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The False Teachings of Marcionism, Eternal Security and Joseph Prince
Heretical Religious Beliefs
The ancient apostate teachings of Marcionism is the belief that there were two Gods, one for each Testament. The God of the Old Testament was savage, furious, brutal and a judge. The New Testament God is benevolent, indulgent, tender and kind. Marcion edited the Canon of Sacred Scripture in an attempt to do away with most of the Old Testament and edit portions of the New Testament to support his false belief.
Who would believe such nonsense: For one - Joseph Prince! Here's what this Marcion false prophet has to say:
“There’s one crucial fact that you need to recognize about the two incidents of God’s fiery judgment -- they took place in the Old Testament and before Jesus' crucifixion. “Don’t just take it from me that God will not call down the fires of judgment on you today. See for yourself what Jesus Himself said about what Elijah did. Do you remember the time when Jesus wanted to enter a certain village in Samaria, but the people there refused to receive Him? When Jesus' disciple saw that the people rejected Jesus, they said, ‘Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?’ Now how did Jesus respond to them? Did He say, ‘That’s a great idea! You are truly disciples who carry my heart’? No, of course not! Read you Bible. He turned to his disciples and rebuked them firmly, saying, ‘You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men's lives but to save them.’ “My friend, the spirit of Jesus in the new covenant of grace is not the spirit of the old covenant of law during Elijah’s time.” (Joseph Prince, “Destined To Reign” 2007) pp. 51-52.
Here are the passages Prince is referring to: "And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him; but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?” But Jesus turned and rebuked them. Lk. 9:52-55
Why did Jesus rebuke them? Here's a portion of what the great commentarian Adam Clarke has to say about the above scripture, "And ye do not consider that the zeal which you feel springs from an evil principle, being more concerned for your own honor than for the honor of God. The disciples of that Christ who died for his enemies should never think of avenging themselves on their persecutors."
The disciples intentions were wrong in that they wanted revenge and were not acting righteously.
Is Joseph Prince unaware of this New Testament occurrence written in John 18:6, "“I am he,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) When Jesus said, "I am he," they drew back and fell to the ground."
The same God of the Old Testament is the same God in the New Testament. Malachi 3:6 "For I am the LORD, I do not change;..."
Though Marcionism is not widely known, many so-called christians live by it. Recently I heard of someone who said that God does not discipline. Marcionism and the belief of Once Saved, Always Saved go hand in hand. By living by this false doctrine, permission is granted to so-called christians to continue in their sins with no repercussions. Jesus did not come to be an accomplice to an evil way of life. Because of his grace-fulness, we can, through faith, overcome a sinful way of life by the choices we ourselves make. If we choose to be disobedient, the same God who disciplined in the Old Testament will certainly discipline today no matter what the label.