There are modern day Pharisees who are causing severe obstructions and hindrances for those who are coming to Christ. Just recently, I was made aware of a video that involves the CoC’s famous ecumenical operatives (Duck Dynasty characters). And more than ever, all that I’ve written concerning the direction that the CoC is going…has been CONFIRMED.
Phil Robertson was just recently visited by the Pope’s emissary and they got along just great! The emissary even told Phil that they are both proclaiming the “same gospel.” SO TRUE!!! The CoC is indeed preaching the same baptismal regeneration gospel as Romanists…..
I’ve read a lot of the comments for this video and many are now fine about merging with Rome. But thankfully, I also noticed that there are still some who are REALLY starting to question where the CoC leaders are taking them. THIS IS HUGE!! And very encouraging for those of us who are continuing to reach out to these poor, misled souls.
It is so sad, because many who are still in the CoC do not even have the slightest clue as to how to deal with all of their troubling doubts concerning the sinking ship that they are in. They don’t know where to turn, and even in this video these wolves are telling the people to stay away from any confessions of faith. Because that could possibly help people to know the true gospel that would set them free!!!!
Like I’ve said in the book, any sect that claims to have “Christ not creeds” is not being honest, but is creating a christ of its own. The CoC, and every other sect for that matter, has creeds whether they want to admit it or not. But the CoC wants to make sure that its captives stay blinded to this fact, because this is one way that CoC’s maintain control over them.
Christology is the study of the Person and work of Jesus Christ. And within that realm of study, one goes to the “crux” of the matter, so to speak. The word crux has its root in the Latin word for “cross,” because the message of the cross is at the very core and center of biblical Christianity. For it was there that propitiation (satisfaction) was made on behalf of God’s people, which was a fulfillment of Isaiah 53. Verse 11 even conveyed how God would be satisfied with what the coming Messiah would accomplish.
At the cross, all the offices of Christ became clear and fully formed (crystallized), including His unchangeable priesthood. Apart from what He actually accomplished at the cross, there would be no good news, no propitiation, no reconciliation, no resurrection, no intercession, no justification, no redemption, no perpetual priesthood, no throne of grace, and no hope of new heavens and a new earth.
This is why Arminian theology, with its “hypothetical, universal atonement,” is so blasphemous, for it implies that everyone has been “hypothetically” redeemed and purchased by Jesus’ blood, but that they can still be tossed into Hell as worthless if they don’t make His atonement effectual by their own works or by exercising their own “libertarian freewill consent.”
“Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden underfoot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith [H]e was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?” (Heb. 10:29, brackets added).
Although many Arminians will claim to believe in substitutionary atonement, they betray their claim when they are unable to explain exactly who Jesus was being a substitute for, because if they were consistent with their theology then they’d have to admit that His atonement never secured the salvation of anyone. In other words, they’d have to admit that it accomplished nothing, except to create an abstract “possibility” that they might save themselves if they would only “activate” it somehow.
The implications of Arminianism not only denies the fulfillment of Isaiah 53 (including verse 11), but it also dislocates the whole meaning of the eternal plan of redemption and obstructs a clear view of the eternal purposes of God that were revealed at the cross, for the blood that was shed there by the great Shepherd of the sheep, was the blood of the everlasting covenant (Heb. 13:20). Jesus’ blood effectually sealed and fulfilled the New Covenant, in order to “save His people from their sins” (Mt. 1:21).
No wonder Apostle Paul could say, “I count all things but loss, for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord” (Phil. 3:8). Because to know Christ in His Person, and to know Him by His work, constitutes the sum and substance of divine knowledge, for it is upon this solid Rock alone, that the church of the living God is built.
All the spiritual blessings that are found in Christ are grounded upon the validity of His sufferings. Christ is now in the presence of the Father, effectively pleading His finished work on the cross, on behalf of all those He died for, because His unfailing intercession for them is grounded upon the merits of the pure and efficacious blood that He shed there.
Jesus sanctified Himself so that they too would be sanctified (Jn. 17:19). Jesus’ own blood made way for His entrance into the Holiest of all, as their High Priest (Heb. 9:8, 24), where He pleads the precious value of His blood on their behalf, which is why they can approach the throne of grace, because their acceptance in the Beloved (Who was their substitute, Eph. 1:6) is grounded upon the fulfillment of divine justice, merited by Jesus’ blood, NOT by their own works, or their own “freewill” act of authorization.
“[B]y His own blood He entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us” (Heb. 9:12, brackets added).
The Apostle tells us, “No one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 3:11). For it was laid not by man, but by God, in the eternal counsels of the Godhead. So those who attempt to substitute this great truth with the weak fabric of human philosophy are laboring in vain. Because our “faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God” (1 Cor. 2:5).
Christians must be well-grounded in the knowledge of Who Christ really is, and how He justifies sinners. Because when a system claims to be Christian but doesn’t have the doctrine of Christ, (the truth about the work and Person of Jesus Christ), it doesn’t have the true God and Savior, but rather falls under the condemnation of 2 John 7-11 as being a deceiver and an anti-Christ.
This is why the inconsistent perplexities of Arminian-based theology, science, philosophy, social reforms and human philanthropies only swerve people away from the gospel with profane and vain babblings. But Christ is the light of the world that scatters such darkness away, which is why battles against such earthly schemes of man’s advancement can only be fought with the doctrines of the divine Savior.
Apostle Paul never utilized the rhetorical persuasion of humanisticphilosophy, for he renounced such worldly wisdom and “excellency of speech.” He never promoted social reforms, political discourses, sermons on patriotism or any other popular and sensational topics that the polished people of his day would have applauded. Like today, many were prejudiced against God’s sovereign supremacy and “spent their time in nothing else but either to hear or tell some new thing” (Acts 17:21), but Paul refused to cater to them, for he never descended to any other theme than Christ and His atoning work.
As Christians, we too must stand firm and labor until we die, resolving always and everywhere to determine to know nothing among men, except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified (1 Cor. 2:2). By the grace of God, with an eye single to Jesus’ glory, we must keep our heart and mind steeped in His Word so that all of our endeavors converge to the developing of this central truth. Because if it wasn’t for the life that Jesus laid down for our sins, and the life that He took back up again for our justification, there would be no substitutionary atonement, no Christianity, and no Savior.
“Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification” (Rom. 4:25).
Jesus’ two-part propitiation fully satisfied divine justice, so that His perfect righteousness is imputed to all who have faith in His blood!!
“Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood” (Rom. 3:25).
Jesus’ resurrection from the dead PROVED that God the Father cancelled and discharged all of the sins that Jesus bore on the cross, on behalf of all who were given to Him as a love gift from the Father (e.g. Psa. 2:8). His resurrection PROVED that His propitiation at the cross was completely successful on behalf of all those whom He stood in relation to by an everlasting covenant; all those that He was united to by the eternal purpose of the Father, before the foundation of the world (Jn. 13:1; Eph. 1:4; Rev. 13:8, 17:8). Because the blood that Jesus shed was…the blood of the everlasting covenant!!
“Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant” (Heb. 13:20).
The fact that Jesus is alive forevermore, PROVES that His atonement was definite, substitutionary and propitiatory, NOT universal or hypothetical, for it actually and effectually sealed the everlasting covenant with His people; it victoriously appeased and satisfied God’s holy wrath and reconciled them back to the Father, which was the whole purpose of Jesus’ incarnation in the first place (Mt. 1:21), in order to manifest His everlasting love, His perfect righteousness and the praise of His glorious grace.
Because He lives, it PROVES that all who put their faith in Christ alone will be “sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise” (Eph. 1:13), because Jesus’ perfect atoning sacrifice was accepted by the Father, so that all who come to God by Jesus Christ shall be saved to the uttermost!!
“Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them” (Heb. 7:25).
To the praise of God’s glorious grace, it is truly amazing what Jesus actually accomplished by His death, burial and resurrection to secure the eternal plan of redemption, by which God determined to save, through Christ, sinners whom He has chosen, and how glorious and beautiful it is that He freely bestows the grace necessary for them to respond in faith and repentance.
This is why JesusChrist and Him crucified is the very heart of the gospel. For in virtue of His victory, He fulfilled the demands of God’s holiness and justice, so that all who come to Him shall receive God’s mercy and grace; so that they may certainly “know Him, andthe power of His resurrection” (Phil. 3:10).
“For I determined not to know any thing among you, except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2).
God decrees the very fabric of time and He actually enters into it as part of His decree. Christ and Him crucified, is the sum and substance of the entire gospel, which is why Christians are to contend for the gospel with a force that will carry conviction to the heart and mind of every serious and candid inquirer for truth.
“But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin” (Heb. 3:13, emphasis added).
To exhort means to urge and warn earnestly; to admonish with a force that compels; to make urgent appeals. According to Scripture, Christians must strive daily to exhort and get across airtight expositions of Scripture that cannot be biblically refuted or resisted, and this can only be done by adhering relentlessly to… the record that God has given us of His Son (1 Jn. 5:10-11).
Proclaiming nothing but Christ and Him crucified entails laboring to hold forth Jesus in all of His glory. Because humanist philosophies, such as Arminianism, severely distorts the image of Christ, for it limits the power of Jesus’ atonement, by attempting to expand the scope of it to include those who end up in Hell; blasphemously implying Jesus’ blood was not sufficient to save. Thereby making man and his almighty “freewill” the ultimate reference point, which places the would-be autonomous man on the throne, instead of Christ.
Even if one claims not to adhere to Arminianism, they are deceiving themselves if they are still retaining the two foundational pillars of Rome (autonomous freewill and universal atonement). In fact, every cult in the world will expose itself at this touchstone. This is why there must be a casting down of every such imagination that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. And it is only by spiritually comprehending Christ and Him crucified, that true Christianity is revealed.
The solid rock of Christ, andwhat He actually accomplishedat the cross, is the pinnacle upon which all other biblical truths culminate, converge and harmonize. If this biblical foundation is not laid, the entire superstructure will collapse and faith will be shipwrecked. So by the grace of God, Christians are called to discern, expose and dismantle all of the false supports that the world leans so heavily upon. And this will involve suffering for Jesus’ name sake, because God has appointed Christians for this.
“For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for His sake” (Phil. 1:29).
Jesus gives an intimate and deep knowledge of the heart that eminently qualifies His followers to adequately address anxious sinners, destroy their delusive hopes, detect their legality, pursue them through every refuge of lies, and to point them to a crucified Savior as their only spiritual safety. For they themselves have been humbled into the dust as a result of being given a clearer view of the divine perfections of God’s holy standard of righteousness, which is found only in Christ.
It may seem paradoxical that Jesus’ followers are so self-abased and yet so full of joy, but the closer one gets to God, the more they realize their need to come to Christ for righteousness, not by their own righteousness. This is true repentance; judging one’s self to be completely sinful, helpless and hopeless apart from Christ and Him crucified. Once they’ve abandoned their own futile efforts and placed their total trust in Him alone, they find that He is faithful and true to all of His promises, which brings them the most inexpressible joy imaginable!
Apart from Christ and Him crucified one can do NOTHING of spiritual worth. Until God says to the heart, “Be still,” and to the will “Give up,” nothing of true, eternal worth can be accomplished (Jn. 15:5). One can only act as they have been acted upon, by the Holy Spirit bringing one’s will into harmony with God’s will.
“If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of Myself” (Jn. 7:17).
Until this happens the doctrine of Christ and Him crucified will be like foolishness and a stumbling block to those who refuse to submit to being completely at God’s mercy and sovereign disposal. Because the message and offense of the cross is that there is NOTHING that anyone can do to save themselves. Proclaiming JesusChrist and Him crucified sums up the entire gospel of the kingdom of God’s sovereign, saving grace, and absolutely annihilates every man-centered religion in the world!
Only by spiritually discerning the deep and rich implications of Christ and Him crucified, can one truly comprehend the gospel of the kingdom that Jesus preached, which is the gospel of God’s sovereign rule and reign over sin, death and all things…including salvation. It is a serious offense against God for anyone to ignore and neglect to observe this all-encompassing truth, for God is constantly confirming it.
“Lord when Thy hand is lifted up they will not see” (Isa. 26:11).
Blatant disregard of God’s clear confirmations of the gospel of the kingdom, is a sin that He threatens with devastatingly severe judgments (Psa. 28:4-5; 66:5, Isa. 5:12-13). God makes it clear that He brings spiritual judgments upon those who refuse to acknowledge and heed His majestic ways and warnings.
“He striketh them as wicked men in the open sight of others; Because they turned back from Him, and would not consider any of His ways” (Job 34:26-27).
Their attempts to ignore, conceal and minimize their wickedness is futile, for there is nothing hidden that shall not be revealed (Mt. 10:26). No matter how much the world tries to sugar-coat its atrocities, and no matter how hard it labors to justify the wicked and condemn those whose righteousness is of the Lord, it will never escape accountability to God.
No matter how many “hate speech” laws are passed to persecute God’s people, we are in good company, because Jesus was crucifiedprecisely for His scathing rebukes against sin and self-righteousness, and for exposing and speaking against the blind guides of the established religious system and their so-called “cleanliness code” that strained at a gnat and swallowed a camel (e.g. Mt. 23:23, Mk. 12:12, Lk. 20:19-20).
Ironically, those white-cloaked Pharisees were also the self-appointed “public health experts” of that day. Sounds familiar doesn’t it?!
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness” (Mt. 23:27).
Occult practices, such as “Sozo Prayer,” are still being slipped into many churches and organizations, like the one I had become a part of. This type of regression therapy (as it’s referred to in secular circles) was renamed Theophostic Prayer in 1996 by Ed Smith of Campbellsville, KY, in order to try to hide its psycho-therapy origins. But he ended up having to adjust his “inner healing” ideas and pull his suspect training manuals off the market when False Memory Syndrome was occurring with clients. Sadly, damages were so severe that many such counselors today have to get clients to sign a disclaimer so that they will not be held legally liable.
“Psychotherapy escapes the rigors of science because the mind is not equal to the brain and man is not a machine. The actual foundations of psychotherapy are not science, but rather various philosophical world views, especially those of determinism, secular humanism, behaviorism, existentialism, and even evolutionism. Its influence has not been confined to the therapist’s office, for its varied explanations of human behavior and contradictory ideas for change have permeated both society and the church.” See: Martin and Deidre Bobgan, Prophets of Psychoheresy I, (Santa Barbara, CA: EastGate Publishers, 1989), pp. 24, 25.
The inner healing movement is founded upon the false belief that one can use their imagination to hear from God, which becomes the perfect catalyst for summoning the demonic realm to materialize. And the counseling techniques used to conjure up these subjective experiences are the same ones used in the occult, mainly, “guided imagery” and “visualization.” The mediators who assist these experiences are sometimes called “Sozo counselors” or “theo-therapists,” in order to gain access within Christian circles. But it’s just another attempt to Christianize a man-made system based on false, psycho-therapeutic theories, which is another fulfillment of prophecy that the Bible warns about (e.g. Acts 20:28-30).
“The mind cannot really become diseased any more than the intellect can become abscessed. Furthermore, the idea that mental “diseases” are actually brain diseases creates a strange category of “diseases” which are, by definition, without known cause. Body and behavior become intertwined in this confusion until they are no longer distinguishable. It is necessary to return to first principles: a disease is something you have, behavior is something you do.” ₁
The mission of every born-again believer is to earnestly warn others of God’s impending judgment on such practices, and to keep proclaiming the solid, theological foundation of the true gospel; so that those who love the truth will be able to discern a counterfeit gospel a mile away, which is all “theo-therapy” really is (2 Thess. 2:9-10). The shabby theology behind such forms of psychology is a major cause of mental and spiritual damage. And, sad to say, many never come out of the deception once they’ve been fooled by the placebo effects that pop psychology produces.
“Since the mind is not a physical organ, it cannot have a disease. While one can have a diseased brain, one cannot have a diseased mind, although he may have a sinful or unredeemed mind.” ₂
As hard as it is for our sinful flesh to accept, the Bible makes it clear that there is such a thing as a reprobate mind (Rom. 1:28), which proves that it is a spiritual matter whenever sin is involved, intentional or not. Yet we live in a time where the spiritual needs of the feeble-minded are so neglected, because of the psychologically sophisticated deception of confusing the physical brain with the non-physical mind.
“One can understand what a diseased body is, but what is a diseased mind? And if one cannot have a diseased mind it is obvious that one cannot have a diseased emotion, a diseased behavior, or a diseased relationship. Nevertheless, therapists and authors continually refer to mental, emotional, behavioral and now relational problems as illnesses.”₃
It’s no coincidence that the word sorcery in the book of Revelation is derived from the Greek word pharmakia; the same Greek word Pharmacy is derived from. In our post-Christian era, the social, pseudo-science perspective, psycho-therapy and psyche drugs have all been strategically used to try to replace the gospel of Christ, and to blind minds from the truth, in a futile attempt to explain away sin and the biblical reality of demonic oppression.
In this age of “re-imagining” God, Christianity and reality, one leading proponent states as follows: “To continue to insist on a literal interpretation of the Bible in this age of science is to make an idol of human language.” (Michael Dowd, as quoted in “Re-Imagining” God, by Tamara Hartzell, p. 282, Vol. 2).
How convenient for scientism and “quantum reality” cults that ditch absolute truth in exchange for “approximate, close-enough truth,” that is ever “evolving.”
“Although the brain is a physical entity and may require physical/chemical treatment, the mind and the soul are nonphysical entities. Whereas the former can be studied through scientific investigation and become physically ill; matters of the psyche and the soul are studied through philosophy and theology. And, indeed, those aspects of psychology which attempt to investigate and understand the mind and the soul resemble religion more than science.”₄
When the Holy Spirit truly convicts us of sin, we are led to go to God for mercy, and to humbly ask Him for all we need to be saved. Only then can we truly comprehend by faith that Jesus’ blood was shed to cover our sins and reconcile us to God. But the complicated methods and “scientific” techniques of man have no power to spiritually transform anyone, no matter how sincere the motives. But the power of the true gospel does (Rom. 1:16, 2 Cor. 11:3). Because the true gospel of God’s grace, and those who proclaim it, are the means that God has ordained to set His people free.
“The Bible refers to the soul of man. The words psychological and psychology are derived from the Greek word psyche, which means soul. It is the invisible aspect of man which cannot be observed. The study of the soul is thus a metaphysical endeavor. Thus psychology has intruded upon the very same matters of the soul which the Bible addresses and for which the Bible should be the sole guide.”₅
True Christianity is the only religion in the world that’s based solely on salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus alone. All others are centered upon externals rather than inward change. In fact, every false religion in the world is built upon that same legalistic foundation. The only difference is that they all just build upon it differently; depending on what each sect thinks are the most important externals “for obtaining full salvation.” Some think it’s “ecumenical oneness,” some think it’s water baptism, and others think it’s “deliverance ministries.” Then again, some think it’s bio-tech “evolution” of the human genome.
“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ” (Col. 2:8).
Sadly, those who have an Arminian background are more susceptible to such spiritual devolution (NOT “evolution“), because it teaches the humanistic philosophy that Jesus’ blood only makes us “savable,” depending on our response to it. It implies that Jesus’ blood made it “possible” for us to save ourselves by our own freewill response. In other words, it borrows from the Roman Catholic idea that God’s grace is necessary to do everything it takes to be saved, but not sufficient to save in and of itself, without our help or “cooperation.” Despite the fact that… Jesus said His grace is sufficient (2 Cor. 12:9).
John Newton, who penned Amazing Grace, also stated:
“This is faith: a renouncing of everything we are apt to call our own and relying wholly upon the blood, righteousness and intercession of Jesus.”
And the classic gospel hymn, Rock of Ages, was written by Augustus Toplady, who also stated:
“Freewill is an Arminian idol. A man’s ‘freewill’ cannot even cure him of a toothache, or of a sore finger, yet he madly thinks it is in its power to cure his soul. The greatest judgment which God himself can, in the present life, inflict upon a man is to leave him in the hands of his own boasted freewill.”
So remember dear friend, salvation is of the Lord and He finishes the good work that He begins in His people, so that they don’t have to be made complete and whole by their own efforts or the works of a “theo-therapist” or “life coach” (Ps. 37:39-40, Phil. 1:6). Those who are born again by His Spirit “are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power” (Col. 2:10).
Disobediently, Arminianism syncretizes humanism with Christianity by promoting salvation as something that is within the scope of fallen humanity’s natural ability, where human “freewill” becomes the deciding factor, rather than the free and sovereign will of God.
Arminianism contradicts sacred Scripture, where it is made clear that God is the One Who begins the work of regeneration and He is the One Who completes it (e.g. Phil. 1:6). Arminianism, on the other hand, promotes an anti-scriptural system of salvation that the unregenerate can attain to, so that human self-will becomes the main feature.
“He who trusts in his own heart is a fool” (Prov. 28:26).
This muddled mindset, when taken to its logical conclusion, inevitably leads to self-deification, where one becomes a self-styled “ascended master” of one’s own destiny. This is why we are now seeing an increased demand for self-enhancing “science” that alters the human genome, in an attempt to “be as gods” (Gen. 3:5). Syncretizing moralistic humanism with medical tyranny has become the “crowning” achievement of the cult of scientism, brought about by century’s worth of self-salvation religions.
Talking heads who are masquerading as “experts” are giving people the illusion of being informed, but they are actually creating diversions from the truth. Since their humanistic doctrines fail to hold up, even under the slightest fact-based inquiry, they are unable to interact with any viewpoint other than their own. So they attempt to intimidate opposition and suppress a free-exchange of theological dialogue. For they have no true desire to persuade, inform or convince of any truth reasonably, but instead, they seek to humiliate any opposition and to shame any who come up against their disproven theories.
From the very start, mainstream media and religious cults have always waged war on language and have always been in conflict with the true Christian worldview. God’s word warns that we are not to continue in such “vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers” (1 Pet. 1:18).
Most of us grew up in families that believed whatever mainstream media told them to believe and our language and lifestyle was molded by it. This is why many of us grew up in families and churches that passively fell into Big Pharma’s socially-sanctioned idea that a condemned conscience, under conviction of sin, could be “medicalized away” through the use of mind-altering drugs. Because a society that’s been dumbed down by chemically-induced lobotomies, is much easier to control and lead astray.
“The Bible claims to be the authoritative treatise on the doctrine of man, including the fallen nature, salvation, sanctification, faith and obedience. Therefore, if one is to study the human condition one must begin with Scripture rather than psychology. The commitment must be, first of all, that the Bible is in and of itself completely sufficient for matters of life and conduct. That does not mean that it is merely a sufficient framework on which to suspend unproven psychological theories.”₁
No wonder a totalitarian medical priesthood has now evolved to the point that it is dictating legalistic rules in an attempt to shut down true spiritual convictions by medicalizing sin and privatizing religious expression to the point of pushing truth to the margins, while circulating lies and conjoining global forces to shut down free speech. As a result, God’s absolute truth has become the new “hate speech.”
“You shall not circulate a false report. Do not put your hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness. You shall not follow a crowd to do evil” (Ex. 23:1-2).
Even drunkenness, dishonesty and every form of debauchery is now “diagnosed” as a medical condition that can be medicated away or cured by humanistic remedies. And the modern evangelical mindset (which is now pre-dominantly Arminian) implies that we should follow the majority off the edge of a cliff, as long as they profess to be Bible-believing Christians. This is due to the fact that most professing Christians and institutions today are Christian in name only. Such hypocrisy is now being accepted at face value, as long as one just names Christ and seems sincere.
But the burden of proof still lies with such false professors to demonstrate that they truly have been given a new, born-again nature that’s enabled by God to renounce the world’s lies and to wholeheartedly be reconciled to God through Christ, instead of turning to occultic alchemists who have traded in their black hooded cloaks for white lab coats.
Until then, it would be spiritual adultery against God to associate with such false pretenders who would rather stay glued to their mind-control devices than to be glued to God in prayer. So-called “churches” that passively condone such mind-numbing compromise are causing their captives to become partakers in the spiritual plagues that are embedded in such deceptive facades. And yet, they wonder why God’s judgment is coming upon them!!??
“Because many in the church believe that theories and techniques of counseling psychology are based upon empirical evidence, they put them on the same level of authority as the Bible. In so doing, the subjective observations and biased opinions of mere mortals are placed on the same authoritative level as the inspired Word of God. Furthermore, trying to syncretize psychology with Christianity denies the sufficiency of the Word of God and the sufficiency of the Spirit of God in all matters of life and conduct. It suggests that the Bible needs substantiation, confirmation, expansion, and assistance in matters of life and godliness.”₂
Thankfully, the contagion is eradicated when such lies are exposed to the light and testimony of Scripture. This is why the evil spirit behind such illusions will pull out all the stops in an attempt to throw biblical, critical thinking to the wind, because in order to keep up the charade, the masses must be kept in spiritual derangement. This is where the spiritual “expertise” of paid actors comes into play.
For instance, the CoC’s very own Duck Dynasty gurus have become key players in the not so “happy, happy, happy” agenda, for their deception-heavy doctrines are in perfect sync with the world’s man-centered philosophies that contradict all biblical foundations. Operating as controlled opposition, their moralistic motto of “all you have to do is try” has paved the way for secular salvation, thru behavior modification, which requires no divine intervention.
“if the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Ps. 11:3).
These CoC Arminian operatives have built fleshly “freewill” fortresses against the sovereignty of God that have kept its captives from being spiritually equipped to handle all that is coming upon the earth. Rather than upholding the flesh-withering doctrines of grace, the modern church has been guilty of syncretism; the mixing of God’s Word with the flesh-exalting ways of the world. And no amount of “happy, happy, happy” pills, patches and piercing poisons can keep such idolatrous, inordinate affections from replacing biblical thought.
No wonder the wide spectrum of New Thought is incrementally gaining the ascendency. For those who accommodate themselves to the culture will always end up becoming prisoners of the present. But those who are being conformed to Christ have a rock-solid foundation that enables them to transcend the present and all of the devils lies and distractions.
“Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life” (1 Tim. 6:19).
In a frenzied pursuit of the fantastical, the prevailing materialism and scientism of our day has caused many to pierce themselves through (literally) with many “happy, happy, happy” horrors (1 Tim. 6:10). Instead of heeding the command to “redeem the time, for the days are evil” (Eph. 5:16), many are getting so caught up in the fears and cares of this world that they are giving in to the Beast system.
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Mt. 6:19-21).
We are not to spend our life laboring in vain while doing nothing of biblical worth. We are not to covet power, poisons, possessions or prestige. Yet sadly, multitudes will close their eyes one last time to all that is in this world, and to all that they had lusted after when they couldn’t take their eyes and their minds off of any of it to look to Christ. As a result, they will tragically open their eyes in eternal torment.
“Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed” (Jn. 6:27).
Thankfully, God has condescended to disclose Himself in human words, by the Spirit Who convicts His rebellious image bearers of sin and illuminates their darkened hearts and minds to the absolute truth contained in His Word. So despite such satanic opposition, His kingdom is still forcefully advancing toward its grand consummation (Mt. 11:12), because He has willed for His truth to triumph through His persecuted people. All to the praise of His glorious grace!
“Who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled” (1 Pet. 3:13-14).
₁ Martin and Deidre Bobgan, Prophets of Psychoheresy I, (Santa Barbara, CA: EastGate Publishers, 1989), pp. 215-216.
My book offers a plethora of hard data and documented proof which concludes that the so-called “Church of Christ” of the “restoration” movement does not represent true, biblical Christianity at all. It never did, not even from its inception. To deny such facts is not a “healthy skepticism,” but is rather an elusive evasion of the truth.
When did the need for post-modern skepticism take the place of the need for the supernatural illumination of one’s heart and mind by the Holy Spirit in conversion?
Because, according to Jesus, it seems clear that even if someone rose from the dead, the unconverted skeptic would still never receive a love of the truth in their hearts, unless they have been enabled to believe God’s Word by the supernatural power and illumination of the Holy Spirit (Lk. 16:30-31), which the CoC refuses to even acknowledge a need for.
Apostle Paul stated:
“the gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance” (1 Thess. 1:5).
And he thanked God without ceasing….
“because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe” (1 Thess. 2:13).
So it seems that either God has changed His method of spiritual conversion, and post-modern skepticism has replaced the need for the “Spirit of truth; Whom the world cannot receive” (Jn. 14:17),…OR… God has made sure that His people will “be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:4), for He teaches them, by opening their understanding to Scripture (Lk. 24:45).
Since God has made it clear that His word is the foundation of all truth and knowledge, I’d rather believe Him over post-modern skepticism any day, for those who savingly believe in the true Christ will not abide in darkness (Jn. 12:46), because God has ordained the means to rescue them. And it is not through the means of empirical “scientific” evidence (falsely-so-called), which the CoC’s have always tried to utilize, as a means to substantiate God’s sacred Word, in a desperate attempt to try to fill the empty void created within their churches, due to heavily promoting the false gospel of baptismal regeneration, over and against the need for true, Holy Spirit regeneration.
Where is the “hard data and documented proof” that the CoC founders ever knew how to rightly divide the Word of truth? Because solid, historical evidence reveals the opposite. Just for starters, Alexander Campbell’s “new version” of the Bible was wiped off many church shelves after being proven to be a fraudulent money-making scheme. And yet, all CoC’s continue to promote all of his fatally flawed and private interpretations of Scripture, which Scripture itself strongly warns against (2 Pet. 1:20)!!
No wonder so many who have been deceived by such false religious systems are now frequenting psycho-therapists, due to the absence of the true gospel in their lives and the everlasting joy of being truly born again by the Holy Spirit. Such shipwrecked souls, disillusioned by false religion, are now turning to and trusting in secular determinism, a Freudian, psychiatric concept that dictates that we are pushed to make decisions by “forces” beyond our control.
Where is the “hard data” and “documented proof” behind this falsely so-called science?
The irony is that although the CoC and most psycho-therapists reject the biblical doctrine of predestination, they have the audacity to dictate that we have no choice as to the circumstances nor experiences that go into making up our “subconscious” mind which supposedly “determines” in large part how we react to situations and how we make decisions.
Sadly, this is how many psycho-therapists gain a following with their “clients;” by deceptively appearing to be the only means of overcoming the “low self-esteem” that keeps one from becoming mentally stable. Never mind that humanity’s REAL problem is sin, NOT “unconscious” needs that must be “psycho-analyzed” by secular “specialists” who over-charge vulnerable people, for their psychological “expertise.”
The CoC’s loose ecumenism represents extremely differing religious views that cannot be reconciled biblically. Yet, it is being used as a free-for-all catalyst for every false religion to weigh in on Scripture, in order to bring all religions to a common consensus. And this is precisely what leads to spinelessly submitting to the court of public opinion. However, there are not multiple interpretations of Scripture that are equally valid. There’s a right way and a wrong way to interpret what God’s Word actually conveys, because God’s truth is absolute.
Without the standard rules of interpretation, people are led to believe truth and error are just differences in opinion. This began in the Garden of Eden when the Serpent tempted Eve to doubt what God had actually said (Gen. 3:1). Those who are unstable and unlearned are still taking portions of Scripture that are hard to understand, and are twisting them to their own destruction (2 Pet. 3:16).
“In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, Who is the image of God, should shine unto them” (2 Cor. 4:4).
The majority view today dictates that there is no single, right way to do biblical theology, or no single, right way to read Scripture. This is why one of the greatest hallmarks of post-modernism is “what I think,” instead of what God’s Word actually conveys. However, no matter how much such a popular view appeals to the fallen masses, the court of human opinion is in NO position to sit in judgment upon God and His Word.
Such proud delusions lead to unbridled, rebellious responses to the true gospel. Although people can have their own opinions, they cannot have their own facts. And facts are discounted today by those who would rather make-it-up-as-they-go-along, for unbelief is characterized by rebellion against God’s absolute truth. Post-modern relativism is the polar opposite of true, saving faith in the true gospel.
If language could be formed into whatever each individual wanted it to mean, a written document, such as God’s Word, would be rendered irrelevant. Language itself would no longer have any meaning at all whatsoever! So sadly, those who only want to believe certain parts of the Bible are ending up on such a broad way to destruction. Jesus warned….
“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” (Mt. 7:13-14).
CoC Arminianism is deceptively portrayed as being merely a different “view” of the same God. And the “broader perspective’ of the progressive and emerging faith of ecumenical “Oneness” is Arminianism on steroids. This is because destructive error and its defenders will progressively get worse and worse the closer we get to the end.
“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived” (2 Tim. 3:13).
John Owen, who was good friends with John Bunyan (author of Pilgrims Progress), witnessed a degree of this falling away even in the 1600’s, for he stated as follows:
“Without spiritual illumination , the doctrines of the gospel are open to scepticism. Sceptics pretend not to renounce or forsake the truth. But they talk about the truth and argue about it with a ‘take it or leave it’ attitude about them. They are indifferent as to whether it is true or not. Scripture, the Trinity, Christ and His offices, justification by grace and all the other great truths of the gospel are weighed and examined in the defiled, tottering scales of bold, irreverent, sceptical discussions. They may be teachers of religion, but they show their ignorance of the fundamental difference between truth and error. They cannot see the glory, beauty and power of truth, so it is all one to them whether it is truth or whether it is error.
Truth, truly known, will beget reverence, love and sacred esteem in the souls of men, so that they would not dare to prostitute it to scepticism or allow it to be bandied about by every foolish imagination.
Darkness keeps the mind and soul from arriving at any assurance of truth; it prevents the soul from loving the truth and so provides no defense for the person against apostasy. Each man in his ignorance of what is truth and what is error, is left to determine what is truth for himself. But each man has his own idea and opinion of what truth is. So with every man’s opinion equally as valid as every other man’s opinion, it becomes easy to wander from truth to error, which is the way of scepticism.
Without divine revelation, man will never have right thoughts about God.“
While doing more in-depth research into CoC debates from the 1800’s, it has been amazing to find such striking parallels that are so reminiscent of what the Apostle Paul dealt with concerning the Corinthians and the false apostles who had infiltrated their church.
But unlike Paul, who showed up those false pretenders with a holy triumph, Protestant preachers in the 1800’s, who had formerly been stewards of the true gospel, had already begun to compromise. Because, the Stone/Campbell “restorationists” were vicious, vile and vindictive wolves in sheep’s clothing who stopped at nothing to try to completely destroy the lives of those who exposed their heresies. As a result, many bulked under the pressure.
As an ex-member of the CoC, who has since been rescued by Christ, I’ve also had to come face-to-face with some very heart-breaking persecutions. For whenever an unusually illustrious and zealous testimony is given to exalt Christ and to dethrone false, self-righteous pretenders; many dangers, toils and snares will be encountered.
But by God’s grace, His Word has encouraged and comforted me, by reminding me that Apostle Paul’s remarkable perseverance was a force to be reckoned with, for he did not cease to provoke the whole world against himself, by carrying on fearlessly with the Lord’s work, even when the ungodly were incensed against him. Although the wicked attacked him with great force and fury, he continued in the cause of Christ with a fresh and unusual zeal, for God was with him.
Apostle Paul even boasted in his infirmities and persecutions, because they were a badge of honor for His Savior, and a heavenly proof of his holy calling. But he was careful to give all the glory to God, and he wouldn’t have boasted in his personal struggles at all if he hadn’t been so forced into it by slanderous, false charges that were being leveled against him by those who masqueraded as servants of Christ; those who tried their best to turn his godly intentions into a fault. Appropriately, such wild and incredibly absurd accusations caused Paul to burn with righteous indignation (2 Cor. 11:29-30).
Apostle Paul’s forceful language may have seemed harsh, but it expressed the godly concern that he had for the Corinthians and it demonstrated the seriousness of the situation. With a touch of scathing sarcasm, Paul begged their forgiveness for a falsely perceived “wrong” (2 Cor. 12:13). Because, he knew that even his weaknesses and persecutions were a testimony to the glorious grace of God in Christ toward sinners like himself (1 Cor. 4:9-13).
So there was no excuse for the Corinthians to fall for such wicked and jealous wannabe’s who were hell-bent on trying to destroy his credibility, in an attempt to cover up their own evil agenda to pervert the truth so that they could gain a worldly following.
According to Jesus, His followers will be hated by the world…
“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated Me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. 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” (Jn. 15:18-20).
In 2 Corinthians Paul was being forced to defend his undying love, generosity and sacrificial service in the cause of Christ, for it was all being turned into a reproach by false, ungodly, hollow pretenders of piety. Although he sought the salvation of the Corinthians soul, and not their wealth, the false apostles were obviously projecting their own covetousness practices on to him, in order to try to take the heat off of themselves, for Paul felt the need to defend himself in that particular area.
It seems that the false apostles may have even believed their own lies, for their minds may have been so exercised in covetous practices that they had begun to believe that everyone else thought the same wicked way that they did. And so, they may have even thought that they were in a competition with Paul for the Corinthians money. Whatever their ungodly motives were, they were attempting to reconstruct the Corinthians reality in order to accommodate their own sinister agenda. They were evil infiltrators who worked for the cause of Satan.
“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 Cor. 11:13-15).
Paul had proven himself to be a servant of Christ for years, and was never covetous toward the Corinthians. And yet, they were so quick to turn on him. Paul initially spared them from a more severe rebuke, even though they deserved it, for he decided to wait a long time before coming to them, in order to give them more time to come to their senses and repent.
But they were under so much undue influence by the false pretenders that the Corinthians even became willing to deprive themselves of Paul’s presence, love and care; the very one who truly loved them and truly loved God; in exchange for those who were only out for themselves and for the vile and vain imaginations that they were so obsessed with (2 Cor. 10:5).
These idolaters pulled out all the stops to try to take the focus off of their own sinister schemes, so that the Corinthians would be stirred up into a pathological paranoia against Paul, for then the wicked wolves would be able to take them over. By employing such a sly deflection, they were succeeding in turning the Corinthians so against Paul that they were on the verge of turning from the true gospel that he had so graciously and freely given to them.
Even though he had a biblical right to compensation for his sacrificial and extensive labor of love in the gospel, they were not appreciative of the fact that he denied himself for their sakes and for the sake of the gospel. Paul was so hurt by their ingratitude that he said the more he loved them the less he was loved in return (2 Cor. 12:15). They were not truly loving him because true love thinks no evil and is not easily provoked, yet they were willing to think the worst of him at the drop of a hat (2 Cor. 13).
But Paul, on the other hand, had patiently endured their cruel treatment, time and time again. He was obviously NOT easily provoked at all, because he had been treated so very bad for so very long. And yet, he refused to take offense… UNTIL.. it came down to the purity of the true gospel. Only then did he have to step up to the plate and take a strong stand against the false apostles wicked schemes and the Corinthians unfair inclination to think the worst of him; the very one who had given them the true gospel in the first place.
Yet they were becoming so obstinate that they were even willing to disbelieve everything that he had to say. This is how influential and damaging wolves in sheep’s clothing can be. According to his ill-intentioned opponents, Paul was a deceitful hypocrite. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black! They were trying to lay claim to what they had no right to (2 Cor. 11:22:29). For one, they were not willing to be reduced to nothing for the sake of Christ. Instead, they weighed themselves in the false balance of public opinion; aligning themselves with the worldly majority.
Due to their self-seeking dishonesty, Paul was compelled by necessity to expose their underlying evil. They were false apostles who had set themselves up as judges against Paul. But he made it clear that he didn’t have to prove anything to them, because he knew that his teachings were approved by God and that theirs were NOT (1 Cor. 4:3-5). However, Paul was so outraged that the Corinthians could ever even believe their ridiculous lies, so he had to reluctantly defend himself to the Corinthians, for the sake of the true gospel and for the sake of their eternal souls (2 Cor. 12:16-19).
Paul even risked his personal reputation, by being willing to appear disqualified just so they would hopefully turn from their sin. He even risked being considered a hell-bound reprobate, in order to try to get through to them with the truth. He knew they were under an insane delusion that would only get worse if they didn’t repent. Their excessive tolerance of false apostles deserved blame, for Christ was being offended. But, he still had high hopes for them. So if they disappointed his confidence in them to come to their senses and repent, it would have been even more cruel of them (2 Cor. 13:6-7).
Because of false brethren, Paul had to endure all kinds of personal attacks that were being leveled against him, just so he could continue to try to convince the Corinthians that he cared for their soul, not their material things, which he counted as dung compared to the glorious gospel that he lived and died for. But when Paul tried to spare them from being taken in by wolves, they wanted to hug their chains even tighter, and even tried to use his severe admonishment as an excuse to disparage his writings. Their misplaced approval encouraged the false apostles to up their game in trying to turn his godly intentions into a fault.
Although Paul still considered himself to be the “chief of sinners,” he was fully persuaded beyond the shadow of a doubt that his cause was right (1 Tim. 1:15). So much so, that he even called upon God as a witness upon his soul, for he had a clear conscience concerning the cause of Christ that he lived and died for (2 Cor. 11:31). He even gave up any right to the support that he was biblically entitled to, for they would have tried to use it against him. He humbled himself as a mere slave, just so the Corinthians could be lifted out of sin and idolatry.
Although their evil suspicions were causing them to see his writings and weaknesses as something that was hateful, he was still willing to be considered a fool for Christ in their eyes, by standing even more firm in his God-given convictions, to the point that he was willing to be just as “weighty and powerful” in person if it had to come to that, in order to try to recall them back to a right mind (2 Cor. 10:8-11).
Instead of apologizing for his harsh rebukes, he stood his ground and made it clear that he would continue to rebuke with all authority, even more severely if need be, if it would snap them out of their spiritual insanity. But he practically begged them not to force him to have to display even more of his boldness in a face-to-face confrontation, for that was NOT his natural disposition (2 Cor. 10:2).
Like Paul, we are to initially appeal to people by the meekness and gentleness of Christ. But when gentleness and mildness proves to have no effect, as a last ditch effort we must be willing to go the extra mile to rebuke those who are aligning themselves with the wicked, for anything less would no longer be meekness at all, but cowardice.
Obviously many were offended by Paul’s writings, because he exalted Christ and dethroned the prideful from their high-horse of hypocrisy. Such a bold and biblical stance will never be accepted by the worldly majority. But God gave him the grace to turn their false charges into an advantage, in order to prove that just because he was a humble servant of Christ and prone to weaknesses, there was no reason for them to doubt the truth that he was standing for, because Christians have this treasure in earthen vessels (2 Cor. 4:7).
Christ’s kingdom is established by bringing low everything in the world that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. And nothing is more opposed to God’s free grace than man’s falsely perceived “free-will.” False pretenders who have no root in themselves are eventually overcome by evil, but those who have Jesus’ perfect righteousness credited to their account through saving faith, by a sovereign act of God’s free grace, are able to overcome evil with good, so that they can rejoice in their afflictions for Christ.
This is how Paul won the hearts of the Corinthians back to their Savior. May God also grant His people today the strength to endure the same unfair and evil treatment that Paul endured for the cause of Christ, so that we too will be… a force to be reckoned with.
Every time a plea for “love and unity” is used in a context where there is clearly a biblical mandate to rebukewith all authority, alarm bells against compromise should start to sound off. But when one’s spiritual senses have become so de-sensitized that they can no longer “try the spirits” in order to discern between good and evil (Titus 2:15, Heb. 5:14, 1 Jn. 4:1), they will end up on the broad way to destruction. But those who are trained by the chastening of the Lord, against such compromise, can be assured that they are on the straight and narrow path to life.
As seasoned parents of seven, and grandparents of seven (and counting), my husband and I have learned over the decades that rebuke and love are not always mutually exclusive. Although children will often perceive correction as hate, parents still have to be brave enough to take that risk for the sake of their children’s spiritual welfare. Biblical correction can and must be done with the goal of instilling a reverent fear of the Lord so that they will hopefully turn from their wicked ways. This is how God deals with His own children, or else they are illegitimate (Psa. 5:5, Prov. 3:12, Heb. 12:8).
So we cannot relate to any kind of Christian experience that lacks God’s severe chastening against wickedness and such unbiblical compromise, for by such severe means we have often been led to repentance ourselves.
We are to honor all people as image bearers of God, but this is never possible when one affirms people in a way that dishonors God and puts people at risk of being even more set in their wicked ways by misleading them into a false and fatal assurance. Yet this is the very thing that many are now guilty of, so it is no wonder that there are those who now seem to be so very deceived, unrepentant and unreachable. And this is why we do not want to be a partaker in such tragic outcomes that are the result of having a mindset that exalts the Arminian “freewill” of man over and against the sovereign, unlimited and absolute freewill of God.
Through trials of faith and personal examination by the Word of God, it is better for us all to realize our true spiritual condition now, before it is forever too late. For when Arminians come off with “yes/but” evasions, false caricatures of Calvinism, double-speak concerning the doctrine of original sin, foolish comparisons between inanimate machines (robots) and God’s image bearers, along with unbiblical mandates for faithful Christians to back down on exposing error just because they are also capable of sin and error, it is always a HUGE red flag. Such an unbiblical stance is the very reason why so many have lost any natural conception of good and evil.
God leads His people in paths of righteousness so that they cannot continue in a perpetual, unbroken, unrepentant pattern of sin. They can no longer in good conscience join a false religion or stay in one once they learn the truth. They can no longer in good conscience join forces with heretics, for He calls them to separation (2 Cor. 6:17). Though it takes them a while to discern the leading of their Savior, once they do, they will not be led by another spirit (Jn.10).
They would rather suffer…
“without the camp, bearing His reproach” (Heb. 13:13).
So the burden of proof is still on legalists to biblically prove how Arminianism’s exaltation of man, partial depravity, conditional election, universal atonement, ineffectual grace (dependent upon man’s “free” will consent) and works-salvation constitute the essential content of the gospel??
Since none of Arminianisms points are the essentials of the faith, then why in the world would a professing Christian contend for that which so blatantly militates against the true gospel?
Heresy is defined as a deviation from the essentials of the faith, and those who promote such are considered heretics. So what kind of bewitching spell could possibly cause a professing Christian to cowardly shrink back from calling Arminianism a heretical, false gospel promoted by heretics?
Just because one may currently be a heretic, that does not absolve us from our Christian duty to love them enough to instruct and warn them (not pander to them), so that perhaps God may grant them repentance to acknowledge the truth (2 Tim. 2:25-26).
There’s still hope!
God’s sovereignty is compatible with man’s responsibility. For God has decreed the ends, as well as the means, to bring His people safely home. Therefore, we take seriously our duty to warn those who are in severe, unrepentant error. To do otherwise would be to fall into the heresy of hyper-Calvinism.
Please think through this scenario:
How would you feel if a professing Christian knew that you were on dangerous ground, but pandered to you by giving you false assurance that everything was okay? After finding out the truth, would you believe that they had truly cared for your soul at all? Could you still respect them, knowing they were not even willing to risk you being offended to tell you the truth? Could you still believe that person really loved you and was a trusted friend?
Or, would you believe what Scripture says…
“Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful” (Prov. 27:6).
Knowing what Scripture teaches, could you still believe a compromiser was a faithful Christian who cared more about God and His approval than the approval and praise of others? Then, most importantly of all, the ultimate question is how does God feel about such compromise? His Word makes it clear that He is a jealous God, Who demands that loyalty to Him must supersede all else.
God will NOT tolerate dual-loyalty.
“For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, Whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God” (Ex. 34:14). “Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than He” (1 Cor. 10:21-22)?
According to God’s Word, Apostle Paul feared his people might “put up with”false teachers who proclaim a false Jesus and a false gospel (2 Cor. 11:1-4), because it would indicate that their mind had been corrupted and subtly deceived by the devil, even if they had so much as simply tolerated such.
Paul grieved jealously for his people, for he knew that if they turned from the true gospel that he was giving them, they would turn to fatally deceived deceivers, and ultimately end up turning from God (2 Tim. 3:13). And we can relate heavily with “schismatic” Paul, for the concerns he had for his people are our very concerns for those who have now fallen off the ledge of legalism into the deep abyss of apostasy.
According to Scripture, this is the dangerous path that so many have been on all these years, and it seems to be all due to identifying too heavily with those who are in serious, unrepentant sin and error. This is why many have identified staunch CoC’ers as counterfeit Christians, for after all is said and done, they will defend evil, proving that they treasure other things more than the gospel.
But we identify too heavily with Christ and the gospel, so therefore, we refuse to capitulate. We would rather treasure and defend the truth, not Arminianism and its popular, compromised defenders, for it has been historically, biblically and thoroughly proven to be a false gospel. Ephesians chapter one alone completely destroys Arminianism!!
Charles Spurgeon once warned that:
“The man who is not willing to submit to the electing love and sovereign grace of God, has great reason to question whether he is a Christian at all. For the spirit that kicks against election is the spirit of the devil, and the spirit of the unhumbled, unrenewed heart.”
Just because we were once Arminians, and are still capable of sin, and unable to know their eternal destiny, does not excuse us from our reasonable duty to now expose their error, which we have been rescued from….in order to do just that! Whether they are really saved or not is none of our business, for the secret things belong to the Lord. But none of that changes the fact that we are to be about our Father’s business.
God didn’t rescue us just so we could boast that we have a “more consistent” version of grace than Arminians. God rescued us so that we can lead them to His effectual free grace and away from a false version of grace that depends upon mans unregenerate “free” will to make it effective.
Jesus said we cannot serve two masters (Mt. 6:24). There are no lukewarm in-betweens. This same warning is reiterated in 2 John vv. 9-11, which exclaims that we’re not even supposed to give deceivers a greeting (in a way that would be approving their false doctrine), or we’ll be “a partaker of their evil deeds.” That’s how serious this situation is.
“… the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth” (Jn. 4:23-24).
So when a professing Christian claims that they are believing the same gospel as that of an Arminian, they are essentially apostatizing from the faith that they profess, for they are compromising in practice and committing treason against Christ. A spiritually rooted and grounded orthodoxy leads to orthopraxy. But a mere intellectual orthodoxy that has no transformative, powerful and lasting effect on one’s heart, mind, spirit and personal life will prove to be dead, unregenerate and worthless in the end (Lk. 8:11-15).
Therefore, we pray that God will mercifully grant repentance and enable us all to love, treasure and honor the truth way too much to be partakers of such shameful compromise, even if this means that we will lose popularity in the increasingly infiltrated camp of Christendom. We are not to fear people’s judgment of us and we are to never expect praise from the world, for God’s assessment and approval is all that matters.
The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe” (Prov. 29:25).
Although we will likely continue to be maliciously slandered and falsely accused of everything under the sun, we can take comfort in knowing that we are in good company with Apostle Paul, and others like him, for it is a badge of honor for Christians to share in the sufferings of Christ, Who has vested us with courage and conviction to fight the good fight of faith to the very end.
In the CoC, I can remember distinctly how there was always a tremendous amount of emphasis placed upon 1 Peter 3:20, simply because it mentions the words “saved by water.” Ironically, 1 Timothy 2:15 mentions the words “saved by childbearing,” yet the CoC would never touch those words with a ten foot pole, for they do not fit the CoC’s false narrative!!
Although the CoC will boldly point to being “saved by water” and shamelessly declare that “it means what it says”…yet, it will create a double standard when it comes to being “saved by childbearing,” for neither does it literally “mean what it says.” Because, in order to rightly divide God’s Word, one must be enabled to challenge surface-level notions that contradict the full council of God, in order to interpret what is really being conveyed, for Scripture interprets Scripture.
For instance, saved by childbearing obviously cannot literally mean that women are saved by giving birth, for that would contradict Ephesians 2:8, etc. Instead, the context conveys the fact that although daughters of Eve have always bore the stigma of initiating the Fall of mankind, those who, through faith, become the daughters of King Jesus, are exonerated from the curse, for He bore it for them (Gal. 3:13). As a result, what had initially been a curse actually becomes a blessing for those who are in Christ Jesus.
But the CoC deceptively ignores the scriptural import of Bible terminology in order to propagate its false water gospel. So the next time you hear a CoC’er boldly declare that saved by water “means what it says”…just kindly ask them to apply that same surface-level standard of interpretation to “saved by childbearing” and just see what happens. Their reaction would actually be comical if it wasn’t so tragic, for they are sadly and severely unequipped to rightly divide the Word of truth (2 Tim. 2:15).
It cannot be stressed enough, just how crucial water baptism is to the CoC’s sacramental system of salvation, for it is everything to this religion. In the CoC, baptism is faith; baptism is repentance; baptism is obedience; baptism is salvation; baptism is how one receives and accepts Christ; and baptism is even how one calls upon the name of the Lord!
To put it more precisely, the CoC makes everything in the Word of God dissolve into water! This is why its preaching is peppered with references to water, in order to induce a false and unbiblical obsession with baptism as the only way to even have a fighting chance at obtaining salvation.
Though Jesus Himself never taught such a thing, this warped “water syndrome” is the one thing that all CoC’s agree upon and show severe symptoms of, for it’s the most consistent, inevitable result of the two foundational pillars of their sacramental system of salvation: autonomous freewill and universal atonement. Without these, all CoC’s and every other self-salvation Arminian cult would collapse.
In 1 Peter 3:20, Noah’s family was “saved by water” only in the sense that the reality of their salvation became obvious through the trial of water, for they were enabled by God to pass safely through the destructive waters by being in the Ark, which represented Christ. The word “by” in this verse is translated “through” in the original Greek. The water itself was a means of God’s judgment, not a means of salvation! Yet the CoC could grasp for straws here and say “the ark couldn’t have floated without the water.”
But, the fact remains, the water itself didn’t save, or else those outside the Ark would have been saved! Peter even says here, baptism does not put away the filth of the flesh (v. 21). And a symbol cannot literally purge a guilty conscience. It can only be an outward sign of what’s already occurred inwardly. There is no such thing as baptismal regeneration. Baptism, in no way, shape or form, effects what it signifies. Yet the CoC claims that it does.
In the CoC, Noah’s Ark and all of the “patterns” that he had to go by, in order to get it just right, was deceptively used as a perpetual illustration of how we too had to get the “pattern” just right, in order to be saved. We were never taught that the Ark represented Christ in all of His perfection, or how His perfect righteousness is all that can keep one afloat through the destructive waters of sin and death.
In scriptural reality, the Ark was a figure of Christ; it was a figure of the true, whereas faith was the substance. Today, baptism is a figure of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection; it is a picture of the true, whereas faith is the substance (Heb. 9:9, 14, 26; 11:1, 7). The shadow and symbolism of the Ark finds its fulfillment in the reign of Jesus Christ.
Baptism is the outward response of a conscience that has been purified by faith in Christ and what He has accomplished in the believer who then wants to identify with Him in baptism. All who savingly believe in Christ have already been baptized by the Holy Spirit into His death spiritually (1 Cor. 12:13). They, like Noah and his family, have passed safely through the waters of sin and death…in the Ark of Christ.
But the CoC makes the deadly mistake of taking the baptism of the Holy Spirit, which is how God literally puts His people into the Body of Christ (e.g. Mk. 1:8, 1 Cor. 12:13), and confuses it with physical water baptism. However, there is only ONEspiritual baptism into the Body of Christ, and it is solely the work of God almighty (Eph. 4:5).
This is why those in the CoC have become so vulnerable to every kind of satanic device that excites the biased prejudices that have been so relentlessly pounded into their heads by heretics who attempt to hide the biblical necessity of God’s divine agency in salvation. For this is how the CoC’s sacramental system attempts to gain the monopoly on salvation, by appearing to be the only means of obtaining it, thereby making its “church” and its leaders all the more authoritative.
Sadly, those who have been blinded by the god of this world, are unable to comprehend the fact that the only way one’s works can be acceptable to God for salvation, is if they fulfill God’s standard of righteousness perfectly, which is an absolute impossibility.
“For as many as are of the WORKS of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them” (Gal. 3:10, emphasis mine).
God’s perfect standard of righteousness is unattainable by fallen, sinful man. The only way one can be reconciled to the heavenly Father is by having Jesus’ perfect righteousness credited to their account by a sovereign act of God, Who alone can purify the heart by faith (Acts 15:8-9). God’s perfect standard of righteousness (the law) shows us our total depravity, whereas the gospel alone reveals the only cure….Jesus Christ.
The evil spirit behind the CoC system masquerades itself under the banner of Christ for diabolical purposes, for the CoC is notorious for construing Scriptures, such as Romans 2:14-15, in order to create an obedience-based system of salvation, founded upon the common assumption that all are born with the law of God written on their hearts. Here the CoC utilized Rome’s “Natural Law” interpretation to promote the idea of man having the natural ability to get saved apart from divine intervention.
Only by God’s sovereign, saving grace can the CoC scales fall from one’s eyes in order to spiritually see and love the beauty and cohesiveness of Scripture when rightly divided!! Because the Gentiles, being referred to in these verses, didn’t have the law of God naturally. Instead, they had the “WORKS of the law” written on their hearts, naturally, by virtue of the Fall.
“For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the WORK of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)” (Rom. 2:14-15, emphasis mine).
God’s Word also reveals that “the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be” (Rom. 8:7, emphasis mine). Therefore, we can only be accepted by God and have His law written on our hearts by virtue of being supernaturally regenerated by the Holy Spirit (e.g. Jer. 31:33, Ezek. 36:27). For by natural generation we are all “children of wrath” (Eph. 2:3) unless the “law of Christ” is written on the tablet of our heart by God’s gracious intervention, whereby we then become obedient partakers of His divine nature (e.g. Ps. 37:31, Isa. 51:7, 1 Cor. 9:21, 2 Cor. 3:3, Gal. 6:2).
“I will put My laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to Me a people” (Heb. 8:10).
This true, born again conversion entirely differs from external religiosity, “common grace” and the common light of nature or conscience possessed by all humans, which distinguishes us from lower life forms that are not created in God’s image. Our heart is the seat of our conscience, and it’s at enmity with God and desperately wicked until made anew by God (e.g. Jer. 17:9, Rom. 8:7, Heb. 8:10).
Although the CoC denies that its false version of salvation hinges on law, its so-called “works of obedience” assumes a legal standard of performance, for there must be a principle of law that’s being obeyed or performed. The very word “obedience” indicates a standard (a law) whereby behavior is determined. So by basing salvation on works instead of true obedient faith in Jesus Christ alone, the CoC commits a fatal error, and is in complete opposition to Apostle Paul’s declaration in Romans of what true salvation is all about.
Such a faulty foundation enables the CoC to invent false standards of performance that appeal to the unregenerate who want Christianity to be reduced to mere formalities that can be accomplished through human effort, which greatly appeals to the pride of fallen man. Such a sham salvation gives a false sense of spiritual superiority when one thinks that they are meeting such superficial standards of performance. And this is what causes many in the CoC to compare themselves with others, rather than God’s perfect holiness, which is why so many of its enslaved captives have fallen into spiritual bondage, pride and cookie-cutter conformity.
“…they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise” (2 Cor. 10:12).
Self-righteousness and vain glory must be driven out of our hearts by the supernatural illumination of the Holy Spirit giving us a divine revelation of just how fallen we truly are according to God’s perfect standard of righteousness, which has only been fulfilled in Christ Jesus. God’s sovereign, saving grace is our only hope of being given a renewed heart that is driven to Christ as our only hope of salvation. Only by God’s divine intervention can we be given a heart that will not depart from Him.
“And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me” (Jer. 32:40).
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding” (Prov. 9:10).