I watched a great video by this ministry recently. It was well put together, and I’ll even go so far as to share it here:
It’s pretty hard-hitting. I’ve watched it a couple of times, and a few other videos and enjoyed them. He quotes Matthew 7:23 and uses a translation which clearly states:
But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’
Which is from the NLT.
I thought the ministry might get added to my Resources page. Until today.
Collin Retkowski who is the face of the ministry, talks in the video below, which I watched today, about being sinless. Being a sinless Christian.
He cites several people in the bible who were righteous before God (Job and Noah being just two), but sadly he makes the fundamental error, in spite of using Matthew 7:23 in other videos, of saying that the “ceremonial laws and the Mosaic Law” are done away with.
Nowhere does Yeshua say this – in fact this ministry is preaching the most dangerous doctrine of all – faith, plus works = salvation – without defining what those works are to be.
When we try to follow Christ and be like Him without reference to the Law, we tangle ourselves up in legalism. We define and redefine sin without reference to the Law which lays out for us so clearly what is sin! That’s what legalism is – the constant redefining of the law to allow us to do, or to restrict, things we think are right or wrong.
To give you an example straight out of the world today, of what legalism is, consider the speed limit. The sign says that the limit is 30 miles per hour. If we were to apply that as it is, which would be fair, we would say that travelling at 31 miles per hour is clearly breaking the law, so why don’t we? Why don’t people get a speeding fine for going at 31 mph? Because lawyers got involved, and said that, as speedometers are not accurate enough, it wouldn’t be fair, and so mostly our authorities only apply the speed limit allowing a 10% margin for error. This is legalism. One law wasn’t enough, so another rule must be added.
What most Christians think is sin is vastly removed from what the bible says is sin. In fact, he’s right that many Christians believe that feeling tempted is sinful, rather than waiting until you have sinned to feel bad.
But the simple aim of every believer should be a close, righteous walk with God – obedience is the ONLY answer to sin, because it clarifies what sin is! We can’t keep changing our minds because when we do, we begin a dangerous game – Collin says that Jesus will say in that day ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’, but then rejects the very law God gave us to keep us from sinning.
Please pray for Collin, because right now he’s in a dangerous place. He believes himself to be sinless, yet rejects the law, and this is an impossible place to be (and teach others from).
May the fear of God bring you into all wisdom.