In the garden of Eden, when man realized he had sinned, he tried to make himself a religion, a covering. The word religion means “covering.” And Adam and Eve sewed fig leaves together and made themselves a religion. And since then it’s been a strain of man down through the age, trying to do something to save himself.
But you are saved by grace, election. God’s foreknowledge, predestination, foreordination. Paul tells the church at Ephesus, that, “God predestinated us in Christ before the foundation of the world.”
Think of it! “Predestinated us in Christ before the foundation of the world.” What did we worry about then? Getting away from the worry, we’re just the happiest creatures you could ever see! My, how can you believe that and keep from being happy?
A doctor can write out a formula to you. And you take that to some quack druggist, and he don’t mix it right, you’ll kill your patient.
239 And that’s what’s the matter today, YOU’VE ADOPTED HANDSHAKES and EVERYTHING ELSE, INSTEAD OF THAT. Come back! GOD LET PETER WRITE AN ETERNAL PRESCRIPTION for SALVATION. It’s NEVER been CHANGED, and It CAN’T be CHANGED. SHAKING HANDS and JOINING CHURCH, and THINGS, will NEVER take Its place. It’s got to come back, WORD BY WORD, THE WAY IT’S WROTE THERE.
That’s THE PRESCRIPTION THEY USED ALL THE REST THE WAY THROUGH THE BIBLE. They USED IT UP TO the Nicaea Council, and then THEY CHANGED THE PRESCRIPTION. That’s THE REASON WE GOT SO MANY DEAD MEMBERS TODAY. Truly. You’ve GOT TO get THE REAL PRESCRIPTION. Then KNOW, IF IT HIT THE TARGET THERE, IT’LL HIT THE TARGET NOW, “It’s for you and to your children, and them that’s far off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” DON’T ADOPT ANYTHING TO IT. Don’t add any more to It. If you put any more to It…
240 Remember, a prescription is just enough antidote in there to take the disease, and enough to kill enough of the—the medicine for the patient. And if you don’t, you put too much of the—of the antidote in it, or something another that won’t work, weaken it down too much, it won’t help the patient. You put too much of the poison in, it’ll kill the patient. It’s got to be just right.
241 And He wrote a Eternal prescription, FOR IT’S FOR EVERY GENERATION. Not SHAKE HANDS, JOIN CHURCH, and ALL THESE OTHER THINGS. He said, “REPENT, and THEN be BAPTIZED IN the NAME OF JESUS CHRIST for the remission of your sins, and YOU SHALL SHALL receive THE GIFT OF THE HOLY GHOST. IT’S PROMISED to YOU and YOUR CHILDREN.”
242 They took that prescription and fulfilled it AT GOD’S GREAT COUNTER. And WHEN THEY DID, on the Day of Pentecost, they HEALED THE SICK, they DONE EVERYTHING that there WAS TO BE DONE; ’CAUSE it was God, CHRIST IN THEM. All right.
63-1116E – Perseverance
Rev. William Marrion Branham