Part 2 For those who refuse the Free Gift, the Last Things, and Helpful Aids.
By Agur Israel Thomas
7th – The Penalty for Works-Based Gospel
In case you have a participant who is a Catholic, a Mainline Church of Christ, or a cult member, the 7th would be most helpful for them.
For those who try to earn salvation are self condemned for the same reason we’re under condemnation.
But for those who try to earn their salvation, despite being given the Gospel, is to reject the free gift of salvation; which also denigrates the sacrifice of Christ (Galatians 2:21, 3:10-13). They’ve also become debtors to the law (Romans 4:2-5) and have fallen from Grace (Galatians 5:4).
Finally, they might ask: “If we shouldn’t obey the commandments to be saved, then why does the Bible tell us to follow it”? The answer is this:
- To show our need for a savior (Romans 3:19-20)
- To do what is right and avoid wrongdoing (Ibid 7:7)
- Because saved us (1 John 4:19)
8th – The Doctrine of Assurance.
The problem with some of the current gospel invitation models is that they lead the hearer to believe that they’re saved solely because of a decision they’ve made and how sincere they were (Jeremiah 17:9). In the word of my first spiritual mentor:” They may be sincere, but they’re sincerely wrong”
With that, the Doctrine of Assurance can be summed up in one word: evidence. What is the evidence of true conversion (James 2:14-26 & the entire 1st John)? How do you, and they, know that they’re saved?
First, how much of the Gospel factored in their decision? Do you or they believe because they evidenced godly sorrow that leads to repentance and surrender or just to be safe from damnation (as to obtain a “Get-out-of-Hell, free!” card)?
Second, do they know that they’re to be new creatures in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17 & 1 John 3:6-9) and do they know how they’re transformed (Philippians 1:6, Galatians 2:20, & Ephesians 2:10)? And that they’re being kept by Him for eternity (John 6:37-39 & 10:28-29)?
Third, are they aware of the cost of following Christ; have they made the decision to believe anyway, or just get their “Best Life Now” (Matthew 13:5-6 & 2 Timothy 3:15)?
Moreover, do they know to examine and test themselves to see if they’re in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5)? Like the test of Prophets, a true believer should naturally bear good fruits (Matthew 7:15-23 & 1 John 3:6-9).
Finally, are they showing signs of a true Christian by their growth and maturity in: A. Theology (John 17:2 & 2 Timothy 2:15), B). Doxology (Psalms 63:1-4, 135:3, 136:1, & 1 John 4:19), C. Praxis (Galatians 5:16-25, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, & James 1:27)?
True Christians are Regenerated Christians… and Regenerated Christians will show signs of conversion. Their life ought to match their doctrine (1 Timothy 4:16).
Now… the Last Things
I would that Christian clubs not only teach the Gospel to them but also basic doctrines of the faith as this is a Christian club. If it’s just a Christian self-help club then why are you preaching the Gospel to them? And if you’re preaching the Gospel to them then why not teach them fundamental theology, peradventure, the saved are ignorant of them?
Not all of us have come from good congregations as you know that there are leaders who care more about numbers and profits than saving lives. So they avoid subjects that offend such as sin and damnation yet Jesus talked about both more than all the Apostles combined because they’re of such vital necessity (Matthew 10:34-39, 2 Corinthians 4:3-4, & Matthew 28:19-20).
If you do not know what doctrine they’re ignorant of then please do the following:
- Have them teach you, on paper and in class, what the Gospel is.
- Conduct a theological test (https://carm.org/theological-test)
- Impress upon them the importance of church history for their personal study, s through it, they can understand how doctrines, creeds, and confessions have developed over the centuries.
The following doctrines are very helpful to new converts and those not familiar with them:
- The Nicene, Athanathian, and Apostles Creed
- The Protestant Reformation
- The Four Solas
If you do not want to teach them any of the fundamental doctrines because of time then buy for each and every one of them Evangelical/Protestant Confessions such as the Heidelberg, Wesleyan, Methodist, or Congregational. They differ only on the minor and not on the major fundamental doctrines.
For Part 1 please click here: https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/disraelthomas.com/42
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When We Understand the Text 13 Sept. 2013 http://www.wwutt.com/
Ryan Reeves (Church history in how we’ve arrived to the doctrines, creeds, confessions, traditions and ecclesiastical movements we have today)
30 Nov. 2011 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrI5U0R293u9uveijefKyAA
Blimey Cow (Humorous, satirical, and apolitical focus on issues facing the youths of today and common sense and logical approach to solving them)
Blimey Cow 27 June 2006 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0jIctUPBK6lHw4AYnGHvCA
Got Questions Ministries covers major theological issues: https://www.gotquestions.org/
Hell’s Best Kept Secret, a method of evangelism virtually forgotten by the contemporary church titled, “The Way of the Master” https://www.livingwaters.com/hells-best-kept-secret/
OneMillionTracts is an online store where you can buy tracts and other resources that uses the “Way of the Master” method.
SermonIndex (A channel where one can listen to current and classical preachers in Evangelical history): https://www.youtube.com/user/sermonindex/featured
Christian Apologetics Research Ministry is an all around apologetics ministry to equip Christians in their effort to defend and reach the lost. To me, this is one of the best Apologetics site as it tackles issues from heretical doctrine to alleged bible contradictions https://carm.org/
Acts17Apologetics is a Youtube channel that biblical defense against Islam https://www.youtube.com/user/Acts17Apologetics
ONE FOR ISRAEL Ministry is one that reaches out to the chosen people of God – the Jewish people. It includes apologetics, and testimonial outreach to the Jewish People): https://www.oneforisrael.org/