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DOES OUR SLAVATION DEPEND UPON OUR FEELINGS?

February 27, 2014

“He that lives by feelings will be happy, today, and unhappy tomorrow–and if our salvation depended upon our feelings, we would be lost one day and saved another, for they are as fickle as the weather and go up and down like a barometer!”

– C. H. Sprugeon

Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

Romans 6:15-17 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.

Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

1 John 2:3-6 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

1 John 3:13-16 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

1 John 4:11-13 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.

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The Greatest Miracle

February 24, 2014

“The greatest of all miracles is the salvation of a soul.”

– C. H. Spurgeon

Luke 15:7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

Luke 15:10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

Martin Luther’s Sacramental Gospel

February 23, 2014

by Dwight Oswald

This report has been excerpted and/or adapted from an article in the November-December 1997 Earnestly Contending For The Faith, Pastor Dwight Oswald, editor (a ministry of Southview Bible Church, 2007 South 7th Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51501.

“… you have this baptismal regeneration, preparing stepping stones to make it easy for men to go to Rome. … I pray you never rest upon this wretched and rotten foundation, this deceitful invention of antichrist.” — Charles Spurgeon (From his sermon titled Baptismal Regeneration)

“The fact that Christianity is a religion of salvation is expressed in the sacramental life of the Church. … Baptism and the Eucharist [are] sacraments which create in man the seed of eternal life. — Pope John Paul II (Quoted from Crossing the Threshold of Hope, pp. 74-75)

“To put it most simply, the power, effect, benefit, fruit, and purpose of Baptism is to save. No one is baptized in order to become a prince, but as the words say, to ‘be saved.’ To be saved, we know, is nothing else than to be delivered from sin, death, and the devil and to enter into the kingdom of Christ and live with him forever.” — Martin Luther (Quoted from The Large Catechism)

The false sacramental gospel of “Baptismal Regeneration,” as proclaimed by Martin Luther and others, has probably (God only knows) led more people to hell than any other error propagated and tolerated within the ranks of professing Christianity.

Background

“More books have been written about Luther [1483-1546], the great German Reformer, than about any other figure in history, except Christ” (The History of Christianity, Lion Publishing, p. 368). Luther was born on November 10, 1483 in Eisleben, Germany. The next day he was baptized as a Roman Catholic at St. Ann’s Church in Eisleben. As a young man he attended the University of Erfurt in preparation to become a lawyer. One night [1505] on his way to his parent’s home he was nearly struck by lightening. In terror he vowed that if Saint Ann would save him he would become a monk. Following this, much to the consternation of his father, Luther joined himself to the Cloister of Augustinian Friars in Erfurt. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1507. During this time, Luther desperately tried to earn favor with God through a life of rigid asceticism. It brought no peace.

On a business trip to Rome in 1510, Luther was shocked by the corruption and worldliness he witnessed in the Roman Catholic Church. In 1511, his Augustinian order sent him to the University of Wittenberg, where he completed his doctorate of theology. Shortly thereafter, he was given the position “Chair of Biblical Theology” at Wittenberg, which he maintained for the rest of his life.

Sometime between 1512 and 1515, Luther supposedly came to realize that man is not justified by his own works but rather by faith alone. On October 31, 1517, he placed his 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church at Wittenberg. For the most part, they challenged the practice of selling “indulgences.” Initially, Luther’s desire was for REFORMATION to take place within the Roman Catholic church. In 1521, the Pope excommunicated Luther. In 1525, Luther married a former nun by the name of Katherina von Bora. They had six children. Luther died in the same town he was born — Eisleben, Germany in 1546.

An Evangelical Reputation — A Sacramental Gospel

Luther is quoted favorably by just about everyone in professing Christianity. Evangelicals and Fundamentalists often refer to him as a champion of “Justification By Faith ALONE.” However, that is only half the story. It is absolutely amazing that very few seem to realize that Luther in fact believed that we are saved by “faith alone through baptism.” However, you can’t have it both ways at the same time — “Faith Alone” and “Faith through Baptism.” The addition of “through baptism” in effect contradicts “faith alone.”

In reality, Luther did not hold to JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH ALONE IN CHRIST ALONE! If he had really held to this, he would have rejected the doctrine of “baptismal regeneration.” He did not! In fact, Luther called for the death of those (Anabaptists) who outspokenly believed in JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH ALONE IN CHRIST ALONE and practiced BELIEVER’S BAPTISM. To get away from a gospel of works salvation, Luther referred to baptism as “God’s Work” and not a work that man does. However, the OBJECT of Luther’s faith was not Christ ALONE, but CHRIST plus BAPTISM. That is ANOTHER GOSPEL!!!

Luther’s Catechisms

Luther wrote down the “essentials” of the faith as he saw them in what is known as Luther’s Catechism. There was the SMALL CATECHISM geared toward children and his LARGE CATECHISM geared toward adults. Both Catechisms deal with five things: The Ten Commandments; The Apostles Creed; The Lord’s Prayer; Baptism; and Communion. Luther himself said:

“In the catechism, we have a very exact, direct, and short way to the whole Christian religion. … The catechism is the most complete and best doctrine, and therefore should continually be preached; all public sermons should be grounded and built thereupon. … the catechism, I insist, is the right Bible of the laity, wherein is contained the whole sum of Christian doctrine necessary to be known by every Christian for salvation. … We should esteem and love the catechism, for therein is the ancient, pure, divine doctrine of the Christian Church” (Table Talk — Martin Luther, translated by William Hazlitt, pp. 139-140).

“Luther said that he would be glad to have all his works perish except the reply to Erasmus and the catechism” (Here I Stand — Roland H. Bainton, p. 263).

Luther in His Own Words from The Large Catechism (All from The Large Catechism of Martin Luther, translated by Robert Fischer)

“It remains for us to speak of our two sacraments, instituted by Christ. Every Christian ought to have at least some brief, elementary instruction in them because without these no one can be a Christian … First we shall take up Baptism through which we are first received into the Christian community. … Moreover, it is solemnly and strictly commanded that we must be baptized or we shall not be saved” (pp. 80-81). (Bold added.)

“Hence it is well described as a divine, blessed, fruitful, and gracious water, for through the Word Baptism receives the power to become the “washing of regeneration,” as St. Paul calls it in Titus 3:5. … Thus faith clings to the water and believes it to be Baptism in which there is sheer salvation and life …” (p. 84). (Bold added.)

“‘He who believes and is baptized will be saved,’ that is, faith alone makes the person worthy to receive the salutary, divine water profitably. … But it becomes beneficial to you if you accept it as God’s command and ordinance, so that, baptized in the name of God, you may receive in the water the promised salvation” (pp. 84-85). (Bold added.)

“He always [the Christian] has enough to do to believe firmly what Baptism promises and brings — victory over death and the devil, forgiveness of sin, God’s grace, the entire Christ, and the Holy Spirit with his gifts. In short the blessings of Baptism are so boundless … Now here in Baptism there is brought free to every man’s door just such a priceless medicine which swallows up death and saves the lives of all men. To appreciate and use Baptism aright, we must draw strength and comfort from it when our sins or conscience oppress us, and we must retort, “But I am baptized! And if I am baptized, I have the promise that I shall be saved and have eternal life, both in soul and body.” … No greater jewel, therefore, can adorn our body and soul than Baptism, for through it we obtain perfect holiness and salvation, which no other kind of life and no work on earth can acquire” (pp. 85-86). (Bold added.)

“Thus we see what a great and excellent thing Baptism is, which snatches us from the jaws of the devil and makes God our own, overcomes and takes away sin and daily strengthens the new man, always remains until we pass from this present misery to eternal glory. … As we have once obtained forgiveness of sins in Baptism …” (p. 90). (Bold added.)

Further Quotes from Luther on Baptism

“The Anabaptists cavil as to how the salvation of man is to be effected by water. The simple answer is, that all things are possible to him who believes in God Almighty” (Table Talk, p. 180).

“Just so, when we are baptized into everlasting life and the kingdom of heaven … Therefore it is necessary that we should be baptized into Jesus Christ and His death” (Commentary on Romans — Martin Luther, translated by J. Theodore Mueller, p. 101).

“… made children of God. … by a new birth, and by the renewing of the inward man, which is done in baptism … For, besides that they who are baptized are regenerate and renewed by the Holy Ghost to a heavenly righteousness, and to eternal life … And this is to put on Christ truly, according to the gospel. … This is diligently to be noted, because of the fond and fantastical spirits, who go about to deface the majesty of baptism, and speak wickedly of it. Paul, contrariwise, commendeth it, and setteth it forth with honorable titles, calling it, ‘the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.’ And here also he saith, that ‘all ye that are baptized into Christ, have put on Christ.’ Wherefore baptism is a thing of great force and efficacy” (Commentary On Galatians — Martin Luther, translated by Erasmus Middleton, pp. 221-222). (Bold added.)

“… so, it is to be observed, must you also be saved in baptism. Just as that water swallowed up all that was then living, of man and beast, so baptism also swallows up all that is of the flesh and of the corrupt nature, and makes us spiritual (Commentary On Peter & Jude — Martin Luther, Kregel Publications, p. 169). (Bold added.)

“Luther attached great importance to his baptism. When the Devil assailed him, he would answer, ‘I am baptized'” (Here I Stand — Roland Bainton, p. 287).

Excusing Luther’s Sacramental Gospel

Many make excuses for Luther, claiming that since he had just come out of Roman Catholicism, he couldn’t be expected to have all of his theology correct. One could concede this on so-called “secondary” issues, but the issue here is not secondary but PRIMARY! (1 Tim. 2:4) The issue is HOW Christ is received. That is ESSENTIAL!!! It should again be pointed out that the Anabaptists did have their doctrine correct concerning baptism, yet Luther called for their death. It is not that Luther did not give careful thought to the issues. He did!:

“If anyone after my death should say: If Dr. Luther were living right now, he would teach and hold this or that article differently, for he did not sufficiently consider it, against this I say now as then, and then as now, that, by God’s grace, I have most diligently compared all these articles with the Scriptures time and time again, and have gone over them, and would defend them as confidently as I have now …” (Luther’s Works, by Robert H. Fischer, p. 360).

Therefore, “faith alone” for Luther meant believing God saved one through the ritual of Baptism. He said it many times. He said it clearly! And yet today many Evangelicals and Fundamentalists do not really understand that Luther dogmatically held to “Baptismal Regeneration.” In fact, if one did not believe in the Sacrament of Baptism for salvation, then Luther held that your faith was in vain — even if you were baptized:

“… the Anabaptists [reject] baptism, and therefore they cannot efficiently baptize … (Table Talk — p. 180).

Luther held that those who believed water baptism was only a symbol and not a sacrament (means of grace) were not saved:

“In 1527, he wrote with regard to the Anabaptists: … ‘Let everyone believe what he likes. If he is wrong, he will have punishment enough in hell fire.’ … Most emphatically he believed that the wrong faith would entail hell-fire …” (Here I Stand, Roland Bainton, p. 294).

Luther and the Lord’s Supper

Luther believed that through baptism one becomes a Christian. And, thus, it resulted in salvation on the basis of “faith alone.” Communion was for maintenance. Luther taught that through communion, one received forgiveness of sins that threatened one’s relationship with Christ and strength for Christian living:

“For here in the sacrament [Communion] you receive from Christ’s lips the forgiveness of sins, which contains and conveys God’s grace and Spirit with all his gifts, protection, defense, and power against death and the devil and all evils” (The Large Catechism — p. 98).

Not Far Removed from Roman Catholicism

“Luther taught that the sacraments of baptism and Lord’s Supper are vehicles that communicate the grace of God. … Luther’s concept of baptism did not differ markedly from the Roman Catholic view; he retained much of the Roman ceremony connected with the rite. Luther taught baptism is necessary to salvation and, in fact, produces regeneration in the person. … Luther also upheld infant baptism, teaching that although infants are unable to exercise faith, God through His prevenient grace, works faith in the unconscious child. He based the baptism of infants on the command to baptize all nations (Mt. 28:19)” (Paul Enns in the Moody Handbook of Theology, pp. 452-453). (Bold added.)

Luther and Evangelicals Today

Today, ecumenism reigns! Lutherans are embracing unity with other “baptismal regeneration” denominations and also embracing reconciliation with Roman Catholics. Tragically, many “Evangelicals” also see a place for spiritual fellowship with those embracing a sacramental gospel. In fact, some of the leading “champions” of the “Evangelical” faith clearly hold to the same basic sacramental gospel espoused by Martin Luther. Michael Horton would be one example. He is currently president of Christians United for Reformation and vice-chairman of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. He writes:

“In Baptism, we have been swept into the new creation and in the Supper we are actually fed with the body and blood of Christ as pilgrims on the way to the Promised land …” (Michael Horton in the May/June 1997 issue of Modern Reformation, p. 14.)

R.C. Sproul would be another that holds to Luther’s sacramental gospel teachings.

The Sacramental Gospel is Another Gospel

One would have to agree with Luther that only the right kind of faith will get you to heaven. However, the OBJECT of your FAITH must be Christ ALONE and not baptism!!! I would earnestly contend that the Scriptures teach that your FAITH must be directly in CHRIST ALONE!!! (Gal. 1-3) To rest in a Sacrament (even partially) is to deny the reality of the ONE mediator who is Jesus Christ HIMSELF (1 Tim. 2:5).

The Gospel is that Christ died for our sins and rose again (1 Cor. 15:3-4). The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes (Rom. 1:16). The gospel is distinct from baptism (1 Cor. 1:17). John 3:16 promises “whosoever believes in Him [Christ] should not perish.” … Jesus said the one who believes has “passed from death into life” (Jn. 5:24). John’s essential purpose (20:31) was to write so “believing you may have life in His name.” John completely left out New Testament church baptism! Are we to believe John didn’t get the GOSPEL right?

Paul explains that the one “who does not work but believes on Him … his faith is accounted for righteousness” (Rom. 4:5). Again, Paul says that “with the heart one believes unto righteousness” (10:10), and the promise is WHOSOEVER “shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (10:13). TRUE believers are those who “have no confidence in the flesh” (Phil. 3:3). They have counted all things loss to gain Christ and acquire the righteousness “which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith” (3:7-9). Just as Abraham was saved by faith alone (Gen. 15:6), so are we (Rom. 4; Gal. 3)! The “just shall live by faith” (Hab. 2:4; Rom. 1:17; Gal. 3:11; Heb. 10:38)! All that believe are justified from all things (Acts 13:39). Our hearts are purified by faith (Acts 15:9).

Ordinances have always been symbols. In the Old Testament, they looked forward to Christ (Heb. 8-10). In the New Testament, they look back to Christ (1 Cor. 11). Symbols can never save — only the substance which is Christ can save. To rest in ordinances or rituals instead of Christ alone is to trample under foot the Son of God, to show contempt for His precious blood, and to insult the Spirit of grace (Heb. 10:29). If faith is real in the heart, then the expectation of Scripture is that believer’s baptism (obedience/good works/fruit) will follow!


 

The Almost Christian Discovered; or, the False Professor Tried and Cast:

February 21, 2014

“A man may have much knowledge, much light; he may know much of God and his will, much of Christ and his ways, and yet be but almost a Christian. For though there can be no grace without knowledge, yet there may be much knowledge where there is no grace; illumination often goes before, when conversion never follows after. The subject of knowledge is the understanding; the subject of holiness is the will. Now a man may have his understanding enlightened, and yet his will not at all sanctified. He may have an understanding to know God, and yet want a will to obey God. The apostle tells us of some, that, “when they knew God, they glorified him not as God.”

– Matthew Mead

Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God …

CHRIST NAME PROFESSED WITH MOUTHS AND LIPS AND STILL UNCONVERTED:

February 17, 2014

 “statistics show, there are many today who name the name of Christ, but who have failed to ‘depart from iniquity [lawlessness]’ (2 Timothy 2:19). They are false converts who have ‘asked Jesus into their hearts,’ yet they remain unconverted because they have never truly repented.”
– Ray Comfort

Matthew 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

“It is my opinion that tens of thousands of people, if not millions, have been brought into some kind of religious experience by accepting Christ, and they have not been saved.”
– A. W. TOZER

“How could vast numbers of people have been led to believe that they are Christians when they are not? If you have struggled to understand why a loved one who made a ‘decision for Christ’ has no desire for the things of God, or why so many church members show little to no evidence for their faith, there is an explanation… If there is one message that comes from the parable about the stony ground, the thorny ground, and the good ground, it is this: When the gospel is preached, there will be true and false conversions. Judas Iscariot, for example, was a false convert. He was a hypocrite—a pretender—whose desire (it seems) for riches and power choked out his affection for Christ. In terms of the parable, we would say that he was a thorny-ground hearer… False converts do have a measure of spirituality. Judas certainly did. He had apparently convinced the other disciples that he truly cared for the poor. And he seemed so trustworthy that he was the one who looked after the finances. When Jesus said, ‘One of you will betray Me,’ the disciples didn’t point the finger at Judas; instead, they suspected themselves, saying, ‘Lord, is it I?’ That’s why it’s
not surprising that so few within the Church today would suspect that we are surrounded by those who fall into the ‘Judas’ category. I would like to caution you at this point: In case you think the problem of false converts affects only those ‘other churches,’ let me say that statistics show otherwise”
– Ray Comfort

THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER:

Mark 4:1-20 And he began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land. And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine, Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred. And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable. And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them. And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables? The sower soweth the word. And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended. And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.

Matthew 13:1-23 The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them. Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

SOWER SOWING THE WORD OF GOD:

1. WAY SIDE (NO FRUIT)

– WORD SOWN IN THE HEART
– DON’T UNDERSTAND
– THE FOWLS DEVOURED UP THE SEED
– SATAN TAKES AWAY THE WORD IMMEDIATELY

2. STONY GROUND (NO FRUIT)

– RECEIVES THE WORD WITH GLADNESS AND JOY
– NOT ENOUGH DEPTH OF SOIL
– ENDURE FOR AWHILE BUT NO ROOT
– SUN SCORCHED THEM AND WITHERED AWAY
– AFFLICTION AND PERSECUTION ARISE BECAUSE OF THE WORD
– THEY ARE OFFENDED

Matthew 11:6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

3. THORNY GROUND (NO FRUIT)

– THE WORD IS SOWN
– THORNS GREW UP
– CARES OF THE WORLD, RICHES, LUST, ENTER IN
– THE WORD IS CHOKED

Mark 4:7 And some fell among thorns… it yielded no fruit.
Matthew 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

4. GOOD GROUND (ONLY GROUND WITH FRUIT)

– HEAR AND UNDERSTAND
– BEAR FRUIT (Some bear more than others)

Almost Saved

February 15, 2014

It is said of the truly righteous, he shall “scarcely be saved;” and it is said of the seemingly righteous, he shall be almost saved: “Thou art not far from the kingdom of God.” The righteous shall be saved with a scarcely, that is, through much difficulty; he shall go to heaven through many sad fears of hell. The hypocrite shall be saved with an almost, that is, he shall go to hell through many fair hopes of heaven.

– Matthew Mead

1 Peter 4:18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

Mark 12:34 And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.

Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

Acts 26:28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.

What is a Chistian?

February 15, 2014

“‘A Christian.’ — I hope I need not tell you what a Christian is, though I am persuaded many that are called Christians, do not know what a Christian is, or if they do, yet they do not know what
it is to be a Christian. A Christian is a disciple of Jesus Christ, one that believes in, and follows Christ.”

– Matthew Mead

Sadly, we live in a day where it is not uncommon for those calling themselves “a Christian” to abide in darkness and do not follow Christ. I reckon not everyone calling themselves “a Christian” can be; as not all follow Christ and doeth the will of the Father.

John 12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

Matthew 7:21 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.

Acts 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.

Luke 14:27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

Luke 9:57-62 And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God. And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

The another gospel of John Hagee

February 15, 2014

THE ANOTHER PERVERTED GOSPEL OF JOHN HAGEE:

Galatians 1:6-9 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

John Hagee said:

“I believe that every Jewish person who lives in the light of the Torah, which is the word of God, has a relationship with God and will come to redemption.” (San Antonio fundamentalist battles anti-Semitism, Houston Chronicle, April 30, 1988, sec. 6, pg. 1.).

But the bible says:

– John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

– 1 John 5:12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

The Houston Chronicle article further reported:

“John Hagee, fundamentalist pastor from San Antonio and friend of Israel, is truly a strange fish. … The man has a mission. He’s out to attack anti-Semitism. He also believes that Jews can come to God without going through Jesus Christ.”

The Houston newspaper then quoted Hagee’s own shocking words:

“I’m not trying to convert the Jewish people to the Christian faith.” (San Antonio fundamentalist battles anti-Semitism,” Houston Chronicle, April 30, 1988, sec. 6, pg. 1.)

And he further revealed:

“In fact, trying to convert Jews is a ‘waste of time,’ he said. ‘The Jewish person who has his roots in Judaism is not going to convert to Christianity. There is no form of Christian evangelism that has failed so miserably as evangelizing the Jewish people. They (already) have a faith structure.’ Everyone else, whether Buddhist or Baha’i, needs to believe in Jesus, he says. But not Jews. Jews already have a covenant with God that has never been replaced by Christianity, he says.”

But the bible says:

– 2 Corinthians 3:14-18 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

– Romans 10:1-4 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. 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 10:9-14 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

Hagee’s gospel is blatantly a false gospel of salvation by race, not by grace through faith! It’s a perverted gospel of salvation by blood (flesh) not by belief! It’s another gospel of salvation by birth, not by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

The bible says:

– John 3:5-7 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

– Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

– Acts 4:10-12 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

What Repentance really is:

February 15, 2014

“There is a good deal of trouble among people about what repentance really is. If you ask people what it is, they will tell you ‘It is feeling sorry.’ If you ask a man if he repents, he will tell you: ‘Oh, yes; I generally feel sorry for my sins.’ That is not repentance. It is something more than feeling sorry. Repentance is turning right about, and forsaking sin. I wanted to speak Sunday about that verse in Isaiah, which says: ‘Let the guilty forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts.’ That is what it is. If a man don’t turn from his sin, he won’t be accepted of God; and if righteousness don’t produce a turning about—a turning from bad to good—it isn’t true righteousness.”

– D. L. Moody

“Just now some professedly Christian teachers are misleading many by saying that ‘repentance is only a change of mind.’ It is true that the original word does convey the idea of a change of mind; but the whole teaching of Scripture concerning the repentance which is not to be repented of is that it is a much more radical and complete change than is implied by our common phrase about changing one’s mind. The repentance that does not include sincere sorrow for sin is not the saving grace that is wrought by the Holy Spirit. God-given repentance makes men grieve in their inmost souls over the sin they have committed, and works in them a gracious hatred of evil in every shape and form. We cannot find a better definition of repentance than the one many of us learned at our mother’s knee: ‘Repentance is to leave the sin we loved before, and show that we in earnest grieve by doing so no more’”

– Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“…repentance … is a turning from sin, a loathing of it; and if thou hast that, thou hast sure repentance; but not else. Repentance is also a sense of shame for having lived in it, and a longing to avoid it. It is a change of the mind with regard to sin–a turning of the man right round. That is what it is; and it is wrought in us by the grace of God. Let none therefore mistake what true repentance is”

– Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“Biblical repentance as preached by John the Baptist, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the apostles, is A CHANGE OF MIND TOWARD GOD AND SIN THAT RESULTS IN A CHANGE OF LIFE. IT IS A SPIRIT-WROUGHT CHANGE OF MIND THAT LEADS TO A CHANGE OF LIFE. It is not a change of life. That would be a works salvation. It is a radical, Spirit-wrought change of mind toward sin and God, such a dramatic change of mind that it changes one’s actions….Those who do not preach repentance or who make light of it or who claim it is the same as faith or who redefine it so that it has nothing to do with sin are not following the Bible pattern for evangelism. They are following a manmade program. The bottom line is that Bible preachers proclaimed repentance. If faith is the same as repentance, this would make no sense. Those who follow the Bible will preach repentance and will require evidence thereof. ”

– David Cloud

Jeremiah 8:6 I hearkened and heard, but they spake not aright: no man repented him of his wickedness, saying, What have I done? every one turned to his course, as the horse rusheth into the battle.

Ezekiel 14:6 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations.

Ezekiel 18:30 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.

The word repentance in Jonah 3:4-8 is not used, but in Matthew 12:41 Jesus said they repented. The repentance seen or evidence given of repentance is witnessed by the actions of the people of Nineveh.

Jonah 3:5-8 So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water: But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.

Matthew 12:41 The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.

Matthew 21:28-30 But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard. He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went. And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.

Acts 8:21-23 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.

Revelation 16:9-11 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory. And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.

Who is leading you?

February 15, 2014

“We do not walk in the same way as before we were converted. A man or a woman who professes Christianity and yet goes on in the same old way has not been born again. When we are born again, we are born in a new way; and Christ is that new way himself. We give up our old way, and take his. The old way leads to death, the new way to life everlasting. In the old way, Satan leads us; in the new way the Son of God leads us. We are led by Him, not into bondage and darkness, but into the way of peace and joy.”

– D. L. Moody