Saved out of a liberal "Christian" church
Believing in the doctrine of lost salvation
You have given me relief about the unforgiveable sin and blasphemy
Your website has strengthened my faith and helped me to confirm many deadly deceptions about the Catholic Church
Your book has been an awesome study
I read your reply and I am very grateful for it. How can I be helped with the utter terror that I feel? As I've said before, I try to read the bible and I can't seem to retain much of it because of this terror I feel. I want more than anything in this world for Jesus to save me from the pit of hell, but I also know there is an enemy to my soul and he torments me night and day and sometimes I can scarcely move I am so frightened. I believe Jesus is the Son of God and that He died for me but I can't seem to get beyond the horror of eternal damnation. Whenever I can't think of how to pray I mutter the name of Jesus over and over again and I cry out for Him to save me. I don't know how to rest in Jesus and allow Him to take over my mind, my heart, my soul. Sometimes I feel like I'm losing my mind. I have been so beat up by life and I hate myself for not staying within the protection of Jesus. To be perfectly frank I don't know how to trust Jesus completely and it scares me very much. I have trouble with Heavenly Father because of my earthly father. He died when I was very young and I felt rejection from the very beginning. I wasn't raised in a christian home and the bible is a new experience for me after being away from God for so long. Can you please have your church members pray for me. I grant you permission to have anyone from your church write and to share with me some of their own experiences and to encourage me. I sincerely want to give my all to God but I have difficulty knowing how to do that. I'm in serious bondage and I need your love and understanding and prayers. Thank you so much for allowing me to pour out my heart. I look forward to your reply. Thank You Sincerely
[Response: Greetings in JESUS' holy name. YES, you can come back to God. Remember, the Apostle Peter disowned Jesus 3 times and he came back! The rest of the 12 Apostles also "fell away" and they all came back, except Judas! David came back to God after his adultery and murder! YES, [you] can too! Ponder the Prodigal son teaching. There Jesus taught you can stray to the point of spiritual death and still return to the Lord. See Lk. 15:11-32. Other Scriptures confirm this truth:
"My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth and one turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins." James 5:19,20
"And they also, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again." Rom 11:23The passage in Heb. 6:4-6, was a special case where Jews had to commit eternal sin to return to the synagogue. Hence, they couldn't be renewed through repentance! Please consider getting our 801 page book. There is MUCH in it that you need to know. See Prov. 28:13 and 1 John 1:9 (as well as Heb. 3:14). GOD BLESS YOU.]
I have been reading the articles on your website, and have written to you in the past requesting information regarding conditional security. I thank God for your quick response in sending me the information. I have been a Christian for only 10 years, but attended a Baptist Church where the OSAS doctrine was fluent. About 12 months ago, I began 'seeing things' in scripture that seemed to contradict that point of view. Shortly after that, I happened upon your website.
I now know that the Holy Spirit was revealing the truth to me. I have never been more convicted of anything in my life. I have a new found desire to serve our Lord, fear our God and live a Holy life. This has also been a year of change, in that my family and I are no longer in the Baptist Church but have sought a church home that has, as a foundational teaching, the believer's conditional security.
I just wanted to briefly share with you the joy I now have in finding the Truth through your ministry. I encourage you from the bottom of my heart to continue fighting the good fight. I will do everything that I can to circulate your book among my friends. I have already used parts of your material in a home group Bible study that I lead. (If I needed permission first, I humbly apologize and ask your forgiveness -- I was very excited to share what I learned with everyone.) ...
All scripture must be in total harmony as you have so accurately demonstrated in your book ... Once again, I appreciate all your hard work and your obedience to our Lord to earnestly contend for the faith. May our Lord bless you and your ministry. (TX)
I cannot believe how they wrest the scriptures to accommodate their beliefs. Whether or not they realize it, they are shouting yes to scriptures such as Rom. 6:15. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Gal. 2:17. But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found to be sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. (Minus God forbid)
I pray that God will work through you and others who know him to get through to these men and turn them from destructive heresies unto the truth of his word. You are so right when you state that it all began in the Garden, Gen. 3:4. And the serpent said to the woman, Ye shall not surely die.
Why do Calvinists accuse Arminians of works righteousness? Arminians know that works are not the basis for salvation, but the fruit, the proof, the result thereof. Self-righteously relying on one's ability to keep the law to merit eternal life results in spiritual death instead. This is a misuse or misapplication of the law. No man can merit his own salvation for God is no man's debtor. The law teaches us what sin is, it shows us that we are sinners in need of Christ the Redeemer because the wrath of God abides on us, and it teaches us how to love God, our parents, neighbors and everyone else. Love is the fulfillment of the Law. Doing the good works of God is part of the new nature of those who are new creatures in Christ.
These are the principles that I have learned from reading God's word and your book; He forever loves righteousness and forever hates iniquity. (J. Wesley) And, if we obey him, we will inherit all of his promises which include eternal salvation and thus eternal life. If we continue in disobedience, be we believers or not, we will find God faithful in carrying out his most severe warnings and dire threats, for we will be cursed and condemned and thrown into the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone.
I will end with this scripture, Rev. 21:7. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
P. S. Thank you for the Apologetics Updates, they are very helpful and I look forward to them. I love you more than you can ever know because God used you to make His word clearer to me. I thank God and you for the light. (VA)
There are so many people living any way they want and claim to be a christian, but you already know this. Because I come from a o.s.a.s. background all I could tell them was to repent and turn back to God. I could never understand how the Bible plainly said that certain sins would send you to hell and I being told that it wasn't meant for christians. Thank you for helping me to see the truth.
There is alot to tell but I'll save it for now. May our LORD continue to use you for HIS glory! You're in my prayers. (IL)
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