Each time I think Al Maxey has gone as far out as he can in denying scripture he takes another step even further. In past issues of his “Reflections” he has denied virtually all Biblical specifications, the meaning of the assembly, the purpose of baptism, the significance of the Lord’s Supper, the value of works of obedience, that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him, and virtually everything stated in the Bible. Why? Now in his most recent issue, #623, he goes after the plan of salvation.

In this one he wrote, “The “plan of salvation” is not a series of steps the lost must take so as to merit salvation, but the step the Father took in sending His Son to atone for the sins of mankind. It is a gift of grace, and it is for all who believe in what He has done for them. That belief/faith, if genuine, will motivate them to live for Him every day of their lives, submitting to His will and seeking to become more like their “great Example and Pattern” in their daily walk. In this way, you and I become ambassadors of grace as we reflect the Light sent forth into the darkness. Thus, the most effective method for evangelizing the lost is simply the testimony of our lives lived visibly and boldly in relationship with our Lord.” This “plan” so differs from God’s plan one would think the writer has never seen a Bible.

The writer of Hebrews said this of some: “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God…” (Heb. 5:12) This is that kind of  case. The Bible gives what we need to look at, the ABCs of the story of God’s plan developing over time. Each of the key players in this drama had a role to play and they had to do it. None of them had an assignment of inactivity.

First there was GOD. Was His part to just exist and be inactive? No. Scripture refers often to the fact that the plan for saving man was in God’s mind before the world began and He acted on that plan.

God raised up Moses. Was the assignment of Moses to just stand there? Certainly not! He led the Israelites out of bondage and he was the first law giver. Temple worship began under his direction.

After that God sent many prophets. Was their assignement to just exist? No. Each one of their revelations was an important part of moving the plan of God forward toward the coming messiah.

Then came Jesus Christ. Did He come to earth and just stand there? John wrote that “God so loved the world…”(John 3:16) but He didn’t just love the world emotionally and do nothing. “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son..” This was action beyond comprehension. When you read the New Testament record of what all He did, what He suffered, and His eventual death  on the cross, you have to wonder how in the world anyone could voluntarily submit to what He did.

Then came the apostles. In God’s plan was their assignment to just exist and wear the name? Certainly not! Their role was absolutely vital to the furtherance of God’s plan. Jesus said it was written and thus it had to be that He would suffer and then be resurrected, and that “repentance and remission of sins would be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” (Luke 24:46f)

Then came “the world” to whom this message was to be preached. Did God’s plan assign the hearers to be inactive, passive? Ask Jesus. Fortunately Nicodemus asked about it so we have the Lord’s answer. He said, “Unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3) This was something one had to choose to do. Nicodemus did not understand how one could do that so Jesus further explained it this way, “Most assuredly I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” (Vs. 5) Note, it isn’t just difficult, Jesus said it cannot be done. When they carried out the orders of Christ at Jerusalem, the command was “Repent and be baptized every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38) The text says 3,000 souls were added to the Lord that day via that process.

SATAN’S LAST SHOT AT YOU: Satan has only one point of vulnerability to attack. He could not stop this plan at its beginning. God would not fail to act. He could not stop it at the prophets. They did not fail to act. He could not stop it at Jesus. Even with such an extremely difficult assignment, He carried it out. The apostles also did not fail to deliver the plan to mankind. The only point in the process where Satan can stop this plan is with man’s assignment. He can get man to believe that his assignment is to do nothing and thus fail to act. He knows that being born of water and the Spirit is the only way in. So if he can get people to reject that, they are his. So he focuses on that. He builds an elaborate doctrine of salvation without baptism and gets men like Al Maxey to preach it. They see mankind as the only player in this scenario whose assignment is inactive. This is why they must deny everything the Bible says on the subject.




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