The Battle Over Grace
The biblical term grace
has been distorted from different fronts, which has lethally confused the issue of salvation
itself. Since a Christian is saved by grace (Eph. 2:8,9), to change what grace is or how to get it, is an assault on how to become saved.
Unwittingly, even the utility companies have gotten involved with their so-called grace period, when one doesn't pay his bill on time. Along with all the religious attacks, that have also aided in the ongoing fallacious misunderstanding that grace is unmerited favor instead of favor, as the Greek word charis actually means.
Grace Is Not Unmerited Favor
If grace was unmerited favor, then everyone would get saving grace, which is surely not true for the proud and unbelieving. It take humility to get God's grace, while the proud are opposed by God
(1 Pet. 5:5). It also takes faith in Jesus Christ to get in grace (Rom. 5:2), but that same faith can afterwards cease to exist (Lk. 8:13; 1 Tim. 1:19; 2 Tim. 2:18; Rom. 11:20-23).
If it were not necessary to have a submissive faith in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation by grace, then Universalism
would be true, which is impossible, based on scripture (Mt. 13:41,42; 25:46; 2 Pet. 3:9; Jude 7; etc.).
The grace changers (Jude 4), more commonly known as the eternal security teachers, have also equated their fallacious doctrine to grace, and thereby automatically attempt to discount all opposing views as something else, such as a work's salvation, legalism or cult. Also, their once in grace always in grace belief is demolished by Gal. 5:2-4, which shows a Christian can fall from grace to the place where Christ is of no value at all -- meaning he no longer has salvation.
From a totally different angle, Catholicism
by teaching Mary is the mediatrix and dispenser of all grace.
They teach to Jesus through Mary
-- meaning we get to Jesus by first going to Mary. In contrast, Jesus taught us to come to him directly (Mt. 11:28; Jn. 5:40; 7:37; etc.). The Catholic view is also disproved with the repentant thief who bypassed Mary at the foot of the cross and successfully went to Jesus and was saved (Lk. 23:42,43).
Catholicism also teaches grace
comes through their sacraments with babies gets born again
at infant baptism. If that were true then infants, who can't repent or have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, would get saving grace, which is impossible. The bible definitely doesn't teach infant baptism
The result of this ongoing attack on grace, and how to receive it, has resulted in many being lethally deceived, frustrations and even the holy image of Christians being smeared. In reality, God's grace teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age (Titus 2:12). True grace does not allow for wickedness, while the gospel itself includes a conditional security for the believer in Christ (1 Cor. 15:2; Col. 1:23).
The counterfeit grace has led to a bogus Christian image allowing for Christian drunks, adulterers, thieves, liars, etc. with no one living holy and obediently, as Christians do (Lk. 8:21; Phil. 2:12; Heb. 5:9; 1 John 2:3,4; etc.). The prevalent counterfeit grace teachings have produced counterfeit Christians. Remember, God is not holding and keeping Christians to the place where we can't turn away and die spiritually (Rom. 8:12; James 1:14,15; 5:19,20; etc.) -- getting back on the road to hell again, as has happened to many.
True salvation by grace includes humble repentance
(turning from sin) and a submissive faith in the Lord Jesus Christ to the place of following, serving and obeying him. Salvation is gained without Mary, water baptism
and is not unmerited favor. We have eternal life
as long as we have Jesus (1 Jn. 5:12,13), which can change (Mt. 10:33; Jn. 15:1-6; Rom. 11:20-22; Rev. 3:16; etc.).
Jesus taught make every effort to enter through the narrow door (Luke 13:24), while the distortions say make no effort because that is works and legalism. Obedience is not legalism, according to grace.
To actually enter Paradise to finally be saved by grace (or to continue to believe on Jesus) we must:
- continue to sow to please the Spirit and not give up in order to reap eternal life (Gal. 6:8,9)
- persist in doing good to get eternal life (Rom. 2:7)
- do what is right and have your faith in Jesus to be righteous (1 Jn. 3:7,8; Phil. 3:9)
- continue to believe on Jesus (Jn. 11:25,26)
- keep God's word (Jn. 8:51)
- endure hatred to the end for salvation's sake (Mt. 10:22)
- be faithful even to the point of death to get the crown of life and not be hurt by the second death (Rev 2:10)
- hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first to share in Christ (Heb 3:14)
- hold firmly to the gospel (1 Cor 15:2 cf. Gal. 1:8,9; 1 Jn. 2:24,25)
- continue in the faith (Col. 1:23; Rom. 11:19-23)
- continue to do the will of God to live forever (Mt. 7:21; 1 Jn. 2:17)
- love God (1 Cor. 2:9; James 2:5)
- keep a tight reign on your tongue (James 1:26)
- be fruitful (Lk. 13:6-9; Jn. 15:1-6)
- die with a PURE heart (Mt. 5:8; Rev. 20:6; 21:27)
- forgive others who have sinned against us (Mt. 18:32-35; 6:14,15)
Consult the book, The Believer's Conditional Security: Eternal Security Refuted
and / or The Myth of Eternal Security
for much more.
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