Romans 4:3-5, “For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”
In the following video, you will see two men arguing over which plan of salvation is correct.
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The guy wearing the grey hoodie is totally WRONG! He insists that you have to “Get out of your sin to be saved.” May I truthfully say, behavior modification is NOT part of getting saved. The guy with the grey hoodie errantly cites Hebrews 12:14, in an attempt to bolster up his strawman heresy that you must “Get out of your sin to be saved.” Hebrews 12:14, “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:” Unfortunately, he makes the fatal mistake that so many bad Bible students make, by lifting a text out of context to create a new pretext (i.e., a new strange doctrine).
If he would have just included the next two verse, then he would have found the proper meaning. Carefully notice what the next couple verses read in Hebrews 12:15-16, “Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.”
The writer of Hebrews (whom I humbly think is the Apostle Paul) is quoting from Deuteronomy 29:18, “Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turneth away this day from the LORD our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations; lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood;” The Bible is simply teaching in Hebrews 12:14-16 that if your testimony is poor as a believer that others around you will be adversely affected by it. Dear reader, you may be the only Jesus that somebody knows. Pastor Dwight L. Moody (1837-1899) rightly said: “Out of 100 men, one will read the Bible, the other 99 will read the Christian.”
It is tragic that John MacArthur and other heretics misinterpret Hebrews 12:14, claiming that it means you cannot go to Heaven unless you live a holy life. As I have shown you, that is NOT what it means. A Christian who hides his light for Christ and tarnishes his testimony by choosing rather to live in open sin, he becomes a root of bitterness to those around him; thereby many be defiled. When King David commit adultery and murder, his entire family and kingdom were adversely affected by his actions.
The guy with the orange Texas shirt is 100% correct. Pilgrim's Progress author John Bunyan (1628-1688) said it best:
“If you do not put a difference between justification wrought by the man Christ without and sanctification wrought by the Spirit of Christ within, you are not able to divide the Word aright; but contrariwise, you corrupt the Word of God, and cast stumbling blocks before the people.” —Evangelist John BunyanPastor M.R. DeHaan (1891-1965) made this tremendous statement:
"There is a vast difference between coming to Jesus for salvation and coming after Jesus for service. Coming to Christ makes one a believer, while coming after Christ makes one a disciple. All believers are not disciples. To become a believer one accepts the invitation of the Gospel, to be a disciple one obeys the challenge to a life of dedicated service and separation. Salvation comes through the sacrifice of Christ; discipleship comes only by sacrifice of self and surrender to His call for devoted service. Salvation is free, but discipleship involves paying the price of a separated walk. Salvation can't be lost because it depends upon God's faithfulness, but discipleship can be lost because it depends upon our faithfulness." —Pastor M.R. DeHaan, “Hebrews”; Zondervan Publishing House; 1959 (p. 117)Anybody who associates a change of behavior with the new birth is preaching another gospel. Sadly, the official doctrinal position of Pensacola Christian College (PCC) is, quote:
"Repentance is a change of mind resulting in a change of behavior."That is another gospel. PCC is preaching a counterfeit plan of salvation. The Gospel does not teach partial faith in Christ plus works; but rather, childlike faith in Jesus' death on the cross, burial and bodily resurrection from the dead three days later (1 Corinthians 15;1-4).
➜ Roman Catholicism errantly says to be saved a person 𝗠𝗨𝗦𝗧 do good works.
➜ Calvinism errantly says a saved person 𝗪𝗜𝗟𝗟 do good works.
➜ The Holy Bible says a saved person 𝗦𝗛𝗢𝗨𝗟𝗗 do good works (Titus 2;12)
Faith is the only righteous thing that I can do.