"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
as follows: Most Christians think that salvation is an escape from hell.
Hell is the place of punishment for sins committed unless forgiven. They
believe that nobody can stop committing sin but they can escape the punishment
for committing sins, as they were committing sins. They think that their sins
will be forgiven by the grace of God. They call this as salvation of souls.
How to get this salvation? They teach the salvation method as follows:-
Just say that you believe in Jesus Christ, he died for you, he is your Lord, he
is your Savior, etc. Then, God will give you faith to believe and take you to
Heaven. They think that if you make these statements of confessions, Jesus
Christ will have no other choice, but to take you to heaven. But there is one
This teaching is a subtle twist of the scripture
and it is the deception of Satan.
This teaching is a subtle twist of the scripture and it is the deception of Satan.
They say salvation is not by works of righteousness. They say that they are saved by grace, assuming that grace is a free ticket to heaven. But this is not true and God saves his people from their sins. That is, God deliver from their sins. Because they are rescued from their sin they will not sin. Now they are saved. God forgives their past sins. There will be no sin in their life. Because there will be no sins, there will be no punishment. They will receive rewards for overcoming sin. Others will be punished because of the sins in their lives.
They think that grace is God's free gift, which will take them to heaven, while they are sinning. But grace is the word, the power and the presence of God that is given to a believer to overcome sin and to live godly life. The abiding of God in a person will bring him to the glory of God.
belief is that all those who believe that Jesus died for them will receive
the gift of grace. That is, all Christians including some non-Christians who
believe in the name of Jesus Christ are saved.
But it is not so.
God gives grace only to humble people and they will
do what he commands them to do. Proud people will not obey God but will try to
God gives grace only to humble people and they will do what he commands them to do. Proud people will not obey God but will try to outsmart him.
"Matthew 1:21 ... call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins." Salvation is saving people from their sins, and it is not taking people to heaven. "Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works." Jesus Christ gave his life and redeemed his people from their sins and purified them for himself. These people, who are saved from sin, will be doing good works for the Lord. "Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." The good works, which God has already ordained, is to live a holy righteous life serving the Lord. "Titus 2:7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, 8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned;..." The servants of God preach the doctrine (gospel) of Jesus Christ while living a holy and righteous life.
God knows what we are. "2 Timothy 2:19 ... The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity." If we want to work for God we must depart from iniquity and teach others to do so. God made his provision of grace available to everybody so that the humble can receive it. Now, with the provision of the grace of God, it is up to me to do my part and up to you to do your part to inherit eternal life. It is either our life of holiness or of iniquity, makes us either his sons or his enemy. Sons will inherit the kingdom as joint-heirs with Jesus Christ. His enemies will be punished with eternal damnation in hell for ever. Most Christians believe in hell without knowing what it is. It is the torture chamber, probably thousand times severe than that of Saddam Hussein and that of the Roman emperor Nero. Most probably, more than 90% of Christians will go to the punishment in hell. This is not an exaggerated figure. God is the God of love. But Christians should never forget that God is God of wrath against those who do not OBEY HIS GOSPEL. His GOSPEL is the good news covenant of inheritance in eternal kingdom for those who obey his commandments. God's predestination is to enable the obedient people to live in conformity to the life of his Son Jesus Christ. Those who are conformed to the life of his Son will be glorified and honored to sit in his throne of Christ to rule with him for ever.
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