I thank God for the special people that He has recently been bringing into my life, who have been called by God to expose the wicked roots of Arminianism. Their research has been phenomenal and will soon be made available on another blog that I hope to put a link to soon. But for now, I just want to start posting a few very important quotes that they have discovered from history……which has confirmed even further what I have written in my book.
Here’s one quote by Augustus Toplady, who happened to be the author of the well-known gospel hymn, “Rock of Ages.”—-
“If we sum up the evidence that has been given, we shall find its amount to be, that Arminianism came from the church of Rome, and leads back again to the pit whence it was digged”
“The CoC performs a type of “water-witching” when it comes to baptism, by implying that one can channel Christ through water and cause Him to save by going through the baptismal formula. By believing one has to “contact the blood” in the water, one can easily be led into viewing baptism as a ritual similar to Catholic Mass, where a priest claims to “transubstantiate” or transform the physical elements of bread and wine into the actual body and blood of Jesus. Although the CoC denies an actual physical contact with Jesus’ blood, and confesses that Catholic Mass is satanic, it’s doctrine of baptismal regeneration still dangerously implies the same kind of errors, which is one reason it’s headed back to Rome.”
Note: The CoC always uses Romans 6:3-4 to try to justify its blasphemous “contacting the blood in baptism” doctrine… even though these verses don’t even mention Jesus’ blood, which is so ironic, for the CoC claims to be “silent where Scripture is silent”!!
Have you ever wondered what the “mystery of iniquity” is, mentioned in 2 Thessalonians 2:7? What could possibly be “Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and of the abominations of the earth” (Rev. 17:5)? Simply put, what is at the root of all false religion and all of the corrupt governing bodies of this world?
“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” (Eph. 6:12, KJV).
The only way to begin this discovery is by studying God’s objective, absolute truth…His Word. Scripture interprets Scripture and it never contradicts itself, despite all of the devil’s lies to the contrary. Even thousands of biblical prophecies have already been fulfilled, which could have never happened by random chance. And the closer we get to the consummation of all things, the more we will begin to see the results of God’s restraining hand being lifted.
“Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.” (Mt. 10:25-27, KJV).
We are not to fear those who have been deceived by Satan, we are to pity them and have compassion upon them. At the same time, Jesus often gives leeway for us to try to avoid them at all costs, and leeway to even escape their persecution if they refuse to submit to the truth (Mt. 10). Because God’s wrath is upon them and we are to avoid being partakers of the spiritual plagues that will inevitably come upon them.
Those who reject the true gospel and fight against it and those who meekly proclaim it, are those who fight against God. They have been left to their own devices, so that they will rest quietly for a while in that fatal delusion. When this happens, all we can do is pray from a distance that God will perhaps have mercy on them and grant them repentance so that they can escape the snare of the devil and his will for them to remain spiritually blind (2 Tim. 2:25).
What in the world could possibly be so subtly deceptive that it would blind people to God’s absolute truth, His absolute sovereignty, His absolute perfection, His absolute holiness, His absolute justice, His absolute distinguishing love, His absolute exclusivity, His absolute wrath against evil, His absolute existence as the one true God in three Persons, His absolute election of grace, His absolute predestination, His absolute foreknowledge, His absolute decrees set in stone, His absolute autonomy, His absolute unlimited will (in contrast to our limited will), His absolute purpose being perfectly fulfilled, His absolute redemption, His absolute control, His absolute and actual atonement to secure the absolute salvation of His own, His absolute self-existence, His absolute infinity, His absolute unchanging nature, His absolute, undeterred, unhindered and uncompromising will concerning all things….including the absolute salvation of those He has freely ordained to eternal life in Christ (Acts 13:48)??
What could possibly be so subtly deceptive that it would throw all of that completely out of harmony?? The answer my dear friend is….rank Arminianism.
True Christianity is the ONLY religion in the world that does just the opposite of all that Arminianism stands for, which is why all false religions have one common thread running through them, throughout all the corridors of time…..and that is what’s now called Arminianism, which is at the very foundation of every Romanistic, sacramental, works-salvation system in the world. It is the total opposite of true Christianity, which has been nicknamed Calvinism or Reformed Protestantism for centuries.
Don’t believe me? Search high and low, if you can, and try to find just one corrupt, governing body or religion that does not follow Arminianisms fraudulent and false “free” will fables in one way or another. I challenge you dear reader. Find just one and I will eat this blog.
Sadly, since my book has been published, I have been underhandedly assaulted with great force and fury, in ways that I would have never thought possible….even through my own children being set up and falsely framed by authorities. But this is what it comes down to…..Christians must be ready to give up all for Christ, and when the authorities come in and try to hold your dear loved ones over your head, you can’t ever back down on the truth. Besides, we mothers especially, have a tendency to let our children occupy places in our heart where only God belongs. Only by Jesus’ merits can we be given the strength to love Him with ALL of our heart, mind, soul and strength, and to… only love others as ourselves.
Like Pharisees who carried Christ in their Bibles, but not in their hearts, we who were in the so-called “Church of Christ” all struggled spiritually due to growing up in utter isolation from the true gospel. Though we were never persecuted for the gospel, we suffered in other ways.
Since the CoC misinterpreted verses, such as Hebrews 6:4-6, to mean that one could lose their salvation, we naturally concluded that one could never get it back (v. 6), which was why we’d often fall deep into despair and self-condemnation. My Grandma even wrote in her diary about how she wished we could realize that God is merciful. But she was blinded from the fact that our churches contradictory doctrine of “God is merciful….‘if’ we do our best”…. could never be reconciled with its misinterpretation of such verses. So all we could do was “hope for the best,” despite a chronic sense of doom.
As a consequence, we were
all driven into a pressured life of over-achievement, prescription drugs,
worldly competition, materialism and self-absorption. But the CoC’s “just do the best you can and maybe God will
have mercy” motto, re-baptism, psych-meds, perfectionism, financial gain
and the world’s praise could never replace the true gospel of Jesus Christ, and
He warns those who attempt to do so.
“Ye are they which justify yourselves
before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed
among men is abomination in the sight of God” (Lk. 16:15).
Rather than justifying ourselves based on
our performance, we needed to judge ourselves according to God’s perfect
standard, Jesus Christ.Only then could we have realized the
futility of our sinful condition and truly turned to Him in order to be justified by faith.
Thankfully Christ rescued me and plucked me like a brand from the fire. He even rescued me from the medical establishment and granted me the ability to discern that it was being used by the devil to ignite the drug crisis in America. By God’s grace, I learned years ago to look to Him for help and the legal, natural remedies that He graciously provides from nature, rather than running to the doctor every time I get sick. Doctors are NOT little gods and should never be treated as if they are, which was what we did in the CoC, by looking to them for solutions to what were really spiritual problems… not “chemical deficiencies.” But I digress.
When those in the CoC first began to notice a change in me years ago, they despised it. Since we were taught doctrine contrary to the truth of Jesus satisfying divine justice for the sins of His people, they have been shocked and offended to find out that I believe Jesus has done just that for me.
Strangely, but not surprisingly, they even seem to be too afraid to find out exactly what I’ve written about in my book, perhaps because they fear that their fragile CoC foundation will be completely shattered. If they were truly secure in their beliefs, they would not be so fearful of reading my book and discussing it without having a sinfully psychotic episode, which many seem to think requires “psychiatric treatment,” when in all actuality… it requires God’s divine intervention. Only by God’s grace can one respond rightly to the gospel.
Since the CoC has been unable to biblically refute the truth that I’ve come out with, they have resorted to some of the most sinister plots to try to undermine my credibility. And, of course, I’ve also been accused of being prideful for believing Christ has rescued and saved me. But even if that was the case, which it’s not (my only boast is in Jesus and what He’s done)….it is all still a meaningless response to the gospel that I’ve shared, and their sinful reactions have been such a disgrace on their professed religiosity.
Of course, there have been those who initially seemed eager to learn the truth, but have so far been turned against me, which has reminded me of the the scenario in Acts 13:6-12, where those who were initially open to truth, got turned against it. Even in Acts 17:13, the self-righteous Jews stirred people against the truth and those proclaiming it. This is what they must do in order to try to save face and do “damage control.”
The Bible rings more true to me every single day. Jesus even said, “ye shall be hated of all men for My name’s sake” (Mt. 10:22). If it were not for all of His warnings to be ready for persecution, I would be clueless as to why I have become a target for such hostility against the gospel of Christ. Thankfully, the shield of faith quenches all the fiery darts as Jesus continues to give me the strength to endure. His Word continues to remind me that He experienced the same. Even His own earthly relatives thought that He had lost His mind (Mk. 3:21; 6:4). So I am truly honored to be counted worthy to suffer for His name sake, even if it means that my name will be drug through the mud. Some sweet day He will vindicate me.
Like the ancient Pharisees who
didn’t want to be justified by faith in Jesus’ righteousness alone, there are
those who still want to believe that their own system of works and “moral
excellence” will obligate God to save them in the end. So, in their eyes, I am not only considered a
traitor, but I’m also even treated as if I am completely ignorant of what the
CoC actually teaches, even though I was a life-long member! For, the veil is still over their eyes,
making them unable to fully comprehend the heretical implications of their own
beliefs, and the fact that their own religion has even condemned them to Hell.
For this reason, most of my CoC family (on both sides) has also been cut off from me by their bondage to the church. And this is why they have been the hardest to reach. Because love for a false religious system is always characterized by antagonism on a personal level toward any who present the truth. CoC adherents often identify their dislike of the Christian message with the messenger themselves. For many, who are enslaved in false religion, to admit their religion is false seems equivalent to admitting God isn’t true, for their system becomes a god to them. This is why it’s typical for them to isolate and shun those who begin to think independently, which can be very frightening to someone who is not willing to give up all for Christ.
This is also why so many remain in the system, even when they finally realize that it’s wrong–
“Many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God” (Jn. 12:42).
Some just don’t want to
risk all of the persecution, marginalization and false accusations that they
see me going through. They seem to care
more about family ties and careers. After
all, it’s hard to get and keep a high position and good reputation in an area
dominated by a religiously abhorrent power structure if you are one that goes
up against such ungodly conformity. So, many stay in the CoC, even after
learning how blasphemous it is against the true gospel of Jesus Christ.
And Jesus is ashamed of
those who are ashamed of Him (Mk. 8:38), for they—
“have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the Word’s sake, immediately they stumble” (Mk. 4:17, NKJV).
In order to more fully answer the last question that was posed in the previous post….”How was the Thief on the Cross Saved? (which the CoC cannot biblically answer)….Scripture reveals that he was saved the same way every Christian is saved…..by being brought to the end of himself and drawn by the Father to the Lord Jesus Christ as his only hope of Heaven.
To recap on what was revealed in the last post….
Although the CoC falsely teaches that the thief was “probably” saved due to being previously baptized by John the Baptist…..it also admittedly teaches that John’s baptism was obsolete after Jesus’ death.
And the thief died after Jesus!
Scripture reveals that the two thieves had their legs broken in order to speed up death, but not Jesus, for He had already died! So the thief on the cross was no longer under the Mosaic dispensation right before he died.
Jesus died before the thief, so the New Covenant was immediately in force upon the thief before he died!
where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the
testator. For a testament is of force
after men are dead; otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator
liveth” (Mt. 26:28, Heb. 9:16-17).
Again, what one will never hear in the CoC, is that both Matthew 27:44 and Mark 15:32 reveal the fact that both criminals were joining in with the angry crowd to blaspheme and mock Jesus. Yet, God changed the heart of the one thief and brought him to repentance.
In Luke 23:39-40 when the one criminal continued to mock and ridicule Jesus, the other criminal had miraculously been given the fear of God, which is the beginning of wisdom (Prov. 9:10). As a result, he began to realize the depths of God’s holiness, in contrast to his own sinful depravity. He was finally enabled to come to a right assessment of his desperate need of the Savior, Whom he had finally been given faith in.
The thief’s desire to be remembered by Jesus, was a plea for mercy and an acknowledgement that Jesus did indeed have an eternal kingdom. He finally realized that his only hope was in God’s divine mercy, and that access to that mercy was only directly through Jesus Christ. He realized that he had nothing to commend himself to God. Contrary to the false teachings of the CoC, he never pleaded a prior baptism, or any other good works to try to commend himself to God.
In the CoC, we religiously tacked the name of Jesus on to the end of all our prayers, yet we were not taught what it really meant to pray in His name, that He was our only hope, our only access to God, that we can have direct accessto God, through faith in Christ and in His finished work on the cross, and in His righteousness alone as our only hope of salvation.
Through Him, “we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand” (Rom. 5:2). “For through Him we both have accessby one Spirit unto the Father” (Eph. 2:18, KJV, emphasis mine).
Even the absence of physical water cannot keep us from the love of Christ and direct access to God through faith in Him (Rom. 8:35-39, Eph. 3:12). No external circumstance can prevent “whosoever will” from partaking of the Water of Life freely….by God’s grace alone, in Jesus Christ alone.
The CoC denomination (though it deceptively claims not to be one), teaches that it alone is “a place of sacramental encounter with God.” But true salvation is Not in its so-called “church membership package deal,” which comes with a load of legalistic luggage.
There are no fig leaves to gather in order to try to hide our sins, and no baptismal waters to swim through to get to Christ. There are no tedious tenets of legalistic patternism, no mechanical sacramentalism, no self-proclaimed hierarchy of power with the monopoly on salvation, no complicated steps, no baptismal mediators to go through, and no patterns to unpeel or perform to get to Christ.
There are not many ways to salvation, only one way. Jesus said He is the way. He never said that He merely paved a way through a pattern of performance or a lockstep, 5 step, check-off list.
“There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).
Recently my husband had a very interesting conversation with one of our “Church of Christ” neighbors (we are surrounded) who claimed that Jesus was able to directly forgive the thief on the cross only because He was still on earth. Shocked, my husband asked, “You think that Jesus could only forgive sins while He was on earth?!
Of course, they immediately replied, “No, that’s not what I’m saying.” So he asked, “Then what are you saying?” And their reply was…..crickets…..the sound of crickets. They had no reply. So they began to feel that their entire spiritual survival was at stake and therefore could only respond like a cornered rat when it becomes psychotic and goes into attack mode.
I used to do the exact same thing when any ray of light would threaten my CoC conditioning, because the CoC convinces its members that there is no way that a person can ever even have a fighting chance of making it to Heaven unless they are first water baptized by its members.
For the CoC’s baptismal regeneration doctrine to hold water (pun intended), it must plant many unfounded and unbiblical assumptions into people’s minds, such as: the thief on the cross was “probably” baptized by John earlier, or the thief was “probably” still under the Mosaic dispensation and therefore didn’t have to be baptized first, or the ridiculous assumption that Jesus could only directly forgive sins then because He was still on earth. For this is the devils “grasping for straws strategy” to try to keep its cover from being blown.
If the thief on the cross was saved because he was earlier baptized by John, then that would still throw a huge monkey wrench into the whole CoC system. For it admittedly teaches that John’s baptism was obsolete after Jesus’ death, and….. the thief died after Jesus! Scripture reveals that the two thieves had their legs broken in order to speed up death, but not Jesus, for He had already died! So, the thief on the cross was no longer under the Mosaic dispensation right before he died. Jesus died before the thief, so the New Covenant was immediately in force upon the thief before he died!
“For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead; otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth” (Mt. 26:28, Heb. 9:16-17, KJV).
It just goes to show, that
unless God, through His Word, has convinced a sinner how badly sin corrupts,
they won’t realize their desperate need for the Savior, and will be fooled into
believing they can, by their own corrupt “free” will, choose salvation by doing
something. Apostle Paul clearly warned that we need to be sure that we believe
the true gospel, not one that causes a fall from grace into work-righteous
legalism (Gal. 1:6-10).
Adding requirements other than faith in Jesus’ perfect sacrifice, becomes works in disguise, which is why false doctrines are so tricky. Jesus’ blood didn’t just make His people “savable” depending upon their actions. His blood literally saves them, based on His work, His grace, His mercy, His will and His choice (Jn. 1:13, Rom. 9:16, 18, Heb. 9:12).
The true gospel is a call to faith in the righteousness of Christ alone and to full, confident assurance in His blood atonement for sins as our only title to Heaven. Baptism, like every other good work, is a pure act of obedience that God works in usto do, AFTER God has purified and cleansed our hearts by faith (Acts 8:37; 15: 8-9, Phil. 2:13). But if one is baptized in order to get saved, then it becomes an impure, meaningless and defiled work of the flesh that God has no part in.
An unregenerate act that attempts to appease God’s wrath, instead of believing Jesus has already done that for us, becomes a witness against us. So unless God first purifies our hearts by faith, nothing we do will be pure in His sight (Titus 1:15). It is dangerous ground when one tries to go through an outward performance in order to try to bribe God into saving them, for that is an abomination to Him!
In my book I go over all of the CoC’s false interpretations of Scripture and how any true believer in Christ who is led by the Spirit of God can see right through all of its shenanigans. In order to spot a counterfeit, one must get very familiar with the real thing. So….
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15, KJV).
Although Jesus preached the gospel, which is Himself, the CoC claims
that the gospel wasn’t preached until after Pentecost, hence its obsession with
Acts 2:38. However, the Bible shows that John the Baptist preached the same
“remission of sins” doctrine before
Pentecost that Peter preached on
Pentecost, and both pointed to the righteousness of Christ for the
remission of sins. But CoC leaders claim
that their church didn’t come into effect until Pentecost, although the Bible
reveals that God’s church was in full
function way before Pentecost (e.g.
Mt. 18:17, Lk. 12:32, Acts 2:47).
So considering the fact
that the CoC teaches that one must be baptized into its church, and that
salvation is only in its “Church membership package,” it must first answer the
question…..exactly what church did John’s baptism put people into, if there was
supposedly no church until Pentecost?
So far, no CoC leaders have ever been able to give a biblical explanation for such heretical inconsistencies, for then they would have to admit that their religion did not originate at Pentecost, but in the early 1800’s by their false prophet, Alexander Campbell. But, sad to say, even after learning the truth, many would still rather follow in the footsteps of Esau, and forfeit an eternal inheritance for a bowl of Campbell’s soup (Gen. 25:29-34).
Apostle Paul asked, “Is Christ Divided?” (1 Cor. 1:13), for when spiritual leaders are elevated to the point of usurping the role of Christ in people’s lives, the inevitable result is always confusion and division. But the Bible says that “God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints” (1 Cor. 14:33)….and Christ is not divided.
The true body of Christ is His sheep, indwelled by the Holy Spirit Who never leaves them, despite the fact that they are often scattered by wolves in sheep’s clothing, as a fulfillment of biblical prophecy. Those who belong to Jesus are drawn to Him by the Father, Who teaches them the truth and builds their faith and trust in Him so that they are led to true repentance and an obedient, like-minded unity in the Spirit (Jn. 6: 37, 44, and 65).