Five Redemption Fallacies Refuted

1. Fallacy: God cannot and does not impute sins of believers to their account.

Rebuttal: The fact is that God cannot do otherwise if believers go back to sin again. Sin has to be inputted where there is a law broken. (Rom. 5:13; 6:23; 8:12-13)

2. Fallacy: Christ bore the sins of the saved and they cannot be charged to him more than once. Even in civil courts, a crime cannot be charged to a man twice.

Rebuttal: This is only half truth as it deals with sins that have been forgiven. If the same man commits the same sin again, any civil court will charge them to the same man again. Yes, again and again, if he commits them that very many times. So it is with the divine court. A man forgiven of past sins must quit sin. If he commits the same sin again after conversion, he will be charged with them again. They must be properly confessed and forgiving again or he will pay the death penalty for the new crimes (Ezek 18:4, 20-26; Rom 6:23; 8:12-13; 1 Cor 6:9-11; Gal 5:9-21, 2 Tim 2:12)

3. Fallacy: All sins, past, present and future are forgiven once and forever.

Rebuttal: Christ borne the sins of all men, but one cannot receive forgiveness until sin is committed and confessed. Even sins that are committed but not confessed are not forgiven. (Lk 13:3; 1Jn 1:9). The fact that all sinners are not saved proved this. If men could not be dammed for committing unconfessed sins which Christ has borne, then no man will be lost, for he bore the sins of all (Rom 5:8; Gal 1:4; 1Pet 2:24; 3:18; Heb. 2:9). Redemption cannot become effective with anyone who refuses to repent and conform to the whole truth ( Mk 16:15-16; Lk 13:3, 5; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 1Jn 1:7,9)

4. Fallacy: Good cannot and does not see the sins of believers. In fact, their sins are not real sins. All he sees is the blood of Jesus Christ that automatically cover sin. One born again cannot commit sin

Rebuttal: These claims are denials of every principle of human and divine governments. No government could possibly be just and righteous that permitted such a programme with criminals. In human government, no case is known where a criminal was forgiven and told that he could not possibly be held responsible for committing the same crime again. That if he did committed such, it was not really a crime in his case; that it will be automatically forgiven; that the law will never again see any crime he committed; that all it will see would be the pardon he has received and that stipulated in the pardon was absolute freedom from any future punishment, even for the worst of crimes. Every sane, just and righteous being would rise up to overthrow such a government if one existed. And yet this is the kind of government many in the church teach and believe in as divine government. God has repeatedly stated that he will punish every sin, even to every idle word (Matt 12:27-39; Rom 2:12-16; 2Cor 5:10; Rev 20:11-15)

5. Fallacy: It dishonors the blood of Christ to teach that it covers only past sins or the sins of the faithful only. A believer does not have to continue to be faithful to be saved. Sin can never reign over a saved man again regardless of what he does. He is saved even though he serves sin and Satan. Not one child of God can return to his former state of sin and be condemned. He cannot chose to be saved or lost. God chose men to be saved and all such are secured in his choice. If a man could chose to be saved or lost, then he will be more powerful than God. There is no human element in salvation. All men sin everyday. The only difference between the saved and unsaved is that one has accepted Christ and the other has not. Sin is inseparable from one in this life. In the believer, sin is unchanged and unchangeable, even the unsaved are not condemned for their sins, how much less is this true of the saved. God is able to keep one saved who may be sinning every day. If man’s choice govern his destiny, then the sovereign grace of God is subject to the will of man, and God himself ceased to be sovereign.

Rebutted: There is not one scripture to support these false claims. God does not lose sovereignty through his plan of redemption requiring men to meet his terms or be lost. Obedience to God according to the gospel is the basis of all justification, and imputation of righteousness to man. God requires confession of sins (Lk 13:3, 5; 1Jn 1:9). Faith (Jn 3:16, Eph 2:8-9) and Choice on man’s part in conformity to the plan of redemption before he justifies a man (Mk 16:16; Rom 1:5,16; 3:24-31; 5:1-11; Rev 22:17). From God’s standpoint, redemption is provided for all men, and it is his will that all accept Christ and be saved (Jn 3:16; 1 Tim 2:4; 2 Pet 3:9; Rev 22:17), but no man will be forgiven who personally refused to believed and conform to the gospel. When one does obey the gospel, then and then alone sins are forgiven and not inputted to him, and this is all imputation means in Ps 32:2; Rom 4:3-13, 22-25, 2Cor 5:19. No believer has to sin, but if he does it, it will be charged to him and he will pay the death penalty if he dies in sin (Ex 32:32; Ezek 18:4, 20-26; Rom 6:16-23; Rom 8:12-13; 1 Cor 6:9-11; Gal 5:19-21; Gal 6:7-8; 2 Tim2:12; Jam 5:19-20)

FALLING FROM GRACE

I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterwards destroyed them that believe not. Jude 5

Grace has been described as unmerited favour obtained from God. We were saved by grace when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour (Jn 1:12; Eph. 2:8; Rom 10:9,10). Receiving the fullness of eternal life after our sojourn here on earth is however premised on our being able to continue in this grace. Many have thought that once you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and personal savior, eternity is guaranteed. Nothing could be further from the trust.
Below are examples of beings (human, angels and Lucifer) who once lived in grace, but fell from it in the course of time are some unfortunately, were doomed forever. We will do well to pay attention to this.

21 examples of beings fallen from grace

1. Lucifer: He was sinless and walked in the ways of God perfectly until he sinned (Ezek.28:11-17). He fell from God‘s favor and was cast out of heaven (Isa. 14:12-44; Lk.10:18). He became sinful and lustful (Jn. 8: 44) and destined to eternal hell (Mt.25: 41, Rev. 20:1- 10)

2. Holy angels: Over 1/3 of God’s holy angels rebelled with Lucifer (Rev. 12: 3; 7-12) and became destined to hell with Satan (Mt. 25:41: Isa. 24:21). Many of these committed the extra sin of fornication and are now ln hell (2 Pet. 2:4: Jude 6-7). Angels are sons of God (Gen. 6: 1-4; Job 1:6; 2: 1; 38:4-7) and yet those who sin are to be punlshed forever in hell. So sonship is no unforfeitable guarantee of heaven

3. Demons: They were also created sinless and in God’s grace and favor. That they sinned and are doomed to eternal hell is clear from their own Admission of being worthy of punishment (Mt. 8:29; Mk. 5:7; Lk. 8:28-32: Jas. 2: 9). Many of them are now in the abyss (Rev. 9).

4. Pre-adamites: According to Gen 2:1; Isa. 14:12-14, Jer 4:23-26: Ezek. 28:11-17; 2 Pet. 3: 5-8 and other scriptures, Lucifer ruled the earth before Adam end caused all the people of his kingdom to lose God’s favor and be destroyed in the flood of Gen. 1:2, 2 Pet. 3: 5-8.
Not one person, animal, city or plant were left alive (Jer. 4 : 23-26)

5. Adam and Eve: They were created in God‘s grace or favor (Gen. 1: 26-31). They fell from grace by sin and lost the eternal life they would have kept if they had not sinned (Gen. 2:17: 3:1-19: Rom. 5: 12-21: 2 Cor. 11:3). Nothing is ever said of their salvation from sin. They are not listed with faith-worthies of the OT. (Heb. 11). He was a son of God (Lk. 3: 38). Thus again. sonship is proved not to be a guarantee of eternal life. God promised to punish every angel or man who sins, regardless of sonship or relationship.

6. Adamites: Every person born of Adam was once in grace in Adam and fell from grace or favor when he did, for they were in his loins when he sinned. This is why death passed upon all men (Rom. 5: 12-21: 1 Cor. 15: 21-22: 2 Cor. 1:3). If all men fell from the same favor Adam did and are commanded to regaim grace in Christ, then it is settled that falling from grace and regaining it can happen more than once (Gal 4:19)

7. Many Israelites: Before their sin in Ex. 35, they were Born again (Dt. 32: 18: Gal: 4: 28-29), Redeemed (Ex. 15: 13: Dt. 21: 8), Sanctified (Ex. 13:31; Lev. 20: 8) converted (Ps 19:7), in grace (Ex.33 : 12-17, Ps. 84:11), had their names in the book of life (EX. 32:32-33), had the same gospel we have (Gal. 3:6-14; Heb.4:2), and other spiritual experiences. When they sinned they were cut off from God and were lost. (Ex. 32:32-33: 1 Cor. 10:1. 18; Heb. :1-4; Jude 5)

Scores of times they forsook God and were cursed (Dt.17:3; 29:26; judg.2:11-23; 3:5-14; 4.1; 5:31; 6:1; 8:28-35; 10: 6-11, 33; 12:7-13:1; 20:13; 1 Sam. 2: 12-36; 3:11-14; 1 Ki 11:1-13, 38-39: 12:25-33; 13:33-34; 14:16-61: 15:29; 16:2: 2 K1. 17:7-23; etc.)

8. Nadab and Ablhu, holy priests of God (Ex. 1936; 22:31). were cut off in sin (Lev. 10:1-20; Num. 3:4)

9. Korah, Dathan,Abiram and other holy men of God were cut off by sin and went to sheol (Nam. 16:1-3. 23-33)

10. Saul, who had a change of heart and received the Holy Spirit (1 sam. 10: 9-13, 21-24), went into spiritualism (1 Sam. 28: Lev. 19:31; 20: 6). He lost the Holy Spirit (1 Sam. 16:12-23), and died a suicide and cursed of God (1 Sam. 31:1-6: 1. Chron 10:13-14)
11. Many disciples of Jesus left Him and His grace and followed Him no more (Jn. 6:66). They for a while believed (Lk. 8: 13). They drew back to perdition (Heb.10:26-39) T receive Christ and confess him for only a moment brings the new birth. So those who believed for a while had grace to fall from. (Jn1:12, 1 Jn 5:1)

12. Judas was once saved but fell from grace. This is because he was a familiar fried of Christ, (Ps 41:9), had his name written in the book of life, was a bishop of the church of Christ (Acts 1:20), had the Holy Spirit in him (Matt 10:19-20), was ordained into the ministry by Christ, was an apostle etc, but fell by sin from ministry and apostleship(Acts 1:25). Satan only entered into Judas at the close of Christ’s ministry, proving that he was not always an agent of the devil. He therefore backslid and became a thief and a betrayer.
13 Ananias and Sapphira: were saved and of one heart and one soul with all the church (Acts 4:32-5: 1) until they agreed to lie to the Holy Ghost at which time they were killed (Acts 5:141). “Great grace was upon them all“ including Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 4:33; 5:1)

14 The Galatians who had begun in the spirit and had received the Holy Spirit (Gal 3:2-4), were soon removed from Christ and Christ (Gal 1:6; 5:4)

15. Demas, a preacher in the early Church (Col. 4: l4; Ph’m.24) went back into sin, having loved this present world (2 Tim. 4:10). If any man loves the world the love of the Father is not in him. He is lost if he does not come back to God (1 Jn.12; 1 Jn 5:1)

16 Hymenaeus and Alexander were one time in the faith , but made a shipwreck and put away faith (I Tim.1: 19-20)

17. Many others coveted money and erred from the faith (1 Tim. 6:10, 21)

18. Many young widows waxed cold towards Christ and cast off their first faith and were dammed(1Tim 5:11-13)

19 Hymenaeus and Philetus erred from the faith and overthrew the faith of others ( 1 Tim 2:17-19)

20 Apostates were once saved, but fell away and departed from the faith (Rom 1: 21:32; Heb. 6:4-9; 10:26-29; 2Pet 2: 20-22)

21 Many in the churches were once save but later theatened with destruction if they did not repent (Rev. 2:5, 10,16, 20-23: 3:3, 11, 16)

Besides the above examples of being cut off from God because of sin, the Bible abounds with plain laws, commands (about 1,050 in N.T.alone ) and warnings of punishment for those who return to sin. These make it clear that there are no unconditional promises and covenants in Scriptures.

(Adapted from the Dakes Bible)

The Chronology of Abraham’s seed

1 Abraham’s life: 175 years (Gen 25:7)

(1) 75 when left Haran (12:4)

(2) 85 when he took Hagar (16:3)

(3) 86 when Ishmael was born (16:16)

(4) 99 when God. last announced Isaac (17: 1)

(5) 99 when he was circumcised (17: 24)

(6) 100 when Isaac was born (17: 17: 21:5)

(7) 137 when Sarah died (7:17; 23:1)

2 Sarah’s life: 127 years (23: 1)

  • 90 when Isaac was born (17:17)

3 lshmae1’s life: 137 years (25:17)

  • 13 when circumcised (17:25)
  • 19 when cast out (17: 24-25; 21: 5-11)
  • 89 when buried Abraham (17: 24-25; 25: 7-8)

4 Isaac’s life: 180 years (35:28-29)

(I) 5 when weaned (15:13: 21:8: Ex. 12:40)

(2) 40 when married (25:20)

(3) 60 when Jacob and Esau born (25: 26)

(4) 75 when buried Abraham (17:17; 25: 7)

5 Esau’s length unknown

(1) 40 when married (26: 34) 933)

(2) 77 when blessing stolen (see Jacob’s timeline below)

(3) 120 when buried Isaac (25:26; 35:28)

6 Jacob’s life: 147 years: (47:28)

  • 77 when stole Esau’s Blessing, went to Haran and married* (see note below. 27:46: 28:5: 29:20-30)
  • 77 or 78 or 91 when 11 sons and 1 daughter were born within the first 14 years of marriage (29:16-30: 34).
  • 91 when Joseph was born the 14th year of marriage (30:22-34; 31:41)
  • 97 when left Haran (30:38-41)
  • 108 when Joseph Sold (37:2;47: 9)
  • 120 when buried Isaac (25: 26: 35:28)
  • 130 when went to Egypt (47:9)

7 Judah: 48 when went to Egypt.

  1. Joseph’s Life. 110 years (50:26)

(1) Born. See 6. (3) above

(2) 17 when sold into Egypt (37:2)

(3) 30 when stood before Pharaoh (41:46, 45:6)

(4) 39 when Jacob went to Egypt

(5) 56 when buried Jacob (45:6; 47

9 Levi’s life: 137 years (Ex.6:16) 28)

10 Benjamin: 30 years old when he went to Egypt with 10 sons.

Note

*That Jacob was 77 years old at this time seems evident in a study of several passages. It is necessary to take into account the age of his Son Joseph at the time he (Jacob) went down into Egypt with his family and figure back to this time. From Gen. 41:46-54; 45: 5-9 we learn that Joseph was 30 are old ‘when he stood before Pharaoh at the beginning of 7 plenteous years. After those 7 years and 2 more years of famine when Joseph was 39, his brothers and their families and their father Jacob came down to be with him in Egypt. Jacob was then 130 years old (47: 9). This meant that Jacob was 91 years old when Joseph was born in Haran. It was then that Jacob wanted to return from Haran to his own people in Canaan but Laban persuaded him to remain 6 more years (30:25-28: 31:38-41). Since the entire stay in Haran was 20 years of which 6 were spent after Joseph’s birth, then we know that Joseph was born in the 14th year of Jacob in Haran. Counting back 14 years from his age of 91 at Joseph’s birth time we find him about 77 when he first came to Haran looking for a wife. He was perhaps 78 years old when his first son was born and 97 years old when he finally returned to Isaac and Esau after the 20 years with Laban

From the Dakes Annotated Reference Bible

FROM CHURCH TO HELL?

CRY for REVIVAL

FROM CHURCH TO HELL?

Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you, depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Matt. 7: 22-23.

Many in the church today have assumed that going to church every Sunday, attending church
programs, being baptized, given offering and Tithes consistently, being a church worker etc, will
guarantee them a place in heaven with God at the end of their lives. They may have answered the altar call before, may even be preachers, casting out demons and healing the sick etc. However, if they failed to consciously and effectively tackle the issue of sin and compromise, having not genuinely repented and forsaken their sins (even after conversion), and if…

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STOP!! THAT SIN CAN TAKE YOU TO HELL!

CRY for REVIVAL

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23
One of the major characteristics of the time we are in is the increase in sin, wickedness and iniquity 2Tim.3:1-3. This is not only happening in the world, but also in the body of Christ (the church). Many Christians are living in open sin without any form of remorse, while others engage in their sinful lifestyles in the secret. Today, there is hardly any form of sin in the world that you do not see among church goers. As you are reading this piece, you may be struggling with some form of sin, habit or attitude that does not glory God. You may have become comfortable with it because you see many people indulging in same, or you are consoling yourself that it is ‘your weakness’, or by…

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BRINGING DOWN REVIVAL II

Open Heaven 6 May 2018 – by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. Ezekiel 3:17
Read: Nehemiah 8:1-10 (KJV)
Message:-
In the past two days, we have examined what causes the need for revival and the divine template God has established for obtaining revival from heaven. The question we will be considering today is this: Does the Church of the 21st century need revival? I strongly believe the answer to this question is yes. You may wonder why I believe so. When you critically look around you with the eyes of the spirit, you will observe several things that have resulted in the Church falling short of the glory of God in this modern generation.
You will also observe that it is increasingly becoming difficult to uphold biblical principles in the public arena in many nations of the world, especially in the western world. The mention of the Bible, reading of any portion of Scripture, and the observance of devotional prayers are outlawed in academic institutions at all levels, in offices, and in other public places in some nations that were previously proud to be identified as Christian nations just few years ago. The Church has consequently toned down the commandments of God and stepped down Bible doctrines in many places whenever it is opposed by the acceptable culture and popular opinion of the people. The church, including some very big denominations, has clearly departed from biblical doctrine on issues relating to salvation, mercy-killing, marriage, divorce, remarriage, abortion, homosexuality and many more issues.

As seen in today’s memory verse, in every generation, God is always seeking for watchman who will speak His mind to the people, irrespective of the circumstances, warning them against doing things that are contrary to His will. Many Christians, including prominent Christian’s leaders, have openly abdicated this responsibility in public places because of the fear of losing face. If we will please God, we must stand firm in the sound teaching of His word (Ezekiel 3:17-21). This is where the problem lies: many preachers and teachers of the word are no longer warning the Church against apostasy and wickedness because of the fear of losing “valuable” members.

Our Lord Jesus Christ sent messages of warning to the seven Churches in Asia, and we also must do the same today (Revelations 2-3). We must stand firm on genuine repentance as demanded and witnessed in Proverbs 28:13, Acts 3:19, 2nd Samuel 12:13 and Psalm 51:3-4. Note that repentance is not limited to unbelievers alone; every sincere child of God will always engage in self-examination to avoid the presence of unconfused sins in their lives (1st John 2:1-11). Finally, warring brethren must be reconciled in line with Matthew 5:21-24 and Psalm 133:1-3. As you seek God’s face for revival today, He will answer you by fire in Jesus’ Name.
Prayer Point
Father, Please help me to be a faithful watchman in this generation in Jesus’ Name.

BRINGING DOWN REVIVAL I

Open Heaven Saturday May 5th 2018. By Pastor E. A. Adeboye

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2nd Chronicles 7:14

Read: Daniel 9:1-9 (KJV)
Message:-
In yesterday’s devotional, we considered the signs through which the need for revival can be identified. Today, we will be reflecting on how to experience revival. In today’s memory verse, the benevolent God clearly spells out the actions that are required to bring down revival from heaven.
We must first acknowledge God’s love and His willingness to ignite the fire of revival conveyed through this verse of Scripture. The expression “My people, who are called by my name” was beautifully used by God to reveal His faithfulness and determination to identify with His children in all circumstances. Even though He hates sin, He loves His people so much that He cannot deny them, even in their fallen and backslidden state. Because He paid the ultimate price of shedding His precious Blood to purchase and redeem us from destruction, He will always stand by us, whatever it takes. All He requires of us when we err is repentance and a commitment to live holy. He is always willing to ignite His fresh fire in our hearts. What a loving Father we have!
God’s willingness to ignite the fire of revival as soon as we fulfil the necessary conditions is a wonderful blessing to His children. This makes bringing down revival easy. To complete the process of obtaining revival, those who have been chosen to be God’s people must cease from living a life of sin, turn away from their proud self-centeredness, pray to the Lord, and yield their desires in life to His word. Only then will He grant revival from heaven.

The specific phrases and words used in 2nd Chronicles 7:14, such as “humble themselves”, “pray”, “seek His face”, “turn from their wicked ways”, all clearly describe the different aspects of heartfelt repentance and prayer required to bring down revival. The Lord said He would send revival (healing their land) only after the two steps of repentance and prayer have been observed. This healing includes physical and spiritual healing, deliverance from drought and pestilence, as well as the return of captives and exiles to their rightful place of rest. Note that revival is not complete without the restoration of God’s people to their true place of fellowship and relationship with God. You can bring down revival when you engage in prayers of penitence as Daniel did in Daniel 9:4-6. Revival comes when instead of blaming God for your own errors, you admit your mistakes and wrongdoings, and express a willingness to change (Daniel 9:7-8, James 1:13-15). Revival will only come when we persist in the place of prayer, asking God for mercy. He will always honour His word and send His revival.
Prayer Point
Heavenly Father, please turn the hearts of Your children who are asleep or backslidden to genuinely seek Your face for revival in Jesus’ Name