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Escaping by Grace, only to be Recaptured by the Law! Part 1



January 8, 2005

Escaping by Grace, only to be Recaptured by the Law! Part 1

During World War II, when the Japanese had used all oriental types of torture to break the will of POW’s, as a last resort they would use the most effective of them all. It was not bamboo shoots pushed under the prisoner’s fingernails, which is excruciating painful. It was not physically painful, but it was mentally destructive and, in many cases, I have been told it broke the prisoner’s will and spirit to not spill the beans.

The Japanese would deliberately open a staged avenue of opportunity for the prisoner to escape. Once he took it and was able to get into the jungle, they would allow him to get far away enough from the camp to begin to feel a sense of freedom from the great prison camp time of bondage. Then they would suddenly recapture him and take him back to bondage. This would break him mentally, and he would remain willingly under bondage to their will.

I offer this World War II experience as an example of a born again, eternally saved soul, actually believing it had been set free from the bondage prison of the law, only to have false teachers pounce on it to take it back to the same prison from which it thought it had escaped.

Galatians 5:1 – Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

The most miserable people on the surface of the earth are not unbelievers, nor those who totally trust in works to be saved. The most miserable people are those who were genuinely saved by grace, and are then led by false teachers to go back under the law to be assured they will make it to heaven. Their struggle to “stay” saved is a mockery of the work of Jesus Christ being enough, and is the height of sheer spiritual foolishness. Their efforts to complete an already competed work by Jesus is a lifelong miserable experience for them, for they can never be sure they have added enough to be assured of a heavenly entrance, and their motive for service to God is not their love for him, but a fear they won’t do enough make it to heaven, so he let’s them go to hell!

Galatians 3:1-3 – O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? [2] This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? [3] Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?

Believers are made perfect by their faith in the one time offering of Christ for all their sins as being the absolute, all sufficient, blood covering. They believe the offering of the promised Seed of Genesis 3:15 was more than enough to cover all their sins – past, present, and future.

Galatians 3:6,7 – Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. [7] Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. [8] And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.

Galatians 3:16-18 – Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. [17] And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. [18] For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.

Galatians 3:29 – And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

False teachers who lead born-again babes in Christ back under the law are in serious trouble, just as were many Japanese prison guards who mistreated American prisoners in torturous bondage.

Brother Earl Hamilton gave me an account of Jerald Mooneyham of Reedville, Arkansas, who was a long time prisoner of the Japanese, and underwent horrific torture. When the Yanks freed his camp, he cut out the heart of the one guard who had been guilty of the most serious atrocities, then threw his body on a railroad track that had delivered the prisoners to the camp. The false teachers, who led new born babes back under the prison camp bondage of the law, will suffer an eternal spiritual punishment much greater than the physical punishment of the Japanese guard.

Matthew 18:1-7 – At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? [2] And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, [3] And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. [4] Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. [5] And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. [6] But whoso shall offend (cause to stumble) one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. [7] Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!

I Corinthians 1:17,18 – For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. [18] For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

I Corinthians 2:1-5 – And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. [2] For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. [3] And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. [4] And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: [5] That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

Galatians 2:21 – I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

I Corinthians 15:19-22 – If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. [20] But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. [21] For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. [22] For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

I John 5:11,12 – And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. [12] He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not l