Hatred of Scripture

 American Christianity claims to embrace the truth of the gospel found in the written word of God.  It claims to walk in the light and teachings of the scriptures and boast of a love of the scripture and the author of the scriptures.  However, it is been my experience that Christians only love certain verses of scripture that support their doctrine of liking.  They do not embrace the whole counsel of God as they claim.

The word of God clearly teaches that though Jesus Christ we have forgiveness of sin.  This I can agree with my Christian brothers on.  But scripture also teaches that being justified by the blood of Christ we must live in the newness of the life in the Spirit or we have not been transformed by the Spirit.  This is where my Christian brothers and I part company. 

They do not want to understand the following truths found in our scriptures.

Scripture teaches:

We must produce good fruit in keeping with our repentance or we will face the wrath of God.

Mat 7:19-21 KJV Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. (20) Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. (21) Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Jesus words in verse 27 says only those who actually do, that is they themselves do the will of the Father will enter the kingdom of Heaven.  But my Christian brothers say we enter the kingdom of heaven by Christ righteousness only, our obedience to the will of God have no bearing on weather we enter in.

Scripture teaches:

Only those who do righteousness are righteous as He is righteous.  By doing righteousness we can have confidence we are doing the will of the Father and will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

1Jn 2:29 KJV If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.

Scripture teaches:

We must not willingly sin after we accept the redemptive work of Christ in our lives or His blood no longer covers us, we are still in our sins.

Heb 10:26-27 KJV For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, (27) But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

Scripture teaches:

Jesus became the author of eternal life only for those who obey Him.  Not for those who practice unrighteousness by living according to the sin nature.

Heb 5:8-9 KJV “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; (9) And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation”………….. unto all them that obey him;

Scripture teaches:

The churches champion of Grace (Paul) also teaches only those who do good and not evil will receive eternal life.  Those who do not obey the truth by living according to the Spirit will be under wrath.

Rom 2:6-8 KJV Who will render to every man according to his deeds: (7) To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: (8) But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,

Scripture teaches:

Paul the champion of Grace repeats himself in Galatians, what so ever a man does that shall he reap.  If he does evil he shall reap wrath.  If he does righteousness he will reap eternal life.  Paul wants the church to be clear on this, he urges us not to be deceived by those who would say otherwise.

Gal 6:7-8 KJV Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. (8) For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

I could go on and on with such scriptures to show a clear teaching in scripture that after we are justified we need to walk in the faith or our faith is nothing!  We are in the faith if we walk according to the Spirit and walk in the righteousness of the Spirit.  If believers truly walk in the Spirit how can we do anything but righteousness?

Gal 5:22-24 KJV But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, (23) Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (24) And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

If we as believers do not walk according to the Spirit but keep satisfying the flesh we show that we are not Christ.  If we walk in the newness of the Spirit we show that we are of Christ.

This is the teaching that the church can not accept!  It doesn’t want to believe that we have any responsibility pertaining to our own hope of salvation.  Instead the church convinces itself and its converts that we will enter the Kingdom of Heaven contrary to anything that we do, completely contradicting Christ.

Wouldn’t have been better for many in the church to have hatred of Scripture than to claim to walk in the truth of the scripture yet ignore the whole council of God?  Wouldn’t it have been better to not have known of Christ when they teach others that their behavior has no bearing on their hope of salvation.  Everyone of their converts claim to be saved and have no idea that they are still weighing in the balance.  They have no idea they need to endure in the faith until the end.  They have no idea that they are going to impact their eternity by what they do.  Once justified we can either walk in the faith or walk in unrighteousness.

2Pe 2:20-21 KJV For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. (21) For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.

12 thoughts on “Hatred of Scripture

  1. Thanks for the post. It seems that ever since the reformation, Christians have reacted harshly against any idea of “responsibilities” that should naturally coexist with real faith lest they become deeds that solely merit salvation. Make no mistake, we are saved by His grace alone, without we are dead, but it is by that same grace, if we accept it, we are empowered to live as we are called. Thanks for the thought provoking post!

    • Wow! You are the first to get what I am trying to tell the church what scripture teaches. But it sounds like you already new before you read my post. We are few in number my friend.

    • Praise God our gospel does not say it is ours! When we do the works of righteousness and be rigthteous as He is righteous, it is the Holy Spirit that is working through us to hve the fruits of the Spirit. This is how scripture can say…
      Php 1:11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
      This falls right in line with what I have been saying at beacon.

  2. I agree totally with all you have said. And God has deeply convicted my heart that I must live Truth …become the ‘doer’ of the Word rather than practice the traditional Christianity of ‘speaking’ the Word with little doing. Thus, when I discuss the failure of Christians, I must direct the words against myself.

    Again, good posts. Thanks for furthering the conversation on Holiness.

    • The scripture is there for a reason and I find for the most part that the church ignors and sidelines a huge portion of scripture. May the Holy Spirit spur you on in Christ Jesus.

  3. This is the whole point to proper biblical and theological study, St. Paul did not separate the doctrines of justification & sanctification (Romans, Galatians, etc.) as in fact the right Reformational & Reformed teaching notes. And also as we have seen over the many years Holiness teaching that does not set the work of grace in this proper order, ends also in error as works righteousness, or just the work of the “flesh”. It must be seen that God presses both proper faith & works, especially in the writings of Paul. But a faith that is first God given, and sets us in right relation before God, and in this a justfication that is always connected and followed by sanctification. We simply must see that the Book of James for example came from early (47-50 A.D.) Jewish Christianity (addressed “to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad” – 1:1), and is a transitional book in the history of the OT Wisdom to the New. As we can later see in the problem in Galatians with the so-called James “party” or people, which had affected St. Peter (Gal. 2: 11-21). Indeed the doctrine of Justification by Faith is very clear in St. Paul the Apostle. Simply no Judaic Law for the Christian! But of course this is not antinomianism, for Paul taught the obedience to the moral law, as we can see in the life of the Spirit! (Gal. 5: 13-24)

    • I am really surprised by you. I suppose you think the book of James is a lesser gospel because from your point of view it comes from the same type of Jews found in Galatians that came from James? I do not hold to your understanding. I believe it is all gospel and all equal and inspired.

      Yes, Paul’s teaching on the justification by faith is clear. so is his teaching that a man will be judged by what he does. Not on his profession of faith alone. This is why James fits so nicely with Paul. Do you want me give you the verses on Paul’s teaching that a man will reap what he sows?

      • Cool down Dave! 😉 I am speaking theologically and somewhat in the scholastic. It is a common fact that Luther thought the Book of James on a lesser “theological” ground than the Letters of St. Paul. And I am seeking to grapple with this question and reality to my mind, and I did not say “James” was written by the James party, but we must be honest enough to admit, since the Book of James was written much earlier, that Paul was not seeking to justify “James”. Certainly we can seek to balance them in some spiritual sense, but we must not loose the “history” of the Book of James either! The Book of James is Jewish-Christianity, simply.. but certainly “James” does challenge (and this is more from the OT Covenant and Wisdom idea of God), that “faith” cannot alone be reduced to a mere mental affirmation of truth (James 2:19), “and faithfulness does not allow for divided allegiance between God and the world.”

        *Again, this is where a biblical and theological education is helpful! It seems you are somewhat against “thelogical” studies? Note, Spurgeon did not have a theological degree, but he read the same theological books of his time, at least the conservative and Calvinist one’s. You know where I “posit” here, I am a classic Anglican (Reformed) Churchman! 🙂

        • Thanks for bringing me back down to earth LOL.
          You say James is Jewish Christianity… would you say the same of Hebrews?
          I see Paul and James in the same light…

          that “faith” cannot alone be reduced to a mere mental affirmation of truth (James 2:19), “and faithfulness does not allow for divided allegiance between God and the world.”

          When Paul speaks of the grace given to us through Christ, he also speaks of the accountability of the truth. In Galatians and Romans Paul clearly says those who do unrighteousness, that is them doing it, they will not enter into eternal life. By doing righteousness, that is them doing it, they will inherit eternal life. This is the part that the church refuses to believe came from Paul, in my opinion. I see no division in James and Paul. Nor the writer of Hebrews, nor the words of Christ. I see the same consistant message.
          Now about study and learning.
          I do make it my thing to study and study the scriptures. I appreciate church history. As I told you, I read a book on Luther and wow! It was an eye opener about the church and were it has been and come from. But is was not an eye opener about the scriptures. I have listened to the teachings of the “overt so-called Calvinist” and have a book from another one of them. To me they are so far out in left field it isn’t funny.
          As I said in the past… I have nothing to recommend me to men. Even saying this, I have to let the word of God stand by itself and not try to interpret the hope of the gospel through the lens history. I don’t see were we are instructed to do that anyway in scripture.

      • Dave: Yes I believe in the progressive revelation of the Holy Scripture, the OT to the New. And the line between the Old Covenant and the New is not always easy to see in the early Church, especially in the Book of Acts. It is not until we see the situation in Acts 15, and the debate over the Gentiles keeping the Law, and then even later in Galatians; and too Paul’s Prison Letters, like Ephesians, etc. I speak theologically and not dispensationally here. But we can note too 2 Cor. 3. Paul was always, as the Apostle to the Gentiles, seeking to pronounce the Gospel of the Grace of God. And here the Law was always but a ‘tutor” to press us toward Christ! (Gal. 4:1-7) Btw, here we see the grand teaching of both Luther and Calvin, with their teaching of ‘Law & Gospel’!

        *Note, I have at least three selves of books just about Luther and his theology. This does not count Luther’s Works itself! So keep reading mate! 😉

  4. I am enjoying the conversation between you two guys. Thanks for keeping it ‘lovely.’ Humble and honest discussion of scripture is a beautiful thing.

    ‘And here the Law was always but a ‘tutor” to press us toward Christ! ‘ I like that. For eighteen years I taught severly disabled students …many with Cerebral Palsey. I would observe them and recall how my own healthy children’s infantile reflexive movements developed and became normally integrated into higher controlled/purposed movements. But, of course, for the CP kids the integration was blocked. And since we can see God in all things, I would see these things and consider the law as ‘schoolmaster’ for the greatest Law (‘Mt 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.) . Like the infantile movements we began with, there is no understanding of Grace without understanding the place and purpose of the Law. They are one and the same…integrated to the higher reflex of Grace and its fruits produced from a regenerated heart and mind like unto that of Christ’s. If one has the ability/strength/endurance, one must crawl, walk….then run the race to the finish line. It’s a mystery…lol…but I am talking about carnality being integrated into morality of the God kind…Law and Grace…Christ and the Church.

    Lol..don’t try to understand what I just said :). I’m not sure I understand it myself. But I do feel it in my heart :).

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