Every Sunday, hundreds of millions who profess
to be Christian assume they are being correctly taught—and that they understand and believe—the
truth of the Bible. In reality, almost no one knows even the most basic teachings of
God’s Word—or of Jesus Christ. Almost all worship Jesus according to what is commonly
believed, without the slightest proof from their Bibles. Thus, the true doctrines of
the Bible are unknown to Christianity—and so is the meaning of nearly everything Jesus
taught! This is Part One of two broadcasts covering
20 verses that virtually the whole of Christendom either misunderstands, ignores or rejects
outright. Prepare to learn the truth—and to be shocked at what you thought you knew! The World to Come. The Restored Church of
God presents David C. Pack. Author of 80 books and booklets. Editor-in-chief of The Real
Truth magazine. Read by countless and growing numbers in every nation and territory of the
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C. Pack. Over 100 million Bibles are sold or given
away each year, with 92% of American households having one. Such statistics show it is the
world’s bestseller—yet, ironically, it is also the world’s least understood book.
All the verses you are about to see are ignored and rejected by professing Christianity. Ministers
and experienced Bible students know of these passages, but choose to explain them away
or never speak of them. Most religious leaders have chosen to disregard
what the Bible teaches. It is as though many fear the truth, or to tell the truth! They
fear being fired for teaching it—and they fear their members will leave if they do.
In all cases, they fear what men may say or do, and give little or no thought to what
God declares in His Word! The majority of ministers appear to be of
God. They profess to believe God wrote the Bible. Yet, not understanding it, they twist
verses to fit preconceived ideas. In fact, theological institutes and seminaries of this
world have developed a systematic way—and this can be done consciously or unconsciously—of
spinning or dismissing God’s plain words and plain meaning in favor of making passages
appear to say what they need them to say. These theologians and religionists sell false
teachings through use of specific verses—wrongly understood and often taken out of context—that
supposedly support their ideas. This permits them to come from a basis of supposed Bible
authority for beliefs. And it helps them to much more easily snare the unwitting and unwary.
If one is properly trained and sufficiently grounded in the truth of the Bible, it is
quite easy to see through and expose the deceptive logic misapplied to a verse, and to correctly
explain it. The apostle Paul warned of “dishonest” people who “handle the word of God deceitfully,”
because they, like their listeners willing to believe them, “received not the love
of the truth.” True ministers—never, under any circumstances, follow these practices!
What follows is simple, and the verses quoted are seen to be not open to human interpretation.
While the Bible is a long and sometimes complex Book, the verses we will cover can be easily
understood. The truths they bring will be impossible to miss!
Some background is necessary that introduces all that follows. Blame for deception cannot
be laid solely at the feet of modern Christendom. There is another source, which drives the
thinking of the whole world. It is key to understanding why basic truths of the Bible
remain hidden. This sets up the first verse Christianity just leaves out—Revelation
12:9. This passage requires a little longer explanation. Now let’s read it: “The great
dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole
world.” This verse is completely ignored by professing
Christianity. Have you ever heard it from the pulpit of your church? As the one who
deceives all nations, including ministers, Satan is ultimately responsible. His deception
is extremely subtle. But of course God also holds people accountable.
Ephesians references the devil’s worldwide influence: “In time past [the apostle Paul
wrote] you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of
the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience.”
Grasp this! Satan uses the air to broadcast—through his spirit—an attitude of disobedience!
His spirit sends moods, feelings and attitudes of hostility into people’s minds. These
work, as it says, to bring disobedience. This airwave control gives the devil tremendous
power, allowing him to send thoughts of deceit, anger, pride, hatred, vanity, jealousy, lust,
greed, envy and confusion into people’s minds!
The devil is much more powerful than most realize. Look at the position he holds, and
what this permits him to do: “The god of this world [it says] has blinded the minds
of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ…should
shine unto them.” Satan blinds and deceives on a staggering scale. The result is a world
filled with disobedience—or lawlessness! His cunning has been so seductive he has even
been able to convince many that he does not exist!
Like Christians guided by God’s Spirit, the children of disobedience are also inspired
and guided by a spirit—that of this world’s god. Satan broadcasts a spirit of rebellion
against—and disobedience to—God’s Law. The devil portrays his ministers as though
they represent God and teach His truth. Notice: “Satan himself is transformed into an angel
of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers
of righteousness.” A deceived world is blissfully ignorant of
this understanding, and pays the price! The second verse—Isaiah 59:2—is related
to Revelation 12:9. Let’s read it: “Your iniquities have separated between you and
your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear.” Mankind
is cut off from God because of its sin. Adding Jeremiah 5:25 makes this clearer.
Grasp the implications: This is not God’s world! It is cut off from Him—held captive
by an unseen kidnapper. All of humanity has been deceived into believing the soothing
words of this great captor, thinking themselves better off under his care and leadership.
6,000 years ago, the devil first captured Adam and Eve, and as a result, all inhabitants
of Earth ever after! However, the world has remained a willing captive ever since—and
remains cut off from God. The third verse Christianity disregards is
the definition of sin. I John 3:4: “Whosoever commits sin transgresses also the law: [get
this!] for sin is the transgression of the law.” This is one of the greatest points
in the Bible: the difference between what God approves and what He does not. There have
been endless ideas about the definition of sin—what it is and is not. Yet the Bible
defines it with surprising simplicity. When someone transgresses or breaks “the law,”
he has sinned. When one breaks man’s laws, he earns a penalty,
such as a fine, jail time, or worse for capital offenses. Likewise, when we violate the laws
of God, we earn a penalty: “The wages of sin is death,” the Bible says. Wages are
something you earn as a payment for what you have done. If you sin—break God’s Law—you
will die eternally. Suddenly, knowing what constitutes “God’s Law” is of extreme
importance! The subject of what is God’s Law has been
twisted and mangled. Greater Churchianity, as I call it, has blurred this concept beyond
recognition. However, this need not be complicated. This leads us to the next few verses that
Christianity just blows off. The fourth verse never talked about in Christendom
is Matthew 5:17, where Jesus said, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or
the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.”
The word “fulfill” means to “verify, fully preach, perfect, fill to the full.”
In other words, Jesus came to verify and perfect the 10 Commandments—to expand their meaning.
Matthew 5 is then filled with examples of how the 10 Commandments have been made even
more binding today. For instance, Jesus said, “It was said by them of old time, You shall
not kill…but I say…that whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be
in danger of the judgment.” Instead of abolishing the Commandments, Jesus magnified them. Read
Isaiah 42 and verse 21. Ministers of this world twist these and other
scriptures to sidestep and reject Jesus’ plain meaning about the importance of keeping
God’s Law. They dismiss clear verses, such as Paul’s statement, “Do we then make
void the law through faith? [As most today claim, Paul adds…] God forbid: yes, we establish
the law.” This leads to the fifth overlooked verse—and
it is crucial. I John 5:3: “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments:
and His commandments are not grievous [or burdensome].” Many who claim to have love
believe God’s Commandments are grievous. God declares otherwise! Paul called God’s
Law “holy, just, good…and spiritual.” The Psalms say it is perfect, sure, right
and pure. Blessings flow from keeping God’s commands.
Ancient Israel was instructed to keep them, because—with the whole Bible—they form
His Instruction Manual on how to live. God’s Word reveals the only way to achieve a truly
successful, happy and abundant life! The sixth verse takes this connection further.
Romans 13:10: “Love works no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling
of the law.” Get this! The Bible defines love as obedience to God’s Law. It is that
simple. There is no ambiguity or confusion! Yet most are ignorant of the true definition
of love. Ministers everywhere speak endlessly about God’s love, while completely missing
all of these vital scriptures that define it.
Jesus also said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” Nowhere does Jesus say, “He
who professes to love Me—yet breaks My commandments—still loves Me.” If you are among the two billion
who profess to be Christian, and someone asked you whether you love Jesus Christ, you would
surely answer yes. But how would you prove it? What evidence could you provide?
To most, love is little more than a vague idea that cannot be defined, everything from
a feeling in the heart to just doing good. A wide range of ideas exist, because few consult
the only source that provides an absolute definition.
The first four commandments—not serving false gods, not making or worshipping images
(or idols) of God, not taking God’s name in vain, and observing the Sabbath—reveal
how to love God. The remaining six—honor father and mother, do not kill, commit adultery,
steal, bear false witness, or covet—reveal how to love other human beings. When one obeys
God’s Law, he automatically practices love—toward God and others. Love is easily demonstrated
because action is required. When one obeys any of the last six commandments,
he—knowingly or not—is outwardly indicating love toward his fellow man. Consider adultery.
Though vast numbers break the seventh Commandment, most would agree adultery is not showing love
toward one’s spouse. Now think of the devastation that results: broken trust, marriages, homes,
relationships with children, and more. By faithfulness, spouses show love toward each
other. Similarly, obeying commands one to four show
love toward God. Sadly, most don’t even know these laws—and thus do not truly love
God, despite what they may proclaim. The World to Come will continue after this
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today! Now back to David C. Pack. The seventh passage that most outright reject
is in Mark 7. As you read, ask if you have ever heard it quoted by a minister. Jesus
said this to the Pharisees, “[Isaiah] prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This
people honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me…In vain do they worship
Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” He added, “Laying aside the commandment
of God, you hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other
such like things you do…Full well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep
your own tradition.” This is a strong indictment of the religious
elite of that time! Jesus stated that the Pharisees professed to worship God, but inside
they were far from Him. The context was they sought opportunity to accuse Him and His disciples
of breaking their tradition—the commandments of men—merely because they didn’t wash
their hands when they ate. The disciples were not breaking any laws of God. Jesus labeled
the Pharisees’ worship vain, meaning “to no purpose, fruitless.”
While God does authorize use of traditions (II Thessalonians 2:15), they never supplant
or contradict His laws. The Pharisees, like so many today, claim to know God. The apostle
John wrote, “He that says, I know Him, and keeps not His commandments, is a liar, and
the truth is not in him.” Today’s religious elite reject God’s instructions
and instead teach and hold to popular traditions: Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Sunday-keeping,
the false trinitarian god, the false gospel about Jesus instead of the kingdom of God,
the fictions that God’s Law was “nailed to the cross,” tithing is “done away,”
the saved go to heaven, and a host of other traditions. In fact, virtually all the teachings
of orthodox Christianity are manmade! Like the Pharisees, the world’s ministers
preach false doctrines and lead people away from God. If Jesus were here today, He would
indict these ministers in the same manner! Ask yourself whether you are worshipping Jesus
Christ in vain. Do not assume His warning only applies to others. Assume it could mean
you! Investigate why you believe as you do—why you observe popular traditions.
The eighth passage rarely even mentioned by ministers is in James 2. First, understand
that some assert keeping the 10 Commandments is “legalistic” merely because salvation
is by grace. How do grace and obedience to God connect to salvation? And does obeying
the law—your works—mean you are trying to earn salvation?
Now James: “Faith, if it has not works, is dead, being alone…You have faith, and
I have works: show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my
works…But will you know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?…[Regarding
Abraham] See you how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?”
Most assume that grace and works are mutually exclusive. The Bible says no such thing. In
fact, God’s Word demonstrates both are required. Think of salvation in this way: A wealthy
father approaches his son heading off to college with this offer: “Son, upon graduation,
I will give you one million dollars if you: Maintain a B average, never get drunk and
never cut classes.” Ask: If the young man meets these conditions, will he receive the
million dollars? Yes! Has his conduct earned him the money? No! Of course not. He merely
did what all young men should do at college. Yet he would not receive the million dollars
if he did not meet the preconditions—the qualifiers!
Salvation is the same. Of course God offers far more than a million dollars, but only
those who obey Him—who qualify—may receive His offer. Why cannot millions of Christians
understand such basic logic? There is nothing one can do to earn salvation.
It is completely a gift from God. No amount of commandment-keeping can atone for violating
God’s Law. Only Jesus’ blood can do this. However, reward in the next life, after receiving
salvation, is determined by your works. The commandments describe personal responsibility—what
you must do. Yet, when fully understood, obedience is not you doing it, but rather Christ in
you, who will keep the same commandments He did when in the flesh 2,000 years ago!
Don’t accept the reasoning of men. Examine the pages of your Bible.
All of James 2 discusses how faith and works go hand-in-hand toward achieving salvation
and eternal reward. Christians demonstrate faith in God by doing good works and keeping
His Law. Yet it requires Christ’s faith working in them to succeed.
The ninth verse is Matthew 4:4: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word
that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” Most Christians do not study their Bibles,
never mind diligently. They do not use God’s Word as His Instruction Manual. They do not
live the Bible. They do not “study to show themselves approved unto God” or “rightly
divid[e] the word of truth.” If they did, especially this world’s ministers, broadcasts
like this would be unnecessary. Everyone would already understand all these verses.
Fifty years ago, a newspaper article exposed Christians’ ignorance of the Bible. Since
then, this has worsened. This article begins, “Some months ago, a Protestant pastor administered
a Bible quiz to the members of his congregation. The questions were very simple. Anyone with
a general knowledge of the Bible should have been able to answer all of them easily. The
results staggered the pastor. Only 5% of his flock [it continues] made a commendable grade
on the test. 15% failed to give a single correct answer. 60% were unable to name the 4 Gospels.
75% could not identify Calvary (Golgotha) as the place where Jesus was crucified…The
vast majority of Americans today are Bible illiterates. They simply have never read the
book which they profess to regard as the ‘Word of God.’” So sadly true!
The reporter concluded, “A great many people have turned away from the Bible because when
they do try to read it, they find they cannot understand it…To the modern reader, it has
a remote and antiquarian flavor. It is likely to leave him with the impression the Bible
is an ancient history book that has no real relevance to his life here and now.”
Society almost considers biblical knowledge irrelevant. J.B. Phillips, of the Phillips
Bible translation, wrote this: “It is one of the curious phenomena of modern times that
it is considered perfectly respectable to be abysmally ignorant of the Christian faith.
Men and women who would be deeply ashamed of having their ignorance exposed in matters
of poetry, music, or painting, for example, are not in the least perturbed to be found
ignorant of the New Testament.” I would add they are even more ignorant of the Old
Testament. The Bible of a true Christian is not gathering
dust on a shelf. He is daily studying it—every word from God’s mouth. The tenth passage
that is ignored by virtually every professing Christian relates to this entire broadcast.
In Matthew 24:4 and 5, Jesus warned, “Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall
come in My name, saying, I am Christ [I am the Messiah]; and shall deceive many.” The
first “many” here are the vast majority of thought-to-be Christian ministers who proclaim
Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, but who do not believe or teach what He taught. Neither
do they come with His authority. Six verses later, Jesus added, “Many false
prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.” Not only would false prophets deceive the
great majority, they would also infiltrate the true Church, Christ warned, causing many
true Christians to fall away. During the last days, false prophets were foretold to increase
in number and in their power to deceive. Here is Jesus’ chilling warning: “There shall
arise false christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders.”
You must understand the power, influence and grave danger presented by false prophets and
false teachers—and grasp what it means to you. There are many deceivers at work today.
But how many are taking heed, as Jesus said? How many are doing their homework on something
so vital? How many are carefully examining those claiming to represent God?
The Bible says prophets fall into one of two categories—true or false. All—past, present
or future—are one or the other. They cannot be both, and they cannot be in-between. Within
the category of false prophets are two types: Those who claim to be a prophet, but falsely
foretell events, not being inspired by the true God—and those who do not necessarily
claim to be a prophet, but who teach falsely about prophecy—and for that matter any other
aspect of God’s Word. The latter would include false teachers and false ministers. Like false
prophets, false teachers assert they are vested with God’s authority. Rather than falsely
prophesying future events, they teach false doctrines supposedly from the Bible. Therefore,
Jesus’ warnings also apply to false teachers, who work in the same way.
Understand. On the surface, false prophets rarely appear to be what they are. They are
incredibly seductive and seem to be men of God. We saw that effective deceivers have
the ability to almost miraculously transform themselves into something they are not. This
is how they are able to deceive so many. Think of popular televangelists and religious personalities.
The most famous are invariably the smoothest in style, tone, emphasis, body language and
word choice. These men come off as sincere and believable. The result is that thousands
sit in stadiums mesmerized by these religious actors. In fact, some could win an Academy
Award if they were actors. The New Testament describes how false ministers
and false prophets attempt to confuse even God’s people. Therefore, God must show exactly
how to distinguish the true from the false—the genuine from the impostors. Many verses do
this. God allows no room for doubt or confusion. Jesus said, “Beware of false prophets, which
come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” If such men appeared
as vicious wolves, who would follow them? Because they can portray themselves as men
of God—some masterfully—fooling many is easier than taking candy from a baby.
Do not let them fool you! We have examined 10 verses that should now
be impossible to misunderstand. While the Christian world either rejects, never discusses,
or spiritualizes away their true meaning, don’t you.
Part Two examines 10 more verses. Do not miss it. In the meantime, you may want to read
my book The Bible’s Difficult Scriptures Explained!
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