What will a man give in exchange for his own soul? Matthew 16:26, Mark 8:37
Matt 7:23 “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Added to this is God telling us who are the recipients of these words in the Scripture before verses 21-22 “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?”
Matthew 18:3 Jesus said, "Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven."
To have faith as a little child is to place all of God's Word ahead of all others.
If your pastor has true faith as a little child he will lead you into God's Word and tell you that if you find a discrepancy between what is written in God's word and what he is teaching, you had better run away.
So many pastors are more concerned with teaching a reverence for tradition and "church" that a real relationship with Jesus Christ is never attained.
When in truth you place God ahead of all else in your life that witness to others by your actions tells others of your commitment and walk.
Luke 14: If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
God is very clear as to what it means to have God first in your life. First means that when each of the family members even make the choice to live away from Christ it is a Bye Bye. Not that we Hate but in the world it will be perceived as hate. And Love, True love according to God in His Word is to be truthful to those fallen.
Real hatred is avoiding the truth and calling getting along well love. Getting along well is touted by the devil as love.
So will you truly love or will you for the convenience of peace give up on God for the exchange of that peace, thereby jeopardizing eternal peace for all eternity.
Matthew 16:24 "Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me."
Mark 10:21 "One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me."
Luke 9:23, "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me."
So many in today's world Choose their friend and their churches based upon the benefit that they can attain in this life. Truly in their own heart they have not saving faith. Their actions show their fruits, as they ultimately can't defend God's Word.
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