Why Doesn’t God Punish Evil Instantly?

O. Elishiba asks:

“Why doesn’t God give instant punishment for committing a sin? One man made my family cry a lot, he deceived me and almost killed them with emotional pain. Don’t you think that same day his car should have crashed or he should have perished. Today after many years he is extreme evil, wealthy, cruel, prosperous, has happy family, while we are still in pain.”

My answer…

The bible teaches that God is long-suffering and it is not his will that any should perish. Think about it, as bad as this person is would you want them to end up in hell for eternity? Also think about how you were when you were lost – had God given you justice at that point in your life you would have perished on the spot. The bible instructs you to forgive and pray for that person’s salvation. If you have a problem with that ask God to give you supernatural grace. Point is God is patient, forbearing and long-suffering with sinners…

Get Rid of the Companion Bible, Bullinger was a False Teacher!

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“For those who lived under the Law it could rightly and truly be said, ‘It shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the Lord our God, as He hath commanded us’. But to those who live in this present Dispensation of Grace it is as truly declared, ‘By the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight’. But this is the very opposite of Deuteronomy 6:25. What, then, are we to say or to do? Which of these two statements is true and which is false? The answer is that neither is false. But both are true if we would rightly divide the Word of Truth as to its dispensational truth and teaching. Two words distinguish the two dispensations: ‘Do’ distinguished the former; ‘Done’ the latter. Then salvation depended upon what man was to do, now it depends upon what Christ has done.” – E.W. Bullinger, How to Enjoy the Bible, pg 108.

That portion of the last sentence italicized will demonstrate how Bullinger promoted a false gospel – that salvation was by works in a former dispensation. This was the same error that Darby invented and Scofield made popular.

Salvation is, was and ever shall be dependent on Jesus Christ’s shed blood and our receiving of His righteousness by faith alone. No one in any former dispensation received saving grace by the keeping of the commandments of Moses. These so-called dispensations are man made impositions upon the text that negate the word of God.

I am well acquainted with the thought E.W. Bullinger. He is a heretic. If you are relying on his study bible for insight into the meaning of the text then there is a good chance you’ve been deceived.

Murray had a lot of bad influences to inspire his false system of religion. We recently covered the immense impact of Swift and the racist identity crowd in forming Murray’s ideas but these pale in comparison to the influence 19th century hyper-dispensationalist E.W. Bullinger.

Hyper-dispensationalism was a more noxious flavor of C.I. Scofield’s dispensationalism. Bullinger himself taught a pre-trib rapture. Bullinger also taught a form of soul sleep where the person’s body, soul and spirit die at death. Add to this the demonic doctrine of annihilationism.

Here’s what Harry Ironside, a classic dispensationalist preacher had to say about Bullinger’s teaching:

I have no hesitancy in saying that its fruits are evil. It has produced a tremendous crop of heresies throughout the length and breadth of this and other lands; it has divided Christians and wrecked churches and assemblies without number; it has lifted up its votaries in intellectual and spiritual pride to an appalling extent, so that they look with supreme contempt upon Christians who do not accept their peculiar views; and in most instances where it has been long tolerated, it has absolutely throttled Gospel effort at home and sown discord on missionary fields abroad. So true are these things of this system that I have no hesitancy in saying it is an absolutely Satanic perversion of the truth.”

On the surface Bullinger seems like a brilliant and thorough theologian but let’s look a little deeper at what he was teaching…

If you’ve ever listened to Murray long enough you will hear him continually promote this overpriced study bible called the Companion Bible. His praise for this work knows no bounds. It’s within Bullinger’s notes, and appendices that we find the vipers. Not to mention many of his pamphlets which give a further clarification of his religious system.

I have studied the Companion Bible’s notes for quite some time. I know firsthand what is in it – if you have one you need to be aware that you’ve been misled. If you don’t have one, don’t waste your money on it.

Murray didn’t adopt all of Bullinger’s errors, such as the pre-tribulation rapture or soul sleep but the vast majority of it he did incorporate.

I have covered all of these issues at various points but here are a few notable false teachings of E.W. Bullinger, most of these can be seen formulated in his appendices:

* Annihilationism; that there is no eternal conscious judgment. Bullinger taught this.

* Hyper-dispensationalism; that Paul’s teaching was something very distinct from the apostles and the rest of scripture. I’m not going to get deep into this but it is a red flag that Bullinger has created a pervasive system of error. Asserts that the church began in Acts 9 and that communion, baptism and the gospels were not for the church.

* soul sleep, In Bullinger’s pamphlet The Rich Man and Lazarus Bullinger teaches that the death of spirit, soul and body take place.

* denies the personhood of the Holy Spirit, essentially non-Trinitarian but not modalist. Murray uses positions like this affirm modalism. In a recent broadcast Dennis Murray reiterated the “offices” concept of the Godhead. In other words, the Holy Spirit is not a person but merely a manifestation or power of God.

* none the four beasts of Daniel 7 are not historic but rather future world empires – Murray teaches the same thing.

* Noah’s perfection not moral, but genetic – you hear Murray talk about this all the time to prove that Genesis is about fallen angels having sex with women… Noah’s lineage was untainted by the DNA of fallen angels. Murray’s teachings about this are straight from Bullinger. This is from his Appendix 26.

* Nachash, the serpent… E.W. presents the idea that the serpent in the garden was Satan de facto; he asserts that the word for serpent means “glistening one”. Murray takes this and runs with it. Essentially, no literal serpent in the garden. Appendix 19.

* the Gap theory, Katabole – this is probably the biggest one. Bullinger provides the nuts and bolts for Murray’s katabole and elaborate ideas about pre-existence. E.W. basically tries to prove a point that everywhere the word “foundation” is used in the NT it really means the overthrow, presupposing a satanic rebellion before Adam and Eve. Bullinger taught that God created everything, destroyed it and remade it. This was a popular notion during his day. Murray takes it to another level of delusion though.

* Sons of God are the fallen angels who had sex with women – Bullinger provided Murray with the premise that angels can have sex with women and sire monstrosities. This is the reason for the flood we are told.

* Gospel is encoded in the pagan zodiac – Bullinger essentially Christianizes the pagan zodiac and tells us that the original zodiac contained the proto-evangelion and was corrupted.

* Biblical numerics – because of Bullinger’s work here biblical numbers in Murray’s teaching take on an occult significance.

There’s a lot more I’m going to add, I’m going to go back of E.W. Bullinger’s works very soon.

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.

Were the Elect Justified in the World that Was?

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the Elect justified during the first earth age?

(Rom 8:29) For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
(Rom 8:30) Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

Shepherd’s Chapel betrays itself by how it interprets this scripture on the doctrine of election…

One of the hallmarks of false teachers is their insistence that salvation is the result of man’s righteousness or his good works. It is no different with Shepherd’s Chapel. They actually take this heresy to new heights. Let’s look at this verse from Ephesians:

(Eph 1:4) According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

According to the Chapel, “foundation” means “overthrow” and not an actual “founding” – God chose the elect before the Katabole, or the destruction of the first earth age. Which age was destroyed because of the “rebellion”. Forget the fact that Paul is actually talking to the elect of the Ephesian church…

Murray teaches that the “elect” are a small group of loyal believers who fought alongside God in the first earth age at the rebellion of Satan. As a result God “justified” and “glorified” them and they thereby earned the right to be “the elect”. He stresses that “justified” and “glorified” are in the past tense to prove his point.

The famous verse, “many are called but few are chosen…” now begins to take on new meaning…

You see, there are 7000 “very elect” who form the order of Zadok and 144000 regular “elect” from the 12 tribes of Israel. But does the bible really teach this?

As with so many other scriptures Murray completely butchers the doctrine of election. According to Murray, the vast majority of saints who are redeemed ARE NOT ELECT AT ALL! But where does the bible teach anyone who has been justified that is not elect? IT DOESN’T!

First off, there is only one people of God, “one elect”, the CHURCH and they are elect according to God’s grace, not as a result of their efforts in the first earth age.

There is no “very elect” Zadok priesthood. Here’s one of the passages he uses to support this insane fantasy…

(Mat 24:24) For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

I think someone is “very” mentally challenged if they can wrest this scripture to support two groups of elect, the regular and an elite group. “Very” isn’t used in this sense at all in this text! Doesn’t matter to Murray though, he just keeps on plowing…

The Greek word for “very” is the conjunction “KAI”. Look at the way Jesus uses KAI in this passage…

(Mat 10:30) But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

Jesus does not have in mind some separate group of “elite” hairs growing on top of your head… or maybe he does? It is the same sense that Matthew 24:24 uses “very”. But Murray needs “very” to refer to some elite group of 7000. They are VERY ELECT, not just elect.

Now we can begin to better understand WHY Murray took such an interest in original languages – not to get at the truth but to better wrest the text to mean what he needs in order to fashion his own religion.

Here’s what you need to know, and this blog is designed help you get free from this cult and begin to put your trust in Jesus Christ and not some man and his fantastical system of falsehood…

1.) There was no first earth age that God destroyed as a result of Satan’s rebellion. The “elect” of Murray were not “justified” in the first earth age as a result of their righteous performance. If you believe that I have a good feeling you may be on the way to perdition.

2.) The “elect” are one people of God from the beginning of time to our present day. There are a vast multitude of them. In the new testament they are called the church. They are elect according to God’s grace through faith in Christ, not of works.

I hope if you are caught up in this that God will grant you repentance and understanding of the truth – if you know someone that is snared by this teaching please direct them to this blog…