Two thousand years ago God gave a priceless gift to mankind.
It was His only begotten Son.
Mankind was hopelessly lost because of sin and needed a Savior
to deliver him from the inescapable judgment that awaited. Only
a sinless man could offer Himself as a sacrifice for all of mankind's
sin. Jesus Christ, the heavenly man (I Cor. 15:48) gave His blood
on the cross so that all who truly believe in Him for forgiveness
are likewise transformed immediately into new heaven-bound beings
by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (II Cor. 5:17).
There are many who believe that a spirit-filed born-again
believer who has become a new creature in Christ can revert back
to their old, dead, non-spirit-filled state at any time they
so choose. We do not agree.
It is our unwavering conviction that God will never put His
Holy Spirit into a man that He knows by His omniscience will
later despise the Lord Who bought him. That man could never become
even for an instant, a new creature of heaven.
The Scriptures tell us that believers are elected or chosen.
Interestingly it is this very issue of election that causes some
believers to question their eternal security in Christ's finished
II Peter 1:10 reads, "Therefore, brethren, be even more
diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you do
these things you will never stumble."
"Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words"
explains that the Greek words for "elect or election"
signifies being picked out or chosen and is used in the Scriptures
of Jesus Christ, angels and Jewish or Gentile believers.
When a believer is told to make their "election sure,"
they are not being told to prove their worthiness to God for
salvation, but are being told to do so for their own life-changing
experience. Every true believer should have the assurance and
the blessed peace that comes from knowing that their calling
and election is secure in the eternal salvation obtained for
them by the blood of Jesus Christ. The fruit of their hearts,
minds and hands should show evidence of their reborn spirits
and the indwelling of the Spirit of God. This Scripture warns
of the possibility of a believer stumbling, not that one can
lose their salvation.
We will be looking at three types of individuals in this message:
First, there are the kind of persons who portray themselves as
believers, but are in fact blatant types of anti-Christ. Among
these are the false teachers and prophets who distort or even
deny the Scriptures. Although they stand in opposition to the
word of God, many can be found lurking in the pews and study
halls of the churches where they seek to stumble and ensnare
those with wavering faith (Matt. 7:13-16, I Tim. 1:19 & Jude
The Apostle Paul recorded the following prophecy concerning
these apostates for us who would be living at the close of the
age in I Timothy 4:1-2, "Now the Spirit expressly says that
in the latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed
to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in
hypocrisy having their own conscience seared with a hot iron."
Paul went on to warn in I Tim. 6:3-5 that those who do "not
consent" to "the words of our Lord Jesus Christ"
are "proud, knowing nothing...men of corrupt minds and destitute
of the truth." From such we are instructed to withdraw ourselves.
During the last decade we shared updated messages concerning
an apostate group which devotes its entire existence to subverting
the accounts of Jesus' life recorded for us in the Scriptures.
Back in Nov. 20 of 1999 the Colorado Springs Gazette had an
article which headlined, "Jesus Seminar scholars pause..."
The article revealed how efforts to undermine the testimony of
Jesus Christ and the Word of God by corrupt men thrives during
these last days just as Paul forewarned.
Quoting from this article were read, "In 1985, an iconoclastic
group of Bible scholars formed the Jesus seminar to recover the
historical Jesus of Nazareth they said was hidden beneath the
layers of mythology attached to him in the 2,000 years since
his crucifixion...Over the years, the scholars - or "fellows,"
as they called themselves - concluded Jesus was not born of a
virgin and did not say most of what is attributed to him in the
They also determined Jesus did not proclaim himself the Son
of God nor the Jewish Messiah, and - challenging the cornerstone
of traditional Christian belief - there was no evidence to conclude
the Resurrection happened in the physical sense...For seminar
fellows, the question now is how to perpetuate interest in their
findings, which have already spawned dozens of study groups meeting
in living rooms, church basements and online in the United States,
Canada, western Europe, Australia and New Zealand...A clear sign
of the continued strong interest in the seminar was on view...at
a Santa Rosa hotel, where more than 600 scholars and supporters
gathered to hear the group's best-known members expound on "The
One & Future Jesus." The crowd was the largest in seminar
history. Another 200 people were turned away from the sold out
session...An informal survey taken at the meeting found virtually
all those on hand called themselves Christians and remain attached
to the church. About three-fourths said they were retired, active
or former clergy. Methodists constituted the largest single denominational
group, about 15 percent, with Catholics coming in second at 10
percent. Lutherans, Quakers Presbyterians, Unitarian Universalists
and United Church of Christ members also were well represented."
We cannot help but wonder if these so-called "fellows"
have pondered the words of Jesus found in John 8:23-25, "...You
are from beneath, I am from above. You are of this world: I am
not of this world. Therefore I said to you that you will
die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you
will die in your sins.' Then they said to Him, "Who are
you?" And Jesus said to them, Just what I have been
saying to you from the beginning.'"
We would assume that this is one of the Scriptures rejected
by those of the dead Jesus seminars, but if there are any among
its ranks who have the godly desire to find out more abut who
Jesus really is then we pray that they read Isaiah 43:10-11 with
God's leading. Their admission of unbelief at least leaves them
open to the possibility of someday recognizing the truth. In
some ways by this group's admission that they do not believe,
there is a greater chance of some of them receiving Christ's
salvation than the next group we will be looking at, the false
We recently received the following question, "If God
gives us a free will to choose and we choose salvation, do we
give up that free will if for some reason we want out of the
salvation we choose?"
According to the Word of God found in Hebrews 12:2 it is not
possible for a person who has truly received salvation from God
to ever undo their salvation, since it is Jesus Himself that
is the "author and finisher" of their faith. The salvation
given by God is like the one way flow of blood through the heart
after it is regenerated. This is the key to what Jesus meant
in Matthew 20:16 when He said, "for many are called, but
few are chosen."
It is the Lord that does the choosing because of His omniscience.
God only chooses those for salvation that He has predestined
by His foreknowledge. A person who rejects Christ after having
convinced themself that they had been born-again by the atoning
blood of Jesus Christ without the Holy Spirit's regeneration
were only living a lie. A person who believes the omniscience
of God somehow overlooked their future intention to discard and
trod under foot the holy, sinless sacrifice of His only begotten
Son is tragically deluded (Heb. 10:26-29).
God made sure that there would be a clear understanding of
this fact when He had these words recorded by His Spirit in I
John 2:19, "They went out from us, but they were not of
us, for if they had been of us they would have continued with
us, but they went out that they might be made manifest, that
none of them were of us."
II Peter 2:22 dramatizes this truth by revealing a dog stayed
a dog and a pig a pig when the dog returned to its vomit and
the pig to the filth. They were called away, but never became
a lamb of the Lord. Identifying false believers can be extremely
difficult. Luke 13:24-28 reveals that many of the self deluded
will try to gain admittance to heaven at the last day by stating
that they ate and drank in Christ's presence and heard His teachings.
Jesus declares that He will tell them in that day, "I do
not know you."
In Matthew 7:21-23 Jesus told us that while on earth they
will have even prophesied and demonstrated many wonders in His
name. Other than Jesus, none of the other disciples recognized
Judas as the devil he was (see Jn. 6:70).
It is disturbing to think of the phony believers who are living
a lie and have never had so much as even one of their sins forgiven
by God. Jeremiah 17:8-10 reveals that, "The heart is deceitful
above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? I,
the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every
man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings."
Salvation is the gift of the Lord and He gives it to those
sheep who know His voice and whom He calls by name (Jn. 10:1-4).
It is interesting that if we turn back to Jesus pronouncement
of judgment against the deluded believers of Matthew 7:21-23
and read verse 20 we again find reference that the fruit of a
person's life is of great importance. By the Scriptures we know
that this is what establishes eternal rewards and losses for
believers and is the tangible gauge for self determining evidence
of whether oneself to be a true believer or hypocrite (Matt.
7:24-27 & Heb. 13:5).
For the unsaved, their tainted fruits are accounted towards
their eternal judgment and are used by God to expose them for
what they truly are during this present life (Matt. 7:17-20 &
A genuine believer who is living a fruitless life apart from
God in a sinful lifestyle will experience tremendous torment,
sorrow and doubt because the reassuring evidence they should
have, which offers comforting assurance of their faith and election
is non-existent. Their limited amount of time to produce the
fruits of faith, which the Lord evaluates for the worthiness
of His promised eternal rewards, is being shamefully squandered
while the Holy Spirit that seals and indwells them for the day
of redemption is grieved (Eph. 4:30).
A true believer's sorrow will be lifted when they repent and
shame no longer separates them from their relationship with their
Savior who predestined them to be conformed to His image (Rom.
It is not too late. More than just a few individuals have
come from behind during the last lap of a race to place among
the champions because they reached down inside and gave their
best at the finish (see Matt. 20:1-16).
The time is very late and the Lord's promise to return for
His Church is near at hand (I Thess. 4:15-18). Now is the time
to make your election sure by calling upon Jesus Christ to forgive
you for your sins. Then by His power bring forth the fruits of
"...good works which God prepared beforehand that we should
walk in them" (Eph. 2:10).