What you don’t know wont’ hurt you! Or so goes the old saying. BUT when it comes to God’s Word, what you DON’T know will DESTROY you! Your friendly local church pastors are NOT doing you any favors by keeping you ignorant of Bible Truth. Of course, in the end, you can only blame yourself for not making the effort to find the Truth. Although your pastors will be held accountable for what they SHOULD have done, you will suffer the penalty as an individual for your own neglect.
Whether the Pastors / preachers are doing this intentionally is really of no consequence. Deception blinds everyone, including the teachers. They Preach what they Believe! If the Premise is Substitution, Moral Transfer, Pre-forgiveness and some kind of Security in sin Doctrine, then the Bible must by Necessity fall in line with this Teaching. Therefore the Scriptures quoted and expounded in study, will enforce the premise. The people will have their ears tickled and will not endure sound Doctrine. Every objection will have a ‘reasonable’ explanation and the truth will be neatly ‘explained’ away.
The Wisdom of God is hidden to the Carnal Mind of man. Truth must be ‘Spiritually’ discerned. In sin, your ‘spirit’ is dead. (1Cor2:7-16, Eph2:1-3) Therefore as Jesus said, (Matt13:14-17) the things of God remain a Mystery to you. You will hear and NOT understand, See and not perceive. The Eyes of your understanding are darkened and alienated from the life of God. (Eph4:18) Consequently what you are ‘hearing’ (the manner in which you hear it, Lk8:18) is automatically molded into the ‘Shape’ of twisted Doctrine. In other words, it makes PERFECT sense to your Mind! If the Preacher tells you that you are Pre-forgiven of your sins and God no longer holds you accountable for your wrong doings, you immediately buy into it without question. It makes absolutely NO DIFFERENCE to your Mind WHAT Scripture Says to the Contrary. Such passages as:
“If you Sin willfully after you have received knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice remains for your sins!” Heb 10:26. Or:
But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality. Col3:25
Have an entirely OPPOSITE Meaning in your Mind. When you hear them, they carry NO impact whatsoever because you are already Pre-disposed to believe the false Premise. This is a Spiritual Conflict between Truth and Error. BOTH have a ‘spirit’ at Work behind them. (2Cor11:4) Nothing is more powerful in the battle for Minds than deep seated conviction. People will Die for what they believe if they hold it dear to their heart. Such is the nature of Patriotic fervor that drives men into conflict for temporal conquest. How much more will people be willing to sacrifice if they THINK it’s for God and Truth? That’s why Paul said in 1Cor13:3:
“If I give my body to be burned and have not love (love for truth!) it profits me NOTHING!”
You Must Grasp what we are up against here in freeing your Mind from the lies and ignorance that have you in bondage to your sin! If it could merely be accomplished by showing you WHAT the Bible says about certain things pertaining to your Salvation, EVERYONE would be free. But it’s not that simple. You are Blind and THINK you See! First you Must get CLEAR of your Wrong Doing before the SPIRIT of Truth can come in and begin teaching you these things. (1John2:24-27)
Your Pastors Constantly tell you that your Salvation is NOT of Works and you are Saved by Grace, which is ‘Un-Merited’ Favor. They quote Eph2:8-9 to Prove it:
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast”.
YET the VERY Next Verse says: “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
There’s a WORKING Principle Behind faith or it becomes of no Value. (Faith without deeds is dead! Js2:24) So God can JUDGE you According to you DEEDS, Just as the Bible Clearly Declares:
And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; “1Pet1:17
(And Many other passages Confirm: Rom2:7-8, Matt12:37, 16:27, Jude15, Rev2:23, Jn5:28-29)
Still the conclusion remains in the ‘MINDS’ of the people. That if they ‘Believe’ in Jesus, apart from Doing anything, they will be Saved. That’s why so many of them THINK they are Christians because they repeated some words at one time in their lives. It has NOTHING to do with Bible Faith, but it passed off as Truth. “The Devil’s Believe!” James2:19, says. Faith alone Saves NO One: “You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone! Js2:24
Nevertheless the Myth Continues in place. People who have Never Stopped Sinning (regardless how heinous the sin!) Consider themselves Christians because they have ‘Believed’ and the Pastors WON’T challenge their misconceptions. Yet the Bible CLEARLY Affirms that anyone who Commits Sin is a SLAVE to sin! John8:34. “Whoever Commits sin is a Slave to Sin!” You are s SLAVE to Who you Obey!
Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? Rom6:16
Simple enough, right? Anyone could Understand this….or can they? So WHY Does everyone in the Church System THINK they can get Saved in their sins and NEVER Stop Sinning? In fact, if anyone says they have Stopped sinning, they are called lairs and laughed to scorn.
Once more, it’s the Teaching they are hearing. To them the Bible affirms that: “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the Truth is not in us!” 1Jh1:8. So the Grand Conclusion in their Minds is that EVERYONE has ‘sin’ in them, according to this passage. They are NOT a Salve to Who they Obey, because the sin ‘in them’ cannot be avoided. The Pastors then Teach them that they are all the CHIEF of Sinners, like the Apostle Paul Declares in 1Tim1:15. For anyone to Consider Otherwise, is Impossible because their MINDS are already Convinced THIS is what the Bible Says!
Unraveling this Deception is extremely Difficult to do. Although the Bible Clearly shows that Paul held forth his own Conduct as an Example and Pattern of Good Works to his fellow believes, (not the Chief of sinners!) the Preachers will NEVER tell you about it! WHY? Simply because it doesn’t fit into their line of thought. Paul has to be a sinner and declare himself as one or their entire world will be turned on its head! So Heaps and Heaps of Teachers/Preachers show him as the CHIEF of all sinners, according to the Bible.
But the Bible Teaches NO SUCH Thing! How Could Paul in the Present tense, be a ‘sinner’ when he Constantly told others to FOLLOW his example as a Pattern of life?
Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. Phil3:17
The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. Phil4:9. Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ. 1Cor11:1
Even the Passage they all use to affirm Paul as the Chief of Sinners Declares he is a PATTERN to the Believers. (1Tim1:16) AGAIN How Could Paul be Sinning and tell others to FOLLOW his example?
Would you, if you were a Known Sinner, tell people to imitate your behavior? (of course not!) SO WHY WOULD PAUL??? Cleary the first Timothy passage is speaking of his ‘FORMER’ Conduct as a sinner. (see 1Tim1:13) When he was Saul, a persecutor of the Church. Now as Paul, he was FREE from his bondage to sin and WALKING in Newness of life! (Rom6:4-6)
He Said in 1Thess2:10 that his Conduct was Blameless and Just and he Constantly Affirmed that his Conscience was CLEAR before God and men! (Acts24:16, 2Tim1:3, 2Cor4:2, 1Pet3:16,21) In Fact THIS is the PURPOSE of the Commandment! “Love from a Pure Heart, Sincerity and Faith!” 1Tim1:5.
I can Bet that your Pastors have NEVER told you this! It is an Absolute Necessity for you as a Real Christian to GUARD Your heart against defilement and lust and Remain Pure and Blameless in the Sight of God. Otherwise you will wind up DISQUALIFIED from the Kingdom at the Judgment. (1Cor9:27)
But Your Told that Grace is Un-Merited Favor and COVERS your sins and no one has to Work for it. When you Read Titus 2:11 that Defines Grace as Teaching us Godliness and Self Control in this Present Age, your Shocked and immediately suspicious that someone is trying to mislead your faith. That’s how you see the entire Bible. With Blinders on your Eyes that Condone your Sin!
These Pastors can stand before you and imply that Paul was contemplating taking his own life and quote scripture to back it up, and you BELIEVE it! They use a Fragmented passage in 2Cor1:8 that speaks of his trials and tribulations in preaching the Gospel and how they were Despaired even of life! They Suggest that Paul was considering Suicide as a way out of his bitter persecutions. That’s how FAR these teachers will go to promote their false notions.
They tell you that you can DENY Christ and He WON’T Deny You! They insist that NOTHING can Disqualify you from the Kingdom of God. That No Sin you can Commit is beyond the Power of His Grace!
They claim that your Past, Present and FUTURE sins are all forgiven the moment of conversion. They teach that God Magically Transfers the Righteousness and Perfect Obedience of Christ to you as a Substitution for the penalty you deserve. They Constantly imply that no one is Perfect and everyone sins daily in thought, word and deed because they are born sinners and incapable of doing anything Right. To top it off they proclaim that ‘NO ONE’ Can Judge and if anyone does Judge the immoral behavior of Church hypocrites, they are considered ‘evil’ and of the devil. (so no one can be Known by their fruits!)
NONE of these things is taught anywhere in the Bible! Christ Himself said numerous times that IF you Deny Him He would Deny You! (Matt10:33, Mk8:38) The Bible Constantly Affirms that Certain Conduct will DISQUALIFY you from the Kingdom! (Gal5:19-21, 1Cor6:9-10) NO WHERE is it even Slightly implied that your FUTURE Sins are forgiven! (Rom3:25) And the True Saint is told to JUDGE ALL THINGS, least he be deceived! (1Cor2:15) But Your Pastors Keep all these things HIDDEN from you or so twisted up that when you do hear them, they make no sense whatsoever!
Most Church Pastors Teach the Myth of Eternal Security and it keeps the people very well satisfied that their faith is sealed in Christ no matter WHAT they do. But whether they Believe in this Doctrinal myth or not is really of no significance, because EVERYONE is ‘Saved’ in sin and ‘Living’ in Sin! NO ONE has to Patiently Endure in Steadfast Obedient Faith as the Scripture Directs!
Eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath. Rom2:7-8
Therefore the Fact that Scripture Declares Clearly that your Salvation is Conditional on your Continuance in the Faith can easily be explained away and sold to the Blind church goers. They hear that no one can SNATCH them out of Jesus hand, that NOTHING can Separate them from God’s Love. That they are Sealed with Holy Spirit of Promise and Guaranteed to inherit the Kingdom!
BUT they CAN’T hear what the Bible Clearly Says:
Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. 1Cor15:1-2
For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, Heb3:14
And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel Col1:22-23
Even though some ‘Believe’ that you have to Continue in the faith, as these passages state, they STILL THINK of themselves as the Chief of Sinners and living daily in sin because they were born sinful. So it really doesn’t matter HOW or in What MANNER you are Reading these things, if you have NEVER STOPED Sinning, you Remain Lost in Darkness. Accordingly when you Read the Bible or Hear the Teachers your MIND is ALREADY Molded into the IMAGE they want to Present. So You can find the Flavor of Doctrine that Pleases your ears and happily go about your way TOTALLY DECEIVED of the Truth, but Believing you can See!
(Continue with Part II Of What Your Pastor Will Not Tell you)