Heresies in the Church - Why We are Here - continued
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There was a time when the general population had a correct understanding of the meaning of words "faith" and "belief" used in the Bible. For example, people understood that the words "faith" and "obey" were synonyms, that the word "faith" carried with it the connotation that works was included. Because the modern population has lost the original meaning to the world "faith," a more correct modern translation of the word "faith" is "faithfulness," which carries with it not only the idea of belief, but also the committment to be obedient.The misunderstanding of the biblical meanings of the words enables false teachers to come in and deceive many. This deception is wide spread, penetrating the whole world.
Professing Christians worldwide are under a massive system of deception, believing a substitution of the Gospel, which keeps them in bondage to their sin. Their view of man as a wretched sinner has led them to accept the false gospel that has led to beliefs which are the opposite of what the Bible teaches, a gospel that excuses man's sin, and even worse, puts the blame of sin on God. Man is deemed incapable of refraining from sin, so God had to obey for them. Man is excused from obeying God.
Jesus didn't really mean it when he said, "Go and sin no more." John didn't really mean it when he said that a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out--those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned (John 5: 28,29). What He really meant was that there would be a time when all of those who have accepted the package of His finished work on the cross would live, and the ones who tried to stop sinning would die.The ones who fully accepted His arrangement for their sins, who believed that he came to obey for them so that they didn't have to, would live. The only work that they would be expected to do, which was not optional, was to rest in His provision.
Jesus knew that man couldn't stop sinning, so every place in the Bible where he told people to stop sinning he didn't really mean it. He even made a rule that man shouldn't even try to stop sinning (though He told us to do otherwise. He told us to stop sinning) because to do so is to try to save himself. Instead of trying to stop sinning, they should wait for Him to change their will (work to rest). What he really meant was that if a person tried to stop sinning on their own, they would be mixing works with grace, which nullifies grace, Therefor, anyone who tries to obey God would not be saved, and would be thrown into outer darkness.
This is the gospel that is so dogmatically taught from the pulpits today, week after week, and most professing Christians buy into it, just as dogmatically as they are taught it. It is with this view in mind that professing Christians hold when they read the Bible. They listen to the preachers, hanging onto their every word, and therefor, are so ingrained with this deception that they can't see and understand the correct interpretation of the Bible when they read it.
They can't see that Paul was dealing with the Jews who wanted to mix the Jewish law, the Torah, circimcision, the washings, and other Jewish traditions of the Jewish law with Christianity. They boasted in their lineage to Abraham. In an effort to make clear that these Jewish customs were not part of Christianity Paul removed boasting altogether. Hence, we read, "It is by grace that you are saved, through faith (fulness) not of (Jewish) works (and customs), so that no one can boast (Ephes.. 2:8,9). People stop there, and don't finish reading what Paul was teaching, "For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, (verse 10)."
Professing Christians have accepted a view of Paul's teaching that is opposite of what the Bible actually teaches. Doing good works is not optional. Paul didn't say that since we are all wretched sinners we cannot obey God, and we should trust in His obedience for us instead, He didn't teach that our obedience would be mixing grace with works, so we shouldn't even try to do good works. Nor did he say that some day in the future, (no one knows when) we will be able to obey God, or that it didn't really matter if we didn't do good works at all, because our salvation would be secured by Jesus' finished work on the cross, without good works, through mere belief in Him, alone. Instead of reading and understanding what Paul is really teaching here, professing Christians use this to excuse their sin, claiming that God didn't intend for them to stop sinning, or to do good works, because in doing so they would nullify grace. They believe that works is optional, thereby using Paul's teaching to excuse their lawlessness, believing that they can be lawless and still be saved.
Paul didn't teach that Christians are not obligated to obey God's moral law, yet that is what most professing Christians think. They don't realize that it was the Jewish law that Paul was throwing out, not the moral law of God. Paul did teach that obeying the moral law (by itself) does not save, that man needs God's mercy and forgiveness for past sins, he cannot be forgiven just by obeying God's moral law, even after repentence, and a commitment to obey God, because this would not remit his past sins. Man must be forgiven of their past sins. But this does not mean that man cannot repent ant come clean with God, and prove his repentence with good works.
Paul taught that faith must be proven by works (Acts: 26: 20). Man is saved through faith, proven by his deeds. Faith and deeds work together. (James 2: 14-26). Most professed Christians know the teachings of James well, but they ignore it, because they believe that works is not necessary for salvation. Yet James plainly explained that man is not saved by faith alone, that faith and works work together. Faith without works is a dead faith.Works is not optional. Most Christians have been so indoctrinated to read James with tainted glasses, they should start saying "faithfulness," rather that just "faith" whenever they come across the word "faith" in the Bible, then they would be able to see a more accurate interpretation of the passages that contain the word "faith," and they would have a more correct understanding of the book of James.
Paul is not talking about God's moral law in Galations, when he explains that we are not saved by the works of the law, he is talking about the law of Moses, i.e. Jewish law and their customs.He is not saying that we are not held responsible to obey God. Paul is refuting the circumcision group who were teaching that the Gentiles had to obey the law of Moses to be saved.
When Paul saw that the Galations were playing favoritism to the circumcision group (Galations 4: 6-11) he addressed them, saying, "How is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? You are observing special days, months, and seasons and years. I fear for you that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you." Paul also opposed Peter when he was shunning the Gentiles. Before certain men came from James, he (Peter) used to eat with the Gentiles, but when they arrived, he drew back and separated himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group. Other Jews joined him. Paul opposed this hypocracy by saying to Peter in front of them all, "You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile, and not like a Jew. How is it then that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs? We who are Jews by birth, and not Gentile sinners know that a man is not justified by observing the (Jewish) law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ, and not by observing the (Jewish) law, because by observing the (Jewish) law now one will be justified." Paul was not talking about the moral law here. He was not saying that they were not obligated to obey the moral law.
When it was explained in Titus that it is not by righteousness, which they had done (through the works of the Jewish law), it was a rebuke of the the Jews who were trying to establish their own righteousness, which was an abomination to God. As Paul explains in Galations 5: 6, "For in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision, nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that count is faith (faithfulness) expressing itself through love.
There are many layers of deception that has led to the acceptance and even the embrace of sin, in the professing Christians' life. Another deception that has added to this package of deception that most professing Christians have embraced, is the belief that the Bible has not been tampered with by man. That is not true, yet most professing Christians assert that the Bible has never been tampered with, that it is completely free of error. This deception keeps them in bondage to the lies that the translators (of whatever version of the Bible they read) believed i, because they embedded their prejudices when they wrote their translation.. Most professing Christians blindly believe their adopted version of the Bible and don't dig deep by checking out the original language (Hebrew and Greek), which is readily available to anyone who is interested enough to exert effort to research it. If they did this research they would uncover the many biases were written in the different versions of the Bible. A careful comparison between the different versions reveals the view of the translators.
That is why you can learn by reading in the NIV, Psalms 139 that the translators believed in what is commonly known today as "Calvinism." The NIV was translated to be in line with the heresy of gnostacism (predestination, also known as the sovereignty of God) that Augustine brought into the church. You read in verse 16, "Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be." When you compare that same verse with the King James Version, you see a different translation. When the translators translated it they didn't do it to be in line with Calvinism. Verse 16 reads: "Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect:; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there were none of them." As you can see, there is a huge difference in the meaning between the two translations. You can see that the translators of the NIV believed in Calvinism, and they translated this verse to be in line with it. Most professing Christians believe in tenets of Calvinism, because they are exposed to its doctrines unknowingly, through the Bible translation that they read. They don't realize that they have been seduced to believe in its tenets without even realizing it, and their dogmatiic mind set holds them in bondage to its axioms. They are so thoroughly convinced that they know the truth that they are not motivated to check them out for themselves, and so they never discover the truth. Ironically, they admonish others to test what they believe, by thoroughly, carefully studing, digging deep,but they don't follow their own advice.
Sadly, many pastors are aware of the changes that have been made to the Bible, but they continue to teach the lies (such as the Bible has never been tampered with) anyway. I have heard John Piper give a sermon where he admitted his awareness that Martin Luther added the word "alone" to Romans 3, but he supported Luther's wrongful insertion, and endorsed it, claiming that Luther translated it correctly.
Another example of how the Bible has been tampered with by man, is that the modern translators don't usually stay in line with the correct biblical interpretation of the word "faith, or belief" i.e. the interpretation that holds that faith and belief, are synonyms with the word, obedience. This did not pose as much of a problem in earlier history as it does today. there was a common understanding in the population that the Bible was not just promoting a mere belief, but that understanding has been lost in today's society. Because this understanding has been lost, people need to be made aware that a more correct translation of the word "faith" is "faithfulness," which carries with it not just mere belief, but also the idea of obedience.
The RSV illustrates this point clearly, It has a more correct interpretation of the words "faith, and belief" in John 3: 36, which reads: "He who believes in the Son has eternal life; he who does not obey the son shall not see life." This same verse in the NIV reads: "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him." The latter is a poor translation. It does not reflect that belief and obey are synonyms, that the term "faith" carries with it the idea of obedience.
The Bible has been tampered with, but there is enough of the truth in it that one who is diligent in digging deep can ascertain the truth. We still have the original manuscripts that we can study and compare the different translations with,, we don't need to guess which parts have been mis-translated and which parts haven't. We can compare one translation with another, and clearly see that there is a completely different meaning between some of the verses in the different translations, that the different translators embedded their own beliefs into the text when they translated it. Yet professing Christians today dogmatically teach that the Bible has never been tampered with. They have a blind faith, a closed mind about this, and because of this, they go throughout their whole lives with deceptive ideas in their minds, because they're not motivated to dig deep to come to an understanding of the mis-translations.
When a new Christian comes into the church, they naiively sit under the lies of the pastors, week after week, and become accustomed to nonsense that they hear being preached, that assaults their rationality. They are taught on the one hand that they have all the power of God at their disposal. On the other hand, they have to listen to everyone defending sin, and denying that they're defending it. The new Christians are taught that they can do all things with God, who strengthens them and yet they cannot stop sinning, because they are wretched sinners, wearing filthy rags, poor and helpless, so they have to depend on God to do everything for them.
They are told that they should confess their sins, which is code for they can sin all they want and it won't affect their salvation, as long as they confess it. So they learn to sin, confess, sin, confess, over and over again, never coming to a true repentance, nor will they, until they get the lie out of their heads that all they are is wrrtched sinners, rotten to the core, having a heart that is deceitfully wickeed. They are indoctrinated to believe that they can't help but disobey God.
They learn from their pastor that there is nothing that is required for them to do, because everything has been done for them, because of their inborn wretched depravity, which disables them from being able to do anything right. They learn to believe this about themselves, and it actually becomes true, a self-fulfilled prophesy. They learn that they can lie, cheat, steal, fornicate, and do all kinds of ungodly vile, worldly things, and yet their salvation is secure, because they repeated after someone the words of the sinners prayer, at one point in history, and after that, their salvation was a done deal, no matter what sins they committed in their entire lives.
Forget about what Jesus said, when He warned of the false teacheings of wolves in sheeps clothing, and He said,"by their fruits ye shall know them." We can't follow His admonishment because no one can judge another. Only God sees a person's heart. For all you know, that lieing, stealing, fornicating, wretched drunkard hippocrite is really a child of God, who "agreed with God that he/she's a sinner, and professed their belief in Jesus' finished work on the cross at a certain point in their life. If you knew the truth about them, you would know that they're on their way to heaven. After all, there isn't a sin that one can commit that would negate or undo the gift of salvation, which they received when they repeated after someone the sinners' prayer, and shed a few tears. This view among most of the professed Christians is why vile sin is so prevalent in the church today. It is why you can see page after page of youth pastors who molested young girls that they pasored over. You can see this for yourself if you google; youth pastors, sex offenders.
The professing Christians have been convinced to believe that they cannot refrain from the sins that the Bible says will stop them from entering the kingdom of God, such as sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery, idolitry, witchcraft, hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissentions, factions, envy, cowardly, vile, liars, unbelieving, and murderers. The Bible teaches that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God (Galations 5: 19-21) (1 Cor. 6:9,10) (Rev. 21:8).All those who live like this will be in the lake of burning sulfer. But many believe that this isn't really true for the people who have accepted the package of Jesus' finished work on the cross. If you have received this package, and are wearing Jesus' robe of righteousness, you can ignore this part of the Bible, along with the other many warnings that the Bible gives like this. You believe that you can have it both ways. You can live like the devil and still go to heaven. You don't have to worry about God's wrath on you, so you can enjoy your sin. Don't worry, you'll still go to heaven, it's a done deal. No one better dare judge you for it, either. After all, no one expected anyone to stop sinning, even the vilest of sins, when they were saved, how can they be expected to stop after they're saved?
This is the message that new Christians are indoctrinated to believe. Yes, they are uncomfortable with this at first, but they get used to it. After awhile their consciences go numb, they're calling good evil and evil good, mistake darkness for light and light for darkness, like everyone else around them who are supporting the lies. If anyone tries to teach a holiness gospel, i.e. the idea that people need to stop sinning, at least stop the vile sins, the ones that the Bible teaches lead to death, they are run out of the church.
No one in the church is standing up against the lies that are promoted in virtually every mainstream Christian denomination. This mass deception is left unchecked, except by the few of us who are outside the system of mainstream professed Christianity, doing everything we can to contend for the faith (Jude 3), to pull down the strongholds that are rampant in the church today. This is why I started this church and ministry. The Bible teaches that if we see destruction coming and we don't warn the people, and they are destroyed, their blood is on our hands (Ezekiel 33: 1-8) (Acts 18:6). I know that I will have a lot of opposition come against me for doing this, but I must be faithful to what God wants me to do, rather than listen to the intimidations of man.
I know that I will be persecuted by many for what I am doing, especially, bcause I am a woman. Much of society rejects the idea that God would use a woman in this kind of a ministry. They ignore that God used women in leadership positions many times in the Bible. We can find women in leadership positions throughout the Bible: There was the prophetess, Debra, who was also a judge (Judges 4: 4). There were many other women prophetesses in the Bible as well, such as Miriam, (Ex 15: 20), Huldah, (2 Kings: 22: 14) (2 Chron. 34:22), Noadiah, (Ne. 6: 14), the unnamed prophetess mentioned in Isaiah 8: 3,the prophetess, Anna (Luke 2: 36), and the four daughters who prophesied (Acts 21:9). We also read about the Apostle Junias, spoken of in Romans 16:7, among the many other women contenders for the faith that Paul mentions.