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Now Faithful play the Man, speak for thy God.

Fear not the wicked’s malice, nor their rod:

Speak boldly man, the Truth is on thy side;

Die for it, and to Life in triumph ride.

In many ways the Christianity group feature on Gab (a free speech social media alternative to Twitter) reminds me of the Vanity Fair in John Bunyan’s classic Pilgrims Progress. Like Bunyan’s Vanity Fair, Gab’s Christianity group is given over to frivolous pursuits and idle amusements.

Although Gab’s Christianity group is comprised mostly of unregenerate and reprobate Christians, it mirrors Bunyan’s fair in that it lures regenerate believers to the traditions, philosophies, and vain imaginings of a fallen world and away from the whole counsel of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ found only in Scripture.

As at Bunyan’s fair, “the ware of Rome and her merchandise is greatly promoted” so it is in Gab’s Christianity group. Although false gospels resound throughout the cyber group, chiefly promoted among them is Roman Catholicism’s false gospel.

Papal apologists stand at the ready to distract from the truth of Scripture and to direct attention away from it. And when all offers to recognize Church and papal supremacy are spurned and rejected, believers can expect to be verbally attacked and even threatened with violence by Church zealots and apologists.

Born-again believers are the special targets of the group’s hostility. Believers who refuse to conform to the ecumenical leanings of the maniacal group can expect to be taunted, insulted, and ridiculed.

The group’s unregenerate and reprobate Christians take great exception to anyone who claims that Scripture is the sole the authority for the Christian faith and that the King James Bible contains the only Scripture that is trustworthy.

The Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Timothy that there would be times like these. “[T]he Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron” (4:1-2 KJV). And reprobate Christians have a seared conscience.

The smorgasbord Christianity that pervades the Gab group is antithetical to Biblical Christianity. Scripture does not teach that God loves everybody or that everyone who believes in God or says “Jesus Christ is Lord” is Heaven bound.

There would be no need for repentance and salvation, and people would be able to think and do whatever is right in their own eyes if it were true that God loves everybody unconditionally.

Scripture clearly teaches that God does not love everybody, that people are sinners under God’s condemnation and judgment, and that repentance is necessary for salvation. The teachings of Scripture are unambiguous; God hates wickedness and all workers of iniquity.

Scripture also teaches that demons believe in God and are condemned to Hell, and that many who do great works and call Jesus Christ Lord will also spend eternity in Hell.

Biblical Christianity is exclusive and does not allow for people to pick and choose verses and passages willy nilly from a smorgasbord of options that they can combine with teachings from other religions or philosophies. Paul attests in Galatians that God does not take the bastardization of His Gospel lightly.

Generally speaking, the Christianity group on Gab displays no love for Biblical truth, nor do they want to hear it in clips or see it in placards, memes, or posts. Equivocation notwithstanding, I denounce the group’s rejection of Biblical truth.

However, as a proponent of freedom of speech and conscience (seared or not), I must defend the unregenerate and reprobate Christian’s right to reject Biblical truth. In fact, I champion both their right to reject it, as well as my right to say that they have done so.

Peace.

I.M. Kane

 

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Unregenerate Christians are self-idenfied and not God-identified, therefore, they hate the doctrine that God has sovereignly elected some people for salvation. They misrepresent what Scripture clearly teaches, which is that God calls many, and of the many called a “few are chosen.”

To their way of thinking, a God who sovereignly chooses to save only the few and punish the many is not only an unjust judge but is also an evil monster. They say a God who saves only the elect and damns everyone else is unfair and unloving and bears a closer resemblance to the pagan deities of antiquity than to the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob.

If Scripture is God’s written Word and the Christian’s authority for all matters of faith and practice, then what it teaches about God is what is true, regardless of what people understand or believe is fair, just, and loving.

According to Scripture, God destroyed everyone in the world except for Noah and his family; He also destroyed everyone in Sodom and Gomorrah and surrounding cities except for Lot and his daughters. The question unregenerate Christians must answer is how can God destroy the entire world and its inhabitants, annihilate the cities on the plain and everyone in them, save only a few chosen people, and remain a loving God?

Scripture also says that God chose Israel above all people to be His treasured possession and servants on the earth, and He knows only Israel among all the families of the world. The question facing unregenerate Christians is how is it fair for God to choose Israel over all the nations and the Israelites over all people on the earth and make them His people, His servants, and His witnesses?

The Scripture is clear that God does not love every person equally. Paul writes in Romans that God loved Jacob and hated his brother Esau before the twin boys were born and had done any good or evil. In addition Paul writes that God decreed the elder would serve the younger, and that He elected Jacob instead of Esau to receive his father’s blessing when the birthright really belonged to Esau as the elder brother.

Paul clearly says that God cursed and hated Esau before the boy had been born or had done anything evil, so that “the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth.” The question for the unregenerate Christian is how is it right and just for God to hate and punish an unborn child before he’s born, and has done anything to warrant it?

In the same chapter of Romans Paul writes that God raised up Pharaoh to destroy him; and He hardened Pharaoh’s heart so that God’s power and name would be known and declared throughout the world.

It’s clear from Romans that God does what He pleases and no man can call Him to account or make Him responsible for anything He does. God is accountable to no one. He is bound by nothing. He has “mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.”

Paul writes the potter has power over the clay to make from the same lump a vessel for honor and another for dishonor. Man was created to glorify God, and God is glorified through the vessels He has made. Everything God created is for His pleasure.

God is sovereign creator; what He does is just for nothing can constrain Him, and no law is above Him. God’s defining characteristic is holiness, not love; He is righteousness and justice. Who can hold Him responsible and say He is wrong in what He does? “Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.”

The law is man’s taskmaster, not God’s. God is bound by nothing, no law constrains Him. He created the law. He cannot be judged by it. God is judge, and His judgments are righteous.

Man has no rights to which God must acknowledge and acquiesce. “Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou?”

The truth is the unregenerate Christian’s interpretation of Scripture is a direct assault against God’s sovereignty, and he can’t believe what the Scripture clearly teaches because the unregenerate “receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

I.M.Kane

 

 

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