Remember, the book of Romans was a letter that was written to the Church at Rome. It was a letter written to Christians, to people who had ALREADY become Christians.
Rom 1:6 Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:
Rom 1:7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Rom 1:8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.
The Epistles of the Bible were all letters written to Christians instructing them how to STAY Christians, and how to please the Lord.
Many antichrist preachers will use verses that were written to people who had ALREADY been "born again". They will use these verses to deceive people who have never become Christians. For example notice these verses that were written to people at Rome who were already Christians.
Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe
in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Romans 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
These verses are excellent instructions for people who have already obeyed Acts 2:38 and become Christians (we see in Acts 19 that when Paul founded churches he preached Acts 2:38). A Christian that will obey Romans 10:9-10 will remain strong and will endure to the end and will be saved.
The antichrist preacher, though, will use Romans 10:9-10 to deceive sinners into thinking that all they have to do is mouth a few words and they are suddenly "Christian" and "saved".
If we simply understand that Romans was a letter written to people who had already become Christians by obeying Acts 2:38, then we can spot those accursed false preachers when they attempt to deceive people into disobeying the Word of God.
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the
name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy
Acts 2:39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, [even] as many as the Lord our God shall call.
Galatians 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
II Corinthians 11:12 But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from
them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we.
II Corinthians 11:13 For such [are] false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
II Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
II Corinthians 11:15 Therefore [it is] no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
Don't be surprised that Satan's ministers will pretend to be Christian preachers, the Bible says that they will; and it is their job to convince YOU that you can be saved without obeying the Bible.
Rev. Steve Winter
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