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, October 20, 2017

Climbing up some other way

In John 10:1-18 we find an apt description of a believer who hears his Shepherd's voice and an equally apt description of unbelievers who pretend to be of His fold. The difference between the two groups is plain and stark with no middle ground of compromise or fence to sit upon. In today's world the contrast is readily seen on the battle field of Truth verses lie; the doctrines of Grace verses man's version of free will. For those who, by virtue of their free will, have declared themselves to be "saved" we find our Lord's words sharp and to the point: they are thieves and robbers (v. 8). In the minds of those who listen to them the glory of the salvation of the Lord has been stolen and replaced with the ego of 'free will salvation.' They have been robbed of the truth that Christ is the only Way of salvation which totally negates the need and the efficacy of a man's will to gain the salvation sought. Further description of the intent and result of this thievery is seen in v. 10: "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy..." (see Matt. 23:13)

The free will "version" of salvation is a lie. It is taught nowhere in Scripture, and yet it has become the mainstay of "churches" worldwide. It's product is deceived church members who fancy themselves to be in right standing with the Judge of all Creation. These deceived ones, by virtue of their 'free will', continually blaspheme the Lord that they claim to love and serve by usurping His authority to chose His own people; by dethroning Him and assuming His throne with their own evil ego, and by turning the Grace of God into a lie. They have climbed up another way.

The teachers of this heresy will face a stricter condemnation, but those who hold to it will not escape His wrath. When confronted with the truth of Scripture verses the lies that they teach most (nearly all) will get all bowed up and stiff necked, unleashing their torrents of rage as they rend their opponent to pieces (Matt. 7:6). Such a response is not that of one born again. When confronted with his sins by Nathan, David immediately confessed and repented. Shortly after Peter denied the Lord three times he was melted by one simple look from His Lord. But the proud, stiff necked, ego laden lost church member will redouble his efforts to silence the one speaking the truth rather than humble himself before the Lord seeking His mercy and forgiveness; claiming all the while to be 'saved' and the 'enlightened one' in the discussion. Those that are born again will not fight against the truth, but receive it with joy.

Perhaps a more insidious lie taught today is that of both teachings (Grace vs. free will) having credibility and even Scriptural support to exist side by side. Those that sit on this fence are in extreme danger of blaspheming the Holy Spirit by saying that He teaches two opposing doctrines and yet both, in the end, are true. Such a thing He never did!

Further evidence of the fruit of this damnable heresy of salvation by a man's will (see John 1:13) can be seen as it bears others heresies of varying types. Loss of 'salvation'; opting out of 'salvation'; ecumenicalism on a grand scale; all the charismatic nonsense; false 'love' and 'humility'; 'evangelism' by guilt trip; manipulation of those not grounded in the faith, the list is likely endless. I have yet to encounter one teacher/proponent of salvation by man's will that was able to "get it right" when it came to other doctrines found in the Word. They claim to have "free will" but are unable to think for themselves, much less be lead by the Spirit of God. Sometimes it seems that their IQ is equal to that of a parrot, only able to speak that which someone else has already spoken. Sad, blind, let them alone! Matt. 15:13 & 14. Nearly all of Matt. 23 is devoted to warning us about the religious charlatans of our day, may we pay renewed diligence when reading it!

There is no sin that the Lord will allow to have control over one that is born again. The Scriptures emphatically state in many places that we, as believers, have been and will continue to be delivered from sin (this does not mean 'sinless perfection'---see Heb. 12:1 and 1 John 1:8-10). "And such were some or you..." 1 Cor. 6:9-11 clearly includes thieves and idolaters (v.9) which the "free willies" manifestly are, their idol being themselves. If a person has been chosen out of this lie (what sin is not a lie?) they will not continue in it as the Spirit extracts them from it, just like He does from all our former sins. So these purveyors of salvation by the will of man (see John 1:13 again) can protest till they are blue in the face, claim to be "saved" and give a heart pounding "testimony" all they want, but their own mouth betrays their own mouth and will in the end be their own judge---Matt. 12:36 & 37. It is impossible to have salvation by the will of man and by the Grace of God simultaneously, and yet this is the teaching of nearly all "churches", pastors (hirelings) and teachers (false prophets) today.

Thank the Lord for greater clarity in this matter, to AW Pink and to Lyn for posting his words. May we speak the Word boldly as He would have us speak, and continue to open our eyes to His glories.


Sheryl said...

You mentioned "ecumenicalism on a grand scale." Yes, indeed that's what happening now. In a couple of days, in fact, one of those events will transpire. Kairos 2017, described as "Unity & Revival: Come & Experience this Pivotal Event in History where Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox Leaders set aside their differences to reconcile 500 years of Forgiveness." Set aside differences - which means disregard the doctrines of Christ for a demonically-inspired unity. Preposterous! Demonic! Blasphemous! And I am appalled that an older second cousin of mine is among the lineup. My heart sank when I saw his name and picture as one of the speakers. It is extremely disgraceful to me that my family name is associated with such a satanic gathering disguised as unity, attempting to undo the Reformation. Repugnant! I've only come in contact with this cousin at a few family reunions. He's the intellectual type, a teacher and author. But he obviously has no discernment and completely lacks credibility and wisdom to be among a public forum with the likes of "little god" Kenneth Copeland and the "sweating rocker" Lou Engle, not to mention anyone of the antichrist Roman Catholic variety. If one can join hands with these deceivers, they've joined hands with the devil. I am simply disgusted and ashamed that my family name is publicized with this devilish event that I abhor. They are completely blind that they are promoting and preparing the way for the coming one world religion - in which the beloved by the masses pope has a major role to play, I believe. And these charlatans will still be around to help bring it all together once we've departed, lest God grants them truth and repentance. Come quickly, Lord Jesus. With every passing day, I feel I can't endure much more of this.

lyn said...

I checked out the link to the circus, good grief!! The apostasy is rapidly increasing. Yes, come Lord Jesus indeed. Just when you thought it could not get any worse...

Darrel said...

"...set aside their differences to reconcile 500 hundred years of Forgiveness."
Translation: set aside the work of the Holy Spirit that brings men and women to Christ.

"For if we willfully sin after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries." Heb. 10:26 & 27. The men and women who stand to proclaim their "other gospel" in lieu of the real Gospel have had their fate sealed long ago (2 Peter 2 and nearly all of Jude). Reading a little further in Heb. 10:29 we find that these people have "trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace." This threefold blaspheme of the Son of God, His holy blood, and the Holy Spirit will not go unpunished.

It's never easy to watch a family member continue in their fantasy religion for 50++ years only to be claimed by death, never having shown even the remotest sign of repentance. Their eternal fate is a big question mark---to me, not to God. Although I have never seen, nor heard of, nor read of any leader of the type listed in all of these 'conferences' of aberrant doctrine that has come to their senses, repented and become born again, that does not mean that there have been and are today such that are gifted by God with repentance and salvation. It is the Name, the Character, the Integrity of our Savior that is being called into question by all such gatherings and the people that organize them, speak at them, and recruit/maintain their disciples through them. Many a soul has been redeemed out such cults, as all the redeemed will confess; He will extract His own as it suits Him. May we find comfort in knowing that Our Lord is in total command at all times and in all things.

Sheryl said...

Yes, I agree, these people had their fate sealed long ago - "who were before of old ordained to this condemnation" Jude 1:4. And they think all the while they're doing God and humanity a service. This leaves no doubt as to why we have not witnessed any of these in the spotlight repenting, deceived as they are. From the determination of scripture, I don't expect any change. I'm very disgusted that he's dragging my family name "through the mud" of blasphemy against God. He's been deeply rooted into his apostasy for decades. I'm glad my Dad is not alive to witness this embarrassment to our family. He was very sensitive to such things concerning God and integrity. It would have deeply hurt him.

Susan said...

I agree with the fact that there are so many aberrant “theologies” circulating these days trying to pass themselves off as “the truth” or another equally acceptable version of it it saddens me to see it and don’t get me started on ecumenism! But there are also many being fooled by the likes of John MacArthur, who teaches a Reform message, however he is just another deceiver. It saddened me to see him laugh and mock those who follow the charismatic heresies. How can he and his buddies laugh when people’s lives and souls are held in the balance? These things ought to humble us and make us more contrite before the throne of God’s grace because we all have at one time or other likewise sinned in our presumptiousness before God. I sorrow for the whole terrible lot of them and hope they truly repent. The way truly is very narrow and few indeed find the true way of true grace that is only possible through being born again by the power of God through Jesus sacrifice on our unworthy behalf.

Darrel said...

It is sad, Susan, and it's getting worse by the day. To list the heresies of MacArthur would take more time than I like to spend on him. His henchmen, co-hearts, peers and fellow hirelings are no better. I know of no nationally known, recognized, and praised "preacher" that is not apostate, none! It angers me that their blasphemies are not just tolerated, but sought after by the masses.
Lord, come quickly, please!