Okay, for those of you who are shocked by that statement, and are beginning to form the word “heretic” in your mouth…or are about to write a nasty e-mail to me chastising me…let me shock you even more!
God gives us (and his angels first) FREE WILL. We have the will to choose to serve Him and to accept His beloved son, Jesus as our Savior…or not.
If we ALL have free will, “Pre-destination” as described by some, is out the window. Hebrews 6:6 and other verses are taken out of context, and misunderstood…sorry…it is misunderstood and preached as if God really made man …some destined for hell, and some destined for heaven.
“God is not willing that ANY should perish, but that ALL should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9.
Is God lying? ANY and ALL mean every soul on the planet.
Okay, here’s the radical thought for today, and I can’t prove it with the Scripture with an exact word-for-word transcript, but having studied the Bible for 55 years now, I’m taking what I know and putting it into the context of the whole Bible….hold onto your hats…here’s my statement:
“God is omnipresent (everywhere) an Omniscient (knows everything, including the hairs on our heads)…and all-powerful….so I say, in context of the Bible, that God has willed Himself NOT TO KNOW how we will choose.”
How’s that for radical? Before you click this off…keep going, and then toss the grenade my way.
Let’s first discover – in God’s own words, that He DOES change His mind…..
There are so many instances of God changing His mind in the Bible that time and space will not allow for it, so let me illustrate two times for you here.
In Exodus 32:9 we find this: "And the LORD said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiff-necked people: 10 "Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation.
Verse 11 - "And Moses besought the LORD his God, and said, LORD, why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand?
Moses then speaks with God to get Him to change His mind about wiping the Israelites off the map. Did God NOT see this coming BEFORE He made the Israelites? Did He NOT know how they would choose or not choose to serve Him? Did He will Himself NOT TO KNOW how they would choose? I say emphatically YES! Prove me wrong….using the Scripture, and not your opinion.
12- Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people. 13 - Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever.14- "And the LORD repented (changed His mind) of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.”
God also told Moses that HIS PRESENCE WOULD NOT GO WITH ISRAEL INTO THE PROMISED LAND.
Exodus 33:1 – “And the LORD said unto Moses, Depart, and go up hence, thou and the people which thou hast brought up out of the land of Egypt, unto the land which I sware unto Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, Unto thy seed will I give it: 2And I WILL SEND AN ANGEL BEFORE THEE; and I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite: 3Unto a land flowing with milk and honey: for I WILL NOT GO UP IN THE MIDST WITH THEE for thou art a stiff-necked people: lest I consume thee in the way. “
Moses chats with God again, and God changes His mind, and now WILL GO with Moses on the journey to the Promised Land.
Exodus 33:- 14”And GOD said, My presence SHALL GO WITH THEE, and I will give thee rest. 15And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence. 16For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth. 17And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.
I can do this all day, but suffice it to say that TWO THINGS have emerged: God has chosen NOT to know how we will choose to serve Him or not, thereby truly giving mankind the CHOICE to make…without knowing what that choice will be, and, based on our choices, God can and will change His mind.
Clearly, God wants us to choose to have a relationship with Him. He chooses to bless us abundantly…when…and only IF, we CHOOSE to honor Him, obey His commandments (which are simply His words to us to protect and strengthen us), and (I am living proof) when we choose to BE on God’s chosen pathway for our lives instead of doing things OUR WAY…then He will provide ALL of the resources that you need to carry out His plans, while secondarily carrying out your own.
Shocker number two for the day!
Your name is in the BOOK OF LIFE until the day you die!
“Okay, John…you are now an official heretic!”
My Bible (and yours, too) tells us – IN CONTEXT of the entire Scripture, that our name is always in the Book of Life until we commit the “unpardonable sin”, and few even get that one right. The unpardonable sin is when we have rejected Christ as our Lord and Savior, and God gives us that FREE WILL to accept His Son…right up until the moment we die. Then, your name is removed or blotted out of the Book of Life (meaning your promise of heaven forever). How do I know this to be the truth?
The Bible tells me that throughout its content. Most do NOT read and study the Scriptures, so they listen to their preacher (and many of them teach what they have been taught..even some of the more famous ones…like TITHING, which is absolutely killing churches’ treasury today because they got the message wrong. That‘s the subject of another message that I already wrote long ago and found here on Faithwriters.
Now…follow along for awhile longer…..this stuff will change your life!
When babies die..where do they go? Heaven? Why do you say that if the only way we get into the Book of Life is to make the choice to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior? Your answer has to be based on your opinion, and not on the Bible’s words.
Babies DO go to heaven…BECAUSE their names are entered into the Book of Life at the time they are conceived in their mother’s wombs. CAUTION to the abortion crowd…..You may kill these babies, but God is taking them home!
How about retarded people or others who can never make an intelligent CHOICE to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior? Does God send them to hell because they did not CHOOSE Jesus…the only way into heaven?
Fortunately, their name has never been blotted out of the Book of Life, so they are automatically guaranteed a place in heaven just like the little ones who have not reached the age of being accountable for accepting or rejecting Jesus and the sacrifice He made on the cross for sins of ALL mankind.
In Exodus 32:33, God said to Moses, “Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.” Therefore, all of the Israelites names were IN the Book of Life for God to say, “I am now going to take them out of the Book of Life, and God killed every one who sinned against Him….and their death was the trigger for removal of their names from the Book of Life.
We can go to the first human spirit to enter into heaven…the thief on the cross. His name was written into the Book of Life at birth.
He chose to accept Jesus with no history of baptism, religious background, sacrament taking, offering or tithe giving…nothing but pure faith in what Jesus told him on that cross was truth, and he accepted Christ…and became the FIRST human spirit to get into heaven.
“Today, thou shalt be with me in Paradise”…which contrary to some theologians, is heaven…according to the Scriptures and not according to John Tyler’s opinion I will never state a fact without backing it up with the Word of God. If it is my opinion, I will use that disclaimer first.
No spirits before the cross are in heaven yet! Not Daniel, Moses, David…nobody. You will have to read my other articles more closely to catch up on that one!
I’m not arrogant…I am not some self-pious fool. I am telling you what you need to know to function properly in this world and make the right choices.
Nobody has the right to tell you that you are destined for hell, so why bother choosing! God wants you to know that those people who tell you that are deceitful.
If you TITHE…you ARE robbing God.
You will never find one New Testament church that tithed. It’s a long story, so read my other article on Tithing…or you can buy my book, “Heaven-How Do I Get There?” It’s cheaper just to read my free article, so I am not soliciting your money…and all (100%) of my book money goes directly to my church in their general fund, so money isn’t my motive.
Tithing, in the Old Testament was to be done to support the Levites (priests) that were set aside to run the Temple. The tenth was to pay for the day-to-day operation of the church….you know, the pastor’s salary, music, computers, whatever, and this practice should be observed today, but NEVER mandated.
"TITHING" puts a ceiling on giving, and the outreach ministries of many churches are failing because the preachers are telling their people to give ten percent…so that’s ALL they give.
Why not give from your heart as Jesus has told us to do…”Cheerfully”, and know WHY you are giving. You need my book! “Give as God hath prospered you.” The hint is in Luke 16.
Is there a problem giving 20%- 50% - 90% of your increase that God puts into your hands?
I had one preacher say this: “God put $100,000 into my hands, and I thought, Wow, I am about to give $10,000 to God’s work in tithes…that’s the most money I ever gave at one time.”
He was teaching his people to only give 10%. Why didn’t he give God 90% …like Pastor Rick Warren from Saddleback church in California does? It was money that God put into his hands and he had no idea it was coming.
PASTORS: YOU ARE TEACHING YOUR PEOPLE WRONGLY WHEN YOU PREACH TITHING! YOU ARE REMOVING THE TRUST FACTOR, AND YOU LACK TRUST IN GOD AS WELL IF YOU PREACH THAT WAY.
Look…God tells us ALL, “Remember your God for it is HE who gives US the power to get wealth.” Deuteronomy 8:18.
TRUST GOD, and give as Jesus taught…from the INCREASE above your daily bread needs that He will also supply when you put Him first. God help me…I can go on an on, but I have to stop.
I’ll bet you don’t even know why God chose the people from the tribe of Levi to lead the Temple worship as His chosen priests, right?
Well here ya go:
How about Exodus 32: at verse 26 - 26Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the Lord’s side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.”
Do you get it now? God honored the Levis because only THEY stood out from the other eleven tribes and said, “We are on the Lord’s side.”
My prayer to YOU. “Dear Lord, please open the hearts and minds of your people that they will understand your Words, and your concepts. We are in the last days now, and we must do things right.”
For my absolute FINAL conclusion that God leaves everyone’s name in the Book of Life…read Revelation 3:5….”All who are victorious will be clothed in white. I will never erase their names from the Book of Life, but I will announce before my Father and his angels that they are mine.”
This is not rocket science….it’s all BASIC STUFF, yet we are preached at on a regular basis all the wrong things that will tend to never get us off our own duffs to get into the word. Paul, the apostle of Christ told ME, “John, the Berean Christians are more noble than the Thessolonican Christians BECAUSE they study the Scriptures DAILY to make sure that even what I am preaching to them squares with the Bible.”
Acts 17:11 –“And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth.”
If Paul…the greatest of all apostles (in my opinion, and because he never walked with Christ and still had faith), tells me to make sure that even what HE preaches to me is true according to the Bible, then which preacher among all of them is greater?
I love you ALL, and I want the best for you. God and His beloved Son, Jesus wants to have a personal relationship with YOU. He wants you to study the Scriptures on your own…and listen to God’s man, too…but KNOW what they are teaching is true.
Some are teaching that BAPTISM or taking sacraments will get you into heaven.
You will die in your sins and be cast into hell FOREVER if you buy that …..what can I call it….”crap”.
You are a grown-up….stop listening to “crap”, and start getting into God’s word. Ephesians 2:8-9 tells YOU that you can not get into heaven on your own merits or good works, so forget about being “good”…you aren’t.
Jesus will wrap this up by telling you there is ONE WAY into heaven, and only HE can forgive your sins and get you there. John 14:6 – “Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”
God bless you If you are not a Christian…or do not believe John 14:6, please – Jew, Muslim, Catholic, Protestant…or whatever belief system you have been brainwashed into….do this: Say, “To the God or Supreme Being that I believe is out there…please show me the TRUTH.”
I guarantee you sir or madam, on the authority of God’s Word, that God will point you to the TRUTH.
Got questions? Want to yell at me? My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org Help yourself, but don't yell without backing it up with Scripture, and I will accommodate.
John Tyler, Author of nine books.
FIVE of my books are bible-bases, so those are FREE!