HOW TO BE SAVED – the Good news

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved.

THE GOSPEL, (THE GOOD NEWS) is simple.  I am not wanting to complicate it, cropped-john-14-6.jpgjust praying to be thorough for those who want to know more, to be informed of things they may not have ever heard or known.  In light of that, this may be redundant for some, (take it as a good thing, believers really should shod our feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace DAILY – Eph. 6:15).

Please note:  In this article I tried hard to link each and every bit of the Bible to make it easy for anyone to quickly find the truth.   I encourage you to read the Word and look up all the linked Bible verses.  Do not believe me, but seek God in His Word, see what He has to say.  The Scripture is able to make one ‘wise unto salvation’ (2 Tim 3:15).  I also provided links for other things which you will see throughout.

WHAT IS THE GOSPEL? (And what it is not!)

If you have heard the gospel before, I hope this is clear. The gospel (good news) is supposed to be simple enough a child can believe it. Unfortunately, it is not always so.

I am afraid many of you have heard a false or confusing ‘gospel’ in churches, or from friends, even and especially on social media like Facebook, youtube or street ‘preachers’.

People just cannot seem to help themselves in adding some of their works to what Christ has already done, all while denying that this is what they do.  It can be an unbeliever preaching another gospel, or it might even a believer who can also be susceptible to being deceived.  We can be deceived by kindly old gentlemen, lounging in their rocking chairs, capped with a full head of white wavy hair.  Casual, yet compelling, with their expensive knitted sweater and charming Southern accent.  It is a Norman Rockwell picture — surely this must be good?

It grieves us who know the gift of eternal life is free, to see many of the ‘street preachers’ with their condemning signs.  Or so many youtube videos (of people like Ray Comfort telling people to STOP SINNING – trust me he has not, or he is a liar –1 John 1:8-10).

They can also be heard on radio stations or writing hundreds of books (i.e. John MacArthur) or even wildly popular preachers on t.v. like Billy Graham (that I described above).  Don’t listen to them, they are not telling you the truth and nothing but the truth.

But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.  For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!  2 Cor 11:3-4

THE TRUTH

BUT God so loved the (whole) world, that He sent His Son Jesus that whosoever (ANYONE) would believe upon Him would not die (perish) but have eternal life. He says He desires no one should perish/die, (John 3:16-18; 2 Pet 3:9) but we all have a decision — to believe or not believe His testimony of His Son Jesus.

The Lord Jesus Christ (fully man, and fully God) died at Calvary on the cross for all of our sin. He freely gave Himself as a perfect sacrifice in our place.  Jesus took His life back up when He rose again from the dead — proving He is God in the flesh (since only God has the power to bring someone back to life) (John 10:17-18).  He had the victory over sin, death and the grave eternally.  For those of us who believe, we too will have eternal life with God (1 Cor 15:3-4), this is His promise.  God’s testimony of His Son tells us that once we have believed we can KNOW we possess eternal life (1 John 5:13).  The gift of God is eternal life, and it cannot be lost.  When we believe, we are gifted to the Son (John 6:39-40; Col 1:13).  He says no one can snatch us out of His hand (John 10:28-30). Please read this resource from Pastor Tom Cucuzza on how to be sure you are going to heaven.

There is nothing you can do to receive this free gift.  Again you cannot ‘turn from sin’ (or stop sinning – it is not possible and could never be enough). Promising to do better or obey cannot help, nor committing or surrendering your life to Him.  He gave His life for you, not the other way around.

MAYBE YOU FEEL DEATH IS A LONG WAY OFF?

I am here to tell you, death comes too fast sometimes. 

Especially when you lose someone you love.  And they were too young to die.  And you didn’t have enough time with them.  You didn’t get to grow old together, and you didn’t become grandparents together, and you didn’t get to tell them “I love you” enough…And they never got to see your kids get married…or walk his girls down the aisle.  Life ends swiftly sometimes.

Don’t wait…

FALSE STREET PREACHERS

So many things the apostles NEVER told the lost they needed to do in order to receive the free gift of eternal life we see being yelled out on the streets, or held up on their signs.

No work of yours can be added to BELIEVING upon who He says He is, and what He has done for you.

Some of these things might very well be good things to do once you are a believer, however it is not by any works of righteousness that we have been saved (Titus 3:4-7; Eph 2:8-9; Rom 4:4-6; Rom 11:6), but only by His grace.

Saying a prayer when you believe is a good thing to do, because you are now learning to talk to your Father, but the prayer itself doesn’t save.   Believing upon Him does.  The Lord Jesus Christ died for you, demonstrating His love for you because you were an ungodly sinner WITHOUT STRENGTH to be able to clean yourselves up first.

For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die.  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Romans 5:6-8

WE ALL HAVE SINNED

We are all sinners, (Rom 3:23) and that sin cost us eternal separation from God – which means eternal death.  He does not want that for one person (1 Tim 2:1-6; 2 Pet 3:9). Every person has sinned, everyone needs a Savior no matter how good you may feel you are, it’s just not and never could be good enough.  We’ve all known some really ‘good’ people in our lives, but they still fall short of God’s glory.

Our sin grieves God.  (Genesis 6:6; Eph 4:29-31)

ONLY JESUS IS OUR MEDIATOR BETWEEN US AND GOD

We do not need priests or Mary to offer sacrifices for us, it will not help.

Jesus was offered ONCE to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself (Heb 9:26).  We (all who believe upon Him) were perfected forever by His sacrifice, once for all (Heb 10:10,14).

Jesus tore the veil that day having entered into the Holiest of Holies by His blood sacrifice — once for all.  We can approach God ourselves boldly, He is all believers High Priest — we do not need another to intercede for us. Revelation 1:6 says that Jesus loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood (all believers) and He perfected us forever.

Before sin entered this world, man was in fellowship with God, with no separation between us.   But he was given a choice (free will).  That choice was a decision between obeying God and choosing to disobey.  Only one thing man was asked not to do, all the rest was under his dominion.  And he chose to sin, to rebel against His Creator, and there it began.  Since then, sin has separated ALL of us from God.  Each and every person.

But from that very first sin, God promised that He would make a way if man would choose to believe upon Him for it (Gen 3:15).  God is not a man that He should lie (Num 23:19; 1 Sam 15:29).

Jesus is the only way to become born again (He created a new second nature in us when we believe).  It is incorruptible (1 Pet 1:23). He came to reconcile us to God, through faith in Him, our sins are no longer imputed to us (2 Cor 5:17-19).  Nothing we can do in the flesh will avail us anything for eternal life (Gal 6:14-15).

THEN WHO IS JESUS IF NOT ONLY A GOOD MAN?

Jesus came as fully God and fully man. He is not the half brother of Satan. He is not the archangel.  He did not become God by not sinning, He already was and is God.  He is not just a prophet or a good man.   Neither is He on equal par with Mary — He is her God and her Savior.

Jesus is either who He said He was, (the Son of God who always was, the Creator of all things) or He would have been a fake, there is no in between.

Jesus told the Pharisees who He was,  (Please read the Seven ‘I Am’ statements here so you can know who Jesus claimed to be).

Unless you believe what He said — Which is WHO He is and what He came and did do — you will die in your sins — unforgiven.  Don’t believe on ‘another Jesus’ that religions like Mormonism, Jehovah’s witness, or even Islam or Judaism currently teaches about Jesus (that He is only a prophet, or only a good man, half brother of Satan, or not the Jewish Messiah etc.)  Do not believe another gospel of salvation, which is ‘another/accursed gospel’ (2 Cor 11:3-4; Gal 1:6-9).   Salvation is free, so if you believe like the Hindu’s, Roman Catholics, Buddhists, lordship teachers etc., in good works being necessary to be saved (or again another Savior), you will be lost because of your beliefs — they are placed on the wrong Savior.   (Please read the book of John.  It was written for the explicit purpose that people would believe on Jesus and in so doing have eternal life – John 20:31).

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All good and perfect gifts come from God (James 1:17).  God is love, He is merciful to all who will come to Him in belief.  Jesus is the Son of God. Attested to by God the Father and by His miracles — mocked by Satan, questioned by the High Priest, positively affirmed by Jesus.  People who like to misuse the Scripture in James 2, (regarding even the demons believe and tremble), seem to miss that demons were not and will never be offered Salvation.  But all demons and unclean spirits were compelled to cry out that Jesus Christ was the Son of God knowing Who He is.

Who else witnessed that Jesus was the Son of God?  Mark through the Holy Spirit, the Angel Gabriel, the Centurion, John the Baptist, Nathaniel, Jesus Himself, Martha, John the Apostle, the Ethiopian Eunuch, Paul the apostle etc. all testified that Jesus Christ was and is the Son of God (Mark 1:1, 15:39; Luke 1:35; 2:11; Jn 1:34,1:49, 10:36 11:27; 20:31; Acts 8:37, Acts 9:20).

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There is not really enough room here to describe Emmanuel, (meaning God With us) that the angel announced. He is Creator of all things, our God whose throne is forever and ever.  He is the great I Am.  He is the Creator of all things, He is before all things, and by Him all things exist.  He is the Almighty God, the Beginning and the End, He is the Word of God, the Messenger of the Covenant, the Son of David, the Prophet, mighty in deeds and words, and so much more.

This Wonderful loving God, the only living God, (all other gods and ways are false, and religion will not save you).

God knows you intimately — even your thoughts — and think about this, (if you are honest), He still loves you in spite of it.   He counts every hair on your head, keeps every tear you have shed, numbers every place you have been, KNOWS every sin you have ever committed whether in public or in secret.  AND it was all paid for at the cross by the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Jesus is God and Savior — only God can save you from this terrible reality called hell.

I, even I, am the Lord, And besides Me there is no Savior.  Isaiah 43:11 (see also Is. 45:15, 21; 49:26; 60:16).

Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.  For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  Luke 2:10-11

Jesus is the ‘righteousness of God’.  Are you still seeking to establish your own righteousness?

WHY DID JESUS HAVE TO DIE?

The penalty (wages or payment) for sin is death (Rom 3:23) — again, this is eternal separation from God — forever.  Never again experiencing every good thing we have ever known.

God is perfect and Holy, and because of that, nothing imperfect can enter heaven, not even so much as one little lie (Rev 21:27).  So by not believing on who Jesus is and what He has done in our place (died on the cross for our sins, buried and risen again in three days),  If we do not believe — we have rejected His free gift of eternal life.

If we die in this thinking (of unbelief), we will be forever separated from God in this state for all eternity in hell.   Repent* (which means ‘think differently’ basically), for if you don’t, you will surely perish.

*VERY IMPORTANT, PLEASE NOTE:

The transliterated word REPENT does NOT = Repent > FROM SIN.

Those are ADDED words in some paraphrased translations that are not there in the original language.  Stopping even 90% of our sins would never be enough.

‘REPENT OR LIKEWISE PERISH’

In the 13th chapter of Luke, Jesus was telling His disciples by the examples He used, that no one was a worse sinner than they (I once thought just like this too).  Those who had done heinous things were no worse sinners than they were.  He told them to ‘repent’ or they would die.

What does that mean? Repent from what?  It meant they needed to stop thinking they were good and others were worse sinners. In other words, stop thinking you’re so great, and others are worse than you.

Once again God’s testimony is that we have ALL sinned, and we ALL fall short of His glory.

God says we can only receive Him through believing upon who Jesus is (God the Messiah/Prophesied Christ), and what He has done for us (died on the cross for OUR sins, buried and rose again from the dead having the victory over sin and death forever).

The Word of God says that all life is in the blood, but surely we already know this.  So He needed to die, because without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness for sin (Heb 9:22; Lev 17:11).   You need a Savior, we all need a Savior — not one person ever will escape that fact no matter how good.  Only God could save us from this awful fate because He alone is perfect, and all powerful.  Jesus as God had the victory over sin and death for us, and He promises we too will rise again from the dead if we believe upon Him as our Savior (1 Cor 15:50-57).

You can try to do it your way (like Frank Sinatra), or you can believe Him, that He is the ONLY WAY.   He became our substitute, a perfect, spotless (sinless sacrifice). He died in our place with great love for us, giving Himself willingly.  It is by His shedding of blood and His death in our place that we can be reconciled to God the Father.  Jesus is Lord (God the Messiah).  He is either your Savior by believing upon Him, or you will die eternally in torment if you reject Him.

He is Lord of all, and one day everyone will bow and declare He is Lord whether or not they chose to believe upon Him in this lifetime, in this, you will have no choice.  Your choice NOW is your destination – Heaven or Hell, and no one will have a second chance after they die — it is appointed unto man once to die, then the judgment (Heb. 9:27).

HELL

Imagine a place where there is no more joy, no more peace, no more love, no more light, no more beauty — nothing good, only an absence of everything that was ever beautiful and wonderful in our life — unending weeping and sorrow.  I can’t begin to describe or think on the opposite of everything that is good and pure.  There will be no escape, no second chances, and for those who have thought of ending it all in this lifetime? There is no suicide in hell.

JESUS PAID THE PRICE IN FULL

So good deeds, living a good life — none of that would have ever been enough to mend the break between man and God.  After we have believed, it is good for us to maintain good works, good for all men in fact, including us, so we will not be barren or unfruitful (Titus 3:8; 2 Pet 1:5-8).

He forgave all our trespasses (SINS) and HE nailed every single thing that was against US to HIS CROSS  (Col 2:13-15).  Not our cross, but His (for those who talk about taking up their cross in relationship to gaining eternal life).

Dear Jewish friend, please read Isaiah 53 in light of the historical and Biblical accounts as Jesus Christ as the Messiah.  Won’t you believe Isaiah’s report about the Messias/Messiah who has come?  He is the Afikoman.  He has come.  (Why is that Greek Word in your Jewish Passover?)  He is coming again.  When did you pierce God?  Jesus did it for you.

And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.  Zech 12:10

God sent you His only Son.   The Bible says, He came unto His own, and His own received Him not.  Psalm 2:12 says in the KJB, Kiss the son, lest he be angry, and you perish along the way, when suddenly his anger blazes.  How blessed are all who take refuge in him.(His Son)

WHY DID JESUS DO IT?

Because He doesn’t want anyone to perish but desires that all would come to a knowledge of the truth.  Wanting all to spend eternity with Him, but that can only happen through belief in the gospel (good news).

Only Jesus Christ is righteous, so we can only enter Heaven (to the Father) through belief upon Him.  And that is only if we believe solely on Him to save us — we need to understand that it can be nothing of ourselves — our goodness, or our religion, but only believing upon Him.

Obviously He knew we could not ‘stop sinning’ or ‘promise to do better’ and actually keep those promises.  Apart from Him, we can do nothing.  While we were still ungodly sinners without strength, Christ died for us (Rom 5:6-8).

A particular religion or belief system cannot save (unless it is the one way He prescribed (John 14:6).  Once again, no promises, no behavior of our own, no religion, church going, no turning from evil — can grant us eternal life. Once again, Jesus is the only way for you to be saved and forgiven all your sins.  There is no other way but Him.  Not MANY paths to God, only ONE WAY.  I didn’t say it, Jesus did.  Look into it please…

WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?

Once again, believe only upon Him for your salvation.   It is that simple. You now should know who Jesus is, and what He did for you, but if not, please ask me to contact you by commenting.  Believe upon Him and you will instantly and everlastingly be given the free gift of eternal life (which can never be lost or forfeited, and it starts at the moment you believe (1 John 5:9-13; John 3:14-18, 36; John 5:24; John 6:28-29, 39-40, 47; Rom 6:23). You’ve been pardoned, set free!  Never to perish.   You’ve been sealed with the Holy Spirit until the day of redemption (Eph 1:13; 4:30).

BELIEVE WHAT AGAIN?

For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.  1 Cor. 15:3-4

What does the above Scripture affirm?  That HE did it ALL.  Stop making promises of good behavior or stopping a certain sin to think it might grant you or help you receive eternal life.

Jesus was the One prophesied of and who fulfilled all the prophecies perfectly (according to the Scriptures). He was the Prophet that Moses warned the people of Israel that they must listen to, or God would require it of them (Deut 18:18-19).   That people who die are buried — ashes to ashes, dust to dust — but only God can raise someone from the dead.

Jesus is God. Only God is Savior.  Jesus is God, the Son of God who came in the flesh, to redeem you, to reconcile you to the Father by taking away all of your sins.  He is the Lamb of God that takes away our sin (John 1:29).  That all these things were witnessed by many people (1 Cor 15:6-8), proves also that these things that are written are true for all of us. You cannot earn this by anything you can do, but you can believe it and receive the gift of eternal life freely.

You do not have to read further, you are saved eternally if you have believed upon Him as your Savior — Christ the Lord crucified for your sins and risen again from the dead as you too shall be.  But read on if you would like ❤

HAVE YOU HEARD?

 Do you know where will you go when you die?

(Things that will keep you from heaven)

The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.  Ezekiel 18:20

Jesus bore our iniquity, He was the only one who could:

Surely he hath borne our griefs,
and carried our sorrows:
yet we did esteem him stricken,
smitten of God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions,
he was bruised for our iniquities:
the chastisement of our peace was upon him;
and with his stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned every one to his own way;
and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Isaiah 53:4-6

If you have not yet accepted this — it is obvious, we have ALL sinned.  Little or big is not the issue (contrary to what religions will tell you).  ALL sin, any one sin will keep you from heaven, ALL will cause you eternal death and separation from God.  Are you proud?  He hates that. It’s no joke, not any place you would want to be with no hope ever again.  But if you are alive and reading this, you have hope.  Everyone does.

Once we have died, we face the judgment (Heb 9:27) For those believe in reincarnation? Or those who believe in Purgatory?  A second chance?  I am very sorry, there will be no more chances

STILL THINK YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH TO GO TO HEAVEN?  DO YOU KNOW SO? OR JUST HOPE SO? (I suggest you ask your husband or wife if they think you are) 🙂

Here’s a check list, you can see if you are good enough in God’s eyes:

  • Has a corrupt/curse word proceeded out of your mouth?
  • Have you hated anyone ever?
  • Have you ever told a lie?
  • Chosen not to forgive someone who wronged you?
  • Ever taken something that wasn’t yours?
  • Have you ever gossiped about another?
  • Have you ever had sex with a person you were not married to?
  • Ever had an evil thought? Ever been bitter?
  • Taken the name of the Lord in vain?  Said “Oh my G-d”?
  • Wished that you had your neighbor’s car or house, or even wife?
  • Broken your word?
  • Been proud (One of the things He hates…Proverbs 6:16-19)

I could go on, but you probably get the picture.  We’ve ALL done some or even many of these things (if we are honest).  And actually His Word says, if you do JUST ONE of these things, it is the same as committing them all.    Just one lie to a Holy God is something He cannot abide.  Our ways and thoughts are not like His (Is 55;8-9) — we don’t quite understand that.  We like to compare ourselves to others, and think we are better, but God is a righteous judge, it doesn’t work that way.

Do you think this is the list God will rate us by?

  • Go to church?
  • Serve there?
  • Give money?
  • Do good deeds and nice things for others?
  • Baptized in the church?
  • Confirmed?
  • Turned from sins?
  • Gave up bad habits?
  • Prove you are saved by your works?
  • Go to Mass daily?
  • Go door to door to tell people about God?

SORRY….no!

Here is God’s Word on my “good” deeds, and all my efforts…

But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away.  Isaiah 64:6

There is not one person on earth that has done several, if not all of these things at some time in their life.  This is sin and no matter how “little” you think you may have sinned, it grieves a Holy and Just God and keeps us from Him, for all eternity, UNLESS YOU BELIEVE UPON JESUS CHRIST.

BUT YOU STILL THINK YOU ARE A GOOD PERSON? GOOD WORKS ARE ENOUGH?  

NOT IN HIS SIGHT.

NO ONE IS GOOD IN GOD’S SIGHT

Most people answer that they think they are a good person when you ask them why they should be allowed into heaven.  

Some, (like one Catholic friend I was speaking with), told me that they will beg for God’s mercy for themselves at that point, or that others will pray for them.

Sigh…Oh dear friend, that is not what His Word says, please, please, look further into it, don’t think of men above what is written (1 Cor 4:6).  He has given us this Scripture well before the Catholic church voted on their canon (Rom 15:4). The early churches themselves agreed on canon of the NT, and the OT had already been decided on by the Jews, to whom which the oracles of God were given. Jesus mentioned the law, the Psalms and the prophets; which was the three part division of Scriptures along with the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah (witnessing to the truth of the Hebrew Scriptures).  Jewish canon was agreed upon and closed around 425 B.C.  When the Septuagint came to be, the ‘books that do not defile the hands’ (not considered Scripture – i.e. the Apocrypha) were added to the Hebrew canon which had been translated into Greek.    Josephus the Jewish historian did not include the additional books into the Hebrew Canon, nor did the early translator of the Latin Vulgate (Jerome).   If you have been led to believe that these books were inspired, please prayerfully do your own research and ask why they so heavily conflict with those the ‘Protestant’ Bible (I am not a Protestant, but a Christian as they were first called at Antioch).

Other Catholic friends believe it’s their many good works that they will justify themselves by, or how faithful a Catholic they have been.  Most always the answer is because they are a good person.  You may indeed be a very good person, I know many very good and decent Catholics (and other religions) whom I love dearly and myself think they are wonderful — but being good or being a good Catholic will not save you my beloved friend.  Only He can.

The Bible says by works no one will be justified before God.

So by then it is too late !!! We die, and then the judgment– no more chances.

There is none righteousno, not oneThere is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does goodno, not one.”  Rom 3:10-12

I used to think I was a good person, because I was nice to people, kind, patient, caring, didn’t do the same things as others.  I did lots of good works towards others and was happy to do so, I freely gave, protected the weak, took care of the poor and elderly.  I didn’t curse, thought I loved others, (we all have our owns methods of measuring other people against what we believe to be our own goodness to be).  But all of these things do not meet HIS HolyPerfectRighteous standards. Once again, if you have broken JUST one, you are guilty of all of them in God’s sight — Even a lie — just one time I have had people say, ‘what about Hitler’?  What about the penalty of one sin being eternal death?  Will you still die with one sin?  One lie?

But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Rev 21:27

I WAS GUILTY AS CHARGED!

GUILTY: We may do many, many good things.  The Bible says we know how to give our children good gifts, even being a wicked person.  But God is Holy, and His standard is perfection, and there is only ONE way we could spend eternity with Him. The Bible reassures us we cannot be good enough on our own.  We need Jesus as our righteousness, nothing else will do.  Again, Jesus told those who thought everyone else was worse sinners then they and had deserved their fate, ‘repent’ (change your thinking) or you will die (perish).

Many of us think we are good, and some think they are far better than others because of their good works.   Some may even do quite a bit of good works and it’s quite impressive.

But the Bible calls it “dead works” (Heb 6:1, 9:14; Is 64:6), which can avail us nothing in receiving eternal life.  Only by His death can we be redeemed, and only the blood of Christ can cleanse our conscience and forgive us for all our trespasses (Col 2:13-15).  Only Christ can reconcile us to the Father.  Again, He is the ONE AND ONLY Mediator between God and man (I Tim 2:5, Heb 8:6, 9:15, 12:24).

“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.  The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ 

And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’  I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”  Luke 18:9-14

What is the difference between these two examples? 

The religious man thinks he is good in comparison to other men and recounts HIS good works to God.  (Not one mention of Christ’s work on the cross being finished, His resurrection triumphing over sin and death.  Your good works are still not good enough for God’s righteous standards.) Worse, maybe others think or tell you that you are such a good person.  They will not be able to stand before God in your place.

No priest, no pastor, no friend, no husband, no mother, no father can help you at that moment — You will stand alone at the Great White Throne before God to answer why you rejected the Only offer of His Son, the Only sacrifice which was acceptable to Him. By then, it will be too late.   I have heard some declare they will shake their fist at God. You think you can stand before Him?  No, you will fall to your knees and declare who He is, but it will be too late, and you are guilty and will be sent to eternal torment and punishment sadly for having rejected His beloved Son Jesus Christ.

The other man, humble, recognizes he is a sinner in need of God’s mercy, in need of a Savior…he does not try to justify himself by his works as did the religious Pharisee. 

So what must you do to be saved? (Acts 16:30-31)  Believe upon Christ and His death on the cross in your place for your sin.  His burial and resurrection in your place, which proves He is God, Scripture and prophecy about Jesus is fulfilled, and you too will rise again to eternal life with Him if you believe upon Him.  That is ALL you must do.

Believe on Him.  

There is nothing you can add and if you try, it is a different gospel.

What sin is going keep you from Heaven?

And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me.  John 16:8-9

He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  John 3:18

JESUS SAID:

He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.  John 3:36

I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. John 8:24

JESUS SAID ALSO TO THE RELIGIOUS PHARISEES:

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.  

And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.  Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.   And ye will not come to me, (not to a church or religion, but to JESUS) that ye might have life.  John 5:24,38-40

HOW SAD… They had the scriptures right in front of them which testified of Him (so do we, all America has access freely to Bibles and we ignore it or mock it, or declare it to contradict itself with our own fleshly wisdom).  But these Pharisees had added their own traditions and men’s words, and religious practices to the simple requirement of faith on what God has said.  The just have always lived by faith.  Right in front of them they had the Messiah, the Savior that the Scriptures testified of, and yet they would not come to Him.  He told them they needed to believe, but they did not.

CHRIST DIED FOR THEIR SINS!  MINE AND YOURS ALSO!

 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?

Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him (Jesus) whom he hath sent. John 6:28-29

Christ died for EVERY SINGLE PERSON’S SIN.  To pay the penalty.   We come to Him through faith in what He did for us, by dying in our place. Through His death and resurrection, He proved He is God, and showed us, that He can save us too.  He has victory over sin’s penalty and over death. We too will be resurrected when we die, the corruptible will be changed to the incorruptible.

 IF YOU HAVE NOT BELIEVED, (this includes trusting your goodness, religion or churches to be even part of the reason you will be saved), you will have no excuse.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.  For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.  Professing to be wise, they became fools.  Romans 1:18-22

YOU WILL STAND CONDEMNED:

“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.  But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”  John 3:18-21

WHO IS THAT LIGHT?

This passage speaks of JESUS.  He is God, who made all things, in whom is light and life.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.  He (John) was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.  That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.  He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.  He came unto his own, and his own received him not.  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.  John 1:1-12

TELL ME, DO YOU KNOW HIS SON’S NAME? (Prophecy)

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For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.     Isaiah 9:6

Before we come to Christ, we are like the zombies of the movies we just don’t know it.

We are the walking dead…

We THINK we have life in us, but do you know that it is the breath of God that holds men together, the Spirit of God who made us and gives us life.  And it is Jesus who is the TRUE LIGHT that gives light to every single man ever born into this world! (John 1:9).

Without Him, man would fall to DUST AND there would be NOTHING at all redeeming in you….No light!  Some shake their fist and declare in their wisdom, that there is no God, but the Bible says, they are a fool. 

The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life.  Job 33:4

All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.  In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.   John 1:3-4

For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust. Psalm 103:14

 Will you receive the FREE GIFT of God?

You can have eternal life with Him by believing upon Jesus, and what Jesus did for you.  

Jesus is the Son of God, come as man, to be the solution for our death.  Man sinned, so man must die.  Jesus died in our place so that we would have the forgiveness of sins, eternal life… Nothing you can do, no works, but you can trust in Him!

We are all sinners, and we all need a Savior.  You must receive Him as your Savior (John 1:12)

The Publican recognized he was a sinner in need of mercy.
The Religious man did not, he saw only that he was good.

Who was justified in God’s sight?

This was before Christ died on the cross, now, He has done the work, He has paid the price for you, such great love. You need to see that you need Him through a change of mind (which means repent)–a change of what you previously thought to believing on Him as your Savior!  ALL men need Him. Not many men or women will believe so.  They would rather trust in religion, riches, their own works, their own goodness to save them.

Mary, the mother of Jesus, also recognized she was a sinner in need of a Savior. She magnified Him, not herself.

And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.  Luke 1:46-47

WHAT IS THE GOOD NEWS AGAIN?

That Christ died for OUR sins on the cross. (This was prophesied in the scriptures, and crucifixion wasn’t even a type of execution at the time of the prophesy — click here to see).

HE DID IT — FOR US.

Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.     Isaiah 53:10

After He was crucified for our sins, He was buried (as the scriptures testified – Isaiah 53:9, Matt 12:40).

And Christ rose again from the dead the third day (according to the scriptures, and the fact He also said He would).  This proved He was God.  Jesus said, He laid down His life and had the power to take it up again. (Jn. 10:17-18)  We too will live again with Him, if we are His by receiving Him (John 1:12).  HE HAD THE VICTORY OVER DEATH.

His resurrection was witnessed by many (See I Corinthians 15:3-11).

THIS was the gospel declared in Scripture, that they believed, received, were saved by, and stood in.

The same gospel ALL the apostles preached.

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”  She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” John 11:25-27

Come to Him by believing.  Nothing else.

No repenting of your sins (also one of the commandments of the law) is not found in the New Testament regarding salvation, nor in the Old Testament regarding eternal life.  You can start to deal with sin once you are saved with His help, but NOT as a requirement for being saved.

REPENT = Change of mind

REPENT does NOT = REPENT FROM SIN

No confessing of your sin (which is one of the commandments of the law), can be added to the Gospel for salvation.  This is a good thing for believers to agree with God when they are doing something wrong — keep short accounts with Him as you would any loved one.

CONFESSING SIN IS WORK OF THE LAW:   And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, When a man or woman shall commit any sin that men commit, to do a trespass against the Lord, and that person be guilty; then they shall confess their sin which they have done: and he shall recompense his trespass with the principal thereof, and add unto it the fifth part thereof, and give it unto him against whom he hath trespassed.  Numb 5:5-7

NO MAN IS JUSTIFIED BY WORKS OF THE LAW

Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.   Gal 2:16

No remorse, sorrow, promises of doing better can be contributed to the gospel itself, you must believe who He is, and what He has done for you.

Forget dead works, religion, being good enough, being sorry enough, even thinking you can turn from sin or stop sinning, repenting of sin, confessing your sin, there is no Scripture that tells us this is the gospel.  In fact, Jonah 3:10 states turning from sin is a work.  Numbers 5:7 shows that ‘confessing your sin’ is a work of the Mosaic law.

Repent means to change your mind.  Will changing your mind save you?  Only if the change of mind results in you believing on Jesus Christ as your Savior. Many will repent (change their mind) regarding many things, but will never be saved. Every single person who has really believed in their heart on Jesus for their salvation, they have all repented.  God has repented too, and does not need salvation, others have repented that did not receive salvation…

THROUGH BELIEVING UPON JESUS WE HAVE:

► Believed on the only way to God. (John 14:6)

► Found the only truth. (John 14:6)

► The only way to receive eternal life. (John 14:6)

► The only name by which you can be saved.  (Acts 4:12, Acts 16:30-31)

► Born again of incorruptible seed.  (1 Pet 1:23)

► Given the power to become the sons of God (through believing on Him).  (John 1:12, Gal 4:5, Eph 1:5)

► Redeemed us through His death on the cross.  (Gal 3:13)

► By one offered, sanctified and perfected us forever! Heb 10:10,14

► Baptized-given the Holy Spirit to live in our hearts (Rom 8:9; Gal 4:6; Eph 3:17; Col 1:27)

► Sealed by the Spirit until the day of redemption

► Shall not come into condemnation!  (John 5:24; Rom 8:1; John 3:18)

► Passed from death unto Life!  (John 5:24)

► The only way you can be forgiven of your sins.  (Acts 13:38, I John 2:12)

► The only way to be cleansed from ALL sin.  (I John 1:7)

► The only way your sins are taken away.  (John 1:29)

► The only way you can be justified from all things.  (Acts 13:39)

► The only way your sins are covered and not imputed to you.  (Rom 4:7-8)

► Everlasting life through believing.  (John 3:14-16)

36 amazing things that happen immediately when you believe!

IF YOU DO NOT? 

What will YOU tell God about not believing on His beloved Son?

The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand.

He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”  John 3:35-36

We must be restored with God, to be able have a relationship with Him.

There is only ONE WAY to God. (John 14:6, John 10:9, Heb 10:20, Matt 7:13-14)

Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the Lord: This gate of the Lord, into which the righteous shall enter.  I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.   The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.  This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.  Ps 118:19-23

There are NOT, and I repeat, NOT many paths to God according to the Word of God.

Jesus came and gave His life in place of ours, that we might have abundant life.  

The enemy, the devil, plans to keep us blinded from this truth.

Jesus saith unto him, “I am THE WAYTHE TRUTH, and THE LIFE

NO MAN cometh unto the Father, BUT BY ME“.  John 14:6

PRETTY CUT AND DRIED. 

He loves you.  He gave His life for you willingly. 

THERE IS NO RELIGION OR WORKS THAT WILL SAVE YOU…

Come to Him that you might have life.

I AM THE DOOR. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.  John 10:9-10

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.  John 15:13

“Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. (Resurrection)  No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.   John 10:17-18

Sirs, what must I do to be saved?    

And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.  Acts 16:30-31

There is a difference between believing ON and believing in Jesus.  Lots of churches claim to believe in Jesus.  But it is maybe in who He is, or what He was historically, they have not placed their faith on Him alone.  Demons believe in Jesus because Jesus is real.  They do not and cannot believe ON Him as their Savior.

WILL YOU?

 DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU OR A LOVED ONE….

21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Matt 7:21-23

Do you call Him Lord? Plenty of Lordship teachers, pastors and church goers say they submit to His Lordship.  Have they?  Have they done His work, or followed His will?  Or do they believe they are saved by their wonderful works they proclaim?

What is the will of the Father?  Everlasting life that you cannot lose IF you have believed on HIM! (Not any works of your own).

This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.  And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”  John 6:39-40

Do you justify yourselves by your own works?  What is His work?

For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness.  Rom 4:2, 5

Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.  Gal 2:16

What is the work He told us we had to do?

Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?”  Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”

Does He know you?

Did He EVER know you?

I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.  John 10:14

What makes some lawless, or unrighteous?  What makes one righteous?

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.   For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.  Romans 1:16-17

For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.  For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.  Romans 10:3-4

For as by one man’s disobedience (Adam) many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one (Jesus) shall many be made righteous.  Romans 5:19

 

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53 thoughts on “HOW TO BE SAVED – the Good news”

  1. Good word. God bless.

  2. patti Schonfeld said:

    Powerful life giving words that will convict, and change hearts and bring those who are in darkness to His light if they are willing to repent and turn to Him. Continue preaching the Word in season and out Holly! Thank you!

  3. Sally Dehne said:

    Jesus has declared to us the love of God!
    John14:1-6 Jesus speaking, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
    John 17:3,4 Jesus prays to His Father “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.”

    • Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
      Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. I John 3:1-2

  4. Good words!

  5. Sean Budde said:

    If a man fully recognizes that he has sinned, but still wants to sin, and trusts in Christ to save him, so that he can have the “best of both worlds”, salvation and sin. Will Christ save such a man?

    • Sean, I don’t think there is a person alive who has believed on Jesus who doesn’t have some desire in him/her to still want to sin. We may not recognize it as such, but the condition for being given eternal life, is believing upon Him as our Savior. I can’t answer for whether that person has believed or not, but if we still want to sin, we will be chastened as legitimate children. What we need to do is point them to His Word, and abiding in it, so that they might be made into disciples. Otherwise, they will remain carnal Christians, and no one is selling that here as a lifestyle we should maintain. One can truly pray for these to not neglect so great a salvation, and for them to come to know the truth through His Word, so they might be sanctified and also so the truth may set them free from this kind of thinking.

      • Sean Budde said:

        Holly, i recently edited my blog and made it much easier to read. I’d like you to read my 3 part blog series on Lordship Salvation and let me know what you think, if you could be so kind. I think you’ll like it. I believe, as you do, that we receive salvation freely (without price on our part)…but at the same time, the hearer knows going in, that he or she will be expected and inspired to follow Christ as disciples immediately after conversion. Not to be saved, but because he or she is saved by grace. I believe this is where the confusion has arisen, because coming UNTO Christ and coming AFTER Christ are both close in relation to sequence, and yet are not same thing. One happens just before a man is born again, and the other happens just after a man is born again. In a post, i posted one excerpt from the Pulpit and Gill commentaries, that i noticed were agreeing with what i was saying in my blog. I didn’t know what they had said, beforehand. I don’t believe the Pulpit commentary is Calvinistic, but John Gill’s commentary is, although his commentary can still be useful at times. I quoted Gill, to show the error of LS as taught by top Calvinists (such as Washer and MacArthur). I like the Pulpit and Clarke commentaries the best, as Adam Clarke was not a Calvinist. Anyway, sorry to put you on the spot, but this is something i’ve been thinking about lately. When a man becomes born again, he becomes a new creation. Yes, we can sin a lot after we become converted (no doubt about that), but even in a state of backsliding, we will be aware of sin, confessing that we did wrong, and feeling like it’s wrong, because of our “inward man” (or inward woman? Not sure if that’s about Christ in us or us having been changed by the Spirit). The Holy Spirit will be making us feel unhappy about our sin. There will be a feeling of not wanting to live that way, in the live of the believer, even though he may be sinning that way daily. He will not be happy about living that way (won’t be reveling in it) and would rather be living right.

        (Links removed by admins until proving of all things)

        Thanks for reading and replying…here are links to my posts on Lordship Salvation:
        Best wishes…may God bless you and yours,

        Sean

        • Sean, you mentioned, “but at the same time, the hearer knows going in, that he or she will be expected and inspired to follow Christ as disciples immediately after conversion.”

          I am not so sure that most hearers today know much of anything in the way of true discipleship. The Word is what brings inspiration. They are fed discipleship ideas, by people like David Platt, or Francis Chan, etc. Trouble is that they do not teach the Biblical way of discipleship, misuse Scripture, and/or are lacking Scripture. We have a famine in the land for the hearing of God’s Word, but a gluttonous church which feeds on men’s words, and drink from other cisterns.

          Whether or not someone is ‘inspired’ because they are a new creature, is unfortunately not always the case. Hence, all the epistles. If someone automatically did these things, no need for the epistles 🙂

          I believe the biggest problem in my humble estimation is lack of the Word, and too much of men’s commentaries (almost all Calvinist). Adam Clarke was an Arminian and like MacArthur denied the eternal Sonship of Jesus along with other errors. So I probably wouldn’t steer any towards them. I ‘think’ even Pulpit Commentary is Puritan.

          I hope you’ll understand until I read anyone’s links, I take the posts off until I have time to read first. And I do not like to recommend Calvinist commentators ever because they might have one thing right, but we don’t want to accidentally make a young one stumble by sending them in the direction of a Calvinist author/pastor/commentator. We’ve kind of made that a policy here until we ‘prove all things’ (1 Thess 5:21).

          To understand 2 Cor 5:17 a little more, I highly suggest Tom Cucuzza’s two part series on the two natures. We should do a number of things as believers that we do not do. But if we would feed His sheep, when they come to a knowledge of Him, and know more of His Word and get washed by it, they grow, they get cleaned up. The Holy Spirit brings His Word to their remembrance. So they need the Word to grow.

          May the Lord bless you too as we draw ever nearer to the time when we will see Him face to face…

          Here is the link to Pastor Cucuzza’s “Understanding the Two Natures”, Part 1 and Part 2.

          http://northlandchurch.com/content.cfm?id=213

        • Sean, you also said,

          I believe this is where the confusion has arisen, because coming UNTO Christ and coming AFTER Christ are both close in relation to sequence, and yet are not same thing.

          Sean, this is true, coming TO Christ, and coming AFTER Christ, are two different things. I haven’t uploaded my Thursday Women’s Bible study, but we talked about that yesterday. The one thing I would disagree with you completely is the the timing. It ‘should’ be so, however, we have to let the Word speak, and it is the Word of Grace that people need commended to in order to be built up. And then we need to have shepherds who warn, who take heed to their flock, and do not shun to declare he whole counsel of God. I don’t think we have too much of that in this age of apostasy.

          So I do not think we put the burden on the young believer for not growing, but send them to His Word. (Luke 10:38:42) and here’s another passage below that speaks to the problem. What believers should do, and what may happen, there are plenty of patterns in Scripture that we see didn’t happen. Did David feel sorry for his adultery and murder of his friend until Nathan came to him with a story of another? What about the incestuous adulterer in 1 Cor 5? What about the legalists in Galatia? Or all the carnal believers at Corinth? We have to be really careful that we do not judge a believer’s salvation by his/her walk, nor state too much of what we think should happen, but instead, using His Word, we should continue to reprove, convince or correct and help instruct them in righteousness.

          Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.

          And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. Acts 20:26-32

          • Sean Budde said:

            If you’d prefer to delete any comment i’ve made, it’s OK. A far as i know, you don’t have an e-mail option on your blog or profile, so i commented on your blog.

          • I didn’t delete any comments, only the links 🙂 And mostly because you said you used some Calvinist commentators, and I just don’t want to mislead anyone by those things. I know some or even many might think I go overboard, but I have been brokenhearted over the years by pastors, teachers etc. compromise. If we had time, I’d tell you some stories, but it started with them basically chewing the meat and supposedly spitting out the bones. Or admonishing me not to throw out the baby with the bathwater. But I truly think lordship (loadship), Calvinist, and Arminian teachings are destructive to the church at large, to render believers ineffective, to render their gospel useless.

            And worse? The lost… a lost person who is preached these doctrines, and believes by them, will not be born again. So I just can’t compromise if I happen to know they are teaching lordship or Calvinism or loss of salvation. I hope you understand, I appreciate your input here, and your fellowship. I don’t mind people having different thoughts, come let’s reason together… ❤

            I just don't want to ever put anything out there, that I know comes from Calvinism in any way shape or form. It's near and dear to me, very personal, and I believe it so strongly time is short, we just don't want to allow any foothold from the enemy. And I believe Calvinism, lordship and Arminianism is where satan has crept in and corrupted minds from the simplicity in Christ.

            I also sometimes don't get in here to approve comments, depends on what's going on in life. But I do appreciate your coming. In Christ forever, Holly

          • By the way, I did email you through regular email. I don’t know how to do an email option on this blog, but I’ll look and see if I can figure it out.

        • By the way, I also went to your site and searched for ‘lordship’ and nothing came up.

    • Sean, you asked: “If a man fully recognizes that he has sinned, but still wants to sin, and trusts in Christ to save him, so that he can have the “best of both worlds”, salvation and sin. Will Christ save such a man?

      My comment: Yes.

    • Susana Wright said:

      If you want to live one foot in the world and think that sin is the best of both worlds, you are not surrendering to God. So you can be saved, but His spirit if invited in will change you and show you that sin is death and harmful to you and others. It is not good in any way. So surrender and let Him teach, comfort, convict and grow you.

      • Thanks for responding Susana, His Spirit is already in us from the beginning. What people need to know about surrender is that we are exhorted to submit to God, to grow up into the head which is Christ, to not be blown about by every wind of passion, to crucify the flesh with it’s passions, to not make provision for the flesh, to abide in His Word, and to abide in Him is the key.

        We have all these epistles written to the church for a reason for sure. His Word will wash and cleanse us and if we hide it in our hearts, will help keep us from sinning. Hopefully we are becoming more like Him daily. And if we love Him we will be feeding His sheep with His Word.

      • Susana, thanks for your response. I agree that to live a sinful lifestyle is not best for us. To do so is to diminish the abundant life that God has in store for us, as well as result in loss of rewards at the judgment.

        But, one does not have to surrender to God in order to receive the free gift of eternal life. That was the question. Any answer other than “yes” would be a direct attack on the gospel. If someone thinks the answer may be “no”, he probably hasn’t understood the gospel message.

        Christians often want to sin. To demand from an unbeliever that he stop wanting to sin before believing in Jesus as his Savior is to add human merit to receiving the free gift of eternal life.

        • I agree John, to demand an unbeliever has power to do anything is foolish. The Bible tells us that we are ungodly. Unrighteous. Children of disobedience. Sinners without strength. We come to Jesus as we are…

      • Sean Budde said:

        I’m talking about before salvation. If a man likes his sin, has he changed his mind about sin? Does he abhor his sin, or does he come to Christ to have a free ticket to sin? Something is wrong with this picture?

        • Sean, I am afraid you are getting some of your material from lordship teachers. Probably all people like their sin, and some don’t even recognize what is sin. Tell me where it says we change our mind about sin in order to be saved.

          It is by the power of the Holy Spirit (once we are saved) and through the Word of God, that we are able to renew our minds. An unbeliever needs to know that it is sin that has caused Him death and that all have sinned.

          Do you abhor all your sin? I doubt all of it. If you are honest, likely you are unaware of some sins of your own that you persist in. Why are believers admonished in the epistles to hate what is evil and love what is good? Because even believers have the propensity to love what is wrong, because if it was automatic, there would be no need whatsoever for the admonishment.

          Ask loved ones, they’ll be the first to tell you, whether you are humble, or stubborn, or think you are always right, or if you put others before yourself always, etc. If you do and continue, then by lordship teachers stances, you would not be saved.

          These scenarios you come up with are the exact ploy of lordship teachers. I.E., “does he abhor his sin”? Or “did he come to Christ with a ‘free ticket to sin'” Only the Lord knows, but I am tired of hearing the ‘motive list’ that load-shippers continue to make in order to shut up others from entering heaven. Only believers through hearing the truth are able to ‘abhor sin’. We are given that new nature that does not sin, but we still have the old nature in the flesh which wars with our soul. How on earth is a non-believer to ‘abhor sin’? I’m sorry to be so strong, but that is the ploy of the enemy, to corrupt minds from the simplicity that is in Christ.

          I am telling you this in the love of Christ. Unless you can back up your scenarios with the Word, stop!

          And that is not just for your sake, but for the sake of others. Did Simon the Sorcerer abhor his sorceries when he believed and was baptized? Did he think he could buy the power of the Holy Spirit? Why do you think he was thinking this way? Because he was a carnal babe and still was thinking with a carnal mind. He believed, and he was saved. He was rebuked strongly for his thoughts and was told his heart was not right, that he was in the ‘gall of bitterness’ and the ‘bond of iniquity’.

          So who knows why Simon believed? I won’t speculate, we should all try hard not to go beyond what is written with coming up with all these different possible scenarios, ‘What if this, or what if that’ has nothing to do with the one condition. Did one believe upon Christ for His salvation?

          Leave it at that, because if you do not, you may be guilty of 1) making a young one stumble by judging their salvation by their works vs. belief, or 2) you may keep the lost lost if you continue to speak about what a sinner must DO before he can receive the FREE GIFT of eternal life.

          Sean, what do you tell someone when you share the gospel?

        • I have to say Sean too, that those two questions are a favorite of John MacArthur, Ray Comfort, Paul Washer and the like. They are all false teachers who judge people’s salvation by their behavior. They will give a list of motives, i.e, if you believed on Christ because you are in a bad marriage and you just want help, etc. Excuse me? We are burdened, and heavy laden, and we come to Him, knowing He is the life giver. Knowing His death on the cross took away our sin… In FACT, His death on the cross took away the sin of the world. They have cannot unburden themselves first, He must do the work. We must not change the condition because their are carnal believers, or ones with bad motives like Simon. If we let our minds become unsettled with the ‘what if’s’, our mind is not fixed on the truth and on the author and finisher of our faith. Let’s let Him determine their motives, and let’s keep preaching the one condition. If they have believed, they have repented of their unbelief.

          And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

          of sin, because they believe not on me… John 16:8-9

          That is the one sin that will keep a person out of heaven. We do our part to help the believer become practically sanctified by feeding His sheep (Ps 119:9-11, John 17:17, John 21).

          • Sean Budde said:

            I said it wrong (sorry). We abhor ourselves. We begin to see how sinful we are when God draws us to believe on Christ for salvation. We see our bankrupt state and our need for Christ’s blood and righteousness. Here’s a snippet of what the Middletown Bible Church says on the subject:

            “There is much controversy with regard to the subject of repentance. The main problem is that of definition. The believer must make sure that He agrees with God’s definition of the term. One verse that helps in our understanding of repentance is Job 42:4. Job said, “Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” According to this verse, to repent is to abhor oneself, to discover how vile we are (see Job 40:4), to discover our utter wretchedness and sinfulness.”

            I agree with this an see no problem with it. Do you agree with this verse in the Bible?

          • No, I do not agree with George Zeller in that area. Funny, I truly was going to ask you if you were going to his site.

            Job was already a believer. There is more than one word in Hebrew for repent. Nacham means things like, to be sorry about, or to console oneself, or comfort another. But most often translated as comfort.

            He recognized his words had been wrong, and the word abhor is ma’ac, and means to reject or refuse, and it would have been comfort, consoling, sorrow for his words spoken in anger. He was showing man (as God already knew his heart), how hasty he had been to blame God. Job had already been declared righteous in God’s sight, how does he feel that this is a good way to define the meaning? Perplexing as a pastor he takes this track, however, many have done this. Look to the word nacham itself in that passage. Do it for the truth Sean, proving all things. Look up every example, here is what you will see. We can console, comfort, or be sorry for something we did, for something others have done, over grief, even God repented using the same word. The same word was used for when Isaac was grieved over his mom’s death and took Rebekah as his wife.

            Look at all the meanings, and how does he come up with this? Might it have to do with Job complaining and God answering, and after the POWERFUL words of the Lord regarding all the things He has done, Job’s was sorry?

            How simple it is if one reads Job in context (entire book).

            How about if I based repent on this verse?

            And these words of Esau her elder son were told to Rebekah: and she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said unto him, Behold, thy brother Esau, as touching thee, doth (comfort H5162) himself, purposing to kill thee. H5162

            Shall we say then it means to take glee in doing something wrong???

            It is wrong for George to add to God’s Word this way. The main problem with people understanding the meaning repentance, is that there are multiple words that are used, yet translated many times as ‘repent’ which people have made out to be that one is repenting from sin.

            No, I do not agree one iota with George Zeller’s summation or interpretation of this verse. The Scripture I always agree with.

          • Sean, you may consider this article on Middletown, and please prove all things (1 Thess 5:21), search the Scriptures to see if what someone says is so.

            http://expreacherman.com/2012/01/22/the-truth-lies-somewhere-in-between/

          • Sean, I think that people aren’t able to disconnect repent from one action they see in the Bible, and they get stuck on that definition. Ninevah repented, and it is called a work. But did they stay right?

            Job abhorred himself first. He could have then continued to abhor himself. But he changed his mind, and showed his change of mind in a typical way for the Jewish people. An outward sign, sort of like water baptism is an outward sign for those in the church. One could be covered in dust and ashes and their heart not be right. Just like one can be baptized and not at all believe. Just like one can be a disciple and they’ve never believed, or even become a betrayer.

            I love Job, especially the last 4 chapters, and Job was already a man who was righteous in God’s sight. But many times in our walk with God, as we see His goodness to the children of men, His greatness, His tender mercies (which are all over His works), His patience with us, His lovingkindness commanded each day, His song over us at night–all these things and more change and renew our minds as we abide in the Lord and His Word.

            Again, Job was already righteous by his faith in God’s sight. One thing we fail to do is see different stories in the Bible and we hone in on one and say, Aha, that is the definition. Did the eunuch repent in Acts 8? (All who believe have changed their mind about unbelief), but shall we all respond his way? Pretty uneventful, but was it? Or those who responded with joy? If we are not leaping and excited, did we not repent or ‘truly’ believe (as some like to insinuate)? How many times do we see believers weeping when they believed in the Bible? (I am not talking about after, but before?) Yet we expect that too.

            I believe we see that it is in knowing the Lord, that we are able to see our own frailties in our flesh, and know that we are not worthy of His love, His sacrifice, yet He loved the whole world, while sinners without strength…. the ungodly, the unrighteous, He loved all, and gave Himself a propitiation for the whole world. Who are we to answer Him? Like Job, when we begin to ‘see’ in our walk/discipleship with Him, things change in our hearts/minds. IF, we abide in Him, otherwise we know, if we are not in fellowship, apart from Him we can do nothing. If we do not stay in His Word, we will never be students.

            We need to point unsaved people to a clear gospel.
            We need to point believers to His Word, and feed His sheep.

            In Christ’s love to you.

  6. Sean Budde said:

    p.s. And just to clarify, i think a born again believer can become desensitized to the awareness of sin, just as a born again believer can see sin more and more, as he or she grows in grace, but we will still know the big sins are sin, rather than justify the sins we see, as something not sinful. That’s what i meant. Love you in Christ. -Sean

    • Sean, I know it was true for me, I became somewhat desensitized, and actually like stagnant water after awhile. I didn’t probably do the ‘big sins’, what I did do, is I thought I was holier than thou in thinking I was good. I didn’t do this, and I didn’t do that (I’m not going to name them), but I was self-righteous even though I thought I didn’t judge, and I thought I was kind to all. The thing is, that kind of thinking, had me judging the world in some ways, and Satan effectively had me in bondage by my works. His Word instructs us in righteousness, and we need to understand how the works are wrought by Him, we need to cooperate, love others, remember to try to love God with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength (impossible through us, but He helps us with everything). We are shown sin by the light of His Word, and so we need to keep pointing others to the remedy, vs. all those people out there pointing out their unworthiness. We are all unworthy, all sinners, all equally lost in God’s sight. Of course we know once one is a believer, there are things we SHOULD abstain from. But again, the answer to one who is struggling is to point them to the feet of Jesus (Lk 10:38-42), spending time abiding in Him, and in hearing His Word. Thanks again, in Him, Holly

  7. Holly, you said: “Of course we know once one is a believer, there are things we abstain from.”

    My comment: There are things that believers may abstain from, but this is not automatic in the life of all believers. I know you know this, but I wanted to clarify. If this statement were universally true, then fruit inspectors would have a field day.

  8. This whole discussion of whether God will save a man who still wants to sin is really sad.

    it is just another way of asking whether one must resolve to turn from his sins in order to be saved. This is Lorship “salvation” 101 disguised in convoluted logic.

    Any Christian who doesn’t know the answer to this question needs to think about the following questions:

    1. Do you sin?
    2. Are you responsible for your sin?
    3. Why do you sin?

    The answers should be 1) yes 2) yes and 3) because I choose to (want to).

    So, how could a person who wants to keep sinning not be saved? How is that any different than you or me? What is the quantification standard?

    In other words, this is simply another way of saying that one must be willing to turn from his sins in order to be saved.

    It is a heretical assault on the gospel.

    • I guess John, because we all hate that idea, yet, if we’re honest, we’ve all been there in varying degrees, if not, I guess they have already attained. It took a long while for me to figure out I didn’t come to Christ for anything, I was too young, I just simply believed. Later, much later, I started to follow after Him. I thank the good Lord for His Word, and for my training in righteousness in it. I am so glad I have His Word to go back to, and check these men’s writings against what the Word itself says. Thanks for your comment, I do agree, whether knowingly or not, it is an assault on the gospel. These questions that these men, put into the heads of others, it spreads, reminds me of James 3 and the tongue…

  9. bestjobever4me said:

    A very encouraging site as I search for study materials! I would like to share something concerning the reference to Mark Copeland. I do not know him, but I, too, am a Christian who worships with a congregation of the Church of Christ. I can only speak for myself, but I would like to share my understanding of what is referred to in the blog posts as 5 requirements of salvation, not as a rebuttal or argument, but simply as my understanding of scripture. I do not in any way believe in 5 requirements for salvation. Salvation is through Christ alone. However, in the New Testament, in addition to belief– repentance, confession, and baptism, are all taught in connection with accepting that free gift of salvation, not earning it, accepting it. Opening a beautifully wrapped gift is not earning the gift nor paying for it. I don’t consider those aspects of my walk of faith to be works–they are part of my grateful responding to accept the Lord’s offer of salvation, and that response is simply based on what the scripture says. Romans 6 describes a beautiful analogy of our baptism experience, with this chapter concluding with the reminder that our salvation is a gift. I Peter 3 also references the place of baptism. We have numerous examples of New Testament believers who were baptized upon hearing the Good News of Christ. There are several other references to baptism, aligned to the concepts of both salvation and being a new creation. So, I was baptized. For the same reason I believe. For the same reason I repent of my sins. For the same reason I confess my faith in Christ. Because of the amazing truth that Christ loves me enough to die for me. And through that sacrifice, I can be saved. I want to obey what God’s Word says, particularly when it involves my salvation. And my understanding of scripture is that I am called to be baptized. Anything I believe or do or say does not earn the gift–I’m simply accepting thankfully in faith what is offered in the way the Ethiopian eunuch, Cornelius, Paul, Lydia, and others did, in the way that Peter proclaimed to the crowd at Pentecost. My understanding, my faith, my walk–they are all far from perfect, but the One who saves me is perfect, and my trust is in Him, not in my own actions. My actions are my obedient response to what He offers.

    Again, this is not to start an old argument afresh on this page, but are just my attempt to share what I believe about this issue in response to the comment quoted in the blog post referenced. I’m praying about these words!

    • ShadRobyn, thanks for commenting, I covered the ‘how to be saved’ page and searched for either Copeland or Church of Christ or five requirements to being saved, so I’m a little confused to what you are referencing.

      There is one thing we must do to be saved. Believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ.

      What does that mean?

      It is who He is, and what He has accomplished for us.

      Lord – Kyrios – kurios in Greek. It means GOD, THE MESSIAH when used as a title. This shows that Jesus is God because only God is Savior. It establishes His Deity.

      Jesus – Jehovah is Salvation or Jehovah saves. This again establishes Scripture, it is Jehovah who is Savior, and Jesus is that Savior.

      Christ – the anointed one. He has come into the world so that the world through Him might be saved. He freely offered His life and had the power to take it up again, because He is Lord (God, the Messiah).

        Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father. John 10:17-18

      It was finished at the cross where He suffered, bled for us and died. He was buried and rose again, the firstfruits of many. When we believe we are buried with Him in baptism (not of water, for the cleansing of the flesh does not save) and we are risen with Him in faith by the Spirit. Water baptism does not save, but I agree we should do it for obedience to Him as an outward sign of our faith to others.

      Church of Christ teaches baptismal regeneration and the Word is clear, it is not by baptism that we are regenerated, but by the operation of God because of our belief in Him.

        buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. Col 2:12

      I am glad to hear you do not believe in the five points the Church of Christ doctrine teaches. Let me point out one, Repentance. They do not give it the correct definition, they define repent as turn from sin. So with a completely incorrect definition they have changed the gospel and are preaching another that will not save.

      Here are some Scriptures just to revisit if you would like.

      john 8:24
      John 1:12
      John 4:10
      John 3:36
      John 3:15-18
      John 5:24
      John 6:29
      John 6:35, 40, or 47
      John 6:68-69
      John 7:38-39
      John 11;25-27
      John 20:31

      Thanks for visiting, and if somehow that doesn’t respond to your question, let me know. In Christ, Holly

  10. Hello Holly,

    Just dropping a line in reference to your comment at ExPM about the hyperdisp who teaches LS.

    Not starting an argument with this, just stating a fact: I’ve been a mid-Acts disp for 10 years and have never met one who is not as anti-LS as you. There are still a few elderly Calvinist holdovers but they’re passing from the scene. LS, though, is thoroughly opposed as the false gospel of works probation that it is.

    I am not disputing your story but I guarantee you this: if that person holds to some form of LS and is a professing mid- or late-Acts dispensationalist, he/she is confused and does not see the absolutely distinction in God’s dealings between the Body of Christ and national Israel — and THAT will be why they’ve been ensnared by LS.

    Posted in the interest of truth and clarity. I will not follow up unless asked to do so.

    • Eph 389, I will answer this one time, but there is no need to follow up. I have been following this teaching for a bit longer than you have even been a mid-Acts dispensationalist. When I was first introduced to Les Feldick years ago when my children were younger, someone suggested watching him on TV. Although I had some understanding of the teaching because of Bullinger (who would be considered more hyper/ultra), I did not know Feldick was a Mid-Acts teacher. It only took one time for me to hear some of the falsehoods he was teaching (he said Gentiles were never told to repent – false, he must have forgotten Mars Hill). I also noticed the way he and many others of have run across since then word things.

      Here are just a few of the things I have heard over the years, and not just from Feldick:

      >If one REALLY desires to know the truth, they will ‘see this’ in the Scriptures.

      >A SINCERE student of the Bible will eventually come to understand these things.

      >A MATURE believer who is studying to show Himself approved onto God will rightly divide the Scriptures (their way).

      >God never told us we have to BEG for forgiveness (true, but this is with their suggestion that somehow we are preaching this if we are not seeing their division the same).

      Because of verse divisions, it seems most Mid or latter Acts dispensationalists emphasize certain verses without using context. It was never God’s purpose that Israel be saved by the gospel plus law (as least in terms of eternal life). The law has never justified anyone, and Peter did not preach a different gospel to the Jews.

      My experiences with mid-Acts did not end with Feldick as administrating several groups over the last 10 years on FB, I have run into many. The last ones that I warned about the site they were using (as I mentioned), to prove their doctrine. The site revealed itself to be Universalist as well as ‘god in all of this’. I left the group with the warning of the site, not wanting them to be misled by it, for that they used 1 John 2:19 to suggest I was an antichrist because I did not see things their way.

      The pastor that was here for a visit and started to teach that we are not in the New Covenant because we are not Israel, had his own form of loadship, yet again, suggesting that people who did not see it his way didn’t have a complete understanding of the Scriptures. Whether or not he believes so, he also compels the women to only wear dresses, not swim in mixed company, not celebrate ‘pagan’ holidays etc.

      I am not saying that all mid or hyper dispensationalists are loadship but I do think that it a reverse form of loadship in that it puts a burden on the Jews that God did not put on them when the promises were made to them and the good news was preached to Abraham. The law was added 430 years after the promises, and that because of sin. (I am quoting Scripture throughout and glad to reference all if one needs me to). Here is an article on the law if one wishes to read it (https://redeemingmoments.com/2013/06/24/tell-me-you-who-desire-to-be-under-the-law-do-you-not-hear-the-law/)

      The verses you use in your name, I have had used by many mid-Acts people, to prove that somehow this mystery was only revealed to Paul and only for the Gentiles, should be looked at in context, here are a couple verses before in the same chapter:

      5 which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
      >> 6 that the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and >>of the same body<<, and partakers of his promise in Christ by >>the gospel:

      The just have ALWAYS lived by faith, only one way for anyone to be saved.

      The New Covenant/Testament was dedicated at the cross and the body, the church, began in Acts 2. The gospel in Acts 2:38 is no different than the gospel we preach, because Peter preached before sharing these truths of the gospel.

      That Jesus was approved by God and witnessed among men by His miracles, wonders and many signs, and they knew this. They delivered Him to His crucifixion, but God raised Him up, because it wasn’t possible that Jesus could be held by death (proving He was God and had the victory over sin and death), and that Jesus is now sitting at the right hand of God. This is the gospel. This is what Peter preached. This is the foundation of Jesus church which would be built upon the confession of faith Peter expressed to Jesus. I know mid-Acts generally make a distinction and try to say this is not the church, but I do not agree.

      In Acts 2 Peter explained how David prophesied of the resurrection of Christ, and they were all witnesses of this, that the one they crucified, was both Lord and Christ. This is the same gospel seen in 1 Cor 15:3-4 and the same one they ALL preached (vs. 11) and they all believed. They did not believe different gospels somehow or have different ways to be saved. Even though their conscience may have caused them to continue in some aspects of the law, to become circumcised (so they could enter the temple to preach the gospel), to fulfill a vow that was made beforehand (to not cause offense to the Jews), this was not by the will of God as the local pastor taught in His one class. God did not tell these people to continue in the law, He freed them from it. Paul still chastised Peter and Barnabas for being hypocrites and not being straightforward about the truth of THE gospel. And as I said in Gal 3:8, he identified this gospel as the one that Abraham was preached.

      I understand there will be a millennial kingdom, and I believe in a literal 1000 years as I am sure you do. And I believe there is a distinction between the body of Christ (comprised of Jews and Gentiles) and the remnant who will believe (the ones He has not cast off). But I cannot go as far as mid-Acts dispensationalists and separate Jewish believers from the Gentile ones, making them two different men. Eph 2 states what has happened to Gentiles and Jews both and it happened at the cross. Both to Jew and Gentile, the household of God, the church, the body of Christ.

      And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
      And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. (Preached the same gospel to Jew and Gentile)
      For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. (both is Jew and Gentile)
      Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; (the church)
      And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; (the church)
      In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: (the body of Christ)
      In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

      He says in 2 Cor 3:6, Who also hath made us able ministers (who is Paul speaking of?) of the new testament; not of the letter (the law), but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

      Why on earth would God include law for the Jews at the beginning of His new Covenant which was not made according to the old?

      THE gospel is seen throughout Acts and was preached in the order Jesus gave to the disciples to preach. I know this is likely falling on deaf ears, as I have been dealing with this teaching (as I mentioned before)longer than you have been a mid-Acts dispensationalist. Although they claim not to be loadship, by insisting that the Jews were preached a different gospel somehow, they are loadship for the Jews. The same gospel was preached to Abraham as Paul was elucidation in Galatians. One gospel for Jew and Gentile.

      Paul was chosen not only to be a missionary to the Gentiles, but also to Jews and Kings. And as the Scriptures record, Peter had the mystery revealed to him when the sheet was let down from heaven and he went to Cornelius’ house and preached the gospel. He may have been a slow learner as we see in Gal 2, it takes some of us many times to ‘get it’ especially when it comes to hanging on to the law.

      We are saved in the same manner as the Jews (Acts 15). Peter lived ‘after the manner of the Gentiles’ (Gal2) yet somehow many mid or latter Acts dispensationalists say differently. I don’t know how far you go, and I do believe in a distinction between Israel (true Israel, the remnant who will believe) and the church. I understand the difference between the time of the Gentiles and the fullness of the Gentiles. Some try to make a distinction between the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven, yet Jesus did not, speaking in the same breath of both as the same (although divided by non-inspired verse numbers).

      Jesus told His disciples and all mankind ahead of time what would come to pass, although they may not have fully understood yet. He told them He would die, and that He would rise again from the dead in three days. He spoke of His own death. He revealed to the two on the Road to Emmaus that He had fulfilled all that the law, the Psalms and the Prophets had spoke regarding Him, again showing it had been spoken of centuries before, yet they didn’t understand or believe.

      He said to them:
      O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

      I will have to say that I pray for those who are getting caught up in this New teaching, and it is new, contrary to the protests of most. I do not believe the Bible when looked at literally and in cross referencing (two or three witnesses), supports the theory of mid or latter Acts teaching.

      But I’ll leave it there as this page is about how to be saved, and it is no different for either the Jew or Gentile.

  11. Thank you for listening.

  12. Bryan Roach said:

    Thank Holly for clearing this up for me. I was unaware about this mid acts dispensation(MAD) view until just recently. I’m not sure how you believe, but I consider the majority of them bothers and sisters in Christ, just confused and I do not consider myself MAD ;-). I have become friends with several of them on FB thinking that we are in unison on bible doctrine and I admired their stand against LS. However, I have started to see some strange stuff that are posted by some of them. For instance, one friend posted that the salvation for the Jews is by faith plus the law and salvation was gained by faith alone was gentiles only and it did not begin until Apostle Paul came on the scene.

    But I was also bothered by one person on FB who claimed to be MAD that blocked you in a conversation. I was shocked with the allegations claiming that you preach a false gospel. I was confused/saddened as to why she said those things. I believe me, you and most, if not all MAD claim the correct gospel (1 Cor. 15 1-5) Just different on how salvation was achieved by the Jews and the OT saints.

    At least that is how I see it. I’m sure there is a lot learn concerning this.

    God bless.

    Bryan R.

    • Bryan, thanks for sharing your thoughts on this, I know many do not understand it, and there are varying levels within the MAD thinking. Some I am sure are most definitely brothers and sisters in Christ, who see it only from a perspective of the Gentile church starting (most generally see Acts 9) at that point, and do not believe that law is added in, however they do feel salvation is different between the Jews and Gentiles.

      The friend that posted that salvation for the Jews is by faith plus law, and faith alone for Gentiles is more consistent with their believes, this is why I say they are loadship, but in the reverse. In addition some will tell you to take your pens and mark out certain epistles in the Bible (all not written by Paul). So their are varying degrees within the system, which basically has been around less than 100 years although I’m sure some might disagree).

      Yes, I have been blocked in a conversation (just happened), but that is not all, she was the one that said I was not a Bible believer and was blinded. Another, who was a long time MAD friend started a group (he had always seemed very reasonable), I believe you are still friends with him. Three of them (two men and a woman) were using sites to prove their point. The woman (Kathy) used three sites, each time I let her know about their gospel or unreliability, she deleted each post each time and got angry with me. I apologized explaining it was not to embarrass her, we can all make this mistake, only to keep others from error. She told me I had an ‘air of superiority’ and blocked me. This was after they had used 1 John 2:19 to suggest I was an antichrist, and to warn another (Rachel) that I was controlling her mind. Seeming them as brethren, I wrote the three of them regarding these things and asked them to consider their words. The woman blocked me, Tim (who said I was controlling Rachel — I hadn’t even emailed her, although she did when they told her these things), Tim said goodbye and unfriended me. The third man (who I didn’t know well) blocked me. But it was based on Tim saying he didn’t know I could ‘be this way’ (when I warned of the Univeralistic site where the guy thought god was in all, and closed with Namaste). This angered them, they were not happy to be warned, just furious.

      Unfortunately this has been my experience many times, not just once, and it is always sad, I really do sorrow for them, not as much for me, although it does hurt. I understand we can disagree on an interpretation on Scripture, but we should want to reason it out together with God’s Word, and if we can’t come to a conclusion, pray, and continue searching the Scriptures). We can rest in the fact He will show us, give us discernment if we will be in the strong meat of His Word.

      As to proclaiming the correct gospel, yes, many do, except some see 1 John 1:9 as a necessity to becoming saved (confessing sin). Others seeing it as just agreeing we are sinners (I do not agree, but I don’t consider it something to break fellowship over). But more often than not, if I do not see it their way, they will break fellowship with me (one did on Bible Bereans a couple years ago).

      Here is where I am confused honestly, if they preach the Jews are saved by grace plus law, and take away from part of the Bible, I just can’t be fellowshipping with them because eventually I’m going to learn error, or cause someone else to stumble. If they say they ‘were’ saved this way but not now, I disagree again, no one was ever justified by the law, but as long as they see the ‘now’ gospel as grace alone for all (as long as they don’t take away from God’s Word), again I can fellowship with them (for now, because I’m just not quite sure what the answer is).

      Anyways, I appreciate you coming to support and encourage me, the just have always lived by faith, the Word tells us so. I believe Grace is the theme of the entire Word of God. From the beginning when God gave Adam and Eve animal skins, it had to be a covering that came by death, His first offering, not theirs. What grace, what compassion, what love…

      God bless you too and your darling family, although I don’t get on FB much, it’s nice to see some of your pictures go by, love the little children 🙂 So does Jesus.

  13. Bryan Roach said:

    Thanks Holly,

    As far as FB goes, I have deactivated my account, I’m taking a “Facebook Vacation” for a little while. I’m sorry that you went through that, I just don’t understand the hostile responds and division. But yes, I agree I think if they are in error, we should not associate with them. I may have to make some “friend decisions” when I get back on. I think I know the Tim you are talking about. Disappointing, I wouldn’t think he would be that way to you, but then again I just know him on FB.

    BTW, I love this post(How to be saved) I may copy this and go over this with my wife and girls. I am a firm believer in reaffirming the doctrines of our salvation as a reminder so that we will not be ensnared by false teaching. God bless.

    • I didn’t know that Bryan, (that you deactivated) but I did see you were taking a break. I do that also from time to time, we need that time of refreshing and reviving. I mourn for them, I still pray for Tim, and Kathy, and the other gentleman when the Lord brings them to mind. Some the Lord has taken them out of my memory for a time it seems, and then they’ll come up out of the blue. If I had saved all these conversations, I think it would be shocking to many. But in that you know it’s flesh or the accuser of the brethren. Sometimes they are too embarrassed by their response in their flesh to make it right, who knows. I just know we need to keep speaking the truth in love. We really need to defend His gospel, to earnestly contend for the faith once delivered, to continue to warn of those who will preach another Jesus or another gospel.

      I re-read it myself, we need to shod our feet daily and we don’t always remember to do that. If you do go over it with your family please do let me know if you find anything that needs corrected, or even if you have some helpful cross references. God bless you and your family too Bryan, and may He continue to help us grow in His grace.

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