Paul wrote, “Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not” (1 Cor. 15:15).

Here we have a very simple truth and principle before us. Simply this, if we say that God said something and then He didn’t say it we are false.

There is so much of “God said this and God said that” or “God told me this or that”. And yet with no Scripture to back it up.

For example, men say that all we have to do is believe to be saved. Of course this is based on Jn. 3:16. But God said in the same context one must be born again (Jn. 3:3,5). And God said, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned” (Mk. 16:16). So if we say otherwise would we not be a false witness?

Also men say that we cannot lose our salvation or that we are once saved always saved. But God said repent or perish (LK. 13:3,5). And repentance is what God went about preaching (Matt. 4:17). And
repentance is what the apostles were told to preach by Jesus before He returned to heaven (Lk. 24:47). So if we say otherwise would we not be found as false witnesses?

Men say that it doesn’t matter what we believe. Well Jesus said we will be judged by His word not your feelings or opinion (Jn. 12:48). And it is the doing of His word that builds on safe ground (Matt. 7:24-27). And John said, “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son” (2 Jn. 9). And just because “Jesus” is in it doesn’t make it true (Mk. 7:7-9). If we say otherwise would we not be found as false witnesses?

Men say one church is as good as another. Well Jesus said the church belongs to Him (Matt. 16:18). So how can a church built by men with the names of men be as good as the Lord’s Church? The Father was
not going to allow Peter to build tabernacles or “churches” based on men (Matt. 17:3-5). Making a “church” equal with the Lord’s church does not make it so. If we say one church is as good as another would we not be found as false witnesses?

Men have turned religion or the “church” into no more than a social club based on activities and food. But Jesus said when He cleansed the Temple that they had changed the Temple into something it was not designed for (Mk. 11:15-17). Paul told the Corinthians to take their socializing home, it had no place in the order of the church (1 Cor. 11:22,34). Although this is a prominent practice today it makes us false witnesses because we are saying the opposite of what the Lord said about such things.

Oh yes, we can become false witnesses for the Lord. When we say, teach, defend and promote things that the Lord says the opposite of we have become false witnesses. And there is no level of zeal and excitement that will change that.

By George Parsley

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