Thursday, March 7, 2013

Speak the Same Thing, Pt. 7

I just listened to a preacher on the radio whose whole message was about ‘once saved, always saved.’  I kept waiting for him to tell the people that they were in the body of Christ.  He kept going to Hebrews (in Hebrews you can lose your salvation – Heb. 6 and 10).  He would go to Matthew where you can lose your salvation (Matt. 10:22).  He wasn’t rightly dividing.  He was using verses that were speaking to Israel when they were (and will again be) under a performance-based acceptance system.

He never said that we are members of the church the body of Christ.  We are a part of what God is doing as his inheritance in the saints (Eph. 1:18).  Once you trust Christ, you become a member of his body and even if we believe not – if we stop believing! – he abideth faithful

People called into to his show saying that they thought they could lose their salvation.  They all had verses but they weren't rightly dividing.  You cannot lose your salvation because it wasn't based on your works to begin with, and you don’t stay saved based on your works.

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 it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.

2 Timothy 1:9
Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

This is serious.  Your eternal destiny is resting on what Paul has to say about how to have eternal life as a present possession. 

What does your church doctrine say about eternal life as a present possession?  If your religion/denomination doesn’t tell you how to be right with God this moment, for sure, forever, it’s not worth squat. It’s not!  Because you have to be perfect to please God!  But the truth is, you are dead in trespasses and sins (Eph. 2:1), so stop trying to please God with your own works…because you are not perfect.

To be continued…

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