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Tuesday, December 26, 2023

A Mix of Darkness and Light – False Teachings of Unitarianism - Purity 1231


 

A Mix of Darkness and Light – False Teachings of Unitarianism - Purity 1231

Purity 1231 12/26/2023  Purity 1231 Podcast

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Good morning,

Today’s photo of the Louis Comfort Tiffany and Edward Emerson Simmon’s “The Lightbearer” comes to us from yours truly as I captured this stained glass work of art during my visit to the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts Museum, in Springfield Massachusetts back on December 9th.   The window was originally part of “The Church of the Unity”, a Unitarian Church in Springfield, and was saved when its church was demolished in 1961.

For those who don’t know, Unitarianism is a Christian Cult because as Walter Martin’s Kingdom of Cults gives us the,

Quick Facts on Unitarianism,

   There may or may not be one single God or “good”—individuals choose the existence and definition of God.

   If Jesus existed, he was not God incarnate or the Second Person of the Trinity; he was a moral teacher and nothing else.

   The Trinity does not exist.

   The Bible is one of many sources of revelation; all revelations are fallible.

   There is no “Original Sin” but there is evil in the world and man is responsible for it.

   Salvation is progressive based on character development, intellectual growth, and the practice of good works; humans save themselves.

   Truth is relative to every age and tradition.

   Life goes on but a tyrannical God does not determine how—only individual actions dictate individual eternity.

   There is no heaven and no hell; evil defeats itself and virtue is a reward for those who obey the laws of God and man.[1]

So the demolition of the church wasn’t a bad thing as it provided one less place of false teaching and gave “The Lightbearer” freedom to represent the true gospel of grace and give us hope separated from the errors of Unitarianism.  Spiritually I would say that history reveals that whatever errors were spread at the former church have been “put to ground” as nothing has been built on the grounds of the former apostate church, and it remains a parking lot to this day.  

As a Christian, I try to point out the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and this list of Unitarian beliefs demonstrates how far away from the truth a “church” can go when it doesn’t adhere to the truth of the Bible. As followers of Jesus, we have to respect and follow God’s word. We can’t just decide what “works for us” or “seems right to us” and dismiss the word of God because ultimately we will be judged by what we believe, who we put our faith in, and how we live.  

Jesus warned us of the dangers of being a false convert, someone He “never knew” and so we should know what the word of God says and do our best to be a diligent student who applies its wisdom to our lives.  

So be inspired by the Light of the World, Jesus Christ and follow His example and His word – The Bible to navigate through the darkness of this world where even “nice people” and seemingly Christian congregations of believers could be deceiving themselves and on the highway to hell.  

For more information on False Teachings and Cults of all kinds, we recommend Walter Martin’s “The Kingdom of Cults: The Definitive Work on the Subject.”

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For those who want more evidence for Christianity than my simple encouragements provide, I offer apologist, Frank Turek’s website, https://crossexamined.org/ .

Today’s Bible verses come to us from “The Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling” By John G. Kruis.

( While Bible verses on various topics of Counseling can be found with a quick Google search, we encourage you to purchase this resource to support the late author’s work. (https://www.amazon.com/Quick-Scripture-Reference-Counseling-Kruis-ebook/dp/B00CIUJZT2?ref_=ast_author_dp )

This morning’s meditation verses come from the section on Comfort.

Psalm 103:8-18 (ESV)
8  The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9  He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever.
10  He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11  For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12  as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
13  As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.
14  For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.
15  As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field;
16  for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.
17  But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children,
18  to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.

Today’s verses fall under the third point of our counseling reference guide resource’s section on Comfort.

3. As a father cares for his children, so God cares for his own; his love is everlasting.

Today’s verses comfort us by telling us the truth of God’s everlasting love that it is experienced by those who fear Him, keep His covenant, and remember to do His commandments.  

While God loves all of us, salvation is for those in a covenant with Him, through faith in Jesus Christ, and whose authenticity is validated by obedience. 

The danger of Christian cults, besides the heresies they teach that distort the truth of God’s word, usually lies in how one receives salvation.  While obedience to God’s commandments is a fruit of salvation, they are not the root of salvation.  While Scripture teaches that we are saved by faith alone through grace alone, Christian cults and apostate churches teach that you have to earn your salvation in some way.  

On the flip side of that lie, other churches push the extremes of God’s love and say that you don’t have to do anything to be saved – that God’s love will cause Him to accept absolutely everyone regardless of their beliefs or their behaviors, denying any need to fear God, make a covenant with Him, or attempt to obey His commandments. 

Both of these stances go against what is taught in the Bible and so we must know what God’s word says and what it means. We have to live in the paradox of God’s everlasting love and having to fear Him and to pursue His righteousness even though we won’t obey His will perfectly.  Our salvation comes through faith, but we must also demonstrate our faith in God by trying to follow His commands.  We acknowledge our need of a Savior and do our best to follow Him and live by God’s wisdom.

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As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.

Today we are sharing from “God is in the Manger- Reflections on Advent and Christmas” – By Dietrich Bonhoeffer.   

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage you all to purchase Bonhoeffer’s books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available online for less than $10 at many sites.

God is in the Manger – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS AND EPIPHANY

DECEMBER 26

The Great Kingdom of Peace Has Begun

The authority of this poor child will grow (Isa. 9:7). It will encompass all the earth, and knowingly or unknowingly, all human generations until the end of the ages will have to serve it. It will be an authority over the hearts of people, but thrones and great kingdoms will also grow strong or fall apart with this power. The mysterious, invisible authority of the divine child over human hearts is more solidly grounded than the visible and resplendent power of earthly rulers. Ultimately all authority on earth must serve only the authority of Jesus Christ over humankind.

With the birth of Jesus, the great kingdom of peace has begun. Is it not a miracle that where Jesus has really become Lord over people, peace reigns? That there is one Christendom on the whole earth, in which there is peace in the midst of the world? Only where Jesus is not allowed to reign—where human stubbornness, defiance, hate, and avarice are allowed to live on unbroken—can there be no peace. Jesus does not want to set up his kingdom of peace by force, but where people willingly submit themselves to him and let him rule over them, he will give them his wonderful peace.

I’m in the dark depths of night, and my thoughts are roaming far afield. Now that all the merry-making and rejoicing and candlelight are over and the noise and commotion of the day have been replaced by silence, inside and out, other voices can be heard.… The chill night wind and the mysterious darkness can open hearts and release forces that are unfathomable, but good and consoling.… Can you think of a better time than night-time? That’s why Christ, too, chose to come to us—with his angels—at night.

Maria von Wedemeyer to Bonhoeffer,

December 25, 1943

Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:

“Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,

and they shall name him Emmanuel,”

which means, “God is with us.” When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.

Matthew 1:18–25[2]

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[1] Walter Martin, The Kingdom of the Cults: The Definitive Work on the Subject (Grand Rapids, MI: Bethany House, 2019), 700.

[2] Dietrich Bonhoeffer, God Is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas, ed. Jana Riess, trans. O. C. Dean Jr., First edition. (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010), 68–69.