Don’t Believe Outdated Scripture…
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 9:28AM
Tom Graffagnino

“[Churches today are becoming]...uncertain guides in a civilization starving for lack of purpose and solid moral and ethical guidelines...Solid teaching is at a premium, and the basics about sin, repentance, judgment and hell frequently go unexplored...It is all too often presumed that God is wholly and merely...nice."
—Thomas Reeves

“A chasm is opening between the men who believe their Bibles and the men who are prepared for an advance upon Scripture. Inspiration and speculation cannot long abide in peace. Compromise there can be none. We cannot hold the inspiration of the Word, and yet reject it; we cannot believe in the atonement and deny it; we cannot hold the doctrine of the fall and yet talk of the evolution of spiritual life from human nature; we cannot recognize the punishment of the impenitent and yet indulge the "larger hope." One way or the other we must go. Decision is the virtue of the hour.”
—Charles Haddon Spurgeon

The current fashion within the ranks of many professing believers today is to declare that Jesus is really just a “good guy”….like a brother, like a friend, you know, like a lamb….safe, soft and cuddly to the max. Jesus, the Compromiser and Appeaser. When we say “Jesus is good”…what we really mean is, “Jesus is good,… just like us”.

Today the story often goes that God (despite what Jesus said), would never really condemn anyone to Eternal death (ie., to Eternal separation from God). The concept of “hell”, you see, just doesn’t feel right to us “moderns”. We love that divinely adorable, meek and mild baby lying in a manger. Nothing more, nothing less.

The Cuddle-God of grace and happy endings suits us just fine, thank you. (Shhhh….Just let him sleep….)

These days, we like our theology and our eschatology Fairy-Tailor-Made:

“And they all lived happily ever after.”

Jesus, The-Blanket-Amnesty-Provider, would never judge or criticize us harshly. After all, Lambs of God just wouldn’t do that…no matter what Scripture says!

“ To the angel of the church in Pergamum write:
…… There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality.15 Likewise, you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans.16 Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
17 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.….”
— Christ Jesus the Lord, (Revelation 2:12…17)

Apostle John at Patmos, Gustave Dore

“To the angel of the church of Thyatira…. because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. 21 And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent.22 Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds. 23 I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works.”
— Christ Jesus the Lord (Revelation 2: 18…23)

Don’t Believe Outdated Scripture…
(Join the Nico-Laity)

Christ-the Meek has been elected…
All the ballots now are in!
“Peace ‘n’ Love” trump “Truth ‘n’ Holy” …
Let the party, friend, begin!

Sovereign Ruler-God?...O, heavens!
How unfair!...So yesterday!
Look, we took a poll…We voted!
Coddle-God’s now here to stay!

Yes, we’ve reached a new consensus:
We declare: “Sin’s no big deal!”
What you feel inside’s what matters…
What you feel’s what’s really real!

“Judgment Day” is not an option,
It’s been stricken from our list!
We trust “God-the-Compromiser”,
Judah’s Lion’s1 been dismissed!

Yes, we’ve got a new translation,
Called ”The Deconstructed Tale”.
When you read “grace”… just think “license”2
Winds of change now fill the sail!

We, at last, are overcomers!
Come on over…Take a look!
The apostles and the prophets
Are downgraded in the book.

Now we’ve got new revelation3:
“No Apocalypse for us!
Jezebel’s4 been re-instated,
Nicolaitans5 we trust!

Balaam’s teaching6 ain’t so bad now,
Lukewarm7 water’s tasting fine,
And that “synagogue of Satan8”?
That  well water's changed to wine.

Yep, the folks at Thyatira
Had it right, man, all along…
Christ, we’re sure, was “well-intentioned”…
But “the big guy” got it wrong!

So, relax, man, we’re all winners!
There’s no “hell,…. and Heaven’s free!
Don’t believe outdated scripture,
Join the Nico-laity!

Lord, we’re O, so prone to wander…
Like blind beggars we have sinned!
Son of David, please have mercy!
Son of God, please come again!

Light of Glory, break upon us…
Break apart the darkened sky!9
Give us ears to hear the Truth, Lord,
And the compromising lie.

When the seals are finally broken,10
May your Bride, Lord, persevere…,
Fill each lamp to overflowing,
As The Wedding Day11 draws near.

Revelation 21: 3

Francis Schaeffer

“We must, furthermore, protest the notion of manifest destiny that permits our nation to do anything it chooses. For if we insist on walking down this road, than at some point - as God is God, the God in whose eyes there is real good and real evil - we who have trampled so completely on all of God's amazing gifts to this country are going to wake up and find that He cars very much what we do. We must not suppose that we are playing only intellectual and political games. If God exists, and if He judges good and evil, then we must realize that those who trample on His great gifts will one day know His judgement. The scriptures bear solemn witness to this. Our nation is not immune.”
—Francis A. Schaeffer

1Revelation 5:5

2Romans 6:1-4

3Revelation 22:18-19

4Revelation 2: 20-23

5Revelation 2:6

6Revelation 2:14

7Revelation 3:16

8Revelation 3:19

9Matthew 24: 29-30

10Revelation 6:1

11Matthew 25: 1-5

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