IS YOUR CHRIST A COUNTERFEIT?


IS YOUR CHRIST A COUNTERFEIT?

3/20/10

You might find that to be a rather strange question to ask someone “Is your Christ a counterfeit? However, there are many people that will burn in hell forever because they believed in a counterfeit Christ. Mat 7:22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’

Mat 7:23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’


What does your church teach about the Cross/work of Christ? Do they teach the Scriptural doctrine of Penal Substitution or do they assert that Christ death in and of itself did not accomplish your salvation? The churches that teach against the Biblical doctrine of Penal Substitution are teaching Satan’s lies. To believe in what is not true is sinful, evil and willful, defiant rebellion against the revealed Light of God’s Holy Word.


If God says that everything that He demanded to accomplish your salvation, that is expiation, propitiation, redemption, and reconciliation was perfectly carried out in Christ Cross/work alone and you willfully deny that revelation, then you are calling God a liar!

Let us not be guilty of blaspheming God’s Word by refusing to believe the testimony He has given to us concerning the Cross/work of His beloved Son.

1Jn 5:10 He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son.

Purpose: To learn from Scripture the true meaning of Christ Cross/work in contrast to the counterfeit Christ of Satan.

EXCERPTS

ON THE IDEA OF PUNISHMENT AND PAYMENT IN THE ATONEMENT

CONDENSED FROM THE

ETERNAL SECURITY: A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE WEBSITE By Jeff Paton

The idea that the atonement was a payment demands that Jesus was punished on the cross. ... If it was a payment, who was the payment made to? The Scripture does not tell us. So how can we build such seemingly conclusive doctrines based on this? In fact, I will state that the reason that the Bible does not tell us is because there was no such payment!

Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

Charles Stanley boldly states that, “We trust that Christ was punished in our place.” He can only “trust” this, since he does not have one unambiguous statement from Scripture to prove it!

The Bible never states even one time that Jesus was punished on the cross! So we must ask, what did happen on the cross? The Bible unequivocally and without exception reveals that Jesus suffered on the cross. Mark 8:31, The Son of man must suffer. Luke 22:15; 24:46; 17:25, Before I suffer. Acts 3:18; 26:23, That Christ should suffer. Hebrews 13:12, his own blood, suffered without the gate. 1 Peter 1:11; 2:21; 2:23; 3:18; 4:1; 5:1, because Jesus also suffered for us….suffered in the flesh. 2nd Corinthians 1:5, the sufferings of Christ. Look them up for yourself, then try and find a statement of the “punishment” of Christ, that He was “punished” for our sins, or that the Son of man must be “punished.” You will not find it because it is not true!

1. The doctrine of Punishment.

From the very beginning of Genesis and continuing through to the end of the book of Revelation, God the Holy Spirit asserts in the strongest language that God hates sin and that all sin will be punished because God is a Holy God.

Gen 2:17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

Psa 7:11 God is a just judge, And God is angry with the wicked every day.

Psa 7:12 If he does not turn back, He will sharpen His sword; He bends His bow and makes it ready.

Psa 7:13 He also prepares for Himself instruments of death; He makes His arrows into fiery shafts.

Eze 18:4 “Behold, all souls are Mine; The soul of the father As well as the soul of the son is Mine; The soul who sins shall die.

Mat 10:28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,

Rom 2:5 But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,

Eph 5:6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

1Th 1:10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

Rev 20:15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

2. The O.T. typified God’s vicarious sacrificial system for dealing with the    punishment of sin.

Exo 29:10 “You shall also have the bull brought before the tabernacle of meeting, and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands on the head of the bull.

Exo 29:11 Then you shall kill the bull before the LORD, by the door of the tabernacle of meeting.

Exo 29:12 You shall take some of the blood of the bull and put it on the horns of the altar with your finger, and pour all the blood beside the base of the altar.

Exo 29:36 And you shall offer a bull every day as a sin offering for atonement. You shall cleanse the altar when you make atonement for it, and you shall anoint it to sanctify it.

Lev 1:4 Then he shall put his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it will be accepted on his behalf to make atonement for him.

Lev 4:3 if the anointed priest sins, bringing guilt on the people, then let him offer to the LORD for his sin which he has sinned a young bull without blemish as a sin offering.

Lev 4:4 He shall bring the bull to the door of the tabernacle of meeting before the LORD, lay his hand on the bull’s head, and kill the bull before the LORD.

Lev 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.’

Joh 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

Joh 4:22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.

Rom 5:9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

Rev 1:5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,

Rev 7:14 And I said to him, “Sir, you know.” So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

3. The Scripture unequivocally states that Christ was punished for our sins. He really took the punishment for our sins upon Himself.

1Co 5:7 Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.

2Co 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Gal 3:13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE”),

Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. Heb 9:28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

1Pe 2:24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.

1Pe 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,

Isa 53:4 Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.

Isa 53:5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

Isa 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

You may be thinking that I am splitting hairs here. Suffering or punishment, its all the same, right? No, it is not the same! In order for a man to be punished, he must be guilty. To inflict what is due for punishment upon an innocent man is an injustice. But if a man voluntarily suffers in another’s place to whom punishment is due, it is self-sacrifice and heroism. If it is inflicted by an arbitrary authority, it is injustice on one side, and martyrdom on the other. If I go to jail on the charge of murder, but I am innocent, then I am not punished, because I am not guilty. All I suffer is an injustice. Punishment is a legal term that presupposes guilt. It is an impossibility to punish the innocent.

Isa 53:9 And they made His grave with the wicked— But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth.

Isa 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.

Isa 53:11 He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities.

1Pe 1:18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers,

1Pe 1:19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.

Heb 4:15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

But, you say, ” Didn’t God transfer my sin to Jesus upon the cross?” Charles Stanley writes, God made a swap. Actually, the correct term is imputation. He imputed our sin to Christ and His righteousness to us. This doctrine may be popular, but it is pure theological fiction! Nowhere, I repeat NOWHERE! Is this hogwash found ANYWHERE in Scripture!

Gen 3:21 Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.

Gen 22:8 And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together.

Gen 22:13 Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son.

Gen 22:14 And Abraham called the name of the place, The-LORD-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the LORD it shall be provided.”

Lev 1:4 Then he shall put his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it will be accepted on his behalf to make atonement for him.

Rom 5:18 Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.

Rom 5:19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.

2Co 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

1Pe 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,

Guilt and righteousness are personal and cannot be transferred. You can no more impute wisdom to a fool than you can impute courage to a coward. If you were a thief, I could not impute honesty to you anymore than you could impute or transfer your dishonesty to me. Impute means to “count” or “reckon.” It never means to transfer character! Faith is imputed (counted) for righteousness. It does not say righteousness is imputed (transferred) because of faith. To get the transfer that Charles Stanley believes in, one must read that belief into the passages to come up with this.

4.  Faith is imputed for righteousness. Rom 4:1 What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh?

Rom 4:2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.

Rom 4:3 For what does the Scripture say? “ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS ACCOUNTED TO HIM FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS.”

Rom 4:4 Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt.

Rom 4:5 But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness,

Rom 4:6 just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works:

The phrase, “his faith is accounted for righteousness” does not mean, as our learned false teacher asserts, that our faith itself is credited to our account as righteousness. There is no righteousness in our faith. We do not have faith in the virtue of our faith. Our faith is not the object of our faith. Our faith does not supply any righteousness. The purpose of the gift of faith is to look away from the filth of our own self-righteousness and to look to the Righteousness of Christ our Substitute Alone. This phrase “his faith is accounted for righteousness” is a classic example of an enthymeme.

An enthymeme is an argument in which one or more of the premises is omitted or taken for granted. What is taken for granted in this phrase is the object of faith which is the Cross/work of Christ. Dr. Clark states, “ The immediate and proper object of belief of faith is a truth ( or falsehood), a meaning, the intellectual content of some words; and this intellectual content is in logic called a proposition. (The Johannine Logos, page 95) Let’s look at some examples of this usage in Romans chapter three.

Theologian, Richard S. Taylor comments on this theory saying, “This is the belief that God not only imputes our sins to Christ but transfers in His accounting all Christ’s righteousness to us, so that God doesn’t really see our sins; rather He sees us as spotlessly holy in Christ.” (The Scandal of Pre-forgiveness) I have heard this theory propagated on more than one occasion that once we get saved, we are “covered” by the righteousness of Christ. So, when we sin, God looks at us but cannot see our sins because all He can see is the blood of Christ.

Isa 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

Zec 3:1 Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him.

Zec 3:2 And the LORD said to Satan, “The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?”

Zec 3:3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before the Angel.

Zec 3:4 Then He answered and spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, “Take away the filthy garments from him.” And to him He said, “See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes.”

Zec 3:5 And I said, “Let them put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head, and they put the clothes on him. And the Angel of the LORD stood by.

Jer 23:6 In His days Judah will be saved, And Israel will dwell safely; Now this is His name by which He will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Charles Stanley and others who have adopted this fiction must ignore the fact that God is all knowing and cannot be fooled as to the true character of an individual. It ignores the fact that God is the God of all truth, He cannot lie. So how can it be said that God can be the all knowing God of truth and call that which is unholy something other than what it is? If we are to follow this logic, many try to extricate themselves from this difficulty by saying that God can see the sin but it only effects our fellowship and not our relationship. But the idea of broken fellowship cannot be reconciled with this doctrine of imputed righteousness. Taylor says, ” If God sees not my sin but my position in Christ, if He views me as clothed in Christ’s righteousness, then how could sin – which has been put to Christ’s account – “break fellowship?” This mysticism and unscriptural idea that character can be transferred from one individual to another is the glue that holds Mr. Stanley’s false assertions together. The logical course of the Eternal Securist who cannot find a clear and decisive Scripture to defend their position is to fall back upon their twist on the atonement. 2Pe 3:16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.

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IS YOUR CHRIST A COUNTERFEIT?


IS YOUR CHRIST A COUNTERFEIT?

3/20/10

You might find that to be a rather strange question to ask someone “Is your Christ a counterfeit? However, there are many people that will burn in hell forever because they believed in a counterfeit Christ. Mat 7:22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’

Mat 7:23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’


What does your church teach about the Cross/work of Christ? Do they teach the Scriptural doctrine of Penal Substitution or do they assert that Christ death in and of itself did not accomplish your salvation? The churches that teach against the Biblical doctrine of Penal Substitution are teaching Satan’s lies. To believe in what is not true is sinful, evil and willful, defiant rebellion against the revealed Light of God’s Holy Word.


If God says that everything that He demanded to accomplish your salvation, that is expiation, propitiation, redemption, and reconciliation was perfectly carried out in Christ Cross/work alone and you willfully deny that revelation, then you are calling God a liar!

Let us not be guilty of blaspheming God’s Word by refusing to believe the testimony He has given to us concerning the Cross/work of His beloved Son.

1Jn 5:10 He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son.

Purpose: To learn from Scripture the true meaning of Christ Cross/work in contrast to the counterfeit Christ of Satan.

EXCERPTS

ON THE IDEA OF PUNISHMENT AND PAYMENT IN THE ATONEMENT

CONDENSED FROM THE

ETERNAL SECURITY: A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE WEBSITE By Jeff Paton

The idea that the atonement was a payment demands that Jesus was punished on the cross. ... If it was a payment, who was the payment made to? The Scripture does not tell us. So how can we build such seemingly conclusive doctrines based on this? In fact, I will state that the reason that the Bible does not tell us is because there was no such payment!

Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

Charles Stanley boldly states that, “We trust that Christ was punished in our place.” He can only “trust” this, since he does not have one unambiguous statement from Scripture to prove it!

The Bible never states even one time that Jesus was punished on the cross! So we must ask, what did happen on the cross? The Bible unequivocally and without exception reveals that Jesus suffered on the cross. Mark 8:31, The Son of man must suffer. Luke 22:15; 24:46; 17:25, Before I suffer. Acts 3:18; 26:23, That Christ should suffer. Hebrews 13:12, his own blood, suffered without the gate. 1 Peter 1:11; 2:21; 2:23; 3:18; 4:1; 5:1, because Jesus also suffered for us….suffered in the flesh. 2nd Corinthians 1:5, the sufferings of Christ. Look them up for yourself, then try and find a statement of the “punishment” of Christ, that He was “punished” for our sins, or that the Son of man must be “punished.” You will not find it because it is not true!

1. The doctrine of Punishment.

From the very beginning of Genesis and continuing through to the end of the book of Revelation, God the Holy Spirit asserts in the strongest language that God hates sin and that all sin will be punished because God is a Holy God.

Gen 2:17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

Psa 7:11 God is a just judge, And God is angry with the wicked every day.

Psa 7:12 If he does not turn back, He will sharpen His sword; He bends His bow and makes it ready.

Psa 7:13 He also prepares for Himself instruments of death; He makes His arrows into fiery shafts.

Eze 18:4 “Behold, all souls are Mine; The soul of the father As well as the soul of the son is Mine; The soul who sins shall die.

Mat 10:28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,

Rom 2:5 But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,

Eph 5:6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

1Th 1:10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

Rev 20:15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

2. The O.T. typified God’s vicarious sacrificial system for dealing with the    punishment of sin.

Exo 29:10 “You shall also have the bull brought before the tabernacle of meeting, and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands on the head of the bull.

Exo 29:11 Then you shall kill the bull before the LORD, by the door of the tabernacle of meeting.

Exo 29:12 You shall take some of the blood of the bull and put it on the horns of the altar with your finger, and pour all the blood beside the base of the altar.

Exo 29:36 And you shall offer a bull every day as a sin offering for atonement. You shall cleanse the altar when you make atonement for it, and you shall anoint it to sanctify it.

Lev 1:4 Then he shall put his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it will be accepted on his behalf to make atonement for him.

Lev 4:3 if the anointed priest sins, bringing guilt on the people, then let him offer to the LORD for his sin which he has sinned a young bull without blemish as a sin offering.

Lev 4:4 He shall bring the bull to the door of the tabernacle of meeting before the LORD, lay his hand on the bull’s head, and kill the bull before the LORD.

Lev 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.’

Joh 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

Joh 4:22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.

Rom 5:9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

Rev 1:5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,

Rev 7:14 And I said to him, “Sir, you know.” So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

3. The Scripture unequivocally states that Christ was punished for our sins. He really took the punishment for our sins upon Himself.

1Co 5:7 Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.

2Co 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Gal 3:13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE”),

Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. Heb 9:28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

1Pe 2:24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.

1Pe 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,

Isa 53:4 Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.

Isa 53:5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

Isa 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

You may be thinking that I am splitting hairs here. Suffering or punishment, its all the same, right? No, it is not the same! In order for a man to be punished, he must be guilty. To inflict what is due for punishment upon an innocent man is an injustice. But if a man voluntarily suffers in another’s place to whom punishment is due, it is self-sacrifice and heroism. If it is inflicted by an arbitrary authority, it is injustice on one side, and martyrdom on the other. If I go to jail on the charge of murder, but I am innocent, then I am not punished, because I am not guilty. All I suffer is an injustice. Punishment is a legal term that presupposes guilt. It is an impossibility to punish the innocent.

Isa 53:9 And they made His grave with the wicked— But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth.

Isa 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.

Isa 53:11 He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities.

1Pe 1:18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers,

1Pe 1:19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.

Heb 4:15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

But, you say, ” Didn’t God transfer my sin to Jesus upon the cross?” Charles Stanley writes, God made a swap. Actually, the correct term is imputation. He imputed our sin to Christ and His righteousness to us. This doctrine may be popular, but it is pure theological fiction! Nowhere, I repeat NOWHERE! Is this hogwash found ANYWHERE in Scripture!

Gen 3:21 Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.

Gen 22:8 And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together.

Gen 22:13 Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son.

Gen 22:14 And Abraham called the name of the place, The-LORD-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the LORD it shall be provided.”

Lev 1:4 Then he shall put his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it will be accepted on his behalf to make atonement for him.

Rom 5:18 Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.

Rom 5:19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.

2Co 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

1Pe 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,

Guilt and righteousness are personal and cannot be transferred. You can no more impute wisdom to a fool than you can impute courage to a coward. If you were a thief, I could not impute honesty to you anymore than you could impute or transfer your dishonesty to me. Impute means to “count” or “reckon.” It never means to transfer character! Faith is imputed (counted) for righteousness. It does not say righteousness is imputed (transferred) because of faith. To get the transfer that Charles Stanley believes in, one must read that belief into the passages to come up with this.

4.  Faith is imputed for righteousness. Rom 4:1 What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh?

Rom 4:2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.

Rom 4:3 For what does the Scripture say? “ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS ACCOUNTED TO HIM FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS.”

Rom 4:4 Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt.

Rom 4:5 But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness,

Rom 4:6 just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works:

The phrase, “his faith is accounted for righteousness” does not mean, as our learned false teacher asserts, that our faith itself is credited to our account as righteousness. There is no righteousness in our faith. We do not have faith in the virtue of our faith. Our faith is not the object of our faith. Our faith does not supply any righteousness. The purpose of the gift of faith is to look away from the filth of our own self-righteousness and to look to the Righteousness of Christ our Substitute Alone. This phrase “his faith is accounted for righteousness” is a classic example of an enthymeme.

An enthymeme is an argument in which one or more of the premises is omitted or taken for granted. What is taken for granted in this phrase is the object of faith which is the Cross/work of Christ. Dr. Clark states, “ The immediate and proper object of belief of faith is a truth ( or falsehood), a meaning, the intellectual content of some words; and this intellectual content is in logic called a proposition. (The Johannine Logos, page 95) Let’s look at some examples of this usage in Romans chapter three.

Theologian, Richard S. Taylor comments on this theory saying, “This is the belief that God not only imputes our sins to Christ but transfers in His accounting all Christ’s righteousness to us, so that God doesn’t really see our sins; rather He sees us as spotlessly holy in Christ.” (The Scandal of Pre-forgiveness) I have heard this theory propagated on more than one occasion that once we get saved, we are “covered” by the righteousness of Christ. So, when we sin, God looks at us but cannot see our sins because all He can see is the blood of Christ.

Isa 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

Zec 3:1 Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him.

Zec 3:2 And the LORD said to Satan, “The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?”

Zec 3:3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before the Angel.

Zec 3:4 Then He answered and spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, “Take away the filthy garments from him.” And to him He said, “See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes.”

Zec 3:5 And I said, “Let them put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head, and they put the clothes on him. And the Angel of the LORD stood by.

Jer 23:6 In His days Judah will be saved, And Israel will dwell safely; Now this is His name by which He will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Charles Stanley and others who have adopted this fiction must ignore the fact that God is all knowing and cannot be fooled as to the true character of an individual. It ignores the fact that God is the God of all truth, He cannot lie. So how can it be said that God can be the all knowing God of truth and call that which is unholy something other than what it is? If we are to follow this logic, many try to extricate themselves from this difficulty by saying that God can see the sin but it only effects our fellowship and not our relationship. But the idea of broken fellowship cannot be reconciled with this doctrine of imputed righteousness. Taylor says, ” If God sees not my sin but my position in Christ, if He views me as clothed in Christ’s righteousness, then how could sin – which has been put to Christ’s account – “break fellowship?” This mysticism and unscriptural idea that character can be transferred from one individual to another is the glue that holds Mr. Stanley’s false assertions together. The logical course of the Eternal Securist who cannot find a clear and decisive Scripture to defend their position is to fall back upon their twist on the atonement. 2Pe 3:16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.

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IS YOUR CHRIST A COUNTERFEIT?

3/20/10

You might find that to be a rather strange question to ask someone “Is your Christ a counterfeit? However, there are many people that will burn in hell forever because they believed in a counterfeit Christ. Mat 7:22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’

Mat 7:23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’


What does your church teach about the Cross/work of Christ? Do they teach the Scriptural doctrine of Penal Substitution or do they assert that Christ death in and of itself did not accomplish your salvation? The churches that teach against the Biblical doctrine of Penal Substitution are teaching Satan’s lies. To believe in what is not true is sinful, evil and willful, defiant rebellion against the revealed Light of God’s Holy Word.


If God says that everything that He demanded to accomplish your salvation, that is expiation, propitiation, redemption, and reconciliation was perfectly carried out in Christ Cross/work alone and you willfully deny that revelation, then you are calling God a liar!

Let us not be guilty of blaspheming God’s Word by refusing to believe the testimony He has given to us concerning the Cross/work of His beloved Son.

1Jn 5:10 He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son.

Purpose: To learn from Scripture the true meaning of Christ Cross/work in contrast to the counterfeit Christ of Satan.

EXCERPTS

ON THE IDEA OF PUNISHMENT AND PAYMENT IN THE ATONEMENT

CONDENSED FROM THE

ETERNAL SECURITY: A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE WEBSITE By Jeff Paton

The idea that the atonement was a payment demands that Jesus was punished on the cross. ... If it was a payment, who was the payment made to? The Scripture does not tell us. So how can we build such seemingly conclusive doctrines based on this? In fact, I will state that the reason that the Bible does not tell us is because there was no such payment!

Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

Charles Stanley boldly states that, “We trust that Christ was punished in our place.” He can only “trust” this, since he does not have one unambiguous statement from Scripture to prove it!

The Bible never states even one time that Jesus was punished on the cross! So we must ask, what did happen on the cross? The Bible unequivocally and without exception reveals that Jesus suffered on the cross. Mark 8:31, The Son of man must suffer. Luke 22:15; 24:46; 17:25, Before I suffer. Acts 3:18; 26:23, That Christ should suffer. Hebrews 13:12, his own blood, suffered without the gate. 1 Peter 1:11; 2:21; 2:23; 3:18; 4:1; 5:1, because Jesus also suffered for us….suffered in the flesh. 2nd Corinthians 1:5, the sufferings of Christ. Look them up for yourself, then try and find a statement of the “punishment” of Christ, that He was “punished” for our sins, or that the Son of man must be “punished.” You will not find it because it is not true!

1. The doctrine of Punishment.

From the very beginning of Genesis and continuing through to the end of the book of Revelation, God the Holy Spirit asserts in the strongest language that God hates sin and that all sin will be punished because God is a Holy God.

Gen 2:17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

Psa 7:11 God is a just judge, And God is angry with the wicked every day.

Psa 7:12 If he does not turn back, He will sharpen His sword; He bends His bow and makes it ready.

Psa 7:13 He also prepares for Himself instruments of death; He makes His arrows into fiery shafts.

Eze 18:4 “Behold, all souls are Mine; The soul of the father As well as the soul of the son is Mine; The soul who sins shall die.

Mat 10:28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,

Rom 2:5 But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,

Eph 5:6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

1Th 1:10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

Rev 20:15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

2. The O.T. typified God’s vicarious sacrificial system for dealing with the    punishment of sin.

Exo 29:10 “You shall also have the bull brought before the tabernacle of meeting, and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands on the head of the bull.

Exo 29:11 Then you shall kill the bull before the LORD, by the door of the tabernacle of meeting.

Exo 29:12 You shall take some of the blood of the bull and put it on the horns of the altar with your finger, and pour all the blood beside the base of the altar.

Exo 29:36 And you shall offer a bull every day as a sin offering for atonement. You shall cleanse the altar when you make atonement for it, and you shall anoint it to sanctify it.

Lev 1:4 Then he shall put his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it will be accepted on his behalf to make atonement for him.

Lev 4:3 if the anointed priest sins, bringing guilt on the people, then let him offer to the LORD for his sin which he has sinned a young bull without blemish as a sin offering.

Lev 4:4 He shall bring the bull to the door of the tabernacle of meeting before the LORD, lay his hand on the bull’s head, and kill the bull before the LORD.

Lev 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.’

Joh 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

Joh 4:22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.

Rom 5:9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

Rev 1:5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,

Rev 7:14 And I said to him, “Sir, you know.” So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

3. The Scripture unequivocally states that Christ was punished for our sins. He really took the punishment for our sins upon Himself.

1Co 5:7 Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.

2Co 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Gal 3:13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE”),

Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. Heb 9:28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

1Pe 2:24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.

1Pe 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,

Isa 53:4 Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.

Isa 53:5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

Isa 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

You may be thinking that I am splitting hairs here. Suffering or punishment, its all the same, right? No, it is not the same! In order for a man to be punished, he must be guilty. To inflict what is due for punishment upon an innocent man is an injustice. But if a man voluntarily suffers in another’s place to whom punishment is due, it is self-sacrifice and heroism. If it is inflicted by an arbitrary authority, it is injustice on one side, and martyrdom on the other. If I go to jail on the charge of murder, but I am innocent, then I am not punished, because I am not guilty. All I suffer is an injustice. Punishment is a legal term that presupposes guilt. It is an impossibility to punish the innocent.

Isa 53:9 And they made His grave with the wicked— But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth.

Isa 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.

Isa 53:11 He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities.

1Pe 1:18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers,

1Pe 1:19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.

Heb 4:15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

But, you say, ” Didn’t God transfer my sin to Jesus upon the cross?” Charles Stanley writes, God made a swap. Actually, the correct term is imputation. He imputed our sin to Christ and His righteousness to us. This doctrine may be popular, but it is pure theological fiction! Nowhere, I repeat NOWHERE! Is this hogwash found ANYWHERE in Scripture!

Gen 3:21 Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.

Gen 22:8 And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together.

Gen 22:13 Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son.

Gen 22:14 And Abraham called the name of the place, The-LORD-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the LORD it shall be provided.”

Lev 1:4 Then he shall put his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it will be accepted on his behalf to make atonement for him.

Rom 5:18 Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.

Rom 5:19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.

2Co 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

1Pe 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,

Guilt and righteousness are personal and cannot be transferred. You can no more impute wisdom to a fool than you can impute courage to a coward. If you were a thief, I could not impute honesty to you anymore than you could impute or transfer your dishonesty to me. Impute means to “count” or “reckon.” It never means to transfer character! Faith is imputed (counted) for righteousness. It does not say righteousness is imputed (transferred) because of faith. To get the transfer that Charles Stanley believes in, one must read that belief into the passages to come up with this.

4.  Faith is imputed for righteousness. Rom 4:1 What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh?

Rom 4:2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.

Rom 4:3 For what does the Scripture say? “ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS ACCOUNTED TO HIM FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS.”

Rom 4:4 Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt.

Rom 4:5 But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness,

Rom 4:6 just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works:

The phrase, “his faith is accounted for righteousness” does not mean, as our learned false teacher asserts, that our faith itself is credited to our account as righteousness. There is no righteousness in our faith. We do not have faith in the virtue of our faith. Our faith is not the object of our faith. Our faith does not supply any righteousness. The purpose of the gift of faith is to look away from the filth of our own self-righteousness and to look to the Righteousness of Christ our Substitute Alone. This phrase “his faith is accounted for righteousness” is a classic example of an enthymeme.

An enthymeme is an argument in which one or more of the premises is omitted or taken for granted. What is taken for granted in this phrase is the object of faith which is the Cross/work of Christ. Dr. Clark states, “ The immediate and proper object of belief of faith is a truth ( or falsehood), a meaning, the intellectual content of some words; and this intellectual content is in logic called a proposition. (The Johannine Logos, page 95) Let’s look at some examples of this usage in Romans chapter three.

Theologian, Richard S. Taylor comments on this theory saying, “This is the belief that God not only imputes our sins to Christ but transfers in His accounting all Christ’s righteousness to us, so that God doesn’t really see our sins; rather He sees us as spotlessly holy in Christ.” (The Scandal of Pre-forgiveness) I have heard this theory propagated on more than one occasion that once we get saved, we are “covered” by the righteousness of Christ. So, when we sin, God looks at us but cannot see our sins because all He can see is the blood of Christ.

Isa 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

Zec 3:1 Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him.

Zec 3:2 And the LORD said to Satan, “The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?”

Zec 3:3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before the Angel.

Zec 3:4 Then He answered and spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, “Take away the filthy garments from him.” And to him He said, “See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes.”

Zec 3:5 And I said, “Let them put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head, and they put the clothes on him. And the Angel of the LORD stood by.

Jer 23:6 In His days Judah will be saved, And Israel will dwell safely; Now this is His name by which He will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Charles Stanley and others who have adopted this fiction must ignore the fact that God is all knowing and cannot be fooled as to the true character of an individual. It ignores the fact that God is the God of all truth, He cannot lie. So how can it be said that God can be the all knowing God of truth and call that which is unholy something other than what it is? If we are to follow this logic, many try to extricate themselves from this difficulty by saying that God can see the sin but it only effects our fellowship and not our relationship. But the idea of broken fellowship cannot be reconciled with this doctrine of imputed righteousness. Taylor says, ” If God sees not my sin but my position in Christ, if He views me as clothed in Christ’s righteousness, then how could sin – which has been put to Christ’s account – “break fellowship?” This mysticism and unscriptural idea that character can be transferred from one individual to another is the glue that holds Mr. Stanley’s false assertions together. The logical course of the Eternal Securist who cannot find a clear and decisive Scripture to defend their position is to fall back upon their twist on the atonement. 2Pe 3:16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.

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IS YOUR CHRIST A COUNTERFEIT?


IS YOUR CHRIST A COUNTERFEIT?

3/20/10

You might find that to be a rather strange question to ask someone “Is your Christ a counterfeit? However, there are many people that will burn in hell forever because they believed in a counterfeit Christ. Mat 7:22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’

Mat 7:23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’


What does your church teach about the Cross/work of Christ? Do they teach the Scriptural doctrine of Penal Substitution or do they assert that Christ death in and of itself did not accomplish your salvation? The churches that teach against the Biblical doctrine of Penal Substitution are teaching Satan’s lies. To believe in what is not true is sinful, evil and willful, defiant rebellion against the revealed Light of God’s Holy Word.


If God says that everything that He demanded to accomplish your salvation, that is expiation, propitiation, redemption, and reconciliation was perfectly carried out in Christ Cross/work alone and you willfully deny that revelation, then you are calling God a liar!

Let us not be guilty of blaspheming God’s Word by refusing to believe the testimony He has given to us concerning the Cross/work of His beloved Son.

1Jn 5:10 He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son.

Purpose: To learn from Scripture the true meaning of Christ Cross/work in contrast to the counterfeit Christ of Satan.

EXCERPTS

ON THE IDEA OF PUNISHMENT AND PAYMENT IN THE ATONEMENT

CONDENSED FROM THE

ETERNAL SECURITY: A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE WEBSITE By Jeff Paton

The idea that the atonement was a payment demands that Jesus was punished on the cross. ... If it was a payment, who was the payment made to? The Scripture does not tell us. So how can we build such seemingly conclusive doctrines based on this? In fact, I will state that the reason that the Bible does not tell us is because there was no such payment!

Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

Charles Stanley boldly states that, “We trust that Christ was punished in our place.” He can only “trust” this, since he does not have one unambiguous statement from Scripture to prove it!

The Bible never states even one time that Jesus was punished on the cross! So we must ask, what did happen on the cross? The Bible unequivocally and without exception reveals that Jesus suffered on the cross. Mark 8:31, The Son of man must suffer. Luke 22:15; 24:46; 17:25, Before I suffer. Acts 3:18; 26:23, That Christ should suffer. Hebrews 13:12, his own blood, suffered without the gate. 1 Peter 1:11; 2:21; 2:23; 3:18; 4:1; 5:1, because Jesus also suffered for us….suffered in the flesh. 2nd Corinthians 1:5, the sufferings of Christ. Look them up for yourself, then try and find a statement of the “punishment” of Christ, that He was “punished” for our sins, or that the Son of man must be “punished.” You will not find it because it is not true!

1. The doctrine of Punishment.

From the very beginning of Genesis and continuing through to the end of the book of Revelation, God the Holy Spirit asserts in the strongest language that God hates sin and that all sin will be punished because God is a Holy God.

Gen 2:17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

Psa 7:11 God is a just judge, And God is angry with the wicked every day.

Psa 7:12 If he does not turn back, He will sharpen His sword; He bends His bow and makes it ready.

Psa 7:13 He also prepares for Himself instruments of death; He makes His arrows into fiery shafts.

Eze 18:4 “Behold, all souls are Mine; The soul of the father As well as the soul of the son is Mine; The soul who sins shall die.

Mat 10:28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,

Rom 2:5 But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,

Eph 5:6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

1Th 1:10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

Rev 20:15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

2. The O.T. typified God’s vicarious sacrificial system for dealing with the    punishment of sin.

Exo 29:10 “You shall also have the bull brought before the tabernacle of meeting, and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands on the head of the bull.

Exo 29:11 Then you shall kill the bull before the LORD, by the door of the tabernacle of meeting.

Exo 29:12 You shall take some of the blood of the bull and put it on the horns of the altar with your finger, and pour all the blood beside the base of the altar.

Exo 29:36 And you shall offer a bull every day as a sin offering for atonement. You shall cleanse the altar when you make atonement for it, and you shall anoint it to sanctify it.

Lev 1:4 Then he shall put his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it will be accepted on his behalf to make atonement for him.

Lev 4:3 if the anointed priest sins, bringing guilt on the people, then let him offer to the LORD for his sin which he has sinned a young bull without blemish as a sin offering.

Lev 4:4 He shall bring the bull to the door of the tabernacle of meeting before the LORD, lay his hand on the bull’s head, and kill the bull before the LORD.

Lev 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.’

Joh 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

Joh 4:22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.

Rom 5:9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

Rev 1:5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,

Rev 7:14 And I said to him, “Sir, you know.” So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

3. The Scripture unequivocally states that Christ was punished for our sins. He really took the punishment for our sins upon Himself.

1Co 5:7 Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.

2Co 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Gal 3:13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE”),

Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. Heb 9:28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

1Pe 2:24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.

1Pe 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,

Isa 53:4 Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.

Isa 53:5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

Isa 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

You may be thinking that I am splitting hairs here. Suffering or punishment, its all the same, right? No, it is not the same! In order for a man to be punished, he must be guilty. To inflict what is due for punishment upon an innocent man is an injustice. But if a man voluntarily suffers in another’s place to whom punishment is due, it is self-sacrifice and heroism. If it is inflicted by an arbitrary authority, it is injustice on one side, and martyrdom on the other. If I go to jail on the charge of murder, but I am innocent, then I am not punished, because I am not guilty. All I suffer is an injustice. Punishment is a legal term that presupposes guilt. It is an impossibility to punish the innocent.

Isa 53:9 And they made His grave with the wicked— But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth.

Isa 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.

Isa 53:11 He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities.

1Pe 1:18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers,

1Pe 1:19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.

Heb 4:15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

But, you say, ” Didn’t God transfer my sin to Jesus upon the cross?” Charles Stanley writes, God made a swap. Actually, the correct term is imputation. He imputed our sin to Christ and His righteousness to us. This doctrine may be popular, but it is pure theological fiction! Nowhere, I repeat NOWHERE! Is this hogwash found ANYWHERE in Scripture!

Gen 3:21 Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.

Gen 22:8 And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together.

Gen 22:13 Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son.

Gen 22:14 And Abraham called the name of the place, The-LORD-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the LORD it shall be provided.”

Lev 1:4 Then he shall put his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it will be accepted on his behalf to make atonement for him.

Rom 5:18 Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.

Rom 5:19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.

2Co 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

1Pe 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,

Guilt and righteousness are personal and cannot be transferred. You can no more impute wisdom to a fool than you can impute courage to a coward. If you were a thief, I could not impute honesty to you anymore than you could impute or transfer your dishonesty to me. Impute means to “count” or “reckon.” It never means to transfer character! Faith is imputed (counted) for righteousness. It does not say righteousness is imputed (transferred) because of faith. To get the transfer that Charles Stanley believes in, one must read that belief into the passages to come up with this.

4.  Faith is imputed for righteousness. Rom 4:1 What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh?

Rom 4:2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.

Rom 4:3 For what does the Scripture say? “ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS ACCOUNTED TO HIM FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS.”

Rom 4:4 Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt.

Rom 4:5 But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness,

Rom 4:6 just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works:

The phrase, “his faith is accounted for righteousness” does not mean, as our learned false teacher asserts, that our faith itself is credited to our account as righteousness. There is no righteousness in our faith. We do not have faith in the virtue of our faith. Our faith is not the object of our faith. Our faith does not supply any righteousness. The purpose of the gift of faith is to look away from the filth of our own self-righteousness and to look to the Righteousness of Christ our Substitute Alone. This phrase “his faith is accounted for righteousness” is a classic example of an enthymeme.

An enthymeme is an argument in which one or more of the premises is omitted or taken for granted. What is taken for granted in this phrase is the object of faith which is the Cross/work of Christ. Dr. Clark states, “ The immediate and proper object of belief of faith is a truth ( or falsehood), a meaning, the intellectual content of some words; and this intellectual content is in logic called a proposition. (The Johannine Logos, page 95) Let’s look at some examples of this usage in Romans chapter three.

Theologian, Richard S. Taylor comments on this theory saying, “This is the belief that God not only imputes our sins to Christ but transfers in His accounting all Christ’s righteousness to us, so that God doesn’t really see our sins; rather He sees us as spotlessly holy in Christ.” (The Scandal of Pre-forgiveness) I have heard this theory propagated on more than one occasion that once we get saved, we are “covered” by the righteousness of Christ. So, when we sin, God looks at us but cannot see our sins because all He can see is the blood of Christ.

Isa 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

Zec 3:1 Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him.

Zec 3:2 And the LORD said to Satan, “The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?”

Zec 3:3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before the Angel.

Zec 3:4 Then He answered and spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, “Take away the filthy garments from him.” And to him He said, “See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes.”

Zec 3:5 And I said, “Let them put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head, and they put the clothes on him. And the Angel of the LORD stood by.

Jer 23:6 In His days Judah will be saved, And Israel will dwell safely; Now this is His name by which He will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Charles Stanley and others who have adopted this fiction must ignore the fact that God is all knowing and cannot be fooled as to the true character of an individual. It ignores the fact that God is the God of all truth, He cannot lie. So how can it be said that God can be the all knowing God of truth and call that which is unholy something other than what it is? If we are to follow this logic, many try to extricate themselves from this difficulty by saying that God can see the sin but it only effects our fellowship and not our relationship. But the idea of broken fellowship cannot be reconciled with this doctrine of imputed righteousness. Taylor says, ” If God sees not my sin but my position in Christ, if He views me as clothed in Christ’s righteousness, then how could sin – which has been put to Christ’s account – “break fellowship?” This mysticism and unscriptural idea that character can be transferred from one individual to another is the glue that holds Mr. Stanley’s false assertions together. The logical course of the Eternal Securist who cannot find a clear and decisive Scripture to defend their position is to fall back upon their twist on the atonement. 2Pe 3:16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.

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IS YOUR CHRIST A COUNTERFEIT?

3/20/10

You might find that to be a rather strange question to ask someone “Is your Christ a counterfeit? However, there are many people that will burn in hell forever because they believed in a counterfeit Christ. Mat 7:22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’

Mat 7:23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’


What does your church teach about the Cross/work of Christ? Do they teach the Scriptural doctrine of Penal Substitution or do they assert that Christ death in and of itself did not accomplish your salvation? The churches that teach against the Biblical doctrine of Penal Substitution are teaching Satan’s lies. To believe in what is not true is sinful, evil and willful, defiant rebellion against the revealed Light of God’s Holy Word.


If God says that everything that He demanded to accomplish your salvation, that is expiation, propitiation, redemption, and reconciliation was perfectly carried out in Christ Cross/work alone and you willfully deny that revelation, then you are calling God a liar!

Let us not be guilty of blaspheming God’s Word by refusing to believe the testimony He has given to us concerning the Cross/work of His beloved Son.

1Jn 5:10 He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son.

Purpose: To learn from Scripture the true meaning of Christ Cross/work in contrast to the counterfeit Christ of Satan.

EXCERPTS

ON THE IDEA OF PUNISHMENT AND PAYMENT IN THE ATONEMENT

CONDENSED FROM THE

ETERNAL SECURITY: A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE WEBSITE By Jeff Paton

The idea that the atonement was a payment demands that Jesus was punished on the cross. ... If it was a payment, who was the payment made to? The Scripture does not tell us. So how can we build such seemingly conclusive doctrines based on this? In fact, I will state that the reason that the Bible does not tell us is because there was no such payment!

Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

Charles Stanley boldly states that, “We trust that Christ was punished in our place.” He can only “trust” this, since he does not have one unambiguous statement from Scripture to prove it!

The Bible never states even one time that Jesus was punished on the cross! So we must ask, what did happen on the cross? The Bible unequivocally and without exception reveals that Jesus suffered on the cross. Mark 8:31, The Son of man must suffer. Luke 22:15; 24:46; 17:25, Before I suffer. Acts 3:18; 26:23, That Christ should suffer. Hebrews 13:12, his own blood, suffered without the gate. 1 Peter 1:11; 2:21; 2:23; 3:18; 4:1; 5:1, because Jesus also suffered for us….suffered in the flesh. 2nd Corinthians 1:5, the sufferings of Christ. Look them up for yourself, then try and find a statement of the “punishment” of Christ, that He was “punished” for our sins, or that the Son of man must be “punished.” You will not find it because it is not true!

1. The doctrine of Punishment.

From the very beginning of Genesis and continuing through to the end of the book of Revelation, God the Holy Spirit asserts in the strongest language that God hates sin and that all sin will be punished because God is a Holy God.

Gen 2:17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

Psa 7:11 God is a just judge, And God is angry with the wicked every day.

Psa 7:12 If he does not turn back, He will sharpen His sword; He bends His bow and makes it ready.

Psa 7:13 He also prepares for Himself instruments of death; He makes His arrows into fiery shafts.

Eze 18:4 “Behold, all souls are Mine; The soul of the father As well as the soul of the son is Mine; The soul who sins shall die.

Mat 10:28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,

Rom 2:5 But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,

Eph 5:6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

1Th 1:10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

Rev 20:15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

2. The O.T. typified God’s vicarious sacrificial system for dealing with the    punishment of sin.

Exo 29:10 “You shall also have the bull brought before the tabernacle of meeting, and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands on the head of the bull.

Exo 29:11 Then you shall kill the bull before the LORD, by the door of the tabernacle of meeting.

Exo 29:12 You shall take some of the blood of the bull and put it on the horns of the altar with your finger, and pour all the blood beside the base of the altar.

Exo 29:36 And you shall offer a bull every day as a sin offering for atonement. You shall cleanse the altar when you make atonement for it, and you shall anoint it to sanctify it.

Lev 1:4 Then he shall put his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it will be accepted on his behalf to make atonement for him.

Lev 4:3 if the anointed priest sins, bringing guilt on the people, then let him offer to the LORD for his sin which he has sinned a young bull without blemish as a sin offering.

Lev 4:4 He shall bring the bull to the door of the tabernacle of meeting before the LORD, lay his hand on the bull’s head, and kill the bull before the LORD.

Lev 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.’

Joh 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

Joh 4:22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.

Rom 5:9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

Rev 1:5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,

Rev 7:14 And I said to him, “Sir, you know.” So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

3. The Scripture unequivocally states that Christ was punished for our sins. He really took the punishment for our sins upon Himself.

1Co 5:7 Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.

2Co 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Gal 3:13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE”),

Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. Heb 9:28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

1Pe 2:24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.

1Pe 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,

Isa 53:4 Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.

Isa 53:5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

Isa 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

You may be thinking that I am splitting hairs here. Suffering or punishment, its all the same, right? No, it is not the same! In order for a man to be punished, he must be guilty. To inflict what is due for punishment upon an innocent man is an injustice. But if a man voluntarily suffers in another’s place to whom punishment is due, it is self-sacrifice and heroism. If it is inflicted by an arbitrary authority, it is injustice on one side, and martyrdom on the other. If I go to jail on the charge of murder, but I am innocent, then I am not punished, because I am not guilty. All I suffer is an injustice. Punishment is a legal term that presupposes guilt. It is an impossibility to punish the innocent.

Isa 53:9 And they made His grave with the wicked— But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth.

Isa 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.

Isa 53:11 He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities.

1Pe 1:18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers,

1Pe 1:19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.

Heb 4:15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

But, you say, ” Didn’t God transfer my sin to Jesus upon the cross?” Charles Stanley writes, God made a swap. Actually, the correct term is imputation. He imputed our sin to Christ and His righteousness to us. This doctrine may be popular, but it is pure theological fiction! Nowhere, I repeat NOWHERE! Is this hogwash found ANYWHERE in Scripture!

Gen 3:21 Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.

Gen 22:8 And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together.

Gen 22:13 Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son.

Gen 22:14 And Abraham called the name of the place, The-LORD-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the LORD it shall be provided.”

Lev 1:4 Then he shall put his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it will be accepted on his behalf to make atonement for him.

Rom 5:18 Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.

Rom 5:19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.

2Co 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

1Pe 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,

Guilt and righteousness are personal and cannot be transferred. You can no more impute wisdom to a fool than you can impute courage to a coward. If you were a thief, I could not impute honesty to you anymore than you could impute or transfer your dishonesty to me. Impute means to “count” or “reckon.” It never means to transfer character! Faith is imputed (counted) for righteousness. It does not say righteousness is imputed (transferred) because of faith. To get the transfer that Charles Stanley believes in, one must read that belief into the passages to come up with this.

4.  Faith is imputed for righteousness. Rom 4:1 What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh?

Rom 4:2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.

Rom 4:3 For what does the Scripture say? “ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS ACCOUNTED TO HIM FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS.”

Rom 4:4 Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt.

Rom 4:5 But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness,

Rom 4:6 just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works:

The phrase, “his faith is accounted for righteousness” does not mean, as our learned false teacher asserts, that our faith itself is credited to our account as righteousness. There is no righteousness in our faith. We do not have faith in the virtue of our faith. Our faith is not the object of our faith. Our faith does not supply any righteousness. The purpose of the gift of faith is to look away from the filth of our own self-righteousness and to look to the Righteousness of Christ our Substitute Alone. This phrase “his faith is accounted for righteousness” is a classic example of an enthymeme.

An enthymeme is an argument in which one or more of the premises is omitted or taken for granted. What is taken for granted in this phrase is the object of faith which is the Cross/work of Christ. Dr. Clark states, “ The immediate and proper object of belief of faith is a truth ( or falsehood), a meaning, the intellectual content of some words; and this intellectual content is in logic called a proposition. (The Johannine Logos, page 95) Let’s look at some examples of this usage in Romans chapter three.

Theologian, Richard S. Taylor comments on this theory saying, “This is the belief that God not only imputes our sins to Christ but transfers in His accounting all Christ’s righteousness to us, so that God doesn’t really see our sins; rather He sees us as spotlessly holy in Christ.” (The Scandal of Pre-forgiveness) I have heard this theory propagated on more than one occasion that once we get saved, we are “covered” by the righteousness of Christ. So, when we sin, God looks at us but cannot see our sins because all He can see is the blood of Christ.

Isa 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

Zec 3:1 Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him.

Zec 3:2 And the LORD said to Satan, “The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?”

Zec 3:3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before the Angel.

Zec 3:4 Then He answered and spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, “Take away the filthy garments from him.” And to him He said, “See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes.”

Zec 3:5 And I said, “Let them put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head, and they put the clothes on him. And the Angel of the LORD stood by.

Jer 23:6 In His days Judah will be saved, And Israel will dwell safely; Now this is His name by which He will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Charles Stanley and others who have adopted this fiction must ignore the fact that God is all knowing and cannot be fooled as to the true character of an individual. It ignores the fact that God is the God of all truth, He cannot lie. So how can it be said that God can be the all knowing God of truth and call that which is unholy something other than what it is? If we are to follow this logic, many try to extricate themselves from this difficulty by saying that God can see the sin but it only effects our fellowship and not our relationship. But the idea of broken fellowship cannot be reconciled with this doctrine of imputed righteousness. Taylor says, ” If God sees not my sin but my position in Christ, if He views me as clothed in Christ’s righteousness, then how could sin – which has been put to Christ’s account – “break fellowship?” This mysticism and unscriptural idea that character can be transferred from one individual to another is the glue that holds Mr. Stanley’s false assertions together. The logical course of the Eternal Securist who cannot find a clear and decisive Scripture to defend their position is to fall back upon their twist on the atonement. 2Pe 3:16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.

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IS YOUR CHRIST A COUNTERFEIT?


IS YOUR CHRIST A COUNTERFEIT?

3/20/10

You might find that to be a rather strange question to ask someone “Is your Christ a counterfeit? However, there are many people that will burn in hell forever because they believed in a counterfeit Christ. Mat 7:22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’

Mat 7:23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’


What does your church teach about the Cross/work of Christ? Do they teach the Scriptural doctrine of Penal Substitution or do they assert that Christ death in and of itself did not accomplish your salvation? The churches that teach against the Biblical doctrine of Penal Substitution are teaching Satan’s lies. To believe in what is not true is sinful, evil and willful, defiant rebellion against the revealed Light of God’s Holy Word.


If God says that everything that He demanded to accomplish your salvation, that is expiation, propitiation, redemption, and reconciliation was perfectly carried out in Christ Cross/work alone and you willfully deny that revelation, then you are calling God a liar!

Let us not be guilty of blaspheming God’s Word by refusing to believe the testimony He has given to us concerning the Cross/work of His beloved Son.

1Jn 5:10 He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son.

Purpose: To learn from Scripture the true meaning of Christ Cross/work in contrast to the counterfeit Christ of Satan.

EXCERPTS

ON THE IDEA OF PUNISHMENT AND PAYMENT IN THE ATONEMENT

CONDENSED FROM THE

ETERNAL SECURITY: A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE WEBSITE By Jeff Paton

The idea that the atonement was a payment demands that Jesus was punished on the cross. ... If it was a payment, who was the payment made to? The Scripture does not tell us. So how can we build such seemingly conclusive doctrines based on this? In fact, I will state that the reason that the Bible does not tell us is because there was no such payment!

Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

Charles Stanley boldly states that, “We trust that Christ was punished in our place.” He can only “trust” this, since he does not have one unambiguous statement from Scripture to prove it!

The Bible never states even one time that Jesus was punished on the cross! So we must ask, what did happen on the cross? The Bible unequivocally and without exception reveals that Jesus suffered on the cross. Mark 8:31, The Son of man must suffer. Luke 22:15; 24:46; 17:25, Before I suffer. Acts 3:18; 26:23, That Christ should suffer. Hebrews 13:12, his own blood, suffered without the gate. 1 Peter 1:11; 2:21; 2:23; 3:18; 4:1; 5:1, because Jesus also suffered for us….suffered in the flesh. 2nd Corinthians 1:5, the sufferings of Christ. Look them up for yourself, then try and find a statement of the “punishment” of Christ, that He was “punished” for our sins, or that the Son of man must be “punished.” You will not find it because it is not true!

1. The doctrine of Punishment.

From the very beginning of Genesis and continuing through to the end of the book of Revelation, God the Holy Spirit asserts in the strongest language that God hates sin and that all sin will be punished because God is a Holy God.

Gen 2:17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

Psa 7:11 God is a just judge, And God is angry with the wicked every day.

Psa 7:12 If he does not turn back, He will sharpen His sword; He bends His bow and makes it ready.

Psa 7:13 He also prepares for Himself instruments of death; He makes His arrows into fiery shafts.

Eze 18:4 “Behold, all souls are Mine; The soul of the father As well as the soul of the son is Mine; The soul who sins shall die.

Mat 10:28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,

Rom 2:5 But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,

Eph 5:6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

1Th 1:10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

Rev 20:15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

2. The O.T. typified God’s vicarious sacrificial system for dealing with the    punishment of sin.

Exo 29:10 “You shall also have the bull brought before the tabernacle of meeting, and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands on the head of the bull.

Exo 29:11 Then you shall kill the bull before the LORD, by the door of the tabernacle of meeting.

Exo 29:12 You shall take some of the blood of the bull and put it on the horns of the altar with your finger, and pour all the blood beside the base of the altar.

Exo 29:36 And you shall offer a bull every day as a sin offering for atonement. You shall cleanse the altar when you make atonement for it, and you shall anoint it to sanctify it.

Lev 1:4 Then he shall put his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it will be accepted on his behalf to make atonement for him.

Lev 4:3 if the anointed priest sins, bringing guilt on the people, then let him offer to the LORD for his sin which he has sinned a young bull without blemish as a sin offering.

Lev 4:4 He shall bring the bull to the door of the tabernacle of meeting before the LORD, lay his hand on the bull’s head, and kill the bull before the LORD.

Lev 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.’

Joh 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

Joh 4:22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.

Rom 5:9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

Rev 1:5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,

Rev 7:14 And I said to him, “Sir, you know.” So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

3. The Scripture unequivocally states that Christ was punished for our sins. He really took the punishment for our sins upon Himself.

1Co 5:7 Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.

2Co 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Gal 3:13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE”),

Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. Heb 9:28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

1Pe 2:24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.

1Pe 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,

Isa 53:4 Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.

Isa 53:5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

Isa 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

You may be thinking that I am splitting hairs here. Suffering or punishment, its all the same, right? No, it is not the same! In order for a man to be punished, he must be guilty. To inflict what is due for punishment upon an innocent man is an injustice. But if a man voluntarily suffers in another’s place to whom punishment is due, it is self-sacrifice and heroism. If it is inflicted by an arbitrary authority, it is injustice on one side, and martyrdom on the other. If I go to jail on the charge of murder, but I am innocent, then I am not punished, because I am not guilty. All I suffer is an injustice. Punishment is a legal term that presupposes guilt. It is an impossibility to punish the innocent.

Isa 53:9 And they made His grave with the wicked— But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth.

Isa 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.

Isa 53:11 He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities.

1Pe 1:18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers,

1Pe 1:19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.

Heb 4:15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

But, you say, ” Didn’t God transfer my sin to Jesus upon the cross?” Charles Stanley writes, God made a swap. Actually, the correct term is imputation. He imputed our sin to Christ and His righteousness to us. This doctrine may be popular, but it is pure theological fiction! Nowhere, I repeat NOWHERE! Is this hogwash found ANYWHERE in Scripture!

Gen 3:21 Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.

Gen 22:8 And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together.

Gen 22:13 Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son.

Gen 22:14 And Abraham called the name of the place, The-LORD-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the LORD it shall be provided.”

Lev 1:4 Then he shall put his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it will be accepted on his behalf to make atonement for him.

Rom 5:18 Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.

Rom 5:19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.

2Co 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

1Pe 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,

Guilt and righteousness are personal and cannot be transferred. You can no more impute wisdom to a fool than you can impute courage to a coward. If you were a thief, I could not impute honesty to you anymore than you could impute or transfer your dishonesty to me. Impute means to “count” or “reckon.” It never means to transfer character! Faith is imputed (counted) for righteousness. It does not say righteousness is imputed (transferred) because of faith. To get the transfer that Charles Stanley believes in, one must read that belief into the passages to come up with this.

4.  Faith is imputed for righteousness. Rom 4:1 What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh?

Rom 4:2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.

Rom 4:3 For what does the Scripture say? “ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS ACCOUNTED TO HIM FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS.”

Rom 4:4 Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt.

Rom 4:5 But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness,

Rom 4:6 just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works:

The phrase, “his faith is accounted for righteousness” does not mean, as our learned false teacher asserts, that our faith itself is credited to our account as righteousness. There is no righteousness in our faith. We do not have faith in the virtue of our faith. Our faith is not the object of our faith. Our faith does not supply any righteousness. The purpose of the gift of faith is to look away from the filth of our own self-righteousness and to look to the Righteousness of Christ our Substitute Alone. This phrase “his faith is accounted for righteousness” is a classic example of an enthymeme.

An enthymeme is an argument in which one or more of the premises is omitted or taken for granted. What is taken for granted in this phrase is the object of faith which is the Cross/work of Christ. Dr. Clark states, “ The immediate and proper object of belief of faith is a truth ( or falsehood), a meaning, the intellectual content of some words; and this intellectual content is in logic called a proposition. (The Johannine Logos, page 95) Let’s look at some examples of this usage in Romans chapter three.

Theologian, Richard S. Taylor comments on this theory saying, “This is the belief that God not only imputes our sins to Christ but transfers in His accounting all Christ’s righteousness to us, so that God doesn’t really see our sins; rather He sees us as spotlessly holy in Christ.” (The Scandal of Pre-forgiveness) I have heard this theory propagated on more than one occasion that once we get saved, we are “covered” by the righteousness of Christ. So, when we sin, God looks at us but cannot see our sins because all He can see is the blood of Christ.

Isa 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

Zec 3:1 Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him.

Zec 3:2 And the LORD said to Satan, “The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?”

Zec 3:3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before the Angel.

Zec 3:4 Then He answered and spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, “Take away the filthy garments from him.” And to him He said, “See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes.”

Zec 3:5 And I said, “Let them put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head, and they put the clothes on him. And the Angel of the LORD stood by.

Jer 23:6 In His days Judah will be saved, And Israel will dwell safely; Now this is His name by which He will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Charles Stanley and others who have adopted this fiction must ignore the fact that God is all knowing and cannot be fooled as to the true character of an individual. It ignores the fact that God is the God of all truth, He cannot lie. So how can it be said that God can be the all knowing God of truth and call that which is unholy something other than what it is? If we are to follow this logic, many try to extricate themselves from this difficulty by saying that God can see the sin but it only effects our fellowship and not our relationship. But the idea of broken fellowship cannot be reconciled with this doctrine of imputed righteousness. Taylor says, ” If God sees not my sin but my position in Christ, if He views me as clothed in Christ’s righteousness, then how could sin – which has been put to Christ’s account – “break fellowship?” This mysticism and unscriptural idea that character can be transferred from one individual to another is the glue that holds Mr. Stanley’s false assertions together. The logical course of the Eternal Securist who cannot find a clear and decisive Scripture to defend their position is to fall back upon their twist on the atonement. 2Pe 3:16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.

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