A PURE HEART AND A GOOD CONSCIENCE
by Tony Alamo
First Timothy 1:5 says, “Now the end of the commandment [of GOD—the bottom line to the work of GOD] is charity [love] out of a PURE HEART, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned [not phony].”
In order to exercise our spirits correctly, we must have love (which is the keeping of GOD’S commandments1), a pure heart, a good conscience, and unfeigned faith. If we lack any of these, we will not be able to exercise our spirit according to CHRIST’S instructions. Once again, this means that to exercise our spirit properly, we must allow the LORD to use HIS SPIRIT to work on every one of our inward parts, our inner being.
Verse 19 says, “Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away [thrust away] concerning faith have made shipwreck.” Not holding a good conscience causes us to be useless, like a wrecked ship.
Romans 8:16 says, “The SPIRIT [of GOD] itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children [the sons] of GOD.” Romans 9:1 says, “I say the truth in CHRIST, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the HOLY SPIRIT.” If our conscience is convicting us because we have done or are doing something wrong, we cannot have an obedient spirit to CHRIST. Our spirits will be mortified, not exercised.2 First Timothy 3:9 says, “Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience,” and Second Timothy 1:3 begins, “I thank GOD, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience.”
Webster’s Dictionary states that the word “pure” means “unmixed.” If we have a pure conscience, the work we do for GOD is not mixed with work for ourselves or work for Satan.3 Our work is purely for and with GOD only, unmixed with anything else.
To exercise our spirit, we need not only a good conscience but a pure conscience.4 Let me illustrate the difference between a good conscience and a pure conscience. If we do something wrong before GOD or man, we will have an evil conscience, a conscience with offence, conviction, and condemnation. After we deal with what we’ve done wrong by washing it away by faith with the blood of JESUS, we will have a conscience that is cleansed, without offence to GOD, and without condemnation from GOD.5 This is a good conscience. However, we may still not be purely for GOD or for HIS will. What we seek may be good and not sinful, but it may be something other than GOD HIMSELF. This mixture indicates that we do not have a pure heart to seek and/or work for GOD only.
Proverbs 21:2 says, “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts [as to whether it is pure or only good].” Proverbs 12:15 states, “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.” If our heart is not pure and single, our conscience will not be pure and single. JESUS literally said in Mark 8:34-35, “Whosoever will come after ME, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow ME. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for MY sake and the Gospel’s, the same shall save it.” JESUS doesn’t use any idle words. When HE says, “Follow ME,” HE means follow HIM. There are no time-outs.6 JESUS never took a break for entertainment, recreation, sports, or anything else. HE fed the multitude of 5,000 men and women and children. HE went immediately up the mountain to pray, went to the sea of Galilee, rebuked the wind and water, traveled from town to town healing all the sick, cast thousands of devils out of the man, Legion, and into the swine, cleansed the lepers, healed the blind, the deaf, and the lame, raised the dead, and preached the Kingdom of Heaven to everyone.7
Matthew 11:2-6 states, “Now when John had heard in the prison the works of CHRIST, he sent two of his disciples, And said unto HIM, Art THOU HE that should come, or do we look for another? JESUS answered and said unto them, Go and show John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in ME.”
The Scriptures clearly show that JESUS was always very busy for HIS FATHER in Heaven. Now, HE summons you to come and follow HIM.8 But what do most professing Christians do? They go to church reluctantly, once in a great while. Some never go to church except on Easter or Christmas, and most never go to church. Most of them go to churches that are not of GOD. Politicians go to church as a cover-up, to make it look as though they are somewhat Godly. This type of lifestyle does not make for a good or pure conscience. Many people go to churches for one or two hours a week, but they don’t go there to follow JESUS and serve GOD. “Serving GOD” means to study the WORD of GOD,9 pray without ceasing,10 witness and testify,11 and to attend church as it says in Hebrews 10:25: “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
John 6:53 states JESUS said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the SON of MAN [do all the things that HE did when HE was walking on earth], and drink HIS blood [keep yourself always cleansed from sins by HIS blood], ye have no LIFE in you. Whoso eateth MY flesh, and drinketh MY blood [in other words, he who walks in HIS SPIRIT, which is the river of LIFE, and drinks HIS blood, which keeps our souls pure from sin, unmixed], hath eternal LIFE; and I will raise him up at the last day.… He that eateth MY flesh, and drinketh MY blood, dwelleth in ME, and I in him” (John 6:53-54, 56). It is impossible for us to live in CHRIST, for CHRIST to live in us, and for us to follow HIM doing HIS work unless HE is, by the SPIRIT, living deeply in us, and we are living deeply in HIM. “As the living FATHER hath sent ME, and I live by the FATHER [who is a SPIRIT]” (John 6:57).
John 4:23-24 states, “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers [those who do the work in service to the LORD and of the LORD] shall worship the FATHER in spirit [can do the work of the FATHER only by living in the HOLY SPIRIT] and in truth [JESUS said, ‘I am the TRUTH’ as well as the WORD of GOD12]: for the FATHER seeketh such to worship HIM. GOD is SPIRIT: and they that worship HIM must worship HIM in spirit and in truth.”
It is impossible to serve GOD unless one is living totally in the HOLY SPIRIT, which means not living a life of luxury, not living half in the LORD and half in amusements, vacations, or in the sinful flesh in any way. It is a crucified life when you are following CHRIST in spirit and in deed.13 People who are living any kind of life other than this are only fooling themselves. They will one day have a crude and cruel awakening when it will be too late to recover. The world has been put on a very bad course by false religions. People should never follow religions, but should only follow the KJV Bible.
What did JESUS mean when HE told us in Mark 8:35, “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for MY sake and the Gospel’s, the same shall save it”? You can only lose your former, sinful life so you can gain GOD’S immortal LIFE when you are able to receive the fact that “The LORD your GOD is GOD of gods, and LORD of lords, a great GOD, a mighty, and a terrible” (Deuteronomy 10:17). When we have the fear of the LORD so much that we are able to lose our temporal, sinful lives, we will not have to fear Judgment Day, nor our enemies. Deuteronomy 7:21 tells us, “Thou shalt not be affrighted at them: for the LORD thy GOD is among you, a mighty GOD and terrible.” The meaning of the word “terrible” is, according to the Webster’s Dictionary, “causing terror; dreadful; extreme; intense.” Yes, GOD is intense.14 HE doesn’t utter even one idle word. HE means everything HE says, even if ungodly people, liberals, will tell you differently.
You must have the awareness and the fear to know that if you don’t intently do what the intense and terrible GOD tells you that you must do to enter Heaven, you will spend eternity in the Lake of Fire, screaming your head off with all your might. GOD is not kidding. HE is not a kidder.15 When you have the fear of the LORD, it will swallow up your former life of sin.16
What point is there in withholding our lives from serving GOD? It is the end of time, and the whole world is winding down rapidly!17 The Antichrist is here.18 It is the one world church cult. Its headquarters are located in Rome, Italy, the city of the seven mountains (Revelation 17:3-9). Satan’s church and his government, which is the beast, the one world government, the new world order, and the spirit of Satan, have taken hold everywhere. Satan deceiveth the whole world.19 Revelation 12:9 states, “And the great dragon was cast out [from Heaven], that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world.” Can’t you tell? In public schools, even the children have been overpowered, deceived, into the world’s satanic ways. Little boys and girls are dirty dancing, rubbing against themselves sensually, thinking themselves to be wise. They receive the free handouts of birth control pills and condoms. They are being taught that homosexuality is an alternative sexual preference,20 and that all other types of perversion are pretty much acceptable today (horses, dogs, chickens, ducks—the entire barnyard is acceptable these days).21 I wouldn’t want to be in the presence of these perverts on Judgment Day, at the judgment bar of GOD, when all the things they have done to defile themselves are being played back to them and they are cast out into outer darkness and into the gruesome Lake of Fire.22 They will not think themselves to be so cool, that they were so modern, so up-to-date, to have accepted the new world order’s satanic lifestyle when they’re being sent out from GOD like a bolt of lightning into the place where nobody really wants to go or to spend eternity.
In case you haven’t noticed, all peace has been taken away from the earth (Revelation 6:4). JESUS said it’s going to get worse and worse.23 The four horsemen of the Apocalypse are mentioned in chapter 6 of the Book of the Apocalypse, which is the book of Revelation. The second horse is a red horse, and it is said of him that he will be given great power: “and power was given to him that sat thereon to take PEACE from the earth.” When the HOLY SPIRIT states that PEACE will be taken from the earth, HE doesn’t say “a little PEACE,” HE says “PEACE,” meaning “ALL PEACE.”
It used to be that when you went to a motion picture theater, you could relax, have a little peace, and watch the movie. But today, you don’t know if Batman may burst through an exit door with a machine gun, killing or maiming you, one of your friends, or one of your loved ones. You could be driving down the street or a highway and be shot or have a grenade thrown through your car window by a drive-by shooter or a terrorist. I’ve heard there are people who will pour gasoline on your house and torch it at night, while you are sleeping. Then, of course, we also have the little men who are walking around cities (maybe your hometown) with weapons of mass destruction in their briefcases. There are chemical weapons, germ warfare, and bombs that have the power to annihilate entire cities. People might see you eating in a restaurant and wonder why you have money to eat and they don’t, so they figure they’ll teach you a lesson: they walk in with a gun and methodically go from table to table, shooting everyone. This happened in a Furr’s cafeteria. You have read about things like this happening in many fast food restaurants and many other places of business. Mothers are murdering their children. Dads are murdering their children. Wives are murdering their husbands while they sleep, and husbands are murdering their wives. I’m sure you can see that there isn’t any peace left on earth. Notice that I haven’t even mentioned government harassment, the IRS, and millions of other things. The only ones that have any peace today are those of us that are saved, that are in the river of LIFE, which is CHRIST.24
JESUS said, “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world [the wicked people of the world] seeth ME no more; but ye [shall] see ME: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in MY FATHER, and ye in ME, and I in you. He that hath MY commandments, AND KEEPETH THEM, he it is that loveth ME: and he that loveth ME shall be loved of MY FATHER, and I will love him, and will manifest MYSELF to him. Judas saith unto HIM, not Iscariot, LORD, how is it that THOU wilt manifest THYSELF unto us, and not unto the world? JESUS answered and said unto him, If a man love ME, he will keep MY words: and MY FATHER will love him, and WE will come unto him, and make OUR abode with him. He that loveth ME not keepeth not MY sayings: and the word which ye hear is not MINE, but the FATHER’S which sent ME. These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the COMFORTER, which is the HOLY SPIRIT, whom the FATHER will send in MY name, HE shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. PEACE I leave with you [only Christians], MY PEACE I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:18-27). Christians have no need to be afraid because if we die or get killed, we’re saved, we’re in Heaven, and we sit with CHRIST in Heavenly places.25 CHRIST has already raised us up, “And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in Heavenly places in CHRIST JESUS” (Ephesians 2:6). So we’re already there.
Those of us who are encouraged as we see all the signs of the end of time being fulfilled know, when we lose our lives which are but temporal,26 that we will move into the eternal LIFE of CHRIST, which also is the fountain of LIFE.27 We stay busy attempting to convince all the people in the world to give up their worthless lives of sin and shame so they can live the happy life of knowing that if they suddenly die, they will live a very blessed and rich life forever in Heaven, where they will always be young and beautiful, where there will be no more death, no sickness, no pain, no devil, no loss of anything, no poverty, no bills, no need for secular government support, no crime, no smut of any kind, and freedom from all evil.28
If all this and much more is worth losing your temporal, sinful, worthless life (which it is), then repent and be saved.
Everyone is perfect in Heaven! If you have a missing body part or any other imperfection, you will be perfect in Heaven because you gave up everything for the LIFE of GOD, and you gave up everything to help others to gain the above mentioned LIFE. My life ended when GOD audibly shut my ears and HIS voice echoed through every fiber of my being. This happened in a lawyer’s office in Beverly Hills, California when I was promoting the career of a young singer. I heard GOD’S voice plainly. There was no mistaking as to who it was who was speaking to me. I was reluctant to tell the people in the lawyer’s office what GOD was telling me to tell them. So GOD, for emphasis, began pulling my spirit in and out of my body. Then I immediately began telling the people in the office what the LORD was telling me to tell them. GOD has shown me Heaven and Hell in visions, and I saw JESUS while my eyes were wide open. I have seen many visions, signs, and wonders. All these have caused me to give up my former vain life of sin, and I have never regretted it, ever.
I have had trials and tribulations, just like you will have or maybe already have had. JESUS told us these facts in John 15:17-27: “These things I command you, that ye love one another. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated ME before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted ME, they will also persecute you; if they have kept MY saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for MY name’s sake, because they know not HIM that sent ME. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin. He that hateth ME hateth MY FATHER also. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both ME and MY FATHER. But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated ME without a cause. But when the COMFORTER is come, whom I will send unto you from the FATHER, even the SPIRIT of TRUTH, which proceedeth from the FATHER, HE shall testify of ME: And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with ME from the beginning.”
JESUS used my late wife Susie and myself to start what the media calls “The JESUS Movement.” This was in the mid 1960s. Susie passed away on April 8, 1982. This was the worst thing that has ever happened to me in my entire life. I miss her more than I could ever say.
I am so happy that GOD and HIS SON JESUS saved my soul from a burning Hell and the Lake of Fire. Why don’t you allow the LORD to cause you this great happiness as well? You will never regret it here or throughout eternity. Begin your Christian LIFE now by saying this prayer. Then be baptized, fully submerged in water, in the name of the FATHER, and of the SON, and of the HOLY SPIRIT. Praise and thank the LORD for saving your soul. Then study the King James Version Bible, and do what it says. Stay in the SPIRIT.
My LORD and my GOD, have mercy upon my soul, a sinner. 1 I believe that JESUS CHRIST is the SON of the living GOD. 2 I believe that HE died on the cross and shed HIS precious blood for the forgiveness of all my former sins. 3 I believe that GOD raised JESUS from the dead by the power of the HOLY SPIRIT 4 and that HE sits on the right hand of GOD at this moment, hearing my confession of sin and this prayer. 5 I open up the door of my heart, and I invite YOU into my heart, LORD JESUS. 6 Wash all of my filthy sins away in the precious blood that YOU shed in my place on the cross at Calvary. 7 YOU will not turn me away, LORD JESUS; YOU will forgive my sins and save my soul. I know because YOUR WORD, the Bible, says so. 8 YOUR WORD says that YOU will turn no one away, and that includes me. 9 Therefore, I know that YOU have heard me, and I know that YOU have answered me, and I know that I am saved. 10 And I thank YOU, LORD JESUS, for saving my soul, and I will show my thankfulness by doing as YOU command and sin no more.11
Now that you are saved, make sure you are baptized, fully submerged in water, in the name of the FATHER, in the name of the SON, and in the name of the HOLY SPIRIT (Matthew 28:18-20). Serve GOD with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30). Study the Scriptures, and do what they say until the day you die (2 Timothy 2:15, 3:14-17).
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A Pure Heart And A Good Conscience footnotes:
14. Gen. chaps. 6-7, 19:1-29, Ex. 19:16-20, chap. 20, Lev. 26:14-46, Num. 25:1-9, Deut. 4:24, 10:17, 28:14-68, Job 18:14, Psa. 2:1-5, 9-12, Psa. 11:5-6, Prov. 1:24-29, Isa. 2:10-11, 19-22, Rom. 1:18, 2:6-11, Col. 3:5-6, Heb. 10:30-31, 12:28-29, 2 Pet. 2:4-9, 20-22, 3:3-12, Rev. 6:12-17, 8:5-13, chaps. 9, 16 return
22. Psa. 9:17, Isa. 5:11-15, 66:24, Matt. 7:13, 8:12, 10:28, 13:36-42, 47-50, 18:6-9, 22:8-13, 24:44-51, 25:31-46, Luke 3:17, 13:24-28, 16:19-31, 2 Thes. 1:6-9, Heb. 6:4-8, 2 Pet. 2:1-9, Jude 5-7, Rev. 20:11-15, 21:8 return
1. Psa. 51:5, Rom. 3:10-12, 23 return
2. Matt. 26:63-64, 27:54, Luke 1:30-33, John 9:35-37, Rom. 1:3-4 return
3. Acts 4:12, 20:28, Rom. 3:25, I John 1:7, Rev. 5:9 return
4. Psa. 16:9-10, Matt. 28:5-7, Mark 16:9, 12, 14, John 2:19, 21, 10:17-18, 11:25, Acts 2:24, 3:15, Rom. 8:11, I Cor. 15:3-7 return
5. Luke 22:69, Acts 2:25-36, Heb. 10:12-13 return
6. I Cor. 3:16, Rev. 3:20 return
7. Eph. 2:13-22, Heb. 9:22, 13:12, 20-21, I John 1:7, Rev. 1:5, 7:14 return
8. Matt. 26:28, Acts 2:21, 4:12, Eph. 1:7, Col. 1:14 return
9. Matt. 21:22, John 6:35, 37-40, Rom. 10:13 return
10. Heb. 11:6 return
11. John 5:14, 8:11, Rom. 6:4, I Cor. 15:10, Rev. 7:14, 22:14 return