Archive for March, 2018

Does Salvation By Grace Mean Homosexuals Will Be Saved?

March 15, 2018

Gay Church members claim they are saved because salvation is by grace. It is true passages like Eph 2:8-9 teach salvation is by grace. Of course “grace” means that God’s salvation is FREE, but grace doesn’t mean that God’s salvation is unconditional.

Our obedience does not earn our salvation (Eph 2:8-9), but nonetheless, our salvation is conditioned upon our obedience (verse 10):

· Luke 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

· Matt 7:21 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.

· James 2:24 Ye see … that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only

· Heb 5:9 Jesus became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him

Homosexual or not, if you are a believer, are you backing up your belief with an obedient life?

Repentance is one of those required conditions:

· Luke 13:3 except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish

· Acts 19:18 And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds

Repentance requires the cessation of all homosexual relations.

The “unrighteous (including homosexuals) shall not inherit the kingdom of God” (I Cor 6:9). That is why it is said of homosexuals who had become Christians, “such were some of you” past tense (I Cor 6:11). They had changed.

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What Saves – A Faith That Will Work, Or A Faith That Is Working?

March 8, 2018

I was asked recently by someone I was studying with – What saves, (1) faith that will work or (2) faith that is working? Though I obviously think the former is a very good thing, I answered that the latter is the correct answer. Let me provide some evidence for you to consider …

First notice Gal 5:6 – "For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love." Doesn’t that verse answer our question directly? Here is how the ESV translates that – "For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love." So it is not just faith that avails (in regards to salvation); it is a faith that is working. Not only that, but it must be a working faith that has "love" as its motivation.

Next consider an illustration. Here is Heb 11:30 "By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days." Of course this is not talking about salvation, but notice how the Israelites’ faith did not avail (in regard to war victory) until their faith worked.

Thirdly notice Gal 3:26-27 which actually touches on our question as it specifically relates to baptism – "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." Verse 26 is letting us know that our salvation is conditioned upon our faith. All certainly agree on that. But verse 27 pinpoints as to when we are saved by faith. As you know, the word "For" that begins verse 27 means "to introduce the reason." So verse 27 is saying – the reason a person is a child of God by faith is because he has been baptized into Christ. See my point here? – it takes a faith that is working to become a child of God / get into Christ.

Question: Didn’t Saul have the kind of faith that would work when he said to Jesus in Acts 9:6 – "Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?" Then why were his sins not washed away at that moment? You will remember that at least three days later, he was told to do something so that his sins would be washed away (Acts 22:16). So Paul was not saved when he first had the kind of faith that will work; instead Paul was saved when his faith did work.

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What About Proof Texting?

March 1, 2018

Many denominational believers, and even some Christians, have a problem with what is commonly called “proof texting.” That is the practice of proving a particular doctrine with a Bible text.

This practice is not without a multitude of precedence in the Bible. Jesus constantly “proof texted.” You probably remember Jesus using three separate proof texts to reply to the devil’s three temptations of Him in Matt 4:1-11.

Also consider the example of when the Sadducees argued “that there is no resurrection” (after life) in Matt 22:23ff. Jesus responded to them in verses 31-32 by saying “… as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.” Jesus used one verse of old testament scripture to conclusively prove their false theory incorrect. I for one am glad Jesus did this, because I might not have noticed that this verse was so good against the no resurrection theory. Evidently the Sadducees had not regarded the passage in that light either.

I Thess 5:21a reads “Prove all things.” We should never be ashamed to do just that. One scripture that is conclusive on a subject is enough. More verses is even better, but God only has to say something one time for it to be true.