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The Hope and Lite ministry is non-denominational. We believe that the light and truth of Christianity liberates people from oppression and manipulation. We are committed to sharing the truths of Christianity to liberate the minds and hearts of people, so that they will have a firm foundation on which to build a life in liberty and truth. Our mission is to help people to know and understand the Gospel which was established by Jesus Christ and His first apostles. We believe that a correct understanding of the principles of truth liberates hearts and minds from oppression.

We earnestly seek to promote the Christian view of man, which is the view that man was created in the “image of God,” and that this image was not lost at the fall of Adam. We assert that any view opposed to this is contrary to the correct Christian view of Man, which is that man has been endowed by our Creator with creativity, which is neccesary to fulfill his mission to promote good in the earth, fulfilling the commandment to love our neighbor.

We assert that to focus attention solely on eternal salvation, is to ignore an important part of the great commission, discipleship. Jesus said to go and make disciples of all nations, baptising in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything that He taught. Dicipleship is a mandate from Jesus, teaching people to obey everything that Jesus taught is also part of the great commission. Further, focusing solely on eternal salvation is ignoring God's mandate to do good on the earth for our fellow man, for whatever we do to the least of them we do unto God (Matthew 25: 31-46).

Further, the view of man as created in the image of God is necessary for the fulfillment of God's given mandate to replentish and subdue the earth. We believe that man has been endowed by our Creator with the ability to know, undertstand, and act on principles of truth, and that mankind was admonished by God to act on them for good, employing these principles to do good in this life, and eternally.

Mankind has been given the mandate to subdue the earth, thereby creating better conditons of life for man on the earth. This is accomplished as the result of having God's given attribute of being in His likeness at birth, and enables man to to understand, and choose to do good in this life, as well as acting on the necessary truths that lead to eternal salvation.

We are committed to promote the view of man as created in God's image, and that any view that is opposed to this is based on A Different Gospel than the one established by Jesus.

 

A different gospel has been adopted by the modern mainstream Christian church, a gospel which has been handed down through the generations since the time of Augustine. Due to Augustine's great influence and positon of authority in the church, his gnostic views were respected, accepted, and have been handed down by the church for about 1,700 years.. The early church leaders before Augustine taught a view completely contrary to the view of fallen man, that was infiltrated in the church by Augustine and other heretics who followed after him..

A Different Gospel

“I am asonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gosel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemed. As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned! (Galations 1: 6-9).”

Not everyone who says to Me, "Lord, Lord," shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, "Lord, Lord," have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name? And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness! Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall. (Matt 7:21-27).

As a new Christian I read these words, thinking that for the most part, they applied to people outside of the mainstream Christian church. I knew that there were some heresies in the church, but I thought that most of the church had orthodox doctrine. Little did I realize how wide spread gnostacism was in the church. I had often heard professing Christians warnings to test what you believe with scripture.

Little did I realize how much the people who were giving this warning needed to follow their own advice, and test their own beliefs with scripture. After much careful study, I have come to the conclusion that most professing Christians have a distorted view of Christian doctrine, yet they are convinced in their own minds that they have the truth.

I didn't realize at first how deep the heresies were, and how widely affected the church was with them. The modern professed Christians have been led to believe in a different gospel. The pastors and teachers have turned salvation into a judicial transaction rather than a moral transformation. This different gospel is so ingrained into the minds of people who sit under the false teachings of their pastors that they automatically look at scripture with tainted glasses, not noticing the discrepencies in what they have been indoctrinated to believe the Bible teaches, compared to what it actually teaches, although these discrepencies are blatantly obvious. The conscience of the modern professed believer has become so seared that they can't see the truth, they believe their pastors' twisted version of salvation instead.

At first, I was confused about the discrepencies between what the Bible teaches and what the pastors and other spiritual leaders were teaching. The accepted views were widely taught and accepted in the church, the pastors were good at making them sound plausible, being skilledl and convincing with their rhetoric. After many hours of study and prayer I wrote out a list of beliefs, showing where the mainstream Christian teaching differs with orthodox doctrine.

This list of beliefs is in line with the teachings of the early church fathers before Augustine. In my studies, I learned that Augustine was a Manichean gnostic before he converted to Christianity, and instead of giving up his gnostic beliefs, he incorporated them with Christianity. Hence, the doctrine of the dual nature of man was born in the church through Augustine. This doctrine stands in opposition to what the early church fathers taught. It portrays the view of man as having an inhereted fallen nature,through the fall of Adam.

Later, Martin Luther (an Augustinian Monk) organized Augustine's heresy altering the meaning of the Bible. Professing Christians today don't know that this doctrine, called the depravity of man, was not taught before Augustine. In fact, the teachings of the early church fathers runs in direct opposition to this doctrine. This was just the beginning of the heresy that was introduced into the church by Augustine's teaching.

The depravity of man heresy led to other doctrines which are just as heretical. Once the idea that man is not capable of choosing and acting on good is accepted, there is the necessity to twist a host of Bible verses in order to be in line with this heresy. Hence, we see a full blown view of so called Christian doctrine that is not supported by the Bible. One must distort and twist the Bible to maintain the view that is taught in all of the professing mainstream Christian denominations today. The following is a list of beliefs that the mainstream Christian church has rejected, but the Bible teaches.

 

1. There is nothing that man can do to merit salvation, because he is under condemnation for his past sins, and there is nothing that he can do on his own to remit them. Without God's merciful forgiveness, through faith, man cannot be saved (Ephesians 2: 8,9). The remission of past sins is a gift from God, but it is conditioned on a sincere repentance, and proof of repententence by deeds (Acts 26: 20) (Ephesians2:10). A person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone. Faith without works is a dead faith, and cannot save. (James 2: 20-26).

2. Jesus offered himself as a sin offering (Isaiah 53:10), a ransom for our sins (Hosea 13:14) (Matthew 20:28) (Mark 10:45) (1 Titus 2: 6)(Hebrews 9: 15)(Hebrews 10:12), to release man from the bondage of sin.

Jesus did not become sin for us. Paul taught that Jesus was blameless, without sin, providing the remission of sins. God required a perfect sacrifice, blameless and spotless. If man's sin had been transferred to Jesus, his sacrifice would have been a stench in God's nostrils, but Jesus' perfect and spotless sacrifice was a sweet aroma to God (Hebrews 7: 26) (Hebrews 9:14) (Ephesians 5: 1).

No where in the Bible does it teach that man's sin was transfered onto Jesus, or that he became sin for us. The proof text that people use to support their view that Jesus became sin for us is 2 Cor. 5: 21. which has been translated incorrectly in the modern Bibles.

The Church in Corinth read from a Greek translation (the Septuagint). The New Testament had not been written yet at the time. What Paul taught was that Jesus was a "sin offering. The Greek word, hamartia used in this passage, 2 Cor. 5: 21 means "sin", but it also means "sin offering." The Old Testament cross reference to 2 Cor. 5: 21 is Isaiah 53: 10, which teaches that Jesus was an offering for sin. The Hebrew word used for offering for sin in Isaiah 53: 10 is used many other places in the Old Testament, and is translated as "sin offering."

The translators continually translate this passage in the modern versions of the Bible as "sin" rather than "sin offering," in spite of the fact that it doesn't make sense to translate it this way, in view of the fact that that the Corinthians were reading from the Old Testament. The difference in the meaning. is huge. The difference is one of a transfer of sins, as opposed to Jesus being a ransom, a sin offering for the remission (pardon and release from) of sin. The translators are imbedding their personal bias in their translation of this passage. This is an example of interpretation, not translation.

3. Jesus' righteousness is not imputed to believers. Righteousness is acquired through faith (faithfulness to Jesus), not through the imputation of Jesus' righteousness. No where in the Bible does it say that Jesus' righteousness was transfered or imputed to believers. He who does what is right is righteous, he who does what is sinful is of the Devil (1John 3: 7,8).

4.Salvation through faith, is speaking about fidelity to God. One cannot say that they have faith if that faith is not proven by works. The meaning of the word “faith” is more accurately portrayed by the word “faithfulness” or “fidelity.” Faithfulness, or fidelity carries with it the meaning that faith must be proven by works. The works are not optional. If faith is not proven by works it is not a saving faith (James 2:14-26)). Faith does not nullify the moral law, rather, it upholds the law. None of the early church fathers before Augustine taught that man is saved by faith alone, that faith must not be proven by the works of the moral law. Nor did they teach that man is not obligated to obey the moral law to be saved. Man is saved through faith, proven by his deeds. Faith and deeds work together. (James 2: 14-26).

5. Man can only receive God's free gift of salvation through the forgiveness of his sins if he repents, with a godly sorrow and proves his repentence by his deeds. Forgiveness of sins must be proceeded by a godly sorrow, leading to repentence, a changed heart, and commitment to fidelity to God. Repentence must be proven by deeds (Acts: 26: 20). A mere repetition of the sinners prayer does not save. Mere belief is not enough. Even the demons believe and they tremble (James 2: 19). Mere agreement with God that you are a sinner and need His forgiveness is not enough. A mere apology for your sins is not enough.

6. Abraham's “faith (faithfulness) was credited to him as righteous. The Bible does not teach that Jesus' righteousness was imputed to Abraham. The righteousness that Abraham was credited with was because of his “faith (faithfulness),” not the result of Jesus' righteousnes being imputed to him. The Bible does not teach that Abraham was covered with Jesus' righteousness.

7. True repentance produces a purity of heart and a zeal and commitment to do what is right (Acts 26: 20) and clears us of all unrighteousness, through the conviction of the Holy Spirit. God does not repent or obey for you. The old man must be crucified. (Galations 5: 24) God will not decide for us, or change our will for us, to want to obey Him. Man is able and responsible to make the choice to obey. We are responsible to purify our minds from double mindedness. (James 4:8).

God expects us to not just believe, but to purify ourselves by our faithfulness to Christ, through our obedience, so that we can have sincere love for others (1Peter 1: 22). Man can only come to God through a godly sorrow and repentance for sins, and commitment to fidelity to Him. Those who truly belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires (Galations 5: 24).

8. A person who has not crucified the flesh, has given himself over to his own passions and desires, and sold himself to the slavery of sin, because of lawless choices he has made, not because of an inherent defect that he was born with. Sin is not genetic, or an inherited malady. It is not the result of a condition that was passed onto man from Adam. Sin is what you do (transgression of God's moral law) by the willful choices you make. God has given man the ability to discern right from wrong, and placed His law on the heart of every person.Paul taught in Romans 2 that when the Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature the things required by the law, they are a law for, themselves, even though they do not have the law, since they show that the requirements of the (moral) law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them. It is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God's sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous (Romans 2: 13-15).

Man is born with a moral conscience, and the ability to choose to do right. He is not born with the condition of moral depravity. The sinful nature belief came out of gnostic paganism, not Christianity. The person who continues to choose to do what he knows is not right becomes a slave to sin, and moves over to the condition that Romans 7 describes. Although he knows to do right, he becomes captive to sin because of his own unwillingness to make the effort to change.

All who do not take their sin seriously, deceive themselves, those who believe that God doesn't see their sin. If they live their lives given over to self indulgence, believiing that their sins are not held against them, and believe that they are without sin (in God's eyes), even though they are sinning, they are deceiving themselves.

This is the belief that the gnostics had, they believed that even though they were sinning, they were not sinning in the spirit. It is this attitude that John was rebuking when he said, "If we claim to be without sin we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us (1John 1:8). John rebuked gnostacism throughout his book in the Bible. Most professing Christians don't put John's teaching in the right context, and they twist what John taught, to mean just the opposite of what he really meant, that is, he was rebuking the way that the gnostics excused their sin. Likewise, professed Christians today twist the Bible to excuse their sin. They have the same attitude and beliefs about their sin that the pagnan gnostics did. Augustine was the first person who taught that Paul was talking about the Christian life in Romans 7. The church fathers before Augustine didn't teach that. They taught that man has the responsibility and the ability to choose to obey God.

9. It is by grace that you are saved, a saving grace that teaches us to say no to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self controlled, upright, and godly lives (Titus 2: 11,12). Circumcision nor uncircomciosion does not matter. What counts is obedience to the commandments of God (1 Cor 7: 19).

10. God sees man's sin, there is no robe of Jesus' righteousness hiding man's sin from Him. Man must walk in obedience to God. If man walks according to the flesh he will die. Some examples of acts of the flesh are: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery, idolitry, witchcraft, hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissentions, factions, and envy. Those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God (Galations 5: 19-21) (1 Cor. 6:9,10).

11. John admonishes us to test the spirits (1 John 4: 1). This is more important today than ever before because lies are being preached from the pulpits throughout the world. Professing Christians give this advice to others, yet they themselves fail to test what they believe. This is why the misunderstanding of the true gospel is so rampant in the church today. Professing Christians blindly believe what their pastors teach them, not checking to see for themselves if what they are told is true. Most pastors today are teaching a wrong, heretical view of salvation.

People are being saved in their sins, live their whole lives in their sins, and die in their sins, because the pastors are teaching the lie that Christ's righteousness is imputed to them, and they are forgiven of their sins, even before they commit them.. They are told that they are not responsible to obey God, and that they can't obey. They blindly listen to the pastors who preach this false gospel that teaches an alternative to obedience, andl that says that God doesn't see their sin. They don't test the spirits for themselves by digging deep, studying the Bible on their own.

12. We must be saved by God's plan of salvation, not by (setting up a plan of) righteousness of our own. People who claim that they are saved because they are covered with Jesus righteousness are setting up their own (plan of) righteousness. God's plan of salvation requires that man walk in righteousness (obedience) .Anyone who treaches against walking in obedience, he is teaching a heretical gospel, and there is no light in him, do not be deceived by him. (2 John 7-10) (Galations 1: 6-9).

13.God expects us to make every effort to be found spotless, blameless, and at peace with Him.(2 Peter 3: 14). Peter warned against the lawless doctrines that give man a license to sin, saying: Beware lest ye fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of lawless men (2 Peter 3: 17). He who does what is right is righteous. He who does what is sinful is of the devil (1 John 3: 7,8). This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are. Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God, nor is anyone who does not love his brotther (1John 3: 10). Get rid of all moral filth, and the evil that is so prevelant, and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. (James 1: 21)

14. All sin is not equal for the person who is converted.. There is sin that leads to death, and sin that does not lead to death (1 John 5: 16, 17).

15. If a person suppresses the truth God will send them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie. All will be condemned who have not believed the truth and have delighted in wickedness (2 Thessalonians 2: 10:12).

16. If a person sins and he confesses his sin (with a repentent, contrite heart, and godly sorrow), God is faithful to forgive him and cleanse him of all unrighteousness (1 John 1: 9). God expects man's repentance to be proven by deeds (Acts 26: 20).

17. If a person comes to a saving faith and receives the gift of salvation, if he does not continue to walk in obedience to God, and he continually keeps on deliberately sinning (sin that leads to death), he will lose his salvation (Hebrews 10: 26-31).

18. God did not punish the whole human race with an inherent depravity when Adam sinned. The Bible speaks of the fact that man is still in the image of God, in many places, after the fall of Adam. God does not punish people for the sins of their father (Eekiel 18).

19. Repentance must occur before forgiveness is given. The person must have a sincere, contrite heart, with a godly sorrow for their sins, and they must stop their sinning before forgiveness is granted (2 Cor. 7: 10,11) (Acts 26: 20).

20 We are admonished to not only consider the goodness, but also the severity of God (Romans 11: 22). God is angry with the wicked every day (Psalms 7: 11).Most professing Christians have sat under the teaching of a warm and fuzzy love gospel for so long that they don't take their sin seriously, nor do they communicate the seriousness of sin to others. Their witness is a mere tickling of the ears of those who they witness to,and they tell them about a lovey, cushy, warm and fuzzy God, then invite them ro make a decision for Christ, which means to agree with God that they are sinners, and then parrot the sinners' prayer. The sinners are saved in their sins, and told that God will clean them up later (who knows when). They are then welcomed into the church, and everyone regards them as believers. No one can judge them, no matter how seriouis and vile their sin is. This is why the church has so many hypocritical reprobates in it, who don't take their sin seriously. We are warned agaist judging because we are told that there is not a sin that believers can commit that will negate God's gift of salvation, and that we can't tell if someone is saved because we can't see their heart. Never mind that Jesus warned of the wolves in sheep' clothing, saying, "by their fruit ye shall know them (Matthew 7: 16)."

The church is full of professing Christians who pervert the gospel, and blaspheme the God of the Bible by the way they witness. What they do is teach their hearers about a false gospel and a false warm and fuzzy god.

21.Believers who produce sin after receiving the knowlede of the truth will lose their salvation. There no longer remains a sacrifice for sin, but a terrifying expectation of judgment, and a fury that will consume the enemies of God. (Hebrews 10: 27) You who trample under your feet the blood of the covenant, treating Christ's blood, and His sacrifice as unclean will lose your salvation. God is not a warm and fuzzy, loving God who ignores sin. Jesus did not come to earth to provide a magical cloak of righteousness to hide man's sin from God.

22. God hates sin and the sinner (Psalm 7: 11, 12). You cannot separate the two. You cannot have sin if you don't have a sinner. If you really love the sinner you will tell him the truth, and not tell him about a different gospel, the warm and fuzzy, lovy gospel that God loves the unrepentant sinner. No where in the Bible does it say that. They are children of wrath, and they will go to hell when they die if they don't repent ( Ephesians 2: 3) (Romans 8: 6,13) (Galations 6: 7-9).

23. God has placed the knowledge of good and evil on the hearts of everyone born on the earth. Man is not born depraved, unable to choose to follow God and obey Him. Jesus said, "Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon ye and learn of me; for I am lowly in heart:: and ye shall find rest unto your souls, for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Matthew 11: 28-30).Professing Christians twist this passage, by reading into it that Jesus is saying that His yoke isn't burdensome because He obeyed for us, and all we have to do is trust in His obedience. But that is not what Jesus taught here. He is saying that our obedience is not burdensome (1 John 5: 3). Nowhere in the Bible does it say that all you have to do is trust in Jesus' obedience for us. All throughout the New Testament you find that Jesus admonished us to obey. He said that if we love Him we will keep His commandments (John 14: 15, 23). He said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also (John 14: 12) Why do we call Him Lord, and then not do what He says? (Luke 6:46).