While He Tarries Ministries
The greatest heresy in the church today
The greatest heresy in the church today.
To understand this heresy today we must explain some background first. This is because the church has been deceived into an
improper understanding of salvation in most churches today.
The first step to salvation is to repent
- Eph 2:8-For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
- Eph 2:9-Not of works, lest any man should boast.
- Eph 2:10-For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Most people use these verses for an understanding of salvation. But a doctrine cannot be determined by taking 2 or 3 verses out of context.
We need the whole council of God; e.g., what does the rest of the New Testament say about the subject?
Ephesians 2:8-9 is sufficient to have an intellectual or head knowledge understanding of part of the elements of salvation, but not enough
to actually get saved, for salvation is of the heart and not the head.
That is why many, many people in the western world have said a prayer thinking they are saved, but they did not become a new creation and
are still living in sin. Most churches are filled with people that act very similar to those in the world.
They were not told the entire gospel and have believed and are relying on a half-truth to get them to heaven. Unfortunately they are in trouble.
They have missed several steps toward true salvation. The first step is repentance for their sinful ways and actions. This is mandated by Jesus:
- Mat 9:13-But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners
- Luk 24:47-And that repentance and remission [forgiveness] of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
It was also conveyed by Paul:
Act 26:20-But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that
they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.
It was confirmed in Romans:
It was conveyed by Paul to the Corinthians:
- Rom 2:4-Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee
And it was even preached by Peter:
- Co 7:10-For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
2Pe 3:9-The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any
should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
And they all said the same thing. A person must repent in order to be saved. So what does repentance mean? Basically it means to turn
from your wicked ways and follow God's ways. It means to turn from your selfish, humanistic ways to God's ways. It means to give up your
sinful ways and pursue holiness as defined by God.
When you do this, you become a new creation as defined in 2 Corinthians:
- 2Co 5:17-Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
The old things that have passed away are the old humanistic ways and sins that we used to do. When we start this process of changing by
obeying God, we have passed from death to life.
The key here is those who "heareth my word". And one of His primary commands was to obey His commands.
- Joh 5:24-Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall
not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
Se we see that true salvation includes 3 steps.
- Rom 6:12-Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
- Rom 6:16-Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death,
or of obedience unto righteousness?
- Heb 5:9-And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
First we hear the gospel and understand that we cannot make heaven based on our merits and that we are on the way to hell. Once we
understand this we are salvation ready, but we are not saved. Next we must decide whether we are willing to take up our cross and follow Jesus:
- Mat 16:24-Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Here is where many people in this country miss it. They are willing to say the prayer because that is easy. But they are not willing
to take up their cross and follow Jesus. If you do not, and are not willing, you are not saved. When you take up your cross, that
means to abandon your sinful ways and start obeying Jesus. When God sees that you are willing to start this process, He will make you a
new creation and your heart
will be transformed, and not before.
God's goal for us is holiness.
Because if we do not pursue holiness, the results will not be to our liking:
- Rom 12:1-I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable
unto God, which is your reasonable service.
- Eph 1:4-According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
- 1Pe 1:15-But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
- 1Pe 1:16-Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
- 1 Co_6:9-Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters,
nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
For more details on this subject, go to my book entitled "The End time Message for the Church" listed on the bookpage.
In summary, true salvation consists of:
Understanding that we are sinful and destined for hell based on our own merits.
- Understanding that Jesus saves if we follow His way.
- To follow His way, we must repent of trying to get to heaven our way and repent of our sinful ways. This repenting means that we
are willing give up our self pleasings ways and are willing to do things that please God.
- After we do the above steps and mean them deep in our heart, when we repent and accept Jesus as our savior he will transform us and
make us a new creation, ready for good works that He has prepared for us, not ones that we think up ourselves.
Many people today have believed the false doctrine that conduct is of no importance in the Christian life. They believe that the
question of sin was settled on the cross. What they do does not matter as long as they believe correctly. They profess faith in
God and live like and love the world. These people are humanists and not Christians.
They believe that they are free in Christ and therefore do not have to follow God's moral law. They have not studied verses like:
- Gal 5:13-For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
- Gal 5:24-And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
- Eph 4:22-That ye put off concerning the former conversation [behavior] the old man, which is corrupt according to
the deceitful lusts;
- Eph 4:24-And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
- Col 1:10-That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the
knowledge of God;
- 1Th 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.
- 1Th 4:7-For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.
So, you see, this easy believism, professed by many today, called by the technical term antinomianism, is not biblical and is another gospel.
- 2Ti 2:19-Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one
that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
- Tit 1:16-They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
- 1Jn 3:3-And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.