Blind Bible Scholars

August 29, 2012

Friends,
There are some doctrines within evangelicalism which, if not believed, are considered by the majority to make a person somewhat heretical.  Some of these non-negotiable doctrines are true, but there are at least two that are false.  These are “Once Saved, Always Saved” and “Calvinism”.  If someone admits that they do not believe one or both of these, he is often lectured and ridiculed, and if this doesn’t change his mind, he is marginalized like someone who refuses to believe, or at least doesn’t understand, the true Gospel.

So, to avoid this, what is the common response of those who disbelieve or question the validity of OSAS or Calvinism?  The common response appears to be silence, or even an attempt to try, in their own minds, to reconcile these false doctrines with God’s Word.  But what this shows, is that, to them, being accepted by men is more important than holding to the Truth.

What happens then, is that because few people are standing up to state that the OSAS and Calvinism doctrines are not part of true Christianity, the timidity spreads and so then does the falsehood itself and people’s ignorance.  For when a lie is allowed to flourish, the more people it will deceive.

How is this situation any different than when the Truth was first being preached by Jesus and the apostles?  We read that back then many people believed in Jesus, but because they were intimidated by the teachers of the law, and because they did not want to be put out of the synagogue, they kept their beliefs quiet.

But do scholars of Scripture always know the Truth?  Did the scribes, Pharisees, and teachers of the law in Jesus’ day recognize the One whom the Scriptures were referring to –the very Scriptures they’d been studying so diligently?  No, they didn’t.  They were completely blinded by their own arrogance and sin, and they thus opposed, hated, and eventually killed the Messiah.  But they were wrong –because their doctrine was wrong, unrighteous, and of the devil.

Let the grave error of those Scripture-teachers be a warning to us all.  Let us take heed and not allow some other “scholar” to teach us the Truth of the Gospel, but instead study God’s Word on our own, in depth, and by the anointing of the Spirit of God.  And when we find out the false doctrines that are being taught within Christianity, let us stand up boldly, and in the Spirit of the Lord, expose these religious falsehoods and faithfully proclaim only the Truth.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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