2Tim. 4:3-4 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.
The Lord has blessed me with the opportunity over the years of traveling and peaching His word all over the world. I have seen His Glory in His church, in the moving of His Spirit, and in His beautiful creativity displayed in creation. Who can describe the incredible blessing of being able to witness His glory in so many different places and in so many different ways? Along with this blessing comes the shocking and disturbing irony of watching the effects of man’s fall upon God’s world. In every nation you see the conflict of His glory in the midst of incredible poverty, crime, disease, and human depravity. One of those examples that I often think of was in Manila, Philippines. In 1995 we were part of an incredible move of the Holy Spirit in that nation. We saw God’s Glory come down and thousands were profoundly impacted by the move of God. It was also the place where we saw some of the worst displays of human misery. We saw thousands of homeless children living off of garbage they could forage from the dumps just to get by another day. It was quite disturbing. This picture of children living off of garbage is haunting. It reminds me of the garbage many Christians are attempting to live off of today. Many have moved away from the beautiful, precious doctrines of the Bible. These doctrines are our food. We have replaced them with repackaged garbage, the same filth that has been repackaged and rehashed over the history of the church.
One of these rehashed pieces of garbage is an old heresy Martin Luther termed antinomianism. This false teaching emphasizes Paul’s teaching on grace with the added flare that we are no longer expected to follow the moral law of God. Today it is being reserved in a hip, slick way termed the “the grace message”. Typically false teachers will take a precious truth and push the envelope way too far until the truth becomes error. Adam Clarke spoke of the dangers of this teaching way back in the 1700’s. Some things never change.
“We must beware of Antinomianism ; that is, of supposing that, because Christ has been obedient unto death, there is no necessity for our obedience to his righteous commandments. If this were so, the grace of Christ would tend to the destruction of the law, and not to its establishment. He only is saved from his sins who has the law of God written in his heart; and he alone has the law written in his heart who lives an innocent, holy, and useful life. Wherever Christ lives he works: and his work of righteousness will appear to his servants, and its effect will be quietness and assurance for ever. The life of God in the soul of man is the principle which saves and preserves eternally.”
I love that, wherever Christ works, his work of righteousness will appear in His servants. Today, feed on heaven’s bread, the historic doctrines that are food for our souls.