Yes, as the Psalmist says, indeed “The words of the Lord are PURE words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, PURIFIED seven times.”
Unfortunately we do not treat the sacred words of the Scripture with reverence, we stretch them to suit our changing times! We twist them to meet our requirements! We even completely toss them out as ‘irrelevant’ and replace them with commonsense-driven populist slogans, so that the audience don’t get offended, but feel attracted to it; even feel good about it! It is called marketing in the corporate world, we call it Gospel in the Christendom! – But by any definition, this is HERESY!
The word ‘Heresy’ BTW, in scripture, is from the Greek root haireomai, which literally means ‘a choosing’, i.e., a choice of one side over the other (by a faction, party or a sect). Hence, heresy refers to any doctrine that departs from essential Christian truths in disunion with the established laws of God. Parties, sects, factions and even individuals holding to such caustic doctrines, alienate themselves from the body of Christ, and they are called Heretics.
Heresy is not a simple matter, it not only deviates from the truth, it even recreates counterfeit entities to match the heretic doctrines! In essence, the heretics create a new ‘god’ for themselves who differs from the God of the scriptures! My objective here is to list the differences of one such entity: the Counterfeit Christ and the True Christ; in other words, the difference between the “Christ of the Heretics” and the “Christ of the Scriptures”:
|Christ of the Heretics||Christ of the Scriptures|
|1. Loves every individual person in the world and sincerely desires their salvation.||1. Earnestly loves and desires the salvation of only those whom God has unconditionally chosen for salvation.
Ps. 5:5, Ps. 7:11, Ps. 11:5, Matt. 11:27, John 17:9-10, Acts 2:47, Acts 13:48, Rom. 9:10-13, Rom. 9:21-24,
|2. Offers salvation to every sinner and does all in his power to bring them to salvation. His offer and work are often frustrated, for many refuse to come.||2. Effectually calls to Himself only the elect and in sovereignty brings them to salvation. Not one of them will be lost.
Isa. 55:11, John 5:21, John 6:37-40, John 10:25-30, John 17:2, Phil. 2:13
|3. Cannot regenerate and save a sinner who does not first choose Christ with his own “free will.” All men have a “free will” by which they can either accept or reject Christ. That “free will” may not be violated by Christ.||3. In Sovereignty regenerates the elect sinner apart from his choice, for without regeneration the spiritually dead sinner cannot choose Christ. Faith is not man’s contribution to salvation but the gift of Christ which He sovereignly imparts in regeneration.
John 3:3, John 6:44 & 65, John 15:16, Acts 11:18, Rom. 9:16, Eph. 2:1, Eph. 2:8-10, Phil. 1:29, Heb. 12:2
|4. Died on the cross for every individual person and thereby made it possible for every person to be saved. His death, apart from the choice of man, was not able to actually save anyone for many for whom he died are lost.||4. Died for only God’s elect people and thereby actually obtained salvation for all those for whom He died. His death was a substitutionary satisfaction which actually took away the guilt of His chosen people.
Luke 19:10, John 10:14-15 & 26, Acts 20:28, Rom. 5:10, Eph. 5:25, Heb. 9:12,
I Peter 3:18
|5. Loses many whom he has “saved” because they do not continue in faith. Even if he does give them “eternal security,” as some say, that security is not based upon his will or work but the choice which the sinner made when he accepted Christ.||5. Preserves His chosen people so that they cannot lose their salvation but persevere in the faith to the very end. He preserves them by the sovereign electing will of God, the power of His death, and the mighty working of His Spirit.
John 5:24, John 10:26-29, Rom. 8:29-30, Rom. 8:35-39, I Peter 1:2-5, Jude 24-25
Requoting Psalmist, again: “The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.”