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We Must Know the Fallacy Of the Doctrine of Repentance and Throw It Away by Our Own Accord

 

< Galatians 6:1-10 >

“Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For each one shall bear his own load. Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”



The background of the times when the Apostle Paul had recorded Galatians is as follows. Because there were Judaic circumcisionists within the churches of Galatia, they had confused the faith of those who believed in the true gospel of the water and the Spirit. In short, there was an urgent need for him to rebuild their faith of believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. This is why the Apostle Paul said, “For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ” (Galatians 1:12). And also, regarding the faith in which he believes, he said, “Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead)” (Galatians 1:1).

To rebuild the broken faith of Galatian believers, he had to make them discern the true gospel from the false one of the circumcisionists. The Apostle Paul said that the gospel that he possessed was not from men, but was only from God. The Apostle Paul confessed that he was nailed to the Cross with Christ and was resurrected with Christ. By saying, “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Galatians 3:27), the Apostle Paul tells us in general that the faith of believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit is the faith that enables us to be baptized spiritually in Christ.

When we are reading Galatians, we must first understand the circumstances of the Galatian churches back then, and we must know that it is speaking to us about the erroneous faith of those who advocated physical circumcision. Their erroneous faith has continued on down to this day and age. Its modern manifestation is the doctrine of repentance, which says that one can receive cleansing of one’s sins through prayers of repentance, but Paul is saying that that faith is erroneous.

We must know that the gospel that Paul was preaching is the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Thus, whoever wants to meet Jesus Christ the Savior will have to know and believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Only when we believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, can we die with Jesus Christ and be brought back to a new life with Jesus Christ. And, as for those who believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, they can lead a life of true faith by following that gospel.

While preaching sermons on the Word of Galatians, I have come to realize that those of us who believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit are the recipients of a great spiritual blessing from God. Numerous people who lead a life of faith in Christianity in this day and age believe that their sins would be cleansed by offering prayers of repentance. But, I have also come to realize more clearly that such faith is greatly mistaken. So, I planned to publish these books on Galatians so that today’s Christians will be awakened from their erroneous faith by illuminating them with examples of legalistic faith that had existed in the Early Church era.

For us to spread the faith of the gospel of the water and the Spirit like this and to be able to correct people’s erroneous faith is in itself an extremely great work. If God hadn’t recorded the Book of Galatians, we would not have known how erroneous the doctrine of repentance is today. If it were not for the Word of Galatians, we would not have been able to point out the erroneous faith of those who believe that their sins are cleansed by their prayers of repentance. If not for Galatians, we would not have been able to lead so many people on the correct path by the faith of believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. It is so fortunate that we possess the Word of Truth to precisely judge what is right and what is wrong.

We must know the real gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit. The doctrine of repentance, which insists that a person can receive the cleansing of sins by offering prayers of repentance, is a greatly mistaken dogma. Taking the erroneous faith of the circumcisionists as an example, the Apostle Paul kindly speaks to those of us today about the inconsistencies of the prayer of repentance. How fortunate we are to have the Apostle Paul accurately point out and speak about the inconsistencies of the prayer of repentance. The teachings in Galatians enable us to require much less effort to spread the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Galatians allows us to discover the mistaken faith of those who believe in this day and age that one can receive the remission of sins by offering prayers of repentance by accurately pointing out the mistaken faith of circumcisionists in those days. By having the same faith that Paul had, we are able speak today to those Christians who possess the erroneous faith of the prayer of repentance about the inconsistencies of their faith.

It is said in the last chapter of Ecclesiastes, “Of making many books there is no end, and much study is wearisome to the flesh” (Ecclesiastes 12:12), and this is really true. This is because literature is something that must come to an end within limited passages after being written. When I preach a sermon at the pulpit, I can change the topic immediately no matter how illogical it is. But that's okay because the congregation can fully understand what I am saying without any supplementary explanation. However, literature is something that has a strict format and can accurately express what needs to be conveyed. Otherwise, the original purport of the message is prone to change. This is why the literature ministry is an arduous job. Yet, because such literature ministries are necessary, we are making literatures to preach the gospel more effectively. Literature ministries are immensely beneficial to the spreading of the gospel of the water and the Spirit that we do. Literature ministry is an important tool to the spreading of the gospel of the water and the Spirit. And, I am exceedingly happy and thankful of the fact that God has entrusted you and me with this work. Knowing that literature ministries are beneficial to the spreading of the gospel, we cannot neglect this work, and we give thanks to God even more for having entrusted us with this work.

Resting fields are lands that aren’t being used for farming by people. As it is said, “Ill weeds grow apace,” there are many weeds in a resting field. If one wants to cultivate a resting field, the person must weed the field first, and then, sow the field, give water, and fertilize the soil to allow the plants to grow. Similar to this, if we were to spread the gospel of the water and the Spirit to everyone all over the world, we cannot just plant the gospel of the water and the Spirit into the completely ruined fields of people’s hearts. The reason is because if we were to sow seeds of life of the gospel of the water and the Spirit on top of it, no matter how good the seeds may be, they will all just die because the hearts of the people are like resting fields. Even in the realm of true faith, one must weed out the erroneous faith first, and then, sow the seeds of the gospel of the water and the Spirit on top of it. Up until now we have taken such steps and have spread the gospel of the water and the Spirit all over the world in a very orderly fashion.

We have published first ten titles in the basic gospel series. The last two volumes in this series are about the sermons on the Tabernacle. Through this series, we have witnessed that the gospel that came by the water, the blood, and the Spirit is the real Truth. But there is a constant need to point out the spiritual weeds that have grown in people’s hearts. We must speak concretely about how and what is wrong with the faith that current Christians possess, and only by doing so, they can come back to the right faith by acknowledging that it has validity. Therefore, we have to witness the gospel of the water and the Spirit in the language of each race and each nation to tell them first about how their faith went wrong.

When we are imparting the gospel of the water and the Spirit to them, it is wise to speak to them in minute detail about their erroneous faith. It is possible for someone’s deeds to go wrong, but because the faith of believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit is so fundamental, it must not go wrong. I am now speaking about the false faith of those who are trying to receive the remission of sins by thoroughly offering prayers of repentance. Also, I am speaking about how the erroneous faith that they possess keeps them from receiving forgiveness from their sins before God.

Their faith is legalistic and wrong because it is the same faith as that of the circumcisionists among Galatians, who said that one had to receive physical circumcision to become a people of God. We have to tell everyone about the false doctrine of the prayer of repentance and admonish them to throw it away, and then sow the seed of the gospel of the water and the Spirit into the people who have accepted our admonishment. By doing so, the seeds can be properly planted, buds will come out, and bring forth their fruit in season. Although this work that we do is arduous, when we look at the fruits produced by our endeavor, we cannot but thank God.

Because we can see the roots of the true faith and the false faith when we read Galatians, it is a great help to our life of faith. With the teachings of Galatians, our faith is reinforced from its foundation. Dear fellow believers, no matter how impatient our character may be, when we are building a house, we first dig to make a foundation and then build the house on top of it. When people build houses, they either lay bricks or erect pillars after they have made the foundation strong. Like building houses in this way, there is an order to the spreading of God’s gospel of the water and the Spirit.

Preachers of the gospel should not just carelessly spread it, but rather, they should impart it in an orderly fashion so that people can understand it fully. Those who are spreading the gospel of the water and the Spirit should preach it in an orderly fashion, starting from basic teachings. I am saying that we must change the faith or the hearts of the others, step by step. To do this, first, we must have sufficient knowledge of the Bible; second, we must give an explanation appropriate for those who listen; third, we must teach them accurately and in minute detail so that they are be able to understand well; then, we must wait for them to throw away the erroneous faith on their own and to return to the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Also, we have to accept them with brotherly love so that they can unite with the predecessors in the church of God, and we must constantly share the faith of believing in the truth with the others and guide them well.

I am so glad that we are able to do such work. I am thankful because God has allowed progress in the spreading of the gospel of the water and the Spirit, and I am thankful of the fact that God is doing such work for us through His church.



Restore the Faith of Those Who Have False Faith

Let us all read together Galatians chapter 6 verse 1. “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.”

In Galatians chapter 6, the Apostle Paul goes on to finish his admonishment. He has correctly pointed out the erroneous faith of the circumcisionists and now, he summarizes once more. In his heart, the Apostle Paul is bearing in mind the people who persist on circumcision. That is why he said, “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.” We should not try to drive out such people. Rather, we should bring the erroneous parts of their faith to their attention and advise them to believe correctly by teaching them the Truth.

And, he also said, “Consider yourself lest you also be tempted.” It is because whoever it may be, all of us could go wrong. In actuality, if it were the case that God hadn’t given His Word in His Church to the saints, their faith could go wrong without exception. Actually, insufficiencies of people’s deeds are not the problem. The greatest wrong before God is the spreading of false faith by distorting the Word of God. Whoever that may be, it could be the case that a person could incorrectly convey God’s Word by adding on his or her own thoughts or by having false knowledge because he or she does not apprehend the gospel of the water and the Spirit while looking at God’s Word. In doing so, one could preach the gospel of one’s own making. As a result, the true gospel of the water and the Spirit will fade away by such false preachers.

Even now, when we are preaching the true gospel of the water and the Spirit vigorously all over the world, so many false preachers still teach wrongly and stand against the Lord of the Truth. But, God does not want to leave such people as they are. That is why God has His servants stand in the church of God and he prevents the false teachers from distorting the gospel of Truth. He bestows the gospel of the water and the Spirit on His servants, by giving them knowledge and enlightenment. In doing so, God leads His church to move spiritually in the right direction, and he allows the gospel of the water and the Spirit to be conveyed to all people properly.

As the Apostle Paul said, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2), we must bear each other’s burdens. We must correct one another if something is wrong, and by doing so and we will unite one another and fulfill the law of the love in Christ. To do this, we must have true fellowship of faith in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. We must help many souls receive salvation from their sins, so they can spread the gospel to others so that all the people in the world will receive salvation. What Paul means by “bear one another’s burdens” is that we should devote ourselves to the spreading of the gospel of the water and the Spirit so that people will be able to receive the remission of sins, and that we should lead the saints to a right direction so that there would not be any quarrel in the church of God.

In Galatians chapter 6 verse 3, the Apostle Paul said, “For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.” To think that we are fully grown spiritually even though there is nothing advanced in our faiths is to lie to ourselves.

In the Early Church era, the circumcisionists were teaching sheer nonsense, for example that one would join the people of God by receiving physical circumcision. The Apostle Paul said, “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Galatians 3:27). Compared to Paul’s faith, the faith of those who advocate the physical circumcision is truly nothing. Abraham became a righteous person and had his faith approved by God because he had believed in the Word of God. His faith was accepted not because he had received circumcision in the flesh.

There is evidence that people became God’s people by truly believing in God’s Word, and that is what is called spiritual circumcision. When God commanded Abraham to receive circumcision, it could be interpreted as circumcision in the flesh, but in actuality, God was speaking about “circumcision of the heart” (Romans 2:29). Spiritual circumcision is cutting off sins in one’s heart exactly by the gospel of the water and the Spirit given to us by Jesus Christ. That is the true faith of spiritual circumcision. Therefore, the faith, which says that one would become people of God by receiving physical circumcision and not through the gospel of the water and the Spirit, is an erroneous belief. And also, we must understand that today’s prevailing belief that one would receive the remission of sins by offering prayers of repentance is also something erroneous.

Also, if anyone should think he or she is a righteous person when he or she is nothing, the person must now obediently accept again the gospel of the water and the Spirit, and be born again as a completely new person in this true gospel. Such a person must pass over all his or her sins to Jesus Christ by the faith of believing in the baptism that Jesus had received from John, and must be brought back to life together with Christ to become one of God’s people.

People today are lying to themselves by saying that they have received the remission of sins by offering prayers of repentance and believing only in the blood of Jesus Christ on the Cross. This is a big problem in today’s Christianity. Now, such faiths should be thrown away by one’s own will. Such faith is a faith by which one cannot become a righteous person. When one relies only on the sacred blood of the Cross, the erroneous belief that one receives the cleansing of sins by offering prayers of repentance will automatically follow. If one were to believe only in the sacred blood of Jesus, that person cannot but make an effort to attempt to receive the remission of one’s own sins since the person wasn’t able to pass over his or her sins to Jesus Christ through the baptism that Jesus received.

If we do not believe that all our sins have been transferred over to Jesus when He had received the baptism from John the Baptist, it would forever be impossible to receive the remission of sins. If you were to realize the gospel of the water and the Spirit, you would be realizing this: “Ah, all my sins were transferred over when Jesus had received the baptism from John!” If you were to believe only in the blood of the Cross without knowing about the gospel of the water and the Spirit, you would have to offer prayers of repentance everyday to cleanse your sins. Also, by such faith, one would become a person of false faith who believes in the doctrine of sanctification, which says that a person would go on being sanctified little by little and that the person would be sanctified thoroughly upon his or her deathbed.

You must know why Christianity today has become so dark and why it has become a spiritual darkness. It is because most Christians currently believe that they are cleansing their personal sins by offering prayers of repentance everyday while believing only in the blood on the Cross. They turned spiritually dark because they falsely know and believe that they will gradually reach sanctification and that they will become perfectly sinless when they go before God. What is worse is that they don’t even think that their faith could possibly be wrong. Faith of such people is a failed faith that does not accomplish anything. Such faith is a faith that God cannot approve.

One can never be saved from sins if the person only relies on the faith of one’s own making without having faith in the Truth that God has delivered all sinners with the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Because today’s Christianity has created faith on their own, it becomes darker and darker spiritually, even though many chapel buildings have been built and the number of Christians has been increasing. Therefore, even in Christian nations, Christianity has no influence over the society. It cannot change people’s hearts, and nothing has been changed through the activities of Christians. Look everyone - aren’t the deeds of Christians and non-Christians the same? Because Christians today believe in something other than the gospel of the water and the Spirit, Christianity cannot display any ability, and the age of darkness continues.

Christians today who believe only in the blood of the Cross and rely on the prayer of repentance must realize that they haven’t become anything and they must instead believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Such Christians weren’t able to gain any spiritual improvements so far. Also, Christians who think that they have received the perfect remission of sins by simply believing in the blood of the Cross haven’t become anything. We must discern the true gospel from the gospel of non-truth. All of them should receive salvation from all sins by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit.

Let’s read verses 4 and 5 in chapter 6 of Galatians. “But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For each one shall bear his own load.”

When we think before God, we must examine our own work. We have to ask ourselves as follows: “Did we really receive the remission of sins before God?” “Were our sins really transferred when Jesus Christ received the baptism from John Baptist?” “Did we pass on the sins to Jesus by the faith of believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit?” If we can say "yes" concretely to every question above, we have received salvation by truly believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, and then we can have rejoicing in ourselves alone, not in another.

Also, as it is said that each one shall bear one’s own load, salvation from sins is something that one has to receive on his or her own, and the work of God is also something that one has to do on his or her own. How can there be someone who could believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit on your behalf? There is no one.

The Bible says that the prayer of repentance is wrong, but there are only a small number of people who actually repent and turn around from their evil deeds by faith while properly perceiving this knowledge. However, many Christians still do not throw away the faith in the doctrine of repentance on one’s own despite knowing that one cannot receive the remission of sins by offering prayers of repentance. Such people will not be able to receive the remission of sins in the end. Still, many people want to know the gospel of the water and the Spirit, but because they refuse throw away their prior erroneous knowledge, they cannot receive the true salvation. Even though you don’t believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, you may say in front of others that you have received salvation from sins, but as far as your conscience is concerned, you cannot say that to yourselves. People realize that they have nothing to boast to one’s own self about because the conscience of a sinner tells his or her soul, “You are still a sinner.”

That is why Christians throughout the world must turn around from their erroneous faith, which says that a person can receive cleansing of sins by offering prayers of repentance. One has to turn around to a correct way so that there will be something to boast about to one’s own self. One must be able to say, “Not considering any other things, I believe at least in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. The gospel of the water and the Spirit is the true gospel and anything else is a false gospel.” “Anyone who spreads anything other than the gospel of the water and the Spirit is completely wrong! Only this gospel of the water and the Spirit is the Truth. Although I am lacking in my deeds, I can boast about Jesus Christ because I at least believe in this.” As such, we must know and believe. People of faith should be able to boast to themselves about their faith of believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, which God has given to them as a gift. We can be proud of the gospel of the water and the Spirit only when we have a strong belief in the truth that the gospel of the water and the Spirit is the only true gospel.

Do you believe that the gospel of the water and the Spirit is the Truth? Do you believe that the doctrine of repentance is wrong? Do you know for certain that the faith of the ability to receive the remission of sins only by the blood of the Cross is wrong?

Truth is so clear. The gospel of the water and the Spirit that we believe is the Truth, but knowing why the prayer of repentance is wrong is also a knowing the real truth. As the Apostle Paul said out of anxiety that one would go to hell if one were to believe that a person would have to receive the circumcision in the flesh to receive salvation, the servants of God today are also saying out of anxiety, “Believe in the prayer of repentance and you will receive the curse.”

When we look at people’s hearts, we find them empty and void. It is also written in the Bible that people’s hearts are void and hollow. As God had said, “The earth was without form, and void” (Genesis 1:2), there was nothing concrete even in the hearts of those who believe in Jesus. Legalistic Christians were truly desolate people, because they don’t have the faith of believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. We cannot find the Truth of the gospel of the water and the Spirit in their hearts.

Once, there was a time when I had lamented because I felt a void in my heart. I could not fill the void of my heart no matter how fervently I had relied on the prayers of repentance. Lamenting didn’t do anything, so I came to look for the truth that would resolve the void. In the end, I found the gospel of the water and the Spirit in the Word of God, and when I believed in that truth, the void in my heart disappeared completely. Whoever it may be, the gospel of the water and the Spirit is the Truth that one must encounter before going to God.

Today, among people who believe in Jesus as the Savior, there are those who go on living with voids in their hearts due to their sins. Long ago, there was a gospel singer I liked. I once heard him singing praise on TV, and lyrics of his gospel songs were immensely good. But not long ago, I heard the sad news that he had committed a suicide. Despite the fact that he had spoken about salvation and had sung beautiful songs of praise to others, there was no real Truth of salvation in his heart. He had committed suicide because he felt this void because there was no gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit inside his heart.

All of us should believe with ours heart that Jesus Christ who came by the gospel of the water and the Spirit is the Savior. We must believe that only the gospel of the water and the Spirit is the real Truth of salvation that God has given to all of us. Therefore, we must possess the knowledge of the gospel of the water and the Spirit and the also faith of believing in that gospel Truth. Listen. The faith of believing only in the blood of the Cross today is like having a faith that rejects the baptism that Jesus had received from John. Similarly the faith of believing only in the blood of the Cross necessarily brings about the doctrine of repentance. Christians today also believe in the doctrine of sanctification, but you must know that this is also very wrong. Among the faiths of believing in only the blood of the Cross, what proper faith is there? Some theologians said that God had chosen some people and some not. Isn’t this doctrine wrong?

If we make a mistake buttoning the first button on a shirt, all the following buttons will be misplaced. The gospel of the Cross that most Christians solely believe in is like the wrongly fastened first button in Christian history. All the Christian doctrines are the offspring of this false gospel. You must understand that if you do not properly know that the today’s Christian doctrines are wrong, your faith will fall into the false faith.

In the early 16th century, Martin Luther strongly criticized the irrationality of the Vatican, which was saying that one would receive cleansing of sins if one were to purchase an indulgence. This caused the Reformation that put an end to the Middle Ages. But, he did not spread the gospel of the water and the Spirit. He only gave an opportunity for the Reformation. Other Reformists arose in Western Europe countries, but we cannot find any evidence that they had preached the genuine truth about the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Therefore, although many countries underwent the Reformation, there weren’t any believers of the gospel of the water and the Spirit to spread the true faith.

Some religious bodies advocate transubstantiation, but this is also of a false faith. Jesus said in the Gospel of John chapter 6 verse 55, “For My flesh is food indeed.” Our Lord said that His own flesh is the food for our life. This is because Jesus took on the sins of the world once and for all through the baptism received from John the Baptist, vicariously died on the Cross, resurrected from death, and became our savior. The Lord said that His flesh is the food of life due to the fact that the Lord had blotted out our sins by the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Thus, the doctrine of transubstantiation, which teaches that Christ is present in the Eucharist by the transformation of the substance of bread and wine into His body and blood, is completely wrong. It is not the case that we receive the food of life by eating bread and drinking wine when we perform communion services.

When the disciples of Jesus asked Him, “What shall we do, that we may do the works of God?” the Lord answered, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent” (John 6:29). To believe in He who was sent by God the Father is to do the works of God. Who is He that was sent by God the Father? He is the very Jesus Christ. What did Jesus Christ do after coming down to this earth? He saved us perfectly by receiving the baptism from John the Baptist, by shedding His holy blood to death on the Cross, and by resurrecting from the dead. Believing that He, Jesus Christ, took on our sins by receiving the baptism from John and then saved us by dying on the Cross while carrying on His back the sins of the world is doing exactly the work of God. Therefore, we must first believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Do you believe this?

Dear fellow believers, if you believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit in your hearts, you would have something to boast about in the hearts of each one of you. But if you don’t believe, there wouldn’t be anything to boast about. That is why each person has to know and believe in Jesus Christ who came by the gospel of the water and the Spirit as the Savior on one’s own. Because you cannot know the false doctrines or the words of swindlers on your own, God taught you what the non-truth is through His servants. But, whether or not you know and believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit is entirely up to you.



We Must Unite with the Believers of the Gospel of the Water and the Spirit

The Apostle Paul said in Galatians 6:6, “Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches.”

If a servant of God believes in the gospel of the water and the Spirit and teaches the Word of God, those who are taught should unite with the leader in heart. If we who are being taught do not model after the heart of the one who teaches us, we won’t be able to share good things with our leader.

It is certainly not the case that we become children of God by only receiving circumcision in the flesh. We must also know the truth that trying to receive the remission of sins by offering prayers of repentance is a mistaken belief. You must throw away the faith in such false doctrine. We must hold on tight to the gospel of the water and the Spirit inside our hearts and believe in it. However, we must not become a disbeliever in front of the God-given Truth by saying, “I don’t think like that.” We must make a choice between the Truth and the non-truth.

We must accept and obey by faith the fact that God has put His servants inside His Church. A true spiritual leader is someone who preaches the gospel of the water and the Spirit, and someone who does not preach this gospel is a fraud. Know that it is God who had appointed the leader who preaches the gospel of the water and the Spirit to you. Do you believe this? No matter how lacking I am, God has put me up before you. It’s not because I am smart. But, because God had given me the gospel of the water and the Spirit, I am able to do the works of God, teach the Word of God, and become the leader of the church of God and of our mission organization.

If I believe and deliver the gospel of the water and the Spirit, you should accept and believe me as your leader. Also, if I who believe and deliver the gospel of the water and the Spirit say, “Prayer of repentance is wrong,” you should know and believe this so. That is truly the right faith. The Apostle Paul, the leader of God’s Church in his days, had spread the gospel of the water and the Spirit, but some people said that one would become people of God if one were to receive physical circumcision. Is their faith right? The Apostle Paul said that such people are wrong.

The Apostle Paul said, “Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches” (Galatians 6:6). If so, what are the good things that the one who teaches has? They are to believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, to refrain from believing in the false doctrines, and to follow the will of God, even if they are lacking. We must do these things together. We should share with our leader all good things of him, but should not do bad things together with the leader. It is an outright statement, but there are many who do not obey this teaching. There are many who believe arbitrarily on their own. Yet, can faith grow by believing like that? It cannot grow.

Dear fellow believers, why do you go to school? If you are going to school to study books on your own and refuse to listen to teachers’ words why do you go to school? If you are going to do that, it is better to go to a reading room or an academy and study there. The reason why there are teachers is that they have learned first and are able to lead you as a guide. It is easily understood if one who is learning first receives guidance from the guide, then once it is learned, that person would be able to do it on one’s own from then on. Teachers also show their students the right path when they are on the verge of going astray.

As teachers are needed in school, servants of God are needed in the church of God. If there is no leader, spiritual death will soon come. If there is no leader, the saints will be spiritually swindled and robbed of all spiritual and physical possessions. We can learn such a good lesson from the Book of Judges. When God put a judge for His people of Israel, they kept their faith and were protected safely under the leadership of the judge. But, when there was no judge, they went astray spiritually and were deprived of their lives and properties by the Gentiles who were around.

Therefore, it is good to be in the church of God together with a leader who teaches God’s Word. There has to be a leader to lead each group; the elderly group, the junior high and high school group, the women’s group, and the youth group. In each church there also has to be a leader. It is because sheep would quickly suffer death if there were no leader.

It is a good thing that we have a nation. Would it be better not to have one? Of course, having a government is good. Dear fellow believers, think about the state of anarchy. If we were in a state of anarchy, there wouldn’t be any order in our daily life, no social norms, and truly, only the law of the jungle will reign. That is why Plato said that it is better to have a government that is evil than to have no government at all. In a country, there are people, and there has to be a leader to guide that country. As is the case that a president who protects his people’s welfare is good, there has to a leader in the church of God.

If the flock of sheep in the church of God does not recognize their leader, they would be like spiritual orphans. There can’t be any blessing of God given to such people. I am not saying these things to impress into your mind the fact that I am the leader, but rather, I am saying to you that there has to be a leader appointed by God for the faith of the saints to grow and lead a life of faith in the church of God. I affirm that if there is no leader in one’s heart, the person’s faith will never be able to grow.

Dear fellow believers, do you disbelieve the leader of the church of God, and do you have thoughts of dragging him down and taking over that position for yourself? Such thoughts are thoughts of opposing God.

In today’s Scripture passage, God told us that one who is taught the Word shares in all good things with him who teaches. He told us to share good things and not to follow bad things. Then, what are good things that a leader has? First, it is good to believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. What would happen if I were to believe in other gospels even though I believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit? You would only be able to follow as such and you would perish from such false faith. That is why it is said that the disciples of Jesus had considered things learned from the world as something like excrements. After believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit and having come to know the Truth, Christians who have falsely believed in Jesus so far, should throw away all false doctrines of Christianity by considering them as if they were excrements.

If you could recognize me as the leader who believes in and spreads the gospel of the water and the Spirit, then you are blessed people. You are taking part in good things along with someone who teaches the gospel of the water and the Spirit. If you do not believe in the leader and doubt him, or if you do not believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, you will not be able to share in the good things together.

In Galatians chapter 6 verse 7, the Apostle Paul said, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.”

Dear fellow believers, one must not deceive oneself. We must not lie to ourselves about whether we believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit or if we believe in a different gospel. It is said that God is not mocked. It means that God does not allow people to ridicule or sneer Him.

“If you were to believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, you have received salvation, and by doing so, you are My child.” If you believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit and say to God, “Father,” God will accept by saying, “Yes, I am your Father.” On the other hand, if those who don’t believe in this gospel Truth say, “God the Father,” He would say, “Are you mocking Me? How can I be the Father of a sinner?” That is why the Apostle Paul said, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked.” God is never someone to be ridiculed.

Galatians 6:8 states, “For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.”

What do we sow? Dear fellow believers, we must sow our faith. What kind of faith should we sow? It means that we must sow the faith of believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. That in turn is telling us that we must not sow on our own the faith that we have created by ourselves. It is said that people who believe in the God-given gospel of the water and the Spirit will reap everlasting life from the Spirit and that those who sow for one’s own flesh will reap corruption.

The Apostle Paul is now saying to today’s circumcisionists not to deceive themselves. Do you believe that you will become the people of God by receiving circumcision? As that is not the case, God speaks to those who believe in the doctrine of repentance to not lie to themselves. Sins don’t go away by offering prayers of repentance. Christians think that by not offering prayers of repentance is a heresy, but they know well for themselves that sins don’t disappear, no matter how fervently they offer prayers of repentance. Because they have no other way to make the sins go away, they rely on prayers of repentance. They need prayers of repentance because they believe only in the blood of the Cross, but if they were to believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, why would they need prayers of repentance? It wouldn’t be necessary. It is because all the sins of the world have already been transferred by the gospel of the water and the Spirit.

People who believe only in the blood of the Cross are the same as those who lie to themselves and mock God. God isn’t someone who gets ridiculed by people’s mockery, but it means that if people were to lie to themselves, they would be someone who ridicules God unintentionally. If a person, who is not a child of God, were to call out, “God the Father,” it would be like saying, “You are the Father of a person headed for hell.” Would God answer the call of such a person? Therefore, we must first believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit and become true children of God. And, only when we have become children of God, can we address God as the Father and return glory and praise to Him, rather than mockery.



A Man Reaps What He Sows

If one were to believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, that person would gain salvation, earn eternal life, become a child of God, and receive abundant blessings from God. However, if one were to offer prayers of repentance, believing only in the blood of the Cross rather than the true gospel of the water and the Spirit, that person would receive curses from God, fall into destruction, and go to hell. People reap what they have sown. So, what do we need to sow? We have to sow the faith from above. If we believe in the Word of God, we must believe in it with the same faith that God’s servant has in His Word. By doing so, we would be receiving the same blessing.

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In Galatians chapter 6 verses 9 and 10, the Apostle Paul said, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”

Dear fellow believers, if we were to unite together by faith and do the work of the gospel, people would be receiving salvation. To think about people who believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit rising throughout the world, we don’t really get fatigued.

Also, we must do good unto people of the same faith. It is not the case that we do good unto those who resist us, lie to God, lie to themselves and contend. Rather, we must do good unto those who follow the Lord well. We must serve the Lord by following the order that God has laid down in His Church.

 

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