Apostasy: Invalidating the Word of God For the Sake of Religious Tradition (2)

         For it is impossible to restore again to repentance those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they then commit apostasy, since they crucify the Son of God on their own account and hold him up to contempt. [Hebrews 6:4-6 RSV]

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         First of all, it must be noted that the great bulk of that which is called “Christianity” is not real Christianity, but something entirely different. It is not watered-down Christianity. It is not less-than-the-best Christianity. It is not weak or backslid Christianity. Instead, it is a completely separate entity.

         With reference to the above verses of scripture, the clear facts are:

(1) The great majority of those who refer to themselves as Christians have never tasted the heavenly gift.

(2) The great majority of those who refer to themselves as Christians have never become partakers of the Holy Spirit.

(3) The great majority of those who refer to themselves as Christians have never tasted the goodness of the Word of God.

(4) The great majority of those who refer to themselves as Christians have never experienced the powers of the age to come.

         For all of these reasons, it is therefore impossible for those who make up the great bulk of Christianity to commit apostasy simply because they never had the real thing to begin with.

         Apostasy is a conscience decision of the human will to quit on the Lord Jesus and walk away. Whoever does this can never be restored again to God until they make the decision on their own to return to God. No one else can thus force repentance upon them.

         But the majority of those called “Christians” are not real Christians and never have been. They are playing a game with their chosen form of Christianity and have substituted empty and powerless replacements that have no actual spiritual effect whatsoever. The only thing distinguishing these people from non-believers is the exterior wrapping. And as a person associates with a larger group of people clothed with the same chosen exterior wrapping, such a person feels completely secure within said group and becomes convinced the group is the “right” group or an “approved” group.

         How do we then distinguish real Christianity from the many counterfeit forms? Here’s how: Real Christianity has the power of God. This power is released through the use of the Name of the Lord Jesus and through His pure Word.

         However, the only people who can use the Name of the Lord Jesus properly and legally are those who have completely surrendered their lives to Him. These are real believers who have have given Him their entire heart. They have subjected their hearts to full heart circumcision. They have turned away completely from all sin, disobedience, and rebellion against the Lord. This is the nature of repentance. They have also been filled with the Spirit of the Lord with the outward evidence of a complete change in their speech—their tongue, the most unruly member of the body, has been completely subjected to the Lord.

SPEECH

         In the act of real repentance, the tongue is the very last member of the body to yield to God. Once this happens, an immediate proof of the occurrence follows: The new believer begins praising God in a new language. The person’s speech is at once given over, as if a switch was flipped, to praising God and even prophesying of the things of God. This is all very clearly spelled out in scripture.

         James wrote the following:

         If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless. [James 1:26]

         For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well.

         Now if we put the bits into the horses’ mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their entire body as well. Look at the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot desires.

         So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things. See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell.

         For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race. But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. [James 3:2-8]

         It is obvious then, that a tongue never yielded to God proves sinner status and non-discipleship, regardless of anything else by which a person claims to be a Christian. The yielded tongue, however, with miraculous speech following, proves a new birth.

         This new birth then allows for invoking the powerful Name of Jesus. Its use, as given by the Lord, results in miracles. The use of the Lord’s Name is only given to real disciples.

         This is also why each and every real believer as recorded in the Book of Acts invoked the Name of Jesus in water baptism. The reason why is otherwise simple: Without the Name of Jesus there is no spiritual power.

         We can see, therefore, that if there are no miracles within a Christian group, it obviously follows that there is no spiritual power, which indicates the group is not right with God. It proves that the group has never yielded to God.

         Real Christianity is distinguished by the following:

         And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.

         “He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.

         “These signs will accompany those who have believed: In My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” [Mark 16:16-18] [1]

         © 2015 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved. [To Be Continued.]


[1] Unless otherwise noted all Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible, © 1960, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

Posted on October 11, 2015, in Teaching and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I do love this post so very much because it is filled with truth. So many will hear the words,”I never knew you.” I enjoy reading your posts for they are anointed with his truth and spirit. Thank you for visiting my blog. I do hope you’ll come again. Blessings, Debbie

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  2. This is also a topic right on time in my life. I have been pained in the last few months while away at this fact regarding the use of the word Christian. It was a reality that I had to acknowledge that this word is used loosely at times and your explanation of ‘wrapping’ is exactly what I am referring to. In one particular story (may not be recited as exactly spoken by the author – but Joyce Meyer referred to a car sitting in a garage – She said as she or someone sits in a garage doesn’t make her or that someone a car, a person sitting in church doesn’t make them/or anyone a Christian. I grew up relying on and believing 100% that those that were in my church family or any church family were all saved and all Christian. We all fall short of the glory of God that’s for sure – even myself and I love people anyway – yet, I had to realize I was quite naive. It is so hard to grow up sometimes. 🙂 Great article.

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    • Thanks for the great comment. It is always a concern when we realize that certain things don’t add up. The difference between the pure teachings of the Lord and that of Unreal Christianity is that He never tried to hide anything in His teachings from those sincerely seeking truth because He obviously never had anything to hide and His entire objective was to reveal truth. Much of that which claims to be Christian does not share this attitude, has a much different agenda, and supports particular doctrines and structures that hide their hidden agenda.

      These are difficult to see at first but the closer one gets to the Lord, the more one studies His Word, the more one prays, seeks Him, and seeks His counsel, the more the unreal is revealed. We should all want to go straight to the source when we need help or an answer, but Christians in general are conditioned to do otherwise, and end up putting their faith in something or someone other than the Lord Jesus.

      It is beyond ironic that the Lord is excluded and disrespected in much of what is termed Christianity, and people are often led away from Him instead of to Him. Each individual believer must make his or her own choices, but in my own experience I have discovered the Lord Jesus to be exactly who He says He is in His written Word and can always be trusted.

      He said, “The things that are impossible with people are possible with God.” [Luke 18:27]

      Be blessed.

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  3. In my travels around the world when informed that I am a Christian the first question asked is how much I have suffered for Christ (which I have). I dare say that if most so called Christians in the west (I am Canadian) faced suffering for Christ they would turn tail and run.

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    • Thanks Joseph. It is interesting that you say this because I don’t think that’s the first question most American Christians receive.

      In fact, Christians who suffer in America are more likely to be thought of as those who are doing something wrong. Suffering has thus been acquainted with failing to live up to proper Christian protocols. This could be due to the effect of the prosperity gospel, or more likely to the outlook born from standard, traditional Christianity in that those who suffer are not suffering due to their faith but because they’re failing to live up to doing what they’re told.

      Also, most churches would much rather be filled with successful members in the social and monetary sense, for the sake of greater social acceptance and the greater pool of money to be spent on a more appealing social footprint toward the community at large.

      Making real disciples is what the Lord Jesus commanded, and thus, making successful disciples of the Lord Jesus is the correct goal. Great spiritual success is what matters.

      Persecution (suffering for the Lord) goes hand in hand with real Christianity. Sadly, many American Christians suffer at the hands of other Christians…

      Be blessed.

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