We have seen it. We have heard it. We have read about it.
False gods and false paths to God are everywhere.
They are even prevalent among those who hang a “Christian” moniker around their neck or posted outside their meeting places.
While there have always been lies, distortions and attacks on the Word of God and the good news of Jesus Christ, the efforts by the enemy are in full head-on rampage mode today as we approach the end of the age. Time is certainly running out as far as Satan is concerned, for he wants as many people as he can get to be a part of his nearly unbridled seven-year rulership through the beast.
Scripture warns us again and again about the lies which will and are being perpetrated and the spiritual climate of our day. Paul warns us that there cannot be an infusion of grace and works in our salvation, for when that happens, grace ceases to be grace.
But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace. Romans 11:6
And we know that our salvation is not accomplished by our works:
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost. Titus 3:5
It is not what we offer, what we do or what we can accomplish:
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8
But as the apostle Paul wrote we are redeemed by the grace of God by means of our faith in Jesus Christ. Anything to the contrary is a lie and deception of the highest order. It is of such importance that Paul stated as clearly as it could be stated that any so-called gospel which has been removed from the grace of Christ is not the gospel. It is a perversion and an abomination.
With shifting culture and social mores the label of abomination has been used and hashtagged with increasing frequency. But the greatest abomination in the church today is a gospel message which either tied up and strangled in legalism or lost in the diluted waters of progressive liberalism.
However it has become distorted the result is the same—an abomination worthy for the apostle Paul to leverage his own hashtag #anathema or #accursed.
For by grace are you saved through faith…believe on the Lord Jesus Christ…for there is no other name under heaven given to the human race whereby we must be saved.
Nothing more and nothing less.
Before I go, I would like to share with you a video of a CNN interview between Rick Sanchez and Dr. Dwight Hopkins, Professor of Theology at The University of Chicago Divinity School and an ordained American Baptist minister. At the time of the interview, Dr. Hopkins was according to Rick a member “in good standing” with the Trinity United Church of Christ. By virtue of the fact that Rick Sanchez is conducting the interview tells you that this video is about seven or eight years old.
While the focus of the interview is the inflammatory rhetoric by the former lead pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, it is to the point of what Dr. Hopkins says about the gospel that I want you to pay close attention to 6 minutes and 25 seconds into the video, where Dr. Hopkins makes this outlandish and outrageous claim that there is only one passage in the Bible where “Jesus says these are the criteria to get into Heaven.”
This is an abomination of the gospel.
According to Dr. Hopkins, an ordained minister “in good standing” at the United Church of Christ in Chicago and a Professor of Theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School:
“…there is only one passage in the Bible where Jesus says “these are the criteria to get into Heaven” and that’s in Matthew 25 verses 31 and follow…Luke 14 is one and Matthew 25 and 31 and the only criteria Jesus lays out is to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, give shelter to those who are homeless and visit me in prison.
If that is what Dr. Hopkins believes is the gospel, he is not saved because you cannot be saved by works no matter what the professor says. And if this is the gospel his Church believes in, they are in serious trouble.
It is important to note that this is the Church President Obama attended for many years. Put aside for a minute all the explosive rhetoric of Jeremiah Wright, and think about what these people believe about the gospel.
It is a travesty. It is an abomination.