I’ve asked a few uncomfortable questions, about fundamentalism, evangelicalism, and ecumenism.
I’ve asked a few uncomfortable questions about the Bible issue.
It’s time to look at why.
WHY would famous Bible teachers portray Fundamentalism as the enemy of Christianity?
WHY would famous Bible teachers encourage cooperation with denominations that teach unBiblical methods of salvation?
WHY would famous Bible teachers encourage the accepting of cults that have heretical beliefs about Salvation?
WHY would famous Bible teachers be willingly opposing the clear and direct instructions in the Bible to separate from false teachers, and those in doctrinal error?
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. 9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was. 2 Timothy 3:1-9 (KJV)
The Bible says in the last days heretics and false prophets will arise. They will preach heresies. They will deliberately advocate false doctrines.
When are the last days?
I hate to tell you this, and I’m sure you already know – we are LIVING IN THEM. These are the days just before the Rapture. Christians saved during the Tribulation will no doubt look back on us in amazement, and wonder why so many of us just sat back and cooperated with these false teachers?
The Bible says there will be false teachers. They will teach false things.
Wouldn’t teaching the opposite of what the Bible teaches be “false teachings”? If the Bible teaches something else, and you are teaching the opposite of that, wouldn’t that be a false teaching?
And if you are teaching false teachings, what would that make YOU?
I have to ask these questions, because it seems like nobody else is asking them!
9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. 1 Peter 2:9-10 (KJV)
We were once darkness. Now we are to abstain from the works of darkness and workers of darkness. We once walked in the darkness. The word there is “once”. “Used to be.”
Now we’re supposed to walk in the light. The Bible advocates very little in the way of commandments on how we are supposed to live. Compared to false religions with hundreds of commandments, festivals, special buildings you live in during week or month long holidays, eating vegetarian or fasting for prescribed periods of time – Christianity is really a breeze. After all , its not about what we’ve done, but what Jesus Christ has done for us.
However, the very few commands we’re given about living a Holy Lifestyle we should be trying to keep. I mean, compared to Buddhism and the austere life some of its practitioners live, our faith must seem incredibly lazy! And why can’t we follow the very few commands we’re given about living a holy lifestyle?
These are very often for our own good. “Don’t follow the teachings of heretics.” What problems do we have with this?
Apparently, a lot! Many Christians listen to teachers they know are false like Joel Osteen. “well, some of the stuff he says is very good…” yeah, but its wrapped in heresy!
Try this. Put a pile of coins on the ground, and pour motor oil on them. Now, pick up the coins without getting your fingers dirty.
“That’s impossible!” So too is it impossible to listen to a false teacher and not be affected with his heresy.
I could persuade with emotional arguments designed to inspire emotional reactions. If I can use a credible argument, no matter how flawed, and wrap it in terms and tone of voice that encourage an emotional reaction, I guarantee I can get you to embrace almost any doctrinal position, no matter how strongly you may be opposed to it. The same thing is done in music. If I can inspire the right sorrowful emotion, I can get you to accept whatever message I’m putting across.
You CAN resist, if you’re aware its happening. That’s why I like print format – you’re not hearing my tone of voice. None of you reading this except my wife have ever heard my voice. You don’t know what I sound like. Instead, we are relying on the strength of the argument I’m giving, not the emotional appeal.
If I start speaking faster, my voice rising in inflection up right around a 5th musically, I can inspire hope and excitement. If I combine that with telling you some heresy, I just brainwashed you into becoming more accepting of that heresy. “Oh, it’s not so bad.”
Then I can get you to regard it as okay for some people.
Then I can get you to regard it as okay for you.
“What we tolerate, eventually we emulate.”
There are readers of this blog who quote a Bible teacher fondly, a man who died for his Christian faith. Except he denied the virgin birth.
ummmm…. that’s kind of in the “doctrinally, you’re scaring me…” territory. Like, his afterlife may not be filled with light, music, laughter and good food at the table with his Savior, but rather darkness, pain, unbearable thirst, regret, torment, fear…
There are readers of this blog who follow the oft-quoted words of a man who was a Christian Apologist in the UK, who wrote profound sounding words. Would it amaze you to know his writings advocate salvation by works, and he died just short of conversion to Roman Catholicism?
Salvation by works is not even in the “I question your salvation” territory. It’s in the “He died believing that, and so… he’s writhing in agony” territory.
And Christians today are fondly quoting this man. Listen, unless he repented of his heresy before his death, you’re not going to be seeing him in Heaven.
so… why is everyone pushing these men on you? Why do Christian bookstores sell their books? Why can you get devotional calendars of these men!
Am I talking about Dietrich Bonhoffer? Yes. He considered parts of the Bible as mythical. He denied the virgin birth. If he’s saved, then so is many, many men that over the centuries have been dismissed as heretics. If you deny the virgin birth, you are saying Jesus Christ is just a man. If you’re saying Jesus Christ is just a man, you are denying that Christ is He.
24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. 25 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning. John 8:24-25 (KJV)
If you deny the deity of Christ, you are not saved.
Yet Charles Swindoll calls Bonhoffer a “saint bound for heaven.”
Huh? If Bonhoffer is a saint, a saved Christian, he’s not “bound for heaven” – he’s IN heaven! But if he denied the deity of Christ, he’s not in heaven.
Am I talking about (gasp…. is Philip going to name names?)… the dean himself? You surely don’t mean C. S. Lewis?
Yes. C. S Lewis believed in Baptismal Regeneration. That means he believed you’re saved by baptism. He also believed in Purgatory.
Baptismal regeneration is salvation by works. It’s a heresy. It’s dealt with so quickly and easily it’s not even funny! The thieves on the cross were not baptized, yet one was saved. Paul witnessed to everyone, but he could only remember two people he baptized. If Baptismal regeneration was biblical, then (as they pointed out in seminary over and over again) Paul wouldn’t have baptized two or three, but two or three HUNDRED.
Purgatory… there is no purgatory.
C. S. Lewis believed in theistic evolution, meaning that God created man over millions of years by the process of evolution. You cannot believe the Bible literally and hold that belief. If you believe this,, what else do you question?
C. S. Lewis did not believe in substitutionary atonement – in other words, that the death of Christ atoned for all our sins forever. This is one of those areas that you have to draw the line in the sand and say sadly, “Not saved.”
Lewis said, “The central Christian belief is that Christ’s death has somehow put us right with God and given us a fresh start. Theories as to how it did this are another matter. … Any theories we build up as to how Christ’s death did all of this are, in my view, quite secondary…” (Mere Christianity, HarperSanFrancisco edition, 2001, pp. 54, 55, 56).
One final thought on Lewis… this is a quote from one of his letters.
“I had some ado to prevent Joy (and myself) from lapsing into paganism in Attica! AT DAPHNI IT WAS HARD NOT TO PRAY TO APOLLO THE HEALER. BUT SOMEHOW ONE DIDN’T FEEL IT WOULD HAVE BEEN VERY WRONG–WOULD HAVE ONLY BEEN ADDRESSING CHRIST SUB SPECIE APOLLONIUS” (C.S. Lewis to Chad Walsh, May 23, 1960, cited from George Sayer, Jack: A Life of C.S. Lewis, 1994, p. 378).
C. S . Lewis was about as much a Christian as is any unsaved man, who claims that all roads lead to God. Lewis was a universalist. Yes, he has some great quotes about the deity of Christ. How he could believe in Christ, yet not believe in substitutionary atonement, is beyond me.
How any Christian could read Lewis’s writings and still maintain he was saved is beyond me.
The writings of both men are being pushed on you.
Why are we being pushed to accept modern Bible translations, derived from questionable texts? WHY?
Why are we being pushed to consider cults as Christians?
Because the Bible says that one will arise who will claim he is god. And all the religions of the world will accept him.
If you’re surrounded by heresy, you won’t recognize sound and unsound doctrine. It’s all relative, like Lewis’s mystical fog quote about the means of salvation.
If you’ll pray to Apollo, if you’ll pray to Buddha, or for “all sentient beings to” etc., then you’ll have no problem with some guy soft-selling he’s god. And once he has you believing that, he can announce it publicly. And some Christian teacher will call for everyone to worship his image. And take his mark.
this is going to happen sometime in the next few years, I’m sure. Hopefully, you’re saved and won’t be here. If not, make sure you’re printing out my prepping pages.