TO MAKE ALL MEN SEE…

How does one make a person see the revelation of the mystery, who despises the word “doctrine” and associates it with Marxism or Communism? Especially in lieu of the fact that the Apostle Paul tells us to adorn the doctrine given to him by the ascended Christ, in all things?

How does one make a person see that being a good person won’t get them into heaven, and that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God? People who boast of their own good works for salvation are under the impression that they will soon reach perfection.

How does one make a person see who believes that God still heals peoples’ rotten flesh today, yet consult doctors regarding their own physical or mental ailments? Yet they are unable to see their own contradiction.

How does one make a person see that one’s (corrupt, evil, sinful) thoughts do not lead to one getting diseases and sicknesses, but rather the reason for same is that we live in a sin cursed world, in sin cursed bodies? After all, we are fallen creatures in need of a Saviour, not flesh renewing apostate preachers.

How does one make a person see that God isn’t punishing or judging people today for their sins, but rather that He is pouring out His unmerited favour on mankind, and that it is there for the taking by anyone who believes in Christ’s debt payment for their sins, and that men are responsible for their own shortcomings and failures because they reap in the flesh what they have sown in the flesh?

How does one make a person see who enjoys being entertained in a so-called Church Assembly each Sunday morning? Laughing, easy-going, friendly preachers who do not preach the negativity of being lost and hell-bound for eternity. Paul doesn’t call them Satan’s ministers of RIGHTEOUSNESS for nothing.

How does one make a person see who thinks the Head Pastor of a so-called Church Assembly is untouchable with respect to what he believes and preaches? They draw doctrine from Israel’s Old Covenant to back up their theory of not criticizing or questioning God’s anointed, i.e., the Pastors who liken themselves to Israel’s priests and rabbis in times past.

How does one make a person see who is under the impression that giving to a so-called Church Assembly is the correct thing to do and in so doing one will be financially blessed and protected? So why are they themselves still struggling financially after tithing every Sunday?

How does one make a person see the revelation of the mystery who believes solidly in Psalm 91 for their daily protection? “Ten thousand will fall by your side”. Not likely. It’s more likely that if and when you do encounter one other person with a weapon and you so happen to be empty handed, the outcome will be obvious, need I say more?  Psalm 91, one of Israel’s covenant promises ain’t gonna help ya one iota.

How does one make a person see who is ensconded in Pentecostal euphemisms and judgments like labeling those “bitter” who disagree with their line of thinking and believe it’s not about “legalistic doctrine”, but rather that “it’s about love, holding hands and agreeing with one another” with regard to Bible blending, ignoring or being ignorant with respect to dispensational boundaries and lumping it altogether to form a “happy club” where everyone agrees with one another.

How does one make a person see who upholds a perverted Bible version? After all, perverted Bible perversions dumb down right division, not to mention Christ’s deity, and more often than not these same people profess that middle English is difficult to understand, hence their reason for not acquiring, reading and believing the KJB.

How does one make a person see who thinks attending a so-called Church Assembly every Sunday morning makes them stronger, holy and more spiritual and by the time Sunday afternoon arrives, all holiness and spirituality have conveniently flown out the window because reality has sunk in? These people attend church to obtain their weekly or bi-weekly “Holy Spirit” boost because they run out of “Holy Spirit” rather quickly and need to be refueled quite often so as not to lose their good and happy feelings or even their salvation.

How does one make a person see who thinks that one’s thoughts actually make one the person one is regardless of one’s upbringing and inherent personality traits one is born with? “You are what you think”, as opposed to: you are what you believe. You are a member of the body of Christ, complete, saved and sealed because of what you believe.

You are not a member of the body of Christ because you think you are one because you attend a local Assembly once a week and repent of your sins.

The Apostle Paul is correct. Unsaved men and women are unable to discern spiritual things. Explaining Right Division and Israel’s fall and the raising up of the Apostle Paul by the ascended Christ as a chosen vessel to preach salvation to kings, Gentiles and Jews whose doctrine is mutually exclusive to that of the doctrine given to the twelve, or even to that preached by Christ during His earthly ministry is anathema to them because they think the Apostle Paul’s doctrine emphasizes that of the twelve. “He’s just the 13th guy who was chosen to make it all look pretty” because he talks about love in 1 Corinthians 13 and grace throughout his epistles.

They think you’re the one who is stir crazy, belong to a cult and take pity on you because (a) you do not believe in miracles, (b) you do not believe in interesting stuff like prophecies, Bible codes, God raining down His judgment on nations, or (c) we’re living in the end times, so the Antichrist must already be born and he’s one of the leaders of the Gentile European Union which has absolutely nothing to do with Israel’s prophetic program, but rather everything to do with Atheistic, liberal, self-destructing, political correctness.  (The EU, that is).

Their mantra is most likely to be: “You don’t believe in water baptism? But most churches out there baptize with water”, therefore they are right because they’re in the majority and believe the same thing, which must make you wrong, sorry for you, mate, and all their ministers have attended Bible college and you have not, therefore your doctrine puffs you up, whereas their Bible College education makes them humble.  Read : seducers.

This is why one needs to preach the gospel to these people first and foremost. Unsaved men and women do not have a clue as to what 2 Timothy 2:15 means even when you give them Ephesians 1:13 and Galatians 2:7-9, especially when they have a Bible perversion which dumbs down right division. 2 Timothy 2:15 in Bible perversions state to correctly handle the Word of God, which in essence to them means, to continually wipe the dust off it, Not to throw it around, treating it with respect, not sitting on it and definitely not standing on it, and keeping it in a safe place where it cannot be damaged or be used as a door stopper.

Things become even more difficult when unsaved pew warmers have not read the Bible themselves but simply believe what is preached to them from the pulpit and swallow it hook, line and sinker Sunday after Sunday without question, and if they do read the Bible it’s by way of proof-texting to prove their mixed up doctrine. You can make the Bible confirm anything you believe, hence the reason there are so many denominations because “it says so in the Bible”.

One of the worst things a saved Mid-Acts Pauline Right Dividing Dispensationalist can experience during his or her tenure on this earth is having to experience either the death of an unsaved loved one, or knowing that some, if not all of one’s family, not to mention most men will reject the gospel outright in favour of New Age or vain philisophy preached from the pulpits of either mainline, institutionalised denominationalism or other religions, not to mention that some are Atheists.

 

 

 

 

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ORDER

It would be so much easier if one’s Bible was divided correctly and in the order God intended: Times past, but now and times to come, instead of the way it’s currently divided, namely into the Old Testament and the New Testament. Makes one wonder if more people would see the fellowship of the mystery if this were the case, realising that Paul’s thirteen epistles aren’t part of Israel’s New Covenant.

Also putting the book of Acts in its proper perspective, namely the transitional book which it rightly is, the bridge or cross-over from law to grace, transitioning from Israel’s prophetic program where the twelve apostles preached the law-based Kingdom Gospel of enduring to the end, to Paul’s grace gospel of faith alone in Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s cross and His resurrection, namely the Dispensation of the Grace of God. (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).

Correctly arranging Paul’s thirteen epistles pertaining to the dispensation of Grace and the body of Christ which contain what he aptly calls “my gospel”. Paul’s thirteen epistles too transition from the sign gifts, namely prophesying, tongue talking and healing to God’s grace alone being sufficient for the believer in this current dispensation (1 Corinthians 13).

The transition from his pre-prison epistles where he refers and speaks to/about unbelievers as well as believers, transitioning to his prison and pastoral epistles where he speaks only to believers. His pre-prison epistles emphasise salvation = getting people saved, and his prison and pastoral epistles put the emphasis on the edification of saints.
Then inserting a division to what is correctly known as the actual New Testament given to Israel which is once again based on the Law, beginning with Hebrews and ending with the book of Revelation, depicting seven law-based Jewish synagogues which are refined in the fire like gold, having to endure to the end (works required for justification).

These divisions correctly discern between the three timelines in the Bible, namely, TIMES PAST (Israel’s Old Covenant, including the parts of Genesis referring to Adam & Even and Noah), as well as the current dispensation known as “BUT NOW” (which refers to the Apostle Paul’s thirteen epistles which are doctrine for this current dispensation we are living in – take note how many times Paul says, “but now”), and then TIMES TO COME (which is doctrine to Israel during the tribulation period and millennium which are future).

To most the only division in the Bible is between the Old and New Testament, hence the reason why some believe they need to turn to God and he will heal their land, whilst others fight a spiritual “Joshua” battle, or face their “Goliath” and in so doing tend to spiritualize scripture.

They don’t know whether to turn from their sins, repent and be baptised in water, ask God for mercy, beg for forgiveness, confess their sins, change their lifestyles or believe everything/anything preached from the various pulpits of mainline denominationalist “churches”. Neither are they sure whether to sprinkle, dip, immerse or dunk in a baptismal font, swimming pool or the river Jordan.

Most have never heard of the Judgment Seat of Christ, nor are they aware of the difference between salvation and service. Most aren’t even saved – they think service (doing good works) is what saves their souls.

When someone professes to be gaining a closer or higher level in their walk with God, run for the hills, as one cannot get any closer to God than being saved, period. Claiming to gain a “higher spiritual standing” is petrification rather than edification. Fossil assemblies where they are ignorant of God’s imputed righteousness and try and gain His acceptance through their own righteousness by works of the Law, yet Paul emphasizes the fact that we’re no longer under the law, but under grace.

Anything one does in the flesh to gain rightstanding or justification in the eyes of God takes away from Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s cross and His resurrection for one’s justification. The gospel has now become watered down to “accepting Christ as one’s Lord and Saviour” circumventing what He did for you as a sinner. Christ doesn’t need your acceptance of Him, He wants you to believe His debt payment for your sins in order to be saved for your own good.

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock”, and below is a picture of a man with long hair and a flowing white robe knocking on a door like He desperately needs you to open and let Him in (rolls eyes), actually begging you to let Him in because He’s homeless and needs to sup with you. “Poor Jesus, let Him in, his heart is broken and very few want Him or accept Him” which is in complete contrast to how He is depicted in the book of Revelation – mighty, powerful, the King of kings and the Lord of lords excercising His vengeance on an unbelieving world in times to come.

And that is what happens when unsaved religionists try to understand or make head or tail of the Bible. It’s like putting the Bible in a blender then choosing one verse out of the thousands of verses it contains and applying it to yourself like the Bible is some magic book and God led you to choose that particular verse. But God is a God of order, and there’s a definite order in relation to understanding the Bible, (2 Timothy 2:15) in order to realise God’s will and purpose for your life, for every man’s life, to know what the gospel is which saves your soul, to know how God is dealing with people when and how and particularly today.

In this current dispensation God is pouring out His unmerited favour on mankind in contrast to punishing and judging men for their wrong-doing or sin. Getting sick isn’t punishment, being destitute isn’t being punished, nor is being poor. Dying and not being saved is punishment.

Unsaved people have a tendency to be obsessed with their flesh, with the outerman. They want to heal and adorn their flesh which makes them feel good, and when they feel good about themselves (in the flesh) they automatically feel saved and blessed. No “negativity”. This is the reason why most people do not believe the gospel because firstly it puts them in a negative light, i.e., that they are sinners as opposed to being “good people”, and secondly Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s cross is gory and negative in their eyes.

Compare Pauline Christianity to the various religions of the world. Most, if not all religions make YOU feel good about yourself because they do not judge you to be totally depraved, on the contrary they tend to see “the good in all men” and put the emphasis on this instead. “Good men and women who come to God” instead of “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”.

The basic error of a works/performance based programme which all religions adhere to and fail to comprehend is this: If they can or are able to save themselves through/by good works then Christ needn’t have been crucified, nor would it have been necessary for him to have risen from the dead.

Religions hand out probation instead of salvation, and that includes mainline, institutionalised denominationalism.

Probation is based on self-reliance which is opposed to God-given salvation, a gift which is to be received and seals the believer.  Christ didn’t die on the cross in order for us to perform, He died in order for us to have peace, knowing we are saved.

 

 

 

 

ABOUT ME AND WHAT I BELIEVE : BECAUSE ETERNITY MATTERS

I am a Mid-Acts Pauline Right Division Dispensationalist.

What does it mean to be a Mid-Acts (Acts 9) Pauline Right Division Dispensationalist?

It means the Bible is progressive revelation. God, although His character and principles remain the same throughout the ages, works differently with people during different dispensations.

DISPENSATION is a Biblical word – Ephesians 3. The Apostle Paul was exclusively given the Dispensation of Grace by the ASCENDED Christ of which He was made the Chief Steward of, to dispense the relevant information on how men could now be saved.

God did not deal the same way with Adam & Eve or Noah as He dealt with the Jews. Adam & Eve were instructed not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil but they failed.

Noah was instructed to build a ship and he obeyed God, the end result being that he and his wife and intermediate family were saved from destruction and went on to populate the earth through his 3 sons, Shem, Ham & Japheth.

Today we are instructed to believe the Gospel and to rightly divide the word of truth – 1 Timothy 2:4; 2; 2 Timothy 2:15.

God called Abram out of Ur of the Chaldees and instructed him to leave his land of birth, and his family, although his nephew Lot and his father accompanied him, and that He (God) would make his (Abraham’s) descendants a great country, a light unto the world and He would bless them. They were made a peculiar people with their own set of laws and commandments.

Abram changed his name to Abraham. He believed God through faith alone and was saved – Genesis 15 and Romans 4. Only afterwards was Abraham circumsized – Genesis 17 and “marked” as sanctified – set apart from the heathen nations and God made a covenant with Him.

PLEASE NOTE : God made a covenant with Abraham, Abraham did not make a covenant with God.

Abraham’s descendants were known as Hebrews because Abram belonged to the Hebrew tribe when he lived in Ur, he was a descendant of Shem, and thus a Semite. Semitic.

The Hebrews were set-apart (sanctified) from the heathens by way of being given a set of commandments and laws – namely, the Levitical Law, and the Priests who oversaw and implemented these laws were from the tribe of Levi, hence the name “Levitical law”.

The Levitical Law of which the Mosaic Law (given to Moses on two tablets of stone) is a part of, is made up of 613 commandments in total, and what did Christ tell the Jews during His earthly ministry to Israel? He said, if you break one of these commandments, you’ve broken them all – all 613. James 2:10; Matthew 5:19.

Matthew, Mark, Luke & John, the four synoptic gospels depict Christ’s earthly ministry which was solely to Israel : Matthew 10:5; Matthew 15:24.

Why did Jesus say what He said in Matthew 15:24 and Matthew 10:5? Because in times past, Israel was the light unto the world, Gentiles could only be saved through protelyzing to her faith, namely Judaism. This is also the very reason why Jesus said this in Matthew 15:26: “But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.”

Only when the Gentile woman in question blessed Israel was she accepted.

Gentiles had to prostelyze or bless Israel in times past in order to be saved. This is not the case today, and nor do we have any claim to Israel’s promises. God chose A land – singular, not many lands, and the land in question in the Bible refers to the Kingdom of Israel which is still future. Her tribulation doctrine lies between Hebrews and Revelation. Her perfect sacrifice is the Lamb of God without spot or blemish, not a bull or a goat or a lamb or a dove as in times past. God will again, in a future time, bring her back into the fold and she will inherit her kingdom on earth.

But Israel had a propensity to always follow the ways of the heathen Gentiles and fell into apostasy, they even crucified their Messiah which was the final rejection of worshipping God and following His ways. Read Acts 28. Hence the reason God sent her prophets – to warn her of her apostasy. Today she isn’t a chosen people, she is saved the same way we are : through faith alone in Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s cross, His burial and His resurrection from the dead on the 3rd day.

Today God is dealing with individual salvation, not nations as in times past. If an individual Jew believes the gospel – he is saved.

Hence the reason why God raised up another Apostle, the Apostle Paul and gave him a different set of “rules” with a different gospel to to that of Israel’s Kingdom gospel, since God had now declared Israel lo-ammi – not His people (Hosea 2), he created an alternative way for the world to receive salvation as He couldn’t give Israel’s Kingdom promises to Gentiles as most of those promises for Israel have not yet been fulfilled, and God doesn’t break His promises as His character and principles never change.

Proof:

Compare Romans 4 to James 2.
Paul says today in the Dispensation of God’s grace we ARE saved (as opposed to will be saved)  by grace through faith without works – Ephesians 2:8-9. What is the object of our faith? The gospel which is noted in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4.

How do we know there is more than one gospel (good news) in the Bible? Because we aren’t saved in the same way as Noah was, nor are we saved the same way the Jews were – Galatians 2:7-9. The Gospel of the circumcision was given solely to Israel in order that Gentiles may prostelyze to her faith (times past), and the Gospel of the uncircumcision is given to Gentiles today in order to be saved.

There will however come a time when this dispensation will cease, and God will once again start dealing with Israel and the Kingdom Gospel will come into effect along with their law program.

2 Timothy tells us to rightly divide the word of truth – but what is the word of truth? Ephesians 1:13 tells us what it is. So why does God tell/instruct us to rightly divide the gospel of our salvation? Because there is more than one and we need to believe the right one, the which is in effect during the time we are living.

The Apostle Paul says we are no longer under the law, but under grace. Romans 6:14.

What was the spiritual status of Gentiles under Israel’s Covenant, law-based program? :

Ephesians 2:12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

1) Aliens from the commonwealth of Israel.
2) Strangers from the covenants of promise.

Gentiles in times past had no claim to Israel’s covenants of promise or the commonwealth of Israel – unless they prostelyzed to Judaism.

And yet there are people today who claim all of Israel’s promises and make covenants with Almighty God.

Grace means God’s unmerited favour upon mankind – unmerited means it’s undeserving.  How is His unmerited favour expressed?  In the gospel of 1 Corinthians 15:1-4.  It’s the object of my faith.  All we need to believe in order to be saved and heaven bound is to believe how that Christ died for our sins, that he was buried and rose again for our justification. Romans 4:25.

Since His grace is unmerited or undeserving – we cannot work for our salvation; we cannot work ourselves into heaven. All we can and must  do is believe His payment for our sins on Calvary’s cross and His resurrection.

Justification means being declared holy or righteous in the eyes of God. It’s what He did, not what we can do or have done.

Once we have believed the gospel we receive God’s imputed righteousness – Philippians 3:9; Galatians 2:16

Once you belief what Christ did for you and you rightly divide the Word of Truth – you will finally understand God’s plan and purpose for your life, and you will also understand the Bible. It will all make sense to you.

Thank you for reading my blog.  My prayer is for you to be saved and come unto the knowledge of truth – 1 Timothy 2:4.  Because eternity matters.

I wrote this in 2011, thought I’d share it here: THE TRAITS OF A RELIGIOUS BIBLE BLENDER

You can study your Bible (and it goes without saying that the only Bible in existence is an Authorised King James Bible) until the cows come home, and you can have historical Bible knowledge, but if you don’t know how to put 2 Timothy 2:15 into effect/to work and know how to rightly divide the Word of Truth, which is the Gospel of your salvation, (Ephesians 1:13), you shall and will remain in scriptural/spiritual ignorance and be a bible blender until you come to the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:4;  2 Timothy 3:7.

TRAITS OF A RELIGIOUS BIBLE BLENDER:

*Believes salvation is though faith in God/Christ throughout the Bible (one gospel/the same gospel)

*Personally own or take the promises God gave to Israel in times past/times to come for themselves, or apply the book of Genesis to themselves, especially doctrine pertaining to Adam & Eve and Noah who weren’t Hebrews (Jews), but in their confusion they see Adam & Eve and Noah as being Jews who fall under Israel’s Covenant promises.  In short :  they put everyone under Covenant theology from Genesis right through to the Book of Revelation.

*Cannot discern between Israel and the church, the Body of Christ, the One NEW man.  Anything that is new didn’t exist before it was created <~~~ common sense & logic.

*Cannot discern who God is speaking to in the Old Testament (times past – Genesis to John), neither in Paul’s epistles, not to mention in times to come (Hebrews to Revelation, which is Tribulation doctrine for the Little Flock which is true/believing Israel).

*Cannot discern the differences between Pauline doctrine and Hebrew doctrine.  Romans to Philemon versus Hebrews to Revelation; or Romans to Philemon versus Genesis to John, nor can they discern that Adam & Eve and Noah weren’t Hebrews and weren’t under the Covenant God made with Abraham which was future to Adam & Eve and Noah.  There’s a dispensational change between Noah and Abraham, but God’s principles and character remain in tact, remain the same :  He loves righteousness; He is righteous; He wants people to be saved; He is merciful.

*Believe that God works the same way with people throughout the ages, i.e., Israel Old Covenant, Paul’s epistles, as well as the Hebrew epistles.  Same gospel in effect, even in hindsight when looking back in time, they believe Israel during Old Covenant times had a Christ based salvation because of the Old Testament prophecies, some of  which came to fruition at a later time (Matthew, Mark, Luke & John).

*Preterists believe the wrath of God already happened in AD 70 because (a) they aren’t saved; and (b) they cannot rightly divide the word of truth.  1 Corinthians 2:14;

*Amillenialists believe that Christians can assist in bringing about the Millennium Kingdom on this earth during their tenure on this earth.  Only God Himself can bring in the Millennial Kingdom on this earth:  Luke 20:43; Psalm 110:1; Mark 12:36; Matthew 22:44

*Post Tribbers believe that the rapture (the catching away of the Saints)  will occur after the time of Jacob’s Trouble and put the body of Christ in the period of God’s wrath. 1 Thessalonians 5:9.

*Mid Tribbers believe the rapture will occur midway through Jacob’s Trouble and put the body of Christ mid-way through the Tribulation period. (The catching away will occur at the mid-point of the Tribulation).

*Cannot discern nor explain the “contradictions” or differences in the Bible due to dispensational changes, or the different ways God deals with people at different times.  Whereas He called Abram out of Ur, saved Him, renamed Him Abraham and gave Him a promise, today God isn’t calling any one person out of any country and telling them to go elsewhere or promising to turn their descendants into a great nation.  Today He wants us to believe the Gospel of Christ in order to be saved and our promise is different:  All spiritual blessings in heavenly places.  Ephesians 1:3.  Whereas Abraham and His descendants had an earthly promise or promises, we, the body of Christ, the One New Man have heavenly promises.   Their earthly inheritance vs our heavenly inheritance.

*ALL denominations are as a result of bible blending – Catholics, Baptists, Bush Baptists, half-baked Baptists, Out of Church Assemblies, Pentecostals, Methodists, Anglicans, Church of Christ etc, etc, etc, etc.  Why?  Because they don’t know where they are in the Bible, they don’t know the Word of Truth, the Gospel that saves their eternal souls today. Men with corrupt minds, ever learning (Bible stories and occurrences like the flood happened, the wall of Jericho, etc)and never coming to the knowledge of the truth.  2 Timothy 3:7.  Some think that being able to name all of Methuselah’s sons is Bible knowledge or studying the Bible.  It makes them feel good, especially when you’re groveling and don’t even know who the guy is to begin with. (Kidding).

*Replacement theology states the church, the body of Christ, the One New Man has replaced Israel with respect to God’s favour, that there is no way they (Israel)  can return to the fold and be reconciled to God, not in future, not ever.  But the Book of Revelation states otherwise, it speaks to seven Hebrew churches, seven Christ-based Hebrew Churches whose theology/doctrine is performance based.  Faith plus works.  Read the book of Hebrews.

*Vegetarians, especially those involved in cults or caught up in the Holiness Movement believe they/we are rightfully vegetarians because they say, since Adam & Eve were first and hold precedence, (??) and because they were Herbivores, it over-rides the fact that God gave Noah permission to eat meat after the flood, also the fact that we today can eat anything we choose because we “came after Adam & Eve” whose diet has precedence when it comes to the food chain.

*Kosher eating adherents :  Profess that a Kosher diet is God’s will for one’s life and that eating non-kosher food/animals is displeasing to God, and that it is a sin.  Same people fail to adhere to the Levitical commandments concerning the wearing of fabrics, which amounts to nothing other than hypocrisy.

*Law keepers (thinking that one needs to maintain one’s salvation by upholding the 10 commandments) and ignore the other 603 commandments of the Levitical Law.  Hypocrisy.

*Continual repentance – not realising their sins were actually forgiven 2000 years ago on the cross when Christ died for their SINS and rose from the dead,  and in fact all they need to do right now is believe it for their salvation.  Nowhere in the Bible does it state one must repent OF ONE’S SINS.   It mentions repentance,yes, as in turning away from one’s unbelief to belief.  It rather states that in times to come and in times past, people had to/have to confess their sins and place them either on an animal (times past) – a burnt sacrifice, and in future they will confess their sins to the ultimate sacrifice, i.e., the Lord Jesus Christ who is Israel’s perfect Lamb without spot or blemish.  Continual confession – enduring to the end is what will save believers in times to come.

*Lordship salvation – believing one has to make the Lord Jesus Christ the Lord over your life in order to be (eventually) saved, which amounts to nothing other than a performance based gospel because you are working to please Him in order for Him to save you whereas Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us we are saved without works; and 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 tells us what to believe in order to be saved.  Romans 10:9 is part of Israel’s Kingdom Gospel.  It’s confessing with one’s mouth (a work) that He is the son of God (which all of unbelieving Israel do not believe – as we can see in Matthew, Mark, Luke & John, hence the reason they crucified Him).  Paul is talking to Jews in Romans 9, 10 & 11.

PERFECTIONISM (??)

This warped doctrine teaches that there is a class of Christians who achieve moral perfection in this life, that is, total victory over sin.  Certain Grace? Believers have taken it and modified it though, but a a fish by any other name still smells fishy.

There is elitism in perfectionism because smugness and pride have a way of creeping in, and in effect it corrupts the mind instead of renewing it.  Imagine how deluded a person must be to imagine that they’ve actually reached a state of sinlessness.

What is the mindset of those who propagate and adhere to this canker?

  1. Gross over-estimation of one’s own moral performance, and
  2. Under-estimation of God’s grace and/or how He operates in this current dispensation.

Perfectionism seeks to distance itself from (this big word) : antinomianism, which means the opposite of perfection, a good example of antinomianism is when someone is newly saved and they believe or are under the impression that saved people can behave like heathens, the Corinthians are a good example, but this is not antinomianism per se, antinomianism  is when this attitude/belief is a permanent “fixture” in a saved person’s life, and believe me, the majority are antinomianists.

The irony of perfectionism is that it inevitably comes full circle to antinominism, why? because these people annul God’s grace by seeking their own (sinless) perfection.  They reduce God’s grace/righteousness to the level of their own performance, and in the process of doing so, they lie not only to themselves but to others as well.

The true mark of the ongoing sanctification (of our earthly bodies) while we’re on this planet is to study the word of truth rightly divided, absorb it, then act upon it.   This is part of God’s plan for our lives as saved people, to come unto the knowledge of the truth as per 1 Timothy 2:4.  In layman’s terms it can be called building the innerman to take charge over the outerman, to dominate the outerman.  He (the innerman) won’t always succeed over the outerman, but as he grows stronger with study, which takes time (longer than 100 hours (wink)), he will eventually dominate, another term for it is MATURING SPIRITUALLY.  Example: by studying, we will know we must crucify the flesh and turn away from temptation, so this would inevitably be heeding one’s conscience and thinking before doing something you do not feel comfortable with, that you know is wrong.  The question one needs to ask oneself is:  does it glorify God?  Does propagating and believing heresy glorify God?  Does associating with certain people glorify God?  Whereas antinomianists will think and say : I’m saved anyway, it doesn’t matter what I say or do.

Those who think they’ve reached perfectionism are in reality far from being perfect.  They are basically perfect by their own standards, in their own eyes.  Perfect people do not deny the gospel for one and perfect people do not transgress dispensational boundaries to work out their inheritance as saved members of the body of Christ by using Israel’s inheritance as a basis, i.e., the firstborn son and applying same doctrine to the body of Christ – that is not rightly dividing the word of truth.

The Apostle Paul clearly states in 2 Timothy 2:15 that to be approved unto God, one needs to rightly divide the word of truth, to study in order to obtain the goal of rightly dividing the word of truth, which further tells me that a person can be saved and not be approved unto God.  Saved and approved aren’t the same things.  The end result of being approved is a reward or rewards (in heaven), and the end result of not being approved is having one’s bad works (during one’s tenure on this earth) burnt up at the Judgment Seat of Christ and receiving no reward, which would include failure to rightly divide the word of truth.

Perfectionists so-called do not understand that one does not deny the Judgment Seat of Christ.  It’s there in 1 Corinthians 3, and it was specifically made known to the Corinthians because they behaved like heathens because they were still on spiritual milk, meaning they were babes in Christ, still carnal, i.e., in the flesh.  In other words the flesh dominated the innerman, yet Paul called them Saints, said they were sanctified (in the spirit) as part of their salvation, also justified (declared holy/righteous) (1 Corinthians 6:11).

Perfectionism isn’t posting scripture on Facebook and stating you have now arrived or making out as if you have arrived.  Perfectionism doesn’t exist on this planet in any form or shape or size.  Spiritual maturity is being realistic, humble in your intentions (e.g., not wishing grace and peace sarcastically and using it as ammo against those you argue with or those you disdain).  That never worked for me.    I prefer being honest.  “Grace and peace!!” and off they trot in a huff.  If that’s your version of grace and peace, well thanks, but really, no thanks!

Stilted conversations and make pretend were and still aren’t my ball game.  I’m  down-to-earth – I don’t do elitism period.  I’m a nobody who became a somebody purely because of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s cross and His resurrection.  I am not a somebody due to my own doing, and hence I am eternally grateful to Him for His grace because I could have been a nobody with a false perception of being a somebody.

I kinda became allergic to the pretentious grace and peace brigade on Pentecostal forums, who play the “perfection” card really well.  “Answer my question with either a “yes” or a “no” – self-elected lawyers who win an argument by being totally underhanded – so much for grace and peace.  Then you get a repeat performance of it on Fakebook and Grace forums and Groups.

There are more answers to questions than either “yes” or “no” – there’s also “maybe”, there’s “yes, but”, there’s “no, but”, there’s “I think so”, and there’s “I’m not sure”.

There’s our salvation, and then there’s our service – our reasonable service:

Romans 12:1

Reasonable : appropriate, fair, moderate, which is the opposite of going overboard with so-called perfectionism, two salvations, two blessings and condemning the body of Christ in the process.

Your body needs to be a living sacrifice – in other words : no fornication (which means no sex before marriage; sleeping around; or it being used for any immoral purposes), parading around with hardly any clothing on – but I guess that doesn’t count in their eyes because you cannot tell them anything, why?  because they’re already perfect.  After all, perfect people cannot be judged…..

How many of the so-called perfectionists out there can say their bodies are a living sacrifice to God during their tenure on this earth?