Arminianism

The Divine Design of the Deliverer’s Death

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Scripture makes it clear that Jesus’ atonement was not limited in its power (which is what Arminianism implies). Instead, it is only limited in its scope. In other words, it is not extended outside of God’s bounds to include those who end up in Hell, because if it was, then there’d be absolutely no reason at all to trust in the power of Jesus’ blood to save. Moreover, no one could ever trust a Father who would accept the price of His Son’s blood while withholding from Him the possessions that His blood has purchased!!

Arminianism is a lie from the pit of Hell, for the Father did NOT allow His Son to pour out any of His blood in vain, for He has given Him ALL of the possessions that He has purchased with His blood (Eph. 1:14). Jesus fully entrusted His Father with the price of His blood, for He knew that His Father would give Him ALL of the purchased possessions that He paid for, in full, with His own blood, which means NONE of them can EVER end up in Hell (Jn. 10:15, 26-29).

All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.  (Jn. 6:37).

This was the divine design of the Deliverer’s death; to save ALL of those that the Father has given Him. And ALL of them will come to the true Jesus of the Bible, for ALL of their spiritual blessings have been purchased by His precious blood, including the grace gifts of faith and repentance, so that they will NEVER finally perish in sin and unbelief. Because God ALWAYS accomplishes His designs.

“When He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men” (Eph. 4:8). And the “gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable” (Rom. 11:29). “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” (Num. 23: 19).

The main reason why Arminians become so legalistic is because they cannot reasonably trust in their hypothetical, universal atonement. For one, there would have to be self-generated requirements that could make such a powerless atonement effectual for them; self-contrived conditions that would differentiate them from all who end up in Hell, which would contradict Scripture.

“For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?” (1 Cor. 4:7).

The divine design of the Deliverer’s death was never intended to provide a mere “window of opportunity” for the self-righteous to enter into God’s covenant by stealth (see: Mt. 22:11-14). Jesus is the only way, and only Jesus is the Door, for no one can come to the Father but by Him (Jn. 6: 44). There are ZERO short-cuts into the kingdom of God. There is no such thing as baptismal, sacramental or decisional regeneration, despite the lies of false religion. Yet, these are the broad paths that the self-righteous will seek out, for they have yet to receive a love of the truth and a saving knowledge of who Christ Jesus really is, and how He really saves.

The good news of the true gospel is that it offers an atonement that can be trusted; an atonement that actually atones; an atonement that requires no human effort to make it effectual. The only qualification is that one must be a poor, helpless sinner in desperate need of the Deliverer. It is a fountain free and open to anyone who wants this kind of atonement. And the only ones who will want this definite atonement (which is the only atonement represented in Scripture), are those who fully realize their total inability to deliver themselves from the bondage of sin and the wrath of God that their sin deserves.

Those who don’t want the Deliverer’s definite atonement are those who don’t yet realize the desperate wickedness of their own heart. And unless they are regenerated by the Holy Spirit, they will not seek to enter into the narrow way, but will instead seek the broad way to destruction. They will seek a different gospel; a different atonement; one not represented in Scripture. Jesus calls them thieves and robbers, for they attempt to find a broader way to enter into the everlasting covenant (Jn. 10), such as baptismal or decisional regeneration. Because, a sacramental or conditional concept of salvation is the logical conclusion of a so-called universal atonement.

There is a universal call of the gospel, but there is NOT a universal atonement or a universal salvation represented in Scripture. There is also only one Deliverer represented in Scripture, and He offers a definite deliverance.

But the type of deliverance that a person thinks they need, will determine the type of deliverer that they will call upon. For instance, if a person realizes they are bleeding to death, they do NOT want to call a lawyer. Moreover, if a person realizes they need legal help, they do NOT want to call a doctor. Likewise, a truly repentant person who realizes their total depravity, in comparison to the perfect holiness of their Maker, will NOT want to call upon an imposter who cannot offer a perfect imputed righteousness on their behalf, by virtue of a definite atonement!

When one truly realizes that they are completely helpless to save themselves, they don’t want to call upon a deliverer who doesn’t actually deliver from sin; they don’t want a deliverer that only paves the way for an abstract “possibility” that they might be able to save themselves by their own “freewill” authorization and works. Creaturely “freewill” can only act in accordance with its nature, and fallen sinners can only receive a new nature by virtue of a definite Deliverer Who offers a definite atonement!

This is why those who are quickened by the Holy Spirit, to realize the severity of their fallen condition, are the only ones who will desire to call upon the only Deliverer Who offers a definite atonement; the true Jesus of the Bible. But, those who are NOT given this deep conviction concerning the depths of their hopeless condition, compared to the perfect holiness of God, are those who will ignorantly rest content with a deliverer who cannot actually deliver from Hell. They will arrogantly rest content with an indefinite atonement that requires human works to make it effectual.  Because they do not really believe the true, biblical record that God has given of His Son:

“He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made Him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of His Son” (1 Jn. 5:10).

Only by the merits of Jesus’ own blood was He Himself consecrated into the office of eternal priesthood (Heb. 9:11-12). But, if His atonement could only be made effectual by the “freewill permission” of unregenerate sinners, then there would have been the possibility that He would have never become the High Priest of a better covenant, or had anyone to intercede for (Heb. 7:25), which would be a philosophical construct found nowhere in Scripture. Yet, these are only a few of the heretical ramifications of Arminianism!

No wonder consistently staunch Arminians end up fearing that they are predestined for Hell, because the hypothetical, universal atonement that they try so hard to self-generate faith in, is not really trustable at all.  But they don’t realize that their lack of faith and fruits is partially due to cognitive dissonance. Because even common sense and the common light of conscience demands that one cannot reasonably trust in an atonement that doesn’t actually atone and save everyone that it was allegedly designed for.

Again, it cannot be stressed enough, that the only way a universal atonement would be good news, is if there was also a universal redemption, but there is NOT. So we must all ask ourselves if we would rather place our trust in a hypothetical, universal atonement that’s only effective if we make it so, or if we would rather place our trust in an actual atonement that actually saves, based solely upon the power of Jesus’ blood, rather than upon our own “worthiness.”

We must all seriously ask ourselves if we’d rather place our trust in a hypothetical deliverer who has never secured the salvation of anyone, or if we’d rather place our trust in the true, biblical Deliverer Who actually saves actual people, rather than just opening a mere “provision of potentiality” that someone might make His atonement effective somehow by their own worthiness and authorization.

Finally, dear reader, don’t be deceived by Arminians who want to turn you against the true Jesus of the Bible, by making you think that His truths would require you to put the cart before the horse. Because you do NOT have to try to figure out if you’re one of God’s elect before you trust in Him! Nothing could be further from the truth! Jesus even tested a Canaanite woman by insinuating that she was NOT one of the chosen!! But did that discourage her from trusting in Him? NO, it did not. Did it cause her to get offended, give up or stop pursuing Him? Absolutely NOT! She kept pursuing Him and pleaded that even dogs eat the crumbs that fall from the masters table. And Jesus commended her faith, for He was the One drawing out her confession in the first place, so that He could minister to her (Mt. 15:22-28).

Many such scenarios reveal that Jesus provides the spiritual conditions necessary for receiving Him; including the instrumental graces of faith and repentance. Believing and receiving are not “cooperative” works that we do in our own strength to make Jesus’ atonement effectual, but are rather the effects and fruits of Jesus’ definite atonement, which is effectual for ALL that it was intended and designed for; ALL who desperately desire a definite Deliverer, Who offers a definite atonement. Faith is NOT what makes it effectual, but is rather the fruit of Christ’s effectual atonement, for we can only believe, according to the working of His mighty power, Which He wrought in Christ (Eph. 1:19-20).

“A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven” (Jn. 3:27).

We are saved, not by God looking at a faith that we self-generate that merits salvation, but by God’s unmerited favor (grace) based not on what we do, say, believe, or anything else that originates in us, but on God who has mercy. We receive salvation through a faith that Jesus is said to be the author and finisher of, NOT man (Heb. 12: 2). It is the work of God (Jn. 6: 29). Even in Ephesians one, there is no mention of man doing anything to merit salvation. It is all God’s work. But Arminians teach the opposite, for they read man into passages that speak of what God does.

So hear the welcome call now dear sinner; repent and trust in Jesus Christ alone before it is forever too late, and you will find that He provides what He commands. “God is no respecter of persons” (Acts 10:34, Mt. 22:16), which is why the vilest of the vile are invited to come for the eternally cleansing power of this free fountain of love; by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus’ blood and righteousness ALONE.

Copyright ©2021 by Lee Anne Ferguson. 

Arminianism

All the World: A Whole That’s Being Put for a Part

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Scripture often uses general terms to describe salvation. In other words, it’s often spoken of figuratively, with a whole that’s being put for a part. For example, the Word is said to bear fruit in “all the world” (Col. 1:6).  But this does not mean that everyone in the whole world is going to be saved.

“The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one” (Mt. 13:38).

Scripture plainly reveals, in other passages as well, that when it comes to salvation, the world is figuratively likened to a field that the Lord has bought in order to obtain the treasure hidden in it:

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field” (Mt. 13:45-46).

There is a general, limited sense in which the Lord has temporally “bought” those that perish (e.g. Deut. 32:6; 2 Pet. 2:1), because if God immediately rooted up the tares in the world, it could cause harm to the wheat that is mixed in with them.  That’s why the Lord is so long-suffering, merciful, good and kind to the wicked who are on earth.

“He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust” (Mt. 5:45).

But only for the sake of God’s people…

“lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn” (Mt. 13:28-30).

In John 12:19, it is stated in general terms that the world had gone after Christ. However, only the multitude, that followed Jesus in Jerusalem, was intended by these general terms (a whole was being put for the part).  The apostles in Acts 17:6 were said to have “turned the world upside down,” but it was a figure of speech that was NOT to be taken literally.

So in light of this biblical truth, prayerfully consider the following:

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men” (1 Tim. 2:1).

The context reveals that general terms are used here for all kinds of people (without distinction). It does NOT mean all without exception, but rather all without distinction of race, gender, social status, works, etc.  For “God is no respecter of persons” (Acts 10:34, Mt. 22:16), because He chooses His own apart from any earthly distinctions.

To further prove this, the context even provides us with an example!!—Prayers are to be made EVEN for kings and all who are in authority (v. 2)!  In order to clarify that those who are in authority– EVEN king’s– are all at God’s sovereign disposal.

“The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: He turneth it whithersoever He will” (Prov. 21:1).

Likewise, in Romans 4: 13 we are given general terms to describe how Abraham was figuratively “an heir of the world.  And the context reveals the world that is literally being referred to…the faithful (v. 11). So again, a whole (the world) was being put for a part (the faithful).

In Romans 11:12, we are given general terms to describe how the believing Gentiles are figuratively referred to as the “riches of the world,” for they’ve been made partakers of the promises (Rom. 11:17), because the fallen Jews forfeited the riches of their inheritance, due to unbelief. And the context likens these “riches of the world” as a “reconciling of the world” (v. 11), because salvation is no longer just for the Jews.  So a whole (the world) was put for a part (the believing Gentiles).

“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9).

The context here clearly reveals that the “us-ward” are the “all” that’s being referred to. And it even reveals WHY God is not willing for them to perish, for they are His “beloved” (3: 1), who are given divine power and all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of Him (1:3), so that they can grow in grace and in the knowledge of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (3: 18).

The entire context also reveals that the “all” here are the children of promise, who are all “partakers of the divine nature,” who escape the corruption of the world through Christ (1:4). They are those “that have obtained like precious faith“(1:1), so that their faith can never finally fail, because Jesus makes sure that their fruit remains (Jn. 15:16), which clearly distinguishes them from the reprobates who are being referred to negatively within the same context!

Therefore, the “all” in 2 Peter 3:9 cannot possibly be referring to everyone. No wonder Scripture constantly reveals a whole that’s being put for a part, when it comes to salvation:

“Who gave Himself a ransom for all” (1 Tim. 2:6).

Once again, this passage perfectly coincides with what was just demonstrated previously, concerning the verses that immediately came before this one. Throughout Scripture we are constantly given a contextual frame of reference, to help us to clearly understand who these “all” are, and it’s NOT the whole entire world!  It is NOT every single person in the world who has ever existed!!

Not convinced yet? Then prayerfully consider what follows: 

“For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, Who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe” (1 Tim. 4:10).

(All men) is the figurative whole that’s being put for the part (those that believe). 

And again, we read:

“[T]hat He by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became Him, for Whom are all things, and by Whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings” (Heb. 2:9-10).

Here in Hebrews, the “many sons” reveals who is actually being brought unto glory, for many can never be interpreted as all, and the many are specifically defined as those whom He “sanctifies” (2:11), His “brethren” (2:12), the children God gave Him (2:13), those delivered from the bondage of death (2:15), the elect, whose salvation was obtained by this perfect Savior Who “tasted death” (the cup of death, Mt. 20:22; 26:42)… as their actual substitute.  

So, in light of the context, we clearly see, again, that a whole (every man) is being put for a part (who believes in Him). These are also the ones being referred to when Jesus said:

“Behold I and the children which God hath given Me” (Heb. 2:13).

Jesus even said:

“I pray not for the world, but for them which Thou hast given Me; for they are Thine” (Jn. 17:9).

Jesus makes a clear distinction between the whole world in general and the elect who are dispersed throughout the world.  Which further confirms the fact that the words “all” and “world” in Scripture are not always to be taken in an all-inclusive sense. Jesus said that His elect will be hated by “all” (Mt. 10:22), but does that literally mean all, which would include other believers? NO, it does not.

“And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed” (Lk. 2:1).

Again, “all the world” here is a figurative whole that’s being put for a literal part, because only those who were under the Roman government were being taxed.

So, in light of these obvious truths, are we really to believe the Arminians when they say that “all means all,” without even taking into consideration what the context so clearly reveals?

Does the “whole world” lie in wickedness, in an all-inclusive sense (1 Jn. 5:19)? Does all the world wonder after the beast” (Rev. 13:3)?  Certainly not, for such surface-level interpretations contradict the biblical import of language and passages within their proper context. Clearly, followers of Christ are not lying in wickedness and they are not wondering after the beast!

This is why context and biblical exegesis is so very important when “rightly dividing the Word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15).  For if Jesus was given by the Father in order to literally save all men from their sins, and yet many perish, then how would He be trustworthy and faithful to all of His promises? For all of those that Jesus died for, are also promised all spiritual blessings, which most certainly includes the grace gifts of faith and repentance (Rom. 4:8; 8:32). For God not only decrees the ends, but also the means for accomplishing His purposes.

Scripture reveals that God’s redemptive love is unchangeable and everlasting. But if Arminianism was true (and thankfully it’s not) then that would mean that God still loves those who are in Hell,, even though the Bible is clear that the condemning, unappeased wrath of God eternally abides upon them (Jn. 3:36).  So, what kind of redemptive love would never even apply the eternal benefits of such a universal atonement?  It would not be a trustworthy, saving love at all!

Arminianism makes Jesus out to be a failure, by attempting to separate His redemptive work from the Fathers will and the application of it by the Holy Spirit, which would completely sever the divine unity of the Godhead in salvation. But thankfully the true Jesus of the Bible is promised to be an eternal blessing for all of those that He has died for, because He loses none that the Father has given Him, for they shall, in time, receive the gift of the Holy Spirit and all of the spiritual things that are necessary for them to be saved (Jn. 1:12-13).

“He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Rom. 8:32).

“Us all” refers to the “all” who will be given “all things” that pertain to eternal life, because Jesus has promised eternal blessings to all that the Father has given Him (Jn. 17:2).  And He will not and cannot lie:

“I give them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand” (Jn. 10:28).

So dear reader, PLEASE prayerfully think this through, so that you will not be deceived:

”God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them” (2 Cor. 5:19).

If everyone in the whole world, who has ever lived, has been reconciled to God, and if everyone has had their sins imputed to Christ, then why in the world would any end up in Hell paying for them again?  Such vain, non-sensical Arminian philosophy also contradicts Romans 4:8:

“Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.”

So why would any that Jesus died for end up not being eternally blessed? The only way a universal atonement would be good news is if there was also a universal redemption, but there’s not, for that would contradict Scripture, because it’s clear that many perish in Hell.

Therefore, a universal atonement would be really, really bad news, because it doesn’t keep anyone from ending up in Hell, for it does not actually atone for ALL of the sins of ALL of those that it was allegedly designed for. There is a universal call of the gospel, which goes out to the entire world, but there is NOT a universal atonement or a universal salvation represented in Scripture, because only Jesus’ sheep will hear His voice, so to speak. But those who are not His sheep will continue to follow false shepherds (Jn. 10).

God’s Word reveals that there is only a definite, substitutionary, propitiatory and perfect atonement that saves ALL that it was designed for. There is a fountain free, open to ALL who thirst for a perfect righteousness outside of themselves; ALL who realize their inability to believe enough or repent enough to merit salvation; ALL who realize their will is in bondage to sin unless Jesus sets them free; ALL who realize their desperate and complete hopelessness, helplessness and sinfulness apart from the Saviors imputed righteousness; ALL who come trusting only in Jesus Christ and what He actually accomplished at the cross for sinners. These are the ones that it was designed for, and they shall ALL come to Him, and they shall ALL be saved!  

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (Jn. 3:16).

This verse does NOT say “whosoever” without exclusion has the natural ability to believe and thirst after righteousness.  Everyday life even testifies to this fact! Instead, the context shows that “whosoever” are those who will never perish because of unbelief, for God graciously gave them His Son, Who has obtained for them the spiritual gift of faith that will, in time, enable them to believe from the heart (Eph. 2:8; 4:8). The context of John 3 also clearly states that those who never believe have already been condemned (v. 18). 

Yet, Arminianism teaches that Christ died for the whole world, even those who end up in Hell, which blasphemously implies that His death didn’t obtain particular redemption for anyone. Case in point, it suggests that His death accomplished nothing!  But, in order to try to appear biblical on the surface, many Arminians will still attempt to borrow the Calvinistic truth of a substitutionary atonement. However, they always end up denying it in effect, because a substitution that doesn’t actually substitute is no substitution at all!

This is why it is so important to realize that just because a Bible passage uses the word “world” it does NOT automatically refer to every single person who has ever lived. Scripture is clear, in Romans 11:12, the Gentiles are referred to as the riches of the world, in order to clarify the fact that salvation is NOT just for a remnant of the Jews only, but that salvation is also for a remnant taken from EVERY tongue, tribe and nation throughout the world (Mt. 24:31).   

“And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 Jn. 2:2).

Once again, the words “whole world” is expressed in general terms here, for Jesus’ propitiation did NOT put away the sins of every single individual that has ever lived!  The words “not for ours only,” refutes such a notion and coincides perfectly with all the other parallel passages that make it so clear that the Jews were NOT the only nation that had a remnant chosen by God.  Jesus did NOT just die for a remnant of the Jewish people, which is why the words “whole world” is used.  How could it be any clearer?

Scripture interprets Scripture…

“…he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; And not for that nation only, but that also He should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad” (Jn. 11:51-52).

God’s Word constantly conveys the fact that even Gentile nations have a remnant, chosen by God, who have been scattered abroad. And the promise that He shall gather them is an emphasis that is reiterated throughout Scripture.  For even more confirmation, we discover the following:

“Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on Me through their word” (Jn. 17:20).

God’s elect remnant is referred to in other parallel passages as well:

“I have manifested Thy name unto the men which Thou gavest Me out of the world: Thine they were, and Thou gavest them Me; and they have kept Thy word” (Jn. 17:6).

Clearly, not everyone in the world has kept God’s Word and not everyone is gathered in Him, but only those who belong to Him. Even Revelation 5:9 makes a clear distinction between the whole world and God’s gathered remnant:

“Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood OUT of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.”

Revelation 7:9 also states the following:

“After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, OF all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands.”

Therefore, those who have eyes to see, can clearly concede that God’s Word contains overwhelming evidence that reveals the undeniable fact that He has a remnant of chosen people, throughout the whole world, who are scattered abroad and brought near to Him through faith in Jesus’ blood.

“But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ” (Eph. 2:13).

All spiritual blessings are found only in Christ Jesus and what He accomplished on behalf of sinners. His definite atonement not only procured the ends, but also the instrumental means of faith and repentance, so that all who trust solely in Him and what He actually accomplished at the cross can be sure that they have been elected by God before the foundation of the world. What a comfort it is to know that He rescues His lost sheep, He secures their salvation, and He gathers His chosen remnant!

“Jesus knew that His hour was come that He should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them unto the end” (Jn. 13:1).

Copyright ©2021 by Lee Anne Ferguson. 

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CoC Operatives Meet with the Pope’s Emissary

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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…..

(2) Phil Robertson Gets an Unexpected Visit from the Pope’s Emissary & Jase Makes a Big Mistake | Ep 227 – YouTube

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.

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Jesus’ Resurrection PROVED Substitutionary Satisfaction

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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 humanistic philosophy, 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 Jesus Christ 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, and the power of His resurrection” (Phil. 3:10)

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Nothing but Christ and Him Crucified

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“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 the realm of time 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, and what He actually accomplished at 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 Jesus Christ 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 crucified precisely 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).

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Secular Salvation Leads to “Re-imagining” God

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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.

Such falsely so-called “science” has the warped view that in… “a science-based, evolutionary perspective, there is no place for belief in a literal Satan.” (See: http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=periphery&all owed in frame=0)

How convenient for Big Pharma!

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).

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Works Cited:

₁ E. Fuller Torrey, The Death of Psychiatry, (Radnor: Chilton Book Company, 1974), p. 40.

₂ Martin and Deidre Bobgan, The Twelve Steps to Destruction; Codependency Recovery Heresies, (Santa Barbara, CA:  EastGate Publishers, 1991), p. 29. 

See also:  Citizens Commission on Human Rights. (n.d.).  Real disease vs. mental “disorder.”  Retrieved May 7, 2018 from:  http://ww.cchr.org/quick-facts/real-disease-vs-mental-disorder.  

₃Martin and Deidre Bobgan, The Twelve Steps to Destruction; Codependency Recovery Heresies, (Santa Barbara, CA:  EastGate Publishers, 1991), p. 30. 

₄ Martin and Deidre Bobgan, Prophets of Psychoheresy I, (Santa Barbara, CA:  EastGate Publishers, 1989), pp. 34-36.

₅ Ibid., pp. 35-36

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Arminian Syncretism Leads to Medicalizing Sin

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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.

Jesus warned:

“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).

Works Cited:

₁ Martin and Deidre Bobgan, Prophets of Psychoheresy I, (Santa Barbara, CA: EastGate Publishers, 1989), pp. 215-216.

Ibid., pp. 332-333.

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A Biblical response to “Healthy Skepticism”

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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 willbe 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.

…..Apostasy from the Gospel, pp. 66-67

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A Force to Be Reckoned With

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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 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.

Copyright ©2020 by Lee Anne Ferguson.

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God will NOT tolerate dual-loyalty!

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     Every time a plea for “love and unity” is used in a context where there is clearly a biblical mandate to rebuke with 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.

Copyright ©2020 by Lee Anne Ferguson.

Works Cited: https://www.gracegems.org/2016/12/Some%20men%20cannot%20endure%20to%20hear%20the%20doctrine%20of%20election.html