Below, I give the link to a False Gospel teacher’s very Christian-sounding teaching.
You may want to read that first and see if you can detect what is wrong with it. There are a couple of sentences that scream False Gospel.
Here is what I responded to what Senior Pastor Colin Smith wrote:
A saved person is one who believes in Jesus. There are no “distinguishing marks of a Christian.” There are traits that are found in one living by the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, et al.. And there are good works that saved believers are commanded to do.
But there are many unbelievers who do good works and have love, joy, and peace (although not of the same kind and source as a believer in Jesus (which is God)).
According to the Bible, a person knows he is a saved believer by the inner witness of the Holy Spirit–because he believes in Jesus.
Salvation is a FREE GIFT through faith in Jesus.
The reason that the article linked to below is False Gospel teaching is that it makes the doing of good works the bottom line for defining who is and who is not a saved believer in Jesus.
That is salvation by works, unavoidably.
Our works are not our assurance of salvation–faith in Jesus, ONLY, is the source of our assurance of salvation.
All believers in Jesus ~still sin~.
Notice the spiritually deadly teaching written by Colin Smith: “All of us have heard stories about people who have professed Christian faith while quietly indulging their sins of choice. Such a person is not a Christian but a hypocrite. What a person believes is a necessary mark, but it is not sufficient to identify a genuine Christian.”
What this article is saying is that a person cannot believe in Jesus and be saved while he still sins.
This is deadly false doctrine.
When Jesus tells saved believers to pray, “Forgive us our trespasses” in the Lord’s Prayer, are they not true Christians? Obviously they are.
When Paul tells saved believers in Jesus to confess their sins to one other, are these people not true Christians? Yes, they are.
When 1st John says that if we say we have no sin, that the truth is not in us, is he not saying that all saved believers still sin? Of course.
Those who have believed in Jesus are saved eternally.
Jesus said, in John 6:47: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who BELIEVES IN ME ~HAS~ EVERLASTING LIFE.”
Galatians chapter one condemns Senior Pastor Colin Smith to Hell, twice, for preaching a false Gospel of works.
The Beatitudes DO NOT tell us what a saved believer in Jesus looks like, as Smith says in the last part of this article.
The Beatitudes tell us what God’s will is and how we should live, and how far our inner attitudes fall from perfection.
But there are people who do not even believe in Jesus who live by the Beatitudes.
Smith says at the end that salvation is not by works, but then he contradicts himself by saying that it is only by works that we can know if someone is saved.
This is how all the false teachers operate. They say they believe in salvation by faith alone, without good works; and then they make good works a requirement to know if you are really saved.
The truth is, those who believe in Jesus as Savior are saved eternally. (John 6:47)
It is God’s will that those who are saved eternally should live by His Word and Spirit in love and righteousness.
But even if a believer in Jesus does not live God’s way, and even if a believer in Jesus has his life dominated by sin, this does not erase his salvation, because salvation is by faith in Jesus, not by good works we do, either before or after salvation.
Pastor Smith needs to get saved through faith in Jesus, and to ever have Jesus alone as his foundation for salvation and true Christianity.
See my blog, graceinsightandart.wordpress.com Search: “Lordship Salvation.”
Here Is the link to the False Gospel article: