Saturday, July 15, 2006

THE FALSE TEACHING THAT HELL IS NOT ETERNAL TORMENT


The false teaching that Hell is not eternal torment

(This heresy is found in the following cults - Jehovah's Witnesses - Mormonism - Seventh-day Adventists - christadelphians and also false teacher Billy Graham)

What does the bible say?

The doctrine of death and hell were not fully revealed in the Old Testament; these were brought to light with the coming of Christ (2 Timothy. 1:10).

Matthew 13:42 - Jesus says:
"And shall cast them into a FURNACE OF FIRE: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth."

Matthew 25:41 - Jesus says:
Depart from me, ye cursed, into the everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels

Matthew 25:46 - Jesus says:
And these shall go away into everlasting punishment

Matthew 26:24 - Jesus says:
The son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the son of man is betrayed: IT HAD BEEN GOOD FOR THAT MAN IF HE HAD NOT BEEN BORN.

Question: why would it have been better for Judas not to have been born?

Answer: Because he will suffer eternal damnation in the fire and torment of hell.

Mark 9:43-49 - Jesus says:
And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:
Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
For every one shall be salted with fire,


Mark 9:42 - Jesus says:
And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.

Question: Why did Jesus says this?

Answer: because Jesus warns about the consequence of hell fire as we saw above in the following verses.

Isaiah 66:22-24
For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.
23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.
24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.

Psalm 9:17
The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

Isaiah 33:14
The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?


By Chris Jesus' Boy!

THE HERESY OF SOUL SLEEP


The false teaching that death is a sleep and not a journey

(This false teaching can be found in the following cults: - Seventh-day Adventists - Jehovah's witnesses - Christadelphian)

What does the bible say?

The Old Testament plainly says that death is a journey (Genesis. 25:8 - 35:18; Numbers. 27:13; 2 Samuel. 12:23; 1 Kings. 17:21-22).

The New Testament plainly says that death is a journey:
(1) Jesus said death is a journey (Luke. 16:19-23 - 23:42-43). That Luke 16:19-31 is not a parable is evident by the fact that Jesus named the names of Abraham and Lazarus. He never named names when He was giving parables. Further, even if it were a parable, it would still teach literal truth.
(2) Paul said death is a journey (2 Corinthians. 5;6-7; Philippians. 1:23; 2 Timothy. 4:6).
(3) Peter said death is a journey (2 Peter. 1:13-15).
(4) The fact that the dead saints return with Christ from heaven at the time of the rapture shows that dead saints go to Heaven at death (1 Thessalonians. 4:14).
(5) John's heavenly visions show that dead saints are conscience in heaven prior to the resurrection and during the Great Tribulation on earth (Revelation. 6:9-11).
(6) Moses' and Elijah's appearance on the Mount of Transfiguration proves that the dead have conscious existence between death and resurrection. Moses and Elijah, though dead, were allowed by God to appear in time on that mountain and to converse about events which were soon to take place in Jerusalem (Matthew. 17:1-3 - Luke. 9:30-31).

The Bible sometimes speaks of death as a "sleep," but it is the body that sleeps not the spirit (James. 2:26).

Ecclesiastes sometimes speaks of death as nothingness (i.e., Ecc. 9:5), but this is because Ecclesiastes is written from the perspective of the man "under the sun" (Ecc. 1:3, 9, 14, etc), the perspective of man looking at life the way it appears apart from divine revelation. To the natural man who does not have the revelation of the Scriptures, death appears to be the end of things. But other portions of the Bible tell us that this is not the case. Even the book of Ecclesiastes itself, in its conclusion, says that death is a journey (Ecc. 12:7).

The Old Testament speaks of the "spirit" as the breath once or twice, but usually the "spirit" of man is that non-material part which is separate from the body and which lives on after death (1 Thessalonians. 5:23). False teachers make the mistake of refusing to allow the context to define Bible words and instead they put their own preferred definition on the word and force that definition into every context.

FALSE TEACHINGS OF THE CHARISMATIC MOVEMENT


The false teachings of the Pentecostal-Charismatic Movement

(These false teachings can be found in the following - Assemblies of God/AOG - and also the
Word Faith Cult)


The false doctrine that tongues speaking is for today

What does the bible say?

The Bible says tongues were a real language (Acts 2:3-11).

The Bible says tongues were a sign to the unbelieving Jews (1 Corinthians. 14:21-22).

After Israel rejected God's sign of tongues and Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 A.D. and the Jews were scattered to the ends of the earth, the need for tongues as a sign was finished.

Biblical tongues had to be used according to the teaching of the apostles, yet the Pentecostals and Charismatics do not submit to these restrictions:
(1) Women are not allowed to speak in tongues (1 Corinthians. 14:34)
(2) Tongues were to be spoken only by course (1 Corinthians. 14:27)
(3) Tongues must be interpreted (1 Corinthians. 14:27)
(4) There is to be no confusion (1 Corinthians. 14:33)
(5) Everything is to be decent (1 Corinthians. 14:40)
(6) Everything is to be orderly (1 Corinthians. 14:40)

Tongues were not spoken by every believer even in the days of the apostles (1 Corinthians. 12:28-30).

Biblical tongues were not sought after but were sovereignly given by God (1 Corinthians. 12:11).

There is no instruction in the Bible about HOW to speak in tongues. Those who believe in tongues speaking today claim that they can teach people who to do it.

The Bible says tongues speaking, prophesying, and words of knowing will pass away (1 Corinthians. 13:8). When the New Testament was completed, there was no further need for these particular gifts.

The false doctrine that healing is promised in the atonement

What does the bible say?

The Bible says that not all sicknesses are healed (2 Corinthians. 12:97-10 - 1 Timothy. 5:23 - 2 Timothy. 4:20).

The Bible says that the physical part of our salvation is for the future (Romans. 8:17-25).


Peter says that Isaiah 53:5 refers to spiritual healing of the soul (1 Peter. 2:24-25).

The false doctrine that miracles should be sought

What does the bible say?

Jesus warned that it is not good to seek miracles (Matthew. 12:39).

The miracles performed by the apostles were special (2 Corinthians.12:12).

Not every Christian could perform miracles.

Faith does not come from miracles but from God's Word (Romans.10:17).
Multitudes witnessed Jesus' great miracles, but most did not believe.



The false doctrine that we should exal and pray to the Holy Spirit

What does the bible say?

The Lord Jesus Christ foretold what role the Holy Spirit would have in the church age (John 16:13-15).
In this passage we learn that the Holy Spirit does not exalt Himself and the Holy Spirit does not draw attention to Himself.

There is no example in the N.T. of praying to the Holy Spirit.
The Lord Jesus Christ taught us to pray to the Father, not to the Holy Spirit (Matthew. 6:6,9 - John. 16:23).
The Apostle Paul taught us to pray to God the Father through the Lord Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit (Romans. 1:8 - 7:25).

There is no example in the New Testament of inviting the Holy Spirit to work. Neither Jesus nor the apostles did that.

The false doctrine that we should not test those who claim to represent the Holy Spirit... with the Bible

What does the bible say?

The Bible warns that there are false spirits and that the devil tries to deceive (2 Corinthians. 11:4 - 1 John. 4:1).

Therefore we must test everything carefully or we will be deceived.b.

The Bible commands us to prove all things (1 Thess. 5:21).

The Bible commended the Bereans because they tested everything by the Scriptures (Acts 17:11)


The false doctrine that the believer can be rid of his sin nature

What does the bible say?

Paul taught that the believer still has the struggle with sin (Romans. 7:14-21; Galatians. 5:16-17).

John teaches that the believer still has sin in his life (1 John 1:8-10)

The false doctrine that victory in the Christian life comes through unusual baptisms and experiences

What does the bible say?

The Bible does not exhort us to make spiritual leaps through unusual experiences. Rather, it exhorts us to GROW in Christ (1 Peter. 2:1-2 - 2 Peter. 3:18).

The apostles wrote many epistles instructing the believers about how to deal with sin an spiritual problems, but they never instructed the believers to seek a second baptism or other such special experiences.

The false doctrine that visions and 'new' prophecies and 'new revelations' are for today.

What does the bible say?

The Bible says the faith was completed in the days of the apostles (Jude 3).

The Bible says that the Scriptures are sufficient (2 Timothy. 3:16-17).

The Bible says that Scripture is more sure than visions (2 Peter. 1:16-21).

The Bible says that prophecies will pass away (1 Corinthians. 13:8).

FALSE TEACHING THAT BAPTISM IS NECESSARY FOR SALVATION



The false teaching that baptism is necessary for salvation

(Church of Christ aka Campbellites)

What does the bible say?

Paul taught that baptism symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ (Romans 6:3-4)

It is the blood and death of Christ that takes away our sins, not water or religious rituals.

Paul says that baptism is not the gospel (1 Corinthians 1:17)

The gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)
Baptism only symbolizes the gospel.

The book of Acts teaches us that baptism follows salvation (Acts 8:36-38 - 16:30-33 - 18:8)

Acts 2:38 does not teach that baptism is a part of salvation, because Peter later taught that baptism is a symbol (1 Peter 3:21)

Acts 2:38 teaches that we are baptized because we have been forgiven of our sins not in order to be forgiven.

GOD IS NOT A TRINITY HERESY



THE FALSE TEACHING THAT GOD IS NOT A TRINITY

This heresy can be found in the cults such as - Jehovah's witnesses - Unitarians - Oneness Pentecostals - Mormonism

What does the bible say?

The term "trinity" is not in the Bible, but the doctrine is
Matthew 28:19
John 14:16
John 14:26
John 16:7-15
2 Corinthians 13:14
Ephesians 4:4-6
1 John 5:7

The Old Testament teaches that God is one in a plurality.
Though the Old Testament does not fully reveal the doctrine of the Trinity, it does teach us that God is a plurality.
It is left for the New Testament to open up this revelation fully.

Genesis 1:1 - The Hebrew word for God here is elohim. This is a plural noun, but the verb is singular, teaching that there is one God in a plurality.

Genesis 11:6-7 - Here again God is spoken of in the plural and in the singular at the same time.

Deuteronomy 6:4 - This verse could be translated, "Jehovah our elohim is a united Jehovah." The word "one" refers to a unity. The same word for one is used in Genesis 2:24, speaking of the oneness of a husband and wife. This verse summarizes the Bible's teaching about God. He is one but exists in three Persons.

Psalm 45:6-7 - According to Hebrews 1:8-9, God the Father is speaking in Psalm 45, and He is referring to the Son as God.
Sometimes people ask, "If Jesus Himself was God, why did He address the Father as God?" The answer is that Jesus addressed the Father as God for the same reason that the Father addressed the Son as God-because they are both God!



Baptist confession of faith - chapter 2 - God and the Holy Trinity

The Lord our God is the one and only living and true God; Whose subsistence is in and of Himself

- Who is infinite in being and perfection; Whose essence cannot be comprehended by any but Himself;

- Who is a most pure spirit, invisible, without body, parts, or passions

- Who only has immortality

- Who dwells in the light which no man can approach, Who is immutable, immense, eternal, incomprehensible, almighty, in every way infinite, most holy, most wise, most free, most absolute;

- Who works all things according to the counsel of His own immutable and most righteous will, for His own glory;

- Who is most loving, gracious, merciful, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth;

- Who forgives iniquity, transgression, and sin;

- Who is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him;

- and Who, at the same time, is most just and terrible in His judgements, hating all sin and Who will by no means clear the guilty.
God, having all life, glory, goodness, blessedness, in and from Himself, is unique in being all- sufficient, both in Himself and to Himself, not standing in need of any creature which He has made, nor deriving any glory from such.

- On the contrary, it is God Who manifests His own glory in them, through them, to them and upon them. He is the only fountain of all being; from Whom, through Whom, and to Whom all things exist and move.

- He has completely sovereign dominion over all creatures, to do through them, for them, or to them whatever He pleases.

- In His sight all things are open and manifest; His knowledge is infinite, infallible, and not dependant on the creature.

- Therefore, nothing is for Him contingent or uncertain.

- He is most holy in all His counsels, in all His works, and in all His commands.

- To Him is due from angels and men whatever worship, service, or obedience, they owe as creatures to the Creator, and whatever else He is pleased to require from them.

In this divine and infinite Being there are three subsistences, the Father, the Word or Son, and the Holy Spirit. All are one in substance, power, and eternity; each having the whole divine essence, yet this essence being undivided.

The Father was not derived from any other being; He was neither brought into being by, nor did He issue from any other being.

- The Son is eternally begotten of the Father.

- The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son.

- All three are infinite, without beginning, and are therefore only one God, Who is not to be divided in nature and being, but distinguished by several peculiar relative properties, and also their personal relations.

- This doctrine of the Trinity is the foundation of all our communion with God, and our comfortable dependence on Him.

THE DAMNABLE HERESY THAT TEACHES JESUS IS NOT GOD


THE FALSE TEACHING THAT JESUS IS NOT GOD

This teaching is found in the following religions/cults - Mormonism - Jehovah's witnesses - some 7th day adventists - Christadelphian - Islam


The Bible clearly says that Jesus is God
(1) Isaiah called Jesus God (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6)
(2) Matthew called Jesus God (Matthew 1:23)
(3) Jesus called Himself God (John 5:17-18 - 8:58-59 - 10:30-33 - Revelation 1:8)
(4) John called Jesus God (John. 1:1 - 1 John 3:16 - 5:20)
(5) Thomas called Jesus God (John 20:28)
(6) Paul called Jesus God (Acts 20:28 - Philippians 2:5-6 - 1 Timothy 3:16 - Titus 2:13)
(7) God the Father called Jesus God (Hebrews 1:8-10)

In His incarnation the Lord Jesus Christ "made himself of no reputation" and became a lowly servant to God and man (Philippains 2:7)
The Greek word for "made himself of no reputation" is "kenoo," meaning "to empty, to abase, to make of none effect" (Strongs concordance)
Jesus did not cease to be God.
Philippians 2:6 plainly states that He is God, but the Son of God willingly laid aside His glory for the purpose of redeeming man by the cross.

There is an order to the Trinity.

God the Son submits to God the Father, even though they are equal.


MATTHEW 1:23
"...they shall call his name EMMANUEL, which being interpreted is, GOD WITH US."

JOHN 8:24
"...if ye believe not that I AM he,ye shall die in your sins."-JESUS CHRIST

Isaiah 43:11
"I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour."

2 Peter 3:18
...our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Jude 1:12
To the only wise God our Saviour...

Titus 2:10
God our Saviour.

1 Timothy 4:10
...we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour.

Luke 1:47
God my Saviour.

John 4:42
...the Christ, the Saviour of the world.

Titus 1:4
...the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Luke 2:11
a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.


JESUS IS UNCREATED

God created the universe and earth by Himself.

Genesis 1:1
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Isaiah 44:24
I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself.


Jesus Christ created the universe and the earth.

Hebrews 1:10

Unto the Son he saith...Thou, LORD, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands.

Colossians 1:16
By him (Jesus) were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth...all things were created by him, and for him.

John 1:3
All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.


God is the Word.

John 1:1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God

Jesus is the Word.

John 1:14
...the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us...



God is the first and the last.

Isaiah 41:4
I the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he.

Jesus is the first and the last.

Revelation 1:17
Jesus said, "Fear not; I am the first and the last:"


God forgives sins.

Psalm 103:2-3
The Lord..forgiveth all thine iniquities...

Mark 2:7
"Who can forgive sins but God only?"

Jesus forgives sins.

Mark 2:5
Jesus...said..."Son, thy sins be forgiven thee."


God is our redeemer.

Isaiah 63:16
Thou, O LORD, art our father, our redeemer..

Jesus redeemed us.

Titus 2:13-14
The great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ...gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity..



God is one.

Deuteronomy 6:4
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD.

Jesus and God are one.

John 10:30
I and my Father are one.

John 1:1, 3, 10, 14
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God...All things were made by him...He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not...And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us

John 14:9
Jesus saith...he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

1 John 5:7
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.


God is the Holy One

Psalms 71:22
I will also praise thee with the psaltery, even thy truth,O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel.

Psalms 78:41
Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.

Psalms 89:18
For the LORD is our defence; and the Holy One of Israel is our king.

Isaiah 10:20
And it shall come to pass in that day, that the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more again stay upon him that smote them; but shall stay upon the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.

Psalms 16:10
For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. (Messianic Psalm)

Jesus is the Holy One

Acts 2:27
Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

Acts 3:13-14
The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go. But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;

Acts 13:34-35
And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David. Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.


Only God is worshipped

Matthew 4:10
... Then saith Jesus unto him... Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

Jesus is worshipped

Matthew 9:18
While [Jesus] spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him...

Hebrews 1:6
And again, when [God] bringeth in the firstbegotten [Jesus] into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.

John 20:28
And Thomas answered and said unto [Jesus], My Lord and my God.


God is Messiah

Isaiah 9:6
...unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder...and his name shall be called... The mighty God, The everlasting Father...

Jesus is Messiah

John 4:25-26
The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.



God is from everlasting

Psalms 93:1-2
The LORD reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved. Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting.

Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) is from everlasting

Micah 5:2
But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah...out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.


Only God is glorified

Isaiah 42:8
I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another...

God glorified Jesus

John 17:5
And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

John 5:23
All men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.

Hebrews 1:8
But unto the Son he [God] saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

FALSE DAMNABLE DOCTRINE OF FAITH + WORKS



The false teaching that salvation is by grace plus works

(Seventh-day Adventists, Jehovah's Witnesses, Church of Christ, Roman Catholic Church, Many Arminian churches)

Bible Answer:
1) The Bible says salvation is by grace without works and that works follows after salvation (Rom. 4:1-6; Eph. 2:8-10; Titus 3:4-8)

2) The Bible says that grace and works cannot be mixed together (Rom. 11:6)

3) Grace means a free gift. Salvation is called a gift 16 times in the New Testament.
If salvation requires some works, then it is not a true gift.
The gift of God is free for the sinner because Jesus Christ purchased it at great price with His blood and death on the cross.