By our friend, John
Matthew 21:12-13: And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
Jesus was dismayed that His house had been turned into a place of business, including the exchange of currencies. He overturned the moneychangers’ tables and referred to them as thieves.
Those of us who have traveled to different countries are familiar with having to convert our money into local currency in order to buy things in that country. We hear about the interactions of different currencies in the world of finance, and the impact of those interactions on global trade and the economy.
In God’s economy, there is only one currency that will pay for our sins: the blood of Jesus.
Romans 3:24-26: Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
But the moneychangers continue to ply their trade, trying to convince people that other currencies will take away sin and save us. In God’s economy, currencies other than the blood of Christ are useless counterfeit.
In his sermon of June 9, 2013, entitled “The Enemy is Stalking Us”, Tom Cucuzza put it this way:
And so what does Satan do?
He deals with counterfeit messages. He deals in messages that sound good or even close to the real thing. But folks, if they’re not the real thing it’s false. It’s counterfeit. It’s from the devil.
And the closer he can get to the real plan of salvation and yet not be the plan of salvation more people will be deceived into that.
So, what are some of the more common counterfeits being offered by the Lordship “salvationists” today?
Repent of your sins to be saved. Follow Christ to be saved. Forsake your sins to be saved. Count the cost. Put Christ on the throne of your life to be saved. Surrender your life to Christ for salvation. Give your life to Christ for salvation. Allow God to change your life to be saved, and on and on.
So, are the false teachers promoting these various and sundry counterfeit currencies today like the moneychangers that Christ drove out of the temple?
John 10:1: Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
Notice that Jesus uses the term “thief” to refer to anyone who tries to enter into salvation in any other way than through Him – the same term that He used to refer to the moneychangers.
As Christians, we are the temple of Christ. We must not let these thieves have any place in our temple.
Again, from Tom Cucuzza:
People say: “well I listen to this guy, I listen to that preacher, and boy what they were saying, it was fabulous. Pastor, why are you down on them?”
I’m down on them because they are preaching a false gospel that will not save.
Praise God for the truth they do say. But, I’m not going to praise God for the error that they promote. And you shouldn’t either. You shouldn’t either.
You be careful folks of what you take in. What you listen to. What you read. You better be careful!