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Opposite of the Biblical Model!
By Edward O’Hara
In this message, I am going to try to show you that Churchianity, i.e. Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, Mormonism, and JW’s…, in other words, the cults, all teach the opposite of what the Bible says in matters concerning our salvation. Seriously. No kidding. Just take a look at these examples for proof of this.
1. Churchianity teaches that when God made Adam he was made a spiritual being.
But, the Bible plainly says he was not spiritual.
We see this here- “And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.”
2. Churchianity teaches that Adam’s sin was imputed to all men. And that this is why all men die.
But, the Bible teaches that Adam’s sin was not imputed to anyone.
We see this here- “For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.”
3. Churchianity teaches that the fact that all men die is proof that this is a penalty all men receive because Adam’s sin is imputed to them.
But, the Bible teaches that the reason men die is that they can not eat from the tree of life because “the man has become as one of us”.
We see this here- “Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.” And here-
“And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever:
Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.”
4. Churchianity teaches that the first thing a person needs to know to be saved is that they are a sinner. So they are saying the first thing one must realize to be saved is that they are condemned.
But, the Bible teaches that the first thing God wants a person to know to be saved is that God loves them unconditionally and does not condemn them.
We see this here- “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God”.
And here- “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.”
Please note that these are not inconsequential issues in regard to salvation. And also of note is that condemnation is only for those who of their own free will do not believe in Jesus. It is therefore not for all people from conception as the cults teach it is. So these are not what is referred to when speaking about things that are nonessentials of the faith. These are foundational to the faith. Because these are things the word of God teaches that men must believe when examining themselves to see whether they be in the faith as Paul instructed in 2Cor.13:5. These determine whether one is truly saved or not. Or are part the true church or a cult. Because as the foundation these have far-reaching consequences in our understanding of who God is, who Jesus is, and what happened in the atonement and what it is for.
Now I ask you, why would people who say they believe the Bible and love the truths found in it decisively and emphatically teach things that are the very opposite from what the Bible plainly says? For Mormons, it is because they believe a man, Joseph Smith, and follow his doctrines. This is by definition a cult. For JW’s it is because they follow a man, Charles Russel, and follow his doctrines. Again by definition a cult. For Roman Catholics, it is because they believe a man, Augustine of Hippo, and follow his doctrines. Again the definition of a cult. And for Protestants, it is because they also follow the doctrines of Augustine. Sadly once again the definition of a cult. Because they have believed what is clearly the opposite of what the apostles plainly taught. This is what makes all of these by definition a cult, right? I mean if they follow a man’s teachings instead of the truths found in what the Bible plainly says isn’t that the definition of a cult? Yes, it most certainly is.
By doing this they have joined themselves to a system, a religion, a model that has come to mean more to them in securing their salvation than any love for the truth that is only found in the plain language of the Bible. And John and Paul say this has happened because they have been deceived by the spirit of antichrist that John said was already in the world in his day and who is to come in 1John4:3. The one who Paul said is the man of sin who comes with all deceivableness of unrighteousness with a strong delusion so that they all would believe the lie. A deception made possible because they have no love for the truth. And instead, only have a love for the model their cult leader has shown them.
When we love the truth which is what is plainly written on the pages of our Bibles we will not be deceived by false teaching. So we have no problem when we hear points of view that are different than what we are familiar with. We do not reflexively emote toward what we don’t know. But, instead, when we hear them we critically search the scriptures, the final court of arbitration for the truth that God left to us, to see whether what we are being told, or what we have believed, is true. Like the Bereans that Paul praised. We rejoice in the truth and take great pleasure in helping those who are deceived to come to the knowledge of the truth.
This makes us malleable in God’s hands. Humble and ready to receive from His Spirit that is in us. Never proudly rejecting without consideration things that are different just because they are different. But, instead, we take great care that everything we believe is confirmed by the scriptures.
So it is a testament to the subtlety of the serpent that he is able to deceive so many into believing things that are the complete opposite from what the Bible plainly says. And an even more incredible feat to so convinces a person of those truths that are really not truths so that they will fight to the death in defense of them. Such is the case with those who have believed the false doctrines of sin nature and original sin.
It matters not to them that the scripture never says those things even once. So that what would otherwise be a red flag to any objective reader of the Bible becomes just so much background noise to them. Making objectivity in their Bible study loses all meaning because they have already discounted the plain language of the Bible as truth in exchange for their pet model or system of interpretation. So that what they really love is exposed to the unrighteousness that Paul spoke of in 2Thes.2:12. Leaving them to be damned as Paul said because they loved not the truth.
So no matter how long you have believed or taught what is the opposite of what we have seen the Bible plainly says you can still turn from that unrighteousness to the true God for eternal life. By making the Biblical Jesus that came as a man in the same flesh all men have so that He could join with us in our death as Heb.2:14 says, the Jesus you know and love and trust in for eternal life. To be righteous just as Jesus was by trusting in Him as He trusted in the Father as Paul tells us in Gal.2:16.
Will you be born of His Spirit so you too can inherit eternal life? Will you turn from the false system or religion you have been deceived by? Will you be born again? The fleshly birth only prepared you for this natural world where death reigns. Will you too be born again by being born of His Spirit? So that as His child you will now have for your inheritance His kingdom that is eternal where there is no death?
If you are reading this God is calling you. He loves you and wants you to know Him. Because knowing Him is this eternal life that provides you with the spirit that makes you God’s child.John17:3. Because while all men are created by God, not all men are born of His Spirit so that they are children of God. It is only those who have come to know Him that is spiritual because knowing Him is to be born of His Spirit. So if you do not know Him, but have now believed that He is Lord and that He has raised from the dead to conquer death for you, then please take the time right now to talk to Him and confess to Jesus that He is Lord of your life. And believe that He has raised from the dead to conquer death for you. If you do believe in Him then tell Him something like this and you will have eternal life:
Dear Jesus, I believe you. Thank you for joining with me in death so that by conquering death by your resurrection I could join with you in eternal life. Thank you that you raised from the dead so that I could raise from the dead too by trusting in, clinging to, and relying solely on you. Thank you for giving me a new spirit now Lord so that I can live with you in your kingdom forever. In Jesus’ name, amen.
By praying a prayer similar to this one and really meaning it from your heart you have been saved from death to life. From sin to righteousness. And from the wrath to peace with God. And now as you begin reading the Bible and believing what it plainly says it will begin to change the way you think and believe. Because when you trust in Jesus you leave the old life behind where you were only able to relate to and trust in what has been made. And now will be equipped for God’s kingdom because you are no longer only natural flesh and blood, but are a new creature made a spiritual being ready to inherit God’s spiritual kingdom. It is because of Jesus’ resurrection that He is the only WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE. Because only Jesus has broken through the wall of death that the flesh and blood natural body can never get through. And only by the new birth are we made ready to receive the spiritual body that can go through the wall of death as Jesus’ did first so we could follow Him in the way He has prepared for us. And if you prayed this prayer then leave a comment in the section below so we can rejoice with you.
God Bless you in your new life in Christ.
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