Pastor Don Fortner
The prophecy made by the Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 4:1-5 has come to pass in our day. All over the world men, and women, and boys, and girls gather in religious assemblies. Some are very solemn. Others can barely be distinguished from dance hall revelry. But they gather in the name of Christ to worship God. They read the Bible, say their prayers, invoke God’s blessing, and give their money. They are devoted. They are sincere. But they are lost! They have faith; but theirs is a false faith. They have hope; but their hope is a delusion. Having been led and taught by blind and ignorant men, “They will not endure sought doctrine; but after their own lusts…they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears…They turn away their ears from the truth and (have been) turned into fables.”
I am not talking about Hindus, Buddhist, and Muslims. I am talking about men and women who profess to know, worship, trust, and serve the living God by faith in his Son Jesus Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit. I am talking about our friends, relatives, and neighbors. I am talking about many of you. You have turned away from the truth have been turned unto fables. Do I have your attention? If you will pay attention to the Word of God, God just might teach you something.
You know what a fable is. It is a brief story, dreamed up by a man to teach a moral, ethical lesson, but factually it is a lie. Here are three common religious fables, dreamed up by men to teach people moral principles. They are universally embraced, proclaimed, and defended. These three fables are constantly presented throughout the city, across this country and around the world in this day of man centered religion as the very truth of God. But they are in fact lies which are damning to the souls of all who believe them.
We here from every quarter that “God loves everyone.” You can read it on church signs, bumper stickers, and bridges all across this country. But it is a bald faced lie. God does not love everyone. He never has! Nowhere does the Bible say or imply that he does. If God loves everybody, he has a mighty strange way of showing it. Try preaching that those who perished in the flood, the sons of Korah, the damned in hell. They know better! The fact is, the Bible plainly tells us that God does not love everyone. Have you never read in his Word where God said, he hates all workers of iniquity and that he is angry with the wicked every day? Did you never read, “Jacob have I loved; but Esau have I hated?” (Psa. 11:5; 7:11; Rom. 9:13). “God is love.” We rejoice in that. But God’s love is in Christ. In the Bible there is no assurance of God’s love given to anyone apart from faith in Christ.
I have heard all my life, like you have, that “The Lord Jesus Christ died to redeem and save all people.” There is no doctrine in all the world more blasphemous than that. To say that Christ died for all people without exception is to say that he died for multitudes for whom he refused even to pray. Read it for yourself in John 17:9 and 20. To say that he died for all without exception is to say that he died in vain for the multitudes of the damned! That is blasphemy! It is a blatant declaration that Jesus Christ is a failure! If he s a failure, he is not God and is not fit to be trusted. The Bible nowhere teaches or implies that Christ died for, redeemed, or came to save those multitudes who are at last lost in hell. Those for whom Christ died shall never die! The Son of God redeemed all whom he came to redeem; and he shall save all whom he came to save.
We are told by religious leaders everywhere that “The Holy Spirit of God is doing all that he can to save all people.” You know that is not true. There are multitudes to whom the Spirit of God has never even sent his Word. The Bible says nothing of the Spirit trying to reprove, trying to convince, or trying to regenerate. The Bible declares, “It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing.” Have you been turned away from the truth? Have you been turned unto fables? May God be pleased now to turn you to the truth and cause you to receive the love of the truth, for Christ’s sake.
GRACE FOR TODAY Radio Message #406
THREE RELIGIOUS FABLES
Pastor Don Fortner
GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH of DANVILLE
2734 Old Stanford Road
Danville, Kentucky 40422-9438