The journey of a nerd who loves the Lord

“I have been writing this volume while residing in Germany for a teaching trip. I am humbled by penning these 95 theses in the same country as Martin Luther did many years ago. I submit these to the evangelical church of our day and pray that God would allow anything of truth in these pages to bend and change men’s hearts back to God.” – Greg Gordon –

It is useless for large companies of believers to spend long hours begging God to send revival. Unless we intend to reform we may as well not pray. Unless praying men have the insight and faith to amend their whole way of life to conform to the New Testament pattern there can be no true revival. – A.W. Tozer

I am currently reviewing and commenting on  95 theses to the modern evangelical church “revised” by Greg Gordon.  The following discusses false gospels.

Thesis 37

No other evangelical phraseology has caused more damage to true gospel preaching then this simple coined phrase: ‘we are all just sinners saved by grace.

Ephesians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,  To God’s holy people in Ephesus,[a] the faithful in Christ Jesus:

Hebrews 6:11-12 We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. 12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

Hebrews 10:26-27  If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.

Living in Utah, I get multiple opportunities to speak with others of various faiths.  I hear the criticism of ‘easy believism’ quite often.  God gives us forgiveness freely, but that does not mean that we do not have to lay down our lives.  In fact, Jesus makes it quite clear that we must love God more than anything or anyone else.  And love, in the BIble, is a verb, requiring action.

The Bible warns us that many will say “Lord, Lord” and he will say “I knew you not.”  The Bible also makes it clear that without works and fruit of the Spirit in our lives, we have a dead faith that does not lead to salvation.  The next thesis goes into more detail.

 

Thesis 38

There is a gospel message that keeps men sinners and never allows them to change and become saints in actual experience.

1 John 2:29 If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.

Colossians 3:5-8 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.[a] 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.

Titus 3:8 The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people.

In churches, we teach that if you accept Jesus into your heart, you are saved and are going to heaven.  It’s a simple message.  However, it also leads men into a faith that bears no fruit.  True, saving faith goes hand in hand with repentance and a holy desire to press towards the characteristics of God (holiness).  The vast majority of Americans remain unchanged, however, after hearing the message preached and saying a prayer of acceptance.

The Bible makes it clear that those who live in sin will not enter the kingdom of heaven.  Does your life look like every other person around you, or is it marked by the Holiness of God?  You cannot have a true encounter with a Holy God and remained unchanged.

 

Thesis 39

The warning of Christ is against this gospel where professors of religion are forbidding people to be a part of the holy body of Christ.

Matthew 23:13 But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in.

Psalm 119:1-2 Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord!  Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart…

2 Peter 1:3-4 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.

I have heard numerous church leaders say something along the lines of “God’s law is holy, good…and we are actually unable to keep it.”

I am not suggesting that we are completely free from sin once we accept Jesus as our Lord.  However, those who walk after Jesus cannot also walk in sin.  The Bible makes it clear that we cannot serve two masters.  If someone lives a life of sin, they cannot be a follower of Christ…. regardless of how sincere they prayed in the past.

By His Grace,
JCServant

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