Archive for the ‘Salvation’ Category

In his book entitled “Seven Men Who Rule The World From The Grave” Dr. Dave Breese demonstrates how such men as Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, John Dewey, Sigmund Freud and others have had a significant impact on mankind to this very day, even though they are now dead.

It is our understanding that these dead men, who are most likely in Hades, know how wrong they were and wish they could return to earth to warn the living not to follow them and their philosophies, but rather that people believe God’s Word which is absolute truth (See Luke 16:19-31; John 14:6; 17:17).

Which philosopher’s / person’s thoughts and actions have influenced you the most? We all have a “world view” that causes us to behave as we do. Is it based on godly wisdom, or worldly wisdom that leads to death (James 1:5; 3:15; Proverbs 14:12)?

Although our influence on others may not be as significant as these men, we still are having an impact and influence for good or for evil on those whom we encounter in life, whether it be our family members, our friends, or our fellow workers. Our attitude and our actions matter to God and others.

The Christian’s pleasure and rewards in heaven or the unbeliever’s degree of torment in hell will be determined by the Lord Jesus Christ, the righteous and omniscient Judge (2 Timothy 4:8; John 2:24; 5:22; Isaiah 46:10) either at “The Bema Seat Judgment” for Christians (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10) or at “The Great White Throne Judgment” for unbelievers (Revelation 20:11-15).

The Scriptures teach that “it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). However, it doesn’t say that this judgment will take place immediately when a person dies.

Examples

At our funeral an unsaved person might believe on the Lord Jesus Christ through the message of the Gospel and be saved because we witnessed to that person before we died. God will reward us for doing this (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). To those believers who will die during the Tribulation these words were written, but the principle still seems to apply to us as well. “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them” (Revelation 14:13).

On the other hand an unbeliever might murder a father whose children are left desolate. Later on one of the deceased father’s children might engage in a robbery because he and his family are starving. On judgment day God will take into account the harm that the murderer brought on others too.

Yes, there are degrees of suffering in hell (the lake of fire) for unbelievers (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 21:8), and there are degrees of pleasure in heaven for believers (Psalm 16:11).

Purgatory?

The Christian’s cleansing and purging is limited to this life (Ephesians 5:26, 27). The Scriptures don’t teach that some people go to “Purgatory” after they die to get cleansed or purged of remaining sins before they are allowed into heaven. There are no back doors into heaven.” This false teaching suggests that Christ’s work on the cross was not sufficient to save us. The Apostle Paul wrote, “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present [immediately] with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8).

Serious Business

Believers who participate in the Lord’s Supper with unconfessed sins in their lives will be chastened and disciplined by the Lord in this life only so that they won’t be condemned later with the unsaved people of the world (1 Corinthians 11:27-32). “For we know Him who said, Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord. And again, ‘The LORD will judge His people. It is a fearful thing [for a carnal Christian, who is acting like an unsaved person] to fall into the hands of the living God’” (Hebrews 10:30, 31; 12:5-11).

“If we [as Christians] confess our sins, He [God the Father] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “Confess your [sins] one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed” (James 5:16). “He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy” (Proverbs 28:13).

Are you a carnal Christian who is living in sin (acting lawlessly)? Are you dismissing as unimportant what God prohibits His children from doing and/or failing to do what He wants you to do? “…to [the Christian] who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin” (James 4:17). Beware! “… if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons” (Hebrews 12:8).

Many unbelievers often go unpunished in this life, but judgment day is coming for them and the righteous Judge, Jesus (John 5:22) will sentence them with justice. “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8; See also 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

The lake of fire (hell) is a place where there will “be weeping and gnashing of teeth” forever. It was prepared for the devil and his angels / demons, but all unbelievers will end up there (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46). The “Universal Salvation” of everyone is NOT taught in the Scriptures.

My friend, you don’t have to go to this awful place. Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Any and all who place their faith and trust in Him alone will be saved from hell and will enter heaven (Acts 16:31). We aren’t saved by our good works lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5; Isaiah 64:6). It’s by grace (unmerited favor).

Some people love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil. They choose not to come to the Light (Christ) and be saved (John 3:19; 8:12). But if you are an unbeliever or one who isn’t sure of your eternal destiny in heaven or hell, and would like to know and have absolute assurance that you will go to heaven the moment you die (Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:13), we invite you to contact us here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow (2 Timothy 2;2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18).

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Gospel Presentationshttps://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-newshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUe9ZgADBNQ

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.  

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HOW SAD it would be if… No, how TRAGIC it will be for those who know the facts of the Gospel and even believe them to be true, and yet don’t place their faith/trust in Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. [1] Such people, who die without Christ as their personal Savior, will suffer more in the lake of fire than those who have never heard about Him (Matthew 11:22, 24; Revelation 20:12, 13). Will this be true of you? We sincerely hope it won’t be.

Some people, living in the “Seven Year Tribulation” (Revelation 6-19), will refuse to take the “Mark of the Beast” (Revelation 13:17; 14:9-11). [2] Some of them will prophesy in Christ’s name, cast out demons, and do many wonders in His name. And yet He will say to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (Matthew 7:21:23; 25:30, 41, 46).

No one is saved by his/her good works lest any of us should boast. Good works are the result of one’s being saved (Ephesians 2:8-10; James 2:18). When a Christian “abides (feels at ease) in Christ,” he/she will produce much fruit (John 15:1-8). “Spiritual fruit might involve our having and displaying a Christlike character (2 Peter 1:5-8; Galatians 5:22, 23), a life characterized by good works (Colossians 1:10), being a faithful witness (Romans 1:13; 1 Corinthians 16:15), a pair of lips that praise God (Hebrews 13:15, 16), and generous giving (Romans 15:28; Philippians 4:17). (See Dr. Charles Ryrie, So Great Salvation, p. 50)

As a general rule, all of us are going to die (Hebrews 9:27). There have been and there will be a few exceptions in the future (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52). (If you’d like more information, contact us.)

Do you think that you will go to heaven the moment you die? [4] If so, how sure are you – 100%, 75%, 50%, 25%, 0%? Do you believe that you must go to a purging place before you get into heaven by the back door? Why do you think God should let you into His heaven – Your good works? Your faith plus your good works? Your faith in Christ alone? If you believe you’re saved, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be?

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For further reading:

[1] https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/

[2] https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/the-order-of-coming-events/

[3] https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2021/07/10/lifes-pursuits/

[4] https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/01/17/your-eternal-destiny-how-sure-are-you/

To: Pastors, Teachers, Evangelists, Missionaries, et al.

Dear Fellow Christian,

I’m passionate about glorifying God by trying my best to make Him known to those around me through any and every legitimate, God honoring way. I want to do my part in evangelizing the lost with the Good News concerning Christ’s death for our sins…and His bodily resurrection from the dead. I want unbelievers to know that by simple faith in Him alone, they can/will be saved.

I also want to have a part in edifying believers and helping them do their work of ministry through the use of their spiritual gifts with love (1 Corinthians 13).

I’d like to highly recommend to you several books and tracts written by veteran Evangelist Dr. R. Larry Moyer of EvanTell. God has used him in leading many people to Christ and helping Christians do the work of evangelism.

Note: I haven’t been paid to promote his books or tracts. But I appreciate him and others who faithfully and clearly present the Gospel so lost people can be saved.

Here are just a few of the books and tracts of Larry’s that I’d like to encourage you to get and read. Then put what you learn into practice in your daily life:

https://evantell-org.myshopify.com/search?q=the+3+minute+window

https://evantell-org.myshopify.com/search?q=101+tips+for+evangelism

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow (2 Timothy 2:2, 15, 3:16. 17; 2 Peter 3:18). Please contact us here or through our website if you have questions and/or comments. Please SHARE this with others. Thanks.

Happy to still be able to serve my Lord,

Wm. Kelsey Pietsch

www.kelseypeach.com

www.kelseypeach.wordpress.com

It’s very sad to think that most people in the world today don’t know about the true and living God. He loved us sinners (those who act lawlessly) and gave His only begotten Son to provide deliverance from hell to heaven (John 3:16). What is your personal relationship to Him – saved or lost?

Problem. Far too many people in “Christendom” think that if they know and give mental assent to (agree with) “the facts” of the Gospel that they are fine. Since an early age I heard and believed the stories in the Bible, and so I figured I must be OK. I even believed that Jesus died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (which is the essence of the Gospel). But I wasn’t sure that doing this was enough for me to be saved.

Chapel Speakers. According to some of the things I heard from the speakers in chapel, at the interdenominational Christian school I attended, I thought that there were other things I had to do to be saved from hell to heaven. Consider some of the incorrect and additional things some “preachers” are telling unsaved people to do to be saved. [1]

BTW – Many preachers today talk “about” the Gospel, but very few of them tell people what it is specifically (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4), and what they need to do to be saved – “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ [exclusively], [through the message of the Gospel] and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31, 32). The word “believe” is used about 100 times in the Gospel of John to signify God’s only condition for our salvation.

The Gospel. In their eagerness to win lost people to Christ, some Christians feel that they need to explain the whole Bible to unsaved people so they can be saved. As Evangelist Dr. R. Larry Moyer correctly points out to those who want to do this, “…the Bible contains the Gospel. But the Bible is a whole lot more than the gospel. It contains vital information on how to raise your children, how to spend your money, how to love your enemy, how to participate in a local church, how to understand end-time events, and much more. The historical elements of the gospel [for our salvation] are contained in 1 Corinthians 15:3-5: “For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas [Peter], then by the twelve.”

“Note the four verbs. Christ died, He was buried (the proof that He died), He rose again, and He was seen (the proof that He rose). So the Gospel can be reduced to ten words: “Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead.” That is the message we have for unbelievers [whether they are Jews or non-Jews]. This is what God calls, “the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes(Romans 1:16).

“Your acquaintance [the person you’re trying to lead to Christ] doesn’t need the sixty-six books of the Bible. He can learn those later. Right now he needs ten words of the gospel – Christ died for our sins and rose again from the dead.” [2]

Be Honest. How sure are you that you will go to heaven the moment you die (100%, 75%, 50%, 25%, 0%)? Do you think that you have to go to a purging place first? Do you sometimes have doubts? On what basis should God let you into His heaven – your good works, your faith plus your good works, or by faith alone in the Christ of the Scriptures alone? [3] Once saved, is there anything you think you could do to lose your salvation? If so, what?

Help. If you aren’t sure of your salvation and would like assurance of it, we’re here to help those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

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[1] Dr. Ron Shea, The Gospel, Note other false conditions for salvation on page 2.

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[2] Dr. R. Larry Moyer, 101 Tips For Evangelism, Hendrickson Publishers, p. 20, 21

[3] Which Jesus Saves? https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/which-jesus-saves/

At Christmas time we often sing, “Go, tell it on the mountain…that Jesus Christ is born.” The angel said to the shepherds, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10, 11).

Virgin Birth. While His virgin birth was predicted (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23), and necessary for Him to be free from a sin nature, a baby in the manger can’t save anyone. [1]

The Gospel’s Power. The Apostle Paul told us about the power of the Gospel. He wrote, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek [non-Jew]” (Romans 1:16). What is it specifically?

The Gospel For Salvation. “Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel…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” (1 Corinthians 15:1-4; See Luke 24:36-43). [2]

No Resurrection = No Hope. “And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep [died] in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable” (1 Corinthians 15:17-19). [3]

Which Jesus Saves? Consider the “Wafer Jesus” who didn’t finish the work of salvation, the “Elevated Jesus” who is the brother of Lucifer, the “Modernist Jesus” who wasn’t virgin born, the “Universalist Jesus” who won’t send anyone to hell, the “Prosperity Jesus” who promises wealth to the contributors, and others. [4]

Salvation. It’s not enough to know and intellectually believe the “facts of the Gospel.” We must transfer our faith and trust from ourselves and our good works over to Christ alone if we are to be saved. “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). “But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:4, 5).

Assurance Of Salvation. “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together” (Romans 8:16, 17). “These things I [the Apostle John] have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God” (1 John 5:13).

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18). If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached here or through out website: www.kelseypeach.com. Help us reach others by SHARING this with those in your circle of influence. To receive future articles as they come out, click on Follow.

[1] The Babe In The Manger

[2] Gospel Presentations – Audio, video, and written presentations

[3] No Resurrection = No Hope

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.  

Used by Permission. All rights reserved.

Be informed. Act Accordingly.

Like it or not, willingly or unwillingly, there is coming a day when every knee (including your knee and mine) shall bow, and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (the God-man) to the glory of God the Father Who said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him.” (Matthew 3:17; 17:5; 2 Peter 1:17). This includes those in heaven, those on the earth, and those under the earth (Philippians 2:9-11).

It’s very possible that in as soon as 7 years from now God the Father could/might set up God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, as the King of kings, and Lord of lords over all the earth for 1,000 years (Revelation 19:16; 20:1-6; Psalm 2). Discover what will happen first. (See “Order” below.) [1]

However, this Scripture is NOT teaching the “universal salvation” of all creatures as some false teachers proclaim (2 Peter 2:1; Jude 1:4 ff). Such individuals are far more dangerous than than the “Globalists” who currently are pushing for the establishment of the “New World Order” in a deliberate, Satanically planned manner which God is permitting.

The Scriptures predicted what is currently happening in our world today (1 Timothy 4:1 ff; 2 Timothy 3:1 ff; 2 Peter 3:1 ff). “Things aren’t falling apart; they are falling into place.” The “stage” is being set for some horrific days (“Seven Years of Tribulation” – Daniel 9:27; Jeremiah 30:7) which will precede the days of “peace on earth” for 1,000 years under the true “Prince of Peace” – the Lord Jesus Christ (Isaiah 2:4; 9:6, 7).

Past, Present, and Future. At the “time” of the Decree in eternity past, after considering the multiple options available to the Godhead (Ephesians 1:11; Matthew 11:21, 23), God the Son, Who shared an absolute equality with God the Father (John 5:18), and God the Holy Spirit (John 14:16, 17; Acts 5:3, 4), volunteered to be the Spokesman for the Godhead (John 1:1-18), and to add to His Deity a true human nature and a real body (Philippians 2:5-8; 1 John 4:2, 3). He determined to make the invisible God visible to humanity by being born of the virgin, Mary (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23). He lived sinlessly among humanity for about 33 years (Hebrews 4:15).

He offered Himself to the Jewish nation as their rightful King and Messiah. Sadly, in spite of all the sign miracles He performed (John 20:30, 31), most of them rejected Him (John 1:11, 12; Hebrews 10:9). They were interested in a political Savior, not a spiritual one. They didn’t think they needed one because they were the chosen descendants of Abraham (John 8:33), just as many Jews and non-Jews today think they don’t need Christ and His substitutionary, sacrificial death on their behalf (Hebrews 9:22).

After Jesus fed over 5,000 people on one occasion, the Jewish people wanted to make Him their “Welfare” King, but He turned down their offer (John 6:15).

After man’s future failure to establish universal “peace on earth” (1 Thessalonians 5:3), God the Father will set up the Lord Jesus Christ as the King of kings, and Lord of lords. It will be God the Father Himself Who crowns Him as such, not us human beings as some of the songs we sing suggest (Psalm 2:1-12; Revelation 19:16).

The Day of His coronation may not be that far away from now. It could take place in a little over 7 years from today after more than one half of the world’s population has been killed during the Seven Years of the Tribulation (Revelation 6:8; 9:15). If God doesn’t limit the “Man of Sin’s” (Antichrist’s) activities during this time, no flesh on earth would survive (Matthew 24:22). The devil is a selective murderer and a liar (John 8:44). He promotes euthanasia and the abortion/murder of babies (Exodus 1:16; Matthew 2:16). Where will you be when all this happens on earth?

BTW – In our world today we have some elite, “Uber-rich Globalists” who want to reduce the human population down to about 500 million people. [2] They want to rule over genetically modified people (“serfs”) who will have/own nothing and be content with that. [3]

While God has, through nature, demonstrated His existence (Psalm 19:1 ff), some claim to be atheists or agnostics. God calls them “fools” (Psalm 14:1). Many (perhaps most) of humanity believe the lie of evolution. [4] They fail to give thanks to God for the blessings that He sends on the righteous and unrighteous (sunshine and rain – Matthew 5:45). Without these, none of us could survive physically.

Sadly, many Christians also fail to give thanks to God “for all things” (Ephesians 5:20), “in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18), and “for all men” (1 Timothy 2:1). What about you?

For this reason, God has given up many unbelievers to all types of perversions which will bring greater judgment and punishment on them (Romans 1:18-32; Revelation 20:12, 13). All unbelievers, who die in their sins, without having been judicially forgiven (John 16:11; Romans 4:7; Ephesians 1:7; 1 John 2:12), will end up in the lake of fire where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46), and where the worm (sinful nature) of man won’t die (Mark 9:44, 46, 48). Throughout eternity they will have uncontrollable cravings for drugs, alcohol, perverted sex, etc that will never be satisfied (See Revelation 21:8; 22:11; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

Hope. If you’re alive right now on earth, reading this as an unsaved person, there is hope for you. But if you die physically in unbelief, your destiny in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons will be irreversible (Matthew 25:41, 46). (No reincarnation, or annihilation of the wicked dead are taught in the Scriptures, as some cults teach.)

Hades. Today, when an unbeliever dies, he/she goes to Hades to suffer in the heart of the earth (Luke 16:19-31; Deuteronomy 32:22). At the end of time Jesus will raise them up from there (1 Corinthians15:20-26). They will stand before Him at the Great White Throne Judgment where their works will be judged (Revelation 20:10-15) to determine their degree of suffering forever in the lake of fire. (See Matthew 10:15; 11:22. 24.) What about believers who die today? [5]

My friend, if you put your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins, was buried for three days and nights, and then rose again bodily from the dead, you will be saved (delivered) from the lake of fire (John 3:16, 18, 36; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Acts 16:31). This is the Gospel that we must believe in order to be saved from everlasting condemnation. No one is saved by his/her good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). [6]

The choice is yours. You have no guarantee that you will be alive 5 minutes from now. “Now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2; See James 4:14; Proverbs 27:1).

If you aren’t sure of your eternal destiny, and would like additional spiritual help, we invite you to contact us here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18).

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For further information:

[1] The Order Of Coming Events: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/the-order-of-coming

[2] Population Reduction – Georgia Guidestones https://grandmageri422.me/2020/03/15/the-georgia-guides-stones-population-control-and-the-coming-antichrist/

[3] Useless Eaters – “We just don’t need the vast majority of the population.” – Yuval Noah Harari

[4] Evolution vs God. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0u3-2CGOMQ

[5] Intermediate Bodies. http://bartimaeus.us/pub_dom/intermediate_body.html

[6] Gospel Presentations: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/

Perhaps you’re not familiar with this teaching that is very popular in some churches today. Do you know the difference between “Lordship For Salvation” vs “Lordship Because Of Salvation”? Which one do you believe is Biblical? It’s important that you know what God’s Word teaches.

Some people add to and others subtract information from the Gospel message. Warnings: Galatians 1:6-9; 2 Corinthians 11:3, 4; James 3:1.

Tares In The Church. “The subject of Lordship salvation has become popular and prevalent in Christendom. I am sorry to say that evangelical Christendom has been divided concerning how one is saved by those who hold the Lordship salvation view. The more important question is whether one who sincerely believes in Lordship salvation is truly saved. I am convinced that this teaching produces more tares in professing Christianity than any other teaching concerning salvation. The Lordship salvation proponents often speak of the “Gospel” yet in their salvation presentations they rarely present the “gospel by which (or through the agency of which) one is saved. 1 Cor. 15:1-4 is rather clear concerning what the gospel is and the title “Lord” isn’t even used of Jesus Christ in this central passage.” – Professor David K. Spurbeck, Sr. [1]

Important. While it’s important for Evangelists, and Pastor-teachers, Missionaries, and other Christian workers to know what the Scriptures say about this teaching, it’s also important that every Christian understands it too in order to detect what it truth and what is error (1 John 4:1).

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16, 17).

If you are uncertain about your salvation and your eternal destiny, we’re here to help those who are teachable and willing to change and grown spiritually (2 Timothy2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18). Contact us here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Please LIKE and SHARE this with others.

We invite you to click on the links below to learn more about this misunderstood teaching which is confusing many people about the right way to be saved. [2]

[1] Quote by Professor David K. Spurbeck, Sr. http://bartimaeus.us/sermons/1peter52.html

[2] Lordship Salvation links:

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

Gospel Presentations: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/

It pains me greatly when I listen to Evangelists, Pastor-teachers, and other “Christian workers” talk about the Gospel but never tell their listeners what it is and what it will do for those who believe in/on Christ through the Gospel.

Vain. I wonder how many people in churches, all around the world, are “believing in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2) and who are lacking Biblical assurance of their salvation as I once was. (See Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:13). I believe that the devil is gleeful (exuberantly or triumphantly joyful) when the Gospel is garbled (confused or distorted) in so many ways. (See page 2 on the link below.) [1]

The Gospel for salvation that the Apostle Paul preached was made very clear in 1 Corinthians 15:1-8. It involves two facts, and two proofs: Christ died for our sins; He was buried for three days and three nights. He rose again bodily from the dead; He was seen by more than 500 witnesses.

Jews & Non-Jews. Both groups are saved the same way today by the same Gospel (Romans 1:16). The True Church (which is the spiritual “Body of Christ”) is made up of Jewish and Gentile (non-Jewish) believers (1 Corinthians 12:12, 13; Ephesians 2:15; 4:4).

Mental Assent. Merely knowing and believing these facts alone won’t save anyone from hell to heaven. There must be a transfer of trust from yourself and your good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5), over to the Lord Jesus Christ alone (Acts 16:31). The object of our faith must be in the Christ of the Scriptures, not the Christ of the cults (2 Corinthians 11:4). Read “Which Jesus Saves?” [2]

One Way. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6; See Acts 4:12). Such a statement is not “politically correct” these days.

Concerned? If you, as a Christian, want to see your family, friends, and fellow workers saved, may we suggest that you read carefully and/or watch these Gospel presentations by clicking onto the link below? [3]

Warning. “My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment” (James 3:1). Read also Galatians 1:1-9; 2 Corinthians 11:3, 4, 12-15. But –

The “Crown of Rejoicing” awaits Christians who are/were involved in the work of evangelism Biblically, whether it’s “cultivating the ground, planting the seed of the Gospel, or harvesting – being there when a sinner trusts the Savior for his/her salvation. (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). “I [Paul] planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase” (1 Corinthians 3:6). He alone can save sinners (Jonah 2:9).

Greatest Joy. This joy comes to believers who have lead an unbeliever to Christ for salvation, and then helps that person grow spiritually so he/she is able to walk with God in the light as He is in the light and enjoy fellowship with God and other believers (1 John 1:7; 3 John 4; 2 Peter 3:18).

Help. We are happy to do our best to assist those who are teachable, willing to change and grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16. 17). If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Please LIKE and SHARE this information with others who may need it so they can be saved, or lead others to Christ for salvation.

[1] Clear Gospel. (Read page 2.)

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[2] Which Jesus Saves? https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/which-jesus-saves/

[3] Gospel Presentations

by David K. Spurbeck, Sr.

Too often churches accept the testimonies of candidates [for church membership] that are an eternity away from the gospel of Christ. [Here are some examples.] “I asked Jesus to come into my heart.” “I prayed the sinners prayer, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner.'” “I accepted Christ as my Savior.” “I love Jesus.” “I prayed to be saved.” “I repented of my sins.” “I confessed Jesus as Lord.” “I was born into a Christian family.” “I have attended church all my life.” “I opened my heart’s door and let Jesus come in.” “I walked the aisle. …” “I raised my hand. …” “I saw Jesus.” “I worked for God.” “I was baptized.” “I cried out to God to save me.” “I cried when I heard about Jesus.” “My mother taught me to pray at her knee.” “I prayed for salvation.” “I have been a church member.”

The number of the bogus testimonies given for membership would fill volumes. Not one of these is a part of the gospel by which you are saved. Many times a person’s testimony is ignored for the sake of the addition of a new member to the roll. It makes the additions report look better. With testimonies like these, leading questions can be asked to justify a “yes” vote. Up comes the “Are you a Christian?” question. Most Americans can answer that with a “yes.” After all isn’t this a Christian nation? A “yes” answer hides the reality that a person is not saved.

“We do have some perfectly good questions that aren’t leading questions. “How do you know that you are saved?” This question gives the candidate a perfect opportunity to say that he has believed the gospel concerning Christ and to identify the gospel by which one is saved. In response to the “I believed in Jesus Christ” answer, one might ask, “What did you believe about Christ to be saved?” This is a perfect question that encourages a person to give the gospel accurately. Again, if the person believed the gospel, he should be able to give the essential facts — Christ died for my sins, was buried and rose again.”

To read the rest of this article, and to help you become a more effective witness for Christ, you are invited to read the rest of this article by Professor David K. Spurbeck, Sr. “Monograph # 3, Misleading Leading Questions Protecting the Church in the Membership Candidate Interview.”

http://bartimaeus.us/pub_dom/monographs.html

Sure? Why? Lose?

I enjoy talking to people – that is, to most people. I’ve met a lot of interesting people in my life and have some long time friends (perhaps acquaintances) with whom I like to stay in touch.

Concern. One of my main concerns for others has to do with their eternal destiny. I believe that people, once they have been conceived in the womb, live forever somewhere. We all have everlasting existence, but we don’t all have “eternal life” – God’s quality of life until we’ve been “born again from above” (John 3:3-7, 16, 36; 5:24; See 2 Peter 1:3, 4).

Gospel. This comes to us when we place our faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for our sins, was buried, and Who rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). This is the Gospel that is the power of God unto our salvation. (Romans 1:16, 17).

Real Places. The Scriptures teach the reality of heaven and hell. Knowing what it says about hell, I wouldn’t even wish it on my worst enemy. We’re told that it is a place of outer darkness, where there is weeping and the gnashing of teeth that lasts forever (Matthew 23:41; 25:41, 46). Unbelievers are not annihilated or reincarnated at the time of their death. The devil would want people to believe this lie.

Questions. After talking with people to learn more about them, I try to steer the conversation around to spiritual things if I can. I like to ask three important questions to find out what they believe:

SURE? Are you absolutely sure that if you died today you’d immediately go to heaven? Then I wait for their answer. Most people aren’t sure but hope they will get there eventually.

WHY? Why should God let you into His heaven? The usual answer is “I live a pretty good life and I try to keep the commandments.” Few people say, “He shouldn’t let me into heaven, but I’ve trusted in Christ through the Gospel and know and believe that He has saved me by His grace.”

LOSE? If someone gives a relatively good answer to the previous question, I like to ask, “Is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? Some people lack assurance of their salvation. Others demonstrate that they aren’t really trusting in Christ alone, but in their faith plus their good works to get saved and stay saved.

My Story. Sometimes I share my personal testimony of my religious background as a “missionary kid” and how I came to have assurance of my salvation when I was in my second year of college. I had known and believed the facts of the Gospel that Christ died for my sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day(1 Corinthians 15:3, 4), but I used to think that I had to contribute some good works to be saved, or that if I sinned after my profession of faith, I must not have been saved.

Promise. As I was reading my Bible one day, I came across the verse in 1 John 5:13 which says, “These things I [the Apostle John] have written to you who believe in the name [person and work] of the Son of God, that you may know [not wish, hope, or think] that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.”

Assurance. That day I took God at His Word and gained assurance of my salvation that came from the Scriptures and from God the Holy Spirit who indwells believers (Romans 8:16). This didn’t mean that I stopped sinning completely, but that I had received a new nature from God and a new potential so I didn’t have to keep on sinning against God (1 John 2:1).

Confess. Today, when I sin (act lawlessly) as a Christian, I’m to confess my sins to God the Father and then claim His forgiveness (1 John 1:9; See also James 5:16). Dire consequences may result if I don’t make things right with God promptly (See 1 Corinthians 11:30; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16). My new nature from God the Father wants to do what is right in His sight even when my sin nature wants me to sin – act lawlessly (See Romans 7:15-25).

Be Honest. How would you answer these three questions? If you have any doubts about your future deliverance from hell to heaven, please contact us so we can help you gain assurance of your salvation.

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