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© Sandemanianism plague:

We live in such a spiritual void in part created by those who act/believe that to just say the words (secular meaning of confess not Biblical confession) they are within their rights demanding to be believed and treated as one of God's.  We have millions of people who have mouthed a simple prayer who's hearts, however, have shown no change. These victims of Satan's schemes are blinded and deceived, becoming inoculated against the Holy Spirit..  We have the secular concept of repentance (say the words "I'm sorry",) and all is well and restored.  This intellectualism and rationalism thinking spiritually destroys millions...

"but declared both to them of Damascus first and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the country of Judaea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, doing works worthy of repentance." Acts 26:20
 

So we offer you Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones thoughts...

Romans Exposition of Chapter 10: Saving Faith
Chapter Fourteen
By Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

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That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth tbe Lord Jesus, and shall believe in thine heart that God bath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:9-10

"Now that is Roman Catholic teaching. There is no demand for experience at all. Becoming a Christian is primarily an intellectual matter, indeed, it is almost exclusively so. But that is the opposite of the teaching which says, 'With the heart man believeth unto righteousness,' or of Peter's statement: 'Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear' [1 Peter 3:15]. Yet that is the Roman Catholic position, so, you see, it is not surprising that they divide up Christians into the ordinary and the extraordinary. They divide up the Church into the lay Christian and the clergy, who are the separated, the spiritual Christians. All their teaching really emanates from this and though you may be a worldly and an ignorant Christian, it does not matter; as long as you say that you trust the Church, all is well and you are saved. Now that is the complete antithesis of what we have here.

But unfortunately this is not confined to Roman Catholicism. This false notion of the character of saving faith has often afflicted the Protestant churches. One very notable example took place in the eighteenth century. This was a teaching that began in Scotland, first taught by a very able man called John Glas. Then a daughter of his married a man called Robert Sandeman, and Sandeman came to England and propagated this teaching; so it is commonly known as Sandemanianism.

What was this teaching? Well, its proponents put their great emphasis upon the words 'confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus'. They said that though you felt nothing, though you were not aware of any change at all in yourself, if you accepted the teaching intellectually and were prepared to say so, then that saved you.

Now this became quite an important movement and it led to terrible results. It led in the Church of Scotland to a condition known as Moderatism Not that they were all followers of Glas, but they more or less accepted his teaching without saying so. And the result was that the Church became entirely lifeless, and it really was not delivered from that condition until those great revivals took place under William Chalmers Burns and Robert Murray M'Cheyne, and people like them, in the 1830s and the early 1840s. For almost a hundred years, the Church of Scotland was in a parlous and lifeless condition, very largely owing to this kind of barren intellectualism."


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