To study the bible the right way (and safe way) you must consider ALL related verses on any given subject. That is very important to remember. If not, deception by omission will be committed. False teachers are presenting a partial truth as the whole truth and misleading people who trust them by doing that! In regards to the believer’s security, it is commonly done in three areas related to salvation, the most important subject of all to know.
Romans Road Gospel Presentation
The well-known Romans Road to salvation gospel presentation is a prime example of “deception by omission”! It seems it has been almost universally accepted as a concise way to spread the gospel, when in reality it is a gross distortion about salvation itself! Some very sincere and zealous servants of God have fallen prey to that distorted gospel presentation! If the soul winner would know the basics of how to study the bible or would just carefully read the whole book of Romans (only 16 chapters) while marking all verses related to salvation and salvation security, he should become aware of serious issues with the Romans Road. [A whole chapter is devoted to this subject, detailing this problem, in “The Believer’s Conditional Security: Eternal Security Refuted”.]
Selected verses about man’s sinfulness and salvation have been chosen in the Romans Road, but very relevant key verses also related to salvation have been avoided! Could it have been intentionally done to protect the lie of eternal security? Rom. 11:19-23 is one:
You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.” Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid. For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either. Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.
Another area of this type of deception in the church evolves around eternal life! The goal for all should be eternal life and entering God’s Paradise kingdom. However, many who have that noble goal have also been deceived! Imagine being misled about eternal life when you earnestly believe in eternal life! Without question, it is glaringly obvious that teachers in established religious positions, with great influence, have presented a partial truth as a whole truth and have lethally deceived their trusted following about eternal life! They are ferocious wolves in sheep’s clothing.
Just one verse which is directly related to eternal life is Gal. 6:8,9. Many times we have cited it to awaken people to the facts, but too often they instead seem to love the eternal security myth they have been taught. Ponder the following passage for yourself and answer this question — Is Gal. 6:8,9 Referring To Salvation or Rewards?
Is Gal. 6:8,9 Referring To Salvation or Rewards?
The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Gal 6:8,9)
NOTE: That is Paul, the real grace teacher’s doctrine! That was NOT written by a heretic, who taught a works salvation! To reap eternal life, under grace, a Christian must sow to please the Spirit of God! Clearly, that is a salvation passage, just as valid as John 3:16, but almost known by none! It is not a rewards passage.
The Gospel Itself
The clearest and best known part of the bible about the gospel is 1 Cor. 15:1-4, but it is usually abbreviated to AVOID verse 2. That omission conceals the foundational truth that a conditional security for the believer is connected to the gospel:
By this gospel you are saved, IF you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. (1 Cor 15:2)
Teaching like that — besides employing deception by omission and presenting a partial truth as the whole truth — also violates how to study the bible by focusing on the immediate context!
Again, 1 Cor. 15:2 explicitly shows that connected with the gospel is a conditional security (NO eternal security). See also Col. 1:23. To teach the opposite, that is, to teach eternal security as being associated with the gospel, is therefore another gospel and to be anathema by doing so (Gal. 1:8,9)! That is how serious this issue is! WHY? Because the gospel message is directly related to salvation.
IF people, including sincere church people, would learn how to study the bible the right way to avoid being duped by deception by omission such would not be occurring with the gospel and that damnable heresy wouldn’t be the problem it is.
The Endangered Victims
A victim of “deception by omission” teaching might be 100% sincere, but still has beliefs that are based on a partial truth presented as the whole truth. He is oblivious to other key verses related to that subject, which he doesn’t know about. Often he has also fallen prey to a trusted teacher — one who is a friend or family member. Rather than meticulously examining the scriptures alone for himself, he is just receiving what another teaches, thereby endangering his own soul! To study the bible the right way by examining all related verses will safeguard against deception by omission.