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The Spirit of Jezebel:
The Seducing Doctrine of Unconditional Eternal Salvation

 by

Karen Pansler-Lam, J.D.

 

And being made perfect,

he became the author of eternal salvation

unto all them that obey him.

Hebrews 5:9

 

The seducing doctrine of unconditional eternal security is spreading like wildfire.  Many false prophets preach this damnable heresy. For example, this is Jimmy Swaggart's "new" revelation of the cross. 

 

Briefly, the doctrine of unconditional eternal security promises eternal salvation to all who profess faith in Jesus Christ.  And today there are many wicked preachers seducing professing Christians to commit fornication and other abominations with the false promise of eternal security. This seducing spirit is the spirit of Jezebel:

 

Thou sufferest that woman Jezebel,

which calleth herself a prophetess,

to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication,

and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

 

And I gave her space to repent of her fornication;

and she repented not.

Revelation 2:20, 21

 

“Jezebel” is teaching and seducing people into grave sins that condemn them to eternal damnation - hell.  The seducing doctrine of eternal salvation without sanctification is the spirit of Jezebel: seducing professing Christians to commit fornication and other sin with the false promise of eternal security.  Simply put, the spirit of Jezebel teaches it is OK to disobey God’s Law of righteousness; you are still saved and will not suffer the wrath of God.

 

However, without obedience to God’s Law of righteousness, a profession of faith is false  It’s a lie.  It's a false profession of faith.  It’s hypocritical. (1 John 3:6-8)

 

Again, wicked seducers who teach us to disobey God’s Word and commit fornication and other abominations with the false promise of eternal salvation are the spirit of Jezebel.  Matthew Henry comments on theses wicked seducers recorded in Revelation 2:20, 21…

(1.) These wicked seducers were compared to Jezebel, and called by her name. Jezebel was a persecutor of the prophets of the Lord, and a great patroness of idolaters and false prophets. The sin of these seducers was that they attempted to draw the servants of God into fornication, and to offer sacrifices to idols; they called themselves prophets, and so would claim a superior authority and regard to the ministers of the church. Two things aggravated the sin of these seducers, who, being one in their spirit and design, are spoken of as one person:—[1.] They made use of the name of God to oppose the truth of his doctrine and worship; this very much aggravated their sin. [2.] They abused the patience of God to harden themselves in their wickedness. God gave them space for repentance, but they repented not. Observe, First, Repentance is necessary to prevent a sinner’s ruin. Secondly, Repentance requires time, a course of time, and time convenient; it is a great work, and a work of time. Thirdly, Where God gives space for repentance, he expects fruits meet for repentance. Fourthly, Where the space for repentance is lost, the sinner perishes with a double destruction.

These wicked seducers preach Satanical delusions.  While reading Matthew’s comments, Jimmy Swaggart comes to mind…

5. The encouragement given to those who keep themselves pure and undefiled: But to you I say, and unto the rest, etc., v. 24. Observe, (1.) What these seducers called their doctrines—depths, profound mysteries, amusing the people, and endeavouring to persuade them that they had a deeper insight into religion than their own ministers had attained to. (2.) What Christ called them—depths of Satan, Satanical delusions and devices, diabolical mysteries; for there is a mystery of iniquity, as well and the great mystery of godliness. It is a dangerous thing to despise the mystery of God, and it is as dangerous to receive the mysteries of Satan.  
http://www.blueletterbible.org/commentaries/comm_view.cfm?AuthorID=4&contentID=1861&commInfo=5&topic=Revelation

Swaggart boasts he has a deeper understanding of the message of the cross than the Apostle Paul!

And Jimmy, Frances and Donnie Swaggart preach that we should not worry about our present and future sins because they are all covered by the grace of God.  For example, Donnie Swaggart recently said on Frances and Friends that if you have just a little faith, yet you struggle with adultery, you’re still saved because God understands since you’re only human.  Then he said that if you’re in bed with someone other than your spouse at the Lord’s Second Coming, you’re still saved and going to heaven!  The Swaggarts are wicked seducers - the spirit of Jezebel.

Jude 4 warns us about these wicked seducers…

For there are certain men crept in unawares,

who were before of old ordained to this condemnation,

ungodly men,

turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness,

and denying the only Lord God,

and our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Swaggarts turn the grace of God into lasciviousness!  In other words, the Swaggarts assure us that because the grace of God has abounded, and still abounds, don’t worry about sinning.  Matthew Henry states: “Those who turn the grace of God into lasciviousness do in effect deny the Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ; that is, they deny both natural and revealed religion.”

The Swaggarts promise eternal salvation to those who willfully disobey God’s Law.  O wicked seducers!

The Truth is...eternal security is promised only for faithful believers.  If we have true faith, then we are faithful!  Eternal salvation is promised only to the faithful - those who obey Him...

And being made perfect,

he became the author of eternal salvation

unto all them that obey him.

Hebrews 5:9

 

 

Denying the Doctrine of Sanctification

 

God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through

Sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.

2 Thessalonians 2:13

 

 

We are called to be saints, or sanctified believers. Wicked men who preach the seducing doctrine of eternal security reject or deny the doctrine of sanctification. The doctrine of sanctification is the doctrine of godliness.  Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we are purified and perfected, or conformed to His image. 

 

When we repent and truly believe that Jesus is Lord and Savior, we must be sanctified.  Sanctification means we separate ourselves from all sin and consecrate ourselves to God.  Moreover, if we truly love God we will hate sin!  And as we obey God’s Law of righteousness, we are purified; we are sanctified. Through regeneration, sanctification makes us new creatures in Christ.

 

It is not enough to merely profess a belief in Jesus or have a customized “personal relationship” to be saved.  The devils believe in Jesus: they are not saved.  Moreover, Jesus proclaims: “Ye must be born again” (John 3:3).  And when we are born again, we are dead to sin and alive to righteousness. Paul writes to the Romans in 6: 19…

 

Even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

 

Righteousness unto holiness is growth or progress in sanctification. Righteous living is evidence of sanctification. 

 

And Paul writes to the Corinthians in his second letter:

 

Let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit,

perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

2 Corinthians 7:1

 

We are commanded to perfect holiness in the fear of God!  This “perfecting” - conforming to the image of Christ - is done through sanctification of the Holy Spirit.

 

As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according

to the former lusts in your ignorance:

 

Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

1 Peter 1: 14, 16

 

Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father,

through sanctification of the Spirit,

unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 1:2

 

For this is the will of God,

even your sanctification,

that ye should abstain from fornication.

 

That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel

in sanctification and honour.

1 Thessalonians 4:3,4

 

Matthew Henry instructs us:  “Not only does God require holiness in the heart, but also purity in our bodies, and that we should cleanse ourselves from all filthiness both of flesh and spirit.”

 

Scripture after Scripture after Scripture commands us to holiness and godliness…

 

For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.

1 Thessalonians 4:7

 

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

Teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts,

we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.

Titus 2:11,12

 

Holiness is not legalism.  It's sanctification.

 

God has made a twofold provision for the believer’s sanctification: 1) the redemptive work of Christ; and 2) the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Sanctification begins when we become a Christian. God breathes new life in us, and gives us the Holy Spirit.  We are “born again.” And then if we daily follow Christ, we obey His command of holiness, and perfect our sanctification. It is a lifelong process. In short, we must be more like Jesus every day.  We progress from babes in Christ to perfected saints.

 

For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

Hebrew 10:14

 

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly;

and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless

unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians 5:23

 

 

 

A Form of Godliness Denying the Power Thereof

 

But the spirit of Jezebel - wicked seducers – reject or deny the doctrine of sanctification: 1) they deny or reject the power of the Spirit to purify and cleanse us from the filthiness of the flesh and spirit; or, 2) they blame the Holy Spirit for being slack in their sanctification. In other words, some who continue in willful sin blame the Holy Spirit: the Spirit is slack in sanctifying them. This is blasphemy!

The spirit of Jezebel despises and resists the Spirit – the only Sanctifier. These wicked seducers preach that because of our human nature, we are doomed to struggle with sin and wallow in the filthiness of the flesh. These wicked seducers speak polite reference to the Spirit, but deny or reject the power of the Spirit to make us new creatures in Christ.

First, Jesus’ blood on the cross broke the power of sin over true believers! 

 

Second, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit purifies us.  It is through the Holy Spirit that we are sanctified, or set apart for holiness (Romans 8).  When we become a new Christian, we are a babe in Christ.  Then we are to undergo “perfecting”: “unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13).  We are to be perfected unto complete sanctification.  

 

But wicked seducers preach a form of godliness that rejects or denies sanctification. The Bible warns us that in the last days men shall have a form of godliness, but deny the power of the Holy Spirit.  

 

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

  2 Timothy 3:1-5

 

The Bible commands us: “From such turn away.” Turn away from wicked seducers who preach a form of godliness, but deny the power of the Holy Spirit to sanctify us.

 

 

Backsliding and Apostasy

 

There are two types of backsliding:  1) we profess a belief in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and later renounce our profession of faith.  To illustrate, through trials and temptations a Christian loses faith and turns to humanism or other false religions.  He may be a moral person and live a good life, but he denies the Truth.  In other words, he falls away from the faith; and 2) we profess Jesus Christ as Lord and obey God’s Law of righteousness.  But somewhere along the way, we give in to temptation and refuse to repent; or, wicked seducers lead us astray.  We live in willful sin and either deny or reject the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit.  To illustrate, a minister has been faithful in profession and practice for many years.  However, he becomes obsessed with pornography and keeps it a dark secret.  He wallows in the filthiness of the flesh and refuses to repent.  He is guilty of sliding back into sin – backsliding. He deludes himself into thinking that his public preaching and teaching and other good works will cover his filthiness. On Judgment Day, the backslider will plead his good works as evidence of his faith. But Jesus will declare unto him: “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:23).

 

Of course, if we truly repent and “sin no more,” God forgives us and welcomes us home.  God gladly welcomes home prodigal sons and daughters. However, if we refuse to repent, we are apostate. Irrefutably, the Bible clearly warns us of the consequences of backsliding unto apostasy:

 

For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth,

there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

 

But a certain fiery looking for of judgment and fiery indignation,

which shall devour the adversaries.

Hebrews 10:26,27

 

Now the just shall live by faith:

but if any man draw back,

my soul shall have no pleasure in him.

 

But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition:

but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

Hebrews 10:38, 39

 

The Bible makes it very clear that utter destruction awaits obstinate apostates at death and judgment, where they will face the judgment and fiery wrath of the Judge. 

 

 

Is Your Name Blotted Out of the Book of Life?

 

Thou hast a few names in Sardis which have not defiled their garments;

and they shall walk with me in white:

for they are worthy.

 

He that overcometh,

the same shall be clothed in white raiment;

and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life,

but I will confess his name before my Father,

and before his angels.

Revelation 3:4,5

 

A new character is given to you if you truly repent and come to Christ; you are a new creature, and the blood of Jesus cleanses you from all sin. Then you must keep yourself unspotted and blameless.  When you truly repent and come to God in Christ, your mind is like the mind of Christ, though imperfectly.  

 

To put it another way, when you repent, Jesus cleanses you from all sin.  Your heart is purified and made whiter than snow.  Then you must allow the Holy Spirit to work in your heart and mind and soul to help you keep from sinning.  With all your strength, you must keep yourself spotless and blameless. You must keep yourself pure and blameless progressing toward complete sanctification.

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly;

and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless

unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians 5:23

However, if you profess to be a Christian, but persist in willful sin and refuse the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit, your name will be blotted out of the Book of Life – the book of eternal salvation.

The Book of Life is a register and roll of all who shall inherit eternal life. In this book is recorded the names of all those who have faithfully lived to God: godliness. These are His chosen and faithful ones.

Only those who walk in holiness and righteousness shall be clothed in white robes.

Only those who walk in holiness shall walk the streets of gold.

Matthew Henry reminds us:

God takes notice of the smallest number of those who abide with him; and the fewer they are the more precious in his sight. (2.) He makes a very gracious promise to them: They shall walk with me in white, for they are worthy—in the stola, the white robes of justification, and adoption, and comfort, or in the white robes of honour and glory in the other world. They shall walk with Christ in the pleasant walks of the heavenly paradise; and what delightful converse will there be between Christ and them when they thus walk together! This is an honour proper and suitable to their integrity, which their fidelity has prepared them for, and which it is no way unbecoming Christ to confer upon them, though it is not a legal but a gospel worthiness that is ascribed to them, not merit but meetness. Those who walk with Christ in the clean garments of real practical holiness here, and keep themselves unspotted from the world, shall walk with Christ in the white robes of honour and glory in the other world: this is a suitable reward.

III. We now come to the conclusion of this epistle, in which, as before, we have,

1. A great reward promised to the conquering Christian (v. 5), and it is very much the same with what has been already mentioned: He that overcometh shall be clothed in white raiment. The purity of grace shall be rewarded with the perfect purity of glory. Holiness, when perfected, shall be its own reward; glory is the perfection of grace, differing not in kind, but in degree. Now to this is added another promise very suitable to the case: I will not blot his name out of the book of life, but will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. Observe, (1.) Christ has his book of life, a register and roll of all who shall inherit eternal life. [1.] The book of eternal election. [2.] The book of remembrance of all those who have lived to God, and have kept up the life and power of godliness in evil times. (2.) Christ will not blot the names of his chosen and faithful ones out of this book of life; men may be enrolled in the registers of the church, as baptized, as making a profession, as having a name to live, and that name may come to be blotted out of the roll, when it appears that it was but a name, a name to live, without spiritual life; such often lose the very name before they die, they are left of God to blot out their own names by their gross and open wickedness. But the names of those that overcome shall never be blotted out. (3.) Christ will produce this book of life, and confess the names of the faithful who stand there, before God, and all the angels; he will do this as their Judge, when the books shall be opened; he will do this as their captain and head, leading them with him triumphantly to heaven, presenting them to the Father: Behold me, and the children that thou hast given me. How great will this honour and reward be! http://www.blueletterbible.org/commentaries/comm_view.cfm?AuthorID=4&contentID=1862&commInfo=5&topic=Revelation

Only the saints -sanctified believers - will not have their names blotted out of the Book of Life.

Beware of the spirit of Jezebel - wicked seducers - who teach and seduce you into grave sins that condemn you to eternal damnation - hell.  Do not be deceived by wicked seducers…

 

Know ye not that the unrighteous

shall not inherit the kingdom of God?

Be not deceived:

neither fornicators,

nor idolaters,

nor adulterers,

nor effeminate,

nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

 

Nor thieves,

nor covetous,

nor drunkards,

nor revilers,

nor extortioners,

shall inherit the kingdom of God.

 

And such were some of you:

But ye are washed,

But ye are sanctified,

But ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus,

And by the Spirit of our God.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11

  

Precious soul, if wicked seducers have deceived you into committing sin with the promise of eternal salvation, repent and be cleansed and sanctified...  

Ye must be born again.

 

March 2012
Liberty Advocate
   
http://www.libertyadvocate.com/

 

 

 

See also:

1) Victory Over Sin!
http://www.libertyadvocate.com/Victory%20Over%20Sin!.htm

 

2) Be Ye Holy

http://www.libertyadvocate.com/Be%20Ye%20Holy.htm

 

3) Depart From Me
http://www.libertyadvocate.com/tidings2.htm
 

 

4) Prayerfully study Matthew Henry's comments on Jesus' parable of the sower recorded in Luke 8:5-15...

(1.) The heart of man is as soil to the seed of God’s word; it is capable of receiving it, and bringing forth the fruits of it; but, unless that seed be sown in it, it will bring forth nothing valuable. Or care therefore must be to bring the seed and the soil together. To what purpose have we the seed in the scripture, if it be not sown? And to what purpose have we the soil in our own hearts, if it be not sown with that seed?

(2.) The success of the seeding is very much according to the nature and temper of the soil, and as that is, or is not, disposed to receive the seed. The word of God is to us, as we are, a savour of life unto life, or of death unto death.

(3.) The devil is a subtle and spiteful enemy, that makes it his business to hinder our profiting by the word of God. He takes the word out of the hearts of careless hearers, lest they should believe and be saved, v. 12. This is added here to teach us, [1.] That we cannot be saved unless we believe. The word of the gospel will not be a saving word to us, unless it be mixed with faith. [2.] That therefore the devil does all he can to keep us from believing, to make us not believe the word when we read and hear it; or, if we heed it for the present, to make us forget it again, and let it slip (Heb. 2:1); or, if we remember it, to create prejudices in our minds against it, or divert our minds from it to something else; and all is lest we should believe and be saved, lest we should believe and rejoice, while he believes and trembles.

(4.) Where the word of God is heard carelessly there is commonly a contempt put upon it too. It is added here in the parable that the seed which fell by the way-side was trodden down, v. 5. They that wilfully shut their ears against the word do in effect trample it under their feet; they despise the commandment of the Lord.

(5.) Those on whom the word makes some impressions, but they are not deep and durable ones, will show their hypocrisy in a time of trial; as the seed sown upon the rock, where it gains no root, v. 13. These for awhile believe a little while; their profession promises something, but in time of temptation they fall away from their good beginnings. Whether the temptation arises from the smiles or the frowns, of the world, they are easily overcome by it.

(6.) The pleasures of this life are as dangerous and mischievous thorns to choke the good seed of the word as any other. This is added here (v. 14), which was not in the other evangelists. Those that are not entangled in the cares of this life, nor inveigled with the deceitfulness of riches, but boast that they are dead to them, may yet be kept from heaven by an affected indolence, and the love of ease and pleasure. The delights of sense may ruin the soul, even lawful delights, indulged, and too much delighted in.

(7.) It is not enough that the fruit be brought forth, but it must be brought to perfection, it must be fully ripened. If it be not, it is as if there was no fruit at all brought forth; for that which in Matthew and Mark is said to be unfruitful is the same that here is said to bring forth none to perfection. For factum non dicitur quod non perseveratperseverance is necessary to the perfection of a work.

(8.) The good ground, which brings forth good fruit, is an honest and good heart, well disposed to receive instruction and commandment (v. 15); a heart free from sinful pollutions, and firmly fixed for God and duty, an upright heart, a tender heart, and a heart that trembles at the word, is an honest and good heart, which, having heard the word, understands it (so it is in Matthew), receives it (so it is in Mark), and keeps it (so it is here), as the soil not only receives, but keeps, the seed; and the stomach not only receives, but keeps, the food or physic.

(9.) Where the word is well kept there is fruit brought forth with patience. This also is added here. There must be both bearing patience and waiting patience; patience to suffer the tribulation and persecution which may arise because of the word; patience to continue to the end in well-doing.

http://www.blueletterbible.org/commentaries/comm_view.cfm?AuthorID=4&contentID=1649&commInfo=5&topic=Luke