Are You a Member of the 666 Club?

The members of the 666 club are those who are firmly entrenched in John 6:66 which is written;
"After this many of his disciples drew back and no longer went about with Him."

Why did those many disciples leave Jesus?
In order to put this into proper context, go back and read the whole of John chapter 6,
or to shorten the read start with John 6:48, His 'Bread of life' discourse.
We can take this verse (6:66) and apply it to anything that Jesus said in Scripture.
If any of His teachings are denied then those doing the denying are firmly entrenched in John 6:66.
Did you notice the 'coincidence' of the verse number as the dreaded 666 of Revelation 13:18, the number of the beast?
Is it really simply a 'coincidence' or is it perhaps something else?

So now let us look at some examples of His words.
After each example I will ask a simple question of what He said.
Please contrast what He actually said with what you were taught or believe that He said.
Warning! Do not read into (eisegesis) or detract from His actual words;

"And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock
I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Matthew 16:18
Notice that Jesus said 'church' (singular), and not 'churches' (multiple) in that verse.
Do you believe that Jesus Christ founded only one Church and promised that the gates of hell will not prevail against it,
meaning that it will last forever?
If you answered 'no' then you are firmly entrenched in John 6:66 simply because you do not believe He who said it.

"Amen, amen, I say to you, he who enters not by the door to the
sheepfold, but climbs up another way, is a thief and a robber.
But he who enters by the door is shepherd of the sheep.
John 10:1-2
The sheepfold represents His Church. Are you in the sheepfold, the one Church that He founded?
Or did you 'climb up another way' by entering a church founded by a mere human person?
Do you believe what Jesus said in those two verses?

"I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word, 
that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us,
so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. The glory which thou hast given me I have given to them,
that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and thou in me, that they may become perfectly one,
so that the world may know that thou hast sent me and hast loved them even as thou hast loved me."
John 17:20-23
What part of the word 'one' is simply not understood by so many?
Do you agree that there is only ONE true Church that Jesus Christ founded?

"He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters."
Luke 11:23
Are you 'gathered' into the one Church that Jesus founded?
Or are you scattered among the other 40,000+ sects not founded by God that call themselves Christian?
Those who do not follow His words, 'that they may be one' are those that scatter.
Aren't those who left Him in John 6:66, scatterers?

"Jesus said to him: I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father, but by me."
John 14:6
Do you believe Him when He said, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life'?
Do you believe that He is the truth?
If so, why are you not in His Church?

"You search the Scriptures, because in them you think that you have life everlasting.
And it is they that bear witness to Me, yet you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.
John 5:39-40
You come to Him by entering His one Church, the only Church with God given authority
to speak in the behalf of God Himself. .

"So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man
and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life,
and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 
He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me,
and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me. This is the bread which came
down from heaven, not such as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live for ever."
John 6:53-58
Those within His Church know Him because He is really present in the Holy Eucharist which is not a symbol by any means.
Anywhere in the above text, is there even a hint of a symbolic gesture?
Aren't those who eat what they are taught is merely a symbol of the real Body of Christ akin to those fathers who ate of the symbol and died?
Aren't they subject to become a member of Club666?

"And I will ask the Father and He will give you another
Advocate to dwell with you forever, the Spirit of Truth WHOM THE WORLD
 John 14:16-17
Who are those who are called 'the World'?
They are those who refuse to believe what He said and are therefore members of Club666.

"He who does not love me does not keep my words; and the word which you hear is not mine
but the Father's who sent me. These things I have spoken to you, while I am still with you. But the Counselor,
the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your
remembrance all that I have said to you."
John 14:24-26
The first part of the first sentence sounds remarkably like John 6:66 where some of His disciples would not
keep His words either and ended up walking away from Him. Would not you agree? I would say that these verses
reinforce John 6:66 by adding the words 'He who does not love me'.

"But when the Counselor comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth,
who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness to me;  and you also are witnesses,
because you have been with me from the beginning."
John 15:26
Are you truly witnesses to ALL of what Jesus had to say to us or do you reject some of it?
If you reject 'some of it' then you are truly entrenched in Club666.

"I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own authority,
but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.
He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine;
therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you."
John 16:12-15
Does the 'Spirit of Truth' really dwell in your sect? If you believe He does, then how can you explain the
differences in supposed truths in over 40,000 different sects?

"But if thy brother shall offend against thee, go, and rebuke him between thee and him alone.
If he shall hear thee, thou shalt gain thy brother. And if he will not hear thee, take with thee one or two more:
that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may stand. And if he will not hear them: tell the church.
And if he will not hear the church, let him be to thee as the heathen and publican."
Matthew 18:15-17
Which Church, His Church which has all truth or those human person founded sects which only have some of it?

"And other sheep I have that are not of this fold.
Them also I must bring, and they shall hear My voice,
and there shall be one fold and one shepherd."
John 10:16
That one verse expresses the theme of this entire page. Are you one of the sheep who are not of His fold?
Jesus is pleading to us by saying I MUST BRING His 'other sheep' to His ONE FOLD and ONE SHEPHERD. 
Those who are not in His ONE FOLD are not listening to Him and so are firmly entrenched in the 666 Club.

"Jesus said to the twelve, "Do you also wish to go away?"
Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life;"
John 6:67-68
Do those verses say it all to you???
If so then we all must belong to the ONE FOLD with one Shepherd and have eternal life, 
or be forever a member of Club 666.
The choice is yours! 

Written by Bob Stanley, May 20, 2014
Galatians 4:16

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