Romans 6:1, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?”
Here is a wonderful Bible verse I just read that PROVES WRONG James Melton, John MacArthur, Sam Horn, Ray Comfort, Paul Washer, Marty Herron, Steve Pettit, Chuck Phelps, Gary Walton, Jeff Redlin, Timothy Zacharias, Chip Ingram, William Lane Craig, Rick Warren, Benny Hinn, Joel Osteen, Steven Furtick, John Hagee, Charles Stanley, Adrian Rogers, Keith Gomez, Billy Graham, Franklin Graham, Mormons, Seventh-Day Adventists, Jehovah's Witness, Roman Catholics, Church of Christ, Moody Bible Institute, Bob Jones University, Pensacola Christian College, Liberty University, Master's University, Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary, Pacific Garden Mission's 'UNSHACKLED' radio series, and MILLIONS more heretics on Bible repentance, who all falsely teach that genuine repentance results in a change of behavior (without which change they ASS-U-ME that you have never been born-again at all)...
Romans 6:1, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?”If a Christian CHOOSES to continue living like the Devil, for the remainder of their natural life, GRACE WILL ABOUND!!!!!!! That is, they can never forfeit, jeopardize nor lose God's free gift of eternal life, which is by faith alone WITHOUT WORKS (Romans 4:4-7).
Christian author Michael Patrick Bowen accurately states in his excellent book titled, “I NEVER KNEW YOU,” on page 114:
Here is an excellent and needful writing by Dr. Mark G. Cambron (1911-2000) on the subject of REPENTANCE. Please read the following quote carefully, because Dr. Cambron is one of few theologian who gets it 100% correct, that is, he understands the simplicity of the Gospel and that repentance does not mean turning from sin as proponents of Lordship Salvation foolishly teach:
The beloved Pastor Bob Gray Sr. correctly preaches:
“Repent, as Christ meant it to be in terms of salvation, means to change your mind from trusting in what you can do for God to trusting only in what He can do for you.” ~Michael Patrick Bowen, “I NEVER NEW YOU
” (p. 114)
“Repentance means to change your mind—change your mind—change your mind about how you want to get to Heaven to what God says you've got to do to get to Heaven. If you've got to repent of all your sins, you're still headed for Hell tonight.” ~Pastor Bob Gray Sr., Why You Should Be A Part Of A Growing Church
Repentance is necessary for salvation.Amen! I fully agree. The only thing that is required to be saved is to realize one's need as a guilty sinner in the sight of a holy God (Romans 3:19-20). You must know why and what you are being saved from, which is from the consequences of our sin, which is to suffer the Second Death in the Lake of Fire forever (Romans 6:23; Revelation 21:8). Jesus Christ paid our debt of sin on the cross, so that we could escape this horrifying judgment and eternal fate (Romans 5:9). I also fully agree with what Pastor Harry Ironside says about repentance:
The Greek word for repent is metanoeo, which, translated into English is: to change ones mind. It does not mean to turn from sin. That would add works to salvation.
Repentance for salvation means a change of mind from men's ideas of salvation and religion, to an acceptance of Gods only way of salvation.
This results in a completely new creation, not a reformation of the old. The old nature remains as evil as ever after salvation and has not been reformed . . . The old nature can now be controlled by the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit.
God guarantees salvation. This is His gift to us.God does not cast out disobedient children, but in some cases, does take them home. He does not permit His children to live as they please without His discipline and guidance.
God guarantees reward and fruit to the obedient son.
God guarantees chastening and loss of rewards to the disobedient son.
Many teach repentance for salvation incorrectly, by including some form of human effort or righteousness, such as willingness to turn from sin, or turning from sin. This is heresy and has confused many people. It adds works to salvation and causes many to not understand Gods great gift. It is probation, not salvation. It is completely unscriptural. It is Galatianism and a counterfeit of the gospel.
It is a tragedy that many Christians live shallow Christian lives. The Cambron Institute is dedicated to the task of training Christian men and women in the importance of total dedication and making Jesus the Lord of their lives not to be saved but because they are saved.
Shallow Christianity cannot be cured by adding works to salvation.
Salvation is not the result of what we do, but is by receiving what God has done for us. Acts 13:38, 39; Acts 20:20: Gal. 1:8,9; Gal. 2:4; Gal. 2:21; Gal. 3:1.3; Gal. 5:1-4; Eph. 2:8-10; II Cor. 5:21;John 3:16-18; Phil. 3:9; Titus 3:5-8:11 Cor. 11:13-1 5.
“The Gospel is not a call to repentance, or to amendment of our ways, to make restitution for past sins, or to promise to do better in the future. These things are proper in their place, but they do not constitute the Gospel; for the Gospel is not good advice to be obeyed, it is good news to be believed. Do not make the mistake then of thinking that the Gospel is a call to duty or a call to reformation, a call to better your condition, to behave yourself in a more perfect way than you have been doing in the past …Nor is the Gospel a demand that you give up the world, that you give up your sins, that you break off bad habits, and try to cultivate good ones. You may do all these things, and yet never believe the Gospel and consequently never be saved at all.” ~Dr. Harry A. Ironside, 'What Is The Gospel?
Yes, it is possible dear reader for a true believer to CONTINUE IN SIN, and still have the 100% absolute confidence and peace of soul that he or she is saved safe and secure in the Father's hands. Romans 6:1, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?” No matter how much we may choose to sin as a child of God, GRACE WILL ABOUND. That refutes every false prophet who errantly preaches that if a person's faith is real, then they will live a changed life. No, there is no Biblical proof of that claim. Not all saints live changed lives. In fact, many are downright rotten to the end! Certainly, every one of God's children continue in sin to some degree, because no one is without iniquity.
So if your church pastor says to “turn from your sin” or “repent of your sin” to be saved, ask him exactly what he means by that (because 95% won't tell you plainly unless you ask them directly). If he answers that there must be conviction of sin, so that you see your need to Christ, then he is okay. Albeit, he shouldn't be using those unbiblical phrase “turn from your sin” or “repent of your sin” because they confuse people!
But if your pastor answers that genuine repentance results in a change of behavior, then I plead with you to either tell your pastor that he is wrong, or LEAVE THAT PLACE in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ if he refuses to repent of his wrong repentance!!! Sadly, 99% of pastors are full of sinful ego, stinking pride, so that they greatly resent someone questioning or God forbid, correcting, THEIR doctrine. The ideas of “turn from your sin” or “repent of your sin” are MANMADE commandments, and not the COMMANDMENTS OF GOD. Mark 7:9, “And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.”
To sinfully tell someone that repentance by implication cannot just mean “a change of mind” is to corrupt the inspired Word of God. In fact, repentance does just mean a change of mind in the original Koine Greek New Testament. We are saved by BELIEVING the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That is, the GOOD NEWS of Jesus Christ crucified on a cross, buried and bodily risen the third day (1st Corinthians 15:1-4). If turning away from sinful behavior were necessary to be saved, then the Apostle Paul would have included it in his defining of the Gospel, which Paul said we are saved by if we BELIEVE IT!!!
Furthermore, the Epistle of 1st John is perhaps the most misunderstood in the Holy Bible. Certainly 1st John is often misunderstood. 1st John 3:8, “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” John is not saying that a professed believer who wilfully sins is not saved, God forbid. The next verse in 1st John 3:9 says, “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” Since every saint still sins, we know that this verse must mean when we choose to sin, it is the FLESH and not the HOLY SPIRIT that is committing sin.
We find the answer in Romans 8:4, “That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.”
And we read in Romans 8:8, “So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.” The most important verse in 1st John, in my humble opinion, is 1st John 3:24, “And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.” In my mind, I have always thought that the only way to KNOW you're saved (1st John 5:13) is by one's FAITH in Jesus Christ. But the Bible says we KNOW that we are God's child by the indwelling Holy Spirit.
It is my humble opinion that the reason for which God said this, is simply because there are millions of people who have heard the Gospel their entire life, and are very familiar with what is required to get to Heaven, but they (as Judas) just don't believe. I have heard Benny Hinn preach the Gospel correctly in one meeting, and preach damnable heresy in the next. Will the real Benny Hinn please stand up! I have heard the same hypocrisy from Dr. John MacArthur. My spiritual discernment tells me that Benny Hinn knows the details of the Gospel, but he doesn't believe a word of it, he just manipulates people and exploits Christianity to make billions of dollars in filthy lucre. Hebrews 4:2 says that the Jews in the Wilderness heard Moses preach the Gospel for 40 years! But they perished in their sins because they didn't have any FAITH in the Gospel.
I think that is why God authored the Epistle of 1st John, so that we as INDIVIDUALS can self-examine our own soul, to determine if we have the HOLY SPIRIT. John never once says that works are evidence of being saved; but rather, if we are saved we will be convicted by the indwelling Holy Spirit about the sins in our life. It is false doctrine to look at one's life to prove that we are saved. Please don't do that. If you have God living in you, then YOU KNOW IT! Since the age of 13, I have known the sweet presence of God's Holy Spirit in my life. I wasn't aware of the Holy Spirit when I got saved at age 13. It wasn't until age 18 that I began to learn about who the Holy Spirit is. But now that I have been born-again for 34 years, I can look back with the joy of the Lord, and clearly see God's presence throughout my life, through the good times and the bad. I know that I am saved from John 3:16, because I BELIEVE on the only begotten Son of God, the Christ (John 20:31).
But I have the added confirmation that I have eternal life, by the presence of the blessed Holy Spirit in me. I love Jesus (even though I don't always live as I should). I love the Word of God (even though I don't always read it as I should). I love my fellow saints (even though I sometimes avoid them because they are mean). I love God's commandments (even though there have been times in my life when I wilfully lived in open sin). I have always felt Holy Spirit conviction over the sins in my life (Hebrews 12:6-8; Romans 8:9).
I don't feel Holy Spirit conviction over the shortcomings, failures and foolish decisions I've made in life, because those things are a natural part of being a human being, and God doesn't expect me to be perfect. In fact, it was all those mistakes, foolish decisions, mistakes and shortcomings that has enabled God to greatly bless and use my website ministry to reach others for Jesus Christ. God uses humble nobodies, because then He gets all the credit!!! So it is not my life that confirms I am saved, but the indwelling Holy Spirit. No one should worry or try to live right to feel saved, that is very wrong to do. Clearly, no one is saved who is wrong on repentance and the Gospel.
Romans 6:1, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?” You may have the Holy Spirit in you, and still choose to live like the Devil your whole life (like Samson, Demas, Lot and Solomon did), but the indwelling Holy Spirit will convict you about those sins, and you will be of all men most miserable. That is all I think John is saying in his epistle. But no this, WORKS have no place at any point in receiving God's gift of salvation. Believers SHOULD live godly (Titus 2:12), but the Bible doesn't say that we MUST or WILL live godly in Christ Jesus. Thank you for reading my blogs.