For all his pontificating and supposed calling of the Churches of God to repentance, James Malm has certainly undercut his own supposed reason for his blog recently by claiming that those who do not make it in this age are not condemned but rather are disqualified for leadership in the Kingdom of God, and that you cannot commit the unpardonable sin in this age. Pretty much all of this is summarized in his article “Three Resurrections? Part Four: Hope of Deliverance!” on TheShiningLight Blog!
Not only did he previously twist HWA’s theology around to make him say something he didn’t say (there is a “third death”), but now he would have you believe that Jesus said something other than what He said.
31Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
32And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. (Matthew 12:31-32, King James Version)
When this passage is pointed out in the comments, Malm writes:
Be careful not to read into this things that are not there. He did NOT say it was possible, he said if it were to happen. Christ did NOT know all things during his earthly ministry for much was sealed until after his resurrection and acceptance by the Father Rev 5. THAT WOULD INCLUDE EVERYTHING IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION ABOUT THE RESURRECTIONS. Jesus simply did not know these things and so spoke in generalities about them. James
In other words, according to Malm Jesus didn’t know what He was talking about. That would mean that Jesus was engaging in empty rhetoric. Perhaps, then, Jesus was just as wrong about some other things. Perhaps Jesus spoke authoritatively about other things that He really had no knowledge about.
Or, perhaps the real Jesus told us plainly when He didn’t know something specific (Mt 24:36). Otherwise, He would be guilty of deceit.
James continues his misreading of the Bible with his analysis of Heb 6:4 [emphasis his]:
There is NO need for a third resurrection because no person is judged to damnation in this age! Heb 6:4 is talking about a final decision made freely with an undeceived and understanding mind in the Main Judgment.
Heb 6:4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,6If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance;
Nowhere in that passage does it say it is the “main judgment”. It says that people who “were” past tense “once enlightened” and “were made partakers of the Holy Ghost”. So, are people given the Holy Spirit now or not? What was Pentecost about if not about being given the Holy Spirit? About seeing the power of God? About seeing the power that will cover the earth in the ages to come?
Can you truly fall away and come again to Christ? Why did Malm leave out part of v 6?
6If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
All the hand waving, all the smoke and mirrors, cannot completely cover the truth that those who have their minds open and reject Christ now in this age have had their chance.
If it does not mean that, then why even warn the Church at all? Doesn’t that mean you can now go out and sin to your heart’s content because you will just get a second chance in the second resurrection? If it is impossible to commit the unpardonable sin in this lifetime, then what’s the point in warning the Church? After all, that means you can be as lukewarm as you wish and still make it one way or another.
Worse, it means Jesus gave a false warning. That means no less than He was a false prophet.
Malm is a good example of what Peter wrote to avoid:
1But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
3And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not. (2 Peter 2:1-3, King James Version)
Malm denies the Lord in that he denies that Jesus meant what He said. Jesus said there would be many false teachers at the time of the end and that many would be deceived.
Malm’s teaching lulls people into a false sense of complacency. After all, why do it the hard way now when you can take the easy way out later? If you fall short, there really is no need for heartfelt repentance, since everyone gets a second chance.
No, Jesus, the real Jesus said something very different:
And, if that doesn’t get the point across, consider another of Jesus’ sayings:
Whether or not you believe in a third resurrection, you have to account for those who are called in this lifetime but consciously reject that calling.