We’re Not Trying To Be (Nor Are We Being) Rude…
When We Abstain From Affirming You In Your Religious Views
If You Do Not Believe The True Gospel
Please understand, if a Christian doesn’t “like” your religious comment or post; doesn’t say “amen” to the theological position that you share; doesn’t affirm that a deceased loved one is in “heaven right now;” or otherwise doesn’t affirm/confirm your religious view, it isn’t because we are trying to be (or that we are inadvertently being) offensive — it is because we are absolutely prohibited from affirming your words (by God Himself) -IF- what you are sharing is erroneous, if it is correct but said under the umbrella of false religion, or if it is otherwise unsupported (or unsupportable) by Scripture. Consider,
1 Thessalonians 5:21 “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 22 Abstain from all appearance [or forms/manifestations] of evil.”
2 John 1:19-11 “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. 10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into [your] house, neither bid him God speed: 11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
If you do not believe the true Gospel, I cannot “like” your words nor affirm your religion. If you hold to the charismatic error, believing in vain babbling, falling backwards (which is always a sign of divine judgment in scripture), supposed visitations and visions for today (violating Rev 22:19), etc., I cannot affirm you. If you believe that people are fellow-saints (brethren) in Christ, or that they have “died and gone to heaven,” despite never knowing or believing the true Gospel, I cannot affirm your words or religion. If you claim to be Christian and live in prolonged, open, notorious, and unrepentant sin, I cannot affirm your words, or fellowship with you as a brother (per multiple passages of Scripture that can be produced upon demand).
So please do not confuse our silence (lack of response, affirmation, or acknowledgement) with a lack of care, or with rudeness, prejudice, pride, us “looking down upon you in judgment,” etc. Our silence is a required silence. We either have to refrain from affirming you or outright rebuke/reprove/correct you. In some cases it is prudent to engage in the latter, in other cases it is not (timing, context, and venue is everything).
Finally, when I say that “If you do not believe the true Gospel, I cannot “like” your words nor affirm your religion” — the onus is on me to define the True Gospel. So, what is is? What is the good news with which, if you do not agree, I cannot walk with you as a fellow-saint in Christ? The Gospel is as follows:
‘…It isn’t that we accept Jesus to become saved, say the sinner’s prayer, make a decision for Christ, etc.. True salvation lies in the salvation of lost sinners based entirely upon Christ’s finished work of atonement/redemption/propitiation on the cross, as follows:
(1) God the Father elected (chose) a vast multitude “in Christ” from before the world was per Ephesians 1:4 (though they are a vast multitude, they are but a remnant compared to the entirety of mankind);
2) The Lord Jesus Christ (God the Word made flesh) covenanted/agreed with The Father, from eternity, to save the people chosen in Him, and given to Him (by the Father), from the foundation of the world. God knew that Adam would fall (having purposed it) and that He would save His people from their sin, at the appointed time in history, at the cross of Calvary, where Christ stood as the perfect substitute for His people, enduring the wrath of God fully for their sins. Despite being perfect in all ways Himself, He suffered as a sinner (i.e. in the stead of sinners, bearing the sin of His people, having their sin imputed to Him), enduring the wrath of God unto death, putting away those sins forever, and thus perfectly justifying and sanctifying His elect. The Lord Jesus Christ accomplished everything required for the eternal salvation and glorification of His people.
(3) God the Holy Spirit, at The Father’s appointed time in their respective lives, quickens (gives spiritual life to) all of those chosen in Christ from before the world was, i,e., to all of those for whom Christ died (and only for them). The Spirit of God gives them a new mind/heart/spirit, converting them (causing them to believe the Gospel truth), and leading them in the way that they should go. He makes the finished work of Christ effectual for every single one of God’s elect at the appointed time for them.
So, salvation is all of Christ (as to the redemptive, atoning, legal, objective grounds) but each of the Three Persons of the Triune Godhead (or the Trinity) is involved in the deliverance of God’s people. Again, that salvation is not based upon the individual being saved, their supposed freewill, their natural decisions, etc. That salvation is 100% God-wrought and it is 100% God-wrought only for those whom God loved from before the foundation of the earth.’ No aspect of salvation is dependent upon the will of man, or the works of man, but all aspects of salvation are wrought by, and grounded in, the work of the Triune Godhead, primarily, chiefly, and eminently in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ and in His shed blood at Calvary.’