Theological Slavery

 

By Dr. Ken Matto

 

Whenever I refer to “the Bible” it is always the King James Bible and not the modern counterfeits.

 

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:32)

 

You may have never heard the term “Theological Slavery” but it is a compartmentalization of Christianity in which all Christians are subject to if they allow it.  What has happened to Christianity is horrendous where Christians have departed from the teachings of Scripture and created theological systems which are not only erroneous but are in total contradiction to the Scriptures which means they are lies.  Christians have set aside the true Bible and are now placing their trust in theologians, pastors, and media ministries which are nothing more than wardens to keep the Christian in slavery to their teachings.  This article is specifically aimed at Christians.  The idea came to me when I had a discussion on Facebook with a woman who stated I was “way off” and refused to even look at any of my material.  How can you claim someone is way off when you do not even look at their material?  It is nothing more than bearing false witness.  Then I realized why she said that because she is a slave to her theological system and is not allowed to go beyond what her church commands her to believe.

 

In ancient Israel, both the northern and southern kingdoms were taken into captivity by pagan empires.  They had a good start in declaring their obedience to God.  And all the people answered together, and said, All that the LORD hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the LORD. (Exodus 19:8)  Then as you progress in the history of Israel you will plainly see that they blatantly disobeyed God and eventually the northern kingdom was removed from the land never to be returned again and the southern kingdom was completely wiped off the face of the map in 70 A.D. because of their rebellion to God.  The problem that initiated their rebellion was that they were Scripturally illiterate.

 

They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet. (John 7:52)

 

He restored the coast of Israel from the entering of Hamath unto the sea of the plain, according to the word of the LORD God of Israel, which he spake by the hand of his servant Galilee, the son of Amittai, the prophet, which was of Gath-hepher.  (2 Kings 14:25)

 

The Pharisees who were supposed to be the leaders and experts in the Hebrew Scriptures showed their illiteracy by claiming that no prophet came out of Galilee.  Jonah was of the tribe of Zebulun and Gath-hepher was near the Sea of Galilee.  The problem was that they went from a study of the Scriptures to the Babylonian Talmud which was a series of commentaries.  So basically they went from the teachings of God to the teachings of man.  The very same thing is happening today in Christianity.  It is no longer what the Bible says but what does the pastor say, or the media minister, or the seminary professor say?  Christians have set aside the Bible and have relegated their belief system to men.  Some of the theological systems which keep Christians compartmentalized and separate are:

 

Dispensationalism (Pre-Tribulationalism)

Trance-channeled in 1830 by a woman named Margaret MacDonald.  Trance-channeling is satanic and is used by the New Age movement to contact their ascended masters which is nothing more than demonic spirits otherwise known as familiar spirits.  Tenets of their belief system are: 7 year tribulation period, rapture of the church before the tribulation period begins, rewards, physical 1,000 year reign of Christ from Jerusalem, modern Israel is a rebirth of ancient Israel.  Not one of these can be proven from the Scriptures unless Scripture is twisted to fit this belief system.

 

Preterism

Preterism was a created theological system which was a product of a Jesuit Priest Luis Del Alcazar in the 16th century to confront the teachings of the Reformers who taught that the Pope was the Antichrist.  So he created a system of beliefs that placed everything as fulfilled in 70 A.D. thus taking the eye off the Pope and back on Jerusalem.  His commentary “Investigation of the Hidden Sense of the Apocalypse” claimed that the book of Revelation was about ancient Rome and the first six centuries of the Church’s existence.  Alcazar believed that all the prophecies of Revelation except for chapters 20:4-22:21 were fulfilled in 70 A.D.  They also believed that Christ returned in 70 A.D. in the role of the Roman army to destroy Jerusalem.  Many church fathers place the book of Revelation during the reign of Domitian which was 81-96 A.D. and that the Apostle John was exiled under his reign. 

 

Christian Reconstructionism

Christian Reconstructionism, otherwise known as Christian Dominion, is a belief system which was created under the teachings of Rousas Rushdoony who was considered the Father of Christian Reconstructionism.  He also taught that the world would become Christianized making way for the second coming of Christ.  He also advocated a return to the law of God which would mean a keeping of the Mosaic Law.  This view peaked in the 1990’s and was declared a dead movement by 2008.

 

Antinomianism

Right on the heels of the Christian Reconstructionist movement are the Antinomians.  The word is made up of two Greek words “anti” which means “against” and “nomos” which means “law.”  They believe that when Christ died on the cross we are saved by grace alone without keeping any aspects of the law which is true but they take it one step further by believing that the Christian should not obey the moral laws of God.  This belief system runs into a problem on two fronts: 1) Sin is the transgression of God’s law (1 John 3:4) which means the law is not null and void in the area of morality which would be stealing, murder, adultery, etc.  Christians are to live a godly life and not partake in sinful activities, 2) Christians are under the law of Christ. If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: (James 2:8)  The law of Christ is the royal law and it is based upon loving they neighbor as thyself, in other words, putting others before yourself in all matters.

 

Hebrew Roots Movement

It is a movement which attempts to Judaize the Christians and the churches by emphasizing the fact that the church has walked away from the Hebrew roots found in the Hebrew Scriptures.  They teach that Christ and his disciples practiced the law of Moses and they did until Christ went to the cross and then the veil in the temple was rent in two which spelled the end of the Mosaic law as Christ now fulfilled all the aspects of the law of God and that is imputed to all his followers until the last one is saved.  The book of Galatians was written as a warning against trying to keep the law for salvation while under grace.  The two are antithetical and no amount of keeping the law will ever gain salvation for anyone.

 

Christian Zionism

Christian Zionism is the belief that the modern nation of Israel is the fulfillment of some promise God made to Israel for a restoration of the nation of Israel.  Normally Christian Zionism is married to dispensationalism and is normally embraced by Baptist and Fundamental churches.  They will normally have the flag of Israel on their platform not realizing they are placing their church under the star of Moloch.  The six pointed star is one of the highest signs in Satanism and David never had a star because he knew it was idolatry.  But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves. (Amos 5:26)  Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon. (Acts 7:43)  Christian Zionists make all kinds of excuses for Israel no matter what they do.  Their motto is “If Israel wants it, then God wants it.”  I know because many years ago I accepted that false belief.

 

Post-Tribulationalism

This is the belief that the return of Christ will happen after the Tribulation period because they believe they must be here as a final witness during that time.

 

Mid-Tribulationalism

This belief system states that the church will be raptured in the middle of the Tribulation Period which is three and one half years into it.

 

Post-Millennialism

This is a belief that states that the return of Christ will be after the Millennium which will be composed of the increase in Christian ethics and influence.  This belief system piggybacks Christian Reconstructionism. 

 

Amillennialism

This is a belief which teaches that the Millennium found in Revelation 20 is symbolic for the entire New Testament period.  There is no literal 1,000 year reign of Christ.  He comes back on the last day which is simultaneous with Judgment Day and the rapture of the church.  Many of the Reformers taught this.

 

Charismatic

This system believes that the sign gifts which God gave to the church before the completion of the Bible are still active today such as tongues, interpretation of tongues, prophecies, healing, visions, dreams, miracles.  The modern charismatic churches also promote health, wealth, prosperity making it a very worldly gospel because you do not hear anything about the afterlife and if you do it is shrouded in much theatrical wording.

 

Emergent Church Movement

This is the newest heresy to invade the church and embraced by Christians.  It is based on the belief of experience rather than biblical instruction.  This movement has crossed many denominational boundaries.  They use rituals from many different churches such as the Roman Catholic Church, Celtic Christianity, Orthodox.  They also allow the use of prayer beads, icons, walking the labyrinth, and Christian mysticism.

 

How do theological systems perpetuate?  They perpetuate by means of generational indoctrination.  For example, a person is born into the Baptist church, when they get old enough to marry they will have children and they will be brought up in the same church thus continuing the theological belief system.  This would be fine if a person is brought up in a church which teaches biblical truth.  Now no one is going to be 100% correct because we as finite creatures are attempting to understand a book given by an Infinite God.  So we will have variables within the belief systems.  However, small variant beliefs or teachings does not mean you build an entire doctrine on them and then go search the Scriptures to find a verse or two which can be twisted to make the case.  For example, probably 95% of all Christians believe that the rapture is going to be before the tribulation period begins.

 

16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)

 

After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. (Revelation 4:1)

 

John was already given information on the things which were and the things which are and now he is going to be given the information on what is going to happen in the last days. The “last days” is the period from the cross to the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. In chapters two and three letters were sent to the existing churches on Earth but now the scene shifts to Heaven. This verse has been so misunderstood by the pre-tribulation crowd. They have taught for so long that it represents the rapture and they attempt to tie it in with 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 but there is absolutely nothing by way of timing. The timing is added by means of whatever theological system one belongs to.  Revelation 4:1 has nothing whatsoever to do with the idea of a pre-tribulation rapture. This verse is teaching us that the scene now shifts from earth to Heaven. Just as Ezekiel had heavenly visions, John is now having them. Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God.  (Ezekiel 1:1) 

 

What I have listed above are just some of the major theological systems that Christians are attached to and the longer they stay in them, the more of a slave they become to them.  Christians get to the point where they start defending these systems as if they are all 100% true.  When you place all these systems next to each other, ask yourself a simple question, “How can they all be correct when they all differ from each other?”  For example, how could Christ come before the tribulation, in the middle of the tribulation and after the tribulation?  Do you see the dilemma that puts Christians in if they believe one system and another believes another system, how can they all be right?  Well the reality is that they are not all correct!  Yet, Christians fight and argue and defend their position not realizing they are not defending biblical truth but a created theological system. 

 

Each system has its own set of verses that it adheres to and they will not let their people look at other verses which may challenge their teachings.  This is a very cultic method to use to control Christians.  They may think they are not being controlled but they are by the wardens of the theological system.  This was very evident in Christianity between 2001 and 2011 when Harold Camping was teaching that the rapture of the church would be on May 21, 2011 and the end of the world would be October 21, 2011.  During that ten years, many of us debunked his teachings yet his minions called us “heretics, scoffers, and mockers.”  They based this on 2 Peter 3:3 and Jude 18:

 

Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, (2 Peter 3:3)

 

How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. (Jude 18)

 

We refuted his heretical teachings using only the Word of God because of its power and guess what?  I am writing this portion on June 9, 2020, 11 years after the supposed “biblical guarantee” of the return of Christ in May 2011.

 

I remember speaking with a Jehovah’s witness in my friend’s garage and we came to 2 Corinthians 5:8.  We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. (2 Corinthians 5:8)  When we read that to him, his exact words were “I didn’t even know that was in there.”  That is because theological systems, whether Christian or not are scripted.  Theological systems dictate to the believer what they will believe and if they go outside any of the parameters of the Script, then they will be castigated as a heretic or false teacher.  In the last section, I am going to use the Rapture as my example to show how diametrically opposed to Scripture some of the theological systems are.

 

Have you ever heard the following statement?  “In Essentials Unity, In Non-Essentials Liberty, In All Things Charity.”   In 1999,  H. J. M. Nellen found the quote in a 17th Century writing from the Marco Antonio de Dominis (d. 1624). It is a quote from one of the most untrustworthy theologians in Church history: a twice-declared heretic who could not seem to unify with anybody!  He was a Roman Catholic Archbishop.  And yet this unbiblical quotation is used by many Christians to halt any challenges to their theological stance.  Do you know of any non-essential teachings of Scripture?  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (2 Timothy 3:16)  God gave all Scripture which means there is no such things as essential and non-essential, all Scripture is essential.

 

We also hear another unbiblical statement which is used very frequently by those who wish to halt any challenges to their theology.  “Let’s Agree to Disagree” (ATD) Let me just give you three consequences of hiding behind that statement:

 

1. Truth remains buried

2. No challenge to search the Scriptures

3. The Christian remains under false teachings

 

These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. (Acts 17:11)  The Apostle Paul commended the Berean believers because they searched the Scriptures daily, not theology books or theological systems. 

 

Basically when someone hits you with an ATD, they are literally saying, "I will believe what I want to believe, and you believe what you want to believe." When someone uses an ATD, they are being spiritually smug in thinking they have stopped an argument or debate. What really happened, is that person is stunting their own spiritual growth and development by choosing to remain where it is the most comfortable and palatable. The true gospel is an offense, even to Christians since it zings us too. If I was to define ATD in one statement, it would be, "The avoidance of truth." How many times have you heard, "don’t rock the boat?" The true gospel not only rocks the boat but it overturns ships. If you are a person given to ATD philosophy, you are really hurting yourself spiritually. How do you expect to grow if you set the standard of what you will believe rather than God’s standard?

 

For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. (Romans 4:3)

 

The first five words in Romans 4:3 is probably the most important in the Bible because it points us to what the Bible is teaching.  Unfortunately, many Christians go to their pastor, theology books, prophecy books, or media ministry instead of going directly to the Bible and getting the answer and I know why.  They fear the Bible because the answer may interfere with their plans.  I know this from personal experience.  Many years ago a woman came to me and asked me about marriage after divorce.  I showed her the Scriptures which plainly teach that marriage after divorce is adultery.  She did not care what the Bible taught and found four people to tell her what she wanted to hear and got married anyway. 

 

11 And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her. 12 And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery. (Mark 10:11-12)

 

Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery. (Luke 16:18)

 

2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. 3 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man. (Romans 7:2-3)

 

The reason why there are so many theological systems out there is simply because the Christians do not study their Bibles.  Reading theology books, prophecy books, or listening to the preacher or a media ministry is not studying the Bible, instead that is relying on someone’s interpretation of the Bible.  That is like reading the Living Bible or New Living Translation and think you are reading the Bible when in essence you are not because they are paraphrases.

 

It seems that there is no end to theological systems and new denominations which are coming and going.  It seems every church has a different interpretation of the Bible and if you listen to Christian radio, you will hear a different theology every half hour which throws more confusion into the mix.  It seems Christians are trapped no matter where they go.  They must adopt the theological system that their church does or they will be tossed out.  The Lord himself gave us a tool which is the great equalizer and teacher.  The Bible will either confirm or condemn your beliefs and we need to pay attention because if we do not, we will remain in the prison of our personal beliefs.

 

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. (2 Peter 1:20)

 

Here is the reason that there are so many different theologies and movements.  Many have taken the Bible and interpreted it according to their preferences, bias, desires, and emotions and have created doctrines which are palatable to the flesh but are total error.  Interpretation of the Bible belongs to the Bible itself.  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. (1 Corinthians 2:13)  We compare Scripture with Scripture to make sure our conclusions harmonize with what is taught in the rest of the Bible.  Once we do that we will begin to straighten out our understanding of Scripture.  When I got rid of all my prophecy and theology books and went to the Bible alone for my understanding, the Bible became alive as it never did before, like a deluge in a thunderstorm.  Difficult passages were now understandable as before when interpreted according to a theological system they remained closed and many times when approached, were twisted.  I will give some examples of this to show a theological system will not stand the scrutiny of Scripture.

 

Emancipation Proclamation

Theological systems have done nothing but shroud the truth in religious terms.  I know this personally because when I first became a Christian, I followed dispensational theology until I ditched my prophecy books and started studying the Bible without the predisposition of a theological system, the ideas I was taught proved to be total fabrications.  God gave us the Bible for the purpose of freeing us from these systems.  The true Bible is the Emancipation Proclamation given to Christians by God himself for the purpose of us knowing the Lord and Jesus Christ and the redemption of his Elect.  Theological systems keep Christians in bondage to specific beliefs and teachings and does not allow a Christian to go beyond its borders.  This means the Christians will only believe what they are told to believe and that is nothing but being in a theological prison.  Just like a prison, an inmate cannot go beyond the walls to freedom.  If a church adopts a specific theological or eschatological (end time teaching) stance, then those in the church must continually adhere to those teachings or else they will be escorted out the door.

 

When I was a new Christian I bought prophecy books and within those books was written something called “The Rapture of the Church” and in all those books was a common teaching that the rapture would take place before the final tribulation period would begin.  For some years I believed that and it was called “The Pre-tribulation Rapture.”  It is still widely taught today in the majority of churches and if a person questions it, they are basically criticized for rejecting biblical truth.  I know this personally, because I have been accused of that very thing many times by inmates of the system of Dispensationalism.   Now I want to show you a liberating truth in Scripture.  Always keep in mind, if you claim and proclaim a false teaching, then you are helping to deceive other Christians.  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:32)  Remember, Jesus spoke these words to the Pharisees who thought they were God’s special people but Jesus goes on in verse 44 stating they were and are of their father the devil.  Jesus spoke those words to the religious crowd because religion, rather than the Hebrew Scriptures, was what they obeyed and studied.  How do I know this?  Remember Jonah above.  If they knew their Scriptures, they would have known that there was a prophet from Galilee.

 

The same situation exists within Christianity today.  The majority of Christians have placed their faith in theological systems which cover the truth rather than proclaim it.  At this point I want us to look at the Rapture which is proclaimed to be before the final tribulation.  Above I quoted 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 and Revelation 4:1 as being linked together which Dispensationalists use as their proof texts of a pre-tribulation rapture.  Now let us compare what they teach to what the Bible actually teaches:

 

And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. (John 6:39)

 

And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. (John 6:40)

 

No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. (John 6:44)

 

Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. (John 6:54)

 

23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. 24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. (John 11:23-24)

 

He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. (John 12:48)

 

Here we have six verses straight out of the Bible which state plainly that the rapture of the church is on the last day.  As plain as these Scriptures are concerning the rapture, yet you have the Pre-tribulation and the Mid-tribulation crowd teaching a different timing of the rapture.  The Mid-tribulation crowd claims the rapture is in the middle of the tribulation period.  Do you see how both of these theological systems are teaching an unconcealed lie?  Yet, they will not recant that teaching.  Why?  Because they are slaves to a theological system.  If those six verses are not enough, then here is another proof of a last day rapture and resurrection. 

 

And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. (Daniel 12:2)

 

28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. (John 5:28-29)

 

Daniel 12:2 speaks about a day when the dead will be raised and both groups are included in that resurrection which are the saved and the unsaved.  The book of Daniel was written about 600 B.C.  Then we read in John 5:28-29 a more detailed account of what we found written in Daniel.  John states the same thing that there is going to be one general resurrection of both the saved and the unsaved on the last day as we read in John 11:24 & 12:48 where both believers and unbelievers are in view.  Let’s look at Daniel 12:4:

 

But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. (Daniel 12:4)

 

Daniel 12:4 tells us that Daniel was to shut up the words and seal the book until the time of the end.  When did the end commence?  The end commenced at the time of the cross.

 

Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; (Hebrews 1:2)

 

So we see that the last days commenced at the cross and Daniel’s book was now unsealed as we read in John 5:28-29 which was written after the last days commenced and was penned about 75-90 A.D., 675-90 years after the book of Daniel was written.  Then John once again harmonizes his teachings with that of Hebrews 1:2. 

 

Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. (1 John 2:18)

 

The word “time” in this verse is the Greek word “hṓra” which means “hour.”  Here John calls the entire New Testament period, “the last hour.”  Let us look at one more false teaching found in Dispensationalism.  They teach that there are going to be two resurrections.  One will be of the believer before the final tribulation period and one at the end of the millennium when all the unbelievers will be raised to be taken to judgment.  However, we already saw that both the believers and unbelievers will be raised on the last day but here is the icing on the cake.

 

32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. (Matthew 25:32-33)

 

If there are two resurrections that are separated by 1,000 years and each one is a dedicated resurrection, that is one for the believers and one for the unbelievers, then why are both the believers and unbelievers standing together simultaneously before the throne of Christ?  Then we see that at that time Christ will be separating the sheep (saved) from the goats (unsaved).  So how could there be two separate, dedicated resurrections if all the people of the world are standing before the throne of Christ?  Do you see how Daniel 12:2, John 5:28-29, and Matthew 25:32-33 harmonizes perfectly without even attempting to over-explain or force fit any explanation.  Include in that the six verses of John we saw and they all harmonize perfectly bringing us to truth.  Yet even though these are in the Bible, many Christians and churches will choose to continue to follow the false theological systems when the truth is right in their hands marked Holy Bible.

 

Unity in Christianity

13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; (Ephesians 4:13-14)

 

The reality is that there will never be true unity in Christianity as long as it is compartmentalized into theological systems.  True unity can only be achieved when theological systems are discarded and all Christians unify under the teachings of Scripture.  God gave the Bible to believers for them to live by and to guide them and to get to know the Lord Jesus Christ, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit better.  Unity can never happen as long as different theologies are taught by different churches.  Christians must adhere to the Scriptures whether they like what is written or not.  If Christians continue to follow biased theologians and churches, unity on earth will never materialize.  The Bible unifies Christianity but theological systems separate it into parts which can never be joined together because of the disparity of the individual systems.  The Bible speaks of Christianity as a body.  That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. (1 Corinthians 12:25)  The word “schism” carries with it the meaning of “division, rent, or split.”  A body can only survive if it is solidly connected together.  Let’s be real, the body of Christ is divided by theological systems creating body parts all over the place.  There is no unity.  It is true we are together because Christ has saved us and we are looking forward to Heaven but once you get beyond this, the body lies in fragments.  It has even gotten to the point that we no longer call ourselves Christians anymore, we refer to ourselves as Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, Reformed, etc.  We have transferred identity from Christ to the church we attend.  If we are going to attain true unity of the faith then theological systems must be rejected and the Bible must take its rightful place as our book of understanding.  Whenever we choose to (and it is a choice) follow a theological system, we have chosen to follow the interpretations of man and not the teachings of God and then we wonder why Christians are so weak, confused and fearful.  Instead of the power which stands behind the Bible, we have the weakness of man as our strength.  Then you wonder why you cannot defeat sin in your life!  We cannot repeat the error of ancient Israel by placing the interpretations of men in a higher place than God’s Holy Word.

 

Summary

The reason I penned this study was to openly show how opposed to Scripture theological systems are, even those that are taught in churches for many years.  If one is going to come to truth then it comes only through the Bible.  God gave us the Bible as a guidebook for our living and learning but many Christians and churches have replaced the Bible with the teachings of man.  Whenever there is some type of appealing media minister or pastor, people seem to gravitate to them as if their charm is the standard for truth.  The reality is that the more appealing and famous they are, the more compromised they are.  The Christian’s truth comes from the Bible not the teachings and interpretations of men which saturate the church.  The Bible is judged by theology and prophecy books instead of the Bible judging them.  If Christians are going to learn and live in truth, then they must escape the prison of theological systems and learn from the Bible alone.  Let me warn you, Christians themselves will excoriate you for not following the benighted tenets of their system.  Here is the reality, the Lord Jesus Christ saved you, not your church or your theological system and you owe allegiance to him and not the church or even other Christians.  Remember it was the theological system of Judaism that hated and crucified Christ and continues that hatred today.  So you must make a choice, either you live under a theological system or you seek emancipation through the Scriptures.  Remember John 8:32 again:

 

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:32)

 

The word “free” in John 8:32 also carries with it the meaning of “liberate.”  To be a truly liberated Christian, the Bible must be your only source of truth whether others accept you or not.  Now you know the truth between theological slavery and theological freedom!

 

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