Words of God and the doctrines of men
How many today can distinguish the difference between the Words of God and the doctrines of men?
The false teachers in the Christian church deny the Lord Jesus by reason of their damnable heresies, and bring upon themselves and their blind followers swift destruction (2 Peter 2:1, John 16:7, Luke 6:39).
But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if the Spirit of God truly dwells within you (1 Cor 3:16).
Now if any man does have not the Spirit of Christ, he is not of Christ (Rom 8:9).
Jesus was in the world that was made by him, but how many in the world knew him. Many of those that He came to, received him not (John 1:10-11). How many today truly know Jesus? Are the Words of God and the doctrines of men at all compatible?
The majority within the religion known as Christianity today follow after the commandments and the doctrines of men. This type of worship is considered to be vanity and is deceitful (Mat 15:8-9, John 4:24).
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
The Words of God and the doctrines of men on the gathering together of the Elect
Preaching about great Christian persecution or suffering for Christ and His Word, has been replaced with the Pre-tribulation Rapture Deception.
A gathering together, which is what the word rapture is referring to, does not occur before the appointed time. It is at the end of the Great Tribulation, which is three and a half years that the gathering of the Elect unto Christ occurs.
This will end the great Christian persecution, and fulfill the promise revealed to the faithful in the Lord’s Prayer. Thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven, is the promise of Christ’s second coming. The kingdom of Heaven is wherever Jesus is. We are not taken to Heaven, He brings it to us (Matt 8:11-12, 2 Thess 1:7-10, Rev 1:7).
John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
When Christ returns to reign on earth as King of Kings, He will also receive us unto Himself. The place that is prepared for His Elect, is the New Jerusalem, ready to be revealed after the thousand year reign (Rev 21:2).
Rev 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
It is the ungodly who are taken at the end of this age (Luke 17:26-37). There is an incredible disagreement here between the Words of God and the doctrines of men.
This gathering unto Jesus is also when the second gathering of the true Israel of God occurs. At this time God’s Elect are transformed and reign with Jesus on earth for a 1000 years. The second death will have no power over these that have ben redeemed by the blood of the Lamb (1 Peter 1:18-23, Rev 20:6).
The Rapture deception is a false hope that many fearful and deceived individuals cling to.
Luke 6:22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.
Christ said; “see that you be not deceived”. He also declared “when you see these things come to pass then look up for your redemption (or deliverance) is at hand.”
These things represent the events of the great tribulation. After the great tribulation the Elect are gathered (Mat 24:29-31).
John 15:18-19 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
So then the Pre tribulation Rapture, represents yet another false teaching, proving that the Words of God and the doctrines of men quite often are as different as night is from day.
When we are absent from the body, we are present with the Lord (2 Cor 5:8). However at the end of this age, we shall be with Him in a transformed spirit, soul and body (1 Thes 5:23).
1 Cor 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
The timing of when the Elect are changed is obviously at the end of the tribulation period, which has duration of three and one half years.
Rev 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
Rev 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
Rev 10:7, refers to Rev 11:15, which is the seventh trumpet. This is also a reference to the last trumpet mentioned in 1 Cor 15:52.
The last trump is at the end of The Great Tribulation period on earth, when we shall be changed, and put on incorruption and immortality.
The Words of God and the doctrines of men on the Israel of God
All who are transformed by the renewing of their minds in Christ are a new creation. Those who are sealed with the Holy Spirit are the true Israel of God (Gal 6:15-16, Rom 12:2, 2 Cor 5:17).
And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curseth thee. And in thee shall all of the families of the earth be blessed (Gen 12:3).
This blessing was to Abraham, not modern day Israel! The blessings of Abraham come on all that have faith in Christ. The reason for this is that the promises were made to Abraham and his seed, which is Christ (Gal 3:14-16).
Apart from Faith in Christ and adherence to His New Law, there is no blessing to be had.
Romans 4:13-14 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect:
The Israel of God is clearly defined by the Words of God and the doctrines of men that attempt to disprove this should indeed be cast aside.
Gal 6:15-16 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
Only those who are born again are the true Israel of God, and through the Spirit that dwells in them, a faithful walk with God is possible.
2 John 1:9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
When the Words of God and the doctrines of men are contrary to one another, we are to hold fast to that which is from above (Hos 4:1, John 1:14).
We are not to receive any teachings that are not of Christ; by rejoicing with the deceivers we join with them in their evil deeds. Furthermore anyone that denies the fact that Christ did indeed appear in the flesh has that wicked spirit of the antichrist, and is an adversary of Jesus the Messiah.
Because Born again believers are the true Israel of God, they understand their place and purpose with the Creator of all things. The Lord Jesus is our redeemer and our Salvation. The true Israel of God represents all who are in Christ Jesus. Those who continue in His covenant are indeed rightful Heirs of the Kingdom (Heb 8:6-10).
The great Christian identity crisis is to recognize the deniers of Christ that reside in the modern man made state of Israel, as the Israel of God. The Words of God and the doctrines of men must never be opposed to one another. Those that despise Christ who created all things are definitely chosen, but it is unto destruction (Col 1:12-18).
The Words of God and the doctrines of men regarding the Law should not be opposed to each other
Jesus is God, and that being said, He also is our lawgiver. This truth is the reality that many religious groups will not come to terms with.
Acts 13:39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.
After the advent of Jesus, it is impossible to be justified by the Old Testament Law that was given to the Hebrews. The Words of God and the doctrines of men quite often are very divisive. The New Law of Christ, is not only better than the old one, it is also the only one available (Luke 5:36-38, Heb 8:13).
Isaiah prophesizes of a people that would know the new law of Christ and it would be in their hearts and minds (Isa 51:4-7).
Jer 31:33 But this [shall be] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
This passage refers to the whole house of Israel which includes all believers in Christ. Those that truly embrace the words of the Lord Jesus are most definitely not under the Old Testament law.
Christ also came to redeem those that were under the law, that they also might receive the adoption of sons (Gal 4:5, John 1:17, Rom 3:20).
Luke 24:44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
Christ declared that one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, until all that they spoke of would be fulfilled (Mat 5:18).
The Law and the Prophets were until Jesus, who fulfilled all things spoken of Him.
The Words of God and the doctrines of men if in agreement do not add to, or take away from the Word of God. Those who operate through the Love of Jesus will not bring evil to each other, and therefore love is the fulfilling of the law (Rom 12:21, 13:10).
James 2:8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well.
When we bear one another’s burdens, we fulfill the law of Christ (Gal 6:2).
Six of the commandments under the old law were unto doing no harm to others. The new commandment of loving each other is much greater than these.
The second commandment of the new the law of Christ is fulfilled in this; “thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” (Gal 5:14).
The Words of God and the doctrines of men regarding Tithing and sin offerings
Christ abolished the Mosaic Law and ordinances, including tithing and sin offerings.
Heb 7:18 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.
Christians are not required to tithe, nor are they to make offerings for their sins.
Heb 9:15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
Jesus paid the price for the collective sins of all of mankind. This does include those who were under the first testament covenant given to the Hebrews through Moses. Under the first covenant there was a covering of sins, but through Christ these sins were blotted out.
Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Christ was manifest to take away the sins of the world (1 John 1:7, 3:5).
The true followers of Jesus are not under the Old Testament law of bondage, but the new law of liberty which is in Christ. The new covenant of Christ was established upon better promises (Heb 8:6).
2 Cor 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
This giving is out of love, and it does not necessarily relate to money. It is based on compassion as opposed to ordinances. More often than naught, sharing time, talents and knowledge with others is a much larger sacrifice.
The reasons why Christians are not required to tithe are quite obvious.
Heb 7:27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.
The new covenant of Christ, cancelled out the old one given unto the Hebrews, therefore Christians are not required to tithe (Heb 7:18).
Tithing was a Law of Moses, and Christians are not under this law. When the Words of God and the doctrines of men collide, it is wise to follow the teachings of Jesus.
Tithing was an Old Testament law, and Christians are under the New Law of Christ.
There is no command for the New Covenant Church to tithe.
If your preacher says that you are sinning and robbing God by not tithing, this is not only the identification of a false teacher, but of a liar and probably a thief.
The Words of God and the doctrines of men regarding the Sabbath
In order to keep the modern day church charade profitable, false teachers must convince their members that keeping the sabbath and tithing are essential.
Those who have experienced the transforming power of Christ are not entangled in the old law and its ordinances any longer. The Words of God and the doctrines of men must be complimentary to each other. The sword of the spirit is the Word of God, and we must not mix our wisdom with His (Eph 6:17).
1 Cor 1:17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
The true joy, wisdom and power that comes from a Spirit filled relationship with Jesus is never realized by those who are kept from the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Many claim to keep the Ten Commandments, which were part of the old law, but we are no longer under the old law.
To claim to be justified by the old law is actually a separation from Christ, as you are fallen from grace and not led by the spirit of truth (Gal 5:4-18). You will never hear this truth presented by the false teachers in the Church.
The truth is that the Sabbath was made for a certain group of people, and for a set period of time. Jesus did not ask any of his followers to keep the sabbath (Mark 2:27).
No man is justified by the works of the old law. We are dead to the law of sin and death through the body of Christ, and our justification can only come through faith in Him who lives within us. (Rom 7:4; 8:1-6; Gal 2:16-21).
Col 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days
When Christian denominations follow after those who teach fables, the Words of God and the doctrines of men become the words of great disunity. The identification of a Christian Cult, involves a system of religious beliefs and rituals that are not based upon spiritually discerned truths (2 Tim 4:3-4)
Christ criticized the scribes and pharisees for all of their vain rules regarding what could be done on the Sabbath. The wicked Judeans sought kill Jesus because he broke the sabbath and declared that God was his Father, making himself equal with God (john 5:8-24).
The Words of God and the doctrines of men are in direct opposition regarding a so-called trinity
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).
1 Thess 3:11 Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you.
When we remove the word and, in these verses above and below, we can understand the Trinity as a nonsensical doctrine. The correct word used instead of and, is even or also.
2 Tim 4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom.
The correct interpretations are:
1- God Himself is even the Father and is also the Lord Jesus Christ.
2- I testify therefore that God, (who is) also the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge those who are alive in Him and those who are dead, at His second coming.
Matt 25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory.
Christ is the King of Glory, and both Mathew and Isaiah enable us to understand the Trinity is not taught as truth. Regarding the Lordship of Jesus, the Words of God and the doctrines of men are very much opposed to one another.
The prophet Isaiah declares that the sun and moon will be darkened when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion (Isaiah 24:23, Joel 3:15).
The sun and moon will be darkened before that great day of the Lord (Acts 2:20, Mark 13:24, Mat 24:29).
Isaiah and Joel refer to Yahweh reigning, while Mathew, Mark and Paul speak of Christ. The Lord God is one Lord, with many names of Glory (Deu 6:4).
2 Cor 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God through the appearance of Jesus Christ.
One can’t claim to understand the Trinity, and have the full assurance of the understanding of the mystery of God.
God is both the Father and also Christ. Jesus said I and the Father are one; He never alluded to two separate persons (Col 2:2-3).
There is none like unto God, because there is only one God (Deu 5:7, Isa 44:8, Mark 12:32, Rom 3:30).
There is only one God that saves (Isaiah 45:22, Mat 1:21).
There is only one God to which every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess (Isa 45:23, Rom 14:8-12).
Zech 14:9 And the LORD shall be king over all the earth in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.
Isaiah 43:11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no savior.
If Yahweh is not the only savior and He is not one and the same with Jesus Christ, Mathew is very much confused.
Matt 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
The Holy Spirit teaches mankind the Words of God and the doctrines of men must confirm these truths
2 Tim 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
To stay under a teacher never graduating and partaking in the ministry is a great crime within Christianity. This is similar to getting a degree in a certain field, and never leaving the classroom to utilize the learned skills.
Jesus is interested in a personal relationship with those who claim to be His followers. This intimate relationship is only possible when His Spirit resides within us.
Many that claim to know Jesus, deny him by their self centered and materialistic lives.
1 John 2:15-16 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
When people surrender to the lusts of the flesh, and the deceitfulness of riches, they also fail to see the illusions all around them.
Those who love this present evil world are deaf, dumb and blind.
1- They say that they can see, and yet they are quite blind.
2- They claim to hear, but are all but deaf.
3- They say that they understand, however they understand not.
Luke 8:18 Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.
In these last days the Words of God and the doctrines of men seem to bear no resemblance to each other whatsoever. It is as though someone has put a spell on them.
2 Cor 4:3-4 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them
An important teaching of Jesus Christ is the warning that many would come and use His name claiming to be of Him. These impostors would deceive many (Math 24:5).
Mark 13:5-6 And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you: For many shall come in my name, saying, I am (Christ and) shall deceive many.
In the verse above, there are two words inserted that are inappropriate.
1- The word Christ, does not appear in the original Greek
2- The word and, actually means also or as well.
The message that Jesus is declaring is that, many would come in His name and say “I am with (Him) also”.
He that is not with me is against me, and he that does not gather with me causes the sheep to be scattered or wasted (Luke 11:23, John 10:12).
2 Tim 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears
You shall know them by their vain or empty words. They preach a power point sermon, about a Christ they do not have a personal relationship with.
2 Tim 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables
Is there any spiritual profit in pretending to be the church of god? When dealing with riches, there are great profits for the false teachers that have convinced their congregations that the reality of Godliness that they present is in fact the truth.
The true joy, wisdom and power that comes from a Spirit filled relationship with Jesus is never realized by those who are kept from the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.
2 Tim 2:15-16 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
It is easy to masquerade using a disguising pretense, and thus cloak or hide a self-serving agenda, under the pretext of operating as the servant or spokesperson of God (2 Cor 11:14).
It is obvious that the Words of God and the doctrines of men are at odds, when an audience receives deceptive teachings and is left feeling comfortable and at ease.
The end result of this charade is more revenue for these wolves in sheep’s clothing, and a deeper spirit of slumber and apathy for the listening audience.
1 Cor 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
The Christian believer must rely on the Holy Spirit to uncover or reveal Christ’s testimony, as His truth is spiritually discerned.
Romans 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
False pretenses may not be punishable by death in a court of law, but when dealing with matters of spirituality they are quite deadly in their consequences (Rom 6;16-23, Rom 8:2, 2 Cor 1:9).
With the Spirit of truth we can all rightly divide the Word of truth. This is a labor of love that every believer must participate in. Unfortunately the Words of God and the doctrines of men are not often the same. We are not to depend on the teachings of man for our answers. We should all to be able to give an answer, to everyone that asks, of the reason of the hope of Christ in us (1 Peter 3:15).
Eph 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive
Too many people are for ever learning, but are not able to come to the knowledge of the truth (2 Tim 3:7). Without the Holy Spirit that is our true teacher, this is to be expected.
2 Peter 1:20-21 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
The prophecies of the scripture are of no private interpretation. No denomination or individual has control over, or final authority on the correct understanding of what is written in the Word of God. This task is reserved for the Holy Spirit that teaches us all things.
Our Savior’s desire is that all men would come to the knowledge of the truth and be saved (1 Tim 2:3-5).
Rom 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
The all refers to all of a type, namely the faithful and obedient who are in Christ.
Jesus is the only way, the absolute truth, and in him we can have eternal life (John 3:15; 1 John 2:22-29).
It is a great tragedy to never experience the true indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and yet claim to be born again. The evidence for this false claim is that this belief of being born again is made en masse, without any evidence to back it up. If the claim was indeed true, there would be one body, and one faith as a result of the one true Baptism by the Holy Spirit.
This lie that pastors tell their congregations is that they are automatically born again because they have repented of their sins, and turned to Christ for their salvation. This empty promise leads to death and destruction, as the ability to truly understand Christ and His life changing testimony is impossible without His Spirit (John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13; Eph 1:13).
We can differentiate between the Words of God and the doctrines of men when we are transformed by the renewing of our minds
Few really comprehend what it means to be baptized with the Holy Spirit, and thus the Words of God and the doctrines of men vary greatly on this matter.
If Christians who claim to be born again truly were, the fraudulent teachers in the so-called Christian churches would be exposed, and their buildings would become vacant overnight.
The very first warning Jesus gave regarding the last days was “see that you be not deceived” (Luke 21:8).
The deception regarding Salvation is preached to, and believed on by the majority within the religion of Christianity today.
Today most do not understand true Christian fundamentals such as what Salvation is, or when it occurs.
Unless a man is born of water and the Spirit, he can not enter into the Kingdom of God (John 3:3-8).
If there is one key aspect of the new testimony that Jesus Christ gave us that is essential to understand, it is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. The Word tells us that we ask but do not receive. The reason being is that we ask amiss.
James 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
Most people pray primarily for physical needs and wants, when their primary prayer should be for the infilling of the Spirit that unlocks the wonderful mysteries of God.
The revelation of Jesus, and the knowledge to understand His word, only comes through His Spirit. Christ ascended up on high a long time ago, and yet we are not alone, this is why our hope is real (John 14:18-27).
To know of Jesus is only the first step. He desires to literally dwell within us. A great deception within Christianity is not allowing this transformation to take place, as this is when Christ takes pleasure in us (Rom 8:11; Eph 3:17; Rom 8:6).
Romans 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
Luke 3:16-17 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire
John the Baptist proclaimed that there were two Baptisms. The first one was unto repentance, and the second was unto the assurance of Salvation through the Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ did not perform water baptism unto repentance, but rather the baptism of the Holy Spirit unto salvation.
The Hope of our Assurance of Salvation is actually both a tactical and a defensive weapon that we use to endure and conquer. One of the problems with Christianity today is that most have no hope. In fact few even understand the meaning of the word. How can you hope for something you claim to already possess?
1 Thess 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
Not only is Salvation impossible to obtain before Christ returns with our Salvation, it is also impossible to be saved without the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. The false teaching on salvation shows the huge difference between the Words of God and the doctrines of men.
The infilling of the believer with the Spirit of God is the down payment (or earnest) that Christ gives to His chosen, that He has purchased with His blood upon the cross.
2 Cor 1:22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
The completion of His contract with us is to be fully realized and received at His second coming.
Luke 21:27-28 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
Christ stated the promise very clearly when He said “ unless you believe and are baptized you shall not be saved.” He did not say you are saved, but you shall be saved.
He that believes and is baptized with the Holy Spirit shall be saved, but he that believes not shall be damned (Mark 16:16, Gal 3:27, Math 24:13).
All in Christ can have the Assurance of Salvation, but it does require the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Without the Spirit it is impossible to even understand the Word of God. This is why there is so much division in the so-called Christian church today.
1 Peter 1:9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.