by Tony Alamo
aka Bernie Hoffman
JESUS said that our Christianity (“our” meaning born-again Christians) shall be put to the test,1 so it is very important for every Christian to know exactly what GOD expects of us. After CHRIST’S resurrection from the dead and HIS ascension into Heaven, HE became the HOLY SPIRIT, the Quickening or Life-giving SPIRIT, the COMFORTER, which is “the fullness of the GODHEAD bodily” (Colossians 2:9).
Colossians 2:8-15 says, “Beware lest any man spoil you [destroy you, eternally cheat you out of eternal life] through philosophy and vain deceit [like Eve], after the tradition of men [rather than GOD’S truth], after the rudiments of the world, and not after CHRIST. For in HIM dwelleth all the fulness [The FATHER, The SON, The HOLY SPIRIT] of the GODHEAD bodily [when CHRIST enters you, the entire GODHEAD enters you]. And ye are complete in HIM, which is the head of all principality and power: In whom also ye [your hearts] are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands [it is by faith], in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the [supernatural] circumcision of CHRIST: Buried with HIM [by faith] in baptism, wherein also [by faith] ye are risen with HIM through the faith of the operation of GOD [CHRIST, the GODHEAD, by faith living in you, and by HIM being the HOLY SPIRIT], who hath raised HIM from the dead. And you, being [formerly, but no longer] dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath HE [GOD] quickened together with HIM, having forgiven you all trespasses [sins]; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to HIS cross; And having spoiled [destroyed, cheated] principalities and powers, HE made a show of them openly [the whole world can now see that GOD has the victory by our teaching and preaching it], triumphing over them in it.”
So we can see that salvation is of the LORD JESUS CHRIST, not from what we eat or don’t eat, or drink or don’t drink. (This doesn’t mean that we can become disobedient to “nor drunkards…shall inherit the kingdom of GOD” [1 Corinthians 6:10], or “these shall ye not eat of…[it] is unclean unto you,”2 [Leviticus 11:4]), which GOD commands. But eating and drinking, or not eating and drinking, does not have the power to save us.3 It is CHRIST’S destruction of Satan, and HE as the fulness of the GODHEAD having entered us which, by our faith in HIS WORKS, HIS blood sacrifice, saves our souls. By doing what HE commands by faith, we are given power through HIM LIVING IN US.4 HE continuously lives in us by the constant flow of HIS work in us, which is THE HOLY SPIRIT, OUR FATHER, AND OUR LIFE; AND ALL ARE JESUS, THE WORD.5
It is by CHRIST, the fulness of the GODHEAD constantly living in us, that we are saved and have the power in us that enables us to keep ourselves from sin, Satan, the world, eternal death, and the eternal flames in the Lake of Fire. It also gives us the ability to do what HE tells us to do in the Sermon on the Mount6 and everywhere else in the WORD, which is Spirit and Life.
Let no man instruct you to worship angels [pastors, preachers, teachers, presidents, kings, queens, government agents, actors, singers, any man, woman, or child, or any religion] (Colossians 2:18). Only CHRIST, who is GOD our SAVIOR, has (if we believe) saved our souls! JESUS said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the FATHER, but by ME” (John 14:6).
It is of no value for us to hold anyone or anything in any esteem whatsoever in regard to the salvation of our souls. We are not to worship angels, as some people would instruct you to do. We should not be “Intruding into those things which he [the heretic] hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, And not holding the Head [CHRIST is the Head of the body of CHRIST, and we are the members7], from which all the body by [spiritual] joints and bands having nourishment [from the HOLY SPIRIT, the WORD] ministered, and knit together [by each person in the body preaching and teaching their testimonies], increaseth with the increase of GOD. Wherefore if ye be dead with CHRIST from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances [things that have no power in them to save or mortify from the flesh, sin, and the world], (Touch not [the things of GOD for fear]; taste not [the things of GOD]; handle not [the things GOD’S WORD tells us not to handle]; Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments of men” (Colossians 2:19-22).
What are we to do to receive eternal life? “Fear GOD, and keep HIS commandments: for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13). None of the things of man are of any value.8
Hear GOD’S SON. “While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is MY beloved SON, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye HIM” (Matthew 17:5).
Ceremonies and commands have no power. They are putting on a show, acting, “Which things have indeed a show of [man’s] wisdom in will worship [your will kind of worship, but not GOD’S will], and [phony] humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the [your] flesh” (Colossians 2:23).
“If ye then be risen with CHRIST, seek those things which are above [not men of this present world, but] where CHRIST sitteth on the right hand of GOD. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead [to caring for the lifestyle of the world because you don’t want to go to the Lake of Fire and miss Heaven], and your [eternal] life is hid with CHRIST in GOD. When CHRIST, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with HIM in glory” (Colossians 3:1-4).
Paul, therefore, by the HOLY SPIRIT, beseeches you to be ready by warning you to “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things’ sake the wrath of GOD cometh on the children of disobedience” (Colossians 3:5-6).
Repent now. We never know how much time we have. For your own salvation, 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
After salvation, JESUS said to be baptized, fully submerged in water, in the name of the FATHER, and of the SON, and of the HOLY SPIRIT.12 Then study the King James Version Bible, and, for your benefit and the benefit of others, do what it says.13
CHRIST and GOD the FATHER now live in you through the HOLY SPIRIT. There is a way you can receive a fuller portion of the divine nature of GOD in you. The more the divine nature of GOD lives in you, the more you will be able to stand against the temptations that have so easily moved so many millions of Christians away from salvation. Pray for the baptism in the HOLY SPIRIT.14 For instructions on how to receive the baptism in the HOLY SPIRIT and to receive more of GOD’S holy nature, ask for our literature or call. For without holiness, no man shall see GOD (Hebrews 12:14).
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If you want the world saved, as JESUS commands, then don’t rob GOD of HIS tithes and offerings. GOD said, “Will a man rob GOD? Yet ye have robbed ME. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed THEE? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed ME, even this whole nation [and this whole world]. Bring ye all the tithes [a ‘tithe’ is 10% of your gross income] into the storehouse, that there may be meat [Spiritual food] in MINE house [souls saved], and prove ME now herewith, saith the LORD of HOSTS, if I will not open you the windows of Heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of HOSTS. And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of HOSTS” (Malachi 3:8-12).
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1. Dan. 12:1-3, Matt. 5:10-12, 44, 10:16-37, 23:34-37, 24:4-30, Mark 8:34-38, Luke 6:22-31, 17:33, 21:12-36, John 15:18-23, 16:1-4, 33, 17:14, 1 Pet. 1:3-9, Rev. 2:10, 13, 6:9-11, 7:13-17, 12:11, 17:6, 20:4 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. Matt. 28:18-20, John 3:5, Acts 2:38, 19:3-5 return
13. Deut. 4:29, 13:4, 26:16, Josh. 1:8, 22:5, 2 Tim. 2:15, 3:14-17, James 1:22-25, Rev. 3:18 return
14. Isa. 28:11-12, Joel 2:28-29, Luke 3:16, 11:9-13, John 1:29-34, 7:37-39, 14:15-29, 15:26, 16:7-14, Acts 1:1-8, 2:1-18, 32-39, 5:29-32, 19:1-7, Rom. 5:3-5, 15:13 return