THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH
” Examine yourself and see if you’re in the faith” (2Cor. 13:5)
Not all who claim to be Christians are Christians. A true Christian will produce fruit. However, the argument about a Christian being able to loose salvation is not scriptural. MANY are converted to a false “gospel and serve a false “Jesus”. They are no more Christians than a goat is a sheep! To say that a true Christian can loose salvation undermines the atonement, the work of God.
The bible says that Jesus came to destroy the power of sin, why would you doubt his capability to destroy the works of the devil? That is the problem with humanistic christianity, no faith in God, faith only in the ability of man!
John 3 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. And ye know that he was manifested TO TAKE AWAY OUR SINS; and in him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in him SINNITH NOT: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. HE THAT COMMITETH SIN IS OF THE DEVIL; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother.
And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous. Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. And hereby WE KNOW THAT WE ARE OF THE TRUTH, and shall assure our hearts before him. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. 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. And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, BY THE SPIRIT which he hath given us.
IF ONE ADDS WORKS TO SALVATION THEN THEY ARE NOT SAVED BUT ARE UNDER THE LAW AND WILL DIE IN THEIR SINS. Works plus faith is Roman Catholic doctrine, the Protestant reformation brought the true gospel to those in bondage to the apostate church, THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH! Sola scriptura! The law is any deed done however well intended, to make one right with God. That is a doctrine of demons! DO you think that your works are good enough??? No, the bible says they stink! Why? Because no one but God is good enough, ALL fall short of the righteous requirements of the law because NO ONE can keep them, if any one says that they can keep the law, then they are a liars according to scripture.
The bible says that Christians are JUSTIFIED (made righteous) by the blood of Jesus and not the works of the law. Works do not make a Christian! A Christian may do good works because the bible says that Christians are PREDESTINED to be conformed to the image of Christ and that Christians are CREATED UNTO GOOD WORKS. In other words it is the nature of a born again person to live a life that pleases God even if he is not perfect as no one is perfect but God, however, so do humanists do good works, but they are not saved.
What is the fruit of a saved person? HAVING THE INDWELLING OF THE H0LY SPIRIT, WALKING IN THE HOLY SPIRT, LIVING IN THE HOLY SPIRIT, PRAYING IN THE HOLY SPIRIT, MOVING AND HAVING ONES BEING IN THE HOLY SPIRIT….nothing counts according to God but THE NEW CREATURE, the born again person, born of God! JESUS SAID “YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN TO ENTER INTO HEAVEN”!!! If any man have not the Spirit of Christ HE DOES NOT BELONG TO CHRIST! Sola Scriptura!
So if God lives in his people how can they live a life of sin? IS God party to sin? God forbid! Can a true Christian murder? Rape? Steal? NO!!! BUT an Apostate can live a life of sin, a false christian, false brethren, they deceive all the time! They sit in church and sing praises to God and then go home and beat their wife. THE HYPOCRITE IS NOT SAVED, HE DECIEVES HIMSELF AND THE TRUTH IS NOT IN HIM! There is no such thing as a backslider, (it is not a New Testement word) and there is no such thing as a “carnal ” Christian, ( not a biblical term) these are all doctrines of men, the doctrine of Antinomianism, which Martine Luther preached against!
The bible preaches salvation by grace, a gift, but the holy Spirit which transforms immediately the born again man into the new creature in Christ who is justified by the blood of the lamb, and is sanctifed daily by the transforming power of the holy Spirit! Paul said he died daily and so do all the other disciples of Jesus Christ.
Acts 13:39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.
Romans 3:20-27 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but BY THE LAW OF FAITH.
Martin Luther once said that “Faith alone justifies, but not the faith that is alone.”
“Works,” Luther said, “are not taken into consideration when the question respects justification. But true faith will no more fail to produce them than the sun can cease to give light.”