by Tony Alamo
God understands sins, and His will permits them, but for a limited time only.1 God Himself cannot sin or commit any unjust action.2 God is not weak or impotent because He does not have the power to sin or do anything unjust.3 To be unable to sin or do an unjust action is the perfection of power. To do even one sin or unjust thing shows a weakness, an imperfection, and an inability to have power.
The world’s first couple had power, eternal life, and all of the attributes given by God to sinless people.4 Just one sin, a sin that most of the world feels to be minute, caused them and the entire world to lose every bit of their power in God.5They lost their immortality and all their shared power with God.6 They became miserable and weak, unable to redeem themselves and their posterity from their destination of Hell, unable to find the peace and happiness they once knew in paradise, unable to be the friend of God, communing with Him as they once did in His power.7
God, in His mercy, designed a plan whereby immortality and the rest of His powers could be restored to His creatures, humanity, if they desired this restoration.8 This would be possible only through the power of God, which is gained through total obedience to His law.9 "For sin is the transgression of the law."10 There must be the strictest obedience to God’s Word for restoration to God’s power, paradise with happiness, communion with God, and great joy.11
Because of our former sins, we cannot be perfect without Christ’s holiness.12 Christ said, "Without Me ye can do nothing."13 "For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power."14 Only in the perfection of God do we become perfect.15 God rates His Word higher than His name.16 Only by abiding in Christ, by living in His Word wherein faith’s seed is first received into our hearts, do we become perfect.17 By continuing in His Word, our faith increases, is preserved, and is maintained in our heart.18 This is why the powers of darkness constantly attempt to discredit God’s Word so vehemently, because faith, which is the most important power from Christ for us, is stored in God’s Word along with hope and all other powers which are only received by faith in God’s Word.19 "By grace [God’s power] are ye saved through faith."20 "By faith [God’s power] ye stand."21 "Without faith it is impossible to please Him."22
The powers of darkness know that faith in God’s Word is our victory over sin, Satan, our flesh, and all the elements of this world.23 They know that faith in God’s Word restores us to power in God and to favor with Him, enabling us to commune with Him and to again live in His power here and forever in eternity. No wonder Satan and his worldly forces hate the Word of God so much. It is no wonder that they exalt evolution and many other fallacies. Evolution and other fallacies have no power at all to save us, to preserve us, to resurrect us, to give us eternal life in Heaven, or to give us escape from Hell.24
Once we have attained the knowledge of the Word, Satan and those he lives in will do what they can to cause our hearts to lose faith in it.25 Therefore God has, in His Word, designed for us instructions for a line of defense which we must carefully follow in order to keep this precious possession within our souls, which are God’s temples or castles wherein He also abides.26 God’s instructions for our defense are for us to be armed and armored all the time, "because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour."27
When Paul stated in Ephesians 6:11, "Put on the whole armor of God," he meant that our armor, the Word of God, is for our defense. It is our armament to defend the eternal life and power which God has restored in us through Christ. This armor is to protect our very soul’s life as well as all the treasures of our inheritance in God once lost by Adam and his wife’s first transgression. Remember, the infallible Word of God says if we commit one sin, if we break just one of God’s laws, we’ve broken them all.28 It states, "The soul that sinneth, it shall die."29 "God is no respecter of persons" in His judgments.30
Again, one sin in the first innocent couple lost everything for them and for all humanity. We must regain our godly treasure and engage in spiritual warfare to keep it, or our souls and treasures shall be eternally lost. There is no other way, truth, or life for us,31 and there remaineth no other salvation for us but in Christ.32 The Word saith that "if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins."33 God is "the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever."34 He never changes.35 What He said then will stand at judgment. "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."36
The entire armor of God is to defend the soul.37 However, it offers the soul no escape from suffering in this life. The Word from God tells us this: "All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution."38
God has given the Christian a rich treasure of power in our hearts.39 Because of this, Satan is enraged with great envy and spite.40 His desire is to plunder it of all its treasures. This is why Satan wages this violent, bloody war against us. We are not to leave our castle to get what belongs to our enemies, the devil and his agents.
The first thing that Christians must remember when warring with Satan is that they must always take a defensive stance with all their armor on like a soldier ready to defend the castle of the soul which God has given them to keep. They must, with great boldness and courage, repel Satan’s assaults whenever he makes his approach.41 We must not be artfully deceived and persuaded into crossing the borders of the place and calling that God has drawn about us. We must not rush naked under the pretense of zeal into the battle like a fanatic spirit, hoping to chase away Satan and his whole army with no other weapon than a few Bible scriptures, charged with the name of the Lord of Hosts which the novice blasphemously wields. He, not knowing that he is ill-equipped and naked, constantly makes use of the Lord's name by saying, "In the name of the Lord of Hosts depart from me, Satan," under the grand pretense of zeal and hope to get the greater victory by crossing into the enemy’s territory unarmored, without arms, away from his castle which God has ordered him to keep.
After we are fully armored, let Satan be the assailant and come, if he will, to tempt us; but do not go, in false bravery, to tempt him to do it. God’s armor will not go where He hath not sent it. It is good and just that the man that would seek out his own danger be deceived away from his castle and armor of defense because he tempts God. Christ warns when the unclean spirit finds the castle "empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first."42
When Peter ventured into the high priest’s hall, he fell. He was left in a cowardly state, denying his Master, that he might learn humbly to deny himself thereafter.43
Whenever Satan’s attacks revile and reproach you, remember and take heed that you are forever to be only on the defensive. The Christian is not to give railing for railing, reproach for reproach.44 The gospel does not allow the Christian the liberty of using carnal weapons, returning Satan’s blows stroke for stroke. "Be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing."45
In God’s armor, you have a girdle and breastplate to defend yourself from Satan and his troop’s bullets.46 The comfort of your own godly sincerity and holy walking is that with which you may wipe off the filth thrown upon your face. No weapon is given you for self-revenge: on the contrary, a shield is put in your hand to quench all of Satan’s fiery darts.47 But the Lord allows us no arrows or darts of bitter words to retort upon Satan.48 We, the true Christians, are shod with peace.49 In this way, we may safely walk upon the injuries the devil and his troops do unto us, without any bruises or pains to our spirit. We are to never walk with pride to trample upon any person that wrongs us.50 "Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall."51 If we desire God’s rewards and are determined to keep them, we will cheerfully continue, knowing these powerful truths.52
Most of God’s armor is for our defense. It is also to defend ourselves against sinning. The armor is not to secure the Christian from suffering, but is to defend the Christian while he is suffering. In order to not sin, we must prepare all the more for suffering since we are so well-equipped with God’s armor to bear it.
This armor is not meant for us to lounge in at a bar, at home, or at a country club. This armor is meant to be used in the field. How shall the Maker of our armor be praised if the armor is not known and worn correctly, so that its strength may be known to all? Where else would it be put to the test but in the midst of war, defending us against fiery darts and arrows?
We’re living in the last days.53 These are perilous times, where men and women are not concerned about defending themselves from Satan, but instead have fallen into his web.54 They are like flies in a spider’s web, unable to be loosed or to make themselves free.
It is written that in the last days Satan’s power would be increased.55 Therefore, the Lord’s power, which has remained the same, and is always much more powerful than Satan’s,56 must be utilized as much today as it ever was in order for us to escape from the spider’s web and thereafter stand strong in the Lord. His Word is as powerful for us today as it was for the great prophets and apostles in the past.
Christians who buy the satanic prosperity message that is being preached by self-serving false prophets who desire to live their own lives in this world rather than the Lord’s, are wronging themselves when they desire this prosperity rather than denying themselves, taking up the cross, and following Christ as He commands.57 Satan easily comes to humanity that has much of the world about them, and nothing of God in their soul to defend them. Those who desire a life of ease on luxury island where the sun shines every day will never see Heaven, because they make this world their Heaven. But you, the Christian desiring the eternal, true Heaven, must make up your mind to deny yourself, to take up the cross, and to prepare yourself for the hardship which Christ states that true Christians will see in these days.58 Why die ye? the Lord says.59 Why do you want to go to Hell? Don’t believe the false prophets, those whom Christ warned us of five times in the 24th chapter of Matthew alone.60 The false prophets are one of the most perilous of perils in these last days. Don’t let the Word of God be too narrow for you, or the strait gate of Heaven be too strait for you.61 Let the Word of God become part of your soul. "Receive with meekness the engrafted Word, which is able to save your souls."62 Otherwise, you might as well lay down your armor instead of putting it on.
The life of self-denial and Christ’s cross is the main reason so few people fall in line with Christ to follow Him.63 It is why so few shall enter that strait way and strait gate.64 Christ will either be your sanctuary or stumbling stone.65
How easy it is, with Christ’s armor, for us to stand in defense of our castle.66 How easy it shall be to endure the great tribulations, for Christ saith that we shall be here throughout them.67 Christ said it this way: "Immediately AFTER the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from Heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in Heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of Heaven with power and great glory. And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of Heaven to the other."68
The great cry and message of the gospel, the good news, is "whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."69 Christ asks if when He comes, "shall He find faith on the earth?"70 How many will He find in a defensive stance, trusting Him for His appearance?
The believers are promised eternal life where we will have a renewing of our old acquaintances that shall last forever.71 We shall have a body like the body of our Lord, a literal, individual home, a mansion especially prepared for each of us who warred lawfully and defensively, guarding our castles from all assaults and all sins as we valiantly continue preaching His Word to the lost and dying world.72
What does the Apostle Paul say by the Spirit but, "We are more than conquerors through Him [the Word] that loved us"?73 "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" but the name of Christ. 74 Peter said it in a word: "Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life."75
If you believe, you shall be saved. "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved."76 Please say this prayer:
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
You've just completed the first step in a series of five steps which are necessary to receive salvation. Your second step is to deny yourself and take up the cross daily for the purpose of mortifying yourself, that is, for putting to death your own will, your soulful self, and the world with all of its lusts. All these must be baptized into the death of Christ.
Step three is your resurrection from the satanic life of Adam unto the sinless life of Christ. Step four is your ascension into a position of authority to reign for God on earth, and the fifth step is to reign for God on earth to the end for the purpose of bringing about the kingdom of Heaven on earth. You must learn the Word of God, then submit yourself and do what the Word says, so that the Church and the world may see evidence of your submission to God's Word, His order, and His authority in and by you.
Praise the Lord. May God reward you abundantly.
Pastor Tony Alamo
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"The Safest Place In The World" footnotes:
1 II Thes. 2:7 return
2 Deut. 32:4, II Chron. 19:7, Job 34:10, 12, Psa. 19:9, 89:14, Prov. 8:7, John 8:12, Rom. 7:12, Jas. 1:17, I John 3:9 return
3 Gen. 18:25, II Chron. 20:6, Job 26:6-14, Psa. 62:11, 68:35, 145:17 return
4 Gen. 1:27-28, Isa. 53:5, Luke 10:19-20, John 1:12 return
5 Gen. 2:16-17, 3:6, Jas. 2:10 return
6 Gen. 2:16-17, 3:19 return
7 Gen. 3:10, 17-19, Isa. 59:2 return
8 Isa. 53:10-12, Luke 1:68, Gal. 3:13-14, Eph. 2:8, I Pet. 1:18-21, Rev. 5:9-10 return
9 Heb. 5:8-9 return
10 I John 3:4 return
11 John 8:31-32, 51, I John 2:3-4 return
12 John 3:19, 5:24, Rom. 8:1, 3:23-24, 5:12, I Cor. 15:22, 45, Eph. 2:12-16 return
13 John 15:5 return
14 Col. 2:9-10 return
15 Psa. 71:19, Isa. 61:10, Eph. 4:24, Phlp. 2:5, 3:9, Col. 3:14 return
16 Psa. 138:2, Matt. 5:18 return
17 John 15:3-7, I John 2:5 return
18 Rom. 10:17, Luke 17:5, Heb. ch. 11 return
19 Mark 16:16, Rom. 10:17, II Cor. 11:14-15, Heb. 6:18-20, I John 5:4 return
20 Eph. 2:8, Luke 7:50 return
21 II Cor. 1:24 return
22 Heb. 11:6 return
23 I John 5:4 return
24 John 3:16, 10:28, Acts 4:12, Rom. 1:5, 6:23, 7:14, Eph. 2:8, I Tim. 4:1, 6:20-21, Heb. 9:27-28 return
25 Matt. 13:4, Mark 4:4, 15, Luke 8:5 return
26 I Cor. 3:17, 6:19-20 return
27 I Pet. 5:8 return
28 Jas. 2:10 return
29 Ezek. 18:20 return
30 Acts 10:34, II Sam. 14:14, II Chron. 19:7, Rom. 2:11 return
31 John 14:6 return
32 Acts 4:12, I Thes. 5:9-10 return
33 Heb. 10:26 return
34 Heb. 13:8 return
35 Mal. 3:6 return
36 Gal. 6:7 return
37 Eph. 6:11-17 return
38 II Tim. 3:12, John 16:33, Acts 14:22, II Cor. 7:4, Jas. 5:10, I Thes. 3:4 return
39 Acts 1:8, II Cor. 4:6-7, Eph. 3:7, 20, II Tim. 1:7 return
40 Isa. 14:12-17, I Pet. 5:8, Rev. 12:4-5, 12 return
41 Josh. 1:7 return
42 Matt. 12:43-45 return
43 Matt. 26:69-70, Luke 22:54-62 return
44 I Thes. 5:15 return
45 I Pet. 3:8-9 return
46 Eph. 6:14 return
47 Eph. 6:16 return
48 Prov. 17:20, Gal. 5:22, Eph. 5:9-11, Col. 3:12, Titus 1:8-9, Heb. 12:14-15, Jas. 3:8, 10-11, 5:11, II Pet. 1:5-8 return
49 Eph. 6:15 return
50 Prov. 8:13, Rom. 12:19-21 return
51 Prov. 16:18 return
52 John 15:9-11, Acts 14:22, Col. 3:24, II Thes. 1:4-5, Heb. 10:34-39, I Pet. 4:13, Rev. 3:11 return
53 I John 2:18 return
54 II Tim. 3:1, 13 return
55 Rev. 6:8, 13:7, 17:13 return
56 Deut. 32:39-40, Isa. 43:11-13, 26:4, Dan. 4:35, Rom. 1:20, I John 4:4 return
57 Mark 8:34-38, 10:21, I John 2:15, 3:16 return
58 Luke 9:23-25, Phlp. 3:8-11, II Tim. 3:12 return
59 Ezek. 18:31-32, 33:11 return
60 Matt. 7:15, 24:4-5, 11, 23-28 return
61 Matt. 7:14 return
62 Jas. 1:21 return
63 Job 34:10, 12, Prov. 8:7, Isa. 8:14, Matt. 10:38, Luke 8:13-14, 14:27, John 15:19, I Cor. 1:17-18, Gal. 5:11, Phlp. 2:8, Heb. 12:14-15, I Pet. 2:6-10, I John 3:9 return
64 Matt. 7:13-14 return
65 Isa. 8:13-14, Rom. 9:32-33, I Cor. 1:18, I Pet. 2:6-8 return
66 Eph. 6:11-17 return
67 Matt. 24:20-22, Rev. 7:14, 20:4 return
68 Matt. 24:29-31 return
69 John 3:16 return
70 Luke 18:8 return
71 John 3:15, 10:27-28, Rom. 2:7, Col. 1:12-13, I Thes. 4:15-17, Titus 1:1-2, I John 2:25, 5:11, 13 return
72 Mark 16:15, John 14:2, I Cor. 15:51-53 return
73 Rom. 8:37 return
74 Acts 4:12 return
75 John 6:68 return
76 Acts 16:31 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
12. John 14:6 return
13. Acts 4:12 return