“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:36 KJB)
How much simpler can it be? Believe on the Son and you have everlasting life. Two Jehovah Witnesses came to my door one day and said, “We want to share the good news of God’s coming Kingdom.” My reply, “I already have The Lord Jesus Christ, and all of God’s blessings in Him. I don’t need your ‘kingdom.”
Simplicity is the essence of God’s blessings upon man; organized religion is complicated, man’s added twists and wrinkles are created to insert man himself as God’s divine representative.
No matter how sweet, loving, and dedicated they may appear, men who put some effort, ritual or rule between “the Son” and “everlasting life” are nothing more than religious opportunists.
Those who require some religious law obedience to reach God or His blessings, are known as Pharisees. Even a perfect observance of the Law of Moses never gained acceptance with God. A heart that earnestly sought God, without the Law of Moses, was accepted before any person that sought God with sacrifices, rules, and offerings of the Law.
“1 At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn and to eat.
2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.
3 But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him;
4 How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests?
5 Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?
6 But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.
7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.” (Matthew 12:1-7 KJB)
The Pharisees in Jesus’ day put rules and regulations before “judgment, mercy, and faith”. Permit me to give other words Jesus said to the Pharisees in Matthew 23 in an abbreviated form:
“Then spake Jesus… Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat…
But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go…
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves…
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith…
Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.
Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres,…
Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity….
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!…
Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?”
That is a description of religion without God—access to the blessings of God, blocked by man’s rules. And, it shows us what God thinks about the practice. Read the whole chapter of Matthew 23 and see the full condemnation of the Pharisees.
The Pharisees are among us today. A Pharisee always places some work or deed they have invented before God’s salvation and/or blessings while claiming all is by grace, without works.
Roman Catholicism places the Pope, mass, confessional, baptism, purgatory, and money in the church coffers before God can be reached. While condemning the Roman system, Hyper-Dispensationalism places another form of the Pharisaical system before the sinner.
According to Hyper-Dispensationalism, you may be saved by grace BUT in order to get the best of God’s blessings, you MUST “rightly divide” the Bible as they define right division.
You MUST know the difference between Paul and Peter.
You MUST believe that the real church, the Body of Christ began with the revelation from God to Paul in prison.
The Hyper insists that this Body beginning is the key to all spiritual blessings from God, and that nothing of this Body was anywhere in any form in any inspired scriptures before Paul.
If you baptize–FOR ANY REASON–symbolic, illustrative, or otherwise, it is a sin.
If you call yourself by ANY NAME other than that the Hyper designates, you are following “tradition” and therefore, a sinner.
If you believe the Book of Psalms, the gospel of John, Genesis, etc., have just as much FORCE as Paul’s epistles, you are sinning.
Unless you recognize that EPHESIANS, PHILIPPIANS, AND COLOSSIANS by Paul, are of more FORCE, greater revelation, than even all of the other inspired epistles by Paul, you are ignorant, following traditions of men, and you will miss the “high calling of God” and get the lower rapture of 1 Thessalonians 4, being a lowly member of the Romans12 “body of Christ”, a lower rung of spiritual blessings in Christ.
Hyper-Dispensationalism has hijacked Bible dispensational study and created a Pharisaical monstrosity. Like the Pharisees of Matthew 23, they compass land and sea to find saved men and women in Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, and other Protestant churches where saved people may be, in order to gain proselytes. The Hypers do this without a shade of conscience or shame, even while the Books they claim are superior to all others, condemn their misuse of them:
My friend, if you have The Lord Jesus, you have One greater than all religions, the Temple, the cornfield, Catholicism, Campbellite, Charismatic, Berean and Baptist church! If you have accepted Christ, you already have all spiritual blessings in Christ. You are not required to learn at the “deep” theology of anybody, including the Hyper-Dispensationalists:
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.” (Ephesians 1:3 KJB)
As far as the Hyper-Dispensationalists go:
Paul does not exclude his prior epistles and even includes the things the Philippians had “seen” him do (baptism) during the Acts period. (The Philippians were not with him in prison!)
“Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”(Philippians 4:9 KJB)
A sinner is “complete” in Christ not because he learns the system of the Hyper; the sinner is complete because he is IN CHRIST.
“8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:” (Colossians 2:8-10 KJB).
The only wonder more amazing than the Hypers’ brazen manipulation of Scripture to produce such lies and their own devilish “traditions” is the ignorance and superstition of the gullible proselytes to this Pharisaical heresy.