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Thursday, January 29, 2015

PORNOGRAPHY FUELS SEX TRAFFICKING


I grew up in a house where porn was viewed as normal and acceptable. My parents kept movies and magazines in the house and more than once I came home while they were viewing it without them even batting an eye as I walked by in embarrassment. When I was around 10 yrs. old my best girl friend and I were looking through a magazine we found at my house and my step father walked in. He responded by teasing and laughing at us which was really humiliating at the time but now I see his reaction as pure evil and unloving. My boyfriends all viewed porn and told me I was the one with the problem because it made me feel inadequate and betrayed. My mother even said porn is good for men to relax after a hard days work and can help a marriage grow stronger. (I now know this all to be a huge lie) I was always turned off by it because it was so fake and staged. The internet has become a cesspool for porn addicts and their victims. It is America's new addictive deadly drug and just as with any drug it harms societies, marriages, families, and individuals in more ways than one. There is an answer to this and all other addictions and this is the reason why Jesus Christ was nailed on that cross and humiliated to death. He rose and lives not so we can stay comfortable in and hide our sin but so we can overcome and uproot our sin. Sin is heavy and ugly and shameful and crippling. I know Christ can heal any man or woman who truly believes and desires to be healed if they just lay it down and ask Him to. Pornography is heavily linked to sex trafficking and allows this deadly shameful industry to thrive and succeed rapidly. I'm definitely raising and informing my son and daughters of the truth behind the wickedness of pornography and pray they never fall victim to it and it's deadly trap. PORN IS NOT NORMAL AND IT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE~
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

THE SAINT MUST WALK ALONE~



The Saint Must Walk Alone

By A.W. Tozer


Most of the Worlds GREAT SOULS have been lonely. Loneliness seems to be one price the saint must pay for his saintliness.

Enoch, Noah, Abraham and Moses all walked a path quite apart from their contemporaries even though many people surrounded them.

The prophets of pre-Christian times differed widely from each other, but one mark they bore in common was their enforced loneliness.

Jesus died alone in the darkness hidden from the sight of mortal man and no one saw Him when He arose triumphant and walked out of the tomb, even though many saw Him afterward and bore witness to what they saw.

The cheerful denial of loneliness proves only that the speaker has never walked with God without the support and encouragement afforded him by society. The sense of companionship that mistakenly attributes to the presence of Christ may and probably does arise from the presence of friendly people. Always remember: you cannot carry a cross in company. Though a vast crowd surrounds a man, his cross is his alone and his carrying of it marks him as a man apart. Society has turned against him; otherwise he would have no cross. No one is a friend to the man with a cross. They all forsook Him and fled.

The loneliness of the Christian results from his walk with God in an ungodly world, a walk that must often take him away from the fellowship of good Christians as well as from the unregenerate world. His God-given instincts cry out for companionship with others who can understand his longings, his aspirations, and his absorption in his love for Christ; and because within his circle of friends there are so few who share his inner experiences he is forced to walk alone.

The man who has passed on into the divine Presence in actual inner experience will not find many who understand him. A certain amount of social fellowship will of course be his as he mingles with religious persons in regular activities of the church, but true spiritual fellowship will be hard to find.

The truly spiritual man is indeed something of an oddity. He lives not for himself but to promote the interests of Another. He seeks to persuade people to give all to his Lord and asks no portion or share for himself. He delights not to be honored but to see his Saviour glorified in the eyes of men. His joy is to see Jesus promoted and himself neglected. He finds few who care to talk about that which is the supreme object of his interest, so he is often silent and preoccupied in the midst of noisy religious shoptalk. For this he earns the reputation of being dull and over-serious, so he is avoided and the gulf between him and society widens. He searches for friends upon whose garments he can detect the smell of myrrh and aloes and cassia out of the ivory palaces, and finding few or none he, like Mary of old, keeps these things in his heart.

It is this very loneliness that throws him back upon God. His inability to find human companionship drives him to seek in God what he can find nowhere else. He learns in inner solitude what he could not have learned in the crowd-that Christ is All in All.

Two things remain to be said about the man that is in this state of loneliness. First, he is not a haughty man, he is not holier-than-thou, and he is not an austere saint. He is likely to feel that he is the least of all men and is sure to blame himself for his loneliness. He wants to share his feelings with others and to open his heart to some like-minded soul who will understand him, but the spiritual climate around him does not encourage it, so he remains silent and tells his grief to God alone.

The second thing is that the lonely saint is not the withdrawn man who hardens himself against human suffering and spends his days contemplating the heavens. The opposite is true. His loneliness makes him sympathetic to the approach of the brokenhearted and the fallen and the sin-bruised. Because he is detached from the world he is all the more able to help it.

The weakness of so many modern Christians is that they feel too much at home in the world. In their effort to achieve restful adjustment to an unregenerate society they have lost their pilgrim character and become an essential part of the very moral order against which they are sent to protest. The world recognizes them (modern Christians) and accepts them for what they are. This is the saddest thing that can be said about them. They are not lonely, but neither are they saints.


- A.W. Tozer


NO MAN IS ABOVE REPROACH~


Why do christians stand more boldly for their religion, church, pope or pastor than Jesus Christ and His word? Those who defend and support these false teachers (God's enemies) are playing with fire. Anyone who reads their Bibles will know this to be true. Problem is very very few christians read and study their Bibles diligently. God makes His holy righteous hatred for false shepherds VERY clear and we are told to mark, rebuke, and avoid them while warning other christians of their poison. Sadly, most defend them and say we are not to judge but to love. Well, is it not love to warn someone they're walking towards a cliff headed for hell? Or their house is on fire? Of course no one is perfect, when has God ever used perfect people to warn and teach others? I welcome anyone to judge my words against scripture and if I am teaching heresy PLEASE rebuke me! NO MAN IS ABOVE REPROACH. It is 100% biblical to do this. Those who say "don't judge" or "your not showing love" are defending God's enemies and are living a lie while fearing their own hearts being exposed. Who's side are you on? It's either Christ or the antichrist. There is no in between in God's eyes. All of scripture exposes the lies and agendas of these prosperity clowns who are completely antichrist. God never says to pray for HIS enemies. The only way these false teachers will repent is if their congregations/followers stop listening to and supporting them therefore those who love them are preventing them from repentance and giving them over to satan. The blind leading the blind. So sad. Jesus said few will find the path of righteousness because He knew few would take up their cross and follow HIM. Instead they take up their lustful greedy passions and follow man.

Prov 1:25 And you neglected all my counsel And did not want my reproof; 26 I will also laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your dread comes, 27 When your dread comes like a storm And your calamity comes like a whirlwind, When distress and anguish come upon you.…

2 Chronicles 36:16
But they mocked God's messengers, despised his words and scoffed at his prophets until the wrath of the LORD was aroused against his people and there was no remedy.

Ezekeil 7:3 And you, son of man, thus says the Lord GOD to the land of Israel, 'An end! The end is coming on the four corners of the land. 3'Now the end is upon you, and I will send My anger against you; I will judge you according to your ways and bring all your abominations upon you. 4For My eye will have no pity on you, nor will I spare you, but I will bring your ways upon you, and your abominations will be among you; then you will know that I am the LORD!'…



Friday, January 23, 2015

THOSE WHO SUBMIT JESUS WILL ACQUITE



The flesh HATES the word submit. As does this generation.  Kids don't submit to parental authority, thugs don't submit to police authority, students don't submit to teachers authority, criminals don't submit to any authority, wives don't submit to a husbands authority. It's the cultural norm today. Answer only to ME and respect no one. No wonder the word submit to Christ Jesus has become taboo in the church today. Instead God submits to MAN and all we have to do is manipulate Him with prayer and fasting reminding Him of scriptural promises to get what we want. Sad and dangerous. Why? Because God DEMANDS submission to His Son Jesus in order to escape eternal hell. And those who hate the word submit are far from Jesus Christ because a true child of God is so very grateful for what Jesus did there is nothing else he would rather do than fall down humbly at His feet in total submission holding NOTHING back. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

HOW JESUS CONFRONTED FALSE TEACHERS~


How Jesus Corrected and Confronted His Opponents and Hypocrites 
BY Nicholas T. Batzig 

1. Jesus Corrected and Confronted Publicly: Jesus corrected the false teaching of the Scribes and Pharisees by teaching His disciples to be on constant guard against it. He corrected their misinterpretations by appealing to His own authority. He repeatedly said,  “You have heard it was said…but I say to you…” Jesus would often speak with His disciples, and the crowds around Him, about the dangers of false teachers’ doctrine. It is not, as many suppose, godly not to talk about the problems with false teachers and teaching.

2. Jesus Corrected and Confronted Directly: Jesus directly confronted false teachers in the church with the repetitious, “Woe to you…hypocrites.” When they came to trick Him, Jesus frequently silenced the Chief Priests, Scribes, Pharisees and Sadducees but putting them in their place with Scripture. On one occasion He came right out and said, “You’re wrong, not knowing the Scriptures or the power of God.” Jesus was not afraid to tell people–in the most confrontational way–“You’re wrong.”

3. Jesus Resorted to Metaphorical “Animal” Name Calling: Jesus often exposed the true nature of the wickedness of false teachers by using animal names to metaphorically describe them. He called the Pharisees the “offspring of serpents,” Herod “a fox,” false teachers “wolves,” and unregenerate Gentiles “dogs.”

4. Jesus Corrected and Confronted by Means of Comparison: Jesus rebuked the unbelief of the covenant people by singling out the faith of a Gentile centurion who said to Jesus, “Only speak and word and my servant will be healed” (Matt. 8:5-13). Christ compared the greatness of their unbelief with the greatness of this man’s faith. He then went on to explain the eternal punishment  those who did not believe would undergo.

5. Jesus Corrected and Confronted Wrong Motives and Excuses: A self-seeking man boastfully promised to follow Jesus anywhere because he thought it would mean political or financial gain for him. Jesus corrected his wrong motives by telling him that he would be following a homeless Messiah (Matt. 8:18-22).  He then corrected another man who used his aging father as an excuse about why he could not follow Jesus at that time, by telling him that he was as spiritual dead as His father would soon be physically. An outstanding treatment of this passage can be found in Sinclair Ferguson’s sermon “The Cost of Discipleship.”

6. Jesus Resorted to a Physical Act of Righteous Anger: Jesus corrected the greed and corruption of the money changers in the Temple by making a whip and physically driving them out. He also threw their tables over. I’m sure that many in the church today would say that Jesus was “emotionally unstable” and “erratic.”



How Jesus Corrected His Beloved Disciples

When we see how Jesus corrected His own disciples (who gave Him plenty of opportunities to do so!) we find that there is a great deal more tenderness and patience. Jesus characterized Himself as being “gentle and lowly in heart.” While this was the characteristic mark of the Savior, it was often accompanied by strong, unexpected and confrontational rebuke of their actions. Consider the following:

1. Jesus Rebuked in Order to Correct Role Relations: Jesus corrected his mother at the wedding in Cana of Galilee by telling her “Woman, what of you and Me?” when she told Him “They have no wine.” He was rebuking he for thinking that she had authority over Him. The meaning of Jesus’ response was essentially, “This concern of yours is My work, not for you and I to take care of together. I am not under your authority in this matter.” (See George Hutcheson’s Exposition on John, p. 32ff. for a good treatment of this text.)  Jesus also confronted James and John when they tried to use Him to get to the top. Jesus responded to their request by saying, “Are you able to drink the cup that I drink and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with.” Basically, Jesus was telling them that He would pave the way to heaven for all His disciples by drinking the bitter cup of the wrath of God at the cross.

2. Jesus Rebuked Unbelief in His Disciples: Jesus corrected His disciples on a boat in a storm by showing off His power and rebuking their unbelief. He told them, “O you of little faith.” He then stilled the wind and the waves with a rebuke (Matt. 8:23-27) . He also rebuked the unbelief of the two on the road to Damascus, as well as the disciples in the house, after His resurrection.

3. Jesus Rebuked By Means of Comparison: Jesus corrected Martha’s anxious heart by pointing to her sitter sitting at His feet and listening to His word. He basically said, “You should be more like your sister.” This might strike some as being a psychologically harmful way to correct people, nevertheless, the Son of God did it! (Luke 10:41-42). Jesus also pointed to a woman putting a few pennies in the offering box to teach His disciples the value of having a generous heart, as over against the rich who putt in a little out of their abundance.

4. Jesus Used Tragic Circumstances to Call People to Repentance: Some people told Jesus that Herod had mingled the blood of some Galileans with animal sacrifices. Instead of telling them how tragic this was–and how sorry He was to hear about it–He reminded them about the tower that had tragically and unexpectedly fallen on 18 people. He then made the most unlikely application, saying, “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish!” (Luke 13:1-5).

5. Jesus Corrected Bickering Men with a Child: Jesus confronted His disciples when they argued about who was greatest among them by taking a child and setting him in their midst. Correcting grown men with the mere presentation of a child was a seriously humbling rebuke.

6. Jesus Corrected Envy By Saying, “Worry About Yourself”: Jesus corrected Peter’s jealousy of John by telling him, “What if he remains until I come. You follow for Me.”(i.e. “Don’t worry your pretty little mind about what I’m doing with anyone else. Just worry about your own relationship with Me.”)


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

CHRIST CAN NOT BE CONTAINED~


I suppose we are all hypocrites. There is none righteous no not one. Does that mean we are not to speak right from wrong? Those who have the living God within them can't contain Him! I've tried to stop speaking truth and I just can not do it. The things He puts on my heart are not easy fun fluffy feel good messages. It's harsh sometimes brutal and yes, I am viewed and labeled as a holier than thou hateful hypocrite.  I am not holy and righteous but according to God I am. How? Because Christ has made me His holy living temple. I am nothing but a channel He speaks through and I say this not in pride but 100% truth. God is very grieved and angered by the false teachers of today. This is nothing new.  He is very upset at His Holy Name being used in vain by lip lovers and name claimers who say one thing with their mouth yet their hearts say another. Imagine how you would feel if you could see everyones heart! They would be speaking one thing to you yet their hearts were complete opposite.  I would HATE this. It would cause me to want to vomit. This is how God sees things. He knows every hearts intention and that is all He really cares about. He wants our hearts to adore and worship Jesus above all else and when this happens we change. We can't help but change. From the INSIDE out. 

When I became born again my first and foremost prayer was to be an empty channel for the Holy Spirit to use and speak through. I asked Him to remove all of my bitterness, hidden agendas, and pride because I want nothing to come between us. God answered my prayer and although I'm FAR FAR FAR from perfect I yield completely to my heavenly Father daily for His will to be done not mine. Because everything I touch I seem to ruin. I'm the most selfish unloving person I know. (Although mothering came natural to me and I would kill for my children.) However, I live and breath for Christ and no other reason. I submit and surrender at His feet daily as all God's children should. And Christ does speak through me and His message is NOT always comfortable as He did not make me a teddy bear. I know I offend people but making friends is not my goal in life. 


The world wide web is a web of deception no doubt as this whole world is a web of lies but to limit the Holy Spirit and say any work for God's Kingdom done on- line is supporting the devil is silly and putting more faith in satan than Christ Jesus! I have seen anointed vessels of Christ on the internet shedding much truth on lies and although very few I am grateful and sure they are producing much fruit pleasing to God because they too have surrendered all to Christ.  I guess we shouldn't buy gasoline or pay taxes either? Don't' limit what God can do. He has always used corrupt sinful man to do His will here on earth. And He is working mightily in these last days shedding His light on evil by those who have no fear of man but the Lord God alone. 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

FRUITFUL WORKS ARE ORDAINED BY GOD NOT MAN~


Some people may feel useless for God's Kingdom based on what man says they should be doing for God instead of what Christ is willing them to do for God. Our gifts and callings are all unique and different. I've had many tell me to get out and preach on the street instead of here on the world wide web. I don't need to leave my hometown or do the "cultural norm" to do God's will. I am certain God has me right where He wants me doing exactly what He has called me to do. I will not allow man to threaten belittle or move me to go against that. There are millions of workers for God out there that are doing it all in vain because they are relying on their own agendas and human ideas instead of fully relying on the Holy Spirit's leading. And the only way to know the will of God is by spending much time n our prayer closet, alone with God. One on one. Then our works will indeed bear fruit because it is all done in submission to Christ NOT man, self, or what everyone else is doing. Seek, Sup, and abide always!

TO THE NAKED EYE


One man's sin may drive out other sins but he is still committing sin. Example: A workaholic who's god is money will put his heart mind soul and strength into working for more and more of his god $$ at the expense of neglecting his wife and children. Yet he judges the unemployed sluggard as the most wretched of all sinners.

Another man's god (SELF) may be recognition and praises of men instead of God, and will keep himself from any moral sin that would damage his reputation (adultery, murder, alcoholic, theft, etc) but behind closed doors he may indulge in lusting with his eyes through human trafficking (porn) victims online. To the world he may look like a successful morally upright man, but to God he is no better than a child molestor.


Therefore, we can't judge by appearance. There are children of God who are saved and sealed as saints who the world may see as a filthy dirty sinner just as there are unsaved children of the devil who the world sees as upright admirable Christians. Deception is all around us and only those who are more sensitive to the Spirit than the flesh will discern/judge righteously. 


Friday, January 16, 2015

SIMPLE TRUTH~


God's Part and Man's Part in Salvation

By John G. Reisinger

(This article clears up much confusion and misunderstanding concerning the doctrines of grace)

God and man must both do something before a man can be saved.  Hyper-Calvinism denies the necessity of human action, and Arminianism denies the true nature of the Divine action.  The Bible clearly sets forth both the divine and human as essential in God's plan of salvation.  This is not to say, as Arminianism does, God's part is to freely provide salvation for all men, and man's part is to become willing to accept it.  This is not what we said above, nor is it what the Bible teaches. In order to understand what God's Word really says and to try to answer some "straw dummy" objections, we shall establish the subject one point at a time.

ONE:   A man must repent and believe in order to be saved.  No one was ever forgiven and made a child of God who did not willingly turn from sin to Christ.  Nowhere does the Bible even hint that men can be saved without repentance and faith, but to the contrary, the Word always states these things are essential before a person can be saved.  The one and only Bible answer to the question "What must I do to be saved?" is "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved."

TWO:   Every one who repents and believes the gospel will be saved.  Every soul, without any exception, who answers the gospel command to come to Christ will be received and forgiven by the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Philip Bliss put the truth to music when he said, "Whosoever will, forever must endure...

If we can be absolutely certain about anything, we can be sure that Christ will never void His promise to receive "all who come to Him."  As old John Bunyan said, "Come and welcome" is the Savior's eternal word to all sinners.

THREE:   Repentance and faith are not vicarious but are the free acts of men.  Men, with their own mind, heart, and will must renounce sin and receive Christ.  God doesn't repent and believe for us~we repent and believe.  Turning from sin and reaching out in faith to Christ are the acts of man, and every man who so responds to the gospel call does so because he honestly desires to do so.  He wants to be forgiven and he can only be forgiven by repenting and believing.  No one, including God, can turn from sin for us, we must do it.  No one can trust Christ "in our place," we must personally, knowingly, and willingly trust Him in order to be saved.

Now someone may be thinking, "But isn't that what the Arminian teaches?"  My friend, that is what the Bible teaches-and teaches it clearly and dogmatically.  "But don't Calvinists deny all three of those points?"  I am not talking about, or trying to defend, "Calvinists" since they come in a hundred 'varieties.  If you know anyone that denies the above facts, then that person, regardless of what he labels himself, is denying the clear message of the Bible.  I can only speak for myself, and I will not deny what God's Word so plainly teaches.  "But haven't you established the doctrine of free-will and disposed of election if you assent man must repent and believe and it is his own act?"  No, we have neither proven freewill nor disproved election . since it is impossible to do either.  We have merely stated exactly what the Bible says a man must do in order to be saved.  Let us now look at what the Scripture says a sinner is able to do and what he is not able to do.

FOUR:   The same Bible that states man must repent and believe in order to be saved, also emphatically states that man, because of his sinful nature, is totally unable to repent and believe.  All of man's three faculties of mind, heart, and will, which must be receptive to gospel truth, have neither the ability to receive such truth nor even the desire to have such ability.  In fact the exact opposite is true.  Man's total being is not only unable to either come, or want to come, to Christ, but every part of his nature is actively opposed to Christ and truth.  Rejecting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is not a passive "non-action," but a deliberate volitional choice.  It is deliberately choosing to say "no" to Christ and "yes" to self and sin.  No one is "neutral" in respect to God and His authority.  Unbelief is just as much a deliberate act of mind, heart, and will as is faith.  This is what Jesus meant in John 5:40 when He said, "You will (you are deliberately making a choice) not to come to me."  Yes, unbelief is an act of the will. In fact unbelief is active faith, but unfortunately it is faith in myself.

To believe and preach points One, Two, and Three, without also preaching number Four is to grossly misrepresent the gospel of God's grace.  It is to give a totally false picture of the sinner and his true need.  It shows only half of the man's sin.  It misses the most crucial point of a lost man's need, namely, his lack of power or ability to overcome his sinful nature and its effects.  The "gospel" which is concocted out of this view is only a half gospel.  It is at this point that modern evangelism so miserably fails.  It confuses man's responsibility with his ability, and falsely assumes that a sinner has the moral ability to perform all that God has commanded.  The "cannot" texts of scripture are either totally ignored or badly twisted by this perversion of the true gospel of God's saving grace.

Please note a few texts of Scripture that dogmatically state some things that a lost man cannot do:

Man cannot see-until he first be born again. (John 3:3)

Man cannot understand-until he first be given a new nature. (I Cor. 2:14)

Man cannot come-until he first be effectually called by the Holy Spirit. (John 6:44-45)

We do not have space to go into all the "cannots," but these three are sufficient to show that a sinner absolutely cannot (notice it is not "will" not) come to Christ until God first does something in that sinner's nature.  That "something" is what the Bible calls regeneration, or the new birth, and it is the exclusive work of God the Holy Spirit.  Man has no part whatever in regeneration.

FIVE:   The new birth, or regeneration, is God giving us the spiritual life that enables us to do what we must do (repent and believe), but CANNOT DO because of our bondage to sin.  When the Bible says man is dead in sin, it means that man's mind, heart, and will are all spiritually dead in sin.  When the Bible speaks of our being in "bondage to sin," it means that our entire being, including our will, is under the bondage and power of sin.  We indeed need Christ to die and pay the penalty of our sin, but we just as desperately need the Holy Spirit to give us a new nature in regeneration.  The Son of God frees us legally from the penalty of sin, but only the Holy Spirit can free us from the power and death of our depravity in sin.  We need forgiveness in order to be saved, and Christ provides complete forgiveness and righteousness for us in His death.  However, we also need spiritual life and ability, and the Holy Spirit provides it for us in regeneration.  It is the Holy Spirit's work of regeneration that enables us to savingly receive the atoning work of Christ in true faith.

God is a triune God, and no person can understand His 'so great salvation" until he sees each blessed Person of the Godhead playing a distinct and necessary part in that salvation.  No man can declare the "glorious gospel of grace" and leave out the Father's sovereign electing love and the Holy Spirit's regenerating power as essential parts of God's work in saving sinners.  To speak of "God's part" in salvation as only being one of "providing" forgiveness and man's part as "being willing" to accept it is to ignore both the Father's work of election and the Spirit's work of regeneration.  This not only makes man a full "partner" with God in the work of salvation, it credits man with playing the decisive roll in the deal.  How dreadful, and ridiculous, to give Christ the glory for His work on the cross, and then give sinners the credit for the Father's work in eternity (election) and the Spirit's work in our hearts (regeneration).  It does great dishonor to the Sovereign Spirit to say, "The Holy Spirit will perform His miraculous work of quickening you unto life as soon as you give Him your permission."  That's like standing in a graveyard saying to the dead people, "I will give you life and raise you up from the grave if you will only take the first step of faith and ask me to do it."  What a denial of the sinner's total spiritual inability. Amazing!

The root error of the Arminian's gospel of freewill is its failure to see that man's part, repentance and faith, are the fruits and effects of God's work and not the essential ingredient's supplied by the sinner as "man's part of the deal."  Every man who turns to Christ does so willingly, but that willingness is a direct result of the Father's election and the Holy Spirit's effectual calling.  To say, "If you will believe, God will answer your faith with the New Birth," is to misunderstand man's true need and misrepresent God's essential work.

SIX:   The Scriptures clearly show that faith and repentance are the evidences and not the cause of regeneration.  Suppose a man who had been dead for twenty years greeted you on the street one day. Would you conclude that the man had gotten tired of being dead and "decided' to ask a great doctor to perform a miracle and give him life?  I'm sure you would instead, exclaim in amazement, "Man what happened to you? Who brought you back to life?"  You would see he was alive because he was walking and breathing, but you would know these were evidences of a miracle having been performed on him from without and not the results of his own power of will.  Just so when a spiritually dead man begins to perform spiritual acts such as repentance and faith-these spiritual "fruits" show that the miracle of the new birth has taken place.

Let me illustrate this with a Biblical example.  Acts 16:14 is a clear proof of the above. By the way, as far as I know, this is the only place in the New Testament that uses the phrase "opened heart," and the Bible gives the whole credit for this "opening" to God's power and not to man's will.  Modern evangelism does the exact opposite and credits the opening of the heart to the power of man's "free will."  Remember that we are not discussing whether man must be willing to open his heart.  We settled that under points One, Two, and Three.  We are looking now for the source of power that enabled man to perform that spiritual act.  Arminianism insists that man's free will must furnish the willingness or power, and the Bible says that the Holy Spirit of God furnishes that power or ability in the new birth.  Let us examine the one text in Scripture that uses the phrase "opened heart" and see if it agrees with our previous points:

"And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul." (Acts 16:14)  The NIV says: "The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul's message."  First of all we note that Lydia did indeed "attend" or listen to the words of Paul.  She gladly heard and willingly believed his message.  As we have already shown, she had to do this in order to benefit from the gospel and be saved.  Lydia's attending," or hearing and believing, illustrates points One, Two, and Three above, and refutes hyper-Calvinism, (which says the elect will be saved regardless of whether they hear and believe the gospel or not).  Lydia did choose to believe, and she herself did it only because she wholeheartedly wanted to.  She did not do it "unwillingly" nor did God hear and believe for her.  It was her own response and it was a most willing response.  Next, we notice exactly what God did.  We see here demonstrated what God must do before Lydia can be saved.  (1) He provided a salvation of "by grace through faith" that could be preached.  Obviously "the things spoken" by Paul were the gospel facts concerning the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, and surely this Lamb is God's gracious provision.  (2) God also brought the message of His provision to Lydia.  He sent a preacher to tell her about this great plan of salvation. God went to a lot of trouble to provide such a gospel-He gave His only begotten Son up to death.  He went to great ends to provide such a preacher as Paul-read about it in Paul's testimony in Acts 22.  It is at this point that Arminianism departs from the Bible and proceeds to apply human logic to the above truths.  They tragically fail to look at the rest of the Biblical text and see that God must do something else.  (3) God must open Lydia's heart (or give her spiritual life) so she will be able to believe.  Her natural mind is blind, her natural heart is averse to God, and her will is in bondage to sin and spiritual death.  Only the power of God can free her from this graveyard of spiritual depravity. The giving of this life and power is solely the work of God.  Notice that the Bible explicitly gives God alonethe credit for Lydia's heart being opened.  It is impossible not see that in this text unless you simply refuse to accept what God clearly says.  Look at the words carefully: . . whose heart the LORD OPENED...  Notice also how clearly the Holy Spirit teaches us the relationship between the cause and the effect in the conversion of Lydia.  God was the One Who opened Lydia's heart, that is the cause, and He did so in order that she might be able to attend to the truths that Paul preached, that is the effect.  Now that is what the Word of God says!  Do not bluster about "dead theology" or throw Calvin's name around in derision, just read the words themselves in the Bible.  If you try to deny that the one single reason that Lydia understood and believed the gospel was because God deliberately opened her heart and enabled her to believe, you are fighting God's Word.  If you try to get man's "free will" as the one determining factor into this text, you are consciously corrupting the Word of God.  God's grace not only provides salvation, but His power also gives us the ability to both desire and receive it He works in us "both to will and to do."  His working in us to "will" is the new birth, and, I say again, this work of regeneration (new birth) is totally the work of the Holy Spirit. The moment we lose sight of this distinction between being "saved by faith" (the act of man) and being "born again by the Holy Spirit" (the act of God), we are heading for confusion and trouble. We will be convinced that man is able to do what the Bible emphatically states he is unable to do.

The necessity of the Holy Spirit's work being thus theologically denied, it will not be long before it is ignored in actual practice.  This is the plight of modern day evangelism.  Since the evangelists are convinced that the new birth is within the power and ability of man's will, their man made "me theology" has become far more important than the theology of the Bible, and organization and advertising are absolute essentials to success while the necessary work of the Holy Ghost is all but forgotten.  It is true that lip service is given to the need to "Pray for the Holy Spirit's guidance," and cards asking people to "promise to pray every day" are always sent out months in advance of the big campaign.  However, some people are not sure if the promise to pray or the other pledge (to give money) which is always included ( "only your gifts can make this great campaign possible") is the most important to the success of the campaign.  But that's another subject for another day....

Thursday, January 15, 2015

JOHN 6:44

Don't just demand His hand Embrace His face!  In other words don't just WANT things from God but desire to KNOW Him better


How can you reject someone you don't even know? Do we reject God or are we rejected? (Essau and Jacob)  Can you love someone you don't know? Can you even DESIRE to love someone you don't know? I suppose a man can desire a woman he's never met in person and seen only in movies, but that is lust not something we do when we seek after God.  Can unregenerate man desire Christ when He doesn't even KNOW Him? You say, everybody knows Jesus. Yes, but one can be a master theologian and still not KNOW Christ. We can know much about Jesus in scripture and stories yet not KNOW Christ. John 10:14 Jesus said those who KNOW Him will know His voice and follow Him.  Can we start out as children of the devil then become children of God?  Matthew 13:38 The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one

GOD CAN'T BE APPEASED~ PSALM 44:21


There is a huge difference between wanting to appease God and wanting to please God. A husband who wants to appease his wife (shut her up) so he can do as he pleases without consequences or guilt doesn't really love her. He is manipulating her for his own ill gotten gain.  A man who truly loves his wife will gladly give up his own comforts and desires to make her happy and content (as Dr. Laura would say, swim through shark infested waters to bring her a glass of lemonade). I remember before being born again I would do things to appease God so I wouldn't go to hell. I used to fear hell and death! Now I have no fear of hell or death and do things to please God out of true love for Him because I KNOW Him. CHRIST has put the desire in my heart to please God instead of manipulate/appease Him for my own will agenda and desires.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

WHY ARE YOU HERE?


Have you ever wondered why you are here? What's your purpose in life? Many think it's to build a successful career, a college education, to be popular, well liked and beautiful, to make a name for ourselves, to be happy, to love others, to give of ourselves, to make the world a better place. And then what? We die? At the time of our last breath what will be say? I hope the world remembers me? I hope I made a difference in the world? But isn't the world going to burn up someday and nothing will even matter? What about the after life?

Fact is, we were created to worship. The whole world worships something whether religion, drugs, money, self, etc. We ALL have been born with spiritual amnesia forgetting what the first 2 humans who walked on earth were created for. Intimacy with their Creator. God created man for Himself and for His enjoyment.  And then they listened to satan and were kicked out of home losing all sight and memory. 

Since then we've wandered aimlessly searching for that thing our hearts were designed for. Intimacy with God. But satan has distracted us again with short lived pleasures of all kinds to get our minds off truth and eternity. 

Until sight is given to know the truth we will die blind and lost. Those who have been healed from this spiritual amnesia try to tell others of it but they won't listen. Is it because our Creator hasn't yet given them ears to hear? Or do they vehemently reject truth? Scripture is full of instances God blinds and hardens, softens and heals. Can man do this on his own will too? Heal the blind? Through prayer and fasting? 


It's a wonderful joyful thing to be given back our site and the purpose of our hearts desire. But it's also very frustrating and sad to see those we love and those in the world walk around blind empty and forgetful of who they are meant to be. God is a mystery, He never gets old or boring and I wish the whole world could be woken up so they too could stop searching and hungering for all the wrong things in all the wrong places and walk again with their first love, Christ Jesus~

FEED MY SHEEP


Jesus told Peter to feed MY SHEEP. He didn't say to feed the goats. When Jesus told His disciples to go out and preach the Way, the good news of the Door (Jesus) BACK to the Father He told them to wipe their feet of those who rejected the truth. They were cursed, not blessed with peace, and deserving wrath greater than those of Sodom and Gomorrah. (Mark 6:11, Matthew 10:13-15, Acts 13:51) Why? Because Sodom and Gomorrah weren't offered the doorway (Christ)  back to the Father as ALL are today. Jesus came for His lost sheep and the anointed are to share Christ with everyone while speaking the WHOLE counsel of God not only bits and pieces. We don't know who belongs to the Father and who belongs to the devil, this is not our place to know. But God knows and He NEVER told us to debate argue or use force when sharing the gospel or scripture. He also never said to compromise truth to bribe others into believing. The world has been lulled to sleep by the god who loves- all and forgives- all. The good news has been twisted to feed the flesh which will NEVER enter God's Kingdom. A gospel of only love will never get beyond the flesh and ONLY the Holy Spirit can quicken a man to believe and be converted. Our job is to speak truth the Holy Spirit puts on our hearts (the work which HE ordained in us from the beginning.  (2 Timothy 1:9) Our Lord is not a pushover pansy who winks at and condones sinful self will but a glorious life giving light of Truth among a dark sin loving world who came to bring His lost sheep home whom He knew and loved since the beginning of creation. 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

SALVATION IS OF THE LORD~NOT MAN


Man has no natural desire or ability to
obey or please God for salvation.

Every person is conceived with a nature at war against God and the things of God. Human affections and desires are so ruined by Adam's sin that men hate God and rebel against His commandments. Though man has not lost his faculties of reasoning, his ability to perceive and appreciate the things of God is so corrupted by sin that he resents and despises them. He has no affection or fear of God and is directed entirely by selfish ambitions toward sin. He will not and cannot humble himself and seek God, for his nature is totally corrupt and at war against Him. It is impossible for him to obey or please God for eternal life, for he is dead and would never do it.

God told Adam he would die, if he ate the fruit (Gen 2:17). He ate it anyway, and he died that day. Though he lived physically for 930 years (Gen 5:5), his soul died in affection toward God, just as he had been warned. After sinning, he hid from God and blamed Eve for his sin, rather than repent and beg for mercy (Gen 3:8, 3:12). He was dead toward God and righteousness.

Teaching that man can choose to believe or obey God is the same lie Satan told Eve. Though God promised death for eating the fruit, Satan told Eve she would not die (Gen 3:4). But they both died that day, and men are still spiritually dead today. It is a satanic lie that man is alive and able to choose God by his free will. He is spiritually dead toward God.
Adam generated children like himself - spiritually dead (Gen 5:3). And so we are all spiritually dead by natural conception (Eph 2:1; Col 2:13). We may be alive physically, but our souls are dead toward God and instinctively seek sin and obey Satan (Eph 2:2-3; Tit 3:3).
We are enmity against God; we will not seek God; we do not fear God (Rom 8:7; 3:11, 3:18). We will not and cannot please God (Rom 8:7-8). We cannot see His kingdom or hear His words (John 3:3; 8:43, 8:47). The things of God, even presented by the Holy Spirit, are foolish to our depraved minds; we cannot discern or know them; and we will not receive them (I Cor 2:14).

Man naturally hates God and fights against His Spirit (Gal 5:17). Void of faith toward God (Ps 10:4; II Thess 3:2; II Cor 4:3-4), he will not and cannot please Him (Heb 11:6; Rom 14:23).
Rehabilitation will not improve man's desire or ability (Is 26:10; Luke 16:31), for he is dead. Rehab only works for the living, and man is dead: he doesn't need therapy, he needs life. He doesn't need medication; he needs resurrection. He doesn't need a doctor; he needs a Creator.

When planning salvation, God saw man's lack of desire and ability. He looked down from heaven to see if any understood and desired Him, but He found none (Ps 14:1-3; 53:1-3; Rom 3:9-18). So He designed salvation without conditions, for no man could perform any.


Proof #2
God expressly denies man's will
or works in obtaining salvation.

The Bible clearly rejects man's decisions or actions in obtaining eternal life. God gives salvation as a free gift without any conditions or qualifications, and it is His will that determines eternal life, not the will of the sinner. His eternal counsel and choice is the basis for eternal life. And in order for salvation to be by grace, man cannot have any role in it; or grace would no longer be grace, and man would put God in a position of debt. Man's will and efforts are totally excluded.

God plainly denies man's will or efforts in salvation (John 1:13; Rom 9:16). These two texts are enough for those who tremble at God's word. They are plain, powerful, and conclusive. Yet the first is generally ignored when using John 1:12, and the second is quite unknown to most men.

God also clearly denies man's works in his own salvation (Rom 4:6; 9:11; Eph 2:9; II Tim 1:9; Tit 3:5). If man's works were included, God would be in debt to man; and He is not (Rom 4:4). If they were included, man would have reason to boast; but God does not allow it (Eph 2:9). If they were included, grace would no longer mean grace, for grace excludes works (Rom 11:6).

God saves men while they are dead in sins, not while they are willing or working (Rom 5:6-10; Eph 2:1- 5). He saves them while they are enemies, not while they are friends seeking Him. Salvation is a free gift, so God is never repaying man (Rom 5:18; 6:23; 4:4; 11:35).
Only God's will is active in the giving of eternal life (John 3:8; 5:21; Eph 1:5; Rom 9:15; James 1:18; Heb 10:9-10). God's glorious will is altogether sovereign, and man can no more direct it than he can direct the wind. To steal this prerogative from God and give it to man is blasphemy. God's mercy and predestinating purpose are based in His Own will, not in the will of man. His will and choice and decision are the basis for salvation, not that of dead rebel sinners.

Even faith is considered a work, part of the law, and a commandment (John 6:28-29; Matt 23:23; I John 3:23). And eternal life is not by works, the law, or commandments (Tit 3:5; Gal 2:21; 5:4; Rom 3:19). The only faith Scripture allows is faith trusting the God Who justifies the ungodly, which is very different from believing God justifies the faithful (Rom 4:5). Faith is only an evidence of eternal life, not a condition or means for it.
For those who believe eternal life is conditioned upon man's faith, they must answer whether this faith is with or without works. Without works, it is no more than a devil's faith and worth nothing (James 2:19); with works, it contradicts all the verses rejecting works (Tit 3:5). They must also explain how man obtains faith, since before regeneration he has none (Ps 10:4).


Proof #3
Faith and works are results of salvation,
not conditions or means for it.

Spiritual desire, ability, and action toward God are results of eternal life, not conditions for it. Eternal life includes the ability to know and please God, and this order is not to be reversed. Without God's saving intervention, men would continue on in their natural condition - enemies of God and servants of sin. Faith and works are compatible and necessary, not to the obtaining of eternal life, but rather to the evidence of it. Faith and works prove God has already saved us.

Since man is spiritually dead and depraved by nature, it is only by God's glorious power we are brought to desire and obey Him (Ps 110:3; Phil 2:13). The desire to love and fear God results from this saving change worked in us by His might (Ps 65:4; Rom 8:15; Jer 32:39-40).
Until a man is born again, he cannot even see the kingdom of God (John 3:3); therefore any sight or desire of the kingdom of God is an evidence of regeneration, not a condition for it. Salvation brings with it a hearing ear and the ability and desire to know Him (Pr 20:12; John 8:47; 17:2-3).

Salvation prepares us for good works; it is not because of good works (Eph 2:10; 4:24; Tit 2:14).

Faith itself is the gift of God in salvation; for without His gracious giving of faith, we would never have it (Gal 5:22; I Cor 12:3; Rom 8:14; 12:3; Acts 18:27; II Pet 1:1). It is the fruit and evidence of His Spirit in our lives, without which we would never have it or sustain it.
It took the same power that resurrected Jesus from the grave to give us faith and cause us to believe (Eph 1:19), for by nature we are God-haters and truth-rejecters, as we have shown.

Faith and works are the evidence of salvation, therefore they cannot be conditions, means, or instruments of salvation (Acts 10:34-35; I John 2:29; 3:7, 3:14; 4:7; 5:1, 5:4).


Proof #4
Jesus Christ saves sinners by Himself
without any human cooperation.

There is only one Saviour - Jesus Christ of Nazareth, and He does not share His glory. He came into this world to save sinners, and He did so by His substitutionary obedience and death for His people. No one else could or would assist Him. He is the Second Adam and legal representative of the elect. He fulfilled the righteousness of God perfectly, and He bore the wrath of God completely for them. He justified, reconciled, and sanctified them to God, without the help of any man. His one offering perfected them forever, and He ever lives to intercede for them.


Adam was the federal head and covenant representative of all men in Eden. His sin condemned them as sinners and brought death and eternal judgment upon them all (Rom 5:12-14). Our own sins are only secondary and result from his sin, for God had chosen him as our legal representative - and he failed miserably and condemned us all to death and judgment.

If a person never hears and/or rejects the Bible history of Adam, it does not matter - he is still guilty for Adam's sin and condemned to death and eternal judgment. If a person were not to sin himself, it does not matter - he is still guilty for Adam's sin and stands condemned before God.

Jesus Christ is the Second Adam. He was the federal head and covenant representative for His people - God's elect. His perfect obedience and sacrificial death were applied to their accounts, and thus He saved them by Himself. His singular obedience made the elect righteous, just as Adam's singular disobedience made them sinners (Rom 5:15-19). All in Adam - by natural conception - die; and all that are in Christ - by election - shall live (I Cor 15:22; I Pet 1:2).

We cannot add to this legal transaction - Jesus saved us by Himself. Hallelujah! All the singing in heaven will be to the glory of the Lamb, for no other man had any part in redeeming our souls (Rev 5:1- 14). There is only one soul winner in heaven - Jesus the Saviour. Men here may deceive themselves and others as soul winners, but Jesus obtained eternal life for us by Himself.

The new and everlasting covenant, with all its spiritual blessings and benefits, is in force by means of the Testator's death (Heb 9:11-17). We cannot and do not put it in force ourselves, for we were written in the Lamb's Book of Life as beneficiaries before the world began (Rev 17:8).

Jesus Christ purged sins away by Himself in one solitary act of obedience (Heb 1:3; 10:9-14). No wonder He cried on the cross of Calvary, "It is finished!" (John 19:30). And to add anything to His finished work is to destroy the whole message of the gospel (Gal 2:21; 5:4; I Cor 1:30-31).

As surely as Mary had a son named Jesus, He saved His people from their sins (Matt 1:21); and there is salvation in no other name (Acts 4:12). He is the only way to the Father (John 14:6).


Proof #5
The gospel and its ordinances were
never intended to give eternal life.

Man is spiritually dead and hates God, so He must powerfully intervene to save him. The gospel is merely good news and cannot do this, for man finds it foolish and despises it, and the Bible rejects his will and works in salvation. The gospel and ordinances educate and comfort the elect - who were saved fully and infallibly by Jesus alone. The gospel no more helps dead sinners than news of the cure for cancer helps in a cemetery. It reveals and displays God's wisdom and power in salvation, but preaching this news to dead sinners cannot regenerate or justify them. Only the elect ever appreciate it, and then only for knowledge and comfort. Baptism and the Lord's Supper are figurative ordinances to symbolize salvation obtained by Jesus Christ alone.

Men have long tried to make ceremonial religion their saviour, rather than humble themselves before a holy and sovereign God. Adam and Eve tried fig leaves to cover their guilt and shame; Israel hauled the Ark of the Covenant into battle; they worshipped the brass serpent of Moses; and they trusted foolishly in their temple (Gen 3:7; I Sam 4:3; II Kgs 18:4; Jer 7:4).

Rome and her Protestant daughters have taken this vanity to new depths with their sacramental religion. All seven sacraments of Rome and the two sacraments of Protestants are contrary to the Bible, for there was never saving efficacy or sanctifying power in New Testament ordinances.

The ordinances were delivered to churches of saints, not to the unsaved (I Cor 11:1-2). Baptism is a figure and likeness of salvation by Christ's death and resurrection, not the means of salvation (I Pet 3:21; Rom 6:5). The Lord's Supper is a memorial of Christ's death, not the application of it (I Cor 11:26). Both of them simply witness Jesus Christ and salvation by Him (I John 5:6-8).

The gospel is not the means of salvation, but the good news of it to those already saved (I Cor 1:18, 22- 24). It cannot help the lost, for it is foolishness to them (II Cor 4:3-4; I Cor 2:14; Luke 16:31; John 8:43, 8:47). Preaching the gospel to them proves their condemnation (II Cor 2:15-16).

Salvation takes God's creative power to overcome the depraved and spiritually dead nature of sinful man and give him a new heart (Eph 1:19-20; 2:5-7, 2:10; James 1:18). The gospel cannot do this, for it is only news of God's great salvation in Jesus Christ.
The gospel brings eternal life to light, but it does not bring life (II Tim 1:10). Believing the gospel is the result of salvation, not the means or condition of it (Acts 13:48; I John 4:15; 5:1).
Paul preached in synagogues, where men already feared God and trusted the Scriptures (Acts 17:2). He prayed for deliverance from men who were not already saved (II Thess 3:1-2). And this is why he wanted to preach the gospel to the faithful saints at Rome (Rom 1:8-15).


Proof #6
The Bible gives examples of sinners
saved without any conditions.

Since God saves sinners unconditionally by His own sovereign wisdom and power in Jesus Christ, and the gospel and its ordinances are only for the education and comfort of the elect, then there should be examples of such cases in the Bible. And there are many. The previous proofs and the following examples solve the perpetual questions men have had about infants, idiots, and the heathen. Salvation is by God's grace alone, and it can easily reach every class of man in every situation. The examples to follow cover every man and thus are comforts for our souls.

We have already shown in the previous five proofs that God's elect are saved fully and infallibly without conditions. But let us add to these proofs with specific examples of such from the Bible.

What about John the Baptist? He leaped for joy in his mother's womb at the presence of Jesus, and he did so by the Holy Ghost (Luke 1:15, 44). Joy is a fruit of the Spirit and an evidence of eternal life, so we know John was saved before he was born (Gal 5:22; Rom 8:14-15; I Pet 1:8).

What about Cornelius? He feared God, which no unsaved man does (Rom 3:18); and he gave alms and prayed acceptably to God (Acts 10:1-4). And this was true before hearing the gospel or being baptized. Peter revealed by the Spirit he was already accepted with God (Acts 10:34-35).

What about Lot? He loved Sodom more than righteousness, and he ended up incestuously with his daughters in a cave (Gen 13:12; Gen 19:14, 16, 20, 36). Yet we are taught by the Spirit Lot was a just and righteous man, saved by the glorious grace of God by Christ's obedience (II Pet 2:7-9).

What about the rich young ruler? Though he chose his riches over Christ, Jesus loved him; and he went away sorrowful - two marks of a man with eternal life (Mark 10:17-27). Jesus hates the wicked (Ps 5:5; Matt 7:23); and only spiritual men desire to follow Christ. Riches are a strong obstacle to obedience; but salvation by an omnipotent God is easy even in such cases.

What about Israel in the wilderness? They ate and drank spiritually of Jesus Christ, which is to have eternal life (I Cor 10:1-4); but they were disobedient and rebellious (I Cor 10:5). Yet God chose them, chastened them, called them children, and loved them (Deu 7:6-8; 8:5; 14:1; 33:1-3).

What about blinded Israel? Paul declares that a portion of elect Israel was blinded to the gospel, so that though they were enemies of the gospel, they were beloved in election (Rom 11:25-32).

What about infants? There is no doctrine of salvation on earth that consistently and Scripturally provides for infants, except the truth of unconditional salvation. Since eternal life is entirely by God's grace in Jesus Christ, dying elect infants are saved the same way as all other sinners.


Proof #7
Unconditional salvation is the only
doctrine giving God all the glory.

Eternal life entirely by grace without human conditions gives God an infinite and undivided measure of glory. Any conditional system of salvation, even those requiring only faith, make man the determiner of his own destiny - and thus his own saviour. But there will be no sharing of glory in heaven, for Jesus Christ will receive it all. The wicked are not in hell, because they failed to do what the righteous did, but rather because Jesus Christ did not do for them what He did for the righteous. Salvation is of the Lord, and this fact cannot be modified or compromised.


If a mere offer requires conditions, then it is a reward and not a free gift; then the Giver is in debt to the one meeting the conditions (Rom 4:4); then it is of works rather than grace (Rom 11:6); then the Giver is robbed of glory by the one performing (I Cor 1:26-31). Only by eliminating all conditions does God get all the glory (Eph 2:9; Rom 11:33-36; I Cor 4:7; Titus 3:4-7).
The true God is Jealous, and He will not share His glory (Ex 34:14; Is 42:8). He has so designed salvation to give Himself all the glory (I Cor 1:26-31; Rom 2:29; 9:23; Eph 2:7).
God created all things - even the wicked for the day of evil - for Himself and His own pleasure (Prov 16:4; Rev 4:11). He did not create us for our pleasure, and then helped us out of our sins. He was not surprised by sin in Eden at all, for it was all part of His purpose to glorify Himself.
Salvation is not remedial to deliver damned sinners God pitied, but rather revelatory of His glorious nature by the judgment of the wicked and the deliverance of the elect (Rom 9:14-24). He chose to display His wrath and power in the one category and His glorious riches in the other.
Many talk and sing about salvation by grace, but only unconditional eternal life is truly gracious; for if we add conditions to His grace, then sinners choose their own salvation. The difference between heaven and hell is not man's choice at all, but God's (I Thess 1:2-4; II Thess 2:13).
God based salvation on His own will in predestination for His own glory (Eph 1:5-6, 11-12). He has mercy on whom He chooses, without regard for man's will or efforts (Rom 9:15-16).
If God wanted all men saved and sent Jesus to die for them, based on their compliance, then two things are true - He is the most frustrated Being and His work effectively accomplished nothing.
Jesus victoriously saved His people from their sins without losing one (Matt 1:21; John 6:39), and the elect know He saved them exclusively by Himself (Rev 5:1-14; Heb 2:13; Rev 6:10).
There is only one soul winner in heaven - Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Praise ye the Lord.


Conclusion

How are we saved? By the grace of God through Jesus Christ - no ifs, ands, or buts! By Himself He saved His elect from the eternal judgment they deserve and for His own glory and praise! Not a single one will be lost! His purposes will be fully accomplished! Sinners do not add to His finished work nor activate its blessings! He is more than worthy of your best esteem!


Gospel preaching brings the good news of this gracious salvation. It cannot make elect out of reprobates, sheep out of goats, or spiritual men out of natural men; but it can teach, comfort, exhort, and warn the elect to live godly lives in this world, while we wait for Jesus from heaven.

We believe the gospel for the knowledge and comfort of eternal life it gives us (Acts 13:48; II Tim 1:10; I John 5:13). It describes God's wisdom and power in saving us by Jesus Christ (I Cor 1:18, 22-24), and it tells us what to do to please Him while living here (I Thess 4:1). The Bible was written to saints, and preaching should be done to them also (Acts 13:26; II Thess 3:1-2).

Believing the gospel is only an evidence of eternal life, not a condition for it. Verses speaking of faith in Christ are evidentiary facts, not impossible conditions required of dead sinners to save themselves. Baptism and the Lord's Supper are simply emblems to remind us of Jesus Christ.

There is a salvation in the gospel - but it is only a salvation to truth and comfort in this life - it is not a condition, prerequisite, or instrument for obtaining eternal life. We realize a salvation of comfort and hope by remembering the resurrection (I Cor 15:2, 19); ministers obtain salvation in godliness and truth by taking heed to themselves and the doctrine (I Tim 4:16); and we can all save each other from ungodly living by converting one another back to the truth (Jas 5:19-20).

The whole religious world stands against the truth of unconditional eternal life, for Satan has his Jesus preached by his gospel through his spirit everywhere (II Cor 11:3-4). Where do you stand?

The Jesus of God - Jehovah in the flesh - has by Himself fully saved His elect without the loss of one, and without conditions or requirements of any kind or description. Do you love Him?

Does unconditional eternal life create any motive for holy living? It creates the most! For only constant holy living proves you are God's elect. Rome's sacramentalism and "faith only" allow any lifestyle, as long as you were sprinkled or made a one-time, emotional decision for Jesus.

If you saw in this study God's wisdom and power in saving us by Jesus Christ, then you are saved and in possession of eternal life (I Cor 1:24; John 3:3; 17:2-3; I John 5:20).
If you wish to make your calling and election to eternal life sure, then there are things you should bear in your life as the evidence (II Peter 1:5-10; I Tim 6:17-19; Matt 7:21).
If you are thankful for God's gracious salvation, then you should answer Him with your good conscience in water baptism (I Peter 3:21; Acts 2:37-38; 8:35-39).
If you are already baptized, you need to worship Him in spirit and truth (John 4:24; Gal 1:8-9).

Let us humble ourselves before the living God, beg for His mercy, put our trust only in the Lord Jesus Christ for eternal life, obey the gospel fully until He returns, and praise His glorious name!
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