“14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He (Jesus) also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him (satan) that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” Hebrews 2:14-15
As a young child I was saved at a small church in my hometown. Looking back now I realize I accepted Jesus Christ as my Saviour because of the fear of death, not guilt of sin. To my recollection, there was no repentance of sin. I believe I repeated a prayer and that was it. According to this particular denomination, I was saved.
“From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” Matthew 4:17
The first word used by Jesus in His ministry as recorded by Matthew was “repent”. How many today continue to repeat the judicial salvation prayers through fear of death and not repentance of sin, yet unbeknownst to them they remain bound…bound by religion.
“14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” 2 Corinthians 11:14-15
The failure of the modern church to lift up the Name of Jesus Christ, Who He is and what He has done on Calvary’s Cross to pay the debt of sin (death) for whosoever will believe and break the power of sin in the Believer’s life, has resulted in untold thousands sitting in the pews on Sunday mornings with their conscience seared from any call to repentance of sin. I would like to remind them again, satan himself is transformed into an angel of light and the first words recorded from Jesus’ ministry was repent.
“Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God has created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.” 1 Timothy 4:1-3
Sadly many do not believe what the Word of God says. They do not believe in seducing spirits and label those who recognize these doctrines of devils as “heresy hunters”.
“O foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, that you should not obey the Truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ has been evidently set forth, crucified among you?” Galatians 3:1
That is not heresy hunting, that is the Apostle Paul speaking to the foolish Galatians who had been seduced (bewitched) as recorded in the Word of God, Galatians 3:1.
We either believe the Word of God to be true or we believe it to be a lie. Many are being led to the slaughter, never having heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the call to repentance. They are being seduced by doctrines of demons that they are born again because they repeated a prayer.
Fear of death brings bondage. Death is the product/result of sin. Jesus Christ sets at liberty those who repent of their sin, not those who deny their sin.
If you understand this error yet remain under the ministry of one who preaches this error, repent. You are being used as bait for satan’s snare.
-Donna Clark Warren