DON'T NEGLECT GREATNESS
by Tony Alamo
There are people who claim to be Christians, yet teach and preach that even though Jesus did works of righteousness, His followers cannot be righteous because they are still sinners, not sons of God, even after they’ve been cleansed from all their former sins by the blood of Jesus.1 This is false doctrine, preached by false Christians who love to sin.2These people justify their sinful lives by stating that no one can be free from sin. They have received strong delusion, sent to them from God so their souls may be damned. “And then shall that Wicked [one body of millions of people] be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the Spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (II Thes. 2:8-12). The blood of the Lamb (Jesus) makes us sinless (sons of God), but it is the Holy Spirit which gives us the power to keep the commandments, the power to keep the incarnation (Jesus with His Father by the Spirit living in us, not sinning sins to death) to the end.3
Hebrews 2:1-3 says, “Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard Him.”
“For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery [judgment] indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?” (Heb. 10:26-29). The word neglect means “to make light of.” “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?” (Heb. 2:3) Neglect means to not notice, carelessly or intentionally. One example is that the neglect of business is the cause of many (most) business failures. The neglect of economics (economy) is more frequent and more injurious. Neglect means disregarding due notice and attention. Neglect is a lack of regard of sins such as lying. It means omitted from being done, being heedless, inattentive, or indifferent. This is why the most important commandment was made the first commandment, to not neglect but to “love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength” (Mark 12:30).
Neglecting the study of God’s Word is without a doubt the reason the whole world is deceived. People listen to false teachers that convince them of heresy. I’ve listened to them now and then, and I guess they could be convincing to those lazy souls that don’t care enough about their own souls or the souls of their loved ones to study the Word of God so that they can rightly understand the Word, and never need to be ashamed by receiving heresy. Their salvation is far too important for them to neglect.
Before any one of us is able to become a member of the Bride of Christ, we must develop ourselves into perfection. The Bride of Christ must and will be perfect, without one sin. She must never be deceived. She must be without spot or blemish. “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God” (Rev. 19:7-9).
Those who will be there will be PERFECT. No matter what the false prophets, teachers, and preachers tell you, you must be perfect, you must have made yourself ready (PERFECT). Here are but a few Scriptures regarding your perfection: “Be ye therefore PERFECT, even as your Father which is in Heaven is PERFECT” (Matthew 5:48). “The disciple is not above his Master: but every one that is PERFECT shall be as his Master” (Luke 6:40). “I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be made PERFECT in one; and that the world may know that Thou hast sent Me, and hast loved them, as Thou hast loved Me” (John 17:23). “Finally, brethren, farewell. Be PERFECT, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you” (II Corinthians 13:11). “Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man PERFECT in Christ Jesus” (Colossians 1:28) “Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand PERFECT and complete in all the will of God.” (Colossians 4:12). “That the man of God may be PERFECT, throughly furnished unto all good works” (II Timothy 3:17). “For it became Him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation PERFECT through sufferings” (Hebrews 2:10). “To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in Heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made PERFECT” (Hebrews 12:23). “But let patience have her PERFECT work, that ye may be PERFECT and entire, wanting nothing” (James 1:4). “Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made PERFECT?” (James 2:22). “But the God of all power, who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you PERFECT, stablish, strengthen, settle you” (I Peter 5:10). “Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works PERFECT before God” (Revelation 3:2).
Strive for PERFECTION. Never neglect God. Begin now to not neglect so great a salvation by saying this prayer to God now:
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 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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Don't Neglect Greatness footnotes:
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