for heaven diligently because of compromising leaders.
Compromise is the biggest game on the pulpit! Preaching the Bible, but telling them what they want to hear, not what they need to hear is compromise. Focusing on grace while leaving truth behind is wickedness. Teaching half truth is hypocrisy.
Justice or Judgment
Hebrews 6:1-2 (NIV) reads: "Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance ...
... the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment."
There is temporal and eternal judgment.
1 Peter 4:17-18 (NIV) reads:
"For it is time for judgment to begin with Gods household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
And, If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?
This is temporal judgment.
We must teach people God's judgment and justice, grace and truth, kindness and severity (harshness) for the same God is Love and the Consuming Fire [Ps 89:14, Jn 1:17, Rom 11:22, Heb 12:28-29].
"Keep yourselves in God's love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.
Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fearhating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh" (Jude 1:21-23, NIV).
Paul prayed, "May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains. On the contrary, when he was in Rome, he searched hard for me until he found me. May the Lord grant that he will find mercy from the Lord on that day! (2Tim 1:16-18, NIV).
We need to look forward to His mercy and pray sincerely to obtain it on that day. While grace gives us the good things we don't deserve; mercy stops us from getting the bad things we deserve (Heb 4:16).
Also we need to show love and mercy to others because the merciless shall not obtain mercy, but only the merciful shall obtain mercy, which prevails over judgment (Mat 5:7, Jam 2:13, 1 Jn 4:17).
May the Lord show mercy to me and my household here and hereafter.
May He grant that I will find mercy from Him on that day in Jesus' name!
To be faithful means "to obey consistently; to always do what is required of one; to be trustworthy; to be dependable; to be reliable."
We need to constantly obey God in preparing ourselves and others for heaven!
If one is not faithful to God about one's divine assignment on earth, it's a sin of rebellion, which can disqualify one (1 Sam 15:22-24, Mat 25:24-30, 1 Cor 9:27)!
6. Woe to the promoters of outward/external holiness only.
Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean" (Mat 23:25-26, NIV).
When you tell a witch or prostitute to remove her jewellery, make-up and worldly adornments believing she would make heaven without a changed heart, then you have deceived her.
Outward holiness without inward holiness is hypocrisy.
In fact, outward holiness includes outward character as well as avoiding jewellery, body design, worldly hairstyle and ungodly clothing!
We need to be changed inside first, then outside holiness in terms of character, hairstyle, godly attire and adornment, and so on must follow (see verse 26 above).
It's a divine transformation from inside out, not from outside in. There is a divine order of holiness!
7. Woe to the encouragers of outward artificial beautification or adornment (worldly fashion/whitewashed beauty).
Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.
In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness" (Mat 23:27-28, NIV).
Whitewashed tombs here speaks of tombs artificially beautified with a white liquid substance or mixture.
Similarly, a whitewashed physical look is artificial beautification, which makes one artificially attractive, sweet and queenly.
But the Lord wants our naturalness. No artificial beauty. No bleaching (no whitening). No worldly adornment. No worldly attire. No hair attachments or wigs. No make-up.
[Read my book: "Preconditions for Heaven Volume 1.]
So we must be righteous and holy inwardly and outwardly; not appearing righteous outwardly due to artificial beautification when we are inwardly rotten and outwardly whitewashed (see verse 28, too)!
Remember that the two problems in verse 27 are: OUTWARD WHITEWASHING and INWARD ROTTENNESS!
8. Woe to the persecutors of the uncompromisingly righteous people of God.
Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous. And you say, If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets. So you testify against yourselves that you are the descendants of those who murdered the prophets. Go ahead, then, and complete what your ancestors started!
You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? Therefore I am sending you prophets and sages and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town. And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. Truly I tell you, all this will come on this generation. Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. Look, your house is left to you desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord (Mat 23:29-39, NIV).
When wicked church leaders notice in their man-made empire an uncompromisingly righteous person or minister who is a threat to them by trying to turn away the people's focus from worldliness and worldly definition of success to Jesus and making heaven at all cost, then they quickly silence them by attacking them with words or actions. They may relieve them of their God-given responsibilities and cleverly transfer them to another department or town where their voice may never be heard!
And to cover up their evil, they begin to decorate their victims with titles, increase in allowance or salary, car or house gifts, and so on.
Hebrews 12:2 (AMP) warned: "Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God."
The Lord wants us to look away from all that can distract us (love of church leaders more than God, love of money, love of the internet, love of material possessions, love of pleasure, love of worldly fashion and adornment, and so on) and focus our attention on Him and making heaven at all cost.
Very importantly, church history shows that previous movement leaders are usually the major persecutors and resistors and fighters of new move of God.
Jesus in this scripture was blasting the religious leaders of his day for resisting and persecuting God's move He was leading just as their ancestors did to those who led the earlier moves of God!
The last-day church was born on earth in 2008. It was an Apostolic Church that was released that year. That will explain some of the things that have taken place in the Apostolic Move of God rocking the nations!
One of the most important emphases in the apostolic movement is inward and outward holiness.
But sadly, I think more than 90 percent of today's church or ministry leaders (and their followers) have not embraced this truth of total holiness let alone emphasize it!
You see, Andrew Murray spent years praying for revival; but, unfortunately, by the time the long-awaited revival arrived, he didn't accept it because it came in a manner he was not expecting!
In the same way, the Jews waited for centuries for the Messiah to come, but sadly enough, when he showed up they didn't accept. So they killed him (John 1:10-12; Isaiah 53:2-3, 4-9).
STRANGE SONGS, MUSIC, MOVIES & DANCE
Exodus: 32. 19. "When Moses approached the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, his anger burned and he threw the tablets out of his hands, breaking them to pieces at the foot of the mountain."
Some songs, music and dance are used to invoke Satanic presence or invite demonic activities and drive God's presence, power and purity away (Habakkuk 1:13, Ezekiel 9); while some other songs, music and dance will invite God's presence and chase demons away (1Sam 16:14-23; 2Chron 5:13-14).
Sister Carillo saw a dancer in hell. And Jesus told her that a lot of believers are dancing, moving their waists like the people of the world (as she had been doing for she was a terrible dancer), which is displeasing to Him!
Also sadly, one of the seven Colombian youths saw millions of condemned dancers in the flames of hell, and Jesus said, "Look, these are the wages of the dancers."
I used to love wrestling match, war films, and so on until the Lord dealt with me about them!
If you want to make heaven, there are some films, music, dances and songs (even some so-called Christian songs, which are nothing but Christianized songs) you need to avoid.
What is a Christ-like person preparing for heaven doing with a totally pornographic film or partly pornographic one?
What's your business with films promoting or encouraging violence, drugs, alcohols, sex, occultism, false religion, wrong teachings, moral decadence, stealing, woman trafficking, and so on?
Please understand that a decent movie may show people faking drinking alcohol or faking practice of occultism but it will condemn it by showing you the consequences of such evil.
Some of the songs and movies today have no Biblical moral lessons with the exception of those that are majorly for mental relaxation, academic education and bodily exercise (1Tim 4:8).
Films or TV programmes featuring many documentaries on animals, plants, man, history, foods, mountains, water, building construction, medicine and surgery, languages, and so on; sporting activities like running, jumping, jogging, climbing, horse racing, and so on; academic quiz competitions, educational songs, among others may neither defile us nor debar us from heaven!
IMPROPER OR NO TITHES & OFFERINGS
Malachi: 3. 8. "Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. "But you ask, 'How are we robbing you?' "In tithes and offerings. 9. You are under a curseyour whole nationbecause you are robbing me.
1 Corinthians: 6. 9. Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men 10. nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
The seven Colombian youths got to a place in hell (according to one of them named Sandra) where there are thousands of men and women [and probably boys and girls] with each of them having a metal plate on their chest reading, " I AM HERE FOR NOT GIVING TITHES AND OFFERINGS."
Jesus told Brother Ricardo Cid from Chile, "But in my Church there are many thieves who steal my tithes and offerings! Tell my people that no thief will enter my kingdom in heaven!"
On her 2nd visit to hell, Angelica Zambrano from Ecuador saw a Christian leader in hell who had wrongly believed that all tithes and offerings in the church was for the pastors. So he was guilty of stealing God's money to sustain himself by either not giving such to God or taking it from the Church unto himself!
Deuteronomy 26:12-16 (NKJV) says, "When you have finished laying aside all the tithe of your increase in the third yearthe year of tithingand have given it to the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, so that they may eat within your gates and be filled, then you shall say before the Lord your God: I have removed the holy tithe from my house, and also have given them to the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, according to all Your commandments which You have commanded me; I have not transgressed Your commandments, nor have I forgotten them. I have not eaten any of it when in mourning, nor have I removed any of it for an unclean use, nor given any of it for the dead. I have obeyed the voice of the Lord my God, and have done according to all that You have commanded me. Look down from Your holy habitation, from heaven, and bless Your people Israel and the land which You have given us, just as You swore to our fathers, a land flowing with milk and honey.
Pastor Park Yong Gyu from Korea said he saw many pastors, elders and deacons in hell. But the angel of the Lord explained that they went to hell for reasons like: NOT KEEPING SUNDAYS HOLY, NOT PAYING TITHES PROPERLY, NOT PRAYING, NOT EVANGELIZING, CRITICIZING THE PASTORS' SERMONS, REBELLION AGAINST PASTORS' AUTHORITY. [But they did not repent on their death beds].
FALSE TEACHINGS & PRACTICES
Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: ... heresies, ... and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Heresy means a false belief or teaching.
[Please read my free ebook: "False Doctrines Exposed!" on myfreechristianebooks.blogspot.com.ng].
I read about a man who was cast into hell for condemning speaking in tongues which the Bible teaches.
REBELLION & WITCHCRAFT
1 Samuel 15:23: "For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord , he hath also rejected thee from being king" (See also Hebrews 3:7-11).
This verse above was God's response through Prophet Samuel to King Saul after he (Saul) had rebelled against God by substituting God's purpose and plan with his own.
If God has called you to Nineveh, but you decide to go to Tarshish, you are living in rebellion.
If the Lord has called you as an evangelist to serve under a pastor in Church A, but you prefer to go and start your own Church B, then you are a rebellious servant!
If the Master instructs you to go and teach total holiness, but you like to teach total prosperity without total holiness, you are a rebel. [A balanced healthy heaven-bound church will focus more on total holiness and less on total prosperity and success, for both are needful.]
White, black and charismatic witchcraft are all evil, wrong and sinful.
White witchcraft claims to use Satanic power and influence to do good only, black witchcraft claims to utilize the same to do evil while charismatic witchcraft uses God's kingdom, power and presence to get what it wants for itself.
Paul warned Christians against witchcraft, which can disqualify us from inheriting God's kingdom (see Galatians 5:19-21).
Interestingly, the same Greek word translated "witchcraft" in that Galatians 5:20 is the same Greek word from where "drug" comes from.
Actually, that Greek word "pharmakeia" means "the use of medicine, drugs or spells."
Personally, I see charismatic witchcraft as a forced influence. It's compelling people to submit to you so that you can control their lives according to your human plan, and not God's plan for them. It's playing the role of the Holy Spirit in their lives in guidance.
STUBBORNNESS & IDOLATRY
1 Samuel 15:23: "For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry..."
Stubbornness is arrogance.
According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary the word "stubborn" means "refusing to change your ideas or to stop doing something; difficult to deal with, remove, etc; unreasonably or perversely unyielding..."
Stubbornness is like iniquity (wickedness) and idolatry (adoration of anyone or anything more than God) as recorded in this verse above.
You see, an idol is anyone or anything you love more than God. It could be your spouse, child, parent, work, ministry, car, house, handset, laptop, investment, money, television, church, pastor, school, country, food, sex in marriage or something else.
Besides, for instance, the Catholic Church is guilty of gross idolatry, which has taken great multitude to hell. Worship of Mary, Pope, Saints, and so on is a sin.
Revelation 21:8 (NKJV) warns,
"But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death."
"For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy personsuch a person is an idolaterhas any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God" (Ephesians 5:5, NIV).
One of the Christian leaders in this country that died and was buried years ago has been said to be in hell by about 4 different people who received the revelation.
Guess what landed him in hell - GREED!
In fact, Rev Uma Ukpai who has one of greatest healing ministries in Nigeria was told that there were 13 things that would hinder him from making heaven when he had his "near-death" or "death" experience some years ago.
One of the hindrances was MONEY! He was to change his attitude towards money. Thank God for His mercy towards His servant!
"Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain [greed or covetousness]. Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word" (Ps 119:36-37, NIV).
"Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil so that I take part in wicked deeds along with those who are evildoers; do not let me eat their delicacies" (Psalms 141:4, NIV).
EVIL NAME & ASSOCIATION
Revelation 21:27 (NIV) reads,
"Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lambs book of life."
Let no one deceive; if your name is associated with Satan, evil, idols, the occult and such like, you need to change it immediately because God will not put such names in his book of life!
In Exodus 23:13 (NKJV), God warns us, And in all that I have said to you, be circumspect [careful] and make no mention of the name of other gods, nor let it be heard from your mouth."
Evangelist Margaret Amure who visited heaven and hell brought us this strong warning that those whose names are attached to idols will not make heaven!
Evangelist Funmilayo Adebayo who has been to hell gave the same warning!
You see, names like OGUNLANA, SANGOBANJO, AWOLOWO, FAYEMI, OYAGBENGA, OSUNRAYI, OSANBIYI, ODUWOLE, and so on will take you to hell!
They are insulting to God! A hot slap in the face of redemption.
For example, OGUNLANA means the god of iron makes a way while OSUNRAYI means the goddess of river has bought this one. So which one did the blood of Jesus buy [1Cor 6:20]?
History has it that Sango, god of thunder, had three wives, namely: Osun, Oya and Oba. Our names should never be linked to such deities.
Isaiah 42:8 (NIV) says: I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols."
Deuteronomy 12:3-4 (NKJV) reads,
"And you shall destroy their altars, break their sacred pillars, and burn their wooden images with fire; you shall cut down the carved images of their gods and destroy their names from that place. You shall not worship the Lord your God with such things."
If Abram changed to Abraham, Sarai to Sarah, Jacob to Israel, Saul to Paul, you need to consider changing your demonic or idolatrous name to a godly one today!
A wife whose surname is idolatrous can just adopt her husband's first name which is ok.
For example, if your husband answers to Charles Ogunbiyi; just take Charles as your new surname and leave the Ogunbiyi alone until he changes it himself so that he will not block your way to heaven!
The psalmist prayed: "... Cleanse me from secret faults. Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me." (Psalm 19:12, NKJV).
There are 2 types of secret sins, namely:
i. inward secret sin
This is usually hidden from people but open to God. It's committed in one's heart or soul!
ii. outward secret sin.
This is committed outside one's soul. It could be by words or deeds, but secretly known by you alone or a few people who must have seen one committing such a sin in the dark, in a hidden, open or remote place.
A popular Nigerian preacher was seen in hell by about 4 or 5 different people. And she confessed to someone who saw her in a prophetic vision that secret sin took her to hell.
"Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting" (Psalms 139:23-24, NIV).
UNCOFESSED & UNFORSAKEN SIN
Proverbs 28:13 says,
"He who covers his sins will not prosper,
But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy."
Kenneth E. Hagin was at the bedside of his dying grandma who was unconscious when the Lord told him to ask Him to forgive her.
The Lord gave him this scripture: "If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death [unpardonable sin]: I do not say that he shall pray for it. All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death [pardonable sin]" (1John 5:16-17).
There was unconfessed sin of omission in her life. She had told the Lord several years earlier that if He would heal her, then she would do this and do that!
Thank God she got her healing, but, unfortunately, she refused to keep her promises to the Lord.
So Hagin asked the Lord to forgive her and He did. She died somewhere along the line.
Eight years later, the Lord told Hagin that she had been with him in heaven since.
Let's avoid sin of omission (not doing what God wants us to do [James 4:17]) and sin of commission (doing what God does not want us to do).
CHEATING & ROBBERY
Exodus 20:15 (NIV) says, You shall not steal."
Proverbs 11:1 (NKJV) says, "Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord, But a just weight is His delight."
There are different types of robbery today, namely: pen robbery, armed robbery, internet robbery, robbing God of tithes and offerings [by refusing to pay your tithes and offerings for any reason], and so on.
Cheating can take various forms such as: examination malpractices, electoral malpractices, using a wrongly adjusted scale or measure to sell a product to people, falsely inflating a contract, the price of an item or cost of a service.
Years ago, when I was still teaching in tutorial or secondary schools, a proprietor sat me down and offered to pay me almost 3 times my salary there only if I could help the students get the right answers to the forthcoming government-set exam questions of the subject I was teaching. He knows how to get those questions out from the corrupt government authorities on or before the exam day!
But I told him frankly that even if he would give me a million naira, I would not do it.
Then I added that if the only way to succeed is to compromise, then I choose to fail according to the words of my mentor as of that time! I choose to win by righteousness.
PLAGIARISM & PIRACY
Exodus 20:15 (NKJV) says, You shall not steal."
While plagiarism involves stealing someone's idea or write-up and presenting it as if it was originally your own, even without acknowledging the creator of the contents piracy deals with reproducing or copying somebody else's material for commercial purposes without their permission or consent.
I bought a magazine some time ago but surprisingly, a woman copied word for word a section from "Purpose Driven Life" a book by Rick Warren and put her name on it as the author or writer of the contents. That's knowledge stealing or plagiarism!
Jeremiah 23:30 (NIV) reveals: Therefore, declares the Lord, I am against the prophets who steal from one another words supposedly from me."
What of people who reprinted or photocopied other people's works without their permission and to make money for themselves? That's piracy!
They are eating other people's labour. Thieves! They are eating curses and are doomed to hell unless they repent!
Have you seen DVDs or CDs containing Christian sermons, songs or movies cleverly mass produced by greedy business men and women without the preachers', singers' or producers' consent or permission?
Such "illegal" materials are selling cheaper and faster in the Nigerian market. But do you encourage these thieves by patronizing them or encouraging people to so?
Solomon warned: "My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them" (Proverbs 1:10, NIV).
CULTISM & OCCULTISM
Cultism in the general sense has been said to deal with groups who lifestyles are controlled by a single person. And in the theological sense, it deals with 'Christian groups' that hold strange beliefs and practices, especially denying the foundational tenants of faith like Trinity, diety of Jesus, the existence of hell, and so on.
So the Jehovah Witnesses, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days' Saints, the Seventh Day Adventist, Praying Assembly [of the so-called Reverend King], and so on are examples of cultic churches.
On the other hand, occultism involves the use of Satanic supernatural powers to meet human needs. It includes using familiar spirits, necromancy, crystal ball, Ouija board, and so on to predict the future, see visions and give prophecies as well as the employment of magic, sorcery or witchcraft to perform signs, wonders and miracles.
The following 3 basic ways of involvement with the occult can take one to hell:
i. Consulting the Occult for Supernatural Help
Seeking guidance from the occult through crystal ball, Ouija board, palm reading, clairvoyance, necromancy, ifa oracle, false prophet, Islamic alfa, idols, and so on, are rooted in occultism (See 2 Kings 1:1-4, 15-17).
Those practising and encouraging sorcery or magical arts are toying with the occult, and will never make heaven unless they repent (Revelation 22:15).
ii. Being a Member of an Occult Church or Group
Proverbs 13:20 reveals, "He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed."
God warns, Though you, Israel, are a prostitute, may Judah not be guilty of such things.
Do not join the false worship at Gilgal or Beth-aven, and do not take oaths there in the LORD s name" (Hosea 4:15, NLT).
So the Synagogue Church of all Nations, the Celestial Church of Christ, the Lord's Chosen Charismatic Renewal Ministries, among others are occult churches. [If you don't believe me, just seek God's face with Jeremiah 33:3 to reveal to you personally the truth about these churches or any other church you want to know in the spirit!]
iii. Encouraging Occult Materials
The Bible says, "All the counsel you have received has only worn you out! Let your astrologers come forward, those stargazers who make predictions month by month, let them save you from what is coming upon you" (Isaiah 47:13, NIV).
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