What if you were a research scientist and discovered that many physicians, perhaps even most physicians were misdiagnosing a common illness and their error was resulting in many fatalities and numerous early deaths. You had the undeniable laboratory proof that this was so, yet you knew going public with such a charge would hurt the reputations of tens of thousands of doctors around the world, insult and embarrass them. What would you do? Would you remain silent? Would you keep your discovery to yourself?
One of the greatest errors in modern Christianity, perhaps THE greatest error, is the belief and teaching of confessional salvation, that if one will but confess with their mouth and believe in their heart that Jesus died for their sins they would be saved. That’s all the Creator asks of humanity – only believe.
Through the apostle Paul, God informs us that “ALL scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine” (See 2 Timothy 3:16). Consider the following:
God, speaking to His prophet Jeremiah says, “And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the Lord, and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, FOR THEY SHALL RETURN UNTO ME WITH THEIR WHOLE HEART” (Jeremiah 24:7). Again, through this same prophet, God says to humanity, “And you shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with ALL your heart, and I will be found of you…” (See Jeremiah 29:13-14).
With God, it is all or nothing. Jesus Christ warned that a man cannot serve two masters. “I am the master of my fate, the captain of my soul” might make good poetry. It doesn’t make good theology. Millions of unsuspecting young people are being told by their pastors that if they will publicly confess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, believing He died for them, they are then saved and secure. They’re heaven bound. Go on with your lives whistling “Amazing Grace.” All is well with your souls.
God warned early on “Take heed to yourselves that your heart be not deceived” (See Deut. 11:16). While it is true the apostle Paul did write “that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (See Romans 10:9), many fail to see and understand what Paul had just written. Notice, we are to confess Jesus is LORD! That means we confess and mean with our hearts that He calls the shots. He leads. He guides. He directs our lives.
Jesus Christ Himself said, “Why do you call me Lord, Lord, and do not the things that I say?” (Luke 6:46). God says if one does not come to Him with their whole heart, they come in pretense. (See Jeremiah 3:10).
Jesus said something else and insulted quite a few folk when He said it: “Well has Isaiah prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.’ Howbeit in vain do they worship me…” (See Mark 7:6-7). Jesus Christ warned that He can be worshiped in vain.
One is left wide open to receiving spiritual error and walking in spiritual error if and when they are not submitted totally to the LORDship of Jesus Christ in and over their lives. They will then receive false doctrine and teaching while shouting, “Hallelujah!”
So, I guess I will go on insulting pastors, preachers and Bible teachers far and wide. I will continue to anger and embarrass. And I will continue writing day in and day out. I will continue sending printed articles through the U.S. Mail. I will continue sending emails and posting Bible study articles to my website. Yes, I will obey my LORD sowing the seed of His Word far and wide. It just might be that here and there, from time to time, someone, somewhere will pause and listen and be saved