For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage. For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: “A dog returns to his own vomit,” and, “a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.” 2Pet2:18-22
Without exception the professing Christian church today has embraced a Message antithetical to the Gospel of the Bible. They Preach and teach that Jesus Saves you IN SIN, Not FROM SIN! They will Debate Doctrines, expound theology, write confessionals and call themselves Orthodox, but the ONE THING they Will Not Do is Save your Soul from the Corrupting Influence of Sin. In Fact the System they have adopted as Gospel has Rendered the Redeeming effect of Faith so ineffectual that nearly EVERYONE Believes (wholly & without reservations) that they are Forgiven and heaven bound while still committing sin daily in thought, word and deed.
This Message has made Christianity a laughing stock among the Religions of the world. It asks no Conditions, makes no Demands and only requires that you TRUST in God and He will take care of the rest. Your obligation to Christ extends no further than your ‘Gratitude’ for what He did on the Cross. That alone is said to motive you to good works of charity and devotion toward the Christian life. BUT it has ABSOLUTELY NO affect whatsoever on the final Outcome of your eternal salvation. That was decided once and for all when you ‘BELIEVED’ in Jesus and ‘RECEIVED’ Him into your heart.
Aside from all the dissenting opinions and rhetoric from the pulpits, defending this form of teaching, lays the Foundational Truth of Repentance and Faith that from the beginning, was Taught, FIRST by Christ Himself and then His immediate Apostles! Stated Clearly in the Holy Text that everyone reveres as the ‘BIBLE’, But REFUSES to Follow or Obey it.
BOTH Faith and Repentance are PROVEN By DEEDS, (not Trust!) Faith WORKS by Love! The Principle behind Faith is ACTION, to Believe is to OBEY. (not Receive!) If a person Truly Encounters God in Repentance they will enter into a Crisis of Conviction and Season of godly sorrow for sin. If it is Real, they will SEEK Diligently to CLEAR themselves of Wrong Doing before God, with Fear and the Sin will STOP! Vindication (Justification) will Come through the Spirit by DIRECT Witness within. (unmistakable, cannot be faked!) Forgiveness will be Granted by Grace and TRANSFORMATION will Immediately take Place. It DOES NOT Happen Gradually or by Degrees, over time, but INSTANTLY a NEW Creation is BORN Within. (THIS is the New Birth!)
1) The Eyes of the Understanding are Open to God’s Truth
2) The Power of Sin and Satan is Broken
3) The Divine Nature is imparted by Faith
ONLY This kind of a Conversion to God could Possibly overturn the wickedness of mankind and offer any Hope that he could OVERCOME the World, flesh and devil and be a driving force to pull anyone else out of the corruption of sin. Unless the Bible is Wrong and the early Converts to Christ were deranged, the ENTIRE Professing Christian World today is GROSSLY WRONG about what they Consider Salvation to be! Because the Message they Preach is NOT Producing ANYTHING CLOSE to the results revealed in Scripture. (somebody has hell to pay for this failure.)
Why has everyone been Caught by the Bait? (hook, line and Sinker!) Remember, Peter was a fisherman by profession. He said the False Teachers would use this VERY Same Tactic to ALLURE You! Catch you by using BAIT. Promising you Liberty in Christ while you Remain in bondage to Sin! (2Pet2:18-19) This is Why the Professing Christian Church today is a DISGRACE to Christ, an Enemy of the Cross!
The Pastors have brought them in through a ‘Decision’ not a Crisis of Conviction. Therefore they RECEIVED Jesus, but Did Not REPENT of their sins!
Why is the Gospel they Preach everywhere, ‘Believe and Receive’ ? NEVER: Count the Cost, Dig Deep, Strive, Obey, Holdfast, Endure? Because Salvation is a ‘Decision’ to Believe, NOT a Heart WILLING to OBEY! Obedience is ‘WORKS’, they tell the Converts, and Salvation is ‘Not of Works!’ Grace is Un-merited Favor, Not the Power to Godliness and Self-Control! Until the Gospel again Becomes OBEY Christ, not just ‘Believe’ in Him, NO ONE will be Saved. (the devils believe!)
That this is universally accepted as the Gospel today is the real Mystery. People blindly accept it as the one and only Truth, believing their church is THE Church. They can produce no Real evidence whatsoever to support it, aside from speculations, conjecture and opinions over Doctrines. Everyone is Saved because they have ‘Believed’, of that ‘Trust’ no one questions or challenges the authenticity.
When someone comes along and manages to escape the BAIT of their Great Swelling Words of Emptiness, and has his own personal encounter with God through the Process of Repentance, the System begins to deal with him as a Fish Out of Water! Since the Natural thing is to attend church, the newly enlightened soul goes in expecting to find the Living Water his soul needs to survive. Immediately the System recognizes this person as ODD, especially if they Know anything about the Word of God and are Zealous to Share it with others!
The first attempt to put a Hook in this person and drag him in among the other dead, dried up ‘Converts’ is usually to quell his zeal by assuring him that the cold dead spirit in the church is normal and not everyone has his ‘gifts’ of devotion to God. How long he will last after this depends on his diligence in digging for truth, asking questions and contending against the contradictions. The accumulative influence opposing him will be overwhelming and MOST people who remain in the System end up like all the rest: ‘Dead, darkened and lost’, thinking they stay Saved because they once believed.
The System has pronounced anyone who goes through the Motions of Salvation, Converted to Christ. We see this reflected in every aspect of our society today. Immorality and moral decay has ruined every major institution of Religious, Political, Educational and social fabric of man’s existence! The Spiritual leaders are in a fantasy land and have insulated themselves from reproof, correction of error and censure. Anyone who openly opposes them is immediately branded as a Trouble Maker heretic who rejects God Ordained Reformed Theology! All Logic is Out the Windows! Discussion Impossible.
You may not think so, but that HOOK is in YOUR Mouth now. If you can Deny it, PRODUCE Some Evidence to the Contrary! Look around you at the people who are considered ‘Christian’. It would be Kind to refer to them as LUKEWARM! They know NOTHING About God, DO Nothing to Defend His Truth against all the Lies and Could Care Less if they ever Know anything. Confront them with the Truth and they will HATE your Guts, Join their ranks and they will slip a Hook into your mouth and drag you into the Mire with them.
The Average Fish isn’t Smart enough to avoid the Hook when it’s adorned with some Juicy Bait. But YOU Have a Choice! Either take the Bait, (hook, line and sinker!) or FLEE Now while you still have the ability to SEE the Difference!