Joy and BS

It is a very shrewd idea to make the primary evidence for your cult (1) something subjective and private and (2) something that if you are not experiencing it (or claim not to be experiencing it), others within the cult will view you as a sinner, especially when all objective evidence for your claims is lacking.

I’m praying for your repentance today, Gwen Shamblin, and all the poor souls you are leading away from Christ. 😢🙏🏼

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The Impossible Gospel

The benefits of The Gospel are not applied based upon our performance…period. You are not saved through faithfulness. You are not saved through trust (where faithfulness and trust are understood as something other than propositional belief). Faithfulness and trust are words about your performance with respect to something. You are not saved by unmerited favor through your merited performance. However, here is a very interesting question: does Paul undercut his own message with the following warning?

“You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.” Galatians 5:4 NASB

Is Paul saying, “you who are mis-performing relative to The Gospel will not enjoy the benefits of The Gospel, benefits which are gifted and applied without regard to performance”?

Well, if Paul is telling us the truth, then the answer can’t be “yes”. If the answer is “yes”, our benefiting from the gospel is determined by our performance. That is, there is some law according to which our performance relative to such a law determines our relationship to The Gospel’s benefits. And if this is the case, then we would couldn’t help but be mis-performing relative to The Gospel by seeking to ensure that we are appropriately performing relative to this law. A consequent of this reasoning is that those who would even appeal to Paul’s warning here as a proof text that we can lose our salvation have already mis-performed relative to the gospel (or they are at least leading others to mis-perform). That which is behind the belief that one can lose their salvation is the belief or fear that our performance is in fact that through which we are justified. Our citing this verse as a proof text for our being able to lose our salvation only counts as proof that we don’t get the gospel.

But if Paul is not undercutting his own message, the very message that he has been trying to drive home in Galatians, what is he saying? Why is he saying it? This is truly a brilliant passage. Paul is laying out the impossible gospel. What Paul is saying here in Galatians is equivalent to the claim that those who are trying to accomplish something by trying are destined to fail and have already done so. For example, if I told you to open some jar without trying to get it open, how would you begin your task? No matter what steps you take get that jar open, you have already failed the task. The lesson here is this: there is The Gospel and there is The Impossible Gospel and those who think that their performance matters are pursuing The Impossible Gospel; they are pursuing that which they cannot get by trying. And Paul is saying, “for those who want a gospel of works, a gospel of performance, here…here is your gospel of performance. And, by the way, it is impossible.” There is only one rational response to Paul’s words here: stop trying and wait for God (Galatians 5:5). The waiting, of course, is not performing. It’s only what you can’t help but do when you stop trying.

But, some will still persist, “But can’t we lose our salvation? If a man can be severed from Christ, then a man can lose his salvation.” One is not in a position to understand the warning language of the gospel of grace and liberty until they have grasped the weight of The Impossible Gospel. Go. Wrestle with The Impossible Gospel until you get it and do not stop until you do. And then and only then will you be in a position to make sense of such warnings.

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Performance And The Gospel

The Gospel came as a result of our poor performance. That is the only relationship of The Good New’s to our performance (or personal responsibility). And that is why the news is good.

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Does God Recognize Faith As Righteousness?

Gwen Shamblin finds it strange that God would choose to give folks the gift of righteousness on the basis of faith. So, what does she do? She does what she always does: she picks meanings for words that better fit her theology. Accordingly, she tells us that God does not accredit Abraham’s faith as righteousness. Rather, God recognizes Abraham’s faith as righteousness. Nothing is given to Abraham that he didn’t already possess. Abraham is the captain of his ship and, given that he had done well, God simply recognizes his having done so.

Thankfully, Paul, perhaps knowing that words can have multiple meanings and perhaps not wanting to be misunderstood or have his words twisted, he, as he always does, doesn’t just allow important theological points to be upheld by a single word. Rather, he provides context for what he is trying to tell us, context that replaces words with their meanings, words with explanations. You might be able to get away with saying that some word, contrary to popular opinion, really means such and such; but it’s much harder to pull such stunts in the presence of context and explanations.

So, does God accredit (gift) righteousness on the basis of faith or does God simply recognize faith as an act of righteousness (like we might recognize someone’s taking care of the poor as an act of righteousness)? The short answer is this: righteousness is a gift (Romans 5:17). Actually, Paul takes an entire chapter (Romans 5) to juxtapose Adam and The Second Adam and their respective relationships to sin and righteousness. A whole chapter!!

Why would God gift righteousness on the basis of faith? It depends on what He wants to accomplish. If people are righteous apart from Christ, then He has no need to ever gift righteousness. But if we aren’t righteous, and Paul tells us that we aren’t–that, in fact, none of us are–then, if you want a basis, you have to find a basis that is independent of righteousness and, if you also want, a basis that is completely independent of our doing and best efforts. (And if you study faith, you will find that this is the case.) God gifts righteousness on the basis of the presence of another gift. Both are gifts and we aren’t to thank for the presence of either. This conclusion isn’t the result of plucking some verse from context and making it say what I want it to say. This conclusion is the result of the entirety of Paul’s theology.

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Nothing

Believing isn’t doing something. It’s having something. It’s being in possession of something. We can see this easily. When you believe that snow is white, what are you doing? You’re not doing anything. Rather, you are simply such that you have a particular attitude to the proposition generally expressed (in English) by “snow is white.” Likewise, when it comes to your being saved, your being forgiven by God, your being declared, righteous and not guilty before Him, your no longer being an object of God’s wrath, your being set aside for God’s good pleasure, all this and more is a result of your doing nothing and Christ’s doing everything. His flawless life, His perfect sacrifice, His innocent suffering, His victory is your gain. You are saved from beginning to end by God’s wholly unmerited favor towards you through doing nothing. Nothing. Nothing. No “buts”; your doing nothing. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. You are saved by undeserved favor through something that is not of yourself. Your salvation, no part of it, not the initiating, not the sustaining, is a result of your doing (or not doing) anything. None of it. It is not of yourself. Because of your doing nothing, you will enjoy everything through Jesus Christ. Amen.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:8-9‬ ‭NASB‬‬

“In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation-having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭1:13-14‬ ‭NASB‬‬

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God Will Not Restore Anything While Conflicting His Very Word

God will not found and preserve some alleged “remnant” through a leader that is in direct opposition to His word. He just doesn’t work that way. He loves us too much.

“A woman must quietly receive instruction with entire submissiveness. But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet. For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve. And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. But women will be preserved through the bearing of children if they continue in faith and love and sanctity with self-restraint.”
‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭2:11-15‬ ‭NASB‬‬

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Which Cult Is Gwen Shamblin’a Remnant Fellowship Different Than?

How many cults are there in the United States? I have no idea. But it certainly is a lot. What makes Gwen Shamblin’s ministry any different than any of them? Pick any cult you like and compare it to Gwen Shamblin’s church, or, better, ask a member of her cult to critique the other. What could they say of the other that they couldn’t say of themselves?

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But The Demons Believe And Shudder

Folks who endorse a theology where your salvation is, in one way or the other, up to you, always want to point us to James…”see, the demons believe and shudder!”

Yes! The demons actions are fitting and appropriate for their belief. Why aren’t yours?! That’s the point. Don’t turn off your brain when you come to James. Don’t allow your fear and theological bias to dictate your exegesis, like does Shamblin.

Here is an argument aimed at helping you think through James 2:14-26.

To the degree that James expects his readers to be able to see the inadequacies of faith without works–and he does (2:14,20), he cannot be talking about that thing through which man is declared not guilty before God. In other words, he cannot be talking about either faith or justification in the same way that Paul does. Why is this? If man were able to just identify that thing through which man becomes not guilty before God, man would not need special revelation to reveal such. However, man does need special revelation to reveal such. (No one is in a position to know the gospel until it is revealed.) Therefore, James is not talking about that through which man becomes justified before God. (Note: being declared not guilty before God is an external relationship to man, a relationship that man is not able to have acquaintance with, like he is with the (internal) relationships of say, his being in pain or his being appeared to redly. And as such, man can’t just tell if he is in this special external relationship by introspection.) Man can, however, tell, for example, whether (A) his “profession” or “claim” of faith is matched with the expected and appropriate actions for that confession (the demons believe and shudder–what do you do?), (B) his alleged faith is perhaps merely alleged or (C) his alleged faith is of any earthly good at all.

In the form of an argument, we have this.

(1) Man cannot just tell the soteriological (salvific) usefulness of anything. Period.

(2) Whatever James is talking about is something that he expects us to be able to tell it’s usefulness.

(3) Therefore, whatever James is talking about, he is not talking about the soteriological usefulness of anything whatsoever.

Note: what I have said here is, of course, just one piece of the theological puzzle. The greater and more significant question, relevant to this debate, is this: whether our salvation is or is not up to us, why isn’t the Biblical data clearer on this matter? This is the greater issue. Anyone who tells you that the Biblical data is as clear as we could hope for is simply being dishonest. For example, if our salvation is up to us, why are there passages that would implicate or indicate that it isn’t? And, if our salvation is not up to us, then why are their passages that implicate that it is? This is a sophisticated theological question. Don’t blindly follow anyone who doesn’t acknowledge the genuine state of the Biblical data and don’t follow anyone who can’t give you a good answer to this question, an answer that doesn’t undermine the Biblical data.

A Prayer For Gwen Shamblin, Remnant Fellowship and Weigh Down Victims

Given that intellectual honesty, humility and rigor is neither what leads people into cults nor keeps them there, it’s important to remind ourselves that concerns over these matters is not what is going to lead people out. We are beings with complex motives and reasons for our actions. And, unfortunately, we aren’t always aware of all that is leading us to do what we do. So, today I will pray, with fasting, that God would show Gwen Shamblin the kindness that leads her to repentance and that He would also loose all the men and woman who are bewitched by her deceitful message.

“Christ Jesus, thank you for the grace in which we stand and the grace for which we hope. We recognize that our standing in this hope is not of ourselves but, rather, it is a gift from you. Thank you. Please continue your good work in us until the day of redemption.

Lord, we lift up to you Gwen Shamblin, Remnant Fellowship and the Weigh Down ministry. And we beg you to show Gwen the kindness that leads her to repentance. We pray that you would lead her to see that the gospel and our relationship to it genuinely is a gift from you and that, from beginning to end, we are not saved by anything that is from ourselves. Please, Lord, reveal to Gwen that there has only ever been one “false grace” church: it is the church that would teach people to think that it is something about us, respectively, that is deserving of your favor. What a lie! God, please, miraculously, show Gwen the kindness and mercy to lead her to repentance regarding this message and her ministry. Please reveal your mercy and power in her life and ministry.

Father, we also pray for the households that are being torn apart by Gwen Shamblin’s ministries. As wives seek to take charge of their faith and follow Gwen’s teachings, Lord, we pray that you would multiply grace, faith and steadfast love to their husbands, the spiritual heads of their families, to love their wives well and continue to lead their families well during this disruption of your ordained order. We pray also for the children caught in the web of these ministries that you would protect them from any so-called “gospel” that is not Jesus Christ, your Son. Please protect the children, Lord.

Also, Lord, please extend your grace and wisdom to the friends of all those men and women who are bewitched by Shamblin’s message. Please give them wisdom and an unfailing love to pursue and help bring back those who are being preyed upon.

Lord, we all need your help. We all need your power. And all we need your grace. Please do not withhold them nor your ear from us. Lord, please remove all that binds and blinds those who are being lead astray by Gwen Shamblin’s teachings.

In Jesus’s name we pray.”

Shamblin’s Sham: Experiential Theology

Question: how do you provide evidential support for something that is either contrary to that which the public has access? Answer: move the evidential support of your claims to the private and subjective realm and tell your disciples that only they are having a truth conducive experience! This removes the pesky problems associated with debating public facts.😝

Of course, there is nothing wrong with private and subjective evidence per se. And there is nothing wrong with someone’s valuing the evidence of their private and subjective experience over public evidence. Private evidence is not the problem. The problem is this: in order for you to think that you have accessed the truth regarding some regard, you have to be able to ensure that (1) your experience really is different from everyone else’s and (2) that your experience (and not the experience of others) really is a reliable testifier of the facts about reality. But how do you do this? 🤔

Regarding the first point, Gwen Shamblin would have you think that it is only her followers who have access to the truth-confirming power of the Holy Spirit. But why would anyone think this? There are countless numbers of Christians living out of the power of the Holy Spirit all over the world, Christians who have accepted what Shamblin calls a “false grace” gospel, i.e., they believe that they are saved from beginning to end by dint of a gift and not because of anything about them whatsoever. 😇 How are they doing this? Is God confirming their “false gospel” with His Spirit? Shamblin is forced to say that their lives must be a sham. But how could she possibly tell? Does she have private access to their private experience? 😂 Shamblin’s teaching is a sham.

Next, how does one tell that their subjective experience is a reliable source for truth? For the sake of argument, let’s just concede that love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control are genuinely fruit of God’s Spirit and that the presence of such fruit is truth conducive…that the presence of such things point us to truth. Now, the problem is this: even if you accept that the presence of fruit in your life is an indicator or the truthfulness of some message, how do you tell which message is being confirmed by such fruit?

For example, suppose I share with someone the gospel that Shamblin calls “false” (that you are saved by unmerited favor through believing the good news about God’s Son, namely that God’s Son, Jesus of Nazareth, lived a sinless life, died a sinner’s death and rose from the grave–defeating death and sin in order to rescue us from both, and that this saving act is not a result from something about you; it is the gift of God, not by any merit of your own, lest you be found with a reason to boast–Ephesians 2:8-9). And let’s suppose that through this person’s mere act of believing this news, they are sealed with the Holy Spirit for the day of redemption. Now, lets also assume that such a person, innocently enough, finds themselves duped into following Gwen Shamblin’s teaching, perhaps through her Weigh Down ministry. Given that this person had the power to produce fruit in their life prior to Shamblin’s teachings, how can they then tell that such fruit is an indicator of the truthfulness of Shamblin’s and only Shamblin’s message? They can’t! In as much as Shamblin’s teachings are resulting in genuine (and not rotten) fruit, they are doing so as a parasite of that which they did not earn (or, at least, we can’t reasonably deduce that they are not). To prove that Shamblin’s message alone is the reason or cause for fruit in her disciples’ lives, Shamblin would need to eliminate Jesus from her teachings completely (which she has practically done) and make sure that her disciples are not being plucked from churches where the gospel has been preached (which she is not doing). For if she doesn’t, neither she nor her disciples can tell which “gospel” is the cause for the fruit in their lives. And, consequently, her teachings on experiential theology are worthless.

Experiential theology is fine, properly understood and critically evaluated. But Gwen Shamblin’s experiential theology is a sham. So, Shamblin’s teachings have literally nothing going for them, neither privately nor publically. And that is the importance of her wanting to insulate her disciples from the rest of the Christian world. As long as Remnant Fellowship only interacts with Remnant Fellowship, nothing can challenge her teachings nor their experience.

Incredible Claims Call For Incredible Evidence

Gwen Shamblin says that, roughly, everyone is missing the Christian boat and has been missing the Christian boat for centuries…except, of course, her. She is the lone leader of a remnant calling out to others with a lost or forgotten gospel. This is an incredible claim! It’s incredibleness, of course, doesn’t discount it. But what incredible evidence supports it?

Anytime God makes an incredible claim through one acting as His prophet, as a rule, He seems to support the incredibility of the prophet’s claim with some incredible miracle. Of course, no one needs an incredible miracle to support the claim that God has called us to avoid sin and do right. But this isn’t Gwen’s message is it? Her message is that everyone has gotten grace and The Gospel wrong but her.

Why should we believe you, Gwen? You can’t point us to the Bible to make your case. It’s on the side of those who understand grace as an undeserved gift. Got any miracles? No? Well, they wouldn’t make much of a difference anyway. Neither spectacular works nor even an angel from heaven should change our minds about our constant undeservedness of the gospel; but such miracles would certainly mitigate the embarrassment of your theological and exegetical errors.

The Pearly Gates

According to Gwen, if you find yourself at the pearly gates and are asked, “why should we let you in?”, you should respond with some report about how well you managed your personal responsibility. However, if this is an appropriate response, then you are The Good News, not Jesus Christ. Either you are the good news or Christ Alone is.

(Tip: If this happens, you better silently point to Christ. Let Gwen Shamblin point to herself by herself.)

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How Does It Go, Gwen Shamblin?

What’s supposed to be the good news about personal responsibility…in Christ, Gwen? 🤔 If there was personal responsibility before Christ (and there was), then what is so good about our personal responsibility’s continuance after Christ? Is the good news, Gwen, that once in Christ we can’t fail to do right?! Oh, it’s not? 😔 Is it that Christ bears the just penalty whenever we fail to do right freely…THAT would be good news?! No? 😔 Is the good news regarding personal responsibility in Christ just that our greater power to do right comes with greater responsibility, that we will be held to a higher standard with respect to judgement? That’s horrible news!! 😩 What if I fail…when I inevitably fail…over and over and over? What then, Gwen? 😰 Either this is the place where you should insert the real good news (Ephesians 2:8-9), undercutting your entire theological system, or else you must be silent, condemning yourself along with your gospel. The real good news is Christ. Nothing about us has ever been our good news.

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Remant Fellowship And Islam

If you like Gwen Shamblin’s gospel, you would really like Muhammad’s! Seriously. Islam has had a functionally Christless gospel grounded in the fear of God and personal responsibility for 1300 or so years. Check it out. Either Christ IS the gospel or you are. There is no in between.

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God’s Folly, According To Gwen Shamblin

We have been told since our youth that there are at least three different Greek words for “love”: one denoting friendship, one denoting sensual love, and one denoting unconditional love. There is no shortage of words to denote love. However, Shamblin would have you believe that when it came time for all the New Testament authors to pen their work, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit mind you, they couldn’t recall any of these words; that the failure that they would all have in common (while under the guidance of the Holy Spirit) was a substitution of “believe” (or one of its cognates) with what they really meant but couldn’t find the word for: love. The issue isn’t whether God wants us to love Him. Of course He does. He poured love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. The issue is The Gospel. Is God such a poor supervisor of His Word and The Good News that He let all those writing under the supervision of His Spirit mix up “believe” and “love”? This is laughable, folks.

Check for yourself! Find a good bible app or website and search for “believe” in the New Testament. If you substitute “love” for “believe”, as Shamblin suggests doing, do you universally get something that makes more sense? Any sense?

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No Law Against Doing Good

The significance of there being no significant law against the goods associated with the fruit of the Spirit is that if there were one, everyone would always have at least one untrumpable reason for breaking that law and, consequently, rejecting Christianity. God in His perfect wisdom knows that and so He would never make Christianity genuinely foolish. How does this work? Well, if Paul tells us that Christians, operating under the influence of the Holy Spirit, naturally yield love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self control and there just so happens to be a law against such things, a law that trumps our desire to do such things, then we have a good reason to act contrary to the law that God has written on our hearts by dint of the Holy Spirit. And if this were the case, then the gospel genuinely would be foolishness. (Of course, it’s not really foolishness.) No one (wisely) puts their ultimate interests at maximal risk by violating laws that they could rightly be held accountable for violating.

This is the difference between being under an external law and being under an internal law. To be under an external law is to be judged by that law. It is to have to answer for our violations of such a law. However, to be under an internal law is different. It is to be motivated by such a law; it is to want to live in accordance with such a law; it is nothing more than to want to do what comes naturally when you are not sowing to the flesh. And being under and internal law does not entail that we will be judged by the internal law, externally. That is, just because God gives us His Spirit, changing our desires, does not entail that He is going to judge us by how well we conformed to this law, for that would be no different that being under an external law with vague demands. This is not the gospel!! For we are not under law but under grace (i.e., unmerited favor–Romans 4:4). We have every motivation to live in accordance with the Spirit of God and to produce fruit for His Kingdom except one, namely, that we will be judged for falling short of this internal law (at least with respect to salvation). That is the bond woman that we must cast out!

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What Were We Lacking, Gwen Shamblin?

What did your hear in Gwen Shamblin’s “gospel” that finally gave you the power to overcome sin in your life that the gospel that she calls “false” didn’t already offer you?

If you got the Spirit of God through obedience, then the Spirit of God was unnecessary.

If you heard that your sin matters, she is right. But just because sin matters doesn’t mean that your salvation is up to you and your obedience. You can be saved by unmerited favor through believing God’s testimony about His Son without the quality of your life making no earthly, Kingdom or eternal difference!

All Shamblin offered you was the gospel of soteriological (salvific) self-reliance. But if you had the power to obey on your own, the gospel that she calls false didn’t undermine this. You can have both! Grace (undeserved favor) and obedience.

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Faith and Faithfulness

Faithfulness does not depend upon faith. For example, a wife’s faithfulness to her husband has nothing to do with any faith that she may have in either her husband, herself or her marriage. But if this is the case, that faithfulness doesn’t require faith. And if so, then what is the importance of faith in the New Covenant (it is not as easily eliminable as you would like it to be)? If you say none, you just embarrass your exegesis further. If you grant it value, value that warrants its mention all over the New Testament, then you undercut your own position. For faith has a logical relationship with faithfulness. This is what James is talking about. And if there is a logical relationship between faith and faithfulness, what makes you so confident that it isn’t faith through which we are saved (which is the most natural and logically fitting interpretation of the Biblical data)? If we are saved by faithfulness, then we are saved by obedience or conformity to law (whether that be an internal or external law it doesn’t matter). And if so, then faith is pointless. You don’t need faith to be obedient, especially if law motivates us internally. Who needs faith to do what they want to do? No one.

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Which is it, Gwen Shamblin?

Gwen, is it “faith” or “faithfulness” that the author of Hebrews is defining for us as the assurance of things hoped for the conviction of things not seen? (Hebrews 11:1)

Faith is not about dong something. It is about having something. You have faith. You don’t have faithfulness.

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Which Is It, Gwen Shamblin?

Does God grant to each a measure of faith or faithfulness, Gwen? “Faith” makes sense, here, but this would be contrary to your claim that “faithfulness” should be substituted for “faith.” However, the idea that God only grants proportions of faithfulness to each is contrary to your doctrine that we are saved through our taking personal responsibility in Christ. Does God not want maximal faithfulness out of all of those in Christ? Is some sin excusable if it lies outside of one’s faithfulness allotment? Any degree of faith is sufficient to warrant full obedience but any degree of faithfulness you pick doesn’t entail full obedience. Also, what is the relationship between someone’s being allotted some degree of faithfulness and their being faithful with respect to some action? Is this relationship causally determined? That is contrary to your doctrine of free will.

“What a web we weave when first we practice to deceive.”

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Incompatible Gospels

Shamblin’s gospel of personal responsibility in Christ is contrary to The Good News of our not being saved by something that is of ourself (Ephesians 2:8-9). These two gospels are incompatible, if evaluated at the same level of inquiry. (We very well may have personal responsibility in Christ and our obedience in Christ may matter very much but it cannot matter with respect to salvation if Paul is telling us the truth.) Those who follow Shamblin are betting on themselves and not on God and not only is such a move inconsistent with The Gospel it is very very foolish!!

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Since When Is Personal Responsibility Good News?

The news about personal responsibility in Christ is just news. True news but it certainly isn’t the good news. Personal responsibility isn’t the gift of God that is not of ourselves!!! That gift is entirely unmerited! (Romans 4:4, Ephesians 2:8-9) The good news is that our salvation is not a matter of personal responsibility! If it were, we would have something to boast about (and likely no one would get saved; if you think that you would, you just prove my point).

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Isn’t it Obvious?

In your Bible’s, if you just substitute all the instances of “grace” for “the spirit given from God” and all the instances of “faith” for “faithfulness” and all the instances of “believe” for “love” and “work” for “obligation” and “credit” for “recognize” and then ignore all the places where these substitutions clearly make no sense or are explicitly ruled out by context or are even spoken against by the Biblical authors, then it isn’t hard to see how Shamblin got to the cursed “gospel” that she did.

#AChristlessGospel
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How To Identify A “False Grace” Church

How can we tell which churches are, as Shamblin says, “false grace” churches? Well, in her radio show entitled, “Introduction to Saved By Faithfulness” (found under the “About Our Church” tab at www.RemnantFellowship.com as of the date of this post), she tells us how!

Shamblin says that everyone but her has gotten grace wrong, that we’ve all had the wool pulled over our eyes. She says that “grace” means the Spirit/Power given from God. And so, whenever we see “grace” in our Bibles, we can just substitute “grace” for its real meaning: “the Spirit/Power given by God.” What a gem of a test for who is getting grace right or wrong! Now, the problem that Shamblin may have overlooked in her simple test/application is that the Greek word that is often translated as “grace” is also translated several other ways depending upon context. And so, if you really want to know if “grace” means “the Spirit/Power given by God,” as Shamblin suggests, to properly apply her test we must find out which Greek word is being translated as “grace” and then see if her definition of grace fits within all those contexts. (Spoiler alert: It doesn’t.)

Look for yourself:
http://biblehub.com/greek/5485.htm

While I encourage you to go through each and every one of these translations to see if Shamblin’s definition of grace fits until you prove to yourself that she is the one who is building a “false grace” church, I will share with you one verse that you don’t want to miss: Romans 4:4, “Now to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due.”

That word that is translated as “favor,” here (NASB), is the same exact word that is translated as grace elsewhere. And not only is Shamblin’s definition an embarrassment here but also Paul is giving us some very clear context for what grace is and how we are to understand it: grace is contrary to a wage; a wage is earned and is rightfully due, however, if something is grace it is an unmerited or undeserved favor; it is a free gift. While, admittedly, Shamblin’s definition of grace can be substituted for various instances of “grace” while still preserving something that is meaningful, and while the spirit of God does comes to us as a free gift, Shamblin’s definition is an embarrassment when you perform the very test that she suggests. Substituting her definition for every instance of the word that gets translated as grace should only prove to you that she is getting grace wrong. Remnant Fellowship is a false grace church!

While Shamblin’s gospel, viz., that you are saved by the spirit/power of God through loving obedience is meaningful, it is false. On the contrary, you are saved by unmerited favor through believing the good news about Christ, not as a result of anything that you do but as a gift. Now, as Shamblin says in this recording, if someone is getting something this obvious wrong, then we must ask, “what else might she be getting wrong”? It shouldn’t matter. The gospel is the most important thing that we have and if she is blatantly getting the gospel wrong, despite all the right things that she may say, we must cast off the slave woman.

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Gwen Shamblin’s Parasitic Theology

Shamblin, like many other cult leaders, makes use of that which her theology has not earned. The power for obedience that her gospel demands (which is no gospel at all) is parasitic on the gospel that requires no obedience to be a recipient of this power. Yes, Shamblin’s message can encourage more obedience in your life but only because of the work that God has already done in it…apart from and prior to your obedience!

“He loved us while we were dead in our trespasses and sins.”

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Fear, Grace and The Gospel

Fear may appropriately motivate someone into a right relationship with God. However, if fear is encouraged to remain as a motivating factor for sustaining this relationship, then that very fear undercuts its own purpose! For Paul tells us in Galatians 5 that those who are seeking to be in a right relationship (justified) through obedience have fallen from grace! Obedience is not what got you into the grace in which you now stand and obedience is not what keeps you there! The unmerited favor of God, sustained and entered into by faith or patient waiting, is what upholds through all your obedience and disobedience until the day that you are perfected in glory.

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Gwen Shamblin Revealed Her Hand With Her Book’s Title

Gwen Shamblin told you who she was after, didn’t she?

“Avoid such men as these. For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women WEIGHed DOWN with sins, led on by various impulses, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
2 Timothy 3:5-7
 

Predators prefer the easy prey. They always have.

Why go after those who are weighed down with sins? Simple, because the wolf knows that if it can ease the desperate sheep’s burdens, then the sheep will follow them and uncritically interpret the their message as truth. There are countless numbers of Christians who are doing well in The Lord and the chances of any of them being swayed by Shamblin’s erroneous claims are very low.

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