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    Losing Your Salvation – Part 2

    Losing Your Salvation – Part 2

    * What (so-called) biblically-based, Evangelical churches (and Christians) believe and teach = The false doctrines of Eternal Security, Perseverance of the Saints or “Once Saved, Always Saved”: Those who are truly saved (the elect), can/will never lose their salvation.



    “The bottom line in this doctrine is that when the Lord saves someone, that salvation is forever, never to be reversed.  The Bible is clear on that basic truth and the basic truth is that salvation by its very nature is irrevocable.” – John MacArthur



    * What Moses, Jesus, Paul, the author of Hebrews, Peter, James, Jude and John believed and taught = Legitimately saved people or true Christians can (and will) lose their salvation if they do not continue in faith and faithful obedience.



    (Discussed: Deu 29:18-20, 32:5; Mat 6:14-15, 8:11-12; Rom 11:17-22; 1Co 9:24-10:12; Gal 5:4; Phi 2:12-16; Col 1:21-23; 1Th 1:4 w/3:1-5; 1Ti 1:18-20; Heb 6:4-9, 10:19-30; Jam 5:19-20; 2Pe 2:20-21; Jud 1:3-5; Rev 3:5, 22:19; Additional passages to consider: Psa 50:14-23, 51:11-12; Eze 33:13; Amo 5:21-27; Mat 25:24-27; Luk 19:24-26; Gal 5:16-21; Eph 5:1-10; Heb 3:12-4:11; Jam 2:14-26; 2Pe 3:14-17; 2Jo 1:8)

    “A man may possess an acquired righteousness, from which it is possible for him to fall away…Certain ones of those [heretics] who hold differing opinions misuse these passages [like Romans 9]. They essentially destroy free will by introducing ruined natures incapable of salvation and by introducing others as being saved in such a way that they cannot be lost.”– Origen (Letters, [A.D. 225])



    * Why (so-called) biblically-based, Evangelical churches (and Christians) believe and teach that you cannot lose your salvation (and therefore espouse the doctrines of Eternal Security, Perseverance of the Saints and “Once Saved, Always Saved”)=



    B/C they erroneously believe that (in relation to salvation) the bible teaches:

    The Godhead does it all – including Christ covering it all, which means all that God gives us in salvation is irreversible.

    “We didn’t do anything to get in; we can’t do anything to get out.” – John MacArthur

    3.1. The Godhead does it all…

    3.1.1. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit (i.e. the Trinity) are the only ones working to secure the conditions of our salvation from beginning to end. The Father calls/elects and protects us, the Son redeems/reconciles us and the Spirit regenerates/seals and leads us. The Godhead is the only truly responsible party – or the only ones with real obligations, in relation to our salvation.  Salvation is all of God or all of grace – we contribute nothing. Which means that those verses that seem to communicate loss of salvation are really about false Christians who never actually possessed it in the first place  – since if they did, the work of the Godhead guarantees it will remain. This view is sometimes referred to as “monergism” (one working) (e.g. Monergism.com)

    3.1.2. Verses used to support this view (Joh 3:14-21, 6:37-39, 16:13); (Act 15:11, 16:30-34); (Rom 3:20-28, 4:1-5, 5:1, 8:29-30, 10:8-13, 11:6); (1Co 1:26-31; 2Co 5:18-19); (Eph 1:7-14, 2:8-10); (Phi 3:3-11); (Col 1:20-22); (2Ti 2:11-13); (Tit 3:5); (1Pe 1:1-4); (2Pe 1:1); (Jud 24); (Rev 21:6); In re: to false Christians who never had it – (Mat 7:23; 1Jo 2:19)[1].

    3.1.3. Though the above verses teach that our salvation is due to the Godhead’s gracious work (i.e. the Father’s calling/election and protection of us, Christ’s redeeming and reconciling us and the Holy Spirit’s regenerating/sealing and leading  us), none of those truths negate – or are the same as saying, that we are not responsible for contributing anything to our salvation – or that Godhead is the only responsible party in our salvation.

    3.1.4. A closer look at the immediate context of the above texts – or their

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    Journaling: Luke 22-24; Galatians 1

    Journaling: Luke 22-24; Galatians 1

    Luke 22-24



    * Satan: 1) answers the prayers of the wicked (22:1-6), 2) possesses the insubordinate among Christians (and) uses them to destroy God’s King/Kingdom (22:3-6), 3) advances his kingdom thru betrayal (22:6; Gen 3), 4) knows us better than we often know ourselves (22:31-34) and 5) is listening to our words and actions to find weakness (e.g. Mat 16:22).

    * Jesus provides His people w/everything they need to prepare and perform proper worship to God (22:7-13).

    * Jesus changed the Passover meal into a remembrance of: 1) His sacrifice to establish the New Covenant (22:19-20), 2) His longing to celebrate w/us in the Kingdom of heaven (22:14-18).

    * Though Jesus had “determined” to lay down his life as our atoning sacrifice for sin, it did not need to happen thru being “betrayed” (22:21-23).

    * True leaders serve those they lead since being the boss doesn’t mean you get to be the biggest baby (22:24-27).

    * Those who Jesus picks to be His leaders in heaven (22:30; “eat & drink at my table” = A statement also implying leadership in heaven. You sit at the officer’s table) are: 1) those willing to go thru “trials” w/for Him (22:28), 2) assigned His Kingdom on earth as the test (of their fitness) (22:29).

    * Big talk can express (even encourage) big weakness (22:31-34).

    * The biblical basis for armed protection in the church (22:35-38).

    * Our feelings/emotions are not to determine what we do/don’t do, what is right/what is wrong (22:39-42).

    * During difficult times, we must pray to God for strength: 1) to do the right thing (22:39-43), 2) until we are strong enough to handle it (22:44-45), 3) viewing it as more important than sleep (22:46).

    * The danger of presumptive zeal: 1) when realized, the embarrassment will challenge one’s loyalty to the course (22:47-60), 2) will lead to bitter regret (22:61-62).

    * Bad theology and the support/pressure of big crowds make people bold in their blasphemy and bad behavior (22:63-23:25).

    * Those who want to get rid of Jesus (or Christianity) don’t realize the evil nightmare that will be released upon this world (23:26-31).

    * There are 3 kinds of rebels against God. Those who are: 1) ignorant opportunists (23:32-34), 2) opposing mockers/blasphemers (23:35-39), 3) embracing justice in repentance (23:40-42).  Only the last kind get to heaven (23:43).

    * What may look like a great mistake or failure may actually be the greatest victory (23:44-49).

    * The bodies of the righteous are to be interred in an honorable way (23:50-56).

    * To see Jesus for who He claims to be (24:50-53) – and avoid becoming an eternally damned and doubting “fool”, you must seek to know: 1) the circumstantial evidence (24:1-12, 13-21), 2) the historical eyewitnesses (24:22-24, 33-43, 48), 3) the biblical explanation (24:25-32, 44-47, 49).



    Galatians 1

    1) Paul – like the original 12, was appointed directly by Jesus to be His apostle (1:1-2).

    2) God’s will is to: 1) bless His people (1:3), 2) forgive His people (1:4a), 3) deliver us from sin (1:4b), 4) be glorified thru our lives (1:5).

    3) When you should be concerned about the Gospel you embrace:  1) when it has changed (1:6-9), 2) when it’s not from Jesus (but man) (1:11-12), 3) when it’s about pleasing people/self (1:10, 13-18), 4) when it doesn’t stand up to scrutiny/cost you anything (1:18-24).

    4) There is one saving gospel message. To possess the wrong gospel is to possess God’s damnation (1:6-9; “let him be accursed” = Let him be damned).

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Losing Your Salvation – Part 1

    Losing Your Salvation – Part 1

    * What (so-called) biblically-based, Evangelical churches believe and teach = The false doctrines of Eternal Security, Perseverance of the Saints or “Once Saved, Always Saved”: Those who are truly saved (the elect), can/will never lose their salvation.



     

    “They whom God has accepted in His beloved Son, effectually called and sanctified by His Spirit, can neither totally nor finally fall away from a state of grace, but shall certainly persevere in that state to the end and be eternally saved.” – Westminster Confession of Faith: Perseverance of the Saints

     

     “The bottom line in this doctrine is that when the Lord saves someone, that salvation is forever, never to be reversed.  The Bible is clear on that basic truth and the basic truth is that salvation by its very nature is irrevocable.” – John MacArthur

     

    “Those passages that seem to teach you can lose your salvation are actually talking about people who were never truly saved (false Christians), people who think they are saved but by their actions show they never were.” –  What Pastor used to believe (the common Evangelical explanation)

     



    * What Moses, Jesus, Paul, the author of Hebrews, Peter, James, Jude and John believed and taught = Legitimately saved people or true Christians can (and will) lose their salvation if they do not continue in faith and faithful obedience. Support[1]:



     

    2.1. Moses: (Deu 29:18-20) = These verses are addressed to people who are entering into a covenant – or legitimate saving relationship, w/God (See verses 10-13). That salvation however was predicated on them continuing in faith and faithfulness. If they chose to turn away from the Lord or “go and serve the gods of (the other) nations” or even (falsely) believe their salvation was secure and continue to “walk in the stubbornness of (their) heart”, God would no longer be “willing to forgive (them)”. The Lord would instead “blot out (their) name from under heaven.” – a reference to the Book of Life, the place where God writes down the names of saved people (Rev 20:12-15). As such, those guilty would go from saved to un-saved. They would lose their salvation.

     

    2.2. (Deu 32:5) = This verse is in reference to the first generation of Jews God brought out of Egypt during the Exodus. These are the same people who made covenant w/God at Mt. Sinai and became His saved people or “children”. However, because they did not continue in faith and faithfulness, God not only destroyed them but disowned them (“they are no longer my children”) – i.e. they lost their salvation.

     

    2.3. Jesus: (Mat 6:14-15) = If God is my “heavenly Father” then I must be legitimately saved – or a true Christian, since these are the only people whose sins are forgiven by God. Being disobedient to forgive others however, will lead to God no longer forgiving me. If God no longer forgives me, then I must no longer be saved (see Mat 18:32-35).

     

    2.4. (Mat 8:11-12) =  Jesus used the phrase “sons of the kingdom” to identify legitimately saved people (see Mat 13:38). These individuals however end up being “thrown into the place of outer darkness”, the place where “there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” – i.e. they go to Hell. The only way these verses make any sense is if these individuals lost their former salvation since God doesn’t send saved people to Hell.

     

    2.5. Paul: (Rom 11:17-22) = Being “grafted in” to God’s “olive tree” means being saved and placed among God’s covenant people. Such grafting however does not guarantee future salvation. Like the Jews, God will not “spare us” but “cut (us) off” from such salvation if we too walk in disobedience or unbelief.

     

    2.6. (1Co 9:24-10:12) = The Apostle Paul was a legitimately saved man – a true Christian. So were those in Corinth as confirmed by h

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    Journaling – Luke 18-21

    Journaling – Luke 18-21

    * Jesus doesn’t want faithful Christians to become lazy or discouraged in continuing to ask God to mete out justice against false Christians who persecute them since such prayers will lead to a speedy fulfillment (18:1-8a; See context in 17:22-25 = Faithful Christians are the audience).

    * Jesus suggests that there will not be many faithful Christians in existence at the time of His return (18:8b; Mat 24:12).

    * No one wb justified before God who does not confess and repent of their sins and submit themselves in full obedience to God and His justice (18:9-14 = The Pharisees were lawless hypocrites – Mat 23:28; “twice a week” [δις του σαββατου] = twice on the Sabbath; “humbles himself” = Confesses, repents and obediently submits – Jam 4:6-10).

    * Children of covenant members belong to (and are valuable to) Jesus. Hence the reason special provision is made for their baptism/early entrance into the “kingdom of God” (18:15-16).

    * Child-like trust in God – not experience in the world or wickedness, is the key to appreciating Him and His kingdom (18:17; “receive” = Welcome or appreciate – Mar 6:11; Joh 4:45).

    * Salvation/eternal life requires maintaining the salvation/covenant relationship we gained, thru faithful obedience to ALL of God’s commands (18:18-23 = Though this covenant Jew kept most of God’s commands, he ignored/refused to obey God’s command to care for the covenant poor [Deu 15:7-8], and therefore would not being inheriting eternal life).

    * Being wealthy is a curse since few wealthy people get to heaven outside of God’s exceptional mercy (18:23-27).

    * Those who submit their entire lives (including their loyalties to family and possessions) to the Lordship (control/will) of Jesus will: 1) lose (or forego) things in this life (18:28), 2) receive back – both in this life and the life to come, things much more valuable than what they gave up (18:29-30; 2Co 4:17-18).

    * Living your life for God will oftentimes get you mistreated and not be immediately understood by others – especially those who don’t know God’s Word (18:31-34; 2Ti 3:12; Mat 22:29).

    * Believing that Jesus is Who He claimed to be (“Jesus, Son of David” versus “Jesus of Nazareth”) is key to receiving His earthly blessings and following Him (18:35-43; Act 9:1-5 w/2Co 4:13).

    * Repentance unto salvation requires confession and doing what God’s Law requires in relation to justice (19:1-10).

    * In fulfilment of OT prophecy, Jesus as Messiah came to earth to restore to covenant the lost sheep of Israel (19:9-10; Jer 31:1-37; Eze 34:11-16; Mat 15:24).

    * Our reward in heaven (or the “kingdom” of God in heaven) wb: 1) realized only after we have spent a lifetime working for it (11-12; “far country” = It wb a long-time before the slaves see their Master and receive a reward), 2) infinitely more valuable and yet proportionate to the investment of our gifts, abilities and opportunities for the kingdom here on earth (19:17 w/13, 15-19; Mat 16:27; again 2Co 4:17-19).

    * We wb condemned to Hell if we don’t invest the gifts, abilities and opportunities for the advancement of Jesus’ kingdom (19:20-26).

    * We don’t have a say as to Jesus’ reign as King, only whether He slaughters or saves us (19:14 w/27).

    * Jesus taught the loss of salvation (19:24-27).

    * Jesus declared himself God’s Savior King and those who are truly His disciples are not ashamed to be loud in their proclamation of it to others (19:28-39; Rom 1:16).

    * Those who are ashamed of Jesus are dumber than rocks (19:40).

    * God destroys His house and those within it (its people and children) when His leaders no longer: 1) know the gospel of “peace” (19:41-44), 2) uphold justice (19:45-46; Isa 56:7; Jer 7:11), 3) listen to the “teaching” of Jesus (19:47-48).

    * Moral rebellion is often disguised as ignorance (20:1-8)

    • 1 hr 6 min
    The Seven Deadly Sins – Part 2

    The Seven Deadly Sins – Part 2

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Journaling – Luke 14-17

    Journaling – Luke 14-17

    * God’s law is what determines: 1) right and wrong (not miracles) (14:1-6; Deu 13:1-3; 2Th 2:9-12), 2) greatness (not self-promotion)(14:7-11; v11 – “humbles himself” = Submits to God’s law), 3) who your friends sb (14:12-24, v14 w/vv21-23 = The “poor and crippled and blind and lame” represent those whose only endearing quality is the fact that they will listen/submit to God’s law; Jam 2:5).



     



    * B/C of the difficult challenges we will face, being a disciple of Jesus requires the complete and total renouncing of: 1) loyalty to anyone over Jesus (including self) (14:25-26), 2) our life being controlled by anyone other than Jesus (14:27-32 = Full commitment/surrender of our life to Jesus), 3) the lie that perseverance in goodness (or righteousness) is not necessary (14:33-35; v34 – “salt” = Persevering goodness; Lev 2:13; Num 18:19; 2Chr 13:5; Mat 5:13; Mar 9:49-50; Col 4:6).



     



    * Restoring to faithfulness those in the covenant community who are stumbling in sin or have been excommunicated is the way to become a rock-star in heaven (15:1-31, most esp. vv7, 10, 22-24 w/32).



     



    * To avoid being condemned to Hell for wasting the money God gives us requires spending it on those people who matter the most to God – not us (i.e. people in the church, people seeking righteousness – Act 10:34-35) (16:1-9).



     



    * God will not give us the riches of heaven if we have been unfaithful with His riches on earth (16:10-12).



     



    * You reveal yourself to be a servant of money when you don’t spend your money on those people who matter to God (16:13).



     



    * Christian posers (or make-believers): 1) persecute real Christians (16:14), 2) are all about appearances (i.e. the superficial versus what really matters) (16:15a), 3) are people God hates more than others (16:15b), 4) jump on the bandwagon of salvation while losing the Law and looking for loopholes (16:16-18).



     



    * People who go to Hades/Hell: 1) include Christians who loved their money and (as a result) ignored their responsibility to the covenant poor (16:19-25), 2) wb tortured every by flames of fire immediately after their death (16:22-24), 3) will be able to see those who reside in eternal comfort yet forever unable to reach them or get relief (16:23-26), 4) are all people who doubted the witness of God’s Word (16:27-31).



     



    * We must be extra careful to fully forgive those who repent: 1) lest we become a stumbling block to others (17:1-2), 2) no matter how many times they commit the same sin (17:3-4), 3) realizing it is not an issue of faith but “death-to-self” obedience and our position before God (17:5-10).



     



    * Lord.Before.Savior (or obedience is the key to receiving God’s mercy) (17:11-14).



     



    * Entitlement is incongruent w/thankfulness and faith (17:15-19).



     



    * The Kingdom of God is not a physical building or place, but the physical assembly of God’s people in a building or place (17:20-21 – “in the midst of you” = In the midst of your assembly together; The same is true in re: to God’s house – 1Ti 3:15 w/1Co 3:16-17; Eph 2:22; 1Pe 2:5).



     



    * Jesus’ return: 1) wb witnessed by everyone (17:22-24), 2) wb an awful surprise to many – especially to the Jews who have rejected Him (17:25-30), 3) wb survived only by those who heed the warning now, flee this world and give their lives to Him (17:31-33), 4) will result in the division of many homes and churches where false Christians hide among those who are legitimate (17:34-37; Mat 13:36-43).

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