IN CHRIST OR NOT
by Tony Alamo
People, no matter how holy they appear (such as the followers of John the Baptizer or the Pharisees), can never enter into the Kingdom of Heaven unless they have been born again of the SPIRIT.1
It is utterly impossible to be anything other than a hypocrite if the HOLY SPIRIT, the LIFE of GOD, is not constantly living in you (Romans 8:1-16). In other words, we cannot live the old, sinful life and be a member of the sinless new life.2 We cannot wear the garments of unrighteousness of the old life and be a member of the Body of CHRIST, the Kingdom of GOD, at the same time. JESUS told John the Baptist’s followers the truth of this in Matthew 9:14: “Then came to HIM [JESUS] the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but THY disciples fast not? And JESUS said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber [those who are saved, that are with ME, their SAVIOR and GOD] mourn, as long as the BRIDEGROOM is with them? [When JESUS is with us, it is far beyond joy or happiness; it is beyond ecstasy. JESUS continues,] but the days will come, when the BRIDEGROOM shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast” (Matthew 9:14-15).
Most people really don’t know the LORD. Only a few know HIM. Few there be that shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 7:13-14).3
Matthew chapter 9, verse 16 explains it this way: “No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.” The meaning: No one who will enter the Kingdom of Heaven will think he will be able to live any part of his old, sinful life after he has put on the new life in CHRIST. When you think you can sin by putting some of your old, sinful life into your new born-again life with CHRIST, you will lose your salvation.4 “No man [or woman] can serve two masters” (Matthew 6:24). It would be better that you had never been born (Matthew 26:24).
JESUS states the same thing in Matthew 9, verse 17: “Neither do [unsaved] men put new wine [the new LIFE of CHRIST, the SOUL of GOD, by the SPIRIT] into old bottles [people who have no intention of serving the LORD GOD by allowing HIM by the SPIRIT to dwell in them]: else the bottles break [are cursed], and the wine [the SPIRIT, GOD’S SOUL, GOD’S LIFE] runneth out, and the bottles perish [the empty bottles here symbolize phonies, hypocritical Christians]: but they put new wine [the new LIFE of CHRIST in GOD] into new [genuine] bottles [human bodies], and both are preserved.” Put the new wine (the TRUE, REAL LIFE OF GOD in CHRIST by the HOLY SPIRIT) into sincere bottles (disciples) and they are preserved.
Probably ninety percent or more of professing Christians are not truly saved. Some people say at least fifty percent of professing Christians are into pornography5 (the old life). Matthew 7:13-14 says, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. [You shall know them by what they do.] Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:15-20). Remember this.
“Not every one that saith unto ME, LORD, LORD, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he that does the will of MY FATHER which is in Heaven. Many will say to ME [as they are being cast into Hell, then the Lake of Fire] in that day, LORD, LORD, have we [we phonies, we religions, we who are not born of the SPIRIT] not prophesied in THY name? [not in THY SPIRIT] and in THY name have cast out devils? [JESUS, the SPIRIT, casts out devils—not phony Christians!] and in THY name [not in the SPIRIT of GOD] done many wonderful works? [JESUS then says,] And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from ME, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:21-23).
After JESUS lived a perfect, sinless life in the same flesh we live in, HE was tempted, tortured, and crucified to death for us.6 “And being made perfect, HE became the author of eternal [LIFE] salvation unto all them that obey HIM” (Hebrews 5:9).
“And having an HIGH PRIEST over the house of GOD; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water [the WORD of GOD]. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for HE is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as you see the day approaching. For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins” (Hebrews 10:21-26).
The people of GOD have set up idols in their hearts, and most of these idols which they have set up in their hearts are a variety of sex acts. They, as well as the rest of the deceived world, are worshipping one another, these idols of sex. Many of them are clearly seen by everyone without any effort (lewd homosexuality7). The others are oral and anal sex, bestiality, pornography, and hundreds of many base combinations, which GOD hates. In the 14th chapter of Ezekiel, verses one through five, we see the hatred GOD has for any idol. That (unlawful sex) was the big one then, and it is the big one now.
“Then came certain of the elders of Israel [the sinful church people who are practicing sexual idolatry while burning incense unto it. They came unto Ezekiel and sat before him]. And the WORD of the LORD came unto [him], saying, Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity [sin] before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them? [Should I let them ask anything of ME?] Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the LORD GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that sets up his idols in his heart [his many fantasies and his sex partners], and puts the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and comes to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that comes according to the multitude of his idols; That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from ME [separated from ME] through their idols” (Ezekiel 14:1-5).
“Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the LORD GOD; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations. For every one of the house of Israel, or of the stranger that sojourneth in Israel, which separateth himself from ME, and setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to a prophet to enquire of him concerning ME; I the LORD will answer him by MYSELF: And I will set MY face against that man, and will make him a sign and a proverb, and I will cut him off [will kill him] from the midst of MY people; and ye shall know that I am the LORD. And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the LORD have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out MY hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of MY people Israel. And they shall bear the punishment of their iniquity: the punishment of the prophet shall be even as the punishment of him that seeketh unto him; That the house of Israel may go no more astray from ME, neither be polluted any more with all their transgressions; but that they may be MY people, and I may be their GOD, saith the LORD GOD” (Ezekiel 14:6-11).
“The WORD of the LORD came again to me, saying, Son of man, when the land sinneth against ME by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out MINE hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it” (Ezekiel 14:12-13).
If the people of the world, especially those who claim to be Christians, don’t repent and begin walking in the HOLY SPIRIT, the LIFE of GOD, GOD says HE will kill them with famine and desolation. HE will also send the sword and pestilences (all diseases) (Ezekiel 14:17-21). The only way people shall be delivered from these plagues is if they repent and do righteousness.8
The entire world thinks it is being cool by having ungodly parties. And Christians—those who claim to be Christians—are damned to Hell and the Lake of Fire if they refuse to repent of their worshipping of one another’s sex organs, bodies, and their perverse sex acts with them. You would not be the first person to take GOD lightly. The entire world refused to repent at the preaching of Noah.9
If you invite the LORD into your heart, you will have the strength to do HIS will—if you will do HIS will! Receive CHRIST as your LORD and SAVIOR. You will be saved. Do it now by saying 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
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In Christ Or Not footnotes:
4. Ezek. 33:12-13, Matt. 5:13, 12:43-45, Luke 9:62, John 15:2, 6, 14, 2 Thes. 2:3, 1 Tim. 1:19, 2 Tim. 2:12, Heb. 3:6-19, 4:1-11, 6:4-8, 10:25-31, 38-39, 2 Pet. 2:20-22, 1 John 3:6-10, 2 John 9, Jude 5-6, Rev. 2:4-5, 3:2-3, 15-21 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