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The Necessity of Earnestly Contending for the Faith from a Full Counsel Perspective [podcast]

“Search the scriptures … they are they which testify of me. 40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.” John 5:39-40

Those who are Christ’s come to Him and the way they do that is that they “Search the scriptures” to see Him for who He is, to know His will, to learn to worship, love, and obey Christ who is the Word of God.

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 

Those who truly know and are choosing to love the LORD supremely, daily search His Word, they prayerfully pour over and study the words of the Savior they so heartily love. In contrast, so many today are fulfilling prophecy as they give their allegiance, money, and time to a church and not to Christ Himself. They have a mere “form” or formula of godliness yet they are denying the power, the authority of Jesus Christ to reign in their personal lives (Luke 19:27). Read 2 Timothy 3. God is calling these to “Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” (2 Corinthians 6:17-18)

“Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.” Job 22:21

An enormous percentage of those who claim Christ as Savior are in truth serving a church, a pastor, and not truly serving Jesus. All of their resources go to their church, not to the Savior and His Gospel work – of feeding His sheep with His pure Word and soul winning. Those who serve the LORD Jesus seek His face daily, they search His words for themselves and obey them, building a foundation against the day of judgment (Matthew 7:19-29; 2 Timothy 2:15). Their hearts and lives are centered around the throne of God where Jesus is seated making intercessor for His people, His true church (Jeremiah 17:12; Hebrews 4:14-16; 7:24-26). | A Glorious High Throne [podcast]

How do We Know who is Truly “of God” and who is “NOT of God”?

Jesus informed us how to know exactly who is “of God” and who is “NOT of God” by their view of the whole, the entire contents of His written Word. Memorize John 8:47.

“He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.” John 8:47

Jesus told the religious counterfeits of His day that He knew they were “NOT of God” because they didn’t honor His words as the final divine authority. The same is true today.

Anyone who picks and chooses what they wish to study and know of God’s Word is a fraud, a counterfeit who is serving the god of self and so carefully erects the image of a false god, “another Jesus” in his heart and it’s always an agape love, a merciful, grace only “Jesus” (2 Corinthians 11:2-5; Galatians 1:6-9). One can observe that it’s never a balance of divine attributes, never the full spectrum of truth about the LORD which would include His love, grace, justice, holiness, the cross, the crucified life He mandates, and judgment, etc.

Those who are “of God” hear, receive, embrace, and walk out “ALL scripture” which is inspired by God (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 

The counterfeits among us privately interpret God’s Word, conveniently excluding that which calls them to truly repent, to die to self, to live a crucified life, to keep all sin out of their lives in readiness for the return of Jesus for His bride which He defines as being “a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:25-27; 2 Peter 1:19-21). God’s holiness is never mentioned among them, even though He commands us to “Be ye holy; for I am holy.”

“But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:15-16 

Enduring Sound Doctrine

Regrettably and yet, as the Holy Spirit foretold, there are many who are refusing to “endure sound doctrine, and the word “endure” here means to hold oneself accountable to 2 Timothy 4:2-4:

“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”

“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. 4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” Jude 3-4 

Because men true to God’s Word war with the weapons of His warfare which is God’s Word, they dismantle and crush the sin-justifying arguments perpetrated by the “ungodly men” Jude warned us of and that we have everywhere today, who are “turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness (license to sin).”

It can be observed that when men get weary with sin they begin to make concession for it and in their unrepentant depraved hearts change the image of the one true God to fit their own sinful ways (Romans 1:18-22; 2 Timothy 4:2-4).

If you obey God and endeavor to preach all of God’s Word, there will be those who say you are a works based legalist trusting in your own righteousness. This is a coward’s cop out and realize it’s Christ they are at odds with primarily, not you.

Does it not seem that those who endeavor to learn and teach the whole of God’s Word will be called legalists, simply because some do not wish to hear the whole of God’s Word, namely certain doctrines that cause them conviction? They despise conviction of their sins, and anyone who preaches the parts of God’s Word that calls them to truly repent and be crucified with Christ, will be attacked by them.

“Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye. 52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:” Acts 7:51-52

Holiness, not sin, is a characteristic of God’s people.

“Thy testimonies are very sure: holiness becometh thine house, O LORD, for ever.” Psalms 93:5

“They have corrupted themselves, their spot (blemish, sin) is not the spot of his children: they are a perverse and crooked generation.” Deuteronomy 32:5

“There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.” Proverbs 30:12

Why are many who profess Christ “not washed from their filthiness”? -Because they refused. They created a false god in their own wicked image who they vainly imagine overlooks their rebellion and sin. Problem is, that god doesn’t exist other than in their own depraved hearts.

“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” Romans 6:1-2

“But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.” Philippians 1:17

Counterfeits, tares want to accept what they personally choose and to reject from the full counsel of God’s Word what they simply do not like. Regrettably they have created a god in their own unrepentant sinful image and that is who they truly serve – the god of self. I assume many of them don’t even believe in the necessity of repentance and hell and holiness, all of which Jesus and His holy apostles often preached. Their “heresies” are a work of the flesh and soul damning (Galatians 5:19-21). Jesus preached the necessity of repentance and the cross and loving God supremely (Luke 9:23-24; 13:3, etc.). Any alternately defined so-called “agape love” is a farce, a false love (Proverbs 27:5-6). Preaching another gospel, a false gospel, holds the penalty of eternal damnation as one who does such is “accursed” (Galatians 1:6-9).

The authentic remnant elect of Christ do not patronize false leaders.

Refusing to sit under, condone, bid Godspeed to the false gospel, false doctrines, false teachers and wolves of the modern church … is not forsaking the assembly! Instead, it’s obedience to God who mandates that we “mark them“, that we “earnestly contend” against, and warns us that anyone who bids Godspeed to them will be punished with them (Romans 16:17-18; Jude 3; 2 John 2:10-11).

People who limit God, who only migrate to that which does not require truly dying, or rather who intentionally evade, reject the hard truths of the original Gospel, will always attack those who do. Christ’s prophets and apostles dealt with this very thing often (Isaiah 51:7, 12, etc.).

No matter what false professing evil men do, the true body of Christ must continue in the faith once delivered to the saints. Jesus’ letter to the  Philadelphia church reveals two things He confirmed as obedience:

“I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.” Revelation 3:8-12

TODAY: A dear Christian young lady asked me why I am not part of a church group any longer. A gently-communicated litany of doctrines purposely not being taught in the modern churches ensued. Also the fact that that the King James Bible is nowhere to be found. They only use pitifully lame fake “bibles.” It’s a busine$$ to the modern pastors who refuse to preach cardinal biblical doctrines such as the divinity of Christ (Christology), hell, repentance, judgment to come, confessing and cleansing ourselves of all sin, the return of Christ and being ready for it at all times, the cross – crucified life, etc.

When unrepentant sinful men whom Paul calls “enemies of the cross of Christ….” refuse to repent, in the darkness of their depravity, they begin to fashion a god in their own evil image, one that supposedly approves of their sin

Key words, truths in Romans 6: 1. sin, 2. the cross, 3. grace …. If you are denying sin, the topic and reality of it, you are denying Christ, denying the holiness of God. He put it all over His Word, on every page. You’d better get concerned about it and if you truly fear God, you will. If sin was not a big deal to God, why did He send His only begotten Son to die for it – to wash us initially and perpetually? See Romans 5:9; 1 John 1:7.

News Flash: God’s definition of sin never changed because He loves you and saved you by His grace. Just because God is love and extends His grace in salvation in no way means He is less just, holy, or not going to judge His people. Jesus came to save us “from” and not in our sin because sin defiles us in the eyes of a God who is “Holy, holy, holy” and commanded us to “Be ye holy; for I am holy” (Isaiah 6:3; Matthew 1:21; John 1:29; Titus 2:13).

Salvation was never designed as, and is not a free pass to sin (Romans 6:1-2). No, it’s initial forgiveness of our sins and the expectation and mandate of God to abide in Christ and remain washed from all sin (2 Corinthians 7:1; Ephesians 5:25-27;1 John 1:7,9; 3:3-6; Revelation 19:7-10, etc.).

“People who have overcome darkness, sin in their lives, typically have a fire inside of them that is almost impossible to extinguish.” unknown

The remnant body of Christ is pressing in to the LORD with reckless abandonment, forsaking their lives in this fleeting world that they might gain them eternally with Christ.

God’s people, though they be few, are known in that they seek out, are corrected by, embrace, and place themselves under the whole counsel His Word. With Paul they declare:

“God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.” Romans 3:4

God’s Word is not to be treated as “private interpretation.” 

“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: 20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” 2 Peter 1:19-21 

It’s HIS Word and we are of all men most depraved and deceived when we don’t receive it

“ALL scripture” in the Bible is from God (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

Pride says: “I will ignore this and that.”

Humility, the cross says: “Yes Jesus, yes Sir LORD, let God be true and every man a liar, beginning with me, the worst evil sinner ever”

No part of God’s Word can be ignored, such is rebellion.

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