by David J. Stewart
Modernists are False Prophets!
Modernists give some evidence of faith in religion or a higher power, i.e., a form of godliness; but they DENY the power thereof of the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ as 2nd Timothy 3:5 teaches. Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
In Christian theology, Modernism is a hostile term used by its enemies to attack the tendency of Liberal Christianity toward revision of certain Christian doctrines such as the Virgin Birth and the Resurrection of Christ, or subjecting the Bible to the Higher Criticism. Modernism was the target of the Fundamentalists after 1910, and was an especially bitter issue in the 1920s.
Modernists masquerades to know God, but do not. Anyone who talks about faith, God, religion, and spiritual matters ought to be quoting the Scriptures. If they never mention Jesus Christ and the teachings of God's Word, then something is very wrong. Modernists are NOT saved; they have a FORM OF GODLINESS as the Bible says, but they DENY THE POWER THEREOF of the redeeming Gospel of Jesus Christ. The problem and danger with Modernists is that they are trying to substitute their teachings for the Word of God.
Ironically, the Bible has MUCH to say about unsaved religious heathens. Jesus warned in Matthew 6:7 about heathens who think they'll be heard by God for their much speaking (long prayers). Matthew 6:7, “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do...” This is one more reason why I have full confidence that the Bible is truly God's inspired Words, i.e., because the Bible address the reality of heathen religious people (which modern society totally ignores). Jesus warned in Mark 7:6-13 about religious heathens who teach the traditions of men, laying aside the commandments of God, fully rejecting God's Word to keep their own fabricated traditions. I could mention a hundred Scriptures on this topic. Our churches are filled with unsaved heathen Modernists today, who pretend and sincerely think they are Christians; but they are children of the Devil and need to be exposed by true born-again believers (Titus 1:10-13).
Modernism is religious liberalism! These are the people who claim to know God, or to be spiritual; but, they deny one or more of the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith. Others aren't sure if there is a God, but they claim to be spiritual. A perfect example is the Unitarian Universalism Church, whose members are 18% Atheist. The organization boasts of having no doctrinal statement whatsoever. They fully deny the Word of God; yet, claim to worship God.
Another Modernist was Martin Luther King Jr. who denied the deity of Christ; yet, falsely claimed to be a Christian. Another modernist was C.S. Lewis who believed the Bible contains myths, believed in purgatory, believed being born-again was a lifelong process, taught works salvation, denied the penalty of Hell, et cetera. C.S. Lewis was an unsaved heretic who fooled many people into thinking he was a Christian. Lewis is revered by witches today and is the favorite author of Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling.
The Devil is a fraud, a liar, and he is the father of all murderers and liars the Bible says (John 8:44). Most people are woefully ignorant of the Scriptures, thinking that all religious faiths are acceptable to God; but the horrifying truth is that there's not one religion in this world that can get you into Heaven. Salvation is NOT found in any religion; but rather, in a Person—The Lord Jesus Christ!
But if the Devil can't get his victims to reject Christ, then he will deceive you by introducing you to ANOTHER JESUS that 2nd Corinthians 11:3-4 warns us about. The Bible uses that very term too, “another Jesus.” The Bible here also mentions “another spirit” and “another gospel.” Modernism employs all of these deceptions to deceive the ignorant masses of the world. The strange thing is that Modernists do not realize they are deceived themselves. Satan has blinded them because of their wicked heart of unbelief (2nd Corinthians 4:4). Matthew 15:14, “Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”
Luke 11:44, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them.” Tens-of-millions of Americans are brainwashed every day through the hellivision on TV, being INDOCTRINATED with all sorts of lies, heresies, and exceptions. Young people are INDOCTRINATED in heathen state universities all across the country, stripped of any remaining faith in God or the Bible, graduating with fool's honors. Then they pursue a career as a so-called expert or professional, the blind leading the blind, deceiving and being deceived the Bible says. 2nd Timothy 3:13, “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” Proverb:3:7, “ Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.”
Sylvia Browne's Heresy
A popular modernist today is psychic, Sylvia Browne. From looking at Sylvia's website, you could easily get the impression that she is a Christian if you didn't know any better. On her main page it reads...
"God love you - I do, Sylvia"
Ironically, Sylvia Browne also professes to have a "love for God."
"In April 1986, Sylvia Browne embarked upon the most important chapter of her life. She founded a spiritual organization called Society of Novus Spiritus. This decision was a natural extension of her love for God and for all of humanity." -SOURCE
1st John 3:18 states...
"My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth."
Sylvia Browne loves with her words, but not with the Truth of God's Word. She denies the deity of Christ, denies that Jesus died upon the cross for our sins, and denies that Jesus rose from the dead. She certainly is NO Christian. When Sylvia Browne speaks of the "spirit," she is speaking of a familiar spirit (a demonic spirit); not, the Holy Spirit of God. Jesus clearly said in John 4:24 that God can ONLY be worshipped in truth. This is why Jesus said that the people in Mark 7:7 were worshipping God in VAIN, because they were following the traditions of men instead of the commandments of God.
Modernists are Everywhere Today!
There are tens-of-millions of Modernists today. Here is what the beloved Evangelist, Dr. John R. Rice had to say (from his excellent book, FALSE DOCTRINES, 1970, page 407, ISBN: 0-87398-251-7)...
"There are infidels who claim to be Christians. They fit exactly the dictionary definition of infidels, denying the essentials of the Christian faith. They have exactly the position of Ingersoll, Tom Paine, and Voltaire, but they are in the church and willfully deceive God's people because they want the prestige, the income, the influence of the Christian religion."
I recently received a letter from a woman who requested if she could use some of my writings to promote their ministry. She provided a link to their website. At first glance of their website, I was impressed that they wanted to win twenty million people to the Lord by the year 2020. Then I noticed a big advertisement, begging for money to support their cause ... in India. I carefully looked at their website and couldn't find a Gospel presentation or a doctrinal statement. Then I read that their ministries' goal was to lead people to renounce all other gods, and MAKE A COMMITMENT TO CHRIST (aka, Lordship Salvation). I wrote her back and kindly explained to her that making a commitment to Christ will never save anyone. The Word of God teaches us to BELIEVE on Christ for salvation (Acts 16:31), not make a commitment to Him. Jesus doesn't ask us to give up anything to be saved.
Eternal life is a FREE GIFT which God wants to give us through Christ (Romans 5:15, 6:23). We can only be saved by faith alone in Jesus Christ. There are people everywhere today making commitments to Christ, turning over new leafs, living for Christ, giving up the world, finding spirituality; BUT, they're not coming to Jesus Christ to have their sins forgiven. No amount of dedication, religion, or commitment can save anyone. You are a dirty rotten sinner, deserving of Hell; but, Jesus shed His precious blood for you because He loves you. If you'll trust upon Christ, and the blood He shed for you to forgive your sins, then you will be saved.
This type of heretical liberalism exists everywhere today. Billy Graham's message is so watered down that it would never offend any Catholic (which is why they love him so much). Every Catholic believes in the basic Gospel; BUT, the Catholics have ADDED works to it. They've added the seven sacraments: baptism, confirmation, confession, holy communion, etc. They also bow down in idolatry to Mary. They also believe that a sinful man like the priest can forgive their sins instead of Christ (1st Timothy 2:5). Catholics will not tolerate anyone telling them that Mary worship is idolatry. According to the Word of God, religious liberals come to us "with feigned words" ... "And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you..." (2nd Peter 2:3).
Max Lucado of the Church of Christ and Michael W. Smith, Apostates!
Michael W. Smith's apostasy doesn't end with Catholics; he is also in bed with the demonic Church of Christ minister, Max Lucado. They have traveled extensively across America touring together, bringing their apostasy to a cult so-called church near you.
Max Lucado is a false prophet, who plainly teaches that a person MUST be water baptized to get to Heaven. This false doctrine of devils is known as “Baptismal Regeneration,” i.e., they believe that water baptism regenerates (makes a person born-again). This is what the heretic Martin Luther taught, which Lutherans still hold to today because they are fools. But the Bible teaches something VERY different. Biblically, we are born-again only by faith in Jesus Christ, the Word of God. 1st Peter 1:23 teaches that we are born-again by the Seed of God's Word.
Max Lucado is a best-selling Modernist (an unsaved phony who claims to be a genuine Christian) author and well-known minister. Lucado has written 60 books with over 30 million copies in print, and currently serves as senior minister at Oak Hills Church (formerly Oak Hills Church of Christ) in San Antonio, Texas. Lucado was named “America's Pastor” by Billy Graham's apostate Christianity Today magazine and in 2005 was named by Reader's Digest as “The Best Preacher in America.” He has been featured on The Fox News Channel, NBC Nightly News, Larry King Live, and USA Today, and a bunch of other worldly demonic shows.James 4:4 identifies Max Lucado as an enemy of God, since he is a friend of the carnal world. Lucado's books are regularly on the New York Times Best Seller List. He has been featured speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast (where so-called “prayers” are read from a piece of paper, prewritten and not from the heart). It's all a bunch of formalism, sinful hypocrisy and ecumenical uniting by error. God wants us to divide over truth rather than unite by error (Matthew 10:34).
Tragically, Max Lucado is an ecumenical false prophet, who teaches the Church of Christ's false doctrine that salvation comes only after baptism. Lucado deceitfully claims that he doesn't believe in Baptismal Regeneration; yet he teaches that water baptism is essential to being saved...
"Baptism effectively seals our salvation."
"In baptism God signs and seals our conversion to him."
Baptismal Regeneration is a demonic doctrine of devils, a works-based salvation. The Bible NEVER tells anyone to be water baptized in order to be saved. Max Lucado teaches that baptism seals our salvation. That is not what the Bible teaches. The Bible teaches that those who BELIEVE are sealed with the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 1:13, “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.”
Oprah Winfrey's Heresy
We read in Matthew 7:21-23...
"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
The world is filled with such false teachers, who teach about spirituality and God; BUT, don't know God, and have not the truth of Jesus Christ. One such heretic is Oprah Winfrey. Oprah speaks about God, love, and "surrendering all," but what is she surrendering to? Most people ASSUME Oprah means Jesus Christ; BUT, think again. Here's a video of Oprah denying that Jesus is the only way to Heaven. Yet, tragically, Oprah Winfrey has up to 20,000,000 people every day watching her show. Oprah teaches about spiritual issues; but, she teaches New Age heresies and Satanic deceptions. Oprah is leading the masses into Hell with her damnable lies.
Psychic John Edward's Heresy
John Edward is an internationally acclaimed psychic medium, and the author of the New York Times bestselling book, Crossing Over, hardcover, ISBN: 1-58872-002-0, which has sold over 450,000 copies. Mr. Edward has written several books, including a book titled, PRACTICAL PRAYING. Edward is also a necromancer, who claims to communicate with the dead. The Word of God plainly condemns such occult practices as punishable by the death penalty (Leviticus 20:27). Yet, Edward ignores the Word of God completely, while claiming to have the experience to spiritually enlighten people.
According to an Amazon.com editorial review of PRACTICAL PRAYING, by John Edwards...
"John Edward’s focus in spiritual teaching is now being spotlighted on his own path of religious and spiritual enlightenment, and he is now sharing it in this book, PRACTICAL PRAYING: Using the Rosary to Enhance your Life."
Mr. Edward is extremely dangerous, a necromancer who sinfully attempts to communicate with the dead; yet, he has written books on how to pray and be spiritually enlightened. Clearly, he is putting himself forth as a Christian. People who are ignorant of the Word of God are easily conned by such modernists.
John MacArthur's Heresy on the Blood!
John MacArthur pastors one of America's largest churches in California. He is extremely popular all across America. Moody's annual Founder's Week has featured MacArthur for many years. MacArthur has authored hundreds of books, writings, etc. Tragically, John MacArthur is a heretic concerning Christ's blood, he is an unsaved modernist.
The April 1986 edition of Faith For The Family quotes MacArthur as saying in a 1976 article entitled, Not His Bleeding But His Dying: "It was His death that was efficacious, not His blood . . . Christ did not bleed to death. The shedding of blood had nothing to do with bleeding . . . it simply means death. Nothing in His human blood saves . . . It is not His blood that I love, it is Him. It is not His bleeding that saved me, but His dying." It is shocking to me, that a professed "Christian" minister would make such blasphemous statements, in lieu of such clear Scriptures as 1st Peter 1:18,19...
"Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ..."
Benny Hinn's Ecumenical Gospel
Benny Hinn ministries took in over $100,000,000 last year alone. Listen to what Hinn said concerning Pope John Paul II after his death, “Pope John Paul II pointed millions to Jesus Christ when he was Pope. And I believe we're in for the greatest move of the Spirit of God on this planet." -BENNY HINN (Benny Hinn: The Impact of the Pope's Death, By Chris Mitchell, Middle East Bureau Chief, CBN.com). What? The Pope pointing people to Jesus? Hinn is a false prophet! Pope John Paul II pointed billions of people to MARY!!! Pope John Paul II pointed people to himself, to the Catholic priests, to the Seven sacraments, to religion, to Mary; BUT, not to Jesus Christ. You cannot point people to Jesus Christ while simultaneously teaching the traditions of men. John 4:24 plainly teaches that God must be worshipped in TRUTH, not the traditions of men. What a deception!!! This is why Christ said in Mark 7:7...
"Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."
Deceptively, Benny Hinn presents the Gospel of Jesus Christ on his website. Benny Hinn also teaches that there are NINE members to the Godhead. Hinn is very deceptive. If you look at Benny Hinn's website, you might be totally convinced that he's a born again Christian. Yet, Hinn's life contradicts his statements. If a famous preacher claimed to believe in freedom and America; but then you find out that he was a member of the Communist Party at the SAME time, what would you think? That man is Martin Luther King Jr. Would you believe his words about freedom? No! Likewise, Benny Hinn presents the Gospel on his website; but, then praises the Pope, recognizes Our Lady of Fatima (Mary) as legitimate, partakes of transubstantiation (Catholic holy communion), and promotes Catholicism--The biggest cult on earth!
And by the way, Hinn never actually states in his online Gospel presentation that a person doesn't have to do works to be saved. And also, every Catholic believes the simple Gospel, i.e., that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose again for our justification. The church of Galatia in the Bible fell victim to the same type of heresy. They had heard the simple Gospel; but, now were being led to follow a works salvation by a false religion, "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel" (Galatians 1:6). Benny Hinn fools multitudes of people by presenting the Biblical Gospel on his website; BUT, then promoting the damnable heresies and idols of Catholicism. To promote Our Lady of Fatima is blasphemy!
Marianne Williamson's False Gospel
Marianne Williamson is a New Age minister and author. She masquerades as a Christian; but is a Christ-rejecter. She is a very dangerous person and the enemy of God...
"Marianne Williamson is one of the most recognized names in contemporary spiritual literature and philosophy. She has inspired millions with her national bestsellers, which include A Return to Love, A Woman's Worth, and Illuminata. She is also the author of a children's book, Emma & Mommy Talk to God. A New Thought minister (her church is in Warren, Michigan,) she has brought these ideas to a new level of acceptance."
SOURCE: Marianne Williamson Home Page
Williamson is the author of “A Return to Love,” in which she describes how A Course In Miracles (a demonically inspired book) changed her life. Here's a few demonic teachings from the book, A COURSE IN MIRACLES, that Williamson claims changed her life...
- “There is no sin. . . ” pg. 9
- A “slain Christ has no meaning.” pg. 10
- “The journey to the cross should be the last ‘useless journey.’ ” pg. 11
- “Do not make the pathetic error of ‘clinging to the old rugged cross.’” pg. 12
- “The Name of Jesus Christ as such is but a symbol… It is a symbol that is safely used as a replacement for the many names of all the gods to which you pray.” pg. 13
- “God is in everything I see.”14
- “The recognition of God is the recognition of yourself.” pg. 15
- “The oneness of the Creator and the creation is your wholeness, your sanity and your limitless power.” pg. 16
- “The Atonement is the final lesson he [man] need learn, for it teaches him that, never having sinned, he has no need of salvation.” pg. 17
That is blasphemy! According to her website, “Williamson is an internationally acclaimed spiritual teacher.” Yeah, she's a spiritual teacher going around teaching people that they're not sinners and don't need salvation. The Bible calls her a liar and an antichrist (1st John 2:22). Williamson is an unsaved Modernist who speaks of spiritual matters; while denying the sinfulness of mankind and the reality of the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23).
Dan Brown and Ron Howard Attack Jesus Christ
Dan Brown is the author of the demonic, The Da Vinci Code. In His book, He attacks Christ's deity, discredits the Word of God, claims an immoral relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene, and alleges Christianity to be a big hoax. In May of 2006, Ron Howard released his movie, The Da Vinci Code, based upon Mr. Brown's works of darkness. The very fact that these evil men produced works about Jesus Christ (a literal Person), whether it was fiction or non-fiction, made this a spiritual matter. Multitudes of naive victims have been beguiled by the damnable Da Vinci Code. Ron Howard claims that he's just making entertainment, not theology. However, such demonic works, which are alleged to be based upon credible research, give ammunition to the enemies of the Lord Jesus Christ, to blind the minds of the simple. This is Satan's purpose, to blind people from the Truth of God's Word (2nd Corinthians 4:4).
Lest you should think The Da Vinci Code is taken by the public as mere fiction, consider what the New York Daily News said concerning Dan Brown ... "His research is impeccable." Such statements imply that The Da Vinci Code is legitimate research; yet, both Dan Brown and Ron Howard have stated that their works are FICTION. A simple web search will reveal that many people are taking the Da Vinci Code very serious, and are abandoning any thought of ever turning to Jesus Christ for salvation. Dan Brown and Ron Howard are modernists, imposters, who come to us in the name of innocent fun and entertainment; BUT, they are vicious wolves who come to us in sheep's clothing. There won't be any "Happy Days" where Ron Howard is going when he dies. I say this with great sadness, for God is not willing for any to perish without Christ (2nd Peter 3:9).
Billy Graham Tells Larry King that Pope John Paul II Went to Heaven!
I'm going to vomit... Pope John Paul II in Heaven Mr. Graham? You've got to be kidding? Here's the quote again...
LARRY KING: There is no question in your mind that he is with God now?
BILLY GRAHAM: Oh, no. There may be a question about my own, but I don't think Cardinal Wojtyla, or the Pope — I think he's with the Lord, because he believed. He believed in the Cross. That was his focus throughout his ministry, the Cross, no matter if you were talking to him from personal issue or an ethical problem, he felt that there was the answer to all of our problems, the cross and the resurrection. And he was a strong believer.
The Catholic Church teaches that faith AND works are required to get to Heaven. It is mandatory for every Catholic to be water baptized to get to Heaven, and also to keep all of the 7-Sacraments. This is a very false Gospel. Biblically we are saved by HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, i.e., Jesus' righteousness (Romans 4:5-6; 2nd Corinthians 5:21); and not by our own self-righteousness as Catholics teach (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Obviously, Billy Graham has a devil. Billy Graham is NO Christian; but an unsaved modernist who has never found true salvation in Jesus Christ.
How Can You Recognize a Modernist, or a Religious Liberal?
The only way to accurately identify a religious liberal or Modernist is to test their doctrine against the Word of God. This is the acid test. 1st John 4:1 states, "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try (test) the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world." Did you read that? ... MANY false prophets are gone out into the world. There are literally millions of false prophets today. 1st John 4:2 continues by stating, "Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God." Many people misunderstand this Scripture. It is not an all inclusive test; but rather, a starting point.
Think about it ... every Catholic believes that Jesus Christ came in the flesh; but then they worship Mary, teach works salvation, require the seven sacraments to be saved, trust men (priests) to forgive their sins, and follow a host of other manmade traditions not found in the Word of God. Catholics are unsaved! So when we test a person, we should START by asking them what they believe concerning our Lord Jesus Christ.
In a moment I'm going to give you a list of Bible doctrines. When I got saved I didn't know most of these truths, but I didn't deny them either. As I grew in the Lord, and SEARCHED THE SCRIPTURES (John 5:39), I began to learn them one-by-one. I'm not saying that a person is not saved who doesn't know all this stuff, for all that the Bible requires for salvation is TO BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND THOU SHALT BE SAVED (Acts 16:30-31). That's the SIMPLICITY THAT IS IN CHRIST (2nd Corinthians 11:3). We are SINNERS and Jesus is the SAVIOR! It's easy to be saved, as easy as going through a door (John 10:9), or drinking a glass of water (John 4:10); simply trust upon Jesus' name and your sins will be forgiven (Acts 10:43).
Modernists all believe that Jesus existed, but they deny one or more fundamental truths in the Bible concerning the Person, character, or redemptive work of Christ. It is VERY confusing to new believers, and to those Christians who have never seriously attempted to study and learn the Word of God, to identify false prophets and to know how to Biblically expose them for the frauds they are.
Beware of Another Jesus, Another Spirit, and Another Gospel
The best way that I can explain it to you is to just quote to you 2nd Corinthians 11:3-4...
2nd Corinthians 11:3-4, “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.”
The following doctrines are Biblical, and these are questions that I would ask a person to find out what they believe about the Bible. Again, it doesn't mean that somebody's not saved if they are ignorant of Biblical doctrines; but two things that they must believe is: 1) They are a sinner, and 2) Jesus is the Christ, the only begotten Son of God (John 20:31). If a person genuinely trusts upon the name of Jesus to be forgiven of their sins, then they are saved (Acts 10:43).
A person does not have to know all of these things to be saved; but if they adamantly deny any of these fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith, then something is wrong with their beliefs and they ARE NOT SAVED. When I because a Christian I didn't know that Jesus was God, because I'd never been taught that; but when I learned it years later from a Bible teacher, who showed me Scriptures to prove it, I immediately knew it was true and accepted that Bible doctrine.
I need to give you the following list of doctrines, because there are A LOT of unsaved people who profess to trust in Christ; but they have believed on ANOTHER JESUS, or ANOTHER GOSPEL, or ANOTHER SPRIT. These Biblical doctrines will expose them if they don't believe these things...
- Do they believe that Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to Heaven? (John 14:6)
- Do they believe in the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ? (Isaiah 7:14)
- Do they believe that Jesus is God Almighty? (Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-3,14; 10:33, 1st Timothy 3:16; Colossians 2:9; Revelation 1:8)
- Do they believe that Jesus is the Son of God? (John 3:16)
- Do they believe that Jesus died upon the cross? (John 19:23; Hebrews 12:2)
- Do they believe that Jesus was buried, and rose again physically after three days? (1st Corinthians 15:1-4)
- Do they believe that Jesus ascended bodily into Heaven after His resurrection? (Acts 1:9)
- Do they believe that it is Jesus' blood which takes our sins away, and not just the death of Christ? (Colossians 1:14; 1st John 1:7; Revelation 7:14)
- Do they believe in the Godhead (Trinity): God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit? (Romans 1:20; Matthew 28:19,20)
- Do they believe that Jesus is a member of the Godhead, equal in every capacity? (Colossians 2:9)
- Do they believe that Jesus is perfect, never having sinned even once? (2nd Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15)
- Do they believe that Jesus existed in Preexistent form, before He came to the earth? (John 8:58; Revelation 1:8)
- Do they believe in the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ upon the cross, Who died in our place? (1st Peter 2:21)
- Do they believe that Hell is a literal place that burns with fire, to punish all Christ-rejecters? (2nd Thessalonians 1:8; Revelation 20:8,11-15;)
- Do they believe in a literal Heaven, for the saved to go to? (John 14:1,2; 2nd Corinthians 5:8)
- Do they believe that Jesus Christ is the Creator of the universe? (John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:16)
- Do they believe that Jesus Christ always existed? (Revelation 1:8; John 5:58; Hebrews 7:3)
- Is Christ's work of atonement completely finished? (Hebrews 9:26)
The answer to every question above should be a confident "YES!"
Please understand, we are saved simply by believing on Jesus, the Christ, the only begotten Son of God? Yes, most definitely, that is all that God requires for salvation. However, the Bible plainly teaches in 2nd John 1:9, “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.”
What is the DOCTRINE OF CHRIST? It is everything that the Bible teaches concerning Jesus Christ.
Someone once asked a preacher if he believed that a person who denies the Virgin Birth of Christ could still be saved. The wise old preacher replied, “A person who is saved WILL BELIEVE in the Virgin Birth of Christ.” That is what is am saying to you my friend. If you vehemently deny the deity of Christ (i.e., that He is God almighty) then you are NOT a genuine born-again Christian. You have never been saved in the least degree. Modernists give some evidence of faith in religion or a higher power, i.e., a form of godliness; but they DENY the power thereof of the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ as 2nd Timothy 3:5 says.
It is not enough to just have God the Father as billions of people do, you MUST also receive the Son. We hear a lot of people talking about faith in God, but they openly deny the Son of God. The Bible says they are liars and antichrist (1st John 2:22). They are NOT saved, and will go to Hell in their sins to be punished by God when they die (2nd Thessalonians 1:8-9).
Albeit, please consider that every Roman Catholic believes that Jesus died, was buried, and rose again. So why aren't Catholics saved? It's because they have corrupted the Gospel by adding their own self-righteousness to it. Romans 10:3-4 warns against going about to establish one's own righteousness, instead of obtaining God's righteousness by faith alone in Christ (2nd Corinthians 5:21). The Devil is as subtle liar and trickster, who goes about as a hungry wolf to devour his prey.
Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, Christian Science followers Scientologists, Church of Christ, Moonies, and hundreds of other popular false religions are centered upon the belief that Jesus is the Christ, but each in their own subtle ways PERVERTS the Gospel message, usually by diminishing the Godhead and deity of Jesus Christ. For example: Mormons reject the Biblical truth that Jesus is almighty God. Instead, Mormons believe that humans will advance ultimately to become as gods, the same as the false Christ they worship. That's their view of Jesus Christ.
Jehovah's Witnesses [JW] altogether deny the Godhead and reject the Biblical truth that Jesus is almighty God. In the (obviously corrupted) New World Translation, JW founder Charles Russell perverts John 1:1 to say that Jesus is “a god” instead of the correct “God.” JW's have ANOTHER JESUS, which 2nd Corinthians 11:3-4 plainly warns us about.
2nd Corinthians 11:3-4, “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.”
Satan deceives his victims by coming to them as a wolf, but hidden in sheep's clothing (Matthew 7:15). 2nd Corinthians 11:3-4 plainly teaches that Satan fabricates distorted images of Who Christ is, and of what the Gospel really is, and comes to people in ANOTHER SPIRIT (that is, a demonic spirit). Remember, the best place to hide a LIE is between two TRUTHS. Satan knows this better than anyone. The best place to hide another Jesus, another gospel, and another spirit is in hundreds of false religions that blind and hinder men from finding the saving power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Modernists are unsaved people who masquerade as Christians; such as Westcott and Hort, Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Phil, C.S. Lewis, and others who speak with spiritual terms, but completely deny the power of God (which is the Gospel, Romans 1:16). 2nd Timothy 3:5, “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” Modernists are sincere and don't realize that Satan has blinded them to the truth. Such false prophets are dangerous. The Bible says in Romans 16:17 to mark (identify) them and avoid them. Titus 1:10-13 says to rebuke them sharply (i.e., with the Authority of God's Word).
The answer to every question below should be a confident "NO!"
- Does a person have to be water baptized to go to Heaven? (1st Corinthians 1:17; Acts 16:31)
- Do you have to do any good works to go to Heaven? (Romans 3:20; Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5)
- Do you have to join a church to go to Heaven? (Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5; Psalm 118:8)
- Do you have to confess your sins to a priest or a minister to go to Heaven? (1st Timothy 2:5)
- Do you have to keep the sacraments to go to Heaven? (Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5; Romans 4:5)
- Do you have to endure or persevere to the end of life to be saved? (Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5; Romans 5:15; Romans 6:23; Romans 4:5)
- Do you have to earn your way to Heaven? (Romans 3:20; Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5)
- Do you have to pray the Rosary to go to Heaven? (Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5; Matthew 6:7)
- Do you have to recognize the Virgin Mary to be saved? (1st Timothy 2:5; Exodus 20:4,5)
- Do you have to be religious to go to Heaven? (Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5; Mark 7:6-13)
- Do you have to forsake your sins to be saved? (Romans 4:5; Ephesians 2:8,9)
- Do you have to "be willing" to turn from your sins to be saved? (Romans 4:5; Ephesians 2:8,9)
There are other questions as well; but, these are the main questions. You'll find that 98% of the people in this world DON'T pass the above tests. Again, I am not saying that a person is unsaved simply because they are ignorant of Biblical truths, that's why we need to mentor our converts and teach them as Matthew 28:19-20 commands.
I'm simply giving you some guidelines to determine if a person may not be saved. If I were to ask a person these questions, and at first they didn't agree; but then they did after I had showed them the Bible, that would indicate strongly that they are indeed saved. However, if they were to argue with me concerning, say, the deity of Jesus, and refuse to acknowledge what the Bible teaches, then I know they're not saved at all. I wrote this article because most people who profess to be Christians are unsaved and don't even know it. They have believed a lie, so how can they see what they really are? This is how Satan keeps them blinded from the truth (2nd Corinthians 4:4).
Please carefully consider the following words of wisdom from Dr. John R. Rice (from his excellent book, FALSE DOCTRINES, page 412, available from the Sword of the Lord)...
"Many actual Christians are so deceived by the liberals. the unbelievers, that they quote and defend the modernists, supporting them in Christian schools--so some born again Christians compromise until it is hard to tell the scabby, dirty sheep from the wolf in sheep's clothing"
Don't believe it? It gets even worse. Many of today's professed Christians are even supporting the witchcraft of Harry Potter!!! Christianity Today magazine actually endorses Harry Potter's witchcraft. This is apostasy! Who would have imagined a day in America when we would actually see churches promoting abortion.
It is becoming increasing difficult to determine who's really a born again Christian; BUT, it's easy when you KNOW the Word of God. The best way to expose Satan's works of darkness is by shining the Light of God's Word upon it.
Again, here are the words of Dr. John R. Rice (from FALSE DOCTRINES, page 412)...
"Dr. Nels F.S. Ferre, who says it is wrong to worship Jesus, to follow the Bible, says Jesus may have been the illegitimate son of a blond German soldier and harlot Mary--is advertised as "an evangelical," has been welcomed at Southern Baptist Seminary and other "Christian" institutions, as have Dr. George Buttrick, most outspoken opponent of the virgin birth, the blood atonement and inspiration of the Bible. So is Dr. Elton Trueblood and many others who are actually unbelievers."
At Moody Bible Institute's annual Founder's Week, John MacArthur is a featured guest. MacArthur totally denies that Jesus' blood has anything to do with the forgiveness of our sins. John MacArthur, like R.B. Thieme Jr., believe that Christ's death is what saves us, and not the blood. 1st Peter 1:18,19 totally contradicts their lies! Both of these men are unsaved heretics. There is no way a man can be saved and DENY the very precious blood of Jesus Christ that saves. These men are deceptive, and will say that the blood of Jesus is very important; but, the truth is that they believe Christ's blood is only REPRESENTATIVE of His death. These are the type of modernists which we need to avoid and expose.
What Should Christians Do About Modernism, Religious Liberalism?
The following helpful words are from Dr. John R. Rice, FALSE DOCTRINES page 416-418...
God's Word has clear instructions about what Christians should do about these who claim to be Christians but deny the essentials of the Christian faith, and are, in fact, infidels. No one has to argue or try to weigh reasons why support of modernists, fellowship with modernists, might do more harm than exposing them, leaving them.
Here is what God's Word says do:
"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing," Jesus said (Matthew 7:15). Call it "witch hunting"? Well, it is still what Jesus commanded. Be on the lookout for infidels in your church or denomination.
"Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith" (2nd Corinthians 13:5). Have you been misled by such infidel Sunday school literature or teachers in college or seminary?
"Earnestly contend for the faith" (Jude 3). One is a poor Christian who is not insulted when Christ's deity is questioned or when the infallible authority of the Bible is questioned. Contend earnestly, we are commanded. Defend the Bible and Christ.
Do not put yourself and your children under the influence of such false teachers, for "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful" (Psalm 1:1). To use such Sunday school or other literature, to read such books, to sit under such teachers as question the plenary, verbal inspiration of the Bible, or the virgin birth, or bodily resurrection of Christ, is to "walk in the counsel of the ungodly"; often it is to "sit in the seat of the scornful." It is wrong.
Do not let any man teach a class you are in, nor stand in a pulpit for which you are partly responsible who is a religious liberal denying or questioning the essentials of "the faith." 2nd John 1:9-11 says:
"Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds."
One who does not stay with the Bible doctrine about Jesus Christ "hath not God," is unconverted. You are not to receive him as a Christian, not to receive him into your house as a Christian, not to give a dime to support him, not even to bid him Godspeed! To give money to a denominational program that includes colleges or seminaries with any liberal teachers is a sin, strictly forbidden.
You are not to be in the unequal yoke of membership in a local church or denomination whose official stand is wrong on the essentials of the faith, such as the new Presbyterian Confession of Faith or the new curriculum prepared for the United Church of Canada. To have your name and presence thus putting your tacit approval on infidelity, thus encouraging others to support it, is to be responsible before God for ruin and eternal damnation of some. Thus you are "partaker of their evil deeds" who deny Christ and the Bible.
So it is with the preacher who stays in a ministerial association which has Catholic priests or rabbis or modernists in it, thus indicating that he regards them as Christian brothers, when they are actually unsaved. One may have fellowship with born-again Christians who differ on lesser matters, but one who denies some essential of the Christian faith is not a Christian, thus should not be endorsed as a Christian. So what to do?
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” —2nd Corinthians 6:14-18.
If you are a member of the big Methodist church, since most of your bishops are unconverted, unbelievers, your colleges and seminaries liberal, your denominational literature openly liberal, then leave them all! Your local church cannot decide its program, select clean literature, call a sound preacher; so leave it! That is hard, but God commands it.
So with you Presbyterians with your new openly liberal statement of faith, to stay on the denomination means you compromise your convictions, disobey the Bible, and very likely lead to the eternal ruin of your children by destroying their faith.
Baptists, if your local church program is such that you cannot be in full fellowship without supporting through your cooperative Program, seminaries and colleges, and denominational literature that is liberal, the come out! No one has a right to talk for Christ in testimony meeting and then talk against Christ and the Bible with his money. “Put your money where your mouth is!” Live like you talk!
Must one leave friends of a lifetime for Christ? Yes, very often. Must one give up a Sunday school class in a modernistic church when he teaches them the Bible? Yes, or really you are teaching them to stay where it is wrong to stay, to study literature that is against Christ, to follow preachers who are false prophets and who will break down their faith. Yes, the Bible says, “Come out from among them.”
Do you love Christ and His Word more then your denomination, more than your false leader?'
Thank God for faithful men like Dr. John R. Rice (1895-1980), who fight the good fight of faith, by exposing those imposters who exploit Christianity and the Gospel for their own personal gain and greed. Would to God we had many more men like Evangelist John R. Rice today.
Sir William Ramsay, a far greater all around scholar than any Modernist living or dead, has defined a Modernist as:
"One who knows all that I do not know, who fixes the limits of the possible, and knows exactly what is impossible. The world is not dark to him: he is born and cradled, and grown to manhood in the intensity of a great light. He knows all things, and he is content and happy in his utter ignorance."
Modernists need to be exposed! Rise up oh Christian, let the voice of God's Word be heard! If we remain silent, then who's going to sound the battle cry?
The Christian life is not a playground, it's a battleground.
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