ACCURATE BIBLE KNOWLEDGE!
I was preaching on the street the other day, when man came up and struck up a conversation with me. Here’s the essence of the conversation.
ME: “Good day. How’s it going?”
He looked at my four boards I had propped up against a building and he said …
HIM: “I believe all that.”
Dear Reader for your information, the boards have written on them the following –
“All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23)
“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” (James 2:10)
“… how can ye escape the damnation of hell?” (Matthew 23:33)
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved… in whom we have redemption, through his blood the forgiveness of sins …” (Acts 16:31; Ephesians 1:7)
HIM: “Yes, I used to go to a Pentecostal church on the North side … but I fell from grace.”
ME: “What’s that mean?”
HIM: “Ah … I don’t want to go
into that, but God’s grace is all
encompassing and forgiving.”
ME: “Oh? What line of work are you in at the moment?”
HIM: “I’m a hustler.”
ME: “What’s a hustler? Do you have to con people and lie to them and stuff like that?”
HIM: “On no! I beg.” He said in a very quiet voice.
ME: “You what? You beg?”
HIM: “Yeh, people give me things. Yeh, I just do what I want … I go here and there.”
ME: “Tell me more about this falling from grace. Are you still in this state? You seem reluctant to tell me what it was?”
HIM: “Look, forget about sins, it’s all about God’s grace. He’s the creator of the universe, it’s Jesus Christ, he died for all our sins, past present and future. I’m saved!
ME: “Do you have eternal security? Never to be lost?”
ME: “Did you have to have water baptism to get saved?”
ME: “How about afterwards?”
So here I was confronted with a man, assuring me he was saved, but not worrying about sin, sins or sinning in the future.
He had to go, and I said for him to pop back whenever he was in town.
But he got me thinking …
was lining up with other conversations and observations I’d had with
other Pentys. Sin and sinning were not
an issue for them, you know, things like not having a husband or a
wife, but ‘shacking
up’ with their partners for biological relief.
They say a piece of paper of marriage is not necessary but a commitment for fidelity to that partner for as long as they are together.
So serial fornication, that is one partner after another, was not a sin.
Then it dawned on me they ignore Paul’s injunctions of becoming weak, sickly and falling asleep, because they will not judge themselves. No wonder physical healing is a priority for them!
1.“They wrongly think they are free from the law, that is, the law has no more influence or control over them.”
2. Furthermore, having been saved, that is if they are, they wrongly assume they should be sinless.
3. But if sin troubles them, it can only be Satan attacking them … it’s not their own flesh that’s doing it.
4. Finally, if it is their flesh, all they have to do is keep getting ‘purged and baptized’ with the Holy Ghost … you know like wallowing around in a big spiritual bath tub, so that sin will automatically be burned out of them… or drowned.
So there you have it folks – I call it “THE LAZY MAN’S CHRISTIANITY”
SO DO PENTY’S GIVE THEMSELVES A LICENCE TO SIN?
OF COURSE THEY DO! YES!
They ignore Paul’s letters to the churches which are all about laws for living the Christian life as he has the commandments of God also (1Cor 14:37).
Paul says “Now you are saved, there are laws for Christian obedience if you love Jesus Christ.”
But like little children in the sand pit, and ignoring the advice of Paul, the ongoing problem of sin gets too hard for the Penty’s.
AND THAT’S WHY THIS FELLOW, THE EX-PENTECOSTAL, IN EXASPERATION SAID
“IF ALL MY SINS HAVE BEEN PAID FOR, I’M JUST GOING TO DWELL ON THE GRACE OF GOD.”
Dear Reader, by now it must have dawned on you, that when you hear these words from a Penty, they are code words for the following:
“I’M GOING TO HEAVEN AND THAT’S GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME. I’M JUST GOING TO IGNORE THIS LABEL OF SIN AND JUST ENJOY MY GRACE FREEDOM!”
Dear Reader, you may find all this too hard to believe. But this is pretty standard for Penty’s.
Their mantra? “Let’s focus on grace not sin.”
You just have to shake your head about THE ‘WE ARE FREE FROM ALL RESTRAINTS’ DOCTRINE OF THE PENTYS. It’s also known as “GOD’S GRACE WILL DROWN OUT SIN”.
It’s no wonder they have such a big emphasis on physical healing because they won’t judge themselves (1Cor 11).
They stumble most grievously – yes, they are FREE but only from the curse of the law that demands perfection in order to be saved.
Truly unbelievable, isn’t it?
THERE ARE TWO BLASPHEMOUS GRACE DOCTRINES
The Penty’s – as above
2. The grace doctrine of Calvinists
no-one calls themselves a Calvinist.
Having been discovered as Calvinists, they have changed their name to “Believers in the Doctrine of Grace”.
But as it is well known “Once a Calvinist – always a Calvinist!”
A wig, a nice dress and a bit of lipstick can’t disguise the heart.
Thursday 30th December 2021
Australian Bible Ministries, PO Box 5058 Mt. Gravatt East 4122 Qld, Australia