Other Prominent False Teachings Refuted
‘For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.’ ~ 2 Timothy 4:3-4
There are several other commonly twisted passages of scripture that have been used by the enemy to support his false counterfeit gospel and it is fitting to lay them to rest here and show what the Bible really teaches about these things.
Does 1 John 1:8-10 mean that we can’t confess victory over sin? Does Romans 7 describe the sinful life of Disciples? Is there really nothing that will cause God to forsake us? Are the righteous works we do for God really counted as filthy rags to him? Does God really only hate the sin and not the sinner?
1.1 1 John 1:8-10 – The Devils Most Used & Twisted Scriptures
1 John 1:8&10 are the most commonly used scriptures by the Devil and his false ‘christian’ teachers. They use these verses to tell others that if they say that by faith and the power of God’s Holy Spirit and grace they have been set free from sin as Jesus promised that they are all self-righteous liars.
What a horrendous twist of the scriptures. Let us examine what John really taught in I John chapter 1.
1 John 1:1 ~ That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life.
- John starts by telling them that he is about to speak to them about the Word of Life which they have handled and received from God.
1 John 1:5 ~ This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
- John says pay attention. I will now repeat to you the message that we heard from God.
- This is a key verse. Notice that he is not telling us a message for people who are already born again. He is telling us the original message which he heard from God and which he was to preach to the world!
- The reason for this is that there were deceivers and false teachers who had entered the church. These were the liars and the church needed to be reminded of the pure truth of the Gospel. What was that pure truth?
- First it is that God is a righteous holy being and that there is no sinfulness or wickedness in him at all!
1 John 1:6-7 ~ If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
- Second, John says that the true message of the Gospel is that when the message of truth comes to someone they can choose to claim to know God and have fellowship with him but continues to walk in darkness [to do sinful things]. John says this person is a liar.
- He then says there is a second choice one can make after hearing the message. He can choose to walk according to the truth of that message and if he does then the blood of Jesus will cleanse him from all sin!
- Question? If you are cleansed from all sin, how much sin is left in you?
- At this point we must question who is the ‘we’ that John is talking about? The ‘we’ is simply any person of the human race to whom the true message is presented. Any person who can choose to either say that they have fellowship with God while still sinning or accept the message of light and be cleansed from all their sin by the blood of Jesus!
1 John 1:8 ~ If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
- In verses 8-10 John is actually just re-stating exactly what he stated in verses 6-7 but in a different way.
- He is saying that when the Gospel message comes to us we have a choice to make. Remember the True Gospel message is that we are sinners and that we must repent, forsake all our sins, and be cleansed by the blood of Jesus to be saved.
- Here again is one option we have when we are presented with that truth. We can simply say ‘hey, I’m a good guy! I’m not really sinful and I don’t think I need this savior that your message is proclaiming.’ John says that if this is our response then we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in our hearts.
1 John 1:9 ~ If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
- And here is option number 2. Instead of denying that we have any sin to be cleansed from we can accept the message of the Gospel as truth and respond in confession, repentance, and faith. John says that if this is our response then the promises of the Gospel will come true in our lives. We will be both forgiven of all of our sins and cleansed from all unrighteousness that is in us.
- Question… If after you repent God doesn’t just forgive you but he cleanses you from all sin and unrighteousness… How much sin and unrighteousness is left in you? What if you make the following confession: ‘I believed the Gospel of Christ and repented of my sins in faith. God then by his grace cleansed me of all sin and unrighteousness. I now stand before you without sin because the grace of God has cleansed it all away.’ Are you a liar? False teachers would tell you so.
1 John 1:10 ~ If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
- John goes back to option one again and says that we can choose to respond to the Gospel Message by saying that we have never sinned. Of course we then confess that we do not need the blood of Christ presented in the Gospel and we make God a liar because he said we are sinners who need to be cleansed from sin by the blood of Jesus.
1 John 2:4 ~ He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
- It is very surprising that these teachers use this Epistle as to support their false teaching of sin because the First Epistle of John is actually full of statements that speak in direct opposition to what these false teachers assert. And here is one of them.
- If anyone says that he knows God but he does not keep God’s commandments [continues in sin] he is a liar.
- So who is really the liar here? The Disciple who confesses that Jesus has cleansed him from all sin or the false teacher who continues in sin and says ‘even though I am sinful and do not keep God’s commands I know him’.
1 John 3:8 ~ He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
- This and the next scripture are the greatest verses of contradiction in existence if what these false teachers assert is correct.
- John says here that anyone who commits sin is of the Devil. Wow! It seems then we are then damned [literally] if we do and damned if we don’t. If we say we have no sin, we are a liar but if we say we commit sin we are of the Devil. One of these has been twisted and it is not I John 3:8.
1 John 3:9 ~ Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
- Lastly, John plainly states to us that if anyone is born of God they do not commit sin nor can they sin.
- This is the equivalent of Galatians 5:16 which states ‘walk in the Spirit and you will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh’.
- Now if we are born of God and not committing sin then we surely must be able to confess that through the power of Jesus in the Gospel Truth we have been set free from all sin. How dare that when we make this confession in order to glorify and lift up the precious message and name we preach that these false teachers should say ‘ah ha… we know that you are a liar!’
1.2 Romans 7 Does Not Describe The Life Of A Disciple
The most popular entire chapter used by Satan and his false workers parading as righteous teachers has to be Romans chapter 7.
These teach that Romans 7 describes the life of a true Christian. Oh, God forbid! Romans 7 does not describe the life of a Disciple who has been set free from sin but Paul is simply describing what it is like to be under law and not under grace. Let us examine.
Romans 7:5 ~ For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.
- Context is everything! Paul begins here by giving a complete summary of what he is about to show us in this chapter.
- Paul says that when we used to live under law and not under grace sinful passions worked in our bodies to enslave us and bring forth the fruit of sin which is death.
- Paul then jumps into the 1st person point of view to show that he was in this state at one time and what it was like.
Romans 7:14 ~ For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
- First he says that in this state he is carnal [led by the desires of the flesh] and a slave to sin.
- The bells should be going off here. What? Righteous holy Paul was a slave to sin? Is this not against everything he preached and taught?
Romans 7:18-19 ~ For I know that in me [that is, in my flesh,] dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
- Second he says that he is absolutely unable to do any of the righteous things he wants to do but he finds that he is so enslaved to his sinful desires that he can only do the evil things he does not want to do.
- What a horrible defeated life. Is this truly the Gospel, the power of God unto Salvation?
Romans 7:24 ~ O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
- Lastly, he cries out that he is such a wretched sinful man that is in great need of deliverance.
- Is it not the wretched sin bound man that Christ came to save out of that state? Indeed, it is.
Romans 6:14 ~ For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
- Remember, Paul just said in the chapter before this that sin shall absolutely not enslave you if you are under grace.
- What conclusion can we possibly come to then other than that Paul was not describing a person under grace but under law just as he clearly told us in verse 5.
Romans 8:1&3-4 ~ There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
- Lastly let’s continue on into Romans 8. Remember the Bible did not originally contain chapters. One would not just stop at the end of chapter 7 but would continue reading.
- Paul says that now, after Grace and Truth have come through Jesus [John 1:17], we who have received the Spirit of God and as a result do not walk after the flesh but after the Spirit, are no longer in a wretched condemned state halleluiah!
- He then tells us why. It is because there was something that the law could not do. What is it that the law could not do? The law could not put to death our flesh and cause us to actually keep the righteous requirements of the law. The law was only to show us our sin not to give us victory over it [Romans 3:20].
- This then was the whole purpose of Romans 7. It was to show us what the law could not do. Paul sought to give us a vivid example of someone trying to be saved by the law but experiencing the complete powerlessness that comes from such an endeavor. He did this so that we would not seek to be saved by the law but to be saved by the Gospel of Christ and the Spirit of God; For in that alone can we find the victory over sin that we desperately need, to be delivered from a wretched state of enslavement to sin and death!
1.3 God Will Surely Forsake Us If We Turn & Forsake Him
There is also another misunderstanding that many of the Eternal Security teachers promote.
They teach that once you are saved God will never ever forsake you. They say this is his promise and you can bank on it. Nothing you ever do can cause you to be forsaken by God.
Let’s hear what the Scriptures have to say about this.
2 Chronicles 15:2 ~And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you.
- Yes, it is truth. If you do seek God with all your heart then you will find God and he will never forsake you while you remain with him.
- If you choose to not remain with him, the Scriptures are clear. God will surely forsake you! Oh, let us Fear God and do not listen to men and their fallacies.
- The promise is 100% conditional. It is only for those who choose to be with him and do not leave him!
Joshua 24:20 ~ If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good.
- If you choose to turn your back on God the Scriptures promise you that God also will turn his back on you and consume you even if at one time he had done wonderful things for you.
2 Chronicles 24:20 ~ And the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, which stood above the people, and said unto them, Thus saith God, Why transgress ye the commandments of the LORD, that ye cannot prosper? because ye have forsaken the LORD, he hath also forsaken you.
- The people of God can surely be forsaken if they do not remain in a committed state of obedience to God.
- If we forsake God, we will end up forsaken by him.
1 Chronicles 28:9 ~ And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.
- The promise of not finding God and not being forsaken is conditioned upon whether we continue in a state of seeking after him.
- God said to Solomon, the wisest man that ever lived and one greatly beloved by God, that if he chose to forsake God then God would forsake him and cast him off forever.
- Sadly, we know that Solomon did forsake God in his later years due to being led into worship of false Gods by his foreign wives [I Kings 11:4]. That man is truly now cast off forever. Let us be warned and never forsake our great God!
1.4 Our Righteous Works Are Fine Linen & Not Filthy Rags
The false teachers often quote Isaiah 64:6 and tell Disciples that even their best righteous works are as filthy rags to God.
This is simply the other side of the coin of telling someone they can never stop sinning and the effect is the same. It leads people to believe that nothing they do can ever really please God so why even try?
Is this really what the Bible teaches?
Isaiah 64:6 ~ But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness’s are as filthy rags.
- Looks simple enough taken out of context. Everything righteous thing we do is like filthy rags. But let’s examine the context.
Isaiah 1:4 ~ Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.
- When God sent prophets to speak to people, it usually was not a good sign. It usually meant the people were in sin and needed to repent.
- Sure enough, the words of Isaiah are written to a people full of sin. They were a backslidden people who had corrupted themselves, forsaken the Lord, and provoked him greatly.
Isaiah 1:11&13-15 ~ To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD… Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them. And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
- God is really furious with these wicked people because even in their sin and wickedness they kept bringing sacrifices to God and keeping holy days and making prayers to God.
- This is the modern equivalent of living in fornication and drunkenness and yet going to Bible study, church meetings, worshipping God in the choir, etc.
- God says that he absolutely hates all the sacrifices, meetings, and prayers of these people because it is not sincere. It would be like receiving a love poem from a wife who is obviously sleeping with another man. It is repulsive rather than righteous.
Isaiah 64:6 ~ But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
- Now let’s look at the whole verse again. It says the people are all unclean and that sin and iniquity have drawn them away from God.
- Surely, in this state their righteousness is as filthy rages. They, along with all their supposed righteous acts are as filthy as that adulterous wife writing a love poem to her husband.
- How far this scripture has been taken out of context to tell poor righteous Disciples of God that all their righteous acts are just filthy rags to God. This must surely anger the Lord!
Revelation 19:8 ~ And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness [dikaioma: a righteous act or deed] of saints.
- God knew this was going to happen and he ensured that his Word contained a clarification of what the righteous acts of the saints were to him.
- Filthy rags? No! The righteous acts of God’s saints are fine linen. What a direct contrast to what these false teachers propose. Always remember that your works, if they come from a righteous heart, are very pleasing to God and they are fine clean white linen, not filthy rags!
1.5 God Does Hate The Sinner And Not Just The Sin
False teachers who make excuses for sin teach that God does not hate the sinner but only the sin. Foolish teachers! Will God cast the sin into the flames of hell or will he cast sinners therein!
Here are just a few of the scriptures that teach the truth about this.
Psalms 5:5 ~ The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.
- In direct contrast to this false teaching the Bible says that God hates all those who work iniquity [sin].
Leviticus 20:23 ~ And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them.
- Why did God destroy entire nations of sinful people? Because he hated the sin but not the people?
- God says he abhorred the people not just the sin!
Proverbs 6:16&19 ~ These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him… A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
- God does not just hate sin but he hates the people who do the sin.
- He hates the false witness that sins and the person who seeks to divide people.
Hosea 9:15 ~ All their wickedness is in Gilgal: for there I hated them: for the wickedness of their doings I will drive them out of mine house, I will love them no more: all their princes are revolters.
- God says he used to love these people but they revolted against him and became wicked in their deeds.
- Will he now drive the sin out of his house? No! He will drive these wicked people out because he says he hates them and will no longer love them.
Leviticus 26:30 ~ And I will destroy your high places, and cut down your images, and cast your carcasses upon the carcasses of your idols, and my soul shall abhor you.
- God says that after the people backslide into all kinds of wickedeness his soul will absolutely abhor the people not the sin.
John 14:23 ~ Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
- Note that God does has a benevolent love for all people. For God so loved the world. Yet this is not the character type of love that will save men in the judgment.
- Jesus said that God will only have this type of love for those who keep his commands. This kind of love is strictly reserved for God’s children. All others will receive hatred and wrath on the day of judgment.
Let us fear God and not give in to the devil’s lies. Let him who speaks common cliché’s speak cliché’s but let him who has the word of God speak it faithfully! [Jeremiah 23:28]