What should you do when you lose faith in your religion?

Question: “What should you do when you start to lose faith in your religion?” – Wes Pierson

Pretext: The sad reality is that we live a fallen world where false religion almost reigns supreme. The sinfulness of man causes him to cast a god in his own image and then create a damnable religious system to go with it… once this has been accomplished he goes on a hellish crusade to lead others to the pit.

The system that the heretic creates is the philosophical net to ensnare the undiscerning masses. It’s all about power with false religion and it’s goal is to universally prevent humanity from seeing the light of the truth that is found in Jesus Christ.

My answer… 

Let it run it’s course because religion is man-made unless it is true religion from God. False religion is Satanic deception and will lead you to hell – you shouldn’t have faith in a lie or anything that contains a lie. Once you have despaired of the futility of man’s falsehood turn to your Creator who is infinite and ask for Him to reveal the Savior Jesus Christ to you. Have your sins washed away by the blood He shed for you and develop a relationship with Him.

How can we save our souls?

Question: “How can we save our souls?” – anonymous

Pretext: Because of our fallen nature people have a sinful bias towards works-based systems of salvation… scripture warns us that our own righteous is no better than a “dirty rag”, that is to say, a menstrual cloth (that is the intended meaning of the text, I’m not trying to be gross). This is a very strong metaphor to describe our righteousness before God. We must despair of own righteousness and receive the one that is by faith in Jesus Christ…

My Answer…

First comprehend what you are being “saved” from – you are being “saved” from the penalty of sin, which spiritual death. Apart from your belief, God is the one who saves your soul once you believe the good news, which is simply the remission of sins through the shedding Jesus Christ’s blood. You are “saved” from the second death through his substitutionary atonement.

Why does God allow people to inflict pain upon others?

Question:Why does god allow people to cause or inflict pain or suffering on others?” – anonymous

Pretext: If God is so powerful and loving why doesn’t He just instantaneously destroy the wicked? It doesn’t quite work that way but some will use the problem of evil to deny the existence of God…

My Answer…

Well, it’s the dilemma of giving His creations free-will. God is love. He created us to love Him and love others. Love presupposes free-will. Free-will presupposes that an individual can choose not to love, i.e. hate. Inflicting pain and suffering on other is hate and it is sin. It was for this cause that Jesus Christ was sent in to the world, to die for sinners. God is long-suffering, not willing that any should perish so He has given these people a season to repent. In the meantime we must seek God to endure wicked people. He uses this negative aspect of things to refine our faith.

Reader Exhortation from JohnyC about the Shepherd’s Chapel

“Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.” – Ephesians 5:11

In 2005 the Lord Jesus Christ delivered me from the Shepherd’s Chapel web of false doctrines. Since that time I have been reaching out to others caught up in this. Jesus Christ shed his blood to forgive of us from the sin of religious idolatry, partaking of and spreading false teaching. When the Lord convicted me for my involvement with the Chapel I became very ashamed for the people I had led astray and sought to reach out and warn them…

There are others who have similar experiences where the Holy Spirit led them to reject the Chapel. Reader JohnyC is the latest to put forth his exhortation… he notes how the Chapel twists the doctrine of the resurrection and gives a special warning at the end,

I started to listen to Murray back in 1994. I used to love the Shepherd’s Chapel because he read the bible verse by verse. But what continually bothered me… it never failed, he would always gravitate back to attacking the “Kenites” and pushing other of his pet doctrines.

His teachings resembled more of the Pharisee’s mentality with so much emphasis on the flesh and genealogy. He was always twisting everything to fit the Christian Identity cult mentality.

Now I know the truth, the New Covenant is unlike the Old. While the Old Covenant was all about following rules and sacrifices, the New covenant is about the spirit and faith.

I hate how he twisted Corinthians 5:8 where it says, “…we are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord…” with something like, “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord at the moment of death” Paul uses clothing imagery to describe our bodies. We currently wear a mortal body, but in God’s presence at the resurrection we “must put on” an immortal one.

All I have to say if you are a Shepherd’s Chapel follower and you have a feeling that their teachings do not match with the scripture, listen to that inner voice because it is the Holy Spirit trying to save you from their web of lies.

Resurrection Heresy of the Shepherd’s Chapel

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“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” – 1st Corinthians 15:51-52

The resurrection of the just and the unjust is bodily, physical and simulataneous… as Jesus said:

“Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.” – John 5:28-29

The Chapel teaches damning heresy regarding the resurrection of believers. They sneak this one in under the radar as they assail the pre-trib rapture doctrine…

As an aside, students often attack me as a pre-tribber. This is an absurd reflex response. I was raised Church of Christ and have NEVER believed in it to this day.

The teaching of a NON-PHYSICAL resurrection of believers is vintage doctrine of devils. Whenever you see someone teaching these things you have a bona fide wolf on your hands.

Murray made his claim to be fame by being the first televangelist to successfully assault the pre-tribulation rapture. It worked well for him, but as we’re about to begin to see he has used this as a method to jam a whole host of false doctrines down his students throats.

In any discussion of the rapture the debate comes back to a correct interpretation of Thessalonians 4:13-17. I will list the passage, explain Murray’s interpretation and then the correct understanding of the passage.

“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.” – 1st Thessalonians 4:13

Paul is going to tell us about the state of the dead, particularly those who are redeemed, and what awaits…

“For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.” – 1st Thessalonians 4:14

Murray is going to assert that those who sleep in Christ receive their spiritual resurrection at death and those who alive at Christ’s coming are to receive a spiritual resurrection at the 7th trumpet.

At the time of death, flesh body goes back to dirt forever, case closed according to the Chapel. The bodily resurrection happens AT the second advent. It is not merely a spiritual resurrection and it includes everyone both the just and unjust.

The resurrection is physical and happens when Jesus Christ comes back at the end of the age…

For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep…” – 1st Thessalonians 4:15

Murray unequivocally states: we won’t prevent, or precede them because they are already in heaven in their resurrected spiritual bodies. A subtle lie is taking place here that we need to unwind. This text is saying that WHEN Christ returns the order of the resurrection will be as follows:

1.) The resurrected bodies of the deceased saints will be caught up first, a physical resurrection…

2.) Those who are alive will be caught up soon afterwards at the time when Christ returns…

This is not what Murray is teaches at all. They essentially use this text to cram in a whole host of dangerous false doctrines while at the same time exposing the pre-tribulation doctrine.

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:” 1st Thessalonians 4:16

Murray interrupts that the last part of that verse is parenthetical and points back to what he says happens when the believer dies. For him the dead in Christ are RAISED when they die, not when Christ returns. And that their resurrection is merely spiritual.

This whole teaching wreaks of Gnosticism…

The passage is very clear – at the time of Christ’s return, at the last day, the dead in Christ will be resurrected bodily for all to see… THEN those who are alive will be caught up. There’s more…

Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” – 1st Thessalonians 4:17

They distort the bible to infinity. Murray asserts that the word “air” means another dimension, or the breath of life. And that the word “clouds” means a throng of people. That simply to say that the believers alive when Jesus comes back won’t meet the Lord in the air or be caught up into clouds but will be translated into a spiritual body/dimension while on earth… and thus begins the Murray’s millennium, which is none other than the Golden Age of Gaia or the antichrist millennium.

In closing: All, just and unjust are resurrected physically at the time of Christ’s return. The order of the resurrection being the dead in Christ first, then those who are alive.

Murray teaches that all believers are spiritually resurrected at death the flesh body being no more than dung never to be considered by God again. Murray teaches that believers who are alive will be raised spiritually to a new plane of existence while here on earth with the air representing a new dimension and the clouds a throng of saints…

If you’re trapped in this cult I beckon you to shake yourself free and pray for God to open your eyes to this deception.

Does the Shepherd’s Chapel Teach the Pelagian Heresy?

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“Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned… – Romans 5:12

The Shepherd’s Chapel denies the true nature of original sin. Original sin is the biblical doctrine that the human race fell into a state of sin and radical depravity as the result of Adam and Eve’s rebellion in the garden.

As a result of the fall, man’s free-will was so corrupted that he is incapable believing apart from God’s grace and divine intervention.

In a question and answer session Murray stated that the only “original sin” in the garden was when Eve had sex with the serpent or Satan’s rebellion in the first earth age. Murray will then go on to state that “free-will” Christians must chose to love God in order to receive salvation.

Folks, what we’re going to discover is that the Chapel is a full-blown heretical Pelagian cult with an unique twist. You see, for his so called “elect” he teaches a sordid kind of Hyper-Calvinism and with the free-will Christians it’s Pelagianism. He’s got two heresies going at one time in reference to justification.

How could one man cram so many heresies into his system of teaching?

So let’s define what we mean by Pelagianism. We will address his form of Hyper-Calvinism in another article…

Pelagius was heretic of the 5th century that denied original sin and that humanity was corrupted by the fall. He taught that humans have within them the sufficient power of free will to chose to believe apart from God’s miraculous intervention.

Murray would commonly teach that God chooses not to know who will come to faith among these “free-will” Christians… that is called open theism, but is also proves his Pelagianism.