BY: WILLIAM PAPADOPOULOS
LIE #1: WE ALL EMERGED AS COMPLEX BEINGS FROM A “BIG BANG.”
Yeah, sure! Kind of like the same way as Michaelangelo’s painting at the top of the Sistine Chapel could have happened over billions of years after some paint buckets hit the floor, their lids popped off with a “BIG BANG!” and BOOM! The paint sprays all over the ceiling and there it was! Or perhaps the same way one of Beethoven’s Symphonies came about from some chunks of plaster falling out of the ceiling over his piano and hitting the keys, then “BOOM!” a masterpiece of musical art was born! Just take all of the pieces of a fine Swiss watch, (which parts, by the way, someone STILL would have had to engineer and create individually) and put them in a bag and shake them for 6 to 7 billion years. I guarantee you, it will STILL NEVER come out together as a working watch because order CANNOT come together on its own from disorganized chaos! Sir Isaac Newton’s law of entropy even tells us so! So why continue to disrespect the greatest artist the universe has ever known? The “artist” loves you and desires to have a relationship with you!
LIE #2: I ALREADY BELIEVE IN A god…AND IT REALLY DOESN’T MATTER WHICH ONE I BELIEVE IN.
When you think about it, there is only ONE God to look to who could have created all that we see (and don’t see) in the universe, and He is the ONE true and living God who is the ONLY ONE who CLAIMED to have created it all to begin with. He didn’t need a committee with two other beings to discuss the design plans with. There is none beside Him—even HE knows not any (Isaiah 44:8) There are other false “gods”: There are “gods” which are created by human hands (idols), which do not hear, nor see, nor have the capability to help us in time of need. There are “gods” which are merely formed in people’s minds which carry no weight nor authority to judge (and this thought is especially comforting to atheists), yet the one true and living God of Israel, who understands how and why all things were made (visible and invisible, physical and spiritual) IS, by default, the highest truth anyone can ever believe in. Which is why Jesus said: “I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life”.
LIE #3: ALL I’VE GOT TO DO IS BELIEVE IN GOD—THAT’S ALL HE REQUIRES OF ME.
God’s word says that we love Him because He first loved us. Through His love He left His children provision of healing through the stripes He took on his back (through the beating before the cross) and the provision of remission of sins through the blood he shed on the cross at Calvary. Don’t you think we ought to love him back for all of this? God said in His word: “Hear O Israel: The Lord thy God is ONE Lord, and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. (Deut 6:4-6) “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments; and his commandments are not grievous (IJohn 5:3). “He that says I know him, and keeps not his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (IJohn 2:4). The “sinner’s prayer” found on most religious tracts is not even found in the bible. And we don’t merely “accept” Jesus into our hearts…he is the one who one day will judge and hopefully accept us!!! (Romans 12:1). And if you truly are a “believer”, Romans 10:16 says that you’ll obey the gospel.
LIE #4: BY GRACE, THROUGH FAITH I AM “SAVED”—I DON’T HAVE TO DO ANY WORKS.
The very next verse after this highly quoted set of verses in Ephesians 2:8, 9 states that we were ordained by God to walk in good works. In context, verse 9 says “lest any man should boast”. This is because God despises self-righteousness. It is rooted in pride and Satan is king over all the children of pride. It is God which works in us to will and to do of his good pleasure. As in, it is God who works in us the DESIRE to do good works and the POWER to do the good works! By his goodness we are led to repentance. Unless the Spirit of God draws us, we could not even come to Him. The way this works is, we are all called to walk in His spirit, sensitive to the leading of his conviction to do that which is pleasing in his sight. We are called to be His children, which look like HIM, not like HIS ENEMY! For they that walk in the Spirit, they shall be called the sons of God (Romans 8:14). There is therefore no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit (Romans 8:1 KJV)
LIE #5: I DON’T NEED TO BE “BORN AGAIN”…I WAS BORN ALRIGHT THE FIRST TIME!
We were all born with the light of God in our lives (John 1:9) and with the faith to be able to believe in God (Romans 12:3). Life experiences and sin came along and corrupted us and the relationship we were supposed to have had with our Creator. There is a very desperate need to end the old life’s ways and carnal (fleshly) ways of thinking and to take upon us the only name given among men whereby we MUST be saved, which is Jesus Christ. Jesus said: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God”; and, “Except a man be born of the water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (John 3:3-5). The carnal mind, or our OLD way of thinking, must be put into subjection to the mind of Christ, which we put on when we are born again. Our old sins need to be washed away so that we can start a new life. This happens when we are born again as well. Being born of the Spirit is something which only Jesus can do to a person, and must be maintained by the person. Being born of the water is coming up next.
LIES #6 & 7: I DON’T NEED TO BE BAPTIZED TO BE SAVED / I HAVE ALREADY BEEN BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF THE “FATHER, THE SON AND THE HOLY GHOST.”
The Apostle Peter was given the keys to the kingdom of heaven in Matthew 16:19. He heard Jesus speak of repentance and remission of sins being preached in His name among all nations beginning in Jerusalem (Luke 24:46, 47). Therefore, in Jerusalem in Acts chapter 2, Peter commanded baptism in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins in Acts 2:1-5, 36-39, Peter wrote it in his letter to the church, stating specifically that baptism DOES ALSO NOW SAVE US (1Peter3:20, 21) as the answer of a good conscience before God, (old sins being remitted). Jesus’ name is the only name in which anyone was ever baptized in the New Testament. It is the only name given under heaven whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:10-12). Peter fulfilled Matthew 28:19 BY baptizing in Jesus’ name. “Father” and “Son” are not names, and “Holy Ghost” describes God, who is a Holy Spirit. Peter knew that Jesus was the fullness of the Godhead!
LIE #8: THE THIEF ON THE CROSS NEXT TO JESUS WASN’T BAPTIZED, AND HE MADE IT TO HEAVEN, SO I DON’T NEED TO BE BAPTIZED.
Let’s look at the timeline here, WAY back in Mark 2:5. Jesus tells the religious leaders of the day that He had power on earth to forgive sins. Jesus was still alive on the cross and on the earth when he forgave the thief on the cross. Baptism represents us being buried in the likeness of Jesus AND being raised in the likeness of his resurrection, and Jesus himself didn’t address baptism to His disciples until he had already risen from the dead. So, YES, the thief made it to heaven, even though he didn’t get taken off the cross and baptized in Jesus’ name and re-hung on the cross because baptism wasn’t even a commandment yet for salvation!
LIE #9: THESE ARE THE ONLY LIES (or deceptions) THAT YOU HAVE TO BE AWARE OF.
BUT, the TRUTH shall make you free. Please ask for a Free home bible study by calling Norfolk Apostolic Church at: 757-853-0515