Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Jesus said, "Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying I am Christ; and shall deceive many." (Matthew 24:4-5).
We who profess to be Christians must take heed. We must be very careful that we are not deceived. Our calling is to trust, love, and follow the true Christ and Him only. We may have nothing to do with the false Christs who are so numerous in our day. We know about the Christ of the cults and other religions. He is a good man, a prophet, the first creation of God, a great spirit, a divine idea, or even a god himself. But he is not true and eternal God. He receives his existence from another who is greater than he. He is not the Christ of the Bible. We are not deceived by this Christ. He is a false Christ.
We know about the Christ of Roman Catholicism. They profess that He is true God. He suffered and died for the forgiveness of sin. He arose again, ascended into heaven, and is coming again. But he is not a complete Saviour. The Christ of the Roman Catholics can not save sinners without their own good works and the intercession of priests. He is not the Christ of the Bible. We are not deceived by this Christ. He is a false Christ.
There is, however, another false Christ who is much more dangerous than the Christ of the cults and the Christ of Roman Catholicism. He has deceived people for many years and he continues to deceive millions. This Christ is so dangerous that, if it were not impossible, he would deceive the very elect (Matthew 24:24).
He is the Christ of Arminianism.
This false Christ is extremely dangerous because in many ways he appears to be the True Christ. They say that he is true God, equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. They say that he died on the cross to save sinners. They even say that he saves by his grace alone, without the work of man. This Christ will have nothing to do with the Christ of the cults and the Christ of Roman Catholicism. But watch out! Be warned! The Christ of Arminianism is not the Christ of the Bible. Do not be fooled!
1. The Christ of Arminianism - loves every individual person in the world and sincerely desires their salvation.The Christ of the Bible - earnestly loves and desires the salvation of only those whom God has unconditionally chosen to salvation.
2. The Christ of Arminianism - offers salvation to every sinner and does all in his power to bring them to salvation. His offer and work are often frustrated, for many refuse to come.The Christ of the Bible - effectually calls to Himself only the elect and sovereignly brings them to salvation. Not one of them will be lost.
3. The Christ of Arminianism - can not regenerate and save a sinner who does not first choose Christ with his own "free will." All men have a "free will" by which they can either accept or reject Christ. That "free will" may not be violated by Christ.The Christ of the Bible - sovereignly regenerates the elect sinner apart from his choice, for without regeneration the spiritually dead sinner can not choose Christ. Faith is not man's contribution to salvation but the gift of Christ which He sovereignly imparts in regeneration.
John 6:44 & 65
4. The Christ of Arminianism - died on the cross for every individual person and thereby made it possible for every person to be saved. His death, apart from the choice of man, was not able to actually save anyone for many for whom he died are lost. The Christ of the Bible - died for only God's elect people and thereby actually obtained salvation for all those for whom He died. His death was a substitutionary satisfaction which actually took away the guilt of His chosen people.
John 10:14-15 & 26
1 Peter 3:18
5. The Christ of Arminianism - loses many whom he has "saved" because they do not continue in faith. Even if he does give them "eternal security," as some say, that security is not based upon his will or work but the choice which the sinner made when he accepted Christ.The Christ of the Bible - preserves His chosen people so that they can not lose their salvation but persevere in the faith to the very end. He preserves them by the sovereign electing will of God, the power of His death, and the mighty working of His Spirit.
1 Peter 1:2-5
As you can see, although the Christ of Arminianism and the Christ of the Bible may at first seem to be the same, they are very different. One is a false Christ. The other is the true Christ. One is weak and helpless. He bows before the sovereign "free will" of man. The other is the reigning Lord Who wills what He pleases and sovereignly accomplishes all that He wills. If you believe and serve the Christ of Arminianism, you must recognize the fact that you do not serve the Christ of the Bible.
You have been deceived!
Study the Scriptures and learn of the True Christ. Pray for grace to repent and trust Christ as your sovereign Saviour.
By Steven Houck
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
by Augustus Toplady
"...that there is no such a thing as preaching Christ and him crucified unless you preach what is now-a-days called Calvinism. I have my own ideas, and those I state boldly. It is a nickname to call it Calvinism; Calvinism is the gospel, and nothing else"
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God (John 1:12-13, KJV, emphases added).
Whose Voice Do You Hear?
"My sheep, saith Christ, hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me; and I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish. O, most worthy Scriptures! which ought to compel us to have a faithful remembrance, and to note the tenor thereof; which is, the sheep of Christ shall never perish.
"Doth Christ mean part of his elect, or all, think you? I do hold, and affirm, and also faithfully believe, that he meant all his elect, and not part, as some do full ungodly affirm. I confess and believe assuredly, that there shall never any of them perish: for I have good authority so to say; because Christ is my author, and saith, if it were possible, the very elect should be deceived. Ergo, it is not possible that they can be so deceived, that they shall ever finally perish, or be damned: wherefore, whosoever doth affirm that there may be any (i.e. any of the elect) lost, doth affirm that Christ hath a torn body."
The above valuable letter of recantation is thus inscribed: "A Letter to the Congregation of Free-willers, by One that had been of that Persuasion, but come off, and now a Prisoner for Religion:" which superscription will hereafter, in its due place, supply us with a remark of more than slight importance.
John Wesley, A Friend of Rome?
To occupy the place of argument, it has been alleged that "Mr. Wesley is an old man;" and the Church of Rome is still older than he. Is that any reason why the enormities, either of the mother or the son, should pass unchastised?
It has also been suggested, that "Mr. Wesley is a very laborious man:" not more laborious, I presume, than a certain active being, who is said to go to and fro in the earth, and walk up and down in it:2 nor yet more laborious, I should imagine, than certain ancient Sectarians, concerning whom it was long ago said, "Woe unto you Scribes, hypocrites; for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte:"
nor, by any means, so usefully laborious, as a certain diligent member of the community, respecting whose variety of occupations the public have lately received the following intelligence: "The truth of the following instance of industry may be depended on: a poor man with a large family, now cries milk, every morning, in Lothbury, and the neighbourhood of the Royal Exchange; at eleven, he wheels about a barrow of potatoes; at one, he cleans shoes at the Change; after dinner, cries milk again; in the evening, sells sprats; and at night, finishes the measure of his labour as a watchman."
The Quarrel is With the Wolf
Mr. Sellon, moreover, reminds me (p. 128.) that, "while the shepherds are quarrelling, the wolf gets into the sheep fold;" not impossible: but it so happens, that the present quarrel is not among "the shepherds," but with the "wolf" himself; which "quarrel" is warranted by every maxim of pastoral meekness and fidelity.
I am further told, that, while I am "berating the Arminians, Rome and the devil laugh in their sleeves." Admitting that Mr. Sellon might derive this anecdote from the fountain head, the parties themselves, yet, as neither they nor he are very conspicuous for veracity, I construe the intelligence by the rule of reverse, though authenticated by the deposition of their right trusty and well-beloved cousin and counsellor.
Once more: I am charged with "excessive superciliousness, and majesty of pride:" and why not charged with having seven heads and ten horns, and a tail as long as a bell-rope? After all, what has my pride, or my humility, to do with the argument in hand? Whether I am haughty, or meek, is of no more consequence either to that, or to the public, than whether I am tall or short: however, I am, at this very time, giving one proof, that my "majesty of pride" can stoop; that even to ventilate the impertinences of Mr. Sellon.
Arminianism at Home in Rome
But, however frivolous his cavils, the principles for which he contends are of the most pernicious nature and tendency. I must repeat, what already seems to have given him so much offence, that Arminianism "came from Rome, and leads thither again." Julian, bishop of Eclana a contemporary and disciple of Pelagius, was one of those who endeavoured, with much art, to gild the doctrines of that heresiarch, in order to render them more sightly and palatable. The Pelagian system, thus varnished and paliated, soon began to acquire the softer name of Semipelagianism. Let us take a view of it, as drawn to our hands by the celebrated Mr. Bower, who himself, in the main, a professed Pelagian, and therefore less likely to present us with an unfavourable portrait of the system he generally approved. Among the principles of that sect, this learned writer enumerates the following:
"The notion of election and reprobation, independent of our merits or demerits, is maintaining a fatal necessity, is the bane of all virtue, and serves only to render good men remiss in working out their salvation, and to drive sinners to despair.
"The decrees of election and reprobation are posterior to, and in consequence of, our good or evil works, as foreseen by God from all eternity."
Is not this too the very language of modern Arminianism? Do not the partizans of that scheme argue on the same identical terms? Should it be said, "True, this proves that Arminianism is Pelagianism revived; but it does not prove, that the doctrines of Arminianism are originally Popish:" a moment's cool attention will make it plain that they are. Let us again hear Mr. Bower, who, after the passage just quoted, immediately adds, "on these two last propositions, the Jesuits found their whole system of grace and free-will; agreeing therein with the Semipelagians, against the Jansenists and St. Augustine."
The Jesuits were moulded into a regular body, towards the middle of the sixteenth century: toward the close of the same century, Arminius began to infest the Protestant churches. It needs therefore no great penetration, to discern from what source he drew his poison. His journey to Rome (though Monsicur Bayle affects to make light of the inferences which were at that very time deduced from it) was not for nothing. If, however, any are disposed to believe, that Arminius imbibed his doctrines from the Socinians in Poland, with whom, it is certain, he was on terms of intimate friendship, I have no objection to splitting the difference: he might import some of his tenets from the Racovian brethren, and yet be indebted, for others, to the disciples of Loyola.
Papists and Predestination
Certain it is, that Arminius himself was sensible, how greatly the doctrine of predestination widens the distance between Protestantism and Popery. "There is no point of doctrines (says he) which the Papists, the Anabaptists, and the (new) Lutherans more fiercely oppose, nor by means of which they heap more discredit on the reformed churches, and bring the reformed system itself into more odium; for they (i.e. the Papists, & etc.) assert, that no fouler blasphemy against God can be thought or expressed, than is contained in the doctrine of predestination."
For which reason, he advises the reformed world to discard predestination from their creed, in order that they may live on more brotherly terms with the Papists, the Anabaptists, and such like.
The Arminian writers make no scruple to seize and retail each other's arguments, as common property. Hence, Samuel Hoord copies from Van Harmin the self same observation which I have now cited. "Predestination (says Samuel) is an opinion odious to the Papists, opening their foul mouths, against our Church and religion:"8 consequently, our adopting the opposite doctrines of universal grace and freewill, would, by bringing us so many degrees nearer to the Papists, conduce to shut their mouths, and make them regard us, so far at least, as their own orthodox and dearly beloved brethren: whence it follows, that, as Arminianism came from Rome, so "it leads thither again."
The Jesuits and Predestination
If the joint verdict of Arminius himself, and of his English proselyte Hoord, will not turn the scale, let us add the testimony of a professed Jesuit, by way of making up full weight. When archbishop Laud's papers were examined, a letter was found among them, thus endorsed with that prelate's own hand: "March, 1628. A Jesuit's Letter, sent to the Rector at Bruxels, about the ensuing Parliament." The design of this letter was to give the Superior of the Jesuits, then resident at Brussels, an account of the posture of civil and ecclesiastical affairs in England; an extract from it I shall here subjoin: "Father Rector, let not the damp of astonishment seize upon your ardent and zealous soul, in apprehending the sodaine and unexpected calling of a Parliament. We have now many strings to our bow. We have planted that soveraigne drugge Arminianisme, which we hope will purge the Protestants from their heresie; and it flourisheth and beares fruit in due season. For the better prevention of the Puritanes, the Arminians have already locked up the Duke's (of Buckingham) eares; and we have those of our owne religion, which stand continually at the Duke's chamber, to see who goes in and out: we cannot be too circumspect and carefull in this regard. I am, at this time, transported with joy, to see how happily all instruments and means, as well great as lesser, co-operate unto our purposes. But, to return unto the maine fabricke:--OUR FOUNDATION IS ARMINIANISME. The Arminians and projectors, as it appeares in the premises, affect mutation. This we second and enforce by probable arguments."
The Sovereign Drug Arminianism
The "Sovereign drug, Arminianism," which said the Jesuit, "we (i.e. we Papists) have planted" in England, did indeed bid fair "to purge our Protestant Church effectually. How merrily Popery and Arminianism, at that time, danced hand in hand, may be learned from Tindal: "The churches were adorned with paintings, images, altar-pieces, & etc. and, instead of communion tables, alters were set up, and bowings to them and the sacramental elements enjoined. The predestinarian doctrines were forbidden, not only to be preached, but to be printed; and the Arminian sense of the Articles was encouraged and propagated."10 The Jesuit, therefore, did not exult without cause. The "sovereign drug," so lately "planted," did indeed take deep root downward, and bring forth fruit upward, under the cherishing auspices of Charles and Laud. Heylyn, too, acknowledges, that the state of things was truly described by another Jesuit of that age, who wrote: "Protestantism waxeth weary of itself. The doctrine (by the Arminians, who then sat at the helm) is altered in many things, for which their progenitors forsook the Church of Rome: as limbus patrum; prayer for the dead, and possibility of keeping God's commandments; and the accounting of Calvinism to be heresy at least, if not treason."
Arminianism From the Pit
The maintaining of these positions, by the Court divines, was an "alteration" indeed; which the abandoned Heylyn ascribes to "the ingenuity and moderation found in some professors of our religion." If we sum up the evidence that has been given, we shall find its amount to be, that Arminianism came from the Church of Rome, and leads back again to the pit whence it was digged.
For further study:
Christopher Ness, An Antidote Against Arminianism;
J. Warne, Arminianism: The Back Door to Popery;
John Knox, On Predestination in Works vol. 5;
John Owen, A Display of Arminianism;
Pink, The Sovereignty of God;
Martin Luther, The Bondage of the Will;
C. Van Til, The Defense of the Faith;
W. MacLean, Arminianism Another Gospel
Sunday, July 16, 2006
He who walks with the wise shall be wise,
but one associating with fools shall be broken.
-- Proverbs 13:20
Blessed is the man who
has not walked in the counsel of the ungodly,
and has not stood in the way of sinners,
and has not sat in the seat of scorners.
-- Psalm 1:1
Go from a foolish man,
or you will not know the lips of knowledge.
-- Proverbs 14:7
I have not sat with lying men;
and I will not go in with hypocrites;
I have hated the assembly of evil-doers,
and I will not sit with the wicked.
-- Psalm 25:4-5
Sunday, July 02, 2006
What Is the True Gospel?
Question 1: What does it matter what the true Gospel is? Everybody has different beliefs. Aren't they all equally true?
Answer 1: This is a very important question to ask. The bible is very specific that there is only one true gospel and that many will come preaching another gospel and another Jesus. The gospel reveals the good news of how man may be declared righteous before a just and Holy God through his Son Jesus Christ, by grace alone. All other gospels no matter how close to the truth they may appear to be lead to an eternal hell.
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.
Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Galatians 1:8-9 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.
So you see, it is vitally important that one believes the one and only true gospel.
Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
Question 2: So this means that if you believe in Jesus, you are saved?
Answer 2: This is absolutely true if any believe believe on the Lord Jesus Christ he shall be saved from his sins and the consequence thereof which is an eternal hell, however in the wicked time we live in not many preach the true Jesus Christ but another that cannot save. The Bible says,
2 Corinthians 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.
Matthew 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Galatians 1:8 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.
Many in the time in which we live worship idols whom they call "God" and "Jesus", God speaks about such an abomination in:
Isaiah 45:20 Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save.
In our day, men worship gods that come from their own mind, when we who know the one true God witness to those in false gospels about the truth of God and his salvation plan from the bible they say things such as: "my god would never do that" or "that's not the god i believe in". doing this they witness against themselves that they "pray unto a god that cannot save."
Question 3: So how can we know what the true Gospel is?
Answer 3: God reveals the truth of his gospel to all those whom he calls , giving them repentance and faith, and a knowledge of the true gospel. God tells us this in his word in many places, here are a few scriptures that testify to this truth.
1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, [even] in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
2 Timothy 2:24-25 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
We see that God gives his people a knoweldge of the truth, there is no lie in the truth, we who believe the gospel, believe the whole gospel, we understand it and rejoice in the knowledge of the truth, for only then can we truly understand the grace of God and truly praise him for his marvelous grace.
Revelation 22:18-19 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
This verse shows us that the Bible is the sole authority and basis of the true Gospel. This is why the Bible cannot be added to or taken away from. If we try to add words of prophecy to the Bible, then we have a different authority, and thus a different gospel. If we do not acknowledge a part of the Bible to be the Word of God, then we have "taken away from the words of the book of this prophecy." Again, we end up with a different authority, and thus a different gospel. If one dismisses any part of the bible as fiction, or a work of man and not God then one cannot truly know the true gospel.
Question 4: Doesn't this verse simply mean that we are not to add or take away from the Book of Revelation?
Answer 4: Absolutely not. This verse is talking about the whole Bible, including the portion of the Bible known as the Revelation of Jesus Christ. The bible is one book written over a long period of time.
2 Timothy 3:16
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2 Peter 1:19-21 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, . . . Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man, but holy men of old spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
You see, the Bible is one book, and it was written by God Himself. It is one integrated, cohesive whole. The part of the Bible we call Revelation is an integral part of the Bible. Also note that, the Bible defines "prophecy" to be the declared Word of God. Since the whole Bible is the declared Word of God, the whole Bible is the prophecy of God.
Therefore, when the last verses of the Book of Revelation were completed, then the Bible was completed. So, if someone adds prophecy, written or oral, to the book of Revelation, they are adding to the Bible. Likewise, if anyone rejects a part of the Bible as not being the Word of God, then they are taking away from the Bible. Either adding to or taking away from the Bible results in a false gospel. No false gospel can save the soul, no matter how holy it appears to be. False gospels always lead to the eternal damnation of Hell.
Question 5: Some churches consider pronouncements by their popes, church leaders, confessions or doctrinal statements to be equal in authority with the Bible. Others equate the teachings of their so-called latter-day prophets with the Word of God. Still others consider new tongues, dreams, and visions to be from God. Are these false gospels?
Answer 5: Yes these are false gospels. In the day we live in finding a congregation that remains faithful to the word of God can be a very difficlut experience, we live in a day when the minds of mere men and their opinions take authority over God's infallible word.
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
2 Timothy 4:3-4
If you attend a church that believes the first chapters of Genesis are not to be taking literally and seriously you must flee from that synagogue of Satan, they are calling God a liar. They are in violation to God's warning in Revelation 22 and therefore will suffer eternal damnation.
If you attend a church that believes in devine revelation through visions, dreams and tongues, they too are in violation to Revelation 22. Flee from them, for they too are calling God a liar.
Question 6: Some churches and other gospels claim to believe the Law, the Prophets, and the Writings of the Old Testament, but reject the New Testament. Others recognize the New Testament, but reject the Old Testament. Others reject parts of the Bible as unbelievable, like the creation story, the crossing of the Red Sea, the bodily resurrection of Christ from the dead, etc. Are these false gospels?
Answer 6: Yes. Such gospels violate Revelation 22:19 by taking away from the words of the Bible. Because of this, God says He will cut off the followers of these false gospels from the blessings of Heaven, which means they will endure endless suffering in Hell.
Question 7: What about gospels or churches that claim they believe the Bible, but also assert there is some work a person must do to be saved, such as "accept Jesus", say a "sinners prayer", or "invite Jesus into your heart"? Are these false gospels?
Answer 7: Absolutely, the free will gospel is by far the most popular in our day, it is as damnable as any other gospel, it is a creation of man, and completley foreign to the gospel of grace that the bible describes, it is a denial of grace. It is an abominable works gospel where salvation is conditioned upon the free will act of the sinner. The bible tell us the truth about salvation:
Ephesians 2:8-9 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.
Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
Ephesians 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
The bible tells us God does all the work in saving his children whom he elected to become saved before the foundation of the world.
The bible also tells us man is dead in trespasses and sins and unable and unwilling to come to the true Jesus Christ.
Romans 3:10-12 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
Question 8: What is the central message of the true Gospel?
Answer 8: The central message of the gospel is Christ Jesus and him crucified for the sins of his people, thus securing their salvation.
God the Father sent God the Son, Jesus Christ, into the world. He was conceived in the womb of a virgin by the agency of God the Holy Spirit and therefore did not carry within him the seed of sin. He did not descend from Adam and was, therefore, without sin and wholly acceptable to God. Just as Adam is a representative, so too is Christ. But while Adam is the representative of all mankind, Jesus Christ is the Representative of all those God gave Him—those whom God chose to save—through faith in His blood:
2 Thessalonians 2:13 "...God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth; whereunto He called you by our Gospel..."
John 17:3 "As Thou (the Father) hast given Him (the Son) power over all flesh, that He (the Son) should give eternal life to as many as Thou (the Father) hast given Him"
Being chosen by God for salvation was not something that was to be earned or merited, it was not to be a reward, but was solely according to His Will:
2 Timothy 1:9 "(God) hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, NOT ACCORDING TO OUR WORKS, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began."
Ephesians 1:4,5 "...He has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world...Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will."
Faith, like everything else pertaining to salvation, is a gift given by God, it does not originate within ourselves:
Ephesians 2:8,9 "For by grace (unmerited favor) are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast"
and this faith ALWAYS believes THE TRUE Gospel, never a false one.
Jesus Christ is the Substitute of all those God chose to save. As their Substitute, He lived the life of perfect obedience to God’s law that none of them ever could, thus providing the obedience they needed to become right with God:
Romans 5:19 "...by the obedience of ONE (Jesus) shall (the) many (those He represented) be made righteous"
As their Substitute, He died and was resurrected, thus paying the penalty in full for their sins:
Romans 4:25 "(Jesus) was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification (acquittal)."
Jesus blotted out:
Colossians 2:13,14 "the handwriting of ordinances that was against us (those He represented)...and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross."
God’s Word says that all the sins of those for whom Christ died were imputed to Him, and that His righteousness would be imputed to them:
2 Corinthians 5:21 "For He hath made Him (Christ) to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him."
The imputation of Christ’s righteousness is the only way that God can remain Just and at the same time be the Justifier of sinners:
Romans 3:26 "To declare, I say, at this time HIS Righteousness: that He might be Just and the Justifier of him which believeth in Jesus."
Question 9: Can you please sum up in a few words for me what the gospel truly is?
Answer 9: Certainly. The gospel is God’s promise to save his chosen people who are born into this world dead in trespasses and sins, give them complete salvation, including the work of the Holy Spirit in them, and entitle them to the whole inheritance of eternal life and final glory, all based solely upon the atoning blood and righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ freely imputed and received by faith. Jesus Christ died for all those whom the Father chose to save and set his love upon before the foundation of the world, he rose from the dead the third day and not one person whom Jesus died for will be lost.
The Gospel excludes all the works of all sinners as forming any part of the ground or condition of this great salvation.The Gospel excludes the sinner’s efforts at obedience as forming any part of that which saves him, keeps him, makes him fit and qualified, or entitles him to any part of salvation. In fact, the Gospel demands that sinners embrace and rest in Christ as their whole salvation and repent of such thoughts.Question 10: So the Gospel is about the love of God and believing in Christ?
Answer 10: The Gospel does convey the amazing truth that God, in His great love, has provided eternal salvation to all who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. But the Gospel also warns us that eternal damnation awaits those who do not believe in Christ.
Question 11: Is this what "perish" means in John 3:16?
Answer 11: Yes, it refers to the eternal suffering of Hell, and not annihilation as some would try and have you believe.
Deuteronomy 32:22-24 For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains. I will heap mischiefs upon them; I will spend mine arrows upon them. They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction. . .
Revelation 14:9-10 . . . If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb.
Question 12: Wow, that is scary, Why would God create Hell?
Answer 12: Yes hell is very horrible place af endless torment, it was created beacuse God made his creatures, both man and angels accountable for their actions, God is a Holy and just God and the sn must be punished. Eternal hell is the just reward for the wicked actions of mankind and the fallen angels.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death;
2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
Matthew 12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
Revelation 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.Mankind is under the terrible threat of Hell because we are all sinners.
Question 13: What about wars, famines, earthquakes, and other disasters wherein thousands of people suffer and die? Is this also the judgment of God?
Answer 13: There are many visible calamities in the world because of the curse of sin. Every day, all over the world, some 200,000 people die, and the vast majority of them die unsaved, their sins unforgiven. But physical death, tragic as it is, is just part of the story. The real judgment comes after death for the unsaved, who then have no escape from the Judgment of Hell on the Last Day.
Daniel 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
Matthew 23:33 how can ye escape the damnation of hell?Question 14: You said that according to the Gospel, we will not go to Hell if we believe in Christ. How is this so?
Answer 14: This is so because the sinless Christ became laden with the sins of all who would believe in Him, and stood before the Judgment throne of God as He stood before Pontius Pilate. He was found guilty for those sins, and God poured out His condemnation and wrath upon Him to the degree that it was the equivalent of every one of us who would believe on Him spending an eternity in Hell.
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
2 Corinthians 5:21
For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
1 Peter 3:18
So, the true Gospel can be thought of as two sides of the same coin. One side is the horrific truth that every person who is not saved is sinful and heading for eternal torment in the fires of Hell. The other side is the fantastic news that the Lord Jesus Christ will not send every single person to Hell, even though all deserve Hell. God will have mercy upon some people. He chooses these people, saves them from Hell, and gives eternal life to them.
Question 15: What about political freedom, economic security, and good health? Does the Gospel of Christ guarantee these things also?
Answer 15: Jesus answers this in Luke 16 when he talked about Lazarus and the rich man:
Luke 16:19-21 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
No doubt this rich man had all that money could buy -- political freedom, good health, and financial security. If anyone appeared to have no need for the message of the Gospel, it was this rich man. Lazarus, on the other hand, had nothing. He was a beggar, with no economic or political security. He was homeless and grievously sick.
Luke 16:22,23 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
Now, God shows us a picture of these two men as they are to live throughout eternity. Lazarus, who had no earthly comforts but did have the heavenly benefit of salvation in Christ, is now seen resting forever in "Abraham's bosom." This represents being forever saved and in the glorious kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ. But the rich man, who on earth had wanted for nothing, is ending up in Hell piteously crying out to Father Abraham to. . .
Luke 16:24 ...have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
Jesus also tells us another parable in the gospel of Luke with the same warnings:
Luke 12: 15-23 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:
And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?
And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.
And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.
The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.
Again God gives us more warnings:
Philippians 3:19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.
1 Timothy 6:3-11 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
But godliness with contentment is great gain.
For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
Answer 16: Yes that is a correct conclusion. As I have shown you regarding the Rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16 the salvation message has nothing to do with the economic, political, or physical situation of those who hear the Gospel. When Jesus and his disciples ministered on earth, people were cruel to one another as they are today. There were wars and famines and plagues, resulting in tremendous economic upheaval and deprivation.
There were not even any relief charities or mercy ships back then. So many people who desperately needed physical relief did not receive it. But it was not the mission of Christ and the apostles to address those needs. They preached the gospel to bring spiritual relief, and people did receive forgiveness of sins and eternal life. This is what Christ Himself taught was important.
Mark 1:14, 15 . . . Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
Acts 11:21 And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed and turned unto the Lord.
Question 17: But didn't Christ and the apostles heal some who were physically sick or deformed?
Answer 17: It is true that Christ did this during His ministry. But He did miracles of healing as proofs that He was God, and as demonstrations of the spiritual power of the Gospel.
John 20:30, 31 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
Once Christ went to the cross and after the Gospel had spread far beyond Jerusalem, we do not find any further statements in the Bible regarding physical healing. The Bible is concerned with spiritual healing of our sin-sick souls through Christ.
1 Peter 2:24-25 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray. . .
This isn't to say that God doesnt still heal today, God heals whosever he chooses to, whnenver he chooses to, if he chooses to.
Question 18: So the true Gospel should not be mixed with the message of politics, economics or physical well-being?
Answer 18: It certainly must not! Jesus said:
John 18:36 My kingdom is not of this world.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
We must be absolutely sure that we follow the Gospel of the Bible and not a gospel which caters to man's physical desires or is perverted by the culture and politics of a particular nation. When we understand the Biblical fundamentals, the true Gospel is completely applicable to every individual in every nation. We all have the same spiritual illness requiring the same spiritual cure, which is to be cleansed from sin through the blood of Christ.
Once we are free from sin, knowing that Christ has endured hell for us, then, we have the highest good anyone could have. It makes no difference whether we are destitute like Lazarus, or fabulously wealthy. If we are saved, we have the greatest good that we could ever have.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Question 19: But it is hard to look past the problems of this life . . .
Answer 19: All of the visible problems in the world - starvation, plagues, earthquakes, wars, etc. pale in comparison to the unseen but real catastrophe of hell claiming the souls of some 200,000 unsaved people who die each day. This is the truth that must grip your soul. This is the truth that Christ saw when He went to the cross. We must look to Christ and His blood as the only way of escape.
Psalm 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is none other name under heaven, given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Question 20: Does God require every true Christian believer to share the Gospel of Christ with others?
Answer 20: Yes. God has very clearly commanded and qualified every true believer to proclaim the Gospel to all the world:
Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Preaching the Gospel is not an option, or to be left to someone else. The heart of every true believer cries out with the Apostle Paul:
1 Corinthians 9:16 Yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the Gospel!
Question 21: What should the believer's attitude be as they go forth as witnesses of the Gospel of Christ?
Answer 21: Our attitude must be one of love, with the eternal well beiong of the one whom we are preaching to in mind, regardless of the persons religion, colour or nationality. For God tells us:
Leviticus 19:18 ...thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself:
John 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
To truly love someone is to desire the highest good for them. There is no higher good than eternal life in Jesus Christ. Therefore, the way to express true Biblical love to someone is to be a witness of the Gospel to them. We must be humble as we do this, remembering it is Christ, not oneself, who is important.
2 Corinthians 4:5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.
Jesus has individuals all over the world - in Brazil, Slovakia, Russia, Sweden, Australia and elsewhere - whom He has come to seek and to save. We know God will use the message of the Gospel to save His people, regardless of their nationality.
Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
The good news is that Christ saves all of his lost sheep, and not one will perish.
John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Question 21: Will the true Gospel be resisted?
Answer 21: Yes for sure, the true gospel is hated, I would say especially so in our day, however that may be a biased thing to say because truly it has always been hated. Natural man will always reject the truth of the gospel and seek to reject it completely or change it to suit their own desires as the Pelagians did in the early church, The Roman Catholics throughout the new testamant era, the Watchtower society, the Seventh Day Adeventists and The Mormon church in recent centuries aswell as the most dangerous of all false gospels, arminianism, and also may i add there are those in our day who believe in salvation conditioned on the free will act of he sinner who distant themselves from one of the points of arminianism. They too hate the one true gospel and resist it and will do until and unless God grants them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth. Jesus said:
Matthew 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:
The true gospel truly is humblig to man because they see how filthy and wretched their sinful souls truly are and how utterly incapable they are of undoing their corrupt state. Natural man in his pride will always reject such a humbling gospel and seek after another remedy for their sin sick souls, from the pleasures of this life to the many false religions man has to offer.
It is hard to comprehend how one could not rejoice in these words.
John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
In our love for others, this is the good we must earnestly desire for them. This is the message God has commanded us to faithfully bring to the whole world. And remember, Christ has promised He will be with every witness of the True Gospel:
Matthew 28:20 . . . lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.
Question 22: Can you tell me more about how God saves a sinner who you claim is dead in trespasses and sins and unable and unwilling to come to Christ?
Question 22: I would love to, may i please show you a few different passages of scripture typifying the wonderful way in which the Lord saves his people.
Let me began by showing use these wonderful verse in Titus:
Titus 3:4-8 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
And finally in John 11 - where we read about the raising of Lazarus, Lazarus was totally dead unable to hear, unable to understand unable to pick himself up. This is the state that every human being finds themselves in. We are spiritually dead. Salvation is wholly a work of the Lord, Just as Jesus spoke life to the dead corpse Lazarus, so he does to us even while we are dead in trespasses and sins, giving us life so that we can perceive and understand the gospel and believe on Christ all by God's marvelous grace.
Jesus stood outside of the tomb of Lazarus and commanded “Lazarus come forth”. Obviously, the stinking corpse within the tomb could not hear Him or obey Him. The Bible tells us that before we are saved we are spiritually dead. Yet God commands us to seek God, to believe, to repent. However, just as it was impossible for the dead Lazarus to obey Jesus’ command to come out of the tomb, it is impossible for a spiritually dead person to obey God’s command to believe on Jesus for salvation.
John 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
Yet Lazarus did hear Jesus’ command and did come out of the tomb, a live person. How did he do this? becuse God had given him life. God does this marvelous act to all those whom he saves, i will finish with these verses:
Ephesians 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
John 5:25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
Ezekiel 11:19-20 And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:
That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.
Ezekiel 36:26-27 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.