|Hebrews 6:1 |
1 Therefore, leaving the elementary principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on to perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works,1 and of faith toward God, [Yet Christianity has forgotten the elementary principles and foundation of repentance and faith, which is to hear the word from within your heart and obey all commands you hear to repent. Instead the children of Christendom today search the scriptures looking for proof they that they already have eternal life and need do nothing but believe in Jesus. From the Word of the Lord within: "Do you agree with any who in their arrogance have stated that God excuses evil in believers? It's not fair, but they don't care. The perfection of man frees from death; repent of your evil." Dead works are decided to be done by the carnal mind and will of men who are dead to the life of God that Adam lost for all men. Works of obedient faith to God's orders are not dead works and are essential.]
1 leaving the elementary principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on to perfection. Yes, perfection. Everyone who names themselves a Christian is called to repent to perfection. Notice he says, let us lay aside the basics of repentance and faith, and go on to perfection. Yet Christendom not only ignores perfection as impossible, but also: 1) has no idea what faith really is, and 2) ignores repentance; both being the two fundamental building blocks before going on to perfection. Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:48. Not be kind of perfect. Not as perfect as you can. Not as perfect as humanly possible while trying.
Perfect — as your heavenly Father is perfect — a definitive qualification of perfect.
Perfect that is impossible without divine grace: to change us, to purify us, to make us like Him — perfect.
not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works. Dead works are works conceived by your carnal mind, which is enmity to God. Dead works are not living works, prompted by the Life of God (Christ) in a mature believer. Dead works count for nothing, but works prompted by loving obedience to God are essential. So to have repented from the works of the flesh is a prerequisite to going on to perfection. And yet, Christendom denies any works are necessary, and ridicules the possibility of perfection — clutching onto their handful of scriptures, ignoring the rest; thinking they have proof of their eternal life, with no need to repent — strive — seek — fear — or obey — just believe.