My Letter To The “Lose Your Salvation” Preacher

Pic quote Galatians 3

Hello everyone!  I hope you are having a safe and blessed Friday night!  I wanted to share the replies I sent to one of the people who is preaching the false doctrine of losing salvation.  I will paraphrase her responses and not site her name for privacy.  These replies form a letter that I want on record for any other person who thinks we can lose our salvation.  That false doctrine is not found in the Bible, so I must defend God’s Word and speak the truth.

Here was my first reply to her after reading her blog post where she straight up said a believer can lose their salvation.  This was the day before I wrote the post “Peaceful Morning & A Bold Word.”:

“We cannot lose our salvation.  Nothing can snatch us out of the hands of Jesus and the Father (John 10:27-30, John 5:24, Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 5:8, John 11:25-26, Romans 10:9).  We are sinners and there is nothing you could do before or after accepting Jesus to save yourself.  All of our good works are dirty rags to the Lord and they won’t save us.  Any good works we do after accepting Christ are done through Him and for His glory.  There is no boasting about our salvation as if we did something to earn it.

The Lord will discipline us though and even severely if we need it, but we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.  There are no good works you could do to save yourself.  If someone is caught in a sin, they are still saved and nothing can snatch them out of His hand, but we need to encourage them to repent and keep striving for the Lord.  Until they repent, they will not be living the abundant life God wants for them, but Jesus will leave the 99 and go after the sheep that wandered off (Matthew 18:12-14).

Preaching that a person can lose their salvation is not found in Scripture.  The will of God is that everyone believes in Jesus and those who believe in Jesus Christ are His and their salvation is eternally secure because of what He did for us on the cross.  Check out my post: “You CANNOT Lose Your Salvation!”  The only ones who are not saved are those who have not done the Father’s will, which is to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior (1 John 2:17, John 6:40).  Everyone who believes in Jesus Christ will be raised up at the last day.

We need to be very careful with legalism and self-righteousness.  After walking with Christ, sometimes Christians can become like Pharisees thinking they are holy on their own.  It is Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit that convicts us of sin and leads us in righteousness.  If a Christian is caught in a sin and has sowed to please their flesh, they are still saved, but they will reap the destruction of that sin in the form of consequences and discipline until they repent and turn from it once again (Hebrews 12:1-11).  Jesus Christ is the Author and Perfecter of our faith and He will never leave us nor forsake us and that is not a “cheap grace” as you say.  That is the power, love, mercy, and forgiveness of God!  We are sinners and we need Jesus every day (Romans 3:21-24).  We did not save ourselves and not even you can snatch yourself out of His hand.  We are not greater than Jesus or the Father.  Perfect love drives out fear (1 John 4:18) and the one who is afraid of losing their salvation is still living in fear.

I preach the true Gospel of Jesus Christ (saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus) and I have been ever since I got saved on October 11, 1996!  I love the Lord with all my heart!  I agree that we need to die to sin and live for righteousness and encourage our brothers and sisters and the world to do the same.  I have never preached that people should keep on sinning after accepting Christ!  We are not to trample God’s grace.  Remember though, it is God who wills and works in us for His good purpose (Philippians 2:13) and we don’t get any of the glory for any good works we do–there is to be no boasting.  We are saved by grace, not by works.  Is there something you have done for God that He should repay you (Romans 11:35)?  Can you earn your salvation or did Jesus Christ pay for it in full in His Holy Blood (John 19:30)?

I take Jesus at His word when He says nothing can snatch me out of His hand and I am at peace in my faith in Him.  He will complete the good work He started in us and see it through to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6).  Once you belong to Jesus you always belong to Jesus!  Jesus is faithful and He cannot disown Himself (2 Timothy 2:13).

That is not just “a couple of scriptures pulled out of context”.  I just gave you a lot of Scripture that forms the very foundation of our faith in Jesus Christ.

Grace and peace to you,

Ryan

P.S.

Are you a Catholic?”

-Ryan

At that point she told me she was not a Catholic and she said she was not going to argue with me while saying again that people can lose their salvation, so I said:

“You are arguing with Jesus, not me.  It is those who believe in Jesus who are saved (Romans 10:9).  Those who place their trust fully in Jesus and not in their own good works are saved.”

-Ryan

Then she told me it was the same message she had been preaching that I had “liked” in the past along with telling me she was right in saying people can lose their salvation, yet again, so I said:

“For the record I had never read or “liked” before where you said it was from “the pit of hell” to preach the truth that we are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone.  I would have never “liked” any false preaching like that!  None of those Scriptures you gave me talk about losing your salvation.  Show me where it says you are saved by works.  That’s right, you can’t because that is not in the Bible.

You have a misunderstanding of Scripture, you are misusing it, and misquoting it.  Mormons, Catholics, and Jehovah’s Witnesses love to quote Galatians and talk about losing salvation when Paul is actually talking about not trusting in the law.  “I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” (Galatians 2:21).  He is talking about living in the power of the Spirit and fully trusting in Jesus.

Even Paul said he wasn’t perfect and he struggled with sin.  Do you think you are perfect?  Read what Paul said in Philippians 3:12-16.  I really can’t believe you preach that people can lose their salvation.

It’s good you want to stress to people to live righteously.  I do that too, but don’t be some self-righteous Pharisee acting like you can do something to earn your salvation and go around beating people up with verses you don’t understand while you tell people to worry about losing their salvation.  It’s ridiculous!  We put no confidence in the flesh or the law!  You sound like a legalistic Catholic and I have come across many of those in my 22 year walk with Christ.  Even had a nun at my Grandma’s funeral (who for some reason was there, we are not Catholic) tell me to my face that my Grandma wasn’t in Heaven!  My Grandma loved Jesus Christ with all her heart and I looked right at her and said, “She believed in Jesus, she is in Heaven.”  She didn’t say another word.  Sinful judgmental Catholic nun who commits blasphemy and idolatry every time she worships Mary and saints!  She didn’t know Christ and the Holy Spirit was not in her!

It’s sad that you don’t put your full trust in Jesus Christ and what He did for you at the cross.  You are living in fear (1 John 4:18).  Did you forget it was your sin that put Him there too?  Have you done something righteous for God that He should repay you?  Are you greater than Jesus and the Father when Jesus said no one can snatch you out of his hand?

You have a deep misunderstanding and warped view of the verses you mentioned and I am saddened by it.  I hope someday you will understand just how much Jesus forgave you.  The Holy Spirit seals your redemption and “is a deposit guaranteeing your inheritance,” not you or any good works (Ephesians 1:13-14).

When Paul talks about those that live according to the flesh, he is talking about unbelievers.  He is also talking about those who trust in the law.  He calls the Jews who trust in the law “the circumcision.”  Those who live according to the flesh (trusting in good works through trying to obey the law instead of accepting Christ, or unbelievers) and those unbelievers or law keepers who don’t do God’s will (which is to believe in Jesus Christ) will be destroyed.  We are only saved through faith in Jesus Christ.  We live righteously after we accept Christ only by the power of the Holy Spirit.  You are not racking up points to get yourself into Heaven.  If you could do that, like the Apostle Paul said, then Christ died for nothing!

I preach the truth and I don’t take Scripture out of context.  Every post on my blog has tons of Scripture in it to give plenty of context and understanding.  I have been preaching the Gospel, which is to repent (turn from sin) and put your faith in Jesus Christ for your salvation, for 22 years.  I have read and studied God’s Word deeply every day since I was saved on October 11, 1996.  Nowhere in the Bible does it say that a person can be saved by works.  Nowhere does it say you can lose your salvation.  If a person has truly accepted Christ, then that person has the Holy Spirit, they are sealed, and their eternal inheritance is guaranteed through Jesus and Jesus alone!

Read what Paul said about his struggles with sin in Romans 7:15-25.  Was Paul hell bound?  Did Paul lose his salvation because he struggled with sin just like you and every other human being does? No, he did not!

Paul said it best:
“I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.  For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.  For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do–this I keep on doing.  Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.” (Romans 7:18-20)
“What a wretched man I am!  Who will rescue me from this body of death?  Thanks be to God–through Jesus Christ our Lord!  So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.” (Romans 7:24-25)

Paul trusted fully in Jesus Christ for his salvation and so do I.  He struggled with sin and fought it and pressed on in Christ.  He never said he was perfect.  Again, do you think you are perfect or you never sin?  If so, that in itself is sinful and arrogant towards God.

There is no condemnation for those in Christ (Romans 8:1) and we did not receive a Spirit of fear (Romans 8:15).  If a Christian goes off and tries to live a sinful life, he will reap the consequences & discipline of that and it could lead to his death, but he is still saved in Jesus Christ.  He can still repent and keep pressing on in Christ like Paul.

Go back to John 3:16-18.  Whoever believes in Jesus Christ has eternal life and is not condemned.  There is nothing you can add to that or take away.  Jesus was clear then and many other times that He is the only Way to Heaven and we get there by believing in Him.  That is a gift from God, not by works, so that no one can boast.

Can you say you are more righteous than someone else and point the finger at them while you brag about how many points you have earned to get into Heaven?  Nope, you can’t.  We are sinners through and through and we are only saved by grace through faith in Jesus.

You are not preaching the truth and I am not following your blog any longer.  I do not align myself with people who preach false doctrine.

Grace and peace to you”

-Ryan

After that, she never messaged me back, I stopped following her blog, she stopped following my blog, and that is where the Lord left it.  I am praying for her and I don’t have any ill will towards her.  It is actually really sad.  I pray she comes to a deeper knowledge of just how much Jesus Christ forgave and saved her the day He died on that cross for her and for all of us.

Grace and peace to you all!  Our salvation is secure in Jesus!

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Salvation Scripture Pins

Pic quote Galatians 2 v 20

I wanted to share some Scripture pins I made today based off all the verses I have been reading defending God’s Word this week.  It has been a powerful week of truth in the Holy Spirit!  Praise God!  I took all of these photos yesterday when my sweets was home sick.  Thank you all for your prayers!  She was fine this morning and she went to school no problem!  Thank You Jesus!  Please feel free to use these pins on your blogs, Twitter, or wherever.  I make them for free using fotor.com.  It’s fun and I love sharing God’s Word using His beautiful creation that He made here in Colorado!  I just posted all of these to my Twitter account!  I would love to see you over there too!  You will find me at @AuthorRyanC.  Remember, Jesus is Lord, and we are saved by grace through faith in Him, not by works!  Enjoy and God bless you all!

Pic quote Galatians 3

Pic quote Galatians Romans

Pic quote Words of Jesus

Like I have been saying, you cannot lose your salvation in Jesus Christ!  I believe everything Jesus said, I take Him at His Word, and I know without a doubt that we can put our full faith and trust in Him to save our souls!  He will never leave us nor forsake us!  Hallelujah!  Give Jesus the praise He deserves!

Grace and peace to you all!

P.S.

Here are the links to the posts I wrote this week defending God’s Word.  God is so very good and faithful to us!  God bless you all!

People Misunderstand Hebrews 6:4-6

Peaceful Morning & A Bold Word

You CANNOT Lose Your Salvation!

Do The Will Of God & Live Forever!

 

 

 

 

People Misunderstand Hebrews 6:4-6

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Rocky Mountain morning at Ryan’s

Good morning everyone and God bless you!  This morning I am still dealing with people who think you can lose your salvation in Christ, so I am going to go even deeper into it and defend God’s Word yet again.  Thank You Jesus for this opportunity!  I enjoy the battle and the challenge!  You have opened a door to share and discuss Your Truth!  Glory to God!  The Scripture that freaks people out and that many false preachers use is Hebrews 6:4-6.  Let’s take a look at it and what it is saying and what it is not saying.

“It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.”

Hebrews 6:4-6

First of all, that does not say you can lose your salvation.  Pay attention to the “if” because that is a big “if” because those who are actually filled with the Holy Spirit cannot lose it!  It is a seal (Ephesians 1:13-14) guaranteeing our inheritance!  If we could earn our salvation, then Christ died for nothing (Galatians 2:17-21, 3:1-5)!

I want to share this fantastic explanation of the verses in Hebrews first.  It will clear up any misunderstandings you have, then I will post a reply to one of the challenges I received regarding my post “You CANNOT Lose Your Salvation!” where the challenger used Hebrews 6:4-6.

“Question: “Does Hebrews 6:4-6 mean we can lose our salvation?”

Answer: Hebrews 6:4–6 states, “It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance.” This is one of the Bible’s most difficult passages to interpret, but one thing is clear—it does not teach that we can lose our salvation. There are two valid ways of looking at these verses:

One interpretation holds that this passage is written not about Christians but about unbelievers who are convinced of the basic truths of the gospel but who have not placed their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior. They are intellectually persuaded but spiritually uncommitted.

According to this interpretation, the phrase once enlightened (Hebrews 6:4) refers to some level of instruction in biblical truth. However, understanding the words of Scripture is not the same as being regenerated by the Holy Spirit. For example, John 1:9 describes Jesus, the “true Light,” giving light “to every man”; but this cannot mean the light of salvation, because not every man is saved. Through God’s sovereign power, every man has enough light to be held responsible. This light either leads to the complete acceptance of Jesus Christ or produces condemnation in those who reject such light. The people described in Hebrews 6:4–6 are of the latter group—unbelievers who have been exposed to God’s redemptive truth and perhaps have made a profession of faith, but who have not exercised genuine saving faith.

This interpretation also sees the phrase tasted the heavenly gift (Hebrews 6:4) as referring to a momentary experience, akin to Jesus’ “tasting” death (Hebrews 2:9). This brief experience with the heavenly gift is not seen as equivalent to salvation; rather, it is likened to the second and third soils in Jesus’ parable (Matthew 13:3–23), which describes people who receive the truth of the gospel but are not truly saved.

Finally, this interpretation sees the “falling away” (Hebrews 6:6) as a reference to those who have tasted the truth but, not having come all the way to faith, fall away from even the revelation they have been given. The tasting of truth is not enough to keep them from falling away from it. They must come all the way to Christ in complete repentance and faith; otherwise, they in effect re-crucify Christ and treat Him contemptuously. Those who sin against Christ in such a way have no hope of restoration or forgiveness because they reject Him with full knowledge and conscious experience. They have concluded that Jesus should have been crucified, and they stand with His enemies. It is impossible to renew such to repentance.

The other interpretation holds that this passage is written about Christians, and that the phrases partakers of the Holy Ghost, enlightened, and tasted of the heavenly gift are all descriptions of true believers.

This second interpretation is based on an alternate translation, found in the KJV and a few others, in which Hebrews 6:6 begins with the phrase if they fall away, with the key word being if. According to this view, the writer of Hebrews is setting up a hypothetical statement: “IF a Christian were to fall away.” The point being made is that it would be impossible (IF a Christian falls away) to renew salvation. That’s because Christ died once for sin (Hebrews 9:28), and if His sacrifice is insufficient, then there’s no hope at all.

In this view, the passage presents an argument based on a false premise (that a true Christian can fall away) and follows it to its senseless conclusion (that Jesus would have to be sacrificed again and again). The absurdity of the conclusion points up the impossibility of the original assumption. This reasoning is called reductio ad absurdum, in which a premise is disproved by showing that it logically leads to an absurdity. The weakness of this view is that the Greek text does not contain a word equivalent to the English if.

Both of these interpretations support the security of the believer in Christ. The first interpretation, which has a stronger textual basis, presents unbelievers rejecting Christ and thereby losing their chance of salvation; the second, weaker interpretation presents the very idea of believers losing salvation as impossible. Many passages make it abundantly clear that salvation is everlasting (John 10:27–29; Romans 8:35, 38–39; Philippians 1:6; 1 Peter 1:4–5), and Hebrews 6:4–6 confirms that doctrine.”

-https://www.gotquestions.org/Hebrews-6.html

Make sense now?  I hope so!  I figured some of you might want to hear it from someone other than me.  You are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone!

Here is my reply:

“Yes, that is the verse that false preachers (and the ones I was dealing with) use to scare people and tell them they can lose their salvation. It is not talking about losing your salvation. The letter is to Jews, and Paul (although some think Paul didn’t write Hebrews) is trying to stress to them to follow Christ the Great High Priest in the order of Melchizedek and not trust in works. He is telling them to believe in Jesus!

Mormons, Catholics, and Jehovah’s Witnesses also like to quote Galatians, but again, Paul is talking about not trusting in the flesh and that we are not justified through trying to follow the law (Galatians 3). I take Jesus at His Word when He says no one can snatch me out of His hand. We are justified through faith in Jesus Christ alone. John 10:27-30, John 6:35-40, John 5:24, John 3:16. I take Jesus at His Word and those are His Words, not mine. You either believe in Jesus or you don’t. You either think you can get to Heaven by good works or you don’t. Ephesians 2:8-9 is very clear on that. Romans 10:9 is very clear too. Remember Peter and how the Lord restored him back to repentance and reinstated Peter even after he denied him 3 times (John 21:15-19).
If we could be justified through the law, then Christ died for nothing (Galatians 2:17-21).

Consider what Paul says at the beginning of chapter 3:
“You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort? Have you suffered so much for nothing? Does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you because you observe the law, or because you believe what you heard?”
Galatians 3:1-5

God doesn’t owe you, me, or anybody else anything. You receive the free gift of salvation, you can’t earn it. We receive the Holy Spirit when we believe in Jesus (Ephesians 1:13-14) and the Holy Spirit is a seal guaranteeing our inheritance.

I hope you don’t believe we can lose our salvation. It doesn’t say that anywhere in the Bible. Many verses are misused and misunderstood by people who don’t have the Holy Spirit, like the false preachers in the Catholic church who also teach from their false Apocrypha they added to the Bible, which they should not do. I dealt with the Mormons and Catholics my entire 4 years of ministry in college and I have dealt with them my entire 22 year walk with Christ. It is truly unbelievably warped what they believe. To be fair, I have met Catholics that are Spirit filled and truly love Jesus, but the church as a whole preaches lies, especially the evil Jesuit Pope…but that is a whole separate can of worms and leads right to the NWO, which you and I could discuss for endless hours. 🙂

Jesus paid the full price for our sins brother. Yes, we should die to sin and strive, but if we fall, then repent, get back up, and press on in Christ just like Paul said in Philippians 3:12-16. We are not perfect and we are not going to be perfect until we see Him in Heaven.
God bless brother! (Romans 7:24-25) We are all wretched and let us not forget that we are only saved through Jesus Christ our Lord!

“We who are Jews by birth and not ‘Gentile sinners’ know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified.”
Galatians 2:15-16”

-Ryan Callahan replying to a challenge to my post of Biblical truth that we cannot lose our salvation in Jesus Christ

Don’t let anyone bewitch you like what happened to the Galatians!  You cannot lose your salvation once you truly belong to Jesus!  If you have truly received Him as your Lord and Savior, then you are saved and nothing can snatch you out of His hand!  None of us are greater than Jesus or the Father (John 10:27-30)!  We are not justified through observing the law (good works)!  We are justified by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ, which is a free gift that we must personally receive from God by faith.  It can never be earned!  We will always fall short of the glory of God by our own effort!

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.”

Ephesians 2:8-9

“But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.  This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.  There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”

Romans 3:21-24

“Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.”

Psalm 51:5

“If, while we seek to be justified in Christ, it becomes evident that we ourselves are sinners, does that mean that Christ promotes sin?  Absolutely not!  If I rebuild what I destroyed, I prove that I am a lawbreaker.  For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God.  I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”

Galatians 2:17-21

Put your faith fully in Jesus Christ for your salvation!  He is faithful and trustworthy and we can take Him at His Word!

Grace and peace to you all!

Martin Luther with Bible
Martin Luther
Martin Luther 1517
Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses to the door of the Catholic Church on October 31, 1517, which became the foundation for The Reformation.  We are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone, not by works! (Ephesians 2:8-9)

 

 

Peaceful Morning & A Bold Word

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Looking east from our deck

Good morning everyone!  That is a photo I took of the beautiful sunrise this morning.  My little girl is home sick today, so I will be taking care of her.  Prayers are appreciated!  It’s her tummy.  I hope her food didn’t get contaminated by wheat at school some how.  I’m so excited she is home though!  I already gave her cinnamon/sugar toast and some yogurt and she is feeling better, so she will be okay soon.  She is nice and cozy with her snowman fleece blanket emailing her friend at school.  She loves the movie “Leap!” about the little orphan girl who becomes a ballerina, so she will snuggle up and watch that soon too.  That is a funny movie by the way with a great message.  My sweets takes ballet at school and she loves dance and art.  I love you sweetheart!

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View of Pike’s Peak from our deck looking southwest towards Colorado Springs

Pike’s Peak is lookin’ good today!  Now you know why Katharine Lee Bates penned the words “purple mountain majesty” in her poem, which eventually became the patriotic song “America the Beautiful.”  She wrote that while standing atop the summit of Pike’s!  Cool history, look it up!

Okay, now for that bold word.  I wanted to share something this morning.  The last couple days I have been dealing with people who preach lies and they tell people they can lose their salvation in Christ.  They actually think you have to work your way into Heaven, which is not what the Bible teaches!  That makes me very sad and very mad.  I had to stop following one of the blogs.  I won’t name names.  The other person was a very legalistic Catholic who I’ve never met and he was sweating me about my post “You CANNOT Lose Your Salvation!”  I defended God’s Word, told him we are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, and I told him to stop worshiping Mary and saints because that is blasphemy and idolatry.  He never messaged back after that.  I know not all Catholics are legalistic like that.  Unfortunately many do pray to Mary and saints and that is completely against God’s Word.  If you do that, then turn from it and place your trust fully in Jesus.  Mary never died on a cross for your sins, and neither did any of his apostles (indeed some of the apostles were crucified, but not for your sins).  Quit praying to them and glorifying them above Jesus!

“When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.”  With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”

John 19:30

When you preach the truth boldly, you will draw heat from the enemy.  It’s when you are over the target that you draw the most flak!  I don’t tolerate false preachers, so if you challenge me, then be ready for me to stand up strong and defend God’s Word!  I am a nice guy, but not so nice that I’m going to let you walk on God’s Word and lie to people while you beat people over the head with Bible verses you don’t understand while you tell me that I am preaching a “cheap grace” Gospel!  Preaching the truth that we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ is not cheap grace!  It is blasphemy to say that and I rebuke it in the Name of Jesus!  Jesus Christ is the fullness of God’s mercy, grace, forgiveness, power, and love and there is nothing cheap about it!  It is truly sad when people live in spiritual fear.  God’s perfect love drives out fear and we can trust Him and take Him at His Word when He says we are saved through faith in Jesus!

“There is no fear in love.  But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.  The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”

1 John 4:18

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”

John 3:16-18

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.”

Romans 8:1-2

We are not saved by works folks and Mary and “saints” can’t hear prayers.  Any good works we do after we accept Christ are done by the power of the Holy Spirit and God gets the glory!  There is only One mediator between God and men and that is Jesus!  I belong to Jesus Christ and I will stand up for Him and defend the Truth by the power of the Holy Spirit and I will not back down for anybody!  Glory to Jesus Christ, King of kings and Lord or lords!  Jesus is Lord!

“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men–the testimony given in its proper time.”

1 Timothy 2:5-6

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”

Galatians 2:20-21

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.”

Ephesians 2:8-9

There is nothing you could do to earn your salvation and thinking you can work your way into Heaven is the height of arrogance against God!  As Paul said, if we could be made righteous through obeying the law, then Christ died for nothing!  I don’t understand how someone who claims to follow Jesus doesn’t understand that!  As if God owes you something!  We are saved by grace and Christians who forget that foundational truth to our faith act just like legalistic Pharisees!  God doesn’t owe us anything!  It was our sin that put Jesus on the cross and we are saved by grace and I rebuke any false preacher who says otherwise!

“Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?”

Romans 11:35

“This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.  There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”

Romans 3:22-24

Is that clear enough?  I don’t take God’s Word out of context.  I give you plenty of Scripture and plenty of context in all of my blog posts.  If you try to work your way to Heaven by doing a bunch of “good works,” you will fall short of God’s glory every time!  Our salvation comes through faith in Jesus Christ, and that is a free gift by the grace of God!  There are no points to be racked up.  God doesn’t owe you!  If you belong to Jesus Christ through your faith in Him, then you are saved and nothing can snatch you out of His hand!  Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can lose your salvation!  We are saved by grace, not by works and that is clear throughout the entire New Testament.  If you believe in Jesus, then take comfort that you belong to Him both now and forevermore and He will never leave you nor forsake you!

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.  I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.  My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.  I and the Father are one.”

John 10:27-30

“For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”

John 6:40

“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Romans 10:9

Check out what King David said about it:

“David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:

“Blessed are they

whose transgressions are

forgiven,

whose sins are covered.

Blessed is the man

whose sin the Lord will

never count against

him.”

Romans 4:6-8

I hope that is clear as day now.  I leave you with famous verses from the Apostle Paul who also struggled with sin (Romans 7) and declared that he was not perfect.  He put all of his faith in Jesus Christ for his salvation and Paul knew very well that there was nothing he could do to earn it!

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.  Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.  But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

All of us who are mature should take such a view of things.  And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.  Only let us live up to what we have already attained.”

Philippians 3:12-16

“What a wretched man I am!  Who will rescue me from this body of death?  Thanks be to God–through Jesus Christ our Lord!…”

Romans 7:24-25

I am praying for the people that are still living in fear believing and teaching that they can lose their salvation.  I pray God makes it very clear to them that they are only saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.  There was a big thing called “The Reformation” that started on October 31, 1517 and we are still having that argument to this day.  I stand up for Jesus Christ and give Him glory for dying for us on that cross!  Thank You Jesus!  You deserve all the praise and glory and we deserve absolutely none!  Any good works we do now are done through You for Your glory!  There are no good works we could ever do to save ourselves Lord!  We will never be righteous enough on our own!  I know You finished it at the cross and I give you praise!  Amen, Lord Jesus, come Lord!

Grace and peace to you all!  Have a blessed day resting in the fullness of God’s grace, mercy, forgiveness, power, and love!

P.S.

Here is that pretty doe that came through this morning.  God bless you all!  Jesus loves you so much more than you could ever imagine!

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Pretty Doe in the open space behind our house

Christian Thoughts On Halloween

Pic quote Eph 5 v 11 Rom 12

Good morning friends!  I read a great post titled “Halloween” by J-M’s History Corner today that I recommend checking out!  It is on the origins of Halloween and it goes perfectly with the post I did at the beginning of October titled “Why I Hate Halloween.”  If you would like to know the history of Halloween and why people still celebrate it, then please check out J-M’s post!  If you want to learn about the true story of a haunted house and how Jesus rescued me and my family from it, then please read my post!  Jesus is Lord and He has all authority over everything!

“Halloween” by J-M’s History Corner

Here is my post regarding Halloween and the terrifying supernatural reason that led me to hate Halloween:

Why I Hate Halloween

Demons are real folks and I recommend with all my heart that you not celebrate or mess with the evil celebration of Halloween!  Do not conform to the pattern of this world and do not have anything to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness!  The spiritual realm (Ephesians 6:12) is not a joke and you will learn that if you read my post.  Jesus Christ saved me and my family from very real evil and darkness and there is nothing funny or fun about evil darkness!

God bless you all today!  I will be praying over our country and the world and asking the Lord to protect people with His Holy angels and pour out His Holy Spirit on us all!  I pray the Lord spreads Holy revival throughout the world and casts out all evil from our lands!  Pray over your cities and neighborhoods on this day of evil!  Pour out your Holy Spirit Lord Jesus!  Thank You Jesus for delivering me and my family from the evil one!  Amen, Amen, and Amen!!!

“Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”

Ephesians 5:15-16

I hate Halloween and we don’t celebrate it!  I am looking forward to Christmas and celebrating the birth of the Savior of the world–my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!  Halloween is full of darkness because it is a celebration of evil for the evil one.  Christmas is full of light and joy because Jesus Christ is the Light of the world!  Remember that!

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

John 8:12

May the grace and peace of Jesus Christ be with you all!

Pic quote double Romans

 

God’s Creation Leaves No Excuse

Pic quote Rom 1 v 20

Those are the Northern Lights of Alaska.  My wife is from Alaska and she has seen those lights and heard them!  She said they make a swooshing sound in the sky!  That is miraculous and wonderful and Romans 1:20 says we are without excuse because through His creation we can clearly see His eternal power and divine nature!

Consider that for a moment.  All around you wherever you live there is evidence of God and it is clearly visible to you!  It is not hidden.  We can see God’s glory in His creation and we all know it!  Every human being on earth knows there is a God.  Even the atheists.  Everyone is without excuse because it is clear from what He has made that we have a Creator and He most definitely exists!

“The heavens declare the

glory of God;

the skies proclaim the

work of his hands.

Day after day they pour

forth speech;

night after night they

display knowledge.

There is no speech or

language

where their voice is not

heard.

Their voice goes out into

all the earth,

their words to the ends of

the world.”

Psalm 19:1-4

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Starry night in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park

As the heavens declare the glory of God and the skies proclaim the work of His hands, let their voice draw you to God!  You can clearly see God created all things and you know deep in your soul that you are eternal.

“He has made everything beautiful in its time.  He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”

Ecclesiastes 3:11

You know deep inside your soul that you will live on somewhere after you die.  It is clear in God’s creation that He exists.  It is also clear in God’s Word that He sent His Son to save us.  I pray you choose Heaven by placing your trust in Jesus Christ for your salvation.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

John 3:16

“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.  Do you believe this?”

John 11:25-26

Pay attention to what God is saying to you through His creation.  All the beauty and wonder you see in the heavens above and the earth below are evidence of a God who loves you so much that He died for you!  If you do not know Jesus yet, please receive His love while you still have breath!

“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Romans 10:9

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 6:23

“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.”

Jesus speaking in John 5:24

Grace and peace to you all!

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Prayer For Pittsburgh

We are with you Pittsburgh
“People walk under the U.S. and Israeli flags projected on the walls of Jerusalem old city, Oct. 28, 2018, organized by the Jerusalem municipality to show solidarity with the Pittsburgh Jewish community following the shooting attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.” MENAHEM KAHANA, AFP/Getty Images

I wanted to take a moment and share a prayer for Pittsburgh that I tweeted out a few days ago on Saturday October 27, 2018.  The evil that took place against our Jewish brothers and sisters on Saturday at the Tree of Life Synagogue was an act of the devil.  We all know this.  This is the spiritual war Paul talked about in Ephesians 6:12 and there are real casualties and real lives are shattered in the process.  I want you to know that God can heal any wound and He can turn any tragedy on earth around for good.  These crimes are unimaginable and they are happening with more frequency as the end approaches, but we need to remain strong in the Lord and trust that He is sovereign over all things.  We need to turn to Him and press deep into His loving embrace.  May the comfort of the Lord be with God’s people!

Please pray in agreement with me for the Tree of Life Jewish community, the City of Pittsburgh, and the world.  So far, 68 people have “liked” this prayer on Twitter and 20 have retweeted it.  Where two or more are gathered in His Name (Matthew 18:20), there He is among us, so how powerful is it when we pray together worldwide in great numbers?  Very powerful…and effective!  Let us lift our voices as one people in Christ as we approach God with freedom and confidence and ask Him for this!

Prayer for Pittsburgh

 

Our hearts and souls are with all the families of Tree of Life Synagogue.

God be with you both now and forevermore.  Grace and peace to all of you.

Pic quote Psalm 34 v 18