“By God’s GRACE He Saves us through FAITH [in Him]; it is not of ourselves; it is a Gift of God: it is NOT of works, least any one should be able to boast. We are His workmanship, created in Jesus Christ to do the good works which God has ordained from the beginning that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:8-10
But Jesus also said, “If you love Me, OBEY my Commandments. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads to ALL Truth. The world cannot receive Him, because it isn’t looking for Him and doesn’t recognize Him…
Those who accept My Commandments and OBEY them are the ones who love Me. And because they love Me, My Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal Myself to each of them…
Anyone who doesn’t love Me will not obey Me. And remember, my words are not My own. What I am telling you is from the Father who sent me.” John 14:15-17, 21, 24
Therefore, “… we can be sure that we know Him IF we OBEY His Commandments. If someone claims, ‘I know God,’ but doesn’t obey God’s Commandments, that person is a liar and is NOT living in the Truth.
But those who OBEY God’s Word TRULY show how completely they love Him. That is how we know weare living in Him. Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.” 1 John 2:3-6
“But this I have commanded, saying, Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be My people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.” Jeremiah 7:23
“Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the TRUTH, there is no longer ANY Sacrifice that will cover these sins. There is ONLY the terrible expectation of God’s judgment and the raging fire that WILL consume His enemies.” Hebrews 10:26-27
We do not receive Salvation by the “works” that we do!!! We CANNOT do ANYTHING to “Save” ourselves!!! We are “Saved” (i.e., “Born Again” into the Family of Christ ONLY because of God’s marvelous grace and, “while we where still sinners [still living in sin], Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8… TO… for one… FREE us FROM… that sin!!!
Today, many so-called “Christians” use this marvelous “grace” as an excuse or license to continue willfully sinning against the Lord!!! Many “religious leaders” are even preaching this ear-tickling doctrine of demons from behind the pulpit… and/or in their actions!!!
“I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that God’s marvelous grace allows us to live [physically & spiritually] immoral lives. The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ [by doing so].” Jude 1:4
“Such people claim they know God, but they deny him by the way they live. They are detestable and disobedient, worthless for doing anything good.” Titus 1:16
“They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires.” 2 Timothy 3:6
Whether it be ADULTERY, IDOLATRY, GLUTTONY, GREED, JEALOUSY, PRIDE, SORCERY, MURDER, LYING, STEALING… ALL UNBELIEVERS!!!
“Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This promise is to you, and to your children, and even to the Gentiles—all who have been called by the Lord our God.” Acts 2:38-39
To “repent of your sins” means MUCH MORE than saying, “Lord, forgive me of my sins”… it means to STOP sinning and changing your attitude towards the sin that is in your life!!!
I would ask anyone (especially if you think otherwise) to read Romans 5 and Romans 6!!!
Paul (rhetorically) asks (in Romans 6:1), “Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of His wonderful grace?” He (God) gives us the Answer in Verse 2, “Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it?”
Satan, satanist like Aleister Crowley, some “Christians”, and even some (now, FORMER) “religious leaders”, like William ‘Bill” Stacey, will argue, “Man don’t have to obey God’s Commandments, anymore… because we’re not under the law, anymore!!!”
To these people (especially those who call themselves “Christians”), Paul (God through, Paul) replies, “Well then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not! Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living.” Romans 6:15-16
“Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous.” 1 John 3:7
“Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins. There is only the terrible expectation of God’s judgment and the raging fire that will consume His enemies.
For anyone who refused to obey the law of Moses was put to death without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.
Just think how much worse the punishment will be for those who have trampled on the Son of God, and have treated the blood of the covenant, which made us holy, as if it were common and unholy, and have insulted and disdained the Holy Spirit who brings God’s mercy to us.
For we know the One who said,
‘I will take revenge.
I will pay them back.’
He also said,
‘The LORD will judge His Own people.’
It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” Hebrews 26-31
“… anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment.” John 3:36, (NLT)
No!!! We are NOT Saved BY our works!!! We are Saved BY God’s GRACE (through FAITH in Jesus Christ)… but, we ARE Saved unto good works!!!
“Now someone may argue, ‘Some people have faith; others have good works.’ But I say, ‘How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good works? I will show you my faith by my good works.’
You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without works is dead?… So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone.” James 2:18-20, 24
No!!! We don’t obey God’s Commandments (AND do good deeds like helping the poor, etc.) to obtain Salvation!!! We obey God (and do these things) because He has given us the FREE Gift of Salvation AND because we love Him… and are striving to be like Him… and are becoming more and more like Him through the Power of His Holy Spirit and by the washing of the Word!!! By reading it and doing what It says!!!
“… don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says.
Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.” James 1:22-25
In other words, God is saying that… if you just read (or listen to) the Word of God and then you do not obey the Word of God… 1) you are only fooling yourself, because 2) it’s like looking in the mirror and seeing the dirt that is on your face and instead of washing it off you turn away and ignore it and continue on as if you are clean enough!!!
AGAIN, Jesus Christ said, “If you love Me, obey My Commandments.” John 14:15 And, He continued in Verses 23-24 and said, “All who love Me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and We will come and make Our home with each of them. Anyone who doesn’t love Me will not obey Me.”
Jesus NEVER died to set us “free” to sin!!! He died to set us free FROM sin!!! He died to set us free FROM the burden of sin!!! He died to set us free FROM the bondage of sin!!!
“We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with Him.” Romans 6:6-8
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
And this [THIS] is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.” John 3:16-20
“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. As the Scriptures tell us, ‘Anyone who trusts in Him will never be disgraced.’ ” Romans 10:9-11
But, AGAIN, Jesus Christ, Himself, reminds us that, “Not everyone who calls out to Me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. [Even though they MUST have “believed” in Jesus TO call Him, “Lord, Lord.” But, NO!!!]
Only those who actually do the will of My Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will say to Me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in Your name and cast out demons in Your name and performed many miracles in Your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from Me, you who break God’s laws.’
Anyone who listens to My teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears My teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.” Matthew 7:21-27
And, I (Richard A. Boyd) am GUARANTEEING you… the “Rains” ARE ‘a comin’!!!
Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” John 3:3
He said, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit.” John 3:5
Jesus DID NOT say, there is one way for one and another way for another!!! He DID NOT say, YOU are your own God!!! He DID NOT say that the moon god, Allah, is God!!! No!!! Jesus Christ said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6
The Word of God states, “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: but he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.” 1 John 2:22-23
Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, anyone who [TRULY] believes has eternal life. Yes, I am the bread of life! Your ancestors ate manna in the wilderness, but they all died. Anyone who eats the bread from heaven, however, will never die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and this bread, which I will offer so the world may live, is My flesh.” John 6:47-51