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Beware Jim Richards' False Doctrine
Dr. Jim Richards Teaches Jesus as a Sinner
This short article examines 1 key doctrine of Dr. James B. Richards of Impact Ministries. Using his video quotes I will explain and expose this false doctrine. I contacted Dr. Jim Richards and asked him to address the error and he has neglected to privately or publicly reject his heretical teaching. I feel the doctrine must be exposed so that you can make an informed decision between what the Bible teaches about Jesus and what Dr. Richards believes.
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Dr. James B. Richards, Impact Ministries Creation to Calvary Video
Jim Richards exposes his belief about Jesus becoming a sinner in the Creation to Calvary Video that he displayed on his Impact Ministries Website. This video has now been updated but I recommend that you click the link below so you can watch the original for yourself. Although you will hear him say that Jesus was born without a sin nature he believes that while he was on the cross " he literally became our sin" says Jim and around the 3min - 3:30sec mark of the video he reinforces this teaching by saying "god supernaturally made all our sins to meet together in Jesus and he literally became our sin"..."it would not satisfy justice for somebody else to pay for your sin the sinner had to pay for your sin so Jesus
literally had to become my sin and your sin in order to pay the price we owed". Did you catch that? He called Jesus a sinner! This is blasphemy and an attack on the sinless blood of Jesus, and no small error for the teacher or the student!
Creation to Calvary Video Link
Watch as Jim Richards shares his belief about Jesus becoming a sinner 3:25-3:35 mark.
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Jim Richards Creation to Calvary
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Audio Link: Jim Richards call Jesus a sinner
Did Jesus become a sinner as Jim Richards says?
The question becomes did Jesus carry our sin as a burden or did he literally become a sinner? It may seem like a small difference but we are not splitting hairs here we are establishing whether Jesus was a sinless man who has the power to save us with his sinless blood or did he die a sinner with no saving power. Why does this matter? If you are following the "Sinner Jesus" that Dr. Richards preaches then you are following another Jesus which I will describe in the next section. First I will address the fact that The Holy Bible does not support Jim Richards' belief and it is made evident in the following scriptures:
Comment This passage establishes that all our sins were laid on Jesus not that it was placed in him or that he committed sin. To say that Jesus became the burden that was laid on him is to say that he became a murderer, a rapist, a thief, and a liar. How then could his blood have remained pure enough to purchase our souls and continually take away our sin even now? Jesus did not become a possessed madman on the cross and to say that he did is blasphemy.
Comment These passages establish that Jesus came to take away our sin not to become a sinner because as it further states in him is no sin.
Comment There are many more scriptures I could list because the whole Bible establishes the doctrine of the sacrifice of the just for the unjust as this 4th scripture does. Which makes it so obvious that Jim Richards " unjust for the unjust" teaching is from another gospel and another Jesus. In fact this Bible principle of the just for the unjust sacrifice is well understood by the general public since it is commonly replicated in the plots of popular movies like Les Miserables, Armageddon, and The Guardian.
5) Acts 2:30-32 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
Conclusion Jesus was a sinless man. Not just because he was miraculously born of a virgin but because Jesus is the Son of God! As a result of his sinless nature he was acceptable as the perfect sacrifice. Unblemished in every way and able to pay the ultimate price through his sacrifice for our sin. He paid it! The just for the unjust. The price could never be paid by a sinner: 1Peter 1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
What to do with a False Teacher
- Judge their doctrine and identify them (not their heart or motive but their doctrine) - John 7:24
- Try them to see if their teaching matches the Bible - Revelation Chapter 2
- Mark them and avoid them - Romans Chapter 16:17
- Rebuke them sharply - Titus 1:13
- Have no fellowship with false apostles teaching false doctrine - Ephesians 5:11
- Withdraw from them - II Thessalonians 3:6, 3:14-15, II Timothy 3:5-7
- Don't receive them into your house including tracts, magazines, books, DVD's or TV programs - II John 1:10-11
- Reject them as Heretics after second admonition - Titus 3:10-11
- Public Rebuke - Galatians 2:11-14, II Timothy 4:10, I Timothy 1:18-20, II Timothy 2:15-18, III John 9
More on Another Gospel, Another Jesus
Dr. Jim Richards is preaching another gospel who's main character is a man named Jesus who became a sinner. This sinner is not the same Jesus as we learn about in the bible which means he is preaching another Jesus. Here is what the Bible says about the matter:
Galatians 1:8,9 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any [man] preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
The man who preaches a false gospel is judged by God and his judgement is written here in the Holy Bible. We all make mistakes and need to repent of them but there are also consequences for our sins, real life consequences. Pray that Jim Richards repents of this false doctrine before he and his many followers are eternally destroyed by it.
I will publicly post any correction or retraction of false doctrine supplied to me by Dr. James Richards below this final paragraph which outlines how he feels similar situations that destroy innocent people should be handled.
In Dr. James B. Richards Blog, Greasy Grace or Righteous Faith he says the following in the second to last paragraph: Those who preach grace as mercy, or any hint of irresponsibility must repent and publicly correct their erroneous doctrine. Likewise those who oppose and speak against grace must repent of their doubt and publicly rectify their error. Both sides of this conflict are destroying innocent people who are looking to us to point them to the Life promised in the Lord Jesus!"
This space is reserved for Jim Richards public correction for his unrepentant teaching of a false gospel and false Jesus. While this black box remains there is no retraction. Jim has read this article.
Beware of Jim Richards and False Teaching
Jim Richards is preaching the same doctrine as Kenneth Copeland. It is false doctrine that attacks Jesus' sinless blood. Listen.
Run from False Teachers - Carter Conlon
What do you believe?
Do you believe that Jim Richards is preaching about another Jesus?
If You Believe Jesus Became a Sinner Then...
You don't understand the gospel and the sinless blood of Jesus
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