Archive for May, 2010

Accept Jesus Christ As Your Personal Savior ?

May 28, 2010

Many churches today teach all a person has to do to be saved is “accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior.” Assuming it means the same as believing “with all thine heart” (Acts 8:37), accepting Christ as your personal savior is a good thing. The problem is that that isn’t all a person has to do to be saved.

To show this, we can substitute “accept Jesus Christ as personal savior” into Mark 16:16a. The passage would read “He that accepts Jesus Christ as his personal savior and is baptized shall be saved.” See what I mean? – there is more to being saved than just believing in Jesus.

The truth is that accepting Christ and obeying Christ are both required to be forgiven of sins by the blood/death of Christ. Talking about Jesus, Hebrews 5:9b reads “he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.” Matthew 7:21 proves the same as it reads “not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” Obedience is required to become saved (Acts 2:38, 22:16, I Peter 3:21), and obedience is required to stay saved (Revelation 2:10b, II Peter 1:10 “for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall”).

Galatians 5:6 teaches that what avails is “faith which worketh by love.” We must have all three attributes. Leaving off faith won’t work, even if we possess the other two attributes. Neither will leaving off working. And neither will leaving off love.

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Some Unsaved Believers by Erin Percell

May 26, 2010

Some Unsaved Believers

The creed book of one popular denomination says, “that we are justified by faith only is a most wholesome doctrine, and very full of comfort.” But is it true? Does the Bible say that if one believes on Jesus, it makes no difference what else he believes or does? Are you surprised that the Bible says plainly that faith alone is not enough?

In James 2:14-12, the Bible addresses the question of “faith alone” by talking about a man who believes but does not obey. James asks (v. 14) “Can faith save him?” His answer is a clear No! Even demons believe (v. 19) to no avail. Man is justified “not by faith only” (v. 24) because “faith without works is dead” (v. 26).

In John 8:30-36, Jesus spoke to some who “believed in Him.” But they were not yet saved – Jesus said they also needed to obey His word to be made free. They were believers, but they were not yet free from sin. Later, in John 12:42, some among the rulers believed on Jesus but would not confess it. Were they saved? No, Jesus said plainly that one who will not confess Him on earth will be denied before God (Mt. 10:32-33).

In Mt. 7:21-23, Jesus says that some who believe enough to accept Him as Lord will be lost because they “practice lawlessness” in spite of their belief. Our practice can affect our salvation! The New Testament speaks of the possibility that one may believe “in vain” (1 Cor 15:2). Luke 8:13 speaks of some who believe and then fall away. We are told in Acts 8:13 that the sorcerer Simon believed, yet in verses 20-23 we see that his heart had become not right with God, and he was back in the “bond of iniquity.” Obviously something more than believing was required.

These scriptures do not minimize the value of faith. Faith is an absolute requirement for forgiveness, but it is not the only one. … faith empowers all the other things that believers are told to do (Acts 8:35-39; 1 Peter 3:21; Gal. 3:26-27; Acts 22:16). Certainly faith is the foundation, but it is the beginning, not the end.

It is not enough to “simply believe,” or to believe and say a sinner’s prayer. When the Bible says “not by faith only” (James 2:24) it should be clear that something else is required.

There Has Been A Change Of The Law

May 23, 2010

Hebrews 7:12 reads “For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.”

Notice also Hebrews 7:18,22:

18 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before …

22 By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.

So Hebrews 7:12,18 teaches that the law (which includes the 10 commandments) has been changed and disannulled. Therefore it is not proper to bind any Old Testament laws. Neither is it proper to find authority for any religious practice from the Old Testament. Christians are under the New Testament as their law for faith and practice.

The Logical Conclusion Of “Once Saved Always Saved”

May 21, 2010

Sam Morris (Pastor, First Baptist Church, Stamford, Texas) wrote:

We take the position that a Christian’s sins do not condemn his soul. The way a Christian lives, what he says, his character, his conduct, or his attitude toward other people have nothing whatever to do with the salvation of his soul. … All the prayers a man may pray, all the Bibles he may read, all the churches he may belong to, all the services he may attend, all the sermons he may practice, all the debts he may pay, all the ordinances he may observe, all the laws he may keep, all the benevolent acts he may perform will not make his soul one whit safer; and all the sins he may commit from idolatry to murder will not make his soul in any more danger …

Mr. Morris’ theory doesn’t sound much like Revelation 21:8, does it?:

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and sexually immoral, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Once Saved Always Saved vs. I John 1:9 and Acts 8:22

May 19, 2010

I John 1:9 reads, If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

The limited atonement version of "Once Saved Always Saved" is made absurd by this verse:

· if elect, he is forgiven even if he doesn’t confess

· if not of the elect, he is not forgiven even if he does confess

Notice also Acts 8:22 – Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.

So a Christian must repent of and confess his sins in order to be forgiven of them. The question is, what if he refuses to do that?:

· Romans 6:23 the wages of sin is death

· Revelation 14:13 Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord

· Revelation 21:8 the … unbelieving, … murderers, … and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death

Conclusion: If a Christian dies, refusing to repent of and confess his sins, he will be lost.

Does Romans 3:10-11 Teach Inherited “Total Depravity” ?

May 17, 2010

Romans 3:10-11 reads “… There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.”

This passage does not say anybody inherits sin, but that all DO sin → Notice verses 12-16,23:

They are all gone (not born) out of the way, they are together become (not born) unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. … with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips; Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: destruction and misery are in their ways … For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.

A person is not born depraved, but turns that way (via actions on their part):

Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way

Genesis 6:12 all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth

Deuteronomy 32:5 they have corrupted themselves

Romans 3:10-11 passage teaches the same as Romans 3:23 (“For all have sinned and, and come short of the glory of God”), and nothing more.

Once Saved Always Saved vs. II Peter 2:20-22

May 10, 2010

II Peter 2:20-22 reads For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

The people in this passage had become Christians, as they had escaped the pollutions (footnote says “sins”) of the world through the knowledge of Christ. Only a Christian has escaped sin through Christ. Notice also that in verse 22’s analogy of the pig, the pig had been washed from the mud. That means the person being depicted in the analogy had been washed from his sins.

That person had now become entangled again in sin, had gone back into living the ways of the world. The passage says the result is that such a person is worse off than if had never known Christ (become a Christian) to begin with. Worse than lost couldn’t mean saved, could it?

II Peter 2:20-22 then is another clear passage that teaches that a Christian can fall from grace.

Galatians 5:4 Teaches We Are Not Under The Old Testament Law

May 8, 2010

Galatians 5:4 reads: Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law, ye are fallen from grace.

So Galatians 5:4 teaches that if you bind the old law, “ye are fallen from grace” (you lose your salvation).

This verse proves then that a Christian who teaches we must still sacrifice animals in worship, or be circumcised, or keep the Sabbath, or any other non New Testament law, has fallen from grace.

Do you see how serious this topic is?

Once Saved Always Saved vs. I Corinthians 15:1-2

May 5, 2010

I Corinthians 15:1-2 is a very good passage against the false idea of “once saved always saved.”

First we see the passage is talking about "brethren," Christians. Second we see the possibility of these Christians losing their salvation, because the passage says they will be saved if they keep in memory the gospel. This implies they wouldn’t be saved if they failed to keep it in memory.

Notice their directive was not to begin to remember the gospel, but to keep remembering it, implying they had already accepted the gospel previously. These brethren were warned that if they failed to keep the gospel in memory, their belief would be “in vain,” meaning useless or worthless – obviously they wouldn’t be saved. And note their current belief was not an incomplete belief like the demons, because the belief they possessed would lead to their salvation as long as they kept the gospel in memory.

Read the passage for yourself, and believe God’s clear teaching on this important subject.

God Doesn’t List All The Conditions Of Salvation In One Verse

May 3, 2010

Recently I had a Calvinist (we’ll call him “Mike”) present to me John 6:40 as a passage that proves we don’t have to be baptized to be saved. His argument is that the verse says a person has to believe to be saved, and it doesn’t mention baptism, therefore baptism must not be necessary.

My quick reply to this was that the verse doesn’t mention repentance either, and therefore according to Mike’s reasoning, we don’t have to repent to be saved either.

Mike’s reply that “true repentance will follow faith” only gets Mike into more trouble, because in making such a point he was admitting two things:

– salvation is not by faith alone because repentance is necessary also

– salvation is not at the point of faith, because repentance is necessary and it follows faith

Most importantly Mike was giving up his original argument. Remember his original argument was that baptism must not be necessary to salvation because baptism is not mentioned in John 6:40. But that argument would rule out repentance, since repentance is not in the verse either.

Isn’t it strange that denominational people will use an argument that rules out repentance as being necessary to salvation, when they believe repentance is necessary? They are so prejudiced against a simple truth of God’s word that they will make an argument they really don’t even believe in order to try to get around that plain Bible truth.

Continuing our thought, if John 6:40 proves that belief is the only thing necessary to salvation since belief is the only thing mentioned, then …

John 5:25 and Isaiah 55:3 would prove all you have to do is hear (since they only mention hear), which would rule out believe and repent

I John 2:10 proves all you have to do is love your brother (since love is the only thing mentioned) , which would rule out belief and repent

Matthew 6:14 would prove all you have to do is forgive others (since forgive is the only thing mentioned) , which would rule out belief and repent

Acts 11:18 would prove you don’t have to believe (since repentance is the only thing mentioned) , which would rule out belief

I Peter 3:21 would prove all you have to do is be baptized (since baptism is the only thing mentioned) , which would rule out belief and repentance