Deceived religious people profess salvation, but are addicted to sin and think all others are too! They think they are God’s children, but know they are not living above sin as an overcomer and see no need to! The devil’s icing on the cake for them is: They are hell bound, yet think they are irrevocably going to heaven in their sins, which they think God can’t see or which have been already forgiven before they were committed! They remain blind to their vital need of repentance as they blend in with those who have no fear of God. In a nutshell, the Biblical image of a Christian in our day has been distorted by the following errors:
Such statements have produced a grossly disfigured, unholy and dangerous false image of Christianity that bears no resemblance to the genuine. People who believe like that, for the most part, have been seduced away from the Biblical truth and trapped by their sins and ungodly lusts for more, yet think they are Biblical because they are in the majority!
For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do--this I keep on doing (Rom 7:19)
In the preceding chapter (Romans 6), Paul gives a concise statement about the real Christian, one who has become a new creation We read:
You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. (Rom 6:18)That is a verse worthy of memorization and shows the radical change in a saved person. Such a person is exactly the opposite of the Rom. 7:19 person, the one erroneously applied to the Apostle Paul by the dangerous and prevalent grace changers! The Rom. 7:19 person is a slave to sin but not to righteousness! Hence, it is impossible for it to describe the Bible-defined Christian. BTK serial murderer was a Christian at that time, who also has a demon!
We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. (1 John 2:3,4)If Paul was describing himself as a Christian in Rom. 7:19 (as we are often told), John says he is a liar! Of course, Paul was not doing that and there is perfect harmony between the Lord’s Apostles. The problem is the grace changers and their dangerous Scriptural distortions. The Lord Jesus and Paul also taught showing the person in Rom. 7:14-25 is UNsaved:
He replied, “My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice.” (Luke 8:21)
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest IF we do not give up. (Gal 6:7-9)
Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.... Then I will tell them plainly, “I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!” (Mat 7:21,23)The man in Rom. 7:14-25 is doing the opposite of what a Christian does, yet is supposed to be saved, according to the grace changers! That shouts out ERROR! The interpretation of Rom. 7:14-25 given by the grace changers is a definite license for immorality and dangerous distortion of the image of a Christian, regardless how well accepted it is.
Paul looked straight at the Sanhedrin and said, “My brothers, I have fulfilled my duty to God in all good conscience to this day.” (Acts 23:1)
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Cor 10:5)
No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. (1 Cor 9:27)Hence, just from those verses, Paul maintained a good conscience, took captive every thought to make it obedient to the Lord Jesus and made his body his slave. Consequently, Paul could correctly describe himself:
You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. (1 Thess. 2:10)That is a far cry from the fabricated Paul, who is the chief of sinners, of the eternal security grace changers!
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life. (1 Tim. 1:15,16)The grace changers argue that Paul said am (which is present tense), inferring his present spiritual condition. Such blind guides ignore the context of that passage, which refers to his life before regeneration:
I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. (1 Tim. 1:12-14).It should also be noted that Paul also taught the following after he became a Christian:
Then Paul, knowing that some of them were Sadducees and the others Pharisees, called out in the Sanhedrin, “My brothers, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee. I stand on trial because of my hope in the resurrection of the dead.” (Acts 23:6)That is also present tense yet he was not like a Pharisee anymore. That is especially clear in his epistle to the Galatians where he opposes various Pharisee practices. (See Deadly Galatianism Reintroduced)
He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. (Mat 5:45)According to the Lord Jesus, one is either good or evil, which is synonymous to being either righteous or unrighteous. Hence, if one is not a good person, he must be an evil person—one who is unrighteous! Also, don’t forget that Barnabas was a good man (Acts 11:24).
Furthermore, Ray Comfort and his false convert teaching has people neglecting a real possibility when someone backslides that is, he loses his salvation (he dies spiritually). Too bad so many have been affected by his theology of eternal security. There is NO Eternal Security. If a disciple doesn't endure hatred to the end, he won't be saved (Mt. 10:22)!
As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one.” (Rom 3:10)Too bad the same people who know about verse 10 aren’t aware of verse 9:
Jews and Gentiles alike are all under sinAgain, the immediate context helps show the folly in saying even Christians are not righteous. Jews are just like the Gentiles. Before salvation, they are not righteous either as is evident by their behavior and words. There are none righteous in God’s eyes before salvation.
The overall evidence in the Bible to show there are righteous people is amazing. So are all people unrighteous? NEVER! There are righteous people. If one is unrighteous he is shown in Scripture to be the same as evil, ungodly and wicked, that is, one who will not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor. 6:9,10). Remember, only the righteous will go to eternal life:
Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life. (Mat 25:46)So who are the righteous? Ponder the following:
Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. He who does what is sinful is of the devil. (1 John 3:7,8)
Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? (Rom 6:16)Also, according to the Scriptures, Noah, Joseph, Simeon, Abel, Zechariah, Lot and Abraham are all clearly cited as being righteous. Without doubt, there are righteous people, but all people before salvation are not righteous. Do NOT be deceived by the grace changers. There is NO Eternal Security.
But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. (Mat 5:28,29)
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)All of this prevalent verbiage denies a Christian can:
NOTE: To believe a Christian sins all the time is to also say a Christian can NOT obey God, which is ludicrous. When truth like that goes forth the grace changers in their darkened understanding of Scripture often retorts with something which demonically equates obedience to legalism or a works salvation! Error upon error continues to proceed from the Calvinists, even the one-point Calvinists.
In summary, the image of a Christian now is a sinister, evil and ugly distortion which allows for gross wickedness and salvation too. It is a powerless and unholy image. The once saved always saved lie has been accepted, treasured and defended by people who love a lie.
A wicked man listens to evil lips; a liar pays attention to a malicious tongue. (Prov. 17:4)Such people have also sought out teachers to declare that type of message (2 Tim. 4:3,4). Now it is taught there is no behavorial difference between the vilest person and some so-called carnal Christian described by an eternal security proponent—sad but true! Since they believe Christians sin all the time and teach you can’t distinguish a saved person from a lost person, they have come up with another distortion. To help camouflage their allowance for sin they sometimes say:
In contrast, 1 John 2:3,4 simply says the person who has salvation (who says I know him) obeys. Yielding to sin is not overcoming or obeying. Yielding to temptation is sinning and the Bible says this about slaves to sin:
Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? (Rom 6:16)The real image of a Christian is revealed in Scripture, but grossly distorted by Spiros Zodhiates and many others. To be safe, believe what God's truth says about the image of a Christian.