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
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1 comment:

Mark said...

RE point 1:
God does indeed love every individual person (the degree of love is not the same), and He does does not take pleasure in their judgement, however, it does bring Him glory by revealing His justice and wrath.

Point 2:
Half Truth, the offer is made to everyone - His call to repent and believe is universal, but His purposes are never frustrated; all whom He calls to salvation cannot and will not be lost.

Point 3: True, but not necessarily a "grave" danger unless one thinks God cannot...because of man. That god does not exist.

Point 4: Truth.

Point 5: Truth.