Archive for August, 2018

Earning Salvation By “Doing Something”? by Andrew Richardson

August 16, 2018

Traditional thinking influenced by the reformation era is that men are not to "do anything" (like be baptized) in order to be saved because this is "earning" salvation or "adding to the finished work of Christ," despite the Bible commanding water baptism as a condition of salvation (John 3:5; Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:38). Most denominationalism holds this view to some extent, especially Calvinism.

God does NOT share this thinking. Let’s observe …

Gideon, who led God’s army in Israel, was told by God to deplete the army’s numbers until a small number of men was reached (Judges 7). Why? God did not want them "claiming glory against God," thinking that their own hand had saved them. So God depleted them to such a small number that only God could be seen as giving them victory. God gave them victory over the Midianites.

Here’s the point. God did not think that in order to claim glory, He had to require no works or conditions from the men. God believes, contrary to denominational thought, that He can give a gift (war victory in this case) with conditions that men must obey in order to receive. God believes He has the right to require men to do "works" (combat in this case) to get a gift from Him, and still yet His glory is not diminished by the fact that they had to do "something" to get His gift. God had men "do things" and "works" for the purpose of glorifying Himself.

Today people say water baptism cannot be a prerequisite for salvation because that would mean we get the glory. God disagrees, as proved by the Gideon story. Let me say it again. God actually glorified Himself through commanding men to "do things."

One last note. Engaging in warfare is a lot more "work" than being baptized. Yet salvation is infinitely greater in value than the military victory Israel got. If Israel had to do A LOT of work for a relatively less valuable gift — military conquest — and God still got the glory, then how can it be said that God does not get the glory by us doing a LITTLE work for a much greater gift–salvation?

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Saved By Faith Only Rules Out …

August 9, 2018

The false position that salvation is by faith alone would rule out the following as being necessary…

· Repentance – If it is belief alone, that rules out repentance (Acts 3:19). That would mean the gay preachers I have debated are saved even though they have never repented of their sins.

· Confession – Rom 10:10 teaches confession is necessary to salvation, but it is obvious a person cannot truthfully confess he believes in Christ until after he believes in him (Acts 8:35-37).

· Calling On The Name Of The Lord – Everybody admits “calling on the name of the Lord” is necessary to salvation (Rom 10:13), but “calling on the name of the Lord” occurs after one believes (Rom 10:14-15), at least three days after belief in the case of Saul (Acts 9:6, 9, 22:16).

Now do you really believe salvation comes at the point of faith?

Is Rom 1:26-27 Only Condemning Same Sex Inversion?

August 2, 2018

Rom 1:24,26-27 clearly condemns homosexuality – “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: … For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.”

The gay church’s response is that Romans 1 would condemn a heterosexually “oriented” person performing homosexual acts, or even a homosexually oriented person performing heterosexual acts. They would be doing what is “unnatural” for them.

But Rom 1:24,26-27 does not say anything like that. The passage calls all homosexual activity unnatural; the Bible never calls heterosexual activity unnatural. The text condemns people for going against nature period, not for going against “their” nature, as the gay church would have you to believe. “Nature” here is explained by the fact that the body parts don’t fit in gay sex, and by Matt 19:4-5: … he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife

Romans 1:27 says men “burned in their lust one toward another.” This shows their desire (orientation) was for men. They were not going against their desire/orientation; instead they were satisfying their desire (orientation), and God called that desire (“affections”) vile, and the sexual acts uncleanness, dishonour, and error – it was still sinful!

Homosexuality in all shapes, forms, and fashions is condemned by God.