Wednesday, August 12, 2015

WHICH PART OF THE BIBLE IS NOT TRUE (part 2)

This famous line from "A Few Good Men" shouted by Jack Nicholson at Tom Cruise is being used by almost every purveyor of propaganda.

Its purpose, of course, is to exalt the one speaking and make the listener question his/her position.

Within our religious or church circles, it is sometimes couched in "The Lord just hasn't revealed that to you yet." This, of course, could be true, but the condescending attitude with which it is given belies the hidden agenda of the speaker, who feels they have a superior knowledge.

It seems to be a propensity of our human nature to find something new that answers a lot of our own questions, and then run with it in such a way that it is the answer for everyone's questions and problems.

Do you recall how excited you were when you first got saved? You couldn't understand why people didn't see the change in you, and why they didn't really want whatever it was that you had found.

Then, after you were baptized in the Holy Spirit, you had much the same experience with those of your church who had not yet had that encounter with the Lord.

Jesus gave us a parable that speaks to us on this issue in a somewhat veiled manner.
Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord has made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he comes shall find so doing. (Matt. 24:45-46)
Pay particular attention to the last part of verse 45—"...give them meat in due season."

Yes, on the surface this is saying nothing more than that as servants, we are to give people their necessary food. Spiritually speaking, it is only saying that preacher/pastors are to feed the flock/congregation.

I, however, am made aware of the "meat in due season" part of the statement.

A newborn baby will choke on meat, especially if it is presented in its normal form for adult consumption. There is, therefore, a due season for meat in our growth in the things of God.

There is a teaching gaining a strong foothold in the Body of Christ today, though, that claims for itself a sugary sweetness that anyone can digest.

In its simple form, or to use an 'umbrella' term, it is the doctrine of Grace—sometimes known today as "hyper-" or "radical-grace."

I began teaching the doctrine(s) of grace more than three decades ago, as the Lord began showing me the greatness of His love for us as revealed in the Bible. So, what you are getting here is not a knee-jerk reaction to something new that I've never seen before.

It is not my purpose here to examine all the ins and outs of this particular teaching, nor is it my purpose to castigate any who embrace and/or teach this magnificent doctrine of the love of God for a lost and dying humanity.

However, it IS my purpose to state unequivocally that there are many who are perverting this grand theme.

The perversion, though, is not coming from a twisting of the scriptures, nor from misapplying them. The corruption occurs because of an over-emphasis on the theme to the exclusion of all other themes in the Bible. (Luke 11:42)

The emphasis on the grace of God is a necessary emphasis. I do not deny that. We have had an over-emphasis on commandments for decades, maybe even centuries.

But, to do away with any suggestion of what or how we are to do is simply a wrong-headed notion,
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,
Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; (Tit. 2:11-12)
I am absolutely in complete agreement with that verse—the grace of God does the teaching. No problem.

However, when there is no change in a person's life (Psa. 55:19c), then it becomes necessary to question the quality of that grace.

This puts us in a difficult position to defend.

I am agreeing that the verse says that the grace of God does the teaching, but that as servants, we are also to teach about how to live out that teaching of grace. In other words, how to live as a follower of Jesus.

Those who oppose that position say that any teaching that shows us what to do or how to do it is bordering on legalism. Grace is ALL we need to talk about, according to these purveyors of this pernicious propaganda.

The difficulty here, is that they are teaching 'grace.' People are coming to understand grace through teaching, but then they say that teaching is not necessary. Grace will do it all.

Wrong.

You can't have it both ways.

Ignoring or leaving out or even abandoning the plain teachings from the New Testament in favor of the "true revelation" of God's purposes implies that part of the Bible is not true.

If part of the Bible is not true, then none of it is true, because I am stuck with only accepting your version of what the truthful parts are.

For some reason, there seems to be a movement away from declaring "the whole counsel of God" (Acts 20:27) in favor of hearing "peace and safety" (1 Thess. 5:3a), because that is what is pleasing to the ears (2 Tim. 4:3).

The whole counsel of God declares that God has done everything necessary for you, your life and your salvation; therefore, get busy.
  • 2 Peter 1:3-10
  • 2 Timothy 2:19
  • Hebrews 6:9-11
  • 2 Corinthians 7:1
  • Titus 2:11-12
  • Phil. 2:12d-13

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2 comments:

  1. This has been one of Jan's favorite verses/concepts since the OWH days. It was then that he also shared it with me. However...........the difference is that he/we loved the concept that it WOULD teach us these things. I.e., grace is not stagnant. Therefore........if we were really walking in his grace, these things would be evident in our lives. "Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;"

    Now it also says very clearly that the grace of God has appeared to all men, so it is not something I have to wait to happen to me. I choose to accept it, and walk in it, or not. And if I am NOT denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, etc, then I am choosing not to walk in His grace. Wow. How subtly we can twist things to feed our own lusts and appetites.

    Keep up the good work, Dale.

    Charlotte

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    1. Thanks, Charlotte.
      Yes, the twisting of the grace message into something that says "there is nothing for me to do" is making a grotesque mockery of that very grace.

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