Thursday, August 09, 2018

Today's Evangelical Leaders Vs. God's Word

The teaching of Christ Jesus, through the apostle Peter on holy conduct and godliness---and the opposition to both by false teachers who pervert, manipulate, and twist Scripture in order to bring in their destructive heresies, seducing people to keep sinning:

1Pe 1:13  Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
1Pe 1:14  As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance,
1Pe 1:15  but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;
1Pe 1:16  because it is written, "YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY."
1Pe 1:17  If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one's work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth;

2Pe 1:3  seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.
2Pe 1:4  For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.
2Pe 1:5  Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge,
2Pe 1:6  and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness,

2Pe 2:1  But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.
2Pe 2:2  Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned; 
2Pe 2:3  and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep. 

2Pe 3:2  that you should remember the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles.
2Pe 3:3  Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, 
2Pe 3:4  and saying, "Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation."
2Pe 3:5  For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water,
2Pe 3:6  through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water.

2Pe 3:11  Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 

2Pe 3:16  as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction. 
2Pe 3:17  You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness,
2Pe 3:18  but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

I was thinking this morning of how today's unprincipled leaders do this (2 Peter 2-3) by claiming God's Word isn't precise, absolute, or clear. These are true Pharisees who have set up a low standard to replace God's holy and precise one and think that if they refrain from a behavior, then they are righteous. This is works justification, --the very heart of Phariseeism. They appeal to the sensuality and sin of their audience, telling them "peace, peace" when there is none for either their listeners or themselves---indeed they are still at war with God. They are now telling Evangelicals you can be a homosexual Christian. But Jesus said, as did His apostles, that the desires and thoughts of one's heart is what makes a man unclean and holy. That is to say, it's the heart that is desperately wicked (Jeremiah said this), and thus the actions that flow out of that heart, including the thoughts, are sinful.

Mat 5:17  "Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.
Mat 5:18  "For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.

Mat 5:27  "You have heard that it was said, 'YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY';
Mat 5:28  but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

Mar 7:20  And He was saying, "That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man.
Mar 7:21  "For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries,
Mar 7:22  deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness.
Mar 7:23  "All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man."

As the Pharisees of old, today's Evangelical leaders remove the absolute authority and precision of God's Word and offer a lower standard by which they can deem themselves and others who are attached to their conscience, as righteous, holy, and saved.  Why? Because the precision of God's Word cuts sharper than any two edged sword and judges them guilty before the One they dare call "Father", but Who Judges righteously:

Heb 4:12  For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 
Heb 4:13  And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do

1Pe 1:15  but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; 
1Pe 1:16  because it is written, "YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY."
1Pe 1:17  If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one's work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth;

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