n todays world we have simulators for everything! There is an amazing amount of money, time, resources, manpower and effort saved with these wonderful machines! Imagine, instead of having to go sit in a dirty, dusty, hot and disgusting old digging machine, you can sit inside a clean air-conditioned simulator and learn all the controls, what they do, what they won't do, what happens if you overload this, what happens if you push this pedal . . . All, in a simulator!
They have simulators for airplanes, simulators for trucks, trains, cars, shooting ranges, hunting . . . And I won't even get started on Disneyland!
There are simulators for baseball, football, hockey . . . whoops, those are just games. Well, excuse me! (but they're still computer games!) There are games for tank wars, pong, shootem-ups for the old western towns, boxing, even space wars games. There are games of all kinds on the internet, and one of the biggest past-times of the youth in this day and age is playing games. It has gotten so popular that kids even play them on their cell phones during school . . . even during church!
But this simulator stuff ain't new! No way! There have been people since the early church who have been playing simulated church! And it's really popular today. Especially in the church world . . . Go out and cuss and drink and dope and whore around, pay the pope a few extra bucks, light an extra candle, crawl on the ground, bark like a dog and your sins are forgiven!
What's next? Stay at home instead of attending church and light a few candles on your "personalized" (and secure . . . (but of course)), personal church account (simulator style), and live like the devil all day long? Really . . . what would be the difference? You would get as much forgiveness!
While I'm certainly not saying that you can't be forgiven anywhere you repent, I am saying, if you try to do it a different way than what the scripture commands, you're wasting your time.
In the mid '60's they came out with a different kind of simulator - I mean, well, um . . . church . . .)
You could drive into one of the big outdoor theater, never have to get dressed from your bed clothes, hang a speaker on your window, and listen to what was happening onstage. What an awesome plan! Lots of attendance! Yes sir! Drive through your favorite fast food restaurant on the way to church, and eat while the service is going on! And, I hear they were serving freshly popped Popcorn too!
And the best part, if you decide to take Jesus as your personal Saviour, just add an extra $5 in the offering plate, and flash your lights three times! Didn't even have to get out of your car, mess around getting wet like they used to do in the old days. The numbers of people who were getting 'saved' was astounding! (They loved it in L.A.)
Mind you, if you felt the need to get baptized, they had a willing and ready party lined up to do the honors. Fast and elaborate on the spot printed baptismal certificates, and you could choose which baptism you wanted. How convenient! Didn't want to get your hair wet? They could just sprinkle you, or, for the speedy plan, just dunk your hand into the bucket of "Holy Water" that the usher was coming around with. Of course they had special "Blessed" towels with which to dry your hand for and extra 50¢.
And, they would baptize you using whatever formula you preferred! Just choose the one to which you were feeling the "Spirit" lead, and you were on your way to Heaven!
Problem is, playing simulated church is not going to get you salvation! The only way to get salvation is go the Bible route. And that is NOT being baptized in a non existent triune plastic simulation godhead . . . (ya wanna get away from 'simulated church' don't you?) Then you have to quit play acting and start obeying the Word! Follow the plan as outlined in the Word!
It doesn't matter how God works or what He creates, you'll see a simulation . . . a close copy. the enemy tries every way possible to duplicate what God does, the problem is, he just can't. He can only immitate. A cheap imitation. The best he can offer is a Chinese plastic religion . . .
But, God built the original, simple design of One God, Jesus Name baptism infilling of the Holy Ghost salvation. On the other hand, satan builds many similar, over two-thousand . . . (that's 2,000 + religions). But all it takes to make Heaven your home eternal is simple obediance to His plain spoken Word of the plan.
In the enemy is death: - but in God is life. Man offers temporal things, God offers eternal life. His ways are above ours, His thoughts above ours.
God has given us a mind of our own. He created us that way. With this mind comes the power of choice. We can choose to believe the Word straight out of the Bible, (King James Version), or, we can try to get enough information and spiritual protein out of the duplicated Bible, (NIV) which has been watered down, diluted, and poisoned by the enemy. It (the NIV), is only a simulator bible. A cheap, plastic knock-off of the real thing.
The enemy gets so mad when he can't get into your mind. He cannot read your mind but he is able and will, put derogatory thoughts there. If we entertain those thoughts they multiply exponentially, for within our minds rests a fertile bed of unrest, rebellion, self-pity, a cess pool of self-righteous indignations, all of which are an abomination to God
The enemy will put thoughts of something which would grieve the Holy Ghost (something you may have seen), into your mind when you're trying to pray, study the Word, listen to the preacher. We catch ourselves thinking about what we saw, and soon we've had our mind taken off pure things, things of virtue . . . If we don't root these thoughts out, they will soon lead us to rebel against the pure nature of God.
Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.
God created us to worship Him, and the keeping of our minds on Him, His law, His work, His blessings; all of which are worshipping Him, loving Him, and He will honor it. He will heap blessings upon us that we cannot contain!
Paul wrote to the church at Phillipi, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
David wrote in a song, "My thoughts are on the Lord all the day long . . . "
But, if we allow the enemy to put adverse thoughts ino our head, he will build on those thoughts until we take everything that is said to in a wrong frame of mind. Pretty soon we are not thinking with the mind of Christ, but, with the simulator Christian mind, and we get to the point of thinking everyone is picking on us. We think the preacher is picking on us . . . We take offense at every word no matter who it's from, for whom it is meant or, how it's said. We feel everything that happens is directed toward us. Why is this so?
David explains it very well, because his sin was, for the rest of his life, held up in his face and condemned with it. In one of his prayer meetings, he said "Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me." He sought repentence carefully, with tears. But it followed him to his grave. I'm positive God forgave him, but, the enemy kept reminding him of it, pricking his mind with it. Every time David thought on the goodness and mercy of God, satan would throw another firey dart into it.
Yes, it is true, we've all sinned and failed God.
It's this same condemnation that the enemy makes us feel when we've done something wrong, and thereby, try to make us feel so ashamed that we feel we can't come before God. But we have a propitiation for our sins, we have the promise of eternal and continual washing of the blood, and, those sins are cast into a sea of forgetfullness, never to be remembered against us again! That's what God offers, and promises!
God is very direct when He stated who was worthy of death:
But God seldem ever killed or even allowed those who sinned against Him so greiviously. But on numerous occasions, He did allow them to be taken into captivity. One wonders at the depth of sin in today's world, and wonders why God doesn't rain down judgement.
We see many religions, and that's all it is . . . a religion. Nothing akin to Salvation, and all claim that they are the only way, or that there are many ways. Some even claim that there is a line of division, that if you worship on Sunday, instead of Saturday that you have no chance of being saved. However, they go along with the rest of the church world and baptize their converts into the same religion of and created by the Babylon mystery.
They are right in one sense; there will be a line of division! But their eyes are blinded by the forces of evil and they can't see just where the line of division lies.
The line of division is in Whose Name you wear . . . Think about that! The only way to heaven is having the wedding garment, but 99% of the church world refuses to wear that garment! It comes with the Name of Jesus! Washing only comes through the name of Jesus. Redemption only comes through the name of Jesus! The line of division lies right between those baptized according to the scripture, ie., Jesus Name, and the Babylon trinity formula, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
But do you see how the devil took items out of the Word of God to make up something which was powerless? Merely a cheap simulator . . .
Side of the enemy
Jesus Name Baptism
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.
26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
Hear O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord, and Him only shalt thou serve . . .
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. Gal 5:
paganism, human sacrifice, communism, buddism, marxism, Islam, Mohammed, futility, lazy, lies, lust, taking, spoiling and great destruction, captivity, bondage, hunger and thirst never satisfied, never content, never happy, demons, pit, fear, death, destruction, calamity, affliction, judgment, resentment, misunderstanding . . . on and on and on. A multitude of sins and slavery and loads of burden . . . no rest . . .
That is only a sampling of the differences between what is real and pure, and the opposite which is ungodly, dirty and sinful, and many, many masters.
We see so very many of the deadly simulators in holidays popular in today's culture. For example, Easter & Christmas, bring in vain traditions, teaching for doctrine vain traditions, having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof. These merely simulate things of God, but in truth, are merely vain pagan teachings renamed to fit into religious society. They are merely another way which the enemy has fabricated to receive worship unto himself, and take the worshippers mind off God.
Paul reiterated to Timothy Christ's teachings. "But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus."
Vain, evil thoughts and traditions, which traditions? The simulation of religion as practiced by the paganists, much of it from Babylon . . .
So, what is the answer to all this? Lets go back to the Word: "6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."
We read in James; "13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace."
The only chance any of have is to fall on His mercy while He may yet be found. Turn unto His way which He bought on Calvary's tree.
He gave the promise 2000 years ago, and He's still keeping that same promise today! "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."
The airplane simulator shown will give you the illusion that you are flying up in the air. With it, you can "land" in any airport in the world . . . but alas, when you open the door and get out, you see you only thought you were going somewhere. The trinity message of baptism is merely an illusion that you are following Gods Word. It is merely a cheap imitation of the real thing!