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originally posted by: 369elyon
a reply to: Lazarus Shortalso Israel originally believed in a God who was Yahwehs "father" named El Elyon or God Most High in english. Even had a consort named Asherah. It's from the Canaanite pantheon, Israel and every other nation had individual Gods under El Elyon.
A Gnostic Christians believes you can continue in sin of the flesh and it would not affect your soul.
Gal 5:18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
He would force me up at 3 am to read and listen to the Gnostic beliefs he and others held at that time, and that was the main one. That after belief on Christ they could sin without any repercussions, that is it would not affect their spiritual condition in Christ.
originally posted by: ChesterJohn
a reply to: Akragon
Are you that sure Paul wrote Hebrews?
My dad was pretty adamant about this Gnostic Teaching he was involved with it was his way of justifying his continued drinking and smoking.
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.