Category Apostasy & False Teaching

“Apostasy” is the condition of having rebelled against God’s Truth as revealed in His Holy Word. Apostasy in the church is the false teaching that results from a rejection or manipulation of the Bible in favour of one’s own preferences. The apostles warned the first-century church to beware of apostates; those who abandoned the Truth of Christ for other doctrines. The false teachings then were as diverse as the present day, incorporating humanism, Gnosticism, and paganism in its many presentations. As the article list grows, many of the modern appearances of these false teachings will be addressed.

What Does it Mean for God to be Sovereign?

What Does it Mean for God to be Sovereign?

Christians disagree on the implications of God’s sovereignty, because they differ on their understanding of the meaning of the word.

According to dictionary.com[1], the word sovereign means:

  1. a monarch; a king, queen, or other supreme ruler.
  2. a person who has supreme power or authority.
  3. a group or body of persons or a state having sovereign authority.
  4. a gold coin of the United Kingdom, equal to one pound sterling: went out of circulation after 1914.

and sovereignty, the adjective, refers to:

  1. belonging to or characteristic of a sovereign or sovereign authority; royal.
  2. having supreme rank, power, or authority.
  3. supreme; preeminent; indisputable: a sovereign right.
  4. greatest in degree; utmost or extreme.
  5. being above all others in character, importan...
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Spiritual Perversion in the Church of Jesus Christ

Jeremiah 7:8-10 Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit.
Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not, and come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, “We are delivered to do all these abominations?”‘”

The words were spoken to Israel, but there is a principle for Christ’s church as well: We were not delivered from the condemnation of sin so that we should continue to live in sin, doing those things which God has condemned, and despising God in favour of other, more appealing “gods” that serve our satisfaction instead of our deepest need.

God’s word to us is clear concerning what is right and wrong, what is wicked and what is good...

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Orthodoxy

Orthodoxy.

 What is orthodoxy, but a decision made by some group of men concerning what is to be considered acceptable doctrine.

 Every religious sub-group has a different collection of what is considered to be “orthodox”, and everything else is considered to be heretical.

 Christians are not bound to orthodoxy; we are bound to Christ, and to believe His Holy Scripture, regardless of what anyone else says is true, correct, or ‘acceptable’. In every Christian denomination or sub-group, and every Christian cult, there are tenets that are Biblically consistent and those that contradict God’s Word...

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The Slander of Calvinism

The tenets of Calvinism present Satan’s original argument to Eve, accusing God of saying what was not true in order to prevent His human creation from their best good, and ensure that they would do wrong so that God would have occasion to demonstrate His power and authority over them. Satan’s first question to Eve contained a factual error that lured her into her attempt to correct the record of God’s words. Satan worded the question in such a manner as to imply a fault on God’s part, impugning God’s character by the implication, which Eve naively corrected in her response:

“Has God said that you may not eat of the trees of the garden?”

“Yes, we may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden...

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Ephesians 2:8 & 9 – What Does the Text Show Regarding Faith as the Gift?

Ephesians 2:8-9

Calvinism claims that saving faith is “gifted faith” – that God causes each person whom He elected and foreknew to receive faith from God in order to be saved. Ephesians 2:8 and 9 are the proof-texted verses used to support this idea. They say that the verse says that you are saved through the faith that is the gift of God, not of yourself so that no one can boast.

Unlike English, Greek assigns gender and case to nouns and their modifiers. Every noun has a gender, and every pronoun or adjective associated with that noun must have the same gender. Additionally, the role of the noun in a sentence determines its case – the cases in Greek are: nominative, genitive, dative, and accusative...

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Jesus’ Invitation in Matthew 11:25 – 30

Looking at Matthew 11:25-30, notice a few things:

“Come unto me all who labour and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” Jesus was speaking to the crowd; His invitation is to ‘all’.

“Take my yoke upon you and learn of me…” something they must choose to do for themselves.

My Strong’s concordance notes re: 1014 are interesting: “will; to will, to be willing, to be disposed, minded, intend.” But when you look at the other ‘will’ 2309 thelo / theleo etc., it says “to determine; as an active option from subjective impulse” and calls attention to 1014, stating 1014 ‘properly denotes passive acquiescence in objective considerations”. In other words, the 1014 “will” found in 11:27 has the sense of allowing something to come about...

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A Brief Summary and Discussion of TULIP

T – Total Depravity of Man

U – Unconditional Election

L – Lmited Atonement

I – Irresistable Grace

P – Perseverence of the Saints

Total Depravity of Man:

Calvinism states that when Adam sinned against God, human nature changed. Mankind became inherently wicked by inheriting from Adam a “sinful nature” which is supposedly acquired as a consequence of his disobedience. All humans born after Adam would inherit his innate wickedness, being born with a nature completely at enmity with God; in-born rejection of God, a disinclination to consider or hear God, and an inability to respond positively to God. Wicked humanity would, if God did not intervene, naturally and wilfully oppose God in every way, with neither the desire nor the ability to choose to do otherwise...

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The Nature Of Man

Man’s nature did not change when Adam sinned. The same nature in Adam that inclined him to disobey God inclines each of us to do likewise. The same nature that allowed Eve to question what God had said continues among millions today who question God’s Word. As soon as anyone entertains the possibility that God might have been wrong, he has demoted God in his own mind from Sovereign Deity. [1] If God is neither sovereign nor divine, the requirement to submit to Him does not exist. He has neither absolute authority nor the power to exercise ultimate authority; men are free to judge for themselves and follow their own thinking.

Adam and Eve were clearly shown to be able to doubt God’s word, God’s right and ability to judgement and pronouncement, and even to doubt God’s motives in sett...

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Man’s Sin Nature

The Bible does not teach that man’s nature has changed since the fall, despite the concept of man’s sin nature becoming widely accepted due to its propagation through certain theological systems. Some modern English versions of the Bible, including the NIV, have erroneously used the English phrase “sin nature” or “sinful nature” for the Greek word sarx , which is correctly translated ‘flesh’, imposing a sense that does not exist in the text itself.

Man’s nature had always included the capacity to sin, yet at creation God declared his creation to be ‘very good’.[1] Adam’s original sin therefore was not a result of his nature except to the extent of his ability to commit it...

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Choosing Jacob

God could have built one people from Isaac making of both sons one holy nation. But it was His purpose to make a distinction between the two men. Esau sold his birthright. Jacob sought a birthright he did not possess.

Why did God choose Jacob? The Bible does not say, it only states that He chose him to make a people of him. Jacob desired a blessing to which he was not naturally entitled. The Bible does not say that God placed that desire in Jacob’s heart, nor caused him to seek the face of God. In fact, Jacob’s desire was motivated by sin, and empowered by sin – deception and supplanting of the natural heir.

Esau, on the other hand, was unfaithful and ungrateful, despising his birthright for the immediate satisfaction of his natural desires...

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