1Cor 2:2                                Double Dipping                              7/15/2012     

·        Who or What Is a False Prophet?  (Deut 18:20-22, Mark 13:32)

 

 

 

 

 

#1.       What Is Double Dipping? (Ex 20:15, Eph 2:3)

 

 

 

 

 

·        The Doctrine of Double Dipping (Luke 22:42-44, Heb 10:12-14, 1Cor 2:2, John 1:3)

 

 

 

 

 

·        Some Examples (Rom 5:10, 1Cor 1:30)

 

 

 

 

 

#2.       It Is Drawing Us Back to Rome (Gal 3:14, 4:5, John 10:1)

 

 

 

 

 

#3.       Iron Sharpens Iron ()

 

 

Please open your Bibles to the Prophecy of Deuteronomy, Deut 18:20 (2X). This sermon has the title, “Double Dipping”. That is a strange title for two reasons. First of all, you know that I am not a topical preacher, I am an expository preacher, and this title sounds like it will be a topical sermon. Secondly, the term or the topic of double dipping is not in the Bible. However I have observed that the principle of double dipping has slipped into the doctrines of the church, and this needs to be brought out into the open. Many years ago the doctrine of double dipping has slipped into the church by a false prophet who has disguised himself as a reliable Bible student. Who or what is a false prophet?

·        Who or What Is a False Prophet? (Deut 18:20-22, Mark 13:32)

A false prophet is someone whom God has not sent; someone else has sent him. A false prophet is someone who says, “Thus says the Lord,” but the message he brings does not come from the Lord at all. The Lord has not said that, because the message that the false prophet claims is in conflict with the Word of God. Let us look at a Biblical example of this is in Deut 18. In this chapter of Deut the Lord lays down the principles by which we can recognize false prophets. We read in Deut 18:20-22,

Deut 18:20-22, But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. 21  And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? 22  When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.”

In verse 20 we see that it is a very serious offense to claim, “Thus says the Lord,” when the Lord has not said that. God says, “That prophet shall die.” How then can we recognize a false prophet? God says, “If a prophet predicts something in the name of the Lord and the prediction does not follow, then you know that this was a false prophet.” The prophet has spoken this prediction presumptuously. What does that mean, presumptuously? It means that “the false prophet has taken the audacity to step outside the bounds that God has set;” he has taken liberties that were against the explicit commands of God. In Old Testament days that false prophet would have been stoned to death. Then we read the last seven words, and then we wonder why God added the words, “Thou shalt not be afraid of him.” God added those words because He knows that the false prophet is not going to abandon his presumptuous speech. The false prophet will continue to haunt us with his rhetoric that shows us that he is an enemy of God. Paraphrased God says: I have already shown that he is a false prophet; I have shown the sign that I have not sent him; do not believe anything he says, for I have not sent him; do not be afraid of his words; you cannot trust anything he says, for it will be truth mixed with lies. Do not listen to him, for there are adders in the green grass. Adders are poisonous vipers. You walk comfortably through the lush green grass, but you do not know when you will be bitten.

Perhaps I should be more specific when I apply this passage. You have heard the man on the radio claim that he knows when the Lord Jesus will appear for the second time, even though the Lord has said that “No man knoweth the day or the hour of His second coming, no not even the Son” (Mark 13:32) and this does not refer to the Lord Jesus in His Divine nature, but in His human nature. We can make this distinction for the Lord Jesus has manifested Himself in His human nature many times. For example, He showed that He could be tired; He was fast asleep in the ship even during a storm; He showed that He could be hungry and thirsty; He responded when He heard something was said, which is the response of His human nature, for in His Divine nature He knew everything before it was said; He learned to be obedient to His Father, but we know that as God the Son He did not learn anything new; He showed compassion on the multitude consisting of both saved and unsaved people; He could be tempted by the devil with earthly comforts, and we know that the Creator of this universe cannot be tempted by a creature which He has made; He could bleed and die, and we know for certain that God the Son cannot bleed and die; and so on, and so on. Therefore when we read, “No man knoweth the day or the hour of His second coming, no not even the Son” it must refer to Christ in His human nature. Remember that he man on the radio predicted the Lord’s coming on May 21, 2011. He was so sure of this date because all the information pointed to this date. But remember also that in the weeks preceding his prediction of September 1994 the man publicly said on the radio that he was 99.99% sure that the Lord would return in September 1994. And so, when we read on the Internet that the man on the radio has predicted the date of the Lord’s second coming twelve times, the first time in 1978, we should finally wise up and admit to the fact that this is a man who has said, “Thus says the Lord,” when the Lord has not said that. By God’s definition he is a false prophet. I am not passing judgment according to my ideas. I did not judge him; God said that. Now the question arises: May I support his ministry with my donations? Are you kidding? Will you bring your money to Satan? You must be stupid to do that. Now take the next step: Will God use a false prophet to teach us new doctrines from the Bible? Absolutely not! God will not deceive us. For example, this false prophet continues to harass us with his new doctrine that the church is dead and is under the control of Satan worldwide, and the doctrine that we should not go to church on Sunday, and the doctrine that all who still go to church are servants of Satan, and the doctrine that hell does not exist, and many other doctrines which make the reprobate more comfortable. Remember there are adders in the lush green grass; his words are dangerous, for he proclaims a mixture of truth and error and some are very serious errors. Those errors are lies; and some lies die very hard. There are lies that are difficult to disprove, and that includes the lie of Double Dipping. Sometime in the past the lie of Double Dipping has been introduced into the church, and by now it has spread to almost all the denominations worldwide.

#1.       What Is Double Dipping? (Ex 20:15, Eph 2:3)

Most of you have heard the term and you are familiar with its meaning. Double dipping occurs when someone is paid twice for the same thing, and most of the time the benefactor does not know that he is paying the person twice for the same thing. Personally I experienced it when accidentally I was paid twice for the same expense that my employer reimbursed me. This is a great temptation for all those who travel at the expense of their employer. In my conservative estimation at least 90% of the people who are asked to travel for business purposes are padding their expense account so that they are reimbursed almost 50% more than they are entitled to. And I am speaking of my experiences of 20 years ago. Today people are less honest on the average than they were 20 years ago. And so, what exactly is double dipping? It is nothing less than stealing. It is driven by our covetousness, which is our innate desire for accumulating money. Yes, double dipping is stealing. And God says in Exodus 20:15 “Thou shalt not steal.” And so, double dipping is a serious offense.

A false prophet will not admit that he is stealing. But when he sees that his personal wealth does increase as a result of his lies, he will try to justify his lies at any cost. For example, if the false prophet proclaims the date the Lord shall return, will the number of people who listen and contribute to his radio station increase? The answer is a resounding yes! And this is the evil connected to the date-setting of the Lord’s return. Most of the time it is connected to the money trail.

Now we must ask the most important question: Will God do any double dipping? Perish the thought. God will never contemplate such an evil sin. Why would I ask such a dreadful question? The doctrine of “the imputation of the sinless perfect life of Christ” raises such a question. The Lord Jesus Christ lived a perfect and sinless life; that is beyond question. It is also believed in almost all the Christian denominations in the world that the sinless perfect life of Christ is imputed to all those who believe the Gospel. It is believed that when God looks at every one of the saints He does not see the Christian’s sins, but He sees only the sinless perfect life that Christ substitutes for our life.

To “impute” is an accounting term. It means to transfer from this account to that account. For example, Adam’s sin is imputed to the account of every human being, not just at birth, but even at the time of our conception in the womb. This is the doctrine of original sin, which imparts a wicked nature to each one of us, so that we all are born as children of the wrath of God (Eph 2:3). In the doctrine of the atonement of Christ our sins are imputed to the account of Christ, and Christ’s righteousness is imputed to our account. This means that when God looks at those for whom Christ atoned for their sins He sees no sin, because they have all been taken care of at the cross in AD 33. In the doctrine of “the imputation of the perfect sinless life of Christ” the perfect life of Christ is imputed to every one of the saints. This has been known for hundreds of years and it is stated in all the literature that is handed down throughout the centuries. Let us look at a few examples:

The Westminster Confession of Faith states (and I am abbreviating paragraph 6.060) “Those whom God effectually calleth, He also freely justifieth: … (drop down 5 lines) … by imputing the obedience and satisfaction of Christ unto them ….” Gordon H. Clark, a Presbyterian theologian, explains this line as follows, “Christ not only bore our penalty on the cross, but in His life He perfectly obeyed His Father. It is the personal righteousness of Christ’s sinless obedience that is put to our account, on the basis of which we are declared “not guilty”. This raises another question: Are we saved by Jesus Christ’s life and death, or only by His death? And now we have arrived at:

·        The Doctrine of Double Dipping (Luke 22:42-44, Heb 10:12-14, 1Cor 2:2, John 1:3)

Please turn in your Bibles to the Gospel According to Luke, Luke 22:42 (2X). Clearly, Jesus was not guilty of any sin. He lived a sinless life; but did He live it in our place, so God treats us as if we had lived that life? You see, in the Garden of Gethsemane the Lord Jesus prayed, and it is recorded for us in the Gospel According to Luke, Luke 22:42-44,

“Luke 22:42  Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. 43  And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. 44  And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” You see, the Father loved His only begotten Son more than He loved anyone of us. And would He not have answered this earnest prayer of the Lord Jesus with a solution if that were possible? The dear Son of God was clearly in great agony, for He could now clearly see what great suffering awaited Him when He had to atone for our sins, which means the equivalent of an eternity in hell. Would it be possible that the Lord Jesus does not have to go to the cross, and that He does not have to endure the equivalent of an eternity in hell for our sins? Surprisingly, with the doctrines that the church presently holds that solution is readily available. If the sinless life of Christ is credited to Christians, then all our sins are gone at the time that the Lord Jesus prayed this prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. What need was there for Him to go to the cross to also atone for our sins if our sins were already gone? That is Double Dipping! (2X). And God does not do any double dipping! What is the solution of this apparent contradiction? It is certain that we have to retain the doctrine that our sins were atoned for at the cross of Christ in AD 33. But where in the Bible does God say that the sinless life of Christ is credited to the Christians? Nowhere! This is a doctrine that has crept into the church by some false prophet who wanted to be more holy than God. Please turn to the Epistle to the Hebrews, Heb 10:12 (2X). In fact, to claim that we need Jesus’ sinless life credited to us is to deny that His suffering and death on the cross was sufficient to save us from our sins. But we must face the fact that His suffering and death on the cross in AD 33 was the perfect sacrifice forever that cleanses us from our sins. All the blood of millions of bulls and goats in Old Testament times was not sufficient to take away even one sin. We read in Heb 10:12-14,

Heb 10:12  But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God; 13  From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. 14  For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified.”

The word “forever” implies that His atonement not only covers future sins but also past sins, back in time all the way to the sins of Adam and Eve. “Them that are sanctified” does not refer all mankind, but to all those who have been “set apart”, for that is what the word “sanctified” means. Who are those who have been “set apart”? All the elect of God have been sanctified and no one else.

Please turn in your Bibles to the First Epistle to the Corinthians, 1Cor 2:2 (2X). Christ offered the perfect sacrifice for us on the cross. How perfect is perfect? We get a little understanding of this when we consider how great the apostle Paul considered this sacrifice to be. He wrote in 1Cor 2:2,

1Cor 2:2, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.” In other words: Under the inspiration of God the apostle Paul says that you can look at the entire Bible, and understand the entire Gospel of salvation, if you properly understand what the atonement of Christ stands for. The cross of Christ is the central piece that unites all the doctrines of the Christian faith, and this is what we need to study. This is how you bring harmony in all the teachings of what you believe, and this is the infinite sacrifice given to us so that we might be saved. If we diminish the importance of the cross of Christ we bring Christ down. But that is not what we must do. We must lift Him up to the highest pedestal possible, to the place where God is, for He is the union of the man Christ Jesus with God the Son, the second Person of the triune Godhead, fully God like each Person of the triune Godhead is. “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” (John 1:3) If we claim that in addition to the death of Christ we also need to have His life imputed to us, do we bring Christ down? Absolutely yes! We would then claim that His death for us was not sufficient, but it needs to be supplemented with the imputation of His perfect life. That cannot be true, for His death on the cross was perfect, and cannot be improved.

·        Some Examples (Rom 5:10, 1Cor 1:30)

Please turn in your Bibles to the Epistle to the Romans, Rom 5:10 (2X). The forgiveness of sins is granted to us through the death of Christ, but nowhere in the Bible does God say that the sinless life of Christ is imputed to the Christian for the forgiveness of sins. People assume this doctrine from certain passages, but it is an interpretation which leads us to double dipping, and it is certain that God does not do any double dipping. For example, we read in Rom 5:10,

Rom 5:10, “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” What does his mean, “We shall be saved by His life”? It cannot mean that we are saved by His sinless life before He died, for this leads to the doctrine of double dipping, and God does not engage in double dipping. But it could mean we shall be saved by His life after He rose from the tomb, for the atonement was not complete without the resurrection of Christ from the dead. But if it does refer to His sinless life before He died, the purpose of that sinless life was that He must be the spotless Lamb of God, or the sinless Redeemer, for only if He remained sinless could He be our Redeemer. But let us now also consider the future tense in this verse. We read from the Greek text, “Much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” God wants us to understand that the essential thing in the Christian life is to know Christ, for knowing Christ is salvation. We are trusting Him, loving Him, following Him, and having Christ for our Friend, and being His friend. No friend in all the world is so near to me as He is. I trust Him, I love Him, I take everything to Him, and I lay every burden upon Him. I go to Him for wisdom, for help, and for the love I need in my own heart. He is everything to me as a Friend. He guides me in all the decisions I make. But He also says, “You are my friends, if you do whatever I command you”, and this includes all the Scripture verses where we see His commandments.

Let us look at another verse. Please turn to the First Epistle to the Corinthians, 1Cor 1:30 (2X). Christ became righteousness unto us. Does this mean that the righteous life of Christ is imputed to us? We read in 1Cor 1:30, “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.” Yes, Christ became our righteousness. But how did Christ become our righteousness? This verse does not say that His sinless life was imputed to us. People just assume what they must first prove. Likewise, are we credited with having the wisdom of Jesus? Absolutely not! And so, we cannot use this verse to prove that Jesus’ perfect and righteous life was imputed to us. Rather, we must understand that this verse means that Jesus is the source of all these things. He makes it possible for us to receive them all. And so, we come to the conclusion that the doctrine of the imputation of Christ’s sinless life is false. What we need to emphasize is, not the imputation of Christ’s sinless life, but the forgiveness o sins through the death of Christ. When we are drifting back to the sinless life of Christ we are in fact diminishing His great gift of His atonement, and that is not the direction we should go, for then we end up with double dipping, and God does not do any double dipping.

#2.       It Is Drawing Us Back to Rome (Gal 3:14, 4:5, John 10:1)

The doctrine of double dipping is a dangerous doctrine, and we must train our eyes to recognize this error when we read it or when we hear it. It is spawned by people who try to be more holy than God. It is a doctrine that will be drawing us back to Rome. The Romish church encourages such initiatives whereby the people in the congregation show that they want to be more holy than God. For example, consider “The Flagellants”. The Flagellants are people who chastise themselves with whips even to the point that they are bleeding profusely from their backs. Why do they do that? They want to show that they repent of their sins, and they are willing to suffer for their sins by chastising themselves with self-made whips in which are imbedded iron particles for the purpose of ripping open their skins. Do we realize that this is nothing else than a works-gospel? People want to atone themselves, rather than having Christ do all the work, just to make sure that something is done for their forgiveness of sins. This again is double dipping in disguise. Another set of rituals in the Romish church is the practice of travelling to a shrine, on your hands and knees, however long it takes. And there are many shrines throughout the world. And people who do these acts of self-denial are being greatly honored. For example, take the man who is called Saint Francis. He is not only greatly admired, but he is doubly honored by having his prayer sung on almost every Christian radio station. If you would listen to the words with a Bible in your hand, you will recognize that it is a very wicked prayer. It is wicked because it draws people away from the Word of God, and it contradicts the Word of God. Perhaps you have heard this prayer many times on the radio. But this is how the song ends:

#1, “It is in giving that we receive.” O really? Do we receive spiritual things from God because we have given material things to the poor, or because of any other good work that we have done? The answer is a resounding NO! Anything we receive from God is by grace. Let us look at two examples:

Gal 3:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Gal 4:5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

Both verses have salvation in mind. We receive the promise of the Spirit through faith, which means it is a gift of grace. We receive the adoption of sons of God through the grace of God.

#2, “It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.” O really? Are we not pardoned through the cross of Christ, and only through the cross of Christ? To seek God’s pardon by any other way is an insult in the face of God. To seek God’s pardon by any other way is like a thief and a robber who climbs up some other way into the sheepfold than by the door (John 10:1). This author is certainly not holding the cross of Christ high. He is trashing the cross of Christ. He is blaspheming. And this song is being sung every day on the radio, regardless of how blasphemous it is.

#3, “It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.” O really? Are we not born again in this life as a gift from God the Holy Spirit? In fact, when we die there is no more change in our position before God Either we have been saved already, which means we have been born again already, or we are still in our sins, and nothing will change in our depraved condition. All three statements are nothing less than works gospels, and people who admire those works gospels are still under the curse of God.

But the reason why this prayer of St Francis is broadcast every day on the radio is a deliberate attempt to draw us back to Rome. I can recognize from the choruses of several other songs that they are songs from the Romish church, or they are songs from the Charismatic movement. I know, because I have been there. I have listened to the sound of the singing in the Romish church and the sound of the Charismatic gospels. And when this music is played over the radio I realize that there is simply no control over the doctrines that are spouted from the hymns of these false churches. They might as well play recordings from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and people will think they are glorifying God Almighty; but no, they are glorifying Joseph Smith. So, let us realize that we are in the end times, and the sources of truth that we could rely on in the past have become unreliable. We find the principle of double dipping also in many hymns. When you hear a hymn that extols: “Only Jesus satisfies”, or “Only He can satisfy,” remember you are dealing with a lyric which is a works gospel. We do not worship Him because only Jesus makes our life satisfying. We do not look for someone to satisfy us. That is selfishness. Our hearts are deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. If we go by what our hearts tell us we end up in hell for sure. But let us be watchful, even when we hear some good sounding hymns, and let us insist on truth only.

#3.       Iron Sharpens Iron

When we join other people in Bible Study most of the present rules are not to ruffle any feathers; do not raise any controversial issues. I disagree. These are rules for a social club. Under these rules we do not learn anything. But the objective of a Bible Study is edification, or education in learning how other people think. We do not need to compare what our common ground of beliefs is. We already know what that is. We need to learn from others in those Bible Studies. And how do we learn? We need to compare what our differences are. We need to learn what the different views are in the Bible study group. So let us raise some controversial issues. Perhaps others can learn from us. We need to learn from one another and discuss how we differ and why we differ. This is the meaning of Iron sharpens iron. The main purpose is edification, or education in how other people think. How else can we understand what double dipping is? How else can we understand what works gospels are? And most of all, how else can we learn how everything fits together so that the whole Bible becomes one harmonious whole. We need to strive for that goal, for then we will be good witnesses for the Lord Jesus. But pray that God will give us wisdom, and that He does not only give us wisdom in understanding the Bible, but that He also gives us wisdom in interpersonal relationships. This is a wisdom that you cannot learn from a textbook. You can only learn this wisdom by practicing your skills in being a soldier for Christ, and by practicing your skills in being an ambassador for Christ. As a soldier you engage in offensive strategies, like in situations outside the home. As an ambassador you learn how to engage in defensive strategies, like within your own family circles. But in every situation keep loving the ones you are speaking to, and do not force yourself inside; wait until the door opens, for it is the Lord who will open the door for you.

AMEN.                  Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.