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What Must I Do To Be Saved

What must I do to be saved? Stop sinning? Moralism: Not the gospel Works of the flesh to remove my sin? Baptism: Not the gospel Looking to future events? Eschatology: Not the gospel Works of the flesh to prove myself? Penance: Not the gospel Gospel, a middle English word derived from the old English godspell; which means good news, translated from Greek euangelion: The gospel is good news concerning an event that has already occurred; it is historical. Jesus, the Christ, the Son of the living God has risen from the dead! Why is this good news for us? Jesus, while He walked amongst us promised to lay His life down for His sheep, and give eternal life to them. His resurrection from the dead is the explanation point on His promise; it demonstrates that He has the power, and the authority to do what He promised. So then, who are His sheep? Jesus said: "I am the good Shepard, and I know My own and My own know Me, even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father

Evangelium Sola Scriptura

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “ But the righteous man shall live by faith.” Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. What then? Are we better than they? Not at all; for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin; as it is written, “ There is none righteous, not even one; There is none who understands, There is none who seeks for God; All have turned aside, together

By Faith Alone

My dear Catholic friends; There is an attitude that prevails in our culture today, and that attitude is this; if anyone speaks out against something he is both unloving and intolerant of others. This simply is not true, it is a mindset that has come from our post-modern culture, and it is a lie from the father of lies that devil Satan, who does not want anyone to hear the truth. The truth is if you love someone you must tell them the truth even though it may hurt their feelings and/or risk them not liking you anymore. You do so because of your love for them, and your concern for their well being. This past Ash Wednesday, I saw many people that I dearly love with ashes smeared across their foreheads. Now while there is nothing inherently wrong with the observance of Ash Wednesday; in fact, it can be good, causing one to reflect, and think about Christ Jesus, and what He alone has done. The problem is that it has revealed to me in a very visible way, all those whom I dearly l

According to the Flesh

Even as a believer, knowing the grace of God I tend to look at men and in my own mind declare some to be righteous and others unrighteous based on what we see. I like what Paul said in 2.Cor.5.16-17.NASB "Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come." In other words; the way we are to judge someone has changed. The truth is before a righteous and holy God there is none good not even one. If salvation even in small part were of some righteous merit of our own none of us would have any hope. Whatever the requirement maybe we would mess it up, and not only would, but have done so already. Salvation is by the grace of God alone, for reasons only known to God He forgave certain wicked and sinful men. If you are saved, it is because God did som

The Purpose of Eschatology

What is the purpose of eschatology? To read some of the post and comments on facebook you would think that the purpose of eschatology is to create division within the body of Christ. I have seen some of the most unloving, hurtful things said to brothers and sisters in Christ with regards to their view on eschatology. Eschatology is the part of theology concerned with the end of times. Now while it would appear that eschatology creates division within the body, I believe the opposite of this is true. This veiled thing called eschatology actually reveals who the sheep of Christ actually are. Do I think, by saying this, if you have a certain view you are a Christian, and if you have a differing view you are not? Absolutely not! Eschatology is veiled, meaning that we do not know exactly what the end times will look like. We know that there will be an end, we know that Jesus will return at a time of the Fathers choosing to judge the living and the dead, but no matter what someone