Which Preachers are Unbelievers?

Let’s get one thing clear. I am not against preachers or pastors in any way shape or form! Most pastors do a lot of work with very little thanks. They often receive critism for doing one thing wrong, and not appreciated for the 99 things they did right. Pastors have one of the greatest callings on earth to teach and shepherd God’s people! But, with this call comes a great deal of responsibility. Pastors will account to God for what they teach their people to Believe and practice. This information is to sound the alarm that there is false teaching being promoted by some, that is keeping believers from experiencing the Christ centered, and victorious life their Savior died to give them. I am greatly disturbed about what is being promoted as “solutions” for Believers in their pursuit of deliverance from sin. There is only One Solution. There is only One Way to access it’s benefits.

What can make living the Christian life complicated, is the bombardment of false teaching that is prevalent. You can turn on “Christian” television and here one preacher tell you the answer for sin is one thing. And, the next preacher will tell you it is something else. Common sense tells you somebodies lying! And, I am sure each one truly Believes what they are saying. But, it has to line up with the foundation upon which all doctrine is laid. None of us know all truth. But, we have to have the foundation of our Faith correct. It is what all other doctrines are built upon. The foundation of our Faith is Jesus Christ and Him crucified (1 Cor. 2:1-2, 3:10-11). This is where redemption was won and from where all of it’s benefits flow. The ONLY Way to access them is by Faith (Rom. 3:20-28, Gal. 2:19-21). Any way that anyone tries to change this Divine Design, is wrong according to the Bible. If you claim to be a minister of the Bible, you need to know The Story of the Bible.

Having preachers alter The Message in some way, is nothing new. When comparing Old Covenant times to New Covenant times, Peter said “there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who bring in damnable heresies” (2 Pet. 2:1). There will always be Unbelievers who are leaders within “churches”. They won’t appear to be an Unbeliever. But, they will lead you to Believe wrongly concerning God’s Redemptive Plan for humanity. And what you Believe is the only Way you are saved. A “damnable heresy” is any belief system that is contrary to redemption by grace through Faith alone. Any belief system that detours you from Believing in the Divine Design of God’s redemptive plan, is jeopardizing your redemption. The apostle Paul recorded in his letters that he was constantly praying for, worried about and teaching Believers by proclaiming the truth and simultaneously countering the onslaught of false teaching. Why the concern? He knew those Believer’s behavior and continued redemption was dependent on what they Believed and had their Faith in. False teaching gets Believers sidetracked from looking to God exclusively for every aspect of redemption. It gets their focus off what the Bible says and onto the latest fad. It gets their focus on themselves, and keeps it off The Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. The main battle that the founders of our FAITH was constantly fighting, was for Believers to live by Grace and not to live by Law. These are the only two processes a Believer has to regulate their thinking by, and thereby their life. Every Believer is either living by the means of law, or the means of grace. There are no other processes to live by. In the first century church, Believers would be saved by grace through Faith, and then someone would introduce some form of law for them to be (1) “truly” initially redeemed, or (2) to maintain their relationship with God, or (3) to continue to experience the benefits of their redemption. The same battle over the same issues the “founders” of our Faith faced in the first century church, continues in the modern church today.

So, lets state what the Bible says concerning (1) How to receive initial redemption. “The word is near you, even in your mouth, and in your heart: that is, the word of Faith, which we preach; that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall Believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart man Believes unto Righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto Salvation. For the Scripture says, whosoever Believes on Him shall not be ashamed. For whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved” (Rom. 10:8-11,13). “Therefore by the deeds of the Law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight: for by the Law is the knowledge of sin. Where is the boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No: but by the Law of Faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by Faith without the deeds of the Law” (Rom. 3:20, 27-28). Have you been born again? It doesn’t matter how good a person you have tried to be. It doesn’t matter if you are a member of a church or religious organization. It doesn’t matter how many good things you have done or how many people you have helped in life, if you have never by FAITH trusted God with your eternal destiny. Have you trusted in Christ’s righteousness to be your only righteousness? If you never have exclusively trusted in Jesus Christ’s death on The Cross to receive forgiveness for your sin, and haven’t experienced redemption where His Spirit dwells within your heart, now is your time. Don’t let this moment go by without whispering a few simple words. Ask God to forgive you, and grant you His redemption. Tell Him you BELIEVE and want to accept His Solution for your sin problem. It is that simple. He will save you. He will redeem you so you will know, without ANY doubts, that you are born-again by His Spirit (John 3:3).

The Bible says that (2) Believers have to maintain The Faith that initially allowed them to receive redemption in order to maintain their relationship with God. “Therefore being Justified by Faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: by whom also we have access by Faith into this grace wherein we STAND (remain in this Faith), and rejoice in hope of the glory of God” (Rom. 5:1-2). “And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more Offering for sin (no other sacrifice is needed, Jesus Christ paid it all). Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the Holiest (into the presence of God) by the BLOOD of JESUS, by a new and living way (the New Covenant), which is consecrated for us, through the veil (in the Old Covenant this seperated mankind from the presence of God), that is to say, His flesh (refers to when JESUS offered up Himself on The Cross to be the Sacrifice for sin which allows sinful man into the presence of God); and having an High Priest over the house of God (Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and sinful man); let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of Faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water (Old Testament symbolism of purification from sin, which we now have by Faith in Christ). Let us hold fast (remember and keep) the profession of our Faith (Rom. 10:8-11,13) without wavering (never be moved from this); for He is faithful who promised (Hebrews 10:17-23)”. Maintaining your Faith is what Jesus has done for us may sound easy, but it is a difficult thing to do.

The Bible says that (3) Believers have to maintain The Faith that initially allowed them to receive redemption in order to continue experiencing the benefits of that redemption. “Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him” (Rom. 5:9). An aspect of the wrath of God, not often discussed, is described in Romans 1:18-32. There, it explains what happens when the unsaved reject the revelation that creation points toward, the fact that there must be a Creator. If they refuse to  acknowledge their Creator, God will remove some of the restraint from the sin nature having dominion in their lives. God isn’t making them sin. He is allowing them to live the sinful way they want. The principle is if “light” is rejected (illumination of the truth) then “light” will be withdrawn. This has to do with God allowing mankind a free will. He will not force anyone to serve Him. He will not force anyone to do right. God allows anyone to live in rebellion toward His plan for their life. Chapter 2 of Romans explains how the Jewish people who had the Law were being ruled by the sin nature as well. Although they had the perfect knowledge from God of what “right” living looks like, this knowledge wasn’t the means to righteousness or disarming the power of sin. As well, the apostle Paul found out that a Believer could feel effects from the Law of Sin even after being saved! (Rom. 7:23). “For we know that the Law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I understand not: for what I would, that do I not: but what I hate, that I do (Rom. 7:14-15). “But I see another Law in my members, warring against the Law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the Law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from this body of death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Rom. 7:23-25a) This is not describing a Believer being completely dominated by the Law of Sin. That complete domination was broken at conversion (Rom. 6:3-11). Instead, it is describing how a Believer can be saved, set free from the power of the sin nature, but then find themselves being dominated by it again in a particular area(s). One or more acts of sin will repeatedly manifest in their life. That is why Romans 7:12 informs Believers to not let sin “reign” in their mortal body. This means a Believer can allow the sin nature to reign in their mortal body! It seems Paul’s struggle, after his initial redemption, concerned coveting (Romans 7:8). Paul struggled with the sin nature dominating him in this area until he was shown the answer to overcome it. “For the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the Law of Sin and Death. For what the Law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirements of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Rom. 8:2-4). “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He who raised up Christ from the dead shall quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit who dwells in you” (Rom. 8:11). When Believers try to have victory over sin in their lives by means of the flesh, they are frustrating the grace of God from working in their life (Gal. 2:21). To a certain degree, they begin to experience the wrath of God in their daily life. They are putting themselves back under the Law of Sin, when they should be living by the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus (Rom. 8:2). This benefit isn’t automatic. But, the only thing a Believer has to do to experience freedom is place all of their Faith in what Christ did at The Cross! The process that allows us unhindered relationship with God, is the same process that allows the Holy Spirit latitude to enable victory over sin and the powers of darkness. You have to Keep Believing that. Again, that sounds simple, but is one of the hardest things to do.