Top Christian Ministries Get Fleeced

Fleecer’s Fleeced
By Gary Amirault

This year seems to be a harvest year, and the harvest was indeed plentiful. The leading Christian ministries headquartered in the United States were fleeced of hundreds of millions of, no not wool, but millions of your hard-earned dollars. It seems their tickling ears just couldn’t resist a rumor floating around the Christian financial community that a Philanthropic organization headed by an Evangelical was offering a matching fund program which guaranteed them a doubling of their, (or should I say your) money. By being able to drop names like Rockefeller, Billy Graham, etc. as references, John G. Bennett was able to convince the financial officers of the leading Christian organizations to invest hundreds of millions of believer’s money into a fund called New Era.

New Era, an interesting name considering John Bennett had many connections Evangelicals would term “New Age.”

It seems Mr. Bennett had concocted what was known in the investment field as a “Ponzi scheme.” The idea is to take the money the latter investors give to pay off the earlier investors. Then the news goes out that this thing really works. Greedy people looking for a quick dollar are usually the only ones who fall for such a scheme.

An accountant from one of the Christian Colleges saw through this scheme and recommended his college not participate. They rejected his suggestion. He followed up on his hunch, reported his finding to the proper federal authorities and the hammer came down. It was a scam.

A partial list of those Christian ministries who were fleeced are:

  • James Dobson’s Focus on the family James Dobson’s Focus on the Family
  • Pat Robertson’s 700 Club
  • Bill Bright’s Campus Crusade
  • Chuck Colson’s Prison Fellowship
  • World Vision
  • Youth For Christ, International
  • Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship
  • Salvation Army
  • Walk Through the Bible Ministries
  • Young Life
  • Moody Bible Institute
  • Christian Broadcasting Network
  • Wheaton College
  • Chapel of the Air

. . . And the list goes on and on and on. The government estimates as much as $550 million dollars were involved. Surely these ministries will throw the blame onto anything other than themselves.

The American church, as I mentioned on the audio tape entitled, the Church is a rich prostitute, owns over a trillion dollars of real estate, stocks, bonds, etc. Its gathering and use of this money are on extremely unscriptural grounds.

In the last Dew, Todd Tomasella recommended some of you to ask for names of ministries in foreign countries that you can personally help without Tentmaker becoming a middleman. Can you now begin to see why I recommend this method rather than the ones being used by the above-listed ministries? The god of Mammon rules in the American church, I don’t care what anyone says. It reigns supreme.

Handling finances are perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of the Christian walk. It is easy to get duped. This area is the area of ministry I hate the most. I know I am just as capable of falling into these pits as well as anyone else. I have shared some of that on a tape, Plates, Buckets, Bags, and Envelopes. I sure don’t have all the answers on the subject of the proper way to manage ministry money.

Many ministers do the best they can and still fall short just like the rest of us. Fortunately, we serve a God of mercy. Some ministers, unfortunately too many, are in ministry purely for self-gain. These stars will all eventually fall. At least one of the ministries involved in this “Ponze scheme” will be out of business next year due to their loss.

Please do not let these kinds of events stop you from giving. If you do, you will fall into the same pit. Rethink the whole concept of what is a ministry, how should it be supported, how can you be the best steward of what our Father has given you to invest.

One suggestion that might be helpful is this: Jesus said if you see someone hungry, feed him. He didn’t say send the money to a ministry headquartered in a nice posh office building on the prime real estate that will only be able to spend less than 10% of your dollar to the hungry one. (Because their salaries and expenses and profit-making schemes that fail have eaten up all the rest.) Give the dollar directly to the hungry one. Give him Christ the True Bread at the same time. Enter into your ministry, the ministry of reconciling the whole world … one at a time.

Todd Tomasella:

I encourage you once again to write for addresses of those overseas who desperately need you. Your dollars personally invested into the poorer countries of the world will reap a return far greater than “Ponze schemes.” A dollar plowed into Africa or Asia will do far more than what a dollar can do invested in many American ministries. Please pray about writing for those addresses.

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Coming Home Afresh to Jesus

Todd Tomasella: Here’s Your Chance to Come Home – Where You Belong

This is a Paramount Biblical Truth – Please Grab it, No Matter Where You are today! Know This: Jesus loves you and Died to Save You – He Gave His Very Life on that Cross to Make You His Own.

“Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.” Ezekiel 18:4

“Say unto them, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?” Ezekiel 33:11

Choosing to Hear the Word of Your Maker

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“He that is of God hearth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.” John 8:47

Jesus makes it clear to us that if we hear and hearken to His words, we are truly in and of Him. If not, we’re not truly in Him. He loves you. Jesus beckons you:

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

IT MAY REFRESH YOU TO KNOW THAT THE SON OF GOD DID NOT COME TO THE EARTH TO START A RELIGION OR MAKE YOU RELIGIOUS. HE IS THE DIAMETRICAL, SWORN ENEMY OF RELIGION AND HOW IT MISREPRESENTS HIM (MATTHEW 23). NO, INSTEAD, JESUS CAME TO FREELY FORGIVE AND GIVE YOU A NEW LIFE – A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM.

IF you avoid, push away from, and shun the light of truth, it’s because your heart is not turned over to Christ – no matter what mere “form of godliness” you have in your life (2 Cor 3:14-16; 2 Timothy 3:5). When you truly turn your heart over to Jesus, the darkness will be vanquished by He who the “light of the world.” (John 8:12)

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“But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the Old Testament; which vail is done away in Christ. 15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. 16 Nevertheless when it (the heart) shall turn to the Lord, the vail (darkness, deception) shall be taken away.” 2 Corinthians 3:14-16

“And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” John 3:19-21

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It’s only by Christ’s light – when we turn our hearts to Him truly, transparently – that all darkness is eradicated.

“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followed me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12

“Then Jesus said unto them, yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.”  John 12:35

“For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:” Ephesians 5:8

“If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:” 1 John 1:6

Those who are not walking in truth – holding themselves accountable to it, are shunning the light of Christ to their own demise and ultimate damnation.

“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 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; 4 and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables (stories, story tellers).” 2 Timothy 4:2-4

Without exception, when a man authentically loves the LORD, he loves truth and allows that divine truth to change His heart and life.

“And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12

PRAYER: Holy Father in Heaven, in the name of the very light of the world Himself – the LORD Jesus Christ, I come to you humbly. Today is my day to be changed from the inside out by you. I hear your call. I told you more than once that I wanted your will alone in my life. You heard that and are hastening me to thyself – to your love, truth, and safety – my only hiding place, here and forever. Right this very moment, if never before, I lay my life into your holy hands, receiving your mercy, grace, forgiveness, and the infusement of your love. In this very instant, I worship you alone LORD Jesus, my LORD, my only Savior, and my God. Please fill this vessel afresh for your eternal glory, for truly I am crucified with You Jesus and raised up by you alone and for your glory alone, from this moment forward. I’m all Yours LORD Jesus and you’re all mine. I love You Jesus and thank You for finding and saving my sinful, wretched soul into your kingdom family. In Jesus’ name, amen!

Now, if you prayed that beloved…. Listen to this song below. Listen to your Father’s message to you. Your life is over and His has begun and will prominently reign in you from here forth said by Todd tomasella.

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The Concurrent Working of Deep Opposites

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The above title was a phrase used by English Bishop HCG Moule in his commentary on 2 Cor 4:8-12.

We are simultaneously being put to death (death of self) and being raised up into new creation power, joy and peace by God. This is the cross of Christ. It is a collision of two paradoxical opposites which takes us to a third place of transcendence. We are enabled to transcend our problems while still in the midst of them. Be we must hold this tension when we are caught in it. This is what it means to take up the cross daily. We are not to try to escape this tension. Transformation only takes place in this tension. Don’t transmit your pain. Allow God to transform it. Somebody humiliates you. Instead of lashing out or getting even, hold this within believing God will use it to grow you toward maturity.

We are knocked down but not destroyed. Persecuted but not abandoned. 2 Cor 4:8-9.

We only abound spiritually as we are abased. Phili 4. We hold within this creative tension. We die and rise with Christ. We stand there in the gap between the two creations, old and new, and embrace the cross. We are stretched out on the cross but only here can we empty out old self and be filled with God. Only here can we be uprooted from the world and planted deeper into the death then resurrection of Christ. Only here can we suffer our way with Christ into glory. Rom 8:17. Only here, in the midst of the bad, can all things work together for good! Only as we die can life spring up in others. 2 Cor 4:12. Only as we are delivered over to death can we manifest the life of Christ. We must hold these paradoxical opposites as over against trying to escaping the tension or lashing out against it.

We must take pleasure in our infirmities and stresses. 2 Cor 12:9-10. We must not be disappointed when God refuses to remove the thorn in our flesh. He has it there for a resurrection purpose: to keep us humble. Let it do its work!

As the bad things come our way we do not retaliate; we hold the creative tension knowing that God is also working to bring good out of the situation. The new creation personality comes out of holding the creative tension.

Key verse is 2 Cor 4:11 where Paul personifies “death,” stating we are delivered over into the hands of an enemy, “death.” We will bring into this discussion Acts 27:41 “where two seas met” and also, the “abased” and “abound” verses in Philippians 4.

Originally Posted: http://safeguardyoursoul.com/the-concurrent-working-of-deep-opposites/

What is the Gospel?

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There are 4 parts:

God WITHDRAWS His protective hedge from around you and allows Satan to take you and put you on the cross of suffering circumstances as God did with Job. Job 1; 2 Cor 4:11; Gal 2:20. You are thereby rendered helpless and hopeless with only one place to look for help: up to God!

God allows this cross to come to you for a good and REDEMPTIVE purpose: that thru “the faith of Jesus Christ” (Gal 2:16) you will embrace the cross and consent to die to self then be raised up by God to a new life as a new creation person in Christ, fully equipped with God’s resurrection life, power, thoroughly enabled now to live your life for God. Satan is always the killer. John 10:10; 8:44; God, thru faith, raises the dead. Rom 6:3-7; Rom 12:1-2. Thru this death, and only thru this death, we are freed from slavery: bondage to Satan, the mosaic law (Gal 3:10-13), the old self, the sin nature within us and the world’s influence over us. “Loose him and let him go.” John 11:44. The death brought on by Satan is the very same vehicle that frees us from the devil’s power over our life. Heb 2:14. To be born again we must first be killed. John 3:14-16.

God suffers with us as we go through this death to self at Satan’s hands working through his earthly minions and his calamitous circumstances. John 11:35. Christ is with us as we endure this death. We are crucified with Christ. Gal 2:20. Daniel 3:25.

Satan and the people he uses to crucify us are destroyed by the very same cross they put us on. Evil is thereby allowed to run its course and self-destruct. Ps 7:15-16; 9:15-16; Heb 2:14; 1 Cor 2:6-8; Col 2:14-15.

Through this gospel, we are enabled to love and bless our enemies because we have come to see them as the very blacksmith’s tools of our salvation, both initially and continually. We love our persecutors. We have only two commandments, love God and love others, especially our enemies. All other rule-keeping becomes a byproduct of these two. God is love and we become lovers like Him.

Works and rule keeping are the fruit, never the means, of the salvation process.

In summary, salvation is something that happens to you, not something you do. All things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to his purpose. Rom 8:28. All the bad things Satan does to us God will take and reverse back against Satan and turn into our victory thru and only thru the Cross of Christ.

I would add that part 1 could be God striving to restrain evil in the hearts of someone. Gen 6:3. At some point God will drop His restraining influence and allow us to be taken over by our own sinful lustful proud desires. See Rom 1:24, 26 and 28. We are delivered over to the wrath and self-punishment of our own sinful desires. We fall into the depths of depression, anxiety and despair. We are here also rendered helpless and hopeless. We then proceed to part 2 of the four parts or we go on on our path to self-destruction.

Todd Tomasella is the author of several Christian, non-fiction books, hundreds of articles, devotionals, audios, tracts, videos, Bible school curriculum, and study guides. No matter the format utilized, the divine mandate is simply getting people into God’s Word for themselves (Nehemiah 8:8; Habakkuk 2:2; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 17:11; 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16-17). Let’s Grow Together! Sign up here to begin receiving the Moments with Our Master email devotional that is sure to help you grow in grace and in the knowledge of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Pet. 1:2; 3:18). It’s sent out 1-2 times weekly for the edification and equipping of the body of Christ. Sign Up HERE: info@safeguardyoursoul.com

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Devil Smack Down!!!!!

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WE ARE IN YOUR FACE DEVIL IN THE NAME OF JESUS!

“God is love!” 1 John 4:8, 16

Without LOVE, we are nothing! Read 1 Corinthians 13 every morning this week! Beg God to change your life from the depths of your being and to fill you with His love as only He can do!

If you participate in a white supremacy group or black lives matter group, perhaps it’s YOU who is the racist – full of soul-damning hatred (Galatians 5:19-21; 1 John 4:8; Revelation 21:8). The LORD is calling you to truly repent before it’s too late.

So let me get this straight: You claim to know Jesus and yet you have no time to obey His Great Commission command and yet you have all this time, mental and physical energy, and wherewithal to participate in a hate group?! If that’s you – you are a lost soul!

FROM AUDREY BOYD: “Audrey Boyd yes indeed, we went down town Dallas today and honored cops in Dallas and we will continue praying for all police officers– everywhere ( we must all remember that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood ( not against men ) but against spiritual wickedness in high places, rulers of darkness of this dark world –( the enemy = devil ) –but by the power of the Holy Ghost , through Jesus Christ — we win — in him and by his spirit –AMEN — walk in the spirit — That which is flesh is flesh and does mind the things of the flesh– the same way , that which is spirit is spirit , does mind the things of the spirit of GOD — LIFE, HEALING, LOVE, JOY , PEACE in the HOLY GHOST , and so much more — the kingdom of God consist of that which is Spiritual — not flesh / carnal — AMEN —”

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Lavel Tyler writes: “There is only one race in the body of Christ and that is the christian race. And we are a peculiar people. For we do not look at the skin color when we look at a person but we see everyone as a living soul. We do not judge an entire group or race of people based on the actions or behaviors of one or a few individuals. Whoever possesses this kind of mentality, their judgment and their heart is impaired. There is no such thing as a racist christian. Because when God opens your eyes to the gospel He gives you a heart to see every individual person as a living soul in need of a personal Savior and relationship with God. And that then becomes your main focus. Galatians 3:28 says “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; For you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Meaning that whatever color, race, or gender you were born is what you are.. but when you give your life to Christ who you are becomes– a child of God. That becomes your new identity and that is how you see every other saint that holds to the same faith as you, as a child of God. With all the division there is in the world today, the body of Christ needs to stand together in Unity more than ever before. The enemy wants to see us divided and not fellowshipping with one another but if we will join together in the Spirit standing in love and in truth we will strengthen and build one another up and be unscathed by the schemes of the devil. May this unity spread all throughout the body of Christ.”

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12

—-SMACK THAT DEVIL TODAY …. HERE’S HOW YOU CAN DO THAT …. WHITE DUSTED (SKIN, HUE) SAINTS – KICK THAT DEVIL UNDER HIS FILTHY, EVIL CHIN – CALL OR EMAIL your black friends and tell them that you ARE lifting them in prayer today …. AND YOU BLACK SKINNED SAINTS – call or email your fellowship believers in Christ’s body and let them know your praying for them!!!! The devil is the author of hatred and God “is love.”

“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” 1 John 4:7-8

Saints only Christ’s body can apply the healing balm of His blessed salvation in this fleeting, fallen world! There is no other solution! PREACH! DO! BE HIS BODY! HE’S WITH YOU EVERY STEP!!!!!
“Ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. ” Colossians 3:15

THERE are only 2 kingdoms in this world – Christ’s and the devil’s! Rescue the perishing as only God can do THROUGH YOU – HIS BODY!!!! AND GUESS WHAT?!?!?! JUST HOW MUCH MORE POWERFUL IS HIS LOVE DEMONSTRATED THAN WHEN YOU REACH OUT WITH CHRIST’S GOSPEL TO A PERSON WHO IS NOT OF YOUR RACE?!?!?!?!

Sources: http://safeguardyoursoul.com/devil-smack-down/

Flood of Noah is a Type of Baptism

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Flood of Noah is a Type of Baptism. 1 Pet 3:18-22

“Baptism” means “overwhelmed with calamity.” Satan is always the active agent in every calamity, each type of baptism, whether in fire as in Dan 3 or in water as in Gen 6-8 and Exodus 14.

The word “baptism” is also symbolic of our participation with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. See Rom 6:3-5. Satan kills and God raises the dead. God never kills and Satan can’t raise the dead.

In Gen 6:3, we see that God is striving to RESTRAIN the evil of mankind on earth.

Noah, his family and his creatures entered the ark thru a door in its side. The ark had three levels symbolizing tripartite man as the incarnate Christ. As a True Christians, we enter Christ thru the wound in His side, in His death. It is thru our death with Christ, the sharing of His sacred wounds, that we come to be in Him. Rom 6:3-5

In Gen 7:11, God STOPS RESTRAINING Satan. The heavenly and earthly flood gates are opened for Satan’s chaotic waters to be released and rush forth with destruction. Satan is always the one who has the power of death (Heb 2:14) and who steals, kills and destroys. John 10:10. Death is the enemy of God. 1 Cor 15:26. God allows death and takes the blame for it and also lets the Bible record, “I (The Lord) will destroy man . . .” Gen 6:7.

The flood destroys “the mighty men” who are the offspring of evil angels but raises, lifts up and saves the people and animals who entered the ark and takes them to the top of Mt Ararat. The cross destroys unbelieving mighty men as did the fiery furnace destroy “the mighty men” in Daniel 3:22. The cross and resurrection save and lift believers to the top of heaven and seats them there with Christ in heavenly places. Eph 2:6.

God STARTS AGAIN TO RESTRAIN Satan and his flood in Gen 8:2.

The ark rests on Ararat just as the believer finds rest thru his death with Christ. Resurrection rest means we no longer have to furnish the power to please God or get thru life. God furnishes the power while we rest!

The earth, thru this baptism in the flood waters of Genesis, has been purified and can now again be replenished just as it was in the beginning. See Gen 1 and 2. This is another example of the aikido-like self-destruction of evil. Satan’s flood destroyed Satan’s people and the people of God were saved, purified and raised up by it.

He who letteth (RESTRAINS) will let (RESTRAIN) until He be taken out of the way. 2 Thes 2:6-8. This is the principle of the cross and redemptive withdrawal all thru the Bible.

God’s judgments are always done in this way thru the principle of the cross. His wrath and anger is to let the angry ones, Satan and his minions, destroy evil and themselves! Satan casts out Satan. His house is thereby divided and so must fall. Mark 3.

This revelation of the flood comes from reading the Bible thru the lens of the cross-understanding. God does not kill or destroy. Satan steals, kills and destroys. God does allow Satan to do it but always with a redemptive and good purpose! God is good, not just sometime, but ALL the time!

And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. Rev 12:15-16.

Do you have eyes to see and ears to hear this truth, the God did not cause the flood of Noah but Satan did? It cannot be perceived thru human logic or intellect. God is love. His only way of killing and destroying is thru the principle of the cross and redemptive withdrawal.

Sources:http://safeguardyoursoul.com/flood-of-noah-is-a-type-of-baptism/

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The Truth about Holiness

“Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?” Exodus 15:11

HOLINESS is NOT a work of the flesh saints any more than salvation is of mere men or a work of men (Galatians 3:3).

“But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble.” Psalms 37:39

He who saves, sanctifies – as we abide in Him (John 15:1-6; Philippians 2:12-13, etc.). Holiness is a work of the Holy Ghost in the life of the abiding saint (John 15:1-16). Any holiness that is outside of this biblical truth/model is a work of the flesh and God-less (Matthew 23:23-25; Galatians 3:3). CHRIST alone can save and sanctify! Only Jesus is the Savior and Sanctifier! 1 Corinthians 1:30 says “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and SANCTIFICATION, and redemption:” As the appropriation of all things in Christ’s kingdom, it’s by faith saints! (Romans 4:4-5; Hebrews 11:6) Please share this post.

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Holy Scripture reveals that there is a “True holiness” as opposed to a false or feigned holiness (Matthew 23:23-25; Ephesians 4:24). Which one are you walking in?

PERSONAL HOLINESS IS ESSENTIAL AND YET, IT’S NOT A WORK OF THE FLESH BUT RATHER A WORK OF GOD IN THE LIFE OF THE TRULY BORN AGAIN, CURRENTLY ABIDING BELIEVER WHOSE “FIRST LOVE” IS JESUS CHRIST (REVELATION 2:4-5).

“The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.” Psalms 138:8

“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:12-13

Sources: http://safeguardyoursoul.com/the-truth-about-holiness/