“Turned Unto, And Giving Heed to Cunningly Devised Fables”
II Timothy 4:4 “And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
Titus 1:13, 14
“…Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.”
I Timothy 1:4
“Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.”
I Timothy 4:7
“But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.”
II Timothy 4:4
“And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
II Peter 1:16
“For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.”
You know what a fable is. It is a brief story, dreamed up by a man to teach a moral, ethical lesson, but factually it is a lie. Here are four common religious fables, dreamed up by men to teach people religious morality. They are universally embraced, proclaimed, and defended. These three fables will be presented throughout the city, across this country and around the world today as the very truth of God. But they are in fact lies that are damning to the souls of all who believe them.
1. “God loves everyone.”
He does not! Nowhere does the Bible say or imply that he does. The proof text most commonly used to “prove” this assertion is John 3:16. But neither John 3:16 nor any other passage of Holy Scripture teaches that God’s love is universal. In the Word of God the word “world” seldom means everyone in the world, without exception, and the word “all” seldom means all without exception – Luke 2:1 & Rom. 5:18-19. In fact, the Bible plainly tells us that God does not love everyone (Ps. 11:5; 7:11; Rom. 9:13; Isa. 43:1-5). “God is love.” We rejoice in that fact. But God’s love is in Christ. In the Bible there is no assurance of God’s love given to anyone apart from faith in Christ.
2. “God wills the salvation of all men, without exception.”
The proof text by which blaspheming freewillers attempt to prove this notion is 2 Peter 3:9. Reading this verse in its entirety and in its context, we have no difficulty understanding it. The “us” God is not willing should perish and the “us ward” to whom he is longsuffering is his elect. We are assured of this, for in verse 15, the Holy Spirit tells us plainly that this long suffering of our God is salvation.
3. “The Lord Jesus Christ shed his blood and died to redeem and save all people.”
In order to prove this doctrine we are often referred to four texts, which, we are told, prove universal redemption (John 3:16; Heb. 2:9; 2 Pet. 2:1; 1 John 2:1-2). Obviously, the word “world” in John 3:16 and 1 John 2:2 refers to the world of God’s elect, God’s elect scattered throughout the whole world. We have already seen that it cannot refer to every person in the world, because God declares that his love is not universal, but particular, distinguishing, and saving. If Christ made propitiation for every person in the whole world without exception, then all must be saved, for there is not crime left for which propitiation must be made.
In Hebrews 2:9, t The words “every man” should read simply “every,” referring to those specific people named in the following verses (not to every man without exception).—Every Son (v. 10)—Every Sanctified One (v. 11)—Every Brother (v. 12)—Every Child (v. 13)—Every One Given to Christ (v. 13)—Every One of The Seed of Abraham (v. 16)—Every One of His People (v. 17). In 2 Peter 2:1 the word translated Lord, is the word from which we get our word “despot.” It is not the word commonly used to refer to our Lord Jesus Christ. Our Lord Jesus is the sovereign despot of all men, by virtue of his obedience unto death as the God-man, our Mediator. (Ps. 2:8; John 17:2; Rom. 14:9). He did not redeem the false prophets there spoken of. The word “redeemed” (the word we would use to speak of deliverance by a price, as in the ransom of one held in bondage) is not used. Rather, the word “bought” (the word we would use when speaking of purchasing a piece of property to take possession of it) is used. As a man, Christ bought “the field” (world—including those false prophets) that he might have “the treasure” (God’s elect) hidden in it (Matt. 13:44). Our blessed Savior redeemed his elect, that he might justly deliver them from all the evil consequences of the fall. He bought the right to possession and to dispose of the whole world, as stated plainly in John 17:2.
The Son of God did not shed his blood for every person in the world. He did not die for all without exception! – The Bible nowhere teaches or implies that Christ died for, redeemed, or came to save those multitudes who are at last lost in hell. Those who teach that he did must acknowledge the blasphemous absurdities that follow their hellish doctrine. Here are five blasphemies that are inescapable conclusions to the doctrine of universal redemption. There are many others, but these four are shocking enough to show the folly of that heresy.
· Christ died in vain for the multitudes who are in hell, many of whom were already eternally damned when he died!
· There are some for whom Christ died for whom he refused even to pray (John 17:9) and for whom he would not have us to pray (1 John 5:19).
· Christ failed in his mission, the work he came here to accomplish (Matt. 1:21).
· If he is a failure, if he tries to do what he does not actually accomplish, he is not Jehovah’s Righteous Servant (Isa. 42:4), and he is certainly not God! “Failure” and “God” are mutually exclusive words!
· If Jesus Christ, whom we trust, failed to redeem multitudes he came to redeem, then we are yet in our sins, without hope, and all who preach the gospel of accomplished redemption are false witnesses of God! Those for whom Christ died shall never die! The Son of God redeemed all whom he came to redeem, and he shall save all whom he came to save (Isa. 53:8; Heb. 9:12; Isa. 53:9-12).
4. “The Holy Spirit of God is doing all that he can to save all people. He strives to save everybody.”
You know that is not true. Nothing could be further from the truth. There are multitudes to whom the Spirit of God has never even sent his Word. The Bible says nothing of the Spirit trying to reprove, trying to convince, or trying to regenerate. The Bible declares, “It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing.” But the perverters of Scripture, those who wrest the Scriptures to their own destruction, point to Genesis 6:3 as a proof text for the Holy Spirit’s impotence in grace. Let’s be honest with God’s Word. Every word, every phrase, every verse of Holy Scripture must be interpreted in its context, both its immediate context and the whole context of Divine Revelation. Genesis 6:3 is not talking about God’s saving operations, but about Noah’s generation and the wrath of God upon that generation.
The whole religious world, to one degree or another, declares that salvation is accomplished by the will of man, the worth of man, and the work of man. But the Word of God declares that salvation is by the will of God alone, the worth of Christ alone, and the work of the Holy Spirit alone.