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What Is The Sign Of A Christian?

Your Bible proclaims a definite Sign by which God knows you are one of His children. Yet you may have been blinded to it!

Have you ever wondered why all the “Christian” churches claim to follow Jesus Christ and yet each one teaches something different? Did you ever stop to ask yourself why you believe certain religious teachings and reject others? These ideas have been planted in your mind since you were a small child. You probably never stopped to question them. But now it is time to “search the scriptures” as Jesus said.

“Prove all things and hold fast to what is good (I Thess. 5:21). Diligently study what follows with your Bible. This is Truth, and truth always bears examination.

Be honest with yourself and God! You are about to read a brief but straightforward explanation of how men have lost the very sign that would set them apart from the rest of the world as God’s children.

The God that created you gave a sign that you must possess if you are to become His child and inherit eternal life. It is more important than you realize! So free your mind from prejudice, and weigh that which follows with an open and searching mind.

This present world is on the road to destruction! Honest persons are admitting that world conditions bear this out. But very few people understand the great underlying cause of this world’s trouble.

It is not Communism, Fascism, or any other ideology. These are only the misfortunate end results that occur when godless, materialistic men try to solve the world’s problem by human reason. Yes, science and reason are almost worshipped today in every avenue of life, and even in many popular churches!

Men and man-made churches have forsaken the way of God as expressed in the laws of life contained in your Bible. That’s the real cause of all this world chaos! Men have lost right knowledge of the true God because they have lost the sign by which they could know they were the children of their creator.

Paul said that Jesus Christ came to “deliver us from this present evil world” (Gal. 1:4).This worldly system in which we live in is called “Babylon” in the Bible, and Christians are commanded to come out of it (Rev. 18:1-4). The great church (pictured as a woman) which heads this system is called “Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the earth” (Rev. 17:5). Notice that this mother church has daughters which are called harlots. She is also the mother of many abominations. These abominations, which have blinded you to God’s sign for true Christians, are false doctrines which this false church and her daughter’s churches have palmed off as Christianity. These are the doctrines you learned as a child and probably didn’t stop to question.

The apostle Paul told the Christians of his day, “For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them” (Acts 20:29-30). This prophecy has been fulfilled!

Why do we have nearly 500 different religious denominations, each teaching something different from the others? Doesn’t that show that most, if not all of them, have departed from the true faith of Jesus Christ?

In the book of Jude we are exhorted: “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” Jude said to contend for the true faith because there were already in his day false preachers creeping in and perverting the truth just as Paul prophesied earlier. In verse 4 of Jude, we read that ungodly men were turning the grace of God into lasciviousness, or license to disobey God. They were making God’s grace or pardon from the penalty of the law an excuse to disobey the law. They were turning grace into sin.

These false preachers were beginning to introduce the idea that God’s commandments were done away or changed. That is a lie and the Bible brands it so! I John 2:4 states “He that saith I know him, and keeps not his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” There is a plain statement out of God’s word. Do you believe it? It says that the “popular” ministers (who tell you that God’s laws are done away) are liars!

Jesus Christ kept His Father’s commandments (John 15:10). He set us an example to follow (I Peter 2:21). Paul told the Corinthians who were mainly Gentiles, “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ” (I Cor. 11:1).

There are many human arguments trying to prove that God’s laws have been changed. But Jesus said that heaven and earth would pass before the Father’s law could cease to function! He showed that to be great in God’s kingdom, we will have both to do and teach the least of His commandments (Matt. 5:17-19).

Especially do the false churches which are a part of the Babylon or confusion of this world seek to hide the Sign by which we might be kept in a right relationship with God for our peace and happiness?

In this way, these false ministers are part of the real cause of all the suffering in this sin-sick and deluded world! They have not taught men to “live by every word of God.” Instead, they have substituted their own ideas and traditions. Jesus Christ said of such, “Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” (Mark 7:7). If you set aside God’s laws, your worship is all in vain, to no good purpose or effect.

God is going to punish these false preachers for misleading His people Israel Britain and America. Read Jeremiah 23 and Ezekiel 34 which show God’s anger against these false shepherds or preachers. God will require the blood of the people at their hands! But if you are honestly seeking the truth, you may escape all the punishment prophesied to come upon this worldly system. You need to have the Sign God gave to keep you in a right knowledge and relationship to Him.

God made a certain Sign from the very beginning to keep man in continual remembrance of Him as Creator. This was done long before the so-called “law of Moses” was ever given. As His Sign, God picked the most enduring thing there is, a certain space of time which comes around regularly every seven days.

This Sign was a special creation. But to create it God rested from his other work. In Genesis 2:2-3 we read, “And on the 7th day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the 7th day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the 7th day, and sanctified it: because that In it he had rested from all his work which God had created and made.” Right here God sanctified or made holy the 7th day.

Later, God revealed His Sabbath to the children of Israel after they had come out of Egyptian bondage. (Ex. 16.) Then he told them to “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work: But the 7th day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work.” Notice that God told them to keep this day holy. They could not make it holy. Only God could do that. But He told them to keep it that way.

In Exodus 31:12-18, God said, “Verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you.” Read this entire passage! Notice that the Sabbath was the sign to keep the people in remembrance of God as Creator. It was to be a perpetual covenant between God and His people. This sign designated who God’s people were. Being made after the old covenant (Ex. 24), this covenant was not part of it. Then how does this apply to Christians today?

The Bible says that if you are a Christian you are spiritually an Israelite! Gal. 3:29 tells us, “And if ye be Christ’s then are ye Abraham’s seed (an Israelite), and heirs according to the promise.” Your Bible shows this from cover to cover! And, Roman 11 explains that Gentiles must be grafted into Israel to be saved. You must become a spiritual Israelite to obtain salvation. The Gentiles who were not given this sign were without hope and without God. (Eph. 2:12). As long as you follow the practices and laws of the Gentiles you can’t be saved.

When given to physical flesh-born Israel, this covenant punished by death any breaking of the Sign. Today, since the administration of the death penalty by the Levites and Judges is not being done (II Cor. 3:7-8), and since all the races whether Israelite or Gentile are grafted into spiritual Israel (Rom. 11:24), with willful refusal to keep this Sign is punishable by death, the second death. “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. 10:28-29)?

The world has been deceived by the great false mother church! You probably have been taught since you were a little child that the first day of the week, Sunday, has replaced the Sabbath day, which is God’s sign between Himself and His people. You can’t find that anywhere in the Bible!

“The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27). Christ didn’t say the Sabbath was made for the Jew, but Sunday for man! He said the Sabbath was made for man. As God never changed the Sabbath, then our present day Sunday observance must have come about as a result of human reasoning.

Do you want to live by the word of God and have the Sign which proves you know and love God (I John 5:2-3), or the traditions of men which brand you with the mark of disobedience to the Creator God?

You may have been sincere in thinking that you were doing the right thing in following these human ideas. I used to observe these pagan days myself. But I had to repent of this heathenism! So must anyone to be a true child of God.

By observing Sunday instead of keeping God’s holy Sabbath, you are deliberately flouting the authority of your Creator! You are acknowledging to God Almighty that you esteem and worship the institutions and traditions of men above the very Creator himself. Your preachers have taught you that you should get into the institutions of this world and be a friend of the world. But God inspired James to write, “whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” (James 4:4).

How different the word of God is from these teachings of men! Don’t you see that to be a true Christian you are going to have to follow Jesus Christ and put loving obedience to God far above all these worldly ideas and institutions. You were born into a world that forcibly brands the minds of most people with error before they are even old enough to decide conscientiously for themselves what God says is right and wrong. Little children learn about Santa Claus, the Easter bunny, witches and goblins, etc. from their parents. They do not know any better. But God is now warning you to come out of this corrupt worldly system and learn the truth.

The real question is: do you love the praise of men more than the praise of God? Are you like those of whom Jesus Christ said, “This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me” (Mark 7:6). Do you find the materials on this website “interesting” but do not obey what you learn? You dare not call yourself a Christian and continue to disobey God’s commandments and reject His Sign.

Choose you this day whom you will serve! If God be God to you, then keep His commandments. “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.” The Sabbath is the Sign between you and God that you have separated yourself from the world and are worshipping Him as the Creator. It’s time for people everywhere to wake up and get back to the “faith once delivered”!

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