We live in a generation which is certainly under God’s judgement, if you care to pause for a few moments and ponder the general state of the society in which we now live, I’m sure that much will become quite evident. Of course, those who are of the world, who are happy to be embroiled in pursuing wealth, health and prosperity and all kinds of ways to proving their own self-righteousness and personal value before God, will not recognize the fact that they are under that very same judgement.
Never before have materialism, humanism, pride and self-worth been so prominently at the forefront of man’s thinking and priorities. Almost every marketing strategy, campaign and advert appeals directly to the will, over-inflated importance and vain pride of man. No other singular concepts have ever been as sharply focused on, as human rights, vanity and the deceitful ideology of human democracy are, in our generation.
This same critique must be leveled at the marketing done by many “churches”, the bulk of which are at great pains to take their particular brand of will-worship or church tradition to the lost multitudes of the world. The grossly erroneous interpretation of true church growth, cleverly disguised as “spiritual revival”, is one which interprets that the greater the number of misguided people who respond to these highly effective sales ploys is, the greater the tacit approval of God must be for their brand of faith or for their particular efforts. It is God who adds to His church, not pastors, synods, committees, councils, conferences or the efforts of individuals or congregations.
We are a generation which should have “blasphemy” as the header to its credentials. As the current global population, we have conjured up more false beliefs, erroneous doctrines and false religions than any which have gone before. Tragically, but nonetheless foretold in Scripture, it has been within the bounds of what poses as Christian churches, where a writhing and festering multitude of these blasphemous falsehoods have been formulated. Would God allow this to happen from within the bounds of His church? Possibly, but one must bear in mind that the vast majority of these denominational and other “churches”, are seldom, if ever, representative of God’s chosen people.
Men instituted and continue to enlarge the heretical and self-promoting concept of denominationalism, which is greatly to blame for this state of affairs. It is within these boundaries that many fatal errors are conceived and taught. Why would I say this, and more importantly, am I correct in making these statements? Lets us take a brief look at a very few of these fatal errors which are common to all false religions, including false Christianity, and which have turned the truth of God into a lie. Romans 1:25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
There is a marked and, to those who have been saved by the Sovereign Grace of God, glaringly obvious difference between the beliefs in the religious world and the Word of God. World religions centre their belief on experience, tradition, emotion and works-based righteousness. Even though many of these false religious types refer to the Word of God, they misinterpret the Scriptures because they base their understanding thereof on their feelings, their perceived experiences, their emotional response, or the traditions of their denominational or religious leaders. Some of these traditions may be ancient, but they are just as blasphemous today as they were when they were conceived. Others may be far more modern concepts, yet they are just as fatal as their historic counterparts. More often than not, the modern traditions and devices are simply continuations or subtle adaptations of old existing heretical practices and beliefs.
These are the words of our Lord regarding this matter:
Matthew 15:6-9 he need not honor his father.’ So for the sake of your tradition you have made void the word of God. You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said: “‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'”
We cannot base our faith on anything other than the Word of God. Any tradition, ritual, belief system, worship procedure, teaching, church, doctrine, preacher or spirit that is not explicitly according to the Word of God, is not from God. If something or someone is not of God, then they are of Satan. There is no grey area. There is no revelation for the church outside of Scripture, and there is no need for such.
False religions do not recognise the absolute and effectual Sovereignty of God in salvation. False religions all maintain that man has some role to play in saving himself by way of his own efforts at righteousness and holiness, or pleasing God. False religion regards God’s grace as simply an offer of salvation, an opportunity to be saved, which the sinner may or may not take, according to their own will and discretion. Scripture describes an Almighty and Holy God, who can and does by Grace, save all those whom He will, effectually and irresistibly. Those who have been saved by this Sovereign grace, know this to be true by way of God’s Spirit in them. Eph 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Salvation is not God leaving the final decision up to man. God does not consult man first when He decides to act. Salvation is not simply a chance to be saved, salvation is of the Lord. Jesus concurs: Matthew 11:25-26 At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.
Salvation is in its entirety the Sovereign work and performance of God. The following verses leave no place for man’s effort or part in his salvation: Romans 9:15-16 For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.
Another of the great and popular heresies upheld by false religion, is that which teaches that Christ died for all men without exception. This fatal error is clear and unaffected blasphemy, because it makes the cross of Christ irrelevant and His suffering worthless and meaningless. At the very heart of the Gospel is the Cross of Christ and the substitutionary atonement of Jesus Christ.
If Christ died for all men, what are we to say about those who are not saved? Did Christ die in vain on their behalf, because they failed to choose to be saved? If Christ died for all men, then His death is irrelevant to everyone. The only relevant thing, according to those who believe that Christ died for all men, is the will of man. Many of them uphold an adaptation of that heresy, one which says that the will of man works alongside the will of God in saving sinners. In other words, they maintain that God alone is incapable or unwilling to save any man, lest man himself assist in the process. Blasphemy indeed.
The Word of God makes it abundantly clear that the cross of Jesus Christ concretely, effectively and sufficiently brought about the full redemption of God’s elect and secured their eternal salvation. Hebrews 9:12 he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.
Those who maintain that Christ died for everyone, maintain therefore that He died in vain. To maintain that Christ died for any who perish, is to maintain that his death in effect, did nothing for anyone, but only made salvation possible by creating a path between God and man.
The atonement of Christ is limited to those who are loved by God. Christ died for those beloved of God for whom Christ makes intercession. Jesus prayed in John 17:9, not for everyone, but for those who belong to God when He said: “I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours.”
The atonement of Christ is limited to those who are His sheep, who can hear His voice: John 10:25-27 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about me, but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”
Not all people are His, not all people can hear His voice. Romans 8:33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Universal atonement as preached by the false church and the religious world, is blasphemy.
False, blasphemous religion states that the Holy Spirit calls all sinners to repent and to place their faith in Christ, and that those who make a decision by their own free will to surrender to the call, will be saved. In other words, if the preacher is sufficiently influential, he can sell the concept of salvation to the sinner. He therefore is no longer a pastor, but has become a salesman trying to convince the already dead sinner to choose to live. Like a corpse that can rise under its own power.
The truth of the matter, as written in the Word of God, is that salvation is the bringing to life of those who are spiritually dead in their sins, by the Sovereign work and grace of God’s Holy Spirit. Dead sinners are given spiritual life and faith in Christ by the saving power and grace of the Holy Spirit. John 1:12-13 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
Blasphemous religionists and those who idolize and overplay their own pride-filled free will, do not agree with Romans 9:16 So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.
In a final effort to deny Christ, what has increasingly become the most blasphemous generation in history, also believes that the eternal security of the saved sinner is dependent upon man’s efforts at maintaining righteousness. The false religionist regards justification and in particular, sanctification, as merely “spiritual probation”.
There are those who excitedly proclaim: “Once saved, always saved”, which erroneously gives the unregenerate, who might have believed that they could “make a decision for Christ”, the false assurance that they are saved. There are many who profess to be Christians, who go through all the religious motions, who try very hard to maintain a righteousness which they do not possess.
They work very hard at being good, morally upstanding, dedicated students and most are even regular church members. In other words, they put great effort into working for their sanctification. The blasphemous heresy of progressive sanctification, also known in some circles as Lordship Salvation, is loudly proclaimed from pulpits of many denominational and other churches.
In this way, blasphemous preachers effectively downplay the saving power and sufficiency of Christ’s atonement, making salvation once again dependant on man’s efforts and will. This makes Christianity akin to all false religions such as Islam, Eastern Orthodoxy or Roman Catholicism, wherein man’s works are instrumental in determining his salvation. I have written other articles on this blog which deal in more depth with the biblical doctrine of sanctification and the heresy of progressive sanctification.
God’s Word clearly declares that all true believers, saved by God’s grace, are saved eternally. True believers are saved by the grace of God alone and are preserved by the same Almighty grace. Those whom God chose to save, those who are beloved of God, are given faith in order to persevere according to God’s will until the time when God calls them from this world into eternal glory.
Matthew 10:19-20 When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
Joh 10:27-29 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.
What then of those who abandon the Christian faith, who give up on the Gospel? The Word of God is clear that they were never saved. 1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.