You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs—he wants to please his commanding officer. (2 Timothy 2:2-4)

Rejecting Sola Scriptura In “The New Downgrade No-Controversy”

In this text we read that doctrine, which was taught in the presence of many witnesses, is then to be entrusted to other reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. And further God the Holy Spirit instructs us that we are to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3, NKJV). This would seem to be an impossible task if, in the first place, we were not going to be able to understand what this doctrine was that had been taught in the presence of many witness and then given to these reliable men to teach.

Yet this is what the leaders in pragmatic postevangelicalism like Purpose Driven Pope Rick Warren and the new mystics like Rob Bell in the Emerging Church would try and have us believe. As if when the Reformers were forced at the risk of their very lives to break away from apostate Roman Catholicism they simply invented the idea of sola Scriptura, but history shows this isn’t the case at all. And as you can see in the Apprising Ministries article Has the Roman Catholic Church Really Changed? the Church of Rome, which postevangelicalism now appears rather anxious to re-merge with, is exactly the same as when Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of his church.

Let’s think this through for a moment; initially these Reformers were trying to change the corrupt Roman Catholic Church from the inside, but we need to stop and consider why these courageous men felt moved to do so. Do you suppose that God the Holy Spirit moved upon these men to fight for sound Biblical teaching because the Church of Rome really was teaching what is right and proper concerning this aforementioned doctrine taught in front of many trustworthy eyewitnesses, which was then entrusted to other reliable men to teach?

Obviously not; and we must finally face the fact that those who cannot see the mighty hand of Lord in the Reformation are simply spiritually blind. And who were these reliable men spoken of in our text above? Well, they were part of the gifts that Christ would be giving to His Church according to Ephesians chapter 4. And just what was their function to be? You can look for yourself:

It was He Who gave some to be Apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Him Who is the Head, that is, Christ. (vv.11-15)

You see, the witness of Church history clearly reveals many men of God who were faithful to teach exactly what the Bible says, and this just can’t be disregarded as easily as these “Christian” agnostics so caught up in the relativism of postmodern skepticism in the Emerging Church would try and have you believe. The basic flaw of this developing cult of skeptics within orthodox Christianity stems from their erroneous premise that we can’t really know what this proper doctrine was/is which has always been taught by reliable men called of Christ, many of whom would pay with their very lives for their teachings.

And exactly what do these modern vipers in this whole satanic seeker sensitive Ecumenical Church of Deceit (ECoD) — hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron (see—1 Timothy 4:2) — themselves have to worry about as they stand as wolves in sheep’s clothing brazenly teaching undiscerning evangelical leaders to distrust God’s Word from the pulpits of the American Christian Church? Well, in The New Downgrade No-Controversy, basically nothing more than a soft whimper of disagreement from these influential though timorous men privately expressed from the sanctity of their offices, or maybe the occasional quiet “dis-invitation.”

However I ask you, is this how Charles Haddon Spurgeon, whom these same milquetoast men profess to admire so, handled the original Cult of Liberal Theology within the apostatizing Baptist Union of his day during the first “Downgrade Controversy”? Something to contemplate as I point out that following is where the argument for their rejection of the inerrancy and absolute authority of Holy Scripture posed by postevangelicalism and the reemerging cult of a postliberal theology in the Emergent Church is destroyed. God tells us in Psalm 119:89 that we are to say — Your word, O LORD, is eternal, it stands firm in the heavens; and then in verse 91 — Your laws endure to this day.

Further the Bible teaches us that God is — the Rock, His work is perfect: for all His ways are judgement: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is He (Deuteronomy 32:4, KJV). Next 2 Timothy 3:16 informs us — All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. And then 2 Peter 1:20-21 says — Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

You see; All Scripture is God-breathed, He is a God of Truth, His Word is eternal, and the Lord’s work is perfect. So the key question we have to ask ourselves then is: Why did the Lord choose to tell us these things? Was it so that we’d understand inerrant Holy Scripture was to be the infallible and absolute authoritative standard for the Church only until “wise” men like Emergent Guru Brian McLaren and his disciple Rob Bell finally arrived on the scene to rescue the Church from this fallacy?

Or, maybe it was that their postevangelical god of Open Theism e.g. as elucidated by Greg Boyd has finally awakened from his/her/its stupor of “unconditional” loving suddenly to realize that his/her/its creation had so drastically changed he/she/it had better pay closer attention. Because at the same time this was happening so-called postmodern American culture had also shifted so that his/her/its changing word was now so hopelessly out of touch with this world today that he/she/it needed to raise up the ECoD to rehash the existential highly subjective neo-orthodox view of Holy Scripture of men like Karl Barth and to repaint the social gospel of liberal theology’s Walter Rauschenbusch.

However, and although it isn’t fashionable, there is one other alternative; could it actually be that the omniscient and perfectly sovereign LORD God Almighty—Who cannot change—simply means exactly what He has said in Holy Scripture? What do you think; just maybe in the Bible we can see that God has clearly told us that His Word is infallible irregardless of what any part of the world He created conceives, or what any culture that degenerate mankind has erected within it may think of their Creator’s timeless commands.

Maybe Almighty God is actually smarter than Brian McLaren; and it might be, that He also knows these societies—built as they are upon the shifting sands of fickle human opinions—would need to have an absolute standard of truth that they could live by. So, in the Bible, could it be that the Lord decided to reveal everything which fallen mankind would need to know about how the Creator expects his creatures to live for all generations and in every culture of His world?

What Did Jesus Teach His Followers About Holy Scripture?

Let’s ask the critical question: What did the LORD God Himself—Jesus Christ of Nazareth—say about Holy Scripture when He stood upon His Own planet? The Apostle Matthew, one of our eyewitnesses, reports that the Master had a little skirmish with Satan during which He said — “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every Word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ” I cover this a bit more depth in my article “Emerging With A Christian View of Scripture” so all I’m going to point out is that here we see Jesus Himself is using in His teaching what is so often derisively called the “proof text” method. Oh yes, I am well aware this method of teaching the Bible is considered almost hopelessly out of vogue by many who would call themselves Christian these days.

The rejection of using Scripture in arguing our reason for holding a given doctrine is quite obviously a core belief within the tres trendy Emergent Church. Dan Kimball, who is a pastor within this Emergent rebellion against the Bible and author of The Emerging Church, made the following statement during an interview with Brent Kunkle on the Stand To Reason radio show:

There are pastors who know the Bible inside and out and can preach excellent sermons and exegete these passages [of the Bible] and everything else, but you start asking them basic questions about the mindsets of different people especially younger generations in our culture and so many are just still just thinking of the way people might have been thinking about God and spirituality and what Christianity is from a twenty year old perspective or thirty years ago. (Online source, program aired August 7, 2005)

Men and women, this is where you need to recognize how it is that the lack of respect for the authority of the Bible begins within a cultic system. Kimball is revealing a personal bias—no matter how slightly it begins—against the proper method of preaching when in effect he says: It’s all well and good to really know your Bible, but that outdated method of expository preaching just isn’t going to reach people anymore. Can you see the rotten root of pragmatism beginning to show? Scripture is no longer sufficient to reach men with the Gospel; we now have to use our own ingenuity to “help” God.

To further demonstrate the lack of respect for expository preaching, and even for the texts of Holy Scripture themselves, within this emerging cult let me give you another quick example of just where the Emerging Church has veered off-track. Here is what Emergent Church theologian Brian McLaren says about this type of “problematic” proof-texting method of teaching that was even used by our Lord:

I intentionally avoid including a lot of Biblical references in my writing because of the method of “proof-texting” is terribly problematic. Yes—it can show the Biblical roots beneath a statement, but it can also be used to give the appearance that a statement is supported by Biblical authority when it isn’t. (Online source)

Or the proof-text method, which as I said was clearly used and taught by the Master Teacher Christ Jesus of Nazareth Himself, can controvert an entire erroneous man-centered ECoD if it is properly employed as I have been doing under the guidance of God the Holy Spirit in my recent articles on the antibiblcal Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism (CSM). But you need to understand that this CSM was not part of the ministry of Christ Jesus and you will not find it in the doctrine of His Apostles in the New Testament. The truth is it was culled from pagan Eastern religions and would fester and flower within the monastic traditions of the Roman Catholic Church.

In addition, those of us who have studied Comparative Religions and non-Christian cults recognize immediately that the rejection of sola Scriptura within this ECoD of postevangelicalism as virtually a textbook example of what leaders of cultic systems do when they try and subvert the authority of the Bible in order to elevate their own teachings in the eyes of their particular followers. But this does not alter the fact that Jesus is clearly teaching us sola Scriptura in Matthew 4:4, which I referenced before, because our Lord Himself is using Holy Scripture as the ultimate source of authority to prove His point by quoting from a text of God’s Word—Deuteronomy 8:3 of the Old Testament to be exact.

You will also see this exact pattern of teaching continue with Christ’s Own disciples right within the pages of the New Testament itself. It’s virtually impossible to miss because the epistles are literally chock full of references to the Old Testament to insure the veracity of what these Apostles themselves taught. And then as one examines ancient Church history you’ll also see that their disciples—the early Church Fathers—were doing the very same thing in their own writings.

In my personal library I have a 38 volume encyclopedia set from the great historian Philip Schaff containing virtually everything these disciples of the Apostles—as well as their own disciples (and so on) wrote—with page after page of so-called proof-texting. In fact, so copiously did these Church Fathers quote the Holy Scriptures—and at a time when you could be put to death for even being a Christian—that even if we lost all of the New Testament documents through the writings of these men alone we could still reconstruct it except for 6 verses. This is how important these men considered the Word of God to be.

Knowing their Lord’s commands in 2 Timothy 2:2 and Jude 3 that reliable men would always be teaching and contending for the Faith, the Reformers were able to see from their own study of verifiable Church history that the doctrine of the sola Scriptura appears obvious to those who have eyes to see. Here is what needs to be understood in this generation as the Devil intensifies his attacks on the Bible through weak-willed Christians and perverted professors: They go forth — having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof; the power here being God the Holy Spirit.

But in the Reformers we have brave men who were raised up by the Spirit of the Lord who simply traced the development of Christian doctrine right on back down through history. Ignoring the man-pleasing traditions of apostate Rome back they went past those early Church Fathers mentioned earlier, who themselves had learned how to teach sound doctrine from their own teachers the Apostles, until these godly Christians reached out to the very Source of the Christian faith—Christ Jesus Himself.

Thy Word Is Truth

And since we have already established that the Master used God’s inerrant and infallible Word in Holy Scripture as another “witness” to what He was teaching, let’s look at what else Jesus Christ of Nazareth had to say to His disciples about the Bible. Later on in this same Book of Matthew Jesus says — “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them” (Matthew 5:17). This is the way any first century Jewish rabbi could refer to the entirety of the Hebrew Scriptures that now make up our Old Testament.

Then in verse 18 the Master says — “I tell you the truth, until Heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” Clearly this is in agreement with the verses in Psalm 119 I cited earlier in this article — Your Word, O LORD, is eternal, it stands firm in the heavens, and — Your laws endure to this day; because the last time I checked Heaven and earth have not disappeared.

As far as the skeptical and relativistic view of truth held by so many within the Emergent Church, in His High Priestly prayer—as recorded by an eyewitness to the event—the Apostle John our Lord prayed — “I have given them Thy Word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that Thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that Thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through Thy Truth: Thy Word is Truth” (John 17:15-17, KJV). You might notice here that Christ says — “Thy Word is Truth,” not “Thy Word contains Truth”.

Thus the Master destroys the heart of Karl Barth’s false teaching on Holy Scripture, which can be summed up as: “The Bible is a mailbox in which we receive communiqués from Heaven.” Because instead, what Jesus has just said is: The Bible itself is the message from Heaven. And the fact of the matter is that mankind just doesn’t want to do what the Bible says so we look for teachers who will tell us what we want to hear as they reinterpret it, and/or even deny its Truth outright. It really is an age old problem, so let me just spell it out for you as clearly as I can — c-o-m-p-r-o-m-i-s-e.

However, just because so many within the apostatizing evangelical community today do not have the intestinal fortitude [read: faith] to stand up and be counted for Christ, it does not mean that the LORD God Almighty is going to capitulate to our world. You’d best wake up to the reality that the awesome and majestic, awful and terrible, completely sovereign God revealed in the Bible will not acquiesce to us because we’d prefer to believe that some of the things He says in His Word are too hard for us to preach to allegedly postmodern societies today.

The adherents of the Emerging Church tell us that they are the true followers of Jesus because they have the more complete understanding of the “gospel” than others in the evangelical community. They will tell us that we can’t be sure of our doctrine because we don’t know with “certitude” what the Bible says, but oddly enough, of that they are…certain. But, this is exactly where the divisive spirit behind this schismatic movement is actually revealed; and furthermore, it should be our indication that the Emergent Church is in reality an emerging neo-pagan cult being allowed to operate undercover as “Christian” within our Lord’s Church by obtuse evangelical leaders in lust for numbers.

All one has to do to see this unholy truth is to listen carefully to what Emergent Church leaders like Tony Jones and his quasi-universalist pastor Doug Pagitt are not saying (which says more than what they do say), and then look at the clearly non-Christian alliance someone like Brian McLaren himself will make with a flaming heretic like Dr. Alan Jones. Can’t you see that by endorsing Jones’ book Reimagining Christianity, in which the Guru confides that Jones’ “work stimulates and encourages me deeply,” McLaren has in fact revealed that he is stimulated and actually “deeply” encouraged by someone who is teaching antichrist doctrine.

Here is what the Very Reverend Alan Jones himself says about the very heart of the Christian faith—the vicarious penal substitutionary atonement of Christ Jesus our Lord, “implicit in the cross [is] that Jesus’ sacrifice was to appease an angry God. Penal substitution was the name of this vile doctrine.” For more on this deceiver I refer you to my article Emergent Church: Guru Brian McLaren. I simply must admit that Jones’ work “stimulates” me as well; and because of his outright denial of Christ’s ultimate sacrifice, my love for my Master has spawned recent exposes to bring the light of His Word onto the darkness of the Emergent Church in an effort to expose its promulgation of The Cult of Guru Richard Foster and his neo-pagan mysticism to the rest of the evangelical community.

Men and women, the only way for emerging cults like this one to be foisted upon the Church is for them to denigrate the authority of the Bible. In fact, this is precisely what all false teachers must do if they wish to open the door to “alternate” interpretations of the Bible. Because the penal substitutionary atonement is the logical and necessary conclusion when referencing all the texts of Holy Scripture that bear on this most important doctrine, in order to advance their goal of bringing all religions together antichrist teachers must find a way to kick out the objective authority of the Bible and then subjectively reimagine the Cross.

I want you to see who would be behind attacking this core doctrine of the historic orthodox Christian faith; and so, I attempt to make this as simple as I can: Colossians 2:15 — And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the Cross. 1 John 3:8 — He that committeth sin is of the Devil; for the Devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the Devil. Considering that Satan is the enemy of men’s souls, now can you see the serpentine source who would be most likely to want to take the focus of the Christian Church off preaching to the lost this incredible vicarious sacrifice our Lord made by the Cross?

If it hopes to survive then the evangelical community had best wake up to the fact that pathetic proponents of the exact same scholastic skepticism, of the exact same variations of modern theology (aka liberal) as taught by slithering snakes like Bultmann and Fosdick and Tillich, have now arrived within the walls of this camp via the Trojan Horse of the hip and heretical Emergent Church. And if it is not expelled immediately then this reimagined postmodern theology (postliberal) is going to kill mainline mainstream evangelical churches in exactly the same way that it—in its original form—once killed every mainline denomination that let these vipers remain within its own walls as their doctrines of demons were injected into the bloodstream of American Christianity.

Don’t you remember that Christ tells us — ye should be aware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducess — and 1 Corinthians 5:6 reminds us — that a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough? And the following from Dr. John MacArthur’s sadly neglected book Reckless Faith should illuminate how sola Scriptura was jettisoned and the ECoD was able to spread their darkness. MacArthur hits the target dead on as he shows you why neo-orthodoxy is a perfect fit for CSM as well as why it’s actually a necessity for it to flourish:

Neo-orthodoxy is the term used to identify an existentialist variety of Christianity. Because it denies the essential objective basis of truth—the absolute truth and authority of Scripture—neo-orthodoxy must be understood as pseudo-Christianity… Neo-orthodoxy’s attitude toward Scripture is a microcosm of the entire existentialist philosophy: the Bible itself is not objectively the Word of God, but it becomes the Word of God when it speaks to me individually…

Thus while neo-orthodox theologians often sound as if they affirming traditonal beliefs,…they relegate all theology to the realm of subjective relativism… [Contemplative] Mysticism is perfectly suited for religious existentialism; indeed, it is the inevitable consequence. The mystic disdains rational understanding and seeks truth instead through the feelings, the imagination, personal visions, inner voices, private illumination, of other purely subjective means. (26,27)

It is as I pointed out in Contemplative Mysticism in the Southern Baptist Convention, above you have just read the heart of the belief system of the Emerging Church. And now I tell you in the Lord that we are currently facing No-Controversy in the New Downgrade. It’s as obvious as the consistent attacks on evangelicalism’s so-called misunderstanding of the substitutionary atonement which are currently being marshaled by outright heretics like Jones, and then followed up by the milder counterattacks coming behind it from more mainstream teachers of a counterfeit Christianity like McLaren in order to spread confusion deeper into the heart of the Church. After all in a rare moment of candor didn’t Swami McLaren come right out and tell you that he is a “new kind of Christian?”

God the Holy Spirit has already warned us that there are those who want an opportunity to be considered equal with us in the things they boast about. For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ (2 Corinthians 11:12-13); and, Jesus Himself said — “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing” — i.e. they aren’t going to walk up to you and say, “Hi, I’m a counterfeit Christian.”] — “but inwardly they are ferocious wolves — [seems kind of harsh and unloving, doesn’t it]. By their fruit you will recognize them” (Matthew 7:15-16). And Philippians 3:18 tells us one of the easiest ways to recognize a masquerading minister of the Devil is — they are the enemies of the cross of Christ.

Putting Love Into Action

Let me bring together what I have been talking about thus far in preparation for further discussion on another day concerning the despicable lack of respect for the authority of the Bible in so much of postevangelicalism and the Emerging Church. Consider verse 2 of our opening text — And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. This informs us that the Lord had already commanded these faithful preachers of His Word down through the long centuries of the historic orthodox Christian Church to take doctrine much more seriously than these timid and tepid evangelical leaders in our Lord’s “business as usual” Church do today.

And sadly Horatius Bonar’s clear warning went unheeded:

There is some danger of falling into a soft and effeminate Christianity, under the plea of a lofty and ethereal theology. Christianity was born for endurance;…not languid, nor childish, nor cowardly. It walks with a strong step and erect frame;… It does not fear to speak the stern word of condemnation against error, nor to raise its voice against surrounding evils, under the pretext it is not of this world; it does not shrink from giving honest reproof, lest it come under the charge of displaying an unchristian spirit. It calls sin sin, in whomsoever it is found, and would rather risk the accusation of being actuated by a bad spirit than not to discharge an explicit duty. Let us not misjudge strong words used in honest controversy…

The religion of both Old and New Testaments is marked by fervent testimonies against evil. To speak smooth things in such a case may be sentimentalism, but it is not Christianity… It is a betrayal of truth and righteousness. I know that charity covers a multitude of sins; but it does not call evil good, because a good man has done it; it does not excuse inconsistencies, because the inconsistent brother has a high name and a fervent spirit; crookedness and worldliness are still crookedness, though exhibited in one who seems to have reached no common height of attainment.

I also fear that evangelist and teacher Dr. R.A. Torrey may be proved right in that too many of our preachers today within our Lord’s precious Church are but what he called “women in trousers.” Men of God, the time has now arrived to boldly stand in the face of this encroaching apostasy, with its evil denial of the inerrancy and absolute authority of God’s Word in the Bible. Our Master was the most loving Example of a Man that there has ever been, and yet when He encountered religious men who nullified the Word of God by their own traditions—just as those teachers today in the ECoD are doing right under our very noses—the Master didn’t call them to schedule a conference to “discuss a loving way to set aside our doctrinal differences.”

No! Jesus spoke out; He warned these evil compromisers of the Lord’s justified hatred concerning such things, and what is more, Jesus told them about the wrath of God, which is going to—not has—come! “But,” you ask, “don’t you remember that God is love?” Why, yes I do: God is love (see—1 John 4:16); Jesus is God (see—John 1:1), therefore Jesus is love. So as we close now, let’s see how Perfect Love in human flesh handled the religious leaders who twisted and nullified the Hebrew Scriptures in His day. Oh, and by the way, it’s quite common among people deceived by leaders within the Emergent Church to say that the Bible nowhere says it is the Word of God; I suggest they carefully note the highlighted in verse 13 below:

He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: “‘These people honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me. They worship Me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.’ You have let go of the Commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men.”

And He said to them: “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions… Thus you nullify the Word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.” (Mark 7:6-9,13)

It becomes pretty obvious here that this is not the phony seeker sensitive Jesus of inclusivism so often described by the smug self-righeous ECoD. No, here the incontrovertible testimony of the actual historic record of His life in the Bible makes it abundantly clear that Christ Jesus was completely intolerant of the false views about the Holy Scriptures held by these men to whom He was speaking. Our Lord repeatedly made no concessions whatsoever to those who simply would not do what God had commanded them to do in His inerrant and authoritative Word. This was to be the Master’s unyielding stance all the way to the Cross; and contrary to postliberals like Shane Caliborne, this is what Jesus was crucified for.

There was no compromise of the proper teaching of God’s Word by Jesus of Nazareth no matter what “traditions” were currently being taught within the quite religious and pluralistic culture in which He lived. Christ undoubtedly adhered to the proof-texting method of sola Scriptura by placing the Holy Scriptures—God’s inerrant and infallible Word—above any so-called “deep shift” of the prevailing whims of any particular society. And one can also plainly see that the Master was not concerned even one iota whether they thought that He was “out of touch” with their sinful lifestyles. Now this could only have been His position if our Lord knew that it was indeed God Himself Who was speaking through these inspired Holy Scriptures.

And further, Christ Jesus our Lord—the perfect Example of a loving Christian—is also undoubtedly expecting that we would actually be able to understand just what it is that is being taught within the Word of God. So watch out for the Emergent Church and one of their core doctrines that Jesus of Nazareth came to preach “the Kingdom of God.” Because what we end up with is exactly the same old social gospel of human potential which was once preached by the original cult of liberal theology. With their rejection of sola Scriptura postevangelicalism has simply reimagined [read: redefined] Biblical terminology to fit their false view of mankind, and with it, lost the true message of Gospel of Jesus Christ itself.

Ah, but this is for another day…