The Apostacy Deepens

Another Conservative Preacher has moved into the waters of apostacy.  I have not named him in this Devotion, but perhaps later I will.  I need to read more, confirm the sources, and pray.  I do not fear naming an apostate Preacher, but do want to caution about doing so without checking all the facts and the context in which they were spoken. I have used “Strike-Out” text when I quote what he said for fear the casual reader might think His quotes are good!

A pastor of a “Conservative Mega Church, recently announced that Christians need to “unhitch” the Old Testament from their understanding of the faith. By this he means to instruct people to ignore the Old Testament and focus solely on the resurrection of Jesus Christ, especially in evangelism. This statement was part of a sermon series encouraging those who’ve left the church to reconsider Christianity.

He says,  Jesus’ new covenant, His covenant with the nations, His covenant with you, His covenant with us, can stand on its own two nail-scarred resurrection feet. It does not need propping up by the Jewish scriptures.  The Bible did not create Christianity. The resurrection of Jesus created and launched Christianity. Your whole house of Old Testament cards can come tumbling down. The question is, did Jesus rise from the dead? And the eyewitnesses said he did….

You can’t preach the gospel message without the doctrines of the Old Testament, such as our sin nature (Genesis 3). In Acts 2, when Peter preached a sermon to Jews, he started with Christ crucified and thousands were saved. Why? Because the Jews had the Old Testament background to understand the message of the cross!

Why did Jesus die, and why did he need to rise again?

For answers to those questions, you have to go to the Old Testament, particularly Genesis. Think about it. Why did Jesus need to die? Because we rebelled in Adam against our Creator and the just penalty for sin is death (Genesis 2:17). A blood sacrifice must be made to pay the penalty for sin, and the blood of goats and bulls is offered throughout the Old Testament, but it had to be offered over and over again. It merely covered over sin, it didn’t take it away (Hebrews 10:4). But Jesus came as the Lamb of God to take away our sin (John 1:29). And Jesus had to rise from the grave to defeat death, the penalty for our sin.

This Mega Preacher also says during his sermon, [Unhitching the Old Testament from the New is] liberating for men and women who are drawn to the simple message that God loves you so much He sent His Son to pave the way to a relationship with you. It’s liberating for people who need and understand grace, who need and understand forgiveness. And it’s liberating for people who find it virtually impossible to embrace the dynamic, the worldview, and the values system depicted in the story of Ancient Israel.

Again, I ask this Pastor: how can you understand biblical grace and biblical forgiveness without understanding the history in the Old Testament that shows why we need God’s grace and forgiveness and why we can’t earn these things? Without that knowledge, grace and forgiveness are whatever we want them to be.

Why did Jesus die, and why did he need to rise again?

For answers to those questions, you have to go to the Old Testament, particularly Genesis. Think about it. Why did Jesus need to die? Because we rebelled in Adam against our Creator and the just penalty for sin is death (Genesis 2:17). A blood sacrifice must be made to pay the penalty for sin, and the blood of goats and bulls is offered throughout the Old Testament, but it had to be offered over and over again. It merely covered over sin, it didn’t take it away (Hebrews 10:4). But Jesus came as the Lamb of God to take away our sin (John 1:29). And Jesus had to rise from the grave to defeat death, the penalty for our sin.

Does Your Christianity Rely on the Bible?

Describing the sermon, the church’s website states,  If you were raised on a version of Christianity that relied on the Bible as the foundation of faith, a version that was eventually dismantled by academia or the realities of life, maybe it’s time for you to change your mind about Jesus. Maybe it’s time for you to consider the version of Christianity that relies on the event of the resurrection of Jesus as its foundation. If you gave up your faith because of something about or in the Bible, maybe you gave up unnecessarily.

I would urge those who have given up on Christianity to reconsider their position, but I would urge them to do so because the Bible—all of it—can be trusted! You see, the message of the gospel (Christ’s death and resurrection) comes from the Bible. If the Bible’s history isn’t true, then why should we trust what it says about Christ? Actually, observational science confirms the history in the Bible, beginning in Genesis.

Yes, you can support the resurrection with some evidence outside the Bible. But you can’t support the importance of the resurrection and what it accomplished for us without going to God’s Word from the beginning! If all of God’s Word can’t be trusted, why should the message of the resurrection be trusted?

WE CAN’T “UNHITCH” CHRISTIANITY FROM GOD’S WORD.

We can’t “unhitch” Christianity from God’s Word. It’s because God’s Word is true that we can know that everything it teaches—including the precious message of salvation—is true.

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