Hatred of Scripture
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.
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.
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.
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.
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;
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,
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.