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Friday, March 6, 2009

Church Family Business--Pastor's Edited Version

Pastor read my blog and edited my mistakes! I never said I was good typist or a good note taker, so if you have already printed this off, throw it away and copy this version. Now I know why I was not a professional note taker or secretary! HA!

Due to some "family issues", Pastor presented a simple, clear explanation of the Doctrine of Salvation on Wednesday night to the adults who meet together. This is of importance to our "family", and to the true "family of God", due to emerging doctrines that take partial truths and change what has been Biblical doctrine since the beginning of the church. Because there are some that were not able to attend the Wednesday night meeting, but who expressed interest in this, I'm posting it on my blog to make it available to them.

ANCC  March 4, 2009You can hold to a truth, but ignore the truth. When this happens, truth can become off balance. Such is the current teaching that I will refer to as 'hyper righteousness'". In fact, it can become heresy.

The great scholar A.J. Gordon quoted William Lincoln when he said "If there is any truth that the Holy Ghost has specially pressed upon your heart, if you do not want to push it to the extreme, ask what is the counter-truth, and lean a little of your weight upon that: otherwise, if you bear so very much on one side of the truth, there is a danger of pushing it into a heresy.

Heresy means selected truth; it does not always mean error: Heresy and error are very different things. heresy is truth; but truth pushed into undue importance to the disparagement of the truth on the other side." These "pet doctrines" are very prevalent in the American church the last half a century, and a much more dangerous doctrine has emerged that has to do with "righteousness" and "the cross."

All religions listed as Christian acknowledge and honor the cross. Catholics love the cross, Protestants love the cross. Even punkers, rockers, and Hollywood acknowledge the cross. But the topic we will address tonight are those who ignore part of the Doctrine of Salvation that concerns the cross. None of this is "new" doctrine. What is about to be presented is what all the great expositors of scripture and doctrine have preached through the ages.

There are two aspects to conversion. On the front side of the cross, we are dead to God already. We then must die to ourselves and to our old man resulting in a New Birth and Sanctification by Faith.

The Doctrine of Salvation

Justification by Faith
-Justification by Faith has to happen in order to receive salvation.

-The washing of by the Blood happens at justification. It is the work of Jesus
on the Cross. It is where we come, confessing our sin and being washed clean. But we are only clean, we are not righteous because there is nothing in us that can make righteous, clean or not.

-None of our works can achieve this, it is by faith alone

-It puts us in right standing with God

-It deals with the penalty of our sin

-It is imputed (given) according to Romans 4:6. That word means to "reckon, take into account, to credit." It brings us from a negative balance to a positive balance in moral conduct. Jesus' righteousness is put into our account. Then we must cross over into the New Birth and our New Life!

The New Birth --> Sanctification by Faith

The New Birth is the work of the Holy Spirit.

-It is performed by the Holy Spirit at conversion (Jn. 3; Titus 3:4-11)

-Good works are the result (Ep. 2)

-There is right living (Jn. 2:29) in God that keeps one in right standing with God

-It breaks the power of sin and gives a new nature that enables us to do right

-It is inherent holiness. We are made holy. Holy beings do holy things. It is their nature. it is the ability to live a holy life (1 Pt. 1:15). Second Corinthians 5:7 says we become a new creature, born according to His nature.

Although justification and the new Birth happen simultaneously in a true conversion, they are two separate things.

So we see that we cannot earn justification. And we also see that good works are the fruit of salvation. God does the works through us.

The main argument today is not over justification, but over holiness and works. Those who focus only on justification have an obsession with Romans 6&7. But because they do not consider the "counter truth", as quoted before hand, this causes a gross misinterpretation of those chapters. In fact, it has been found that most who hold so tightly to this doctrine are plagued with addictive behaviors that they have been unable to overcome and this doctrine eases their conscience so that they come to believe that they can continue to live in sin and be a Christian. This is the danger of this half doctrine of justification without the effectual new birth and sanctification.

The Problems of Hyper Righteousness

1. There is an ignorance of Biblical salvation and an ignorance of sin. We need more than forgiveness of sins. There must be a new birth that produces a Godly life.

2. There is a partial truth, a selective truth. This partial gospel does not call people to a new birth and Godly living.

3. There is an overemphasis on one truth at the expense of the others. This imbalance creates a theology for self-justification.

4. There is a mis-application of doctrine. The Christian life is sanctification by faith. This hyper righteousness doctrine separates what we are from what we do, which is nothing more than the ancient doctrines of the Gnostics of the New Testament.

5. There is a misinterpretation of scripture. Romans 7 cannot contradict the rest of Paul's writings or none of Paul's writings are true. There are no contradictions in scripture. Those who adhere to this hyper righteousness teaching have to be selective in the sins they allow. For instance, they seem to allow sexual perversion and drunkenness, but would not allow murder or theft. No one who habitually murders would be considered a Christian.

Galatians 5:16ff says that we have flesh. At salvation, the flesh is brought into submission, not eradicated. It is put under, similar to grass dying in the winter time. It is not eradicated, it is simply dormant. It stays dormant until the right conditions prevail, i.e. warmth, moisture, and nutrients, at which time it comes alive and begins to live and grow again. Similarly, the flesh stays dormant unless you feed it. We will have it until Jesus returns. Sin goes from being the habit to being the exception. We cannot be living in habitual sin and be a Christian. We cannot be sinners and saints at the same time. We are either a sheep or a goat.

In v. 21, we see that a drunkard cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. To inherit the Kingdom, you have to be a son of the Kingdom. To be a son of the Kingdom, you must be birthed into the Kingdom.

In Eph. 5:3- 6; 1Cor 6:9-11, they thought they could be in sin and still be righteous, but in Eph. 4:5 and 1 Cor. 6:9 Paul corrected that when he said "be not deceived." Romans 7 cannot prove that Paul was a fornicator. Many times in scripture he states that his conscience was clear. Therefore, he could not have been involved in sin.

6. There is a misunderstanding of difference between imputed and inherent righteousness. At justification there is imputation, but at the New Birth, holiness becomes inherent in the believer. That inherent holiness is our new nature that causes us to be different.

7. There is a condemnation of good works. Works are not evil. Eph. 2:10 says that "we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." The fruit of being born again is good works!

Titus 3:12-14: ...And let our people also learn to engage in GOOD DEEDS to meet pressing needs, that they may not be unfruitful. We work, as Christians, to please God, not to earn God's favor. We work because we ARE Christians, not because we are trying to earn Christ.

James 1:17-18: "Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. But someone may well say, "you have faith, and I have works: show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works."

Romans chapters 1 and 16 talk about the "obedience of faith". There are works we work out of obedience to Christ.

James 1:22 Be doers of the Word and not hearers only

Matt. 7:21; We are known by our fruits. "Not everyone who says to Me, "Lord, Lord," will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who DOES the will of my Father who is in heaven."

Lk. 6:47-49 "Everyone who comes to Me, and hears My words, and acts upon them, I will show you whom he is like:" The one who heard AND acted upon the Word stood.

In Lk. 8:21 and 11:28, it is the DOER that is blessed, not the hearer.

8. The hyper faith doctrine divorces the heart and the actions. They try to separate what is in the heart and the deeds, works and actions. Mk. 7:20-23 shows us that our action come from what's in our hearts. "And He was saying, "That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man. "For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. "All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man." This is also found in Matt. 15:19-20.

We are judged according to our actions. What we are is what we do. We do what's in our heart. In Mt. 25:37, the righteous did not even know what they had done. They did what they were. That is the evidence of the new life. We do what is right because we are right!

Rev. 2:5: "Remember therefore from where you have fallen, and repent and DO THE DEEDS you did at first; or else I am coming to you, and will remove your lampstand out of it's place--unless you repent. Now if Jesus is telling us to do the works, what are we going to do? Tell him, "oh no, Jesus ! That's works!" I don't think so!

Rev. 14:13..Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!" "Yes, says the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors, for their DEEDS follow after them." You have to have works in order for them to follow you!

Rev. 15:3 And they sang the song of Moses the bond-servant of God and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are they WORKS, O Lord God, the Almighty..."

Not only will the righteous be judged by their works, but also the unrighteous. (Rev. 20:12-13)

9. The motivation of this doctrine is wrong! The one adhering to this doctrine has a need to feel good about themselves, to "be" somebody, so the creation of this doctrine, this half-gospel, allows them to claim righteousness while living unrighteous and to have something to preach that "no other churches" have.

Carlton Pearson could not reconcile that his once Godly grandfather died in his sins, so he accepted this inclusionist gospel to ease his own mind, instead of accepting the truth and allowing God to comfort him.

Jimmy Swaggart, who lived in habitual, sexual perversion, throughout his years of ministry adheres to this doctrine to legitimize his life and ministry. Anything less would bring him to the realization that he was not right with God and would discredit his ministry. He has the need to be someone and he is so arrogant in it, he presents it as a doctrine that God has only given "him" the understanding and anointing to preach, discrediting all the holy men of God through the ages who changed the world through the message of the true salvation message.

10. Pride is the cause and result of this doctrine. In 1 Cor. 5:2, the people in Corinth were rebuked for being puffed up and not mourning over the sexual sin that was found amongst the Body of Christ. There was one claiming Christ, but living in sin and refusing to repent. And they were instructed to discontinue any fellowship with the one committing it. The sinner was just that, a sinner, leaven in the lump. In v. 7, he says to "clean out the old leaven, for Christ the Passover has been sacrificed. They were "new creatures" and this sin could not be found amongst them because they were sinners.

Finally, 1 Jn. 2:29 says that "if you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness is born of him." 1 Jn. 3:7-8 says "Little children, let no one deceive you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, that He might destroy the works of the devil. No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in Him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God."

But if that dormant flesh does sin, (again, this is the exception, not a habitual practice), then "he is righteous and just and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all righteousness."

This is the true doctrine and practice of the Body of Christ.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting this for those of us who could not attend =D