Protestantism Re-Crucifies Christ Daily and Holds Him Up to Open Contempt
However you want to organize the “5 great religions of the world,” Protestantism is one of the 5 and like all 5 is false. These false religions all have one thing in common; human mediators who claim coregency with Christ or some other god of one’s choosing. In contrast, true faith in God holds to one authority and one mediator between God and man; Christ.
But wouldn’t such individualism lead to chaos? Sure it would, and we call that, “church.” Let me explain. When you have a claim of human sub-mediation or under-shepherds, various and sundry “authoritative” claims follow. Said another way; Christ never spoke or attended any church council.
So, what do we have? A mega-smorgasbord of coregency to choose from; viz, an “authority” that suits the individual’s itching ears. And since religious institutions need money to support infrastructure, and they supposedly speak for God, convictions may be adjusted from time to time.
It’s backdoor individualism. Don’t let anybody fool you; individualism is one of the major pillars of metaphysics. In world religion, being under an “authority” of anybody’s choosing becomes the gospel; and a whole bunch of folks are in for an unspeakable tragic surprise on judgment day.
Since individualism is unavoidable and judgment by God is individual, the Bible emphasizes a collective individual agreement to achieve particular goals. This is far from impossible since that’s how it really works in reality and each believer is indwelled by the Spirit who will “lead you in all truth.”
This boils down to home fellowships that operate like families because God’s family is a literal family and therefore functions like one. The family member’s gift and natural abilities are exercised and drives the agenda. The apostle Paul compared it to how a human body functions with Christ being the one head, or the body operating according to the “one mind of Christ.” Therefore, home fellowships strive to “be of the same mind.” The Bible details in various places how that is to be brought to bear.
In the first century, the assembly of Christ suffered an onslaught from several different institutional religions; particularly, Old Covenant Judaism, or what the apostle Paul referred to as the “Judaizers.” Simply stated, this made the Old Covenant an institutional authority of human priests that the New Covenant replaced. There is no new thing under the sun; this institution claimed to have authority over people’s salvation.
Hence, those who initially followed “the way” were being intimidated into turning back to the Judaizers via confiscation of property and prison; you know, because authoritative collectivism has so much more to offer than individual collectivism. Authorities that know best only burn you at the stake or take away your salvation to convince you that God has indeed given them His authority because they say he did which of course in somewhat undocumented or confirmed. The book of Hebrews was written by the apostles to address this problem.
One of the favorite verses twisted by demonic Protestant scholars is Hebrews 7:25.
Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.
“See! See! Christ still intercedes for us in heaven because we don’t keep the law perfectly. This is why you need to be a member of a local church where you can get ongoing forgiveness for imperfect law keeping!”
This is not one iota different from what the Hebrew authors were protesting against with bone-chilling verbiage. In context, the contrast is between earthly priests who cannot supply a once and for all salvation because the law is the basis for their righteousness. Please note: by making the law the basis of saving righteousness, a ritual must be supplied which they oversee that fulfills the law. Therefore, the Hebrew writers categorize these priests synonymously with their mortality and the law. Many of them are needed because they die, and there needs to be a succession of priests to oversee various and sundry rituals that satisfy the “righteous demands of the law.” Protestants call this “the means of grace.” And in Protestantism, “grace” is a soft term for “salvation,” so what they are really saying is… “The means of salvation.”
The Hebrews contention follows: what is needed is a Priest who never dies. Look, Protestants themselves call the means of grace… “The sacraments.” Any questions? What is more evident?
Don’t miss this: it is the difference between law and life.
One requires mortal authoritative priests who must, according to Protestant orthodoxy, reoffer continually what Christ did once on the cross as opposed to one Priest who lives forever. Instead of mortal men who must make a continual intercession in fulfillment of the law, we have an eternal intercession via a Priest who lives forever. This is the cardinal point of Hebrews 7:25, NOT that Christ continues to make intercession for us in heaven to satisfy the law in response to the intercession of mortal priests on earth. It’s a one time eternal intercession because Christ lives forever, and it is His present life that guarantees our salvation; that’s the intercession—and it does not include additional priests of any sort. Christ was resurrected ONCE for our justification. We are saved by His life, not perfect law-keeping via religious ritual.
Another major point of Hebrews follows: this earthly mortal system actually dumbs down the law and circumvents the use of the law for love without fear of condemnation which fulfills the whole law. These systems present themselves as pious, but actually lead to decadence. Read the papers or watch the news much?
Hebrews 6:1 – Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 2 and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3 And this we will do if God permits. 4 For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt. 7 For land that has drunk the rain that often falls on it, and produces a crop useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God. 8 But if it bears thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near to being cursed, and its end is to be burned.
9 Though we speak in this way, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better things—things that belong to salvation. 10 For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do. 11 And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.