Friday, September 30, 2011

The Deadly false promise of the "it gets better" campagin

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Homosexual activists Dan Savage and Lady Gaga should be brought up on charges of murder for issuing wholesale false promises and lies to young people confused about their sexuality.

“You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:44 ESV

Just this past week, Savage’s so-called “it gets better campaign” proved just how ineffective it is when a fourteen year old boy in Buffalo, New York committed suicide after embracing its dead message. ABC News reported that Buffalo police are considering charges.

It was clear Jamey Rodemeyer was walking on unstable ground when he posted a video as part of Savage’s massive internet based deception movement. Watch his video where he attempts in vain to prop up his life on Savage’s dead promise. This is the portrait of a child with an empty heart. He doesn’t believe the IGB promise even while he tries to convince others with the same empty words he is holding onto.

Re Decisional Regeneration

While the words "make a decision for Christ" are not used in Scripture, the fact that we are commanded to repent seems to imply an exercise of the will. 
Instead of "inviting Jesus into your heart", which is a foreign concept in scripture, we should urge repentance and throwing ourselves on the mercy of Christ and His finished work on the cross.
"We must preach the gospel that they are sinners, but that Christ has come to save sinners just like them. We must not deviate from the Scriptures in order to win more bodies while we give false assurance to souls." 

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Why "Prevenient Grace" should be rejected as unbiblical

Prevenient Grace – in the simplest understanding it is quite simply grace [God’s] that is resistible.  Another term used to describe the same concept is “pre-regenerating grace”.

From a theological stand point, it is grace that enables sinners to come to God in faith, (the sinner is no longer incapable of responding to God) but it does not guarantee the sinner will respond.  In essence the sinner has experienced just enough grace to now be capable of coming Christ, but not all sinners will (choose to).  Therefore, this “kind” of grace in order for it to be effectual (saving) is solely dependent on the sinner’s response, not God.

While an entire book could be written on this topic, let’s cut right to the core.

Paul tells us in Philippians 1:6, that - “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ.”  This single verse alone should destroy any notion that God’s saving grace is somehow ineffectual or not guaranteed – simply because it is the work of God, not the sinner.     

Furthermore, prevenient grace does considerable harm to the very unity of the triune God.  The supporter of prevenient grace has the Holy Spirit out in the world spreading some sort of “buffet  type grace” to all of humanity, Jesus who had to have died for ALL mankind, since He is offering saving grace to all mankind, and a Father that is either incapable of saving those for whom Jesus has already paid the penalty, or He just can’t since the sinner refuses to accept His grace.  In essence, prevenient grace necessitates that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are out doing their own thing in utter disunity. Nothing could be further from what the scriptures teach.

  • Romans 8:30 - And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.        

  • John 6:37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.

  • Romans 8:16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,

The Biblical facts are, man does not need to be made partially better (able to respond), he needs a miraculous re-birth.  Man needs to become alive (resurrected) in Christ. 

Prevenient grace, therefore must be rejected as unbiblical. 

John 1:12–13
12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

Ephesians 2:8–9
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Soli Deo Gloria!

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Once Saved - Always Saved: False teaching?

It is with regret over several friendships lost, and at the same time, great joy in proclaiming the True Gospel, that I write this post.  As some readers (all three of you) may know, I have over the past six years with great affection supported DL Foster’s ministry (The Gay Christian Movement Watch blog and Witness Ministries).  Today, I can no longer do so with any confidence – I hope that changes.  The reason is the same reason I recently left a ten year membership and leadership position at my church:  Teaching that Salvation can be lost.  The Truth: Salvation cannot be lost. 

Other ways of expressing the same lie: 

·         “Salvation is not a static, one-time event in our lives.  It is the ongoing experience of God’s gracious presence transforming us into whom God intends us to be.” [Official United Methodist Church statement].

·         “We work out our salvation in partnership and guidance of the Holy Ghost.  If once saved, always saved excludes sin and repentance of the believer, then it is a false teaching.” DL Foster. [Notice the words “We work out our salvation in partnership”, as if the Biblical Jesus was looking for “partners” and as if His work on the Cross was somehow insufficient and needed more work].

Any ministry / church that speaks of the exclusivity of Christ in salvation, uses orthodox language, teaches salvation by grace, and proclaims the authority and sufficiency of scripture, yet denies salvation is secure, or that it is conditioned upon man’s continued obedience, is quite simply – very dangerous.   It could actually be more dangerous than the common cults of our day who also teach of “another” Jesus and “another” Gospel, simply because it is much harder to discern.  

Let’s break this down:
Justification (God declaring man righteous) is NOT a repeated process.
"To the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness" (Romans 4:5).  That is justification.

Therefore, because of justification, believers not only are perfectly free from any charge of guilt (Romans 8:33) but also have the full merit of Christ’s sinless record reckoned to their personal account (Romans 5:17).

The results are crystal clear:
·         We are adopted as sons and daughters (Romans 8:15)
·         We become fellow-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17)
·         We are united with Christ so that we become one with Him (1 Corinthians 6:17)
·         We are henceforth "in Christ" (Galatians 3:27) and He in us (Colossians 1:27)

Just as our physical birth can never be undone, so too our spiritual birth can never be undone. Christ said “You must be born again” (John 3:7), not “you must be born again and again and again.” In Philippians, Paul praises God for the confidence that “he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion” (1:6). 
Conclusion: one cannot “fall from grace” – loose their salvation because salvation is NOT a process – it is a divine act of God.  Salvation is wholly and entirely a work of God, not man. 

The god who saves men, but says it is up to them to lay hold and keep said salvation, does not exist.  It might make for a profitable ministry in fulfilling folks desires to be spiritually fulfilled in their own works (since a works based salvation is always attractive to the unregenerate / unsaved/ natural man), however it is absolutely foreign to scripture.   Think about it, even true believers can get caught up in their "good" works to the point that are actually offending the imputation of Christ's work (His blood) on the cross. 

I pray God leads His faithful to renounce these teachings in no uncertain terms in order to transform perhaps some leaders to recognize their error and correct their teachings so as to not to continue to mislead others.  Many men and women (Saints of the past) have been brutally tortured and killed defending this very doctrine.  It is NOT splitting theological hairs – I ask you to pray-fully consider and search scripture to verify.

From a personal perspective, as much as DL Foster has touched my life (he continues to deserve much credit for his orthodox stance in defending sexual purity) and the many (minority as time goes on) Methodist Pastors remaining true to a biblical teaching of faith alone; anyone who teaches salvation is progressive or dependent on man - teaches another gospel and condemns himself.  Galatians 1:9, “As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!” 

Yes, it is indeed that serious.  Paul was specifically addressing this very topic: Man is “justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law” (Galatians 2:16).  Faith plus works is another gospel, and if any man or Christian denomination teaches a works plus faith based salvation, no matter how “slick” they try to be using  orthodox language, God’s wrath remains upon them.  The whole of scripture concurs with this Truth.  It is real easy to teach "eternal security," and at the same time deny it with works - and nobody notices.     

What about continuing in sin after salvation? 

First, please understand this Biblical Truth: Jesus' death was absolutely sufficient to pay for all of our sins—past, present, and future, pre-salvation and post-salvation (Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21). 

Second, the Bible makes it clear that a true Christian will not live "any way he wants to." Believers are new creations (2 Corinthians 5:17), they will demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), and not the acts of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21). Lastly 1 John 3:6-9 clearly states that a true Christian will not live in continued sate of willful or unrepentant sin.  A life patterned by willful unrepentant sin, is a life that is still lost. 

Two key points that should / must be drawn here:  1. there is a difference between how a person is to live, and how a person is saved.  2. Faith and repentance are the result of salvation, not the cause.   

Two book recommendations for further study:

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Beware: Serpent Under Sand

The Word warns us that in the last days in which we live there will be many false Christs - those who claim to be Christ but who are imposters. Jesus said,  "Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying I am  Christ; and shall deceive many." (Matt.  24:4-5). We who profess to be Christians must take heed. We must be very  careful that we are not deceived. Our calling is to trust, love, and follow the  true Christ and Him only. We may have nothing to do with the false Christs who  are so numerous in our day.
We know about the Christ of the cults and other religions. He is a good man,  a prophet, the first creation of God, a great spirit, a divine idea, or even a  god himself. But he is not true and eternal God. He receives his existence from  another who is greater than he. He is not the Christ of the Bible. We are not  deceived by this Christ. He is a false Christ.
We know about the Christ of Roman Catholicism. They profess that He is true  God. He suffered and died for the forgiveness of sin. He arose again, ascended  into heaven, and is coming again. But he is not a complete Savior. The Christ of  the Roman Catholics can not save sinners without their own good works and the  intercession of priests. He is not the Christ of the Bible. We are not deceived  by this Christ. He is a false Christ.
There is, however, another false Christ who is much more dangerous than the  Christ of the cults and the Christ of Roman Catholicism. He has deceived people  for many years and he continues to deceive millions. This Christ is so dangerous  that, if it were not impossible, he would deceive the very elect (Matt.  24:24). He is the Christ of Arminianism.
This false Christ is extremely dangerous because in many ways he appears to  be the True Christ. They say that he is true God, equal with the Father and the  Holy Spirit. They say that he died on the cross to save sinners. They even say  that he saves by his grace alone, without the work of man. This Christ will have  nothing to do with the Christ of the cults and the Christ of Roman Catholicism.
But watch out! Be warned! The Christ of Arminianism is not the Christ of the  Bible. Do not be fooled!
1. The Christ of Arminianism - loves every individual person in the  world and sincerely desires their salvation.
The Christ of the Bible - earnestly loves and desires the salvation of  only those whom God has unconditionally chosen to salvation. (Ps.  5:5, Ps. 7:11, Ps.  11:5, Matt.  11:27, John  17:9-10, Acts  2:47, Acts 13:48, Rom.  9:10-13, Rom. 9:21-24, Eph.  1:3-4)
2. The Christ of Arminianism - offers salvation to every sinner and  does all in his power to bring them to salvation. His offer and work are often  frustrated, for many refuse to come.
The Christ of the Bible - effectually calls to Himself only the elect  and sovereignly brings them to salvation. Not one of them will be lost. (Isa.  55:11, John  5:21, John  6:37-40, John 10:25-30, John  17:2, Phil. 2:13)
3. The Christ of Arminianism - can not regenerate and save a sinner  who does not first choose Christ with his own "free will." All men have a "free  will" by which they can either accept or reject Christ. That "free will" may not  be violated by Christ.
The Christ of the Bible - sovereignly regenerates the elect sinner  apart from his choice, for without regeneration the spiritually dead sinner can  not choose Christ. Faith is not man's contribution to salvation but the gift of  Christ which He sovereignly imparts in regeneration. (John  3:3, John  6:44 & 65, John  15:16, Acts  11:18, Rom.  9:16, Eph.  2:1,Eph.  2:8-10, Phil. 1:29, Hebr.  12:2)
4. The Christ of Arminianism - died on the cross for every individual  person and thereby made it possible for every person to be saved. His death,  apart from the choice of man, was not able to actually save anyone for many for  whom he died are lost.
The Christ of the Bible - died for only God's elect people and thereby  actually obtained salvation for all those for whom He died. His death was a  substitutionary satisfaction which actually took away the guilt of His chosen  people. (Luke  19:10, John  10:14-15 & 26, Acts  20:28, Rom.  5:10, Eph.  5:25, Hebr.  9:12, I  Peter 3:18)
5. The Christ of Arminianism - loses many whom he has "saved" because  they do not continue in faith. Even if he does give them "eternal security," as  some say, that security is not based upon his will or work but the choice which  the sinner made when he accepted Christ
The Christ of the Bible - preserves His chosen people so that they can  not lose their salvation but persevere in the faith to the very end. He  preserves them by the sovereign electing will of God, the power of His death,  and the mighty working of His Spirit. (John  5:24, John 10:26-29, Rom.  8:29-30, Rom.  8:35-39, I  Peter 1:2-5, Jude  24-25)
As you can see, although the Christ of Arminianism and the Christ of the  Bible may at first seem to be the same, they are very different. One is a false  Christ. The other is the true Christ. One is weak and helpless. He bows before  the sovereign "free will" of man. The other is the reigning Lord Who wills what  He pleases and sovereignly accomplishes all that He wills.
If you believe and serve the Christ of Arminianism, you must recognize the  fact that you do not serve the Christ of the Bible. You have been deceived!  Study the Scriptures and learn of the True Christ. I pray for grace that you might repent and  trust Christ as your sovereign Savior.
- Steven Houck

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Lost all my links

FYI for the handfull of readers: Maybe my blog has been hacked - had to re-do the template so I lost all my links etc..