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    July 16, 2012 | 7 Comments

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    Dr. Brown continues to examine the message of false assurance that tells unrepentant sinners that they are assured of God’s salvation if they claim to have once been saved, and then comments on the new Showtime reality TV show featuring “polyamorous” families.

     

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    Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: Let us not be like the false prophets of Israel who said to God’s sinning people, “Peace! Peace!” when there was no peace. Let’s tell the truth in love, and the power of the Spirit will leave the consequences to God.

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    7 Responses to “The Gospel of False Assurance, and More Evidence of the Slippery Slope”

    1. Anthea
      July 16th, 2012 @ 9:00 am

      Hello Dr Brown

      Looking forward to downloading this programme today.

      BTW, I listened to the 4th July show and was v interested in Hobby Lobby.

      We have a chain of toy shops in the UK that has very similar Christian witness, and it’s attracted lots of publicity over the years:

      http://www.licc.org.uk/engaging-with-work/workers/resources-for-workers2/topsyturvy-toy-story-32

      You’ll find these stories interesting, and perhaps Mr Grant would speak to you about his stand for Jesus.

    2. Dr Michael L Brown
      July 16th, 2012 @ 9:36 am

      Praise God! Great to hear that.

    3. Chris hambrick
      July 17th, 2012 @ 12:05 am

      Hi dr brown my name is chris hambrick u prob had this question before some have debated to me the resurrection of jesus the three days and nights didnt happen on friday sat sunday , another question jesus isnt lamb of God because they said the lamb is female lamb, one more question they brought up the prophecy about messiah being quiet before his accussers they brought up that he talked. I would like to know how to answer these questions .

    4. R. Kneubuhl
      July 17th, 2012 @ 3:09 am

      The program was good today. You are very clear and I think that you make very strong arguments using great examples from real life.  I love listening to experiences that you had in life.  I think that according to God’s Word , our goal is to become a new creation. 1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, God’s own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”

    5. Steve
      July 17th, 2012 @ 4:08 pm

      Thank you Dr. Brown for taking a strong Biblical stand against the gospel of false assurance that is so prevalent today. I think you may already know that other leading Christian Pastors are teaching the same false assurance gospel as Chambers and his Pastor. For example, Pastor Tony Evans writes:

      In Verse 19-21 of Galatians 5, Paul gives three basic categories of sin that result from living for the flesh: sexual sins, superstitious sins, and social sins. This is not an exhaustive list, because he adds in verse 21, “and things like these.” So no one can say, “Well, my stuff isn’t on that list. I’m OK.” … But enough of the sins of the flesh are accounted for to warrant this very strong conclusion: “Of which I forewarn you just as I have forewarned you that those who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God” (v. 21b). . . . Christians who practice such things enter the kingdom, but they don’t inherit the kingdom.
      This is a very important distinction. There is a difference between entering the kingdom and inheriting the kingdom. . . . Christians who persist in practicing fleshly living incur two losses. One is in this life and the other is in the life to come. The temporal loss is that they will not live full, productive lives. That could come about in a lot of different ways. It could be a family tragedy, an early death, or not having needs met because God is disciplining. And even though Christians in this condition get into the kingdom. They will not be granted the authority God wants to give them in the kingdom that is to come. (Returning to Your First Love, 75, 81-83)

      Pastor Erwin Lutzer holds to a similar view:

      Paul wrote, “For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolator, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.” (Ephesians 5:5). Who are these people who will not have an “inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God”? In context, Paul is warning Christians about their behavior. He assume that Christians can be deceived and live like the “sons of disobedience.” . . . If Paul meant that those who practice such vices will not enter the kingdom, our own assurance of final salvation would be in constant jeopardy. Any one of us could be overtaken by such a sin and die in disgrace.
      Perhaps what Paul meant is this: Those who practice such sins will not be barred from entering the kingdom, but will be barred from inheriting it. If one or more of these sins characterizes their Christian lives, and they refuse to judge the evil, they will forfeit the honor of kingdom rule.
      Similar teaching occurs in Paul’s instructions to the church in Galatia [i.e., Galatians 5:19-21]. . . . I’m sure we would agree that when genuine Christians allow such sins to become a part of their lives, their reward will be diminished. (Your Eternal Reward: Triumph and Tears at the Judgment Seat of Christ, 69-71)

      As you have rightly noted, these teachings give Christians a license for immorality. Thus, the dire need for leaders like you who will speak out against such false teachings.

      May God continue to richly bless your ministry.

    6. Mark Phillips
      July 19th, 2012 @ 9:01 am

      Just to say that ‘Revolution in the Church’ contains two chapters that are among (to me) some of the most important things Michael has said ; Chapters 5 and 10.

      In chapter 5 Michael effectively calls disciples to 36 inch disciplehood (see Messiah’s yardstick – Luke 14:25-35) ; in chapter 10,we have Michael saying the Way is not a new Gentile RELIGION called ‘Christianity – no,it is a new,second,better covenant with Israel (established by their Messiah – Jesus).

      If possible Michael,please could you think about putting those two chapters together – into an ebook. (Or perhaps writing two similar articles and having them as a free resource.)

    7. Dr Michael L Brown
      July 23rd, 2012 @ 9:24 am

      Ron,

      Not only are you misrepresenting what others here believe, but you are refusing to comply with our guidelines — which everyone else abides by, including atheists and non-believers — and you are actually the one engaging in bullying tactics by refusing to comply and by making false accusations. Your comments will be moderated from here on, which is really unfortunate, and your last comment will be pulled. We told you repeatedly to find a thread where the topic was relevant and the debate was fine to have, but instead, you chose to do it your way and make a mockery of everyone else here who tries to play buy the rules. Something is just not right when that happens.

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