The simplicity of the Gospel. People and false teachers have complicated what God made so easy a child could understand. When you finally understand Gods grace and that understanding goes from your head to your heart, His yoke is easy and His burden is light.
Unknowingly I was carrying a burden of a type of works salvation. Some of it came from my lack of understanding and some came from other Christians who would constantly criticize people and how they lived, or how they thought people ‘ought’ to live according to them.
When people don’t look like you, talk like you, pray as you do, read the bible as you do, serve their community, attend church like you do…etc. etc. when you start placing those “ought too” onto people you are now (even inadvertently) a stumbling block and pushing a works salvation.
Understanding justification and sanctification. Because I have repented (changed my mind) and trusted in Jesus Christs work for salvation; I am justified. That (justification) is a one time and only one time eternal position. I no longer stand condemned before God because of what Christ has done and completed fully for anyone who will appropriate His sacrifice.
What you do with the life God gives you each day, you have a choice in that as well. His will is that you will serve Him, but even if you do not, that does not change the truth that you have been justified and Christ paid the debt you owed; He alone and not any merit of our own is what saves us.
When your son or daughter is rebellious and does not do what you would like them too it doesn’t change the (positional) truth that they are still your children. Likewise, once a person has believed Christ alone for their salvation, and you are now a child of God, you can run away and have all the temper tantrums you want, it still doesn’t change the positional truth that you are a child of God.
Many false teachings promote a works salvation (performance based) and I was wrapped up in those teachings and it’s exhausting. Any flaws, misteps, and sin I have each day is just another reminder to me just how much I need Christ. I hope you will take the time to watch the video and be set free from burdens you may be carrying and if you haven’t trusted Christ for your eternity, that you would do that today.
By Pastor Tom Cucuzza For those of us who went to Bible college or seminary, one of the first rules of Bible interpretation we learned was that you interpret an unclear passage by a clear one, never the other way around. If we interpret the clear by the unclear, we can easily be led astray. […]
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Twelve Reasons Why “Once Saved, Always Saved” Is TrueBy Dr. Thomas M. Cucuzza The Permanence of SalvationOne of the most debated issues in the history of the church has been whether or not a person, once saved, can lose his salvation. There are those who believe that a person must work to obtain salvation. Others […]