reply to post by VIKINGANT
The church (body of believers) has become so distant from what it originally was, which is obvious by way of the multitude of doctrinal beliefs which
exists today, all coming out of one book, that, what I am certain of is that deception is as rampant as it has ever been. So rampant and clearly
obvious that one has to ask themself honestly, "How do I know I am not deceived or, have been deceive by way of church doctrine? After all, when
Jesus was asked what would be the signs of his coming, the very first thing on His mind and out of his mouth was, 'Let no man deceive you."
The question then arises, how can one safeguard themself against deception? I had to ask myself this question. What I discovered was II Timothy 4:7
and Paul's FINAL words before being beheaded:
"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:.."
That told me ONE thing and One thing only, when Paul came down to death, what mattered most to him was that he had fought a great battle throughout
his life and at its end, he had not lost his faith. Paul did much throughout his life and could have bragged much, but that meant nothing at death's
So, what did Paul mean when he said, I have kept the faith? Was it a church doctrine he kept? No, he was found holding what he had begun with, his
faith in the atonement of Christ and His shed blood. And that was what mattered most. And if you have walked this walk of faith for any certain amount
of time, you will agree, with everything that goes on in and around you, it is indeed a battle to keep that faith centered in the cross of Christ.
But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. (Written
by Paul: Galatians 6:14)