Wrong belief has always been a folly of man. From the moment Eve heard these words “Ye, shall not surely die.” and believed them, till now, man has been consumed with believing a lie. That lie destroyed our relationship with God, and also cursed this earth that we live on. Why was Eve deceived? Because she was tempted by the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life.
But God in His infinite wisdom always had a plan to bring us back to Him. Jesus Christ: His one and only begotten son. John 3:16 Jesus delighted to do the will of Father as the scriptures declared: “Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offerings and sin offering hast thou not required. Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.” Psalm 40:6-8
Jesus provided THE bridge for man to get back to God. In the dirty cess pool of false teaching that message of redemption by the death of Christ on the cross is often lost and deemed obsolete. People want to hear how they can prosper and be healthy and rich now.
“Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” Matthew 24:4 Jesus also said: “Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christ’s, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” Matthew 24:23-25
These false christs, that Jesus was speaking about are here right now. They may be called by other names to hide their true identity, but a false christ is a false christ no matter what the name. Each false movement has its own false doctrine, false teachers and made to order false christ. And you can always tell a false christ by checking their birth certificates.
Word of Faith leaders claim that Jesus did not pay for your sins on the cross. They claim that after he died on the cross, He went into hell and was under the authority of satan and his demons for three days. They also claim He was tortured and paid the cost for our sins in hell. Then, on the third day, God called out and said “That is enough!” then Jesus regained His deity and rose from the dead.
What’s the big deal you ask? This is a false belief! Christ paid the cost of sin on the cross not in hell. This is a distorted view of Christ, and a very dangerous one at that. Because its covered up by the word of faith vomit.
Word of faith teachers tell their followers that they can speak into existence whatever they want and as long as they believe it, God will do it. They completely remove sovereignty from God, and give it to man who now becomes self centered instead of God centered. God is then downgraded to a genie or farie Godfather. John MacArthur explained that these false teachers are giving the people exactly what satan offers. The pride of Life, the lust of the eyes, and the Lust of the Flesh.
This is why the ministry of warning is one of such importance. People, even the very elect, are being deceived. God poured His full wrath out on Jesus on the cross for all sins. Even the ones that hadn’t been committed yet.
When Jesus had completely paid the entire cost of sin on the cross He said: “It is finished.” John 19:30 The cost of sin had been paid and there was nothing else that needed to be done. God’s justice had been served and now we could be justified by our faith.
Then Jesus said: “Father into thine hand I commend my spirit…” Luke 23:46 This completely eradicates the word of faith doctrine belief that Jesus went to hell to be tortured for the sins of humanity. Jesus went to the place where all dead souls go called Sheol/Hades. Which had two sides, one side for the righteous and another side for the wicked. Read Luke 16:19-31
The Rich man, after he died, opened His eyes in hell or Sheol/Hades. The bibles clearly states he was being tormented. Lazarus however was seen in Abraham’s bosom, also know as Paradise. Remember the dialog between Jesus and the theif on the cross? “And he (the thief) said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, to day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:42-43
Now 1 John 1:7-9 says: “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.” If Jesus supposedly paid for our sins in hell then we are still guilty of sin. Why? Because Jesus’ physical body stayed here on earth and went into a tomb after the crucifixion.
The bible says: “This man (Joseph of Arimathaea) went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid.” Luke 23:52-53. Jesus’ Spirit is what went into Sheol/Hades, if He was tortured how could blood come from a spirit? That’s not possible! The blood from Jesus was shed on the cross of Calvary. There, and only there was our true redemption purchased.
Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6 Those who believe in a false Christ are still in danger of going to hell. That’s why we must stand boldly and contend for the faith. There are many souls at risk!
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