More Hypocrisy

by Mike Ratliff

Philip, however, one of those who had been ordained with Stephen to the diaconate, was among those dispersed. He went to Samaria and, filled with divine power, was the first to preach the word there. So great was the divine grace at work with him that even Simon Magus and many others were captivated by his words. Simon had gained such fame by the wizardry with which he controlled his victims that he was believed to be the Great Power of God. But even he was so overwhelmed by the wonders Philip performed through divine power that he insinuated himself [into the faith], hypocritically feigning belief in Christ even to the point of baptism. (This is still done by those who continue his foul heresy to the present day: following the practice of their progenitor, they fasten onto the church like a noxious and scabby disease, destroying all whom they succeed in smearing with the dreadful, deadly poison hidden in them. – Eusebius – from The Church History “Book 2 The Apostles”

My friend Chris Rosebrough informed our discernment group this morning of a “tweet.” Here is the content of it:

Your n good company if it bothers u that some Christians are quick to argue theology. Jesus didn’t die for correct theology…

Chris then asked the following question, “I wonder if this statement is theologically correct?

Here is the link to my response. Here is the content of it:

Jesus commanded us to teach them to observe all that I have commanded you – Correct Theology – Matt 28:20

Let’s go back a couple of days to my post The Nature of God’s Word is to Fight Against Hypocrites. Here is an excerpt:

What is hypocrisy? Most dictionaries define it this way, “The practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform; pretense.” In the New Testament, one of best known examples of the Greek word translated as “hypocrites” is found in our Lord Jesus’ quotation of Isaiah 29:13 in Matthew 15:7-9, “ὑποκριταί, καλῶς ἐπροφήτευσεν περὶ ὑμῶν Ἠσαΐας λέγων· ὁ λαὸς οὗτος τοῖς χείλεσίν με τιμᾷ, ἡ δὲ καρδία αὐτῶν πόρρω ἀπέχει ἀπ᾽ ἐμοῦ· μάτην δὲ σέβονταί με διδάσκοντες διδασκαλίας ἐντάλματα ἀνθρώπων.” Or, “Hypocrites, well did Isaiah prophesy concerning you saying, “This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts is far from me and in vain do they worship me teaching as commandments the teachings of men.” Remember, this was our Lord talking here.

The teachings of men are not the doctrines taught by the Lord Jesus that he gave his Apostles and the Church to teach to all they discipled until his return. The teachings of men are what the one who wrote that tweet would be comfortable with, which goes something like this, “Be the Gospel, don’t preach the Gospel.” He would also like this one in negative sense, “Doctrine divides!” On the other hand, those who take doctrine seriously know for certain that the doctrines of God, that is, God’s Word as it fights against hypocrites, most definitely divides truth from error. Those who demand unity at all costs also demand that all that causes division be put in the background or done away with so there can be unity despite theological differences. That’s not the unity commanded that the Church have in Sacred Scripture. No, we are to be united in the Spirit within the good doctrines of God.

Chis Rosebrough had his own response to that tweet here.
Soli Deo Gloria!

15 thoughts on “More Hypocrisy

  1. Hi Mike, Absolutely not surprising if you look at who this guy follows. It is a who’s who of error, hypocrisy, idolatry, narcissistic, man-made, false religion. It is a nice program guide to TBN though going from Assembly of God, to Foursquare, Word of Faith, purpose-driven, seeker-sensitive baptist, et al. The fact of the matter is they are all a day late and a dollar short as they repackage old errors for new faces, new times, in v-e-r-y, s-i-m-p-le…p-h-r-a-s-e-s. “Love God, Love People” or the fav “Deeds Not Creeds.” In reality they ‘hate God and hate people” by rejecting abiding in the doctrine of Jesus Christ for their own, man-made traditions, visions, goals, and objectives. I know Muslims, Hindus, Catholics, Jehovah Witnesses, and Mormons who out shine many of these people in deeds but not one deed will save any of them.

    Truth is what they hate as it pushes back the darkness. Keep teaching the truth of God’s Word Mike!

  2. Mike great apt reply you gave dear brother in the Lord –Praise the Lord!

    “Theology is the study of God which, of course, includes his attributes.”
    Theology is essential for us to know who Jesus is for being saved. So contrary to what that guy said, Jesus DID DIE for correct theology!

    John 8:24 “I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am [the one I claim to be], [fn] you will indeed die in your sins.”

    Jesus is the substance of HIS own Revelation.Correct theology is why Jesus said “I AM the bread of life”, “I AM the door”, “I AM the Resurrection and the life”, “I AM the way, the Truth, and the Life”,” I AM the light of the World”, “I AM the true vine”, “I AM the good shepherd”….That is why when Jesus said, “He who has seen me has seen the Father”. “If you’ve seen me you have seen God.”–THEOLOGY!

  3. Kevin does not understand much from the Word of God. His admonition to “love people” is a summary of the second tablet of the Ten Words given to Moses on Mount Sinai. He – and all those other “sloppy agape” types – are legalists! They are telling people to ignore the Lord’s commands by keeping the Law (at least the part humans can partially understand). Oops! Guess Kevin needs to go back and ask the Lord to open his understanding so he can “rightly divide the word of God.” For starters, that is.

  4. lol, Mike you gave the very BEST reply brother!

    I have to admit I’m very ignorant when it comes to tweeting. I recon the word itself should be a give away that it means small soundbites huh. I’d have to have someone teach me. But you know Mike, maybe I should learn about tweeting because many times I have a hard and frustrating time on how to shorten my posts. God is working on me..

    and Michael Lawmaster is so right on.. People like that guy would love people all the way to hell. Forget theology which is the gospel. God is all about the Gospel. People who dismiss theology must think that IT is the basis of Christianity. That’s very telling in that they don’t possess Jesus Christ who is the greatest theologian, the greatest by FAR because He is GOD.

    “Beware of resting in head-knowledge!

    Beware of relying upon mere orthodoxy, for without
    love to Jesus, with all your correctness of doctrine,
    you will be a sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal.

    It is well to be sound in the faith, but the
    soundness must be in the heart as well
    as in the head.”-Spurgeon

  5. Thank Linda. You’re not missing much being ignorant of twitter. How about Facebook? I find some can’t do without one or the other or both. I am one of those who can go for days without touching either. If it wasn’t for family and sharing my photography with them and friends and this ministry stuff, I doubt if I would ever open up either of them. In any case, great Spurgeon quote!

  6. Mike, I have a question….Is your quote from Eusebius – is it from Eusebius’s Ecclesiastical History? I went to book 2 to find your reference and I can’t seem to find it. Is the section you have written in acts 8 regarding Simon Magus a paraphrase? From what I have gathered in looking at Simon is that he had something to do with establishing an early form of gnosticism. Also, do you know of any connection between Simon Magus and the 2nd century heretic Montanus? I’m starting to think that these heretics are the progeniters of the pentecostal/charismatic movement. At least I’m convinced that Montanus is.

  7. Mark, no, it is from Eusebius – The Church History. The translation is by Paul L. Maier. Book 2 is titled “The Apostles” Commentary: Eusebius on the Apostles. The heresy of Gnostcism with Montanus was about a century later than this account. I haven’t read far enough into reach the 2nd Century yet. :-) I think you are right brother.

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