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The Whore And The Beast: Two Lanes, One Road



There is only one means of forgiveness and only one way into Heaven.  The way is just as available to thieves and prostitutes as it is to those with extreme religious zeal.  The way is simple and the knowledge of this path is available to all—whether wise or unintelligent, old or young.  Yet the way is exceedingly narrow.

Enter through the narrow gate.  For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
—Matthew 7:13–14


So what is the one, solitary, exclusive way into Heaven?  How can children of wrath, destined for destruction, obtain salvation and eternal life?  Answer: Through Jesus, by means of what He, alone, accomplished.

I am the door.  If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.
—John 10:9


Jesus is the gate.  Jesus is the door.  Not right-living, positive karma, abstract notions of love, or even the Torah.  No achievement however great, no religion however admirable, and no amount of moral attainment however virtuous, will ever bridge the gap of sin between you and a resplendently holy God.  Jesus is the [one and only] way.

'You know the way to the place where I am going.'

Thomas said to Him, 'Lord, we don’t know where You are going, so how can we know the way?'

Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.
—John 14:4–6


It isn't enough to say that Christianity is the only way among religions.  That belief isn't narrow enough.  No.  Jesus is the only way within the religion we are already a part of.  Religion, religious labels, nor religious association will save you.  Only Jesus can save you.  And He can and will save those—all of those—who believe in Him and what He accomplished on their behalf.

The world can offer you short-lived pleasure and the religious can offer you a false sense of belonging and cleanliness, but neither can offer you this: reconciliation with God and eternal life.  If you want the gift that really counts then you need to sacrifice your pride and come to God on His own terms:

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The Gospel

In accordance with the Scriptures, Christ the Messiah, the Son of the Living God, became human, incarnate in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, lived a morally perfect and sinless life, died for our sins on the Cross as a substitutionary sacrifice, was buried in a tomb, and was raised bodily from the dead on the third day.  Everyone who hears and accepts this message of salvation, believing in their heart that God raised the Christ from the dead, will be pardoned of all their sins, given the gift of the Holy Spirit, and granted everlasting life in perpetual union with God.

Let's break this down in even simpler terms...

1. Christ died for your sins.

2. Was buried in a tomb.

3. Rose to life again.

It's that simple and painfully obvious, but the simplicity of this message (which makes it equally clear to young and old, alike) seems almost too simple to most.  And that's a big part of why they reject it.  They don't believe its simplicity.  It just seems too good to be true.

For ages people have wondered if there is a God.  They have pondered why there is death and suffering.  And they have questioned how a good God could permit such evil.  "Where is God and why doesn't He show Himself?  Why doesn't He give an account for the perplexing, miserable enigma that is life?"

I've heard this countless times from atheists—demanding that God just make an appearance and then they'd believe.  But history and the depravity of the human heart paint a different picture:

God did appear, visibly.  He came with angels shouting from the heavens (Lk. 2:13).  He came healing the sick, restoring sight to the blind, walking on water, controlling the weather, feeding thousands with just a few morsels.  And He came accompanied by numerous visible signs.  Yet His own people rejected Him—even many in His own biological family.  He came doing exactly what atheists demand He do today for "proof."

And He was killed for it.  He was hung on a tree to die.  And even more signs followed: darkness in midday, earthquakes, and the Temple curtain being torn in two, from top to bottom.  These were followed up by the greatest miracle of all when God the Son, dead in the grave, started breathing again and walked out of His tomb.

For the message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  For it is written:

'I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
   the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.'
—1 Corinthians 1:18–19




Unbelievers think the Cross is foolishness.  Some think it's too good to be true and reject it as "easy-believism" (as many in the Hebrew Roots Movement do).  Others think it's simply a fairy tale told among evangelicals.  But pride, which is sin, lies at the very heart of the world's rejection of Christ—acknowledging that one is helpless and entirely dependent on God for salvation is a confession few are willing to make.

Where is the wise person?  Where is the teacher of the law?  Where is the philosopher of this age?  Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?  For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know Him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.  Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
—1 Corinthians 1:20–24


Jews and Gentiles.  Who were these people way back in the first century?

The Gentiles ("nations") were pagan peoples who worshiped all manner of things.  Their societies were governed by artificial pantheons of temperamental gods.  They were both superstitious and vile.  And the Greek Gentiles of that time period, in particular, had elevated knowledge and proto-scientific philosophies to the level of religious belief (not unlike secularists of today).  In brief, the Gentiles were believing whatever they wanted, allowing those beliefs to justify their own lustful pleasures.  They were pagan and heathen—adulterers, prostitutes, idolaters, and murderers.

The Jews, by the first century, were an ultra-religious people governed by various sects that had varying takes on how to observe and apply the Torah (Law of Moses).  They had endured exile and subsequent violent attacks on their land and religion and were determined to preserve it against the pagan Gentiles.  The adulterers, prostitutes, and idolaters among them were isolated and often put to death.  Yet exterior cleanliness masked all sorts of wickedness within—especially pride, which is one of the gravest sins of all for it is the sin that can keep someone from going to God for help.

The Jews and Gentiles were on two very different ends of the political and religious spectrums, yet once the message of the gospel began being preached, the Apostle Paul observed that in their mutual pride, the good news was foolishness to them both.  The simplicity of the gospel offended the "scientific" and complex philosophical sensibilities of the Greeks, but its simplicity was also a stumbling block to the exterior-focused religion of the legalistic Jewish sects.

Now we get to the crux of the matter: since the beginning of time, God has been progressively revealing His plan to save His children via an atoning sacrifice (The Promised Seed).  Those who came before Christ looked forward in hope.  Those of us who have lived after Christ came, look back to His cross and resurrection.  We all, in hope, acknowledge our sinfulness and accept God's propitiation.  It's just that simple.  And through our faith in Him, on the basis of the propitiation alone, God: 1. pardons our sins, 2. perfects our spirits, 3. adopts us into His family, 4. grants us eternal life, and 5. destines us for escape from the coming Day of His wrath.  Those with faith in God's Anointed are the corporate aspect of the seed of the woman—the promised seed of Abraham.  These are those on the narrow road.

But there are many on the broad road, which leads to destruction.  These are the seed of the serpent.  The serpent and his seed are in perpetual enmity with Christ and His seed.  I believe the Spirit has given me insight into what kinds of people walk on the broad road, and with this gift of discernment I have made it a hallmark of this ministry to explain how false teachers (and teachings) can fall on either of two lanes of the broad road.  Christianity has suffered for a very long time, because it has failed to take seriously the frequent New Testament warnings of Satan's two-pronged attack.

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Two Lanes, One Road

Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness.  There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns.  The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls.  She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries.  The name written on her forehead was a mystery:

Babylon the Great

The Mother of Prostitutes

And of the Abominations of the Earth
—Revelation 17:3–5


From the very beginning there have always been two enemies.  It wasn't just the serpent, Satan.  It was also man's own desire (Gen. 3:1–5; cf. Gen. 3:6).  Satan is seeking to destroy us, prowling around like a roaring lion (1 Pt. 5:8), but our desires are at war with our souls, as well (1 Pt. 2:11).  Satan is the father of lies (Jn. 8:44), but our heart—the seat of our desires—is deceitful above all else (Jer. 17:9).  It isn't accurate to say "Satan made me do it."  No, Satan knocked at your door and your deceitful heart opened the door to him.

Satan isn't against religion, he's just against religion when he isn't the object of worship.  Paul warned us that idols are just a front for demons (1 Cor. 10:20).  It would seem that demons and fallen angels—Satan especially—want the worship of man.  In Revelation it isn't the whore of Babylon that is worshiped by unbelieving mankind, it's Satan and his frontman, the beast.  Satan is at the heart of a new religion.

Man, on the other hand (aside from the occasional dingbat in the wilderness), isn't interested in being the central figure in a religion.  Man is interested in gratifying his flesh and improving his status in the social pecking order.  Satan manipulates man's insatiable desire to fill the bottomless pit that is the human heart, for his own ends.  Satan wants to displace God in the cosmos, while man wants the best this world has to offer.

Satan's frequent sin, like religious legalism, is accusation.  He relentlessly accuses and condemns without offering hope or rescue.  And man's frequent sin is lust: lust for money, lust for sex, lust for power, and lust for any and all material things.  But the sin of both is pride.  This is, of course, an oversimplification, but hopefully you begin to see where I'm going with this: all sin is lawlessness, but in the great irony of ironies, legalism is lawlessness, too, because it presents only the warnings in the law, and not the rescue.  It always overlooks the weightiest parts of the law: mercy, justice, redemption, forgiveness, sacrifice, atonement, and so forth.

The broad, lawless path to destruction can be understood as two lanes, or two sides on the same coin (legalism and lawlessness).  If you aren't willing to see it then you won't see it, but failing to recognize this can make all of the Bible's warnings about false teachers, wolves, and deception, useless to you.  Sometimes the best way to identify the truth is to first identify what isn't the truth, and herein we begin to understand why the Bible routinely points out two enemies throughout its passages.  Sometimes these two enemies are even at enmity with one another even though they both hate the truth.

Consider some examples:

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The Serpent and Eve's Deceitful Heart




Satan was lurking in the Garden of Eden in the form of a serpent (Rev. 12:9).  He wanted to swindle Adam and Eve out of their dominion of earth and he was ready to strike.  He tempted Eve to eat the forbidden fruit from The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil...




...But it was Eve's own heart, which had grown dark through unbelief, that caused her to actually take a bite.

Two enemies.

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Pharisees and Sadducees




The Pharisees were the meticulous, ultra-Torah observant Jews who believed in many of the same things Christ did (angels, the resurrection of the dead, a future earthly kingdom of Messiah, etc).  Yet despite the similarity in belief, they were also Christ's greatest opponents, because they opposed Him where it counted the most: that He was the Messiah promised to Israel and God's standard of holiness wasn't "great" or "very good," but absolute perfection inside and out.  We see threads of Pharisaism in many forms today: in legalistic religions outside of the scope of Christianity like Islam and Hinduism, but also by errant sects within Christianity, as well, such as the Roman Catholic Church, the Hebrew Roots Movement, and even some Protestant offshoots that place undue emphasis on one's works rather than on what Christ accomplished.

Many modern Pharisees wear the Christian label, but they are either unaware of, or willfully opposed to, God's ordained method of salvation: grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.  They may believe Christ died and rose again, but they don't acknowledge or believe that His death accomplished their pardon.




Sadducees were Torah-observant to some extent, but their belief system was markedly unbiblical.  They were the nominally-religious of the first century: Hellenized, worldly, and unbelieving, yet wrapped in a cloak of religiosity.  They rejected the belief in a future resurrection of the dead, among other things.  It was more a lifestyle philosophy than an actual religion.

Progressive Christianity, Unitarian Universalism, and other syncretic belief systems (like Bahá'í), are in the same vein.  They are the modern Sadducees.  Though they are on the polar opposite side of the political and religious spectrum from legalists, like legalists, they also reject the atoning aspect of the gospel (the very reason Christ died).

Christian legalists may acknowledge that Christ is the only way, but they disbelieve the means through which He is the only way—His atoning death and resurrection (e.g. the Gospel)—thinking instead that they obtain God's favor by being a good disciple of Christ, producing evident fruit, avoiding x, y, or z to a subjective extent, or, obtaining some other subjective level of adherence to varying laws, rules, and commandments.

Modern Sadducees, on the other hand, rather attack the belief that Christ is the only way.  Most are universalists to a certain extent, whether or not they wear the Christian label.  By virtue of believing that Christ is not the only way, one rejects the gospel, because if Christ is not the only way, then His death was not necessary.

However, some Progressive Christians do give lip service to the belief that Christ is the only way, but not in a cross-centric sense.  Rather, they believe that Christ's death was merely a moral example and not a substantive sacrifice/provision/propitiation.  They believe God may ultimately save everyone regardless of their faith.  Similarly, some believe that "sin" is a mere religious concept and atonement is not needed (in the fashion of Brian McLaren).

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The Whore and the Beast




"Mystery Babylon," the harlot of Revelation 17–18, represents several things.  Most literally, in my view, she symbolizes earthly Jerusalem.  More figuratively, she represents the apostate religious systems of the world (especially Roman Catholicism, in the view of early Protestant Reformers) and mankind's collective lawlessness (like Babel of old).  In the biblical narrative she isn't seeking religious worship for herself, but is carrying her lawless, worldly sins with her.  She's doing all the things that legalists [outwardly] hate: sins of the flesh that are easy to point out.

She is riding the beast, unaware that their lawless alliance is tepid at best.  In reality, the beast wants her dead.




The beast represents both Satan's earthly dominion after his fall from Heaven, and the particular personage of Satan's own anointed in the form of the antichrist (aka the man of lawlessness, man of sin).  Inwardly he despises the whore, just as he despises the Church, but he carries her along as a means to an end.  The end goal for him is that the whole world would worship Satan to the exclusion of all others—especially YHWH.  And finally, after getting what he wants out of her, he devours the woman and burns her with fire (Rev. 17:16).

The woman and the beast will take their final form during the coming Tribulation, but we see types and shadows even now.  The Progressive Left is in an uneasy alliance with Islam because of their mutual hatred for Christianity, though Islam's ultimate desire is religious supremacy and a hard-line theocracy.

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Final Thoughts

Satan and the human heart he deceives

The serpent and his seed

Pharisees and Sadducees

The religious Jews and pagan Gentiles

The beast and the whore he devours

Legalists and the lawless

Until Christ returns to establish justice, we will always be attacked from two sides.  And sometimes these two enemies are not outside us, but within.  If you are not in the faith now, then these two competing enemies and paths will steer you away from the simplicity of the good news of the gospel.  And if you are in the faith and don't learn discernment with this, you will be saved, but remain unproductive and useless to the Kingdom.

Legalism is faith without grace.  In other words, believing everything about God and His word except what most matters: that we are saved entirely by God's grace through what Christ already accomplished.

Lawlessness is grace without faith.  In terms of lawless people who believe in God, that is believing that God gives love and acceptance to all—even those who ultimately reject Him and reject His gospel.  The lawless may give some measure of religious lip-service, but disbelieve many of the basic precepts of the Bible, including Christ's atonement for sin and the resurrection.  In terms of the lawless outside of Christianity, these are those who reject religious truth-claims altogether, thinking mere coexistence is what matters.

I urge and implore you, with tears and desperate pleading: don't follow their way.  Follow God's way.  Go to God through the means He Himself has provided.  His way is the simplest, clearest, and most beautiful of all.  Jesus Himself is the way, the road, the gate, the door, and the light of life.  He is the bread and water that you eat and drink of and never go hungry or thirsty again.



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  1. :)

    Don't be a Grape! :)

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    1. Perfect, brother Jack. ;)

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    2. 🚫 🍇

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    1. Amen! Great thanks Gary! This article is really great! Studying it! Hi Sherry! Blessings to you!

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    2. Thank you sisters!

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  3. AMEN! And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. Heb 9:27-28 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. Heb 7:25 Carole

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    1. Perfectly applicable Scripture. Thank you Carole. Blessings.

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  4. Gary - you are a powerful voice in the wilderness. Make straight the path....

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  5. No matter how many times I hear it, it's always the most wonderful news! Thank you brother.

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    1. Thank you Miguel. It's amazing news!

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  6. Reading this reminds me of different churches from my past. Their teachings clash with the simple truth. I shudder at the thought how many of their members got misguided but I still pray for them and I hope they go back to the narrow path.

    Accepting Jesus is so incredibly rewarding and I truly wish everyone would accept Jesus.

    1 Corinthians 2:9
    However, as it is written: "What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived" -- the things God has prepared for those who love him--

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    1. I love that passage. We have the ULTIMATE hope.

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  7. As always, a fantastic job, Gary!
    I love this site!!
    Many thanks and blessings to you all!!♥️♥️��

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  8. From the "Guides" of Paul Selig: "Jesus did not die for our sins. He was killed out of fear of the truth that the divine is implicit in every manifested being. Only an aspect of the divine can see "the kingdom" in all things. And you can't realize that unless you realize yourself as an aspect of the divine."

    From the "Guides" of Paul Selig: "In essence, the teachings of Christ are beautiful and true: The spirit of God is love, it cannot be otherwise. So if you believe in fear or a god that would propagate fear or damnation, you are in a lie and must wake up to that fact.

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    1. Sounds like they're blind "guides" then.

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    2. NO! Jesus CHOSE to lay down His life for us on the cross. He told them He could have called legions of angels to save Him, but it was NOT the will of the Father. He was obedient, NOT rebellious and self-centered. The Bible says He was slain from the foundation of the world. God is omniscient and this was HIS PLAN! It was the reason He came into the world the first time and the only way under the Law that He could pay for our sins. HE is our kinsman redeemer.

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  9. Gary,

    Two things...

    1. AMEN!!!!!
    2. Copy edit, “Satan was lurking in the Garden of Even”, should read, “Satan was lurking in the Garden of Eden”.

    We, mankind, make it so difficult yet it is so simple,

    20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

    21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. - 2 Corinthians 5:20-21

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  10. Gary, I am reminded of one of the greatest football locker room speeches, ever, to motivate the underdogs and it began with, "Gentlemen, this is a football." By dwelling on The Heart, The Foundation, The Wellspring, The Genesis, The Path and The Ends, Whom Are All Alive In Our Lord And His Story, you have, once again, clearly called out the Simplicity And Elegance Of His Profound Plan and Love For Us, Maranatha! Matthew 5:18; Revelation 22:18, amen and amen,Thank you.

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  11. Really uplifting and edifying article

    1 Cor 1:27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty

    I am eternally grateful to God for teaching the depressed and suicidal 15 year-old child that I once was the most important thing there will ever be: reconciliation/relationship/resurrection all through Jesus Christ. Once an adult Christian friend really explained to me what Jesus did for me and God’s whole plan of salvation by forgiveness of sins by Christ’s Atoning Blood and confessing with your mouth all of it, I instantly knew it was the Truth revealed to me by a merciful and loving God that didn’t let me kill myself but revealed the Truth that leads to salvation. I am so grateful He got me when I was very young and certainly weak, wretched and miserable (without Him).

    I see now how especially vulnerable teenagers are to suicide because of biology, society and environmental factors they have no say in or control over. Suicide truly is a permanent solution to a temporary problem but young brains are incapable of that foresight. I feel indescribable joy (almost selfish in a way) to share the Glorious Gospel of Christ especially to young people and the world has advanced in much more diabolical ways since I was their age.

    The deception grows monumentally as time goes by. But God always provides. If you have a smart phone, tablet or laptop and internet you have instant access to the Glorious Gospel of Christ. Pastor JD Farag found a Bible tract in a public restroom and the seed was planted and he got saved several months later.

    God’s outpouring is truly encompassing the world in spite of the war we are daily in. Glory to God forever !

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  12. THE BIG PICTURE: THE DRAGON TRAP
    https://endtimesdarknessdescending.wordpress.com/2018/07/26/the-big-picture-the-dragon-trap/

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  13. Excellent article, Gary! I can also see that the legalists not only don't have grace but they don't have the faith OF Christ or they would know very well the grace of God. It's not just the faith in Christ as the only way they must have but the faith OF Christ as the second gift He gave them in addition to the gift of salvation. If the legalists had Christ's faith, they would have nothing else to put their faith in but Christ. This would completely nullify their prideful desires to put their faith IN something or someone else.The lawless have neither faith IN or the faith OF Christ, which leads to the same end result as the legalists are going, regrettably. Love your site here and your discernment!

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    1. Thank you Cascader. Good observation (:

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  14. This didn’t come up, but is notable as an aside.
    As shocking it may be, there are those who actually CHOOSE to follow after Satan and the world. They aren’t following another religion’s god or pursuing their own god (fame, fortune) per se. No, they are choosing to side with the enemy – on purpose!
    1) Many practitioners of satanism and witchcraft do so knowingly. They choose to side with evil against God. As Gary mentioned, the devil does want their worship and their death – talk about a “love-hate” relationship.
    Wicca and satanism have grown tremendously in popularity and hold annual conventions throughout the world (most notably in the USA and Europe), including in the largest bastion of Christianity remaining in the U.S. – the Bible Belt. Oklahoma City hosts annual wiccan, satanic, and pagan festivals and Conventions. One group even donated a pagan statue of baphomet for outside the OK State Capitol!
    [If you’ve ever paid attention to tornado activity in the state of Oklahoma, know that the most damaging always occurs in the OKC area versus Tulsa (over 100 miles away) – the 2 largest cities.]

    2) I’ve talked with several older teens and young adults who were raised in the Church, but who, for now, have made a conscious choice to NOT follow the Lord. They want what they can get out of the world. They know it goes against what they have been taught and choose to concentrate on all the evils perpetrated in the name of Christianity (never other religions). They are as a whole the “what’s in it for me” generation and seem to care only about living in the moment. I have actually been told, “I don’t want to live for eternity; I only care about NOW.”
    Of course, I’m praying once the Rapture of the Church does happen and they find themselves left behind, that they’ll come to Christ. SOON.

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    1. And that is how profoundly rebellious we can be. I have witnessed the same things. This reminds me to pray boldly for God to block their destructive paths and to grab the attention of their hearts and minds to turn their eyes toward Him. May He likewise make us an ever more brilliant light as the darkness attempts to increase.

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    2. I have a suspicion that the Trib religion may be a cross between universalism and satanism.

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  15. Loved that you wrote:
    "It isn't enough to say that Christianity is the only way among religions. That belief isn't narrow enough. No. Jesus is the only way within the religion we are already a part of."

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    1. I should add to that what Gary made obvious in this article--that calling oneself a Christian does not mean you have Christ-in-you. Only making Jesus Christ the Lord and Master of your life and believing God raised Him from the dead gives you an eternal relationship (Romans 10:9)♥

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  16. Thank you for this article. I don't know how many others are struggling with these sorts of problems right now, but I can say for myself that this has been a major source of conflict even within my own home and marriage. In particular, emphasizing that God is love while ignoring all of his other attributes (such as purity, holiness, and righteousness) seems to be the prevailing attitude today. I have been attacked in my own home in particular for taking a stand against the open acceptance and endorsement of homosexual behavior. This is a very difficult issue, and you previously published one of the best essays on the subject I have ever read. I refuse to lie to my children on this issue, and my wife has basically given me a "gag order" on this subject as a result. It seems to me that walking the "narrow path" is getting more and more difficult as time goes on. Everything has been flipped upside down, and I feel more and more isolated in the world. I am able to help people with the work that I do in my profession, but it is increasingly difficult in the current climate to do a whole let else. Anyway, I just wanted to say that I appreciate your continuing to tell the truth in this late hour.

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    1. Thank you brother. Were you referring to this article? https://www.unsealed.org/2018/03/why-practicing-gay-christians-are.html

      It's a fine line to walk, and as Paul says, "we are pressed on all sides." When you stand for truth, it's a certainty that persecution will follow. Just be as winsome and gentle as possible (without giving in) and the power of the Spirit's persuasion will be channeled through you even more effectively.

      I will pray for your wife and family.

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  17. In my opinion...the 2-3% that actually live a homosexual life have hands down won the secular opinion battle. Most the secular world sides with them. The problem lies with the Christian world where its majority does nothing or says nothing to combat this atrocious sin.

    So, we have just a very small percentage of a very small percentage standing up. Plug in what small percentages you want, do the math, and therein lies the problem why 2-3% are winning a huge victory for satan.

    Ah....but we know we win in the end.....

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    1. Many homosexuals will be saved, washed in the Blood... but only those who acknowledge their NEED for Christ. It's one thing to struggle (we all do), but another thing entirely for them to say their sin is fine to God.

      I'm with you... seems like such basic biblical precepts as these go on deaf ears in half or more of the western church.

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  18. Gary, I love the Gospel and the way you present it. Powerful. For anyone going through hard times I pray for you, Wannt encouragement check out Ethan Asher's story. Its proof that God works in tragedy. #EthanStrong on Facebook many people hearing the Gospel and seeing God's hands at work.

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    1. I'll check it out. Thank you Brent.

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  19. Yes anonymous, me and many here have that same problem.You get that dear in the headlights look. The eyes freeze and the mouth starts to open as if they know they should say something but just don't know what to say.Being stopped in your tracks with nothing to say , brings about all kinds of negative reactions. The truth sometimes takes months to get over. The seed has been planted. give it time. Hopefully,their ears will slowly start to open ,just like ours did. jt

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  20. By accepting homosexuality as not-a-sin, it tells people that they don't need a savior. That's my biggest beef with churches who embrace the gay lifestyle with welcome arms. How will people know they need Jesus if no one tells them that they are sinners?

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  21. I will never understand why so many want to take such a clear and simple message, like The Gospel, and complicate it! Thanks for so clearly laying that out Gary! Makes for a great commentary to share!

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  22. Love the article, but do not agree with the woman being Jerusalem. Rev. 17:18 clearly mentions she is a city - and reigns over the 'kings of the earth'(my emphasis). The themes at the front of our Bible culminate at the end. Babylon (the tower of Babel)was the beginning of religion - that the 'kings of the earth' took with them into their cultures. Religions went everywhere and God will contend with them, at the very place they were initiated Babylon(the mother of harlots). Andy Woods did two superb teachings that clearly lays the case for Babylon. I struggled with Jerusalem being her because of the book of Hosea. But I didn't see there were other cities referred to in the same manner. 'I' had focused on Jerusalem because of that one story. I'm glad he caused me to see the broader picture.

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