July 5, 2016
Thank you for inquiring about where you can find all my articles against Calvinism. I never created a category for it but instead, in numerous posts, I have often discussed that false doctrine. However, I have often wished I had made a category for it, so this morning I went searching through my blog for where I wrote about it. Below are the links of many that I found. Hopefully these will assist your study.
Here is my new link under the “Sermons” section:
Holding to the Lord and His Truth is our freedom and salvation. (John 8:31-36) May the Lord bless you and all of us who seek Him diligently and who try to please Him continuously.
May 26, 2016
God is sovereign and can therefore require whatever He wants of the humans He has created. His Word reveals that He has ordered us humans to respond with obedience to the revelations and commands He has given and that this is the way to abide in Eternal Life. (Mt. 19:17 // 1 John 3:24) In other words, God, being the sovereign ruler of the universe, has decreed a law that humans participate, thus act upon, all that He has told them to do, and to do so with willing and eager fervency. (Mark 12:30 w/ John 14:15)
This being the case, let’s think through the misleading doctrine of “Faith Alone” that teaches that salvation is all a work of God and that we humans have no ability to take part in our salvation. Let’s ask: If this gospel message states that salvation is “by faith alone”, then is faith not something we do? Moreover, why is it also stated that salvation is “by grace alone” and “by Scripture alone” and “by Christ alone”, if it is only “by faith alone”? Is this not contradictory and nonsensical talk?
Is faith necessary for a person to be saved? Yes, but one’s faith must be in Christ. And is it necessary that one’s faith be in the true Christ –the One who is revealed in the Scriptures? Yes. So if salvation requires that we have faith, have faith in Christ, and have faith in the Christ whom Scripture reveals, is this all it takes? Or is the grace of God also necessary? Of course –God’s grace (His mercy, kindness, forgiveness, and pardon) is also necessary.
Then what about obedience? What about holding to Christ’s teaching so that we can know the Truth that sets us free? What about following Him, putting His words into practice, and walking in the will of the Father? Doesn’t Scripture tell us over and over that these things are necessary as well? It does. And what about our effort in doing so? How can anyone teach that effort is not necessary when Jesus warned us to “make every effort to enter” salvation (Luke 13:24) and Peter taught the same? (2 Pe. 1:5-11 & 3:14-18) Shouldn’t the mantra then be, “Grace alone, faith alone, Christ alone, Scripture alone, Truth alone, effort alone, obedience alone, and the Father’s will alone”? Oh, and shouldn’t, “…and perseverance till the end alone” be added also? For Jesus says, “The person who endures till the end will be saved.” (Mt. 24:13) However, if all these things are necessary, then why even use the word “alone”?!
Let’s ask this: Does salvation require that a person walk in the will of the Father? Yes. Jesus affirms in Mt. 7:21 that it does. There He says, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but only he who is doing the will of My Father who is in Heaven.” So rather than saying, “Salvation is by faith alone”, wouldn’t it be more correct to say, “Salvation is by living, and continuing to live, in the will of the Lord alone”? To live in the will of the Lord means that one must believe in Christ and the Gospel, and believe it enough to obey it, follow it, abide in it, and thus be walking the path of eternal life. To teach that one must live in the Father’s will (which means to be consistently obeying Christ’s teaching) in order to be saved, certainly implies faith, for without faith no one could do it. Indeed, to live in the Father’s will, a person must be walking in the Spirit’s power, and in order to do that, a person must have faith. Consequently, to teach “Faith Alone” is terribly misleading, for as Ja. 2:24 also informs us, we are justified by what we do and not by faith alone. Even the demons have a type of faith. They know who Jesus is and what He has done.
So what about the doctrine we keep hearing that teaches that salvation is all of God and humans are completely passive recipients? Is such doctrine true? It is not. It is a doctrinal system made up by men. They use the Word of God, but they twist it as they incorporate the teachings of men. Therefore, by promoting a counterfeit, their listeners are not set free. Rather, it is by adhering to the True Doctrine as revealed in God’s Word, that we are set free, enabled to keep walking in freedom, and are thus eternally saved.
God ordered that humans be co-participants with Him in their salvation. Being that He is sovereign, God was fully entitled to pronounce this binding law, and, as a result, with a whole Bible revealing what God expects of us, we humans are left without excuse.
June 11, 2015
Remember the account of Elijah on Mount Carmel in 1 Kings chapter 18? It was a showdown between Baal (which means “lord”) and the LORD (YHWH / Yahweh), and it revealed who was the true God. It was a confrontation in which the LORD Most High showed Himself to be the mighty and true God.
I want to point out something from verse 21. Addressing the assembled people, Elijah said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” The expectation is that whoever is the true God should be followed (listened to and obeyed). The rebuke is about wavering between two opinions –about being indecisive about which lord is to be followed. Of course, being Elijah was the LORD’s prophet, then it is implied that to come to the wrong conclusion warrants sharp rebuke as well.
There is something else we should take note of here. But let’s first look at Mt. 12:24 when the Pharisee accused Jesus of driving out demons “by Beelzebub, the prince of demons.” In verse 25, Jesus responded by stating that every kingdom, city, or household divided against itself cannot stand. He then states, “If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself” (v. 26), and then Jesus goes on to contrast demons (supposedly) driven out by Beelzebub with demons driven out by the Spirit of God. (v. 27,28)
Beelzebub is a name for the devil, and Mt. 12:24-28 is a confirmation of that. The Pharisees mentioned Beelzebub and Jesus responded by using that name and the name “Satan” interchangeably. By the way, Beelzebub means “lord of the flies” or “lord of the air” (see Eph. 2:2) and even came to mean, “lord that, like dung, attracts flies”.
Now let’s go to 1 Cor. 10:20 which tells us that “the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God.” But did the ancient idol-worshipers think they were worshiping legitimate gods? Certainly that is what most of them believed themselves to be doing. And this, undoubtably, is what most modern-day idol-worshipers believe as well. Even those who don’t bow to a statue, along with those who believe in one God (as opposed to many gods), and who offer their god prayers, money, time, service, and other forms of obedience, certainly believe they are paying homage to the true God.
But are they? Are Hindus worshiping gods or demons? It’s easy to determine that they are worshiping demons. For they worship multitudes of gods, yet there is only one true God. What about Mormons? Do their beliefs line up with the Scriptures? No. They twist God’s Word and add to it. So their god is not the true God.
Is Allah, the god of the Muslims, the true God? No. Allah has no son, but YHWH does, and His name is Jesus. Furthermore, Allah, who the Quran states many times is “the best deceiver” (3:54, 7:99, 8:30, 10:21, 13:42, 27:50) sounds like Satan of whom Jesus said is “the father of lies”. (John 8:44) Yet God’s (true) Word says that God cannot lie. (Num. 23:19 // 1 Sam. 15:29 // Titus 1:2 // Heb. 6:18) Moreover, being that the Quran orders Allah-worshipers to maim and murder any non-Muslims they can (Quran 2:191-193, 5:33, 9:5, etc.), certainly makes Allah seem to possess Satan’s vehement-like attributes. Truly, Allah is not YHWH, the Creator and Most High God, the LORD.
What about New-Agers or those who claim to love Jesus yet who do not obey His words? Are they worshiping the true God? They are not. They are praying to themselves (as did the Pharisee in Luke 18:11) or to a different jesus (2 Cor. 11:4), meaning a deceiving demonic spirit. (1 Tim. 4:1 // 1 John 4:1)
Now let’s go to 2 Kings, ch. 1. Here we see Ahaziah, an injured king of Israel, seeking consultation from Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron, a Philistine city. The LORD was insulted and angered by this and sent Elijah to inform the king that because of this sin, Ahaziah would be left bed-ridden and die.
But let’s look again at the name of Ekron’s god. It’s Baal-Zebub. Yet as we saw in Mt. 12:24-28, the names Beelzebub and Satan were both used for the devil, the prince of demons.
Let’s remind ourselves of the 2 Cor. 6:14-18 passage about the necessity of separating from all that is unclean so that the Lord Almighty will receive us as His own. In verse 15 we read, “What harmony is there between Christ and Belial?” Instead of using “Belial”, some versions use “the devil” or “Satan”, because even though “belial” meant worthless, lawless, ungodly, and wicked in the Old Testament, it later became a name used for the devil.
Now one more thing we should take note of before we make a conclusion about all this. Back in 1 Kings 18:18 Elijah, in rebuking King Ahab and telling him to summon the people and the prophets of Baal to Mount Carmel, said, “You have abandoned the LORD’s commands and have followed the Baals / the Baalim / the various Baal gods.” So we see that Baal can be pluralized.
What then should we conclude about all this? Well, isn’t it clear that any worship that is not to the true God, YHWH, is worship directed toward demons, and particularly the prince of demons? Shouldn’t we recognize that service and obedience that is not ordered or received by the LORD is being given instead to another lord (Baal / Satan) and his evil kingdom?
It is no light thing to worship anyone or anything other than the LORD Almighty. To do so is to be worshiping Satan, even if a person thinks they are worshiping the true God. Believing something doesn’t make it so. We must believe the Truth and we must follow the True God. Those who think they are praying to, hearing from, and following the LORD, yet who are not, are deceived. They are under deception from the father of lies and from the demons who work for him.
All the modern talk about everyone’s religion being legitimate, everyone’s religion being okay and right for them, is playing right into the devil’s plan. Satan doesn’t care if he has to masquerade as the true God in order to get a following and get people to worship him. (2 Cor. 11:14) He will do what it takes. And he is doing just that.
But, as Elijah exhorted long ago, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” (1 Kings 18:21) We cannot follow both. For they are opposites. Consequently, if anyone does not follow the LORD, he is following Beelzebub, that prince of demons who attracts dung-eating flies.
June 4, 2014
Please read Israeliteindeed’s exhortation she posted today:
Here is the rest of it:
May 29, 2014
What powerful, convicting, filled-with-the-Spirit messages Israeliteindeed is writing for us!
What is our morality? Is it that of Christ Jesus, or is it that of the culture, even the “Christian” culture? If it is not that of the Lord, it is sin, and it is unable to bring salvation.
April 2, 2014
Grace… It’s a word which those in the counterfeit of Christianity like to throw around. They use it flippantly as they feign exaltation to the One who has lovingly extended it to mankind. However, by using the word to excuse a continuation in sin –something the Lord abhors and has not provided grace for– they actually profane God and His gifts.
God has not extended grace to us that we might be saved from sin’s wage while continuing to indulge in it. (Heb. 10:26-31) Grace was given to us that we would be freed up from the power of sin and thereby made fully capable of grabbing ahold of God’s power by which to conduct ourselves according to that which pleases God. (Rom. 6:14-23 & 8:3,4 // 2 Peter 1:3,4) The law was not able to provide this power for us (Rom. 6:14 & 7:11 & 8:3 // Heb. 7:18,19), but God’s Spirit makes us completely able to live the pure lives we are called to live. (Rom. 8:4 // 1 Thes. 4:7,8) If someone denies this ability, then that person does not know God and does not have His Spirit. (Rom. 8:9 // 3 John 1:11 // Jude 1:18,19) Such a person remains unsaved. (Rom. 8:13,14)
The counterfeit of Christianity is replete with the unsaved. Claiming to know God, they reveal by their sinfulness that they do not. (Titus 1:16) Showing off some style of godliness, they refuse to accept the power of God to live as new creations. (2 Tim. 3:5) But God’s Word commands that we do live new (holy) lives (2 Cor. 5:15,17 // 1 Peter 1:13-17) and it promises that born again people will indeed do so. (1 Peter 4:2 // 1 John 3:9)
What is the “grace to be given you [us] when Jesus Christ is revealed”? (1 Peter 1:13) It is the salvation of our souls –that goal of our faith which we are right now in the process of receiving (v. 9) –IF we are walking in faith that is genuine (v. 7), meaning faith that obeys God (Heb. 4:11 & 5:9) and refuses to disobey His will. (10:35-39) It is through this genuine faith that we stepped into that grace which God extended to the whole world through Christ’s atoning sacrifice. (1 John 2:2) Then there, by abiding in His grace, we are taught how to say “No” to all passions and attitudes that are unholy in God’s sight (Titus 2:11,12), for Christ redeemed us from all impurity that we might eagerly do that which is good. (v. 14 // Eph. 2:10)
Grace…. It is not a word to throw around irreverently or carelessly. It is a gift which God brought to the whole world through great sacrifice. It is a gift of His own divine nature, that nature which causes us to renounce all sin with finality. (Rom. 6:1,2 // 1 John 3:9)
Some will accept this grace and others will reject it. Of those who reject it, there are many who pretend they’ve accepted it even while they bend it, twist it, shove it, and squish it, desperate to get it to comply with their counterfeit. “Their condemnation is deserved.” (Rom. 3:8; see also 2 Cor. 11:15 and Titus 3:11)
April 1, 2014
April 1st, also known by some as April Fool’s Day, was a day, as I was growing up, to try to trick people. However, my dad, who has loved to play jokes on people so as to bring excitement and laughter and competing jokes into the equation, taught us to be careful with our ploys for humor and thrill. He told us that although tricks can be fun, they can also be used as means by which to damage property or to hurt or humiliate others, and that all such pranks are to be considered strictly forbidden. Tricks and jokes, he taught, need to be harmless. Certainly, this is a rule every child should have been taught by their parents.
But, sadly, not all parents taught their children such a rule, or if they did, many children have strayed from obeying it. Consequently, we have a world that is filled with trickery, and this fact can be seen and experienced in advertisements, in business, in relationships, and in religious doctrines.
Though trickery has created much loss in every aspect, the worst loss will be seen and experienced when multitudes stand before God at The Judgement and realize that they were following a false christ, another spirit, a counterfeit gospel. There they will stand –speechless, terrified, condemned– before the Holy God whose words they chose to ignore in order that they might indulge the senses of their flesh and indulge their desire to be accepted by men. Only then will they realize the foundation of their spirituality was a hoax. Only then will they realize they were deceived, tricked, blinded, captured. Only then will their eyes be opened to their horrible sins of laziness, of self-centeredness, of self-pity, and of pride –all of which blinded them to the trickery of the devil who loathed their soul and wanted them damned.
In a world full of deception, we are all at risk. We therefore must be vigilant concerning anything that subtracts or adds to what is taught in the Word of God, and to do this, we must know the Word of God VERY well. This knowledge is accomplished only by meditating on Scripture under the tutelage of God’s own Spirit; but this takes time –something many people won’t take.
There is only one way to God. All other “ways” are counterfeits.
Israeliteindeed sent out a warning yesterday about this issue. Click here: http://israeliteindeed.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/the-sensual-invasion/
I also clicked to read several more articles at that site. Here is one I highly recommend reading:
And here is another there:
God’s Word warns us that deception will grow stronger and stronger. May we all be on guard by knowing what His Word really teaches, by knowing intimately the One who wrote it, by being in constant communion with Him, and by carefully, diligently, and consistently obeying the commands of His Word and His Spirit.
May we not let ourselves be deceived.