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John 12:23-26

It’s not hard for us to imagine that a loving father would risk his own life to protect his little child. But how willing do you think he’d be to forgive someone who brutally raped and murdered his six year old daughter? What would you do if something like this happened to you? Maybe some of you have had some tragic things happen in your lives too. Does God care? Yes, He does (1 Peter 5:7; Hebrews 4:14-16)!

What did God the Father do and provide for those who brutally murdered His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:16)? Why did Jesus willingly go to the cross (John 10:17, 28) and allow wicked men to mistreat Him as they did (Hebrews 10:7; 12:2, 3)? We’re told that Jesus endured the shame and agony of the cross for six hours so that He could carry out the Divine Plan for man’s salvation (deliverance from hell) for all those who would believe on Him (Romans 5:6-10; 6:23). He died once and for all in our place for our sins…and then rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). We don’t re-crucify Christ when we observe the Lord’s supper (Hebrews 10:10). It is a memorial in remembrance of Him until He comes back for us (1 Corinthians 11:24, 25). His return is imminent (John 14:1-3). Do you, as a Christian, love His appearing? If you do, you will receive the “Crown of Righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:8).

Analogy From Nature. To illustrate how His death would result in God’s being glorified, Jesus spoke about a grain of wheat (John 12:24). It could be eaten for one’s nourishment (Leviticus 26:5; Isaiah 62:9), or it could be planted in the ground so that more grain could be produced. But first the seed has to die before it can come back to life and grow to produce more grain. This is what farmers do when they plant their crops. They prepare the ground, plant the seed at the appropriate time, water it, and try to keep the weeds from choking out the crop. They depend on the right amount of sunshine too. But it is God who gives life to the seed that dies in the ground.

Application. In like manner, unless we are willing to lay down our lives for the benefit of others, and die to our selfish desires, not much good will result from our lives on earth. The Apostle Paul told us that he endured all things so that other people could be saved and go to heaven someday (2 Timothy 2:10; 2 Corinthians 11:23-33). Many other Christians have given up their lives so we could hear the Good News about Christ and be saved.

Suffering. If you’re a Christian, how much have you suffered for the cause of Christ? Do you consider your life as your own to regulate (James 4:13, 14; 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20), or have you dedicated your body to Him as a living sacrifice (Romans 12, 1, 2)? Is He free to use you for His glory and for the good of others, especially for Christians (1 Corinthians 10:31; John 13:34, 35; 1 John 3:16, 17)? Have you given thanks to Him for the life you have? What kind of seeds are you sowing? We will reap what we sow (Galatians 6:6-10; 1 Corinthians 15:58).

A Paradigm Shift. Our natural inclination is to please ourselves and use other people to get what we want out of life. This is especially true in our day and the “Me, Myself, and I” generation (2 Timothy 3:1-5). Washing other people’s feet and serving others doesn’t go well with us (John 13:1-17). But maturing, Spirit filled Christians through love should serve one another with the spiritual gift that we have been given (Galatians 5:13; 1 Peter 4:10; 1 Corinthians 13:1-8).

An Invitation. During His days on earth Jesus invited others to follow Him if they wanted to be His disciples – learners (Matthew 4:19;10:37-39). Many people followed Him for the physical blessings He had for them, but when it came time for them to trust in Him for spiritual deliverance, they stopped following Him (John 6:66). Judas was one of Jesus’ disciples but not a true believer (John 13:18, 21). Technically speaking, one cannot follow Jesus around today because He is in heaven at God the Father’s right hand (Ephesians 1:20). But, having trusted in Him as our personal Savior, we can/should go on to spiritual maturity when we learn and apply Bible doctrines for Christians to our lives (2 Peter 3:18; Titus 1:9; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17). All of the Scriptures are for us but not all of it is to us. Don’t be misled by those who teach “Lordship for Salvation.”  The only condition for our salvation is, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). Don’t put the cart before the horse.

Choice. We have a choice to make as believers. We can live our lives to please ourselves or to please God (Romans 15:1; 2 Corinthians 5:9). The Apostle Paul wrote, “For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace” (Romans 8:6). Have you placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day? If not, why not do so now? If you’re a true Christian, have you presented your body to God as a living sacrifice? Is He free to live His life through your life (Galatians 2:20; 4:19)? Will you walk by means of the Holy Spirit so you don’t fulfill the “lusts of the flesh” (Galatians 5:15-25)? Are you loving the present world system or using it properly (1 John 2:15-17; 1 Corinthians 7:31). Are you resisting successfully the fiery darts of the devil (Ephesians 6:16)? Are you willing and ready to lay down your life for other believers (1 John 3:16, 17; John 13:34, 35), and so that the lost can be saved (2 Timothy 2:10)?  What is/should be the purpose of your life on earth (1 Corinthians 10:31)?

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“If you were Satan, which doctrine would you want to undermine? Which area of theology would you pervert, to prevent people from being saved? An individual may be wrong about the doctrine of the church or deny the millennial kingdom and yet doubtless be gloriously redeemed. However, if a person is wrong on the doctrine of salvation, specifically, the prerequisites for salvation, he misses the very heart of the gospel. One would expect Satan to attack in the area of soteriology. Indeed, he has! The informed and discerning believer soon realizes that there is a battle raging among evangelicals and fundamentalists over the matter of the conditions for salvation.”

“What is the necessary condition for salvation, faith in Christ as Savior or faith plus commitment of life? It is true that some believers dedicate their lives to the Lord at the moment of salvation. The Apostle Paul immediately asked the question: Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? (Acts 9:6). With most believers, dedication takes place after a fuller understanding of their spiritual responsibility. Key soteriological passages such as Acts 16:31 and Ephesians 2:8,9 teach that faith in Christ alone is the prerequisite for salvation.” Dr. Manfred Kober

Please take time / make time to read what he has written about this vital doctrine.  Your eternal destiny hinges on a proper understanding and belief in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Lordship Salvation: Forgotten Truth or False Doctrine,” Dr. Manfred Kober

Part 1 http://www.faith.edu/resources/publications/faith-pulpit/message/lordship-salvation-forgotten-truth-or-a-false-doctrine-part-1/read

Part 2 http://www.faith.edu/resources/publications/faith-pulpit/message/lordship-salvation-forgotten-truth-or-a-false-doctrine-part-2/read

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The Apostle Paul wrote, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek [those who aren’t Jews]” (Romans 1:16).

Quiz. “Each year, as I teach the doctrine of salvation, I give a quiz to test my students’ understanding of the Gospel. I ask them to imagine that they are in a hospital room, calling on an unbeliever who is at death’s door. The students have time for only twenty-five words to communicate the Gospel. After the 25th word the patient has passed away. What would the students say in this situation? Are they able to express the Gospel so concisely that if the mortally ill person responds properly, he is saved? Do the students comprehend the Gospel sufficiently to put the saving message in these few words?” – Dr. Manfred Kober. Do you know what you would say to such a person who was dying? If not, read his article below to find out how you too can share the gospel in 25 words. [1]

“Has anyone ever shown you from the Bible how you can know for certain that you will go to heaven when you die?” If not, read Dr. Ron Shea’s little booklet to help you. Or you can listen to an audio version of this too. [2]

Believing In Vain? Don’t be among those who “believe in vain” by adding to or subtracting from the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-11) as the cults and false religions do. Please read about “Lordship Salvation” by Dr. Manfred Kober [3] and George Zeller. [4]

Limited? Did Christ only die for a select group of people rather than for all mankind? What serious problems stem from believing in “limited atonement”? [5]

Your Destiny. My friend, having a correct understanding of the Gospel and believing in the Christ of the Scriptures, not the cults or false religions, will determine your eternal destiny in heaven or the lake of fire (John 3:16, 18, 36; 14:1-3; Matthew 25:41, 46). You can know the facts of the Gospel, and believe the facts to be true without placing your faith in Christ alone to save you. Good works can’t save us (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).  “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ [through the message of the Gospel] and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

Answer. What are the 25 words you could use with a person who is about to die or with anyone else so he/she could be saved? “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!” [1]

Personal Testimony. I had a similar situation happen to me recently when I went to the hospital to visit a lady who was dying. I asked her if she knew for sure that she would go to heaven the moment she died. She said she didn’t know. I then asked her why she thought God might let her into heaven. She responded by saying that she thought she was a pretty good person. I shared with her the fact that we’re all sinners who have come short of God’s glory (Romans 3:10, 23). We’re not saved by our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9) but by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. I asked her if she’d like to trust in Christ alone to save her. She responded by saying “Yes.” She died a few days later. Death bed conversions? Yes, I believe in them. I also had the privilege of leading a 95 year old man to the Lord awhile ago.

You Too. My friend, you can lead people to Christ too. A “Crown of Rejoicing” awaits those who are involved in leading others to Christ (1 Thessalonians 2:19).

Help. If you are not absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die (2 Corinthians 5:6-8), or if you believe that you must go to a purging place first, we’re here to help you make the most important decision of your life. “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul” (Mark 8:36). Don’t put this off because our lives are like a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away (James 4:14; See Proverbs 27:1). Make sure today! (2 Peter 1:10; 1 John 5:13). We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: http://www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you and ask that you share this information with others. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

[1] “Do We Really Know The Gospel?” by Dr. Manfred Kolber, http://www.faith.edu/resources/publications/faith-pulpit/message/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/read

[2] “The Gospel” by Dr. Ron Shea http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

Audio: http://www.duluthbible.org/the-gospel-audiobook/

[3] “Lordship Salvation: Forgotten Truth or False Doctrine,” Dr. Manfred Kober

Part 1 http://www.faith.edu/resources/publications/faith-pulpit/message/lordship-salvation-forgotten-truth-or-a-false-doctrine-part-1/read

Part 2 http://www.faith.edu/resources/publications/faith-pulpit/message/lordship-salvation-forgotten-truth-or-a-false-doctrine-part-2/read

[4] Lordship Salvation, by George Zeller, http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

[5] Limited Atonement: by George Zeller http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/danger02.htm

 

I know. I know. Some of you believe that Jonah and the big fish story and the universal flood of Noah’s day are myths. You are entitled to believe that if you want. But Jesus referred to them as being real incidents that took place. He said that the only additional sign miracle that would be given to the evil, adulterous, hard hearted Jews of His day would be the sign that as Jonah was three days and nights in the stomach of the big fish, so He would be dead for three days and nights in the heart of the earth and then rise from the dead (Matthew 12:40; 27:63; See John 10:17, 18). He also talked about the days of His second coming and likened them to the days of Noah. The people were “eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matthew 24:37-39). When God shut the door of the ark, all those on the outside perished in the flood (Genesis 7:16).

Judgment. “…it is appointed for man to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). No one will be able to escape being judged by Jesus (John 5:22). Do you know in which judgment your works will be evaluated to determine your enjoyment in heaven or the degree of your suffering forever in the lake of fire (2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:11-15)? These judgments don’t determine our eternal destiny. Do you know what will determine it?

Time. It’s running out and everyday that passes we are closer to our last day on earth. Oh, I know that this isn’t a pleasant topic to discuss, but it’s important. I used to tell our 38 year old son to treat each day as though it might be his last day on earth. And that day came for him this past Easter Sunday. Thankfully, he had utilized his time telling others about Jesus as was evidenced by hundreds of people coming to his funeral service on a very short notice. One man came from Australia to Japan where our son was living and teaching English in Japanese public schools.

Prophecy. Those who ignore or dismiss Bible prophecy might as well cut out about 1/4 of their Bibles since that is how much was prophetic at the time of its writing. Much of Bible prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus came the first time about 2,000 years ago. But much more is yet to be fulfilled at His second coming. Knowing the order of future events correctly isn’t what will get you into heaven but knowing the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior will. The Good News that leads to our deliverance from the lake of fire to heaven is that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again [bodily] the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas [Peter], then by the twelve” (1 Corinthians 15:3-5).

Choice. You can choose to believe this Gospel and the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved, or you can choose to reject Him as your personal Savior. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God…He who believes in the Son has [eternal] life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on Him” (John 3:18, 36).

Plain/Simple. God’s wonderful plan of salvation is simple enough for children to understand. Don’t hinder them from coming to Christ by saying that salvation is only an adult matter or that one has to jump though the hoops of good works of “discipleship” to be saved (Ephesians 2:8, 9). “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believes in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depths of the sea” (Matthew 18:6). These are Jesus’ words.

Questions. Are you certain you will go to heaven when you die? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you believe you’ll go to heaven, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be? If you are a true Christian, what are you doing to earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20)?

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“Another Gospel? / Another Way?”

1 Peter 3:15

The Apostle Paul was beaten and thrown into prison because he cast out a demon from a young girl who had brought a great deal of money to her masters by her fortune telling. She had been following Paul and Silas around as they preached the Gospel concerning Christ (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4) and said, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us [a way] of salvation” (Acts 16:17). This is how the original Greek (in which the New Testament was written) should read.

The Way. Jesus is not one of many ways to God. He is the only way to God (John 14:6). We know that this is not politically correct, but it is what Jesus said about Himself. If a person wants to spend eternity with God in heaven, he must come God’s way. Jesus spoke the truth about the only way to God.

Grace/Faith. The salvation that God offers to mankind has always been, and always will be by God’s grace (unmerited favor) through faith (believing) in God and the Good News. The Apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Ephesus, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Grace is not the help that God gives to someone when he is sprinkled as a baby (or as an adult) so he can keep the commandments of the church so he can be saved by good works.

Object. If the object of our faith is deficient in any manner, he can’t help us. If He isn’t the Christ of the Scriptures, he’s like a worthless idol. Sadly, there are many religious people and members of the cults whose faith is resting in/on another Christ (Matthew 24:5) who can’t help them. They are “believing in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2). Are you one of them? You cannot afford to be wrong. Otherwise you will end up with the devil and his angels in the lake of fire forever (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8).  We don’t want that to happen to anyone.  Salvation is offered to all mankind (John 3:16; 1 John 2:2).

Method. Our deliverance from the lake of fire to heaven is based on faith, not faith plus works. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). This Person is the Lord (God manifested in human flesh – John 1:1-18; Colossians 2:9), Jesus (This name means Savior – Matthew 1:21), Christ (The promised Messiah and the resurrected, glorified One – John 20:31; Acts 2:36).

Believe. The word “Believe” is used about 100 times in John’s Gospel to let us know how a person is saved. If a person has to meet all kinds of other conditions (good works) before he can be saved, salvation is no longer by grace through faith in Christ (Romans 4:4, 5, 16). Nor could one who believes in “Lordship for salvation” ever be absolutely sure of his salvation because he wouldn’t know if he sufficiently had done all the things that supposedly were required of him by those who teach this heresy.

Lord. This Greek word “Lord” has different usages in the Scriptures. Sometimes is means “God” (Matthew 4:7; Romans 10:9). It can also mean “Master” (Acts 16:16; Matthew 6:24). It was used as a term of respect like our word “Sir” (John 12:21; Matthew 21:30). The context must determine how it is used. But to make this word always mean “Master” as it relates to salvation, is to suggest that an individual must do something (good works) on his part to be saved, other than to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. (See links below.)

Maturity. The multiple conditions for spiritual maturity are not the conditions for salvation. (Example: James 4:7-10 was written to Christians, not to the unsaved and how to be saved.)  Lordship for salvation causes many people to be confused and wonder if they were truly saved because they still sin periodically as Christians even though God has made it possible for us not to sin (1 John 2:1; 2 Peter 1:3; 1 Corinthians 10:13). Those who teach and believe that Christians get rid of their sin nature once they get saved, or that there is no such thing as a “carnal Christian,” are deceiving themselves and others (1 John 1:8; Romans 7:15-25; 1 Corinthians 3:1-4). The Apostle Paul told Christians (not the unsaved) to present their bodies to God as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1, 2; See 1 Peter 3:15). This wasn’t/isn’t a condition for salvation.

Quote. “I am convinced that this teaching [Lordship for salvation] produces more tares in professing Christianity [and in local churches] than any other teaching concerning salvation. – David K. Spurbeck

Important. The Apostle Peter wrote, “Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make you call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble” (2 Peter 1:10). Where you spend eternity is a very important matter. Please take time, as soon as possible, to read carefully the information that is found in the links below. Your eternal destiny or the destiny of someone you love and/or know is more important than other things that may be pressing on you right now.  Our lives are like a vapor that vanishes away (James 4:14).

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

http://indefenseofthegospel.blogspot.com/2008/07/summary-of-lordship-salvation-on-single.html

http://indefenseofthegospel.blogspot.com/2016/06/archival-series-what-is-lordship.html

http://www.bibleprophecyblog.com/2011/03/what-is-wrong-with-lordship-salvation.html

http://bartimaeus.us/sermons/1peter52.html

 

1 Peter 3:13-17

As a general rule, “When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him” (Proverbs 16:7). But we all know that there are times when life isn’t always fair to those who do what is right and especially those who desire to live godly lives (2 Timothy 3:12). Our response to adversity is very important because others are watching and listening to us whether it’s other human beings or spirit beings (1 Peter 1:12). We might want to take matters into our own hands and get even or we might choose to look at things from God’s perspective (Isaiah 55:8, 9). His eyes and ears are on the righteous and his face is against those who do evil (1 Peter 3:12; See Romans 12:9). Nothing escapes His notice because He is omniscient (Isaiah 46:10; Psalm 10:11; John 2:24, 25). Does this fact encourage or alarm you?

Blessed. When we suffer for doing what is right, we should consider ourselves to be uniquely blessed by God (1 Peter 3:14; See James 1:2). Every true Christian will suffer to some degree with Jesus. Therefore, we also will be glorified and reign with Him (Romans 8:17; 2 Timothy 2:12; Revelation 20:6). In comparison with other believers around the world, most of us in our country have suffered very little for Christ. But some early Christians rejoiced that they were counted worthy to suffer for His name (Acts 5:41; 9:16). The “Martyr’s Crown” is given to believers who die physically for the cause of Christ and for those who resist temptations up to the point to death if necessary (Revelation 2:10; James 1:12).

Unafraid. We don’t need to be afraid or troubled by those who can only take our physical lives from us (Matthew 10:28) if the Lord permits them to do so. Today He holds the keys of death (Revelation 1:18; See 1 Thessalonians 4:14; Hebrews 2:14). God restrained the devil from taking Job’s life even though He didn’t restrict him from taking the lives of Job’s ten children (Job 1, 2). God used an angel to deliver Peter from King Herod’s sword (Acts 12; See Hebrews 1:14). He delivered Daniel’s three friends from the fiery furnace (Daniel 3) and Daniel from the den of lions (Daniel 6). However, many other believers suffered torture and death (Hebrews 11:36-38).

Years. Christians have “potential years” and “actual years.”  Do you know what can reduce the number of your days on earth (See 1 Corinthians 11:30; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16)? What is a spiritual Christian supposed to do with a fellow believer who has a bad attitude that could lead to sin (Galatians 6:1)? What assurances and promises does God give to His children (See Romans 8:17, 18, 35-39; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 2 Corinthians 5:9; Philippians 1:21; 3:20, 21)?

Sanctify. As believers, we’re supposed to set aside and elevate the Lord God in our hearts (1 Peter 3:15; See Isaiah 8:13). This verse is not teaching “Lordship in exchange for salvation.”[1] God alone deserves our worship and praise (John 4:24; Revelation 4:11; 5:12) and the most exalted place in our lives. But as Christians we still have an old sin nature that rebels against God and His Word (Romans 7:15-25; 1 John 1:8). Believers, not the unsaved, are exhorted to “present [their] bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is [their] reasonable service” (Romans 12:1). If you’re a Christian, have you done this yet? Don’t waste your whole life pursuing fame, fortune, power, and pleasure as King Solomon did only to regret it when he came to the end of his life (Ecclesiastes 1:2, 14; 12:1). Our primary purpose in life should be to glorify God by making Him known to those around us (1 Corinthians 10:31). If you’re a Christian, are you doing this?

Ready. God allows some of His children to suffer from time to time to give them an opportunity to display the “Fruit of the Spirit” (Christ likeness) before others (Galatians 5:22, 23). Sometimes they will ask how we are able to endure such hardships. Our answers should be given with meekness (strength under control) and with fear of displeasing God or grieving Him (1 Peter 3:15; Ephesians 5:30; 2 Corinthians 5:9). Consider the responses that Peter, Stephen, and Paul gave to those who asked them about their hope and faith in Christ (Acts 2, 7, 22).

Hope. This is the confident expectation that we have as a result of believing a promise from God who is able to do what He says He will do (Romans 15:4; Ephesians 3:20; Revelation 1:8). When God promises to do something, and we believe it, that settles it. God cannot lie (Titus 1:2). Jesus said, “I am the [only] way, the [absolute] truth, and the [One who gives eternal] life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6; See Acts 4:12; 16:31). We are not saved by our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9). How many promises do you know that you are claiming? Not all the promises in the Bible are for Christians to claim (2 Peter 1:4). Keep Israel and the Church separate. We don’t believe in “Replacement Theology.” [2]

Good Conscience. In order for the conscience to be a useful tool to assist us in life, it needs to be regulated by God’s Word that is addressed to Christians. All Scripture is to be believed, but not all of it is to be believed and practiced (Titus 1:9; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17). We must “rightly divide the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).  (The “Seven Dispensations” found in the Scriptures are the result of a normal, literal, grammatical, historical interpretation of the Bible. They are not different ways of salvation as some have said. For more information, see our “Dispensations Chart.”) A Christian’s conscience may be evil (Hebrews 10:22), weak (1 Corinthians 8:7), or possibly seared (1 Timothy 4:2). This could lead to a premature death (Romans 8:6).

So What? Unjust suffering is always better than deserved punishment (1 Peter 2:20; 4:19). The Apostle Paul wrote, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory that shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18). “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:18). “For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister” (Hebrews 6:10).

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change when they are presented with the truth from God’s Word (2 Timothy 2:2). We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

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

[2] Replacement Theology. http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/reformed/replace.pdf

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

May I ask you a few important questions? Do you believe that heaven and hell are real places and that people will spend eternity in one of these two place?  Do you believe that everyone eventually will go to heaven even if he/she doesn’t want to go there?  What does a person need to do to be saved from hell and go to heaven?  What is the Gospel and how powerful is it?  If you’re a Christian, how often do you share it with unsaved people? Do you think that sharing the Gospel should be left up to the “Clergy?” Are you clear or confusing if/when you share it with a lost person? Are you sharing the Good News (The Gospel) that “Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the grave on the third day” with tongue in cheek? Do you believe that Christ only died for a select few or for all men? Did Christ really die for you and your sins?

Dr. Robert Lightner states the issue clearly: “Unless Christ died for all men, the message of God’s love and Christ’s death must be given with tongue in cheek and with some reservation, because some may hear who are really not to be numbered among those whom God loved and for whom Christ died….Therefore, to tell all men that these things are true and that salvation is available for them is to speak that which is not true if the limited view [of Christ’s sacrificial death] be accepted” (The Death Christ Died, p. 15).

If those who believe in what is called “Limited Atonement” were really honest and sincere, they would need to preach their “Gospel” along these lines: “Perhaps Christ died for you.” “Maybe God so loved you.” “Christ shed His blood for you, perhaps.” “Salvation has been provided for you, maybe.” “Possibly God commendeth His love toward you.” “Hopefully He’s the propitiation for your sins.” “There is a possibility that Christ died as your Substitute.” “I bring you good news, maybe.” “It’s possible that Christ died for you. If you get saved then we know that He did die for you, but if you continue to reject Him then He did not die for you.” “Christ died for you only if you believe that Christ died for you (thus proving you are elect), but if you do not believe this and if you continue in your unbelief until the day you die, then Christ did not die for you.”

Be honest. Wouldn’t such statements like these confuse you? They would me. God’s Plan Of Salvation is simple enough for children to understand. It’s not just an adult issue as some claim. We are not to add to the Gospel the conditions for spiritual maturity (Discipleship). To do so is to pervert the Gospel. Justification and sanctification are two separate doctrines.

We’re very concerned about the lost condition of mankind and have Good News to share with them so they can be saved and know that they can have eternal life even before they die (1 John 5:13). If you aren’t sure about your eternal destiny, please let us help you so you have no doubts about your home in heaven with God. We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

Some of the information above was adapted from a few of the websites below. If you’d like to learn more about the salvation that the Lord Jesus Christ has provided for all men rather than just for a select few, please go to the following websites:

Reformed teachings: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/danger02.htm

http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/4whom18.htm

http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/reformed/macatone.htm

Salvation of Children: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/termschi.htm

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

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

Helpful Book: So Great Salvation” by Dr. Charles Ryrie, http://www.cheapestbookprice.com/prices/9780802478184-so-great-salvation-what-it-means-to-believe-in-jesus-Christ