The Pain of Poor Scholarship

I’m currently reading God Without Religion by Andrew Farley. Or maybe it would be better to say I’m TRYING to read it, it’s increasingly becoming a laborious task.

From page 1, and more so as one reads on, it becomes clear that what Farley thinks Religion to be, and what it actually is, are NOT the same thing. In fact, his statements are in contradiction to the very words of Jesus.

Then he wades into the area of “Once Saved, Always Saved”, saying that it’s true because “God would never divorce you” (the added problem with that statement is that we are “married” to Jesus, who is NOT God). God has said that He would never leave, nor forsake us. But Scripture is very clear that we must “endure until the end in order to be saved”. So what happens if we do not endure? If we begin to willfully sin, or become lazy about our spiritual life? WE are the one breaking away from God, and if we don’t repent, can lose our salvation. If that were not possible, why did Jesus clearly tell us to “abide” (to remain, to stay) in him?

John 15:4-8 NASB “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. (5) “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. (6) “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. (7) “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. (8) “My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.

Verse 6 shows us that it is to Christians that this is directed – ‘If anyone does not abide (i.e., remain)’, which means they would have to already be in Christ in order to remain.

But I digress. My purpose for writing this was to express the extreme sadness I’m feeling – at this moment – and of late, as I read these so-called men of God but find such sloppy study that leads to shitty (“dung”, which is in the Scriptures, means the same thing) theology .

Dear reader, I’m assuming that by reading from this site you have a heart inclined to God, and the desire to obey Him. And that is why I feel it necessary to warn you: Be VERY careful about what you read by the pens of men; often times it can appear to be real good, when in fact it is real junk. If you have not previously been exposed to the topic in which you are reading, it is imperative that you research the topic – finding scriptures that seem to support and those that seem to detract – then meditate on them, asking Rabbi Yeshua to show you the final answer of truth.

 

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