Tuesday, June 10, 2014

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, NOT OF WORKS, lest anyone should boast.” (Eph 2:8,9)

Salvation is a gift from God. It is freely given and, like any gift, it is not earned. One does not work for a gift! The giver would be offended if payment were offered! A simple “thank you” is all that’s expected.

This may seem trivial but the implications are enormous. For instance, how would you answer if asked why God should accept you into His heaven? Many will answer, “I have been a good person” or, “I have kept the 10 commandments” or “I have gone to church” etc. But these all point to something YOU have done to merit salvation!!!! YOU have been good, YOU have kept the commandments, etc …

But Salvation is a GIFT.  It is not something you work for, it’s something received. If God could accept you on the basis of YOUR good works then He would not have sent His Son to the cross. When Jesus shed His blood on the cross HE DID what was necessary to satisfy the demands of a holy God. It is HIS WORK that earns salvation. Jesus Christ offered Himself as a substitute to pay the price for your sin. He paid the price demanded by the Father, a price you could never pay.
This gift is not a “ticket” to heaven. Such thinking is irreverent and cheapens Christ’s great sacrifice. The one who receives the gift of salvation enters into a living relationship with God. A relationship governed by the Word of God.

Have you received the gift of salvation? Can your works replace Christ’s sacrifice on the cross?



    Have you ever noticed the parallels between Naaman's cure of his leprosy and faith only believers doctrine of forgiveness of sin?

    Naaman wanted his leprosy washed away, but he did not want to follow the plan of God's man, the prophet Elisa.

    Faith only believers want to have sins washed away, but they do not want to follow the plan of the man Jesus selected to implement that plan, the apostle Peter.

    2 Kings 5:10-11 Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, "Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh will be restored to you and you will be clean. 11 But Naaman was furious and went away and said, "Behold, I thought, 'He will surely come to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place and cure the leper'

    Naaman thought calling on the name of the Lord and waving of Elisha's hand would cure his leprosy. Naaman did not want to get wet. Naaman did not want to baptize himself seven times. Naaman thought "faith only" would cure his leprosy.

    Acts 2:37-38....what shall we do?" 38 Peter said to them, "Repent and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

    Faith only believers do not want to get wet. They do not want to be baptized for the forgiveness of sins. They want to call on the name of the Lord and say the "Sinner's Prayer."

    Naaman's servant convinced him to follow Elisha's plan.

    2 Kings 5:14 So he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child and he was clean.

    Naaman's leprosy was not removed by faith only. Naaman's leprosy was removed and his flesh was restored only after he baptized himself seven times in the Jordan. Naaman did not sprinkle himself seven times in the Jordan . Naaman did not pour himself seven times in the Jordan. Naaman dipped (baptized) himself in the Jordan seven times. Naaman had faith in the God of the prophet Elisha, however, obedience was required in order to have his leprosy cured.

    UNDER THE NEW COVENANT faith is essential in order to have sins forgiven, however, obedience in water baptism is also required in order to have sins forgiven.


    Naaman did not say dipping in water had absolutely nothing to do with his being cleansed of leprosy.

    Naaman did not proclaim that his leprosy was cleansed the minute he believed God had the power to cure his leprosy.

    Naaman did not assert that dipping in the Jordan was an outward sign of his cure that had taken place before he entered the water.

    Naaman did not say he baptized himself because his leprosy had already been cured.

    Naaman did tell others that he baptized himself because Elisha command it, and it was just an act of obedience.

    Naaman did not proclaim that his leprosy was cured by faith only.

    Naaman did not say dipping in the Jordan was "a work of righteousness" and works cannot wash away leprosy.

    Naaman failed to assert that baptizing himself was a testimony of his faith, but was not essential to having his leprosy cured.

    QUESTION: Can "faith only" believers reject what God's man, the apostle Peter, said about repentance and water baptism and
    have their sins forgiven? (Acts 2:38, 1 Peter 3:21)


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  2. Dear Steve,

    I appreciate your Lordship salvation position which appears reasonable but, with respect, is flawed. I will presume from your argumentation that you are a Calvinist of a Reformed Covenant persuasion and appreciate the sovereignty of God and depravity of man.

    Depravity however, extends to all aspects of man’s being including any resolutions or determinations. His situation is utterly desperate. The only God ordained approach is through faith (Please take a moment to read my explanation of faith as I do not hold, in any sense, to “easy believism” Faith is obedience). Faith is an acknowledgement of the true God. He is LORD not “Santa Clause”

    While I accept that there is much superficial, God dishonoring “Christianity” I believe that Lordship salvation proponents have focused on the disgraceful behavior of many who claim to follow the Lord Jesus. I appreciate your passion etc. but you need to focus on the WORD of GOD ALONE. Man is not ill. He is DEAD is in trespassed and sins …


    Do people learn error by prayerfully searching the Scriptures or are they mislead by skilled professionals?

    Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (NKJV)

    Why do men believe that repent and be baptized for the remission of sins actually means repent and be baptized because your sins have already been forgiven?

    Why do men believe that the three thousand on the Day of Pentecost received the gift of the Holy Spirit before they repented and were baptized?

    A. Do they prayerfully searched the Scripture?
    B. Do they read it in a Bible commentary?
    C. Do their preachers teach it to them?

    Mark 16:16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. (NKJV)

    It takes a talented teacher to convince men that Jesus did not teach the being saved followed baptism.

    Acts 22:16 'And now why are you waiting ? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.' (NKJV)

    Only a master of deception can convince men that Saul had his sins washed away, by faith alone, three days prior on the road to Damascus.
    No man can believe that by reading the Scriptural accounts. (Acts 9:1-19, Acts 22:1-16, Acts 26:12-18)

    No honest person can claim that they realized that water baptism was not essential to being saved by prayerfully searching the Scriptures.

    It is essential to have skilled professionals, masters of deception, kings of ruses in order to convince men the water baptism is not essential in order to be saved.

    You can only be tricked into believing that baptism is not in order to the forgiveness of sins.

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  4. Dear Steve,

    Am I to understand that you are teaching that Water Baptism is essential for salvation? In other words, if one is not baptized then one cannot be saved?