Archive for October, 2017

Saved by Faith Only?

October 12, 2017

Many denominations teach salvation by “faith only.” But their proof texts only say “saved by faith.” If I told you I went to a restaurant and “ate steak,” would that necessarily mean I ate “steak only” (and not a baked potato)? Do you see why those proof texts prove that faith is required, but they don’t rule out repentance and other necessary conditions stated elsewhere in God’s word?

A verse in the Bible that puts those two words (“faith” and “only”) together is James 2:24, and it says “Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.” Those who respect God and what He says will accept James 2:24, along with passages like John 3:16. All Bible verses are true. We can’t just pick the ones we like, and ignore the ones that don’t fit our preconceived view.

In Genesis 2:17, God told Adam and Eve that the day they ate of the tree, “thou shalt surely die,” but in Genesis 3:4, the devil said, “Ye shall not surely die.” Do you see the similarity between what denominations teach about how to be saved and what Satan said?

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God Gives The Holy Spirit To Those That Ask Him

October 5, 2017

Luke 11:13 reads “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?”

Notice in this verse the Holy Spirit himself is what is given; He is the gift. It is not just a gift or power from the Holy Spirit. This confirms that in Acts 2:38, the “gift of the Holy Ghost” is the Holy Ghost himself (in person).

Who is promised the Holy Spirit according to Luke 11:13? Those that ask him, that is, ALL those who become Christians (not just a select few like the miraculous). This verse applies to everybody just like verses 9-10 and the parallel Matthew 7:7-14 do. Context proves that.

How does one ask God for the Holy Spirit? The same way one asks God for salvation:

• Acts 22:16 ask (call upon) God to wash away sins by being baptized

• Acts 2:38 ask God for remission of sins by repenting and being baptized

Acts 2:38 ask God for the Holy Ghost by repenting and being baptized

Have you ever asked God to give you the Holy Ghost by repenting and being baptized for the remission of sins?