To View Larry's Testimony, you can click on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-NQ3ummNzI
Larry Houseman considered himself a Christian for many years, but the time came when he came to the sobering understanding that he most likely was not really in correct relationship with God, and in fact, probably not even saved ' - not truly born again as Jesus speaks of in the third Chapter in the Book of John in the Bible.
When Larry was challenged by Pablo Lebron, a strong Christian believer, about whether Larry knew of a certainly that his name was written in the Lamb's Book of Life, (See below for some thoughts on this "Book"), Larry did not have that assurance.
Much of the reason for that was due to the fact that Larry and his wife at the time were deep into what is known as New Age spiritual deception.
New Age spiritual deception is one of Satan's most effective means to lure people away from walking in correct relationship with God. There are so many 'off shoots' or 'tentacles' of New Age deception that it would require a lengthy book to expose so much of what New Age deception consists of. Even then, as each year passes, new beliefs emerge in the New Age arena, and it would require another book ' and another book ' and more books ' to keep up with it.
At the core of much New Age deception lies this core belief: Mankind can soar to great spiritual heights ' if they are willing to 'explore and expand their knowledge and experiences' into the spirit realm. Much New Age teaching tries to skirt around or minimize the fact that the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the ONLY way a person can be declared 'righteous in the sight of God' and thereby allowed to be in heaven with God for eternity once they die.
Other New Age teaching tries to seduce people into believing that each of us have untapped powers and abilities within ourselves, and that through the right knowledge with discipline and persistence, a person can literally become mini-Gods, or even 'become like God.'
In some places around the planet, children are taught at a young age that if they excel at the feet of certain teachers, they can receive power from the spirit world to places curses and grant blessings to themselves and others. Inviting spirits to come and reside in them is not only welcomed, but often diligently sought after.
Some New Age 'teachers' know the Bible more than the average Christian does, and they make it their goal to be able to quote certain Bible passages in their attempts to 'legitimize' what they are attempting to teach.
Many 'Christians' who have seen little or no supernatural occurrences in their local 'Christian' churches tend to become very vulnerable to New Age supernatural occurrences, especially if it appears to be 'harmless.'
One thing you can almost always be certain of when it comes to New Age brainwashing. Punishment in hell for eternity for one's disobedience to God is rarely if ever taught, and the truth that Jesus Christ was and IS fully One of the Three persons of the eternal Godhead is either outright denied, or at the least trivialized.
On one end of the spectrum ' because Satan has so effectively stripped much if not most of the supernatural workings of the Holy Spirit in many 'local churches' around the world, it makes it so much easier to trap people into spiritual deception who are eagerly curious to 'check out' supernatural things family and friends tell them about.
On the other end of the spectrum is the 'spiritual perversion' that is allowed to operate in many church assemblies around the world without leaders discerning it, and exposing it - thereby allowing it to get a foothold in their midst.
What Satan can't PREVENT, he'll do everything in his power to PERVERT. Meaning, he'll try to shut down the REAL supernatural working of the Holy Spirit in a local church fellowship, and if he isn't very successful in that attempt, then he'll try to pervert it ' ever so slowly ' ever so methodically ' until leadership is no longer able to discern it's not the working of the Holy Spirit at all, but the working of the demonic.
Satan is constantly trying to work both strategies, wherever he can, and if God's people don't discern it for themselves, they may find themselves having their relationship with God shipwrecked in one fashion or another.
Many 'Christians' are totally unaware of just how much supernatural ability God has granted Satan and his demons in their never-ending pursuit to try to shipwreck the faith of those who call themselves 'Christians.' That power will one day be stripped from fallen demonic spirits, but not until Jesus Christ returns for his true Church ' His Bride. Yet God never wants His TRUE disciples to be ignorant of Satan's devices, and the Bible gives ample and clear guidance in how Christians are to deal with demonic deception.
Most people who get trapped into demonic deception have one thing in common. They are ignorant of the balanced and wisely taught and wisely applied Word of God.
As one reads the Book of Revelation, one can only assume that Satan's greatest deception is going to be poured out in the fullest measure, in and out of 'Christian circles' right up to Jesus Christ coming back and locking up Satan and his demon assistants for 1,000 years while Christ sets up his throne on planet Earth. More than ever before, God's people needs to learn how to discern what is truly of the Holy Spirit, and that which is not, but counterfeit.
God even warns us in the Bible that evil is going to become so sophisticated that Satan is going to be able to impersonate Jesus Christ Himself, and deceive multitudes in seducing them into believing that HE is the true Christ who has come to set up his kingdom on this planet. Many leaders from around the world will give themselves over to this anti-Christ and all those who support him in launching him into a position of great earthly authority.
If you are alive at that time, will YOU be taken in from Satan's deception, or will you be able to discern it for the spiritual deception that it IS? God desires you to discern it for what it will be, dear reader. The Holy Spirit will enable you to do that, if it truly is your heart's desire to please the Father and glorify Jesus Christ in every way the Holy Bible clearly shows us to do, and NOT get caught up into spiritual deception.
God tells us in James 3:1 that teachers of spiritual matters are going to give a stricter accounting to God on the judgment day. Do you want to stand before God on that day and be 'squeaky clean,' or do you want to suffer a loss of rewards for having passed along your deceptive beliefs to others, and perhaps even loss of your eternal salvation? We implore you, dear one, do everything the Bible tells us to do about learning to discern spiritual deception. It will pay HUGE dividends both now, and on the Judgment Day, when God rewards those who are truly His, and punish those who had no burning passion while in this life to please out Lord Jesus Christ and God the Father in every way the Bible instructs them to do.
So dear reader, we ask you the same question brother Pablo asked Larry, 'Do you have the assurance that your name is written in the Lambs book of Life?' You may not be aware that the New Testament Bible clearly states that those whose names are NOT written in the Lambs book of Life will not inherit eternal life with God, but will inherit eternal suffering with Satan and the fallen angels who serve Satan.
If you've never heard this before ' God TRULY wants your name written in the Lambs book of Life ' but you must do YOUR part in making sure it will appear there on the Judgment Day. You MUST learn what God wants you to learn from the Holy Bible, and begin to diligently OBEY it as God expects you to obey it.
It is by believing TRUTH in the New Testament Bible that saves us from our sins, and we can KNOW who truly belongs to Jesus Christ and who does not by observing their confession and observing their DOING -- their actions (as much as feasibly possible, anyway). If their actions do not line up with the pattern of Jesus Christ and the disciples of Jesus Christ and what the Holy Spirit recorded for us in the Holy Bible by their writings and actions, then we need to be extremely wise and careful about WHO we listen to, WHO we hang around, and WHO we chose to become close associates and friends with.
There are many who are passionate about spiritual matters. They can speak of 'amazing supernatural happenings,' but be EXTREMELY cautious. Satan operates BEST and usually most effectively through those who are spiritual deceived ' but don't realize they ARE spiritually deceived.
To View Larry's Testimony, you can click on the following links: Part 1 Part 2
What IS the Lamb's Book of Life? Here is what Norm Rasmussen, the Director of Precious Testimonies believes, though many others would disagree, and he respects their right to do so:
Not everyone has his or her name written in the Lamb's Book of Life. One's name is not written in at birth, nor does he or she have it written in by the sovereign choice of God. (However, God KNOWS whose names will be in The Lambs Book of Life on the Judgment Day and whose will not, because God is all-knowing. Because He is all-knowing -- knowing the beginning to the ending of all things -- He KNOWS who will end up with Him in eternity and those who will not be allowed to, based on their own FREE WILL and the decisions they made during their life on earth). A person's name is written in the Lamb's book of Life only because he or she chooses to make certain it gets placed there. It gets written there when a person becomes truly saved - truly spiritually born again. Jesus Christ offers us eternal life (starting with Salvation) if we receive Him; if we invite Him into our hearts; if we accept the fact (Truth) that He died for all of our sins so we could be forgiven of them. If we heed His call and ask Him to come in as Lord and Savior, He enters our life (Rev. 3 v.20), and our name is then entered by God into the Lamb's Book of Life.
Many will take issue with what I say here, and we can agree to disagree agreeably ... but I believe our name can be removed from the Lambs Book of Life once it is placed there, if we choose to have it removed. How would a person choose to have their name removed? By essentially refusing to allow Jesus Christ to be Savior and Lord of their life any longer, once they have initially invited Him into their life ... for whatever reason/s they could come up with to turn their back on Him. If a person's name cannot be removed from the Lamb's book of Life once it is placed there, I see no sensible reason why God would have made this declaration:
"He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life, but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. He who has ears to ear, let him hear what the the Spirit says to the churches." - Revelation 3:5
To summarize this extremely controversial topic ("explosive" may be a better choice of words) within certain Christian circles, I believe God loves each of us enough to give us our right to refuse to accept and/or purposely disobey His Truth, as found in New Testament scripture, if we demand that right. In other words, God loves us enough to grant each of us our right to go to hell, if we demand that He allow us to go there.
Now obviously no one would purposely choose to go to hell if they knew FULLY how much torment awaits them, for all eternity no less. Yet God clearly tells us in scripture that the way to hell is very broad, and the way to heaven is very narrow. He also tells us out of the masses of people to live and die on planet earth, only a few will make it to heaven, because the pathway to heaven it is very difficult. (See Matthew 7:13-14 for scripture addressing this topic). Based on what Jesus stated about the matter, it would seem that most will end up in hell, and never knew that was going to be their eternal fate, until God's final judgment against them is pronounced. This should be very sobering to each of us. I see no room for "fire insurance grace" -- skating into heaven by the skin of our teeth so to speak.
On the flip side of that, I believe God's grace and mercy is so much more extensive than what any mere human being can comprehend, and we need to be extremely cautious in refusing to believe that God has every right to do the ADDING and/or the REMOVING of one's name in the Lambs Book of Life. He's judge. We're not, nor ever will be. God's grace and mercy for sinners, of which I'm chief, is more than adequate from keeping a person from going to hell ... if God sees something inside us that He determines is redeemable. We must NEVER forget the message God sends us about the thief on the cross that had a humble and tender heart for the Master of the universe just moments before dying and being thrust into eternity.
For those who truly want to be pleasing to God and shows God an earnestness to know Truth and then do all in their ability to OBEY truth once God reveals it to them, with a willingness to admit that sin is sin and be truly repentant of sinning when they do sin ... I believe they can be completely secure in knowing that their name will remain in the Lambs Book Of Life and they can have every assurance God will make CERTAIN it will not get removed.
Bottom line: There is no need to fear when your attitude is right toward God and God's Truth (His Word). Yet there is every reason to fear if you keep resisting what the Holy Spirit is asking of you. What does He ALWAYS ask of us? Obedience. Obedience in one form or another.
Obedience that He desires NEVER is in violation of the principles and precepts in God's written Word, either (With the condition that the Word is properly understood and properly applied, of course. There are those Satan will use to point a Christian to the Old Testament at different times, and one must be extremely careful about not mixing Old Testament Law with New Testament Grace regarding how to become Saved and stay Saved, which is one of Satan's grand delights in confusing the application of the two. The Apostle Paul had to deal with that tactic of Satan's, as clearly revealed in the Book of Galatians, among other places in the Bible, and Christians still have to be aware of that same tactic today, so be aware).
For anyone interested in reading what I believe to be an EXCELLENT writing on this subject of "eternal security" - I recommend them reading this writing: http://www.layhands.com/CanChristiansLoseSalvation.htm
IS YOUR NAME WRITTEN IN THE LAMBS BOOK OF LIFE, OR DO YOU EVEN CARE?
Dear Reader -are you at peace with God? If not, you can be. Do you know what awaits you when you die? You can have the assurance from God that heaven will be your home, if you would like to be certain. Either Jesus Christ died for yours sins, or He didn't (He did!). Are you prepared to stand before God on the Judgment Day and tell Him that you didn't need the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the Cross to have your sins forgiven and get in right-standing with God? We plead with you ... please don't make such a tragic mistake.
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