This is my fifth post on the blood atonement of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We have already looked at the false "JESUS DIED SPIRITUALLY DOCTRINE" (JDS). I strongly recommend that you google search this doctrine to read more about it and a list of modern day Pastors and TV Evangelists who embrace this will appear. Brace yourself with this revelation. In a lot of attacks on the blood atonement it is not always what the preacher/teacher says each week, but what is absent from his teaching each week. The work and importance of the cross will be a message absent from their teaching.
The next doctrine that attacks the blood atonement is called MORAL GOVERNMENT THEOLOGY, or MGT. Let me give you a few teachings on this false doctrine and again I recommend that you google search MGT and see the large list of modern day TV evangelists, Pastors and Teachers embracing this false doctrine. Then look on your book shelf and see how many books you have from them. Remember that the Word of God says that Satan comes as a shining light and a lamb to deceive many. These doctrines (JDS and MGT) are subtle yet deadly.
One of the most disturbing doctrines of MGT is that it teaches that the atonement of mankind does not need the work of the cross. In other words, according to MGT, our Lord Jesus Christ died needlessly and in vain on that cruel cross. They would say that the perfect life of Christ was enough for us to be redeemed and all we need to do is to model that life. That teach that God would never use wrath to get rid of sin or the blood and death of Christ to punish sin.
MGT would say that the love of God and the willingness of God to forgive are greater than His desire to punish sin. This is the motivation for the teaching that states that "God's love is greater than God justice." Therefore, MGT teaches that our Lord Jesus Christ did not need to go to the cross to die and that the cross is not a victory but a loss. MGT teaches that for someone to believe that our Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay our ransom is a deception form the devil. MGT does not believe that Jesus paid our sin debt. They say that for a believer to accept the blood atonement ransom teaching and that God allowed Christ to be killed on a cross makes God vindictive and bloodthirsty.
Again, this is not an isolated teaching by a few people. This is a major problem within the body of Christ among major weel-known people who are deceiving millions.
One of the dangers within the body of Christ in the day which we live is an abundance of false doctrines. The problem lies in the fact that they are “dressed up” in a way that they are not recognized by the average Christian. MGT is one such doctrine. Make yourself aware of the plans and schemes of the enemy
Is it really important what we believe? Is it enough to just love the Lord Jesus Christ and be a worshipper? After all, doctrine doesn't unite us but seems to divide us and aren't we seeking unity? Does the statement "I'm free in Christ, I don't need doctrinal beliefs," carry any Biblical weight as a true or false assumption?
These are some of the questions I get from the body of Christ regularly. Over the next few blogs we will address these questions and more. One of the plans of the enemy is to bring a substandard substitute to the real things of God and make it sound "super spiritual," and make the real things of God sound like religious bondage and unscriptural. If the doctrines of God were not important the enemy would not have introduced the doctrines of demons and the doctrines of man. Mankind really likes to do that which is right in their own eyes. We find this by the introduction of the doctrines of men. The false half-truth doctrines of demons and man are the things that divide us.
A Statement of Faith, like all doctrine and theology, is a declaration of truths about God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. Under the umbrella of these doctrines we find the sin condition of mankind, the need for salvation, and God's plan for that salvation. Doctrine is an attempt to give us a handle on the full Gospel, as we understand it from God's Word.
Why is this important? Because we, the church, have been recently flooded with the doctrines of demons and the doctrines of man. We don't know what we don't know. This means that we each have more beliefs that are rooted in the doctrines of man and the doctrines of demons than we realize. After believing them and living them out over a period of time we become emotionally and mentality bound to our doctrines which causes a multitude of internal thoughts and feeling if anyone challenges them. That is why our Lord commanded us over 20 times to have ears to hear and to be teachable.
Ephesians 4:14 KJV That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
Colossians 2:22 KJV Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
1 Timothy 4:1 KJV Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
1 Timothy 4:16 KJV Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
Hebrews 13:9 KJV Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.
Revelation 2:14-15 KJV But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. 15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.
THE DANGERS OF M.G.T. (MORAL GOVERNMENT THEOLOGY): PART 7
This is the last study on M.G.T.
DOCTRINE: The Atonement of God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.
MGT says that the atonement shows a willingness on God's part to forgive sin, rather than a desire to punish sin. MGT says that God forgives completely out of His grace rather than a need for personal vindictive satisfaction. In other words, M.G.T. says that God would not have sent Jesus to the cross to die for sin. It would say that we are saved by the good life of Jesus and by God's goodness and God's grace. M.G.T. would say that the cross was not necessary for mankind to be saved.
However, the Bible teaches sin needed to be judged and punished, and that true Biblical atonement is Christ taking the punishment for our sins on the cross. (Is. 53:5; Nah. 1:3). The Bible teaches that the work of the cross is the punishment of sin that satisfied God's wrath on sin. (1 John 2:2 ). (Note that the word “Propitiation” in Greek is “hilasmos" which means “a satisfaction”, or “that which turns away wrath and makes amends for sin”).
THE DANGERS OF M.G.T. (MORAL GOVERNMENT THEOLOGY): PART 6
DOCTRINE: The Omniscience or the All-Knowing and Foreknowledge of God
MGT says that God's foreknowledge is limited in the area of man's free decisions. In other words M.G.T. say that God knows only after man has decided and acted on something. This means God is not in the future seeing our actions but is a step behind man in the present.
MGT says that many of the things God predicted never came true. They would say that God can lie and that His predictions are noting more than when predicts, a hit or miss situation.
However, the Scriptures say that God's understanding is infinite (Ps. 147:5). The Scriptures say that what God predicts is true and amen and has or will come true.
Deuteronomy 18:22 ESV when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him.
Isaiah 40:21-23 ESV Do you not know? Do you not hear? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? (22) It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in; (23) who brings princes to nothing, and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness.
Numbers 23:21 ESV He has not beheld misfortune in Jacob, nor has he seen trouble in Israel. The LORD their God is with them, and the shout of a king is among them.
THE DANGERS OF M.G.T. (MORAL GOVERNMENT THEOLOGY): (PART 5)
Let's look at the doctrine of Government or the complete Sovereign Rule of God
MGT says that God does not have sovereign control over earthly events. They would say that acts and responds as a result of man's choices.
The bible teaches however that God has sovereign control over all matters and things of the world and will, in the end, work all things out according to His will and purposes.
Job 42:2 ESV “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
Romans 8:28 ESV And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Psalms 97:1 ESV The LORD reigns, let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad!
Matthew 6:10 ESV Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Let's now look at the doctrine of the Omniscience or the All-Knowing and Foreknowledge of God.
MGT says that God does not know His future actions.
MGT says that God does not know ahead of time the free decisions of humans.
The Scriptures say that God does know His future actions (Is. 46:9,10). The Scriptures say that God, in His eternal nature, does know the free decisions of man ahead of time (Jn. 13:38; 1 Sam. 23:12).
THE DANGERS OF M.G.T. (MORAL GOVERNMENT THEOLOGY): (PART 4)
MGT attacks the holiness of God by teaching that He is holy only because He chooses to use His attributes in a loving way towards humans. In other words He can choose to be unholy in nature.
MGT says that God can and does make wrong choices and sin.
MGT teaches that God does not fulfill some of His own prophecies. They say that God changes His mind and is not immutable or that God is always in a state of change.
BIBLICAL EVANGELICAL VIEW: Only false prophecies, spoken by false prophets do not become reality. God does not change His mind according to His purposes. God never changes and one of the things that we can be confident in is the immutability of God. He cannot lie and He cannot be moved or change for His ways are pure, holy and righteous and need not be changed. (See Num.23:19; Deut. 18:18-22; 1 Sam.15:29; Hab.2:2-3; Mal.3:6; Tit.1:2; 2 Pet.3:9; Heb.6:18; Jam.1:17).
THE DANGERS OF M.G.T. (MORAL GOVERNMENT THEOLOGY): (PART 3)
I have been warning believers about a seriously dangerous false cultic teaching that is within the body of Christ and is being taught by some of the most well-known "Christian leaders" in our nation today.
Moral Government Theology believes that God not only has the capacity to lie but that He chooses to do so.
Really? What will they do with these Scriptures?
Numbers 23:19 ESV God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?
Titus 1:2 ESV in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began
MGT would say that God speaks forth things that He never intends to do because He constantly changes His mind. MGT does not believe in the immutability of God or that He is unchanging.
Hebrews 6:17-18 ESV So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, (18) so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.
MGT does not believe that God has control over the events on the earth and that He does not know what is in the future nor does He know His own future actions. According to MGT the decisions of God are limited to the choices of mankind. Once mankind makes their choices then and only then can God decide what to do.
THE DANGERS OF M.G.T. (MORAL GOVERNMENT THEOLOGY): (PART 2)
Where did Moral Government Theology (MGT) come from?
Moral Government Theology traces its roots back to a 16th-century Dutch jurist named Hugo Grotius. (A “jurist” is a professional who studies, develops, applies, or otherwise deals with the law).
Moral government theology cannot truthfully be called a Christian doctrine as it is based on the unbiblical and erroneous idea that both God and man have a form of freedom known as the “power of contrary choice.” For man, this power enables all men to act and make choices free from the tyranny of our sin nature. According to the Word of God mankind are slaves to sin and their sinful nature, yet MGT says that mankind can make choices overriding that sinful nature. Moral government theology claims that man is born morally neutral and is always capable of choosing whether or not to sin, and his moral character is determined by the choices he makes.
One of the most disturbing doctrines of MGT is that it teaches that the atonement of mankind does not need the work of the cross. In other words according to MGT our Lord Jesus Christ died needlessly and in vain. They would say that the perfect life of Christ was enough for us to be redeemed and that God would never us wrath to get rid of or punish sin. But Paul says in Galatians that this is not true.
Galatians 2:21 ESV I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.
MGT would say that the love of God and the willingness of God to forgive are greater than His desire to punish sin and therefore God would not demand a blood sacrifice. Therefore MGT would say that Jesus did not need to die on the cross.
MGT would say that for someone to believe that our Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay our ransom is believing in a deception from the devil.
MGT does not believe that our Lord Jesus Christ paid our sin debt. They say that for the believer to accept the ransom teaching and believe that God allowed Christ to be killed on a cross makes God vindictive and bloodthirsty.
And these doctrines are being held and taught by some of the famous mainline mega-church Pastors in our day.
THE DANGERS OF M.G.T. (MORAL GOVERNMENT THEOLOGY): PART 1
2 Peter 2:1-2 ESV But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. (2) And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed.
One of the dangers within the body of Christ in the day which we live is an abundance of false doctrines. The problem lies in the fact that they are “dressed up” in a way that they are not recognized by the average Christian. This study is revealing the false doctrine of “Moral Government Theology” also known as “MGT”. We will look at some of the teachings of this false doctrine and then place the Biblical teaching beside the false teachings of MGT so that we can compare what the Bible says.
This doctrine is not an isolated belief, but one that is spreading throughout the Christian church due to a lack of knowing the Word of God. The average believer would be shocked at some of the famous TV preachers that embrace this false doctrine.
Moral Government Theology (MGT), is rooted in the philosophical definition of freedom as the "power of contrary choice."
MGT denies the fundamental Christian doctrines of God's perfection in knowledge, goodness, and power.
MGT denies the fundamental Christian doctrines of original sin, human moral inability, the substitutionary satisfaction of God's justice in Christ's atoning death, redemption, and justification.
I will document in this study, using only the Word of God, these false denials of the MGT teachings. The teachings of MGT are so serious that it warrants classifying as a serious non-Christian doctrine and cultic in doctrine and practice.
So follow me over the next couple weeks in exposing the false teachings of Moral Government Theology.
Charles Morris. Founder and Senior Pastor of RSIM USA.