Updated: I am indebted to good friend bro. David Wyatt who, early on, caught an erroneous statement at the beginning of this article. I have edited my error. Of course our Savior, Jesus Christ is addressed as the Prince of Peace in the beautiful prophecy in Isaiah 9:6, one of the greatest OT prophecies in God’s Word of the birth of the Messiah, The Savior, Jesus Christ:
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Jesus is also addressed as The God of Peace, The Lord of Peace, the Prince of life and the Prince of the kings of the earth. And we know from Scripture that Jesus Christ brings eternal Peace to any and all who trust Him alone for their eternal life. Do you have that Peace?
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. [...] Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:11,14
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33
Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:3
Now, what Peace have we here???
- Lordship Salvation,
- Commitment Salvation,
- Bi-Lateral Contract “Salvation,”
- the “Social Gospel,” etc.
These are all UNCERTAIN messages with no Peace, no root of a Free Grace Gospel, no Grace life and no future. Most are “feel good” poor imitations of the True Gospel and more than likely are inventions in the minds of unknowing, deluded or devious teachers.
We must be aware. Their dangerous lies are here in brief – there are more. I encourage you to comment or elaborate:
Lordship Salvation, [If I am not living the "Christian life" according to "my teacher's" prescription or satisfaction, I have no salvation, no peace.]
Commitment Salvation, [If I haven't turned from my sin, turned my life over, given my life, committed my life, etc to Christ according to "my teacher's" conditions, I am not "saved" and have no peace according to his definition.]
Bi-Lateral Contract “Salvation,” [God makes a Bilateral (two way) Contract with me for my salvation. My end of the deal is -- I agree with Him that I will keep that contract in order to secure my salvation. If I break my part of the contract, all HOPE is gone, I have no peace.]
Calvinism, [If I happen not to be "chosen, predestined or elected" by God for salvation, I am condemned to Hell for all eternity. I have no choice to believe in the Savior, Jesus Christ. My eternity is already determined, I have no peace.]
Arminianism… [I may believe in Jesus Christ as my Savior but I can never really, really be sure I am indeed "saved" or maybe I need to get "saved" again and again -- until eventually I end up in either heaven or hell -- no peace. (That's probation, not Salvation).]
The “Social Gospel,” [We drill water wells in foreign places and bake yummy pies and cookies for little old ladies. We feel good and they feel good. (But we don't know -- that we can never be as "good" as we can possibly be. Without the Gospel of God's Grace alone by Faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for salvation, we can never be "good enough." Hell is our eternal destination. No Peace.]
And the way of peace have they not known: Romans 3:17
With such false beliefs, how is it possible anyone can ever have the Peace that Passes all understanding
Just maybe this is the reason we witness so many depressed, un-peaceful and unhappy people at this glorious time of year when we celebrate the marvelous Birth of our Savior.. The Only Savior, the God of Peace, Jesus Christ.
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: Romans 5:1
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Colossians 3:15
Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all. 2 Thessalonians 3:16