Saturday, January 21, 2012

How To Be Saved


Anonymous said...

"Repent of your sins"

Not indicting you, but that is false teaching.

Apart from the person adding to the words found in Acts 3:19, the context of the third chapter highlights that the Apostle was commanding the religious to change their mind (repent) regarding the identity of Jesus Christ so that they could turn to Him for salvation.

However, repentance of sins + faith = False teaching.

God justifies the ungodly when we recognize our guilt (the purpose of the law) and turn to Jesus for salvation. He does not require us to reach a certain level of morality or to actively lie to Him for salvation.

After all, what is repentance of sin but obedience to the law of God - that we cannot fulfill.

For Biblical repentance for salvation, see the following:

Romans 10:9, 10: 13, Hebrews 6:1, Acts 16:30-31, the Parable of the Publican and Pharisee.

This doctrine is supremely dangerous if one trusts in their level of repentance to justify them rather than their faith in the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord.

Let's think a bit deeper:

How many sins must I change my mind about before I receive the Spirit of God?
Can today be the day of my salvation or is the day of my salvation when I reach sinless perfection?
Does Jesus require me to reach a certain level of righteousness before He accepts my belief or does He promise not to cast out any who come to Him?
Can I therefore lose my salvation if I don't keep repenting or live in a unrepentant sin?

Think back to when the disciples were trying to keep those who they thought were unclean or unworthy from coming to Jesus. Jesus rebuked them.

This is what the 'repent of sins' crowd is doing. They are putting a barrier between sinners and Jesus.

"A little leaven leaven the whole lump"

Turning from one sin does not make the flesh worthy of receiving the Spirit of God.

Bible Believer said...

Yes we were discussing this the other day in regards to Ray Comfort.

I believe repentance of sins, comes AFTER salvation via the faith. The faith leads you to repentance not the other way around.

One does not have to do a work to be saved.

Jessie Lange said...

Hi Bible Believer,

Here is a link to an article with a great argument for salvation by faith alone:

It is built off the text of 1 Corinthians 3:10-15. I hope that you will enjoy it!

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Anonymous said...

Faith alone is on error it is not in the Bible. Martin Luther added the word alone to scripture. He also wanted to jettison the book of revelation out of the Bible but his people stopped him. He had already decided to throw out seven books of the Bible. Funny how The King James Bible had to have it's errors corrected by going back to the Catholic Douay Rheims Bible. Lol��

Anonymous said...

The word alone was added by Martin Luther to the Scripture it was never on the Bible.

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Jessie Lange said...

Hi Anonymous,It does not really matter if Martin Luther added the word "alone" to the word faith in Romans 3:28 because the concept is clearly taught there. He probably did added the phrase to add clarity to the context. But how can you argument against Sola Fide be true when some Catholic approved trsnslations of the Bible, which existed prior to Luther, had the phrase "faith alone" in Romans 3:28? In so arguing as you did, you are guilty of committing the ad hominem fallacy. Even if Martin Luther unjustly added the word alone to Romans 3:28, that still does not refute the biblical doctrine of Sola Fide. If you want some proof that salvation is by faith apart from the merit of works, then see the link to the article that I provided above