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“I Give Unto Them Eternal Life”

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John10:28:  And I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 

My family and I recently traveled to France for vacation. Among our stops were the beaches of Normandy, on which the allied invasion of France began on June 4, 1944 (D-day), and the American Cemetery. These sites held particular significance for me, as my father was among the soldiers who fought in the Normandy campaign. He and my mother were able to visit Normandy for the 70th anniversary of D-day about a month before we were there.

The American Cemetery tells the stories of many of the brave soldiers who fought and died to liberate Europe from the grip of tyranny. There Is also a chapel at the  Cemetery. The chapel contains an altar that tells the story of Christ’s ultimate sacrifice to save mankind. The altar has an inscription that reads:

“I GIVE UNTO THEM ETERNAL LIFE AND THEY SHALL NEVER PERISH”

This brief inscription, which quotes Jesus, is extremely well-chosen. It’s eleven words affirm many Biblical truths that are central to the gospel,including the following:

Jesus is God

The Bible says that God grants eternal life. So, if Jesus gives eternal life, it follows that He is God.

John 1:14:  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Belief in the Deity of Christ is essential to believing in Him as Savior.

John 8:24: I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if  ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

Eternal life is a gift

The Bible calls eternal life a gift – unmerited favor.

Romans 6:23: For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

“Faith” is not the gift of God, as Calvinism mistakenly teaches. The gift of God is eternal life.

Jesus is not only necessary for eternal life. He is enough. Believing in Jesus as Savior means believing that our good intentions or good works have nothing to do with receiving eternal life. Neither does their presence or absence prove whether or not we possess eternal life. We must trust in Christ alone as Savior in order to receive eternal life. Faith and works do not mix for receiving, or retaining, eternal life.

Romans 11:6: And if by grace, it is no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise, work is no more work. 

Eternal life is available to everyone 

Who is the “them” to whom Christ gives eternal life? The Bible says that anyone who will believe in Christ as Savior will receive eternal life.

John 20:31: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.  

The God of the Bible did not choose some to receive eternal life while consigning others to hell. The Bible says that God desires that everyone be saved.

1 Timothy 2:4: Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 

Eternal life is eternal

The doctrine of eternal security of Christians is taught throughout scripture. Eternal security is a necessary conclusion of grace. We cannot work our way into eternal life, and we cannot work our way out of eternal life.

Ephesians 1:13-14: In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Every one of the soldiers who has defended our freedom on the battlefield deserves our gratitude.

Jesus Christ died for our sins. He was buried, and He rose from the dead. He gives us eternal life. How infinitely more He deserves our love and gratitude.

If you want to know more about how to receive eternal life, please click this link: http://www.expreacherman.com/eternal-life-for-you/

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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Brand New — just published July 4, 2014:
REPENTANCE
Its Meaning and application

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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

What is Grace?

Grace SALVATIONBibleVersesGraphic Thanks to Holly Garcia, Redeeming Moments

Ephesians 2:8-9:  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

“Grace” means a gift – freely bestowed by a giver and freely received by a recipient.  From Clear Gospel Campaign:

The eternal salvation of mankind is the ultimate gift of God.  It is a gift because it cost sinful man nothing.  It was not free to God, however, but cost God His only begotten Son.

Most of the false religions that masquerade as Biblical Christianity (such as Lordship “salvation”) have redefined the clear meaning of the word “grace”, to inherently include works, such as turning from sin or commitment to following Christ in discipleship.

To keep the meaning of “grace” clear, remember that grace is free, but discipleship is costly.  And, being an eternally secure believer in Christ does not guarantee being a committed disciple.  Something that is free (grace) cannot be costly (discipleship).  That would be a contradiction, and one of the attributes of God is that He cannot lie, nor contradict himself.

Titus 1:2:  In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

John 8:31-32 is a good passage that makes the point about the distinction between receiving eternal life (grace) and discipleship:

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Note that Jesus said to those which had believed on him (and had eternal life) that if they continued in His word, then they would be His disciples indeed (in deed).

Other passages that make clear that receiving the free gift of eternal life and serving Christ are not one and the same are passages that deal with the Judgment Seat of Christ, such as 1 Corinthians 3:10-15:

According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.  If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

Just to be sure that everyone is clear that grace is free, without cost or obligation to the recipient, the Bible has a lot of clear passages, such as:

Romans 5:15-18:

But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.  And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.  For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)  Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.

One should be particularly attentive to any teaching that implies that a “true believer” WILL have changes in his behavior, WILL automatically do good works, or WILL turn from sin and start manifesting fruits.  This teaching is what we refer to as “back-door Lordship Salvation.”  If one believes that good works WILL accompany salvation, then logically he would believe that good works MUST accompany salvation. If that were the case, grace would no longer be grace.

Romans 11:6 makes it abundantly clear that one cannot mix grace and works for the hope of eternal life:

And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.

We would advise anyone to consider interpretation of scripture in light of the following three clear tenets.  If someone’s interpretation of scripture renders an answer of “NO” to any of the following questions, it cannot be true:

1.  Is it consistent with eternal life by Grace alone through Faith alone in Christ alone?

2.  Is it consistent with eternal security?

3.   Is it consistent with assurance of eternal life, based on God’s promises alone (i.e., it is not internally-focused on changes in attitudes, behavior, etc.)?

A good question to ask someone who is confused about grace is:

“If someone believes in Jesus Christ as Savior and never turns from any sin, nor does even one good work, would he get into heaven?”

If the answer is “NO, or “I don’t know”, or “maybe”, or “it seems like any true Christian…” (that is, anything other than a definitive “YES”), then the person with whom you are speaking is not clear on how one receives eternal life.  It is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.

 A Christian SHOULD live for Christ.  But, it is not that he MUST (that would be works for salvation).  And, it’s not that he WILL (that would be Calvinism).

Sorry, Lordship Salvationists And Charles Ryrie, The Terms of Eternal Life Are Neither Debatable Nor Negotiable

By Jack and John, ExPreacherMan.com Administrators

Charles Ryrie…. Lordship “salvation” advocate?

God does not debate the requirement for eternal life – He declares it. Man receives eternal life by Grace alone through Faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. (Ephesians 2:8-9) – or, he does not receive eternal life at all.

God does not negotiate with mankind the terms of Eternal Life — His promise and the terms are clearly spelled out in His Word, the Bible. John 3:16-18 and many other verses declare, Believe on Jesus Christ and live eternally with Him — believe NOT and remain condemned eternally (forever).

Those who would try to negotiate, debate, bargain or strike a “deal” with God are fighting a losing battle for themselves and those whom they influence. It is a battle for eternity.

Charles Ryrie is guilty of promoting (threatening?) Lordship “salvation” to his readers in his books “Ryrie Study Bible” and “So Great Salvation”.

In Ryrie’s answer to James 2:14 he writes:

“James 2:24 ["Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only"] is the reply to the question of James 2:14. Unproductive faith cannot save, because it is not genuine faith. Faith and works are like a two-coupon ticket to heaven. The coupon of works is not good for passage, and the coupon of faith is not valid if detached from works” (Ryrie Study Bible, comment under James 2:24).

That is a catchy phrase but it is an un-scriptural, anti-Grace one.

Ryrie also had a problematic explanation for James 2:19 that led to his further error in explaining James 2:24. Following is his note on James 2:19:

The unity of God was a fundamental belief in Judaism. But if that belief did not produce good deeds, it was no better than the “monotheism” of the demons. = demons.tremble = shudder.  (Ryrie Study Bible, comment under James 2:19).

Also, Ryrie seems to interpret 1 Corinthians 4:5 to be conclusive that all Christians will bear fruit. Following is the concluding quote from the section called “Bearing Fruit”, from “So Great Salvation,” Charles Ryrie, Victor Books, 1989, pp. 45-46:

Nevertheless, every Christian will bear fruit; otherwise he or she is not a true believer. In speaking about the Judgment Seat of Christ, Paul says unequivocally that every believer will have praise come to him from God (1 Corinthians 4:5).

It may surprise some of our readers to see how closely John MacArthur and Ryrie agree on this issue. Here are a couple of quotes from JMac that echo the identical philosophy:

“I have never taught that some presalvation works are necessary to or part of salvation. (sic) But I do believe without apology that real salvation cannot, and will not, fail to produce works of righteousness in the life of a true believer”

We find on one of JMac’s web pages, he relishes in Ryrie’s study bible quote, mentioned earlier here… and on the same page quotes John Calvin as supporting their mutual positions. JMac says:

“Here even Charles Ryrie sounds like an advocate of “lordship salvation”:

And then JMac quotes the Ryrie’s “bible.”

It is really puzzling that Ryrie insists that all Christians will bear fruit, based on 1 Corinthians 4:5, a verse in which fruitfulness is not even mentioned. This seems, for Ryrie, to trump 2 Peter 1:8 (in which “barren” and “unfruitful” are both used).

The problem with people who insist that all Christians will bear fruit, even those who “soften it up” like Ryrie, is that we cannot look to fruit we have borne for assurance of salvation. If we cannot look to fruit in our own lives as evidence of having eternal life, of what possible consequence is it to insist that “true believers” will bear fruit?

Is Ryrie trying to threaten believers into bearing fruit or else he declares their faith is non-existent? What is the different between Ryrie’s philosophy and that of John MacArthur or Calvin or Piper? In essence, nothing!!

It seem perfectly and Biblically logical that anyone who sincerely understands the meaning of God’s Grace would NEVER stipulate any works requirement for or fruit to prove one’s salvation, whether past, present or future, yet too many teachers/preachers do just that, even those who present themselves as heroic proponents of free Grace.

Therefore a proponent of LS would plead before the Lord, “But God, if I show You or show my church, my friends and neighbors or the world my fruit and my good works surely you will accept me on my merit, on my terms.”

That is Satan’s lie.

Grace defined is basically unmerited favor, benefit, a gift. And any real Gift by Grace is free, without strings or qualifiers attached — or it does not fit the accurate description of “a gift.”

How could anyone who knows the truth of the Gospel of God’s Grace teach that works are required to get into heaven? What could possibly have motivated Ryrie to compromise the gospel in his books? Was he trying to “coexist” with the works salvationists? Was he trying to sell books? Was he trying to gain recognition? Or, did he really believe what he wrote? It is simply impossible to tell.

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Lordship Salvation’s James Gang: Robbing the Gospel

The James Gang, also known as the James-Younger Gang, was a nineteenth century band of outlaws led by the notorious Frank and Jesse James, and Cole Younger. They robbed trains, stagecoaches, and banks.

According to linecamp.com:

James Gang Originally formed around 1866, with its leaders being, Frank James, Jesse James, and Cole Younger. From 1866 to 1881, the James Gang knew a fairly active life. James Gang members averaged around twelve men, formerly members of Quantrills Guerillas

 James Gang carried out stagecoach robberies with elaborate escape routes and knew the area, the lawmen and the communities. The Missouri southern sympathizers regularly sheltered from the long arm of the law the James Gang.

Within the spiritual realm, there is also a “James Gang” of sorts. Their leaders are not the James brothers or Cole Younger. Their leader is Satan. Their targets aren’t trains, stagecoaches, or banks. Their target is the gospel. Their weapons aren’t guns. Their weapons are Bible verses, always taken out of context, used to try to prove that one CANNOT be saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. Their weapon of choice? The book of James.

Following is an observation on the misuse of the book of James by Lordship “salvationists” from Clear Gospel Campaign:

…those who believe that they, rather than Jesus Christ, are the Savior of their own souls, have, for centuries, sought from Scripture proof-texts to justify this conclusion.

 Perhaps no other passage in Scripture has been more abused to justify this belief than the second chapter of James.  As a result, unregenerate teachers claim that James teaches salvation by “faith plus works, and justification by “faith plus works,” and that evangelicals are preaching a half-truth when they preach that Jesus Christ alone is sufficient for man’s salvation.

The spiritual James Gang does not commit their crimes on horseback. They commit their crimes from the pulpit, from behind a keyboard, in Bible studies, in social media, and in the printing press.

Just like the James-Younger Gang had sympathizers, the spiritual James Gang has sympathizers who aid and abet their assaults on the gospel.   Some of the sympathizers do it knowingly, while others are unwitting.

Forms of sympathy for the evil works of the James Gang include: joining their churches, buying their books, maintaining Christian fellowship with them, and worst of all – agreeing with them IN PART.

Consider, for example, the following quote from Charles Ryrie, whom many would consider to be a champion for the purity of the gospel, on James 2:24:

Unproductive faith cannot save because it is not genuine faith. Faith and works are like a two-coupon ticket to Heaven. The coupon of works is not good for passage, and the coupon of faith is not valid if detached from works.

The reality is, the book of James was written to believers, calling them to an active faith. It was written, because many of its readers need to be spurred by God’s Word to an active faith. It was not written to tell who the “real Christians” are. It was not a “test of life” to determine whether someone had, or had not, believed in Christ as Savior.

Following are some key points to consider, from Clear Gospel Campaign:

James is not speaking of being saved by “faith plus works.”

James is not speaking of a “faith that works.”  (As if works “automatically” follow eternal salvation.)

James is not saying that works will “automatically” follow eternal salvation.

James is not saying that works will “prove” whether or not someone has “really” been saved.

The reason, quite simply, is that James isn’t speaking about eternal salvation at all.  He is speaking of salvation from trials and hardships.

While the target of the spiritual James Gang is the gospel, the victims are the people who teach a false gospel and the people who believe it.   If you have been victimized by the James Gang, and would like to know how to receive the FREE GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE, please read the following link:

 http://expreacherman.com/eternal-life-for-you/

In Search Of: A True Believer

One of the things that has really been on my heart, of late, is the use of the terms “true Christian” or “true believer” or “truly saved.”

Modern Christendom is flooded with these terms.  For example, I did a search on Google using “true believer in Christ” and found 2.4 million results. The only problem is, I can’t seem to find any of these terms in the Bible.

I only looked at a few of the sites that came up in my internet search. Most of them included “tests” of feelings, or behavior, to help one determine whether or not he is a “true believer.”  Such  “tests” are often tools of the devil, designed to have us look to ourselves for assurance of salvation, rather than to Jesus.  And, since there is no Biblical reference to a “true believer”, any test of a “true believer” is, by extension, unbiblical.

One of the more troubling things I found in my internet search was from a website that claims to reject Lordship “salvation”.  The author of the article, David J. Stewart,  wrote the following (I have bolded selected phrases for emphasis):

 Wicked people, living the most ungodly lives, can be heard professing to be born-again Christians. Pornography models and homosexuals claim to be saved Christians, while yet arrogantly living in their sins. There are even churches with Sodomite ministers and a Sodomite congregation. Surely, this is not acceptable to God in Heaven. These are not true believers, though they may be sincere! Genuine repentance brings about a change of heart, which should discourage a believer from parading their sins in public with no sense of shame or remorse. Although a person does NOT have to give up their sins to be saved, there should at least be a desire to give up their sins because they ARE SAVED. There’s a big difference between the two.

I’m sorry Mr. Stewart, but what you have said is just Lordship “salvation” 101.  Are Mr. Stewart’s sins any more acceptable to God than the sins of those whom he is condemning? While I do not advocate homosexuality or pornography, a believer can persist in a sinful lifestyle. The Bible gives clear evidence that such is a possibility:

Romans 6:12: Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

Romans 12:2: And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

1 Peter 2:11: Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

We cannot look to our feelings or behavior, or anyone else’s behavior, for evidence of salvation. It is heretical to do so. Following is an excerpt from the Statement of Faith of Calvary Community Church in Tampa Florida, with which I agree:

We believe the only evidence of salvation is revealed in whom a person is
trusting in to get him to heaven. We believe it is heresy to teach that a person can know he is saved or lost because of his behavior, or for others to believe a person is saved or lost because of his behavior. (Galatians 2:16; Romans 4:5; 11:6).

Someone either believes in Christ for eternal life, or he does not. There is no such thing as a false believer.  There are believers in false gospels.  That is why it is essential to determine whether someone professing faith in Christ has believed the real gospel, or one of its many counterfeits.

A “true believer” in Christ is someone who has received eternal life by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. In other words, a TRUE believer is just a BELIEVER. Let’s stop adding qualifications to belief that the Bible does not!

 

Another Gospel – The Truth about Lordship “salvation.”

Our friend Mark Andre has produced an amazing Biblical video, proclaiming the Truth of the Gospel of Grace and exposing all that is wrong with Lordship “salvation,” Calvinism and other false teachings.

Mark called several months ago asking permission to use some material and ideas from ExPreacherMan.com. We are happy we consented.

The progression of the video keeps your attention — Mark explains the simplicity of the Gospel of Grace and then, naming names, he exposes the preachers and proponents of “works salvation” (Probation). This mission is especially important to Mark because his is a former member of John MacArthur’s church. He realized the Truth, abandoned the lie perpetrated by JMac and is dedicated to exposing those who insist on adding works to the Gospel of God’s Grace.

This is a must watch video. Please recommend it to your friends, especially those who may be mixed up in false teaching. It is also a good doctrinal review for all believers.

Great job, Mark!!

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Rock-Paper-Scissors: Calvinism/Lordship Salvation’s Game of Deceit

From Wikipedia: Rock-paper-scissors is a hand game usually played by two people, where players simultaneously form one of three shapes with an outstretched hand. The “rock” beats scissors, the “scissors” beat paper and the “paper” beats rock.

In trying to defend the gospel against Calvinism and Lordship “salvation” (LS), many are playing a theological game of rock-paper-scissors, in which their tepid defenses of the gospel are vulnerable to defeat.

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.

Performance-promise-evidence are the rock-paper-scissors of Calvinism/LS. A defense of the gospel that allows room for any of these, either directly or indirectly, is no defense at all. It is an attack.

So, how is this game played? Unfortunately, Satan plays hard. There is no end to the number of ways he tries to deceive people into attacking the gospel. I will cover three of them.

Allies who attack the gospel.

This so-called “defense of the gospel” brings in “allies” who want to maintain only part of the integrity of the gospel.   For example, a teacher can rail against the evils of promising good works in exchange for salvation, but then endorse the evidence of good works as being a necessary result of salvation.

Some other examples are:

Using LSers to defend against Calvinism;

Using Calvinists to defend against evolution;

Using LSers to defend against the dangers of reformed theology.

Calvinism and LS share the same theological roots. The point at which they intersect is the Calvinist tenet of “perseverance of the saints.” Anyone who embraces any of the tenets of Calvinism or any of the tenets of LS is not a dependable ally in trying to advance or defend the gospel. Using any such people in defending the gospel will only lead to further blurring of the gospel message.

 Pretending that LS is new.

Another half-hearted “defense of the gospel” includes the notion that somehow Calvinism/LS is relatively new – that it came into vogue, and was popularized by John MacArthur. Imbedded in this argument is that Biblical Christianity has only recently become subsumed by LS. This might also include the notion that some of the “big names” in the past were teaching Biblical Christianity, but that their modern adherents have deviated from their teachings. For example, some defenders of the gospel believe that John Calvin wasn’t really a Calvinist!

But, the attempts to insert works into the gospel have been around since they early church. It is discussed at length in the book of Galatians. Most of what passes for “church history” is really false works for salvation.

Depicting Calvinism/LS as something new gives the impression that older teachers (such as John Calvin and Charles Spurgeon) are dependable, when in fact they were false teachers.

Giving some people a pass.

I am really mystified by this. Someone can give a full-throated denunciation of John MacArthur’s false teaching, but treat others who have written and said the same things as sacred cows.

It should be obvious that giving anyone a pass for distorting the gospel, while calling others to task, is no defense of the gospel at all.

Romans 1:16:  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

As we each strive to advance and defend the gospel message, let us be particularly vigilant against the tactics outlined above, and the dangers they present to lost people, babes in Christ, and even to mature believers.

Lordship Salvation: Honoring God by Calling Him a Liar

Romans 3:27:28:  Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.  Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

Lordship Salvation (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.

Lordship “salvationists” (“LSers”) pay lip service to believing in salvation by grace through faith in Christ, but add statements that betray their real belief in salvation by works. By insisting on adding works to the salvation equation, LSers are calling God a liar.

LSers will try to disguise their disbelief in the gospel with self-righteous statements such as:

No man can have Jesus as Savior without having Him as Lord!

This is to insert the work of obedience to Christ as a phony condition to receiving eternal life.  The implication is that the LSer has himself done this, so that he can boast that he has done something other than trusting in Christ to earn his place in heaven.

Should we encourage a person to have assurance of salvation who persists in this, that, or the other sin?

This is to insert the work of turning from specific sins as another bogus add-on condition to receiving eternal life.  The obvious implication is that the LSer doesn’t commit these specific sins, so he has earned his way into heaven by trusting in Christ and not engaging in these sins.

A true Christian will have a change in behavior, attitude, etc.

 This is to insert works into the back end of the salvation equation. The implication is that the LSer thinks his behavior has improved, that he is becoming more holy, and so on.

The intrepid LSer will almost always say that works don’t save anyone, but that works will always accompany salvation.  Consider this recent excerpt from an LS commenter at ExPreacherman (purportedly through his brother), who definitively states that he would not go to heaven if he did not have any good works to show for himself:

I asked him, “If you live the rest of your life without changing one iota, without doing one good work, will you go to heaven?” He said “No”, but he still affirms that he is trusting in Jesus alone to save him from his sins. He denies that he is trusting in his changed life. He said that we are not saved by having a changed life. A changed life is not what saves you. He said that Jesus alone saves people. He said that a changed life is evidence of being converted, not the cause of our salvation.

This patently absurd line of reasoning works like this:  One doesn’t have to do works to get into heaven.  But, a real Christian will always do good works.  Therefore, if one doesn’t have good works, he won’t get into heaven.

In their minds, LSers are honoring God by making obedience, discipleship, and good works contingencies to receiving eternal life.

In reality, LSers are dishonoring God by distorting the gospel, frustrating grace, calling God a liar, and trying to bring glory to themselves.

Here is the real story on how to have eternal life: http://expreacherman.com/eternal-life-for-you/

John 3:18 Denudes and Proves False the Main Tenet of Calvinism, Predestination

Calvinists believe that God chose certain individuals to be saved, consigning all others to a hopeless eternity in hell, before they were ever born.

The prospect of a god that would create precious human beings expressly for the purpose of eternal destruction is abhorrent.  The God of the Bible provided a means of salvation to any and everyone who will trust in Jesus Christ as Savior.

One of the often-overlooked verses in refuting the unbiblical notion that people are predestined to either heaven or hell is John 3:18:

“He that believeth on him is not condemned: but, he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed on the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

How could someone who has not believed be condemned already if God has pre-ordained that he will go to heaven? We know that Jesus cannot lie, so we must accept what He says here at face value.

Believers were condemned before they believed in Jesus as Savior.  Non-believers are still condemned.

Non-believers are condemned BECAUSE they are non-believers.

How much more clear can it be?

Eternal life is available for everyone – including you.  Check here:  Eternal Life For You

Lordship Salvation: The Enemy of Grace

By Co-Administrator, John

The Bible says that salvation is the gift of God, available to anyone and everyone who believes in Jesus Christ as Savior.  The Bible is explicitly clear that salvation is a free gift, without cost or obligation to the believer.

Not only is the Bible explicitly clear that salvation is a free gift to the believer, but it says it in a number of different ways so that the hearer or reader of the Word can understand.  For a reasonably comprehensive list of verses that state that justification is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, please see the article linked below:

http://expreacherman.com/believers-justification/

In contrast to the Biblical gospel of grace is the false gospel of Lordship “salvation” (LS).  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.

Those who believe in LS (LSers) have a range of conditions they have added to the gospel.  Some own their LS outright, and others try to hide it.  But, LSers have one thing in common:  they do not believe the gospel.

Some LSers are eternally secure believers who have been bewitched by LS, while many others are false professors who may have never even heard the Biblical gospel taught clearly.  In any event, LSers do not believe the gospel now.

In trying to reach LSers with the gospel, we face an exceedingly difficult task.  Because they are deceived, most will respond to the gospel with incredulity, suspicion, and even outright hostility.  If we are clear in our message, we should expect to elicit such responses.  We should respond to honest questions with Biblical responses, but we must also use prayerful judgment in when to move on.

Some of the tactics that indicate hostility toward the gospel message are:

Asking convoluted questions – just as the Pharisees tried to trap Jesus with shrewdly-worded questions, the implacable LSer will use craftily-worded questions to try to trick us into agreeing with some subtle LS precept.

Putting words in our mouths – misrepresenting what we say, sometimes repeatedly.  This most often takes the form of accusing us of teaching grace as a license to sin.

Creating divisions – going from one of us to the next with the same questions in order to try to find inconsistencies between our answers.

Feigning ignorance – this is often used to disarm us.

Appealing to our emotions – using an emotional appeal, such as personal hardship, affinity, or gratuitous compliments to nudge us toward their theology.

Making personal attacks – criticizing us for being “puffed up” or “heretical” and acting offended to try to soften us up and elicit apologies.

Repetition – to quote the late Vince Lombardi:  “Fatigue makes cowards of us all.”  This tactic is designed to wear us out.

Swarming – getting other people to weigh in with the same or similar points.

Name dropping – quoting some famous theologian to add credibility to their arguments.

Following is a quote from Clear Gospel Campaign on a tactic employed by those hostile to grace:

It is usually easy to separate those hostile to the doctrine of grace from those who are genuinely seeking the truth in a few minutes of conversation.  Those hostile to grace and unwilling to hear the truth will typically ask dishonest questions with terms that have multiple meanings.  By this tack, no matter how you answer the question, the theology of grace can be shown false.

 A typical question might be:

 “Oh, so you’re telling me that once someone is saved, they can do whatever they want, and they are still saved?”

 Of course, the truth of the matter is that, apart from epileptic seizures, snoring, and other involuntary actions, each of us does exactly what we want twenty four hours a day!  The reason I pull my hand out of a hot stove is because I want to.  The reason I eat is because I want to.  The reason I sin is because I want to.  And the reason I flee from sin is because I want to.  In truth, the question is so trivial as to be meaningless.  A “yes” answer does not even hint at a person’s theology!  It only shows their sense of personal responsibility over their own actions.

 As tempting as it is to think that we can come up with the perfect way to explain grace to an implacable LSer, we must prayerfully determine when to move beyond repetitious discussions with LSers who are not interested in the truth.

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Lordship Salvation: Salvation by Works

(Following is an e-mail we received from a reader, along with our response.  We chose to publish this, since this question gets to the heart of the purpose of the ExPreacherman ministry.  The gentleman who wrote this is more honest than most Lordship “salvationists” in that he admits that he believes that our works are inextricably linked to the gospel message.  Please note that we have removed the individual’s name, as well as the NKJV biblical text of James 2:14-26.  The e-mail is in italics, and our response is in plain text.  We have added bold to parts of each for emphasis)

Comment: So, I don’t really get the point of an entire blog built around the idea of fighting something called “Lordship salvation.  I mean, don’t like seriously ALL your arguments about taking things out of context fall apart when you read stuff like this (James 2:14-26) in the Bible?

 I mean… it’s like reiterated over and over in that passage. It takes two to tango, so why are you so concerned about it that when I Google Francis Chan, I find all these articles talking about how awful he is here on your blog? I mean, dude… how is that even remotely helpful to folks? You blog about how he’s scaring people because he’s focusing too much on the works part of the gospel. Aren’t you doing the same thing by scaring people by focusing on another aspect of the gospel?

 Why don’t you just write him a letter or something if you think he’s taking things too far? Like this… because frankly brother, I think you’re missing the forest for the trees, or some other relevant metaphor.

 Anyway. Maranatha! God bless

Thank you for your comment to Expreacherman.com.

We are very familiar with the passage from James 2 that you cited.  In fact, I have been listening to a sermon series on James for the past few weeks.  Following is a link to a booklet on this topic that I think you might enjoy reading.

http://expreacherman.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/cucuzza-faith-without-works-is-dead.pdf

You said something in your comment that underscores why we think it is essential that we proclaim the gospel, and clear up some of the false conceptions people have about how to receive eternal life.

You said:  “You blog about how he’s scaring people because he’s focusing too much on the works part of the gospel. Aren’t you doing the same thing by scaring people by focusing on another aspect of the gospel.”

My comment:  There is no “works part” of the gospel.  People who never realize this are going to miss out on eternal life.

The gospel is that Jesus Christ – God in the flesh – died for our sins, was buried, and was raised from the dead.

Whoever believes in Christ alone as Savior has eternal life, which can never be lost, forfeited, or taken away.

However, trusting in Christ plus one’s works for salvation means that one is not trusting in Christ.  The Bible makes this very clear:

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.

Romans 11:6:  And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.

 We are not trying to scare anyone by our focus on the gospel.  We are trying to help people who may have never heard the gospel, or have not heard the gospel explained clearly know how they can have eternal life through Christ Jesus.

I am going to provide a link to a booklet called “The Gospel” that I think will help explain things further.

http://www.cleargospel.org/booklet.php?b_id=3

Thanks.  John

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If you would like to know how you can receive God’s free gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ please see the following:  Eternal Life For You

Lordship “Salvation” — Willful Naiveté ?

By Jack Weaver and our fellow Administrator, John

We will borrow some ideas from a Conservative friend’s web site. He applied the thought to politics, but we see some parallels between the politically naïve and the theologically naïve.  In both cases, otherwise intelligent people seem to park their brains at the door and believe astonishingly stupid propositions.  For lack of a better term, we will call it “willful naiveté.”

In politics, willful naiveté can be seen in people who hold advanced degrees in economics that have convinced themselves that 1+1 = 3, because it fits their political narrative. In the theological realm, there are scores of prominent “educated” theologians who are teaching their theological narrative, the lie of Lordship “salvation”, to vulnerable non-believers and believers alike.

Lordship “salvation” (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.

LS arrived on the scene just after the start of the church.  It was first manifested in false teachers who claimed one must be circumcised – in addition to trusting in Christ as Savior – in order to have eternal life.

Acts 15:1:  “And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved”

LS has shown up in various forms ever since, and has dominated popular Christendom through the centuries.  And, the raging wave of LS continues to invade and overtake our Grace Faith communities.

We see stunning examples of “willful naiveté” in those who advocate LS.  The Bible has more than 150 verses that state that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.  See article linked for more information: Believers Justification << Link

However, this overwhelming biblical evidence does not daunt LS advocates.  Instead, they lean on their own understanding of certain biblical “proof texts”, always taken out of context to support their false teaching.  Or worse, their misinterpretation of scripture leads them to believe there are biblical “paradoxes”.  For example, many LS advocates say things like “salvation is free, but it will cost you everything.”  This is non-biblical nonsense.  The fact of the matter is that there are no paradoxes in God’s Word.

LS destroys everything it touches.  It impedes the advance of the gospel, thereby keeping lost people lost; for believers who are bewitched by LS, it undermines their faith and assurance, it robs them of the power to live the Christian life, and it keeps them from a sound spiritual understanding of scripture.

LS has only two potentially “attractive” features that both appeal to the flesh.  First, it appeals to man’s pride.   One may internalize feelings of having contributed to (or merited) his salvation in some way.  He may feel like he has somehow “purified” himself.  There are side benefits, including a sense of comfort in “group think” and a sense of belonging in the ecumenical mainstream. Second, it appeals to the tribal need for an external, common enemy.  So, LS advocates make bogeymen out of proponents of salvation by Grace through faith in Christ alone.  Accordingly, they malign believers, using all sorts of pejorative language. Lordship “salvation” is very much a separate “religion,” a cult in the worst sense of those words.

LS advocates will continue to be deceived and to deceive others until the Millennium. They have successfully “converted” many into a works-based religion, false salvation and probation — which result in no salvation at all. By selling books, designing seductive web sites, producing slick YouTube videos, by infiltrating and taking over churches, religious schools, Bible colleges and seminaries, LSers have raised yet another generation of “Christians” who will continue to refuse, or fall from, God’s true Grace. They abhor the freedom and individual liberty we are to have in Christ Jesus as is so clearly delineated in God’s Word, the Bible. (John 3:16-17, Ephesians 2:8-10, Titus 3:5)

Is their deception a willful naiveté or deliberate?

Our suggestion: We waste our time using secular logic on these folks, so let us use God’s Powerful Word!!! (Hebrews 4:12)  Scripture says, “Let us reason together.” However, we often find LS advocates very unreceptive to either reason or scriptural proof.  They find it virtually impossible to accept Biblical, contextual “reason.” We must continue to “earnestly contend for the Faith once delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3) and do it Biblically. That is the goal of our ministry here at ExPreacherMan.com which, by God’s Grace, we will continue! We thank the Lord for our many friends who support this ministry by commenting here in support of God’s Biblical Grace.

Please click here >> Wiki-Index of False Teachers for our compilation of a partial index of false teachers.

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Questions from the Mailbag on Grace vs. Lordship Salvation (part III)

(Following are some questions we have received from a reader via e-mail to ExPreacherman, along with our responses.  We chose to publish some of these questions in a series of articles, since they are both good questions and similar to questions we have gotten from other visitors to ExPreacherman.  In some cases, we have changed comments into question form and have expanded our original answers.)

Are faith and belief the same thing? If I believe and have no action to back up that belief, aren’t I in a delusion?

Faith and belief are the same thing.  What you are asking is whether faith and faithfulness are the same thing.  They are not.  If we had to be faithful to have eternal life, then our salvation would be dependent on our works, not on Christ’s faithfulness to us.

Works are not the automatic result of faith.  They take WORK.  That’s why they are called works.  That’s why believers  receive rewards for works done with the right motivation.

1 Corinthians 3:14:   If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

We are set aside for good works that we SHOULD walk in them.  Tom Cucuzza put it nicely in the following sermon excerpts:

Now, shouldn’t Christians live right?  Yes!  Yes, Christians should live right.  That’s what James is all about.  But, not to get to heaven.  It’s because we have the gift of salvation, and we’re going to heaven.  That’s grace.

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Grace.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.   Not “must” – that would be works.  Not  “will” – that would be Calvinism.  No, it’s should.  We should. 

If I believe that gravity will kill me at free-fall off a skyscraper, and I still jump, I’m either insane or I never really believed. Similarly, if I believe that eating healthy is good for me, and only eat cheeseburgers all of my short life, am I insane or do I not really believe?

These analogies don’t really hold up.  You may jump off the skyscraper, knowing it will kill you, but still desiring the exhilaration of the fall.  You may eat unhealthily, not because you think it will result in good health, but because it feels good.  The presence of sin in the lives of believers does not invalidate their belief.

Analogies like the ones above are often the tools of false teachers who want to twist scripture to fit their false religion of salvation by faith PLUS works.  They sound reasonable, and even compelling sometimes, but they are not Biblical.  Beware of preachers and teachers who rely heavily on yarns and analogies and are light on scripture.  Salvation is found in Christ alone.  Remember, our ways are not God’s ways.  When we try to fit God into our perceptions of the world, we get off track.

Am I granted grace simply because I think I believe? Or does belief go deeper than words and thoughts?

What you think is what you believe.  If you understand and believe that you are a sinner in need of a Savior, that Jesus is God in the flesh, that Jesus took away the sins of mankind on the cross, that He was buried and raised from the dead, and that salvation is a free gift, offered to anyone who will honor Jesus by trusting in Him alone for eternal life, then you are saved.

Questions from the Mailbag on Grace vs. Lordship Salvation (Part II)

(Following are some questions we have received from a reader via e-mail to ExPreacherman, along with our responses.  We chose to publish some of these questions in a series of articles, since they are both good questions and similar to questions we have gotten from other visitors to ExPreacherman.  In some cases, we have changed comments into question form and have expanded our original answers.)

I immediately feel awful when I go back to a sin or I do something wrong.  Is this a sign that someone is saved?

Regret for having done wrong is not a dependable sign that someone is saved, nor is any other emotion or feeling.  Unsaved people have consciences, that tell them when they have done something wrong and even make them feel bad about it.

We see this in the Bible in Matthew 27:3-5:

 [3] Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,

[4] Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.

[5] And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.

If the Holy Spirit convicts a believer of sin, the proper response is to confess that sin and try to turn from it.  Sometimes believers “grieve” or “quench” the Holy Spirit, and do not respond in the way they should to His ministry in their lives.  Some believers grieve the Holy Spirit and live in a way indistinguishable from non-believers.  That is why the Bible admonishes us to not be conformed to the world.

 If I don’t feel bad at my wrongdoing, am I really in a relationship with Christ?

If your assurance of salvation comes from whether or not you feel bad about wrongdoing, you are focused on the wrong thing.  The ONLY assurance of salvation comes from KNOWING that you have trusted Christ as your Savior.

Isn’t it my grieving that leads me to WANT to obey, and don’t I only obey through God’s grace in saving me BY giving me a changed heart?

As believers, our hearts only change when we read God’s word and apply it to our lives.  Grieving may be one possible motivation for obeying God, but the Bible says that those who love God will keep His commandments.  Please note that loving God is not a requirement to go to heaven and that loving Jesus will not save you.  You must believe in Jesus as your Savior.

If we are the light of the world, and God has promised that He has given us a new heart, then shouldn’t there be evidence of that?

Our behaviors are not reliable evidence that we have believed.  Even if they were, our behaviors can change.  For example, if someone has faithfully served Christ with good works and obedience for twenty years, what guarantee does he have that he will continue to do that?  If he stops doing those things later, does that prove he was never saved?

In addition, non-believers can do all of the nice things that believers do.  And, believers are capable of all of the bad things that non-believers are.  Please read the following article and watch the attached video:

http://expreacherman.com/2013/12/28/the-great-white-throne-judgment-wheres-the-cross-reference/

http://expreacherman.com/2013/12/14/title-true-or-false-a-person-who-believes-in-jesus-for-salvation-will-have-a-change-of-behavior/#comment-22638

Questions from the Mailbag on Grace vs. Lordship Salvation (Part I)

(Following are some questions we have received from a reader via e-mail to ExPreacherman, along with our responses.  We chose to publish some of these questions in a series of articles, since they are both good questions and similar to questions we have gotten from other visitors to ExPreacherman.  In some cases, we have changed comments into question form and have expanded our original answers.)

Can I continue to practice sin and still go to heaven?

Yes.  Contrary to popular opinion, turning from sin (or even the willingness to turn from sin) is not a condition for receiving, or keeping, eternal life.  One receives eternal life by believing in Jesus as his personal Savior.  And, no matter what the nature or extent of a believer’s sins, he will never lose his salvation.  But the real question is, SHOULD believers continue to practice sin?  The Bible tells us as Christians that we should not.  For example, we find in Romans 6:12-15:

[12] Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
[13] Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
[14] For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
[15] What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

If belief AUTOMATICALLY resulted in good works/cessation of sin, then those instructions, written to Christians, would be unnecessary.  See the attached article for further discussion.

http://expreacherman.com/2013/12/14/title-true-or-false-a-person-who-believes-in-jesus-for-salvation-will-have-a-change-of-behavior/

The following doctrinal statement from Northland Bible Baptist Church may also help to explain further why Christians should not continue in sin:

Every child of God possesses eternal life, being justified by faith, sanctified by God, sealed with the Holy Spirit, is safe and secure for all eternity, and he cannot lose his salvation. However, a Christian can, through sin, lose his fellowship, joy, power, testimony, and reward and incur the Father’s chastisement.  Relationship is eternal, being established by the new birth.  Fellowship, however, is dependent upon obedience. John 6:36-39, John 10:28, John 5:24, Psa 37:28, 1 Pet 1:4-5, 1 Corinthians 3:11-17, 1 Corinthians 5:1-5, 1 Corinthians 11:30-32, Hebrews 12:5-11, Psalm 16:11.

If His grace is so mighty, and I am so weak, then by grace salvation, there is nothing I can do about my sinful nature, right?

Not quite.  The moment one believes, he has a new nature that can help him overcome the power of sin in his life.  But, one can choose whether to “walk in the Spirit” or not.  Some believers choose to fulfill their fleshly desires more often than not.

The following doctrinal statement from Northland Bible Baptist Church may also help to explain the two natures of the believer:

A true child of God has two births; one of the flesh, the other of the Spirit, giving man a flesh nature and a Spirit nature.  The flesh nature is neither good nor righteous.  The Spiritual man does not commit any sin.  This results in a warfare between the Spirit and the flesh, which continues until physical death, or the return of the Lord.  The flesh nature of man does not change in any way with the new birth, but can be controlled and kept subdued by the new man. John 3:3-7, Rom 8:8, Isa 64:6, Eph 2:3, 1 Pet 1:23, 1 John 1:8, 1 John 3:9, Rom 7:15-25, Col 2:6-7, Gal 5:16-23.

I have been taught (and perhaps this is Lordship, though I don’t think it was mentioned in the list) that a Christian is a “new creature” in Christ and because of this, God has given new desires for righteousness.  Is this correct?

See above discussion of the two natures.  The proper response to grace in the life of a believer is to let the Holy Spirit work in his life to transform his way of thinking to bring it in line with God’s way of thinking.  This happens through reading God’s Word and applying it to one’s life.  It is not automatic.  That’s why the Apostle Paul wrote the following in Romans 12:

[1] I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

[2] And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Eternal life is not dependent on our faithfulness as Christians.  If it were, it would not be eternal life.  One receives eternal life by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.  See attached to learn more.Eternal Life For You

The Great White Throne Judgment: Where’s the Cross-Reference?

Revelation 20:11-15:

[11] And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

[12] And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

[13] And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

[14] And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

[15] And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

The above passage depicts the final judgment of people who have died without trusting in Christ.   This passage underscores very clearly that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.

What we see in this passage:

  1. There are multiple books (“the books”) that catalog the works done by the people attending this judgment.
  2. Each person’s works are documented in these books.
  3. Each person is judged according to his works (and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works)
  4. No person’s works will be considered in whether or not he is allowed into heaven.
  5. There is only one Book of Life (and another book was opened, which is the book of life)
  6. Whoever is not in the Book of Life is cast into hell (And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.)

What we don’t see in this passage:

  1. We don’t see any mention of works being contained in the Book of Life.  It is names only.  One cannot get his name written into the Book of Life by his works.
  2. We don’t see any mention of someone’s works being used to corroborate, or authenticate, whether or not his name was found in the Book of Life.  That is because works are not the basis by which one is saved.  Rather, the only way to heaven is by trusting in Christ.
  3. We don’t see any cross-reference between “the books” (of works) and “the book” (of life).   This concept is underscored in Matthew 7:21-23:  [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.  [22] Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  [23] And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (The people that Jesus is condemning in this passage have works, but they do not have eternal life.  Their names are not in the Book of Life).
  4. We don’t see anyone’s name at the Great White Throne Judgment being found in the Book of Life.   That is because this judgment is for people who have not believed.  Judgment for church-age believers takes place at the judgment seat of Christ, depicted in 1 Corinthians 3:12-15:  [12] Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;[13] Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.  [14] If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  [15] If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

The ONLY way to receive eternal life is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.

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.

 The way to receive eternal life:  Eternal Life For You

Why We Can’t Judge Whether or not Someone Possesses Eternal Life

By Jack Weaver and our fellow Administrator, John.

We at ExP are sometimes accused of condemning to hell people that don’t agree with our Biblical view of the gospel.  We would like to state, unequivocally, that we cannot, and therefore do not, judge whether someone is or is not a believer.

We cannot condemn anyone, nor do we wish to see anyone condemned.  The Bible is very clear on why anyone would be condemned, or not condemned:

John 3:18:  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

When we hear someone introduce works into the salvation equation, it would be negligent for us to ASSUME they were saved.  If someone is not currently clear on God’s plan of salvation, it is at least possible that they were never clear on God’s plan of salvation.

What if someone currently claims to be an atheist?  Can we know that such a person has never believed in Jesus as his Savior?  No.  According to scripture, someone who is believer can fall away:

Luke 8:13:  They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.

The Bible teaches that anyone who has ever believed in Jesus as Savior is eternally secure.  So, even a professing atheist COULD be a heaven-bound believer, if he ever trusted in Jesus as his Savior.   Having said that, would it be wise to assume that a professing atheist is a believer?  We don’t think so.  We think it would be best to tell such a person the gospel message.

What if someone is a professing Christian, is an active churchgoer, prays regularly, reads his Bible, tries to live a clean lifestyle, and does good works, but contradicts his profession of faith in Christ with statements that indicate that he thinks works are necessary in order for someone to get to heaven? His contradictory statements could include that one must “repent of sins” or “commit one’s life to Christ” in order to be saved, or that one must have a change in behavior and/or good works if he really is saved.  He might even think that he could lose or forfeit his salvation.  In such cases, would it be wise to assume he has ever trusted in Christ alone as Savior?  Just like with the atheist, we think it would be be best to tell such a person the gospel message.

In the case of the professing atheist, his confession is “I don’t believe in God.”  In the case of the professing Lordship “salvationist”, his confession will most likely be “I believe salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone”, but then he will contradict that statement by adding works to the equation.  So, in reality, neither the atheist nor the Lordship “salvationist” is testifying to believing the gospel NOW.

We should approach each person with the assumption that he may not have heard or believed the gospel, unless he can clearly articulate why he is going to heaven, and it is based solely on the finished work of Jesus Christ.  This is not because we want to be judgmental or condemning, but because God wants all men to be saved, and so should we.

The Gospel According to Spurgeon

expreacherman:

This is an excellent and important article on the terrible errors of Charles Spurgeon, well worth the read from our friend Jim Floyd.

Originally posted on Stand For the Faith:

Before I continue with my review of the book by MacArthur, The Gospel According to Jesus, I want to take time to look at another person from the past that advocated a similar position. Some believe that MacArthur’s Lordship Salvation is a relatively new thing. This is intended to show that this message is not new and can come as a logical progression from any Calvinist.

The following quotes are from Spurgeon’s book The Soul Winner.
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Consider the errors that Spurgeon taught. He rejected the free grace view that repentance means change of mind. Now he said repentance means “change of mind” but described it this way on page 30 of his book “The Soul Winner”.

“”You will not find a better definition of it than the one given in the children’s hymn.

“Repentance is to leave
The sins we loved before
And show that we in earnest grieve,

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