At the turn of the 20th Century, Christianity was in a much better, stronger position than now. Over a century ago, Christians everywhere understood – for the most part – that if your soteriology is wrong, you’re going to Hell.
Soteriology, for those who do not know, is the doctrines of salvation. It’s simple ,really. If you don’t teach people how to get saved, they won’t know. Most people won’t open their Bible, although I’ll say a century ago more people were conversant with the Bible than anywhere else. Over a century ago, if you wanted your children saved, you simply could open the family Bible to John chapter three, and walk away. Sooner or later, they’d see it and read, and get saved, I’ve read of exactly one occasion where a future foreign missionary was saved in exactly that way.
14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; 15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. 22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Revelation 3:14-22 (KJV)
The point here being, as this dispensation entered its last era, for the most part, Christianity was adept at at least one thing – they understood how to be saved.
They were blind to one thing, though – the doctrine of separation. Oh, sure, they understood once they got saved to avoid entangling themselves in the things of the world – but they simply trusted blindly all those who name the name of Christ. Methodists trusted Presbyterians, who trusted Baptists, who trusted Lutherans, who trusted….
The one thing they were GOOD at, was noticing when a new group popped up, if they had aberrant doctrine. They WOULD practice separation from those. When Mormons popped up 72 years before that, they immediately understood this was a cult, and that Joseph Smith was a false teacher. Ever read Sherlock Holmes? If you had the collections, you should remember the story where Holmes dismissed the Mormons as a cult, and referred to them as “Jack Mormons from Utah.” Certainly the creator of Sherlock Holmes was not in any way saved, as he was so caught up in Theosophy, witchcraft and every mystic practice he could get his hands on – but even he recognized that Mormons were a cult.
Today, we rush to embrace them.
When the Jehovah’s Witnesses emerged as the Bible Students, Christians everywhere dismissed them as a cult.
Were that we were so wise today.
They, a century ago, were willing to engage in open debates – which people flocked to – with the Church of Christ, who they dubbed “Campbellites”.
Today we can buy t-shirts with the bearded faces of a family of Campbellites, simply because they’re tv stars who publicly stand for the name of Jesus.
It’s a different Jesus, but we don’t care. Hey, I’ve met someone who’s name is Jesus. It’s pronounced Hey-soos in his language, but hey, he’s a Jesus! He’s not the Jesus of the bible. But neither is the Jesus of the Mormons, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Roman Catholics, or the Campbellites.
Where did they fail a hundred years ago? Simple. They trusted everyone who named the name of Christ.
Point one: We must recognize that not everyone who names the name of Christ is a Christian. If their doctrine does not conform to the Bible in the aspects of salvation, the deity of Christ and the Trinity, then they’re not Christians. They’re probably not saved.
Point Two: We must understand that in the last days heretics and false teachers would DOMINATE Christianity. If you haven’t been paying attention, we’re pretty close to the time of the Rapture. That means of course we’re in the seventh age of Grace, the Laodecian era. That means that obviously then, Christianity is FLOODED with false teachers.
Point Three: If any denomination teaches any other method of salvation other than what is presented in the Bible, they are to be dismissed as a heretic. I don’t care how much you may like them. I can think of some Atheists who are pretty nice guys. But I think we all agree that “ye must be born again”. If anyone teaches any other method for salvation than “ye must be born again”, they’re a heretic.
Why is my blog only one of a very few decrying Messianic Jews? Why is my blog only one of a few calling the Duck Dynasty show a group of heretics?
One Century ago, most Christians understood that Roman Catholics needed to be saved. Lo and behold some Baptist preachers arose who called Catholics “Christians” out of some form of sentimentality, and we fell apart.
Point four: It doesn’t matter what I think. It doesn’t matter what I want to believe or what I choose to believe. If I am saved, then Jesus Christ is my Lord. He says, I do. Bottom line.
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Corinthians 6:20 (KJV)
23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men. 1 Corinthians 7:23 (KJV)
1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2 Peter 2:1 (KJV)
It’s hard, I know. I would love to be a lovey-dovey-accept everyone Christian. I would love to wallow in Ecumenism, just accept everyone who writes a book or has a tv show about Christianity. But the Bible tells me otherwise. Paul admonishes us otherwise. Peter and John teach us differently. Jesus Christ commands us otherwise.
It’s a fact, that the Lord chooses to reward us for obedience – when we don’t even deserve to be saved in the first place. Rewards ONLY come when you’re doing what the Lord requires.
13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 2 Timothy 3:13-14 (KJV)
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. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (KJV)
If anyone teaches any manner besides “ye must be born again”, they are a heretic. Reject them. “From such, turn away.” If they deny the deity of Christ, Reject them. “From such, turn away.” If they claim to believe in the deity of Christ but deny the virgin birth, they’re liars. You cannot say you believe Jesus is God and yet deny the virgin birth. Reject them. “From such, turn away.” If they preach salvation by works, they deny the cross of Christ. Reject them. “From such, turn away.” If they deny the Trinity, they are heretics. Reject them. “From such, turn away.” If they deny salvation by faith through grace, they deny the cross of Christ. Reject them. “From such, turn away.”
If you agree with the above, then you must reject:
C. S . Lewis
the “duck Dynasty”
Charles Taze Russell
E. W. Kenyon
David Stern of the Jewish New Testament
Ellen G. White
F. F. Bosworth
Frederick K. C. Price
Avi Ben Mordecai
and many many others.