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Prophecy and a Form of Godliness
by Dana Smith
10/31/06
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The one aspect of American society we do well is religious exercise. We have thousands of denominations, churches, pastors, and non-profitís in this nation. In Jesus day the Jews also had a strong religious commitment. They knew the scriptures and even added to them. Therefore, this concept of religious exercise is not new. We also can see the ongoing nature of this type of religious exercise in America today.

2 Timothy 3:1 ∂This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Moreover, Paul speaking to Timothy on the last days, which included the time from the death of Christ on the cross to the days we now live in, spoke how society would be. The characteristics of this prophecy in Timothy tell us that a society devoid of goodness or virtue would in fact look as a godly society to many.
Even though Paul lists some horrible vices the society of man would do in these "last days", such as: unthankful, unholy, disobedient to parents, blasphemers, proud, and others, Paul tops off this litany of attributes with a startling statement. He puts this in along side the list of godless virtues: "Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away". How could a society of people be so godless in its virtues and yet have a form of godliness?
The key to this is realizing that these people who have a form of godliness, is just that. It is a form. That is what we do well in America. We have the plans, forms, ideas, advertising, and know how to produce religious exercises. The formation of these brings us many denominations today. Many of which are not biblically based on the Apostles and the Prophets. This is important, because Paul states they Ďdeny the powerí thereof. This is the power of the Gospel of salvation and the Holy Spirit to deliver men and women from darkness. The gospel that is preached is not a life changing gospel from sin and darkness. It is a common, dead, religious exercise. It does not bring life changing power into those who have it. It brings a man centered, man taught, and man created ideal. It brings mans ideas for salvation and doesnít deal with sin or living in sin. This gospel today shares a kin to the flesh. This gospel sees nothing wrong with living in sin, being homosexual, delving into fornication, being a thief or a murderer, or any other such vice. Read The following scripture carefully.

Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christís have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.


This scripture tells us that those who walk in the flesh will reap corruption. They will not inherit the Kingdom of God. Paul is telling the church today, "things will be bad in these last days. You will live in an absolutely horrendous time, when society will be devoid of any goodness. It will be a time when Man will have religion, and look the part. But their lives will be walking in corruption, which is the end result of following Men and their teachings and not following the Spirit of God nor the Word of God." Because of this fact, Paul tells us to "stay away from such people" who do this.
Today, though, many fall right into the traps of such involvement. People today donít know their bible, nor believe God will judge them for doing such things. They donít know nor believe what the Apostles have taught. They have followed wicked men and the teachings of men. As a result, they think the religion they have will get them to heaven. The problem is, it will not. They are corrupted and living outside the plan of God. For this they will perish. Jesus Dealt with this issue with Nicodemus . Nicodemus knew the scripture (Torah), went to the temple, and was taught in the Law of the Jews. Yet he had no idea what Jesus was talking about. Here is an excerpt. Read it carefully. Words in Parenthesis are mine.

John 3:1 ∂There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
John 3:4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his motherís womb, and be born?
(He knew to be born again, but did not understand it. Jewish law nor the scriptures did not teach him this. Man did not teach him this)
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
(Jesus told him he must be born again of water and of the Spirit)
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. (Jesus tells him that which is born of flesh is flesh, but that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. This phrase tells Nicodemus and us, you must be born again of the Spirit, through the water[word of God] for regeneration into eternal life)
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. (When someone is born of the Spirit you cannot see it happen, but you can see the results. Just like wind blowing through the trees. You cannot see wind, but you can see its results. So it is with being born again of the Spirit. This does not happen with man teachings or doctrine. They give you religion, but not salvation. Only by being born of the Word of God and the Spirit can you enter into Gods kingdom. There is no other way.)
9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?
(Nicodemus did not understand. He knew religion, He knew manís doctrine and teaching, but did not know this)
10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? (Jesus said you are a master of Israel and you donít know these things? Power and priviledge, being top in Mans society does not get you into Gods kingdom)
11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?

Todayís society has much religion. In all nations, especially the United Nations, we see much religion. We are faced with the fact that man today, through the agencies such as the United Nations, the Catholic Church, and the National Council of Churches will create a one world religion. This is where the Prophecy to Timothy quoted above earlier is leading man. Man will create and soon the íson of Perditioní will rule through this one world religion and the political power he has created. The one avenue of This man of Perdition for those living at the time will be deceit. Society will gather together in a union of world worship of the beast. They will be deceived because they did not believe God nor accept the Love of the Truth, which is Jesus Christ. For this, a deception will occur on all men and women who have not believed the truth.

Sadly though, many today in the church have been fed a lukewarm soup. It is partly truth and mostly mans doctrine. It denies the Christ of the Gospel, it denies one way salvation through Jesus Christ (Messiah Yeshua), It denies the Word of God, and It denies being born again of the Spirit. Today many denominations and churches get their members to believe your going to heaven if you go to church all the time, become a member, and get baptized. All this is mans ritual; it does not get you born again. Baptism is for obedience and an ordinance of commitment. Water itself doesnít save you. Believing in Jesus Christ, his work, and following in obedience. Confessing your sins and walking as a disciple of Christ, this is the true path. Following being baptized in Water, but also in the Spirit of God. This is the biblical way.

Here are the biblical foundation scriptures for being Born Again. In a true heart repentance and sincerity read the following and do as it says.

The word of faith:

Romans 10:8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;Confessing:
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Your heart believes you are righteous, but you need to confess with your mouth:
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

This is the path for all people:

11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12 ∂For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Confession of sin:

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Our Sure Promise:

1 John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
1 John 5:20 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.
1 John 4:15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.

Saving of the Soul!

Hebrews 10:39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.Open the door of your heart today!
Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Recieve Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord: (parenthesis is greek translation of word)

John 1:12 But as many as received (received: to be received, taken, obtain, have, to be selected) him, to them gave he power (power: authority, the right to control, dominion, supernatural power, power over, right, liberty, strength) to become the sons of God, even to them that believe(believe: put one's faith in, trust, an implication that actions based on that trust may follow, committed to trust, put in trust) on his name:

In conclusion, Prophecy tells us much today. It will inform you, teach you, reveal to you, and prepare you if you will listen to it. Prophecy is Jesus Christ. Prophecy reveals what a form of Godliness is. Then it tells you to examine your heart and prepare yourself to meet Jesus Christ, the Lord of Glory. Not any ole religion will do. Not any heretical teaching will do. Only the living True Word of God, the Living True Holy Spirit, and being born again will get you to heaven. This means coming to Know Jesus Christ, Messiah Yeshua as Lord, in a personal and real way. Only that will do. Prepare yourself.

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Elizabeth Hale 01 Nov 2006
I'm with Mr. Bennett on this. I am echoing him when he says God has a great sense of humor--he also made me! I'm saving this one. Thanks. Beth
J. Austin Bennett 01 Nov 2006
Dana, An excellent treatise on the difference between a born again relationship with the living Christ and religiosity. My friend, Larry Lilly and I were just tonight discussing the appearance of those steeped in religiousness. The media stereotype of a Christian is a sour faced, thin man wearing wire-rimmed glasses bearing a pinched frown on his face. He will tell you all about the joy of being saved (all the while looking like he has been sucking on a lemon). If asked what it means to be saved, his answer will be an endless stream of "Thou shalt nots". This guy has "religion". Any attempt at a smile is so forced, you have to worry that his face might break. Jesus was a joy to be with when he walked among us. He dined virtually every night in the company of others, usually quite a few. The appearance of being religious is contrary to salvation. It is a proud, misguided man's attempt to "work his way into the kingdom". This denies the power of salvation through the blood of Christ. Be glad and let it show. Enjoy life and know that the Lord is here with us, to laugh and enjoy this sojourn. Because we are all egocentic to some degree, we frequently take ourselves too seriously. I know Jesus has a great sense of humor. He made me!




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