Thursday, 22 February 2018

What if We Sin After Being Saved?



A question which comes up in the lives of many new Christians is if they're really saved. When they fall into a habitual sin, Satan whispers in the ears of their minds that they wouldn't have done what they did if they were truly born again. This cunning strategy to derail our faith can be easily avoided by reading God's promises in the Bible.

Jesus promised this in John 10:28 (KJV). "And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand."

Hebrews 13:5 (KJV) also assures us that, "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, 'I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.'"

And look at the great comfort John gives us. As he wrote in 1 John 2:1 (KJV), "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:"

Moreover, he wrote in 1 John 1:9 (KJV), "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

Paul also admonishes us in Ephesians 4:30 (KJV), "And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption."

We also see evidence of our new life through the good fruit automatically produced in our conduct. Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV) reminds us, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law."

There are so many more scriptures I could cite but I'll save them for my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? Only those who genuinely surrendered themselves to Christ's rule in their lives will be with him eternally. Truly good works are the fruit produced by being a new creature in Christ.

Monday, 19 February 2018

How Does Predestination Fit With Choice?

To most Christians, predestination and choice seem at odds with each other. Either we believe we can choose Christ or Christ chose us to be saved. But can both be true?

I like John MacArthur's answer to this question. Both are true. Though we can't wrap our minds around how we can be both chosen and having chosen to follow the Lord, both are true because both are in the Bible.

Deuteronomy 7:6 (KJV) shows how God chose Israel. "For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth."

Likewise, 1 Peter 2:9 (KJV) shows how we faithful are chosen by God. "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:"

God also asks people to decide between following him or going their own way. Deuteronomy 30:19 (KJV) clearly states, "I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:"

The Apostle Paul, speaking to the Greeks, said in Acts 17:30 (KJV) that before Christ's coming, "And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:"

Jesus also said, in reference to the slaughter of Jewish worshippers by Pilate in Luke 13:5 (KJV), "I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish."

I'll be writing more about this seaming contradiction in my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? Just because we can't understand how  predestination and choice can be true doesn't mean that one or the other is false. It's like light. It's made of waves and particles, yet both states apply to it.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Saturday Song: Sweathog, 'Hallelujah'

Young Christians are fortunate to have so many God-honouring rock bands to listen to. Their styles range from soft rock to death metal. This is because people realized that music is merely a vehicle for a message. And since the Lord was praised with instruments and voices in the Psalms, there's no reason why rock music can't be employed for gospel purposes.

But things were so different in the early seventies when I was a teenager. Many Christian elders claimed that rock music was evil. They said it was the Devil's music and some claimed I'd be possessed by a demon if I listened to it.

I thank God that not everybody thought so. A few bands actually sang about Jesus, though some of them weren't born again believers. One song stands out in my mind as being a wonderful song which praised my Lord and Saviour. A band called Sweathog released a song called "Hallelujah" in 1972.

Hear this song here. Sorry about the commercial.

Though my church friends condemned me for listening to that "satanic" music, I cranked the volume whenever a god-honouring song came on. And though it was trendy to mention Jesus in songs in the early seventies, I still enjoyed those songs.

I felt sad when I found out later that Norman Greenbahm, Ocean, and The Doobie Brothers weren't devoted to Christ. Even so, I enjoyed their hits.

This also shows that people can profess to be saved but their lives show that they're lying. As Jesus said in Matthew 7:16 (KJV), "Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?"

So, what do you think? Were you around when these hits were brand new? Did you enjoy them? If you want to, please leave me a comment in the box below. And if not, have a wonderful weekend anyway.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

How Does God's Omniscience Work?



This sounds like a complex question but it's really quite simple. As Isaiah 40:28 (KJV) says, "Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding."

Prophesies fulfilled also prove that the Lord has planned everything out from the beginning. Revelation 1:8 KJV) tells us, "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty."

Proverbs 22:2 (KJV) also explains, "The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all." He knows us thoroughly so he also knows what he has planned for us to do.

The Apostle Paul also wrote of God's omniscience in 1 Corinthians 2:7 (KJV). "But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:"

Paul likewise wrote about God in 2 Timothy 1:9 (KJV). "Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,"

God knows even what we think and what future generations will believe. Isaiah 66:18 (KJV) prophesies, "For I know their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory."

I'll write more about how God is omniscient in my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? Because we can't explain everything about God doesn't mean those things aren't true. His ways are far above ours.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Can People Lose Their Salvation?



I've pointed out previously how Satan strives to sabotage the trust of believers in God. One of his attacks is on the matter of being truly saved. Some people fall into sin and the Devil convinces them that it means that they aren't really saved.

One verse which many people misuse to supposedly prove that Christians can lose their salvation is in Hebrews 6:4-6  (BBE) which says, "As for those who at one time saw the light, tasting the good things from heaven, and having their part in the Holy Spirit, With knowledge of the good word of God, and of the powers of the coming time, And then let themselves be turned away, it is not possible for their hearts to be made new a second time; because they themselves put the Son of God on the cross again, openly shaming him."

One good example of an unsaved follower, perhaps the best one, is Judas Iscariot. He was chosen by Christ and worked with him and his disciples for three -and-a-half years. But look at what John 6:70 (KJV) says. "Jesus answered them, 'Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?'"

Judas tasted, sampled, the world to come and the power of the Lord but he never gave his life to Christ. Look at what John 12:6 (KJV) says of him and his objection to the woman pouring that expensive perfume on Jesus. "This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein."

Jesus said, regarding those who claim to be Christians, in Matthew 7:21 (KJV)that, "Not every one that saith unto me, 'Lord, Lord,'shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven."

And what is that will? We read in 1 John 3:23 (KJV) "And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment."

I'll be explaining more about this implicit trust in Christ's atonement in my book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? Unless people surrender their wills and lives to Christ's control they will have no part with him. No amount of good works and kind words will ever gain anybody eternal life in heaven; period.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Saturday Song: Randy Stonehill, "World Without Pain"

Throughout human history, people have yearned for a world where there was no pain or sorrow. Stories and movies have created imaginary worlds where people finally found paradise. As just on example, C. S. Lewis' "The Last Battle book ended with the characters finally finding that wondrous world of endless beauty and perfect health.

Hear Randy Stonehill's song here.

A day will come when people who trust in Christ will live in such a world. As we read in 2 Peter 3:13 (KJV)  "Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness."

The Lord promised this in Isaiah 65:17 (KJV)  "For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind."

In that glorious day, all that happened in this world will doubtless seem like a bad dream. Like C. S. Lewis wrote, we'll be out of the shadow world and in one more real than this dim place.

That day can't come soon enough for me but for others it'll be too late. Only by surrendering one's life to the leadership of Christ can people enter that glorious world. I hope you're one of those.

So, what do you think of Randy's song and what I wrote here? Please leave me a comment. Or else, have a great weekend anyway.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Why is Openness Theology Dangerous?

I pointed out before how this aberrant doctrine undermines people's faith in God's ability to care for them. Sowing doubt in people's minds is what Satan specializes in.

Genesis 3:1 (KJV) shows how he caused the first two people to doubt God. "Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, 'Yea, hath God said, "Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?'"

Limiting God is also what the pagans did in this instance from 1 Kings 20:28 (KJV). "And there came a man of God, and spake unto the king of Israel, and said, 'Thus saith the LORD, Because the Syrians have said, "The LORD is God of the hills, but he is not God of the valleys," therefore will I deliver all this great multitude into thine hand, and ye shall know that I am the LORD.'"

By believing that God Almighty isn't as powerful as he is, Openness proponents rob him of his glory and honour. Look at what Revelation 4:11 (KJV) plainly says. "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created."

Likewise, Nebuchadnezzar learned the hard way that God Almighty is the one to whom all honour, praise, and authority belong. He said in Daniel 4:3 (KJV), "How great are his signs! and how mighty are his wonders! his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation."

I could write much more about how certain people limit God while exalting themselves but I'll save it for my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? If God isn't all powerful and he doesn't know the future, it's pointless to trust fully in him. But since he is and does, we can.