If you’re not familiar with “Poe’s law,” you might want to look it up before you read this post.
I’m reading through Hebrews with some friends, and it appears that the writer is not up to date on his theology. We need to get the writer, and the apostle Paul, a Schofield study Bible so he can learn his dispensationalism!
Let us fear therefore, lest perhaps anyone of you should seem to have come short of a promise of entering into his rest. For indeed we have had the good news preached to us, even as they also did, but the word they heard didn’t profit them, because it wasn’t mixed with faith by those who heard. (Heb. 4:1-2)
Okay, it’s bad enough that the writer of Hebrews, which “has nothing of the nature of the Gospel about it,” doesn’t know that the Israelites did NOT have the same good news preached to them that we received. What’s worse is that the apostle Paul seems just as remarkably ignorant.
Now I would not have you ignorant, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; and were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and all ate the same spiritual food; and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of a spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ. However with most of them, God was not well pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Don’t be idolaters, as some of them were. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.” Let us not commit sexual immorality, as some of them committed, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell. Let us not test Christ, as some of them tested, and perished by the serpents. Don’t grumble, as some of them also grumbled, and perished by the destroyer. Now all these things happened to them by way of example, and they were written for our admonition, on whom the ends of the ages have come. Therefore let him who thinks he stands be careful that he doesn’t fall. (1 Cor. 10:1-12)
Do you see how pervasive, subversive, and dangerous this indiscriminate reading of the Bible can be? It has even affected the apostle Paul, who not only thinks that the ancient Israelites were like us, drinking from the spiritual rock of Christ, but he also thinks (I can scarcely bring myself to say it) that we are like them!
Of course the Israelites can lose their salvation. They belonged to a different dispensation. WE are NOT the ancient Israelites. They had their time, and they will have their time again, but right now is the time of free grace. Others before and after us can be condemned for their sins, but not us. We are in the dispensation of grace and no works.
Beware! If it can infect the apostle Paul, it can infect you.
Get the apostle a Schofield Bible!