by Mike Ratliff
So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. (Hebrews 4:9-13 ESV)
Continuing within the context of yesterday’s post, Dead to Sin Alive to God in Christ Jesus, in which Christians devote themselves entirely to their Lord in all parts of their lives rather than simply seeking to be religious, my intent was to use this post to elevate the role of God’s Word to its necessary role in the life of all true believers. However, today I read this post by my dear brother Ken Silva. I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised by what these men say, but as one who is totally devoted to our Lord Jesus Christ and His Word as the living active, sharp, two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart knowing full well that no one is hidden from God’s sight, but all are naked and exposed to His eyes and to Him all must give an account, well, I am just astounded when “professing Christian leaders” say and teach such σκύβαλον as if it is truth, which, of course, is of the world and of our enemy Satan, therefore, it is nothing but lies meant for those bound for destruction.
Ken nailed the unchristian aspects of the concept of “evolutionary Christianity” and the fact that those who praise Michael Dowd, its creator, are guilty of years of apostate teaching. Doug Pagitt has proved with his own words that he is an apostate, having abandoned the genuine Christian faith years ago for the false man-centered universalists mumbo-jumbo that he espouses at Solomon’s Porch with Tony Jones. These fellows are in agreement so when Michael Dowd denies the veracity of the genuine Christian faith and these men say they agree with what he is saying and doing then we must understand that they are on the same apostate path.
Red flags for spotting wolves, false teachers, is that they will do whatever it takes to insert their own teachings in and through and in place of God’s Word. When they become bold enough, they will attack God’s Word directly. Michael Dowd thinks he has “arrived” enough to do that when he says:
“But when you understand, from an evolutionary perspective, that all cultures have personified Reality; either Reality as a whole—or some significant aspect of Reality. And personification is one of the things that our brains do…when we remember that “God” is a sacred, meaningful, personification—not a person—all of a sudden, not only does that make sense of all the world’s religious traditions—and their differences—but it also allows us to see that there’s no conflict between science and religion… Nothing is driving young people away from God—away from a right relationship with Reality—faster, and further, than the Bible.
Did you see that he not only attacked God directly in that statement, but the necessity of Word of God for Christians? Then Doug Pagitt says, “I like what he’s up to…he’s written a book called, Thank God for Evolution and his argument is that there’s this big thing going on in the larger story of the cosmos and that it’s not at all inconsistent with Christianity; it’s not all inconsistent with the Hebrew faith, it’s not at all inconsistent with the other great faiths of the world. “ I think that answers and lot of questions about Pagitt and friends doesn’t it?
Compare Pagitt’s statement there with the passage from Hebrews 4 I placed at the top of this post. He says that making all the world’s religions coequal and in partnership with evolutionary science that depersonalizes God and negates the need for a Saviour is “not at all inconsistent with Christianity.” Really? For anyone to say something as stupid as that means that they either are deliberately trying to mislead or they really are ignorant of what the Bible teaches. Which do you think it is? They obviously have no fear of that part about having to give an account to God.
The genuine Christian is in a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. He is their advocate before the Father and this is necessary because their accuser stands before the throne accusing them continually. The judge is Father. The prosecutor is the enemy. The defense advocate is the Son of God. We are the accused. All those truly in Christ have Christ as their advocate so that when accused this way our Lord defends us and because of His righteousness imputed to our account, we are always declared righteous in God’s eyes. These fellows like Pagitt, Jones and Dowd, et cetera want to do away with all of that and make Jesus just our example. This is the lie that those who buy into it will pay with their lives with an eternity in Hell.
Now do you see why it is vital for us to know the Word of God and stand firm against these men and what they are saying and doing? I thank God for men like Ken Silva whom He is using to expose them to the Church. Oh, let the eyes of the leadership in our churches be opened and this filth be cleaned up before it is too late.
Soli Deo Gloria!