The Bible is simple. The Gospel is straightforward. YouTube and Facebook are tailor made for heretics, making experts out of the ignorant. Anybody, with any idea, can become a Facebook Pundit or a YouTube Guru. It would seem that the more outlandish the idea, the faster one can gain a following.
People with degrees in Dental Technology are now Flat-Earth Experts, having used a Dental X Ray machine to prove that there is no curvature to the earth’s surface. People whose sole qualification is three years in the Church Nursery are now Theologians, certain that a few flowery lines of Biblical Poetry should force Christians everywhere to abandon the preaching of the Gospel and devote their lives to proving the earth to be flat.
At the same time, others are twisting Scripture, writing long essays about why Paul was not an Apostle and his letters are not Scripture. They do this because they want us to believe that our salvation depends on our ability to keep the Law of Moses or perhaps to pronounce the Name of God in good Hebrew with a South Georgia accent. Paul disagrees and them edumacated Christian preachers just won’t stop quoting Paul.
We have a new group trying to hijack my Facebook page and preach their “new doctrine” in comments under my posts. They do not yet know that their “New Doctrine” was around so long ago that Paul himself was forced to fight them. These brilliant Facebook Pundits, armed with videos by YouTube Gurus, believe that they have reached a state of sinless perfection, while still in the body. This is ancient Gnosticism. “In my spirit I am sinless and what my body does does not count. I can live with my twelve year old son in a same sex relationship and still be sinless before God. My soul is not sinning, just my body.” John says that if we say we have no sin, we make God a liar and the truth is not in us… That being true, these theological wonders would have us believe that because we admit that we sin and have need of forgiveness, we are somehow defective.
The “Sinless Perfection” people have broken off from the slightly older heresy called Hyper-Grace. Hyper-Grace uses the Grace of God as an excuse to sin. In its milder forms, it accepts sinful lifestyles as normal and unavoidable for Christians. You were born Gay so you might as well bring your same-sex lover to church and hold hands while you praise God. In its most offensive stage, Hyper-Grace insists that the Grace of God and the Blood of Jesus have saved all mankind and 100% of everybody is going to end up in Heaven, whether they want to be there or not. Christians, forgiven, washed in the Blood, made clean and Born Again at the Cross, love Jesus. Hyper-Grace believers, use Jesus. Sin hurts God. Sin nailed Jesus to the cross. Sin bothers and hurts Christians. Sin is a plaything for the Hyper-Grace people… They have no love for God… no relationship with Jesus. What hurts God, what nailed Jesus to the cross is of no consequence to them… they could care less… To live in sin for a lifetime and gain Heaven when you die… what a deal!
The Gospel is this: Jesus died to save sinners, of whom I am chief. We are free from the Law. We are saved by Grace, through faith in the Son of God. Having been saved, we are filled with the Spirit of God. We enter into an intimate, husband – wife type relationship with Jesus Christ. We take up our cross, die to ourselves daily, and follow him. Because we love him, we obey him and do what pleases him. We do not have to sin but we do sin. When we sin, the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin. We sorrow and grieve because we have hurt the God we love. We confess our sin and He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
John, in his first Epistle, finds a wonderful balance:
1 John 1:5 Now this is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in Him. 6 If we say, “We have fellowship with Him,” yet we walk in darkness, we are lying and are not practicing the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say, “We have no sin,” we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say, “We don’t have any sin,” we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
Paul also finds balance:
Romans 6:15 What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Absolutely not! 16 Don’t you know that if you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of that one you obey—either of sin leading to death or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But thank God that, although you used to be slaves of sin, you obeyed from the heart that pattern of teaching you were transferred to, 18 and having been liberated from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness.
Heresy, almost without exception, is truth, taken to a ridiculous, unbiblical and ungodly extreme. From his first question, “Hath God said…?” Satan has sought to twist Scripture, bending the very Word of God, to lead men and women astray. Scripture is balanced. Heresy is lopsided. Scripture is Christocentric. Heresy is always Egocentric. Stick with Doctrine that glorifies God. Stick with doctrine that centers on Christ. Stick with doctrine that finds a balance… Run from the extremes of the heretics.