Our previous post, “Bible Truth or Fiction” and the wonderful comments grew to the point of being almost unmanageable. Therefore this post is a continuation of and will include the last three points, #5, #6 and #7 from the previous post.
As in the previous post, I will inject my thoughts (in red) in between the statements.
I invite you to comment on these statements and my analysis — and, if you are so inclined, please visit the previous post for some very lively comments.
Are these statements Bible Truth or Fiction?
(5) You must give your heart or life or both to Jesus to be saved.
FICTION: We give NOTHING to God or Jesus to have eternal life (be saved)..
We simply believe that the gift God has offered (eternal life) is true. We take His gift, trusting Christ to be who He says He is (our Savior) and that He will do what He has promised. His promise is that when we trust HIm, He gives us eternal life without charge and with no strings attached.
(6) You must make Jesus your Lord and Savior to be saved.
FICTION: We don’t “make” Jesus the Lord of anything . Jesus IS the Lord God Almighty. He IS the Savior.
We don’t “make” Him our Savior but we trust Him as our Savior…
After we have made that one-time decision to believe in or trust Jesus as Savior, we should then decide to be obedient or submissive to Him and His Word — as a servant is to his Master.
However, whether or not we become obedient or submissive to His word does not affect our eternal relationship with Christ. Yet it definitely does affect a believer’s day-to-day fellowship with Him.
Salvation (relationship) is FREE. Once in Christ we cannot change that relationship.
Fellowship is a work — a decision believers make to be obedient and submissive to their Savior. Fellowship can change day-to-day,
(7) The Bible uses the words, “God is Sovereign” and “Sovereignty of God.”
FICTION: These two phrases do not appear in the King James Version of God’s Word. The word “sovereign” or “sovereignty” is nowhere in the KJV.
However it does appear in some of the more recent interpretations of the Bible. It seems that many of those interpretations emanate from or are promoted by those “theologians” of the Reformed or Calvinist persuasion.
This is an excerpt from a Calvinist web site — which, for obvious reasons will not be cited.
Here is the Calvinist lie:
“The system of Calvinism …… focuses on God’s sovereignty, stating that God is able and willing…… to do whatever He desires with His creation. It also maintains that within the Bible are the following teachings: That God, by His sovereign grace predestines people into salvation; that Jesus died only for those predestined; that God regenerates the individual where he is, then [he is] (sic) able and wants to choose God;…”
Obviously God is all powerful, the Creator of Heaven and earth.
However, in His sovereignty, He does not over-rule man’s responsibility to make a personal choice or decision to trust or reject Jesus Christ to be his Savior.
Christ died for the sins of the WHOLE WORLD not just those “predestined”:
1 John 2:2 “And He is the propitiation [substitute] for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the WHOLE WORLD.”
Our responsibility? Believe in Jesus to have eternal life:
1 John 5:13 “These things have I written unto you that BELIEVE on the name of the Son of God [Jesus]; that ye may KNOW that ye have eternal life, ……”
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