WHAT GOD DOESN’T WANT FROM YOU
Good Works – Church Membership – Special Prayers – Water Baptism – Man’s Religion – Communion – Christian Family – “Walking The Aisle” – Money
FOR SALVATION
By: Pastor Joshua M. Wallnofer

So what does God want? God has given ten important commandments in the Bible (Exodus 20) that help us to understand what He wants and who He is. Some people think that they are only ten opinions, but the Bible states that they are God’s permanent commands for all men, no matter what religion, ethnicity, denomination, or financial state one is in. The Bible goes as far as to call these commands the Law of God. Let’s examine five of them:

COMMANDMENT IX
Thou shalt not bear false witness [lie] against thy neighbour (Exodus 20:16).
Have You Ever Told A Lie?
Yes or No
If You Have, What Does That Make You?
A Liar
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COMMANDMENT VIII
Thou shalt not steal (Exodus 20:15).

Have You Ever Stolen Anything?
Yes or No
If You Have, What Does That Make You?
A Thief
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COMMANDMENT VII
Thou shalt not commit adultery (Exodus 20:14)

The Bible also states: Whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart
(Matthew 5:28).

Have You Ever Committed Adultery or Looked With Lust On Another Person?
Yes or No
If You Have, What Does That Make You?
An Adulterer or An Adulterer At Heart
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COMMANDMENT VI
Thou shalt not kill (Exodus 20:13).

The Bible also states: Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him
(I John 3:15).

Have You Ever Committed Murder or Hated Another Person?
Yes or No
If You Have, What Does That Make You?
A Murderer or A Murderer At Heart
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COMMANDMENT III
Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain (Exodus 20:7).

Have You Ever Taken God’s Name
In Vain?
Yes or No
If You Have, What Does That Make You?
A Blasphemer
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By examining five of God’s Ten Commandments, we find ourselves as liars, thieves, adulterers or adulterers at heart, murderers or murderers at heart, and blasphemers in God’s eyes.

God wants us to keep all of His commandments, which are moral laws that reflect His nature. When we fail in keeping them, the Bible calls this sin. The Bible declares that All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God and the wages of our sin is death (Romans 3:23; 6:23). Because we have not been able to keep the commandments God demands of us, we must be held accountable for our sin. The Bible states that because of our failure: it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment (Hebrews 9:27).

When God judges you based on these five commandments, will He find you guilty?

If you have broken any of these commandments, you will be found guilty at the judgment seat of God, for a Holy and Just God (Acts 3:14) cannot ignore sin. What will your sentencing be? The Bible tells us that:
…the unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death (Revelation 21:8).

Hell is a terrible place, described not only as a lake of fire, but also as being under the wrath of God, a place where the worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched and the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night (Ephesians 5:6; Mark 9:44; Revelation 14:11).

SO WHAT AM I TO DO?

You are not the first person to want to know what to do to have the salvation of God. In fact, the head of a prison asked the very same question in the Bible: What must I do to be saved? (Acts 16:30). The answer that was given to him had nothing to do with good works, special prayers, church membership, water baptism, money, communion, or having a Christian family. These can all be good things, but these are not what God wants from you for salvation! In fact, the Bible states that we are placed into a right standing with God (forgiven and saved):

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us…Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior (Titus 3:5-6. See also Ephesians 2:8-9.).

What God wants from you is the same thing He wants from all; to turn from your sins; to turn from the things you trust in; and instead to trust in what God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, did on the cross. The answer given to the head of the prison who asked how to be saved was: Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved (Acts 16:31).

The Bible tells us that: God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). Jesus came to this earth as God manifested in the flesh (I Timothy 3:16) and died on the cross, taking the punishment and wrath of God that we deserved for our sins (Isaiah 53:6), the breaking of God’s commandments. After Jesus death three days later God the Father raised Him from the dead (Acts 4:10), and He now sits at the right hand of God the Father in Heaven, where we will join Him one day if we have been saved.

The Apostle Peter, a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, declared to the religious rulers of his day that it was through Christ alone that one could be saved. This is an exclusive message which contradicts the philosophy of the world, which says “all faiths lead to heaven.” Peter stated: Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12). Many people today think that their way is the right way, but the Bible warns that: There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death (Proverbs 14:12). Jesus Himself made the exclusive way of salvation very clear, when He said: I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man cometh unto the Father [in heaven] but by Me (John 14:6).

Today, for salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2), turn to Jesus Christ by repenting of your sins (Acts 26:20), asking for God’s forgiveness, and yielding over to Him the regulation of your life as Lord and Savior. Trust in His death and resurrection, love Him with all your soul, and obey Him with all your might (Matthew 22:37). Begin to follow Jesus Christ from this day forward with your all. This includes reading His Word, the Bible, which He has given us as a guide so that we may be equipped for the challenges of life and used of God in this world (II Timothy 3:16-17).

Psalms 25:28: Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins. Psalms 109:26: Help me, O Lord my God: O save me according to thy mercy: Luke 18:13: God be merciful to me a sinner.
Matthew 14:30: Lord, save me.
Mark 9:24: Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
Romans 10:9-10,13: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation…For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

For more information, prayer, or a free copy of the Bible, please visit or contact:
KLONDIKE BAPTIST CHURCH
7201 Klondike Road – Pensacola, Florida 32526

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