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10-2-2017 False Promises

“They have lied about the LORD, And said, ‘It is not He. Neither will evil come upon us, Nor shall we see sword or famine. And the prophets become wind, For the word is not in them” (Jeremiah 5:12-13 NKJV). False preachers teach false ideas and cause people to falsely believe that: (1) God either doesn’t exist, or doesn’t care, or doesn’t help; (2) nothing bad can happen to those who obey God. This causes frustration and rejection when something bad does happen! (3) People who listen to them are “tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting” (Ephesians 4:14 NKJV). (4) Lies about God are based in the Word of God, the Bible.
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#false-doctrine, #false-faith, #false-preachers

Twice dead? Not without being born twice.

In his description of sneaky false teachers, Jude uses these words:

These men are dangerous reefs at your love feasts, feasting without reverence, feeding only themselves. They are waterless clouds, carried along by the winds; autumn trees without fruit—twice dead, uprooted; wild sea waves, spewing out the foam of their shame; wayward stars for whom the utter depths of eternal darkness have been reserved.” (Jude 12,13 – NET)

Nearly every reputable translation (as well as some not-so-reputable ones) uses the simple phrase “twice dead” when it comes to these fruitless trees. This is a description that should not only be concerning to anyone who falls into this spiritual category, it should be concerning to anyone who teaches or believes that once an indidvual is born-again, he or she can never abuse God’s grace to the extent that God’s grace is no longer afforded to that individual. The simple fact of the matter is one cannot be twice dead without being born twice. Someone who has never been alive spiritually cannot die spiritually one time, much less twice.

God’s grace through Jesus can indeed keep us from falling away from the gift of salvation – all you have to do is read how Jude ends his letter; but to say that keeping ourselves in the love of God is equal to not being able to forsake that love is to say something that holds no more water than the clouds that get mentioned right before the trees.

#calvinism, #false-doctrine, #jude, #once-saved-always-saved

The Absurdity of “Christians” Denying a Literal Resurrection

They’re out there…the wolves in sheep’s clothing that deny the Bible-based literal interpretation of a bodily resurrection. Their deceptive and destructive appetite even goes so far as to deny Jesus’ resurrection from the grave.

When I think of these sort of “Christians” I am reminded of a retortful rebuke given by Christopher Hitchens (yes, the well-known and noted and quoted late atheist) to a “Unitarian Christian”, who attempted to dodge the age-old derision of skeptics toward the fundamental Christian elements taught in the Bible by saying the she did not believe in a literal interpretation of the scriptures. His response was simply, “I would say that if you don’t believe that Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ and Messiah, and that he rose again from the dead and by his sacrifice our sins are forgiven, you’re really not in any meaningful sense a Christian.

That’s not exactly an “out of the mouth of babes” moment, but it would be hard to get any closer to the real thing.

The truly astonishing thing to me isn’t that denominational ladened “Christians” two millennia on this side of the empty tomb deny the resurrection (don’t confuse my lack of astonishment with a lack of disapproval), but rather that Christians two decades on this side of the empty tomb were doing the same thing! Such was the reason that we read, “Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?…For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!…If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.” (1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-17, 19) And the continuation of such denials to this day is the very reason why 1 Corinthians 15 is as applicable today as the day it was written.

If one desired to see the word absurdity played out in real life, all one has to do is watch a “Christian” try to deny that the Bible teaches a belief in a real resurrection.

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#denominational-errors, #false-doctrine, #jesus-resurrection-from-the-dead, #resurrection

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9-22-2015 Evolutionary Contradictions

Repeating a lie doesn’t make it true. “The prophet Jeremiah said to Hananiah the prophet, ‘Hear now, Hananiah, the LORD has not sent you, but you make this people trust in a lie’” (Jeremiah 28:15 NKJV). The false doctrine of “Evolution” causes people to exchange “the truth of God for the lie” and worship and serve “the creature rather than the Creator” (Romans 1:25 NKJV). There is no scientific fact to prove it, and it contradicts Scripture and scientific facts! God will reject the immoral and “whoever loves and practices a lie” (Revelation 22:15 NKJV). “Evolution” cannot account for: amazing design and detail; a human’s emotional heart; cell DNA; faith and hope; an eternal soul; or life, itself. It substitutes primordial goo for God; survival of the fittest for mercy; and outer comparisons for inner connections.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#evolution, #false-doctrine, #lie, #scientific-fact, #scripture, #truth

How about an authentic forgery?

The latest news about the letter that says Jesus was married (in it he supposedly says “my wife”) has left some people wondering if it’s authentic or a forgery. I would simply settle the matter by saying it’s an authentic forgery!

Even if the letter is authentic, by genuinely dating back to 1,200 years ago, as the “tests” have reportedly shown, I believe it would be wise to keep in mind that the neighborhood of 1,200 years ago is more than a few zip-codes away from the neighborhood of 1,900 years ago. So the letter may in fact be genuine – but genuinely wrong nonetheless.

Through the centuries following the establishment of Jesus’ church (the actual biblical bride of Christ – Ephesians 5:22-33), and up to this very day, many people have circulated false ideas (a.k.a. false doctrine) about Jesus’ person and doctrine; whether this was done in spoken word or in circulated letter it matters not, the errors are still the same. People could have very well taught around 1,200 A.D. that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene, but that makes the belief no more accurate than that of the idea that Mary, Jesus’ mother, physically ascended into heaven after her death (that’s if she died to begin with) several centuries before 1,200 A.D. (but keep in mind that this idea didn’t receive the Catholic Church’s unfailable “stamp of approval” until 1950). Both ideas are as foreign to scripture as any notion that Judas was politically misunderstood.

Can ideas be authentic and a forgery at the same time? Sure they can. It all depends upon from whom the ideas originate.

For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” (Matthew 24:24)

#biblical-forgeries, #false-doctrine, #jesus-wife

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5-29-2015 God versus “Climate Change #4

The false doctrine of “Climate Change” assumes that humans can influence and/or control our “climate.” Climate control is in the hand of God, not man. Paul showed that “the living God [is He] who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all things that are in them”…“Nevertheless He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good, gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness” (Acts 14:15, 17). After the world-wide destruction of the Earth by the flood in Noah’s day, God decreed, “While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease” (Genesis 8:22 NKJV). How arrogant are those who try to act like God and claim to have control over the seasons?

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#climate-change, #false-doctrine

Black Ice

Yes, black ice. That thin, invisible skim of ice on a surface which is so dangerous because you don’t see it. A few months ago, a friend of ours stepped out her door. She very carefully looked for ice, as it was very cold. Seeing none, she stepped down…onto the only piece of black ice in her yard, and fell, breaking her arm and thigh bone.
The same is true with sin. Sometimes, only a very small item or error is preached. So small that only a very few catch it. Because only one or two approach the elders, they decide to let it go rather than upset the congregation. But sin begets sin. Soon, a whole congregation is led astray, little by little, until the Lord’s Word is unrecognizable.
Take care. Watch for small errors before they become large errors. Search the Scriptures daily (Acts 17:11) and do not be afraid to confront false teaching,

#false-doctrine, #false-teaching