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Why Jesus Will Tell Christians, “Depart From Me! I Never Knew You.”

The scariest prophecy in the Bible? Easy: Jesus' prediction that he will tell "many" sincere believers at the rapture basically to "get lost" instead of welcoming them into the Kingdom. So...who are they and what did they miss or do wrong? Find those answers and the one requirement for salvation Jesus taught (that Christianity does not) so that you can make sure you don't hear these dreaded words yourself!

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28 comments
Tina Black - October 21, 2016

Hello I was able to get in and read your article, I agree with what you are saying, I understand, it was well written and easy to comprehend, there are a few things have not settled within me yet but I will ponder them and get back with you if I still struggle with them, there is one question and as a follower you would think I should know this but just wondering… what are the fruits we are to produce? thanks again Tim for your insight and taking the time.

Also, I understand what love is and is not from 1 Corinthians 13:5-7 and 1 Corinthians 13:4-7,
My question is, can someone love to much, now I know most would roll their eyes and say of course not, look at Jesus, he loved so much that he died for it. but can love become a burden? or better yet can love become something else.

I know a person who has given out of love so much (time, money, work, whatever was requested) that they have become a doormat, terribly used and taken advantage of, and not respected, and when there is no more to give, this person is rejected and treated with anger and loathing, this has caused bitterness and resentment from the giver and from that comes remorse and guilt. so where does one draw the line?

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    Tim McHyde - October 21, 2016

    Hi Tina,

    For what the fruits are, reread Luke 3:8 where John the Baptist says, “bring forth fruit of repentance” and defines this as changed behaviors in 3 examples. If you truly adopt the law of love you will slowly produce different actions as John said. These are the good fruits.

    Compare that to the bad fruits of not adopting love but adopting religious rules like Christians do. Their main fruit is self-righteousness, judgmentalism, and hypocrisy as I’m sure you’ve noticed. Not love. You can also look up Paul’s “fruits of the spirit” in Galatians 5.

    Yes, you can over-give and over-serve. There are some who struggle with self-worth or other issues that drive them to do that. I’m reminded of Dorcas who almost seemed to have served herself to death (Acts 9:36). There is a healthy boundary of taking care of yourself and setting an example for others. Pastors who neglect their family is something Paul warned against when he wrote on the standards for elders (“rule their children well”). It goes for all of us to not serve others too much that we develop a bad reputation at home from it.

    Also, sometimes you’re not helping someone by giving and serving them, but perhaps are enabling them in their bad behavior or choices. This is rare, but it happens.

    With practice you learn where to draw the line and realize it’s not about serving and giving to others all the time whenever they have a need, every need. There is wisdom and balance.

    The key is being willing to help others when you don’t feel like it or you don’t feel like they deserve it or feel like you should be the one to bail them out. This is doing unto others as you would have done to you. Helping them because you’d want the help in the same situation you may have gotten yourself into, cheerfully, without judgment.

    Hope this helps.

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      Tina Black - October 21, 2016

      Thanks Tim, this was very helpful

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Leonard Feenan - October 30, 2016

Tim,
as promised I have read your second article ‘Depart from me, I never knew you’. I think you may have just saved my life! Or at least shed the light on Yeshua’s life saving truth that I like many others have missed. Thanks to good ole Christianity. Again, the words of truth ring a certain tune that only the God given Spirit in us can hear, and when we hear it, rings true in our hearts. You again have plainly and masterfully written in clear terms with scriptural backed factual evidence, that was always right there in front of our eyes, to challenge our thinking about the true meaning behind this awful statement of why our Master said that Christians (or specifically those who practice the teachings) will be rejected at His coming! I have always seen it and glazed over it as a dismissal to something I maybe thought I didn’t have to understand.

I do think you are correct in saying that there will be a lot of very angry people who will be offended because they cannot get past the perceived accusation that their belief system is being assaulted by you. You made it personal and they won’t like it. Instead they should be thinking that their death and resurrection is a very personal AND serious issue. If we don’t approach Messiahs living Word and law as personal and serious with open hearts and minds we will miss the true meaning. It then becomes a life or death issue.

I pray that the Father continues to bless you, His servant, with insight and knowledge so that fruit is produced for the Father, fulfilling His will. May more lives be saved and more of us are inspired to live with the Law of Love first in our hearts to further the good news of His Kingdom!

Sincerely your brother in the struggle
Leonard Feenan

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Jay - November 7, 2016

Thanks for the access!

Article: Why Jesus Will Tell Christians I Never Knew You

You said (pg 11) the saved are never depicted as needing to meet a standard of performance in their obedience, but Jesus did when he said in (Matt 5:48) “be perfect like your father in heaven is perfect.” That is one standard that I believe no natural man can achieve even with a strong will and track record of honorable achievements.

He said (1 Corint 6: 9-10) no fornicators, homosexuals, drunkards, thieves will receive the kingdom. Again, none are good enough. (1 Cor 6:11) goes on to say… “and so were some of you.” But…. you were sanctified, justified (by the blood of Christ) however even though these folks have been sanctified they must now ACT in accordance to God’s law.

Then in (1 Corint 7:1) he says its o.k to have sexual relations since we all commit sex immorality but we have to do that with a wife or husband so as to keep it sanctified.

We are sanctified by Jesus blood…. BUT………………..we must now behave in righteous manner to gain eternal life!

Is this the message? There is a BUT after Blood? We have been sanctified by the blood and are now in position to gain the kingdom BUT we must now ACT in acceptable manner to gain the Kingdom. Jesus did His part and we MUST do ours. Before He died and shed His blood we had no way to get to heaven. Now we have been sanctified through Jesus blood BUT…… now we have a responsibility to behave in an acceptable manner. Of course we will all fail because we are NOT perfect like our Father in heaven is as long as we are human and until we are “changed” we are not always able to be in compliance as Satan influences our world and distracts us from our ultimate goal.

So…. Jesus died for our sins to gain us entrance into the kingdom and it is now up to us (with the help of the Holy spirit) to do our part. (Matt 5:48) Be Perfect Like Your Father In Heaven? seems like an oxymoron

Guess that’s it!

Taking a huge break from Michael Rood Book Mystery Of Iniquity beyond chap 6. Was so into that book till begin of chap 7. I wonder about him. Gifted person but scary. I bought several of his books to give away but honestly to afraid to do so. Think I’ll revisit at some point and finish it. I just hate to feel so condemned.

If I willed myself to move to a monastery that would be the only possible way I personally could ever see possible to gain this kingdom.

I echo that the bible is a most difficult book to comprehend and nearly impossible to digest and comprehend at least for me.

So much mystery so little time.

Mark 10-17-27

So here is how I feel. The rich young ruler wanted to obtain eternal life but was found lacking. At the end of the sermon Jesus said with man it is impossible but with God anything is possible.

Lesson: Man can not gain eternal life of and by himself but man can gain eternal through God but how? Jesus did not expound.

Man can gain eternal life through a belief in Jesus BUT also keeping the commandments.

Belief+Works= Eternal Life
Correct?

Jay

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    Tim McHyde - November 7, 2016

    Hi Jay,

    Thanks for reading and commenting.

    Jesus statement “be thou perfect like your Father in Heaven” is not what you think. It’s no standard of performance for any specific result such as salvation. Many statements of Jesus like this especially in the Sermon on the Mount (SotM) like are easily misunderstood as such. In fact, Martin Luther’s view of the SotM was that it represents an impossible demand like the Law of Moses. That was also my understanding of it all my Christian life until this very year when I made three breakthroughs on the SotM that changed everything. Now it makes sense and is doable and encouraging. (I’ll be sharing these keys here as soon as I can get it done!)

    Therefore, joining the monastery is not necessary. You are saved just by your faith decision to seek the kingdom/righteousness, unrelated to your performance. That’s why it’s a gift. You don’t earn it, you change your heart and are given it, Jesus’ blood applied to your sins. Now your performance/works do factor in later for your REWARD in the Kingdom as my teaching will explain. That’s why Revelation 20 says each man was rewarded according to his works in the afterlife. Their faith got them to the afterlife, their works determined their reward there.

    What does “be thou perfect” mean, then? Jesus said this to sum up the goal of everything he was talking about. As children of God, we ought to eventually be like him. God is perfect in love and gives rain to the wicked and the just. The more you become like God the greater reward/responsibility you will experience in the kingdom. Look for my “3 keys to the SotM” teaching to understand this.

    To answer your final question, faith + works does not equal salvation. Faith in the Word of God/Jesus brings salvation as explained above. That you have faith in the right thing is confirmed by the good works that result. The amount and quality of these good works from your choice for the kingdom (salvation) determines your reward.

    Tim

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      Jay - November 12, 2016

      Thank you Tim for explaining. I think I am way too harsh on myself, hence equally critical with my opinion and acceptance of others. Need to work harder on accepting my being human. I also need to work harder on understanding God’s acceptance of me being imperfect as well as of my own imperfect and many times difficult to love neighbors, esp when they are not acting in accordance to the Love Your Neighbor command themselves.

      I struggle daily with love, compassion and acceptance of extremely self centered people at my workplace who seem to unknowingly spit in the face of God with their actions and or lack of compassion for others, (i.e those who are always out for themselves at all cost. ) These are those who consider themselves before any other and I do know them by their fruits! This makes it very difficult for me to accept them let alone feel any love or compassion toward them. Working beside this lot of self centered individuals creates an impenetrable drain on my being while delivering health care to those I am employed to serve. However I do continue to work on and struggle within to see them through God’s eyes but I am quite sure I do not see what God see’s or even capable of seeing. It’s tough! I feel totally defeated daily and want to escape but I’m still there for some hopefully higher purpose I can only imagine. If that purpose is to become more compassionate and loving towards them then I am feeling very defeated as I leave with mostly feelings of spiritual despair.

      Any words of biblical wisdom is always welcome. So what can you say about knowing people by their fruits and how to deal with them?

      I appreciate your time, your understanding and humanitarianism

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        Tim McHyde - November 12, 2016

        Over self-criticism is almost universal. It goes away when you realize that God does not agree with that standard of judgment and then make a habit to be aware and mindful when it comes up and rebuke it with the truth that God judges on the heart, not the performance. You are accepted and loved just for the intent based on faith (Gen 15:6). Let go of perfectionistic judgments and you will have great joy and blessings.

        Ahh, yes, as is typical, having this judgmental metric for ourselves lends itself even more readily for others. Forgiveness is again the key.

        It almost sounds like you work at a church or other Christian org and expect more Christlike behavior than they give. Regardless, for me the key is to remember whatever I see in them, they see collectively 10x more flaws in me that they also deem inexcusable. This is why we can’t judge others as we’re all on the same level, practicing and learning on each other. If you feel like judging and not forgiving someone, then you’re forgetting that you are just as imperfect as them, albeit in different ways probably. (Ways that they would look at and comment, “I would never do that. Jay is despicable!”)

        The fruits “to know them by” definitely needs clarification. For now, I can say it’s not about performance or perfection, obviously. We all have bad fruit by that. It’s about an attitude of love and humility and trying to do better at love–along with faith in God, and faith to help us. People like this that you know will overtime get better and find and correct things that were not like love.

        Yeah, definitely for me, when people offend and hurt me, remembering that I am also practicing on others and hurting and offending them, too, lets me forgive and move on. Does that make sense and can you try it out and get back to me?

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time - November 7, 2016

I still have trouble, on principle, with the idea that faith in God be required for entrance to heaven. I always ask the question – how could one from a society that had never read the Bible hope to have heard of God, therefore if they haven’t heard of him, how could they have faith in him, therefore how is it fair that they be excluded from heaven on faith alone? Or what of those from societies before Jesus visited, and the Bible written? Of course if they have not heard of God or his word then they may not be acting in a very moral and loving fashion, which would exclude them, but what if they were? Which leads to this quote from that page: “See, lots of unbelieving people do good things all the time but this cannot make them saved. That’s because their good acts come out of their own goodness or natural abilities. If someone does not first submit to God and love others because he says so, then the Bible calls what they did “dead works.”

I cannot for the life of me understand how someone acting in their own goodwill could be frowned upon anymore than someone acting in God’s goodwill (assuming they are doing the same actions with the same outcomes). If the idea is to do good in order to love and help others, then both may achieve it equally. After all, God gave us free will. If we choose to use it to act in good nature, good grace, good works, then why should the reward be less than someone doing it because God said so? In my opinion, acting in the goodness of your own free will, instead of acting in goodness based on another’s authority, is actually more difficult to do – it is easier to be a follower than a leader, easier to be part of a group than an independent – so why should the reward be less? It does not make any sense to me. To put it another way, if I see someone doing good, I don’t first ask whether or not they have faith in God before passing judgement. So long as they are not a wolf in sheep’s clothing, I respect and admire the good they are doing regardless of their beliefs. To put it yet another way, we live in a world with so much deception, I can perfectly understand those who choose to disregard the Bible or remain faithless. After all, many doing so could be said to be showing ‘discernment’ (even if they are wrong). But if some of these citizens are moral, righteous people acting in goodness, why should their reward be any less? They may have been tricked into rejecting God, but they were not rejecting God on a personal level – it was not because they disagreed with his values, or had anything personally against him. They simply didn’t know better.

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    Tim McHyde - November 7, 2016

    The beauty of God’s requirement for salvation is that you don’t need a Bible to a) know that God exists or b) figure out God’s will, what pleases him.

    Paul said that the very universe testifies that God exists to the point that people are without excuse when the wrath of God comes and they did not escape it. They don’t need the Bible, they just need some common sense. Evolution takes a lot faith to swallow with its many gaping holes, perhaps greater faith than looking at the world or even just the human body and realizing there is a Designer behind it.

    As for what God would have us do, again no Bible needed. The Mother Theresas, Ghandis and Jesus’ of the world are universally admired for their selfless, loving, principled service to others. Most agree that we should act more like them we all know what “the right thing” to do is in most situations: the Golden Rule (Bible name) or Rule of Reciprocity (the generic name). The laws of most lands echo Gods’ prime four or five commandments against murder, theft, adultery, perjury and not honoring parents/elderly (Mt 19:17-19).

    Now is this all so patently obvious that everyone will get it? No, but that’s on purpose, too. This is not “One Life To Live” as the soap opera title goes. It’s only one life if you diligently pursue God and truth and overcome. For those who are not so radical to seek God when most of the world does not, they get to come up again in the next resurrection when its easier and better suited to their non-maverick personality type.

    On your second question, it’s not just “less reward” but there is no reward for someone not doing the right thing as described above, in faith to God. “Without faith it is impossible to please God” (He 11:6). You can’t have eternal life without faith in God’s word (which means you agree with his authority and do it).

    As this article explains, the whole point of this is for all of God’s children to get to the point where they submit to his authority and his law of love–the only way for all to get along. You need both. Anyone who decides to love for now on their own and not because God says so, may later decide to stop on their own authority since it was their own personal law to begin, a god unto themselves still. That won’t work!

    For peace in eternity, everyone has to submit to God’s authority first and second do what that authority requires (love) or you have not really satisfied the conditions for having peace in eternity with God and others. Like I said, God just wants all his kids to get along. That only happens if all the kids recognize the authority of Father and do what he says!

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Tina Black - November 13, 2016

Matthew 7:21–23
The light switch is on… I FINALLY get it!!!
Not sure why I was having such a hard time with this, its so simple.
Thanks, Tim

I don’t always grasp your teachings but your articles really have me going back to my Bible and doing some studying for myself. It’s very rewarding.

Peace to you and your family

1 Corinthians 13 (NIV) — 13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres……. the greatest of these is Love

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    Tim McHyde - November 13, 2016

    I’m no longer surprised to hear people have trouble with the concepts I’m teaching because A) they are so foreign from what you have been taught (paradigm blindness) and B) I’m still learning how to understand and communicate them effectively myself. People who come later and read the new book will get the benefit of the interactions here on the Support Team!

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Kathryn Arnold - November 22, 2016

It’s messing with my head, as I read the first two Support Group articles, that I can’t share these with anyone without asking them to pay. I can only hope that future articles outside the group will entice them. Goodness knows I’ve shared many of your articles, both privately and on facebook, and have yet to hear from anyone regarding them.

These are certainly convicting articles. Your testimony of God’s provision based on faith (with the absence of non-faith behaviors) rings loudly true, unlike anything I’ve heard before.

Peace and blessings,
Kathryn

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    Tim McHyde - November 22, 2016

    I’m glad to hear how convicting my writing is getting! People are led to repentance when they are
    convicted of sin or the need to change, without judgment and an example of doing the right behavior they need to model. I will share more testimonies to help in that regard, too.

    I hear you on wanting to share the content. I keep hearing the support team say this, especially the Good News of the Kingdom one. Therefore, my plan now is to release that one for free as a showcase/sample of the support team content.

    Also I’m going to see about gift codes for people to buy access for others, even one article access for cheap.

    Finally, don’t forget that one day all this and much more will be in a free novel that will be ten times more “convicting” and compelling. Right now I just need to build the support to get there and this support team concept is doing that, even if it means restricting people for now who we think could be helped but are not willing to be help back.

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      Kathryn Arnold - November 22, 2016

      I disagree about which article from this group to share… People are not asking “What is the sign of the end of good times?” or “What is the kingdom?” but everybody wants to know about why Jesus rejected those who did miracles in His name. The kingdom article would be their immediate reward for subscribing. Just my take on the choice of which to share freely as a sample.

      I like the idea of gift codes, too. I was actually asking myself who I’d like to encourage with an element of impetus to read your articles.

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        Tim McHyde - November 23, 2016

        My problem is I’m working with a prophecy email list and have to be careful to promote prophecy related articles to it which answering the “this gospel shall be published and then the end shall come”. But you may be able right that the depart from me passage is so universal and scary (and arguably end time prophecy) that it can work too or better. I may have to run a headline split test to see which gets the most clickthroughs to determine which is more appealing. Thanks and stay tuned.

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          Kathryn Arnold - November 23, 2016

          Arguably? I don’t know another that strikes more actual fear, though “a camel through the eye of a needle” probably makes a few squirm. Most are pre-trib and don’t think they’re going to be here for Wormwood, etc. and those who do know that truth are still inclined to self-search at least briefly over those words of Jesus’.

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          Tim McHyde - November 23, 2016

          I hear that is the case for you and I agree for me too, but the problem is most Christians reading that passage think it’s about somebody else, sign-seeking Christians or some sad strange minority. For them to be interested in the article they have to entertain the new idea that it could be talking about them which is like thinking the post-trib rapture is possible.

          Anyway, thanks for your input and I hope others have some input too, to help us get outside our own perceptions.

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Sue W - November 30, 2016

After reading this article, I wondered about the thief on the cross – the one Jesus assured would be in Paradise with Him.
Was there more to his words than faith alone?
Despite his own difficult circumstances, did his words provide love and encouragment to our dying saviour?
Enjoying the site, Tim.

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    Thomas Burke - March 13, 2017

    Hello Sue,

    Rather than be offended towards God by his suffering and painful death as did the other unnamed thief on the cross, he spoke out defending truth, and repented, and did what little he still could do which was ask of whom had promised to answer and to give, for forgiveness…

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Thomas Burke - March 13, 2017

A good answer to the common question about the thief on the cross apparently going straight to paradise…

http://www.truthaboutdeath.com/q-and-a/id/1608/didnt-jesus-tell-the-thief-on-the-cross-that-they-would-be-in-heaven-that-day

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Thomas Burke - March 13, 2017

I read once that “the eye of a needle” referred to a passage in a city wall shaped like that and through which a camel would have to shed all that it was carrying, get down on all four knees and scrape along with great difficulty to pass through this type of passage intended to only let one man through at a time as a defensive measure, to permit but limit the flow of persons entering a city with the gates closed. The point being that we have to shed all our earthly values and humble ourselves to enter the Kingdom of God.

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Thomas Burke - March 13, 2017

The “camel through the eye of a needle” comment above was intended in response to Kathryn Arnold’s comment on this above as being scary, it shouldn’t be, in other words, entrance is not nigh impossible for the rich, just very difficult.

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Thomas Burke - March 18, 2017

“My yoke is easy” because intent with faith is enough, any level of performance or fruit is accepted as explained by Tim!

Matthew 11:28-30New International Version (NIV)

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

30) Easy.—The Greek has a wider range of meaning—good, helpful, kind, profitable.

My burden is light.—The “burden” of Christ was the commandment that most characterised His teaching—the new commandment that men should love one another; and those who obeyed that commandment would find all to which it bound them light and easy.

http://biblehub.com/commentaries/ellicott/matthew/11.htm

Thomas Burke CR

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Thomas Garza - March 25, 2017

AT 61 years of age I will simply state what I FEEL when reading your articles as well as listening to Nehemiah Gordon’s Torah Pearls and Prophet Pearls; I get frustrated, angry, confused, depressed and even find myself wanting to throw my arms up and YELL, “What’s the Deal, God ? ” I have spent most of my life trying to be a “good believer” but the more I learn, the more screwed up my spiritual Bio looks.

What I’m trying to say is that I feel like every time I think I’m gaining ground, another lesson comes along and stomps all over my neatly folded “Binkie.” I FEEL like it has taken me too long to realize how much error my life has been encrusted with as to knowing God’s Will. I’m sharing this because I know that no one else is going through what I am feeling, lol.

Here’s the DEAL, between what God is showing you and what I’m learning through Nehemiah’s ministry is really setting me back. At my age I thought I would or should have a handle on ” All thing’s Bible” but in reality, I feel like a moron. Perhaps the coolest thing about my testimony here is that in the midst of these ranges of emotion, I sense God’s Presence. I want to be polished, astute and in command of MY Life Mission but am learning that for at least 50 years, God has been my Co-Pilot instead of the Pilot.

Thanks for shooting straight, Tim ! Give Katrina my regards.

Sincerely, Stomped On. lol

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    Tim McHyde - March 25, 2017

    Thomas, knowing you for years, I think you have made God your pilot but have been fed and found the wrong information on what the right course is, essentially. The good news is you still get credit for all the years off course because your heart was to make God the pilot.

    Now that you know the right course (Love God, love neighbor; no Sabbath, feasts, church attendance, rituals, etc. required), you can have the blessings and fruit that come from actually living God’s way that “few find” (Mt 7:14).

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Jaime Freer - April 1, 2017

Great article Tim, very deep and definitely a different point of view on “Christianity” and salvation. Now I just need to clear me this:

“Unfortunately, Christianity has hijacked much of what was said only to the apostles and made it for all Christians, such as “the Great Commission” which is really the Apostle’s Commission.”

So “the Great Commission” is not every christian purpose in life? This would be very good news, since I am not really doing it, and I have always felt bad for it.

Thanks for the explanation!

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    Tim McHyde - April 1, 2017

    Jaime, Please review Part 3 especially Chapter 17 “The Real Great Commission” of one of those Know the Future books I left with you. That’s when I first wrote on the fact that Christianity hijacked the Apostle’s commission.

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