First, the widely-held false belief that once we are saved our eternal destiny is secure—we will definitely go heaven. ‘Once Saved, Always Saved’ (OSAS) is the biggest lie ever foisted on the minds of believers. It is true that salvation is by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9). None should dispute that. But if we think faith does not require any personal commitment on our part (obedience, good works, fruit-bearing, endurance), we have erred. “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him” (John 3:36). Faith not proven by works is dead (James 2: 17, 24, 26). Furthermore, if believers willfully live in sin or choose to deny God, there is no way they will be accepted into God’s kingdom (Hebrews 6:4-6, Hebrews10: 26-31, 2 Timothy 2:12, Revelation 21:8). If they take the Mark of the Beast, under pressure from the Antichrist in the Great Tribulation, they will surely come under condemnation (Rev.14: 9-11).
“If a teacher merely tells you that God will keep you since He has chosen you out of His sovereign plan, and that you do not have to overcome sin, deception and persecution, whether you obey or not is immaterial because OSAS, that teacher is pulling the wool over your eyes. While it is true that faith rests in God's promises (the passive part), faith is also ACTIVE. And this ACTIVE part is what that teacher fails to tell you. Faith requires us to overcome, endure, persevere and be accountable. Why did Paul say, Fight the good fight of faith?"
Believers have been forgiven of our past (not future) sins (2 Peter 1:9)
Grave sucking to extract the "anointing" from tombs of departed saints
What do all these false teachings have in common? They tend to make believers complacent and give them a “feel good” feeling and a false sense of security. This reminds me of a frog which derives great pleasure resting in a basin of warm water. Finally, when the water temperature reaches boiling point, it is too late to jump out of the water. The frog has been lulled into a false sense of security by the warm bath water; ultimately, it gets cooked to death. That is the tragic result when believers are deceived and get sucked into the whirlpool of deadly, destructive heresies (2 Peter 2:1).
Today, the greatest danger to the church is not outside but lies within it. For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny Christ (Jude 4). These are the false prophets who come to believers in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves (Matthew 7:15). Like the great deceiver, the serpent, these false teachers worm their way into the church, causing it to implode.
- “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness’” (Matthew 7:21-23).
In conclusion, this viral pandemic is highly instructional. It shows us why it is important to embrace correct beliefs to avoid physical death. Similarly, believers need to hold fast to sound doctrine in order that we might be saved. If we fall prey to false doctrine, fail to overcome deception, we may miss out on heaven.
CONTENDING FOR THE TRUTH
- “Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers” (1 Timothy 4:16).
- “And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified” (Acts 20:32).
One day, believers will be presented holy and blameless before God; but the condition is that we must remain steadfast in the faith:
- And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.(Colossians 1:21-23)
HYPER-GRACE: HOLY SPIRIT DOES NOT CONVICT BELIEVERS OF SIN
Here are some searching questions for fans of Bill Johnson and Bethel church.