False Salvation teachings in our Churches

"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."

 

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

False Salvation teachings in Churches

Most Christians believe that they are saved since they tell the name of Jesus; they are absolutely certain they will go to heaven. This is big relief to them, since it provides a safe, stress-free alternative to an otherwise scary, uncertain future. Preachers teach that if we believe on Jesus Christ we are saved; it all sounds straightforward and non-intrusive. But, in truth, we all believe in Jesus Christ anyway, don’t we? We also believe that he is the Son of God, that he performed miracles, that he preached the gospel, that he died for us on the cross, that he was raised from death, that he is with God the Father in heaven, and that he will take us to heaven when we die, don’t we? These beliefs, we say, prove that we are ‘strongly religious Christians’. Preachers say we are saved because we believe these things about Jesus Christ. But these same preachers will not probe too deeply to see what kind of lives we live, whether we practice our favorite secret sins, etc. So, is their message, a message of salvation or is it a message of deceit? Preachers quote ‘selected’ scriptures as they preach, to validate their preaching. Is it possible to misquote and misapply specific scriptures to support incorrect conclusions?

False Salvation in general

Many preachers, who are unlearned in the wholesome words of God and are unstable in their walk of godliness, will twist the word of God and preach it for their own destruction. "2 Peter 3:16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction." Here, Apostle Peter refers to the epistles of Apostle Paul in particular because many false preachers find it easier to twist the teachings of Paul and they twist every other scripture in general. There are several kinds of false preaching because of many false preachers. They may convince many people to false salvation with their logics and twists. God calls them as blind leaders and their followers also as blind. "Matthew 15:14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch." God says that both will fall into the ditch and we are asked to leave them alone.

But many preachers know the word of God. But they will not preach the truth, but preach what people desire to hear. They do not want to lose their congregation (fans) and their remuneration. Here, people love to sin, and they require preachers to preach that what they do is fine with God. So, the preachers are just employees, who are doing the will of sinners. "2 Timothy 4:3 ... the time will come ... they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables." But, God will throw them into the furnace of fire on the judgment day. How do I know? It is because our Lord Jesus Christ said so. "Matthew 13:41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth." In general, Christians desire to fit in a half way decent society of their choice and they want God to endorse them, if there is a place called heaven. So, if there is eternity, then they are covered. As a result, they embrace that are false.

False preachers say that we all will be sinning, but with no punishment because of grace. They call it as 'saved by grace.' It is deception. The Bible says that Jesus Christ will save his people from their sins. If they do not sin anymore by the grace of God, then God will forgive their past sins and then they are saved. Jesus Christ will not save them from the punishment for sins as they are committing sins. "Romans 5:21.. sin hath reigned unto death,. 6:16 whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness. 23 For the wages of sin is death;... Matthew 1:21 call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins." Examine yourself. If you do not commit sin, you are saved from sins. If you do not have power to stop sinning, ask God to help you. God the Father, the Holy Ghost, and the Lord Jesus Christ are real persons as you and I. But they are Spirit as we are of the flesh. But they are real. Ask them for help, that is required of us to do. God will give power to make you perfect in your weakness. This is the grace of God. Trust God and that is faith. You will be saved.

Death and Resurrection of Jesus message: is NOT the Gospel

Most churches preach to believe Jesus Christ for our salvation. If we ask them to what to believe, they tell us to believe that he died for our sins and was resurrected, and then we are saved. Saved means that we will be in heaven after this life. But, there is not even a single scripture says what they say. So, they take a most vulnerable passage, give a simple twist, and present it as there support, of their false gospel. They quote this: "1 Corinthians 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:" They pick up "I declare unto you the gospel" and connect it with this, "Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:" So, this information that Jesus died for our sins and was resurrected, became the gospel. But, this is a false gospel. This verses do not say what they say. They add that if we believe this we will be saved, that is we will go to heaven. Let us see the verses.

Verse 1 says "I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;" So, apostle Paul has preached to them the gospel, and they are standing in the gospel, which means that they are living by the gospel preached. In verse 2, He says that they are save by the gospel, and also implies that they will have the salvation, if they continue in the gospel that they have preached. Apostle Paul is not preaching the gospel in this passage, but just made a reference of the gospel, that he has preached before. What was the gospel that he has preached before? This could be the preaching he wrote just before this chapter, which was the preaching of Jesus Christ, or it may be the preaching of Jesus Christ that were repeated by Paul in different times. "I Thessalonians 4:1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. 2 For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus. 3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: 4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; 5 Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: 6 That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. 7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. 8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit." It was Jesus Christ told his apostles to preach what he has preached. Jesus Christ told apostle Paul also the same thing. "Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." Let us see a few scripture from Corinthians. "1 Corinthians 7:17 But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches. 18 Is any man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised. 19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God, etc,. 1 Corinthians 9:19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. 20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; 21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. 22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23 And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you. 24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain." Such as these are that apostle Paul referred as he preached before for their salvation. But, many churches and false preachers take the next verse, which tells about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and call it gospel for our salvation. It is a trick of the devil to deceive. Knowing the information will not save anybody. "1 Timothy 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee." Apostle Paul advising Timothy to follow the doctrines of Jesus Christ and of the apostles, in order to save himself and to preach others so that they may also be saved. "Colossians 1:21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: 23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;" Apostle Paul has preached the gospel of Jesus Christ through out the epistles, but it is not the information of his death and resurrection. Knowing the information will not save anybody.

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