Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Dillon on Regenerated Idolaters

A belief in conditional time salvation results in consequences, some more severe than others.  What is most regrettable is when the consequences of the extreme form of this doctrine make their way into published periodicals.

In an article entitled Faith, editor Randy Dillon writes of the regenerated child of God (emphasis mine):

"What will they believe?  Will they believe in God, the Creator of the universe, will they believe in Jesus as the Christ, or will they believe in some other God?  The faith that an individual receives in the new birth will cause him to believe in something greater than himselfHe will worship some god, but it may not be the God of the Bible.  Paul taught the men of Athens in Acts 17:23, 'Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.'  The scriptures clearly teach that the Jews believed in God, the Creator of the Universe, but rejected Jesus as the Christ." (Primitive Advocate, Volume 5, 2002)

This is one of the worst conclusions that can be reached when one has adopted extreme time salvation.  It suggests the change, if it can be called such, which regeneration brings is a conversion to idolatry!!! How dishonoring to Christ, whose purpose is to deliver His people, not just from the penalty (i.e. justification), but the practice of sins (i.e. sanctification).  If it be true, though, that the change experienced by the regenerated sinner is worshipping "some God" then what did he worship beforehand?  Anything?  If he did not worship any God, who then is NOT regenerated, seeing that the worship of some God is practically common to the human race?  If he did worship some God, then there is no real change.  He simply continues as an idolater; only now he is a regenerated one!

How does such a statement make it into one of the leading publications?  If it is an aberrant view, then a serious editorial slip was made somewhere!

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