Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Friday, September 22, 2017

Death Along the Roman Road

The "Roman Road" has been around for decades and was at one time the favorite tools of 'evangelists' and 'preachers' who taught the heresy of salvation by the will of man. It begins with Rom. 3:10 "There is none righteous, no, not one"; then Rom. 3:23 "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Next is Rom. 5:12 "Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, thus death spread to all men, because all sinned" and then jump to Rom. 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." The RR ends with  Rom. 10:8-10 &13. Disputing the truth of these verses is not the intent of this article, disputing the misuse of these verses to get a desired result from a "seeker" by those who teach a 'salvation' by the will of man will be shown. [As an aside, I was treated to this Road not once, not twice, but three times in my youth. It seemed that salvation "didn't take", hence the need for more RR journeys. It was as if I was a living example of Matt. 12:43-45---actually, I was---as sin had greater and greater dominion over me.]

The end game of the RR is to manipulate emotions in favor of the desired response. The use of scare tactics is not uncommon as threats of eternal damnation are employed to get the subject to repent to the satisfaction of the preacher. Yet Scripture teaches the opposite: it is the Goodness of God that leads a man to repentance, not the fear of hell (Rom. 2:4). Those who have been born again by the Spirit of God know this beyond doubt. The view of our own sin and the Mercy, Forgiveness, Grace and Salvation provided by the Lord Jesus is instantaneous and virtually simultaneous as well. The RR teaches no such thing. It paints the man as a sinner in need of salvation and then offers him cyanide instead of life. "If you are sorry for your sins; if you are sincere enough (how much 'sincerity' is enough?); if you believe with all your heart; if you 'confess' the Lord Jesus with your mouth", etc., etc. "then you will be saved." What a neat little formula; what a deadly lie, all based on the 'proper response' to questions and edicts from the so-called counselor. Since when is it the 'preacher's/evangelist's authority to pronounce anyone "saved?" Sounds like a little pope. If the RR is such an iron clad formula to God and salvation why do the vast majority (all?) have doubts (justifiable doubts) some time down the road? Why this need to "rededicate" one's life to God again, and again, and again? Who are such people trying to convince, their peers or themselves? As with everything that springs from the will of man, the ego must be fed, often.

The deceit of this Roman Road is further exacerbate by what is left out. Beginning in Rom. 3:10 and jumping to v.23 leaves out a world of very vital information that is key to the salvation of man as well as the knowledge of the Character of God Himself. [To leave out verses 10-18 lays the ground work for salvation by the will of man to become plausible, doable, and even the only route available.]If the very next verse were read it would destroy the rest of the RR and that is precisely why v.11 is excluded: "There is none who understands; THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS AFTER GOD." Read this and the house of cards comes down---hard. The entire premise of the RR is that man can seek, find, and manipulate God to his way of thinking (just like Cain tried to do). To find any modern day (hireling) preacher to speak on verses 10-18 of Rom. is pretty much impossible. Yet it is a perfect description of lost humanity; a perfect description of the Laodicean church in today's world. "There is no fear of God before their eyes."

So what is the remedy? Trash the Roman Road. Tell people that there is One God (Eph. 4:6), who is Holy and He demands holiness from His creatures (Rev. 4:8 & Heb. 12:14). He is Righteous and requires the same of His creatures (1 John 2:1 & Rom. 5:17-19). God commands all men everywhere to repent (Acts 17:30). And whatever else seems appropriate, remembering it is the exclusive task of the Holy Spirit to bring to the Lord those whom He has chosen. He will do His job with perfection. Ours is only to preach the Word.

1 comment:

lyn said...

Another excellent post. Man has manipulated God's truth, then proceeds to attempt to manipulate the dead sinner into 'getting saved'. Cherry picking verses to 'fit' the deadly accursed free will gospel is so embedded in American 'Christianity'; it is a lie from the pit of hell. Men love this gospel because it convinces them they are saved based on their choice, with no demand for repentance, holiness, etc. They can 'go to heaven' one day, and in the meantime, live like devils here on earth. The new birth is not necessary, or if it is, it's something the sinner does, like baptism, decisions, etc.
This is from Pal Washer, '"When Jesus Christ comes back, it is not the liberal politicians who ought to be trembling, it's the pastors...because so many men have built their 'ministries' on the dry dead bones of unconverted church members.' That can be accredited to the accursed gospel.