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How strong is Bishop Spong?
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
The Bible has a certain message:
God is the Creator. He created the universe, the earth, and human beings for a purpose. In this time on earth each person chooses to accept or reject God. Since God does not exclude anyone, He sent Jesus who is the Way to eternal life. He is the only entrance into the Kingdom of God, available to anyone without cost. After death God’s elect will be with Him eternally on a renovated earth, living in bliss and health for ever (really like a fairy tale, except this one is true).
What do we do when people, with impressive credentials like doctors, bishops and other high ranking titles and offices, teach that God’s Word is not the truth? They make statements like: ‘Jesus’ death on the cross is not necessary for atonement’, ‘the resurrection is false’, ‘miracles are impossible’, ‘Jesus is not God, but merely a good teacher’, ‘He was not sinless’, He was not born in Bethlehem’.
Bishop Spong, amongst others, is one who implies that the Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, is not correct. (The implication is that the Holy Spirit is a liar). This puts the average believer in a difficult situation: who must he believe? His superiors, who teach such things, or the plain reading of Scripture? Suppose one does believe these modern Pharisees (remember Jesus warned against them - Matthew 16:5).... Suppose one puts one’s faith in their opinions, what is the chance that they can supply what Jesus promised? He promised salvation, a resurrected body, and living in love and harmony with God eternally. Can they guarantee the same to their followers? Do they have the power to give their followers eternal life on a new earth? Can they guarantee safety in the bosom of people like bishop Spong, after death? Or will these so called teachers’ wonderful ideas just evaporate, leaving the poor soul who believed them, stranded in a place where he doesn’t want to be (which would be hell, the only locality reserved for those who reject the Saviour)? It might be that their gospel is very attractive, but it contains a vicious hidden snare: eternal death! Many of them are doing the work of the devil, as evangelists for him. Jesus warns (Luke 11:52), Paul warns (2 Cor 11:13-15), Peter warns (2 Pet 2), John warns (1 John 5:10-12), Jude warns (Jude 1-25) against false teachers.
Good advice to Christians: Consider carefully before you are mislead by these teachers. God guarantees His promises. He hasn’t failed yet. He never will fail. But goodness, how much knowledge, insight and omnipotence do these anti-christ teachers have? Cling to the only reliable book which guarantees salvation, the Bible.
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