Monthly Archives: March 2009

Salvation and Conditional Statements-Part 1

Salvation and Conditional Statements in the Bible
Besides the ‘if’ statements in the Bible, there are verses that set conditions regarding salvation.

Acts 14:21-22
21 After they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch,
22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, "Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God."

If the disciples were being encouraged to continue in the faith, there must have been some chance of them not continuing in the faith-thus they could walk away from the faith. If they were disciples, they were born again.

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Salvation and ‘If’ Statements-Part 1

The following are some of the ‘if’ statements in the Bible. It would appear that these verses are saying that salvation is conditional.

Revelation 22:18-19 (NASB95)
18 I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book;
19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.

Notice that vs 19 does not say that the person never had any part of the tree of life. It says their part will be taken away. That would mean at one time they had been a part of the tree of life.

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Salvation and ‘If’ Statements-Part 2

More ‘if’ verses

Hebrews 3:6-8 (NASB95) 
1 Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession;
6 but Christ was faithful as a Son over His house—whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end.
7 Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says, "TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE,
Vs 1 makes it clear that Paul is speaking to Christians.
Vs 6 Must hold fast until the end. This would mean there are consequences if a person dos not hold fast.
Vs 8 A Christian can harden their heart and there are consequences.

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Salvation and ‘If’ Statements-Part 3

2 Timothy 2:11-13 (NASB95)
11 It is a trustworthy statement: For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him;
12 If we endure, we will also reign with Him; If we deny Him, He also will deny us;
13 If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.

2 Timothy was written to and addressing Christians.
Verse 11 is addressing being born again.
Verse 12, if endure, would mean a person must choose to endure. If we deny Him, means a person can deny Christ. Thus if a person does not endure, they will ultimately deny Him. The end result is He will deny them-the lose of salvation.
Verse 13-some would argue that it is saying God is faithful to get someone into heaven regardless if they are faithless. That argument violates the context of this passage. The context is that God will remain faithful to His conditions found in verse 12.

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Calvinism and Arminianism-Extremes

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Calvinism and Arminianism-Extremes

When I use the above verses I am using them in general terms. Most Christians see these two groups representing those who believe in unconditional salvation and conditional salvation.

Calvinism Extreme
If one takes the unconditional salvation to the extreme here is what it would mean:
1. A person does not have free will. God predestines (decides) who will be saved or not saved. Ultimately a person has no choice in their salvation-if God does not want them saved, they will not be saved. If God wants them saved, they will be saved.

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Balance, Balance, Balance-Part 5

It has been awhile since my last article on balance among Christians. I was considering writing an article giving more examples of extreme, out of balance doctrines and teachings to show how dangerous they can be. Instead this article is going to be on how the error of extremes can make Christians look like fools, deny God’s desire to be personally involved in the affairs of man, even justify sinful behavior.

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Balance, Balance, Balance-Part 4 1

Seeking Truth or Being Right?

Which is more important to you? To find the truths in Scripture or to be right? In theory if you are finding truths in Scripture you will be right. The danger is that some people are so determined that they are right, that they are not willing to be open to the fact they may be wrong. I am sure you know what I am talking about. They have formed an opinion and nothing is going to persuade them that they could possibly be wrong. Many times these type of people are walking in the extremes of Christianity. For them anything outside of the extreme is compromise.

It is good to not be compromising in our convictions. But we must also be willing to accept we may be wrong in some of our convictions. Some people have such a fear of being compromising that they absolutely refuse to consider that maybe some of their convictions are not based upon the truth of the Word of God but based upon outside influence, wrong thinking, improper Bible study techniques, a wounded heart, etc. So they are more determined to believe they are right about their convictions than seeking truth. To them, seeking truth would be compromise.

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Balance, Balance, Balance-Part 3 1

Dangers of the Extremes

In this post we are going to show the danger of Extremes in Christianity and try to show the balance.

One extreme side sees abortion as murder and goes as far as saying it is OK to bomb abortion clinics.

The other extreme is that even though abortion is the ending of a pregnancy, we as Christians should not take a stand against abortion. We should support choice, especially if the conception was because of rape.

The balance:
Abortion is more than the ending of a pregnancy, it is the killing of an unborn human being. And as Christians we have an obligation to take a godly stand against abortion. Thus, the bombing of abortion clinics is sin and not justifiable.

The danger:
Obviously believing it is OK to bomb abortion clinics.
To call abortion the ending of a pregnancy when it is the killing of a human being. There is no justification to kill an innocent child regardless of how it was conceived.
In both cases, one wrong does not justify another wrong.

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