The Atonement of Christ

 

In the last article we saw how the freewill doctrine is at the root of every false religion, how it teaches that mans will determines God’s will and shipwrecks faith in God’s word. So now let’s see how it perverts the atonement of Christ by promoting a universal atonement that makes salvation “possible” for all….. but certain for none.

According to Scripture, those Jesus died for are those God foreknew, predestined, called, justified and glorified—-past tense and certain (Rom.8:29-39). “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began(2Tim.1:9).Yet, the freewill doctrine “puts the cart before the horse” so to speak, by implying that we must CAUSE Jesus to die and accomplish all this for us….. by believing, receiving, etc…… How ridiculous!

How can we cause something that God “determined before to be done” (Acts 4:28)? Besides, “a man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven (Jn.3:27). Believing is also the fruit of Christ’s effectual atonement, NOT the cause, for we can only “believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ” (Eph.1:19-20; 3:7). “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly” (Rom.5:6, 15:3). 

And the ungodly that Christ died for were “elect according to the foreknowledge of God” (1Pet.1:2). Not because He foreknew they’d exercise their “freewill” to become godly, but He elected them “according to the good pleasure of His will” (Eph.1:4-5). God’s election of grace is the cause, whereas faith, repentance and godliness are the fruits, given thru the merits of Jesus’ blood (Acts 18:27, Rom.11:5-6). “For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth” (Rom.9:11).

Jesus said, “It is finished” (Jn.19:30). His death atoned for ALL the sins of ALL the elect throughout the world, including the sin of unbelief (Heb.10:12), which is why none of the elect that Jesus died for can end up in hell for unbelief. ”For who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us” (Rom.8:34), so that their faith fails not (Lk.22:32, Jn.17:9, Heb.7:25), for its “the faith of God’s elect” (Titus 1:1).

Yet, the freewill doctrine teaches that we come to Christ by our own “freewill” and so must maintain our own faith. It also teaches that we must “allow” God to save us by believing. But Scripture says just the opposite. “As many as were ordained to eternal life believed” (Acts 13:48). God foreknew His people because He foreordained them to eternal life. Jesus said He laid His life down FOR THE SHEEP, knowing exactly who He was dying for on the cross (Jn.13:1, 2Tim.2:19). But to those who aren’t His—- He said, “ye believe not, because ye are not of My sheep” (Jn.10:15, 26-28). Because those who don’t come to Him in truth are the goats (Mt.25:32-34).

Thank God in heaven that the atonement of Christ did all God intended; an actual payment, for actual sins, of actual people that God ordained to eternal life thru the gift of faith (Eph.2:8-10). It didn’t provide an abstract possibility of salvation, but secured the actual purchase and sure salvation of actual people. God had their names in the Lambs book of life before the foundation of the world and promises to never blot them out (Rev.3:5; 13:8, 17:8), which is why Jesus said they SHALL come to Him (Jn.6:37). And His word says to them, “God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation, through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth” (2Thess.2:13). So friend, if you’re born of the Holy Spirit and able to believe the truth, you’ll be able to “make your calling and election sure” (2Pet.1:10).

So pray and seek God’s mercy in Jesus Christ today.

 

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God’s Sovereign Will

 

Many Bible verses are used to try to support the false freewill doctrine, but by rightly dividing the word of truth they all end up confirming God’s sovereignty that much more. Take 2Peter3:9 for instance.  It says, “The Lord is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” At first glance, this seems to indicate that there are some in hell that God wanted to save but couldn’t. Yet, when read in context, it shows exactly who Peter was writing to…. the Elect”….”to them that have obtained like precious faith.“ (1Pet.1:2, 2 Pet.1:1).

The key to understanding many of these verses is to know the difference between God’s preceptive will of command and God’s decretive will of purpose. We can resist His precepts and commands by not obeying Him. Yet, even with this resistance, God must allow it, so we’re not really resisting sovereignly and absolutely——only indirectly. God’s will of purpose is what actually happens because it’s what God has ordained and decreed and it cannot be resisted or changed.     

According to Gods perceptive will of command, He naturally desires that all of His creatures obey His precepts for they are good and holy. His commands also show us how holy and good God is and how He is worthy to be worshipped. So anytime we go against His perfect precepts and commands, we are sinning against Him.  As God, He desires and deserves all of our worship and praise, because it’s all of creations duty to worship the Creator. This is why it’s right for God to command all to repent, believe and obey the gospel of Jesus Christ, even though He knows all will not do this.

According to God’s decretive will of purpose, He foreknew what would happen when people would be left to themselves.  He foreknew that without His saving mercy, they’d refuse to keep His commands and reject Christ and the offer of salvation (Jn.12:39-40). This is why He could infallibly decree that they would not inherit salvation. He didn’t make them wicked and didn’t cause them to sin by leaving them to themselves. Neither does He predestine people to hell in the same sense that He predestines people to heaven, that would be “equal ultimacy,” which is a  heresy. He just foreknows that those He leaves to themselves will end up in hell due to the natural consequences of sin. He takes “no pleasure in the death of the wicked” (Ezek.18:23, 32; 33:11). And He does no harm to the creature by leaving them in the condition in which He originally made them—-upright (Eccl. 7:29), so that they are without excuse. And this is one way He makes His power known and one way He reveals how bad sin is. But He does all of this sinlessly and is justified in all that He does (Rom.1:20, 24, 28; 9:22).

God foreknows all things because He foreordains all things (Rom.11:36, Rev.4:11). He not only ordains the ends, but the means as to what will happen and how it will happen. Human actions are one of the means that God uses to accomplish His will. Our actions do not direct God’s will, but His will directs our actions. He doesn’t infuse evil into the wicked, He only directs the evil that was already in their hearts. For example, God prophesied to Moses that He would harden Pharaoh’s heart for His purpose of being glorified in the deliverance of Israel (Ex.4:21). This is why God could infallibly declare to Moses that Pharaoh would refuse to listen, because He was going to leave Pharaoh to his own sinful, fallen will (Ex.7:13, 22; 8:15; 9:12). And note: God could NOT have infallibly declared Pharaoh’s destiny if Pharaoh could have, by his own “free” will, repented and changed his own heart and mind (Rom.9:17).

God foreknew His people in a special way, for He elected them to be holy and blameless before time began (Eph.1:4). He also knows those who aren’t His elect, but only in a general way because He created them. “The Lord hath made all things for Himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil” (Prov.16:4, Rom.9:17).  Hell and the wicked exist to reveal how terrible sin is.  Those who end up there are paying their own sin debt, which is impossible—-to show that sin is an eternal offense with eternal consequences. Hell also exists to show how incredibly merciful God is and how much Jesus suffered on behalf of His people in order to save them. 

So naturally, its God’s perceptive will of command that all repent, believe and BE SAVED (2Pet.3:9), because it’s our reasonable duty to our Maker. Yet, His decretive will of purpose chooses (for reasons unknown to us) not to exert His power TO SAVE all people. It’s as if God reserves His special, irresistible love only for those He’s elected to be in His own family. And He obviously set things up this way to show that it had nothing to do with us, but that “Salvation is of the Lord” (Jonah 2:9). 

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The Authority of Scripture

Have you ever wondered what originated the rise and fall of every false religion in the world? The answer may surprise you, because it’s the single most common pitfall of the masses. It’s the “freewill” doctrine of man, which puts man in charge of his own salvation and when it’s taken to its logical conclusion; it ALWAYS shipwrecks faith in God’s word. Because if man’s will was absolutely free, the Bible message would be altered, for it would mean that God chose to have it written down by men that could have supposedly resisted His will.
But this is impossible, “For who hath resisted His will?” “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man; but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (Rom.9:19, 2Pet.1:21). God’s in control NOT man, for He “worketh all things after the counsel of His own will” (Eph.1:11). “Of His own will, begat He us with the word of truth” (Ja.1:18), which reveals the truth about creation, Christ’s Deity, His virgin birth, perfect life, death, burial, resurrection and ascension to save us from sin. And “Scripture cannot be broken” (Jn.10:35).
Yet, the freewill doctrine leads to believing it was altered because it was penned by flesh, which then leads to doubting Jesus Christ who came in the flesh (Jn.12:48). But Jesus said, ““It is the Spirit that quickeneth, the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (Jn. 6:63). “The Word was God”….”And the Word was made flesh” (Jn.1:1, 14). All Scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2Tim.3:16). “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away” (Mt.24:35).
The freewill doctrine teaches that “God gives us a will that can reject Him, because He wants us to love Him willingly and freely.” But saints in heaven aren’t given a will that can reject Him and yet…. they TOTALLY love Him willingly and freely!! For its ONLY by being born again by the Holy Spirit, thru the merits of Christ, that we can truly love Him, NOT by an unregenerate will that loves sin (e.g. Rom.5:5).
The Garden of Eden scenario is also used to try to prove that God allowed sin to be offered so we’d have freewill and not be robots. But that’s like saying we’ll be robots in heaven, for God doesn’t allow sin there! Besides, mankind already had freedom of choice before sin was offered by the devil and they were NOT robots. First of all, the fear of being a robot for God is nothing more than complete rebellion, which shows that if left to our own fallen “free” will, we’d rather be a robot for the devil. Besides, “freewill” to choose sin is NOT true freedom at all, or else God wouldn’t be free, for He’s Holy and cannot choose to sin.
Ironically, the Garden scenario actually proves the freewill doctrine is a complete sham. In the sequence of events leading up to the Fall of mankind, three faculties of Eve’s soul were involved when she chose to eat forbidden fruit; her mind, heart and will….. IN THAT ORDER (Gen.3:1-6). The act of her will was preceded by the thoughts of her mind and the desires of her heart, proving that our will doesn’t determine our choices. The act of our will is preceded and determined by other factors, which are now tainted with sin. So our will no longer has the ability to choose God, unless the cleansing regeneration of the Holy Spirit brings our mind, heart and will into harmony with God’s will thru the merits of Jesus’ blood (Titus 3:5).
So remember friend, we can’t faithfully love God unless He intervenes in our lives with an irresistible love that breaks every barrier—-even the barrier of a fallen will that’s a slave to sin (Rom.6:20; 8:35-39). And once we’re saved we can’t brag that He saved us because we loved Him, for its “not that we loved God, but that He loved us.” We can only “love Him, because He first loved us” (1Jn.4:10, 19). “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure” (Phil.2:13). So pray for His mercy today.

Lee Anne @ gospel4life@live.com

Ecumenism

In the last article we saw how dominion theology goes to an ungodly extreme. So now let’s go over Ecumenism, which is how dominionists plan to pull off their agenda. Ecumenism is the belief that all “faiths” can unite in order to reach a common goal, whether it be for pro-life, addiction recovery, etc. It claims that all faiths are valid and that there are many ways to God, despite the fact that Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (Jn.14:6).

So to get around this, ecumenists will often claim to believe in Jesus as Lord and will even say He’s the son of God. Yet, many don’t realize it’s not the Son of God the Bible portrays. For example, some religions believe Jesus became a son of God by doing good works. Some believe He was only a prophet or an angel (Heb. ch.1 totally refutes that idea). And some even leave whole Bible verses out of their translation in an attempt to hide the true nature of Jesus Christ, such as 1Tim.3:16 which says, “God was manifest in the flesh.”

Naturally, it’s easy to believe that Jesus (as a human) came in the flesh; all humans come in the flesh. Yet, to be able to also believe that Jesus AS GOD came in the flesh….now that takes enabling of the Holy Spirit! The Bible even warns that those who don’t believe this are of the spirit of antichrist (1Jn.4:3, 2Jn.7). And sometimes they’ll even say they believe it, but really be referring to their belief that everyone is a god in the flesh. This reminds me of when I unknowingly worked for an “interfaith” organization a few years ago, because they pretended to be Christian-based.

 At a meeting I asked the leaders (several different times) if they believed Jesus was God in the flesh and they refused to answer. They’d only say He was the son of God. And it became clear that the “son of God” they were talking about wasn’t the Jesus of the Bible, for they confessed their approval of other faiths, which believe in a different Jesus and a different gospel. And they said they’d allow these other faiths to spiritually counsel our clients. That’s when they told me they were ecumenical, which explained why so many bad things were slipping in. And that’s when I told them I could no longer in good conscience work there or support their ecumenical agenda.

If we’re going to be faithful Christians, we must “try the spirits” due to spiritual wickedness in high places (Eph.6:12, 1Jn.4:1). And we must even be willing to leave high positions for the sake of Christ. We need to know exactly what people mean by what they say. Because even though they use the same words, it means something totally different to other faiths. Not that we have to know all the cults beliefs, but we must know enough to be able to say along with Apostle Paul, “being crafty, I caught you with guile” (2Cor.12:16). In other words, we have to be able to expose wolves in sheep’s clothing and recognize counterfeits by studying what true Christianity really is according to God’s word.

Ecumenism blurs the lines of distinction by using methods that seem religiously neutral. Prime examples are mysticism and focus upon a “higher power.” And according to this view, it can be whatever you want it to be. So if you claim yours is Jesus, you’ll still be accepted—-BUT ONLY if you accept other peoples “higher power” too……even if it’s satan!! Because the devil doesn’t mind if you serve God as long as you serve him too.  But God says you have to choose one or the other (Mt.6:24, 1Cor.10:21, 2Cor.6:14-17).  

Many will call Jesus Lord and do good deeds, but He will say to them “I never knew you; depart from Me ye workers of iniquity” (Mt.7:22-23). So friend, the question is……do you know the true Savior, Jesus Christ? Do you worship Him in spirit and in truth? Or are you sacrificing truth on the altar of “unity of faiths,” instead of defending unity of THE faith (Eph.4: 5, 3, 13; 1Tim.3:9, 4:1)?

Contact Lee Anne @ gospel4life@live.com

Demonic Dominionism

From the beginning, the devil has tempted mankind to take something that seems godly to an ungodly extreme. This is why dominion theology is one of his favorite playgrounds, because it seems godly to want to transform our society for Christ. But the man-exalting beliefs behind dominionism take verses such as Genesis 1:28 to an ungodly extreme and declares that God “lost control” over the world when Adam and Eve supposedly handed dominion over to satan when they sinned.

Dominionism also claims that we must purge the earth of all evil before Christ will return by ushering in heaven on earth with the keys of the kingdom mentioned in Matt.16:19 to gain back dominion for God. This view also twists verses such as Mark 11:23 to mean that we must wage “spiritual warfare” by speaking victory into existence. Worse yet, it claims the whole battle between good and evil is played out by us and satan and that the outcome is determined by either the devil or us, rather than by God!  

Although Jesus has given His people power over ALL evil, only Jesus has ALL power, just as He says in Matt.28:18. Only God has complete dominion over all things including the forces of darkness and we’re to confess that (e.g. Matt.6:13, Eph.1:21). No one, not even the devil can do anything unless God allows it. Yet to claim that God “lost control” of anything is blasphemous, especially when combined with the ridiculous idea that we must “take charge” of God’s role and speak things into existence!! Add to this the ungodly focus upon demonic powers and man’s works, while downgrading the power of God displayed in the true gospel of Christ, which is all about what Jesus has done for us, not what we do for Him (Gal.6:14).

The dominionist view also denies Jesus’ return for His saints by twisting the words “caught up” in 1Thess.4:17 to mean an English expression of emotion, rather than the original Greek translation meaning Rapture (caught up bodily). This is so the focus will be more on the futile efforts of false prophets and teachers; psycho-spiritual counselors, political activists and pulpit pimps who attempt to prostitute the Lord’s church by trying to unite it with false religions. And their common goal is to create worldwide reform by taking over what they call the “Seven Mountains” of society; church, family, education, government, arts, media and business.

Yet, despite all the plans of mankind, the Lord has the final say (Prov.19:21). And the Lord’s Prayer makes it clear that HIS WILL will be done in earth as it is in heaven, not ours. Our will is limited, but God’s will is sovereign and accomplishes all He sets out to do without our help (Isa. 14:24; 46: 8-11, Matt.6:10). The kingdom of God will be established by Christ Himself, not by us and His kingdom is not of this world (Jn.18:36). During His second coming Jesus Himself will purge the earth of all evil (Rev.19). Until then, the keys He gives His people are to the door of heaven (Jesus). The gospel of Jesus Christ is life to those loosed for heaven and death to those bound for hell (Matt.16:19, Jn.3:18, 2Cor.2:14-17).

True believers of Christ are to take up their cross, deny themselves and follow Him to the very end. They’re to spread the true gospel and not get distracted by a dominionist agenda that gains the worlds favor. On the contrary, true followers of Christ can expect to be considered trash of the earth by this world, which lies in wickedness. We will be falsely accused, persecuted and possibly even killed for the sake of Jesus Christ. This is why Jesus said to count the cost of following Him, to be sure we’re of those who believe to the saving of the soul and not those who fall away (Lk.14:28, Heb.10:39).

So remember friend, even though dominionists are indeed ushering in a kingdom, it’s not of God (Rev.17:17). This is why we’re seeing everything on earth getting worse instead of better, just as the Bible says it would. So friend, are you ready to count the cost of following Jesus? Are you willing to lose everything to gain Him?  Or will you be like the Jews who just wanted an earthly king? Jesus asks, “What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his soul (Mk.8:36)?   

Contact Lee Anne @ gospel4life@live.com

New Age Pragmatism—-the way of the world.

In the last article we went over Pantheism (the false belief that God is an impersonal “life force” that flows thru all things) and how this philosophy is behind many healing therapies that claim to utilize this universal “energy.” So now let’s go over how its rising influence upon society is causing many to buy into it—-literally. One way is through Pragmatism; the belief that whatever produces positive results must be truth. So in this line of thinking, if obeying the true gospel of Jesus Christ isn’t what “works” then we need an alternative. And that’s exactly what the New Age offers. After all, many alternative therapies appear to be good, just as the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden appeared good….at first (Gen.3:6).

Let’s take acupuncture for instance. Like Iridology, Reflexology, Reiki and many other healing therapies, it claims to tap into what they call our energy “meridians.” Supposedly so we can obtain forbidden knowledge, be “in tune” with our own divinity and live in perfect health. Yet there’s no real scientific evidence to prove any medical benefit, although there’s a lot of “anecdotal” evidence, which are just testimonials of those who’ve fallen for this perversion of the gospel(Gal.1:6-9, 1Tim.4:1).

Consequently, I have a few testimonies of my own about the power working behind these therapies, which is why I can now warn others to never underestimate the power of suggestion. It’s been the devils main tool since the Garden of Eden. All he has to do to start the process is to get us to doubt God’s truth and exchange it for a lie. By getting Adam and Eve to focus on temporary results instead of the long-term spiritual consequences of rebelling against God, they fell for the suggestion to eat forbidden fruit.

And this is exactly how modern pragmatism works today. It’s just the same old lie under a new pretense, which reminds me of the time I went into business with a very persuasive herbalist years ago, to sell a product that claimed to have many health benefits. But once I started doing my own research I found out that it was full of cheap fillers with barely any of the main ingredient that was supposed to help people.  So I found another product that just had the main ingredient at the same price. 

Excited about what I’d found, I went back to the herbalist, thinking they’d rather sell this instead, because they acted like they really wanted to help people. Little did I know then that I had gotten into what’s called a “Pyramid Scheme.” So to my surprise, they told me they’d be crazy to stop selling the flawed product because they were making a fortune off people. And when they saw how shocked I was they tried to convince me it wasn’t really dishonest because they said if people believed it helped them, then it would!!

And that’s the most perfect, personal example of modern Pragmatism I can think of. All they have to do is convince people that it works and they will experience a major placebo effect. The question is, would they still buy into it if they knew they were just being tricked into thinking it was working?? Sadly, many would because they’d rather exchange the truth for a lie as long as they get the temporary results they desire.

This is described perfectly in Isaiah 30: 9-10 where it says, “this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the Lord: which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things; speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits.” So friend, along with Apostle Paul, I just have to ask “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth” (Gal.4:16)? Or will you heed God’s warnings (e.g. Deut.18:10-12, 1Sam. 15:23, Jer.14:14, Hosea 4:12, Eph.5:11, 1Tim.6:9-10, 2Pet.3:17)?  

Contact Lee Anne—at gospel4life@live.com

Beware of Pragmatism!

 

In the last article we went over Pantheism (the false belief that God is an impersonal “life force” that flows thru all things) and how this philosophy is behind many healing therapies that claim to utilize this universal “energy.” So now let’s go over how its rising influence upon society is causing many to buy into it—-literally. One way is through Pragmatism; the belief that whatever produces positive results must be truth. So in this line of thinking, if obeying the true gospel of Jesus Christ isn’t what “works” then we need an alternative. And that’s exactly what the New Age offers. After all, many alternative therapies appear to be good, just as the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden appeared good….at first (Gen.3:6).

Let’s take acupuncture for instance. Like Iridology, Reflexology, Reiki and many other healing therapies, it claims to tap into what they call our energy “meridians.” Supposedly so we can obtain forbidden knowledge, be “in tune” with our own divinity and live in perfect health. Yet there’s no real scientific evidence to prove any medical benefit, although there’s a lot of “anecdotal” evidence, which are just testimonials of those who’ve fallen for this perversion of the gospel(Gal.1:6-9, 1Tim.4:1).

Consequently, I have a few testimonies of my own about the power working behind these therapies, which is why I can now warn others to never underestimate the power of suggestion. It’s been the devils main tool since the Garden of Eden. All he has to do to start the process is to get us to doubt God’s truth and exchange it for a lie. By getting Adam and Eve to focus on temporary results instead of the long-term spiritual consequences of rebelling against God, they fell for the suggestion to eat forbidden fruit.

And this is exactly how modern pragmatism works today. It’s just the same old lie under a new pretense, which reminds me of the time I went into business with a very persuasive herbalist years ago, to sell a product that claimed to have many health benefits. But once I started doing my own research I found out that it was full of cheap fillers with barely any of the main ingredient that was supposed to help people.  So I found another product that just had the main ingredient at the same price. 

Excited about what I’d found, I went back to the herbalist, thinking they’d rather sell this instead, because they acted like they really wanted to help people. Little did I know then that I had gotten into what’s called a “Pyramid Scheme.” So to my surprise, they told me they’d be crazy to stop selling the flawed product because they were making a fortune off people. And when they saw how shocked I was they tried to convince me it wasn’t really dishonest because they said if people believed it helped them, then it would!!

And that’s the most perfect, personal example of modern Pragmatism I can think of. All they have to do is convince people that it works and they will experience a major placebo effect. The question is, would they still buy into it if they knew they were just being tricked into thinking it was working?? Sadly, many would because they’d rather exchange the truth for a lie as long as they get the temporary results they desire.

This is described perfectly in Isaiah 30: 9-10 where it says, “this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the Lord: which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things; speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits.” So friend, along with Apostle Paul, I just have to ask “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth” (Gal.4:16)? Or will you heed God’s warnings (e.g. Deut.18:10-12, 1Sam. 15:23, Jer.14:14, Hosea 4:12, Eph.5:11, 1Tim.6:9-10, 2Pet.3:17)?  

Contact Lee Anne—at gospel4life@live.com