Twisted Scripture- Just a Nice Guy

We hear this a lot, don’t we beloved? Jesus wasn’t the Son of God, He was just a prophet, or worse, just a ‘nice guy’. Very few people can ignore the massive historical evidence for Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. With all this evidence what is the sinful mind to do? The light has entered the world, but men loved the darkness.

Enter the ‘nice guy’ delusion, which allows the lost to accept Christ’s life without having to accept Christ’s truth. Delusion might sound like a strong word for this twist in scripture, but let’s look at this viewpoint logically. If Jesus of Nazareth was not who He claimed to be how could anyone say He was a ‘nice guy’ or even just a prophet? You’d really have to twist the entirety of the New Testament along with the many prophetic verses in the Old Testament to manage this falsehood.

If anyone else made the claims that Christ made we would think they were insane. When Jesus made the claim to be the Son of God there were prophecies fulfilled and signs preformed to vindicate the message. Then, as a stamp of approval, God raised Him from the grave for the justification of the saints.

There are many twists of scripture, and generally I think the subtle ones are more dangerous, however this massive reworking of Biblical truth is prevalent in today’s western culture. It’s difficult, to be sure, to see our savior belittled in such a fashion. Man is forever lifting themselves up to be like God, and bringing God down to be like them. The truth could not be further from this twist.

Was Jesus just a prophet? Just a ‘ nice guy’? No. He was God’s only begotten Son, both man and God, who left His heavenly glory to enter His creation, saving all who believe on Him. I often wonder why God would want to redeem such a people as us. However, before salvation came, before I saw my righteousness as filthy rags, before repentance, I felt like God saved because we deserved it. How foolish is the heart of man, it’s the most wicked of all his members!

Liberal theology has spread this ‘nice guy’ nonsense like a cancer from church to church. The secularists might enjoy joining in, but this twist of scripture was born in the ‘church’. Any denial of Gods Word makes the entirety of it errant. When you start with the belief that some of the Bible can not be believed it’s easy to eventually make your way to believing non of it. Which is what we see here, with the idea that Christ didn’t come as the sacrificial Lamb to redeem His chosen people from every tribe, tongue, and nation.

This is why I frequently refute evolution, beloved brethren. When you’re theology begins with Genesis being errant story telling, Adam and Eve being fictional characters, the rest of the Bible falls at the wayside. Why? If Adam never fell, mankind has no need for a savior. Christ Jesus was prophesied that day in the Garden as the seed of the woman. He was prophesied in hundreds of other ways all throughout the Old Testament. If the Jesus Christ you profess as your Lord and Savior is just a prophet or a ‘nice guy’ then you will die in your sins and rightfully be deemed guilty on judgement day. There is only one way to the Father, and that is through the Son.

Beloved brethren, we must be aware that within our midst are sheep and goats, wheat and tares, converts and false converts. We’ve all met them, some say they believe is Jesus but just not that He lived a perfect life. They believe in Jesus, just not that He was born of a virgin. They believe in Jesus, just not the Jesus of the Bible. Lovingly correct them when you are able, pray for them ceaselessly, because for those who believe they are already saved yet remain lost in their sin, salvation does not seem needful. I should know, I speak from experience, it took over a decade for me to see my need! That I saw was only by the grace of God! As always, dear friends, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

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Thursday Book Review – Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards


A while back I wrote about Jonathan Edwards testimony, which you can read here, and at the time I was working my way through his treasured work Religious Affections. It took me a little longer to finish this book due to its length, and dutiful use of the Word. It was well worth the read! It was published in 1746, written by the American theologian who helped kick off the first Great Awakening.

One of the best parts about this book is that everything Edwards (October 5, 1703 – March 22, 1758) speaks of he gives multiple verses to back up. This makes reading the book a lot like having a long, edifying, Bible study with the great theologian. It still has so much relevance in the body of Christ today.

I recommend this book to anyone questioning their own affections for Christ, or those that win souls and wish to better judge whether others are in the faith. This book is in the public domain so it’s accessible in pdf form, audible form, Kindle form, or you can purchase your own copy. As always beloved, be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved.

https://www.ccel.org/ccel/edwards/affections.html

Twisted Tuesday – Replacement Theology

#ReplacementTheology

Let Everyman be a liar and Gods Word true.

Has God transferred His promise from Israel to the Church? This is a strange viewpoint held by many throughout the history of the Church. It was probably an easier sell before Israel became its own nation again. For me, the answer is clear. God means what He says, He keeps His Word, and He knows the end from the beginning. 


Had God wanted the promises He made to Israel to really be promises for the Church than He would have said so. Gods plan for the Church is separate from His plan for Israel. This is clearest when we look at the women often compared to both. Israel is often seen as the woman giving birth. The Church is always dipected as a virgin bride. Two separate groups of people with distinct roles. 


Why is this important? Any thought that leads to God being a liar, or in error, is a direct affront against His sovereignty. We need to be careful when we muse about different ideas and opinions to take the whole counsel of Gods Word. This is why I extol you, beloved, earnestly, to be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved.

Historical Theology – Lectures by Dr. Nathan Busenitz

#Dr.NathanBusenitz #HistoricalTheology #MastersSeminary

Hello again beloved friends, I just wanted to take a quick moment to recommend this lecture series on historical theology. It’s not just absolutely fascinating, it’s also pertinent to the times we’re living in. There are so many theological falsehoods today, it’s helpful to ground yourself with a greater knowledge of the historical beliefs of the church.


I find this to be particularly imperative for the leaders of the church, and the men in each household. My daughter is 6 and she wants to be exactly like daddy (that’s her wearing his glasses up top) I am so blessed to be able to teach her, and we have a lot of fun learning, however when daddy speaks she hangs on every word. Perhaps that’s the case in your home? That makes a clear understanding of theology even more important. We need to know how to correct our brothers in sisters lovingly, and also how to teach those under us.

I hope you will all find this as interesting, and instructive, as I have!