Galatians 3:1-7, “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain. He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.”
One of my favorite passages in the Holy Bible is Galatians chapter 3. I really love the Apostle Paul's zeal for exposing false doctrine. Paul suffered no fools. In Galatians 3:-7 we find the phrase “the hearing of faith” mentioned twice.
Galatians 3:2, “This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?”
Galatians 3:5, “He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?”
What does Paul mean by the HEARING OF FAITH? The answer is found in Hebrews 4:2, “For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.” Moses preached the Gospel to the Jews in the Wilderness for 40 years. The Jews could have recited the Gospel forwards and backwards, but they didn't believe a word of it. You get saved by placing your faith in the Good News (Gospel) when you hear it preached. It's that simple.
This is exactly what happened in Acts 2:41 on the Day of Pentecost. Acts 2:37a and 41 “Now when they heard this... they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.” They heard the Apostle Peter preach the FACTS of the Gospel. Then they put their FAITH in those facts and were saved. That is how everyone gets saved, by BELIEVING THE GOOD NEWS!!!
In John 20:31 we read, “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” We are saved by accepting God at His Word, as He has recorded for us in the Holy Bible. There is no need to guess, wonder or embellish the Gospel, because the Bible clearly defines it for us:
1st Corinthians 15:1-4, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”
Please notice the phrase twice mentioned by Paul, “according to the Scriptures.” Again and again we see in the Bible that salvation comes to the man who BELIEVES the Written Word, the Scriptures!!! This takes the guesswork and mystery out of going to Heaven. God plainly lays out His simple plan of salvation for all humanity to see. We are all sinner (Romans 3:23). There is a penalty for sin, which is death (Romans 6:23). This includes a second death, which is the lake of fire and brimstone, or Hell (Revelation 20:11-15; 21:9; Psalms 9:17). But God is His love made a way of escape. The heavenly Father sent His only begotten (biological) Son, born of a virgin, who lived a sinless life, ultimately dying on the cross to pay our debt of sin. Jesus was buried (to prove He was dead). After three days Christ arose from the dead triumphant, and was seen physically by over 500 brethren at once (1st Corinthians 15:6). This is “the gospel,” by which all who are saved who BELIEVE (Romans 1:16).
Having laid that solid Scriptural foundation, how in the world does false prophets like John MacArthur come up with this junk theology? ...
“The narrow gate is hard to find and hard to go through, because it demands: denial of self, denial of self-righteousness, recognition of sin, full repentance, submission to Christ, commitment to obey Him, and follow Him no matter what the cost!” —Pastor John MacArthur, a quote from his sermon titled, “Saved Or Self-Deceived, Part One” (time: 4:25 in YouTube sermon video)Let's list the SEVEN requirements for salvation which Mr. MacArthur just mentioned:
- Denial of self (wrong! You get saved by receiving Christ, not forsaking self)
- Denial of self-righteousness (this one is Biblical, you've got to trust Jesus alone)
- Recognition of sin (this one is Biblical, you've got to know what you're being saved from)
- Full repentance (what does this even mean?)
- Submission to Christ (wrong! This is sanctification, not justification)
- Commitment to obey Christ (wrong! This is sanctification, not justification)
- Follow Jesus no matter what the cost (wrong! This is sanctification, not justification)
The hearing of faith!The hearing of faith!The hearing of faith!The hearing of faith!
“The half-truth is the most dangerous form of lie, because it can be defended in part by incontestable logic.” —Manly P. Hall, 'The Secret Destiny Of America,' p. 195; 1944; ISBN: 0-89314-388-X; publisher: The Philosophical Research Society, Inc, Los Angeles, California.
“So if the plane goes down, you'd end up in Hell! There are TWO THINGS you have to do to be saved. Do you remember what they are? I told you what they are—You've got to repent and trust the Savior! ... God's offering you everlasting life upon your repentance and faith in Christ. Who in his right mind wouldn't say, 'Whoa! That's a good offer!'" (The curious woman asks what it means to “repent”?)... Ray responds by saying, "Have you ever said you're sorry to someone you did something wrong to? That's all repentance is—You've sinned against God; it's a matter of saying, 'God, I'm sorry,' and then LIVING A LIFESTYLE that proves the reality of your repentance. That's what repentance is, it's a continual thing! God, 'I'm sorry, but I'm not going going to lie or steal or blaspheme Your name ever again. It has that attitude! And the second thing—trust in Jesus!” [emphasis added] SOURCE: Evangelist Ray Comfort, “I've never killed anyone”
Kindly said, Ray Comfort goes horribly astray from the Gospel of free grace, turning getting saved into a lifelong process instead of an instantaneous new birth. Nowhere in the inspired King James Bible are we taught to LIVE A LIFESTYLE of turning away from sinning to get to Heaven. That is keeping the law, not resting in Christ (Hebrews 4:10-11; Romans 3:20). Notice that Ray then teaches the woman that to get to Heaven she must do a "SECOND" thing, because in his counterfeit plan of salvation faith is not enough.