Monday, November 13, 2017

Can You Have Jesus as Your Savior But Not Your Lord (Understanding No-Lordship Salvation)

The other day I heard someone quoting John 13:34, then he said, "Grace trumps obedience." He said "Grace trumps obedience, because Jesus gave us a new commandment and that commandment is to love one another." He said "the only thing Jesus told us to do is love one another and not that other stuff" (obedience). The text he referred to says, "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another."

He's not the only person who believes we are only required to love others. I've heard others say, "Paul gave us a new revelation on law and grace, we are not under law but under grace and if anyone preaches against sin they are in error."

I didn't know where this line of teaching came from until I read John MacArthur's book "Faith Works the Gospel According to the Apostles"…you should pick up a copy for yourself.In the book John points out something called "no-lordship salvation". No lordship salvation promotes the belief or theology that one can accept Jesus as Savior but not Lord. All you have to do is believe in Jesus to accept him as your Savior. One simply accepts the facts or principles of the gospel about Jesus Christ. You simply believe what is written about his life, death, and resurrection but you are not required to submit or surrender to his Lordship.

MacArthur quotes Charles Ryrie author of So Great Salvation by saying the following about 
No Lordship Salvation:

  • The news that Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead is the complete gospel. Nothing else must be believed for Salvation. 
  • Submission is not in any sense a condition for eternal life. "Calling on the Lord" means appealing to Him not submitting to Him.
  • Christians may fall into a state of lifelong carnality. A whole category of "carnal Christians" born again people who continuously live like the unsaved-exists in the church.(1 Corinthians 6:9-11)
It is possible to experience a moment of faith that guarantees heaven for eternity, then to turn away and live a life that is utterly barren of any spiritual fruit. (John 15:16)

Disobedience and prolonged sin are not reasons to doubt the reality of one's faith.

We know the above information is not true because James said even demons believe in the facts about Jesus (James 2:19). But they have no desire to submit to him. So to believe in no-lordship salvation is to believe as demons believe. If you believe as demons believe and do what demons do, you one must be prepared to receive the same punishment demons will receive. For sin originated with Satan and demons. Some will be given direct orders from Jesus to join Satan and his angels in hell because they failed to recognize truth (Matthew 25:41). God's word is truth.

Obedience is an Important Part of Salvation. A rich man once asked Jesus what he needed to do to to have eternal life and guess what Jesus said? He said, keep the Commandments! Matthew 19:17. Let's read the text: And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?"And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments." (Matthew 19:17).

Jesus said to have eternal life, He needed to keep the commandments. Paul told the Corinthians they would not enter into the kingdom of God if they did certain things. You need to grasp this truth for yourself. You need to know without a shadow of doubt what the bible says about obedience and the kingdom of heaven. 

The book of Revelation says, "Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie." (Revelation 22:14-15)

The New Commandment to Love:

Yes, Jesus said, "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another."

Yes, Paul said in Romans 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

I agree with Jesus and Paul and I believe we need to go deeper to let the Son of Man and Paul speak for themselves through the word of God.

Paul expounds upon the text and confirms Jesus' words in Romans chapter 13. In this chapter he tells us how to fulfill the new commandment.

In this chapter He, says "Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law."

Romans chapter 13:8-14 reads as follows:

Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.

But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. (Romans 13:8-14)

Adam Clarke says, He that loves another will not deprive him of his wife, of his life, of his property, of his good name; and will not even permit a desire to enter into his heart which would lead him to wish to possess anything that is the property of another: for the law - the sacred Scripture, has said: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

So you see the Son of God and Paul helped us see why we don't steal, kill, or lie, or take the Lord's name in vain, or cheat on our spouse. We don't do those things simply because we love God, our neighbors, brothers and sisters, husbands and wives. To break one of those commandments is to break the commandment to love.

Why You Must Love TruthThe command to love is real and Christians must take heed in these last days because scripture says at some point God is going to send a strong delusion upon those that believe lies. They do not love truth. They read the bible but explain away the text, saying, it says this but it means this. You must love truth, God's Word is truth.

Let's read the text:

1 Thessalonians 2:9-12 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

I pray you will be a partaker of "Lordship Salvation." Lordship salvation comes from believing truth resulting in the sanctification of your soul! Scripture says, "But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth."

Monday, November 6, 2017

Jefferson's Letter to the Danbury Baptists The Final Letter, as Sent

To messers. Nehemiah Dodge, Ephraim Robbins, & Stephen S. Nelson, a committee of the Danbury Baptist association in the state of Connecticut.
The affectionate sentiments of esteem and approbation which you are so good as to express towards me, on behalf of the Danbury Baptist association, give me the highest satisfaction. my duties dictate a faithful and zealous pursuit of the interests of my constituents, & in proportion as they are persuaded of my fidelity to those duties, the discharge of them becomes more and more pleasing.
Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.
I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection & blessing of the common father and creator of man, and tender you for yourselves & your religious association, assurances of my high respect & esteem.
Th JeffersonJan. 1. 1802.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Remaining Positive in a Negative World

Remaining positive in today's world seems difficult at times but there are things we can do to keep our spirits/attitudes on a positive note.

Don't Live In Fear

Although there is trouble on earth, God will anoint you with the oil of joy and fill you with His peace if you ask and if you make an effort to guard your heart and mind from seeing things as the world sees them.

He said, “don't fear what they fear. Don’t call a conspiracy what they call a conspiracy (Isaiah 8:12). Meaning as you look around and see what's going on in the world don't become afraid like the rest of the world. Because fear produces fretting and fretting will cause you to react to circumstances with negative energy and anger. Scripture says, human anger doesn't produce the righteousness that God desires (James 1:20).

Monitor What You See

In our age and culture, we need to monitor how we feel after watching certain television shows. Do we feel positive and uplifted or do we feel, sad, angry or irritated. Do we feel motivated to do good or evil to others. 

Scripture tells us to think on things that are lovely, we can't be happy and positive if we are constantly thinking about the negative things going on in the world. We can't be happy if we are thinking about the people, circumstances and situations that tick us off.

Philippians 4:8 says, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."

Watch What You Say About Other People

Refuse to slander and take up a reproach against others (reproach means to rebuke). Rebuking others is common in our culture. We rebuke (reprehend for a fault) our co-workers, parents, friends, the president, and whoever doesn't agree with us, or think like us, but rebuking/correcting others is a task that belongs to God.

Refuse to gossip about others and talk behind their backs. The book of Proverbs tells us that the words of a talebearer not only wounds (hurts the reputation of the person being talked about) but they also wound the speaker. The words go down into the gossiper's heart, corrupting their character and making them unpleasing to God (Psalms 15 & Psalms 24).

Proverbs 18:8 says, The words of a talebearer are as dainty morsels, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

Perform Positive Deeds

Do good to others and God will "do good" to you. Scripture says, when our ways are pleasing to God, He will make our enemies be at peace with us. We have enemies who want to steal our peace, joy, wealth, hope and health. But God will fight for us when our ways are pleasing to Him.

Scripture says, the eyes of the Lord run to and fro to show himself strong to those having a good heart towards Him. (2 Samuel 16:9). The word "strong" means to be mighty and good to. God is a good God and He seeks to show himself mighty and good to those following in Jesus' footsteps. Scripture says, Jesus went about doing good during His time on earth. 

Acts 10:38 says, "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him."

If we go about doing good, we set ourselves up to receive and give the gifts of peace, joy and happiness in a turbulent world.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Seven Kinds of People That Tick God Off (We see these types in the government and media).

There are seven kinds of people or behaviors that tick God off. We see certain behaviors carried out by terrorists, government officials and the media that are known to tick God off. We may be guilty of them as well. 

We notice the first is pride, scripture says God resists the proud, that is, He will fight against them and bring them down in his own time. All we have to do is watch as they begin to fall around us. Let's take a look at the seven behaviors that will summon God's righteous indignation. 

The first three are people who are proud, people who are liars and people who are murders (Proverbs 6:17).

 A proud look: "Eyes that are scornful and look down upon others; or looking upon them with disdain; or reckoning them as unworthy to be looked upon, having an high opinion of their own worth and merit."

A lying tongue: "A tongue speaking falsehood, knowingly and willingly, with an intention to deceive others; to hurt the character of a neighbor, or to flatter a friend. Is there anything in which a man more resembles the devil, who is the father of lies?"

Hands that shed innocent blood: "Killing innocent persons, they are like the devil, who was a murderer from the beginning." 

The next two are those who make evil plans or are quick to do wrong (Proverbs 6:18).

A heart that devises wicked imaginations: "Thoughts of wickedness" which are framed and formed in the heart: and this being the source and fountain of all wickedness, evil thoughts and plans, both against God and men, which are forged and fabricated in the wicked hearts of men and women." 

Feet that are swift in running to mischief; People who commit all manner of sin with greediness, includes murder.

The final two are those who tell lies in court or stir up trouble. (Proverbs 6:19) 

A false witness that speaks lies: "He that raises lies, and spreads them abroad, and swears to them, to the damage of others. This makes the sixth; and the seventh follows, and him that sows discord among brethren; "Whether in a natural relation, or in a civil society, or in a religious community." 

Scripture Commentary adopted from John Gill's Exposition of the Bible.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Why Islam May Overtake Christianity

While attending a birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese, I saw a Muslim woman kneeling in a corner praying, eyes closed, bowing up and down, lips moving but no audible sound. I left my table to get a closer look, the woman prayed intensely, totally unaware of my presence. 

I stood there watching for about 60  seconds until another Muslim woman approached me. She was very polite and said "Can I help you."  "I'm sorry, but  curiosity got the best of me," I said.  "May I ask you a question?" "Sure", she said smiling. "I noticed she makes sure her head touches the stone when she bows down."  "Why is that?" "We must make contact with the earth when we pray." Why is she praying right now?" " Because now is the hour of prayer, we pray five times a day."

We chatted for a few moments and I went back to my table. From there I watched 10 ladies take  turns to pray. One by one they left the party table filled with gifts and a beautiful cake to pray to their god. I wondered why no one from Chuck E. Cheese tried to stop the train of praying women near the women's restroom but noted they were not loud or disturbing others.

As I thought about what I witnessed I wondered if touching the stone during prayer was a prophetic act. Are they effectively prophesying that Islam will cover the earth? Some believe Islam will increase and displace Christianity simply because of the birthrate. The number of Muslim births are expected to exceed the Christian birthrate in 20 years.

Can Muslims and Christians coexist? No, take a look at Europe. How should Christians respond to the challenges they are facing? The answer of course is prayer.

Christians do not pray enough due to distractions. More hours are spent on social media and entertainment than prayer.  When someone mentions scheduling prayer time to a Christian, to make it a prioritized commitment, he or she often says you are being ritualistic or legalistic. God doesn't require Christians to pray at certain times. While they use their freedom to chase worldly pleasure, the Islamic religion grows faster and faster before our very eyes. A famous author noted while watching a football game, he felt as if God wanted him to pray but was tempted to ask God if the prayer could wait until after the game.

Perhaps, Christians shouldn't look at scheduled prayer time as a ritualistic act. Maybe they should look at it as matter of discipline. It takes discipline to stop work or entertainment to pray.

If there is a decline in Christianity in America it is due to a lack of prayer!

In Mark 14:38, Jesus told the disciples, to watch and pray, lest they fall into temptation. The word temptation means, trials, enticements, and adversity.

Wake up and pray! Turn off your football and basketball games to pray. While you are at Chuck E. Cheese Pray! 

Make time to pray, unless you want to be trampled under the foot of men (Matthew 5:13).

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Colin Kaepernick, the NFL and Donald Trump A Christian's Response

Recently someone asked my opinion regarding Colin Kaepernick, the NFL and Donald Trump. "I pick my battles and that's not my fight, I said".

I refuse to get upset about someone else's decision to make a statement about their own personal beliefs or convictions. Who am I to judge another man's servant for unto God He lives or dies. Concerning food offered to idols Paul said some can eat without being convicted of sin and others cannot. (Romans 14:4-8)

Perhaps some can stand for the flag and the national anthem and others cannot. What's that to me?
When Peter asked Jesus what would happen to John in the future. Jesus said what's that to you, you follow me.

Instead of worrying about whether Colin or any other NFL player stands or kneels during the national anthem why don't you set your eyes on Christ and follow him?

I'm sure He would say," don't worry about what Colin is doing, you follow me.  It is time for you to be about your Father's business. Don't you see the world is in peril and you are arguing with your brothers and sisters about what someone else is doing? Shouldn't you be praying for peace and unity? Didn't I die for the whole world? Didn't I die to give people freedom? I love them if they stand or kneel!"

It's sad to see ministers falling prey to demonic strategies. As we look around and see Satan's hand in causing chaos and division in the world, one would think Christians would repeat what Jesus said, "Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me". John 14:30

Perhaps we shouldn't talk much about what's going on, it only adds fuel to the fire. James said the tongue is a fire, a world of evil that is used to do hell's work!( James 3:6)

Are you using your tongue via social media to do hell's work? As we see the current state of the world we can see the prince of this world has come. What does he have in you? What will he find in you? We are told to put aside anger, bitterness and harsh words (Ephesians 4:31) Is there anger and bitterness in you? Are you spewing harsh words because someone refuses to stand for the national anthem? Are you angry and offended with the President because he sends out silly tweets and passing laws you don't like? In whose image are you being formed?  Are you a peacemaker or a peacebreaker?Only peacemakers are sons and daughters of God. (Matthew 5:9)

Are you fulfilling your role as an Ambassador of Christ? Are you performing your duties as a minister of reconciliation 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 or have you become ignorant of Satan's devices for scripture says where their is envy and strife there is every evil work?

James 3:16 Google dictionary says, strife means angry or bitter disagreement over fundamental issues.

Only God knows the evil that's being wrought in the world as Christians strive with each other over the Flag, Donald Trump and the NFL.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

10 Ways to Recognize False Preachers

1. They Commit Adultery (Jeremiah 23:14.) He or She commits adultery continually and are unrepentant if they fall into a backslidden state.

2. They Live a Lie  (Jeremiah 23:14).

3. They Become Rich and Powerful But Don't Help The Poor and Fatherless (Jeremiah 2:27-28).

4. They Use Their Power The Wrong Way (Jeremiah 23:10).

5. They Strengthen Evil Doers and Wickedness in the World Because They Don't Preach Against Sin (Jeremiah 23:14).

6. Because of Them God's People Don’t Know Him (Jeremiah 4:22) (Jeremiah 7:7).

7. They Speak Falsehoods that Come From Their Own Minds (Jeremiah 23:16).

8. They Tell The People They Will Have Peace and Will Be Blessed And Nothing Bad Will Happen To Them. (Jeremiah 23:16-18).

9. They Don't Seek God's Counsel….If They Had Sought The Lord He Would Have Told Them To Tell The People To Turn From Sin (Jeremiah 23:22).

10. True Preachers Tell People to Turn From Their Evil Ways and Practices (Jeremiah 25:4-5).

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Can You Have Jesus as Your Savior But Not Your Lord (Understanding No-Lordship Salvation)

The other day I heard someone quoting John 13:34, then he said, "Grace trumps obedience." He said "Grace trumps obed...