We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Did They Really Say That?!?

“Well, just because the Bible says that God framed the world with things that were not seen, that does not mean that He framed this world out of nothing.  It simply means that He framed the world out of something that you could not see.  In other words, He didn’t go out here and pick up something - a few raw materials - and then sling a world together.  No, the raw material or the substance that God used to frame this world was His faith and His Word - His faith and His Word ... The way that He created the world was, first of all, He conceived something on the inside of Him.  He conceived; He had an image; He had a picture.  God doesn’t just sling things into existence without first of all conceiving it first.”

Jerry Savelle, Framing Your World with the Word of God, part 2, audiotape #SS-36, side 1. Cited by Hank Hanegraaff in Christianity in Crisis, 21st Century, p.374-375.

This is the sort of nonsense one can expect from false teachers.  This is the “fruit” of their teachings; that faith and God’s Word are material substances that God joined together for creation.  The Bible says that God just spoke it all into existence; created everything out of nothing -- ex nihilo.  God doesn’t have faith, because God has all knowledge and has nothing for which He needs faith.   Jerry Savelle, and all of his Word of Faith ilk, are false teachers -- and their teachings are spiritually dangerous.  Avoid them like the plague.


ali said...

I guess The Word of God means what it says, but does not really say what it means.

How blessed that we have such "learned" men to interpret for us.

God laughs at the foolishness of man!

Joe said...

What passes for Christianity is overflowing with vain imaginations. They follow the logic: "I'm a Christian, I had such-and-such a thought, therefore God must have spoken to me."

Lindsay Smail said...

I am sure they are just typical of those Paul said would be ear ticklers: the plain Word of God is too straightforward or even boring for them and they have to add to it all the time to get a following (and money). Of course the listeners love to have it so. You are welcome to see my blog: