Instructors Must Teach, “Follow The Instructions Precisely”

November 3, 2014

I have been waiting for Mark to give us support, using God’s Word (not statements from “theologians”), for this statement of his: “Justification is a one-time declaration by the Lord declaring our sins will no longer be counted against us.” By using the word “will” Mark implies that this includes sins committed after the justification declaration. But is this what God’s Word teaches? It does not. (John 15:6 // Heb. 3:12-19 w/ 1 Cor. 10:1-12) In fact, the person who has been “sanctified by the blood of the Covenant” (Heb. 10:29) yet insults the Spirit Of Grace (same verse) by continuing to deliberately sin (v. 26), will be punished more severely than those who were underprivileged in knowing better. (v. 29 // Mt. 11:24 // Luke 12:47,48 // 2 Peter 2:20-22) Mark’s statement, which comes from the teachings of the Calvinists and other OSAS groups, is a twisting of God’s Word, and it gives license for a continuation in sinfulness, which is rebellion against Christ’s authority. (Jude 1:4) By having omitted what is necessary in order to present the Truth of the Gospel, their doctrinal statement becomes the foundation for a false gospel.

The Gospel, as found in the Word of God, can be summarized like this: “Justification has been declared by God, by His grace, for the whole human race, through the atoning sacrifice of Christ (1 John 2:2), but applicable only for those who, by faith / trust in Jesus as Savior and Lord (Rom. 3:23-26 & 10:9-11), choose to step into this grace and new life (2 Cor. 5:17-21), doing so by confessing and renouncing their sins (Rom. 6:1,2 // Eph. 4:21-24 // 1 John 1:9 w/ 2:1), and by abiding in this clean position through their diligent obedience to Christ, this being accomplished by believing and putting into practice everything God’s Word and Spirit says and commands. (Mt. 12:50 & 19:17 // John 10:27 & 15:1-10 // Rom. 8:9 // 1 John 3:24) Of course there are less cumbersome ways to say that and to expound on it, but the whole Truth is the Gospel, and no main points are to be omitted, added, or twisted.

I am also waiting for Mark to point out where I have taught the statement which he essentially claims that I teach: “If I am not absolutely sinless God is going to reject me.” Just as he allows himself to twist God’s Word, he also allows himself to twist my words. Nevertheless, honest readers can see that I teach striving consistently for perfection by utilizing the Word and Spirit whom God has equipped us with in order to accomplish that goal.

In my latest response to Mark at my comment page, I said, “I teach packing the parachute correctly and not being at all careless.” That comes from an analogy the Lord gave me that day –that obedience to God, and teaching others about it, can be likened to a skydiving instructor teaching others to pack their chutes. Precision is of utmost importance. But what if an instructor tells his students that non-precision in packing a chute is acceptable? Well, of course the consequences concerning his students’ fates would undoubtably be disastrous.

What about an instructor who insists that packing one’s parachute is to be done, every time, with extreme care? Is this not how an instructor should instruct? Of course. Does he deride those who are beginners and who thus make mistakes? No, but he double-checks each fold and reminds them about how to do it and the importance of doing so. On the other hand, if anyone who should know better is repeatedly careless, that instructor will likely exclude that foolish one from his class.

Now, let’s imagine that the permissive instructor comes over to the careful instructor and says something like this: “Why are you being so hard on your students?! Everyone makes mistakes. Your insistence on packing chutes perfectly is causing paranoia amongst the students.”

I don’t think I really need to elucidate much more there. Can not any reasonable person understand that it is of great importance to instruct others to follow exact directions? It is not cruel or insensitive to do so, but it is actually cruel, insensitive, –and wicked– not to do so. Doesn’t neglecting to mention one turn while giving directions to a physical location send a person off course? And isn’t it important that a recipe be followed precisely if a restaurant owner wants his food to taste just so? How much more important is it to follow instructions concerning one’s eternal future?!

But, unfortunately, we seem to have teachers who refuse to understand the importance. “Following Christ’s instructions do not have to be followed exactly or all of the time,” they say. “For no one is perfect.” They are like that skydiving instructor who says, “Following the instructions for packing your chute do not have to be followed exactly or all of the time. For, of course, no one is perfect.”

So, we understand that a conscientious skydiving instructor is meticulous in parachute packing every time and that he always aims for perfection. However, we also know that even he, especially if he is packing chutes all day, every day, is not immune from slip-ups. But, does he take care to get enough sleep, food, exercise, and practice, to not be found carousing or neglectful, and to rehearse the instructions often for the benefit of himself and others? Certainly he does these things so that neither he nor his students fall prey to mistakes, slothfulness, –or death.

Now let’s decide which type of “skydiving instructor” the Scriptures portray Jesus to be. Though we could pick almost any verse, let’s pick just this one –Mt. 5:29. There Jesus says, “If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into Hell.” If those “spiritual teachers / Bible teachers” who are nervous about others being offended (or becoming paranoid about going to Hell) would meditate even on this one verse, it should cause them to change their lack of fervency in regards to teaching others the importance of renouncing and quitting sin.

Mark also asked me this in his latest comment: “As an aside, I would be curious to know who are your favorite authors, Christian speakers and/or pastors? Anyone of note?” Is Mark not trying to determine whether or not he approves of those I may have listened to so that he can more quickly determine the extent of his approval of me? Yet 2 Cor. 10:12 tells us that those who try to classify, compare, commend, or measure others by others are not wise. “Those who say, ‘I follow Paul’ and another, ‘I follow Apollos’ are acting like mere men.” (See 1 Cor. 3:4) Such men are worldly (v. 3), “mere infants in Christ.” (v. 1) Our approval before God comes from Him alone (2 Cor. 10:18) and that is what we seek. (Gal. 1:10) Whether or not other Spirit-filled people have helped in our learning process, our doctrine is to come directly from the Spirit of Christ who is/indwells the Word and who dwells in His followers. (v. 11,12 // 1 John 2:27) Thus the doctrine which a person teaches should be judged by how accurately that doctrine lines up with that taught in God’s Word. So, if I am backing up what I teach by quoting directly from THE Authority –the Word of God– why should it matter one bit to Mark what humans I’ve listened to? Needless to say, I find Mark’s question inappropriate.

Theological discussions can be worthwhile as well as enjoyable. However, it is necessary that both parties are straight-forward and honest, non-evasive, do not steer toward rabbit trails, do admit it when it has been pointed out that God’s Word has just been contradicted, and when Scripture is handled correctly to support every belief that is held and taught.

with love,

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