The Most Important Instructions For Seekers Of Truth
King James Version Shown First..
See the modern translation next...
THEN... Read John's remarks!
 
I will show the scripture to which I refer in the last half of this page.
 
Matthew Chapter 7...
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

 15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

 21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

 24Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

 28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:

 29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

 
Below Is The New Living Translation
 
Matthew Chapter 7
The Narrow Gate

 13 "You can enter God's Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose the easy way. 14 But the gateway to life is small, and the road is narrow, and only a few ever find it.

The Tree and Its Fruit

  15 "Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep, but are really wolves that will tear you apart. 16 You can detect them by the way they act, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit. You don't pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles. 17 A healthy tree produces good fruit, and an unhealthy tree produces bad fruit. 18 A good tree can't produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can't produce good fruit. 19 So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. 20 Yes, the way to identify a tree or a person is by the kind of fruit that is produced.

True Disciples

 21 "Not all people who sound religious are really godly. They may refer to me as `Lord,' but they still won't enter the Kingdom of Heaven. The decisive issue is whether they obey my Father in heaven. 22 On judgment day many will tell me, `Lord, Lord, we prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.' 23 But I will reply, `I never knew you. Go away; the things you did were unauthorized.

Building on a Solid Foundation

 24 "Anyone who listens to my teaching and obeys me is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won't collapse, because it is built on rock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and ignores it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will fall with a mighty crash."

    28 After Jesus finished speaking, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 for he taught as one who had real authority--quite unlike the teachers of religious law.

Note From John
Be prudent and careful - Some denominations and churches are counterfeit - Do you not know that the anti-Christ and his forerunners will be very convincing?

These scriptures above are from The Lord's Sermon On The Mount. Do you see how much He talks and warns about deceitful teachers who come in His name? Read carefully: 14 "But the gateway to life is small, and the road is narrow, and only a few ever find it." Can you see what He is saying? He is VERY absolute in His warning that ONLY A FEW WILL FIND THE WAY!

In my opinion - if you will read, pray and meditate on these few scriptures above you will come to see how misled most people are. I refer to the "Bearing Of The Fruit" - Look carefully and objectively at this warning. Do you really think our leaders bear good fruit? Do you bear good fruit? Talk is cheap! 18 "A good tree can't produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can't produce good fruit." 20 "Yes, the way to identify a tree or a person is by the kind of fruit that is produced."

Let's read this part again.... Remember, this is The Son of God saying these things... PAY CAREFUL ATTENTION!

True Disciples

 21 "Not all people who sound religious are really godly. They may refer to me as "Lord," but they still won't enter the Kingdom of Heaven. The decisive issue is whether they obey my Father in heaven. 22 On judgment day many will tell me, `Lord, Lord, we prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.' 23 But I will reply, `I never knew you. Go away; the things you did were unauthorized.

In other words - many people who SAY they are of Jesus are in fact of a false Jesus! Students who represent false doctrines. Do you think ALL DENOMINATIONS & DOCTRINES are of the TRUE JESUS? Certainly not! They can't all be right and of the TRUE JESUS. Most don't know it! They are being taken in just as Jesus warns in the scriptures above. Even though they were fooled - tricked - they still go to hell.

How do you know the difference? Learn at least one of the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke or John) learn it well! Study The Books of Peter and James! Peter was THE ROCK upon which our Lord based His church. Most churches are based on Paul and his letters, not Peter. The doctrine of "Once Saved Always Saved" largely grew from Paul's teachings. The doctrine of "Tongues" grew from Paul's letters and his letter to the Corinthians which addresses tongues has been misunderstood. Paul was scolding or correcting that church for their mishandling of tongues... 2 Peter 3:16, Peter warned that ungodly men would twist Paul's letters. It appears they did! Remember, Jesus promised that HIS church would be built on Peter not Paul. It appears that Jesus' church is not as common as you might think.

James is a great book that tells it like it is! No sugar coating. James was Jesus' brother, James and Jesus grew up from childhood together. They had the same mother! They lived together! James knew our Lord better than anybody! (in my opinion) James knows! Study the book of James.

You will not find a Materialistic Jesus in those books that many of the popular evangelists preach and teach! NO! You will find the opposite Jesus... True Christianity is not a "feel good" doctrine that will attract people who will throw money at them, trying to BUY their way into heaven - which is what the purveyors of God's word are looking for! They preach a "feel good" doctrine that will bring you wealth, happiness and a perfect sex life with a perfect companion... All of the things that the "Sunday Morning" Christian is looking for.

Study and pray on your own!

Be careful out there! There are a bunch of liars and deceptive teachers! Most of them are extremely popular and very good entertainers. Don't let them make you miss the Kingdom!

Your friend,

John

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