February 28, 2010 No Substitute Update

No Substitute Update

 

An interesting Associated Press article was circulated on Friday, February 12, 2010, by OneNewsNow.com.  It read: “A poll of members of the Presbyterian Church USA shows a significant percentage of them now reject the exclusivity of the gospel message…that 36% of members disagreed or strongly disagreed with the statement: ‘only followers of Jesus Christ can be saved’…another 39%…agreed or strongly agreed with the statement.”  That leaves 25% who, apparently, are undecided about John 14.6.  This is not the first time that evil has crept in to change fundamental beliefs in Christian churches.  This lesson describes the confrontation.

 

Christianity is absolute, not relative.

  • God has consistently proclaimed the message of Isaiah 45.22 from the Garden until today. 
  • Apparently, then, the Presbyterian problem expressed above is intermarriage with spouses who follow other gods.  See Exodus 34.11-17.

 

  • Why is God so absolute as His statement in Exodus 20.3.

 

Pharisees were relative, not absolute, followers of God.

  • Jesus called them sons of the devil, in John 8.44.

 

  • Jesus confronted their behavior with the question in Matthew 15.3 that still resonates today.  Note Jesus’ words in Matthew 15.6. 

 

  • Would He say this about the Presbyterian 61%?

 

 

Relativism continues its attack among believers.

  • The Apostle Paul could have been commenting about the degradation of the world’s people in 1 Corinthians 5.1-13.  He was not the first to condemn such sexual perversion. 

 

Jacob recognized in Genesis 49.4 the aberrant behavior of his firstborn son, Reuben, in

Genesis 35.22 and a chronologist recorded the result in 1 Chronicles 5.1. 

Leviticus 18.6-8 expresses God’s displeasure, in His rules for a normal society.

 

  • Paul’s solution was to cast this demon-possessed one from the congregation

(1 Corinthians 5.7 and 1Corinthians 11-12) and to ‘deliver such a one to satan for the destruction of the flesh’ (verse 5; see 1Timothy 1.18-20 also). 

Like God had said, purge evil from the congregation; Numbers 25.1-9.

 

  • John the Baptist’s confrontation with Israel’s King Herod upheld another of God’s rules for a normal society. 

 

Compare Matthew 14.3-4 to Leviticus 18.16 and Leviticus 20.21.

Herod lost badly in the end; Acts 12.20-24.

 

  • Despite the Apostle Peter’s proclamation of truth in Acts 4.8-12, he wrote to warn and encourage Christians to hold onto the purity of their faith in Jesus. 

Read his words in 1 Peter 4.1-6 (especially verse 3) and 1Peter 5.8-9. 

 

In 2 Peter 2.1-22, he warns about teachers of relativism and describes, in verses 7-8, how this affected Lot, Abraham’s nephew in Sodom and Gomorrah;

see also Genesis 19.4-5 and Genesis 13.12-13 and Ezekiel 16.49-50 (note ‘idleness’).

 

 

 

What to do. 

John offers a similar instruction in 1 John 4.4-6 to Paul’s in

1 Corinthians 11.1 and Hebrews 6.12. 

 

Be ‘Berean’ (Acts 17.11)!

February 14, 2010 No Substitute

 

No Substitute

 

An interesting Associated Press article was circulated on Friday, February 12, 2010, by OneNewsNow.com. 

It read: “A poll of members of the Presbyterian Church USA shows a significant percentage of them now reject the exclusivity of the gospel message…that 36% of members disagreed or strongly disagreed with the statement: ‘only followers of Jesus Christ can be saved’…another 39%…agreed or strongly agreed with the statement.” 

That leaves 25% who, apparently, are undecided about John 14.6.  This is not the first time that evil has crept in to change fundamental beliefs in Christian churches.  This lesson describes the confrontation.

 

Christianity is absolute, not relative.

God has consistently proclaimed the message of Isaiah 45.22 from the Garden until today.

When unpacking the Ten Commandments to Moses, God declares the seriousness of relative allegiance in Exodus 22.20. 

He meant what He said in Exodus 20.1-7.

This was to continue forever, as I believe was the message of His warning in

Exodus 34.11-17.

Apparently, then, the Presbyterian problem expressed above is intermarriage with spouses who follow other gods.

Why is God so absolute as His statement in Exodus 20.3; because He knows there is no salvation apart from Himself; Isaiah 45.22.

 

Pharisees were relative, not absolute, followers of God.

Jesus called them sons of the devil, in John 8.44, for not accepting Him as Messiah. 

In John 15.24 and John 14.11, He reminded them that He was the One they should have been looking for to fulfill Deuteronomy 18.18 and Exodus 34.10.

Jesus confronted their behavior with the question in Matthew 15.3 that still resonates today. 

Over the centuries from God declaring Exodus 20.3, periods of ‘enlightenment’ had distracted succeeding leaders into intermarriage and the weakening of future progeny. 

Note Jesus’ words in Matthew 15.6. 

Creeping evil continues to weaken the line; see Isaiah 14.12-15. 

Remember the Apostle Paul’s encouragement in Colossians 2.8-10.

Other examples of Pharisees’ relative faith are seen in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount

(Matthew 5-7) and in His scathing rebuke in Matthew 23.1-36. 

Note, especially, His description of ‘relativity’ in Matthew 23.27-28; the result of ‘intermarriage’.

Would He say this about the Presbyterian 61%?

Jesus declared God’s absoluteness in John 8.31-32 and John 17.17!

 

Relativism continues its attack within the church.

Despite the Apostle Peter’s proclamation of truth in Acts 4.8-12, he wrote to warn and encourage Christians to hold onto the purity of their faith in Jesus. 

Read his words in 1 Peter 4.1-6 and 1Peter 5.8-9.  In 2 Peter 2.1-22, he warns about teachers of relativism and describes, in verses 7-8, how this affected Lot, Abraham’s nephew in Sodom and Gomorrah.

In his discussion of this in 1 John 2.18 through 1John 4.6, John gives three verses for overcoming relativism’s attack: 1John 2.24, 1John 3.7, and 1John 4.4. 

See also 2 John 9-11 and 3 John 11.

 

What to do. 

John offers a similar instruction in 1 John 4-6 to Paul’s in

1 Corinthians 11.1 and Hebrews 6.12. 

 

Be ‘Berean’ (Acts 17.11)!