A Failure to Understand the Lord's Church (1)

by Richard Mansel, managing editor
electronic-dictionary1.jpgPeople who misunderstand Scripture come to the wrong conclusions because they are either using faulty definitions or looking at God’s Word from a skewed perspective.
When they disperse their error, they spread a heinous evil in the kingdom of Christ, regardless of what their intentions may be.
God’s Word existed before time began (Psalm 119:89). An infallible God, who cannot lie, created biblical truth (Titus 1:2). Its truths are unassailable. We must bow before its majesty and greatness (Psalm 119).
A mature, logical mind, filled with wisdom, has the ability to see things clearly, when we are deeply reverent. We realize our place in the kingdom of Christ. He is the King, the Almighty God of heaven and earth and we are his humble servants submitting to his will.
Many in the Lord’s church mean well and are in love with God, but they nonetheless teach error because they are utilizing faulty definitions. As long as we follow Satan’s plans, we are actually walking away from God and taking people with us on our journey to the dark side (1 John 1:5).
God and Satan are locked in an eternal struggle (Ephesians 6:12). Satan will do anything to thwart God’s plans and destroy the children of God (John 8:44).
In the Garden of Eden, Satan began his reign of terror by changing the definitions and seducing Eve and Adam into sinning against God (Genesis 3:1-6). When he convinced Eve that her wisdom was greater than that of God’s will, Eve took the bait and began to die. Nothing has changed (1 John 2:16).
Likewise, Satan has been successful in changing the definitions of the Lord’s Church and luring many brethren into his web of deceit.
God’s Word says that Christ was given a kingdom and it would be Jesus’ body and be in complete submission to him (Matthew 16:18; 1 Corinthians 15:24). Moreover, there would only be one church consisting of those who are in Christ and have had their sins remitted (Ephesians 4:1-6; Acts 2:37-38,47).
Satan’s sleight of hand leads man to accept definitions of the church that Christ never intended. He feeds our egos and fleshly desires and rages against God’s children with the flame of ridicule and isolationism. Satan works hard to redefine Scripture for his own glory.
Sincerity is the new mantra of those who have accepted the deception. All those who mean well and express love for God are in Christ. Feelings are primary and are the greatest good.
In the Ark, there was one family that was righteous and those outside of the Ark were lost regardless of their feelings or definitions (Hebrews 11:7; Genesis 6-9). They were unrighteous and they perished.
Scripture is very clear that there is light and darkness, righteous and unrighteous. There are those inside the Church and those outside of the Church. Until we start looking at the Church as God does, we will continue to be deceived by Satan’s tricks.
Satan leads man to see denominationalism as normal, a standard upon which we will all be judged. When we see the religious world through these skewed lenses, we begin to see God’s Way as the problem and turn towards Satan’s way
Far too many brethren are taking the poison bait and are promulgating error and doing damage to the Lord’s body. We shall look at one example in the next article.
We must not let our fleshly weaknesses hurt the cause of Christ.

6 Replies to “A Failure to Understand the Lord's Church (1)”

  1. “All those who mean well and express love for God are in Christ. Feelings are primary and are the greatest good.”
    Straw man — and it is the crux of your argument.
    There is no law against bearing the fruit of the Spirit.

  2. Nick, this is by no means a straw man. Brethren are not being malicious when they accept Satan’s definitions. However, they have been deceived and are spreading error for Satan. We should not help them nor encourage them to do so.
    I stand by what I have said and I am sad that you don’t see the truth of this statement. The fruits of this truth are evident everywhere.
    You are exactly right that there is no law against bearing the fruit of the spirit.
    How is spreading Satan’s deceptive definitions bearing the fruit of the spirit, anyway??

  3. Since I don’t believe the people you’re talking about are spreading Satan’s deceptive definitions (how’d you get on his mailing list anyway? Did he send you an autographed dictionary?), it hardly stands to reason that my comment about the fruit of the spirit had to do with that.
    It saddens me, though, that you believe that someone who is in error on any point cannot bear the fruit of the spirit.
    If I see my neighbor bearing some of the fruit of the spirit, I don’t have to test his doctrinal purity before working alongside him.

  4. I don’t have to be on Satan’s mailing list nor have his dictionary. What is contrary to Scripture is not of God, but of Satan. If we are using definitions that are against what Scripture says, we are promoting deceptive definitions.
    The fruits of the Spirit are of God and doing them glorifies the Father above. The father below is honored by the fruits of the flesh.
    People outside of Christ can do good deeds, but they are still lost. They can even be religious and teach the lost about Jesus. But they are still outside of Christ.

  5. Richard,
    Thanks for this article. You are correct that people can do good deeds and still not have Christ. Many are “for Christ” not against Him and do good works in His name. We should applaud their efforts and in many cases can work alongside of them likewise doing good, however, we should talk with them of how was is to be “in Christ” and not just “for Him.”

  6. Good points. I’m enjoying reading what you have to say. There are certainly those marketing evil. “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”
    I think you are right about people’s intentions. Yet if they love Christ, I am convinced that they will at some point have His commands and obey them (John 14:21). Now, as for their teachers, there is no excuse to have the Bible sit on your desk for 50, 40, 25, 20, 10 years in your office and be able to do as Jesus said, “teach them to observe all things that I commanded them” (Matt. 28:20).

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