Contagious Uncleanness

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“12 If one bear holy flesh in the skirt of his garment, and with his skirt do touch bread, or pottage, or wine, or oil, or any meat, shall it be holy? And the priests answered and said, No. 13 Then said Haggai, If one that is unclean by a dead body touch any of these, shall it be unclean? And the priests answered and said, It shall be unclean. 14 Then answered Haggai, and said, So is this people, and so is this nation before me, saith the LORD; and so is every work of their hands; and that which they offer there is unclean.” (Haggai 2:12-14)

Very important concept explained here in Haggai chapter 2. Essentially it says that uncleanness spreads to whatever it touches, but holiness does not.

Pagans don’t understand this – they use “holy” water and “holy” relics and other “holy” items as fetishes in the vain hope that it will disperse holiness to the unclean. This can never work.

How then is holiness spread if uncleanness is contagious to everything it touches, but holiness is not ?

Holiness is the absence of uncleanness. Holiness is imparted after all uncleanness has been purged away.

Mankind does not need trinkets and religious gimmicks – he needs the precious blood of Jesus Christ to purge away his sin and guilt.

“3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;” (Hebrews 1:3)

“22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.” (Hebrews 9:22)


How to deal with a Jehovah Witness at the door

'For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.' Romans 10:3.

‘For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.’ Romans 10:3.

First rule when Jehovah Witnesses come to the door is to be on your guard. Absolutely refuse to accept any of their paperwork or let them into your house. Don’t worry about their feelings, they are taught not to accept literature from you, and they won’t mind talking on the porch.

Next, start with the following line of attack immediately. When the JW’s first arrive at the door they put on a show of being super disarming so that’s when to go after them. If you wait until later they will have dropped the mask and their hostility will come out and you’ll get nowhere. They are taught to ask a few introductory questions and try to get you, the target, to open up a little bit so you’ll hear their pitch. Don’t waste that opportunity responding to anything they say, go immediately for the JW’s jugular vein with the following questions. They will feel obliged to respond in a disarming fashion because they haven’t yet hooked you and don’t know where you are coming from.

Then comes your question.  It is best to act dumb so they don’t have time to conjure up some crafty answer that dodges the issue. Preface it with asking them if you can ask them something, then ask it directly.

JW: {knock knock}

Bible Believer: Hello?

JW: Hi there, we are visiting the neighbourhood asking people what they think about ….{presents a Watchtower Magazine and points to the question on the cover} … “Why do good people suffer?” Here please take a copy.

BB: No thank you. May I ask you a question?

JW: Uh, well, sure.

BB: If you were to die today, and of course I hope you don’t, I wish you a very long life, but we never know if today is our last day, and I could die today, and so could you. But if you were to die today, and God was to ask you, “Why should I let you into my perfect and holy kingdom?” what would your answer be? {Head tilted slightly with an inquisitive look}

JW: Uh well … I guess I’d say I’m trying my best, I’m following his commandments.

BB: So you are perfect?

JW: Uh well … nobody is perfect.

BB: Well, then you’re not answering my question because I want to know, if God was to ask you, “Why should I let a sinner like you into my holy kingdom?” what would you say to him? Would he let you in?

JW: Uh well … I’m not sure.

With this got him. You sprang right into the heart of the real issue and avoided contentious issues about the nature of heaven, hell, Jesus’ divinity, baptisms, the tribulation, the 144,000, and a million other distractions – all of which the poor lost JW has been massively indoctrinated to resist and pervert according to his Watchtower teachings. You have blind-sided and embarrassed the JW in a way he never expected and, hopefully, will never recover from.

Don’t let him off the hook. Rub it in good.

BB: Why are you going door to door teaching people about God if you aren’t even sure about your own salvation?

Ouch! The poor JW isn’t sure about his own salvation at all – so you’ve hit him right where it hurts.

Moments ago he was happy as a clam going door to door building up his own self-righteousness and feeling all sorts of spiritual pride – but you’ve now completely taken him aback. Don’t be rude, but keep on this same theme. Don’t let anything deviate from this line of attack against his self-righteousness.

JW: Well, we were commanded to teach door to door, and we try to follow the teachings of the bible, and we are trying to do what it says.

BB: So you are perfectly good in God’s eyes because you do that?

JW: Well, I didn’t say that. We are just trying to follow God’s commandments as best we can. Nobody is perfect.

BB: Well, then why would God let you into his perfect kingdom since you admit you aren’t perfect?

JW: Well, we try our best, but nobody knows, but I think I’m doing the best I can.

BB: So God has to let you into his holy kingdom, even though you are a sinner, because of all the good deeds you have done? Does God lower his standards of holiness for you?

JW: Well we try to follow the 10 commandments, get baptised, obey the great commission, and basically try our best.

Be nice while you are doing it, but realize you are now torturing the poor JW by this line of questioning. He will evade and evade. Yet don’t stop. Keep bringing it up until he relents. God is perfect, he is a sinner, so what hope could he possibly have of getting into God’s kingdom? And why would he presume to knock on your door and tell you about God when he isn’t even sure about his own situation? Why follow people who don’t know where they are going?

By the way, don’t make the mistake of saying “heaven” instead of “kingdom” – that is very important. You want to avoid giving them the opportunity of trying to argue about other things, and JW’s have a whole messed up theology about how they don’t go to heaven, but instead live in God’s kingdom on the earth. But the poor lost JW needs to meet Jesus Christ first before he is ever going to learn correct theology. So keep on the issue of the guy’s sinfulness. His religious do-goodism needs to be shown as worthless – and it’s only then that he will ever be ready to hear the gospel.

In fact, up to this point they JW will most likely have completely avoided mentioning Jesus Christ at all. Jesus is the furthest thing from his mind when he is asked about how he is justified before God.

BB: So you aren’t saved then?

JW: Saved? Well uh … we don’t look at it like that.

BB: Isn’t Jesus the saviour of the world ? Doesn’t a “saviour” save people? Did he save you?

JW: Well we try our best to follow Jesus’ teachings.

BB: That’s not what I asked. I asked if he saved you. Did Jesus die for your sins? Why did Jesus die on the cross?

JW: Uh well …

And that’s how you get to the very heart of the issue when a lost JW comes to your door. If any other issue comes up, you can quickly deal with it in one breath, but then quickly bring it right back to the basics that they need to hear: they are lost sinners and Jesus died to save them.

Don’t worry about them not believing yet in Christ’s divinity, or in a literal heaven, or in a literal hell. All that can come later after the gospel of grace is first lodged in their mind and softens their heart. They will try to act like Bible know-it-alls but just treat them like little babies who can only hear a very simple gospel message, and nothing else. Keep to the same refrain that they are lost sinners but Jesus died for their sins:

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6.

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 1 Corinthians 15:3-4.

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:21.

After you have done all that, STOP.

Cut it short and shoo them off quickly in a no-nonsense fashion. And while getting rid of them be careful what you say. Don’t inadvertently give them any sort of commendation. St John warns us:

“If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” 2 John 1:10.

So you can’t say anything like, “keep up the good work!” or “Go with God!” or even “God bless you!” or “Thank you for coming!” or anything like that. A plain old “Good-bye” is probably okay, but even it might be questionable since it is a contraction of “God be with ye” – something we should not be saying.

Just say very perfunctorily, but not rudely, “Well I’ve got to go, so I’ll see you off now. Good day!” and then quickly shut the door.

Put yourself in the shoes of that poor unsaved JW. He is under such a weight of condemnation and uncertainty by his false religion. He doesn’t know Jesus Christ and he has no idea where he is going when he dies. He has the guilt of his sin and the filthy rags of his own self-righteousness. Pity them, but don’t argue with them about all the doctrinal things that unsaved people don’t need to know anything about.

You’ve done the best you could if you just pointed them to the cross of Christ. When they leave you can know that you’ve shown a glimmer of the light of God’s grace into the dark dungeon of their religious bondage.

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Salvation Past, Present, Future for Soul, Spirit, and Body.

Saved past present

One of the easiest way to correctly describe the doctrine of Church-age salvation is by using three tenses – past, present, and future – and realize that a different tense applies to each of the three parts of the human being: his soul, spirit, and body.

1. FUTURE: Our body is not saved yet – it will be saved one day (future tense salvation: will be saved) — …it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him… 1 John 3:2).

2. PAST: Our soul is saved (past tense salvation: saved) Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts 2 Cor 1:22. [This applies to all those who repented of their self-righteousness and have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ according to the gospel – i.e., that he died for our sins and rose again].

3. PRESENT: Our human spirit is saved daily (present tense: is being saved) be renewed in the spirit of your mind; Ephesians 4:23, …the inward man is renewed day by day. 2 Cor. 4:16.

Sinning Body … but Sinless Soul.

Only the soul is “saved” in absolute sinlessness because of the one-time imputation of Christ’s righteousness (For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Cor. 5:21) AND because of the on-going non-imputation of sin: Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. Romans 4:8.

The flesh’s sins will defile the man’s flesh – but they do not pass through to the saved soul which has been cut-off from the flesh and is safely sealed from any sinful defilement, ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Col. 2:11.

Those flesh sins affect the human flesh and human spirit only – not the saved soul. The immediate consequence of sins in this life is a break in the state of walking “in fellowship” with the Lord (If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie 1 John 1:6); and continuous sins can lead to further consequences, up to and including death (“For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die:” Rom 8:13; “There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. 1 John 5:16) and satanic attack (To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. 1 Cor. 5:5).

Sins in the flesh can have eternal consequences – but never the loss of the soul’s salvation — they instead cause loss of rewards and embarrassment at the judgement seat of Christ (the works of the flesh are manifest… they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Gal. 5:19-21; abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. 1 John 2:28).

Lawlessness? No way!

It is indeed a goal of the Christian life to be as absolutely sinless as possible, yet not to get saved or to stay saved, but to avoid the negative consequences in the flesh that our sins will produce (If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? Heb. 12:7).

We are suppose to try to stay sinless in body and spirit: I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thess 5:23. My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. 1 John 2:1.

This demonstrates the falsity of the accusation that assurance of salvation is “antinomian” (i.e., lawless). Freedom from the law applies only to the soul – not to the body. The two parts – body and soul – are in completely different situations.

Our soul, being born-again, and has died by Christ to the law – it is completely free from the law: Paul writes, All things are lawful unto me 1 Cor. 6:12, 10:23. All is lawful  in the sense that there is no sin, no matter how base, that could undo the soul’s new birth. Sinning or not sinning is irrelevant for the soul – it has only been saved by the faith and work of Christ himself (Ephesians 2:8-9).

The body however is a different story. The moral laws of this life will affect the body – a Christian must keep them for his own sake in this world (Rom. 6:1-2). You break the moral laws of this life and you will suffer in this life in your human spirit and body. But if you are saved: you remain saved – the soul cannot lose salvation – it is in Christ. Not because of lawlessness – but because the payment of the law, death, has been swallowed up in victory by Christ’s death on our behalf. The saved soul is in Christ and has, right now, eternal life. Our bodies will also get eternal life when they are changed into new bodies in Christ’s image at the resurrection.

Daily Judging our Sins

When we sin (because we will – If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” 1 John 1:8) we must quickly confess it and obtain forgiveness for the sake of our flesh and human spirit, If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9. let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” 2 Cor. 7:1.

By confessing and forsaking sin daily we judge the sins in advance of God’s judgement and escape condemnation in the flesh: For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. 1 Cor. 11:32.

Scriptural Examples.

This body/soul/spirit understanding clears up a lot of the confusion in applying certain verses. For example, Romans 8:1 in the King James Bible says, There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. That condemnation has to do with your current state on this earth – and if you don’t walk after the Spirit you will sin and be in a condemnation (of the flesh, not the soul). Perverted new Bibles cut out the second half of the verse and teach a lie – that there is no condemnation EVER for a Christian. Yes there is! In the flesh, if you sin, there is plenty of condemnation. You must confess and forsake it (see above) or face chastisement.

Another verse is, Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 1 John 3:9. Obviously that applies to the soul that is now born-again by the spirit of God – it has no application to the still unsaved flesh. This verse drives the religious hypocrite up the wall – he is forced into a corner: lie about being “sinless” or change his doctrines.

But never underestimate the depravity of the sin nature in the unfaithful Bible-teacher: he will re-write the verse to say, “doth not commit sin … all the time, or continuously, or too badly” – and he will then tell you how Christian sinners if worse than himself will go to hell. He will excuse his own sin as not being “continuous” or “very bad.”

In other words, these clowns lower God’s holy standards to a level where they think (in their own deluded self-righteousness) that they can meet them. They lie against scripture and against God’s holiness – as if he is as rotten as they are. Can God’s seed sin a “little bit”? How foolish. God’s seed has NO SIN. And that is the saved soul that is born again by the power of the Holy Ghost.

Sound Doctrine = King James Bible.

Changing the words of scripture is a sure sign you are dealing with a heretic who has messed up his doctrine and won’t admit it. Correct doctrine and the correct Bible go hand in hand.

Dump all the Greek/Hebrew and modern perversions into the trash — all you need is the King James Bible. That is the Holy Scriptures in English and all that you will ever need.

Rightly Dividing the Word.

Hopefully this study has clarified how New Testament salvation operates for the Church-Age believer. These doctrines apply to the Church. You will find that there are scriptures that teach that “salvation” can be lost – but those passages are not doctrinally applied to Church-Age Christians. The Bride of Christ is uniquely saved in the manner herein described which come from St. Paul’s writings since he was the apostle to the Church.

Where you find verses that seem inconsistent – they apply to different groups. Theses verses are found in the Old Testament, the Gospels, Hebrews, James, and Revelation. All those books have passages that apply to Jews under the OT Law and/or Tribulation Saints – and their salvation does not entail the immediate soul circumcision that we experience (see above) – therefore their right standing before God to enter heaven is contingent upon them holding out until the end with faith and works.