In Mat. 7:23 Jesus said that at the judgment He will say to some people, “Depart from me you who practice lawlessness.” Al discusses this in his Reflections and he just can’t figure out what their problem was. Maybe if he reads it again “you who practice lawlessness” he might get a clue as to why Jesus rejected them. Maybe if it were put in italics, “you who practice lawlessness” he might get it. Al, Jesus said their problem was lawlessness.

Al speculated in the opposite direction, He said, “They knew law, but not love; they possessed facts, but not faith!” Isn’that a remarkable conclusion? Especially so since Jesus said they were lawless and the previous verse indicates that they had a lot of faith in that they did many great things IN HIS NAME.

But instead Al says, “His concern was that they had no heart-connection with Him. They were going through the “religious motions,” but it profited them nothing!” I wonder who told Al that? The truth is I know where it came from. The fact is this is the favorite barricade of denominational liberalism against the light of truth, everything is a matter of what you “feel” in your heart, not a matter of what God has said.

Al just isn’t listening to Jesus at all. He lines up with Ellen G. White who wrote, “It is part of God’s plan to grant us, in answer to the prayer of faith, that which He would not bestow did we not thus ask.” (The Great Controversy, pg.525) He quotes Adam Clarke, who also lines up with that, along with Pulpit Commenary and several other denominational sources.What Jesus said just does not communicate. What His apostles said doesn’t either. For instance John’s inspired statement, “He who says ‘I know Him’ and does not keep His commandments is a liar and the truth is not in Him. But whoever keeps His word truly the love of God is perfected in Him.”  (1 John 2:4-5)

Look again at that scene in Mat 7:22-23. In the previous verse (21) Jesus said “Not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in Heaven.” Look at that again Al. He who does what? “He who does the will of My Father in Heaven.” But you just can’t figure that out, can you?

Al’s mistake is obvious, faulty logic. The fact that we cannot earn salvation, to him, means that we cannot do anything that will impact it. That is not sensible reasoning. And where did he get that idea? From denominational theologians. They have thought that way for centuries. The Bible demonstrates over and over that a gift from God is received when one meets whatever conditions God has placed there. For example, Naaman did not earn the healing of his leprosy when he dipped seven times in the Jordan river, but he received it at that point because that was the condition God had placed there. Conditional gifts from God is a Biblical idea. Declaring them unconditional when God has placed conditions there is unbelief.

As the bottom line Al says it is all about LOVE. To sum it up he wrote this: “Salvation is a GIFT, it is not WAGES due. It is for those whose hearts are filled with faith and love, not for those who sought to keep forms and laws.” But what did Jesus say about that? He said, “If you love me you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15) But Al cannot get love and commandment keeping together.

This is from the one who would presume to lead the brotherhood out of the “darkness” of obedience to God’s laws and into the “light” of human theology, the concept of lawless liberalism. But I wonder, how can you lead anybody anywhere if you can’t read? Even if your blindness is self imposed it is still soul condemning. Jesus said, “If the blind lead the blind both will fall into the ditch.”(Matthew 15:14) I guess we can only pray that Al will some day open his mind to the words of scripture.

I still pray for you;



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