Orthodox Christianity And False Doctrine

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Posted July 11, 2005

Hi M____,

Thank you for your question.

I am sure you are aware that Augustine was simply repeating what he had been taught as the Pagan that he originally was. The blasphemous doctrine of eternal torment had crept into many church congregations long before Augustine. The Truth had not yet been extinguished in the churches as it is today, but it was greatly helped along in that direction by the efforts of Augustine.

Isa 3:1 For, behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah [ the people of God] the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water,

I challenge you to point out to me one doctrine of orthodoxy that is true. It is all perverted! If you are studying with J____, then you know that the word translated ‘forever’ and ‘everlasting’ and ‘eternity’ and about fifteen other English variations and distortions, is the single Greek word ‘aion‘ and its adjective ‘aionios.’

There is not one orthodox scholar who can make an adjective exceed its noun in force of meaning without displaying himself for the hypocrite that he is. The adjective of hour is hourly. And the adjective for aion, which all scholars admit is age, is aionian. It is not eternity. The ‘goats’ do indeed “depart into aionian fire.” But what does that mean in scriptural phraseology? Do people “enter into life without their hands and feet?” Let us be consistent. If the fire is physical, then why are the very people saying it is still walking around with hands and feet. Have they never sinned?

The entire Bible is a parable. There is a spiritual lesson behind every historical event recorded and behind every type and shadow. Between those two categories you have all of God’s Word. It is all a parable. That is why “the natural man receives not the things of the spirit, for they are foolishness unto him.” If all we needed was a dictionary and a concordance, and we were careful to always consider the context; if that were all that was involved in “the things of the spirit,” then the natural man could indeed understand the things of the spirit. But parables are for the purpose of concealing, not revealing. It requires the “mind of Christ” to understand the things of the spirit. “Not one of the princes of this world have known Him…”

I will try to remember to get back to you on the history of the word ‘aion.’ If you don’t hear from me soon, please remind me.

In the mean time, I hope this is of some help.


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