Mistakes, Not Sins! | thebereancall.org

TBC Staff

When we as Christians begin to excuse wrongdoing (sin) by labeling our deeds or the deeds of others as mistakes, we are simply following the rut in the path of the world. Consider how a recent apologist for Benny Hinn has to wrest the plain meaning of Scripture to divert its clear meaning:

Matthew:7:21-23

(21) Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter into the kingdom of Heaven, but the ones who do the will of My Father in Heaven. (22) Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name, and in thy name cast out devils, and in thy name done many wonderful works? (23) And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you; "depart from Me, ye that work iniquity."

“Many Christians...like to focus on verse 22 in respect to power, such as casting out demons and the like. This I find a little ridicules [sic] since Jesus never once in this scripture denies if they did miracles in his name, he just states he never knew them. So technically even if Jesus was going to deny knowing Benny Hinn someday and command him to depart, there is nothing in this scripture that states the miracles were not real. (http://www.geocities.com/bennyhinnpages/benny_hinn.html).”

The author goes on, but this is sufficient to demonstrate how the world’s methods are appropriated to defend the indefensible. The writer manufactures an argument from silence in order to make an extremely tenuous case that these miracles are from the Lord. This must be read into the scripture. This trivialization of the Lord’s warning misses the main point. These prophets are deceivers and they bear an awful accountability for those whom they have led astray. Further, the Scriptures have much to say about those who come with “power and signs and lying wonders.” Even the world has the sense to recognize the accomodation of evil happening today. Not that long ago, psychologist Karl Menninger wrote the book, "Whatever became of Sin?" May God give each of us the grace to name “sin” when it is sin.”

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