Our Justification Can Be Revoked

June 9, 2014

Calvinists often use, as did the speaker I wrote about yesterday, the concepts of faith, grace, and justification incorrectly. They teach that faith is belief. But faith is trust. Trust is not merely believing that something is true or that someone exists or accomplished something, but it entails ACTING accordingly. They teach that through belief in Jesus and by asking Him to forgive one’s sins, a person thereby steps into God’s grace and is thereafter deemed justified forever and irrevocably. This is not what Christ taught, as can be seen very clearly by anyone who studies without bias the statements of Jesus. It is not what any of the Scriptures teach, and if people would interpret every passage by the rest of the Scriptures rather than by what sin-lovers have interpreted each statement to mean, they could see this.

Rom. 5:1, which Calvinists often use, as did the sermon-giver yesterday, tells us that we have been justified through faith and through Christ, so that we now have peace with God as we stand in His grace. Okay. However, we do not remain in this grace of God unless we are trusting on an on-going basis –a fact these false teachers refuse to acknowledge. Moreover, let’s remember that trusting in Christ means acting upon what He commands –not sometimes and whenever we feel like it, but consistently. (John 15:10 // Gal. 5:16-25 // 1 John 3:24)

So, can a person step out of that place of being justified by God? Absolutely. (Mt. 18:32-35 // 1 Cor. 3:16,17 // Heb. 10:29) God’s Word warns of it over and over. Jesus teaches that a man who hears His words but does not put those words into practice or walk in the will of the Father, even though he thinks he is doing so, will be destroyed eternally. (Mt. 7:15-27) We are told that even those who have shared in the Holy Spirit yet who do not produce good fruit –these people have shown themselves to be worthless to the Gardener and will thus be cursed. (Luke 3:9 & 13:5-7 // John 15:1-6 // Heb. 6:1-8) We are told that even those who have escaped the world’s corruption by having come into relationship with Christ, but who allow themselves to get again entangled by it so that they are overcome by it, –such people, God’s Word says, are filthy and are worse off than they were originally! (2 Peter 2:20-22)

Falling from that “secure position” (2 Peter 3:17) is to fall from that position in God’s grace mentioned in Rom. 5:2. Gal. 5:1-12 warns that even those who have been running a good race can be thrown into confusion by false teachers so that their Truth-run and position in the grace of God is aborted.

Did Paul say for no reason that he rigorously disciplines his body so that after having preached to others he himself might not be disqualified? (1 Cor. 9:27) The Calvinists imply, or even teach, that his statement there is an unnecessary statement. They would have to say that verses 24-26 are unnecessary as well –that Paul’s command to us to run in such a way as to get the prize– is not something we actually have to do if we don’t want to. And this, even though Paul elsewhere explains that everyone must be diligent in the true doctrine, for just as athletes must compete according to the rules, our lives too must be in line with the Truth; otherwise our believing is in vain. (1 Cor. 15:1,2 // 1 Tim. 4:15,16 // 2 Tim. 2:5) Jesus teaches the same. (Mark 7:6-9) Jesus teaches us that having evil within us makes us unclean (v. 20-23), and that by retaining evil actions, words, and/or thoughts, we will reap Hell. (Mt. 5:27-30 & 12:33-37 & 19:17)

2 Peter 3:14 admonishes us to therefore “make every effort to the found spotless, blameless, and at peace with Him [God].” Calvinists say we make no effort –we don’t because we can’t. That it’s all God’s doing. Yet the Word commands the opposite of us. If we obey the doctrine found there, then we are at peace with God –in His grace / justified.

What does 2 Peter 3:16 say about those who distort the Scriptures? It says they do it “to their own destruction.” Verse 17 goes on to warn us to be on our guard against the distortions of lawless (rebellious / sinning) men. Why? Because we ourselves could be carried away and fall from our secure position within God’s grace. (same verse) Jesus’ own words warn us to leave those blind guides who are leading others to the pit with them. (Mt. 15:14)

God’s Word does not make idle warnings. Calvinists say, “No need to stress. No need to be worried. No need to fret when you keep sinning.” Jesus, on the other hand, says that those who keep sinning will not inherit eternal life (John 5:29) and that those who belong to Him must, in order to be saved, abide firmly and productively in Him and His teachings until the end. (Mt. 10:22 // John 8:31-36 & 15:1-10) Throughout God’s Word we are warned of these things. (1 Cor. 3:16,17 // 2 Thes. 1:8,9 // Heb. 10:26-31 // 1 John 2:3-6 & 3:6-10 // etc.) Should anyone who keeps sinning not then tremble in fear (Luke 12:4,5), renounce their sin (Rom. 6:1-7), and walk in the faith that teaches a person to obey Christ? (1:5 & 6:16-18)

with love,

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