Bible Worship Used by Men to Cover Evil
Akaid Diaz sent us a challenge to respond to “The Essentials
of Christianity,” a document published by the Christian Research Institute.
We replied to this document and published our response (False
Christianity Unmasked). CRI was sent a copy of our reply to Akaid; they
responded as follows, in green text. Our response follows in plain text.
CRI: Dear Victor,
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
We appreciate your interest in the ministry of CRI and your confidence in
our ability to offer discerning evaluations of groups, individuals, and other
topics of vital interest to Christians.
Paul: Victor didn’t write you the letter quoting your “essentials
of true Christianity.” That was Akaid Diaz. Victor (Hafichuk) and Paul
(Cohen) have written replies to your published statement, one of which your
organization was carbon copied. For now we’ll answer your response, followed
by some additional comments on various matters from your site.
CRI: Your friend’s objection
to our affirmation of the Bible as an essential doctrine of historic Christianity....
We don’t reject the Bible as inspired by God and the Record of Essential
Truth, though we do strenuously reject the worship of it according to the carnal “historic
Christianity” of your fathers, which you follow. You can’t distinguish
between the two because you’re walking in the flesh, blinded by your
idolatry of the Bible. Our point is that without the Spirit of God revealing
and teaching the truths contained in the Scriptures, the Bible is a misunderstood
and misused book, as Peter points out:
“And think of the long-suffering of our Lord as salvation, as also our
beloved brother Paul wrote to you, according to the wisdom given to him; as
also in all his epistles, speaking in them concerning these things, in which
are some things hard to understand, which the unlearned and unsettled pervert,
as also they do the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction” (2
Furthermore, affirming the Bible as inspired of God is far more than an “essential
doctrine of historic Christianity.” It is Truth. To you Christ is historical.
You think to examine Him and conclude what you will by your intellect and fleshly
notions and inclinations. To us, His saints, Christ is God, alive, with us,
and speaking to us. He has given us to understand and rightly divide the Word
of God, which you can’t do, being disconnected from Him.
CRI: ...and the [objection to
the Bible being the] ultimate source of authority
for the Christian...is unfounded and self-refuting.
Paul: The Bible itself declares Who is the foundation of all authority - the
Lord Jesus Christ. This we have proven from Scripture and holy reason, none
of which you’ve answered here. You simply demonstrate the truth of what
we’ve said of you, that you’re Bible worshippers who have no use
for what its Author actually says. All you care for is the alleged authority
it confers on you. You set the Bible up as the “ultimate authority” as
a cover under which to do your own thing, with what appears to be impunity
(God isn’t mocked, however, you reap as you sow).
“Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore
the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil” (Ecclesiastes
You speak of the Bible as the “ultimate authority” because you
can manipulate a book as you please, without fear of judgment from it, as opposed
to being held accountable by the Ultimate Authority
and Judge, Christ Himself. You can’t manipulate or use Him, or put words into
CRI: The Bible declares itself to be
God’s Word and the final authority
for the Christian (2 Tim. 3:16-17; James 2:19-25; Acts17:11). Although he can
claim that Jesus is the ultimate authority, the Alpha and the Omega, the express
image of God, how does he know for certain that these claims are true?
Paul: How revealing your question is! If you had been truly converted to the
Lord, and born of His Spirit, you’d know the truth because you know Him!
But you’re of those who are born of the will of the flesh, of men.
“But as many as received Him, He gave to them authority to become the
children of God, to those who believe on His name, who were born, not of bloods,
nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but were born of God” (John
“And they were astonished at His doctrine. For He taught them as one
who had authority, and not like the scribes” (Mark 1:22).
You are as the scribes of whom the Lord spoke, who also used the Bible
as their authority. Jesus comes in the authority of God, and is the
authority of God. He quotes the Bible as confirmation of the Truth, which testifies
Him. You don’t know Him, and therefore “do err, not knowing the
Scriptures, nor the power of God” (Mark 12:24).
The Scripture references you gave show your ignorance
of Him, and preference for idols that can’t speak to, or rebuke, you.
Here are your Scriptures, and I’ll show you why:
CRI Scripture: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (2
Paul: The apostle Paul was referring to what they had for Scripture in their
day, what is commonly called the Old Testament today. The majority of those
who believed in the authority of Scripture in the Lord’s day didn’t
receive Him, the Author of Scripture, when He appeared to them in the flesh
(just as you reject Him presently).
Acknowledging the authority of Scripture isn’t enough, not nearly. You
must acknowledge the Ultimate Authority, which is Christ, and His application
of Scripture. His is the only Name given under Heaven whereby men must be saved.
You people pay Him lip service, but you show yourselves worshippers of strange
gods in all your ways and words. For more evidence of this, read The
True Marks of a Cult.
CRI Scripture: “You believe that there is one God; you do well: the
devils also believe, and tremble. But will you know, O vain man, that faith
without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when
he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Do you see how faith wrought with
his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled
which says, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness:
and he was called the Friend of God. You see then how that by works a man is
justified, and not by faith only. Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified
by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another
way?” (James 2:19-25)
Paul: This quote gives no such description of Scripture as the “ultimate
authority,” not even remotely. In fact, it talks about those who walked
with God by faith, who didn’t have the Bible available in their time!
CRI Scripture: “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in
that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures
daily, whether those things were so” (Acts 17:11).
Paul: This last quote says that the Bereans received the
Word with all readiness of mind. The Word of God they received was that which
Paul and Silas preached to them. Men sent of God spoke the Word of God to them, which, being mixed
with faith, was believed, and caused these Bereans to search the Scriptures
to see more by faith.
Unlike you people, they believed the servants of God who preached Christ to
them. You don’t believe us, because you don’t believe Him. If you search the Scriptures, it’s because you’re doing the same as those
whom Christ rebuked in John (5:39-40). You think you have life in the Bible,
but the life is in Him; you don’t come to Him to receive life.
CRI: Without the special revelation of God revealed in Scriptures, there would
be no way of knowing with any certainty any of the doctrines being discussed
(e.g., the Trinity, the humanity and divinity of Jesus Christ, salvation by
grace, and the church).
Paul: Aren’t you people entirely carnal in your thinking? How foolish
are your statements, which you speak so proudly and pompously! Since when has
revelation of God come by a book, and not by His Spirit? Which one of the fathers
received their knowledge of God from a book? If you’re children of the
fathers, why do you rely on a book to believe?
You worship a book because you aren’t children of faith; you’re
children of the flesh and the Devil. You’re adversaries of Christ in
all your ways. You’re impudent, stubborn, proud, and resist the Holy
Spirit as did your fathers.
The doctrine of the trinity is a pagan one, not at all Scriptural. Men teach
it, not God. He hates it, with a passion. Read The
Asininity of the Trinity.
And you don’t know anything about the humanity or the Divinity of Jesus
Christ, not knowing Him at all, except after the image you make of Him in your
corrupt minds. You don’t know grace or salvation. What you call grace
is iniquity, a lawlessness that brings death and shame rather than salvation
You’re of men’s churches (of many names), not God’s (of
One Name). Therefore, all these doctrines you claim to know from Scripture
are perverted from the truth, and you are damned by putting your faith
in them. Better that you were cold and never read the Bible, than to pervert
it and teach your perversions to many, bringing much blood on your heads.
There’s hell to pay for your ways.
CRI: By rejecting the Scriptures as the ultimate authority, your friend makes
absurd all his references to the Bible in support of his teaching. After all,
if the Bible has no authority, they why cite it as an authority that lends
support for a spiritual teaching. All your friend is left with is his own opinion
and nothing more.
Paul: By rejecting Jesus Christ as the Ultimate Authority, you make a mockery
of the Bible, misinterpreting and misapplying its words, as all unstable and
unlearned pretenders do. We never said the Bible had NO authority. You are
liars. If not intentionally lying, you’re careless and quick to make
false accusations without inquiry. Here is what I did say (in my letter to
“Nowhere has it been said in the Bible, that the Bible is the ultimate
source for knowledge about God.
Is it profitable for reproof, doctrine, correction,
and instruction in righteousness? Yes indeed. But the testimony of the Bible
points to the Lord Himself as the
“Are the Scriptures all true, and
applicable to our lives? Yes. Anyone who doesn’t think so will find
“The Bible confirms the truth, and teaches truth....”
CRI: For more information about the inspiration and authority of Scripture,
please see enclosures DB011 and DI060.
Paul: If you had red our letter carefully, you would see
that we never questioned or disputed the inspiration and authority of Scripture.
What we did say was
that you folks have the cart in front of the horse. Can you see Paul the apostle
using your handouts? Was he there to preach the Bible, or Christ? You make
proselytes of your knowledge, not of Christ. Is your knowledge all wrong? No.
But even if it were 100% correct, you are uncircumcised in heart, serving
mammon, and teaching sacrilege.
CRI: Although it would be impossible to give a full-orbed discussion of all
the objections raised by your friend concerning the essential doctrines, a
couple of great lay resources wherein you can find concise explanations of
these doctrines are Know What You Believe (B265/$10 + shipping), by Paul Little,
and Know the Truth (B102/$16 + shipping), by Bruce Milne.
Paul: Impossible for you because you have no substance. So because you don’t
know what you’re talking about, you send me to your store to buy the
truth (which it isn’t)! This is a disgrace to the Name of Christ, causing
others who see your ways to blaspheme His Name. Repent, because He doesn’t
hold you guiltless for taking His Name in vain.
CRI: If you wish to look deeper into contrasting issues concerning essential
Christian doctrines and other relevant topics, we recommend the following systematic
Paul: What else can you do? You don’t know Christ. Are you too proud
to admit you’re wrong or don’t know, and too lazy to bother finding
out? You put the heavy load on others. Unless there’s money in it, you
going to mess with it. God knows your hearts, and isn’t fooled.
This is the end of the letter. Paul answers the CRI webpage:
CRI: And this ministry is committed
to truth no matter what. We’re willing
to take criticism from cults, skeptics, or even misguided Christians who want
to “soften” or obscure the need for sound doctrine.
Paul: What about rebuke from Christ for your hypocritical and mammon-serving
ways? Are you willing to hear that and repent?
CRI: When you believe that God has
indeed spoken, and that He has made plain what He has said, then the only
decision that remains is this: “Am I
going to live out and make known His truth? Am I willing to do it?”
You may rest assured that CRI will always answer “Yes!” to this
question. And that your financial investment in this ministry will therefore
be put to the highest use. Indeed, if you haven’t yet renewed your support
for CRI for 2005, I’m asking you to do so. Your partnership in “picking
up the gauntlet” on behalf of our Lord gives us moral encouragement as
well as resources.
Paul: You say you’re going to live out His truth and serve Him, and
the next thing we know, you have your hand stuck out. You serve your bellies,
not God. You make merchandise of God, seeking money from men in His Name. In
your hands the Bible is anything but the “ultimate authority” from
God. What comes forth from you is the ultimate travesty of truth, justice,
mercy, love, and service to God.
CRI: With the release of his new book, The Last Disciple,
a novel co-authored with Sigmund Brouwer, Hank reveals significant aspects
of his highly anticipated
15-year study of the Bible’s teaching on the end times. In a spellbinding
story of faith and fulfillment of prophecy, Hank and Sigmund initiate a series
of novels in which they explore the lives of Christians who struggle to survive
and spread the gospel during the climactic turbulence of “the last days.” Readers
discover the “code” of Revelation as they begin to see it through
the eyes of the persecuted believers to whom it was written.
Paul: Of course for you, persecution of believers is a work of fiction. This
suits your purposes fine, as you see there’s money to be made by selling
a voyeuristic fantasy to those like yourself who don’t know the cross
of Christ (and will never come to know it by your example and teaching). You
profit by catering to people who are spiritually sick, feeding their addiction
for titillating entertainment based on carnal speculation of Holy Scripture.
And you have the nerve to condemn us because we say the Bible isn’t
the “ultimate authority”?! There you are, corrupting God’s
Holy words with your filthy imaginings and selling it for profit to those who
are dying because they have no one to tell them the truth. How can you escape
the damnation of Hell? You condemn us because we don’t worship at your
altar, while you offer every vile thing on it in the name of your god, mammon.
You’ve been confronted on your evils before, but now you’ll not
walk away wiping your mouths as if you do no evil. The Lord is finished winking
at the evils you do, and all will know it presently. Your time is finished.
In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ we condemn your “ministry.”