The Frightening Consequences of Failing
To Rightly Divide God’s Word

Rock of Offence Special Commentary



On this website we respect the New Testament admonition to “rightly divide the Word of Truth” as taught by Saint Paul in 2 Timothy 2:15. The word “divide” means separating something into two parts. Paul warned that rightly (or correctly) dividing God’s Word is directly tied to God’s approval of the professing Christian believer. This is a vitally important, yet generally ignored truth. The Bible contains two radically different spiritual programs: “The administration of Law” given to Israel -- and “God’s administration of Grace” (also called “The New Covenant”) given to the New Testament Church through the cross of Christ (John 1:14-17).

Paul warned Timothy to “rightly divide” (or correctly divide) between these two programs and never commit the error of mixing them together. Yet, when we examine many foundational Christian teachings, an alarming situation begins to emerge. It is estimated that more than 80 per cent of the institutional church ignores Paul’s instruction and mixes (or merges) Israel’s administration of Law with the Church’s administration of Grace. This mixing occurs under the general label of “Christian fundamentalism”. It creates a spiritually illegal “third system of theology” that redefines God’s unmerited gift of eternal life (Rom. 6:23, Eph. 2:8-9, Rom. 4:4-8, Rom. 11:6, Rom. 11:29, Titus 3:5-7) into a “conditional salvation” based on a person’s obedience to some ethical code of conduct, which is subtly tied to The Law of the Old Testament. The “conditional salvation” of the Law effectively holds a believer’s salvation hostage until some unspecified level of obedience is obtained and recognized. This popular system of salvation based on Old Testament Law essentially prevents its followers from having absolute confidence that they have met God’s conditions to possess eternal life. As a result, it generates unimaginable fear, anxiety and spiritual bondage. Yet, under the Grace of Christ's new and better Covenant (Hebrews 8:6-13), every believer can be absolutely confident that they have eternal life because God offers it as His unmerited gift.

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