A Prayer
of Jesus
I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.
Edition No. 38         WE ARE HERE TO LISTEN TO      October 1, 2004
The Voice of Jesus
This is my Son, my Chosen; Listen to Him!

Christendom's False Doctrines
#7 - The Doctrine of Adoption
The False Teaching

The Catholic View: St. Paul introduces the word adoption (houiothesia) into the New Testament (Rom., viii, 15, 23; Gal., iv, 5; Eph., i, 5), and applies it to a special relation- ship (sonship) of man towards God, brought about by the indwelling in our soul of the "Spirit of God". . . .This adoption will be consummated when to the "first fruits of the Spirit", of which our soul is made the recipient in this life, is added the "redemption of our body" (Rom., viii, 23) in the life to come and that we are consequently the children of God.
Westminster Confession: All those that are justified, God vouchsafeth, in and for his only Son Jesus Christ, to make partakers of the grace of adoption: by which they are taken into the number, and enjoy the liberties and privileges of the children of God; have his name put upon them; receive the Spirit of adoption; have access to the throne of grace with boldness; are enabled to cry, Abba, Father; are pitied, protected, provided for, and chastened by him as by a father; yet never cast off, but sealed to the day of redemption, and inherit the promises, as heirs of everlasting salvation.
The Baptists:
Adoption is that privilege, bestowed upon those who are united with Christ, and justified by faith, by which they are admitted into the family of God, adopted as his children, and made joint heirs with his own Son.
Exposing the Error

Yes, its Paul again!  Plus his disciples, the bevy of teachers, theologians and preachers that trumpet this doctrine throughout the world. Jesus never taught this doctrine, but rather taught the contrary, and it is his word that is True. Listen: Jesus said to him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me (Jn.14:6). (Think 'Paul' as the alternative.) And again, If you continue in my word,you are truly my disciples, (not Paul's) and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free (Jn.8:31,32).  But, does Jesus reveal all of "the truth?" Listen: All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you (Jn.16:15). ....all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you (Jn.15:15). I have told you all things before hand (Mk.13:23).
The question is, How does one become a child of God?  Paul states that it is by adoption: But when the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" (Gl.4:4-6). But Jesus, who alone is Truth, does not teach adoption! Does God send the spirit of his Son into the hearts of such children - who are not his children due to the fact that he does not seek children by adoption?  Then whose spirit is crying, and to whom does it cry
"Abba! Father!"?
Declaring the Truth
How does one become a child of God? Jesus states it simply and clearly: Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God (Jn.3:3). It is by birth, not adoption!  God does not adopt children, He begets them!  When Jesus says: The seed is the word of God (Lk.8:11), the seed (Greek) is sporos, the semen virile of God that produces children of God when it impregnates the heart. The Parable of the Sower explains it. We also have this: ...he who hears my word and believes him who sent me, has eternal life; he does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life (Jn.5:24). It is the spirit that gives life, the flesh is of no avail; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life (Jn.6:53). The Spirit and the Word are inseparable, so that to receive the Word is to receive and be born of the Spirit, from above. The difference between the child of God and the child of the devil is this: If God were your Father, you would love me, for I proceeded and came forth from God;.... Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word. You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires (Jn.8:42-44). To all born of God he says, And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven (Mt.23:9). All who receive the Word and believe are the supernatural born children of God! More