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)!

 

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