Romans 4:5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
Jessa Duggar’s Post on God’s Judgment Stirs Massive Debate
Jessa Duggar could mean well, because the others in her family never spoke of God's judgment but I found myself shaking my head, here is a re-run of Ray Comfort's false gospel. This isn't the gospel of grace. Sadly this is what she was raised with and taught. She may simply know no better, same as I was taught Catholicism as a young child. I do not know how much she knows or not. She has been raised in the Quiverful and Bill Gothard cult. I will pray today that someone meets with her and teaches her the true gospel which is salvation via faith.
One is not regenerated and freed from sin within themselves but via the Holy Spirit. To some this may be a quibble, it isn't. Frankly salvation cometh by faith, it does not come via "repenting". The repenting comes SECOND, you are born again and the Holy Spirit convicts you of your sin.
As written on here before, many are mistaken that salvation lies within their works and proving their 'goodness' to God. After all the Catholic church teaches do good works to get into heaven. One can "Repent" over and over but unless one has believed unto Jesus Christ and has been born again, it is all for naught. There are many so called "righteous people" who are dependent on their own righteousness to get into heaven and it will fail. Notice she never says that one is to be born again. While she is right about the reality of hell, she focuses on the sin and doing "good".
Jessa Duggar according to this article wrote:
""People are content to live on in lying, cursing, pride, anger, bitterness, disrespecting of parents, lust, pornography, fornication, adultery, and other sexual sins-- and if anyone tries to confront them, their attitude and response is, 'You live your life, I'll live mine. Don't you tell me what to do! Only God can judge me!' "They don't even realize what they're saying. God's judgment isn't something to be taken lightly! It should scare you! Man's 'judgment' is a 1000x lighter... usually just a voicing of disapproval. But when unbelieving, sinful men die and stand before God, He justly condemns them to hell."
She is right to warn about hell, hell does await those who die and stand before God and who die in their sins. Non-believers do not care the same way about sin. I was one once, and before I was born again, there were things I did not even consider sins the Holy Spirit convicted me of. There is nothing wrong with speaking of sin and warning against it, but one thing, I know is true about non-believers, if you advertise Christianity as just a "give up your sins" proposition and leave the gospel out of it, the people stay lost, they are not in a relationship with God, they have not believed unto salvation, they have not loved Him because He first loved us.
Christianity to most people out there is wrongly a long list of rules, it is not a relationship. To be frank, folks like the Duggars can lead people away from God, in their self righteousness, advertising the Christian life as a "perfect lifestyle". It reminds me when I was a nonbeliever and thought I never could be good enough to go to heaven and "be a Christian". It made me despair in my sins. I still sin now, and but now can approach the altar of grace. Sadly there are many in this world who want to lead people away from the true gospel.
"Duggar went on to say that people disregard the Bible, using "all kinds of human logic" to try to justify their lifestyles. She gives examples of those who claim they've been living sinful lifestyles for years and don't believe God is angry with them; that a loving god would not send people to hell; that they have peace about their lifestyle and are listening to their heart; and that if God disapproved why doesn't He strike them dead?"
Being a Christian is more then just having the right lifestyle. Sadly the Duggars push a false view of Christianity that is all about having a together "perfect" lifestyle, picket fences, lots of babies and high incomes. One's lifestyle is simply an outward appearance. Here Jessa Duggar is correct about those who will justify their sins but their hearts need to be changed but misses the main point.
"But people disregard the Bible, and instead use all kinds of human logic to try to justify their way of living:"First off, our human hearts are bent toward sin and not righteousness. We shouldn't follow the inclinations of our heart, but rather we know what is right and wrong according to what we find in God's Word: the Bible," Duggar wrote.
"This should be concerning to you. I know it was for me! When I saw myself in light of God's standard, and I knew that I fell short. But I found hope in the Gospel—the 'good news' of Jesus Christ! I would still be lost today were it not for His grace!
"Repent! Turn away from sin, and to Jesus Christ today! Be saved from the wrath to come. The believing man has Christ's perfect record put to their account. God gives him a new heart and new desires. If you find yourself a sinner in need of Jesus, then open your Bible today and begin to read the books of John and Romans. Let the Word of God root out the sins of your heart. Do not let up until you have found Salvation for your soul!"
Jessa Duggar is right that human hearts are bent toward sin and unrighteousness. She is also correct that that God's Word dictates what is right and wrong [I could even add how she is focused on the law here] and what is sin. However this portion disturbs me as she speaks of the 'good news' of Jesus Christ and even His grace and Christ's perfect record being put to their account but leaves out the most important part of faith in Jesus Christ which is believing unto Him.
John 1:12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.
The line about not letting up until you have found salvation for your soul definitely means she has things backwards. Salvation comes via faith when one is born again in Jesus Christ and then regenerated via the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit then convicts you of your sin leading you to repentance. Our own efforts, our own trying, our own not letting up is for naught.
3 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.
4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
See: The Duggars, Bill Gothard, Vision Forum, and The Quiverful Movement
Post script: I went to go find her original post, she has some scripture added not quoted in the articles, and pretty much the same with more warnings of hell and of God's judgment on the wicked, but I noticed she put a judge's gavel up for the picture to go with what she wrote. Remember I pointed out the focus on the law, instead of the gospel of grace? Here are the Dominonist influences too. The non-believers are there arguing with her but sadly, truth is being lost in the whole morass.