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Most people like the “freebies” that are offered to them.  Some socialists demand them.  They want free education, free entertainment, free circuses, free health care, free housing, free vacations, and freedom to do and say as they please.  Many young people are led to believe that having a college degree, of any kind, (including such things like “basket weaving”) will guarantee for them a six figure income when they graduate.

Socialism. But when they are done with their schooling, and don’t get hired so they can pay back their student loans, they decide that socialism/communism looks like a better route to take.  They fail to realize that atheistic communism (now called “democratic socialism”) and other tyrannical forms of government, have resulted in over 100 million deaths at the hands of tyrants during the last 100 years.  Check out the facts for yourself as you look at Germany, China, Russia and many other countries.

Free/Costly? Are there any “free lunches”? Is salvation (i. e. deliverance from hell to heaven) really free or is it costly? If so, to whom? Can we get rid of heaven and hell by just imagining that they aren’t real as John Lennon has suggested in his popular song “Imagine”?  What about those who teach “Lordship Salvation” and tell people that it will cost them something to become a Christian? Are they confusing salvation with discipleship (spiritual maturity) and rewards?  Can a person earn his/her way to heaven by doing good works?  What’s the difference between salvation and rewards?  A correct understanding of this can/will affect your eternal destiny.

Heaven. Many people think that heaven is a reward for those who do good works on earth. No, the Scriptures tell us that it’s a FREE gift to anyone and to everyone who believes on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; See Ephesians 2:8, 9). It’s not merely knowing and agreeing with the facts of the Gospel, but a transfer of trust from yourself and your good works over to the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ on your behalf.

Salvation. It can’t be earned and it’s not something we deserve (Romans 6:23). It is a present possession (1 John 5:12) and it can never be lost (John 10:28, 29) by a true believer. It involves our being accepted “in the Beloved” in the same way Jesus is accepted by God the Father (Ephesians 1:6). Our salvation from God frees us from condemnation (Romans 8:1). Every true believer shares all the same “spiritual blessings” (Ephesians 1:3). If you’re a Christian, how many of them can you name?

Rewards. They can/must be earned by faithful service and good works (Colossians 3:22-24; Revelation 22:12). They are things a believer deserves (1 Corinthians 15:10; See Luke 19:16, 17). They will be given out on judgment day (1 Corinthians 3:11-15). It is possible that other believers might receive crowns that were intended for us (Revelation 3:11; See John 6:37). Salvation is received at a point in time, but rewards can be earned throughout a believer’s life on earth (2 Corinthians 5:10). God is not unrighteous to forget our work and labor of love (Hebrews 6:10).

Crowns. Each of the five crowns must be earned. The “Incorruptible Crown” (1 Corinthians 9:25-27) is given out to those believers who discipline themselves properly. The “Crown of Rejoicing” is given out to believers who have had a part in the salvation of other people (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). The “Crown of Righteousness” is given to Christians who love Christ’s imminent return (2 Timothy 4:8). The “Crown of Life” is given out to Christians who resist temptations even if it means physical death (James 1:12; Revelation 2:10). The “Crown of Glory” is given to faithful under-shepherds (not false shepherds) who care for the Lord’s sheep (1 Peter 5:4). Believers who receive crowns can/will show their gratitude to God for working in and through them (Philippians 2:13; 4:13) by casting their crowns before His throne while saying, “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for You created all things, and for Your pleasure they are and were created” (Revelation 4:10, 11).

God’s Omniscience. At the “Bema Seat Judgment” Jesus, the righteous Judge (John 5:22), will evaluate our motives and reveal why we did what we did (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 4:5; 2 Corinthians 5:10). Were they done in keeping with the Holy Spirit’s leading in our lives (Romans 8:14) and with His power (Philippians 3:10; 4:13)? Were they done according to the rules that God set forth in His Word (2 Timothy 2:5; See Romans 3:8; 6:1)? Were they done according to the will of God (Acts 21:4-14)?  Did they bring glory to God or to us (1 Corinthians 10:31)?

Imminent. The Lord’s return for true Christians can take place at any moment (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Even if He doesn’t return for us before we die, we should continue to “be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that [our] labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58).

Help. We’re here to assist you and others who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15).  If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Please let us know if this has helped you. If it has, please share it with others too. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” Join us on Facebook and Youtube.

Salvation vs. Rewards: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/rewards.htm

Lehman Strauss https://bible.org/seriespage/6-future-judgment-believer

Hampton Keathley III https://bible.org/article/doctrine-rewards-judgment-seat-bema-christ

Jack Kelley https://www.raptureforums.com/spiritual-life/how-to-win-your-crowns-2/

Socialism https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEa8DpheXkM

Lordship in exchange for Salvation? – http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

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It happened when the Apostle Paul and Silas had been preaching the Good News concerning Christ in the city of Philippi. They were unjustly beaten and then locked up in jail for allegedly causing trouble in the city after casting out a demon spirit from a young girl who was making a lot of money for her masters. She had been following Paul and Silas around and saying, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us [Greek – “a way”] of salvation” (Acts 16:17).

Problem. Jesus made it very clear to His disciples that He was “the [only] way [to God], the [absolute] truth, and the [giver of eternal] life” (John 14:6). He was not one of many ways to God as some of the false teachers of the world are suggesting. The Apostle Peter said, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). These are not “politically correct” statements to those who believe that all religions lead to heaven.

Earthquake. After an earthquake took place and loosened the prisoners’ chains, the jailor was about to commit suicide. Paul called out and said, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.” Upon hearing this, the jailor said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” The Apostle Paul responded by saying, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved…” (Acts 16:28-31).

Question. What did Paul mean by the word “Lord”? Did He mean that the jailor had to acknowledge and believe that Jesus Christ was the “Lord” meaning “God/Deity” or as some have suggested, the “Lord and Master of one’s life” so he could be saved? We believe that Paul went on to explain to him the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4) and things about the One in whom the jailor should believe – the God/man who died for our sins…and rose again on the third day (Acts 16:32).

Works. The Scriptures are clear. We’re saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in the Christ of the Scriptures alone (Ephesians 2:8, 9; See Titus 3:5). The requirements for “Discipleship” in Christ’s day involved many things that were “good works.” There were a lot of people who were disciples (followers) who weren’t true believers. The Apostle Judas is a prime example (Matthew 26:25; John 6:71). There were many others who followed Jesus around, hoping that He would be their political deliverer and their “Welfare King” (John 6:15, 66).

Postponed. Because of the refusal of most of the Jews to accept Him as their promised Messiah (Luke 19:14; John 1:11, 12; 19:15), Jesus postponed the setting up of His literal, millennial kingdom on earth until a future date (Matthew 16:20; Revelation 20:1 ff). Is Jesus the true Messiah? (See link below). In light of what we see happening around us today, the setting up of the rule of the heavens over the earth (“kingdom of the heavens” – Daniel 2:44, 45; Matthew 4:17) doesn’t seem to be that far off. (See our “Understanding The Times” chart on our website.)

Faith. Belief and faith are synonymous. The word “believe” is used about 100 times in the Gospel of John to tell us what is required for a person to be saved ( Examples: John 1:12, 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24 etc). Unbelief is the only unforgivable sin today (John 16:9). Are you adding other conditions/requirements for people to be saved? To do so is to cause people to “believe in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2).

Lordship For Salvation. Here are some of the requirements that are wrongfully imposed by the “Lordship For Salvation” teachers on the unsaved people in order for them to be saved: Follow Christ / Surrender to Christ / Be Willing to Obey / Commit yourself / Turn From Sin / Be Willing to Sacrifice Everything / Give Up All For the Kingdom / Deny Self / Love Christ supremely / Give Up All Your Earthly Possessions if the Lord Should Ask This / Give Yourself Totally to Him / Fulfill the Demands of Discipleship / Etc. Etc. Etc.” [1] Aren’t all these things considered “works”?  Yes they are!  But our salvation is not of works lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:9; Titus 3:5).

Assurance. How could a person ever be sure that he/she had fulfilled all the requirements such as these? It would be impossible for someone to have “assurance of salvation” if all these works were required of someone in order to be saved (See 1 John 5:13). Thankfully, God’s Word doesn’t make them conditions for salvation.

Lordship Because Of Salvation. Once a person has been saved by God’s grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, it’s only “reasonable for a Christian to present his/her body as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God” (Romans 12:1, 2; See 1 Peter 3:15). This is not a requirement for salvation as some would have us believe. Most new believers don’t do this at the moment of their salvation. But it is God’s desirous will for us to do this. “Carnal Christians” don’t do this (1 Corinthians 3:1-4; 5:1 ff; Romans 7:15-25; 1 John 1:8). There are many things that are required of Christians if they want to mature in Christ, but they aren’t to be made conditions for someone’s salvation. Let’s not make our rules for living the conditions for salvation. Do you know where to find them in the Scriptures? (See our “Understanding The Times” chart.)

Gospel. God wants every saved person to share the Good News concerning Christ with others (Acts 1:8). By learning and sharing these 25 words, you could be instrumental in the salvation of another person from hell to heaven. “Friend: You have sinned. But Christ died for sinners and rose again [bodily]. Trust Him alone and He will save you eternally. Do it now!” [2] (See 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).  It’s the same for Jews and non-Jews (Romans 1:16, 17).

Crown. The “Crown of Rejoicing” awaits those believers who are involved in the salvation of others as they share the Gospel with them (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). God wants us to have the joy of leading others to Christ (Revelation 3:11). The greatest joy in life comes when we help new believers, whom we have led to Christ, come to spiritual maturity as they walk in truth (3 John 1:4).

Help. We’re here to assist those who are “teachable” and “willing to change” (2 Timothy 2:2, 15). If this has helped you, please share it with others who might be misled by false teachings.  We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If you’d like to receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

[1] George Zeller, Lordship Requirements: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

[2] Dr. Manfred Kober, Do We Really Know The Gospel? https://www.faith.edu/1993/02/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

Dr. Manfred Kober – Lordship Salvation: Forgotten Truth or a False Doctrine?, Parts 1 & 2

http://indefenseofthegospel.blogspot.com/2010/07/lordship-salvation-forgotten-truth-or.html

http://indefenseofthegospel.blogspot.com/2010/07/lordship-salvation-forgotten-truth-or_14.html

Dr. Andy Woods, What’s Wrong With Lordship Salvation?, http://www.bibleprophecyblog.com/2011/03/what-is-wrong-with-lordship-salvation.html

Dr. Ron Shea, The Clear Gospel, http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

Dr. Charles Ryrie, So Great Salvation, http://www.cheapestbookprice.com/search/charles-ryrie-so-great-salvation

G. Michael Cocorus, Repentance: The Most Misunderstood Word in the Bible,

https://voice.dts.edu/review/g-michael-cocoris-repentance/

Is Jesus The Messiah? https://www.gotquestions.org/is-Jesus-the-Messiah.html

About Spiritual Gifts”

Try to imagine how you, as a parent, might feel if, on your child’s birthday, you gave him/her a very expensive gift that was wrapped up in beautiful paper with a bow on it, and your child thanked you for the gift but refused to open it up to discover what it was and use it for it’s intended purpose. Would you feel badly? Of course you would.

Christmas. Or suppose it’s Christmas time and you’ve spent a lot of money to buy your children some gifts. One by one they open up their gifts until everyone has opened up the gifts. But then one of the children decides that he wants what one of the other children has and starts fighting for it. Would that make you very sad? Of course it would.

Big Box. Now let’s consider another scenario. Whether you realize it or not, at the time of your salvation God sent (graciously gave) you a big box filled with a lot of gifts inside it (Ephesians 1:3). You’ve opened some of them but there is one gift you don’t want to open up because it is so beautifully wrapped. However, if you were to open it up and use it, you’d be so much happier in your life and you would/could be a source of blessing and happiness to others too (John 10:10; Acts 20:35).

Unopened. And yet there are many Christians who have left some of their gifts in the big box without opening them. Do you supposed that God is grieved about this (Ephesians 4:30)? One of those spiritual gifts has to do with a special ability (that is more than a natural talent) to do some things that God planned for you to do while you are here on earth (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10). Doing these things will glorify God and greatly help other people if this ability is used properly with “agape” love (1 Corinthians 13).

Problem. Some folks within Christendom teach that only the “clergy” have these special abilities and that the rest of the people are just the “pew (seat) warmers” and the “bill payers.” On the other extreme you can find “churches” that tell their people that unless they have spoken in “tongues” they haven’t received the “second blessing” and need to earnestly pursue this ability. Some “preachers” claim to receive new and special revelations (information) from God that they are supposed to pass on to the other “Christians.” Beware of false teachers (Philippians 3:2; 2 Peter 2:1 ff; Jude 1:1-13).

Money. Oftentimes it involves sending money to these “hucksters” [1] so they can “spread the Gospel” (which, most often, is not the true Gospel but another gospel – 2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15). Sometimes they ask people to send them money so they can help starving children in other countries get clean water and food. (What do you know about the “social gospel”? See [2] below) While a few of these ministries are legitimate, and present the Gospel in its purity, many of them are not or very little of the money goes to help the needy. (See article [3] below about Christian Giving)

Temporary/Extant? We find in the Bible twenty spiritual gifts listed in Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12-14, and in Ephesians 4:11. We understand the Scriptures to teach that ten of these gifts were temporary until the Scriptures were completed (1 Corinthians 13:8-12). But ten other gifts (special abilities) are still being given out to Christians today at the time of their salvation. Sadly, most Christians know little or nothing about them. (See link [4] below to learn more about “spiritual gifts”)

Pastor-teachers. These men are supposed to teach Christians about the “spiritual gifts” and encourage them to use them for the glory of God and the well being of other Christians primarily (1 Corinthians 10:31; Galatians 6:10). By working together in unity and harmony (Ephesians 4:3) with other true Christians – not unbelievers (2 Corinthians 6:14), under Christ’s authority and Headship (1 Corinthians 12:21; Ephesians 1:22, 23), much more can be done to bring the spiritual “Body of Christ” to its completion and to spiritual growth (Ephesians 4:11-16; 2 Peter 3:18).

Bride. When all whom God the Father has given to God the Son have come to Him and been saved (John 6:37, 44), the Father will instruct the Son (Jesus) to come back toward earth to claim His Bride – the True Church and meet her in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Then He will take her to the place that He has been preparing for her for almost 2,000 years now (John 14:1-3; See Revelation 21:9 ff). Are you looking forward to this event? Those believers who really love His any moment return can earn the “Crown of Righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:8).

Questions. Are you positive that you will spend eternity with God (Read Matthew 7:21-23; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; 2 Peter 1:10)? Why should God let you into His heaven (See Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5)? Have you placed your faith in Christ alone who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on their third day? (See “Clear Gospel” [5] link below) If you’re truly saved, have you been baptized/immersed (Matthew 28:19, 20)? Were you sprinkled as a baby? Have you dedicated your body to God as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1, 2)? Do you have your known sins confessed to God (1 John 1:9; See James 5:16)? Are you being “filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18)? Are you walking by means of the Spirit (Galatians 6:16, 25)? Is the “Fruit of the Spirit” being manifested in your life (Galatians 5:22, 23)? Note: Don’t confuse the one condition for salvation (Acts 16:31) with the multiple conditions for spiritual growth. (See “Lordship for Salvation” article [6] below.

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2 15). Being teachable without being willing to change is of no value (James 1:22-27; 2:19, 20; 4:17). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, please let us know and then share it with others. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

For your consideration:

[1] Hucksters: The Most Evil Man You’ve Never Heard Of https://www.raptureready.com/2016/08/08/james-eugene-ewing-most-evil-man/

[2] Social Gospel: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/mevangel/greatcom.htm

[3] Christian Giving: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2015/09/30/money-matters-part-4/

[4] Spiritual Gifts: Go to “Bible Basics” at http://kelseypeach.com/

[5] Clear Gospel: ReadThe Bad News & Good News at http://kelseypeach.com/

[6] Lordship for Salvation – http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

Touching Video – 2 Minutes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvihAm-GJs4

When I was a young man, I was a lifeguard at a lake during the summer time. I had to take special training and be physically fit to do the job of rescuing people who were in danger of drowning. Thankfully no one drowned on my watch. Later I became a water safety instructor and taught people how to swim and enjoy the water.

Firefighter. Although I was never a firefighter, I have talked to some men who were/are. I am amazed at the heavy, protective gear they have to wear and the skills they need to have so they can go into burning buildings and rescue people from dying. We should express our gratitude to such people, including police officers, and military people, who endanger their own lives to protect us from harm and danger. When was the last time you told one of them “Thank you”?

Heaven or Hell? There are some people who deny the existence of heaven and hell. One Episcopal Bishop came right out and said that hell was an invention of the church to make itself rich. Let us know if you agree or disagree with him? What are your thoughts about Purgatory, Paradise, Limbo, the Bottomless Pit, the Abyss, Tartarus and other places? What do the Scriptures teach and is all the information found in it reliable? Is there really a heaven to gain and a hell to avoid? Does merely imagining that they don’t exist make it true as John Lennon suggested?

Certain? If so, how can a person make sure he/she is going to avoid hell and enter heaven? Will everyone, including the devil and demons, eventually end up in heaven? Is “universalism” true or false? What about those people who hate God and who don’t want to be there with Him and Christians? What about people who have never heard of Jesus? Why did He come to earth 2,000 years ago? Who was/is He? How can we distinguish between the true Christ and the false Christs of the cults? If you’re a Christian, could you give Biblical answers to someone who might ask you these questions (1 Peter 3:15)? Have you ever led or tried to lead another person to Christ for salvation? Whose job is it? Would you like to learn how you can do this so you can earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20)? Where would you be today if someone hadn’t shared the “Good News” with you? Have you left your first love (Revelation 2:11)?

Problem. My friend, we’ve all sinned (acted lawlessly) and come short of the glory of God and the standard that He set for us to enter heaven (Romans 3:10-23). As such, we all deserve to be eternally separated from Him in a place of torment (Romans 6:23; Matthew 25:41, 46). But God the Father loved the people of this world, who were/are enslaved by the devil, and wanted to demonstrate His love for all of us. So He gave His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, who came to earth of His own volition (John 10:17; Hebrews 10:9). He came to glorify the Father, to live a sinless life, and then to take our place and pay the penalty of death for our sins so we wouldn’t have to be eternally separated from Him in the lake of fire (John 3:16; 1 John 2:2). He chose to die the horrible death of a cross to demonstrate the degree of His love for us (Philippians 2:8; Romans 5:8). Truly this is“Amazing Grace.” Have you ever sung this song? Have you responded to Him in faith? If not, why not now? “Don’t boast about tomorrow…” (Proverbs 27:1; James 4:14). It may never come to you.

Condition. The only requirement that God has imposed on mankind is that we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and who rose again bodily on the third day from the dead (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Unbelief is the only unforgivable sin today (John 16:9). Don’t die as an unbeliever. There are no second chances to be saved once you’re physically dead. The Scriptures don’t teach reincarnation. No one can earn his/her salvation (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). Sadly, most people want to add their good works to faith just as an added insurance policy. In doing this, they “believe in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2). Consider the false teaching of “Lordship Salvation.” (See the link below.)

Easy? While merely believing may sound too easy, it’s not. As Dr. Charles C. Ryrie wrote, “When we Christians ask someone to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, we are asking something very difficult. We are asking the person to believe in someone he or she has never seen. Someone who lived in the very distant past. Someone who has no living eyewitnesses who can vouch for His character and the truth of His words. Someone whose biography was written very long ago and by those who were His friends.” My friend, you can’t afford to be wrong. “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” – Mark 8:36.

Help. We’re very concerned about you and other people who are or have been enslaved by the devil (John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10). We want you to know the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. Having struggled with this matter myself, I want to help you and others know for sure that you are headed for heaven the moment you die. Is it really possible for a person to be sure? Yes, if the Scriptures are truthful (John 17:17). We ask you to check this out for yourself (Read Romans 8:16: 1 John 5:11-13; John 3:16, 18, 36). For additional information, we invite you to go to our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Read The Bad News & The Good Newsby Dr. Ron Shea. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow” or “Subscribe.” We also are on Youtube and Facebook.

Share. By your sharing this information with others, you may have a part in their being saved and in their eternal happiness. “The future is as bright as the promises of God.” How many of them do you know and claim? (See link below.)

Lordship Salvation: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

Charles Ryrie, So Great Salvation, Moody Press, 1997, p. 108

http://www.cheapestbookprice.com/search/charles-ryrie-so-great-salvation

Dr. Manfred Kober, “Do We Really Know The Gospel?”

https://www.faith.edu/1993/02/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

Promises For Christians: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/promises-to-claim/

When we sin (act lawlessly), what should we do?  It depends on whether you are a true Christian or not.  If you’re not a Christian, contrary to what you may have been told, it isn’t necessary for you to confess every single sin you’ve ever committed in your life before you can be saved.  In fact you can’t remember every sin (act of lawlessness) you’ve committed.  Everything you’ve done independently of God and all your self righteous acts are considered by God to be sin (See Proverbs 21:4; Isaiah 14:13, 14; 64:6; Romans 14:23; James 4:17).  You may not have known this fact.

Acknowledge.  Instead, you need to realize that you are a sinner like all the rest of us, and in need of a Savior (Romans 3:10-23; 6:23).  We believe that God the Holy Spirit convicts (thoroughly convinces) those whom the Father has given to the Son concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment after they have heard the unadulterated Gospel (John 16:8-11; 6:37, 44; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).  Much of what is being called “The Gospel” isn’t the true Gospel but a “different gospel” and/or another way of salvation (2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15 ; See Acts 16:17).  (Please read “The Gospel” by Dr. Ron Shea.)

Unforgivable Sin.  The only unforgivable sin today is unbelief in the Lord Jesus Christ of the Scriptures, (not the false christs of the cults – Matthew 24:5).  Without Christ’s quality of righteousness we cannot enter heaven.  But since we all have sinned and are unrighteous, we’re all disqualified from entering heaven to spend eternity with God.  This is why we need Christ’s righteousness put to our account.  God causes this to happen when we believe in/on the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior.  He sees us as having acted right when we believe in/on Christ alone and count His death as our death, and His resurrection as our resurrection (Galatians 2:20; Romans 4:4, 16).  The Holy Spirit also convicts (convinces) these people of being judged and having to spend eternity with the devil and his angels/demons if they don’t believe in/on Christ alone to be saved (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 20:10).  This truth will seem foolish to most unsaved people (1 Corinthians 1:20-31; 2:14).

Time.  These particular unsaved people (2 Peter 3:9) may not immediately place their faith in Christ but they will believe in/on Him before they die physically (Hebrews 1:14).  This sometimes is called “effectual calling” (John 6:37, 44).  If you’re saved, did you get saved the first time you heard the Good News concerning “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation”?  Most of us probably didn’t.

Christians.  If you are a true Christian who has been saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ alone (not of your good works- Ephesians 2:8, 9), and you sin as a Christian, you don’t have to get saved all over again.  In fact, this is impossible (Hebrews 6:4).  Instead you need to honestly confess your known sins to God the Father (without making excuses or blaming others as Adam and Eve did – Genesis 3:8-13) so you can receive family forgiveness (1 John 1:9).  If you say that you have no sin nature that causes you to sin periodically, you are deceiving yourself, not others (1 John 1:8; See Romans 7:14-25).

Christians Don’t Have To Sin (1 John 2:1).  God has made every provision for His children so we don’t have to keep on sinning (2 Peter 1:3; 1 Corinthians 10:13).  If you think and say that you can’t sin once you’re saved (and some people say this), you are about to fall into sin (1 Corinthians 10:12, 13).  You don’t lose your sin nature when you get saved (1 John 1:8; Romans 7:14-25).  It’s still very much alive and most of the temptations to which we yield originate from our sin nature (disposition).  But if we walk by means of the Holy Spirit, we won’t fulfill the lusts (strong desires) that come from our sin nature (Galatians 5:16, 26).  Don’t blame the devil for every sin you commit.  His 14 temptations to sin are different from those that come from our sin nature and the present world system.  Do you know how to overcome these three spiritual enemies and live a victorious Christian life?  Are you teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16)? If so, we may be able to help you.

God Knows Everything.  He knows that we, as His children, will sin periodically (1 John 3:9, 10).  This is why we have an Advocate (Jesus Christ) along side the Father (1 John 2:1).  He ensures that we don’t lose our salvation when we sin (See John 10:28, 29; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30), and also maintains the Father’s integrity when the devil accuses His children of our sinful behavior on earth.  When we, as Christians, confess (name) our sins to God the Father, He grants to us family forgiveness (not judicial forgiveness that took place at the time of our salvation – Ephesians 1:7) and cleanses us from all the unrighteousness that led up to our sinning (1 John 1:9; See James 1:12-15).  Temptations are not sin, but yielding to them constitutes sin.  Believers can earn the “Crown of Life” for overcoming sin (James 1:12; Revelation 2:10).

Sin’s Effects.  It interrupts the Christians’ close relationship with God and causes us to grieve the heart of God (Ephesians 4:30).  When we sin we don’t abide (feel at ease with God) and He doesn’t feel at ease with us.  We don’t bear the spiritual fruit that we should (John 15:1-14).  Do you know that this fruit involves (See Galatians 5:22, 23; Colossians 1:10; 1 Corinthians 16:15; Hebrews 13:15; Philippians 4:17)?  Sin also keeps us from doing the desirous will of God for our lives (Romans 12:1, 2).  Without God’s power, we can do nothing to please God (John 15:5; Philippians 4:13; 2 Corinthians 5:9; Romans 8:8).

Confession.  Confessing our sins to God the Father (not to men unless we’ve sinned against them too – James 5:16) doesn’t automatically place us in fellowship with God the Father.  We must make the choice to walk in the light as He is in the light if we are to enjoy close fellowship with Him (1 John 1:7).  Are you abiding in Christ and bearing much spiritual fruit (John 15:8)?  Are you walking in the light?  If not, what needs to change?  Are you tired of suffering the painful consequences of sin that could lead to your premature physical death (James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16, 17)?  Unconfessed sins in the life of a Christian can lead to severe disciplinary measures so we won’t be condemned later with the unsaved people of this world (Hebrews 12:5-11; 1 Corinthians 11:30-32; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:8).

Freedom.  In Christ there is freedom to do as we ought to do rather than being in bondage to sin (Galatians 5:1; Romans 8:2).  We become the slaves of the one to whom we yield (Romans 6:14-23).  Whose servant are you?  Those Christians who make Christ the Master of their lives (Romans 12:1, 2; 1 Peter 3:15) could have no better Master.  Have you done this yet?  This is not a condition for salvation as the “Lordship for salvation” people are teaching. (See below.)

Safety.  Being figuratively under “His wings” and under His care is the safest place we could possibly be (Psalm 91:4; 1 Peter 5:7).  Is this where you’d like to be?  Are you sure you’re saved?  Make sure (2 Peter 1:10). If you’re not, why not get saved today and gain assurance of it (1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16)?  If you’re saved, have you wandered away from God and become carnal like the prodigal son (1 Corinthians 3:1-4; 5:1 ff; See Luke 15:11-32)?  Would you like to come back to the loving arms of your heavenly Father?  He’s waiting (Matthew 11:28). Why not do it right now?

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Clear Gospel:  http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation. http://kelseypeach.com/goodnews.htm

Lordship For Salvation?  http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

What Does It Take?”

Questions. Are you a true Christian or someone who merely professes to be a Christian? Do you possess eternal life (God’s quality of life) right now (1 John 5:11-13)? If you’re saved, how did you become a Christian? Who initially shared the Good News concerning Christ with you so you could be saved? Was it a family member like Andrew who told his brother Peter about Jesus (John 1:41)? Was it a neighbor, a fellow worker, a stranger, a radio or TV preacher, or a missionary? We’d like to hear your story if you’d take the time to tell us about it. (Discover how Mitsuo Fuchida, the man who led the attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II, became a professing Christian by reading a pamphlet that my dad gave to him concerning Jake DeShezar in the link below.)

Testimony. By writing out your personal testimony and then sharing it with others, God might use you to bring others to Christ so they can be saved too. You could earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20) so that you have something to present to Jesus when you see Him in all His glory at the Bema Seat Judgment (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 4:10). Jesus said, “…let no one take your crown” (Revelation 3:11).  Will someone else get a crown with your name on it because you failed to share the Gospel with a person whom He was going to save (John 6:37; See Acts 18:9, 10; Hebrews 1:14).

Effort. Even as it took someone’s effort and maybe some suffering on their part (2 Timothy 2:10) to introduce you to Christ so you could be saved, so, if you want to see others saved, it will involve your time and effort to let others know about the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Are you willing to do what our Lord commanded us to do?

Command. Having been given all authority in heaven and on earth, Jesus commanded His eleven disciples to duplicate themselves by making “disciples [true believers] of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you…” (Matthew 28:17 -20). He also said, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of of the earth” (Acts 1:8).

Jesus. Who is this Person who gave this command? He is God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, Who had added to His deity a true human nature and body (Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 10:5).  He chose to be born of the virgin, Mary (Matthew 1:23; Isaiah 7:14). His purpose in life was to glorify God the Father (John 17:4) by doing the things that the Father wanted Him to do and say (John 1:1-18; 5:18, 19). This also involved His going to the cross voluntarily (John 10:15-18) so He could die for our sins, be buried for 3 days and nights, and then rise again bodily on the third day as the prophets had predicted these things that are recorded for us in the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Luke 24:33-43).

Propitiation. This big word simply means that Jesus fully satisfied God the Father’s outraged holiness against our sin nature and our sins (1 John 2:2, 4:10). The debt for our past, present, and futures sins was paid in full once and for all (Hebrews 10:10). The only condition for man to receive judicial forgiveness from God (Ephesians 1:7) and to gain entrance into heaven was/is one simple act of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 16:31) through the message of the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). It does not involve “Lordship in exchange for salvation” as some are teaching (See link below). Do you know what this involves? Have you been misled? Find out for yourself.

Immersion. Once a person has been saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ alone, apart from his good works (Ephesians 2:9; Titus 3:5), he should be baptized/immersed to demonstrate to others that he acted right in God’s sight by dying for his sins…and rising from the dead in the Person of their Substitute, Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19, 20; Galatians 2:20). Water baptism doesn’t save anyone but it enables a believer to have a good conscience toward God (1 Peter 3:21) and serves as a testimony to others (Acts 8:36-38).  It may open up a door to bear witness for Christ (1 Peter 3:15).

Faith. One genuine act of faith is all it takes for a person to be saved (Acts 16:31; John 3:16, 18, 36). This doesn’t mean merely knowing and giving mental assent to the facts of the Gospelbut a transfer of faith from yourself and your good works over to the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Once saved, a true believer should live a life of faith in God and His precious promises (2 Peter 1:4), addressed to Christians, that are contained in His Word (Romans 1:17). Without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6; See Romans 14:23). If you’re saved, how many of God’s promises do you know and claim on a regular basis (Hebrews 4:2)? Are you enjoying the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding ”(Philippians 2:6, 7) now that you are at peace with God” (Romans 5:1)?

Crown. Would you like to earn the Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20)? Every true Christian should desire to lead unbelievers to the Lord so they can be saved (Philippians 2:13). How much suffering are you willing to undergo for others to be saved (2 Timothy 2:10)? Notice what Andrew did for his brother Peter (John 1:40, 41). Some people may sow the seed of the Gospel, others may water it, but God gives the increase and saves people (1 Corinthians 3:5-8).

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15). If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you and then ask you to share it with others too. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” Join us for Bible Studies on www.facebook.com/kelseyandjanet.pietsch and on www.youtube.com Enter: Kelsey Pietsch.  We can be reached through our website: http://www.kelseypeach.com 

Mitsuo Fuchida: http://www.biblebelievers.com/fuchida1.html

Lordship Salvation: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

Clear Gospel:  http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf  

The Scofield Study Bible: http://www.cheapestbookprice.com/prices/9780195275520-the-scofield-study-bible-iii-nkjv-indexed

God Honoring Music: www.abidingradio.org

Promises: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/promises-to-claim/

“Americans revere the Bible – but, by and large, they don’t read it. And because they don’t read it, they have become a nation of biblical illiterates.” – George Gallop

Viewpoint. When a Christian doesn’t read or listen to the reading of the Scriptures (1 Timothy 4:13) or study Bible doctrine on a regular basis, he begins to lose God’s view of things and adopts a secular world view (Isaiah 55:8, 9; 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16, 17). If we, as Christians, take a low view of God’s Word, or ignore it, we are bound to live unproductive lives and engage in our own brand of “good works” that will be burned up on Judgment Day (1 Corinthians 3:11-15). Thankfully a true Christian can’t lose his/her salvation (John 10:28, 29; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30).

Good Works. Did you know that God has some specific things that He wants each Christian to do while he/she remains here on earth after he/she has been saved (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10)? Do you know what kind of works they involve? Clue: Read Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12-14, and Ephesians 4:11-16. How are these good works to be done (1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5:13)?

One Way? “The LifeWay Research survey discovered that one in five evangelical Christians believe there are multiple ways to get to heaven, even though Scripture clearly teaches the only way is through faith in Christ (Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8, 9).” This makes us wonder if these so called “evangelical Christians” are really saved? Are they merely professing Christians” or possessing Christians”? Do they really have eternal life (God’s quality of life) as a present possession (1 John 5:11, 12)? Are they among those who “believe in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2)?

Condition. To be saved from eternal condemnation (John 3:16, 18, 36), we need to believe exclusively in/on the Christ of the Scriptures (not in the Christ of the cults), who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Luke 24:33-43). It’s not enough to know and believe these facts (James 2:19). We must transfer our faith/trust from ourselves and our good works over to the Lord Jesus Christ. Salvation is not by our good works, or by our faith plus our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). Make sure that you’re saved (2 Peter 1:10). Beware of those who teach “Lordship in exchange for salvation.” If you believe this way, you won’t/can’t have assurance of your salvation. Don’t make the conditions for spiritual maturity the conditions for salvation. (Example: Romans 12:1, 2; 1 Peter 3:15; and James 4:7-10 are addressed to Christians, not to unbelievers as conditions for salvation.) Don’t confuse justification with sanctification.

Moral Deterioration. “Another symptom of biblical illiteracy is the moral deterioration in both home and society. Of those surveyed, 81 percent believe America is in a steady moral decline. The Scriptures once anchored us to home and society. But as more and more people know less and less about God’s Word, the biblical worldview fades, supplanted by personal opinion. The result: the death of right and wrong…At home, we need a resurgence of simple Bible reading. We need to introduce our children and grandchildren to the life-changing Scriptures and instill in them a love for and discipline in reading God’s Word. It’s never too late to start. In fact, today is a great day to begin.” – Chris Katulka. It’s also important for us to know the distinctions between the Mosaic Law, Grace, and Kingdom rules. All of the Bible is for us, but not all of it is addressed to us. (See our Dispensations Chart.)

Suggestions: May we suggest that you get a good study Bible and start reading it?  You could listen to the reading of the Scriptures on your phone, or when you are driving from place to place, or while you’re working out at the gym, or around the house.

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” We’re also on Facebook Live and on Youtube. Check us out and tell your friends. Thanks.

Portions adapted from “Getting Back To Basics” by Chris Katulka in Israel My Glory magazine September/October, 2017, p. 8.

Clear Gospel:  http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

Dispensations Chart: http://kelseypeach.com/Kelsey.8.pdf

Spiritual Gifts: http://kelseypeach.com/bible_basics.htm

Lordship Salvation: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

Reading: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2015/11/01/read-grow-rich/

Scofield Study Bible: http://www.cheapestbookprice.com/prices/9780195275520-the-scofield-study-bible-iii-nkjv-indexed