Monthly Archives: October 2019


“29 The next day John (John the Baptist) sees Jesus coming unto him, and says, Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world.
30 This is He of Whom I said, After me comes a man which is preferred before me: for He was before me.
31 And I knew Him not: but that He should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from Heaven like a dove, and it abode upon Him.
33 And I knew Him not: but He that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon Whom you shall see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, the same is He which baptizes with the Holy Ghost.” John 1:29-33
John the Baptist knew His Messiah was to come but he did not know it was Jesus until God revealed this to Him.
“15 He (JESUS) said unto them, But whom say you that I am?
16 And Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.
17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed are you, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood has not revealed it unto you, but My Father which is in Heaven.
18 And I say also unto you, That you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:15-18
It is upon the revelation of Who Jesus is and what He did on Calvary’s Cross for whosoever will believe that the Church is built. Man cannot reveal this to another. It is the Spirit of God Who draws all men unto Jesus when He is lifted up among the people. It is the Spirit of God Who draws His People, those “peculiar people” who are not perishing but live by the faith of the Son of God, ever closer as the Cross of Christ is lifted up to the camp.
This Gospel of which we preach is for WHOSOEVER will believe. If a person wills (wants) to believe, there is no devil in hell that can stop the Holy Spirit from piercing the heart asunder and discerning the thoughts thereof when the Word of God is preached. Man’s vain philosophies cloaked in Scripture God cannot sanction. They are nothing more than commandments of men being taught as Biblical doctrine.
“1 I (the Apostle Paul) charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, Who shall judge the quick and the dead at His appearing and His Kingdom;
2 Preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the Truth, and shall be turned unto fable.” 2 Timothy 4:1-4
These fables will not reveal Who Jesus is and what He did to a lost world and a dying church. No, not at all. Intellect will not reveal Jesus.
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God…the full counsel, rightly divided Word of God. It is the revelation knowledge of Jesus given ONLY by the Father to those whose heart is perfect toward Him, that God’s Church is built. The Lord discerns the heart of man, not our works. Whatever is not of faith cannot please God.
The revelation knowledge of Jesus Christ and Him crucified will cause one to be determined to know nothing else among you. It does indeed cause His People to be a peculiar people. Our treasures are not of this world and therefore the world cannot understand. We know in Whom we have believed and am fully persuaded that He is able to keep that which we have committed unto Him. At times we too may feel like the voice in the wilderness but then we are quickly reminded of Whom led us out into the wilderness in order to bring us into the Kingdom.
Behold the Lamb of God. Prepare ye the way of the Lord. He is Alive. His eyes search the earth to and from seeking those whose heart is perfect toward Him that He may show Himself strong on their behalf (2 Chronicles 16:9).
-Donna Clark Warren


“But whoso looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” James 1:25
Looking into the perfect Law of Liberty; into the Law of the Spirit of Life IN Christ Jesus, and continuing therein by Grace through faith of the Son of God Who loved you and gave Himself for you, be not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work. One cannot be a doer without being a Believer who believes the Cross of Christ is sufficient. A doer will deny themselves. We will set aside our will; our will power, abilities, intellect and talent and look unto the perfect Law of Liberty as we will look unto the Cross of Christ, He Who authors and finishes our faith.
This Law of Liberty that we fight to continue therein by purposefully placing our faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified, promises us the blessings of God.
This is the fight we are commissioned to fight…the good fight of faith.
“And He said to them all, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Luke 9:23
Looking into the perfect Law of Liberty, we see ourselves; we see our weakness and God’s Answer to man’s dilemma (Jesus Christ and Him crucified). Whether we choose God’s answer or our own is that which determines if we continue in the Law of Liberty (pick up our cross) and follow Jesus (be a doer of the work) where we will be blessed or follow our vain philosophy where we will be cursed.
Choose to be a doer of the work. Look into the perfect Law of Liberty and continue therein. The Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus, makes us free from the Law of Sin and Death. Be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
-Donna Clark Warren


Many in the world abhor sin against another. Parents punish one child for sinning against another. Laws are in place, and rightly so, to punish one who commits a crime against another and we, both sinners and Saints, applaud the systems set in place to enforce wrongful doing against one another.
Here is what we must recognize though as we give accolades to those who abhors sin against one another, how does that same person respond to sin against God?
To be sure, all sin is sin against God but so many professing Christians will turn a blind eye to those who are committing open sin against God and allow/condone such abomination among their own.
We are to forgive others their trespasses against us as the Lord forgives us our trespasses. However, that same spirit that abhors sin against another, should also be quick to abhor sin against God.
Then on the flip side, we have the zealous modern day Pharisees who take to social media regularly who abhor sin against God and once again I must say rightfully so, but the very sin they are committing against others, the simulated love of one toward another, the abhorrence they have toward their Brothers and Sisters is Christ for their ignorance of the Word of God is also sin against God.
Just because someone is where you are in their walk with the Lord doesn’t exclude them from the Kingdom of Heaven. Instead of going about the day trying to disqualify God’s Children from being God’s Children, why don’t we love them as we love ourselves in hopes they will follow us as we follow Christ.
We cannot follow Christ until we deny ourselves and pick up our cross (the blessings Jesus afforded us at Calvary). Why would a babe in Christ want to follow one whose zeal for God is sincere but sincerely wrong. They may know the Word backward and forward but I remind you, so does the devil.
The Believer is the light of the world. We are seasoned with salt. He in Whom we have believed will keep us in the fiery trials. As we stand on His Word amongst the Saints and the sinners, HE will be glorified…not us. The people will see the Holy Spirit working in us and through us as we continue looking daily to Jesus Christ and Him crucified. The “straight stick” of which we live will reveal the crooked stick without us ever having to say a word.
I heard a preacher say this morning that everyone is coming out of the closet except for the Believers. Amen!! Consider which camp you may be in. Do you abhor sin against one another AND sin against God? One is a social justice gospel and the other is a religious gospel but neither one is the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
“9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another;” Romans 12:9-10
-Donna Clark Warren


Not understanding the Cross of Christ for Sanctification, many will make other things the object of their faith. 40 days of purpose, 21 days of fasting, feasts and festivals are presented to the Believer as methods to gain righteousness. I have been told it is their way of “honoring” God but is in fact an abomination unto God.
“12 When you come to appear before Me, who has required this at your hand, to tread My courts?
13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.
14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts My Soul hates: they are a trouble unto Me; I am weary to bear them.
15 And when you spread forth your hands, I will hide My eyes from you: yea, when you make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.” Isaiah 1:12-15
In all sincerity and zealousness we enter into these methods seeking to please the Lord…but they don’t. Whatever is not of faith (faith in the Cross of Christ) it is not pleasing unto God (Hebrews 11:5-6). Unknowingly, the majority of the church world is committing “spiritual adultery” (Romans 7:1-4), because they have been led down a path of destruction; a path of the power of self will to gain righteousness as Scripture is presented to show Jesus as our example. To be sure, Jesus IS our example but He is also our Source and His Cross the means. These vain philosophies make us the source and our works the means and the fruit produced is always and without fail fruit unto death, not God.
“12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole Armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:12-13
The armor of which we put on at Salvation is God’s Armor. This is not something we take on and off everyday. The problem of which we have is having done all through faith; having denied ourselves and purposefully placing our faith in the finished work of the Cross of Christ, we do not stand. These methods presented us exhort us to fight against the principalities, powers and rulers of darkness through specific incantations against specific spirits that will supposedly make them flee.
Let me be frank and clear, there is but one way to resist the devil and that is submitted unto God (James 4:7) and HE tells them to flee.
This Salvation of which we have been afforded through Jesus Christ and Him crucified is a CONSCIOUS SALVATION. We know the only fight we’re called to fight and the only fight we are able to fight is the fight of faith in the Cross of Christ. Those who are Saved, are consciously Saved because we KNOW in Whom we have believed. We stand, we watch, we listen and we BELIEVE because our HIGH PRIEST has completed His Work and now sits at the Right Hand of the Throne of God. This Armor of which we have been granted is sufficient. Even in our weakest of moments, this Armor keeps us and is in fact made perfect as we continue looking unto Jesus to author and finish our faith.
This Armor of which we are afforded by the Cross of Christ is God’s Divine Grace. It is His Grace which enables us to STAND against the wiles of the devil. We are not under law but under GRACE and sin’s dominion is laid waste as we continue standing, continue watching and continue hearing what the Spirit of the Lord is saying to the churches.
Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Be determined to know nothing else among you. Stand still and see the Salvation of the Lord.
-Donna Clark Warren


“1 My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.

2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of your eye.

3 Bind them upon your fingers, write them upon the table of your heart. 4 Say unto wisdom, you are my sister; and call understanding your kinswoman: 5 That they may keep you from the strange woman, from the stranger which flatters with her words.

6 For at the window of my house I looked through my casement, 7 And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding, 8 Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house, 9 In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night: 10 And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.

11 (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house: 12 Now is she without, now in the streets, and lies in wait at every corner.)

13 So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him, 14 I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows.” Proverbs 7:1-14

The strange woman, which represents false doctrine, will always present a peace offering. Her unconditional acceptance of all things, even things the Lord has declared as sin, is lifted up among the people and the spiritually young who are void of understanding, readily accept her peace offering as a Biblical doctrine. To be sure, the spiritually “young” could have been Saved 20 years but because they have entered into the strange woman’s house, they have remained young and void of understanding. Seeing, they see not. Hearing, they hear not and neither do they understand what the Spirit of the Lord is saying to the churches.

“Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.” Matthew 13:12-13

They are lukewarm and in need of nothing. Dwelling in the strange woman’s home, they too offer peace offerings but make no mention of the Burnt Offering. Without the Burnt Offering, symbolic of the Cross of Christ, there is no Peace Offering. There is no peace with God without the Cross of Christ…in spite of the strange woman’s claims.

“21 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.

22 He goes after her straightway, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;

23 Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hastes to the snare, and knows not that it is for his life.

24 Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth.

25 Let not your heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.

26 For she has cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her.

27 Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.” Proverbs 7:21-27

In the strange woman’s house, there have been many strong men…yes, men of God, who have been slain by her. Their faith utterly destroyed as their hearts yielded unto her flattering lips and the lusts of their flesh began to war against the law of God in their minds and their heart decline unto her ways.

If we dare to ever think that we too cannot be deceived, well…we’re deceived. If we, and I speak here to Believers, dare to think that the preaching of the Cross of Christ Jesus is foolishness and that God won’t send us a strong delusion that we might believe a lie because we did not love the Truth, then we believe the Word of God is a lie.

To us who are Saved, the preaching of the Cross is the power of God. To those who are perishing, the preaching of the Cross is foolishness (1 Cor. 1:18). Those who are perishing have gone astray into the paths of the strange woman and they have been sent a strong delusion.

“10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the Truth, that they might be Saved.

11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

12 That they all might be damned who believed not the Truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2 These. 10-12

For those who have been plucked out of the snares of the strange woman, you understand the dangers of false doctrine. Seeing, you see and you understand. My husband and I both were being seduced by her and our flesh tempted us so to walk in her paths…but praise be to God, that through the preaching and teaching of SBN (Jimmy Swaggart Ministries) our eyes were open. As they lifted up the Cross of Christ to us, the Holy Spirit began working on our hearts and we began to seek Truth. Not wanting to be deceived, we began to search the Scriptures daily to see whether those things were so which were being presented to us as Biblical doctrine and they always came up wanting.

Daily we continue fighting that good fight of faith in the Cross of Christ because we know that strange woman and understand just how dangerous she is to the body of Christ. We preach strongly against her as we run through the camp lifting up Jesus Christ and Him crucified. We are in fact determined to know nothing else among you. Why? Because Who He is and what He did is the power of God to us. We know that there is no Peace Offering without the Burnt Offering.

-Donna Clark Warren


“6 I marvel that you are so soon removed from Him that called you into the Grace of Christ unto another gospel:
7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the Gospel of Christ.
8 But though we, or an angel from Heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that you have received, let him be accursed.
10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:6-10
Jesus Christ and Him crucified, as should be obvious, cannot be corrupted. The finished work of Christ Jesus paid the penalty of sin for the believing sinner and broke the power of sin for the Saint. At Calvary, Jesus delivered the Believer from sin’s dominion. This is a fact, a reality, which cannot be changed…whether we believe it or not.
However, the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified CAN be corrupted. It can be diluted, sugar coated. Not rightly dividing the Word and not presenting the full counsel is the devil’s intent. Satan cannot change the truth; the reality of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified, so he will and CAN corrupt the Gospel. With one small compromise, he will deceitfully present something that seems “good”, the seed is planted and as the Believer earnestly seeks to please the Lord, he will nurture that seed until it becomes fruit unto death. Bound by man made traditions, religious schemes and vain philosophies presented as Biblical doctrine, the Believer has now believed upon another gospel, another Jesus and the Cross of Christ has become of no effect in their lives.
The “life and life more abundantly” promised to them is fleeting as the yoke of religion chokes the life out of them…literally. They are accursed. Do they love the Lord? Absolutely!! Do they understand why there is no peace beyond all understanding or joy unspeakable when the storms of life are roaring? Sadly, no. They continue fighting these storms with perseverance but their perseverance is in the wrong fight. It’s in their abilities, intellect and talent.
Instead of fighting the good fight of faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified, they are fighting for their very life…a life that they should surrender to Christ in order for the Holy Spirit to superintend the work of God in the life they are fighting to gain.
“But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;” 1 Corinthians 1:23
This Gospel of which a God called preacher is called to preach will set at liberty those who are bound by religion because it lays waste their vain philosophies. Chains are broken, blind men see, lame men walk…signs and miracles FOLLOW those who believe and we become a witness to the world of God’s Glory. We don’t have to chase down every blood moon, shemitah or seek 40 days of purpose because we have our hand in the Hand of the Man Who stills the waters.
Knowing this; knowing in WHOM we have believed and what HE has done to Redeem us into Him, we will KNOW that there is no other gospel. THIS is why we are determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified. It is not because we have some kind of intellectual self righteousness. No, no. IT has nothing to do with “us” whatsoever but EVERYTHING to do with HIM.
“28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and said to the men, 29 Come, see a Man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?” John 4:28-29
Just as the WOMAN SAID UNTO THE MEN (sorry to all of you who don’t believe women should be preachers), we have left our waterspout declaring “IS NOT THIS THE CHRIST?”
Come…come see a Man. His Name is Jesus Christ.
-Donna Clark Warren


“4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7
There is a lost world and a dying church…a church bound to religious traditions and vain philosophies that need to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. The philosophies presented to them for their best life now are seeds of death producing fruit unto death.
Lukewarm “Christians” and their religious ways bring reproach unto God. In reality, they are rotting and decaying spiritually.
The lost are not decaying spiritually but are dead spiritually. Never being alive unto God, they know no different. They are not lost because they deny Jesus as their Saviour but deny Jesus as their Saviour because they are lost. They need to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified in order that the Holy Spirit may convict them of their condition and draw them unto the Lord. What they DO NOT need to hear is another method given by humanistic psychology. To be sure, the ONLY difference in the world’s answer to sin and the modern church is one is cloaked in Scripture.
On the other hand, there is a people…a people who know how to touch the Throne Room of God; who dwell in the cleft of the Rock and fight daily to deny their own abilities, intellect and talents, in order to pick up their cross and follow Jesus Christ. They KNOW Who Jesus is and what HE has done and are determined to know nothing else. They know that it is there, at Calvary’s Cross, that they are reconciled unto God and fully submitted unto HIS Plan of Redemption.
There are those you will see going about daily rejoicing in the Lord in spite of their circumstances. They are not ashamed to make their moderation be known unto all men, for the Lord is at hand. They are careful for nothing but by prayer and supplication, they let their request be known unto God and the peace beyond all understanding encompasses round about them and keeps them.
THIS is what the Cross of Christ has afforded the Believer who daily fights the good fight of faith and chooses to believe the Cross of Christ is sufficient.
THIS is Jesus Christ and Him crucified of which we preach and are determined to know nothing else. He is ABLE to provide all of our needs according to His riches in glory. He is ABLE to give you the desires of your heart as you are submitted unto His Will.
Seek Him and and you will find Him.
-Donna Clark Warren


“For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, The Man Christ Jesus;” 1 Timothy 2:5
Jesus fulfilled all of the demands of the Law. HE is the only Mediator for mankind to be reconciled unto God and His Cross is the means by which He afforded us this reconciliation.
Our many wonderful works and our prophesying in Jesus’ Name does not and will not reconcile us unto God.
“21 Not every one who says unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but He that does 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 Your Name? and in Your Name have cast out devils? and in Your Name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:21-23
Sadly, there are many who worship the Lord with their mouths but their hearts are far from Him. Having dismissed what Jesus Christ accomplished at Calvary’s Cross to break the power of sin and instead added another method from the vanities of their own mind to their endless list of philosophies, they have attempted to mediate reconciliation between God and man…yet the Lord does not know them.
Consider the answer given to break the power of sin. If it is not the Cross of Christ, which is the Will of God to redeem man; it is another mediator that will fall short.
“Jesus said unto him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man comes unto the Father, but by Me.” John 14:6
Doing many wonderful works, prophesying in Jesus Name and casting out demons in Jesus Name are not requirements to enter the Kingdom of Heave. As we draw nearer to Jesus, submitted unto HIS finished work for all that we need for life and living, the Grace of God flows uninterrupted in our hearts and lives. At times circumstances are difficult and downright unpleasing to say the least and we have to fight a little harder that good fight of faith so that our circumstances don’t become that which lords over us. Denying our own abilities to manipulate the situation is the hardest part of the fight.
“And He said to them all, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Luke 9:23
But when that good fight is fought and we decide this day to follow Jesus by placing our faith solely and exclusively in HIS mediating work and not our own, our cross is easy to take up. Our cross will in fact chase us down because we are following Jesus according to God’s Plan. The Cross of Christ was a place of great suffering for our Lord but it is a place of great blessing for those who believe.
There is ONE Mediator between God and fallen man. His Name is Jesus and His source was the cross. Be determined to know nothing else among you.
-Donna Clark Warren


What Jesus DID NOT do is die on Calvary’s Cross as a sinner, go to hell as all sinners do, suffer the torments of hell for 3 days where He was then born again and Resurrected. This is a short version of the unscriptural Jesus died spiritually doctrine that many modern churches teach and believe. Kenneth Copeland is the head of the pack with this apostasy.
“For He has made Him to be sin (sin offering) for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Cor. 5:21
What Jesus DID do was come to die on Calvary’s Cross as the Sacrificial Lamb of God that we may be made the righteousness of God IN Him. Jesus did not die a martyr but as a Sacrifice. He Who knew no sin the 33 1/2 years He dwelled on this earth, He Who was born of water and born of the Spirit, came to redeem fallen man to God our Creator.
Jesus, God manifest in the flesh, dwelt among us. He came to Save us from an eternal and conscious devil’s hell. His Blood cleanses us. We are not loved because we are cleansed but we are cleansed because we are loved by the King of Kings, Lord of Lords…the Great I AM.
What Jesus DID do at Calvary’s Cross was afford whosoever will believe an eternal and conscious life. He has gone before us and prepared a place for us.
God’s Plan of Redemption is Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Jesus is the Source and His cross the means. Only as we abide in Christ; faith in His Redeeming work to keep that which He has redeemed unto Himself, are we able to follow Jesus. The veil was rent when Jesus gave up the Ghost but it is only IN Jesus that we may pass through that veil.
“1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that enters not by the Door into the sheepfold, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
2 But he that enters in by the Door is the Shepherd of the Sheep.
3 To Him the porter opens; and the sheep hear His Voice: and He calls His own sheep by name, and leads them out.” John 10:1-3
The porter, which represents the Mosaic Law, opens the door only to He Who fulfilled the Law perfectly and completely – Jesus Christ. HE is the door…HE is the ONLY Way, the ONLY Truth and the ONLY Life. No man approaches God except through His shed Blood.
THIS is what Jesus has done for WHOSOEVER will believe. THIS is why we who have believed and have seen the might work He has done in our own hearts and lives are determined to know NOTHING else among save Jesus Christ and Him crucified. We know that we know that we know that the Cross of Christ is sufficient for all of our dilemma…no matter the circumstances.
Methods of man cannot afford the Believer this liberty in Christ Jesus because they do not afford us access to God.
Jesus Christ and Him crucified remains the same; yesterday, today and forever more…sin’s dominion is laid waste. Be determined to know nothing else among you.
-Donna Clark Warren


At Calvary Jesus paid the penalty for man’s sin. Due to Adam’s fall, all who are born of water (natural child birth) must be born again (born of the Spirit).
“3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus said unto Him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Marvel not that I said unto you, You must be born again.” John 3:3-7
We are now all born with a sin nature under the Government of Law. This sin nature rules and reigns in our hearts and our flesh easily obeys. Our sin nature is quickened by these laws; any laws, not just the “Mosaic Law”, as it brings us deeper and deeper into captivity.
The penalty of sin is death and once again, we are all born with sin due to Adam’s fall. At Calvary, Jesus Christ paid the penalty of sin for whosoever will believe. When the believing sinner accepts Jesus Christ as His Lord and Saviour, we are “born again”. The Holy Spirit comes into our heart, dethrones the sin nature that has ruled in our hearts and isolates it. We are now dead to it. Baptized into Jesus’ Death (Romans 6:3-5), there where sin was defeated and it’s penalty paid, sin’s dominion is laid waste.
“8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him:
9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dies no more; death has no more dominion over Him.
10 For in that He died, He died unto sin once: but in that He lives, He lives unto God.
11 Likewise reckon you also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:8-11
Reckoning ourselves daily to be dead unto sin is not getting Saved again. No, not at all. Jesus died unto sin once and it is only as we are IN HIM, that we too are dead unto our sin nature. Spiritual adultery comes when Believers are married to Christ for our Salvation but fornicate with worldly precepts (namely, humanistic psychology) for our Sanctification. The many rules and methods given to overcome sin, all with sincere intentions, invokes the very sin nature we would be dead to if we had simply remained IN Christ by faith in the sufficiency of HIS shed Blood.
Committing spiritual adultery does not strip one of their Salvation. If they believe in the atoning work of Christ Jesus for their Salvation, they are Saved…but they are miserably Saved if they are fornicating with other methods to overcome the sin which so easily besets them. The very purpose of spiritual adultery is to get the Believer to turn away from Christ as their Lord and can certainly lead to one losing their Salvation. Sadly, there are many whose faith has been utterly destroyed because of fornicating with the laws of man which were presented to them as Biblical doctrine and they were deceived. The Word of God is full of warnings about false teachers yet so many refuse to believe they are among us.
“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under Grace.” Romans 6:14
Remaining IN Jesus, under His Blood with our faith squarely in HIS redeeming work, we remain under Grace; Grace which IS sufficient, Grace which exposes and expels our unbelief when we are brought daily to a point of decision in whom we are going to submit.
Jesus Christ and Him crucified is God’s Plan for Salvation and God’s Plan for Sanctification. The same people who will staunchly (and rightly) declare that we are Saved through the finished work of Christ Jesus and His work alone will turn right around and declare another method for Sanctification. We cannot add to or take from God’s Plan for Salvation OR Sanctification. In fact, the moment we do such, we make God’s Plan of no effect in our lives. To be sure, this also means that if one believes they must be water baptized to be Saved, they are in fact not Saved. Those who believe such have added to God’s Plan of Redemption.
The good fight of faith is a daily fight of denying ourselves and submitting to the Cross of Christ for all that we need for life and living so that we may follow Him (Luke 9:23). It is knowing the Cross of Christ not only Saves us but will Sanctify us as we continue looking only to Jesus to author and finish our faith. This fight of faith is knowing that His strength is made perfect in our weakness. In our weakness HE is glorified and not ourselves. Signs and wonders follow those who believe as the sufficiency of the Cross of Christ is proven time and time again.
At Calvary, there is a double cure. Sin’s penalty is paid and it’s power broken. Jesus is the Source and His Cross is the means. It is there that we will find our victory is in the power of God and the power of God alone. Jesus Christ and Him crucified…be determined to know nothing else among you.
-Donna Clark Warren