Saved from Hell, But Lost in Tradition #6

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

“…God our Saviour; who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:3,4 KJV).

Can someone go to heaven without ever learning dispensational Bible study?

Salvation from hell—“God who will have all men to be saved” (today’s Scripture).

What has God done for man that man could never do for himself? How has the Lord Jesus Christ dealt with our sin problem, fully and completely? What must we do to be saved, to appropriate to our account, what Jesus Christ did for us, so we can avoid eternal hellfire?

The Gospel of the Grace of God answers these questions. “Christ died for our sins, He was buried, and He rose again the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:3,4). “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness” (Romans 4:5). “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31).

Salvation from false teaching—“God who will have all men to come unto the knowledge of the truth” (today’s Scripture).

Why is Almighty, holy God willing to save us weak, sinful humans from the hellfire we deserve? What will He do with us who have trusted Jesus Christ alone as our personal Saviour? How does Christ’s finished crosswork impact our lives on a daily basis?

Dispensational Bible study answers these questions. We study all of the Bible, but we emphasize Paul’s epistles, Romans through Philemon, God’s Word written to and about us members of the Church the Body of Christ. God will use us in the heavenly places for all eternity to glorify Jesus Christ there (2 Corinthians 5:1; Ephesians 1:3; Ephesians 2:6,7; 2 Timothy 4:18). “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him” (Colossians 2:6). We received Christ by faith without our works; our Christian life will operate likewise—by faith in what Christ will do in and through us. “Ye are not under the law, but under grace” (Romans 6:14). We are “dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:11).

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Christian ambassador (Shawn Brasseaux)

Grace and peace! What a privilege to be an ambassador for the risen Christ here on WordPress! I am a Pauline dispensationalist Christian saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus plus nothing! My goal is to "have all men saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth" (1 Timothy 2:3,4). I seek to preach Jesus Christ crucified for our sins, buried, and raised again for our justification as the only way to salvation. Also, I seek to edify and perfect the saints using dispensational Bible study and the Authorized Version King James Bible!

2 thoughts on “Saved from Hell, But Lost in Tradition #6”

  1. Shawn,

    The Baptist church preaches saved by grace through faith, and not of works, but they don’t teach dispensational Bible truths as you probably are aware.

    Are folks that hear the grace gospel in a Baptist (and Methodist) churches saved, do you think?

    Thanks,

    Keith

    1. Keith, that’s a good question: “Are folks that hear the grace gospel in a Baptist (and Methodist) churches saved, do you think?” It’s somewhat difficult to answer. We can’t read hearts, but we can get a good idea of who’s going to heaven by what “Gospel” they preach.

      During the 15 years I went to denominational (mostly Baptist) churches, I don’t ever recall hearing “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” as an invitation. They’d make reference to Christ dying for my sins, that He was buried, and that He was raised again. They’d tell their members they couldn’t work for salvation. I’d have to give them credit for that at least, but they’d rarely (or sometimes never) say what these people were to do instead of work. They didn’t emphasize faith; it was usually some work of the flesh they wanted you to do (imagine that double-talk–“you can’t work for salvation, but turn from your sins and God will save you!”). I rarely recall hearing what was needed to appropriate the finished crosswork of Christ. Usually, they’d say “turn your life over to God,” “give your life to Christ,” “ask Jesus into your heart,” “repent of your sins,” “walk the aisle,” “make Christ Lord of your life,” etc. These “lordship” cliches just water down the gospel–they give no basis for faith. “Trust Christ’s finished crosswork as sufficient payment for your sins, and God will save you!” That is a message for faith to rest in. Those cliches, however, do nothing but confuse the people. It makes them unsure if they will ever be saved because they believe they’ve got to quit sinning, quit this, quit that, do this, do that, for salvation.

      I recently sat during three funeral messages, and each was given by a Baptist preacher. These preachers emphasized no one could work for heaven, but they didn’t give a clear enough Gospel at the end. Once they demonstrated no one could work for heaven, they left their audience hanging with, “Turn to the Lord,” “give your life to the Lord,” “ye must be born again,” etc. These statements only hide the Gospel from people. Once we trust Christ, THEN we give our lives to Him, but giving our lives to Christ is not salvation. Letting Jesus Christ rule over our lives is a RESULT of salvation, NOT a prerequisite. Some of these people are well-meaning, and while they do understand we cannot work for salvation, and they understand that Jesus Christ paid it all, they don’t usually express it clearly. They do a poor job of explaining it, and usually that’s because they mix the different Gospel messages in Scripture (which don’t fit with each other). How often I heard Acts 2:38 quoted in Baptist circles, and they’d wiggle around what it says in order to try to make it fit with Paul’s gospel (they didn’t know how else to handle the contradiction, so they’d skirt around and/or “retranslate” it). They mentioned “being born again” (John 3:3) or they’d say, “Jesus is knocking our your heart. Answer the door; He wants to come into your heart and sup with you” (Rev. 3:20). Again, it’s just mixing Israel’s Scriptures with ours.

      Mom, Dad, I, and others I can mention were saved, but we were so ignorant of Scripture. We went to Baptist churches for decades. We had the assurance of salvation because Jesus Christ’s finished crosswork was the fully satisfying payment for our sins, but we had very little spiritual growth in those churches. But once we learned dispensational Bible study, we left those churches, and we aren’t going to return to them (Rom. 16:17-18; 2Cor. 6:14-18). Sadly, some grace believers get so desperate for fellowship they attend denominational churches. They believe they can convince the church about right division, and usually, the church pollutes THEM instead and shackles them back in works-religion!

      So, are these denominational people saved? I’m sure some are because Mom, Dad, and I were while attending denominational churches. However, they are so ignorant of the Scriptures they can’t discern what is being taught there. They see no reason to leave, since the Bible is being taught, it SEEMS like a Christian church. There are something like 2 billion professing “Christians” in the world–half Protestant, the other half Roman Catholic. I certainly wouldn’t say all 2 billion are going to heaven–they’ve added a lot of works to simple faith in the Gospel of Grace. Many of their “gospels” are so polluted that Gal. 1:6-9 should be applied. I deal with a lot of Roman Catholics (90% of this area is), and usually they talk about going to purgatory before heaven–these people are certainly not saved. One day, when we get to heaven, just know we’ll be shocked who’s there… and who isn’t!

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