REDEEMED FROM THE CURSE OF THE LAW

THE CURSE OF THE LAW 

The Book of Numbers covers the 40 years of Israel’s miserable existence in the wilderness after the exodus from Egypt. God dealt with them harshly at times because they worshipped other gods from their heart and would not trust him to bring them into the land he swore to their fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Numbers is a book that is almost entirely void of any blessing from God. For forty years God endured the first generation of Israelites in the wilderness so that he could fulfill his promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob by bringing the second generation of Israelites  into the Land of promise.

After God swore in his wrath that they would not enter his rest, they wandered in the wilderness for 40 years until that first generation of Israelites had passed.

The book of Deuteronomy covers the last week, or so, of the life of Moses before the second generation of Israelites entered into the Promised Land. Deuteronomy literally means the second giving of the Law, and covers Moses’ instructions for them concerning how they were to live in the land after they took possession of it.

The instructions given by Moses were written in a book that contained the full terms of the Covenant with the blessings and the curses. This book is called the Law of Moses and it was placed in a side compartment of the Ark of the Covenant.

This book of the Law is not to be confused with the Ten Commandments which had been given at Mount Sinai 40 years prior, and kept inside of the Ark, directly under the Mercy Seat.

The book of the Law, aka the Torah, is referred to as the Law of Moses some 23 times throughout the scriptures by the following witnesses:

  • Joshua (Joshua 8:31, 32 and 23:6).
  • Daniel (Daniel 9:11, 13).
  • Luke (Luke 2:22 and 24:44).
  • Paul (Acts 13:39 and 28:23; 1 Corinthians 9:9).
  • The Pharisees (Acts 15:5).
  • The author of the book of Hebrews (Hebrews 10:28).
  • The author of the book of 1 Kings (1 Kings 2:3).
  • The author of the book of 2 Kings (2 Kings 14:6 23:25).
  • The author of the book of 2 Chronicles (2 Chronicles 23:18 and 30:16).
  • The author of the book of Ezra (Ezra 3:2 and 7:6).
  • The author of the book of Nehemiah (Nehemiah 8:1).
  • Jesus and God, I saved the best for last (John 7:23, Malachi 4:4).

The Torah, or Law of Moses, served as a witness against the people of Israel because God knew they were stiff necked and would eventually forsake him and seek after other gods.

And it came to pass, when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law in a book, until they were finished, That Moses commanded the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord, saying, Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee. For I know thy rebellion, and thy stiff neck: behold, while I am yet alive with you this day, ye have been rebellious against the Lord; and how much more after my death? Gather unto me all the elders of your tribes, and your officers, that I may speak these words in their ears, and call heaven and earth to record against  them. ~ Deuteronomy 31:24-28

This was Israel’s covenant, and it was ratified by the declarations of both the blessings and the curses after the Israelites entered the Promised Land.

Scripturally speaking, there is no such thing as being under the law without being under its curse as well. That is why Paul warned the Galatians that if they attempted to seek right relationship with God through the Law, they would consequently be under the curse of the law.

In the language of scripture, Christ redeeming us from the curse of the Law, is the equivalent of being delivered from the law, entirely.

The actual terms of the covenant are given in Deuteronomy 27-30, and it is impossible to separate the Law Covenant given to Israel from the curse contained therein.

God promised the descendants of Abraham that he would bless them if they would keep his covenant and obey his voice. Yet God warned the children of Israel that if they did not keep his covenant and obey his voice, he would judge them and send the curse upon them. The curse would result in the Israelites being exiled from their inheritance in the land, and they would become servants to other nations.

Israel replied with “Amen” to the curses (Deuteronomy 27:15-26). Eventually Israel inherited the curse and was judged. This resulted in their becoming servants to other nations.

After the reign of King David and King Solomon, during the reign of Solomon’s son King Rehoboam, Israel was divided into two Kingdoms. The 10 northern tribes became known as Israel, and the southern tribes of Judah and Benjamin were known as Judah or the Jews.

The northern tribes were ruled by a series of wicked Kings and eventually they were taken captive by the Assyrians in fulfillment of the curse. Later Judah was carried away by the Babylonians in fulfillment of the same curse.

God had plead with the leaders of Israel and Judah through the prophets but they refused to return to him fully and to do that which is right in his sight. They continued to resist and would not obey His voice. As promised, God’s judgment came and all Israel was exiled into captivity.

During the exile of Judah (the Babylonian captivity) the prophet Daniel began seeking the Lord for understanding regarding the prophecies given to Jeremiah regarding the captivity.

In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans; In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of JerusalemAnd I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes… ~ Daniel 9:1-3

As Daniel sought God, he repented for the sins of his people, and acknowledged that the curse spoken of in the law of Moses had been poured out on the nation. 

Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him. And he hath confirmed  his words, which he spoke against us, and against our judges that judged us, by bringing upon us a great evil: for under the whole heaven hath not been done as hath been done upon Jerusalem. As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth. Therefore hath the LORD watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us: for the LORD our God is righteous in all his works which he doeth: for we obeyed not his voice. ~ Daniel 9:11-14

During this time of prayer and fasting, Daniel discovered by relevelation from the angel Gabriel that the  70 years of exile, had a two-fold meaning.

First, the Jews would serve the full 70 years in Babylon, then the exile would be over and the people could return to their home land. Secondly, there was a decree, not of 70 years but 70 weeks of years which were determined upon the people, and then the true exile would be over.

The first was natural, the second was spiritual, and God told Daniel exactly when it would all occur.

Before the exile of Judah into Babylon, the prophets had prophesied of a return to the promised land. These prophecies came true when many of the Jewish exiles returned after the 70 years of Babylonian captivity. When the Jews did return from captivity, they bound themselves with a curse.

“The rest of the people—priests, Levites, gatekeepers, musicians, temple servants and all who separated themselves from the neighboring peoples FOR THE SAKE OF THE LAW OF GOD. together with their wives and all their sons and daughters who are able to understand— all these now join their fellow Israelites the nobles, and bind themselves with a curse and an oath to follow the law of God given through Moses the servant of God and to obey carefully all the commands, regulations, and decrees of the Lord our Lord.” ~ Nehemiah 10:28-29 

The Israelites, who returned from the Babylonian captivity bound themselves with a curse because they were dedicating themselves again to God and to the covenant God made with their fathers through Moses.

The curse of the Law was the exile, and under the Old Testament, the land of Israel and especially Jerusalem and the Temple represented the presence of God. Being sent into exile or expelled from the land was a physical parallel to a much greater spiritual truth which is banishment from the presence of God because of our sins.

Though there was a return to the land and eventually a rebuilt temple, the presence of God never dwelt in it again, as he had dwelt in the previous ones (the tabernacle of Moses and the Temple of Solomon), for there was no Ark of the Covenant, which was called the Ark of his presence.

Consequently, the kingdom was never the same again.

God had revealed to Daniel that the 70 literal years of exile had a spiritual parallel of 70 “weeks of year” which would bring an end, not to the physical exile, but the spiritual exile. And through the Messiah, God would bring an end to sin (the domination of sin over God’s people).

24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. ~ Daniel 9: 24-27

According to this prophecy there were 70 weeks of years which were determined for the Jewish people: Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city… ~ 9:24

  • weeks, (Hebrew – Shaw-boo-ah, literally sevened)
  • In prophecy, one day equals a year ~ Ezekiel 4:6; Numbers 14:34
  • Thus 7 days or 1 week equals 7 years.
  • Seventy weeks equal (7 x 70) 490 years.
  • determined, (cut off or separated). 
  • thy people – the Jews, Israel, God’s covenant nation under the law, the captives.
  • The holy city – ancient Jerusalem, in Israel.

The seventy weeks would began at the time of the the command was given to rebuild Jerusalem:

(1). Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city…

The edict of King Cyrus ~ Ezra 1:1-3; Isaiah 44:28

Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying, Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The Lord God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is there among you of all his people? His God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the Lord God of Israel, (he is the God,) which is in Jerusalem. ~ Ezra 1:1-3

Thus saith the Lord, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the Lord that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself; That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish; That confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the counsel of his messengers; that saith to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be inhabited; and to the cities of Judah, Ye shall be built, and I will raise up the decayed places thereof: That saith to the deep, Be dry, and I will dry up thy rivers: That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid. ~ Isaiah 44:24-28 df

The edict of Cyrus was reinforced by the decree of Artaxerxes.

Artaxerxes, king of kings, unto Ezra the priest, a scribe of the law of the God of heaven, perfect peace, and at such a time. I make a decree, that all they of the people of Israel, and of his priests and Levites, in my realm, which are minded of their own freewill to go up to Jerusalem, go with thee… And I, even I Artaxerxes the king, do make a decree to all the treasurers which are beyond the river, that whatsoever Ezra the priest, the scribe of the law of the God of heaven, shall require of you, it be done speedily,~ Ezra 7:12-13, 21

Ironically, the Jewish Talmud, which is a very blasphemous against Christ, espouses hate against the words of Daniel 9:24-27. In the Jewish Talmud, there is a Rabbinic curse pronounced against those who seek to learn the meaning of this text: “May the bones of the hands of the fingers decay and decompose, of him who turns the pages of the book of Daniel, to find the time of Daniel 9:24-27, and may his memory rot from off the face of the earth forever.” (Talmudic Law, pg 978, Section 2, Line 28)

(2). Daniel’s prophecy gives the exact time frame of the coming of the Messiah.

Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar. ~ Luke 3:1, 21. Tiberius reigned from 14 A.D. until 37 A.D. This places the baptism of Jesus around 27-29 A.D. This is consistent with the time frame of commands of the rebuilding of the temple after the captivity.

(3) He shall confirm the covenant for one week (7 years – which is the 70th week).

Some have attempted to insert the anti-Christ into Daniel’s prophecy as the one who confirms the covenant (a supposed 7 year peace treaty between the anti-Christ and modern day Israel). Those who do so have created a “gap theory” between the 69th week and the 70th week.

This is nothing but a theory from men who are insistent in promoting a particular end time theology.

The first 69 weeks were consecutive, and if we believe the testimony of the New Testament, we will believe that the 70th week is fulfilled in the four Gospels and the book of Acts. Jesus is the Messiah. He is the one who confirms the covenant for one week.

The covenant mentioned in Daniel which is confirmed, is the covenant by which the transgression is finished, and an end of sins is made, and reconciliation for iniquity is accomplished, and everlasting righteousness is established, and the vision and prophecy regarding Israel and redemption is complete, and the Most Holy ONE, Jesus, is anointed as King!

Jesus is the one who confirms the covenant with Israel in Daniel 9. Not the anti- Christ.  Jesus was sent exclusively to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

During the 3 and half years before his death on the cross, and the three and a half years after his resurrection, the gospel was preached exclusively to the Jews, though some Gentiles did seek to follow him. After the Gospel had been fully preached to the people of Israel, it was sent to the Gentiles.

Daniel declares “He shall confirm the covenant with many for one week.” Paul says the following in Romans: Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers… ~ Romans 15:8

The writer of Hebrews declares: For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will? ~ Hebrews 2:2-4

The miraculous works of Jesus before his death, and the signs and wonders done by the apostles after his resurrection, was the confirmation to the Jewish people of the New Covenant the Messiah was establishing. 

It is this same Jesus, who also brought an end to the defunct temple service by bringing judgment on the Temple in Jerusalem. Just as Nebuchadnezzar had been God’s agent to punished the Jews during the time of the Babylonian captivity, so the Romans carried out God’s judgment on the then standing temple in 67-70 A.D.

Christ had both redeemed his people, and brought and end to the overspreading of abominations in the temple!

“…and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.”

During the time of Jesus’s earthly ministry, the Jewish people were still a people looking for the full restoration from the captivity. They were looking in hopes for the coming of the Messiah. Yet many were looking for the Messiah to bring a visible kingdom and thought of redemption and deliverance in this way (Luke 19:11). For them, the anticipation of the coming of the Messiah meant freedom from Roman domination.

However, the Gospel came with a jolting shock as the people were called to repentance and warned of the coming judgment upon that which they trusted. God was doing exactly what he had always promised he would do, but in a way many never thought he would do it.

God wasn’t interested in establishing a physical nation, he wanted a spiritual nation: a holy people who would serve him in righteousness and truth, and this cannot be accomplished in the flesh. It must be accomplished by the power of God in the hearts of men, who have been born again and have circumcised hearts.

In Deuteronomy 30, God had told Israel that when they were in exile, he would turn their captivity if they would humble themselves and circumcise their hearts. On the surface this had only a natural application. Yet it had a much deeper spiritual meaning which Paul speaks of in Romans 10.

Paul takes the language of the Torah with regards to the return from exile and applies it to Jesus.

But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:) Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 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. ~ Romans 10:6-9

Paul, drawing on Deuteronomy 30:11-14, translates it from the natural to the spiritual, from the Law, to Christ.

Being exiled from the land and then gathered again into the land was only a foreshadowing of the true redemption which the Messiah would bring. During the time of Jesus’ earthly ministry, the anticipation of the coming of the Messiah was understood by many of the Jews to be a “national deliverance” and restoration. Yet, God had much more lofty and wonderful plans for His people.

When Jesus came, his mission was nothing like many were expecting. The fulfillment of the promises spoken by the prophets would not be a “national restoration” of a physical kingdom but a “spiritual restoration” and the creation of a “holy nation” in the Kingdom of God – in Christ.

The Son of God came in the flesh to bring an end to the REAL exile for we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. He died for our sins and was raised again and exalted at the right hand of God. This is the fulfilling of God’s promise that the Messiah would be a descendant of David and would sit upon his throne forever. ~ See Luke 1:32; Acts 2:29:36

Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of David (Matthew 21:9), seated on the throne of David (Acts 2:29-36), having the sure mercies of David (Acts 13:34), and He holds the Key of David (Revelation 3:7). He is the root and offspring of David (Revelation 5:5; 22; 16) and in him all the Messianic promises of deliverance and redemption are fulfilled.

Peter preached to the people of Israel concerning Jesus and said, “Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.” ~ Acts 3:24

The fulfillment of the words of the prophets, even those prophecies concerning the return from exile comes to fruition in and through Jesus Christ.

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. ~ Galatians 3:13-14

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ANCIENT ISRAEL’S COVENANT WITH GOD

In scripture, the Israelites had no covenant with God because of their DNA. Israel’s covenant with God was based on physical circumcision and the Law of Moses.

When God established his covenant with Abraham, which was to be passed on to his descendants, God said the following to Abraham:

This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you. And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed. He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant. ~ Genesis 17:10-14

Notice the following points:

1. Circumcision was the token of the covenant.

2. Circumcision was in the male’s flesh. This is why women did not have the same status as men under the first covenant, and why Paul specifically says, there is no male or female in Christ.

3. Not only were Abraham’s physical descendants circumcised, but those who were not of Abraham’s seed were also to be circumcised because the SEAL of the covenant was not DNA, but circumcision.

The nation of Israel, under the Law, did not consist of physical descendants of Abraham ONLY. This is why the modern day Zionist movement is so scripturally out of line. It promotes the ideology that the nation of Israel in scripture was exclusively the physical descendants of Abraham, thus the covenant predicated on physical DNA continues. This is incorrect and the breeding ground for dual covenant theology.

A Jew is a Jew because of the covenant of circumcision and obedience to the law of God.

Now that Christ has come, it is no longer circumcision in the flesh which is the token of the covenant, but circumcision of the heart. It is no longer the letter of the law given to ancient Israel, but the law of God inscribed on our hearts by the Holy Spirit, who sanctifies us and leads us into a godly and holy life, lived from a new heart in Christ.

God’s covenant with ancient Israel in the flesh was never predicated on their DNA. It was always predicated on circumcision and the Law given through Moses: every single time!

4. The uncircumcised was cut off from the people of God.

After the first generation of Israelites exited Israel, God made a covenant with them at Sinai, where he gave them the 10 Commandments. After this generation of Israelites provoked God’s wrath by choosing not to trust him, God swore in his anger that they would not enter the promised land, with the exception of Joshua and Caleb.

God caused them to wonder in the wilderness for 40 years until they died off and their children become adults.

After the 40 years had expired, the second generation of Israelites were given the same Law by Moses, which the first generation had despised.

The book of Deuteronomy records this second giving of the Law in the final days of Moses, at which time Joshua became the successor to Moses.

The context in Deuteronomy most likely occurred over about a week or so period of time, and happened just prior to Israel’s entrance into the promised land under the leadership of Joshua.

Before this new generation of Israelites could go in and possess the land, they had to be circumcised. We read the following in the book of Joshua:

At that time the Lord said unto Joshua, make thee sharp knives, and circumcise again the children of Israel the second time. And Joshua made him sharp knives, and circumcised the children of Israel at the hill of the foreskins. And this is the cause why Joshua did circumcise: All the people that came out of Egypt, that were males, even all the men of war, died in the wilderness by the way, after they came out of Egypt. Now all the people that came out were circumcised: but all the people that were born in the wilderness by the way as they came forth out of Egypt, them they had not circumcised. For the children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the people that were men of war, which came out of Egypt, were consumed, because they obeyed not the voice of the Lord: unto whom the Lord sware that he would not shew them the land, which the Lord sware unto their fathers that he would give us, a land that floweth with milk and honey. And their children, whom he raised up in their stead, them Joshua circumcised: for they were uncircumcised, because they had not circumcised them by the way ~ Joshua 5:2-7

The physical circumcision given to Israel was a foreshadowing of that which would come through Christ, namely, circumcision of the heart.

And just as the ancient Israelites could not enter and possess the promised land without first being circumcised, so we too must undergo a spiritual circumcision (a changed heart) so that we may obey God completely and enter the rest he has for us.

ACCOUNTABILITY WITHIN THE CHURCH

The apostle Paul instructed the Corinthians not to keep company with a brother in Christ who is a practicing fornicator.

In these instructions, Paul makes a distinction between fornicators in the world and those within the church, because those who within the church need to be held accountable to a godly standard.

It seems that the Church in America has gotten this one backwards. We have taken a stand against the LGBT agenda in the world, while failing to deal with fornication within the church.

Yet according to Paul’s instructions to the Corinthians, it is the fornicators within the Church that we should have no company with, while being light in darkness to the fornicators in the world, in the hopes that some would come to the saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.

When we attempt to influence culture regarding a sin that we refuse to deal with “in house,” we fail miserably.

One might argue that fornication is not the same as homosexuality. This is a weak argument because homosexuality is fornication. Fornication in the Biblical context is all inclusive regarding all sex outside of the marriage between a man and his wife.

Jude refers to the people of Sodom and Gomorrah as fornicators.

Paul applies this same rule to those who are covetous, idolaters, railers (the verbally abusive) drunks, and extortioners (swindlers).

As long as we allow fornicaton in the church, we are not embracing the doctrine of godliness.

Here is Paul’s instructions to the Corinthians:

I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:
Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person. ~ 1 Corinthians 5:9-13

Paul also instructed the Thessalonians not to keep company with those who refuse to work so that they may be ashamed of their actions.

For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread. But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing. And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother. ~ 2 Thessalonians 3:10-15

HOMOSEXUALITY, SODOM, AND MISAPPLIED SCRIPTURES

In scripture, the sin of homosexuality falls into the category of fornication, and like all other sexual sins, it is forgivable by God.

Some Christians have a very harsh and unloving attitude towards homosexuals because they think the Biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah justifies their personal prejudiceness towards gays.

I once fell into that category, but I have changed.

The men in the Biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah were not simply men whose sexual preference was towards other men.  The men in ancient Sodom and Gomorrah were corrupt to the core, and very wicked. They were vicious sexual violators of others.

It is apparent that Lot knew this, as he quickly urged the two strangers, who were actually angels from God, to get out of the streets and lodge in his house. Lot also encouraged them to leave early the next morning.

Had you been a man living in the time of Lot, before Sodom and Gomorrah was destroyed, and had you been simply passing through those cities, the men there would have wanted to rape you. This is exactly what they attempted to do to the two angels of God, as well as to Lot.

When Lot pleaded with the men of Sodom who gathered at his house to refrain from their wickedness, they became angry with Lot and began attempting to rape him. At this point, the angels pulled Lot inside the home, and blinded the men who were attempting to violate them and Lot.

The men of Sodom were sexual violators of the worse kind, and actually they were more than sexaul violators of others, they were proud and haughty idolaters. When we attempt to project the wickedness of the Sodomites onto all homosexuals, we completely misapply those scriptures.

When the whole counsel of scripture is taken into account, we get a clearer picture of just how wicked the men of Sodom and Gomorrah were.

God said the following to Jeremiah regarding the false prophets in Israel:

I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness; they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah. ~ Jeremiah 23:14

Notice that the sins of these prophets which were adultery, strengthening the hand of evil doers, and no repentance in them; is likened to the wickedness of Sodom.

Now consider God’s word to concerning the wickedness of his people through the prophet Ezekiel:

And thine elder sister is Samaria, she and her daughters that dwell at thy left hand: and thy younger sister, that dwelleth at thy right hand, is Sodom and her daughters. Yet hast thou not walked after their ways, nor done after their abominations: but, as if that were a very little thing, Thou was corrupted more than they in all thy ways. As I live, saith the Lord God, Sodom thy sister hath not done, she nor her daughters, as thou hast done, thou and thy daughters. Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good. ~ Ezekiel 16:46-50

In his description to Ezekiel, of the wickedness of Sodom, God uses some of the same language as he mentioned to Jeremiah. Yet, here he ads that they were prideful and haughty.

The wickedness that God saw in the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah was far more than an attraction to the opposite sex. It was utter corruption.

Again, homosexuality is a sin forgivable by God, but we need to be careful not to misuse the Biblical account of Sodom out of it’s contextual setting, because within the context of the whole counsel of scripture, Sodom and Gomorrah serves as an example for all ungodly (adulterers, idolaters, murderers, etc…) who will be punished for their ungodliness because they refuse to repent.

For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished… 2 Peter 2:4-9

For more on the Biblical approach to homosexuality, please follow the links below:

THE HOMOSEXUAL QUESTION
https://michaelbattle65.wordpress.com/2016/11/06/the-homosexual-question/

ACCOUNTABILITY WITHIN THE CHURCH
https://michaelbattle65.wordpress.com/2018/03/03/accountability-within-the-church/


 

DOCTRINE: IT’S NOT WHAT YOU PROFESS, IT’S WHAT YOU DO

In the New Testament, Jesus warned his disciples to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

The gospel of Matthew tells us that Jesus was referring to the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees, yet in Luke’s account, Luke says the leaven of the Pharisees is hypocrisy.

What is the connection between the hypocrisy of the Pharisees, and Sadducees and doctrine?

Well, many think of doctrine as a creed, or a theological perspective. Yet, in Biblical language, a person’s doctrine is the kind of life they actually live and not their creed, or what they claim to believe.

The doctrine of the Pharisees was hypocrisy because that is what they actually put into practice in their lives. Consider the following from Matthew 23:

Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not after their works: for they say and do not. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. ~ Matthew 23:1-4

Jesus then referred to the Pharisees and Scribes as hypocrites in verses 13,14,15, 23, 25, 27 and 29.

Hypocrisy was the doctrine of the Pharisees, Scribes, and Sadducees. Rather than living according to the Law and being an example to the people, they condemned others with the Law, while they themselves did not live according to the Law.

This is why the response of Jesus was so brilliant when the Scribes and Pharisees brought the woman caught in adultery to Jesus. They were condemning her for her sin, and not addressing their own sin, which the law exposes.

Jesus gave them the invitation that if any among them were guiltless, they could cast the first stone. Jesus actually turned the law back toward them, and the very law that they desired to condemned her with, exposed their own hypocrisy.

In 1 Timothy, Paul says the following the following:

Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust. ~ 1 Timothy 1:9-11

Notice that in speaking of things contrary to sound doctrine, Paul does not reference theology, ideologies, creeds, or religious tenets. Instead, Paul addresses behavior and conduct, because doctrine is what we live, and having sound doctrine means we live according to the faith we profess to believe.

In 1 Timothy 4, when Paul speaks of the doctrines of demons, he again refers to actions such as speaking lies in hypocrisy; having the conscience seared with a hot iron; forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

Later in verse 16 Paul says, “Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.”

Paul is not saying to Timothy that he would save himself and others by having the right creed or theological points of view. According to scripture, those who are justified by faith “live by faith” (Hebrews 10:38) and “faith without works is dead” (James 2:26). In Titus, Paul speaks much about doctrine in regards to how we live, and refers to those who claim to know God but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate (Titus 1:16).

This is what Paul is referring to when he tells Timothy, “Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.”

Paul was not referring to an ideology, or a set of religious tenets. Paul is referring to the conduct and behavior which is the living out of our faith. Notice the previous verses which are the context of Paul’s instructions to Timothy:

Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. ~ 1 Timothy 4:12-15

Verse 15 in the Amplified Bible says: Practice and work hard on these things; be absorbed in them [completely occupied in your ministry], so that your progress will be evident to all.

Doctrine is what we live in your everyday life. It is not the tenet or creed that you claim to believe.

LEAPFROG THEOLOGY

Many people have a theology that leap frogs the story of Israel in the Old Testament. They jump from Adam to Christ because they view the cross as getting us back to Adam.

This approach to scripture has led to many erroneous teachings, because many “dominion” theologies have spun from it, such as the one that claims that we are little gods.

When the story of Israel in the Old Testament becomes important to us, we will shun such teachings that claim we are gods, for the narrative of the story of Israel repeatedly addresses this issue of idolatry within the heart of men.

It is idolatry that causes a man to want to claim “we are gods,”

When God gave to Israel the Ten Commandments, the first three commands address this very thing.

1. I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

The fourth commandment was to keep the Sabbath holy as a reminder that GOD has rested on the Sabbath day.

God alone is the creator, and that he alone is God is repeated over and over to the people of Israel. The Sabbath was to serve as a reminder to Israel that they we to serve the Creator, and not themselves.

Yet idolatry was a constant problem in Israel, even as it is within the church. Men love to be idolized and want to think they are gods. They re not.

God said to Israel, “I am God, and there is no other.”

Some think that the curse of the law was simply death for sin, and that redemption form the curse of the law means being restored to a “god-like” status, because they think that is what redemption is all about.

They are wrong. And the reason they think this way is because they have leapfrogged the story of Israel in their theology and doctrine.

The curse of the law was exile, and the reason for the exile was predominately, idolatry.

Christ did not redeem us to be gods, he redeemed us from idolatry when he redeemed us from the curse of the law, so that from a pure heart we would serve the Living God.

How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the Living God? ~ Hebrews 9:14

Leapfrogging God’s covenant with ancient Israel leads to many unsound ideologies, and you will not truly understand the finished work of Christ’s redemption if you read the Bible in such a manner.

REPENTANCE, IT IS REALLY AS SIMPLE AS A CHANGE OF MIND?

One of the points made by those who downplay the necessity of repentance, is how they define the word repent, saying it simply means to change your mind. Thus, a person doesn’t really need to feel any conviction or grief regarding sin, he just needs to change his mind.

Well, this sort of reasoning doesn’t withstand the test of the scriptures. While repentance is definitely a changed mind, the outworking of repentance definitely has expression of obedience.

Belief without true repentance, which leads to obedience, will not save you. The gospel requires a turning from disobedience to obedience.

Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. ~ Peter 1:2

According to the apostle Paul, the Israelites who rejected Christ, did not “obey the gospel” ~ Romans 10:16, and we who believe were set free from sin when we obeyed from the heart. ~ Romans 6:17

Peter tells us that as obedient children, we are not to fashion ourselves according to our former lusts, but as God who has called us, is holy, so we too are called to be holy in everything. ~ See 1 Peter 1:14-16

If a person has not turned from ungodliness, they are not saved. They are deceived.

John the Baptist preached to the people to “bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance…” ~ Matthew 3:8. The New Living Translation says, Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God.

True repentance is a turning from disobedience to obedience, and that is the change of mind that true repentance brings. 

When Paul confronted the Corinthians about the sin of fornication in their midst, Paul chided them because they had not “mourned.”

This sin in their midst should have griefed the Corinthians, but it hadn’t. Later in 2 Corinthians, Paul speaks about their repentance referring to it as “godly sorrow” which brought about a carefulness within them and clearing of themselves, and an indignation, a reverence, and zeal for what is right. ~ See 2 Corinthians 7:8-11

These are the effects that true repentance has on the soul, and you can’t get this from just a causal changing of the mind. The change of mind that true repentance brings produces these qualities mentioned above.

If a person doesn’t have a passion for doing right – obeying the Lord, their truly has not been the change of mind that true repentance brings.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.

10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. ~ James 4:7-10 

THE CONTEXT OF GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD

There are many people who recognize the words of John 3:16: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son. Many can quote these words verbatim. Unfortunately, many of those same people do not know the context in which the words are spoken.

Let us consider, briefly, the context of God’s love in John 3:16 to better understand God’s love as it is revealed in scripture. Let’s begin with verses 14-15:

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

Now consider the Old Testament account from which Jesus references in verses 14-15 above.

5 And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.

6 And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.

7 Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord, and against thee; pray unto theLord, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.

8 And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.

9 And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived. ~ Numbers 21:5-9

The serpent of brass which God commanded Moses to make was the atoning provision to save the people from the judgment which God had sent. Notice that the text says: “And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.” (v.6)

According to Jesus, this was a type of how God would deliver us from our sins, and it was an Old Testament foreshadowing of how God would display his love for us in Jesus Christ.

Sinful man is under the judgment of God, but God sent his son to be the atoning sacrifice for the sins of all who will repent and turn to him, and this is how God so loved the world. He gave his only begotten Son so that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have eternal life. ~ John 3:16

Now consider John 3:17 – 21:

17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. ~ John 3:16 – 21

Now notice verse 36:

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

God gave his Son to bestow his love on all who would humbly turn from their sins. God’s love for all people is revealed in his giving of his Son, with the condition, that the recipients of his love turn from their sins.

Those who refuse to turn from their sins by rejecting the precious gift of God, which he gave through the offering of his Son, have consequently rejected the love of God. Therefore they are condemned, and are under God’s wrath.

Whether we like it or not, there are people throughout the world who hate God because they love their sins. God’s love is extended to them, calling them to repentance. If they persist in their rebellion against God, refusing to humble themselves, they will be judged and damned in their sins: In this way, they are under the wrath of God.

The New Testament teaches that God has appointed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man he has appointed: Jesus Christ.

God has given his Son as the witness of himself, and in the Son, God offers forgiveness, grace, and mercy, to all people. Those who believe God’s witness, in his Son, receive life everlasting through God’s forgiveness, grace, and mercy; which is freely given in Jesus Christ.

Those who reject the Son of God; reject the love, mercy, and grace, God has offered them. God is holy and just to be displeased and angry with those who refuse to humble themselves before him so that they may receive mercy and grace.

On the day of judgement, those who reject God’s love will have no intercessor, no advocate to defend them, and will stand before a holy and righteous God with all their sins exposed before him. They will be judged for their sins because of their defiance of his goodness, and their rejection of the love God offered them in Jesus.

For them, there will no forgiveness when they stand before God to be judged. They will be judged, not by God’s compassion, but by God’s wrath.

THE ERROR OF HYPER GRACE DOCTRINE

Those who teach the theology known as hyper grace have created a doctrine about God’s grace from the private interpretation of the so-called grace teachers, whose teachings contradict the whole counsel of God’s word.

The doctrine of the hyper grace teachers is a twisting of the teachings of scripture regarding the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Some of the more prominent claims which the hyper grace teachers associate with the finished work of Christ are as follows:

1. All past, present, and future sins of the believer have already been forgiven.

2. God does not convict believers of sin.

3. Believers do not need to repent when they knowingly sin.

4. Addressing sin in the life of a believer makes them “sin conscience.”

These points of emphasis by the hyper grace teachers are predicated on the belief that God has eradicated believers from any accountability for sinful conduct on the basis of the finished work of Jesus Christ.

Yet Jesus who died for all, confronted the sins of believers in his messages to the seven churches in the book of the Revelation.

The doctrine of the hyper grace teachers wrongly apply the teaching of the book of Hebrews, which places emphasis on the finished work of Christ, as once and for all, and refers to the merits of Christ sacrifice as having put away sin.

These expressions need to be understood contextually, as meant by the author of the book of Hebrews, who in no way was communicating the doctrine of the hyper grace teachers. If the author of Hebrews had been teaching the doctrine of the hyper grace teachers, he would not have repeatedly warned those to whom he was writing of the dangers of apostasy.

When the book of Hebrews is read and understood contextually, the entire theology of the hyper grace doctrine crumbles.

The putting away of sins and the once for all references in the book of Hebrews has to do with the superiority of the New Covenant in contrast to the Old. It has nothing to do with believers not needing to repent when they sin.

It has to do with the permanency of the finished work of Christ in contrast to the imperfect atonement under the Law. It has nothing to do with future sins already being forgiven.

Under the law, the blood of animals could not purify man’s conscience in the sight of God and those offerings were not sufficient to provide a lasting atonement for all sin, therefore atonement had to be repeated annually for the nation, and daily for individuals.

Furthermore, those sacrifices could not cleanse the conscience from guilt. Jesus’s sacrifice provided lasting atonement and that is why the author of Hebrews refers to it as once and for all. The sacrifice of Jesus is perfect and will avail forever.

Christ’s sacrifice being, once for all, does not mean that God can’t see our sins, when we sin. It does not mean that we do not need to repent when we know we have sinned. It simply means that there is no longer any need for the offerings for sins which were offered under the law.

Jesus’s sacrifice will cleanse us, and keep on cleaning us when we sin if we continue in faith towards Christ.

Consider the words of the apostle John:

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sinIf we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. ~ 1 John 1:7- 2:1 

It is abundantly clear that John is writing to believers and addressing the issue of sin, for he refers to them as “my little children,” in contrast to the world.

SIN, CONVICTION, AND REPENTANCE

It is a dangerous thing to teach believers to ignore conviction from the Lord. The ideology of the hyper grace doctrine claims that because of the finished work of Christ we should ignore conviction regarding sin, because addressing sin makes us “sin conscience.”

This is a dangerous doctrine because a saved person who happens to fall into sin, such as pornography, is going to experience guilt. Such guilt is the voice of his conscience, and guilt will not be taken away until he has repented and been cleansed from this sin by the blood of Jesus.

Teaching Christians that any consciousness of sin is something to be shunned, is actually teaching them to override the voice of their own conscience when they are in sin. If the believer referred to in the example above continues in his sin, refusing to heed to voice of his conscience, his heart will become hardened to the Lord, and soon he will justify his evil conduct.

In the book of Hebrews, the author of Hebrews tells us the following:

Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:

When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.

10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.

11 So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)

12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. ~ Hebrews 3:8-13

Notice that the author of Hebrews warns believers to take heed so as not to allow an evil heart of unbelief and to not be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

Also, the apostle John says the following:

And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. ~ 1 John 3: 19-21

Whenever anyone teaches that as believers we should never be conscience of sin, they are actually teaching people to drown out the voice of their own conscience in their heart which is alerting them to sin in their lives.

If we have dealt with a particular sin, and have been cleansed, we should resist condemnation that enters our mind, because the precious blood of Jesus has purified our conscience and removed the guilt. However, if there is known and unrepentant sin in our life, our hearts will condemn us before God, because we need to deal with sin and pursue holiness in the sight of God.

The doctrine of the hyper grace teachers does not stand in the court of the whole counsel of scripture. When cross-examined by the entire doctrine of the New Testament, the teachings of the hyper grace doctrine fails miserably.

Those who claim that all future sins are already forgiven, and who claim that God can’t see our sins, and that we should never address sin because we are to have no more consciousness of sin, often cite isolated texts from the apostle Paul to support their doctrine.

The apostle Peter warned of those who do such things when he exhorted believers to live godly and holy lives in anticipation of the coming of the Lord.  Consider the following from 2 Peter 3:

14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;

16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. ~ 2 Peter 3:14-17

Peter warns his audience to be careful not to be led away by the error of the wicked, and he says this within the context of those who twist the scriptures to their own destructionand this is exactly what is happening within the hyper grace teachings. Many of these teachers are projecting onto Paul’s words a theology that Paul never taught.

Paul never taught that all the future sins of believers are already forgiven and that believers had no need to ever repent of sin. 

In 1 Corinthians 5:1-2, the apostle Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit confronted the Corinthians for the sin of fornication in their midst.

It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife. And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you. ~1 Corinthians 5:1-2

If Paul inspired by the Spirit of God, reprimanded the Corinthians regarding this sin, God obviously knew about their sin, and Paul obviously did not think this sin of the Corinthians was forgiven in advance.

In 2 Corinthians 7, Paul says the following to them:

For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season. Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world works death. For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter. ~ 2 Corinthians 7:8-11

According to the Bible, God saw the sin of fornication which the Corinthians were allowing in their midst, and after Paul rebuked them they repented.

Though they repented, Paul was still concerned about the lack of repentance of some among the Corinth believers, for they had allowed false teachers (specifically, false apostles) to influence them with another gospel. Paul says the following in chapter 12 within context of the Corinthians tolerating false apostles.

20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:

21 And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed. ~ 2 Corinthians 12:20-21

Those who teach that God does not see your sins after you are saved because all future sins are already forgiven, and that you should never be conscience of sin, are teaching error, and bordering on the lines of being false teachers. Some have already crossed that line.

Did God see the sin of Corinthian believers? Absolutely! And he can see mine and your’s too.

Did Jesus expose sin within the seven Churches in the book of the Revelation, rebuking his people and calling them to repentance? Absolutely!

While the hyper grace teachers want you to believe that God doesn’t address sin in the life of believers, the Lord Jesus Christ who is the one who died for our sins, says to his people, As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. ~ Revelation 3:19

WILL THERE BE A WEALTH TRANSFER IN THE LAST DAYS?

There are some who teach that there is going to be an “end time transfer of wealth,” and that the body of Christ (the collective body of believers who trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior) is going to become “wealthy” through this transfer.

Those who teach this do so based on the “prophetic words” of certain ministers whose prophecy is treated as “authoritative,” rather than being tested according to scripture. 

We must be cautious when ministers have prophetic words for the collective body of Christ, which has become the norm in some arenas of Christian ministry. In such cases, prophecy is elevated to the “authoritative”  status of Biblical doctrine. This is serious error.  Rather than teaching the truth according to scripture, these prophetic words are preached and taught, and those who teach these prophetic words do so with scriptures which have been taken out of context to support their prophecies.

The Word of God instructs us to judge all such prophecy, and the best way to judge the prophetic words of men is by the whole counsel of God given in the scriptures, and there is nothing in scripture which teaches that there will be an “end time transfer of wealth.”

In fact there are some lazy people within the church, and the apostle Paul instructed the Thessalonians not to keep company with such people, even though they are believers.

1For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.

12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.

13 But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.

14 And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.

15 Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother. ~ 2 Thessalonians 3:10-15

Paul certainly did not teach an end-time wealth transfer that would benefit the collective body of the church, for he instructed the Thessalonians to have no company with lazy believers who would not work so that they would ashamed.

The text which has been mishandled by those who prophecy and teach “an end time wealth transfer,” is found in the book of Proverbs: A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just. ~ Proverbs 13:22

There is nothing in Proverbs 13:22, or the balance of scripture, which speaks of a wealth transfer in an end time context, from one collective body (sinners in the world) to another collective body (the church).

Proverbs 13:22 is contrasting between the inheritance which a good man leaves behind (whether it be earthly possessions or a heritage of righteousness, etc.,) and the wicked, whose wealth will eventually make its way into the hands of the righteous because “the memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.” ~ Proverbs 10:7

Regarding the wicked, the Psalmist says, “Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following let their name be blotted out.” ~ Psalm 109:13

Concerning the righteous, he says, “the generation of the upright shall be blessed.” ~ Psalm 112:2

The Bible speaks often of the generation of the upright being blessed, while the generation of evil doers perish. By the providence of God, that which wicked people lay up for themselves in their greed, will eventually make it into the hands of those who will use it for godly purposes. This is a spiritual truth, and not a prophetic word that Christians are going to have unearned wealth lavished on them in the last days.