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Growing in Grace

washerDo you Fruit inspect much?  Or see all the fruit inspectors on Facebook?  Daily standing accusing the brethren?

We all know those who say they believe and may behave abominably, or maybe not as well as we would wish.  We may even be embarrassed or frustrated by their behavior if it is someone we know.  Maybe even disappointed with our own at times if we are honest with ourselves.

Does that make you question their salvation?  

Or yours?

Lawkeepers

Let’s get one thing clear.  We have all heard your wrongly applied proof texts and loadship idioms, to make others question whether or not they are His.

Depending on the translations these Load-ship teachers use, here are some short sound bytes of the law-keepers.  They are deceitfully handling Scripture as they go.  Even labeling believing as some sort of work or something to boast about (ridiculous — faith is not a work Rom 4:4-6).  Paul Washer labels our ability to believe idolatry (according to one of his Washer-isms).

► The Idolatry of ‘decisionism’….

► Examine yourselves to see if you be in the faith…(wresting 2 Cor 13:5 from the entire context)

► We are saved by faith alone, but the faith that saves is never alone…*

► Bring forth fruits meet for repentance…No fruits, no salvation…

► Whoever is born of God does not practice sin…

► Many will cry Lord, Lord, but He’ll say ‘depart from me I never knew you’…

► He will spit lukewarm Christians out of His mouth…

► They are not of us, because they went out from among us…

► Confess your sins and repent from them to be saved…

► The demons believe and tremble…

► no one can be saved who counts the cost and is unwilling to pay it (JMac)

► You must surrender all to become saved.

*Frequently attributed to murderous anti-semite Priest Martin Luther because it can be found in the doctrinal statement of the Lutherans, the ‘Epitome of the Formula of Concord’, but it was originally stated by the other murderous tyrant, John Calvin.  These are historical facts, and not one time deals as some would have others believe.   These men were full of evil thoughts (Read “The Jews and their Lies” by Martin Luther.  One that Hitler loved, and one the Neo-nazi’s to this day sell by bundles).

For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.  Matt 15:19

All these phrases and more, we see incorrectly used by lordship teachers all over the world. They deceitfully handle Scripture, and they do not manifest the truth in every man’s conscience in the sight of God (2 Cor 4).   Each Scripture when rightly divided, looked at in context, does not say what they imply or insist that it does.

Who wrongly uses Scripture to tempt or accuse? The enemy and Mini-me’s.  Mini versions of the Accuser of the Brethren.  Are you sure that is what you want to be? Which side are you on?

Are you an accuser of the bride of Christ?  A judge of who is part of His body?  Will you attack His flesh and blood?

What will Christ do to those who trouble His own? (See 2 Thess 1:6-10)

If you have truly believed, wouldn’t it be better for you to be ready with an answer of the reason of the hope that is within you?  Isn’t it better to point people to Christ?   Preach the gospel?  Feed His sheep?

What is the remedy if you believe someone is a ‘false convert’?  Is it to accuse them of such?  Point your fingers at their behavior proving they are not saved?  Get legalistic about the splinter in their eye?  Fruit inspect?

Or should you ask them about their gospel, what they have believed?

If you find they have not understood the gospel, and have believed one with works or missing some truth, (be sure you know what the gospel is), then what is the answer for one you think may be unsaved???

  • In short, preach the gospel.

What is the remedy if you believe someone is not growing in the faith?

  • In short, preach the Word.

Are works automatic for a believer?

Again, In short, No!

john 18-40 19-30 gospelOtherwise we would not need the epistles to instruct and admonish us.  Nor would we need chastening from the Lord.

Believers can be guilty of all sorts of heinous behavior unfortunately as we see in multiple Scriptures.  We need to point those people to His Word, if they refuse to hear, to discipline them within the church, but we are never told to tell them they are unsaved.

Here is a list of some of those bad things believers/saved people can do.

Tom Stegall mentions this in his book, “Must Faith Endure for Salvation to be sure?”

“The Bible actually teaches that it is possible for one who is eternally saved by God’s grace to”…

1) Commit idolatry and apostasy (1 Kgs. 11:1-10)
2) Believe only for a while (Luke 8:13)
3) Not continue in the Word of Christ (Jn. 8:31)
4) Not abide in Christ (John 15:1-8)
5) Become disqualified in the race of the Christian life (1 Cor. 9:24-27)
6) Resist God’s chastening and correcting to the point of physical death (1 Cor. 11:30-32)
7) Stray from the faith (1 Timothy 1:5-6)
8) Shipwreck faith (1 Timothy 1:18-20)
9) Fall away from the faith (1 Timothy 4:1-3)
10) Deny the faith (1 Timothy 5:8)
11) Cast off initial faith and follow Satan (1 Timothy 5:12-15)
12) Stray from the faith by loving money (1 Timothy 6:9-10)
13) Stray from the faith by professing false doctrine (1 Timothy 6:20-21)
14) Deny Christ and be faithless (2 Timothy 2:11-13)
15) Have faith overthrown (2 Timothy 2:14-18)

We do need to cooperate to abide in the vine AND abide in His Word, to be effective and to grow as students/disciples.   We SHOULD maintain good works.

mac6aCaution: Don’t abide in the words of men, who use excellency of speech and wisdom of their own words to seduce you regarding the gospel (1 Cor 2:1-5), or corrupt your minds from the simplicity that is in Christ (2 Cor 11:3-4).

The church: Jesus loves the bride He gave Himself for, in spite of themselves. In our human eyes, we somehow think God is a respecter of persons based on how good they are (He is not!). We cannot finish in the flesh (Gal 3), that which He began in the Spirit.  He gave Himself for us, and we need to submit to Him so that He will work in us.

The unsaved: God the Father loves the world until the moment they die having rejected His Son, then they will face the Judgment — His Wrath and eternal damnation.    God takes no pleasure in even the death of the wicked.

I do NOT believe your salvation can be lost… If you teach otherwise, knowingly or otherwise, you preach another gospel that will not save and you are following after the philosophies and doctrines of men.

Please, for your sake, and your loved ones — prayerfully consider the Scriptures against what you have been taught (Acts 17:11).  See if those few verses that seem to suggest losing eternal life really mean that.  Gather up the Scriptures and determine to study with His approval in mind asking questions, and looking in context.

Here are some things we CAN lose other than eternal life.  Or consequences we may face for disobedience.

1)  Loss of Fellowship with God (1 John 1:3, 6,9)

2)  Loss of Fellowship with others (1 John 1:3, 7)

3)  Loss of Fullness of joy in our walk (1 John 1:4)

4)  Loss of Rewards at the judgment seat of Christ (1 Cor 3:10-16)

5)  Bring judgment upon ourselves (1 Cor 11:29)

6)  Loss of our physical life (1 Cor 5:5; Acts 5:1-11, 1 Cor 11:30)

7)  Loss of our health, be weak or sickly (1 Cor 11:30)

8)  Loss of our testimony or justification before men (James 2, Titus 3:8)

9)  Shaming the name of Christ for sins named among us (Eph 5:3).

10) Facing chastening (1 Cor 11:32; Heb 12:5-6)

11) Facing consequences for our actions (Gal 6:7-9)

12) Others facing things because of us, including loss of knowing Christ. (Gal 6:9)

13) Straying from the truth, being dishonorable – (2 Tim 2:18-20)

14) Being ashamed at His appearing – (1 John 2:28)

15) Loss of the joy of our salvation – (Ps 51:2)

2 Cor 5-7FaithnotSightThose are just some of the consequences we can be saved from as believers by being obedient to God’s Word.  So consider whether the word ‘saved‘, ‘salvation‘ or ‘deliverance‘ speaks to a physical saving from something, or a spiritual one.

Remember Mary chose the good part, the needed thing (Luke 10:38-42).  We need to be wise, and stay close to our Shepherd.

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In Jesus Christ’s love to you all.