Why are Christians so gullible?

Posted: May 6, 2012 in Christian Living
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According to his website, evangelist Bill Wiese has been traveling around the country, selling books, and making lots of money by exploiting people’s fear of the unknown… Hell in particular.  Although compelling, and definitely frightening, there is no Scriptural support for many of his claims.

In his alleged vision he saw enormous sized demons with giant jaws and huge teeth with claws sticking out that simply aren’t taught in the Word of God. The Bible plainly teaches that the fallen angels (demons) aren’t in Hell as workers tormenting people. That false idea came from pagan beliefs and later adapted by some in the Church. Numerous Scriptures; such as Ephesians 6:12 and 2 Corinthians 11:13-15, are evidence that the demons are living amongst humanity, seeking to deceive and destroy lives. Satan is the god of this wicked world. (2 Corinthians 11:4)

Mr. Wiese states… “God took it out of my mind that I was a Christian.” This is deception! The Bible declares in Titus 1:2 that God cannot lie. Why would God do such a thing and violate His own Word? Is God a liar? No Mr. Wiese, you are the liar, not God. God has promised eternal life to all who believe upon His only begotten Son for the forgiveness of sins. God would never forsake us, making us believe that He had abandoned us, not even for one second! (Hebrews 13:5) Although this may seem harmlessly beneficial to some Christians, such bizarre claims are damaging to the truth.

Bill Wiese’s Gospel invitation:

“The Bible is real plain, we are all sinners, and whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved. Jesus said if you will confess me before men, publicly, then I will in turn; confess your name before my heavenly Father and the Holy angels. But if you deny me before men, I will deny you before my Father. I want to ask you to do something. If you’ve never publicly, in front of other people, if you’ve never publicly declared Jesus Christ as your Savior, and made Him the Lord of your life, or if you’re unsure whether heaven is your eternal home, remember Jesus hung naked on a cross, in a market place, he hung there for you, He endured your shame.”

As you can see, the basic plan of salvation is given; but Mr. Wiese adds (and perverts) the gospel of Jesus Christ when he mandates people to “publicly” declare Jesus as their Savior and make Jesus “the Lord of your life” to be saved. All a person needs to do to be saved is to come as an undeserving sinner to Jesus Christ for forgiveness. All Jesus asks is that we believe on Him (John 3:16). Salvation only requires people to surrender to Christ to be saved, ceasing from one’s sins. Lordship Salvationists, such as John MacArthur claim to believe that salvation is by grace through faith alone; but then they teach that a person cannot be saved if they don’t make Christ their Lord. My friend you don’t make Jesus Lord… HE IS LORD!

Repentance means a “change of mind,” not necessarily a change of lifestyle. The changed life comes later as a person grows in the grace of God. (2Peter 3:18) A changed life is the fruit of genuine repentance (James 2:18-21) and not the root of saving-faith. (Romans 4:5-6) If you add as much as a drop of water to faith alone in Jesus Christ for salvation, then you’ve fabricated a false gospel and a dangerous heresy. Salvation is received, not achieved. Salvation is receiving, not giving. Eternal life is the gift of God—freely offered (Romans 10:13) and freely received. (Revelation 22:17)

We read in Hebrews 1:1-2, “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.” How does God speak to us? Through His Son, the WORD of God. (John 1:1; Revelation 19:13). If you want to find God today, and hear from God, then you must look to the Scriptures. (John 5:39) This is the key to truth; for the Word of God is truth. (John 17:17)

Beware!

Beware of modern evangelists who teach about spirituality and appear to be Christian, but who don’t teach and promote the Word of God. God doesn’t need to speak through any individuals today through private revelations today like He did in the Old Testament. We have His Word; and the Word of God is complete!

Hell = Sheol – the OT designation for the abode of the dead; the grave.

Hades = death, hell; the grave.

Gehenna = the lake of fire.

Hades and Sheol are Greek and Hebrew words used for “the grave”. That is where everyone goes when they die. (The righteous and wicked alike) Gehenna should scare people—Because Gehenna is very real. The Bible clearly describes Gehenna as a place of horrible fire and death for those who reject God’s forgiveness and salvation through His son Jesus.

But we should not try to scare people into heaven. (Proverb 16:6-7) God is a God of love; not a God of fear. How sincere would our love for our earthly father be if that love was rooted in fear? Would we truly love him if we were afraid that if we did not we would be the subject of his wrath?

Our love for God should not be used as a fire escape or insurance policy. He wants us to freely love Him for the same reason we want our children to love us. – Because we are.

Why are Christians so gullible?

The answer is in the Scriptures: “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” 2 Timothy 4:3-4

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Comments
  1. Anastasia says:

    Here’s a question I sometimes wonder about – if a person believes in Jesus but doesn’t invite Jesus to be Lord of his or her life (i.e. change their ways in accordance to His will) and keeps living the way they did before encountering Jesus, are they truly saved? What’s your take on that? I think that’s the question Bill Wiese tried to answer when he seems to add requirements to acquiring salvation. After all, “even the demons believe” (James 2:19).

    Also, when God took it out of Wiese’s mind that he was a Christian… in some ways that does seem contrary to what I would expect God to do, but God often throws us unexpected trials for the ultimate good. Out of curiosity – for you, would this be completely different from Jesus hiding recognition of Himself after His resurrection when He appeared to the Magdalene, and the Emmaus road?

    These is a really interesting post and you clearly know the Bible quite well, and I would be very interested in discussing this with you more and learn from you about this subject. Thanks.

    • Anastasia,
      I have been asked that by many people. Mainly because I think most people, Christians included, think in terms of good and bad behavior. But God doesn’t think in these terms. Yes, there are rewards for our good works and consequences for our actions but they have nothing to do with our salvation. That is laid out for us in 1Corinthians 3:11-15: “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.” (NIV)
      God often does allow us to go through unexpected trials for His ultimate good. During those times we may feel that God has abandoned us. As Ezekiel, Jeremiah, and Job did. Even Jesus felt abandoned when he cried out Ps. 22, but unlike what Mr. Wiese has suggested, God has never purposely deceived anyone into believing that they were condemned. This is completely different from God hiding himself from us. That’s how some people have entertained angels without knowing it. (Heb. 13:2) – Myself included.
      The main point of my article was to encourage others to rely solely on Scripture rather on the visions or revelations from men. (And women) “But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.” (Gal. 1:8) Also see 2 Corinthians 11:1-4 I hope this helps. I pray that you continue to seek truth from the Scriptures. God bless you.

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