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Truth About Free Will

Part 1 – The Truth On Free Will Series

Christian churches are distancing themselves in teaching prosperity gospel. The members are now seeing the teaching is not working for them but only benefiting the Pastors and now it is losing its ground and disappearing; “once saved always saved” is hardly heard being preached and also slowly disappearing due to knowledge of the process of salvation. 

Justification by faith alone is very confusing to some believers and some don’t even bother to believe it. “Money doesn’t grow on trees”, if faith alone can save me then I will just sit and relax. We need to work on our salvation.  We are justified and sanctified as soon as we accepted Jesus Christ according to John 3:16. But, there are two sanctification steps more we have to deal with, so there is some work to be done.

Giving more to Jesus is another practice of asking for more collection money, it will come to pass or the members will get enough of it. There is also confusion about the teachings of Paul to believe only the Jesus that he preached, while on the other hand, the four gospels teach us four different Jesus.

I would suggest that church leaders should prioritize this area in Bible studies; teach the members proper Christian living and feed the hungry with the words of God. Bible study is not offered in many congregations especially the bigger churches and in small congregations, it is slowly disappearing too and if there is any Bible study, mostly the Pastors are not involved. 

Spiritual growth is very important it strengthens the faith of believers, it introduces the Father and the Son and later develops a good relationship. Members cannot just learn to listen to thirty minutes preaching from the Pastor. We need interaction to make clarity on the Scriptures they may encounter confusing. The church governance is slow to notice that church members are getting smaller and smaller because they are busy with their own personal plans and neglecting the spiritual growth of the members. Many members are losing interest and frequently absent from attending the service, and are more inclined to watch service done on TV right at the comfort of the living room.

Deism is getting stronger so as the Oneness doctrine.  If this belief system stays on consistently and act now and unite, it may hurt the other denominations.  If God Almighty shows His natural power, who do you think will stand strong among these groups?  Deism- believes in God, Oneness- believes in the Son, or the Trinitarian- believes in the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

The Oneness believers teach that Jesus is the Father and claim that Almighty God manifests Himself to be the Son and in inseparable, so there is only one.  In other words, to make it less confusing, if someone is taking to consider this belief,  just think that everything that Jesus is, the “all in all”. He is God,  He is the Creator, He is the God that spoke to Noah, Abraham, and to Moses; that Jesus was the one that saved the Israelites in Egypt.  In other words, anything that was supposed to be the work of the Father was replaced with Jesus; and the Son becomes the father also; not a separate person with separate power and authority.

The Trinity believers teach that Jesus is the second person of the Godhead and the third person is the Holy Spirit and of course, the Father is the head.  Three separate persons in order of the Godhead (Family of God).  We should think wholeheartedly where we want to offer our body as a living sacrifice and devote all of our life to the one true God only. 

To avoid confusion: The following are the steps towards Wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of the truth of the Word of God that may guide you to gain fulfillment of your desire to be fed by the word of God at your own comfort. We have given the free will for our actions and we are not going to be charged as long as it is not out of the line.

1st– God did not give name or names to His church;

2nd– God did not pick what kind of building and places, clothes to wear, and time and day (since God was speaking to the Jews He gave the Jew’s which is Sabbath as worship day;

3rd– Is Sunday more comfortable to worship God Almighty? Do the day wherein Christians also proclaim Jesus Christ’s resurrection day? This is clearly Son’s day of worship; Isn’t it?

4th– is there any day in the 7th day of the week available to believers due to work schedule;  within which is probably more appealing to medical professionals, law enforcement, first responders, and many more as we can call it more appropriate to worship God without distraction.

5th– Any day to worship God in spirit and in truth is a one on one with God. Many receive revelations practicing this method. We show God that He is not forgotten, that He has always a room in our hearts, and connecting with God is communicating with God. 

6th– any day to worship God through prayer by meditation is the kind of worship to get closer with our Creator. Everything will be the creation of our mind which God created for us anyway, so why not use it for His glory. To get in contact, it needs techniques and practice.  We can always create a conversation with God with a topic of our own and we can pick our own place like in the garden, or any quiet room in the house free from distraction will be appropriate.

7th, any day to worship God in spirit and truth through prayer meditation: soul cleansing and renewal of spirit guided by the Bible verses. There are verses to get closer to our Creator, verses for cleansing of our lost soul. Because of our imperfection, we are always in the shadow of deceit and temptation and we need to set our soul free and our spirit to be renewed every day through the help of the Holy Spirit.

We are given free will and God; our Father will never interfere with our decisions.  When we make an error, of course, we are responsible for every action and decisions we made, and deserve to be corrected.

The truth about worship is not plainly explained to us by those people who passed this belief system to us from generation to generation.  As Christians, we are groomed to worship God either Saturday (Adventist) or Sunday (Evangelicals). Evangelicals and Adventists both believe in salvation through faith in Jesus Christ alone, but in here, God the Father is not being mentioned and even the salvation as a gift from God to mankind, It is Jesus Christ as they believe is the Savior. 

Anyone who avoids to fellowshipping and worshipping with Catholics considered them Protestants. Protestantism is an old term for the people who have protested against Catholicism. It is branded to Protestant Christians that many wished to be erased so that the mind of the new generation will have different eye views. They would prefer to be called Born Again Christian or just Christians.

If no one agrees or ignores the proposed day of worship it is yours to decide. Don’t get confused, reference your thoughts that during Jesus Christ ministry, they are just meeting on the foot of the mountain, in a tent or any available houses anything that will enhance your life free of worries and distractions will be more useful to your own spiritual growth.  Faith comes bundled with enthusiasm to seek for the truth and hopes to find it.

There are so many teachings out there and you will find the majority of it is central to Jesus’ life and resurrection, but some Christians say no to both of these doctrines because they see that the Bible itself clearly teaches us that there are more to Jesus.

The doctrine of the Holy Trinity was written and it was not handed to be seen by all, but by whom God wants to show it. As God said, I will do it for you, just give your heart with gladness in following His will.

Part 1 — Truth About Free Will Series

Part 2 — Truth On Freedom To Worship Series

Part 3 — Truth About Respect Series

Part 4 — The Indwelling Of The Holy Spirit Series

Part 5 — The Truth For Confused Mind Series

Bishop Joseph

Dr. Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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