Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Apostasy Part 4


Does God allow members of the body of Christ to actually teach and preach a false gospel?  


Galatians 1:6-7
I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospelWhich is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

1 Corinthians 3:10-15
 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;  Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.  If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.   If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

Their work will be tried; whatever they build up will be tried by fire.  Notice that even if a man’s work is burned, he himself shall be saved.  He is not the issue; but his works, his sanctification; his service is the issue at the judgment seat of Christ.  Those could all be burned up, but Christ abideth faithful and he cannot deny himself. 

That so-called minister, who is not teaching the truth, but a false gospel, is saved and is still going to heaven—could this also show that he was never saved at all?  It’s possible, but there is no way that we would know that.  There are lost people preaching and teaching a false gospel on the radio and television and from pulpits and they’re lost. When they die or the rapture occurs, they will not go to heaven; God will deal with them.

But saved men can also preach a false gospel.  They abuse God’s grace; they don’t listen to Paul; they don’t rightly divide the word.  It is not our job to try to determine if they are saved or not.  We can’t know for sure anyway; only God knows.

1 Thessalonians 2:4
But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.

You can ask someone what they are trusting in for salvation.  But a person could have trusted Jesus Christ 30 years prior to your asking them that question.  They could have been in a church since then that didn’t teach them a thing about sanctification or even the truth of the gospel.  Maybe they just read it for themselves in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4.  Maybe on the way to their apostate church they heard it from a radio broadcast like ours that makes the gospel of grace clear.  They get saved and go to heaven and are surprised there isn’t anyone else from their church there. 

We don’t know who is saved and who is not.  What we do know is that we ought to share a clear gospel with them so that if they were saved but are now confused we can help them understand.  If they only think they are saved but they are not, we can help them get saved.

But to look at someone who is preaching a false gospel, or who is not living an acceptable Christian life according to denominational expectations (they each have a different view), and say that they are not saved or were never saved or that they lost their salvation is nonsense.  That is not how Paul talks.  Paul says that if you are truly saved by God’s grace, then you are saved and you can’t lose it.

Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

How long is eternity?  Forever!

Romans 11:29
For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

He never changes his mind; it’s a (free) gift; you’re in Christ.  He promised you to his Son; you belong to Christ no matter how carnal or unbelieving your conduct is.

So assume that the “Christian” in apostasy is lost, particularly if they do not know right division (2 Timothy 2:15); and give them the clear gospel.  You stated in your question that you know that we are saved by grace alone and not by any works that we do, and that we don’t do any works to keep our salvation.  Well there it is!

Men can be a part of the body of Christ and teach and preach but chose not to believe Paul.  Many did in his day and still do today.  I plan to explain how to share your faith - the Romans Road (to salvation) - in a radio program soon and we will post it on YouTube; so stay tuned!

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