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:
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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