Freedom In Christ

I woke up this morning thinking about the subject of our salvation. I have often struggled with articulating the Gospel that I believe is understood by so few people. Some questions that came to my mind are:

(Please answer these these question as you read through them.)

I want to answer those questions and you can see how different my answers are from yours. 1.) Jesus died for my sins. 2.) He died for all my sins. 3.) God won't send to hell for my sin because Jesus already paid the price for them. 4.) Yes, there is one (1) unforgivable sin. 5.) Yes, Jesus could not die for the sin of unbelief. 6.) The implication would be people could not go to hell for unbelief because Jesus would have paid for that sin. That means people would be in heaven who do not believe.

I hope my thought process is beginning to make some sense. There is only one unforgivable sin - unbelief. Hebrews chapters 3 & 4 tell us the reason for the people of Israel not being allowed to enter the promised land was because of the "sin of unbelief". We're then told to make every effort to enter into that rest by not hardening our hearts. "Today if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts." If you understand this subject you begin to see why we're told that there is freedom in Christ. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. It's because our righteousness, our salvation is not dependent upon us or our ability to keep from sinning. It's based solely upon the finished work of Christ upon the cross. Our righteousness is based on what Jesus did, not what we do. I need not worry or be concerned with any of my failures and sin causing me to loose my salvation. I only need to be concerned with believing and trusting in Jesus the Christ and what He did for me.

Once again I quote Martin Luther:

Be a sinner and sin boldly, but believe and rejoice in Christ even more boldly for He is victorious over sin, death, and the world. As long as we are here in this world we have to sin. This life is not a dwelling place of righteousness.

Comments (0)02-05-2009 06:14

Sin Boldy, Enjoy Christ

This past years has been one of the greatest years of my life. I've struggled more in this past year than at any other point in my life; but God has been so good to me. I know people are very aware of many of my failures, but there are far more than they see. Truly I am the chief of sinner; I am no better than the murders, rapists and child molesters in our prisons. I have fallen so short of what I should be and my sin grieves me greatly. I am constantly reminded of my failure many times every day. But Praise be to God who continues to love me.

The story of my life is a sad one, but praise God there is Good News! It finally hit me and I realized that my sin, my failures, regardless of how great they are or how often they come can never separate me from the love of God that was shown to me in the person and work of Jesus Christ. They can never cause me to loose my salvation; they can never condemn those who are in Jesus Christ. It is not the sinful acts, or the abominable things I struggle with daily that separate me from God; they will never cause me to loose my salvation. The only thing that separate me from God is when I choose to reject

Continue reading >>> Comments (0)12-22-2008 03:54

Do Nazarene's believe in speaking in tongues?

This is a question that is asked all the time and it's probably one of the most misunderstood topics in all of Christianity. I'll explain briefly what the Church of the Nazarene and most other non-Pentecostal churches believe about speaking in tongues.

There are two major differing viewpoints about speaking in tongues. The traditional view held by virtually all of Christianity from the time of the Apostles is that "speaking in tongues" is where a person is supernaturally empowered by the Holy Spirit to speak the foreign language of another people (such as Arabic, Chinese, French, etc). The Pentecostal view is that "speaking in tongues" refers to a heavenly language designed primarily for private prayer and God is the only one who can understand it. Within each group there are minor differing viewpoints but those are the two major distinctions. The church of the Nazarene and most denominations that existed before the early 1900's does not agree with the Pentecostal view of speaking in an unknown tongue as a private prayer language and believes it is nothing more than an counterfeit and/or distraction of the true Gift.

We can learn a lot about this topic by reading what has been written by Christians throughout history. When we look at the writing of people like Augustine we see they too disagreed with the modern Pentecostal view. It's incorrect to say that Nazarene's don't believe in Speaking in Tongues because we do, we just don't believe in the Pentecostal view of speaking in an unknown tongue. Nazarene's and many non-Pentecostals are not dogmatic on whether or not Speaking in Tongues as it relates to the traditional view is in existence for today. We are very firm on the belief that the Pentecostal view is completely false.

To see a complete explanation of my personal view so speaking in tongues with quotes from Augustine please check out Is Speaking In Tongues Biblical

Comments (0)11-15-2008 22:20

I Surrender All

All to Jesus, I surrender;
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.

I surrender all, I surrender all,
All to Thee, my bless├Ęd Savior,
I surrender all.

All to Jesus I surrender;
Humbly at His feet I bow,
Worldly pleasures all forsaken;
Take me, Jesus, take me now.

All to Jesus, I surrender;
Make me, Savior, wholly Thine;
Let me feel the Holy Spirit,
Truly know that Thou art mine.

All to Jesus, I surrender;
Lord, I give myself to Thee;
Fill me with Thy love and power;
Let Thy blessing fall on me.

All to Jesus I surrender;
Now I feel the sacred flame.
O the joy of full salvation!
Glory, glory, to His Name!

Continue reading >>> Comments (0)08-10-2008 23:53

What Should be our Primary Focus

Friday I had the opportunity to listen to a couple speak about their experience in ministry and how God was working through them. To my surprise they attend a church I have been very critical of, going so far as to label the pastor a false teacher and a heretic. The meeting took place over a nice BBQ with some good friends and the idea was that we would come together for fellowship, good food and listen to this guy tell us about his experience in ministry and thus be encouraged in our own ministry. He began by telling us where he was from and immediately a red light came on in my mind saying, "Oh no, is he from that church" and then he had to say it...he had to go and say "I go to the Bethel church".

Continue reading >>> Comments (1)08-09-2008 23:35

<< First < Previous [1 / 6] Next > Last >>