Very rarely do I take the time to write a blog specifically to refute teachings from one person. I typically try to address a specific doctrine that is being taught in an overall sense rather than addressing the person who is actually teaching said doctrine.
However, I recently came across a social media post by a man named “Scottie Clark”, who I have been troubled by for some time. He has a rather large YouTube channel and in the past has produced some interesting videos regarding eschatology. However, after a failed-rapture-prediction veiled as a divine revelation from God several years ago, it seems he has continued his slow decline into unmeasured heresy and I often wonder if that is the symptom of his inability to even address his failed prophecy much less repent of it.
Since the Revelation 12 rapture date failure, some of his more recent teachings include:
We aren’t born again until we enter heaven, here on earth we are just “fertilized”
Jesus was a fallible sinner
An astrological sign in Revelation 12 is the sign of the rapture
And probably many others that I haven’t caught because I rarely listen to what he has to say
Now his newest gig is to hyper-divide the Bible, teaching there are 2 separate ways of Salvation for Gentiles and Jews, which means 2 separate gospels for Gentiles and Jews, denying the inheritance of the church in Christ, and cunningly implying, again, that Jesus is a sinner.
To my surprise, this man has gone relatively unscathed with anybody calling him out using the word of God to clearly show that at minimum, this man has no understanding of the Bible and should be avoided at all costs.
Before I get started, I want to make it clear that this is not intended to be a personal attack upon the man, Scottie Clark, but is rather a scathing review of the foolishness that he teaches which is damaging to the body of Christ. I would prefer to believe that it is out of sincere ignorance rather than malice, but whatever the case for the depth of his deception, he is someone who should be marked and avoided as a false teacher. At the same time we should be in prayer for this man who has clearly lost his way.
Below a screen shot from his recent Facebook post, from November 5th:
I will address each of his claims using scripture to show that he is completely off base and very wrong, but what also troubled me is the deception in the way he used certain scriptures, specifically Ephesians 2. This shows that he is either being purposefully deceptive or has no ability to read and discern the scriptures in context.
Scottie Clark says:
Don't get mad about the meme. It is just to make a strong point. True, but read on.
"Christians" are so confused about doctrine and God's timeline because of false teachers (aka their pastors) and lately, their favorite internet "Christian personalities" who have no idea what they are talking about. Total confusion from every angle.
Straight to the point.
Jesus was not talking to you in the red letters in your bible during his earthly ministry. He said so himself.
"I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel." - Matthew 15:24 KJV
The Bible Says:
The context of Matthew 15:24 is Jesus’ encounter with a Canaanite woman. Jesus’ mission at that point, so far as it’s fundamental purpose was concerned, was to be confined exclusively to Israel.
However it is clear all throughout the New Testament (even in Paul’s writing and from Jesus Himself), that Jesus’ ministry was to be expanded to ALL NATIONS as we see written in Matthew 28, or “The Great Commission, which says:
“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen."
– Matthew 28:18-20 King James Version (KJV)
Jesus ministry was to be also given to the Gentiles, by His apostles and through His Spirit, not in His physical body like as to Israel-- but rather by His Spirit which would indwell all believers, Jew and Gentile alike, and form one body, the body of Christ, the church.
Jesus proclaimed the expansion of the Gospel and His ministry of reconciliation in John 10:16, when He said –
“And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.”
Jesus, in John 10:16, is referring to the Gentiles who are the “Sheep not of this fold”, and He clearly states that the Gentiles would “hear his voice”.
Ellicott's commentary agrees (along with every other commentary written by a reputable Bible Scholar):
And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold.—The words recall to the mind a question which the Jews had asked at this very feast, “Will He go unto the dispersed among the Gentiles, and teach the Gentiles?” (John 7:35). They asked it in the bitterness of scorn. He asserts that among the Gentiles—who are not of the Jewish fold—He already possesses sheep; just as He says to Paul concerning Corinth, “I have much people in this city” (Acts 18:10). The Old Testament prophets had foretold this coming of the Gentiles, as e.g. Isaiah 52:13 et seq.; Isaiah 53:10 et seq.; Micah 4:2; and it is present to our Lord’s mind here as the result of His laying down His life for the sheep. (Comp. Notes on John 11:52; John 12:32.)
We MUST understand here, that IF the Gentiles were not considered Jesus' sheep (as Scottie Clark teaches), and Jesus is not the Gentiles' Shepherd also, then His atonement was also NOT FOR US, as Gentile believers and we have NO PROPITIATION for our sins and remain outside of God's forgiveness, which IS A DAMNABLE HERESY:
"As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep."
- John 10:15 KJV
"Jesus was not talking to you in the red letters in your bible during his earthly ministry."
- Scottie Clark
In the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20, above), Jesus sent out his Apostles to ALL NATIONS and instructed them to MAKE DISCIPLES and OBEY His Commandments. This very clearly means that His gospel was to be given also to the Gentiles, because Israel was only ONE NATION. ALL means ALL.
Jesus also repeatedly used the language of “whosoever” when He taught. Jesus surely knew that His words would echo throughout time and were for WHOSOEVER, (which means ANYBODY or WHOMEVER) to hear them.
“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:” - Matthew 7:24 KJV
Jesus here is saying that we are wise if we listen to Him and do what he says. Even in the Beatitudes Jesus uses “whosoever”.
Scottie Clark says:
Our apostle Paul confirmed this after receiving total revelation from Jesus himself about the big picture.
Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers: - Romans 15:8 KJV
Israel has fathers. Israel has promises made to them. Not you.
Who is “unto the fathers” referring to in Romans 15:8? Let’s explore that, shall we? First, who are “the fathers”?
Let’s narrow it down to one “father” whom we know that the Jewish people referred to as their father: Abraham.
Paul expounds on the meaning of "fatherhood" to the Gentiles in Galatians 3:26-29:
For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. [Other sheep not of this fold] – Galatians 3:26-29 KJV
Just as Abraham believed God and his faith was counted as righteousness (Genesis 15:6), so are ALL today who believe in God’s Son justified apart from the Law. In this way, Abraham is the “father” of all who believe (Romans 4:11–17). And ALL who believe are fellow heirs in the promises of Christ Jesus.
“They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham.”
- John 8:39 KJV
In John 8:39, Jesus is speaking of a spiritual seed of Abraham by faith rather than a physical seed of lineage.
Even Apostle Paul, who Scottie Clark proclaims as the Apostle to the Gentiles, says:
“That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:”
- Ephesians 3:6 KJV
“ Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith."
- Galatians 3:14 KJV
This means that Abraham IS the Spiritual Father of the Gentiles.
"The Circumcision was Israel, not Gentiles. We were called the Uncircumcision in time past."
- Scottie Clark
Is this true? Here Scottie uses Ephesians 2:11 where Paul is basically saying "The Jews used to call the Gentiles "the uncircumcision" in the past" as a proof text that the Gentiles are separate from the Jews in the manner of salvation, and deceptively leaves out the entirety of Ephesians 2...
11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; -
12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; [between Jews and Gentiles]
15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; [Jews and Gentiles "one new man" in Christ Jesus, ONE SHEEPFOLD]
16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
-Ephesians 2:11-22 KJV
As we can clearly discern, Ephesians 2:11 in context completely disagrees with Scottie Clark's teachings. It is beyond me how one part of this epistle was plucked out of context and used to say that there are no promises for the Gentiles in Jesus.
Let's take a look at Romans 2, where Paul again contradicts Scottie's claims:
“Circumcision has value if you observe the law, but if you break the law, you have become as though you had not been circumcised. So then, if those who are not circumcised keep the law’s requirements, will they not be regarded as though they were circumcised? The one who is not circumcised physically and yet obeys the law will condemn you who, even though you have the written code and circumcision, are a lawbreaker.
A person is not a Jew who is one only outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a person’s praise is not from other people, but from God."
- Romans 2:25-29 KJV
Scottie Clark says:
Jesus was not ministering to us Matthew, Mark, Luke, John or Acts 1 ... or Revelation for that matter. That is all Israel's program.
To say the actual gospels themselves do not minister to Gentiles is patently false. In fact, WARREN WIERSBE correctly states "The supreme example of ministry must always be Jesus Christ. “But I am among you as he that serveth” (Luke 22:27). He came first of all to minister to the Jews, that through Israel He might be able to minister to the Gentiles. “To the Jew first” is a principle that was followed in the earthly ministry of Christ and in the early ministry of the church."
The account of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection are contained in these gospels, do they not "minister" to us as Gentiles? Is it not relevant to us as "non-Jews"? Of course not!
As far as the book of Revelation, it CLEARLY starts out with letters to the CHURCHES! It addresses the church as the “twain made one – the Jew and Gentile forming one body – the body of Christ” [Ephesians 2:15] THEN deals with an unbelieving Israel who has rejected Jesus Christ. To say that Jesus is "NOT MINISTERING" to us in Revelation is heresy, and blatantly obvious if you bother to read your Bible.
4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
- Revelation 1:4-6
WHO is the church? Again, Ephesians 2:15 "Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace". The church is made up of ALL believers, whether they be Jew or Gentile. In the Church Age, Jew and Gentile would be equals. This is the “mystery” that the Apostle Paul speaks about in Ephesians 3:6: “That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel.”
Scottie Clark says:
He was always and exclusively talking to Israel.
He sent Paul to you, who wrote Romans through Philemon.
That is why the Holy Spirit instructed Paul to tell us that we must rightly divide the word of truth (2 Tim. 2:15 KJV) because there are two different audiences to which the bible directs its instructions.
One collection of 66 books - two different audiences.
There is Israel - and there is the body of Christ.
Israel is to fix the problem of sin on the earth - the body of Christ is to fix the problem of sin in heaven.
Wow... Rather than address this portion of Scottie's "teaching", I will refer you back to my blog on the error of hyper-dividing the Bible.
However, I did want to make note that at the time I copied and pasted Scottie's FB post, he had included the part about "Israel fixing sin on earth, body of Christ fixing sin in heaven", but it seems he has deleted that part, probably because it is so ridiculous that someone called him out on it. Israel to this day has never "fixed sin", the law does not "fix sin":
"Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith."
- Galatians 3:24
And there IS NO SIN in heaven to "be fixed":
The Bible describes heaven or "the eternal state" in great detail in Revelation chapters 21–22. Nowhere in those chapters is the possibility of sin mentioned. In fact, we have the promise that, in the eternal state, we will never experience death, sorrow, crying, or pain (Revelation 21:4)—the absence of those things is proof positive that sin is also absent, since those things are the product of sin.
Romans 6:23 states that the "wages of sin is death", so if there is sin in heaven, that would mean that death would also be in heaven. We know this is not true when God promises us that in heaven there will be no more death.
The sinful will not be in heaven but in the lake of fire (Revelation 21:8).
Nothing impure will ever enter heaven (Revelation 21:27).
Outside of heaven are those who sin (Revelation 22:15).
An Old Testament prophecy also assures us that the Kingdom of God will exclude sinfulness:
“A highway will be there;
it will be called the Way of Holiness;
it will be for those who walk on that Way.
The unclean will not journey on it;
wicked fools will not go about on it. . . .
But only the redeemed will walk there” (Isaiah 35:8–9).
So, CLEARLY there is no sin in heaven.
Bottom line, to say that if you are a Gentile you do not have to follow Jesus is blasphemy, and contradicts what the bible plainly teaches. I would encourage you to run as fast and as far away from anyone who teaches you this as possible.