Update Jack Weaver Health — for Prayer

By Jack Weaver

Shirley and I just returned from an office visit with the surgeon in charge of my Cardiac case. He was to qualify and give me a pass to have the new valve replacement ASAP. He was unable to do so due to a “catch 22″ situation.

Things look somewhat discouraging at the moment, until the Lord comes through. Shirley and I are perfectly content if the Lord sees fit to just let me live out my days or be thankful if the Lord changes the circumstances of my health.

Seems like my blood platelet levels (responsible for clotting) are consistently and dangerously low. My bone marrow is not producing blood or platelets fast enough.. So if I were to have the new valve, it requires a six month course of powerful blood thinner (Plavix) afterward to keep the valve working properly and for me to survive.. HOWEVER the Plavix, in turn, reduces the platelet count, thus endangering my life from an internal bleed or failed new valve..

So next step is a Hematologist to see if he can figure any viable solution. Not sure when that will happen.

Shirley and I will appreciate your prayers for the situation in general and my health in particular.

So my ExP friends, keep sharing the Precious Gospel of God’s Grace  in all its simplicity. We appreciate you!!

In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

Running the Gospel Off of the Tracts

I cannot tell you how many times I have walked into a restroom of a private business and found “gospel” tracts strategically placed for the patrons of that business. In addition to violating the property rights of the business owner, the tracts I have found and read have more often than not violated the gospel as well.

Among the more popular of the so-called gospel tracts are those published by Chick Publications. Consider the following excerpts from their tract entitled “God’s Plan of Salvation”:

 Trust Jesus Christ today! Here’s what you must do:

  1. Admit you are a sinner. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3:23) 
”Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” (Romans 5:12) 
”If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:10)
  2. Be willing to turn from sin (repent). Jesus said: “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:5) 
”And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:” (Acts 17:30)
  3. Believe that Jesus Christ died for you, was buried, and rose from the dead. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) 
”But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners. Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) 
”That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
  4. Through prayer, invite Jesus into your life to become your personal Saviour. “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:10) 
”For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

My comments: No one can be saved by following the false plan of salvation set forth in this tract. This is not God’s plan of salvation. It is one of Satan’s counterfeits. Turning from sin is a work. Being willing to turn from sin is an IOU for a work. In addition, praying for Jesus to come into your life is not how you become saved. Believing in Christ ALONE as Savior results in one receiving eternal life.

Next, we will review excerpts from “Steps to Peace with God” from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Organization:

To receive Christ you need to do four things:
1. ADMIT your spiritual need. “I am a sinner.”
2. REPENT and be willing to turn from your sin.
3. BELIEVE that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross.
4. RECEIVE, through prayer, Jesus Christ into your heart and life.

CHRIST says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in” (Revelation 3:20).

The BIBLE says, “Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13).

My comment: This is the same accursed “works for salvation” message we found with the above tract from Chick publications. One is not saved by being willing to turn from sin, nor by asking Jesus into your heart and life through prayer. One can receive eternal life only one way – by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.

And, finally, we have this “gem” entitled “Got Fruit?” from Pinpoint Gospel Tracts:

Jesus said in Matthew 7:16 that you will know a person by their “fruit.” A person isn’t a Christian just because he says he is, prays a little prayer, gets baptized or “asks Jesus into his heart.” For someone to become a Christian, the Bible says that he must Repent of his sins and put his Faith/Trust in Jesus alone! Now read these scary words of Jesus in Matthew 7:21-23: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.'” Will YOU be one that Jesus says, “Depart from me”? Yes, a person IS saved by GRACE, but do YOU truly have the Grace of God? This is the Biblical description of someone who has the Grace of God: “For the Grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and Godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.”(Titus 2:11-14) Do YOU have the Grace of God according to the Bible? Here’s the “good fruit” of the True Christian: the fruit of the spirit (Gal 5:22-23); the fruit of repentance (Matt 3:8); they will obey God (John 14:15); they will know Christ intimately (John17:3, Matt 7:23) and they will evangelize (Mark 16:15, 1 Cor 9:16). Do YOU have the fruit of a Christian? Are YOU A CHRISTIAN ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE? 2 Corinthians 13:5

My comment: This attack on God’s gospel of grace requires works to become saved (front door Lordship “salvation”) and works to prove that you are saved (back-door Lordship “salvation”).   Both are unbiblical and turn the gospel into just another worthless religion.

The above sample of tracts is just a reflection of the pervasive religion of Lordship “salvation” masquerading as Christianity.   Due to their brief content, these tracts can’t hide behind mission trips, humanitarian relief efforts, or celebrity testimonials. They have to cut to the chase – salvation by works.

The next time you see someone distributing a gospel tract, it might be worth letting him go over it with you. You might be talking to someone who has never understood or believed the gospel.

Prayer Request for Jack Weaver

Jack is having some serious cardiovascular issues that have resulted in the need for valve replacement surgery.  I just spoke with Jack, and he doesn’t know what day the surgery will be performed, but it may be within the next few days.

Jack would appreciate your prayers for him, and your continued prayers for this ministry and for the advance of the Gospel.

Thanks.  John

Tell Me, Those Of You Who Desire To Be Under The Law, Do You Not Hear The Law?

Tell Me, Those Of You Who Desire To Be Under The Law, Do You Not Hear The Law?

Re-posted from our friend, Holly Garcia

Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment. Acts 15:24

Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: from which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling; desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm. I Tim 1:5-7

I’d like to address those who are confused by the Law or law-keepers. What law are we under? Are we under the ten commandments? What commandments do we follow? Do we keep the Sabbath? I think a good understanding of the law and the covenants are crucial to knowing why we are NOT under the law of Moses. The law includes the ten commandments and is one unit.

PLEASE, look up each Scripture. Make it a Bible study. Do not take my word for it. I was blessed to tears reading these Scriptures; it reminds me of what He has done in my place.

MEDIATOR OF THE OLD/MOSAIC COVENANT

Moses

MEDIATOR OF THE NEW COVENANT

Jesus

But if any one preach the Jewish law unto you, listen not to him. For it is better to hearken to Christian doctrine from a man who has been circumcised, than to Judaism from one uncircumcised. But if either of such persons do not speak concerning Jesus Christ, they are in my judgment but as monuments and sepulchres of the dead, upon which are written only the names of men. Flee therefore the wicked devices and snares of the prince of this world, lest at any time being conquered by his artifices, ye grow weak in your love. (* ANF01. The Apostolic Fathers with Justin Martyr and Irenaeus – I am not recommending them, just quoting to show others mentioning this problem with Judaizers was continuing, pervasive from the beginning.)

MOSAIC LAW

MADE WITH:

  • Israel through Moses – Deut 4:7-8, Deut 5:1-3, Deut. 4:7-8; Ps. 147:19-20; Mal. 4:4
  • Not made with Abraham – The Lord made NOT this covenant with our fathers, but with us… (Deut 5:2)
  • Not made with the Gentiles – Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment. (Acts 15:24) ….having NOT the law (Rom 2:14)

NAMES: (This will be important later as you see the fulfillment of Christ dying on the cross and risen again)

• The Law – Matt 22:36 (No one kept the law. John 7:19)

• The Law of the Lord – Luke 2:23-24, 27, 39

• The Law of the Jews – Acts 25:8

• Your Law/Their law/Our law – (spoken to the Pharisees – John 8:17; 10:34; 15:25; 19:7)

• The Law of Moses – Acts 15:5, 24, 13:39; John 7:23;

• The Law at Mt. Sinai (also Horeb) – Gal 4:24

• The Law of Sin and Death – Rom 8:2

• Bondwoman – Gal 4:24

• Hagar – Gal 4:25

• Bondage – (because they were brought out of the house of bondage-Ex 20:2-3 and Gal 4)

• Ministry/ministration of Death (2 Cor 3:7)

• Letters engraved on stones (2 Cor 3:7) – Ten Commandments

• The Letter (Rom 2:29, Rom 7:6; 2 Cor 3:6)

• Ministry of Condemnation – on stones (2 Cor 3:9) – Ten Commandments

• Wall of Partition – Eph 2:15

• Handwriting of ordinances against you-Col 2:14-15

O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? Rom 7:24

PURPOSE OF THE LAW

  • To show us God’s holiness (I Pet 1:15-16, Lev. 11:44-45, 19:2; 20:7)
  • To show us God’s righteousness (Rom 3:25-26)
  • To keep the Jews set apart from others (Lev 11:44-45; Deut 7:6; 14:1-2)
  • As a wall of Partition (Eph 2:15)
  • Appoint Feasts and times for worship for Israel (Lev 23)
  • To show us we fall short of His glory, and cannot approach Him (Ps 24:3-5)
  • Temporarily forgave sin, enabled fellowship with God.(Lev 1-7)
  • Kept under guard for the faith, afterward to be revealed. (Gal 3:24)
  • Schoolmaster to bring us to Christ (Gal 3:24)
  • To give us knowledge of sin (Rom 3:20; 5:20; 7:7, 24-25; Gal 2:19)
  • Added because of Sin UNTIL the Seed (Jesus) would come. (Gal 3:16-19)
  • Guilt- Stop our mouths (Rom 3:19)
  • Causes us to sin more. This, as one person put it, is “strange but true” (Rom 4:15; 5:20, 7:7). The law makes us terribly aware of our own sinful state. How merciful God is to show our great need for Him, and His great love for us.

FULFILLMENT OF THE LAW

Christ came to fulfill the law (Matt 5:17). The very same verse Judaizers will use this passage to try to compel us to keep the law, saying that He did not come to destroy the law.   No…He didn’t; He came to fulfill the law. It is done. It is finished.

The Road to Emmaus shows the fulfillment of the Mosaic Law – Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” Luke 24:44

We are not under the law, it was taken away, changed… we are dead to it. The law, the wall of partition, was broken down at the cross, nailed to the cross, and done away with. Christ redeemed us from under the law, and is the End of the Law for righteousness for those of us who believe – (Romans 10:3-4). Here are some more places you can look:

  • The Law is NOT made for the Righteous – 1 Tim 1:9a
  • No longer under the Law – Rom 6:15
  • Cast out the bondwoman – Gal 4:23-25, 30)
  • Christ took away the first, so He could establish the second – Heb 10:9
  • Dead to the Law by the body of Christ – Rom 7:4
  • Set free from the Law – Rom 8:2
  • Wall of partition was broken down at Christ’s death – Eph 2:15
  • Law was until John the Baptist – Matt 11:13; Luke 16:16
  • Nailed to the cross – handwriting of ordinances – Col 2:14-15
  • Law done away with – The Letter – 2 Cor 3:11
  • Redeemed from under the Law, adopted as Sons, when Christ came – Gal 4:4-5
  • Disciples were ministers of the new covenant NOT of The Letter – 2 Cor 3:6
  • A change of Law, no more Levite Priests.

Therefore, if perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the Law), what further need was there that another priest should rise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be called according to the order of Aaron? For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the Law. (Heb 7:12-13)

  • Final Sacrifice once for all – Heb 9:12
  • Last Word – He was the fulfillment and the last word – Heb 1:1-2
  • New Covenant
  • Once Christ came, the Mediator of the more excellent ministry established on better promises. (Heb 8:6)
  • In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away. (Heb 8:13)
  • It is obsolete: In that He says, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away. (Heb 8:13 – see also Jer 31:31-34)
  • The Law never justified: And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. (Acts 13:39)

The Power of God and the wisdom of God are in the gospel. (Rom 1:16-17; I Cor 1:17-18, 24)

WE ARE UNDER A NEW LAW

The Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus – the Law of Christ. (Rom 8:2; Gal 6:2)

Righteousness

Does not come by the Law (Gal 2:21)

Is only by His free gift, never the Law (Rom 4-5), through faith in Him. (Phil 3:9, Rom 3:22)

Justification

Does not come by the Law. (Rom 3:20; Gal 2:16; Gal 3:11)

Is only by faith. (Rom 3:28; Gal 2:16; Gal 3:11, 24)

Sanctification

The Law cannot sanctify permanently; the Law was only temporary.

Comes by faith in Christ and is permanent. (Acts 20:32; I Cor 1:2; Heb 10:14)

Comes by the Blood of Christ:

Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate. (Heb 13:12)

Comes by the Holy Spirit by belief in the truth (Rom 15:16; 2 Thess 2:13; I Pet 1:2)

Is by the Word (Eph 5:26; John 17:17)

Comes by the Father who preserves us in Jesus Christ, keeps us from stumbling and presents us faultless, as we are kept by HIS POWER. (see Jude 1,24; 1 Pet 1:5; 2 Tim 1:12)

Sanctification before God is FOREVER:

By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. (Heb 10:14)

And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. (I Cor 6:11)

JESUS CHRIST

Who became for us:

Wisdom from God

Righteousness

Sanctification

Redemption

All glory to God! (pp 1 Cor 1:29-31)

THOSE WHO ARE STILL KEEP THE LAW

Ask yourselves:

  • Are you doing it to be made right?
  • Because you think it commends you to God?
  • Because you think the commandments are still in effect?
  • To be justified?
  • Because you “really love Him”?
  • Do you travel to Jerusalem to keep the appointed feasts?
  • How many of the laws do you fall short in?

If you are doing it for any of the above reasons, you have fallen from grace.

Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. (Gal 5:4)

Did Peter, who was the apostle to the Jews, preach the law? Where?   The Righteousness of God is APART from the law. (Rom 3:21-22)

Can someone follow certain portions of the law out of freedom? Keep a feast? What if it bothers a Jewish believer to eat pork? Or another believer to eat something that he doesn’t know if it was strangled or even mistreated? What if you are in the home of a Jew and they are kosher?

What if the child of an alcoholic does not want others to drink wine around them? Or they have come to believe a holiday is pagan and they just feel odd about participating?

These are all matters of conscience, or wisdom to those who are without. As long as they do not do it because they feel they must keep the Law. As long as they do not believe it contributes in any way to their righteousness, justification, salvation — OR as long as they do not compel others in any manner to keep the Law, then they are free to do what their conscience can handle.

But—remember, BOTH SIDES, do not make the other stumble for the sake of food. Food does not commend us to God, nor Sabbaths, nor Holy days, nor days celebrated, nor days not celebrated. (Read Rom 14; Col 2; 1 Cor 10:12-31. Especially—read Galatians carefully. You may certainly consider 1 Cor 9:19-22, Paul was all things to men so he might save some.)

If any try to live by the law, be justified by the law, they are under a curse, for they need to continue in ALL things (not possible) that are written in the Law. (Gal 3) If you are trying to compel people to live under the Law, you are in the wrong and are not being honest about the gospel. Thus, you are preaching an accursed gospel. (Gal 1-2) Worse, what if you never understood the gospel of grace? You are lost.

Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? Acts 15:10

* Holly’s Web Site: Redeeming Moments

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Lordship Salvationists are Not Christ’s Disciples

2 Timothy 3:16-17:

[16] All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

[17] That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

One of the favorite mantras of the Lordship “salvationist” is that Christian discipleship is inextricably linked with receiving eternal life. In other words, one cannot be saved by simple faith in Christ unless he agrees to become a “Christ follower” or disciple of Christ. Consider the following quotes:

Disciples of Jesus are the ones who are saved; not those who go through a ritual. (J.D. Greear, from an interview with Trevin Wax dated January 31, 2013).

Just to say “believe in Christ” can produce a false assurance of the hope of Heaven. Jesus spoke often about the gift of eternal life. To make it clear, He said, “Count the cost.” (Billy Graham, from his book “The Reason for My Hope”)

Contrary to the false statements above, the Bible clearly teaches that we are saved by grace through faith in Christ.

Ephesians 2:8-9:

[8] For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

[9] Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Furthermore, the Bible also teaches that God will not look to our works to prove that we have believed in Christ. He will not look to whether we have been faithful as Christians in deciding whether or not we ever believed in Christ.

Romans 4:5: But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

LS is the unsupportable belief that the PERFORMANCE of good works, the PROMISE of good works, or the EVIDENCE of good works MUST accompany faith in Christ in order to make that faith result in eternal life (or to prove that one has received eternal life).

LSers come in two basic varieties:

  1. Those who have never trusted in Christ alone for salvation, who think works are necessary to prove one has received eternal life.
  2. Those who have trusted in Christ alone for salvation, who think works are necessary to prove one has received eternal life.

Neither of these groups meet the Biblical requirements for discipleship.

Why would I say that? Because LSers are either confused about – or have rejected- God’s grace.

LSers miss the point of why the Epistles were written. They use them as “field guides” to try to identify what BEHAVIORS reflect someone who is a Christian versus what behaviors are befitting of a Christian.  LSers misuse scripture.  They consider it not only profitable for reproof (correction) but for proof (position).

The Epistles were written to edify (teach) the saints (all people who have received eternal life by grace, through faith in Christ). LSers misuse much of what is written in the Epistles to assist them in their ongoing wrestling match with grace. They seize upon any verse that seems to bolster their confusion with – or outright rejection of – grace.

People who have never received grace CANNOT make any progress in their “Christian walk.” People who are saved, but are in a state of confusion about grace WILL NOT make any progress in their Christian walk.

God does want believers in Christ to be disciples. But, discipleship isn’t effective or possible for anyone who doesn’t have a clear understanding of grace. This is made abundantly clear in Galatians, which was written to eternally secure believers in Christ.

Galatians 3:1-3:

[1] O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?

[2] This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

[3] Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?

The next time someone tells you that all “true Christians” are faithful followers of Christ, or disciples, ask them why the Epistles were written.  Ask them if they think changing the terms of salvation (even tacitly, by their insistence that good works are a necessary result of salvation) is consistent with being a disciple

Comments Now Open For Lordship Salvationists’ Pet Verses Article

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