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End Times Apostasy is Rebellion Against God Almighty and Jesus Christ

apostasy is rebellion against God

End times apostasy is a rebellion against God Almighty and His Son, Jesus Christ.

The Great Apostasy–as it has been called–can take many forms. The most common preached in the churches is “apostasy is a falling away” or a “defection.” Many church-goers look at declining church enrollments and pronounce it part of the Great Falling Away.

But is it?

The word “apostasy” comes almost directly from the Greek: ἀποστασία or apostasia, which CAN mean “defection,” but literally means “revolt.”

So while some will merely defect or “fall away,” more will actively “revolt” against the “faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

This revolt is currently swamping the churches: seeker sensitive, purpose-driven (instead of Jesus sensitive or Jesus-driven) social clubs masquerading as churches; gatherings where people congregate to be entertained with music or spectacles; emergent groups where people sit in pews and listen to New Age and other philosophical discussions; rebellious man-centered militants who think that the churches have to conquer the world before Jesus can return; cults who follow other gospels; and many more.

There are attempts to “explain away” Jesus’ question in Luke 18:8.

Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”

His question was not rhetorical.  Present happenings confirm this.

Present circumstances also confirm another of Jesus’ observations.

“They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.”

The Great Apostasy began centuries ago.  It has been gathering speed over the last several decades.

But it’s only getting started.

Apostasy is rebellion against God Almighty and His Son, Jesus Christ

“The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.”
-–Psalm 2:2-3

God’s Word declares the whole world will worship Satan and his man of sin.

Is the reader ready for such a deception?

Is the reader ready to make a choice for Jesus Christ?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation

End Time Rising: Running out of Time

Make Your Calling and Election Sure: End Times Survival

THE GOSPEL

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:”
2 Corinthians 4:3

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[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: October 8, 2013 and End Times Prophecy Headlines: October 8 2016.]

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–with Mondo Frazier

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BEWARE: Deception in the Churches!

A STORM IS COMING: Don't seek refuge in a church. Call out to God. Repent. Place your trust in Jesus Christ for Salvation.

A STORM IS COMING: Don’t seek refuge in a church. Call out to God. Repent. Place your trust in Jesus Christ for Salvation.

“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”
2 Timothy 3:13

The churches are apostate, corrupt and deceiving. IF one is looking for guidance for the coming storm, seek shelter in the Lord Jesus Christ–NOT a man-created church.

“The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.”
Nahum 1:7

Though this writer issues regular warnings about the apostate churches (which are basically warnings from God’s Word), the level and magnitude of deceptions in the churches never cease to surprise.

“For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, fashioning themselves into apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for even Satan fashioneth himself into an angel of light. It is no great thing therefore if his ministers also fashion themselves as ministers of righteousness, whose end shall be according to their works.”
2 Corinthians 11:13-15

Consider this a “general” warning.

Add this to the many previous warnings: the churches are NOT to be trusted. They feature”nice people”–always smiling, always cheerful–who are ungodly and rebellious.

In the times in which we live, many churches are shameless. Instead of teaching the Word of God, they concentrate on ungodly “Christian books” such as The Shack, The Harbinger or The Circle Maker.

They smile as they spoon this poison into the ears of the naive.

The churches talk the talk of preaching the gospel and studying the Word.  BUT when it comes time to walk the walk, they somehow manage to leave parts of the gospel out and the Word usually seems to be talked about more than studied.

It’s all about the Word!”

“We love the Word!”

“It all begins with the Word!”

We can’t get enough of the Word!”

But somehow, the Word of God gets exchanged for the word of men.

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;”
1 Timothy 4:1-2

One simple test: does your church follow the Bible?

Or does it TALK about following the Bible, “loving the Word,” loving Jesus? Do it have women in spiritual authority contrary to the Word of God? Does it promote “busy work” and endless social events? Does it talk about the gospel but end up somehow teaching “discipleship” instead?

“He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”
1 John 2:4

Almost 2000 years ago, the apostles battled imposters, seducers and infiltrators–and the New Testament is full of their warnings and admonitions.

After almost 2000 years of seducers, imposters, infiltrators and evil men, deceived and deceiving, the churches are totally in the hands of the enemy.

Reader: Beware!

Consider yourself warned. Heeding the warning is part of good end times preparation.

“They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.”
Titus 1:16

THE GOSPEL

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”
1 Corinthians 15:1-4

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier

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Apostasy in the Churches: 10 More Observations

OBSERVATIONS: On Apostasy, the Churches and the End Times

OBSERVATIONS: On Apostasy, the Churches and the End Times

Part 2

“They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.”
Titus 1:16

Reprobate –

rep·ro·bate -ˈreprəˌbāt/

2.Christian Theology
archaic
(especially in Calvinism) a sinner who is not of the elect and is predestined to damnation.


More observations gleaned from a recent trip into the apostate churches.

1- Before moving on to new topics on this subject, let’s take this opportunity to clear up a few loose ends from the previous installment.


PART ONE: Apostasy in the Churches: 10 Observations


A. Church-goers will at times acknowledge that there are many idols worshiped by others in their churches. They will even name quite a few things that church-goers put before God (idols). However, none have ever (in this writer’s presence) associated idol worship with what the Bible says is behind every idol: a devil.

American Apostasy: Disobedience in the House of God

B.Pew-sitters will very often complain that the world is “going to hell in a hand basket.” But to date, none have associated the worsening conditions of the world with the disobedience to God’s Word that is evident in the churches (which are supposed to be the light of the world).

Light in a Dark World: Ye are the Light of the World

C. The first defense of the apostate is “There is no perfect church.” But this is disingenuous: Who’s looking for perfection?  Who’s implying that the churches should be perfect?

No one but those defending the ungodliness of the churches.

Forget perfection.  Those in the Church are looking for churches that follow the Bible and not man’s doctrines or the latest fashions.  Those in the churches might insist that they too want such a situation.

However, by their actions (rank disobedience and rebellion), they declare something altogether different. They claim to desire to follow the Bible only–until it runs up against their job, or their Harry Potter novels or their celebration of pagan holy days. Then their true priorities are revealed.

Now to some new topics.

2- The spread of homosexuality and homosexual marriage is a popular topic in the churches.  There is little agreement on many things, but church-goers can often agree that the public displays of homosexuality is not a good sign of the times.

The feeling seems to be that only “liberal,” “depraved” or “bad” churches would ever endorse homosexuality.

The usual list of things condemned by church-goers (in traditional denominations) are: homosexuality, atheists and satanists.

This is because it is fairly easy for many apostates to see that these three things involve disobedience to God’s Word. Even heathens and the worldly know these three things are not of God. For the churches to survive until the coming of the man of sin, there has to be SOMETHING which church-goers can roundly condemn as contrary to God’s Word.

That list has grown extremely short in the modern churches.

Apostate American Church: Waiting for the MAN OF SIN

MAN OF SIN: The Man of Sin is Coming

3- Apostates fiercely defend “going to church” as a sign that a person is saved and right with God. To suggest that church attendance has nothing to do with salvation is very offensive to many and will cause some to get visibly angry.

Going to Church: Celebrating Tradition, Rituals and Empty Worship

The modern churches are temples full of dead rituals and empty, meaningless ceremonies which comfort the flesh of those attending. Church-goers mistake this temporary feel-good for the spiritual cleansing of true repentance and heartfelt prayer.

It matters not whether the church professes to be Roman Catholic, snake handlers, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Baptists, Science Fiction Church, ascetics, TV ‘ministries,’ Methodist, Lutheran or what-have-you: all are infested with traditions, ceremonies and rituals which satisfy the human hunger for the [security of] routine.

The cause of much anger appears to be that anyone would dare question the legitimacy of church attendance as a ritual of sanctification.

4 – Someone who adheres closer to God’s Word than the apostate is usually labeled “religious,” “legalistic” or “a Pharisee.” This last label is curious.  The Pharisees were renowned for their attempts to CIRCUMVENT God’s Word, not adhere to it. They were also infamous for their lip service to God, not their obedience.

“In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.”
Luke 12:1

So the use of the label “Pharisee” for someone who advocates obedience to God’s Word demonstrates a lack of Bible knowledge of the one applying the label.

5- The churches appear to be able to stomach anything (witchcraft, occult themes, idol worship) EXCEPT disagreement with their worldly, antichrist agenda.

Though they claim to value “All opinions. However, as someone has already pointed out: no one gets to have an opinion on a subject where God has already spoken.

As to their good works and motives, they strive for universal agreement by all in the discussion.

“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.”
Matthew 10:34

“Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.”
Luke 12:51-53

“Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.”
John 15:20-21

Practically any subject can be ruled “out of bounds” by declaring it to “not  a salvation issue.”  However, the central issue of obedience affects MANY issues that are declared to have no salvational value.

6- Talk of “evil spirits” or “demons” or “devils” make some visibly uncomfortable. Some declare that they do not believe other spirits are interacting with people in the churches today.

Seducing Spirits in the Church: The Supernatural Fan Club

However, the Bible plainly declares the existence of evil and familiar spirits and man’s use of illegitimate supernatural power (Deuteronomy 18:10-12). The practitioners themselves (particularly witches) declare that illegitimate supernatural power exists.

Apparently the only two groups who declare that it does not exist are 1- those who have had no experience with such a thing; and, 2- Those who have but want to keep such experience secret.

The idea that spirits congregate in a place which is used spiritually is not a far-fetched one. IF the Holy Spirit was the only spirit who interacted with believers, God would not have had to issue the following warnings.

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”
1 John 4:1

“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”
2 Corinthians 11:13-15

7- Apostates know the Scripture about “narrow is the way,” but it appears not to matter enough to put away those things they’ve elevated above God (money, jobs, loved ones, etc.). Making God the number one item in their lives seems unrealistic and unworkable.

“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
Matthew 7:13-14

“Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.”
Luke 13:24

A usual response to the topic is “Hey, I’ve got to live!”

That God will be “reasonable” is another point raised.

8- Some justify and defend the promotion of witches, wizards, (Harry Potter, Halloween) and paganism as “It’s fun!” or “It’s just fantasy.  It’s not real!

It’s usually not helpful to the discussion to point out that “fun” is one of Satan’s greatest tools. Or that many pagans and occultists hide behind the skirts of “fantasy.”

Christianity and the Occult: The Occult goes to Church

PRAYER CIRCLES: Another Pagan Practice in the Church

Halloween 2014 Quotes: Halloween is Satanic and Demonic

Four Blood Moons: American Church Comfortable with Witchcraft

9- It should go without saying it does no good to ever tell a deceived person they are deceived. The Bible says that they cannot hear you.

“We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.”
1 John 4:6

10- The people who inhabit the churches are almost universally pleasant. They smile a LOT. They are very agreeable on all subjects except those relating to the Bible. One almost hates to disagree with them because they try very hard to be likable. They are likeable.

But this does not in any way lessen the believer’s obligation to defend the faith and doctrines delivered by Jesus Christ.

“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”
Jude 1:3

For most people,being agreeable is a more pleasant state of affairs than earnestly contending.

It’s almost as if they know that their pleasantness makes it harder to contend for the faith.

TWO BONUS OBSERVATIONS

11-The Scout’s motto (“Be prepared)” is usually always great advice. One should certainly always prepare before one goes into the churches. Prayers and fasting are good ideas.

(IF this seems overly-dramatic to the reader, refer once more to1 John 4:1 and  2 Corinthians 11:13-15.)

When one returns from such a trip, one also should pray for those with whom one interacted.

12- Once more (to repeat what was written in Part One,

When interacting with church-goers it is sometimes hard to determine if the person is being deceived or is “deceiving and being deceived.”

In either case, there is nothing for the believer to do other than to share the gospel and pray. No amount of logic, Bible verses, expert communication or any other earthly means will make a difference.

Only prayer and the gospel.

THE GOSPEL

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;  By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”
1 Corinthians 15:1-4

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16


PART ONE: Apostasy in the Churches: 10 Observations


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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier

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Apostasy in the Churches: 10 Observations

OBSERVATIONS: On Apostasy, the Churches and the End Times

OBSERVATIONS: On Apostasy, the Churches and the End Times

“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”
2 Timothy 3:13

INTO THE BELLY OF THE BEAST

Some observations gleaned from a recent trip to the apostate churches.

1- A trip into the apostate churches is always undertaken with the hope that a pocket of believers might be found. However, these hopes are always tempered with the expectations of what the Bible proclaims will be happening in the end times.

“And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do”
Revelation 13:11,14

God’s Word clearly states that a second beast system will rise that will look like a lamb (Christianity) but speak “as a dragon (Satan).”

This system will look very much like Christianity but will really be teaching and promoting Satan’s way. Will these dragon-worshiping churches spring up overnight?  Or will the churches that exist simply be used?

Some may feel that there is a huge leap from the churches as they now exist and dragon worship.  But unfortunately, that is not true.  Most churches already have idols and witchcraft is common in many churches as well.  Regardless of how vehemently their members may protest, not much would have to change for the present church system to go FULL DRAGON.

Of course, the people in the churches will insist that they are not worshiping the dragon. They will claim they are worshiping God Almighty and His Son, Jesus Christ.

Just as most claim today.

IF one asks, almost unanimously, church-goers will state they believe we are living in the end times. But while many church-goers are familiar with Revelation 13:11,13, to date none this writer have talked to associate this end times satanic system of churches with the churches they attend.

Holding two contradictory points of view at the same time has a name. It is called cognitive dissonance by the world and is claimed to be a source of stress.


PART TWO: Apostasy in the Churches: 10 More Observations


2- Attendees of the apostate churches claim they can see the ungodliness that is sweeping through the churches.

Other people’s churches.

When asked about their own, invariably they affirm that their church is different.

3- Church-goers are almost all rebellious concerning God’s Word. Most are okay with sections of the Bible, but the entire Bible is something that is very, very hard for the modern apostate to stomach.

Different Scriptures excite different apostates. One church-goer may be agreeable to all Paul’s instructions to Timothy on how to run the church; but to another, 1 Timothy 2:11-14 is fighting words.

“Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.”
1 Timothy 2:11-14

4- Apostates do not want to obey the Word of God.

Apostates will always give a variety of reasons for why disobedience to God’s Word is acceptable.

They will not obey–but they will feel they have a perfectly legitimate reason for doing so. The Bible records many such instances of disobedience in the children of Israel. When such disobedience was discovered, the disobedient ALWAYS had reasons for their transgressions.

And almost always, God struck the disobedient dead (in Saul’s case–and a few other instances–He decreed death).

5- “There is no perfect church.” is the first line of defense when ungodliness and disobedience in the churches are mentioned. When it is pointed out that much of the churches’ works are directly opposed to Christianity, the discussion moves on to other defenses; such as the churches are “doing God’s work.”

6- Many apostates know that the whole world will worship the dragon in the end times. Many apostates claim they believe the end times are now.

But when asked “Where the world will worship the dragon? Will the world conduct this worship in the streets or in an open field? Or in an already existing church?”

They have no answer.

“And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

7- It can be pointed out that denominations are little more than Satan’s name brands. But there is very little agreement on this point by those who currently inhabit the churches.

8- “At what point will people admit the churches are the problem and not the solution and LEAVE their churches?”

When asked this question, those in the churches usually protest that their churches are doing good works. Good works are their defense for any doctrinal differences with the Bible. (This is the same defense used by various and sundry secret societies which are opposed to Jesus Christ. “We do a lot of good work.”)

To date, the question remains unanswered.

9- A similar unanswered question is “What doctrine is so extreme that once a church adopts it, it will result in most of the church members deserting that church?”

10- When interacting with a church-goer, it is sometimes hard to determine if the person is being deceived or is “deceiving and being deceived.”

In either case, there is nothing for the believer to do other than to share the gospel and pray. No amount of logic, Bible verses, expert communication or any other earthly means will make a difference.

Only prayer and the gospel.

THE GOSPEL

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;  By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”
1 Corinthians 15:1-4

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

[Additional observations from this trip will be forthcoming.]


PART TWO: Apostasy in the Churches: 10 More Observations


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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier

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The Grid: 5

THE GRID of man-made doctrines placed over the Word of God = infirmity and death.

THE GRID of man-made doctrines placed over the Word of God = infirmity and death.

The Grid of Man-Made Doctrines

UNDERSTAND THE TRUTH FROM THE SCRIPTURE

Part Five of a Five-Part Series

This walk with God comes from Him and has no origin within ourselves.  Of ourselves we are lost and despoiled by our depraved sin natures; there is nothing of salvation, godliness, or holiness that comes from our weak and fallen godless natures that in anyway pertains to our walk of faith.

1Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Savior Jesus Christ: 2Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 3According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 2 Peter 1:1-4 

Our faith, God’s grace, peace, eternal life and godliness originate and come to us through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ, knowing Him and being imbued with His divine power.   There is nothing that unrighteous fallen man, who is controlled by lust, can contribute to this life of faith in Jesus Christ.

3Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4Nicodemus said unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? 5Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.  John 3:3-7 

The flesh produces the works of the flesh, corruption, the Spirit produces that which is of God.

Faith in Christ is predicated upon the revelation of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, given to us in the Bible.

14But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 15 And that from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.  2 Timothy 3:14-17 

20Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation. 21For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 2 Peter 1:20-21 

To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.  Isaiah 8:20 

It is important that we are careful about the translation of Scripture that we choose because there is much of the flesh that has permeated the pure Word of God during the past two centuries.  This has come about because fallen man in his wisdom has decided that God has not preserved His Word for us today and that “biblical scholars” must ferret out God’s Word from man’s words.  Besides negating the biblical doctrine of the preservation of the Scriptures, these fallen men rely upon deceptive manuscripts that were rejected by believers as being untrustworthy.

God has promised in the Scriptures to preserve His Word for us.

For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endures to all generations.  Psalms 100:5

For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endures forever. Praise ye the LORD. Psalms 117:2

 89Forever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. 90Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abides. 91They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants.  Psalms 119:89-91

Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endures forever. Psalms 119:160

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.   Matthew 24:35

Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which lives and abides forever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower thereof falls away: But the word of the Lord endures forever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.  1 Peter 1:23-25  

The Lord has preserved His Word for us in the Received Text, the Greek manuscript which is based upon the Majority Texts, the plurality of all existing Greek manuscripts.  Those who hold to the Critical text do not believe that God has preserved the text of the Scriptures for us and they believe that “biblical scholars” discover and uncover the Scriptures.  They do not believe that we have the inspired, infallible, inerrant Word of God extant today.

While those who trust the Lord Jesus Christ and hold fast to His Word do believe that we have God’s Word abiding with us today in the Bible, the KJV, based upon the Received Text.  It is the only version that is taken from the Received Text.  Jesus had some very harsh words for the scholars of His day.

13But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. 14Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. 15Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.   Matthew 23:13-15

The same evil religiosity that pervaded the land of Israel and opposed our Savior Jesus Christ is the same perversion of the truth that masquerades as faith in Christ today.

 The dependence upon fallen man to uncover the Scriptures, rather than trusting that God has preserved His Word for us has led to an all-out frontal attack upon the Bible through incorporating error within the modern versions that leads people astray and away from the centrality of Christ Jesus.  Just as the Pharisees, Sadducees and scribes conspired to destroy the Son of Man, so these same evil workers in modern garb set about to sabotage and undermine the work of the Spirit through His sword, which is the Word of God, the Bible.

These cohorts of Satan work overtime to build up and maintain their fleshly kingdoms leading untold millions to eternal damnation.   Opposing the true work of God, they perpetrate all manner of corruption and error that lead lost deceived souls to perdition.  The influx and abundance of false teaching can be directly correlated to the surge of apostate and corrupt modern versions of the Bible.  This is the direct cause of the embracing of sexual corruption and perversion within the visible church.  This deceitful grid of man over the Word of God breeds/spreads evil abroad.

The visible church is a haunt of every evil spirit and corruption.  The work of the flesh is at home within her walls.  The work of righteousness is considered a queer thing.  Those who are of God and filled with His Spirit, who point to Christ and His Holy Word are rejected as troublers of the church much as Ahab the wicked king of Israel slandered the prophet Elijah.

The only hope is to reject the lie and embrace the truth of God and come out from among these apostates.  If you do not quickly do this you will be subsumed into the end time apostate church that embraces the Antichrist as the one who is the answer to their prayers.

14Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? 15And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 

This is the call of Almighty God to turn to Him and away from sin and evil doers.   The ones who obey God in this command are His ekklesia, His true and beloved Bride, the ones who answer His call to come out from the deluded and deceived apostates who have embraced the lie because the love unrighteousness more than the truth.   May we with love for the Savior Jesus Christ, belief in His truth and faith in our Father follow our Lord to be obedient and set apart for His glory.


THE GRID

  1. The Grid – part one
  2. The Grid – part two
  3. The Grid – part three
  4. The Grid – part four
  5. The Grid – part five

by Eliza

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Originally posted at Holding Forth His Word: The Grid: 5

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The Grid: 4

THE GRID of man-made doctrines placed over the Word of God = infirmity and death.

THE GRID of man-made doctrines placed over the Word of God = infirmity and death.

The Grid of Man-Made Doctrines

UNDERSTAND THE TRUTH FROM THE SCRIPTURE

Part Four of a Five-Part Series

Jesus warned us about the results of the deception that would define the end times before His return.

9“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.  10And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.  11Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.  12And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.  13But he who endures to the end shall be saved.”  Matthew 24:9-13 

7“And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them?  8I tell you that He will avenge them speedily.  Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”  Luke 18:7-8 

These verses paint a very bleak picture for the tenor of belief during these end times.  Those who are faithful will suffer persecution, many false prophets and false teachers will arise, lawlessness will abound, and as a result, many will lose their love for the Savior and for the brethren.  It will be so bad that Jesus Christ asked the rhetorical question, “Will the Son of Man really find faith on the earth when He comes back?”  One of the precipitating factors for these conditions is the loss of esteem for the Word of God.  We can catalogue the false doctrines that have led to the discounting of the Bible in the life of the believer.

Fallen man will always disparage the Bible, what else can he do?  There are those who have been embraced as believers who have actually led the attack upon the Scriptures from within the church.  Last post, we saw that Augustine not only spiritualized prophecy rejecting its true interpretation regarding the return of Jesus Christ, but he also placed the opinion of the church and councils over the Holy Scriptures and above the Holy Spirit’s work in revealing the truth to us from God’s Word.

During the Reformation, rather than rejecting this heretic, the heroes of this movement embraced this evil worker.  This movement continued apace to Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768-1834) who divorced faith in God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ from the Scriptures, and also helped to evolve the school of Higher Criticism which debases the Bible to be a mere work of man that can only be truly discovered and “revealed” by “biblical scholars”.

Based upon this attack upon the Word of God most “conservative evangelical pastors and scholars” do not believe in the providential preservation of God’s Word, and so believe that we do not have the inerrant Word of God extant today.  If you look at the doctrinal statement of the majority of “conservative evangelical” churches regarding the Word of God, the statement will say they believe the Bible to be the infallible, inspired, inerrant Word of God in the original manuscripts.  We do not have the original manuscripts so they are saying in essence that we do not have the Holy inspired, infallible, inerrant Word of God.   And so to even know what the Word of God is, requires “biblical scholars” to uncover it from the available manuscripts.

Therefore, based upon these false assumptions, the logical assumption is that we can’t really know what God has said clearly mirroring Satan when he said to Eve:  “Has God indeed said…?”(Genesis 3:1), thus throwing off confidence in oracles of God.  This has brought in the distressingly destructive situation that we have today where vast numbers throw off studying the Scriptures and instead eat up myriads of books which promote unbelievably blasphemous heresy.  I would like to consider two of those destructive doctrines that are espoused and held dear by such people as Robert Schuller and Billy Graham.

Robert Schuller has taught for many years that our actual problem is we have low self-esteem and therefore Jesus Christ delivers us from low self-esteem and restores to us a proper positive view of ourselves.  I have personally seen the destructive results of this false doctrine in the life of a former family member.  Those who hold to such error consider their ideas, thoughts, and feelings as supreme in their lives and are so glad that Jesus Christ is there right alongside of them to support them in their quests for self-actualization.  They have no heart for humble belief and dependence upon Jesus Christ as He is revealed to us in the Scriptures nor do they desire to thankfully obey God’s Word.  These are the ones that Paul warned us about in the Scriptures in 2 Timothy 3:1-5

1But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:  2For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5having a form of godliness but denying its power.  And from such people turn away!  2 Timothy 3:1-5

If we investigate what God’s Word has to say about our need for the Savior, we will see that He saves us from our sinful rebellion against the Lord God Almighty.  If we do not acknowledge ourselves as sinners we can never be saved and will only inherit eternal damnation for all of our efforts.

7But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.  8If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  9If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  10If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.  1 John 1:7-10 

This sin is not merely low self-esteem or mistakes, it is a willful wicked refusal to believe in and obey God

9What then?  Are we better than they?  Not at all.  For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin.  10As it is written:  “There is none righteous, no not one; 11There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God.  12They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is no one who does good, on, not one.”  13Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit”,  The poison of asps is under their lips”, 14Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.”  15Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16Destruction and misery are in their ways; 17And the way of peace they have not known.”  18There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Romans 3:9-18 

This is the condition of all of mankind.  Our great God and Savior sent His Son Jesus Christ to deliver us from sin and reconcile us to Himself for His glory.

4But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.  Titus 3:4-7 

This is the only way for sinful people to be reconciled to our holy God, through faith in Jesus Christ.  Rejection of the doctrine of sin, leads to rejection of God’s solution.  Rejecting the doctrine of sin leaves the door open for all to be saved or the false doctrine of universalism.  Both Robert Schuller and Billy Graham embrace the false doctrine of universalism.

That Billy Graham has taught universalism, all the while paying lip service to the gospel, for decades is a matter of record.  In an interview in McCall’s magazine, January 1978, Graham stated that he no longer believed that pagans in other countries were going to hell and needed the gospel preached to them, he said there were other ways of saying yes to God.  He continued to express this belief in universalism in subsequent interviews with the most famous being his television interview with Robert Schuller in 1997, where he said,

“And that’s what God is doing today, He’s calling people out of the world for His name, WHETHER THEY COME FROM THE MUSLIM WORLD, OR THE BUDDHIST WORLD, OR THE CHRISTIAN WORLD OR THE NON-BELIEVING WORLD, THEY ARE MEMBERS OF THE BODY OF CHRIST BECAUSE THEY’VE BEEN CALLED BY GOD. THEY MAY NOT EVEN KNOW THE NAME OF JESUS but they know in their hearts that they need something that they don’t have, and they turn to the only light that they have, and I think that they are saved, and that they’re going to be with us in heaven”.

The fact that not all will be saved, and that salvation is only through faith in Jesus Christ, through belief in His name, is clearly taught in the Scriptures does not deter those who preach and teach universalism.  They have rejected the Bible as being the inspired, infallible, inerrant Word of God and elevate their mere opinion as the truth.  However, this is what Jesus Christ said in Matthew 7:13-14 & 21-23. 

Matthew 7:13-14 & 21-23 13“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.  14Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.  Matthew 7:13-14

 21“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.  22Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord’, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?  23And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” Matthew 7:21-23 

Jesus warns us not to be deceived thinking that we are saved and know Him, when in reality we are lost and bound for destruction. If those who claim to know Him are rejected, how much more so are those who do not believe in His name.   Notice that faith includes obedience to His Father; what is the will of the Father?

And this is His commandment:  that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment.  1 John 3:23

3We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other, 4so that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure, 5which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer; 6since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you, 7and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, 8in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.  9These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, 10when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed.  2 Thessalonians 1:3-10 

We are commanded to believe in Jesus Christ, putting our faith in His gospel of salvation.  Love for our brethren and joyful anticipation of Christ’s return are the hallmark of our faith.  We will and do suffer persecution from those who disobey the gospel because we are not of this world.  Unbelievers can only expect the righteous judgment of God upon them for eternity because they do not know God and reject the gospel of Jesus Christ.  There isn’t an escape clause for unbelievers, and God does not wink at the wicked allowing them into heaven through a backdoor.  Beloved brethren, these false doctrines are the direct result of the devaluation and dismissing of God’s Word, the Bible.

If you would like to do a more thorough study into the attack upon the Bible that has caused so many leaders in the visible church to reject the biblical doctrine of the preservation of God’s Word then please click the link below for excellent and informative teaching about this destructive doctrine.  God bless you as you stand true for the Lord and hold fast to His Word, the Bible.

 

http://www.teachingtheword.org/apps/articles/default.asp?blogid=6433&view=post&articleid=78017&fldKeywords=&fldAuthor=&fldTopic=0


THE GRID

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  2. The Grid – part two
  3. The Grid – part three
  4. The Grid – part four
  5. The Grid – part five

by Eliza

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Originally posted at Holding Forth His Word: The Grid: 4

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THE GRID of man-made doctrines placed over the Word of God = infirmity and death.

THE GRID of man-made doctrines placed over the Word of God = infirmity and death.

The Grid of Man-Made Doctrines

UNDERSTAND THE TRUTH FROM THE SCRIPTURE

Part Three of a Five-Part Series

Jesus warned us about tares within the church during this time before He returns.

24Another parable He put forth to them, saying:  “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. 26But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared.  27So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field?  How then does it have tares?  28“He said, to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’  The servants said to him, ‘do you want us then to go and gather them up?’  29“But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them.  30Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”  Matthew 13:24-30 

At the request of His disciples, Jesus gives us the explanation of this parable in the following verses of Matthew chapter 13.

36Then Jesus sent the multitude away and went into the house.  And His disciples came to Him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.”  37He answered and said to them:  “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man.  38The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one.  39The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels.  40Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age.  41The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness,42 and will cast them into the furnace of fire.  There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.  43Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.  He who has ears to hear, let him hear!  Matthew 13:36-43 

The last line of this parable in Matthew 13:43 indicates how important it is for us to know the truth Jesus has taught us in the parable of the tares.

We will always have false brethren and false teachers within the church until Jesus Christ returns and sets up His visible kingdom upon this earth.  Knowing this truth, what should our response be to those who are false?  First we must recognize that false brethren are dangerous to our well-being.  Paul included false brethren in the list of perils that he constantly faced in

2 Corinthians 11:26…in perils among false brethren.

Since they are dangerous, Paul also tells us how to deal with false brethren throughout his epistles.  In Romans chapter 16 he writes:

Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned and avoid them.  Romans 16:17

Paul gives us more counsel for dealing with false brethren in

2 Thessalonians 3:6, But we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw from every brother who walks disorderly and not according to the tradition which he received from us.  He exhorts Timothy in 1 Timothy 6:3-5

3If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, 4he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, 5useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain.  From such withdraw yourself.   Paul gives further instructions in 2 Timothy regarding false brethren:  1But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:  2For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5having a form of godliness but denying its power.  And from such turn away!  2 Timothy 3:1-5 & 2Preach the word!  Be ready in season and out of season.  Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.  3For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.  5But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.  2 Timothy 4:2-5 

We should carefully watch the doctrine and behavior of those who claim to know Jesus Christ, especially those who are in leadership.  If they are propagating error then we must turn away from them!  If a whole assembly is engaged in following error then we must reject them.  We must know the Word of God and as led by the Holy Spirit share the truth with those who are false,but not count them as brethren, but those who need to be converted to the truth!  Sometimes it will be very painful for us to come out from among them and touch not the unclean thing!

  But our heavenly Father speaking through His chosen vessel Paul not only warns us to avoid these false brethren and false teachers, He also commands us to expose and refute their error not only by the example he gives through exposing and refuting error in his epistles but also in the following verses:

7For a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent not greedy for money, 8but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled, 9holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict.  10For there are many insubordinate, both idle talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole households, teaching things which they ought not, for the sake of dishonest gain.  Titus 1:7-11  5For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.  6Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.  7Therefore do not be partakers with them.  8For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.  Walk as children of light 9(for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.  11And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. 12For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret.  13But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light for whatever makes manifest is light. 

As we warn against and expose those who are false through the light of God’s Word, we make manifest their wicked lies and lives, and point their victims of falsehood to the truth, God’s Word, which is able to make them wise for salvation.  We must point out the error by holding it up to the light of God’s Word showing what the truth says, which then exposes and corrects the untruth.   We must always keep in mind that Jesus Christ told us in His parable these false brethren are planted by the devil and are busy doing his bidding.

As taught to us in Titus 1;7-11, it is a special charge given to the leadership in the church  to know the Word of God and to expose error, silencing those who spread falsehood, upsetting the faith of many.  I used to wonder why so many within church leadership were careless about exposing error, and did not set about that work evenly, but showed favoritism towards many false teachers.  Then it became clear to me that they have their own pet doctrines that they uphold which they have received from others who listened to and taught what their favorite false teacher had to say.

There is one false teacher in particular who has done much damage to the church and has been responsible for the divisions that we see extant throughout the visible church.  This false teacher’s followers are virulent and ready at all costs to silence those who hold fast to the truth.  History attests to the fact that this false teacher’s adherents have murdered many who were faithful followers of Jesus Christ.

This heretic has taught the following false doctrines in the name of Jesus Christ:  persecution of believers, a-millennialism through spiritualizing prophecy, sacraments as a means of saving grace, infant baptism, that Mary did not sin, promoted her worship and that she played a vital role in salvation, purgatory, celibacy for priests, exalted the authority of the church over the revealed Word of God, believed church councils gave the true interpretation of Scripture, interpreted the first few chapters of Genesis figuratively, taught apostolic succession from Peter, was the progenitor of limited atonement and irresistible grace.

Protestants should be shaking their heads at all of the false doctrine this divisive doctor taught, seeing that many of these errors lie as the foundation of the Catholic Church, but many will wonder that limited atonement and irresistible grace are false.

1Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, 2by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you-unless you believed in vain.  3For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received:  that Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, 4and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, 5and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve.  1 Corinthians 15:1-5 

There are preachers who confound the simple message of the gospel with the sovereign work of God in the salvation of sinners so that they overthrow the faith of some because they have believed the gospel but are not sure they are chosen.  What does Paul say above?  It is belief in the gospel of Jesus Christ that saves the sinner.  How that is worked out by the sovereign election of God we don’t know, but sinners saved by grace are saved through faith in Jesus Christ Who died on the cross that their sins should be forgiven and rose again from the dead so that they should have eternal life.

The gospel is simple and yet profound.  By simple, God-given faith we believe the gospel so that our sins are forgiven and we are children of God; by God’s sovereign grace we are saved and kept for eternity.  Calling the sovereign work of God in the salvation of sinners the gospel is confusing, confounding, and impedes the work of Christ in the salvation of sinners.  We are saved through belief in the gospel, through faith in God’s Son Jesus Christ.

1My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin.  And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.  2And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.  1 John 2:1-2 

15This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief…3For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,4who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.  5For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 6who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time…1 Timothy 1:15 & 2:3-6 16“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  17For God did not sent His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.  18He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  John 3:16-18 

Those who shriek that Christ’s atonement is limited and condemn those who do not hold to this false doctrine as unbelievers, and who say that the call is not freely and genuinely offered to all are denying the Scriptures.  They are making a mockery of the free gift of eternal life that God has promised to all who heed the commandment to repent and believe in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ.

“Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained.  He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”  Acts 17:30-31

God’s judgment is against all, so the gift of eternal life is offered to all who will believe.  We are called to believe that God’s work in the life of a sinner is sovereign and yet His grace through the gospel is also freely offered to all.  Are we commanded to explain how they work together?  No!

1And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said:  2“The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, 3and sent out his servant to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come. 4 Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready.  Come to the wedding.’”  5“But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business.  6And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them.  7But when the king heard about it, he was furious.  And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.  8Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.  9Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’  10“So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good.  And the wedding hall was filled with guests.  11”But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment.  12“So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’  And he was speechless.  13“Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’  14“For many are called, but few are chosen.”  Matthew 22:1-14

What is the name of the false teacher who placed such a grid over the Scriptures as to be claimed by the Catholic Church as their father, and who also led astray John Calvin through his errant doctrine?  That person is Augustine (there are innumerable quotes of Augustine in Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion and he constantly confessed his debt to Augustine in his tome).  He is the father of much error within the visible church.  If a leader in the church will not hold Augustine accountable for his error, and refute him, then he will approvingly quote and promote any manner of falsehood and any false teacher.  Beloved brethren we are called to live by one Book only, and that Book is the Bible, the inspired, infallible, inerrant Word of God.  Reject what is false, hold fast to the truth.

21Test all things: hold fast what is good.  22Abstain from every form of evil.  1 Thessalonians 5:21-22

To read more about the negative impact the early “church fathers” have had on biblical Christianity click the following link:

http://www.wayoflife.org/database/church_fathers_a_door_to_rome.html


THE GRID

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  2. The Grid – part two
  3. The Grid – part three
  4. The Grid – part four
  5. The Grid – part five

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