(From the 10 LIES OF RELIGIOUS CHRISTIANITY)
If you can recall in Lie #1, the First Layer Gospel promises eternal life for everyone who believes. After you have confessed with your mouth and believed in your heart that Jesus is Lord, you place in heaven is secured. A few weeks later, you will realize that this promise is only a marketing gimmick.
The religious pastors will tell you that you can still go to hell even after you have become a Christian. (By the way there is no provision in the Bible for us to “unsave” ourselves.) So, how can Christians go to hell? The religious pastors have created several ways for you to do that. I have summarize them into the following categories:
1. Reverse your confession.
2. Blaspheme against the Holy Spirit.
3. Not behaving in accordance to the accepted standard.
4. Asking God for the wrong thing.
Let me explain in detail.
Reversal of your confession.
This means you say the opposite from what you have said when you were first saved. You do that by telling Jesus that you don’t want him, you reject him, tell him to get out of you life or any other words with similar meanings. You may say that consciously, in a fit of anger, when you are drunk or when you talk in your sleep. According to some churches, you will cease to be a Christian and you will go to hell.
Let us assume that the above doctrine is true. What will happen if you have rejected Jesus out of a fit of anger? The answer is to accept him back. Repeat the sinner’s prayers and you are saved again. In this scenario, one can move from heaven to hell and back to heaven again quite often, depending on how impetuous one is.
However, the real problem is what if you do not remember your rejection of Jesus. You may have rejected Jesus in your sleep or at a time when you were very busy. So, you end up going to hell without knowing it. The solution is to play safe by saying the sinner’s prayers every day.
This is the result of living as a religious Christian.
Blaspheme against the Holy Spirit.
This is the most damming part. This doctrine is based on Jesus’ words in the Bible taken out of context.
28I tell you the truth, all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them.
29But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin.”
Mark 3:28-29 (NIV)
The words in the above verses were specific for that time and place only. These words not repeated in other locations and time. However, religious pastors had made them applicable for everyone of us. If you blaspheme or say any bad things about the Holy Spirit, you will go to hell. No one can help you. This is a life of misery.
Who do you think will fall for this threat? The answer is, those who take it seriously. The harder you try not to blaspheme the Holy Spirit, the more likely you will do it. Let me conduct an experiment here.
Think of the Holy Sprit. Recite the term “Holy Spirit” repeatedly in your mind. See next page.
Ops! You have just called the Holy Spirit stupid. You are doomed to hell forever.
If you are terrified, be calm. You can never go to hell for any sins. The blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is a perversion of the Bible. If we can go to hell so easily, Satan will not be bothered to tempt us with so many sins. All he has to do is to repeat what I have done above.
Not behaving in accordance to the accepted standard.
This is the most popularly used in religious churches. Let me refer to Lie #1. In the First Layer Gospel, you were told that you are saved by faith alone. In the Second Layer Gospel, you will be told that faith without works is dead. This means the promise of faith alone in the First Layer Gospel is no longer applicable.
The next question is, what sort of works and how much of them? The answer is unlimited. It depends on how creative your pastors are. So, you will have an unending list of dos and don’ts to do. As I have mentioned in Lie #1, every church has different list. Certain acts like going to a cinema to watch a movie, can be acceptable in certain churches but is a sin in some others.
Failure to conform to the unwritten list may cause you to go to hell. If you happen to be in a very strict church, then you will have a higher chance to go there.
The most common standard is the requirement to confess your sins. Some churches believe that unconfessed sins can get you to hell. If that is so, you cannot afford to accumulate your sins daily to confess because you might forget some. Imagine a scenario where you committed 100 sins and you only confessed 99 of them. This one sin that you missed can get you to hell.
What is the solution then? You must confess the sins the moment you commit them. So, you entire waking hours are filled with confessions of sins. What a life!
There is also another twist to this rule. Some theologians came up with this idea that if you have truly believed in Jesus, you will have the desire to live the right way. This means you want to do what they tell you to do. If you don’t, then this means you have never really believed in Jesus. In this case, you have never been saved in the first place. Your destiny is hell.
Let me give you an illustration on what this means. Suppose I have the desire to pray now. This means I have truly believed in Jesus. I am saved. Five minutes later, I have no desire to pray. . This means I have not truly believed in Jesus. I am not saved. In another five minutes, I have the desire to pray again. So, I am saved again. My past keeps changing depending on my desire of the moment. Welcome to the life of religious Christianity.
Asking God for the wrong things.
This is what happened to me. I have a blog, which I write on trusting God for all our desires, including the desire for a lot of money. Many Religious Christians tried to write in to witness the truth to me because they want to save my soul. It seems that asking God to give me a lot of money will cause me to go to hell.
I don’t think I have to remind you that there is no Biblical basis on any of the above loopholes to hell. So, the forth clue to identify a religious church is after the First Layer Gospel stage, they will show you that the door of hell is open again for you.