What does “saving faith” mean to you? Can you have faith and NOT be saved?
January 31, 2010
January 29, 2010
I love to get excited about who He is…. this did it for me tonight! Thanks Carl! 🙂
Lord just lead me to the cross….
January 28, 2010
There are thousands of “I’ve got the handle on it” denominations of churches… but two are being discussed right now, and in particular, regeneration, justification and conversion. The following are presented views of each of these topics from both the Protestant and Catholic views. My prayer is that the conversation will continue as it has with a great deal of respect. I’m simply offering a fresh start here.
Protestant: “Regeneration is a one-time event, initiated by God through the work of the Holy Spirit. I believe that regeneration – the heart of stone being changed into a heart of flesh – makes faith, repentance, and perseverance possible. Without regeneration, one cannot please God, because one cannot have faith. I do not believe baptism to be at all regenerative. Baptizing a non-believer results in a wet non-believer, not in an immediate Christian.”
Catholic: “I doubt we disagree on this. Christ said we must be born again. Reborn of water and Spirit. The “spot” that happened for me was at my Baptism. Here’s where we might differ: We believe that “by Baptism all sins are forgiven, original sin and all personal sins, as well as all punishment for sin.66 In those who have been reborn nothing remains that would impede their entry into the Kingdom of God, neither Adam’s sin, nor personal sin, nor the consequences of sin, the gravest of which is separation from God.”
P: “Conversion is not continual. Conversion happens once when the believer in Jesus Christ is changed from death unto life. Repentance is a continual, daily process of turning from sin and self to Jesus Christ, however there is often a clear moment of “repenting of sins” at true conversion. Repentance is a crucial part of the salvation process, but it is brought about by faith rather than being the instigator. Sanctification is this ongoing process.”
C: “Conversion is a turning from one thing to another. I don’t view conversion as a one time event. We are called to convert every time we fall into sin. Whenever I turn away from God – and we all do – I need to turn back. Every turn is a conversion. My first conversion was when I was freed from the original sin I was born with. My most recent one was this afternoon.”
P: “Justification is immediate and complete. The price for our justification was paid in full by the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross. No work I do can add to it. There are no penances in Scripture. I will show you my faith by my works, but my works have absolutely nothing to do with my justification. Works are demonstrative only and are completely ineffectual in regards to salvation both prior to and after regeneration. I do not perceive justification to be a removal of sins.”
C: “Those who die before the end of the world will be judged immediately at their deaths. We call this the “particular judgment.” The Epistle to the Hebrews says (9:27): “It is appointed to men to die once, and after that comes the judgment”. Then, “Each one will receive his pay, according to his works” (1 Cor 3:8).
As defined by the Council of Trent, “Justification is the change from the condition in which a person is born as a child of the first Adam into a state of grace and adoption among the children of God through the Second Adam, Jesus Christ our Savior”. On the negative side, justification is a true removal of sin, and not merely having one’s sins ignored or no longer held against the sinner by God. On the positive side it is the supernatural sanctification and renewal of a person who thus becomes holy and pleasing to God and an heir of heaven. For me as a baby, I was justified by baptism and the faith of the one who requested the sacrament for me (Mom and Dad).”
Questions to consider:
1) Did Jesus put anything in place to resolve both reasonable and unreasonable doctrinal conflicts among believers so that we could remain both united and accurate?
2) If he did put something in place, are his followers obligated to use that system, or is it optional?
January 27, 2010
“Have you noticed how much praying for revival has been going on of late – and how little revival has resulted? I believe the problem is that we have been trying to substitute praying for obeying, and it simply will not work. To pray for revival while ignoring the plain precept laid down in Scripture is to waste a lot of words and get nothing for our trouble. Prayer will become effective when we stop using it as a substitute for obedience.”
Thank you Mister Tozer….
January 26, 2010
Reading in Matthew 9:35 it occurred to me that this one scripture pretty much summarized all that He did. “35Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.”
What word stands out for you? For me it is “went”. Reminds me of Matthew 28:19-20. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Right after the word go, ministry followed. Jesus Himself did, He went, which is what He instructed us to do. Behind all ministry is a time that we feel like we are being thrust into a new and uncomfortable place. We have the Spirit of God in us to accompany us wherever we go. I am not just talking about physical movement, but also the opening of our hearts to others rather than closing them out.
When Jesus went, He ministered. The word ministry means “to serve” from the Latin ministerium. The focus of Jesus’ in other words, were the needs of others rather than on His own.
We have so many in our church who are willing to go into full-time service, many of them know the key to that is for us to be willing and active right here and right now. We are taught to not just watch church happen, and that none of us can afford to stay still. We all need to go and do.
I love that it is His harvest. He has everything all arranged. He is waiting for us to seek Him so He can direct us. The harvest is plentiful, but we need to act now.
This morning the Lord had me in Isaiah…. 60:1 is one of my favorite scriptures. “Arise, shine; for your light has come, And the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.”
I can almost hear Him speaking this to me right now, Deb… Arise, shine….your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you! Don’t feel like “doing today?”… I want you to arise… stop walking with the world.
The world may even demand today to live with it, but I have to refuse. No matter what the cost is, we need to step out of sinc from the world and live within God’s heartbeat. Arise out of the compromises of the world and strive for the glory of His kingdom. But it doesn’t stop there….. we have to shine.
We have to get involved, become active. What exactly then is the call on our lives that demands us to drop it all for the sake of it all? “For your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.” Life change has to happen because of God’s glory in our lives. The focus of the world is turned to the heavens. Light has come. It is nothing less than the glorious presence of God.
Every day we are bombarded with political, legal, economic, religious and personal agendas. But they do nothing but fail us, and others that we are called to be light to. Only when His light shines in the dark will His order overcome the chaos, His clarity will rule over confusion…
Today He has called me to Arise and Shine. I will do my best leaning heavily on Him, to do just that. How will God’s light and glory be seen in your life today?
January 25, 2010
Mondays here are devoted to praying for one another. If you or someone you know has a need, go ahead a let me know. I would love to pray for you. Take a minute and pray for anyone else here as well… Have a good Monday 🙂
January 23, 2010
Since I just plain don’t have time right now to open my can of worms, I’m throwing this out there….
How old can one be, or is there an age limit on “getting saved”. Do we have the right to tell someone they are saved? I see no prayer of salvation in God’s Word, so do we give people false hope and security by leading them in that prayer? Just would like to hear some thoughts….. 🙂
REALLY aches for these people….. Whatever you can do, no matter how big or small… just do it, in His name… nothing is too big for our God.
Churches helping churches… a way to get involved….