Myth 44. Say “peace and safety” and be unable to escape from sudden destruction.

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Myth 44.  begin to say “peace and safety” to the wicked or your own unrepentant heart, and be unable to escape from sudden destruction. 1Thes 5:3; Jer 23:1; 11-17; 6:14; Isa 48:22

For those of you who are new, these series of articles are dedicated to refuting the teaching that a believer can lose its salvation. I am using a reference of 70 ways a believer can fall away from a blogger who name himself smashing idols.

(His full article is here: http://smashingidols7.wordpress.com/2011/02/12/70-ways-a-believer-can-fall-away/

Also you can follow the refutes of his 70 ways here by just click to this link:https://hischarisisenough.wordpress.com/tag/70-ways-to-lose-your-salvation/)

Here is myth 44 and the verses he uses as his authority. 

1 Thessalonians 5:3

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While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

Jeremiah 23:1

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23 “Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of my pasture!” declares the Lord.

Jeremiah 23:11-17

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11 “Both prophet and priest are godless;
even in my temple I find their wickedness,”
declares the Lord.
12 “Therefore their path will become slippery;
they will be banished to darkness
and there they will fall.
I will bring disaster on them
in the year they are punished,”
declares the Lord.

13 “Among the prophets of Samaria
I saw this repulsive thing:
They prophesied by Baal
and led my people Israel astray.
14 And among the prophets of Jerusalem
I have seen something horrible:
They commit adultery and live a lie.
They strengthen the hands of evildoers,
so that not one of them turns from their wickedness.
They are all like Sodom to me;
the people of Jerusalem are like Gomorrah.”

15 Therefore this is what the Lord Almighty says concerning the prophets:

“I will make them eat bitter food
and drink poisoned water,
because from the prophets of Jerusalem
ungodliness has spread throughout the land.”

16 This is what the Lord Almighty says:

“Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you;
they fill you with false hopes.
They speak visions from their own minds,
not from the mouth of the Lord.
17 They keep saying to those who despise me,
‘The Lord says: You will have peace.’
And to all who follow the stubbornness of their hearts
they say, ‘No harm will come to you.’

Jeremiah 6:14

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14 They dress the wound of my people
as though it were not serious.
‘Peace, peace,’ they say,
when there is no peace.

It must be understood that the above passages do not refer to a believer’s relationship with God. I will address the situation in Jeremiah first. These references do not refer to grace preachers but rather false prophets which are actually mixing Baal worship with the worship of Yahweh. The position is also very different in Thessalonica.  In Thessalonians, Paul is referring to the issue of the 2nd coming.

See the context:

“Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.”

Also notice this very important note. People are saying. People. Now look at verse 4 onward….

“4 But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

Now notice what Paul says about the believer.

  1. He is not in darkness. He is not going to be surprised by that day.
  2. He is a child of light.
  3. He is not appointed upon wrath but to receive salvation.

Just to confirm this. See what Paul says in the following verses:

“23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, souland body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.”

Notice Paul refers our Father as the God of peace. He says the same thing in Romans 5

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.And we[b] boast in the hope of the glory of God.

Now let’s look at Jeremiah and its context. The references that smashingidols point to, do not refer to the covenant people of God. He seems to leave out a very important part in Jeremiah 23. Here is what was left unsaid.

“2 Therefore this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says to the shepherds who tend my people: “Because you have scattered my flock and driven them away and have not bestowed care on them, I will bestow punishment on you for the evil you have done,” declares the Lord. I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and will bring them back to their pasture, where they will be fruitful and increase in numberI will place shepherds over them who will tend them, and they will no longer be afraid or terrified, nor will any be missing,” declares the Lord.

“The days are coming,” declares the Lord,
“when I will raise up for David[a] a righteous Branch,
a King who will reign wisely
    and do what is just and right in the land.
In his days Judah will be saved
and Israel will live in safety.
This is the name by which he will be called:
    The Lord Our Righteous Savior.”

Notice these very important statements:

  1. The Lord will gather the remnant from all nations. All nations. Including Gentiles.
  2. They will not be terrified as against those who are mentioned in verses 11-17.
  3. God says he will raise up a righteous branch. The word “branch” in Hebrew is Narazeth. This refers to Jesus our savior from Nazarene.
  4. In Jesus’s days we will live in safety.
  5. This is because He is our righteousness. Our righteousness will no longer be our deeds but a person.

see 1st Corinthians 1:

30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.

It is because Jesus has satisfied God’s justice for us, there is now peace within us to have peace with Him.

Romans 3: 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement,[i] through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

And because we have been justified by him, we have peace with God. Romans 5:1

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”.

Peace. All puns intended. 🙂

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