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Erwin Lutzer is the senior pastor at Moody Church in Chicago. He is very influential but dangerous because he changes the grace of God into a license for immorality (Jude 4). The image of a Christian he presents is dangerously different from the genuine. He would have us think demon faith is enough to save us and the immoral can have salvation. The following are his teachings:
But I'm convinced that those who have trusted Christ are in heaven today even if they die with the sin of murder on their conscience. (How You Can Be Sure That You Will Spend Eternity With God, Chicago: Moody Press, 1996, p. 101, emphasis mine).
Recently I spoke to a HOMOSEXUAL who believes he accepted Christ at the age of twenty, only to plunge into a life of WANTON IMMORALITY .... Whether or not he was a child of God during those days of heedless carnality (who of us knows for sure?), he lost fellowship with his Father. [ibid., pp. 131,132, emphasis mine].
Why does Lutzer's teaching about suicide, and/or homicide in general, contradict the clear message of the Holy Bible? The answer is simple. It's because of once saved always saved, which teaches that unrepentant murderers (including suicides) go to heaven, if they ever had a moment of true faith in Christ. If anyone doubts the danger latent in that doctrine, he should read about George Sodini, who murdered others then himself being convinced such would not cause loss of salvation (spiritual death). There is no way for any human to calculate how many murders, especially suicides, have occurred because of eternal security teaching.
God’s Truth About Murder
Jesus, the ultimate authority, said:
For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what make a man 'unclean' ... (Matt. 15:19,20).
If you want to enter life, obey the commandments. 'Which ones?' the man inquired. Jesus replied, 'Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony' (Matt. 19:17,18).
The Apostle John wrote:
Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye KNOW that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. (1 Jn. 3:15)
God, speaking from his own throne after the infinite work of the Lord Jesus Christ was completed, declared:
But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death. (Rev. 21:8)
God’s Truth About Homosexuality
The Apostle Paul wrote:
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. (1 Cor. 6:9-11, NASB)
In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those whosuffer the punishment of eternal fire. (Jude 7)
The real truth is, there are now many false teachers, who have distorted God’s word to their own destruction (2 Peter 3:16) and to the harm of those who will accept their deadly teachings. Such false teachers are a major problem for people who seek truth. Because of false teachings some Christians had their faith destroyed (2 Tim. 2:18). Of that group of false teachers would be Erwin Lutzer who wants to convince others they can be sexually immoral, etc. and have salvation at the same time. Reader, be alert, self controlled and carefully examine every teaching with Scripture (2 Tim. 3:16,17). The Bible is final authority.
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