The current battle climate for the Truth, the Faith, and the souls of men is basically the same as it was 500 years ago when Luther boldly opposed the heresies of Rome; when some fifty million were murdered by Rome for not capitulating to the edicts of the devil during the Crusades; and even as far back as when Cain murdered his brother Abel because he could not manipulate God into accepting his unacceptable offering. Our necks may not be on the line---yet---but character assassination is very much alive and well when one dares to defend the faith once for all delivered to the saints, Jude 3. But what else can the genuine believer do, resort to silence in the face of the mockery directed toward his Savior? May it never be so!
Matt. 13:24-30 gives a most accurate depiction of today's (and yesterday's) condition of Christendom: false 'brethren' planted by the enemy of Christ in an attempt to stunt the growth of the redeemed by sucking all the nutrients from the ground as the fake grows along side the real. The fake not only grow but multiply and surround the genuine hoping to choke the life out of him, first by silencing his voice with the end game being some sort of public humiliation where he is expected to slink off into obscurity with his tail tucked between his legs like a defeated dog. That is the mind set of those who oppose the Lord and His doctrines of grace, opting rather for a 'salvation' on their own terms ('free will choice'). There are many references to false brethren in the NT. Beginning with Acts 20:27-31 we find Paul warning those in Ephesus that "tares" or false (unsaved) brethren would arise from their own ranks---first century 'church members'---"speaking perverse things to draw away disciples after themselves." I have yet to hear or read a free will proponent seek to glorify the Lord Jesus for the salvation they supposedly possess but will always, without fail or exception, glorify themselves and the "choice" they made by their own "free" will. Idolatry is just about as perverse as one can get, surpassed only by the requisite blasphemy that must accompany the lie of 'salvation' via the choice of man which usurps the Sovereignty of God and replaces it with the fantasy of "free will."
Another reference is found in Gal. 2:1-10 where Paul speaks of "false brethren secretly brought in..." whose aim was to subjugate the brethren back under the law and circumcision which would negate the sufficiency of the Sacrifice of the Lord Jesus by adding to it. The same thing is happening today with the Arminian crowd who flatly state that the Sacrifice of the Lord Jesus only opens the door for a man to be able to choose salvation (or not) by an act of his will. This they boldly claim despite the dozens (hundreds) of verse that state the precise opposite (Acts 13:48; John 15:16 and 1:13 for starters). Further in Gal. 2:4 Paul says that these false brethren "came in privily" unnoticed for what they are (at first) as they spread their poison that only seeks to diminish the Glory due to the Lord Jesus by whatever heresy is convenient for that day. Peter describes these types as speaking with "great swelling words of vanity" (2 Peter 2:18) and today we find those who speak fluent "Christianese" and are able to recite many a verse that they mutilate in favor of their pet false doctrine, specifically the "free will" of men. For some, whose audience is just as ignorant of Scripture as is their teacher, tenure as the resident false prophet will continue unabated. The few that are exposed for the frauds that they are will unleash a barrage of false accusations, further deceptions and out right lies concerning their detractor. They did it to the Lord Jesus; they will do it to us. As they deem themselves unworthy of eternal life (Acts 13:46) by their constant rebellion, there comes a time when we should simply walk away and 'let them stew in their own juices.' Matt. 15: 1-14 gives us great insight into the mindset of false brethren. They were offended by what Jesus said about them and they will be offended by the Word of God we speak today. Taking any offence to the Word of God is a sure sign of lack of regeneration. He specifically tells His disciples (and us) to "Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind..." v.14.
The current crop of Jesuit inspired Arminian liars have zero fear of God on any level; this is reflected in their constant attacks upon His Word and even His Integrity as with no shame or guilt whatsoever they will call the Lord Jesus a liar, negate and redact His Word from the minds of those who listen to them and say whatever is necessary to win a new convert to their perverted ways. And yet, they claim to be "Christian"---another lie to their credit. Instead of reading Rom. 9:13 with fear they brazenly call the Lord God a liar by saying that God loves all of mankind and demands that those who dare speak the truth about the salvation purchased for His elect only are "unloving" "mean-spirited", blah, blah, blah. They further demand their version of "unity" no matter the cost inflicted to the Truth of the Word of God. They expect us to succumb to the same demons that have attached themselves to these false brethren and make an alliance with them to dethrone Almighty God from His rightful place as Sovereign of all (2 Cor. 6:14-18).
"I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. YOU SHALL HAVE NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME." Every time anyone declares that they have gained "salvation" by an act of their "free will" they have broken this First of the Ten Commandments. It's bad enough to call the Lord Jesus a liar when He said "You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you" (John 15:16) when one says that he was saved because he chose to be via his free will; it is much worse to elevate one's self onto the Throne of God and declare one's self to be "saved" by your own choice thereby totally negating the necessity of Grace in order to be born again. It is interesting that the "free-willies" (as Lyn would say) never speak of being "born again", nor do they mention 'by the Spirit of God', they only claim "salvation" as acquired by an act of their will in complete opposition to John 1:13 and other verses.
Heresy must be stacked upon heresy in order for this lie of free will to "work" in the minds of those that believe it and preach it. Every good Arminian will tell you that salvation can be lost at any point due to some unnamed sin. Some are even more bold to say that a man can "opt out of salvation", choosing to spend eternity in hell rather than heaven [you can't make this stuff up, this is no joke]. What ever the cause of "lost salvation" may be it is yet another lie in the growing list. Eph. 1:13 &14 speak in direct opposition to this nonsense: "In whom you also trusted, after you heard the Word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, YOU WERE SEALED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT OF PROMISE, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of the glory of His grace." Would a man be so bold as to blaspheme the Father, His Son, and the Holy Spirit by saying that a mere pile of dust can break the seal set on the redeemed by a simple thought? That is EXACTLY what they so impudently declare. Notice the last phrase in V.14; does it say 'to the praise of the glory of man's free will?' Not hardly! "...to the praise of the glory of His GRACE" It takes a huge and demented ego to think that a thought conjured up in the mind of a man can sway the predestined choice of God in his favor. It is the very epitome of arrogance, self-love, and idolatry. If a man thinks himself capable of approaching God, choosing God, and acquiring salvation by his own thought, then that man has no need of Grace; and if he has no need of Grace, he IS NOT saved, he IS NOT born again, he IS NOT regenerate as Scripture plainly declares.
Another fantasy of the Jesuit/Arminian/free will crowd is universalism where, when all is said and done, every man who ever lived for all time will end up in heaven. Again, they insolently and with zero fear of God call the Lord Jesus a lair. Although there are many verses that speak to this, Matt. 7:13-23 is sufficient to prove beyond shadow of doubt the fallacy of universalism. The wide gate leading to 'destruction' speaks in terms of eternity, not temporal; the narrow gate speaks of life in eternal terms as well. Interestingly, v. 15-20 speaks of false prophets, who hawk their wares without fear or regard for the truth. Verses 21-23 declare the end state of those that promote, teach, and demand adherence to their false doctrine of salvation by the will of man: banishment from the presence of the Lord, eternal, permanent, and without appeal. A heavy price to pay for idol worship. It is the same price exacted from their father, the devil, who was a murderer from the beginning and a liar and the father of it.
May the Word of the Lord burn within our hearts and words of praise for Him not be in short supply.
"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