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Scriptures" Twisted By Gwen Shamblin : An 8 Part Bible Study
By Rev. Rafael D Martinez,
Righteous Lord and
Father, we praise and thank you for the opportunity to once more hear your
Holy Word that alone is truth, and is truly a lamp unto our feet and a
light unto our path. Dear Lord, send your Spirit to once again be our
teacher, our instructor and the One who will enlighten us with this, your
truth. It is not mine. It is yours .. enable me to share with my brothers
and sisters here thy Word in truth, fidelity to you and in praise and
honor and glory to you alone.
This week, we will look
into another verse of the Scriptures in the book of Romans that Gwen
brings to bear on those who she thinks don't measure up to her works of
righteousness. We now turn our attention to Romans 2:5-8, verses that
Shamblin chooses to twist into her own warped interpretive framework.
These Scriptures deal with the issue of the wilful rebellion of spiritual
rebels. Since Gwen misinterprets them completely, we will examine them
WHAT GWEN TEACHES ABOUT
Lie #1 of
Satan is that he will say that obedience and repentance are
"works," and a "work" takes away from the grace of
God. So, you spend your life attending on Sundays to praise God for His
work and just admit to what a great sinner (rebellious child) you are,
because you think God likes that. Little does this person know that they
are the mocker, and in doing this, they are storing up the wrath of God
(Romans 2:5). Many will say that obedience is a "work," taking
away from the cross of Christ. Woe to anyone who would lead someone to
veer from the path of total surrender! (RF Website)
there are some who say you need to stop sinning - but they are obviously
not making it clear, for their pews are filled with hearts who love their
idols - and out of the other side of their mouths they assure the members
that they are "once saved always saved," the opposite of what
the Apostle Paul said in Ephesians 5:5-7 and Gal. 6:7-9 and Rom. 2:5 and
Heb. 10:26. (RF website)
It is difficult to find
specific places in the collection of Gwen's writings and teachings in
which I have found any kind of systematic Biblical exposition of her
doctrine (that's likely because they don't really exist in the true sense
of the term due to her pick-and-choose approach to Scripture). These
quotations are as close to this from her as we can probably get.
She never actually
expounds upon what the verses actually mean in these two references. In keeping with her strident
tone, Gwen's "handling" of Romans 2:5-8 is clouded almost
entirely by her feral attack on the Christian Church and her
self-proclaimed "rescue mission" to it. The text of the
Scripture is barely even touched upon in her railings here and as used as
a background to the several tangents she takes in these three quotations.
In avoiding the side-tracking
rabbit trails here, what Gwen is implying is that Romans 2:5-8 is a
warning about how God will remember as "mockery" the rejection
of her view as to what "obedience" and "repentance"
should be (this is directly tied to her view of laying down
"idols" and "dying to self", a whole subject we will
discuss later). Obedience is "total surrender" to
"doing" the will of God, and this truth is what the church has
rejected and in so doing, has become a Satanic firestorm of sin and evil
where preachers have put millions to sleep with their own false teaching
and who live lives of slumber bent on personal fulfillment of personal
Such a backslidden church
will face the full fury of God's judgment and wrath for reckoning that
such "obedience" as she defines it is a "work" that
cheapens the cross of Jesus. The doctrinal position of "once saved
always saved", rampant in many churches, is the equivalent of carnal
religiosity that "coddles sin" and emboldens millions in the
churches to enshrine personal idolatry among them. Shamblin's rejection of
the Christian Church is supposedly strengthened by her usage of Romans
6:1-2 which we just completed in our previous article.
ROMANS 2 RIGHTLY DIVIDED
As I have said, these
citations drawn from Gwen's website teachings that are publicly accessible
through the RF website, are shrewd tangles of both truth and error. The
set of passages from Romans are little more than a springboard for her
exercise in Bible high-diving: her emotionally charged word pictures
("rebellious child .. never mind .. Lie # 1 .. the king of their life
..") are what we've been watching pirouette, spin and twist
skillfully after bouncing off of the Scriptures themselves to flawlessly
execute her objective.
As with all heretics,
truth here is very cunningly and shrewdly twisted around the error in her
teaching here. But make no mistake: her twistings, no matter how true they
seem, are indeed more than blackened by her fundamental error concerning
"doing" the will of God versus faith in His Son for salvation.
Let's see what the Word of God itself says here in these verses and if
they support what she claims.
5 But because of your
stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against
yourself for the day of God's wrath, when his righteous judgment will be
6 God "will give
to each person according to what he has done."
7 To those who by
persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give
8 But for those who are
self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath
From the very start of the
verse, we are being pointed back through the Scriptures for insights from
Paul's teaching being used to build upon and expand what he is about to
say in Romans 2:5-8. This shows us that the context of the verses is
obviously drawn from the verses before them. Once again we see the
absolute necessity in any sound exploration of the Bible to close
attention to the context of any verse. And Paul's adverb "but"
is pointing us back to thoughts previously spoken. You can't ignore the
precision of the language here although Gwen does so with impunity. We
will not repeat her grave mistake, so we need to turn back to what Paul
has said in verses 1-4 for the key to understanding verses 5-8.
And once we do so, we also
see even more context to this alluded to in verse 1 by the word
"therefore." It's another example of Paul's building of his
argument from Romans 1:18-32 which contains his classic teaching on God's
just and holy wrath upon mankind for its willful rejection of truth and
its descent into depravity. All of these Scriptures provide even greater
clarity to what Paul is teaching in Romans 2:5-8, and is another clear
example of how God's Word clarifies and interprets itself.
I don't want to make this
study longer than it should be, but we must explore - as always - this
larger context starting with the climax of Paul's teaching in Romans 1,
found in verse 32:
Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such
things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but
also approve of those who practice them.
Paul's summary is of the
dreadful principle behind God's judgment upon the ungodly:
"they" (the sinful) will be judged because they knew God's
plainly revealed truth on what was right and what was wrong and
deliberately rejected it to follow their own unrighteous pursuit of sinful
living. God's justice set forth a decree of punishment upon the ungodly
who not only persisted in such a lifestyle but who applaud and defend
those like them who also have defied His commands.
In Romans 1:18 and 21, we
learn that God's wrath is "revealed from heaven against all the
godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their
wickedness. .. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as
God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their
foolish hearts were darkened." This is what kindles the wrath of God
Paul speaks of in verse 32. Verses 22-31 then go on to unflinchingly
describe with the most shockingly vivid word pictures in all of Scripture
what the state of fallen man left to himself will be after rejecting God
or even knowledge of Him. This is man at his absolute worst, yet wholly
natural state of depravity. We then understand just who "they"
are in verse 32 Paul is speaking of.
A direct and tough
question is now raised that Gwen Shamblin completely ignores through her
emotional eisegesis (a 25 cent word that defines the act of reading INTO a
Bible text a meaning that isn't there):
Does a Christian's
commission of sin in their lives instantly make them a vile God-hater?
All Christians may
struggle with sin at some point in their lives, and this is an undeniable
fact of life. One cannot underestimate the spiritually corrosive and
destructive effect of unconfessed sin in the life of the Christian. It
will separate the soul from God and bring eternal death. But because we
are tempted and even fail God by yielding to the unique enticements of sin
that plague us (James 1:14-15) do we then become completely amoral,
godless reprobates who would be in good company among the likes of those
described in Romans 22-31? While I and no other Christian in no way would
ever condone the willful sin of ANY Christian, is the plain fact that
believers do on occasion yield to sinful influence in their life proof
that they are automatically to be numbered among those who "change
the truth of God for a lie" and "become filled with every kind
of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity" (vss. 25, 29)?
This is precisely what
Gwen Shamblin would have you to believe. Her railings we've reviewed come
from the kind of perfectionistic, black and white worldview she lives by
and wants everyone else to live by as well.
Such a warped view then implies that Gwen has arrived at the point where
she now has the ability to determine who is sinful and who is righteous on
the basis of what she claims is the proper way to live and think. Paul the
apostle would completely differ in Romans 2:1-4
1 You, therefore, have no
excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you
judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass
judgment do the same things.
No one can escape the
implications of this exceedingly plain truth. All who call down judgment
on another will always face it themselves and be completely without excuse
2 Now we know that God's judgment
against those who do such things is based on truth.
So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on them and yet do the same
things, do you think you will escape God's judgment?
4 Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness,
tolerance and patience, not realizing that God's kindness leads you toward
I and all other Christians may fall into
temptation and sin. That is the sad lot of life itself. We are on a
lifelong war against our own passions and failings which we will at times
fail. It's what you turn to and what you understand about yourself after
the fall into sin that makes the difference. To Gwen Shamblin and Remnant
Fellowship, seated in a place they reckon high and secure above the wicked
mortals living outside of their cultic hot house, they turn back into
their "doing" and try harder, thinking that enough of their
"doing" will cover the sinfulness they are just as subject to.
To myself and the Christian Church, there's always a better remedy -
following God's kindness that leads one to confess and repent of sin and
find peace with Him through faith in His son.
I will find Him there in my hours of
trial and failure - but the Remnant member only hears the voices of Gwen
Shamblin or her cadre of leaders harping on the necessity to eat a certain
way, get to a certain weight, or do a certain thing always in the context
of what their group does. To them, this is what "kindness" is ..
grace = the "chance" to get to comply with Gwen's standards all
In keeping with her past Scripture citations we've
previously studied, Gwen Shamblin uses her citation of the powerfully
compelling warning of Romans 2:58 as delivered by the apostle Paul as yet
another attack on the Christian Church. There isn't much sign of sound
Biblical interpretation but an unbiblical interpolation, or insertion of
her own meanings and material into the text of Scripture to give it her
own meaning quite apart from what it actually says. She takes away just
enough of the truth touched upon in Romans 2 here.
Gwen Shamblin has gone on
record as stating that she has had no formal training in ministerial or
Biblical study and this becomes more and more abundantly clear as we study
her writings. Her method of Biblical "interpretation" is an
exercise of dogmatism that is pretensively called "Bible study."
It is anything but, and this week's study makes that even more clear.
Like other cult leaders,
she will hurriedly make a claim and then point to Bible verses that will
supposedly support it, rushing off to her next point before any adequate
reflection can be made on it (we've already discussed this earlier this
week). She then expects to not only be trusted and believed but to be
acknowledged as a divine instrument of truth and authority before whom the
nations must bow. And when she makes this demand from the context of an
unyielding contention she's created between her alien vision
and the Christian Church, the lines are drawn and new WDW are forced to make a
choice, while for RF members, the decision already has been made for them
and they now live accordingly. This is the modus operandi of the deceptive cult of the last days that
misuses the Bible, and Gwen's "message" is no different than any
of the other false gospels in the world today.
I believe this is what the
apostle Peter had in mind when he warned about false teachers who take
advantage of Scriptural truths that are "hard to understand" and
who through their ignorance and instability "distort, as they do the
other Scriptures, to their own destruction" (2 Peter 3:16). Such
people have a cunning way to mingle enough truth into their fantasy that
gives it the appearance of divine authenticity. They are also personally
engaging, disarmingly dynamic and fluent, audience-savvy orators. Gwen
Shamblin is really no different at all from them.
Gwen is RIGHT when
recognizing that orthodox Christian churches see her unique emphasis on
obedience as "works" that "takes away" (actually
nullifies) the grace of God, because that is in effect what her
redefinition of the term actually means. She certainly isn't ignorant of
this fact and hasn't been.
Gwen is WRONG when she
assumes that the Christian church everywhere is in a state of ungodly
rebellion against God because of the observed doctrinal and practical
distortions of the few who say they are "saved" and live sinful
Gwen is RIGHT when she
says that idolatry, disobedience and sin are the fruit of a sinful heart
that is tolerated throughout the church world.
But Gwen is WRONG when she
insists that Remnant Fellowship has "risen above" this when the
moral character in many quarters there is just as flawed as the Christian
Church she criticizes - something her hypocrisy won't allow her to admit
Next week or so, our next
study of Gwen’s “do” list will go down the list found in the WDA
study guide, page 6 and tackle both Genesis 4:7 and Genesis 6:22.
To Genesis 4:7 and Genesis 6:22 Rightly Divided Back
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