The Liberty Connection

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Gerber, Faune (Fuller)

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August, 1997

Dearest Friends,

You came into my thoughts again today, so I felt it was time to drop you a little note and tell you that you're fondly remembered. I trust you still remember me and will accept my feeble efforts to keep in touch. I still love you even though l left the fellowship two years ago on Easter Sunday.

I had my reasons for leaving and they had a lot to do with the doctrine being taught and the fruit that was evident. From close study of the scriptures, especially the gospels, I found a number of things which didn't agree with what Jesus actually lived and taught ~ especially His plan of salvation through His grace and all atoning blood on Calvary. Our justification by faith in His complete sacrifice on Calvary was not even stressed slightly within this faith known as “The Truth.”

I found by close examination of Jesus' teaching that He never established a “one and only way” of fellowship, exclusive of all others. Instead, He opened the way to heaven to “whosoever” would believe in Him and openly confess Him before man, inviting Him to become their Lord and Savior (John 3:16& 21 and Romans 10:8, 9). It was the Pharisees, on the other hand, who practiced teachings resembling cults today, who believed they were the “only right way.” They had this “special revelation from God” and felt justified in excluding others and treating them as lost causes (Matt. 23).

Their lifestyle and form of worship was a blatant example of “self-conceit turned into self-deception,” which caused them to miss their “day of visitation.” Jesus could say of them that they were “great weathermen” but could not discern the signs of the times and ending up missing God’s eternal purpose in seeing Jesus as their Lord and Savior born into the world.

The more I studied the Word of God and compared it to what I had been taught by the “workers” for years, I found numerous errors in their doctrine as I was drawn to read Paul's letter to the Galatians more carefully. That same epistle addresses clearly what displeases God the most ~ anyone “perverting” or “distorting” the Gospel of Christ by introducing some “other gospel” in its place. Twice Paul emphasized that they would bring themselves under a curse of “eternal damnation” unless they repented of their ways and turned again to Christ.

These believers in Paul's day were becoming like the Pharisees and were going in the opposite direction of what Jesus actually taught (Gal. 1:3-12 and Gal. 2). Paul brought out how Jesus never meant for His people to be in bondage of any kind in their worship. God’s intentions were for believers to have a living relationship with Him personally and to have “liberty in the spirit.” (Gal. 3, 5, James 2:12).

As Jesus so clearly promised to those who would continually “ask, seek, and knock “(Luke 11: 9, 10), would have the truth opened up to them. He also promised, “You shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free” (John 8:32 36). Also, Jesus said that those who were “of the light would come to the light” that their deeds would be made manifest ~ that they were wrought of God. (John 3:16-21) Those who were “not” of God would “avoid the light.”

Just like in the Garden of Eden, Satan appealed to man's vanity or pride and led him to think that he could become “like God, knowing good and evil,” by tasting of the forbidden fruit. This forbidden fruit outwardly looked good to the eye and something to make one wise, but inside were the “seeds of spiritual death.” Just like it was in the Garden of Eden, secrecy and cover up and distortion of Truth is the end result of deception and disobedience to God's perfect order of things. This always happens when man doubts God's Word and goes about establishing their own form of righteousness, which tend towards “worship of man more than worship of God” (Gen. 3, Romans 3:1-12). Basically, any form of teaching offered as Gospel, which distorts and alters the true message of the Gospel of Christ will be accursed, and those who follow such teaching will be found among the deceived for believing a lie, because they accepted a “counterfeit of the truth” and didn’t search the scriptures more thoroughly.

The Pharisees chose their traditions over Jesus' teaching and never knew what it was to have the veil of the law over their minds removed, because of their unbelief and failure to believe God's Word. But to those who received Jesus’ message and were focused on Jesus along as their Savior and not some man-made system of belief, were delivered from the bondage of the law and came under the “new covenant of grace” (Heb. 8:9-13 and Heb. 4:1-3).

These believers in God's grace would be allowed to enter into His promised rest because of their faith in God’s Word. However, any belief system that changes the focus from being on Jesus alone as Lord and Savior and promotes a method of worship to replace it, is not of God! It's this simple faith in Jesus' substitutionary sacrifice on our behalf, once and for all for our sins, that assures us of our soul's salvation when we put our trust in Him. It’s not any works of our own that can earn God’s favor and man’s acceptance. That is “legalism” and causes man to feel he can save himself and even become like a god himself deserving worship. That was the “deadly doctrine” that the Pharisees’ religion taught, because they did not understand the scriptures or the power of God. Paul described this practice well in these words: “They have zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For being ignorant of God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes” (Romans 10:1-4).

Convincing man that he still must earn his own salvation in spite of what Jesus Christ’s complete work of atonement and redemption on the Cross, was the devil’s detour into deception from the beginning of time as “the father of lies.” God's Word clearly tells us that Satan would become as an “angel of light and his servants as preachers of righteousness.” People who were not “rooted and grounded in a love for Truth,” would be open to being deceived.

I trust you will search the scriptures daily for the answers to your questions, as God sows them in your hearts. He wants you to search out and find the answers for yourself. Like the “pearl of great price” hidden in the field which motivated the seeker to give up all to have that field and the treasure therein, God’s Spirit encourages us seek until we find the “hidden pearl of great price,” found only in Jesus. Being willing to give us our misconceptions about God to gain the prize of eternal life is well worth any effort on our part!

For myself, it was very hard to admit I had been deceived by the enemy of my soul. But today I'm grateful that God woke me up to the spiritual deception promoted by the workers in their teachings. I trust God will have mercy on them and open their eyes to see the errors of their beliefs which have them ensnared (II Tim. 2:25, 26). The “deceiver of souls” holds them captive and uses them to preach "another gospel" with an entirely different focus. The workers change the focus of Christ’s love for all mankind to include only an exclusive group of believers with some “special revelation of truth.” However, they are more concerned with controlling people than saving their souls. Such traits are found in all cults or counterfeit doctrines based in man’s ideas concerning God and how to earn your salvation. Since Satan is described as “a liar and father of lies,” it shouldn’t surprise anyone that he would try to deceive the “very elect” by promoting a doctrine referred to as “the Truth.”

Perhaps that was what Jesus meant when He advised us not to “judge after appearances, but to judge righteously” (John 7:24) ~ that is, use God's Word always as our “standard of reference.” If it does not measure up, regardless how “devout” it appears outwardly ~ like the Pharisees ~ inwardly the belief system can be very corrupt. Like any false doctrine, it eats away at us like a “cancer” (II Tim. 2:15-18), that eventually will affect our whole being ~ mind, body, and soul. The end result is a state of spiritual death ~ the ultimate result of deception.

I truly pray that you will take my letter to heart and read the enclosed testimonies of those whose hearts were opened to see Jesus in His Word and to receive Him into their hearts as their Lord and Savior. As we allow the Holy Spirit to guide us into all Truth, Jesus becomes our “hope of glory” at the close of life. Until I hear again, my prayers are with you. For sure, the only thing that will stand the test of time in the end is a love for God and a love for Truth, and the two can never be separated.

With heartfelt love,

Faune Gerber
Middle Tennessee, USA
[Edited August, 2011]