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24 responses to “Email

  1. Formatting went wrong on my previous comment, I meant to italicise ‘is possible’ but it ended up looking like ’empossible’! Thought I’d better clarify my intent.

  2. Yes I remembered that Corinthians passage just after I posted, as ever.

  3. Keith, I agree completely.

  4. Soil number two in the parable of the sower (Matt. 13:1-8) possesses eternal life because he hears the word (gospel message) and receives it with joy, even though he falls away and produces no fruit. Likewise with the one who suffers total loss of reward at the judgment seat in 1 Cor. 3:15. So it is possible to possess eternal life without bearing any good fruit whatsoever, although it is not what God desires or intends for believers (Eph. 2:10).

  5. Hobbs, I think it is likely that most believers will do at least some good works. However, the utter absence of good works for the entirety of a Christian’s life would in no way invalidate his salvation.

    It would be a waste for a believer to have no good works. It is God’s will that we should do them. But, they are not in any way required to receive eternal life, keep eternal life, or provide evidence that one has received eternal life.

    After all, if good works were automatically existent in every believer, then their absence would mean someone was not a believer. Hence, good works would be a required part of being a believer and would therefore be a requirement for eternal life. One would be compelled to “fruit inspect” for assurance of eternal life.

    This is not what the Bible teaches.

  6. Interesting concept, that of a person having ‘zero’ good works. Is that even possible? A good deed can be almost imperceptible. Even unsaved people often don’t have zero good works, although theirs are always in the flesh whereas a believer has the ‘option’ to do them in the Spirit. This is why the epistles exhort us to make every effort to continue in them, because ‘grace’ means it is</em possible to be eternally saved and yet become an utter self-centred slob. God forbid.

  7. Thanks, John. For years, I have loved the clarity of your writing and that of the late Jack Weaver, now in the presence of the Lord.

  8. Curtis Smale, glad to help on your questions, and I hope that the following response will cover all of the bases for your readers.

    A person who thinks/says that someone “doesn’t act like a Christian” does not, in and of itself, mean that person thinks that works are required to provide evidence of eternal life. However, if someone deviates into “fruit inspection” of oneself or others for evidence of eternal life, that’s when it can indicate a problem.

    The Bible exhorts Christians to walk in the Spirit and to maintain good works.

    Having said that, I am personally uncomfortable with characterizing good works as a “natural outflow” of someone having believed in Jesus as Savior, because I don’t see any practical reason to exhort someone to do something that is a “natural outflow.” (See Titus 3:8).

    I agree with you completely that there is no theological requirement for a person to perform good works to receive eternal life, keep eternal life, or provide evidence that he has received eternal life.

  9. Hi, John. Oh, no problem. Thanks for the clarification. Not sure if you will see this here, but I will paste this on your site as well. Second question: what if a person says, basically, “you know, for a person who claims to believe in Jesus, you certainly don’t act like a Christian.” Certainly, we do want to live as children of God, as crucified and resurrected in Christ, and by the Holy Spirit in our spirits. Could it be that ~some+ “Lordship salvationists” are simply saying that if a person believes in Jesus they should have a Holy lifestyle in practical terms, not just in the spiritual sense of being perfect in Christ? People seem to get very upset and always misunderstand. They think that free grace people are saying that there should be no sanctification, “sin all you want!” whereas all we are saying is that for guaranteed eternal salvation no works whatsoever are required. However, good works are a natural (not guaranteed) outflow of saving faith. But if a person believes in Jesus and has zero works, they are definitely still saved, not that that is the ideal situation. Would you agree? —Curtis

  10. Curtis Smale, I would have responded to you via email, but the outbound email for expreacherman is not functioning.

    Believing in Jesus means to believe that He is not only necessary to save us, but that He is enough. If someone believes in Jesus AND their own good works for eternal life, they are not believing that Jesus did enough to save them, but that He requires our works to secure our salvation. They are believing that Jesus plus themselves are their Savior.

    If someone has never believed in Jesus as Savior, then that person does not have eternal life.

  11. Name: Curtis Smale

    Comment: Hi, I am in 100% agreement with what you teach as far as I know. I have a question of clarification. Some people will agree that if you believe in Jesus you are saved. They simply believe in Jesus and their good works they say that the belief in Jesus cancels out the sin of believing in their works. How can I refute this? Thanks.

  12. Note to Austin:

    Please feel free to use our content with your group.

    We would respectfully ask that you not take any excerpts out of context.

    Also, be aware that you should feel confident to address any competing ideas or pushback from the group or individual parents.

  13. Philis, welcome!

    We are dedicated to being an oasis of grace. By way of contrast, much of what is labeled as “Christian” is part of the vast desert of false gospels.

    I am not surprised that you are finding few like-minded believers.

  14. New to site. Looking for like-minded believers as I am not finding many

  15. Note to David:

    I am not familiar with the seminary you mentioned. I am a layperson who has not attended seminary.

    It is beyond the scope of this ministry to recommend, or vet any theological seminaries.

  16. Note to Tina:

    Lots of believers have doubts from time-to-time.

    I wouldn’t dwell on it. You know the truth. It is the object of our faith (Jesus) and not the quality of our faith that saves.

  17. Note to Tina: Our outbound email is not presently working.

    Regarding the unpardonable sin, I’ve seen a couple of interpretations that are consistent with grace.

    One is that it is a rejection of Christ as Savior.

    The other is that it is having personally witnessed miracles performed by Jesus and ascribing them to demons. In this case, the implication would be that the person was so hardened against the truth that he would ultimately reject Jesus as Savior.

    Either way, anyone who has believed in Jesus as Savior has eternal life that can never be lost or forfeited.

  18. Samuel, I am not personally aware of any good churches in California.

  19. Note to Will:

    One’s behavior has no bearing on receiving, keeping, or proving that one has received eternal life.

    See John 5:24.

  20. Nina, thanks for your kind note to our e-mail!

  21. Response to email request from Gene G.

    Our outbound email is not currently functional, so we will not be responding to you via email.

    We are pleased that you find the ExPreacherman site to be a blessing.

    Regarding your requests, please note:

    1. Feel free to use any of our content on your sites. However, we will not provide endorsements or links to any of those sites at ExPreacherman.

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    I hope this helps!

    Thanks. John

  22. Brad,you are welcome to comment.

  23. I have updated account settings, but I still can’t send outbound emails.

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