Continuing with Part 6 regarding the error at Chaceldon.edu
6. Playing down of the Holy Spirit as part of the Godhead, and His role in the believer’s life.
“We believe that the source of godly change is regeneration by the Holy Spirit, not revolution by the violence of man. As God regenerates more and more individuals, and as they reorient their lives and areas of personal influence to the teachings of the Bible, He employs them to advance His kingdom and establish Christian civilization.”
Does the Bible say that the Holy Spirit and God regenerate us and then WE reorient our own lives to the teachings of the Bible and then God uses us to advance His kingdom and establish Christian civilization? I guess the Holy Spirit isn’t needed after He regenerates us?
“We believe that God’s law is the divine pattern of sanctification in every area of life, but it is not the means of justification; man is saved by grace, not by law. The role of every earthly government including family government, church government, school government, vocational government, and civil government is to submit to Biblical law.”
God’s law is the divine pattern of sanctification? What does that mean? Where are they getting this?
“But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.”—1 Corinthians 1:30
“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.”—John 17:17, 19
“That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.“—Ephesians 5:26
“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
“Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.”—Hebrews 13:12
“No government in any form can make men Christians or truly obedient; this is the work of God’ sovereign grace. Much less should civil government try to impose Biblical law on an unbelieving society. Biblical law cannot be imposed; it must be embraced.”
How do you embrace Biblical law? Maybe their mind needs to be renewed to think Jesus’ way. What job does the Holy Spirit have in their theology?
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”—Jeremiah 17:9
“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”—Matthew 22:37–40
I was 31 years old before I understood that it was impossible for me to obey Matthew 22:37, 38. In fact, that is the point of the law—I can’t keep it. No one can. When I realized my heart is desperately wicked, I confessed my sin and accepted Jesus’ sacrifice for my sin. Then the Holy Spirit put/s the right desires in my heart. I need the Holy Spirit to help me.
“But the God who justifies also sanctifies, and sanctification means progressive obedience to God’s requirements, His law of the Old and New Testaments.”
What is progressive obedience? Where did they find these terms? Where is the Holy Spirit in their “theology?” I am going to include a number of Bible verses related to the Holy Spirit. At the end are verses telling the fruit of the world Kingdom and the fruit of God’s Kingdom. Be a fruit inspector.
The WORD of GOD
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”—Romans 8:14
“This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?”—Galatians 3:2, 3, 5<
“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged…when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me...”—John 16:7–14
“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.“—Galatians 5:16–18
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”—Galatians 5:19–21
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.”—Galatians 5:22–26