“What is Marcionism?” by GotQuestions

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”

James 1:17
37 minutes with professor Ryan Reeves.

This study on Marcion of Sinope is incredibly important as it brings to light the false teaching of Marcion. In short, Marcion alleged that God was different in the Old Testament versus the New Testament. This heartbreaking logic is still present today…Most likely due to a profound deficiency in Bible reading within in our homes and churches. But please do nit take my word for it, but emulate the Bereans of Acts 17 by openning-up the Scriptures and examining this for yourself: The Bible reveals to us a God who never changes. Our God was the same Triune God in OT history as He is in the NT…merciful, mighty, and sovereign.

To Him alone be the glory (Soli Deo Gloria)!

“What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.“

Ecclesiastes 1:9

The article below was written by GotQuestions.org:

Marcionism was a religious movement based on the teachings of the 2nd-century heretic Marcion of Sinope. While none of Marcion’s writings have survived to the present, we know of his teachings through several early Christian writers including Justin Martyr (AD 100—165), Irenaeus of Lyons (AD 130—200) and Hippolytus (AD 170—235). These men combatted Marcion in defense of the truth.

Marcion held to many errant views, but he is primarily known for his belief that the Old Testament Scriptures were not authoritative for a Christian. He denied that the God of the Old Testament was the same God presented in the New Testament. For Marcion, Jesus was the Son of the God of the New Testament but not the Son of the deity described in the Hebrew Scriptures. The deities of the Old and New Testaments were, from Marcion’s perspective, literally two different gods. Marcion did not deny the existence of the god of the Old Testament (what he referred to as a Demiurge). He simply classified this god as a secondary deity, one that was inferior to the supreme God revealed in Jesus.

Marcion held that Jesus was the only revelation of the Supreme God but that Jesus should not be seen as having fulfilled Old Testament messianic prophecies. Rather, Marcion saw the prophecies as predicting a yet-to-come earthly savior of the Jewish nation. What Marcion was endorsing was a radical discontinuity between Old Testament Judaism and the message of Jesus and the apostle Paul. Marcion also affirmed a form of Docetism, a view that Jesus was not truly a man but only appeared to be human. This in spite of the clarity of verses such as John 1:14 and 1 John 4:1–3, which speak plainly of Jesus’ true humanity.

After being expelled from the church in Rome in AD 144 for his unorthodox teachings, Marcion formed several of his own churches, many of which retained a church government similar to the orthodox Christian churches of the time. From there, Marcion’s views began to spread. Given Marcion’s complete separation of the God of the Hebrew Bible from the God revealed in Jesus, it should be no surprise that he also rejected the authenticity of many New Testament documents. Any apostolic writing that did not comport with his theories was eliminated until all that remained of his collection of authoritative books were ten of Paul’s letters (minus 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus) and a highly edited version of the Gospel of Luke. Marcion saw Paul as the only legitimate apostle, but even Paul’s writings suffered under Marcion’s scalpel. Any passage that identified the God of the Old Testament with the Father of Jesus was removed. While it is true that most New Testament books were recognized as Scripture from a very early date, it is likely that Marcion’s truncated canon forced the church to more precisely list which books carried apostolic authority.

Marcionism was one of the earliest rivals to the Christian church. The lesson to be learned from Marcionism is that we have no right to act as editor of God’s Word, but we must accept and believe the “whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27) and “contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people” (Jude 1:3).

God does not change

Scripture provided by OpenBible:

Hebrews 13:8 

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Malachi 3:6  

“For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.

Isaiah 40:8 

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.

James 1:17 

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

Numbers 23:19 ESV / 65 helpful votes

God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?

Psalm 119:89 ESV / 40 helpful votes 

Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens.

Jeremiah 31:3 ESV / 32 helpful votes

The Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.

Psalm 102:27 ESV / 25 helpful votes 

But you are the same, and your years have no end.

Hebrews 6:18 ESV / 21 helpful votes 

So that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.

Lamentations 3:22 ESV / 21 helpful votes

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;

Revelation 1:8 ESV / 17 helpful votes 

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Romans 12:2 ESV / 17 helpful votes 

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

1 Samuel 15:29 ESV / 15 helpful votes

And also the Glory of Israel will not lie or have regret, for he is not a man, that he should have regret.”

Psalm 33:11 ESV / 14 helpful votes 

The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations.

Psalm 94:14 ESV / 13 helpful votes 

For the Lord will not forsake his people; he will not abandon his heritage;

Joel 2:12-13 ESV / 12 helpful votes 

“Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster.

Genesis 12:1-3 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Philippians 4:6 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Genesis 6:5-6 ESV / 10 helpful votes

The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.

Jonah 3:10 ESV / 9 helpful votes 

When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.

Exodus 3:14 ESV / 9 helpful votes 

God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I amhas sent me to you.’”

Ephesians 2:10 ESV / 8 helpful votes

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Romans 11:29 ESV / 8 helpful votes 

For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.

2 Corinthians 1:20 ESV / 7 helpful votes

For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.

Isaiah 43:18-19 ESV / 7 helpful votes

“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

Isaiah 43:1-28 ESV / 7 helpful votes 

But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in exchange for you. Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life. Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you. …

Psalm 110:4 ESV / 7 helpful votes 

The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, “You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.”

Exodus 32:14 ESV / 7 helpful votes 

And the Lord relented from the disaster that he had spoken of bringing on his people.

Ephesians 6:13 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.

1 Peter 1:25 ESV / 5 helpful votes 

But the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you.

Matthew 6:13 ESV / 4 helpful votes 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Jeremiah 7:5-7 ESV / 4 helpful votes

“For if you truly amend your ways and your deeds, if you truly execute justice one with another, if you do not oppress the sojourner, the fatherless, or the widow, or shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not go after other gods to your own harm, then I will let you dwell in this place, in the land that I gave of old to your fathers forever.

2 Samuel 24:16 ESV / 4 helpful votes

And when the angel stretched out his hand toward Jerusalem to destroy it, the Lordrelented from the calamity and said to the angel who was working destruction among the people, “It is enough; now stay your hand.” And the angel of the Lord was by the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.

Romans 8:28 ESV / 3 helpful votes 

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Matthew 11:28-30 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

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