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The Life of the Apostle Judas Iscariot Refutes the Doctrine of Eternal Security

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The Doctrine of Once Saved Always Saved is Another Gospel

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Brian W. Schrader

 
Galatians 1:6-9 states: I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you unto the grace of Christ unto another gospel: which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
 
Those are among the harshest words in the Holy Bible.  It is a dire warning for the saints, not the unsaved sinners; it cannot be a warning for the unsaved, for, according to John 3:18, the lost are condemned already. It is a two-fold warning for the saved: 1) that they dare not pervert the Gospel of Christ into another gospel, and 2) that they who have received the Gospel of Christ be not removed from the grace of Christ unto another gospel.  Since the Holy Scriptures warn us against being removed from the Gospel of Christ, obviously it is possible for a born again Christian to be deceived into believing another gospel, and that the consequence of being deceived is damnation. The doctrine of Eternal Security is another gospel.

James 5:19-20: Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

This passage is not about bringing a heathen man into the flock of Christ.  According to Strong’s Concordance, the meaning of the word “convert” here is: to revert or return to a former belief or practice. Therefore, verse 19 is about a brother who fell for false doctrine and thereby lost his way, who is returned to his former belief in the truth by his fellow Christian. The matter is so serious that the Christian brother who was deceived by false doctrine is called a sinner. Verse 20 states to let the brother who reverts the other brother from the error of false doctrine know that he saved a soul from death.  According to the Sole Authority, the Holy Bible, if we believe false doctrine we are equal to a sinner, an unsaved person, which agrees with Matthew 18:15-17:

Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.

With the intention of James 5:19-20, of restoring fellow Christians who have erred from the truth, as it is the theme of my website, I begin this essay.

The definition of the doctrine of Eternal Security is this:  from the moment a person has faith in the Gospel (the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ) he is eternally secure, meaning that irregardless of whatever future heinous sin might be committed (murder, rape, adultery, prostitution) or what ridiculous heresy might be believed (water baptism for salvation, denying Christ’s deity, belief in Calvinism, Mary worship) he can never lose his salvation.

This doctrine, whether it is known by the name Eternal Security, Once Saved Always Saved, or Perseverance of the Saints, is so very important to those who embrace it that if you dare to disagree with the doctrine they will boldly state that you are unsaved (as one proponent of the doctrine, a pastor from Arizona, stated in a one-sentence email reply to me, “You are not saved.”). This logic prompts me to ask:  If it can be stated by those who promote this doctrine that any person who disagrees with the doctrine of Eternal Security is unsaved, then is not that statement in contradiction of the doctrine? My understanding is that without exception eternal security is based solely on a person’s faith in Christ, that nothing we do or believe after that initial faith in the Gospel will affect a person’s salvation one way or another. There can be no exceptions, which means that even denial of the doctrine of Eternal Security itself would not affect a person’s salvation, nor would it be evidence of a lack of salvation. How then can a person who claims Christ as his Savior be told that he is unsaved simply because he does not agree with the doctrine of Eternal Security? The only way a person could make such a statement is by believing that Eternal Security is part of the Gospel.  Therefore, to such a person the definition of the Gospel must be the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, plus the doctrine of Eternal Security.  This is another gospel, which belief in, according to Galatians 1:6-9, will have dire consequences.

Another warning in the Sole Authority to the saints comes from Christ in Matthew 24:4 and Mark 13:5, in which Christ warns the disciples not to be deceived.  If, according to the doctrine of Eternal Security, it does not matter what we believe, then why would Jesus warn us not to be deceived? If we are eternally secure, then what harm is there if we are deceived, for what difference would it make? However, I can see the merit in the warning if we will be damned to Hell for falling for the deception of another gospel.
 
Regarding the importance of sound doctrine, the Holy Scriptures states in 2 John 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.

Matthew 16:6: Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

In verse 12 the Sole Authority states that it was the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees that Jesus was warning the disciples against. According to the doctrine of Eternal Security, what a person believes beyond the Gospel of Christ does not matter, which would include belief in false doctrine.  If it were so that, according to the doctrine of Eternal Security, it did not matter if we believe in false doctrine (such as the pre-tribulation rapture, dispensationalism, and Calvinism), then why would Christ warn the disciples against false doctrine? Could it be because such doctrines are part and parcel of another gospel, and that belief in such will damn your eternal soul?  Ask yourself this: Can I believe in false doctrine and still be saved? If you believe in the doctrine of Eternal Security your answer would be “yes”; however, based on Christ’s warning in the Word of God, I would say “no”.

Ask yourself this: If the doctrine of Eternal Security is true, then why did Christ pray for the Apostle Simon Peter that Satan would not get him?

Luke 22:31-32a:  And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not.

Jesus said He prayed that Simon Peter’s faith would not fail. The obvious implication being that if Christ had not prayed the apostle’s faith would have failed, and then Satan would have him. If we are eternally secure from the moment we have faith in Christ, then Satan can no longer be a threat to the saint, for the Calvinistic nonsense that is the doctrine of Eternal Security nullifies Satan. The doctrine states that regardless of whatever heinous sin we may commit or whatever ridiculous heresy we may believe a person’s salvation is eternally secure; therefore, Satan has no power to alter our heavenly eternal destination. If Satan were powerless because our salvation is eternally secure, then why would Jesus need to pray for the apostle at all? Obviously we can conclude that Jesus did not teach the doctrine of Eternal Security, because He prayed that Satan would not get the Apostle Simon Peter.  If an apostle, Simon Peter, who walked and talked with Jesus, cast out demons, healed the sick, and cured the blind was not eternally secure, what would delude you to believe that you are?

Which brings us to another apostle in jeopardy: Judas Iscariot.  Only one of these two statements can be true regarding Judas Iscariot:  1) he never was a saved man, or 2) he was a saved man, but then lost his salvation. We will now examine the evidence in the Word of God regarding the Apostle Judas Iscariot, the betrayer of Christ, to determine which statement is true.

Firstly those who teach the doctrine of Eternal Security must state that the apostle was never saved, because he ended up in Hell (Matthew 26:24; Mark 14:21; Acts 1:25). Since Jesus said that it would have been better if Judas Iscariot had never been born, and because the Holy Bible states that the betrayer went to his own place, I might agree that Judas Iscariot was never saved—if that were all that the Sole Authority had to say on the subject.  Fortunately the Holy Scriptures have more to say regarding Judas Iscariot, things that those who support the Eternal-Security-Calvinism-in-origin doctrine seem to be blinded to.  The reason may be because their doctrinal prejudice is screening their mind from reading sound doctrine from the Sole Authority; they interpret the Holy Bible through their preconceived notions rather than for what it states. They do this because the Holy Scriptures are not their sole authority, because the celebrity and false teachings of men (and women) have filled their minds with presuppositions that hinder their minds from seeing the truth as they read the Word of God. Please understand me:  Eternal Security proponents are not wicked; they are victims. They have been victimized by Satan’s propaganda machine, the modern apostate Christianity that is all around us. This is my reason for writing this essay: to free their minds from the bondage of the damning false doctrine of Eternal Security.

Secondly there are statements written in the Sole Authority of such profound significance regarding the Apostle Judas Iscariot that it is absolutely impossible that they could be referring to an unsaved man.  After examining these verses, I believe that those deceived by the false doctrine of Eternal Security will see through the satanic deception that has heretofore blinded them.

Christ selected Judas Iscariot to be an apostle. If it is believed that Judas Iscariot was never saved, then one must believe that Jesus selected an unsaved man to be his representative, to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom, to cast out demons, and to heal the sick (Matthew 10:1). I must ask: Why would Christ do this—especially since it was Christ who said in Mark 3:24 that a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand? If Jesus did select an unsaved man to be His apostle, then He would be in contradiction of the Mark 3:24, as well as 2 Corinthians 6:14-15:
 
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?
 
Therefore, it is impossible that Judas Iscariot could have been unsaved at the moment he was chosen by Christ to be an apostle.

Luke 14:26-27, 33: If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple….So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

Titus 1: 6-9: If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; but a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

The above two passages of Holy Scripture, as well as those in I Timothy 3:1-6, state the qualifications of the man of God, which lists attributes like holiness, selflessness, temperance, and being sound in doctrine.  These are the qualifications that Judas Iscariot would have had to meet before the Lord Jesus had selected him for the high office of apostle. It would be impossible for these qualifications to be met by an unsaved man.  

Matthew 13:11,15-16: He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given…. For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

Mark 4:11-12: And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these are done in parables: that seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.

Luke 8:10: And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.

These three passages show what Jesus said to His disciples. Since the Sole Authority states that the mysteries of the Kingdom of God were not revealed to the lost but only to the disciples, it would be impossible for Christ and the Holy Scriptures to make such a statement that included the Apostle Judas Iscariot—because if he had been an unsaved man it would be a lie.  

In Luke 10:20 Jesus tells the disciples to rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. This statement included the 12 Apostles, which logically means that Judas Iscariot’s name had to have been written in heaven when this statement was made. It would be impossible for Jesus to make such a statement about an unsaved man—because it would have been a lie.

Matthew 10:40: He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

John 13:20: Verily, Verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whosoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

Those passages are of what Jesus said to the 12 Apostles; the teaching of which is that if someone were to receive Judas Iscariot into his home to hear the Gospel of the Kingdom it was no different than receiving Christ. It would be impossible for Jesus to make such a statement about an unsaved man.

Matthew 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

In this verse Jesus was talking to the 12 Apostles, promising them they would each have a throne and would have a part in judging the 12 tribes of Israel after His Second Coming, which means that Judas Iscariot was to be sitting on one of those 12 thrones. It would be impossible for Jesus to make such a statement about an unsaved man.

Psalm 41:9, referring to Judas Iscariot, states: Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.

Jesus, referring to the above verse Himself in John 13:18, stated: I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scriptures may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.

If Judas Iscariot had always been an enemy of Christ, that he was never saved, then how can it be said that he betrayed Christ?  Betrayal is something that only a friend can do. The Sole Authority states that Judas Iscariot was a familiar and trusted friend of Jesus, who eventually did betray his Friend.

John 6:64: But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.

Since the Sole Authority states that Jesus had foreknowledge of who would betray him, Judas Iscariot had to have been a saved man at the time these two statements by Christ were made: 1) that the apostle’s name was written in heaven (Luke: 10:20), and 2) that after the Second Coming the apostle would be sitting on one of twelve thrones judging one of the twelve tribes of Israel (Matthew 19:28).  It would have been impossible for Jesus to truthfully say these things about Judas Iscariot if he were an unsaved man when the statements were made.

The final statement about the Apostle Judas Iscariot is found in the Acts 1:25.

Acts 1:24-25: And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, that he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.

The passage states that the Apostle Judas Iscariot fell by transgression:  he fell from the grace of God because of something he did, which means that his salvation was conditional.  Since by transgression he fell and because it is impossible for one to fall from a state that one had never attained, we must concluded that prior to that fall Judas Iscariot was a saved man.  However, if we insist that the Apostle Judas Iscariot was never a saved man, steadfastly clinging to that doctrinal prejudice of the Eternal Security doctrine, we must conclude that if he had never betrayed Christ then the unsaved apostle would have inherited eternal life, based on the statements made by Jesus about the Apostle Judas Iscariot (two of which are Matthew 19:28 and Luke 10:20).  Furthermore, if we agree that the doctrine of Eternal Security is true, but also agree that the Apostle Judas Iscariot was at one point a saved man, we must again conclude that the betrayer of Christ would have inherited eternal life, because Once Saved Always Saved.  The truth is more believable, which is that our salvation is conditional, not unconditional; therefore, based on the evidence of the Holy Scriptures, we must conclude that the statement that is true regarding the Apostle Judas Iscariot is that he was a saved man, but then lost his salvation. 

On the subject of the Book of Life the Holy Scriptures state that there are instances when a person’s name can be blotted out of it.  If the doctrine of Eternal Security is true, how can this be?

Exodus 32:31-33: And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.  Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin—; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written. And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.

Psalm 69:28: Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.

Revelation 3:5:  He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

Revelation 22:19: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
 
Let us not forget the parable of the sower in Matthew chapter 13, in Mark chapter 4, and Luke chapter 8 of the Holy Scriptures, where Christ clearly teaches contrary to the doctrine of Eternal Security when He states that some who believe the Gospel will after a while be offended and fall away:
 
Luke 8:13:  They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.

What about the Christian who takes the Mark of the Beast at the end of the world?  If the doctrine of Eternal Security were true, then the Christian ought to be able to take the Mark, because the doctrine states that nothing we do or believe can jeopardize our salvation; however, does the Sole Authority agree?

Revelation 14:9-11: And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: and the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

Clearly taking the Mark of the Beast is an exception to the doctrine of Eternal Security.

I think it goes without saying, from the witness of the Holy Scriptures that I have presented, that it is very possible for the Christian to lose his salvation. Are you still not convinced that Eternal Security is false doctrine and another gospel? Let me ask you: Would you have any trouble denying Christ in front of the whole world on television? Do you think the Holy Bible states that you will still be saved even then?

Jesus said in Matthew 10:32-33: Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

And there are these verses, in which Christ Jesus states that if we are not forgiving of others, then God our Father will not forgive us:
 
Matthew 6:14-15:  For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
 
Mark 11:25-26:  And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
 
James 5:9a:  Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned.
 
Jesus said in Matthew 18:33-35:  Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
 
Notice in the parable told by Christ that the servant’s debt was initially forgiven, yet ultimately was not.
 
If we deny Christ, then Christ will deny us before the Father, and if we do not forgive others, then the Father will not forgive us; therefore, as demonstrated by these Holy Scriptures, it is clear that our salvation is conditionally based on our actions:  that there are instances in which God will blot out our names from the Book of Life, and thus we have lost our salvation.   
 
If you have stayed with me this far in the essay, and are at least considering that it may be possible for a Christian to lose his salvation, then you may be asking: So if it is true that I can lose my salvation, how does it happen?

Hebrews 6:4-6: For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, if they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

From this passage it is clear that the loss of salvation is final.  The Word of God states that it is impossible to renew someone again to repentance once he has fallen away.  Do not make the mistake of reading into the verse that it is stating that it is impossible to renew a Christian to repentance who has sinned; it does not say that at all. “Fall away” does not mean “sin,” it means to commit apostasy, which is to depart from the truth. We do not lose our salvation because of a sin, but rather through living a life of disobedience our heart becomes hardened, and eventually we fall away (apostatize), and thereby deny Christ. If we sin we are to repent of that sin, which means to forsake it, not confess it yet continue in that willfully sinful lifestyle. Over time our sins will cause our faith to diminish and our heart to harden (Hebrews 3:12-13); therefore, if we live in disobedience, continuing to embrace our favorite sinful behavior, we will eventually fall away (apostatize), becoming hopelessly and eternally lost.
 
2 Peter 2:20-21: For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.  For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
 
The Apostle Simon Peter makes a similar statement to that found in Hebrews 6:  saying even that it would be “worse” for them to “turn from” “the holy commandment.”  Also note from this passage that once again the Holy Scriptures demonstrate that it is possible to “fall away” or “turn from” “the way of righteousness”.
 
Jesus states this very thing to the crippled man after He healed him in John 5:14b:  Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.
 
And Jesus in John 8:11 said “go and sin no more” to the woman caught in adultery.
 
Hebrews 3:12-13: Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

On the other hand, our obedience exercises, demonstrates, and increases our faith—not to mention pleases God.  In fact, it is impossible to please God without faith (Hebrews 11:6).

How then can we be sure we will we see God?

Leviticus 11:44a: For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy.

1 Thessalonians 4:7: For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.

Hebrews 12:14-15a: Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God.

Jesus said in Matthew 5:48: Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

1 John 2:3-5: And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him
 
Jesus said in John 14:21: He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
 
Once we come to faith in Jesus Christ the Calvinists, who hold to the golden ticket doctrine of Eternal Security, would have us believe that our salvation is a guaranteed sure thing.  However, from the Holy Scriptures that I have already shown and more to shortly follow, I will continue to prove that salvation is conditional, for Satan can deceive us, false Bible teachers can deceive us, and we can do and believe things that will take us out of favor with God, as these Holy Scriptures warn us:
 
1 Peter 5:8-10: Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
 
If our salvation is guaranteed from our first believing in Christ, as the doctrine of Eternal Security teaches, then why does the Holy Scriptures warn us to resist Satan?

Colossians 1:20-23: And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreprovable in his sight: if ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister.

Verse 23 of the above passage states IF ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, meaning two things: 1) it is possible for us not to continue in the faith, and 2) that only when the condition is met (our continuing in the faith grounded and settled until our death) will what was stated in verse 22 (our being presented holy and unblameable and unreprovable in His sight) happen. The use of the word “if” means that our salvation is conditional (Hebrews 3:14), not unconditional from the moment that we first had faith in the Gospel, as falsely taught by the Calvinistic doctrine of Eternal Security.
 
1 Corinthians 15:1-2: Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
 
In this passage we again see that our salvation is conditional by the use of the word “if” in verse 2.  It states that we stand because of the Gospel we have receive, by which we are saved, IF we keep in memory what was preached. Clearly our salvation is conditionally based on whether we continue in sound doctrine, otherwise we will have believed in vain.
 
Romans 16:17-18: Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
 
Likewise Philippians 3:17-19: Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who minded earthly things.)
 
In the Romans 16 and Philippians 3 passages the importance of sound doctrine is stressed. Because there are those who preach Jesus Christ just to put food on the table, we are specifically instructed to avoid those whom by good words and fair speeches deceive through teaching what is contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned.
 
1 John 2:24,28: Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father....And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.
 
Hebrews 3:14: For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end.
 
The unmistakable implication from these passages in Colossians 1, 1 Corinthians 15, Romans 16, Philippians 3, 1 John 2, and Hebrews 3:14 is that our salvation is conditional:  We are saved if we “remain” true to the doctrine of the Gospel of Christ (which clears up the meaning of what appears to be a redundant phrase “alive and remain” in 1 Thessalonians 4 verses 15 and 17; which we now can understand for its true intent:  that if you are “aliveandif that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you” unto the coming of the Lord, then at the last trump you shall be changed in the twinkling of an eye, as the Holy Scriptures state in 1 Corinthians 15:52).  If we do not continue steadfast in the faith, if we do not abide (remain) in Christ (John 15:1-10), if we are deceived by teachers of false doctrine, if we continue in sin, then we have believed in vain, and, therefore, we can no longer expect to be presented holy and unblameable and unreprovable in His sight, but rather we can expect eternal shame and damnation.
 
John 3:16:  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

This verse is a favorite of the Eternal Security proponents because they think that beyond the prerequisite faith in the Gospel of Christ this verse is condition-free, but they are what I like to call wrong. They rightly state that all that is required for eternal life is belief, correctly identifying the point of the verse, but what they do not realize is that belief is the condition.

The verse states that whoever “believeth” in Him will have everlasting life.  The word “believeth” has the bygone English grammar suffix “eth,” which is used to form the third person singular present tense of a verb, which in this case is the verb “believe”.  What the verse is stating is:  whoever believes [present tense] in Him will not perish. The grammar instructs us that only those who “believeth,” those who continue to believe, in Him will not perish. Therefore, what this verse cannot be misconstrued to read is:  whoever believed [past tense] in Him will not perish.  If that were the correct rendering of this verse then every single person who had every believed in Christ would inherit eternal life solely on the basis of a past belief in Christ, no matter whether they were currently an atheist, a murderer, a prostitute, a Christian who had taken the Mark of the Beast, or a betrayer of Christ—even the Apostle Judas Iscariot.

1 John 5:1-7: Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.  For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
 
Salvation is by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9), and faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17). If we are obedient our faith will increase, but if we continue in sin our faith will diminish and ultimately fail. When our faith fails, so does our salvation, because without faith it is impossible to love, obey, or even please God.  Satan wants us to get wrapped up in a works-based salvation, but all we need do are those things that increase our faith: 1) love God, 2) obey His commandments, 3) beware teachers of false doctrine, and 4) avoid sin. If we just concentrate on loving God, all the rest will naturally follow:  for if we truly love God we cannot but help do those things that please Him, and it is faith (Hebrews 11:6), obedience (Titus 2:9), and holiness (Romans 6:22) that pleases Him. If we covet the things of this world more than we desire to please God by obedience to His commandments, then our love for God is false, and our salvation is also a lie (1 John 2:4-5; 1 John 3:24), because it is based on trust in false doctrine, rather than a love for God. We Christians cannot expect to inherit eternal life (Matthew 19:29) if we live sinful and disobedient lives that are no different than that of the unsaved; for just as continual obedience demonstrates our faith (James 2:17-18, Luke 5:18-20), continual disobedience demonstrates our evil heart of unbelief (Hebrews 3:12-13), that we truly hate God.
 
Jesus said it best in Matthew 22:35-40: Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
 
In Luke 10:25-28 is another example in which Jesus taught this same truth:  And behold a certain lawyer stood up, tempting him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him, What is written in the law? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.  And he said unto him, Thou has answered right; this do, and thou shalt live.

According to Christ if we love God with all that we are, and love our neighbor as ourselves, then we shall inherit eternal life; however, modern apostate Christianity, as demonstrated in this examination of the Calvinism-in-origin doctrine of Eternal Security, falsely teaches that redemption is guaranteed from the very first moment of faith in Christ, irregardless of how our lifestyle thereafter may demonstrate our disobedience, and therefore hatred, toward God.  The doctrine of Eternal Security teaches that Christians are safe in their sin; for the doctrine promises them that they will inherit eternal life with no need to live holy, no need to avoid sin, and no need to beware of false doctrine. The doctrine of Eternal Security is their golden ticket of salvation, which I wish were true; however, the truth, as demonstrated by the Holy Scriptures in this essay, is that it is another gospel, and if you are deceived thereby, you will bear the fiery eternal consequence that the Christ you deny through your doctrine has already paid for.
 
But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction (2 Peter 2:1).

 

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Logic Disproves the Pre-tribulation Rapture
 
or
 
Why I believe the Pre-tribulation Rapture is False Doctrine
 
by
 
Brian W. Schrader
 
 
 
Why do I believe the pre-tribulation rapture is false doctrine?
  
The short answer: The pre-tribulation rapture is false doctrine because it is not taught anywhere in the Holy Scriptures.
 
The long answer:  Christian doctrines ought not be contrived willy-nilly, but rather they must be based on the solid foundation of what is written within the Holy Scriptures. However, this is not true regarding the doctrine of the pre-tribulation rapture: for it is a doctrine based on the clever imagination of a man, and, therefore, not a doctrine that any Bible-believing Christian can support, because it is not founded with the authority of the Word of God. That being said, I have a question for the pastors who promote and teach the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine:  Christ Jesus did not teach a pre-tribulation rapture, so why do you?
 
God promised us His eternal (Isaiah 40:8) Word, and that all Gentiles (non-Jews) would have it (2 Timothy 4:17), and need to live by every word of it (Matthew 4:4), and that He would preserve it and preserve it perfectly (Psalm 12:6-7 and Matthew 5:18); therefore, logically, if we believe God is able to keep His promises, the Word of God must exist for the English speaking people.  If we agree that the eternal, inerrant, infallible, inspired, perfect, preserved, and promised Holy Scriptures exists for the English speaking people, even though all the English versions do not agree, yet, because God is not a liar and God is able to keep His promises, we know that a copy of the Bible, the true Word of God, exists for each of us. And we must have it, especially since Romans 10:17 states “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God,” which means that we cannot even be saved without hearing the actual Word of  God.  So, which book among the modern versions is the Word of God?
 
Somewhere along the way men got the idea in their head that God’s Word was subject to interpretation, that it could be edited like any other book.  Men elevated themselves above Almighty God, presuming to sit in judgment of His Holy Writ. God’s Word ought to be reverenced, and with fear and trembling translated accurately, not edited and critiqued.  Today pastors, professors, and educators do not believe we have an inspired, perfect, preserved Holy Bible in English.  Modern Christians who trust these men, believe them when they state that “there is no inspired English Bible.” These men and the Christians who follow them are calling God a liar, for they do not believe God’s promises to preserve His perfect Holy Scriptures throughout not only the ages but even through translations into different languages. These men are what I like to call wrong.  Who made you the judge of God?
 
I believe God.  I believe God’s promises to preserve His Word for all generations, and to give us an accurate translation in English, German, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, French, or whatever language, and that any accurate translation is as equally inspired as the original Aramaic, Greek, and Hebrew.  It is not difficult for me to believe that the Almighty God is able to keep His promises to preserve His Word and to see that a copy is available in our language.  I also believe that the Old Book must be our Sole Authority for doctrine and practice, not a pastor, Bible teacher, professor, nor educator.  The King James Bible is the Sole Authority, not men, not tradition, not an institution.  Trusting your own logic or a man’s teaching over what the Holy Bible states is humanism and idolatry; thus, it is sin to esteem the teaching of pastors and scholars more than God’s Word.  If we choose to support the pre-tribulation rapture, even though it is a doctrine which cannot be substantiated after an examination of the Holy Scriptures, then are we not idolaters?
 
The letter to the Thessalonians, known as 1 Thessalonians (the book in which one of the main texts to support a pre-tribulation rapture is found), was one of the first books of the New Testament to be written, even before the four Gospels. In the Sole Authority in Matthew 24:15 and in Mark 13:14 Jesus suggests that the disciples could see the anti-christ in their lifetime. As we all know, the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine teaches that Jesus could return at any moment, so the pre-tribulation rapture could have occurred in the disciples’ day, and it also teaches that the appearance of the anti-christ occurs in the middle of a seven year tribulation before the Second Coming of Christ. Since the teaching is that Christians will be raptured off the Earth three and a half years before the anti-christ shows up, Jesus would have known that the idea of the disciples seeing the anti-christ would have been an impossibility. The pre-tribulation rapture doctrine is false because Jesus did not teach it, even though it was the perfect opportunity to put the disciples at ease with the teaching.  If the pre-tribulation rapture is Bible truth, knowing that according to the doctrine the disciples would have been raptured long before the anti-christ appeared, then what business did Jesus have in telling the disciples that they may see the anti-christ?
 
Let us say you argue that Jesus did not know about the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine, that the Father hid it from Him.  If we agree that the notion of the pre-tribulation rapture was unknown to Jesus, then we must also agree that none of the teachings of Jesus in the four Gospels could pertain to the pre-tribulation rapture, for how could Christ teach about something He knew nothing about?  He could not:  if Christ had no knowledge of the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine, then there can be no teaching in the four Gospels regarding it; therefore, any teaching in the four Gospels regarding Christ’s appearing in the clouds, or believers being gathered to Christ at His appearing must be considered teaching on the Second Coming of Christ, not teaching on the pre-tribulation rapture.  Therefore from Christ’s point of view the pre-tribulation rapture is false doctrine.
  
Getting back to 1 Thessalonians, specifically chapter 4 verse 16, a main pre-tribulation rapture doctrine verse. Now let us agree for a moment that the idea of the pre-tribulation rapture was hidden from Jesus. Does that matter?  Who wrote Matthew 24 and Mark 13?  If you answered the Holy Ghost, you would be correct (2 Peter 1:21).  So even if we agree that Jesus was unaware of the idea of the pre-tribulation rapture, the Holy Spirit (who had already written the book of 1 Thessalonians before writing the Gospels of Matthew and Mark) would have been well aware of the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine.  So what purpose would it serve to include Christ’s suggestion in Matthew 24 and in Mark 13 that the disciples may see the anti-christ if the Holy Spirit knew the pre-tribulation rapture to be true? Did the Holy Spirit dutifully record the words of Christ simply for historical accuracy, even though it would be contradictory and confusing (1 Corinthians 14:33) to the reader?  Furthermore, if the Holy Spirit knew the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine to be true, then the Holy Spirit lied:  for even if Jesus had no knowledge of the pre-tribulation rapture, the Holy Spirit would have.  So we see that if the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine was true it would have been impossible for the Holy Spirit to write in Matthew 24 and Mark 13 about any likelihood of the disciples seeing the anti-christ, because the Holy Spirit would have known that such an event was an impossibility and a lie.   Therefore from the Holy Spirit’s point of view the pre-tribulation rapture is false doctrine.
 
Finally, if we examine 1 Thessalonians 4:15-16, the main rapture verses, we will see that verse 16 itself contradicts the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine, and also that verse 15 is one of the most chilling verses in all of the Holy Scriptures:
 
For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God:  and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
 
Verse 16 states that the Lord will descend from Heaven with a SHOUT. You would think people would hear a shout from Heaven. The verse then says there will be heard the VOICE OF THE ARCHANGEL. The voice of an archangel would be something that would get my attention. But the verse continues, stating that also will sound the TRUMP of God. Now a trumpet sounding from Heaven ought to get our attention if the SHOUT, and the VOICE OF THE ARCHANGEL had not. Verse 16 is not describing a secret pre-tribulation rapture: it describes the Second Coming of Christ. To see for yourself compare verse 16 with Matthew 24:31 and 1 Corinthians 15:52.
 
And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh, Jesus said (Luke 21:28).
 
If everything I have said is true, then there is no pre-tribulation rapture, and that means we Christians must endure the Tribulation Period.  Which brings me back to the dire verse 15 of 1 Thessalonians 4:
 
For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
 
With your pre-tribulation rapture spectacles on the verse looks pretty tame and reassuring, does it not? Now take them off and let us look with clear vision. Why does the Holy Ghost use the seemingly redundant phrase “alive and remain” in verse 15 and again in verse 17 of 1 Thessalonians 4? Would not “alive” cover it?  Why does it not simply state, “We which are alive unto the coming of the Lord”?  Would not the word “alive” have been sufficient to convey the concept of being alive? But the verse takes on an ominous tone when the words “alive and remain” are coupled together. You see, the verse is NOT about an escape from the Tribulation Period: it is about our survival through it until our transformation at the Second Coming. What the verse is referring to is Christians who are both physically “alive” and remain” true to the Gospel of Christ at the Second Coming of Christ after enduring the Tribulation Period; it is about Christians who have not been murdered for the sake of Jesus, and who have not denied the faith by accepting the mark of the beast to participate in the anti-christ’s world-wide system of government and commerce (Matthew 10:33, Luke 8:13, Luke 18:8, John 15:16, Hebrews 12:27, 1 John 2:24, Revelation 3:2). 1 Thessalonians 4 verses 15 and 17 are words of dread for those few of us who understand that not only our lives but our eternal souls will be in jeopardy more than at any other time in history if we are alive on the Earth when the Tribulation Period comes; yet, they are also words of reassurance that our faithful loved ones who have already died will be raised along with us to meet Christ in the clouds at His Second Coming.
 
There is no escaping the Tribulation Period. The majority of churches have fallen for the biggest hoax Satan has ever perpetrated (next to the acceptance of modern bible versions). He has fooled the bulk of us Christians so that we are not prepared for the Tribulation Period.  Instead we presently have happy-go-lucky Christians who are giddy for the pre-tribulation rapture, the escape, concerned with neither obedience nor warning others of the havoc to comea horrific time they must survive prior to Judgment Day, for that is what the Second Coming is.
 
 
Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men (2 Corinthians 5:11a).
 
 
 
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Sovereign Election (Unconditional Election and other Calvinist doctrine) Refuted
 
or
 
How Calvinism Nullifies Satan, Love, and Free-will
 
by
 
 Brian W. Schrader

 

 

There are a few excellent realizations that have come out of an honest search for truth (by “honest” I mean disposing of preconceived notions when reading the Bible, reading it for what it says, not for what we have been taught that it says, and instead entirely relying on the sole authority of the Holy Bible [specifically the King James Bible] for truth, rather than clinging to false yet popular and accepted doctrines, such as the five points of Calvinism [also known as the Doctrines of Grace], Eternal Security [the fifth point of Calvinism, called Perseverance of the Saints], Sovereign Election [the second point of Calvinism, known as Unconditional Election], and Dispensationalism and its Pre-tribulation Rapture).  The most important excellent realization is the understanding that the Holy Bible is the sole authority for doctrine and practice for the Christian, which means that nothing ought to be held in higher regard than the Word of God, not traditional doctrine, nor even the pastor or his opinion.  In fact I believe that it would be an excellent idea for each pastor to preach specifically that he is not the final authority at least twice a year; that he would promote the Holy Scriptures and encourage his flock to read the Holy Bible daily; he might preach something like, “Before you pick up your newspaper, pick up and read your Holy Bible.  Do you prefer the daily news over the Good News?”
 
The next excellent realization, although initially shocking, would be that you are in apostasy.  The shock comes when you realize for the first time with fearful awe that 71% of the pastors, deacons, TV and radio preachers that you had trusted for truth are being led by their noses by Satan, and further that they do not even have a clue that they are a tool of Satan! As I have said before, Satan only need corrupt one man in your church, the pastor, for Satan knows that the sheep will follow the shepherd.  If you continue to search the Holy Scriptures you will understand that the apostasy that you have had the good fortune to discover is just the tip of the iceberg. If you do not falter but continue to examine your beliefs in the light of what the Holy Scriptures do teach, you will continue to reveal more apostasy that you have accepted as truth.  Do the Holy Scriptures agree with the teaching that you have accepted as truth?  You hope so, but how will you know so unless you examine the Word of God?  By that I mean reading the Holy Bible for yourself with neither preconceptions nor a predetermined outcome.  So many who are caught up in apostasy, rather than search for truth, search the Holy Scriptures for proof texts that will support their pet doctrine, which they accept as truth solely on the authority of and loyalty to their pastor; therefore, they enthusiastically defend the pastor’s false doctrine against the actual truth of the Holy Scriptures!  That is why, again, I would encourage pastors to preach to their flocks to examine the Holy Scriptures to be sure that what is taught behind the pulpit is truth, as the believers in Acts 17:10 did.
 
With the Sword of the Spirit, the Sole Authority, in hand, and the vivid example of our own lives, knowing firsthand how we had been fooled into apostasy by Satan’s skillful deceptions, we go forward armed with wisdom to contend for the faith, to battle against and expose the lies of the enemy.  To that end I come to the point of this essay, which is to refute the doctrine of Sovereign Election, one of the five points of Calvinism that has infected much of Christianity today, known by Calvinists as Unconditional Election.
 
Calvinism has some popular men who have fallen for the heresy, such as the 19th Century preacher Charles H. Spurgeon, who said in his sermon A Defense of Calvinism, “I have my own opinion that there is no such thing as preaching Christ and Him crucified unless we preach what nowadays is called Calvinism.”  In the same sermon he also said, Calvinism is the Gospel and nothing more.”  Do not deny Christ by bowing down to the celebrity and doctrine of men; search the Holy Scriptures to test the doctrine of Calvinism.  
 
Let me briefly explain Calvinism, whose five doctrinal points are summed up in the word TULIP.  Calvinism states that everyone in the world is born with an inability to come to God for salvation of his own free-will because of man’s 1. Total depravity.  God, rather than save the world because of this total depravity, by 2. Unconditional election consigns some to eternal life (election), while leaving the rest eternally damned (reprobation).  Because God made all those salvation decisions before the foundation of the world, Christ would only suffer the price of sin for those whom God had predestined to eternal life, meaning that not a drop of Christ's blood would be shed for the eternally damned; therefore, the shed blood of Christ on the Cross was a 3. Limited atonement.  Since the world cannot come to salvation by his own free-will, it is by 4. Irresistible grace that God draws the saints He has chosen for eternal life.  Because it was by the sovereignty of God that He chose the saints and compelled them irresistibly, naturally the 5. Perseverance of the saints unto eternal life is guaranteed.  That is the doctrine of Calvinism in a nutshell.
 
These five points, known as Calvinism, both hinge and collapse on the first point:  Total Depravity.  Is Mankind truly incapable of making a free-will choice for salvation after hearing the Gospel?  Christ Jesus disagreed with the idea of Total Depravity, for He marvelled at the Jews’ unbelief (Mark 6:6); if Jesus agreed with the doctrine of Total Depravity, then the unbelief of the Jews would have been no surprise to Him.  His disagreement with the doctrine of Total Depravity is further demonstrated by the fact that Christ Jesus spoke in parables (Mark 4:11-12); if Mankind were truly unable to make a free-will decision regarding salvation, then there would be no need for Christ to have spoken in parables.  Total Depravity, the linchpin of Calvinism, fails the test of both the Holy Scriptures and common sense.
 
Unconditional Election, or Sovereign Election as it is know to Baptists and others, is a doctrine of Calvinism that has infected non-Calvinst assemblies (just as the doctrine of Eternal Security, known as Perseverance of the Saints to the Calvinists, has also infected traditionally non-Calvinist denominations).  The doctrine of Sovereign Election states that God is sovereign over all, which would include man’s free-will; that it is He alone whom chooses some to eternal life (election) while others He chooses to eternal damnation (reprobation).  The doctrine of Sovereign Election, therefore, negates free-will; for God by His election (choice) forces some to salvation against their will, while others He chooses (elects) to damnation also against their will.  Consequently this means that there is nothing we can do to get saved, and there is nothing we can do to become unsaved.  According to this false doctrine of Calvinism our free-will has nothing to do with our salvation or damnation:  for it is God’s sovereign election alone that determines whether a person will be saved or lost; however, the Holy Bible clearly demonstrates that there are consequences, good and bad, for the choices of our free-will (Deuteronomy 32:41, Psalm 1, Psalm 19:9-11, Proverbs 11:18-20, Proverbs 25:21-22, Isaiah 3:10-11, Isaiah 40:10, Isaiah 62:11, Ezekiel 9:10, Ezekiel 18:20-24,26-28, Ezekiel 33:6-16, Hosea 4:9, Obadiah 1:15, Matthew 5:12, Matthew 6:1-6,16-18, Matthew 16:27, Mark 9:41, Luke 6:22-23,35, 1 Corinthians 3:8,14, Colossians 3:23-25, 1 Peter 3:9, 2 Peter 2:9-17, 2 John 8, Revelation 11:18, Revelation 22:12).  The Holy Scriptures state that we will be rewarded for choosing to be obedient to God’s will, then is not our free-will choice being rewarded?  Likewise, the Holy Scriptures state that we will be punished for choosing to be disobedient to God’s will, then is it not our free-will choice that is being punished?  God’s Word promises us either Heaven or Hell based on our choice regarding the Gospel of Christ.  If we are worthy of either punish or reward by God, then the obvious indication is that we are responsible, not God.  If we believe God is responsible, as Calvinism teaches, then why punishment or reward for the sinner or the saint?  Why ought we be punished or rewarded for things that were not our choices?  It is only because we have free-will, the ability to choose good or evil, that makes us worthy of either reward or punishment.
  
Sovereign Election nullifies Satan. If it is true that God is making all the decisions regarding whom will go to Hell and whom will inherit eternal life, then why be concerned about Satan? Why are there warnings in the Holy Bible about Satan and his deceptions if we do not have a free-will to choose?  Under this doctrine Satan’s power to deceive us is nullified, because it is God, not us, who elects (chooses) our salvation or our damnation. Yet Jesus, in Matthew 13:19 and in Mark 4:15, states that Satan does have power to effect the outcome regarding an individual’s salvation; Satan’s power is further written of in 2 Corinthians 4:4; 1 Timothy 5:15; James 4:7; Revelation 12:9. Satan’s influence on Man started at the beginning in Genesis 3 and continues to the end, as indicated in Revelation 20:7-10; however, according to the doctrine of Sovereign Election, there is no point to these Holy Scriptures or their warnings. Satan can go about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8), but the joke is on him, because, according to the doctrine of Sovereign Election, we have neither the free-will to accept nor reject God.   
 
Sovereign Election nullifies free-will. Roman 10:13 states that whoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. I have a question for you: How do we call on the Lord if we do not have free-will? Those who endorse Sovereign Election deny free-will, for they contend that our salvation is not up to us, it is entirely up to God’s sovereign choice. However, according to John 3:16 the Bible states that God loved the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son, and that whoever believes in Him would have everlasting life. So how do we believe? Romans 10:14 states, “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” Romans 10:17 states that faith comes by hearing the Word of God. The Bible does not say that faith comes by the sovereign election of God. God did not make us puppets; He gave us free-will, accepting the fact that we could love Him or reject Him, which brings me to my next point.
 
Sovereign Election nullifies love. For love to be reciprocated, true love, it requires a free-will. 1 John 4:19 states that we love God because He first loved us. We can only return God’s love if we have a free-will that permits us to do so. Without love, which you cannot have without free-will, the world that God has created for Himself becomes nothing more than a pathetic and meaningless fantasy. It is like a little girl playing with her dollies, nothing is real because everything is being controlled, and the only one making decisions is the little girl.
 
The doctrine of Sovereign Election denies the Holy Scripture’s clear teaching that Christ Jesus died for the sins of the whole world (1 Timothy 2:5-6; Hebrew 2:9; 1 John 2:2).  Because of the doctrine of Unconditional (Sovereign) Election John Calvin needed to add to his Doctrines of Grace (what the rest of us know as the five points of Calvinism) to account for the scope of Christ’s blood atonement regarding the sins of the world.  Mr. Calvin proposed, since God was electing some to Heaven and some to Hell, that Christ did not die for the sins of the whole world, but died only for some.  Three of the five points of Calvinism are:  1) because man is in a state of Total Depravity which prevents him from even coming to God of his own free-will, 2) it is only by God’s Unconditional (Sovereign) Election that a person is either saved or lost for all eternity, thus 3) Christ’s death on the cross was only a Limited Atonement.  The Calvinist doctrines of Unconditional (Sovereign) Election and Limited Atonement are in violation of (and in contradiction with) the Word of God, which clearly states that Christ died for the sins of all the world, because it is God’s will that all come to repentance:
 
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all (Isaiah 53:6).
 
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:14-15).
 
And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me (John 12:32).
 
And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent (Acts 17:30).
 
Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life (Romans 5:18).
 
He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? (Romans 8:32).
 
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:3-4).
 
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man (Hebrews 2:9).
 
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
 
Since we recognize from the Holy Scriptures that God’s will is for all to be saved, yet clearly all are not saved, then is something more powerful than God’s will preventing all from coming to salvation?  Is our free-will more powerful than Almighty God?  No.  Is Satan more powerful than God?  No.  These cannot be more powerful than God, otherwise God is not sovereign.  God must be sovereign to be God.  Understanding that God is sovereign and that the Holy Scriptures state that it is God’s will for all to be saved, then why are not all saved?  There can be only one conclusion:  God is yielding His sovereign will.  The very notion of a sovereign will recognizes that God has the option to surrender His will regarding any matter to whomever He chooses; that would be the ultimate expression of sovereignty.  Why would God choose to yield His will in the matter of all the world coming to salvation in Christ Jesus?  The same reason that put Christ on the cross:  Love.  John Calvin had forgotten why we even exist:  It is to love God.  God yields His will in the matter of salvation to our free-will because He wants us to love Him by our choice; because He knows love is not genuine if it is not reciprocated.  God does not force us to get saved, because He knows what the Calvinst and those that have been infected by Calvinism have forgotten:  that a loveless salvation would be meaningless.  Look at how magnanimous God is!  The God of the Universe yields His almighty and sovereign will to ours when He allows us to either accept or reject His gift of love, salvation!  Salvation is God’s gift of love, yet the gift must be accepted by faith, because the Holy Bible states that it is impossible to please God without faith (Hebrews 11:6).  God sends preachers to preach the Word of God, for faith can only come by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17).  Without faith we cannot love God.  Only by faith can we choose to reciprocate God’s demonstrated love for us.  For the sake of love, out of God’s desire to be loved by us, God yields His will to ours; He does not violate our free-will by forcing His sovereign will upon us, but rather allows us of our own free-will to choose to love Him.  We cannot choose to love God without free-will, because by its nature for love to be genuine it must be reciprocated.
 
As I conclude this essay let me remind you of this very important fact:  Of our free-will each of us Christians entered into the everlasting covenant with God by faith in Jesus Christ.  The everlasting covenant is a contract between the believer and God.  In all contracts both parties, (you and God, in this case) have contractual obligations to fulfill (the terms of the contract are written in chapters 28 through 30 of Deuteronomy).  Since it requires a free-will to enter into a contract, then, if the Calvinism that denies free-will is true, why would an everlasting covenant even exist?  For if God knows that we are so totally depraved (as Calvinism teaches) that we are unable to choose salvation in Christ Jesus, then God would certainly know better than to expect us to choose to covenant with Him.  Sovereign Election is false doctrine for this reason, and because it contradicts the clear teaching of the Word of God.  Calvinism on the one hand makes God a spiritual abortionist, entirely denying the opportunity to be born again to some by His sovereign election (choice); however, on the other hand the doctrines make God a spiritual rapist to others, forcing His love and salvation on them.  In reality God selflessly demonstrated His love for us by sending His Son to die in our place on the cross nearly 2,000 years ago (even while we were sinners in rebellion against Him), and He waits patiently for us to recognize His love for us by faith through the preaching of His Word, yielding His sovereign will to allow us to accept or reject His gift of love as a choice of our free-will. There is no provision for love and free-will in the doctrine of Sovereign Election, yet the Bible, in 1 John 4:19, states that we love God because He first loved us. The Doctrines of Grace (the five points of Calvinism) deny us the ability to love God, for the doctrines deny us free-will, and without free-will it is impossible to love God.
 
 
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).
 
 
 
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The True Israel of God

  
 or
 
 Bringing Down the Theological House of Cards Known as Dispensationalism
 
  by
 
 Brian W. Schrader
 
 
 

From the introduction to the four Gospels in the 1909 publication of the Scofield Reference Bible, C. I. Scofield wrote:

 

 “One of His [Jesus Christ] last ministries was the opening of their [the disciples] understandings to understand the Old Testament.

  “Therefore, in approaching the study of the [four] Gospels the mind should be freed, so far as possible, from mere theological concepts and presuppositions.  Especially is it necessary to exclude the notion—a legacy in Protestant thought from post-apostolic and Roman Catholic theology—that the Church is the true Israel, and that the Old Testament foreview of the kingdom is fulfilled in the Church.
  Do not, therefore, assume interpretations to be true because familiar.”  [All emphasis and clarifications within the quote were by the author of this essay.]
  
I agree with C. I. Scofield (1843-1921) that the mind should be freed from theological concepts, presuppositions, and interpretations that cannot be supported by chapters and verses from within the pages of the Sole Authority, God’s Holy Word; in fact, I agree so much that it is my motive for writing this essay. 
 

One such presupposition infecting the minds of the vast majority of Christians is dispensationalism.  Dispensationalism is an early 19th Century theological interpretation of the Holy Scriptures that was presented by John Nelson Darby (1800-1882), known today as the father of dispensationalism.  Dispensationalism and its pre-tribulation rapture were popularized first by the Plymouth Brethren (also referred to as Darbyites), later through the King James Version Scofield Reference Bible, enamoring and fooling many pastors and Christians thereby (the notes of the Scofield Reference Bible are not the inspired Word of God, although many teach it as if it were so).  In the 1940s the tares began their victory stride toward the legitimacy of the doctrines of Darbyism, for it was at that time when some seminaries began teaching the popular but false doctrines of dispensationalism and its pre-tribulation rapture to their preacher boys, and then in the late 20th Century, if popularity determines truth, the failure of the shepherds to earnestly contend for the faith was complete, because by that time, due to the tremendous popularity of the Left Behind book and movie series, even the non-Christian general public needed no education regarding the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine of the Darbyites.  If you were to ask a number of Christians if they agree with the teaching of dispensationalism, the majority will tell you that they have no idea what you are talking about; however, if immediately these same persons were asked whether they believe in the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine, the majority would state that they do expect a pre-tribulation rapture.  Surprise, you are a dispensationalist.  You are a dispensationalist if you believe there will be a pre-tribulation rapture, for it is a teaching that cannot even exist without its parent doctrine of dispensationalism.

 

Although the theological concept of dispensationalism’s pre-tribulation rapture has arrived on the scene only within the past 200 years, it has become very popular.  The Rapture concept is so familiar that it is even referred to in the heathen popular culture and media, as an example you may hear or read a joking response like, “She’ll be like that until the Rapture!” or an impatient statement of a customer to a waitress, “I’d sure like to be served before the Rapture!”  Again I agree with Mr. Scofield that Theological interpretations of the Holy Scriptures ought not be assumed to be true simply because the teaching has become “familiar”.  Dispensationalism and its pre-tribulation rapture need to be rejected outright for the same reason that each of the five points of Calvinism ought to be rejected:  because it has no biblical leg to stand on.

 
From the excerpt of the Scofield Reference Bible of 1909, we can clearly see that the dispensationalist C.I. Scofield was well-aware that the theological concept of the Israel of God was very “familiar” to the believers of that day.  The “legacy” and clear biblical teaching of the true Israel of God cannot be refuted, but it can be denied.  Sadly, many do choose the lie of dispensationalism over the plain truth of the Sole Authority.  As is obvious from Mr. Scofield’s quote referring to the Isreal of God, the doctrine that one enters into the everlasting covenant which exists between God and Abraham by faith is not new (by faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ a person is born again as a child of God and thereby becomes a citizen of the true spiritual nation of God).  What is new is the dispensational idea which states that the unsaved Jewish race is the children of God; that the Jewish race has a special deal with God that supersedes the everlasting covenant that was ratified by the shed blood of Christ.  The truth is there is no difference between unsaved Jews and the rest of the unsaved Gentile world:  all are hell-bound lost sinners in equal need of Jesus the Savior.  Conversely, there is no difference between saved Gentiles and saved Jews:  all are saved only because they have entered into the everlasting covenant by faith in Jesus Christ, thereby becoming the sons and daughters of God, the one true Israel.  The true Israel of God, the doctrine that only by faith in Christ does anyone become a part of the one true Church of God, is an old and well-founded truth of the Holy Scriptures:
 
Hebrews 13:20-21:  Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
 
Romans 12:5:  So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
 
1 Corinthians 12:12-13: For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
 

Ephesians 4:4-6:  There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

 
Romans 2:28-29:  For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: but he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
 

Romans 3:9, 20-26:  What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin….Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; to declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

 

Romans 9:6-9:  Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.  That is, They which are the children of the flesh, theses are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for seed.  

 

Romans 10:10:  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

 
Romans 11:1, 7-8, 11-14, 24-27:  I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin….What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded (according as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day….I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fullness? For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: if by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them….For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree? For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: for this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
 
Deuteronomy 31:12-13:  Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and thy stranger [foreigner; i.e. Gentile] that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the LORD your God, and observe to do all the words of this law: and that their children, which have not known any thing, may hear, and learn to fear the LORD your God, as long as ye live in the land whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.
 
Isaiah 56:6-7:  Also the sons of the stranger [foreigner; i.e. Gentile], that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offernings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.   
 

Galatians 3:6-9, 13-14, 16-17, 22, 26, 28-29:  Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham….Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith….Now to Abraham and his seed were promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.  And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect….But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe….For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus….There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

 

As clearly demonstrated from the quotation at the beginning of this essay, Mr. Scofield understood that it was common knowledge in the year 1909 that only believers in Jesus Christ were the true Israel of God.  Undermining that well-established doctrine, Mr. Scofield stated to his readers that their minds should be “freed from” such “theological concepts,” and that they ought not assume an interpretation to be true simply because it was “familiar”.  He goes on to taint the idea of the true Israel of God in the mind of the reader by linking the concept to the Roman Catholic Church (because it is deemed corrupt, idolatrous, and apostate) and claiming the concept’s origins to be post-apostolic, when in truth the teaching of the true Israel of God is a concept taught by the Apostles (clearly shown from the Holy Scriptures quoted above).  Why would Mr. Scofield wish to cause Christians to doubt the doctrine that their pastors had taught them?  For the same motive as Satan in the Garden with Eve:  to cause the believer to question God’s Word.  It was so paramount to the promotion of dispensationalism to cause scholars, pastors, and congregations to doubt the well-established scriptural concept of the true Israel of God, the idea that the one true spiritual nation of Israel consists of only born again believers in Christ, that Mr. Scofield found it necessary to state:  Especially is it necessary to exclude the notion that the Church is the true Israel.”

 

The dispensationalists at this point in the reading are screaming, “Foul!  Replacement theology!”  The reason for this is because dispensationalists believe in a parenthetical period of time in God’s plan for Israel in the dispensational scheme of things called “the Church age,” which they teach began in the time of the Book of Acts.  Dispensationalists believe that “the Church age” (also called by the dispensationalists the Dispensation of Grace) is a break in God’s plan for His proud and rebellious Jews, in which salvation is offered for this time-period or dispensation (which, according to Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words, is an inaccurate definition of the word “dispensation”; Vine’s states, “A dispensation is not a period or epoch [a common, but erroneous use of the word], but a mode of dealing, an arrangement or administration of affairs.”  Such usage of the word “dispensation,” to indicate a period of time, is a contrivance of Darbyism) to the Gentiles for the sole purpose of provoking the proud children of Abraham to jealousy, in order to bring them ultimately to salvation.  The truth is that “the Church age,” just like the pre-tribulation rapture, is a myth of dispensationalism.  The truth of the Holy Scriptures is that there are no dispensations, for the Gentiles have never been excluded from salvation:  it has always been offered to them (see the Holy Scriptures above):  examples of Gentiles receiving salvation by faith are Rahab, Ruth, and the city of Niveveh (a city of 120,000 Gentiles).  All these Gentiles were saved by faith before “the Church age,” simultaneously proving that God wants all to come to salvation, and disproving dispensationalism’s claim that “the Church age” began in the time of the Book of Acts:  “the Darbyite notion, that there was no Church of God in Old Testament times” is another contrivance that originated with Darbyism (quote from page 15 of James Grant's 1875 book Plymouth Brethren:  Their History and Heresies).  Salvation has always been by grace through faith, not just since the time of the Book of Acts, and those who are saved by grace through faith comprise the true Israel, the Church of God. 

 

In Matthew 18:17 Jesus states:  And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.

 

Those were Christ’s words referring to a Church in existence, before the Resurrection during His earthly ministry, at a time when the dispensationalists say there was no Church. 

 

Acts 7:38-40:  This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us: to whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt, saying unto Aaron, Make us gods to go before us: for as for this Moses, which brought us out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.

 
This verse makes the clear point that the Church goes at least as far back as the wilderness of Sinai, at the time just after the children of Israel left Egypt.
 
For the benefit of the reader of this essay let us allow the Holy Scriptures to define the Church of God.
 
1 Corinthians 1:2:  Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours.
 
Acts 20:28:  Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
 
In these verses the Holy Scriptures are referring to people as the Church of God, because the verses state that overseers are to feed the church of God, and that the Church of God is all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  According to these verses within the pages of the Sole Authority the definition of the Church of God is a body of people who have called upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, and whom were purchased with His own blood.
 
There is only one Church, there is only one body of Christ, and there is only one Israel of God; they are one and the same.  No one will ever stand before Christ in eternity and say, “I did not get here through your blood.  I got here because I am a Jew:  the seed of Abraham.”  We are all Jews, the children of Abraham, by faith in Christ Jesus (see Galatians 3:26-29 above).  If we agree that the Holy Scriptures are the sole authority, then we must agree that by faith we become part of that true spiritual nation of Israel.
 

When the Pharisees asked Jesus when the Kingdom would come, He said in Luke 17:20-21:  The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.  

 
Dispensationalists, from Mr. Darby, to Mr. Scofield, and up through today, all deny the apostolic “legacy” of the true Israel of God.  From the inception of dispensationalism the Darbyites and all who came after whom have chosen to follow the crooked path of Darbyism have had to deny established biblical truth in favor of their new doctrine; they must in order to make sense out of the nonsense that is dispensationalism.  Rather than accept the sovereign truth of the Word of God that clearly contradicts their doctrine, passages troublesome to dispensationalism, such as found in Matthew, Mark, Luke, Hebrews, James, and Peter, the dispensationalists are motivated to label them “Jewish,” meaning that those Holy Scripture do not pertain to dispensationalism’s myth known as “the Church age”.  The reason for this “Jewish” interpretation of the Holy Scriptures is because these modern-day Darybites falsely maintain that both the Church (the body of true born again believers in Christ) and the Jews (unsaved Jews, national Israel or otherwise) each are parties in a separate but dual covenant with God, meaning, according to them, there are exclusively Jewish covenant promises.  Dispensationalists promote the errant teaching that both the Church and unsaved Jews are the children of God!  However, the reality is that the only true way for an unsaved Jew to become a child of God is through the new birth:  saved by grace through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ.  That is the only true Israel that has ever existed, even before Israel was a nation, even before the Law was given (see Holy Scriptures above).  The promises were made by God to Abraham because of his faith, and the only way anyone enters into the everlasting covenant that exists between God and Abraham is by faith (see Holy Scriptures above).  Dispensationalists would have you believe that God is a racist; that unsaved-Christ-hating Jews have favor in the form of covenant promised with God.  Jews are not saved by race, only by grace through faith.
 
It is time to expose the ridiculousness of the concept of dispensationalism. With that in mind I have a few questions for the dispensationalists: Do you believe that unsaved Jews are saved?  Do you believe that unsaved Jews are favored by God?  Do you believe that unsaved Jews are the children of God?  Do you believe that unsaved Jews are God’s chosen people?  Do you believe that Christians and unsaved Jews are part of a dual covenant with God? (The very idea of a covenant is a contract; therefore, it is ridiculous to even consider that unsaved Jews would have a covenant with God! Like all contracts there are consequences if you break the covenant. The details of the contract are found in Deuteronomy chapters 28 through 30, which spells out blessing for obedience and cursing for covenant breaking. Like modern apostate Christianity, dispensationlism’s covenant is a consequence-less contract with God, one that even unsaved Jews are a part of. If we acknowledge that we have entered into an everlasting contract with God by faith in Jesus Christ, then how can we refuse to recognize that we have contractual obligations, which if we fail to fulfill make us contract breakers, and our penalty is defined in the covenant.) “No” is the correct answer to all five of those questions.  Dispensationalists are not confused, they have simply been indoctrinated with a false theological concept, one which, sadly, they will favor and defend over the truth of the Word of God, until they choose to abandon their idol (the pastor or teacher of dispensationalism), and instead rely on the sovereignty of the Word of God, the Sole Authority for truth.
 

Dispensationalism fails if we agree with the Holy Scriptures that 1) there is no difference between unsaved Jews and unsaved Gentiles (because both are hell-bound for their rejection of Christ), 2) there exists no covenant between God and the unsaved Jews (just as there is no covenant between God and unsaved Gentiles), 3) there is no difference between saved Jews and saved Gentiles (because both became born again children of God and part of the true Israel of God by grace through faith in the blood of Christ), and 4) the only covenant that exists between God and mankind for salvation can only be entered into by faith in Jesus Christ.  If dispensationalism and its teachings fail, then its pre-tribulation rapture doctrine fails.  If the doctrine of the pre-tribulation rapture is false, then that means that the saints mentioned in the Tribulation Period in the book of Revelation are not Jews but Christians.

 

Mr. Scofield knew that vital to the promotion of Mr. Darby’s new doctrine of dispensationalism and its pre-tribulation rapture was the rejection by the Christians of 1909 of the “familiar” theological concept of the true Israel of God.  It is ridiculous to believe that God would have a separate or dual covenant with an unsaved, rebellious people who openly reject His Son, but that is the pill that the dispensationalists want you to swallow.  For dispensationalism’s pre-tribulation rapture doctrine to exist the dispensational teaching that the everlasting Abrahamic Covenant is a dual covenant must be accepted as truth.  The teaching of a dual covenant means that the covenant contains promises for both the Church and unsaved national Israel.  We begin to understand the falsehood of dispensationalism when we acknowledge the Abrahamic Covenant to be an everlasting covenant; because for it to be an everlasting covenant it naturally had to be in force before the world began, just as the everlasting Gospel predates the world (Revelation 14:6; Revelation 13:8).  Therefore, the Abrahamic Covenant was first a covenant between the Father and the Son (Galatians 3:17).   Recognizing that it is an everlasting covenant, we must conclude that only Christ can be the seed of Abraham to whom the promises are made (Galatians 3:16, 19).  Therefore, since the promises are to Christ, there are no unfulfilled covenant promises that are exclusive to unsaved national Israel (as dispensationalists wrongly claim), because the only way to enter into the everlasting covenant is the same way that Abraham did:  by faith in Christ.  Having established the fact that unsaved Jews have no part in the Abrahamic Covenant, due to their refusal to enter into the covenant because they reject Christ Jesus as the Son of God, we understand that there are no covenant promises to them.  When we recognize the biblical truth that unsaved national Israel does not have a covenant with God, we expose the false doctrine of dispensationalism, and its pre-tribulation rapture becomes an equally impossible doctrine.  It is the removal of this one thought from the minds of Christians that brings down dispensationalism’s house of cards.  It is the removal of this one thought that frees the Christian’s mind of the hypnotism that is dispensationalism.  If the influence of this dispensational teaching were absent from the mind of the average Christian, then he or she would clearly understand that the saints mentioned in the book of Revelation are Christians, not Jews.  It is Christians that must be prepared to enter the Tribulation Period.  Think about it:  if Mr. Darby had not come up with the false concept of dispensationalism and its pre-tribulation rapture around the year 1830, and that it had not been promoted to popularity by men like C.I. Scofield, then all Christians from the time of the Apostles to this very day would still understand that we are the true Israel of God by faith in Christ, and, therefore, would also understand that the subject of 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 1 Corinthians 15:52, Matthew 24:30-31, and Mark 13: 26-27 is the Second Coming of Christ.  In a world where dispensationalism had never infected the minds of Christians, the expectation for modern Christians regarding the pre-tribulation rapture would be the same as it had been in the minds of the Apostles:  nonexistent. 

  

Let us turn our attention to expectations.  What did the 1st Century Christians expect?  Did they expect the Second Coming of Christ in power and glory? or did they expect a pre-tribulation rapture escape from the book of Revelation’s Tribulation Period?

 

Because, like with doubting Thomas, seeing is believing, I include at the end of this essay pages 208-209 from the 4th Century book Ecclesiastical History by Eusebius Pamphilus, the Bishop of Caesarea.  My understanding is the book is a history of Christianity from the Resurrection through the 4th Century, which was translated and published in English in 1839.  My submission for the reader to note is that while discussing the historical importance of the celebration of Easter for the 1st Century Christians, Eusebius records a lengthy quote from a letter by Polycrates, the Bishop of Ephesus, and it is within this quote that the expectation of the early Christians regarding Christ’s return is clearly seen:

 

“….For in Asia great lights have fallen asleep, which shall rise again in the day of the Lord’s appearing, in which he will come with glory from heaven, and will raise up all the saints….”

 

In this quote we see that the 1st Century Christians were expecting Christ Jesus to return from heaven “with glory,” and “raise up all the saints” in the day of His “appearing”.  Therefore, from this historical 1st Century quote we understand that those Christians, who were taught by the Apostles and those 500 disciples who personally knew Jesus, expected the glorious Second Coming of Christ.  

 

Beyond the above quote, I have proof from the Holy Scriptures of the expectations of the 1st Century Christians.  Let us look at the expectations of the group of Christians to whom the so-called “main pre-tribulation rapture verse,” 1 Thessalonians 4:16, was address to.  We will examine the first part of the second letter addressed to the Thessalonian Christians in the Holy Bible, known as the Second Book of Thessalonians, and reveal to you what those 1st Century Christians were expecting:

 

2 Thessalonians 1:4-10: So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure: which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer: seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; and to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; when he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.

 

According to the Holy Scriptures, the Thessalonians were looking forward to the day when they would have “rest” from their “persecutions and tribulations.”  According to the Sole Authority that “rest” would only come when the Lord Jesus would “be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire”.  The Thessalonians were expecting “rest” from their “persecutions and tribulations” when our Lord Jesus Christ would be revealed from heaven “in flaming fire,” and it would be on “that day” when He would take “vengeance on them that know not God”. According to the Sole Authority when does Christ appear in power and glory?

 

Matthew 24:30-31:  And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.  And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

 

Mark 13:26-27:  And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.  And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.

 

At the Second Coming is when Christ is revealed with power and glory.  Those verses above describe the Second Coming of Christ, and so do the main pre-tribulation rapture verses below, which describe in detail the distinct, unmistakable, and conspicuous three sounds which will herald the Second Coming of Christ:  1) a shout, 2) the voice of the archangel, and 3) the trump of God.

 

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17: For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

  
As a study rule, all verses read in the Holy Bible that are claimed or supposed to teach dispensationalism’s pre-tribulation rapture doctrine must first be proven to be unique from the verses that teach the doctrine of the Second Coming; however, no such distinction can be found.  Only in the minds of dispensationalists, who have been brainwashed by their own enthusiastic hope to escape the Tribulation Period, does such a distinction exist.
 
As the Holy Scriptures have shown, Christ returns in power and glory at His Second Coming, and it was that which was the expectation of the 1st Century Thessalonian Christians, the true Israel of God, Gentiles who became the children of Abraham by grace through faith in the blood of the only begotten Son of God, Our Lord Jesus Christ.
     
Here, as mentioned in the body of the essay that is now ended, are pages 208-209 of the 4th Century book Ecclesiastical History by Eusebius Pamphilus, the Bishop of Caesarea.  With your own eyes you may read the portion of the lengthy quote published on these two pages that I used, which begins at the fourth sentence of chapter XXIV (24) ; it demonstrates the expectations of the 1st Century Christians.
 
 
 
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