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     Thomas Richards of SpirituallySmart.Com

 
 
What I Believe

This is an edit on 1/22/11: I'm finding that this doctrinal statement will eventually be a whole big book because of all the doctrines that are flooding this earth. What I have written here is an abridged version I guess you can say because I'm seeing many people claim what I claim but they twist the bible to mean so many different things that I doubt I would be able to clarify my position on every single one of them without making this page too long!! I recommend reading my bible messages to the left to get a fuller understanding of what I believe. Or you may email me as well. So here it is to the best of my ability without going into what I believe every single verse means:

I believe that the Word of God (the King James Version Bible) is the infallible living Word of the Creator. I believe that you can NOT add to it or take away from it.

Rev 22:18 "For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:"

Rev 22:19 "And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and [from] the things which are written in this book."


I believe that Jesus Christ was with God from the beginning and that Jesus spoke through the prophets foretelling the world of His coming to redeem mankind.

I believe that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah and Savior of the world.

I believe that Jesus was God manifest in the flesh which is synonymous as the Word of God made flesh. John 1:1-14

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

I believe Jesus was born of a virgin, grew up and was put into the ministry at around 30 years old. I believe for three years He walked this earth and preached the gospel of the kingdom, healed the sick, cast out demons and was then sacrificed for our sins when He died and shed His blood on the cross at Calvary. Fulfilling the law of Sacrifices.

I believe God raised Him from the dead according to the Scriptures and that he ascended into heaven in front of 500 witnesses as stated in Scripture, and that Jesus sits on the right hand side of God and has become the Life Giving Spirit, quickening who He will with eternal life (Power to keep the Whole Word of God).

I believe that once you receive this power that much is required of us according to this verse:

King James Bible
".... For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required:...." Luke 12:43

I believe people are predestined in that God knows the end from the beginning. Paul was talking to saints of God who will have endured unto the end through the trials and tribulation, the mountain tops and the valleys of our Christian walk and have not fainted, but have continued on.

If we weren't expected to do something in order to be rewarded in the end with heaven, we would not have been given the Word of God, the instructions, the manual to learn what we must do in order to make it in.

"If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?" Heb 12:7

Understand that the Bible is FULL of such "IFs"

John 15:14 "Ye are my friends, IF ye do whatsoever I command you."

I believe God gives the people who are called and chosen and faithful every thing they need to succeed.

However, I do believe people can choose to not listen to God, be disobedient and stop serving God, thus loose their eternal salvation. And therefore be blotted out of the lamb's book of life. Rev 3:5

God says, "MY PEOPLE ARE DESTROYED for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, ...." - Hosea 4:6

Knowledge is something that needs to be sought after through much careful study of the scriptures. It is a day to day walk that must continue until the day of our death.

Matthew 24: 13 "But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved." (Also Mark 13:13)

People think Salvation is a one time event and then there is nothing else for us to do after that except sit in a church pew on Sundays, maybe read the Bible a little bit, maybe talk about Calvin or Ellen G White. But God demands us to Walk with Him every day. To study the Bible (and not through some heretical study guide or some heretical theologian's commentary)

Yours in Christ,

Thomas Richards


Also,
 What I find many people do is instead of preaching the power of God that we can receive through Christ, the power to keep us free from sin. They instead make excuses for sin and twist the Word of God teaching it is ok to sin, thus they turn the grace of God into lasciviousness.

My message on PERFECTION.





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