“For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.” 1 Corinthians 3:9-13.
I have heard it said that it will all be sorted out when we get to Heaven. As long as they, whoever they may be, believe in Jesus they will be saved. My only questions is this, is their “Jesus” the Jesus of the Bible or another Jesus? If they don’t know the Jesus of the Bible, Who He is and what He has done, they add to and take from His works and turn Him into “their” Jesus. Suddenly there becomes various requirements to Salvation; such as baptisms, sacraments and good works. Then once Salvation has come, there are requirements to stay saved, solutions to overcome sin and penance that must be paid. These beliefs are then given a title and called a denomination with the foundation as Jesus…but is He the Jesus of the Bible? As long as His name is “Jesus” we consider this “unity”. This unity soothes the conscience of the Believer’s without holding them accountable to the full counsel of the Word of God, rightly divided.
“For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my Gospel (the Gospel of Jesus Christ).” Romans 2:14-16. Do I have it all right? No. However, I have this book called the Word of God that I am blessed enough to have full access to and I choose to use it to judge doctrine instead of an ear tickling preacher or book. We won’t give an account to God for what a preacher or a book says. We will give an account according to what His Word says, so as a born again Believer, we best know God’s Word for ourselves and filter our doctrine through the Word of God instead of filtering the Word of God through our doctrine.
If the Jesus of the Gospel you are sitting under saves you from the wages of sin, check – that’s true. However, if the Jesus of the same gospel points you to man’s methods to overcome sin, stop! As soon as we frustrate grace with 40 days of purpose, 100 days of grace, 21 days of fasting, binding or not binding a python…whatever works that best seller directs us to do to have victory over sin, our faith is placed on our works and removed from Jesus and His finished work. This is not deliverance by the Lord Jesus Christ through faith in His finished work but instead it is spiritual adultery.
“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.” 1 Timothy 4:3-4. It is easier for many Christians to believe in blood moons and shemitahs then to actually believe what the Word of God says about false doctrine. The Pharisees didn’t know they were religious either. They had added all of their rules to the Mosaic Law and never understood grace. Many look to those who have left the institutional churches and have chosen not to sit under the apostate and end time churches as the religious Pharisees. Sadly, those are the same ones who have frustrated the grace of God by placing their faith in man’s methods, forming a religion of their own.
“Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of Heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in Heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:21-23.
Is your Jesus the Jesus of the Bible? I can’t tell you that but the Holy Spirit will if you ask Him. The Holy Spirit will always point you to Jesus Christ and Him Crucified…never to schemes of man. – Donna Clark Warren