Archive for the ‘Lordship Salvation’ Category

Bondservants Of Jesus Christ”

Philippians 1:1 Lesson #5

Be honest. Would you rather serve others or be served by them? On a scale of 1-10, how interested are you in fame, fortune, power, and pleasure? What if there was no one to admire you? What if you had a million dollars but had no one to serve you when you went to the store or out to eat? What good would it be if you had power but there was no one you could boss around? Who would entertain you and bring you pleasure if you were alone on a desert island? What if everyone else were blind and couldn’t admire, or even covet the things you claim to “own” (Colossians 3:5)? What do you have that you didn’t receive from someone else’s labors (1 Corinthians 4:7)? Who is the One who gives you life and breath (Acts 17:28)? Who said, “Without Me, you can do nothing” (John 15:5)? Here is what Jesus said to the church that thought they had it all. “Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked…I will vomit you out of my mouth’” (Revelation 3:16, 17 NKJV). What an awful indictment from the Lord.

Servanthood. Not too many people are interested in “servanthood” and being at the disposal of others and helping them. But “The human needs in our world today are indescribable, innumerable, and (if you have a tender heart) almost unbearable. You and I can’t do everything but we can do something and that something is the ministry that God has called us to fulfill.” – Warren W. Wiersbe, “On Being A Servant Of God” Did you know that God pre-planned certain works for each Christian to do once we were saved (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10)? Do you know how to find out what they are? If not, ask us for help.

Purpose. “…the Son of Man [Jesus] did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28). Why did He do this? He did it to glorify His Father (John 17:4) and to provide salvation for you and me because we are incapable of saving ourselves from having to spend eternity with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46).

Service. We all serve someone. It might be ourselves, other people, or even the devil himself without our realizing it (Romans 7:5, 15-25; Galatians 5:13; John 8:44; 13:34, 35; Ephesians 2:2; 2 Timothy 3:2). Most people find a way to do what they really want to do and carry out the secret, sinful passions that come from their deceitful hearts/natures (Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 1:18 ff; 6:14; 7:15-25; 8:6; Galatians 5:19-21; 1 John 1:8). Carnal Christians often act like unsaved people. But engaging in sinful behavior could lead to a premature death (Proverbs 14:12; Romans 6:23; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16). “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness” (Romans 6:16)​? NKJV

Relationships. When the Apostle Paul’s authority was being challenged by carnal Christians in some of the churches he started, he often would begin his letters to them by referring to himself as “Paul, an Apostle of Jesus Christ” (Romans 1:1; 1 Corinthians 1:1; 2 Corinthians 1:1; Galatians 1:1; et al). His authority as an Apostle came from the Lord Himself, and not from men (Galatians 1:1, 12). Note: Beware of those who are a part of the “New Apostolic Reformation.” [1] But with the believers in the church in Philippi, he didn’t have to pull rank on them since they weren’t challenging his God given authority. They had a very cordial relationship with him. He referred to himself as a “bondservant of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:1) and was modeling for them a servant’s heart as he sought their highest well being with love (John 13:34, 35; 1 John 3:16, 17; Galatians 6:10; Philippians 2:5 ff; 1 Corinthians 11:1).

Slaves. Throughout human history there has been unjust enslavement of others to do the “dirty work” for others. Some were/are paid and others weren’t/aren’t. Many people have been kidnapped and sold as slaves. In the Old Testament times kidnappers were to be put to death (Deuteronomy 24:7). Sometimes there were people who were enslaved to others to pay off their debts. [2] Believe it or not, there were some generous and kind masters who took good care of those who served them. When it came time for them to be freed during the 7th year, some of the servants expressed a desire to remain as “bondservants” for life to the one who had been their masters (Deuteronomy 15:12). To identify themselves as another man’s “bondservant,” they would have their ears bored through with an awl (Exodus 21:11-6; Deuteronomy 15:16, 17). [3]

Reasonable. When a Christian truly loves and appreciates all that the Lord Jesus Christ did to secure his/her deliverance from the lake of fire to heaven (Matthew 25:41, 46; John 3:16; 14:1-3), and Who has promised to take care of us throughout our lives (Philippians 4:19), it seems only logical for a Christian to voluntarily submit to Christ’s Lordship over his/her life (Romans 12:1, 2; 1 Peter 3:15). We must not confuse “Lordship because of salvation” with “Lordship for salvation.” There is a big difference. [4] Our salvation is by God’s grace alone through faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ of the Scriptures alone, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. The false Christs of the cults can’t save anyone (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Matthew 24:5; Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Our salvation is not based on our good works or our faith plus our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). How you answer this question will determine whether you enter into heaven or not. Why should God let you into His heaven?

Convicted?  True believers in Christ are called “Christians” (Acts 11:26). If you claim to be a Christian and were placed on trial for being one, would there be enough evidence from your life to convict you? Are you a “Convenient Christian” or a “Committed Christian”? Is it your primary purpose in life to glorify God by making Him known to those whom you encounter along life’s path (1 Corinthians 10:31)? Are you growing spiritually (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18), and serving God by serving others with love (1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5:13; 6:10)? Are you sharing the “Clear Gospel” with lost people as the Holy Spirit leads you to them (Romans 1:16, 17; 8:14)? [5]

Assurance. Are you sure of your salvation (2 Peter 1:10; 1 John 5:13)? Once saved, do you believe that there is something you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation (Ephesians 2:9; Titus 3:5; Romans 8:35-39)? If so, what would it be?

Help. We’re here to assist you and others who desire to learn more about the true and living God and how to live the Christian life. Are you teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15: 3:16, 17)​? We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. We invite you to join us on Facebook and on Youtube for our Bible studies. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.

[1] New Apostolic Reformation. https://www.gotquestions.org/New-Apostolic-Reformation.html

http://www.spiritoferror.org/   

https://bereanresearch.org/dominionism-nar/

[2] Servants/Slaves.

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/09/03/slave-laborers/

https://bible.org/illustration/slavery

https://answersingenesis.org/bible-questions/doesnt-the-bible-support-slavery/

[3] Get Your Ears Pierced. Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUzDHIRlMI8

[4] Lordship Salvation. Dr. Andy Woods, Lordship For Salvation

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

George Zeller, Lordship for Salvation  http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

[5] The Gospel. https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

Recommended reading. Warren Wiersbe, “On Being A Servant Of God” http://www.cheapestbookprice.com/prices/9780801068195-on-being-a-servant-of-god

Recently during my “Devoted Time” with the Lord, I came across a comment that Dr. Charles Ryrie had in his study Bible. “Salvation is by grace…through faith. Faith involves knowledge of the gospel (Rom. 10:14), acknowledgment of the truth of its message, and personal reception of the Savior (John 1:12). Works cannot save (Eph. 2:9), but good works always accompany salvation (v. 10; Jas. 2:17).” I’d like to develop this thought a little further.

Knowledge

When you consider the seven billion people on planet earth today, most of them know little or nothing about the Lord Jesus Christ as to who He is and what He has done for them. They don’t know that He died for their sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). This is the Good News that is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16). They haven’t been told that they can be saved from having to spend eternity in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:42, 46), simply by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior (Acts 16:31). Most people think that salvation and entrance into heaven involves their good works or perhaps their faith plus their good works. The Scriptures are clear. We aren’t saved by our good works lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

There is no excuse for anyone who hasn’t heard about Christ in that, through nature, God has revealed to him/her that there is a God who is powerful (Romans 1:18-20).  Merely believing in God won’t save anyone. But if one desires to know more, God has the ability to get the clear and unadulterated Gospel message to that person through another person, a Gospel tract, or perhaps through a radio or television program that presents the Gospel clearly and in its entirety. Many people leave out the bodily resurrection of Christ (Luke 24:33-43).

It’s indeed sad that so many “preachers” fail to present the Gospel clearly.  Many of them add other conditions for salvation: baptism, church membership, Lordship in exchange for salvation, discipleship, confession of all sins, turning from sin and  promising not to sin anymore, and other good works. 

Acknowledgment

There are many people in “Christian churches” who would tell you, if asked, that they believe and agree with the facts of the Gospel. They can recite the “Apostles’ Creed” or some other creed. But merely knowing and agreeing with the facts of the Gospel can’t save anyone. One lawyer thoroughly investigated the facts of Christ’s death and resurrection and said that there was undeniable proof of them, but he said that he didn’t want to place his faith in Christ alone to save him.

Reception

My friend, have you transferred your faith from your good works over to the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ alone for your salvation? If not, why not now? By one simple act of faith you can be saved. Once you’ve done this you can have assurance of your salvation from God’s Word (1 John 5:13; John 3:16, 18, 36) and from God the Holy Spirit who dwells in believers (Romans 8:16). After you’ve been saved, you can begin to live a life that is pleasing to God (2 Corinthians 5:9). You can learn how to live victoriously over your spiritual enemies: the devil, your own sin nature, and the present world system. You can earn crowns, praise, and rewards from God someday (1 Corinthians 3:11-15). The true Christian’s future is as bright as the promises of God.

Help

We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you and ask you to share it with others. Christians can earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” by leading others to Christ for salvation (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). If you’d like to receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” Join us on “Facebook” and “Youtube.”

Additional Helps

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

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

Dr. Michael Corcorus, “Repentance – The Most Misunderstood Word In The Bible” https://voice.dts.edu/review/g-michael-cocoris-repentance/

Dr. Ron Shea, The Clear Gospel. http://www.cleargospel.org/ http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/English/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

Dr. Andy Woods, Lordship For Salvation https://www.bibleprophecyblog.com/2011/03/what-is-wrong-with-lordship-salvation.html

George Zeller, Lordship for Salvation http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

Do you remember seeing this Wendy’s commercial on TV? If you’re too young to remember it, watch it below [1]. Most people are concerned about the material and temporal things of life and give very little time and attention to the spiritual side of life which is far more important (1 Timothy 4:8). Maturing Christians are told not to love the world system that is passing away (1 John 2:15-17). We may use it, but we are not to abuse it (1 Corinthians 7:31). We’re citizens of heaven and we’re just passing through earth to heaven (Philippians 3:20; John 14:1-3).

Where’s The Evidence?

Perhaps you claim to be a Christian. If so, where’s the evidence for it for other people to see? While God doesn’t require good works from us for us to be saved, other human beings do. James, the Lord’s half-brother, doesn’t contradict what the Apostle Paul taught. He pointed out that we’re saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in the Christ of the Scriptures alone. But good works will come after one has been saved (Ephesians 2:8-10). James, on the other hand, said that faith that doesn’t result in good works will not convince other human beings that you are truly saved (James 1:22; 2:18-20). Abraham was saved when he agreed with God and believed that God would give him a son in his old age (Genesis 15:6). No one knew that he was saved until many years later (perhaps 20 years) when he offered his son, Isaac to God as a sacrifice (James 2:21-24). Rahab, the harlot, displayed her faith in the God of the Jews, when she took the two Jewish spies in and hid them (Joshua 2:1 ff; James 2:25). Believe it or not, she even became an ancestress of Christ (Matthew 1:5; Hebrews 11:31). Is your life all messed up? Are you saved? If God could save her, he can save you too. Read 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 to see the kinds of people whom God saved and changed. There is hope for all living human beings, including you and me. Don’t let the devil convince you into believing that you have committed “the unpardonable sin.” Do you know what it is (John 16:9)?

Lordship For Salvation?

Some people are being taught erroneously that in order for a person to be saved, he/she must make Jesus the Lord and Master of his/her life. They take the requirements for spiritual growth (or what they call “discipleship”) and make them conditions for salvation. Many of Christ’s disciples followed Him and wanted Him to be the “Welfare King.” He refused their offer (John 6:15). When He spoke to them about their spiritual condition and what they needed to do to be saved, they turned away from Him (John 6:28, 29, 66). Judas was a disciple, but he wasn’t saved (John 17:12). Are you confused by this false teaching? I was for a long time until God opened my eyes to the truth. If your are wondering about this yourself, I’d like to refer you to the links below. [2] If you are teaching this false way of salvation to others, stop! God holds preachers and teachers more responsible (James 3:1).

Carnal Christians

Some people who have been saved were abandoned by those who led them to Christ. They weren’t taught how to live the Christian life. [3] So they keep on yielding to the temptations that come from the devil, their own sin nature, or the present world system that was devised by the devil to control certain aspects of the sin nature. Those Christians who deny that they still have a sin nature are simply deceiving themselves, not others (1 John 1:8; See Romans 7:14-25). The sin nature is the source from which most of our temptations come. When a Christian walks by means of the Spirit, he can’t/won’t yield to these temptations (Galatians 5:16, 25). But he also needs to be mindful of the temptations that come from the devil (1 Peter 5:8; James 4:7; Ephesians 6:10-17) and the present world system (1 John 2:15-17; 1 Corinthians 7:31).

Victorious Living

God has provided for Christians everything that we need for life and godliness within the pages of His Word (2 Peter 1:3). He doesn’t want us to sin but He knows that we will sin periodically (1 John 3:8-10) This is why we have an Advocate/Lawyer with the Father to help us (1 John 2:1,2; 4:10). The problem is that many (perhaps most) Christians seek the wisdom and philosophy of this world and know very little about how to live a life that pleases God (See Romans 8:8; 2 Corinthians 5:9). They integrate the worldly, demonic, self-help philosophy and psychology of the world with the Bible (Colossians 2:8; James 1:5; 3:14-17). [4] No wonder there are so many dysfunctional Christians who turn to unsaved men for counsel rather than turn to Godly men and women of God who could provide assistance from the infallible Word of God (Psalm 1:1; 2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; Titus 1:9).

Help

Is your life all messed up? Are you absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die? [5] Do you believe that you have to go to Purgatory after you die to be cleansed further before you can enter heaven? (The Scriptures don’t teach this false doctrine.) Any purging that needs to take place in the life of a Christian is done in this life alone (Ephesians 5:26; 1 Corinthians 6:11; 1 Timothy 4:5). Why should God let you into His heaven? Is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If you need spiritual counsel and are teachable and willing to change when you see what God says in His Word, we invite you to contact us for additional help. We can be reached through our website at www.kelseypeach.com or you can read helpful articles at www.kelseypeach.wordpress.com. Join us on Facebook and Youtube for our Bible studies. If you’d like to receive future articles as they come out, click on Follow.

[1] Where’s The Beef commercial. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riH5EsGcmTw

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

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

[3] Maturing In Christ by Dr. H. L. Schafer. http://gracelifebaptistchurch.us/publications.php

[4] Psychohersey. http://www.psychoheresy-aware.org/mainpage.html

[5] The Bad News & The Good News. See our website for more information on how to be saved.

Try to imagine how you might feel if, after working hard your whole life to do what was right in your own eyes, you discovered that all of it was in vain and you lost everything you were hoping to gain. (See Judges 21:25; Proverbs 14:12). What does it mean to “believe in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2)?

Consider what is going to happen to a group of people who prophesied in Jesus’ name, who cast out demons, and who did many wonders in His name. Jesus will say to them on judgment day, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (Matthew 7:21-23; 10:1; 2 Thessalonians 2:9). Where will false prophets and teachers spend eternity (Jude 1:13)?

Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24, 25). In this speech, just before He went to the cross, Jesus talked about the Tribulation (7 years), His second coming (not the Rapture), and the Judgment of the sheep (believers) and goats (unbelievers) that will follow His return. He told them what He is going to say to those on his left hand (goats – unbelievers), “Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” Why? “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it [i. e. good works] not to one of these [My brethren – the 144,000 Jewish evangelists], you did not do it to Me” (Matthew 25:41-46; See Revelation 7:4-8).

Good Works. The good works that these people did (feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, taking in the stranger, and clothing the naked among the 144,000 witnesses) during the Tribulation were the outward evidences (See James 2:18-20; Ephesians 2:10) that they had believed in Christ and the Gospel message concerning His coming kingdom that had been postponed because of the unbelief of most of the Jewish people in Christ’s days on earth (See Matthew 16:20 ff; 23:37-39; 24:14; John 1:11, 12). No one is ever saved by his/her good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

Welfare King. The Jews wanted someone who would heal the sick, feed the hungry, and raise the dead (John 5:1-18; 6:1-15; 11:43, 44). They wanted a political Messiah who would deliver them out from under Rome’s heel. But they weren’t interested in a Savior from sin (See John 1:29; 6:66). This is the basic problem that most of the Jews (and non-Jews) have today too. Today the Jews have a judicial blindness that God alone can remove when the Gospel has been presented to them (Romans 11:25; See 1 Corinthians 2:14; 2 Corinthians 4:4). Don’t let their spiritual blindness keep you from sharing the same Gospel with them as you would to non-Jewish unbelievers (Romans 1:16, 17). Some Jews believe that Jesus was a good Rabbi, but not God manifested in human flesh (John 1:1-18; 5:18; 10:30, 31). In order for a Jew to be saved today, he/she must believe in the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ who died for his/her sins…and who rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (Romans 1:16, 17; 10:9; John 5:18; 10:30; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). They aren’t saved by their good works or by keeping the Mosaic Law with its 600 plus commandments found in Exodus through Deuteronomy (See Romans 4:1-16; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

Social Gospel. The “Red Letter Christians” and other false teachers twist the Great Commission and the Gospel (Matthew 28:19, 20; 1 Corinthians 15:3 4) and add good works to God’s simple plan of salvation. Their message goes something like this: “Go ye into all the world and feed the hungry, clothe the naked, build homes for the poor and care for the sick, become politically and socially active in order to eliminate the great social problems of our day and to impose Biblical standards upon society. Change the world for Christ by bringing lost people to church.” [1] These misguided people have the mistaken idea that they can/must convert the people of the world to Christ first so they can usher in His kingdom on earth. They tend to believe that the world is somehow going to get better and better through their efforts. This “Post-millennial” view of Christ’s return is not taught in the Scriptures. The conditions and the people on the earth are going from bad to worse (1 Timothy 4:1 ff; 2 Timothy 3:1 ff). The darkness will turn to light after Christ subdues His enemies (Psalm 2:9) and sets up His literal, millennial kingdom on/over this earth (Isaiah 2:4; 9:6, 7; 11:1 ff; 35:1 ff; 42:16; Daniel 2:44, 45; Revelation 20:1-7).

Gospel. Do you really know the unadulterated Gospel that leads to salvation? Could you share it with others in 25 words [2]? Are you confusing the conditions for spiritual growth with the conditions for salvation [3]? Are you “believing in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2)? You are if you are adding or subtracting from the Gospel or changing it (See 2 Corinthians 11:3, 4, 13-15). Did you know that it is possible for a person to know and believe the facts of the Gospel and still not be saved (James 2:19)? Not until someone transfers his/her faith and trust over the the Lord Jesus Christ alone through the message of the Gospel is he/she truly saved. Our faith must rest in the Christ of the Scriptures, not in the Christ of the cults.

Assurance. Are you 100% sure you’re saved and that you will go to heaven the moment you die or do you believe that you have to go through Purgatory first? Is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be? Do you know that it is possible for you to know for sure that you’re headed for heaven? (See 1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16)

Uncertain? If you have doubts about your salvation they could be coming from the devil, or because you’re a carnal Christian, or maybe because you’re not really saved. Please make sure (2 Peter 1:10). “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul” (Mark 8:36)?

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, please let us know and SHARE it with others too. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” Join us on Facebook and Youtube.

[1] George Zeller, What The Great Commission Is Not: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/mevangel/greatcom.htm

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

[3] 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

Recently one of the listeners to my talks wrote to me expressing her concern for her father who is an unsaved man. Obviously, she wouldn’t be concerned about his spiritual condition if she believed in “universalism” which teaches that eventually everyone goes to heaven. Some folks believe in heaven but not in hell. Jesus taught both (John 14:1-3; Matthew 25:41, 46). Many people believe in the annihilation of the wicked or in reincarnation. Others believe in Purgatory, which teaches that those who haven’t committed “mortal sins” must go there first before entering heaven by the back door (See 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:21-23). Such a heresy diminishes the work of Christ who died for all our sins, once and for all (Hebrews 10:10), and then rose again bodily from the dead on the third day to prove to us that God the Father had accepted His subsitutionary death on our behalf (Romans 4:25; 6:23; 1 John 2:2).

Mass. In the Mass, the Romanists believe that Christ is re-crucified and that the priest can magically change the bread and wine into the actual body and blood of Christ. This is called “transubstantiation.” We believe these elements are only symbolic and that they have no saving value when they are consumed. This is NOT how one receives Christ as his/her personal Savior (See John 1:12; 3:16, 18, 36).

Responsibility. The afore mentioned lady wants to know what she can/should do for her father so he can be saved. If you listen to Christian programs on TV or radio, you will discover that many of the speakers talk about the Gospel without ever telling people what the Gospel (Good News) actually is. Many of them teach “Lordship in exchange for salvation.” [1] In other words, it’s as though God would be saying, “If you want to be saved, you must make Me the Lord and Master of your life before I will save you. You must repent of all your sins (i.e. turn away from sin and stop sinning), confess your sins (But what if a person can’t remember every sin he/she has committed in his/her life?), you must be baptized in our church, give 10 % of your money to the church, and do other good works, etc. Honestly now, how could anyone have assurance of his/her salvation if such things were requirements for someone to be saved. Thankfully, this isn’t what the Scriptures teach.

K.I.S.S. Why not “Keep It Simple Sir”? [2] Please notice the Apostle Paul’s simple response to the jailor’s question, “What must I do to be saved?” He said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:30, 31). Why? Because Christ died for our sins, was buried for three days and nights, and then rose again bodily from the dead, and was seen by over 500 witnesses over a forty day period before ascending back to heaven in the presence of His disciples (1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Acts 1:9-11). He didn’t “front load the Gospel” and tell a person to do a lot of good works to be saved (See Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:5). Paul knew that the Gospel was/is the power of God unto one’s salvation, whether he/she is a Jew or not one (Romans 1:16). So he proclaimed it faithfully and clearly to unbelievers. Don’t add or subtract from it or change it as false teachers do (2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15; See Revelation 22:18, 19). Consider their dreadful fate forever (Jude 1:13).

Receive/Reject. Upon hearing the unadulterated Gospel, a person will either receive (believe on) Christ as his/her personal Savior or reject Him. Sadly, most people don’t think that they are bad enough to need a Savior. They will accept a “False Gospel” that says, “Christ died for you because you are such a wonderful person with great value.” Please read Romans 3:10-23 to discover what God’s Word says about us. Others reject Him because they love darkness rather than light (John 3:19).

Hope. We believe that as long as a person is living, moving, and breathing, there is hope for him/her. As opportunities arise, and as the Holy Spirit leads us, we should lovingly keep on sharing the Gospel with unbelievers so they can be saved (Acts 1:8). I’ve seen people saved on their death bed. We need to be sure of our own salvation (1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16; 2 Peter 1:10), and have our known sins confessed (1 John 1:9, James 5:16), so we can be clean, usable witnesses of God’s amazing grace.

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you and ask you to share this with others. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” Join us on Facebook and Youtube.

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

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

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

Repentance: The Most Misunderstood Word  https://voice.dts.edu/review/g-michael-cocoris-repentance/

When it comes to “How To Live The Christian Life,” many new Christians (and some older ones) are confused. They are told to Read their Bibles – let God talk to you, Pray – you talk to God, and Witness for God. Many of them don’t know that while all the Bible is for us, not all of it is addressed to us (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; Titus 1:9). They aren’t aware that there are eight ways to communicate with God, not just “asking and receiving.” [1] When trying to witness to others, many Christians confuse “The Message & The Method” of salvation. [2]

Equippers. Upon His ascension back to heaven, Christ gave to the Church Evangelists and Pastor-teachers (Ephesians 4:8-16). They are responsible to equip the believers in their care so all of them are equipped to do their work of ministry primarily through the use of their spiritual gifts (Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12-14). They need to be taught “How To Live The Christian Life.” We must not confuse the condition for salvation with the multiple conditions for spiritual growth as one commentator does in James 4:7-10. He writes: “In a series of 10 commands (10 imperative verbs in the [Greek] text), James reveals how to receive saving grace. These verses delineate man’s response to God’s gracious offer of salvation, and disclose what it means to be humble.” The MacArthur Study Bible, NKJV, p. 1932.  No, these verses are not telling a sinner how to be saved. They were written to Christians to tell us how to live once we have been saved. The word “Brethren” refers to Christians, not the unsaved (See James 1:2, 16, 19; 2:1, 5; 3:1, 10, 12; 4:11; 5:7, 9, 10, 12, 19).  Beware of the false teaching of Lordship In Exchange For Salvation” [3]

Salvation. Mankind has always been saved by God’s grace through faith in God and not by good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5; Isaiah 64:6). Today, the Gospel truth we must believe in order to be saved is that Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). It is the same message for Jews and non-Jews (Romans 1:16; 10:9). Have you placed your faith in Him alone to save you? Are you relying on any of your good works to save you? Why should God let you into heaven? Is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what?

Dispensations. Throughout man’s existence on earth, God has given different rules for living to different people. They are the “House Rules.” It’s not too hard to see that the rules given to the Old Testament Jews are different from the rules given to Christians. Examples: Dietary rules, Sabbath keeping, animal sacrifices, etc. All these different rules were designed by God to test people’s obedience to God and to demonstrate to us that no matter what kind of rules God imposes on mankind, we always fail when we depend on ourselves to keep God’s rules for living.  Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). On the other hand, “[Every true Christian] can do all things [that God intended for us to do] through Christ who strengthens us” (Philippians 4:13; See Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10). Question – If you’re saved, are you doing your good works for the glory of God and the good of others (1 Corinthians 10:31; Galatians 5:13; 6:10)? God, being omniscient, knows what we do and why we do it and will judge our works someday (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 4:5; 2 Corinthians 5:10). Note: Dispensations are not different ways to be saved but different rules for living. They are the result of a normal, literal, historical, grammatical interpretation of the Bible, not the allegorical interpretation that twists Scripture (2 Peter 3:16; See Genesis 3:1).

Rules. The Christian’s “Rules For Living” in the “Dispensation of Grace” can generally be found between John 13 – Revelation 3 after which the true Church is found in heaven. In John 13:34, 35 Jesus gave His disciples a New Commandment “…that you love one another as I [Jesus] have loved you.” This is a positive command and this kind of “agape” love is produced by God the Holy Spirit in the life of a “Spirit filled” Christian who is “walking by means of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:16-25). This “agape” love also stands in contrast to the Old Commandment to “love your neighbor as yourself (Leviticus 19:18). Under the “Dispensation of Law” this was the best an Old Testament believer could do. The “Ten Commandments” were basically negative prohibitions (Exodus 20:1-17). Even before God had given them to the Jews they boastfully said, “All that the LORD has spoken, we will do” (Exodus 19:8). But they didn’t. Their obedience to the Mosaic Law would have brought to them health, wealth, and happiness. But their disobedience brought on them the curses from God that the Jews are experiencing to this very day (See Deuteronomy 28; Malachi 3:8-12).

Replaced? The Church has not replaced Israel. God is not finished with the Jews as a nation. He will keep all His unconditional covenants (promises) that He gave to them (See Romans 11). They will get all the land that God promised to give to them when Christ returns at His Second Coming, not the Rapture (Genesis 15:18-21). The future of the remnant of believing Jews is as bright at the promises of God that were given to them. (See Isaiah 2:4; 9:6, 7; 11:1 ff; 35:1 ff; Jeremiah 30:9; Zechariah 14.)  God’s time clock with the Jews will start up again after the fullness of the Gentile believers have come in and been saved (Romans 11:25; John 6:37) and the man of sin (Antichrist) signs a seven year covenant with the Jews (Daniel 9:27). The last 3 ½ years of the Tribulation are known as the “time of Jacob’s [Israel’s] trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7) and the “Great Tribulation” (Matthew 24:15 ff). These days may be just around the corner. Where will you be when they occur?

Check Up. To see how well you are doing as a New Testament Grace believer, we invite you to refer to our “Understanding The Times Dispensations Chart” on our website. We’ve listed some of our Responsibilities, the Failure of most Christians, and the Judgment of our works at the “Bema Seat Judgment” (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10). Use it as a guide for doctrine, reproof, correction, or instructing you in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). Don’t lose out on the crowns, rewards, and praise that might have been yours if you had done what God wanted you to do in this life (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; Revelation 3:11). “…the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory which hall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18; See 2 Timothy 2:8-10; 4:8; 2 Corinthians 11:23-33).

Help. We’re here to help those who are teachable and willing to change if necessary (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached through out website: www.kelseypeach.com. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you and ask you to share it with others who might benefit from it.

[1] Prayer https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2008/05/10/%E2%80%9Clord-teach-us-to-pray%E2%80%9D/)

[2] Salvation https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2018/12/03/salvation-the-message-the-method/)

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

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