The Daily Word of Righteousness

Total Destruction, #16

May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:20,21—NIV)

A friend of mine, a young man, of excellent habits, having an aptitude for scholarly pursuits and a genuine call to full-time ministry, was just denied entrance to a seminary because he does not believe in eternal security. Can you imagine such blindness on the part of the administration? They are turning away one of the finest candidates that will ever apply to them because he does not subscribe to the readily disproved, destructive doctrine of eternal security (once an individual makes a profession of Christ he can never be denied entrance to Heaven).

Personally I am thankful they did not receive him, for he is outspoken in his beliefs and he and they would have been in combat within the month.

You and I and everyone else are to do the Father's will at all times, under all circumstances. Anything else is absolutely unthinkable. All who persist in disobeying God from this point forward (for the trumpet of the Lord is sounding in the spirit realm—the Kingdom is at hand!) will experience very severe chastening in the hope they will repent and choose to obey the Father with a whole heart.

God will always help every individual who desires to do His will.

How could we have been so deceived?

Do not bring a detestable thing into your house or you, like it, will be set apart for destruction. Utterly abhor and detest it, for it is set apart for destruction. (Deuteronomy 7:26—NIV)

This is how we are to regard sin. We are to "utterly abhor and detest it."

All sin of every sort has been "set apart for destruction." As Matthew tells us in the thirteenth chapter, all that offends God shall be removed from the Kingdom. After that, those who offend shall be removed.

This means each one of us will be given an opportunity to surrender that which is displeasing to the Lord. However, if we choose to cling to our sinful, disobedient behavior, we ourselves shall be removed from the Kingdom. This is true whether or not we have "accepted Christ."

We have made accepting Christ an alternative to righteous behavior. Receiving Christ is not an alternative to obeying God and living uprightly in His sight. Rather, receiving Christ is the means whereby we obtain forgiveness and then the grace to live so as to please God.

The totally unscriptural concept that accepting Christ is an alternative to righteous behavior has so deceived the Christian people that numerous churches are little more than prisons of unclean spirits. The things that take place in such churches range from unforgiveness, bitterness, and rage to the wildest forms of sexual anarchy, and everything in between. And all of this demonic revelry proceeds from the Christian doctrine that once we make a profession of faith in Jesus Christ we are eternally protected from the anger of God that is directed toward unrighteous behavior.

To be continued.