The Error of Not Preaching Hell

May21, demons diagramAnother error common to various Christian denominations is the fear of preaching about hell. Jesus and his disciples certainly believed in and warned people about that place of punishment. So who are we not to warn

the wicked?

God expects us to admonish people about their sins. He spoke in Ezekiel 3:18 (KJV) about what he wants us to do. “When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.”May21a, Jesus teaches against false prophets

But God said through Ezekiel 3:19 (KJV) that, “Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity;

but thou hast delivered thy soul.”

Furthermore, the Bible says absolutely nothing about not hurting people’s feelings. In fact, hell angers people. Jesus forewarned his disciples in John 15:20 (KJV) when he said, “Remember the word that I said unto you, ‘The servant is not greater than his lord.’ If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.”

And some readers might be surprised that religious folks often oppose those who dare to preach the full counsel of God. Stephen really tore a strip out of the Pharisees in Acts 7:52 (KJV) when he burst out, “Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which showed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:”

May21b, game over, white print on blackThough people continue to become angry with me for insisting on what the Bible says, I intend to continue doing that in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Those who persecute Christians and assume they’re going to heaven are in for a rude shock when they die. May the Lord use my work to turn Sauls into Pauls.

My next post will be about treating God like a vending machine. That’s a blasphemous way to treat him but many believers make that mistake.

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The Born-Basically-Good Error

May17, baby boy, bare on blanket with toysAnother foolish idea certain Christians have is that people are born basically good. Just watching a two-year-old throwing a tantrum disproves that notion. Even so, here’s what the Bible says about us.

King David was called a man after God’s own heart, yet he wrote this in Psalms 51:5 (KJV). “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.”

This doesn’t mean his parents weren’t married but that he, like the rest of us, have that sin nature pulling us toward wickedness.

The Apostle Paul showed in 1 Corinthians 15:22 (KJV) how our federal head condemned us all to death by his monstrous sin against God. “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”May17a, baby boy beeing spoon-fed

But is there any good at all in humanity? Not according to Ecclesiastes 7:20 (KJV) which says, “For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.”

Psalms 14:3 (KJV) also leaves no doubt of our innate depravity. “They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”

And 3 John 1:11 (KJV) shows that we can only do good by the Lord’s rulership in our lives. “Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.”

I plan on pointing ouMay17b, SCALES drawingt this fallacy in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Far too many people who call themselves Christians aren’t actually born again. They’re churchgoers but they’re not saved and will tragically end up in hell. May the Lord use my book to steer them toward repentance.

Stay tuned for my post about a man who keeps being confused with somebody else. I know how annoying it is since people confuse me with my brother, Roy. We’re as different as Jesus and Satan but people still get confused.

 

The Sincerity Error

May14, cloud8Have you ever met people who chided you for condemning the errors of people’s faiths because they’re sincere about them? Since when does sincerity make anyt

hing right?

The Bible doesn’t say either way, yet it appears that Cain was sincere in his offering to God. But, as Genesis 4:5 (KJV) states, “But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.”

We learn from this verse that God expects to receive offerings in the way he prescribes. No matter how sincerely a person does things for the Lord, their efforts won’t be accepted by God unless they’re done his way.

I’m sure that many first-century Pharisees were sincere believers in their religious rites. But Jesus warned his disciples in John 16:2 (KJV) that, “They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.”May14a, Jesus and the woman caught in adultry

Today, we have zealous Muslims who believe what the Qu’ran says regarding coercing unwilling infidels and killing apostates. Does their sincerity absolve them of the charge of assault or murder?

Furthermore, a zealous Pharisee named Saul thought he was doing God service by persecuting Christians. But in Acts 9:4 (KJV), we read how Jesus himself confronted him about his sincere beliefs. “And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, ‘Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?'”

I could provide May14b, jihadimany more examples but you get the point. I’ll also tackle this subject in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Sincerity doesn’t make anything right, as naive believers think. They need reality to mug them in a way that will show how mistaken they are.

In my next post, I’ll deal with the notion that people are born basically good. That’s as wrong as wrong can be.

 

The Spiritualizing Error

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imilar to allegorizing biblical history, spiritualizing actual events is wrong. Studying the context of various verses shows whether the passages are historical or metaphorical. We don’t treat secular history that way so why do that to Holy Scripture?

One verse people have misunderstood is John 21:11 (KJV). “Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken.”

I heard that some preachers assumed that the hundred-and-fifty-three fish referred to some sort of code which, when deciphered, gave the secret of end times prophecy. The context is clear that the passage was an eyewitness account of the miracle Christ performed to show Peter that his job was no longer fishing for fish but for people.

Another verse which people wrench far out of its context is Isaiah 11:6 (KJV). “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.”

The first five verses of that chapter for tell the coming of Christ. To suddenly assume that the next few verses mean that we’ll have animals in the new world is totally alien to the context. Neither does this verse mean that we’ll get our beloved pets resurrected, as some people claim. The animals are analogous to adversaries finding peace with each other in Christ, the stem of Jessie.

People also misunderstood the meaning of that verse in 1 Chronicles 4:10 (KJV). “And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, ‘Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me!’ And God granted him that which he requested.”

A certain author, whose name I won’t mention, misled his followers to paste that verse on their bathroom mirror and recite it for twenty-one days so they could get whatever their wicked hearts desired. The meaning of the verse is obvious. God granted Jabez’ request because he was more honourable than his siblings. It isn’t a formula to get stuff from God.

It’s because of these misunderstandings that I’m writing my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Far too many sincere seekers are led astray by wicked people desiring fame and a following. I know since I was a victim of just such a man. By God’s grace, I escaped from error and into truth.

In my next post, I’ll deal with the error of not expecting rejection from non-believing friends.

 

The Allegory Error

May07, Mom reading a book while 3 kids play board gameAnother mistake liberal scholars make is to allegorize stories in the Bible. These folks regard biblical accounts as not being literal historical events but stories which make a moral point. For example, some scholars believe that Genesis chapter three is an allegory of how humanity lost its innocence as time went by.

Treating historical accounts as mere allegory is wrong. For many decades, liberal scholars believed the destruction of Jericho by the Israelites was a mere legend. Around a hundred years ago, archeologists found Jericho just as it had been described in the scriptures.

Just recently, the pool of Bethesda was uncovered by archeologists, proving the account in John 5:2 (KJV) correct. “Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.”

Additionally, many Sunday school teachers incorrectly use historical accounts as moral lessons to their students. For example, the fight between David and Goliath is often told to teach children that we can tackle the “goliaths” in our lives.

Likewise, Daniel and his three companions are used as examples of how we must resist temptation to go along with the crowd. While those examples do show these traits, they are actual historical events rather than mere moral lessons.

Even the stories of Christ’s miracles are trivialized through the allegorizing of them. But these are real events which happened to real people in real time, as we can read in Luke 1:2 (KJV). “Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;”

Additionally, 2 Peter 1:16 (KJV) affirms the factual nature of Christ’s ministry. “For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.”John 12:16 (KJV) also points out the historicity of Scripture. “These things uMay07a, desert hillsnderstood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him.”

Furthermore, Romans 15:4 (KJV) shows that the Old Testament was no mere collection of Jewish tales. “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”

And since these people were bearing witness of what happened, rather than glorifying themselves, we know the writings are true. As Jesus explained in John 7:18 (KJV), “He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.”

May07b, Jesus at the last supperBecause we can believe the accuracy of the Bible, we can place full confidence in what it says. That’s why I’m writing my book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Far too many readers treat Holy Scriptures like a buffet where they can pick and choose what they like out of it. This is most certainly not correct.

In my next post, I’ll be writing about the error of spiritualizing the scriptures. Watch this space.

The Confessional Error

may01, priest, orthodox, cartoonContinuing on with my error-debunking series of blog posts, one big mistake people make is believing that priests can grant absolution of sins. This is obviously not true.

We receive forgiveness through Christ alone. Like when telephone companies introduced Direct Distance Dialing in the nineteen-sixties, we need no spiritual operator to be our mediator. As the Apostle Paul wrote about Jesus in Ephesians 1:7 (KJV) “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;”

Some people might quote James 5:16 (KJV) in defense of confessing sins to a priest. “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

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This doesn’t mean that the righteous man needs to be a priest. Rather, no one is righteous of themselves. We need Christ’s righteousness to have a proper relationship with God.

The whole mistaken notion of a priest being our mediator came from the Old Testament. Consecrated men sacrificed blemish-free male lambs and went into the Holy of Holies once a year to present the blood of atonement for the Israelite nation.

But God graphically demonstrated in Mark 15:38 (KJV) how Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross fulfilled the law. “And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.”

May01a, Jesus on the cross

This opened the way to God through Christ for all who believed in him. We need nobody to take our prayers to God or no one else but him to dispense forgiveness to us.

Students of Holy Scripture will realize how wrong and foolish these traditions which people have invented actually are. Even so, I’m hoping to educate novice believers with my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Far too many people leave spiritual matters to priests and pastors, rather than studying the Bible for themselves, and end up believing lies.

In my next post, I’ll be writing about a beautiful song by Lenny Kravitz.

The Error of Mindless Belief

Many church leaders and parents have made the huge mistake of saying we have to believe God without any sort of proof. Either they were too lazy to explain what we believe and why we believe it or they felt their authority being threatened. Either way, it has caused many seekers to reject Christianity as being irrational. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Empirical science shows that this world couldn’t have happened by chance. Order NEVER comes from chaos, as evolutionists claim. Neither has the universe always existed but it had a beginning and maker.

But sinful humanity continues to reject these facts. As we see in Israel’s case, they wanted gods which they could hold and use. Isaiah 45:9 (KJV) says, “Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?”

Paul also showed this habit of humanity to suppress awkward truths in Romans 1:20 (KJV). “For the invisible things of him (God) from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead;”

History also proves the Bible to be correct. Liberal scholars have doubted the existence of ancient peoples until their ruins were dug up. For example, ancient Jericho was unearthed destroyed just as the Bible described it. Joshua 6:20 (KJV) reports, “So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.”

Christ’s resurrection also proves the Bible’s accuracy. It would have been easy for the Pharisees to show Christ’s body to those who believed he arose had they found it still in the tomb. But Acts 1:3 (KJV) shows that he really did rise from the dead. “To whom also he showed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:”

Not only that but Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:6 KJV), “After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.”

I’ll be writing more about this abundant proof of Scripture’s veracity in You Think You’re Going to Heaven? My hope is that people will read my book and realize that we have accurate reports in the Bible. We don’t believe just because we’re supposed to and that’s that.