|Revelation 3:3-5 |
3 Remember therefore what you have received and heard, and hold fast, and repent.2 If you do not wake up and watch, I will come upon you like a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.
4 Yet you have a few names in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they will walk with me in white for they are worthy.
5 He who overcomes, the same will be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot his name out of the book of life,3 but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
3 He who overcomes, the same will be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot his name out of the book of life. Unless you overcome, after your natural death, your name is blotted out of the book of life and you are thrown into the lake of fire. Overcome, means to conquer sin in yourself; to overcome in yourself the ways of the world's immorality, impurity, greed, hate, lust, envy, lying, stealing, pride, profanity, anger, reveling, foolishness, envy, jealousies, rage, gluttony, drunkenness, etc. Notice! Jesus is severely warning "believers" in the churches of their pending destruction. This does not fit with the widespread gospel of instant grace that is the cornerstone of Protestantism, nor does it fit in with the Roman, Russian, Greek, etc., sects' doctrine of continual Eucharists and Confession to make one acceptable to God.