Q. May God continue to bless you. I receive a blessing every time I read your teachings. In reading the question: “how can he be saved” and your answer, it brought to mind a question I have been pondering for a long time.
In light of OSAS, I have to wonder how the Lord will handle the fate of the flamboyant, outrageous, pontifical,and sometimes outright deceitful preachers we hear and see on radio/tv? It really bothers me to know that these men and women ( supposedly saved ) are deliberately or ignorantly misleading the people who believe they are hearing the truth. Do they go home at night and pray for forgiveness? What do you believe is the answer to this obvious distortion of God’s word, and what will be God’s reward for them? It begs the question “how can ‘they’ be saved”?
A. The most important phrase in your message is “supposedly saved”. James wrote, “Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.” (James 3:1)
Paul was not quite so diplomatic in speaking of people who deliberately distort the Scriptures to mislead people. Here’s what he said. For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve. (2 Cor. 11:3-5)