….. and need an unsaved man or men of equal merit who also don’t believe the gospel of 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 to explain spiritual things to them and then still get it wrong…..
1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Since when is 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 not scripture that saves one’s soul from hellfire, but rather scripture that “rescues one’s flesh out of daily foolishness”?
Is that the reason why Christ died, was buried and rose again on the third day? That’s what Pentecostalism holds forth – that Christ died in order to stroke your flesh on a daily basis.
The ridiculousness of it all is nothing short of astounding…… If you cannot bring yourself to believe that Christ was a propitiation (made a curse on your behalf) on Calvary’s cross, that He endured all the suffering, that he was buried and that He rose again from the dead on the third day….. and that if you believe it – you are saved period – you are in rank unbelief.
Nowhere does Paul state in 1 Corinthians 15;1-4 that if you believe that Christ died for your sins, was buried, rose again on the third day and in addition to believing this, also doing works of righteous, or being water baptised you will be saved.
They stated that they wanted to add works to 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 because “they didn’t feel saved”. Why? Because they didn’t believe He did it all. They looked at 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 and thought, “that just won’t cut it” – and that’s why they wanted to add to it.
Those who don’t believe 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 has the saving power to save their souls have one thing in common : They all state they “didn’t feel saved” after having “believed” it. The bottomline is : they didn’t believe it, hence they go on to find something else which will make them “feel saved” and to ease the gnawing of their consciences, because if they “feel saved” then they “are saved”. Their “beliefs” are located in their emotions, not in their minds.
It goes without saying that one can never garner others’ hidden motives in denying the gospel or its saving power.
Dean had this problem with the very same person, and if one goes back to basics and finds out what they initially believed – one realises they simply did not have faith in the Gospel of Christ, and you have no other option but to believe that you are dealing with an unsaved person because just about every single scripture out there is a problem for them – when you try and explain it to them, they don’t understand it and they cannot bring themselves to be students because their unbelief is reflected wholly in other parts of their lives – they love this world too much, their priorities are based on wordly agendas and on the flesh, apart from that, they don’t have the ability to think (spiritual) things through in their own minds, hence the permanent need for someone to be telling them what scripture (even the basics) mean – even after being “saved” for almost 10 years….
There are too many people out there like this who profess to be saved, yet they have an allergy to sound doctrine, no matter how clearly one explains things to them – they just don’t “get it”, that is why I have said time and time again, one can understand the concept of Right Division, but that necessarily doesn’t mean one is saved.
Suddenly the gospel to them becomes, “saved by grace through faith” – and where have I seen that? In two places where people definitely aren’t saved : The first one being the Acts 2 dispensational camp, and the second being the Acts 28er camp. And if you believe that both these people are saved then you need to take a serious look at your own belief system because you might not be saved.
“Saved by grace through faith” isn’t the gospel because it’s too open ended – it doesn’t tell us by whose grace we are saved, it’s too “pie in the sky”, nor does it tell us what God did in order for that grace to take effect.
Why do people who are in unbelief always have a tendency to leave either Christ or His finished work out of the good news? If they do include Him then it’s by simply stating that it’s by “belief in Him”, but the devils also believe in Him – and are they saved? Why do people have such a problem with His death for their sins, His burial and His resurrection? I know why, because Satan absolutely HATES Christ’s finished work on the cross.
And this is for the simple-minded who will think this is a personal vendetta against the person in question :
Do I hate this particular person? No.
Facts are facts and if you are dealing with an unsaved person – it’s pointless trying to explain spiritual things to them. Just listening to some of the preachers and teachers they listen to and consider “meat” is nothing but pure garbage – it’s like listening to a lost denominational preacher – it’s pure torture.
One can only try for so long – then one HAS TO find out if they actually believed the gospel – and that’s where the problem lies – the problem lies at the foundation or a lack thereof.
It goes without saying that since they don’t believe anyone can be saved by believing the Gospel of 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, the ones who believe it are therefore seen as unsaved people in their eyes – that’s the irony of the situation. And isn’t that just like the devil to twist things around? In one fell swoop they have rendered the Gospel that saves null and void, and whose job is it to render the gospel of no consequence?
It’s a good idea before you fellowship with anyone out there – first to make sure what they believe.