Statement of Faith
STATEMENT OF FAITH – PASTOR PETER THOMAS
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The Deity or Godhead - In brief, the Scriptures do not support ‘God in three (3) persons’. The LORD [YHVH] GOD is One LORD. I do NOT subscribe to the doctrine of the Trinity. It is foreign to the scriptures. I am not a Trinitarian!!! A diligent study of the subject will reveal that the LORD our God is One. Jesus said, “I and the Father are One”. The Son of God was God manifested in the flesh. God was manifest in the flesh. Without controversy Jesus Christ is God. Jesus Christ is God Almighty. In other words, Jesus Christ is God all by himself. All references to the Son of God should be understood in light of Scriptures, that the Almighty God of the Old Testament is the same Jesus Christ in the New Testament. God tabernacled inside that human flesh and dwelt among us. There is one (1) God. Not two Gods, not three Gods. Not three-in-one God, there is but one God. There is one Lord, one God, one Father. There is one body and one Spirit. Only one God. Only One (1). I am convinced of this One God. You do well if you believe there is one God. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit OF God or the Spirit FROM God. The Holy Spirit is not some third person of a 3 part god. It is paganism from the Eastern Hemisphere which the East were accustomed to with their various triangular (3-part) gods or goddesses. Let me be clear that what I support is what scriptures support. ‘Holy’ in Gk. is Strong's # G40 Greek ἅγιος (hagios) and ‘ghost’ (or spirit) is # G4151 Greek πνεῦμα (pneuma). Hagios Pneuma. In Hebrew, ‘Holy Spirit’ or ‘Holy Ghost’ is ‘Ruach Ha-Kodesh’ (רוח קודש); ‘Spirit of God’ is ‘Ruach Elohim’ (רוחאלוהים); ‘Spirit of the LORD God’ is ‘Ruach Adonai YHVH’ (רוחיהוה אלהים). You may research at a time that is convenient for you about the Erasmus and the Textus Receptus and you will find that the words in 1 John 5:7, “in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost”, were inserted in the year 1522 because of Erasmus’ oath. These words are not in the original manuscripts. Matthew 28:19, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” is also used as some sort of proof of a Trinity. This is less than scholarly and far from truth. God DOES NOT consist of a Trinitarian-Triangular-Three Part existence. God is holy and God is SPIRIT. And you shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy… [Leviticus 20:26]. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth [John 4:24]. Properly translated, ‘God is Spirit’. God the FATHER is and will always be the Head of the Godhead. There is only one (1) in the Godhead. God the FATHER was the Head of the son of God while he was here on earth. For my FATHER is greater than I (the son) – Jesus’ own words. There is but one God, the Father … and one Lord Jesus Christ. There is none (no) other God but one. Jesus the CHRIST of God also imparted this knowledge, “The Lord our God is one Lord …” and enlightens us to love the LORD God with everything in us, that this is the first of all doctrines. The FATHER God and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, shared the same spirit while he was physically in the earth world. It is HIS Spirit, as HE is ONE Spirit. The Lord Jesus Christ came out from God his Father. Jesus said, “… for I proceeded forth and came from God …” - But there is not now a son of God. Neither in heaven nor earth, nor anywhere else. Christ is God! Jesus Christ is the Almighty God. NOW the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. Apostle Paul states, “And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.” Finally, there is one body, and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling. “Seeing it is one God” [Romans 3:30], and He is God of everyone, whether Jews or Gentiles [Romans 3:29], let us worship Him in the beauty of Holiness [Psalms 29:2; Psalms 96:9]. Christ said to the multitude and to his disciples in Matthew 23:9, “... for one is your Father, which is in heaven”. Make no mistake about it. Know ye that the LORD he is God (Psalms 100:3). Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God (Matthew 22:29). While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, saying, What think ye of Christ? Whose son is he? They say unto him, The Son of David. He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, the LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? If David then call him Lord, how is he his son? (Matthew 22:41-45). They didn’t ask him anymore questions. The issue of who God is has already been forever settled (Psalms 119:89). Consider what I say, it’ll do you good. My prayer is that when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ. Christ is nobody’s son. Christ is God. Jesus Christ is God Almighty and he is the Only wise God!
For more information, click Godhead.
[Acts 17:29; Romans 1:20; Colossians 2:9; Leviticus 20:26; John 4:24; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 1 Corinthians 8:4; Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Mark 12:28-32; John 14:28; John 8:42; 1 Corinthians 11:3; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 4:4; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Romans 3:30; Psalms 29:2; Psalms 96:9; Matthew 23:9; Genesis 1:1; John 1:1, 14; Luke 1:35; 1 Timothy 3:16; James 2:19; Isaiah 44:24; Ephesians 4:5-6; 1 John 5:20; Revelation 4:1-2; Psalms 86:10; Malachi 2:10; Psalms 100:3; Matthew 22:29; Matthew 22:41-46; Isaiah 43:11, 15; 1 Corinthians 1:10; Psalms 119:89]
Christmas, Easter, Good Friday, and Halloween are pagan practices. They have their roots in paganism, which predates Christ and Christianity on earth. Deliberately, they have been a mockery of Christ and Christ-ians. It is heathenism, which is to say, ‘idolatry’. We are called to be separated from anything that is contrary to the nature and purposes of God. Remember the words of Jesus in Luke 16:15. It “is abomination in the sight of God”. Unscriptural doctrines are not of faith, and “For whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” [Romans 14:23].
[Jeremiah 10:2; 1 John 2:15-16; 1 Corinthians 10:13-14; Acts 17:16-17; Exodus 20:3-6; Deuteronomy 12:28-32; Luke 16:15; Romans 14:23]
Marriage is between one man and one woman. I do not support, nor will I allow use of any of our facilities for agendas not in accordance with scriptures. Sacerdotal functions are to be performed in integrity of the Word of God. As such, no Minister licensed or ordained by Pastor Peter Thomas will officiate any wedding ceremony outside of the biblically prescribed “one man and one woman” matrimony. Pastor Peter Thomas does not support the lifestyle of transgendered or transsexual individuals or couples. As such, I (Pastor Peter Thomas) will not officiate any ceremony which seeks to alter the original plan of our Creator. One natural born male (man) and one natural born female (woman) is all that will be joined in holy matrimony (wedding ceremony) performed by me and those ministers in affiliation with me. Also, the terminology, ‘Husband, Mr. (Mister), Sir, Brother, Boy, Male and Man’ are only recognized by me as applying to a naturally born male. The terminology, ‘Wife, Mrs. (Mistress / Misses), Ms. (Miss), Ma'am, Sister, Girl, Female and Woman’ are only recognized by me as applying to a naturally born female. So, to be clear, no person having had their gender scientifically (surgically / medically) manipulated (or changed) or legally changed, will receive sacerdotal services from me. The same interdiction applies to same gendered individuals or relationships. Understand that I do not advocate or condone violence toward any person, group or race based on their persuasion. However, as a true follower of Jesus Christ, I am prohibited from engaging in activities which violates my beliefs. Also, I am prohibited from condoning, promoting, or allowing use of any of my ( our ) assets for activities in violation of my ( our ) beliefs. View Prohibitions.
[Genesis 1:1, 26-28, 2:7, 18, 20-25; Matthew 19:4-6; Ephesians 5:21-33; Mark 10:6-9; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 6:9; Genesis 5:1-2]
Women Pastors / Preachers - In the truest sense of Scriptural Integrity, the role of Pastors and Preachers are reserved specifically for men only. With much prayer and consideration, as I study the Word of God, I, Pastor Peter Thomas, as of June 14, 2014, do officially and publicly withdraw my endorsement of women operating in the role of Pastor or Preacher. Regardless of my upbringing, culture, personal views, influences and tradition, I must find my documentation in the Word of God. Apostle Paul said in the Book of 1st Timothy chapter 2 verses 11 - 13, “Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve.” Every woman that resists this Scripture, you’ve got the wrong spirit and the Truth of God is not in you. GOD never called and ordained a woman to preach and HE never will. To every so called “woman Pastor, Apostle and Bishop” – relinquish your ordination credentials and repent, in order to co-operate with me. I free you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ! Read further by clicking ‘Women and Church’.
[1 Timothy 2:11-14; 1 Corinthians 14:34-35; 1 Corinthians 14:33, 40; 1 Peter 3:4; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:6-9; Ephesians 5:22-23; 1 Corinthians 11:3-5; Titus 2:3-5; Titus 1:5-6; 2 Timothy 2:6; 1 Timothy 5:1; 1 Peter 5:1-2; Isaiah 3:12; Isaiah 9:16; 2 Corinthians 11:3-4, 13]
Healing and Deliverance - According to the examples of scriptures, I endorse that healing and deliverance were available under the Old Covenant and is still available under the New Covenant. We are living under a better covenant today, which was established under better promises. The terms of the covenant in the New Testament far exceeds that of the Old Testament. “BE THOU MADE WHOLE!!!”
[Exodus 15:25-27; Exodus 23:25; Psalms 107:20; Isaiah 53:4-5; Isaiah 57:18-19; Isaiah 58:8; Isaiah 61:1; Matthew 10:1; Mark 7:24-30; Acts 10:38; Luke 10:9, 19; Acts 19:11-12; 1 Peter 2:24; Revelation 22:1-2; Hebrews 8:6; 1 Corinthians 12:9, 28]
Baptism - ONE LORD, ONE FAITH, ONE BAPTISM [EPHESIANS 4:5], ----- “ 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 ” [Acts 2:38]. I would love to baptize you! Baptism is through immersion. The baptism that I subscribe to is the baptism in which the whole body of the person is submerged in the water. Pastor Peter Thomas does not endorse sprinkling as a substitute for submersion, nor do I support the baptism of babies, infants and toddlers. I am in agreement with the Word of God. Water baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ is essential for salvation according to the New Testament for this dispensation. Those who reject Peter’s baptism are lost. I believe baptism also symbolizes your oneness with CHRIST in God, that your life is hid with CHRIST in God. Furthermore, it is for the convinced unbeliever turned believer, representing his or her belief in God’s redemption through Jesus Christ’s finished work on the cross; that HE, JESUS CHRIST, died on the cross for our sin(s); was buried; was resurrected or raised from the dead by GOD’S SPIRIT. [Synopsis: You are in union with CHRIST in His life, death, burial and resurrection. Christ gave us this example to follow, being baptized Himself in the Jordan River, albeit under the Old Covenant and commanded us to be baptized in the New Covenant!]. As the songwriter sung, “Living, He loved me – Dying, He saved me – Buried, He carried my sins far away – Rising, He justified – Freed me forever – One day He’s coming back – Glorious day”. There is no other name given under Heaven whereby you must be saved. Salvation is only by the LORD God who is Christ Jesus! Having said this, the scriptures contain ample references to the formula for physical water baptism. Pastor Peter Thomas will obey the commandment of the resurrected JESUS to baptize “ in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost ” --- which are titles, then will proceed to baptize the candidate using the phrase “ in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ ”. This is in accordance with how the founding New Testament Apostles conducted baptisms, in obedience to the Great Commission. For more information, click ‘Baptism’.
[Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 24:47; Acts 2:38-41; Matthew 3:13-16; Acts 4:12; Ephesians 4:4-5; Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 2:12; Acts 8:5, 12, 16, 26-40; Acts 19:5; Galatians 3:26-27; Titus 3:5; Acts 10:43-48; Acts 16:30-34; Acts 22:16; Colossians 3:1-4, 17; 2 Corinthians 4:3-5; Mark 16:16]
Baptism of the Holy Ghost - The Baptism of the Holy Ghost is a gift from the LORD [YHVH] our God; A gift of Almighty God Himself. This spiritual baptism is the baptism in the Spirit of God and also the baptism with the Spirit of God. It is being filled with the Holy Ghost or continuously filled with the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the Comforter sent from the FATHER, sent from JESUS Himself. This baptism is a progressive work of the Holy Spirit and is a FIRE baptism [spiritual fire], which purges one from inclination to sin and impurities. As the Father dwelt in Jesus on earth by his Eternal Spirit, every person filled with the Holy Ghost can say, “God lives in me”. The baptism with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven is available to the sanctified (set apart) one who in earnest seeks (tarries) to be filled. The Holy Spirit [Spirit FROM God; SPIRIT OF GOD] guides you into all truth, for HE is the Spirit of Truth. We thus endorse that the Baptism of the Holy Ghost includes speaking in tongues, YES, but also “speaking by the Spirit of God the languages of the NATIONS for the Glory of God” ! HE, GOD, gives you current and future insight, through HIS Holy Spirit. He gives beautiful languages of the Spirit through utterance, but you must speak. The Holy Spirit will not speak in tongues for you, you must speak! Jesus baptizes you into the Holy Ghost and likewise the Holy Ghost baptizes you into the Body of Jesus Christ.
[Isaiah 28:11-12; Matthew 3:11-12; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:15-17; Luke 24:49; John 1:33; Acts 1:4-5, 8; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; John 14:10-11, 16-18, 26; John 16:7-8, 13; Mark 16:17; Acts 2:1-8, 14-19, 33; Acts 10:44-47; Acts 11:15-16; Acts 19:6; 1 Corinthians 12:10, 13, 27-28; 1 Corinthians 14:2-6, 13-19, 22-33, 39-40; 1 Corinthians 14:39]
Signs and Wonders / Miracles - Signs and wonders, as well as miracles, are available to all! They are for today and for the convincing of unbelievers, as well as for the betterment of the believer. Collectively, they are for the demonstration of the Holy Ghost and of power unto the glory of the LORD! It is all by God’s grace and sovereignty that His display of love is accessible to us. Receive all that you need TODAY!
[Acts 2:19; Psalms 71:7; Mark 16:17-18; Luke 10:19; Acts 19:11-12; Romans 15:19; John 4:48; 1 Corinthians 12:10, 12, 28; 1 Corinthians 14:22; Jeremiah 32:17, 20, 27; Hebrews 2:4]
Flags - Flags have no business in the Church of the Living God. I do not, nor will I display any flag (including the Christian flag) in the House of the LORD. My allegiance is not to any flag, Government or Nation. My loyalty is to our Creator, the LORD [YHVH] our God, the Lord Jesus Christ. HIS banner over me is love. A banner is a proclamation; a bold statement. Not displaying the national flag does not mean that one does not love his or her country. Jesus said, “If you love me”, you will, “keep my commandments”. What does displaying a flag symbolize? Is it scriptural? A flag serves as a symbol of allegiance. Faithfulness in the Church of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ takes precedence over the tradition of man. God’s laws supercedes every other law. We live in an idolatrous world. I shall have no other god before our GOD. We are also exhorted in the New Testament, “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment”. The banner that the LORD has given us to be displayed is His Truth. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. He prayed that the FATHER God would sanctify us through the truth, that HIS Word is truth. The Apostle Paul said, “For in him we live, and move, and have our being; …”. I seek to please my Creator. Any and every emblem (as well as tradition) will be checked thoroughly against the Word of God, like the Bereans did, to see whether or not they are appropriate and consistent with Scriptures. Let’s separate church and state.
[1 Corinthians 1:10; Song of Solomon 2:4; John 14:15; Exodus 20:3; Psalms 60:4; Psalms 20:5-7; Galatians 3:28; Hebrews 13:8; Colossians 3:11; Philippians 3:20; Hebrews 12:22-24; John 17:17; Acts 17:28; Acts 17:10-11; 1 Peter 2:9-10; 2 Corinthians 6:17-18]
Food - God condemns the eating of swine’s flesh. It was never meant for human consumption. Scripture also condemns the eating of scavenger meats. To those who would say that it is the weak believer who believes this, is God weak? Consider that I am not a novice. Our predecessors who have taught that it is okay to eat anything, their words do not invalidate, nor supercede, the Word of God.
Prayer does not make unclean meat clean. For one to say you can eat scavenger and ferocious meats is to differ with what our Creator prescribed for all times. That is a lying, seducing spirit - part of the doctrines of devils (1 Timothy 4:1). Proverbs 12:22, “Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.” It is abomination to the LORD.
If you say we are not under The Law, so we can eat anything, you are a weak individual in the area of discipline concerning food. The Noahic Flood of Genesis 6-9 occurred prior to The Law. God’s Law concerning dietary habits and restraints is for all times. This Law goes back to Genesis. (See Genesis 1:29-30, Genesis 6:18-22, Genesis 7:1-4, 7-9, Genesis 8:15-22, Genesis 9:1-4). Even the account with Cain and Abel (Genesis 4:4), Abel offered the firstlings of his flock.
If you casually misquote, “Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you” (Genesis 9:3), I say not so, for in that same verse we are told God has given us every green herb. Yet we know poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans), as well as some other green herbs are not to be eaten. Trichinosis is poisoning, a disease caused by infestation of trichina larvae or parasitic worm larvae in pork. Many are sickly and diseased because of this defiance.
God’s Word tells us in Isaiah 66:17 that they that eat swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together. To suggest that one can eat a pig (pork, bacon, pork sausage, baby backs, pork ribs, etc.) is to say that one can also eat a mouse. Or how about a serpent (Genesis 3:14)? I know that this is not so. It is abominable to the LORD. Respectfully, I ask that you NOT partake of or offer any scavenger meats (examples: NO foods with pork elements, no seafood items like crabs, lobsters or shrimps (any shellfish), nor any catfish, etc.). Foods or sauces with any of these ingredients in them are not acceptable.
Poultry basics such as clean chicken, turkey, and eggs are fine. Fish is fine, providing that they have fins and scales or derived from fish with fins and scales. As a reference, we provide scriptures you may look at: Leviticus 11:9-12; Matthew 7:9, 10; Leviticus chapter 11. Occasional beef is okay.
We may eat of clean meats to be received with thanksgiving ( 1 Timothy 4:3-5 are clean meats to be received or allowed to be eaten ). With all these things in moderation, remember your roughage (fruits and vegetables).
Also, though Romans 14:15 is referenced, none of Romans chapter 14 is dealing with unclean meat. Romans chapter 14 is talking of the weak in faith who say you should not eat any meat at all, particularly meats offered to idols. But Acts 14:13 also establishes for us that the heathen did not sacrifice with swine or unclean animals. (See also Romans 14:1-4, 1 Corinthians 10:27-31, 1 Corinthians 8:4-9, 11-12, Romans 14:15, Romans 14:21, Romans 14:13, Isaiah 66:15-17, Revelation 18:2). (See also Hosea 4:6, Exodus 15:26).
Beans, wholegrain cereals such as oats and many fruits and vegetables are high in soluble fibre [fiber] or roughage. Enjoy this, consumption of which aids digestion. Whatever you do, including eating and drinking, do it all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).
[Genesis 1:29-30; Genesis 4:4; Genesis 6:18-22; Genesis 7:1-4, 7-9; Genesis 8:15-22; Genesis 9:1-4; Leviticus 11:2-31, 46-47; Deuteronomy 14:2, 4-20; Isaiah 65:2-4; Isaiah 66:17; Proverbs 12:22; Matthew 7:9-10; 1 Timothy 4:1, 3-5; Romans 14:15; Deuteronomy 7:26; Leviticus 20:7; Leviticus 20:24b; Leviticus 20:25-26; Mark 5:1-2, 5-13; Luke 8:26-33; Matthew 8:28-32; Psalms 19:7-8, 12-13; Acts 14:13; Romans 14:1-4; 1 Corinthians 10:27-31; 1 Corinthians 8:4-9, 11-12; Romans 14:13, 15, 21; Acts 15:28-29; Isaiah 66:15-17; Revelation 18:2; Hosea 4:6; Exodus 15:26; 1 Corinthians 10:31]
Judgment - What If Some Did Not Believe?
ARE YOU READY FOR GOD's JUDGMENT?
What if some did not believe? Shall it make the faith of God without effect? Evil men and seducers are waxing worse and worse. I believe that it is going to be just as God said. Just as in the days of Noah ... as in the days of Lot ... time is winding up on this old world. (See Genesis 6:6-8, 17-18, Genesis 7:1, 21-23, Genesis 19:1, 12-17, 24-29). God is going to punish evildoers. There is a judgment coming on this world and God is going to burn up everything. (See Isaiah 24:19-20, Isaiah 51:6, Job 14:12, Isaiah 65:17, Hebrews 10:26-28, 2 Peter 3:10-13, Revelation 21:1-5). This earth and its sin is going to dissolve with fervent heat. Glory to God! Sin is a reproach to any people (Proverbs 14:34). I would that you reckon that you are going to have to give account to God for the deeds you have done and for your words spoken. (See Ecclesiastes 12:14, Romans 2:5-11, John 5:29, 2 Corinthians 5:10, Matthew 12:36-37).
Man got away from the purpose of God in the Garden of Eden. The Eternal Spirit created us to be holy and perfect. (See Leviticus 20:7, Leviticus 20:26, Romans 12:1-2, Matthew 5:48, Deuteronomy 18:13, Psalms 19:7, 2 Corinthians 7:1). Jesus Christ, God manifested in the flesh, came to redeem mankind unto himself by the shedding of his own blood on the cross (John 3:16, 1 John 3:16, Acts 20:28). Repent and turn to God. 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. Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Cry out to God for mercy and do works meet for repentance (Acts 2:38, 40, Matthew 3:8, Acts 26:20).
SATAN AND ALL UNGODLY PEOPLE WILL PERISH
The devil, whose name is Satan (not Lucifer), is a deceiver. (See also 1 John 3:8, 9, Psalms 37:38). The end fate of the devil and his angels and everyone who disobeys God is they are going to be turned into the fire for a specified, God-determined time and then utterly destroyed by God through that fire. I am not a proponent of the doctrine of endless torture or eternal conscious torment. Scripturally, it serves God no purpose. But God is going to turn up the fire and burn up everything ungodly. The wages of sin is death, not eternal fire. God has no pleasure in the death of the sinner. The soul that sinneth shall surely die.
HELL AND FOREVER
Satan is not in charge of what has been commonly referred to as hell. The devil has an end fate, final destruction. The same fate awaits all that are ungodly. This is all going to happen on earth, in the earth, not a medieval, dark age underworld (See Proverbs 11:31 and Job 1:7).
Note that the word ‘forever’ is eon (also aeon), meaning an unspecified period of time. The Hebrew word olam (Strong's # 5769) and its Greek derivative aion, aionios, aionion (Strong's # 165 and 166) means a space of time, belonging to an age, until the end of the age, not an unending length of time. God will never immortalize sinners. God will never immortalize Satan. That is a doctrine of devils, but it does not come from the Word of God. That devilish doctrine comes from Greek mythology. 1 Timothy 6:14-16 tells us in part of “ ... the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: ... who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; ... Who only hath immortality, ... ”. The ancient Egyptians also believed in the underworld and the god of the underworld, but God told the children of Israel to be circumspect, make no mention of other gods; after the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do (Exodus 23:13, 24, 32, 33, Leviticus 18:3, Jeremiah 10:2).
Forever had an ending in the case of Jonah (Jonah 2:6, Jonah 1:17), who cried from the belly of hell (the whale’s belly) (Jonah 2:2, Matthew 12:40). Both in the cases of the servant and Samuel, forever meant until they died (Exodus 21:6, 1 Samuel 1:22, 1 Samuel 25:1, 1 Samuel 28:3). No, Dante Alighieri’s hell does not last forever (forever, as we know it - in terms of endlessly). The devil shall be burned forever and ever until he’s all gone. The fire is unquenchable, meaning the fire is not quenched (non-extinguishable) until it has done its job (See Revelation 20:10, the devil’s fate, along with death and hell). Malachi 4:3 says, “And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.” Hell is an old English word mistranslated from Hebrew (Old Testament) and Greek (New Testament) into the English language. Thirty one (31) times in the King James Version Old Testament hell is translated from sheol. In the King James Version New Testament, twelve (12) times hell is translated from gehenna, ten (10) times hell is translated from hades, and one (1) time hell is translated from tarturus. Out of the fifty four (54) times these four (4) original words were translated thus, they generally meant grave. In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word sheol means grave. In the New Testament, the Greek word hades means the grave and sometimes a place of punishment. Jesus used the Greek word Gehenna to refer to The Valley of Hinnom, a very steep ravine southwest of Jerusalem. Here they burned garbage, the carcasses of unclean animals and even cadavers of executed criminals were thrown into Gehenna fire. Note what Jesus said, “Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched” (Mark 9:44, 46, 48). Understand that if their bodies ended up being thrown directly into the fire, then they were consumed by that fire. However, if their bodies landed on a ledge or steep ravine, their putrefying bodies were then infested with maggots or worms, which consumed all the flesh parts - leaving only skeletal remains. Their worm died not and the fire quenched not until all the refuse matter had consumed away (Mark 9:43-48). It was the city dump.
Strong’s Greek # G4663: skolex (pronounced sko'-lakes); Word: skwlhx; Origin: of uncertain derivation; a grub, maggot or earth-worm: -- worm. Strong’s Hebrew: H7415 (rimnah) / H8438 (towla) define as: a worm, specifically that kind which preys upon dead bodies. The last word used one (1) time in the New Testament is tarturus, meaning place of darkness.
WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?
Sinner man, Mr. Worldly Wise, what shall it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Ms. Know It All, Mrs. Deceived, what are you going to do when Jesus comes to take vengeance on this old world? There is a fire kindled by God Himself and unless you repent according to Acts 2:38, He is going to cut you off by fire without mercy! (See Deuteronomy 32:22, Romans 11:22, Hebrews 10:26-28, James 4:12). For our God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24, Deuteronomy 9:3, Hebrews 12:29). Alright, there you have it. The earth is going to be burnt up. Fire also purifies. The Lord is going to set the whole earth on fire. Then there will be new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness. Old John saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, and God dwelling with His people (Revelation 21:1-7).
DON'T BE LOST - GET BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST
Dear reader, God’s only plan of salvation for you is that you repent of your sins, get baptized in water in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission (removal) of your sins and get the Holy Ghost, do works meet for repentance and you live a holy, sanctified life. Without this, you are lost. This is the Gospel. I present, you investigate. If you heed my counsel, it’ll do you good. Consider what I say. You must answer to your Creator, now or later. Obey Acts 2:38.
READ THE BIBLE FOR YOURSELF
[Romans 3:3-4; 2 Timothy 3:13; John 1:4, 5, 9; John 3:19; 2 Corinthians 4:3-4; Psalms 9:17; Deuteronomy 32:22; Romans 11:22; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10; Romans 15:4; 1 Timothy 4:1; Ephesians 4:5; Genesis 1:1, 26-28, 31; Genesis 2:7-9, 15-25; Genesis 3:1-24; Leviticus 20:7; Leviticus 20:26; Romans 12:1-2; Matthew 5:48; Deuteronomy 18:13; Psalms 19:7; 2 Corinthians 7:1; John 3:3, 5, 7; Mark 16:16-17; Proverbs 14:34; Ecclesiastes 12:14; Romans 2:5-11; John 5:29; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Matthew 12:36-37; John 3:16; 1 John 3:16; Acts 20:28; Acts 2:38, 40; Matthew 3:8; Acts 26:20; 1 John 3:8, 9; Psalms 37:38; Proverbs 11:31; Job 1:7; 1 Timothy 6:14-16; Exodus 23:13, 24, 32-33; Leviticus 18:3; Jeremiah 10:2; Deuteronomy 4:24; Deuteronomy 9:3; Hebrews 12:29; Genesis 6:6-8, 17-18; Genesis 7:1, 21-23; Genesis 19:1, 12-17, 24-29; Isaiah 24:19-20; Isaiah 51:6; Job 14:12; Isaiah 65:17; Hebrews 10:26-28; 2 Peter 3:10-13; Revelation 21:1-7; Genesis 13:13; Genesis 19:24; Luke 17:28; 2 Peter 2:6, 9; John 12:48; John 5:28-29; Job 21:30, 32; Daniel 12:1-4; James 1:15; Romans 6:23; Genesis 3:22; Malachi 4:1, 3; Revelation 21:8; Matthew 13:40-42; Revelation 20:7-10; Proverbs 11:31; Job 1:7; 2 Peter 3:10; Revelation 20:14-15; Matthew 16:27; Luke 12:47-48; Matthew 10:28; James 4:12; Psalms 37:10, 20; Isaiah 47:14; Jude 1:7; Revelation 14:11; Jonah 2:6; Jonah 1:17; Jonah 2:2; Matthew 12:40; Exodus 21:6; 1 Samuel 1:22; Malachi 4:3; 2 Peter 2:6; Mark 9:43-48; Isaiah 66:24; Matthew 3:12; Jeremiah 17:27; 2 Chronicles 36:19; Matthew 5:30; Ezekiel 18:20, 30-32; Matthew 25:41, 46; Luke 16:19-31; Romans 6:16; 2 Peter 3:9; Matthew 16:26; Mark 8:36; Isaiah 28:21; Job 4:17; Ezekiel 33:11; Luke 9:56; 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:4; Isaiah 65:16-19; Nahum 1:9; Revelation 20:11-15]
Right to Refuse - As a true follower of Jesus Christ, I am prohibited from engaging in activities which violates my beliefs. Also, I am prohibited from condoning, promoting, or allowing use of any of my ( our ) assets for activities in violation of my ( our ) beliefs. A policy is set forth to clarify my position on everything morally objectionable. Violating the Scriptures to please anyone is not an option and is also not up for debate. See Policy.
[Ephesians 5:11; Ephesians 5:7; Leviticus 20:7; Leviticus 20:24; Leviticus 20:26; Acts 4:19-20; 2 Corinthians 6:17-18; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Acts 5:34; Acts 5:38-39; Hebrews 11:23-27; Romans 14:23; Psalms 37:27; Titus 3:8; 1 Timothy 1:19; 1 Timothy 1:5; Psalms 4:4; Ephesians 4:26; Romans 6:12; Romans 6:14; Romans 6:23; Romans 6:12-23; Deuteronomy 12:28-32; Deuteronomy 4:2; Daniel 1:8; Daniel 3:17-18; Proverbs 14:34; James 1:27; 1 Thessalonians 5:22]
Strife - Pastor Peter Thomas has a zero level of tolerance for strife, envying, confusion and evil. I am a peaceful person that the LORD has chosen to have HIS hands upon. His BLESSING is upon me and amongst me, and the only striving that is acceptable is for us to strive toward peace and a harmonious flow. It is my policy to promote peace, love, goodwill and unity in our ministry and in the earth. I speak the LIFE of God that eradicates strife from your life. Come join me in a fellowship of believers that dares to operate in ‘excellence of spirit’.
[James 3:13-18; Psalms 133:1-3; Titus 3:9; Ephesians 4:3; 1 Corinthians 14:33; Proverbs 10:12; Proverbs 15:18; Proverbs 16:28; Proverbs 17:1, 14, 19; Proverbs 20:3; Proverbs 22:10; Proverbs 26:17, 20-21; Proverbs 28:25; Proverbs 29:22; Proverbs 30:33; 1 Timothy 6:3-5; Psalms 35:1; 2 Timothy 2:24-26]
STATEMENT OF FAITH – PASTOR PETER THOMAS
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