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Where Are Our Voices? (No.3)

May 27, 2012

Where Are Our Voices? (No.3)

It is God himself who mandates that Christians stand for the truth and against all that opposes God. This must be done without fear or favor for any human being on the face of the earth. We must not be ashamed of the Lord Jesus or of the gospel his apostles preached in allcreation under heaven. (Colossians 1:23) Jesus himself said, “Everyone therefore who will acknowledge me in the presence of people, I will confess him in the presence of my Father who is in heaven. But whoever shall disown me in the presence of people, I will disown him in the presence of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:32-33) Surely this impresses us with the fact that our voices must be heard even when it is not popular, convenient, or politically correct!

Where are our voices when someone misrepresents God by misinterpreting or contradicting what is written in the scriptures? Are you among those in the religious world who are careful not to stop people in their tracks and ask,”Where does the Bible say that? Are you sure the Bible teaches that? Are you certain about the meaning of that word?” Yes, there are people who are so afraid of angering people that they will sit back and say nothing even though they know they should speak out. They know their voice should be heard.

How can a person who loves God remain silent when he or she knows God and his word are being mishandled?

Doesn’t love for God and his word compel a person to demand that God’s word be correctly represented?

Sure, there are people who preach and teach God’s word who do not like being called out and questioned, but we must do so if we choose to follow the lead of the apostles and early believers. How can an individual or congregation walk in the right path if they are not accurately taught the way of God? Our first priority should be to be well-pleasing to God irrespective of peoples’ opinion of us. God first.

• For example, most people believe works are not essential to justification and salvation.

They believe man is completely passive with regard to salvation. They say God does it all, and that if a person does something in order to be saved, that he has canceled out the grace of God. Such a system of belief is in reality an effort to deny the essentiality of immersion for salvation. They believe immersion is a human work, therefore if it is essential, then salvation is dependent on human works. According to their logic, belief itself would not be essential to salvation because it is a work to be performed by man. (John 6:27-29) The fact is, immersion is a work, but it is a work that God has commanded, and it is essential to salvation. (Acts 10:48; 1 Peter 3:21) Therefore, it is not a human work that gives grounds for boasting. It is a work prescribed by God!
Where are our voices in times such as these?

(More to follow)

Ron Daly

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(The Sunday morning Bible classes will begin studying the life of Christ, and the following scriptures have been submitted to for the congregation’s use as suggested Bible readings: Matthew 1:1-25;  John 1:1-18)

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Is Man Completely Passive In Salvation?

September 18, 2011

Is Man Completely Passive In Salvation?

Calvinists, that is, those who hold to the tenets that were espoused and promoted by the French reformer John Calvin, believe that human beings are completely passive in regard to salvation. They say that God does it all, therefore there is nothing that a person can do to be saved. They say “Christ has already paid the price on the cross of Calvary.”

Actually, they miss the point. Who denies that Christ died on the cross so that we may have a means of being saved? The Bible is clear that Jesus shed his blood in order that we may have the forgiveness of our sins. (Matthew 26:28; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14; 1 Peter 1:18-19; Revelation 1:5) We are forgiven through his blood.

The real issue is: must a person do anything in order to appropriate the benefits of Jesus’ death on the cross? The New Testament answers the question with an emphatic yes! If there are conditions of salvation that God gave; if there are commands that God has given that must be obeyed in order for a person to be saved, then it is false to believe and teach that man is completely passive with regard to salvation.

The fact is, God has given commands to be obeyed in order for one to be saved, therefore man is not completely passive. God does not do it all because he does not obey his own commands. He wants people to obey his commands to be saved. Now let’s prove it from God’s own word.

The scriptures teach that a person must believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God in order to be saved from sin. (John 3:16; 8:24) This belief is not something that God does. It is what man does! Faith comes by hearing the word of Christ. Hearing is an action of man. (Acts 15:7; Romans 10:17) Both hearing and faith are conditions that man is to meet, so man is not completely passive with regard to salvation.

The scriptures teach that a person must repent in order to be saved from past sins (Acts 2:38; 3:19; 17:30). Repentance is an action of man; it is not an action of God. Since it is something man does in order to be saved, then man is not completely passive.

The scriptures teach that a person must confess that Christ is the Son of God. (Romans 10:10; 1 Timothy 6:12) This is something man does. Since it is something man does, then man is not completely passive regarding salvation.

The scriptures teach a person must be immersed in order to be saved. (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; 1 Peter 3:21). Therefore, man is not completely passive! The Calvinists are wrong. By the way, Jesus told the Jewish teachers of his day that they were wrong when they were wrong. So it is right to do so today. (Matthew 23:29)
Ron Daly

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