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Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Salvation by Grace Alone Through Faith Alone in Christ Alone

[As part of an application for a local Christian school, I was required to respond to the prompt-"Comment on the assertion 'Lost sinners are saved by Grace alone, through Faith alone, in Christ alone'"- in no more than two paragraphs. What follows is my response.]

People are rightly considered “lost sinners” in need of salvation because, due to the fall of Adam–our federal head according to God’s original creation–we have inherited a nature corrupt and wholly opposed to God and His Law, and we are under condemnation. As soon as people become capable of moral action, we become actual transgressors. (Gen 3:4-7; Rom 3:23; Eph 2:1-3) Due to our radically corrupt nature, we can in no way contribute to our own salvation, but we are entirely dependent upon grace alone: God’s contra-merited favor. Due to our sins, we deserve nothing from God except His anger and judgment. But, though justice would consign every sinner to Hell, God has chosen to extend love and mercy.

Sinners receive God’s mercy as we are justified–counted right in God’s sight–through faith alone. Saving faith is a gift from God, which consists of knowing the gospel, assenting to the truth of the gospel, and trusting in the gospel. The gospel is the good news of what the Lord Jesus Christ did on our behalf. He lived the perfect life that Adam and all others failed to live. He died upon the Cross as an act of penal substitutionary atonement, He was buried, and He rose from the grave on the third day, conquering sin, death, and Hell. Jesus is the only divinely appointed mediator between God and Man (1 Tim 2:5) and has been established as the federal head of the new creation that God is bringing about by His grace. For these reasons and others, salvation is in Christ alone.

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Blogger Steve Finnell said...

SEEKER FRIENDLY PREACHING BY STEVE FINNELL
There are more than a few who believe more people would be converted to the truth about Jesus and His gospel plan of salvation if preachers were nicer and more understanding in preaching the truth.

Is seeker friendly preaching the answer to evangelism?
Is the gospel of the Bible too narrow and restrictive to win the world to Christ?
Should the gospel be expanded to include, all men, no matter what doctrinal position they embrace?
Is God's truth too offensive for that world to accept?

If Jesus and the apostles would have been more seeker friendly preachers would the world have already been converted to Christianity?

THE GOSPEL AS SEEKER FRIENDLY ADVOCATES SEE IT!

THE JESUS VERSION.
John 8:24 'Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins."(NASB)

THE SEEKER FRIENDLY VERSION.
John 8:24 'Therefore I judge no man. It is optional to believe or not believe if I am the Son of God." (Seeker Friendly Handbook)

THE JESUS VERSION.
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. (NASB)

THE SEEKER FRIENDLY VERSION.
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am one of the ways, and I have partial truth, and there are many different roads that lead to the Father." (Seeker Friendly Handbook)

THE JESUS VERSION.
John 8:44 You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.(NASB)

THE SEEKER FRIENDLY VERSION.
John 8:44 I will not make any judgment concerning any ones genealogy. Who is truthful is strictly a matter of opinion. (Seeker Friendly Handbook)

THE APOSTLE PETER VERSION.
Acts 2:36-37 Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ--- this Jesus whom you crucified" 37 Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, Brethren, what shall we do?"(NASB)

THE SEEKER FRIENDLY VERSION.
Acts 2:36-37 Peter said, "Jesus loves you this I know." 37 Then they were pierced to the heart and all recited the "Sinner's Prayer."(Seeker Friendly Handbook)

THE APOSTLE PAUL'S VERSION.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived ; neither fornicators, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.(NASB)

THE SEEKER FRIENDLY VERSION.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 I just preach Jesus, I am not the judge of sin nor sinners. Only God will decide who will enter the kingdom of God. (Seeker Friendly Handbook)

THE APOSTLE PAUL'S VERSION.
Galatians 1:6-9 I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel;.......9 As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received he is to be accursed! (NASB)
Galatians 1:6-9......8 Let God's cures fall on anyone, including myself, who preaches any other way to be saved than the one we told you about......(The Living Bible---Paraphrased)

THE SEEKER FRIENDLY VERSION.
Galatians 1:6-9 Let every denomination decide in their heart how to become saved and write it in their creed book. God will not judge those in error. (Seeker Friendly Handbook).


IS SEEKER FRIENDLY EVANGELISM THE WAY TO CHURCH GROWTH?


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