"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.
Romans 5:8 says: "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Preachers quote this verse, then say that we were, are, and always will be sinning. But the verse specifically says "while we were yet sinners." ‘WE WERE YET’ sinners means that: 1) we WERE sinning, i.e., the sinning occurred in our past, so there was an end to it, and 2) since it says that in the past we were sinners, it also strongly implies that we need not be sinners now. What really matters is who we are now; whether we are sinners or righteous people. The message in this verse is that, although we have sinned in the past, we can now live without sinning by the grace of God, and our past sins can be forgiven because Christ died for us. Do pastors just misunderstand this verse, or are they intentionally trying to deceive us?
Titus 3:5 says: "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us…." Preachers quote this verse and say that God saves us not because of our righteousness, but because of his mercy. But, as always, it is important that we read the verse as it is written, rather than reading it as we wish it to be. Let us accurately read the message in this verse, in its context with the previous verse. "4) But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, 5) Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;" Here, we can see two sentences describing two functions or works of Jesus Christ. Let us look at each of the two sentences independently, and see what Jesus Christ has done. 1) "But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done,"; And 2) "but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;" In this context, the first sentence says that Jesus Christ has appeared as a man for the whole world, not because WE were righteous (we know that the whole world was not righteous, even though there could be a few striving to obey God, and a few may be obeying God. Jesus did not come because of this righteousness of the world, but ...), but because of the kindness and love of God toward men (the whole world). It is the same message as in John 3:16. Also in this context, sentence two says that he saved US (but not the whole world) because of his mercy (his grace), by the washing of regeneration (purification) and renewing (conversion). It is as in Ephesians 2:1-10. In these verses, it is clear that Christ did not become a man because of the works that we have done. It is also clear, however, that he saves US by purifying and converting, from unrighteousness to do righteousness. It is as a result of his power that makes us to walk righteously until the end. The deception exploited by false preachers is very dangerous for vulnerable Christians, and promotes the idea that it is OK (even necessary) to go on in sins.
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