|Okay, so from 400 AD to 1519 AD, what did people do to become "saved" when the Catholic Church was the only church?|
The Roman Catholic Cult was never the only church but consisted of those who fell away from the Faith once delivered to Jerusalem, who were part of the prophesied great apostasy, who accepted the counterfeit Christ and counterfeit gospel of the Babylonian Mystery religion so popular among the unconverted Gentiles - many of whom became members of the RCC and kept their same pagan holidays with a new twist.
Besides, no congregation of mortals can save you. The Church of God can't save you and the pagan Roman Catholic Church definitely can't save a single soul. We are saved by the blood of the Lamb of God who reconciles us to the Father (from whom most remain estranged), having been resurrected and mercifully serves as our High Priest in Heaven.
|David Ben-Ariel wrote:|
|The Roman Catholic cultists and Protestant offshoots prove they don't care for the Word of God...|
|The "Worldwide Church of God" founded by Herbert W. Armstrong IS a Protestant Church!|
WRONG! Herbert W. Armstrong was used by God to raise up the Philadelphia era (read the Book of Revelation) of the Church of God that has existed since it was founded on the biblical holy day of Shavuot/Pentecost (that was not "done away" as religious liars claim - it's a good thing the early Christians met on that holy day and didn't believe like rebellious "Christians" do today).
The Sabbath-keeping Church of God was NEVER a part of the accursed RCC. It was the RCC that was once a part of the Sabbath-keeping Church of God. You've got it backwards. How Luciferian! And the Church of God was never part of the RCC, we were never part of the Protestants (who are a la carte Catholics). The Book of Revelation reveals the commandment-keeping Church of God opposed by that scarlet woman drunk on the blood of the saints - the RCC with its daughters (Rev. 17:5).
The Church Jesus Built
|David Ben-Ariel wrote:|
|and prefer their TRADITIONS of men and fall for religious lies like "going to Heaven" when the Word of God they reject on everything from what we should eat, to the Sabbath day, clearly teaches "the meek shall inherit the Earth."|
|I thought that "going to heaven" was the goal of Christians?|
It is for those "Christians" deceived by the counterfeit Christianity of the RCC and daughters (Rev. 17:5). It's not taught anywhere in the Bible! Even the New Jerusalem with its streets of gold and pearly gates is coming down out of Heaven from God to EARTH. Why do professing Christians remain blind to the plain truth of the Scriptures? Why do they fail to believe Yeshua who said "the meek shall inherit the Earth"?
1 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea [the fire that purified the earth evaporated it]. 2 Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, COMING DOWN OUT OF HEAVEN from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away." [This alone proves the Bible teaches eternal punishment - not eternal punishing].
I encourage all to read the rest of the chapter without traditional blinders and be amazed to discover that the Pearly Gates and Streets of Gold are going to be right here ON EARTH!
Born Again and Heaven and Hell
|People have been waiting for 2,000 years for this "return." It has not happened. No reason to believe that it will happen anytime soon.|
Unless you believe that God has allotted mankind 6 days (following the principle that a thousand years are like a day to God) to do our own thing, to sing we did it "our way," to basically leave God out of our lives, and that God will soon intervene near the seventh day and usher in the Sabbath of peace and prosperity and proper spiritual education under King Messiah, Jesus Christ.
|And the Bible has been edited many times from its original texts. Do you include the gospels and other books that are not seen in current Bibles?|
Do you believe that an all-powerful God isn't capable of preserving His Word despite edits or mistranslations? We know what God has to say through the Bible. It's no great mystery. The spurious gospels and spurious books don't match the divine rhythm or reflect the inspiration found in those books and letters widely circulated by the early Church of God. The Jews have preserved the "Old Testament." The Oracles of God
|David Ben-Ariel wrote:|
|Revelation 21:4 "And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."|
|Do you realize what that means in context? It means that we will not exist in any physical form.|
It means at that time all former humans who remain alive forevermore will be divine Spirit-Beings, literal members of the Kingdom-Family of God. Although composed of brilliant spirit, we can manifest ourselves and appear with form like Yeshua did after the resurrection before He ascended to Heaven, glorified.
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