If you read yesterday’s article, let me take some time and deal with something.
I’ve been calling for three years for Christians to leave Evangelicalism and become Fundamentalist.
I’ve been calling for Christians to return to their Bibles, to repent, to make your calling and election sure.
What does that mean, “Sure”?
Secure. Tightened down.
The Bible only offers one specific way – Fundamentalism.
Do you know what happens if you’re a worldly Christian at the Believer’s judgment? It’s going to be a big line. When your works are tried as by fire, what is left?
The crown of salvation. That’s it.
15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. 1 Corinthians 3:15 (KJV)
You have eternal life. And that’s it.
Many of you will be poverty stricken throughout the Millennium.
Rule 1 – Stop with the “what does this verse say to you?”
Stop that. From this second on, the question to ask is, “What does this verse mean?” Never ask that question again. You’ve programmed yourselves into thinking that Scripture is relative. It’s not. The Bible has fixed meaning. If it says the whale swallowed Jonah, it means the whale swallowed Jonah. And if it said Jonah swallowed the whale, you better believe Jonah swallolwed the whale!
Rule 2: The Bible means what it says
The Bible means what it says. The Bible means what it says. The Bible means what it says. And the Bible says what it means.
Rule 3: The Bible is our sole authority for faith and practice.
There’s no room for anything else. If God wanted us to know anything else, then he’d have told us… in the Bible.
Rule 4: Stop following your heart, stop trusting your feelings.
ANYONE who says, like in Yesterday’s article, that “they need a relationship with God and not the Bible” reveals such a woeful lack of spiritual discernment I despair of them being saved. Your feelings told you so-and-so was the one, right? You were going to marry that person and be happy forever! Remember the pain when they didn’t respond? Or worse, remember the disappointment when they turned out not to be the person you thought they were?
So… why rely on those same feelings to guide you in the matter of salvation?
17 But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; Deuteronomy 30:17 (KJV)
2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself. Proverbs 18:2 (KJV)
12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility. Proverbs 18:12 (KJV)
17 At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart. Jeremiah 3:17 (KJV)
23 But this people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone. Jeremiah 5:23 (KJV) 9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Jeremiah 17:9 (KJV)
Trust me – the Bible says that the heart will decieve you, lead you astray, conspire against God.
Rule 5: Commit your ways unto the LORD, and hold back nothing
5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)
104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way. Psalm 119:104 (KJV)
130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. Psalm 119:130 (KJV)
144 The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live. Psalm 119:144 (KJV)
6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding. Proverbs 9:6 (KJV)
10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. Proverbs 9:10 (KJV)
Rule 6: Lean on, Depend on, Rely upon – the Bible.
Evangelicals pay lip service to Sola Scriptura. I mean, all Christians have to, or be called heretics. But the bottom line is, most Christians will not heed the Bible. Point in fact – the Bible says to separate from heretic, false teachers, unstable men, divisive men, anyone whose doctrine is in question, and not even to bid them god speed.
yet Christians ignore that advice, and proudly build “all church organizations”, and extend the hand of friendship to those who sprinkle water on babies and think that constitutes salvation.
Christians listen to questionable music by questionable men and women, not stopping to check their statements of faith. “It’s on Christian radio, so it must be okay.” And when Fundamentalists warn that every Christian who listens to it, their doctrinal stand weakens, when that music comes into the sanctuary, that church stumbles and falls… they turn the volume up to drown out the protests.
The bottom line today – if you are not a Fundamentalist – one of those “narrow minded pharisees” – you are in opposition to the Bible. I’ve tried to say this gently in the last three years, but here’s the point…
…you may well be questioned on why you did not obey the word of God. And the questioner may well be the Word of God, the lamb who taketh away the sins of the world.
“Why did you not heed my Bible? Scripture cannot be broken. Can you explain why I said not to do that, and you did anyway?”
I’m trying to spare you all that.