Gospel of World Love!

Gospel Pride over “Pride of Life” is for the Glory of God.

Another fruit of the great apostasy called the falling away in the Bible is a massive substitution of pride of life and world love for the glory of God.  Even as the Roman Vatican lost continuing with Christ about 1000 A.D. with “seducing spirits and doctrines of devils”, two of those great bad spirits were “pride of life” and world love; Protestants began to lose continuing with Christ around 1909-1917 with the godless theology of Scofield, seducing spirits and doctrine of devils described in Jude; and the Southern Baptist Convention solidified that loss of continuity with Christ of Protestants, during the falsely called conservative resurgence (a 10 year plan to take over by Scofield followers), as warfare with a false literal Bible of Scofield notes (Scofield theology in the Scofield Reference Bible is based on the 3 words of rapture, millennium, and dispensationalism—never found once in the actual Bible apart from the notes), destroying the careers and reputations of better Christian brothers, too the place of a proper spirit, love, and world evangelism. 

I.  The certain men inside the church and leaders in local churches and the denomination, ungodly men.  Where you see ungodly, heretic, etc. substitute if you would the “If anyone…” of Revelation 22, and hopefully you will begin to see how bad are the Scofield notes striving to replace within the borders of the Bible, the literal Bible Itself.  How could anyone do that, it has already been done, and pick up any Scofield Reference Bible from 1909 to present and you will with searching for yourself see all the damage to the Gospel in the faith once for all delivered to the saints, attacked and distorted by the not saints.

Before Jude 4, the definition of ungodly, to get some appreciation for how these church leaders can be called “ungodly”, for there are degrees of ungodly even as in Jude there are the degrees of heretics.  And all the definitions do not apply to all 3 of these groups.  Since so many of these men are carried away with their pride of wealth and positions, the best application to them in the definition is “lives of lust”, remembering that you must like the literal Bible think of pride of life just as much a lust as the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes, pride of life is not of God the Father which makes a faithful practitioner of the pride of life also not of God,

“irreligious or immoral.

“ungodly lives of self-obsession, lust, and pleasure”

synonyms:

unholy · godless · irreligious · impious · blasphemous · sacrilegious · profane · heathen · pagan · atheistic · nontheistic · irreverent · immoral · corrupt · depraved ·

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“For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.”  (Jude 4)

(1).  The mean that crept in unawares in 1000 A.D. were the pope and his bishops that with seducing spirts and doctrines of devils, the denial of God’s teaching that priest should be the husband of one wife and of the blessing God placed on meat for the benefit of all men; during the 1909-1917, what Commager calls the Watershed of American Thought as certainty was changing into doubts, Zealots with Oxford Press and Scofield invaded homes with Scofield and Darby theology, a theology that denies the plan of God for the universe that all things might be united in Christ, Jews and Gentiles, in one body; that changed the gospel of the kingdom of God into a Israeli ruled kingdom and labeled it as the millennium (not found once in the Bible); that put off evangelism for the Jews to do during the millennium and provided a second chance gospel; and that in many other ways changed the real Bible gospel of the kingdom and of salvation into “another gospel of a different kind”, getting away with it by saying this is literal Bible in one of the greatest PR hoaxes led by the southern Baptist convention.

(2).  Like Cain, Korah, and Balaam, these men of Scofield theology were ordained to this condemnation:  striving to do the work of God by the disobediences to God, Christ, and their literal words, rebelling against many of God’s appointed pastors and teachers, and with their theology subverting the church and the purpose of both the church and the kingdom.

(3).  Turning the grace of God into lasciviousness:

Lasciviousness is a translation of the Greek word “Aselgeia” found in the original language of the New Testament. Thayer’s Bible Dictionary defines Aselgeia as: “unbridled lust, excess, licentiousness, lasciviousness, wantonness, outrageousness, shamelessness, insolence”.

Our problem with seeing the southern Baptist leaders of the destructive takeover as lascivious is first of all they were pastors of large churches and secondly they had replaced faithful men of God to His Word before them, giving the appearance of those men and voted on my churches already in the falling away that with their itching ears of theology from their Scofield notes were “heaping up to themselves teachers with itching ears”, so that they looked like the real thing.  Like Criswell replaced Truett, Stanley feel captive to Napoleon Hill and getting rich, and Jeffress trained by Dallas Theological Seminary and Criswell, now a 17 million millionaire, did not know any better.

That naturally brings up the subject of Jude’s instructions that there are 3 different kinds of ungodly men, so worse than others; and we are cautioned as we “contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints” to contend with those men differently.  In Jude 22 and 23, the three kinds of heretics and our way to contend are:

1.     Show mercy to the wavering apostate.

2.     Use boldness with the confirmed apostate.

3.     Use caution in showing mercy to apostates.

Our problem today with seeing this lusciousness of these respected Scofield pastors is both a failure and a cover of how they destroyed fellow called men of God like pastors and teachers, with a slaughter of their reputations and careers; but mainly because during the falling away of making the lust of “pride of life” an acceptable lust, even gloried as the personification of the gospel of wealth and the corollary of success.

NOTE:  The real villain of this falling away, believe it, has been the Gospel of World Love and the Gospel of the Pride of Life over the glory of God, Christ, and His Word.

These pastors of large churches knew and still know how to hide behind the Bible when they themselves know and it communicates to congregations, that their faith in really in the Scofield notes of their Scofield Reference Bible, and the falsely called conservative resurgence, an outstanding PR cover up.  Also since the Scofield notes have been there so long, right there conveniently in our Bibles, it is easy—too easy—to think of them as Bible; to write sermons with the help of the notes, and then have to during the conservative resurgence protect those sermons.

“Evil seducers” (like these heretics) shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.”

Look at what the SBC is learning right now about Judge Pressler and Paige Patterson; and there to read right now in online research is the heresies of men like the newly elected President of the SBC, J.D. Greear, no doubt a Scofield mite of the “confirmed heretic type” as his hero according to an interview of Christianity Today is the actor of the Left Behind movies, Nicolas Cage; and more and more people will learn that not only has Charles Stanley been replaced as a pastor because of his divorce and made only a preaching pastor (that on the part of the church is a compromise with pastor qualifications in the NT), also because he freely admits to Napoleon Hill’s mystical and gospel of wealth philosophy by reading through it each year as a guide for church growth.

(4).  Denying the LORD God, God the Father.

This is a hard one to see, one that you would never hardly ever be able to contend with these big church pastors with, those of any of the 3 kinds, until you have realized the impact of many of the Scofield notes and theology on the literal God the Father of the literal Bible.  Scofield notes time and time again strive to eliminate the plan of God that Paul made known in the book of Ephesians:  that God might gather IN CHRIST all things in one, things in heaven and in earth, Jew and Gentile.

The Scofield Bible was written in order to promote Christian Zionism and has done a tremendous job with men like John Hagee and Dr. Jeremiah and Tim LaHaye who are clearly devotees of the Scofield Reference Bible.

(5).  Denying the Lord Jesus Christ:

Christian Zionism denies the Lord Jesus Christ and His teachings that:  “My kingdom is not of this world”, of the Gospel is the Gospel of the kingdom saying as in the Scofield notes that as the Rabbis rejected this, Jesus changed his message of the gospel to put off the kingdom until a rule under Israel as the head of the world, called the false millennium.

II.  Self-esteem with pride of life has recently become so engrained in American thought and character, also invaded the teachings in the churches, that it seems sacri-relgious to bad mouth pride of life. 

Secular psychology would certainly recall at any efforts to lessen self pride, even in dominance by a more religious motivation.  {For a more Christian psychologist approach, please read THE RELIGIOUS DIMENSIONS OF PERSONALITY by Wayne Oates of SBTS as he stresses those dimensions as more in the terms of integration, community, and so on.}  Of course, secular psychologists, for the most part, would not subscribe to the high Christian calling, like with the Apostle Paul, who live and taught, “God forbid that I should glory save in the preaching of the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ”.  (Galatians 6:14)

Long ago it was more popular among SBC[1] youth to subscribe to the motivation as expressed by W.O. Carver with the title of his commentary on Ephesians, THE GLORY OF GOD IN THE CHRISTIAN CALLING.  Now with the control of Bible Baptists over the SBC, in their bookstores it is hard to find a copy; and their itching ears teachings have led away from a proper and literal understanding[2] of —

“walk worthy of the calling with which you are called…” (Ephesians 4:1b)

No doubt much of this worldliness among bible belt churches has come from an emphasis on the American Democratic faith over Christian faith and subservience to the teachings of Jesus and the Bible.  One might call it sort of a political correctness.

1.   Refreshing Evangelism among the churches must include a revival of “for the glory of God”.  Something that has also been replaced currently with all this acceptance of “worldliness”, and if you have eyes to see and ears to hear, you can see it in the replacement of Spirit driven and Christ driven motivations, also drives for the glory of God, with popularity in the churches of  purpose driven “wants” and “desires”.

Christian and church member motivations based on wants or desires is one evidence of where pride of life has overcome Gospel Pride, and being stage #2 of the Falling Away–”out their own desires shall they heap up teachers with itching ears”[3]–has also made significant contributions among church members to the other 4 stages of the Falling way:  intolerance toward sound doctrine; the heaping in of teachers with itching ears and the heaping out of teachers of sound doctrine; turning away from truth; and being turned by God into fables.

2:  A Proper Biblical and real literal understanding of certain Bible words and concepts, even Bible-based principles, can help Gospel Pride win out over Pride of Life for the glory of God.

1.  According to the Bible in I John, what is so bad about “pride of life”?

2.  God never has in the long history of revelations in the Bible thought much about human pride.  It is the opposite of humility, of submission to God and His Word, and it is condemned in the Bible more than even money, riches, and wealth as source of all kinds of sin.  It is pride of life control that leads into idolatry as those desiring more control and satisfaction create in their own mind and life, a god that does not exists; then worship and serve that idol.

3.  Paul expressed Gospel Pride in the first chapter introduction of the book of Romans, the most thorough and exhaustive study of Gods plan of salvation and righteousness to be found in all literature.

”For I am not ashamed {this is more a very positive affirmation of pride in the Gospel} of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for every one believes….For in it the righteousness {rightness and justice and love and thoroughness of God for His creations} of God is revealed from faith to faith, as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.’”  (Romans 1:18)[4]

Good ‘ole Paul the lawyer and thorough Bible scholar that God chose to be the chief editor of the NT; for right here in some of the first words of Romans chapter one he sets forth a possible outline of the book of Romans.

     (1).  Christian testimonies and God given testimonies to Gospel Pride in the Gospel of the kingdom and of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Foremost for Christians today who would start into this salvation, ensure that they already have this salvation, and exercise some Gospel Pride, is the personal testimony of witness to Jesus and the Gospel they must give.  Paul also gives us in Romans the clearest and most thorough, and of course from God, definition of this Gospel Pride through testimony and public confession of Christ!

“…that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus Christ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”  (Romans 10:9,10)

Correctly refreshing evangelism looks for this from those initially making a profession of faith in Christ; but it is never too late {unless one has passed the point of no return with the unpardonable sin of hardened unbelief} to make this same confession of pride in Christ and in the Gospel of Christ for God’s power, righteousness, and salvation.  Beyond that it is necessary to have such a consistent testimony of Gospel Pride.  Have you not noticed the verse before Romans 10:9,10?

“But what does it say?  ‘The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart(that is, the word of faith which we preach)  (Romans 10:8)

NOTE:  Hear that, it says how close the people of God must continue to be next to the Word of the Gospel; how it must continually come out of their mouth as a testimony; and above all how it must remain in their heart.  This is closer than you realize to the “repent and be converted” on the part of church members of Refreshing Evangelism that started this series on the same subject.  Or let us put it in a more positive fashion that if you desire to have your land healed, the revival of habit to turn away from your sins, is to turn away from neglect of Christ from your mouth and heart!

    (2) With a steady and habitual expression, one way or another, of Gospel pride, then our lack of shame of the Gospel turns into God not being ashamed of us!

“”For the scripture says, ‘Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame” (Romans 10:11 and Isaiah 28:16)

AND

     (3)  The Gospel is the power of God into salvation.  “For ‘whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.’”  (Romans 10:13 and Joel 2:32)

NOTE:  These are not little one time for all time magic formulas, under their guidance, that fundamentalists evangelists would lead you to be for their own glory of numbers.  Confession and faith in the heart, as also repentance and conversion, is a lifetime and habitual experience.

     (4).  It is for everyone who believes, the Jew first[5] and then Gentiles.

Contrary to another false eschatological teaching of fundamentalists and Scofield, it is hardly likely even under the extreme fear of Armageddon as the armies of the world come against Jerusalem and the camp of the saints that Jews will be saved as a nation.  Clearly according to Daniel, they had only a certain number of days for salvation after the death of Christ and the destruction of the temple, and we must look at some of the solid teachings of B.H. Carroll on these matters in his AN INTERPRETATION OF THE ENGLISH BIBLE.

3:  You must see for refreshing evangelism that “pride of life” along with “lust of the flesh and lust of the eyes” are evidences of worldliness in any Christian life.  Forget it if you are not even trying to be “in the world but not of the world”, or if you are not a Christian and church member; or if you do not desire to be a member of THE CHURCH of the firstborn written in heaven.  Granted today these popular preachers of prosperity would choke on the inconsistencies of their messages if at the same time they preached to you about “worldliness”.

During the recent campaign of Election 2012, you heard some rich man with a Polish accent[6], condemned American voters for the “bad mouthing of success”; and once again we see the rebirth in 2012 of the old and classical greed of the Gospel of Wealth and the corollary of success.  Such false testimony, according to the Bible, is just plain worldliness, the kind of desire for wealth and riches that the Bible constantly condemns.

4:  In Refreshing Evangelism, there must be a revival of “for the glory of God in the Christian calling”.  While along with disrespect of some of our forefathers in the faith like Carver and Carroll, Truett and Lee, has automatically come some disrespect for their sound Bible doctrines.  It is hard to tell whether it is ignorance or neglect, or both; and it is hard to tell which came first, the disrespect for our SBC forefathers or disrespect for their sound doctrines.  We must naturally suspect that the intolerance toward sound doctrine {“the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine” of II Timothy 4:3,4 and of the Falling Away} led also to the neglect of these great men of God; or perhaps it is the tendency toward “the menace of mediocrity” with the “wrens making prey where eagles dare not perch” of R. G. Lee, that overwhelmed the SBC.  You might call it the love of the ordinary and extremes of the American democratic faith over the Christian faith.

So much of the boomer and millennium indifference to generations of the past, is rooted and grounded in their own personal problems–among individuals and in churches–in a much greater drift away from tolerance of sound doctrine, toward motivation by desires and self-esteem, toward the heaping up of teachers of itching ears that will say something new and different for the greatest generation that ever lived {more of pride of life}[7], that turn away from truth without even realize it because of the indifference to the faith of these that came before them, and then when the youth turn into fables, the mediocre because the norm.  Youth and respect for youth much greater than respect and regard for all the members, along with their praise music and noise without understanding {I Cor 14} lead to the complete destruction of a once vibrant and prosperous First Baptist Church of Alamogordo New Mexico.  And it is really the itching ears teachers and leaders of these youth that are responsible to God for the destruction of this local church!  Any time, you try to find substitutes for Gospel Pride over other prides, you are asking for trouble:  it only speeds up your church into the great apostasy of the Falling Away.  Try this, talk to them about the pride of life and see what the reaction is to this portion of the Word of God!

III. Some Additional Notes and Research on the Gospel of World Love.

We have, in verses 22 and 23, three tactics in dealing with error:

1.     Show mercy to the wavering heretic.

2.     Use boldness with the confirmed heretic.

3.     Use caution in showing mercy to heretics.

1:22

And on some have compassion,

The object of compassion here is on apostates. These are people who waver in their doubts about the Word of God. If apostates show positive volition toward the Word of God, the believer should respond positively to them.

making a distinction;

The purpose of rebuke is correction and restoration, not condemnation. Our approach to apostates must have the “distinction” or discernment of having “compassion” on them.

1:23

but others save with fear,

Jude recommends two separate courses of action in dealing with apostates. (1) For some we show “compassion” and (2) others we attempt to save by resolute warning.

The “others” here are non-Christian false teachers. Christians are to approach false teachers “with fear” (caution) for their souls.

pulling them out of the fire,

Apostates stand on the brink of eternal damnation–hell fire. 

hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.

The “flesh” here refers to the total man, psychological man and the sin capacity.

“Hate” is a legitimate exercise when it comes to apostasy.

The “garment” is proverbial, referring to avoiding even the most remote aspect of apostasy. It is important in dealing with apostates because of the possibility of contamination with their false beliefs.

PRINCIPLE:

Spiritual discernment is necessary in dealing with the victims of doubt.

APPLICATION:

There is a sense of judgment necessary in dealing with people who fall into or are falling into apostasy. It is possible to drive people into apostasy by our attitude.

There is a difference between doubt and disbelief. Those in the category of doubt need to be treated with distinction.

Doctrinal defilement spreads quickly, so it is important to “hate” theological error.

Passion flows out of compassion. The Greek word for “compassion” occurs 31 times in the New Testament but is only translated “compassion” three times. It is translated “pity” or “mercy.” We need a capacity for mercy. Mercy is not natural to us. We are cruel and live according to the law of the jungle. We do not want to be bothered with false teaching. Our attitude is “let them go to hell.” We are the best Christians some people know but they will never hear it from us because we have no compassion.


[1]SBC for Southern Baptist Convention.

[2]There is a strange and unsound aroma of worldliness in their churches and denomination.  Perhaps it is feasible and pragmatic, if you can not beat them then join them in order to reach youth for Christ.  Yet increasing we are witnessing in the fruits of the Falling away the reaping of what has been sowed.

[3]You witnessed this on a large scale as Bible Baptists wormed their way into the more prosperous churches of the SBC, and then as they heaped out from the seminaries, colleges, and pastorates men of sound doctrine like Bert Dominy, Summers, Ramm, and Winifred Moore.

[4]Good ‘ole Paul the lawyer and thorough Bible scholar that God chose to be the chief editor of the NT; for right here in some of the first words of Romans chapter one he sets forth a possible outline of the book of Romans.

[5]This “first” was more a historical order in that God gave them through the birth and residence and teachings of Jesus, first shot at salvation; however even as with the preaching and church building and missionary efforts of Paul the Jews rejected the Gospel like most of them still do today, then God and Paul chose the Gentiles as more the people of God than Jews.  In fact, as Paul made clear God really established a new nation of Jews, Jews in heart through the new birth, that was made up of a new people of God more from the Gentiles than Jews.  Don’t get confused, there have periodically been a few like the evangelist Hyman Appleman; and certainly the Jewish apostles of Christ will be ruling over the new earth from the new Jerusalem, of course under God and Christ who had that point have come back to eternal reign and rule, and fellowship with His new creatures.

[6]In our cartoon caricature of those motivated by money, and along with Witch Mitch and Bummer Bomber and Gubber Inquest, he is fiction (Like the Left Behind series) of course, called Mr. Success.  You realize, however, that these are only representative of the 1%  committed to the protection of their wealth!

Some of the worst curses of God, to see how seriously these ungodly apostates, are in the sight of God our Father, are reserved for those who have the audacity to add to or take away from the literal Word of God.

“I testify to everyone who hears the words of prophecy in this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes away from the words of this book of prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.  He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!”  (Revelation 22:18-20)

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