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Must I give up gamedev to be spiritually saved?

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The following blog post carries the personal thoughts of Elder Prince, founder of Blossomsoft Games.

This Sunday, I would like to share an extensive conversation I had with a Calvinist who leans toward lordship salvation. I believe this discussion addresses an important topic.

This online acquaintance persistently nags me to quit game development, arguing that I’m unwilling to fully surrender to Jesus and am merely pursuing my own desires rather than being under God’s Sovereignty.

Thankfully, I am well-equipped to counter their irrationality.

I’m sharing this experience because I believe that Calvinism (a faction of Catholicism emerging from the Jesuits post the Protestant era) has gained significant influence within Christianity, casting a terribly negative shadow on God’s message. They injure many believers weak in their faith. Their wicked beliefs emphasize condemnation rather than embracing true liberation.

I highly recommend you stay away from mega pastors like John McArthur, Charles Spurgeon, R.C. Sproul, David Pawson, Paul Washer, and many more. The list goes on. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, but these pastors will always keep you under the bondage of condemnation, which is Satan’s number one goal.

For instance, this specific Calvinist who spoke to me believes that less than 1% of billions and billions of souls will be unsaved throughout all of history, and, quite ironically, he places himself within that 1%.

I hold an opposing view based on the scriptures—I believe that a vast majority will be saved due to Jesus’s accomplishments on our behalf. God has designed salvation to be simple, fast, easy and totally free, allowing everyone to be saved in a fraction of a second after understanding and believing it.

When I emphasized that salvation is a freely given gift and shared my plan to persist in game development rather than abandoning it to live on the streets, he replied with the following comment.

I’ve highlighted the parts of concern in red.

(This is a translation from French to English using ChatGPT. The original version is pinned on my personal Facebook page.).

The ultimate reward cannot be bought. Salvation, redemption, and eternal life. No one through their actions can purchase the gift. No one attains salvation by saying: I will do such and such a good deed. I will say such and such a prayer. I will give so much money to the poor or I will go to church from time to time. The gift is not bought. It is obtained at the price of total faith in Christ.

The gift is placed BEHIND the narrow door. To obtain the gift, you can do nothing on your own. It is not bought. The door only opens to those who accept ALL the conditions set forth by Jesus. He controls the entrance… not us.

  • UNCONDITIONAL self-denial
  • Unconditional forgiveness
  • Bearing the Cross
  • Taking up the yoke and accepting instructions
  • Willingness to serve the master unconditionally
  • COMPLETE transfer of sovereignty

To reach such a level of commitment, you must be willing to renounce everything and be ready to pay the required price. You must have total trust in His ability to control your life and use you for the development of His kingdom. And only when you accept His conditions, your faith will have demonstrated that you were ready to work for Him until death.

That’s what it means to have faith in Him. It’s having the ultimate conviction that He is in total control of your life, no matter where He might need you.

It’s not your past deeds that have succeeded in obtaining the gift; it’s your future deeds, made possible only through total faith in Him, self-denial, and the complete surrender of your sovereignty to place your life in His hands.

The door only opens when you meet HIS conditions. Not yours. That’s when your faith in Him will have spoken. The narrow door is narrow for a reason, and FEW are those who accept the conditions of redemption set by the King and succeed in entering.

You are mistaken.

The points you mention (self-denial, unconditional forgiveness, bearing the cross, etc.) represent all the work accomplished by Jesus Himself for our salvation. He has accomplished and finished everything for us; He Himself suffered the agony out of love to spare us from judgment. It’s what God’s soveignety is all about, He decided that salvation to be accessible so that anyone can be saved. You cannot add anything of your own efforts to the scale to change your destiny; whether it’s heaven or hell.

During the time when Jesus was delivering his message in Israel and providing direct teachings to his disciples, Israel’s mission was to serve as an example for other nations, under the leadership of Jesus, the most compassionate king ever. Regrettably, Israel was just as flawed as other nations. None of the disciples managed to surpass the test required, and tragically, Israel sentenced their Messiah to a death that was humiliating even for a king. This sequence of events was meant to fulfill the prophecy that humanity, in its ‘fleshly’ state, was in a dire condition, facing an irreversible downfall, and in need of an inevitable Savior for the ‘soul’.

The books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, as well as the book of James, lay out the impossible wide path for mankind while offering hints about the ultimate remedy to the sin problem. Unfortunately, people like you fail to understand the gospel and think they themselves are the solution because Jesus personally chose them as a special elite to become saints. The truth is that we become saints the very moment we believe.

The ultimate solution is revealed by the book of John, notably in verse 3:16, which is at the heart of the gospel, aka the Good News.

The revelation about the mystery of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection was unveiled to the apostle Paul through an appearance of Jesus Himself. Jesus is the ultimate sacrifice, completely settling our debt linked to our fallen nature.

Salvation is a free gift, not acquired through our works or personal sacrifices but through belief alone.

As soon as a person believes in the Good News, that Jesus died for all our sins and rose for our justification and to guarantee eternal life, that person is saved forever and bears the Holy Spirit.

It’s as simple as that. It’s 1 or 0. You believe, and everything is forgiven in advance, and you have eternal life; you don’t believe, and you will be judged by God, and the list of inequities will be long.

Jesus is the new Adam.

The first Adam fell into death by his disobedience, and we all inherited the curse of the first Adam at our physical birth; we were born with the spirit of the devil.

The new Adam (Jesus) rose into life with his obedience, and we inherit this spirit, the Holy Spirit, which is the spirit of God. That’s why it’s called ‘being born again.’

The spirit of the devil is like a dirty robe that accumulates the sins of our flesh (our earthly life) over and over until condemnation. The devil’s goal is for us to perish, which is why he made us wear this robe through deceit.

The Holy Spirit is like a radiant robe that is never tainted by our flesh and will never know condemnation but eternal life. God’s goal is to save us, which is why He ‘gives’ us this robe ‘freely’ out of love, without asking for anything in return except to believe in what He accomplished for us on the cross.

By rejecting Jesus’ sacrifice and trying to offer yourself as a sacrifice to God, you position yourself as an antichrist who rejects the Good News, and the lake of fire will be your destination, for none of your sins will have been forgiven since you find it ridiculous that belief alone in Jesus’ accomplishment saves us.

If you truly wish to renounce yourself completely, stop believing in a carnal religion and grasp the spiritual message of eternal salvation. You are holding onto this world too tightly, thinking that making personal sacrifices distances you from the world. But in reality, you are more trapped in the world than those who live in sin but have accepted the Good News, because they know that everything in this world is temporary and illusory, and they await Jesus’ return for total liberation of the ‘flesh’ to receive our new incorruptible vessels. You refuse to renounce yourself because you so desperately want to pass through the door of your own ego rather than declare Jesus as the sovereign victor who did it on your behalf.

I pray for you to eventually see clearly and accept the Good News rather than succumbing to the delusion of Calvinism. You’ve understood almost everything, except the key.

“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.”

Matthew 16:24-25 (King James Version)

Is it talking about Jesus or those who will follow Him?

“And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.”

Matthew 10:38-39 (King James Version)

Is it talking about Jesus or those who will follow Him?

You must put those verses in their proper context. You must understand the before and after of the revelation of the mystery of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. You must also understand the difference between Israel and the Church.

Reading and using verses out of context doesn’t mean it’s the gospel, aka the Good News. In point of fact, you’re using verses that will condemn you.

The apostles, before the resurrection of Jesus, couldn’t manage to keep Jesus’s commandments even though their intentions were sincere and motivated. Do you think you can do better?

They all fled to save their lives when Jesus was captured. Peter denied Jesus three times in a row on the very night he had sworn loyalty, and the third time he even vehemently cursed to affirm he didn’t know Jesus. Peter had failed epically. Do you think you can do better?

But the worst among the apostles was Judas. Why? Because he had never believed who Jesus claimed he was despite seeing all the miracles. He perished and was damned, not because he failed to follow commandments but because his sins couldn’t be cleansed.

They were still under the teaching of the law, where Jesus had to show everyone what the true wide path leading to condemnation was.

His teachings left his disciples perplexed most of the time. This deliberate choice by Jesus was meant to allow the revelation to unfold later through the teachings of Paul. The revelation of the ultimate purpose of Jesus’s crucifixion and resurrection, which you can read about in John chapter 3 and Paul’s epistles, wasn’t yet understood by the disciples when he was with them.

The revelation of the Good News is that Jesus suffered and died on the cross, shedding His blood to pay for all our sins; He resurrected for our justification and to guarantee us eternal life. If you truly want to follow Jesus to show your gratitude of being saved, share the Good News, but only the Good News, not the bad news that keeps souls under condemnation. Only belief in the Good News saves.

During judgment, it will be impossible for you and others like you to use the verses on discipleship to be saved. The purpose of the law was to lead us to Jesus, by making us realize our inability to follow it. Now that you know that you cannot pass the test on your own, move on and accept the free gift. No one except fools should decline it.

Can you just answer the question? Does it speak about Jesus or those who will follow Him?

“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.”

Matthew 16:24-25 (King James Version)

“And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.”

Matthew 10:38-39 (King James Version)

The answer to your question is found three verses above, regarding who is the true subject of the sufferings.

From that time forth began Jesus to show unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.

Matthew 16:21 (King James Version)

This verse explains the mission of Jesus, prophesying His death in accordance with the writings of the Old Testament. At this stage, this reality remained a mystery to the disciples, who were expecting a liberating king from the Romans. However, Jesus, aware that the Israel of that time wouldn’t accept Him, already had a secret plan of salvation that would be revealed after His resurrection.

Peter objected:

Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.

Matthew 16:22 (King James Version)

Jesus severely rebuked Peter, even calling him Satan. Peter still didn’t understand that for the only begotten Son of God, suffering and dying on the cross was an ultimate necessity to save us.

It’s then that Jesus addressed His disciples to challenge them (not you, not me, nor anyone else, but his close disciples), knowing well that each of them would fail to follow his footsteps. Here’s the verse you’re so obsessed with:

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

Matthew 16:24 (King James Version)

It’s crucial to note that Jesus begins with the key term “if”. The phrasing of the sentence carries a conditional structure (which is not equivalent to a direct order). The underlying intention adds a touch of rebuke, challenge, and doubt about their ability, particularly in the context where the disciples are trying to prevent His sacrifice. Because without Jesus’s sacrifice, there wouldn’t be the abolition of our sins. Jesus could have chosen not to undertake the necessary sacrifice if He had wished, but that would have required His disciples to follow Him unwaveringly without fail. In the end, it’s Jesus who always denied Himself (a test He succeeded at during His confrontation with Satan in the desert, a challenge that none of us would have succeeded in). He endured suffering and died on the cross, shedding His blood for the redemption of all our sins. It’s a free and simple gift to receive. Just believe to gain eternal life.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

John 3:16++ (King James Version)

If you do not believe John chapter 3, and you reject it passionately, you have the same spirit of Judas within you. Jesus is black and white on this matter.

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

John 3:36 (King James Version)

Those who find themselves in hell will have made a conscious choice, because the gift of eternal life is so simple and easy to obtain that a single second is sufficient to be saved forever. That’s the Good News.

I’m going to ask you the question again since it’s not at all what I asked you…

You’re still incapable of answering a simple question. It shows that you don’t know the truth.

Does it speak about Jesus or those who will follow Him?

My response is clear and well-explained. You don’t want to see it. You reject the contexts and revelations in which the scriptures are written. You want to go in circles, hoping for short answers without truths to satisfy your demonic doctrine, manipulator’s tactics.

Your persistence in stubbornness is causing you to miss out, Benoit, as you won’t be able to use the scriptures against God Himself to try to bypass the Good News with which God allowed you to be saved freely and easily. You will also be blamed for giving bad news to others with a burden they couldn’t bear, whereas Jesus Himself has already accomplished the impossible for us.

And just a few verses further from the verse you’re begging for an answer, the answer becomes evident when the disciples realize how eternal life cannot be gained through human effort.

When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

Matthew 19:25 (King James Version)

So, stop teaching to others that men should save themselves with self-sacrifices and an abundance of works. You’re sharing an accursed gospel.

Since the beginning of time, it has always been Jesus’s ultimate mission to be the fulfillment of the prophets and the entire law to save us. It has always been the Good News.

Unfortunately, you attempt to deny and abandon everything, to carry your cross with suffering (and especially with pride), to renounce the world, to abolish all your sins. You try to fulfill the law exponentially, and above all, you reject the Good News by guiding others toward condemnation rather than liberation. What you’re doing is utterly in vain. Worse yet, the wrath of God remains aimed at your soul.

From your testimony, it’s obvious you’re not saved. From your testimony, you do not love Jesus and are against what He accomplished for humanity. From your testimony, you are an enemy of the cross and a friend of Satan. Fortunately, it’s never too late. You can repent. The Greek word for ‘repent’ is ‘metanoia,’ which essentially means to change your mind. Shift your perspective away from a theology centered on works and embrace the simplicity of the Good News. While many religions revolve around laborious efforts and a costly journey, the Good News stands apart, offering a free gift—an emancipation and complete rest in Jesus Christ.

So, Benoit, what’s the ultimate key to salvation? When the anxious jailer, who held Paul captive, asked about eternal life in agony, what reassuring words did Paul offer? Did he advise, “Become a disciple, forsake everything, and dedicate your life entirely to the cause, then you’ll be saved”? No.

Did he suggest, “Cease all sinful acts, sever ties with your family, and completely detach from the world, then you’ll be saved”? No.

Paul’s response was clear-cut, devoid of elaboration or omission:

And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

Acts 16:31 (King James Version)

That’s exactly what Jesus teach in John chapter 3. Believe for salvation, nothing else.

Would you like to finally accept the Good News, Benoit? It’s simple, easy, fast, and it’s a totally free gift. Jesus is God incarnate who came to Earth to save us by taking a burden we couldn’t bear. He suffered martyrdom and died crucified on the cross to pay the total debt of our sins with His own blood. He resurrected three days later for our justification and to guarantee us eternal life. The moment you believe in this, you are saved and sealed by the Holy Spirit, forever, not even the devil who constantly accuses you of your sins before God can take you away from God’s firm grasp. That’s the Good News, received only through belief. It’s what we call the Glory of God.

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

John 3:36 (King James Version)

It’s quite fascinating to see how much you distort my statements 😂
On the contrary, I believe in every word of Scripture. Not just in 2 or 3 passages. I believe in every single word. Tota scriptura. I embrace the words of Jesus… all of them. I embrace the word of God as conveyed by Peter, Paul, James, John…

I don’t reject 50% of the scriptures like you do. I don’t dismiss entire books like you do. Never forget that you believe the Book of James shouldn’t even be in the scriptures because you think James contradicts Paul and that what he wrote is false.

So, I suggest you take a pause and focus on your own understanding. And when, if ever, you comprehend, then you’ll see which one of us had the log in their eye.

PS. Reread your last response and compare it with my initial message, and you should see how you’ve just flipped everything I wrote.
Projection and inversion… once again.

It’s not a matter of having a straw or a log in the eye. Let me remind you that you’re the one who came attacking my faith. If my faith had been weaker, I might have deleted all the game development content from my hard drives. It came close to happening in the past when my grasp of the gospel was clouded due to lordshippers like you, who focus solely on sins and overlook the remedy. What you’re advocating is both perilous and heavily misguided.

You reject the entirety of God’s Word by rejecting the Good News. Everything written from the beginning points to the Good News, that Jesus had to die for our sins.

Just so you know, one can attain salvation without ever reading a single word of the Bible. Simply hearing, understanding, and aligning with the message is sufficient for immediate salvation. There’s no need to boast about having a comprehensive knowledge of the scriptures.

Salvation might even occur at the very end of one’s life, even on their deathbed. God’s primary intention isn’t our destruction; quite the opposite, He desires the salvation of all. He’s merely conveying that His dwelling is holy, and sin, even as little as 1%, cannot infiltrate it. Thus, sin must be eliminated, and to facilitate this, complete forgiveness freely and effortlessly given.

What more proof do you need?

Eternal life is a free gift. Paul is clear about this throughout all his epistles. All the requirements in your initial comment are excessively costly to the highest degree.

Jesus is clear in John chapter 3 that eternal life is received through belief. It’s immediate, just like the Israelites who were saved from death by snake bites with a single glance at the bronze serpent.

The thief on the cross beside Jesus was saved instantly. He understood his sinful nature and he believed who Jesus was. No works required, no time allotted to prove his faith through deeds. In contrast, the second thief lacked faith and arrogated a sense of entitlement from God.

I’m not against the Book of James; it serves to understand the necessity of the Good News. James is one of the best books to make people realize the burden of the law for those who attempt to be saved by the works of the law.

For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it.

James 2:10 (King James Version)

Having faith in the law and the flesh would demand complete integrity, but it’s impossible. Just as it’s impossible to follow Jesus as disciples in Matthew, Mark, and Luke.

The Good News is proclaimed in the book of John and in Paul’s epistles.

You would do well to seek to believe in the Good News and guard it like a treasure. That’s the Good News upon which my faith is based, a house with foundations that will never crumble, not because of what I do in my life but because of what Jesus did.

I hope this message inspires you.

I’ll make it simple for you, short and sweet…

Do you accept the Book of James and EVERYTHING written in it?

  • A- yes
  • B- no

PS. I accept EVERY SINGLE word, from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21

Tell me what faith without works is worth according to James…

“My brothers, what use is it if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, ‘You have faith; I have deeds.’ Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless?”

James 2:14-20

Faith without works is:

  • A- sufficient
  • B- dead

Is James:

  • A- right
  • B- wrong

When you create these questionnaires, you limit my response. This approach can be interpreted as a manipulative tactic aimed at confirming your perspective. It seems you inevitably anticipated that my choice of response would be as follows:

  • B- Faith is dead
  • A- James is right

And so, you might think, “Ah, I hit the mark! I managed to make you admit my position!”

This requires an explained response.

Indeed, James states that faith is dead without works, and personally, I believe he’s right in accusing those in the Jewish assembly who lean towards favoritism and hypocrisy, and this type of denunciation remains valid today against hypocrisy. However, James had not yet received the revelation of Jesus’ resurrection; they were still under the doctrine of the law. Moreover, the book of James begins by addressing the twelve dispersed tribes, which is not the Church.

The book of James is in no way the Good News, the one announced by Paul and revealed by Jesus himself. The revelation contained in the scriptures unfolded progressively, even in the Old Testament. In the texts of the New Testament, this progression is exposed in the book of Acts. The transition between the understanding of law and grace begins to take shape, leading to the full revelation of the Good News presented by Paul in his epistles.

The book of James was written before the meeting in Jerusalem in chapter 15.

In chapter 15 of the book of Acts, we can observe the tension between Paul and those who were still attached to the law, like James. On his part, Peter recalls the vision that led him to Cornelius, where he understood that he had to offer eternal salvation even to the Gentiles. Peter supports Paul at the Jerusalem council. They begin to put the puzzle pieces together.

Here are some key verses:

“And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.”

“But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.”

“And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.”

“Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?”

The book of Galatians is filled with these facts.

“Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father”

“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel, which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

“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.”

“For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.”

“For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

“But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord’s brother.”

“Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also. And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain.”

“Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.”

In short, what I’m trying to explain to you is that there has been a progression in the revelation of salvation, and you are still under the yoke of the law, which was never meant to save us but to expose us to ourselves and realize our state of sinners, ultimately accepting the Good News.

The use of the book of James in hopes of saving souls should be avoided at all costs. This book boils down to condemnation, for valid reasons. According to the Royal Law itself, a person without works should be condemned, but God’s will is not for us to perish. Instead, He has offered a path of salvation through grace to all who accept it. The term “grace” implies that we don’t deserve it, which means it’s not our works, motivation, or perseverance that save us.

Jesus is the only possible way to heaven. He has accomplished everything for us; He died for our sins, and simply believing in His accomplishment is enough to be saved forever and have the guarantee of eternal life. Once we are saved, our sins lose their condemning effect on us, and we gain a liberty that is total. However, this doesn’t mean that God encourages malicious acts towards others, considering that we have been saved by God who is absolute Good. Paul warns us against such actions. Being still tied to our human nature, our sins continue to have physical and tangible consequences. Moreover, there are losses of rewards for those who choose to walk in malice and drift away from the Good News. UPDATE: for example, when you walk away of the Good News in your walk, you can easily fall prey of self-condemnation and depression. If you never go to the theater or play video games for legalistic reasons, you may be missing joyful moments that God didn’t call impure for you. If you harbor malice, you risk not only damaging your human relationships but also missing out on genuine moments of connection and joy.

The invitation is open to all to progress and grow spiritually. It is encouraged to walk this path and grow in the spirit, where no law opposes the spirit.

Amen.

UPDATE

The Calvinist individual shared a video featuring David Pawson, another highly renowned Calvinist preacher. Here’s the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zU-0XvpjJx4

I strongly disagree with the following point that David Pawson presents in the video you provided me with:

“God chooses who must be saved, we make no choice, it’s God who chooses us. And he chooses some to be saved and others not. He chooses some for heaven and leaves the others for hell.”

I’m not misconstruing his statement by taking him out of context; he consistently makes similar claims in other videos. Asserting that humanity doesn’t possess free will is a distortion of Christianity propagated by Calvinists.

Their doctrine is built upon five key points, often referred to as the T.U.L.I.P. acronym. Interestingly, what else has five points in Satanism? The pentagram?

It wouldn’t be surprising if the tulip symbol holds a special significance within freemasonry or in the works of Aleister Crowley or Albert Pike.

Regarding John Calvin, the founder of Calvinism, his actions were marked by malevolence. He was a pawn of the devil who sanctioned the burning alive of those with dissenting views under the guise of heresy. Such atrocities, resembling the inquisition of the Catholic Church, might contribute to a massive persecution of believers during the impending 7-year tribulation period.

The Apostle Paul and specific teachings of Jesus indeed touch upon predestination, a concept distinct from the interpretations propagated by Augustine of Hippo and the Calvinist sect.

From the inception of creation, the only and unique path to salvation has always been through the Good News. The world has already undergone judgment due to its fall in accordance with both the Mosaic law and the inherent moral law within our hearts. Yet, out of boundless love, God’s intention isn’t condemnation but rather forgiveness for every soul, contingent on their repentance; believing the Good News. Hence, it was predestined that Jesus (God in human form) would serve as the ultimate sacrificial redemption for the world’s sins. Led by His sovereignty (as the principles of salvation are not determined by humans or angels), God had already ordained that faith in the accomplished redemptive mission of Jesus Christ would grant eternal life, while rejecting the Good News would result in condemnation. The arrival of Jesus was foretold as far back as Genesis, highlighting the predestined nature of the salvation plan.

Jesus only ask you to believe for you to be saved, an act empowered by your free will upon understanding your inherent imperfection. The deceit of the devil lies in fostering the belief that your freewill is nonexistent or, worse yet, forbidden to you. This misleading idea also involves the belief that the untrue Calvinist god has directly put faith in you, believing on your behalf because of mankind’s total depravity. This notion directly challenges the core of the Good News and poses a grave threat to those who fall for this misleading message.

To put it plainly, Calvinism propagates the falsehood that ‘faith’ is the bestowed gift, rather than ‘salvation’ itself. Consequently, they assert that your acts of self-sacrifice and your deeds serve as evidence that you’ve genuinely received this bestowed gift.

All these prominent Calvinist pastors, including John MacArthur, David Pawson, R.C. Sproul, John Piper, Ray Comfort, and more, appear to have affiliations with the devil. Their elevated positions on radio stations, consistent presence in mega conference halls, and successful book sales suggest a connection with the elite ruling this world. It’s likely that their ability to maintain such influence is due to their alignment with the devil and the world’s ruling powers. By presenting themselves as cultured and scripturally grounded, they obscure the message of the Good News while profiting monetarily, thereby appeasing the devil’s agenda.

The devil harbors jealousy because our salvation is so simple and free. Although the devil perceived the crucifixion of Jesus as a monumental triumph, it was in reality his ultimate defeat. Believing that he could ensnare all souls by corrupting humanity with sin, the devil aimed to compel God, as the Judge, to pass condemnation, but with the resurrection, Jesus gave him the finger, declaring that he had paid our debt with his own blood (infinitely more potent than animal sacrifices, ensuring it’s not a temporary pardon with conditions). He bore our condemnation on the cross, shattering the chains of sin that bound our souls, making us totally free.

The devil’s persisting strategy involves attempting to attach a price tag to eternal salvation through religious systems. He aims to perpetuate a sense of condemnation, incrementally levied day by day. This scheme is analogous to how mega-corporations inflate energy taxes, which, ideally, should be accessible to all without charge.

In conclusion, I regret to inform you that I won’t be able to sustain these discussions due to my already overwhelming schedule. My intention is not to engage in a prolonged debate, but rather to sincerely hope that you might understand the liberating message of the Good News. If possible, I would suggest revisiting the Bible with the perspective of the Good News at heart. For a span of a month, perhaps try to envision yourself as an advocate of the Good News. I myself undertook this approach when confronted by a fellow seeker, as I too once mistakenly believed that salvation was evidenced by our deeds and the actions of others. I took it upon myself to apologize to those to whom I had conveyed this misguided notion. Now, my faith stands firm, my journey in the spirit flows unburdened and purposeful, and despite the challenges posed by increasingly uncertain times, my life remains enriched with blessings.

May God bless you!

The entire video revolves around James and Paul and the topics of faith and works.

What does he say regarding faith without works?

What does he say about those who merely proclaim that they believed that… without demonstrating the evidence of their faith?

It’s fascinating how you’re not addressing what you’ve just watched lol

So, is James right in asserting that faith without works is dead, or is he still mistaken and what he wrote is heretical and contradicts the word of God?

James details the parameters of genuine faith versus superficial faith and gives us examples of genuine faith based on the Old Testament that demonstrate how true faith in God manifests.

You reject the writings of James and claim that faith without works is a fundamental error that shouldn’t be included in the scriptures.

I’m still waiting to see when you’ll copy this passage that doesn’t exist since the conversation you’re referring to isn’t about James but rather about Peter.

This marks my final attempt to present the truth to you.

Have you meticulously gone through my messages, ensuring you didn’t overlook any lines? The guidance I’ve shared should have been explicit enough to assist you in uncovering the truth. By now, you should be recognizing the fallacy in David Pawson’s assertions.

Should you require additional insights regarding the book of James, I encourage you to delve into Romans chapter 3.

Therefore **WE** conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

Romans 3:28 (King James Version)

It’s important to note that the term “we” in this verse encompasses James as well. The Epistle to the Romans was penned after the Jerusalem Council, where it was collectively established that faith alone suffices, dispelling the necessity of works. This clarification was made to address James’ earlier stance. It was Paul’s revelation from Jesus Christ that illuminated this truth, following challenges he and his disciples faced from Jerusalem’s men.

Hence, the Book of James isn’t related to the Good News. During its authorship, James had yet to receive the revelation that had been conveyed to Paul. The Jewish community was still under the influence of the Law and Jesus’ teachings concerning discipleship, as presented in Matthew, Mark, and Luke. During this era, none of Jesus’ disciples had comprehended the purpose behind His death and resurrection. This particular mission had been entrusted to Paul, chosen by Jesus for this divine purpose. Given Paul’s background of persecuting and even causing the death of Jesus’ followers, he found it more accessible to grasp the concept of God’s ‘grace’.

While the Book of James may not pertain to eternal salvation, it still holds value in preventing hypocrisy within the Church and promoting ethical conduct. Its presence in the Bible remains significant, as long as believers acknowledge the evolving revelations that unfolded over time.

Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

Romans 4:7-8

The sole path to total forgiveness is through believing the Good News. Presently, your stance acknowledges a total lack of belief in the Good News. Your strong opposition to the gospel places you in stark alignment with the antichrist, who is anticipated to ascend as the world’s temporary ruler in the near future.

The current chaos prevailing in the world is orchestrated to facilitate the emergence of the antichrist, who will present himself as a savior restoring order amid chaos. Among Christians, it’s understood that this chaos is deliberately manufactured by the ruling elite. The antichrist will guide people towards a path of self-righteous works and the repentance for their sins, through rituals, animal sacrifices, and the veneration of his image by accepting the Mark of the Beast. The troubling question arises: how many professed Christians will be ensnared due to their rejection of Jesus’ redemptive sacrifice? Unbelievers aren’t just atheists, but also Christians declining the free gift of salvation.

Initially, the antichrist will appear as a benevolent figure, a pseudo-Messiah resembling Jesus. This clever façade will lead many astray, causing them to jubilantly proclaim “Hallelujah!” Yet, his true intentions will become evident, as he stands in stark opposition to the core message of the Good News—much like those who reject it. This stark contrast will serve as the sign for believers to identify him as the antichrist.

The antichrist’s followers, drawn from his close disciples and worldwide converts, will engage in conflict against the true saints—those who have believed Jesus’ sacrificial atonement as their sole assurance of eternal salvation, without reliance on the works of the law. What distinguishes the tribulation saints, who will bravely face death rather than forsake their faith, is their unwavering knowledge that they already possess eternal life and the promise of resurrection. They’ll know that the antichrists isn’t their true Sheppard.

No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Luke 16:13 (King James Version)

The Mammon verses doesn’t actually pertain to money, contrary to popular belief. Instead, it conveys the idea that you can’t simultaneously serve God and religion. See, God’s forgiveness is a free gift, while religious forgiveness come at a cost, kind of like spiritual currency.

So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

Revelation 3:16 (King James Version)

Lukewarm doesn’t mean you’re a passive Christian, which is often misunderstood. It’s actually a warning against blending God’s free gift with works. Consider those false teachers who claim to preach free grace, but sneak in intense works as part of salvation.

Telling people they need to sell everything to be saved isn’t the Good News. If you’ve gone all-in on that idea and let go of everything, thinking it’s the only way to get eternal salvation, I’m genuinely sorry for what you’ve gone through. I get that it might be tough to consider that your sacrifices, made in Jesus’ name, might not have been necessary.

Conversely, God does not compel you to forsake having a family, a job, a career, or personal passions. You can share the Good News regardless of your life’s pursuits. Consider that even the apostle Paul engaged in tent-making as a livelihood, and at times, he lived in a house.

Presently, you might be toiling under a spiritual debt that you’ll never manage to repay, and this weight may contribute to facing God’s wrath during judgment.

Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

Romans 4:4-5 (King James Version)

You’re free to persist in this grave error, Benoît, but honestly, as far as I’m concerned, I don’t have time to go in circles anymore. I should follow Paul’s advice:

Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

Romans 16:17-18 (King James Version)

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. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

Galatians 1:8-9 (King James Version)

My intention isn’t centered on triumphing in a debate. At this juncture, the struggle lies within yourself. It seems that your stance leans more towards obstinacy rather than comprehension. I am burdened with responsibilities tied to my career, and in the meantime there are others who require my time to receive the Good News. Fortunately, many individuals—those who don’t harbor pride in their hearts—wholeheartedly believe the Good News upon hearing it and are saved.

Amen.


4 responses to “Must I give up gamedev to be spiritually saved?”

  1. Elder Avatar
    Elder

    I watched the horror movie “Saw X” tonight. It serves as a striking analogy for Calvinism (false Christianity) and other work-based religions.

    In the film, the madman known as John Kramer, or Jigsaw, offers ‘life’ to his victims, in the same way as the Calvinist God. He genuinely wants them to grasp liberation from their sins through his twisted version of grace; a very narrow path of self sacrifice and agony. Very few in the series endure to the end, because, of course, it’s the devil’s path.

    All in all, John Kramer might be an apostle of excellence for Lordshippers and Calvinists.

    In reality, God made salvation (aka Eternal Life) extremely easy so that whosoever believe in the Good News is immediately saved, forever. Jesus did all the painful labor for us. The reason believing is necessary is because we’re under the ensnarement of the evil Snake of Persuasion that keep souls in a state of condemnation.

    God isn’t a taskmaster, he’s our savior freeing us from the real taskmaster: the devil.

  2. Elder Avatar
    Elder

    Amen to your testimories, zetapal and Fenelasa. Have you found my article from Eva Saved by Grace or Gregg Jackson’s youtube channels?

    You know, the moment it clicked for me that God came down personally to take the hit for my sins, securing my ticket to heaven as a completely free gift, that’s when my belief became rock-solid. It was like a lightbulb moment. And yeah, if salvation was some kind of “only the best survive” Hunger Games scenario like those street preachers make it out to be, I’d probably still have a bunch of doubts about the whole gospel deal. Fortunately for everyone, God made the rescue plan simple, easy and totally free.

  3. zetapal Avatar
    zetapal

    Calvinism is precisely this teaching that kept me from knowing the truth for 10 years. Praise Jesus, He opened my eyes. It’s so simple. Why does everyone feel the need to complicate everything?

    Turning from sins to be saved= bad news
    Christ did all the work, trust in Him= good news

    It leaves me in awe at how much God loves me and how simple he truly made salvation for everyone who would simply believe on the Lord Jesus Christ!

  4. Fenelasa Avatar
    Fenelasa

    I have wasted many years under the spirit of bondage and fear. I too didn’t have a full understanding of grace and what was secured for us through the Gospel. It truly is The Good News.

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