Instant Christian Maturity


Even evangelical Christianity is infected with the notion that there is a special, sinless life that comes as a result of a mysterious, spiritual step that produces an immense, one-time gain in our lives. The Christian faith itself is not unaffected by the influence of sub-Christian doctrines, and we are living in an age in which this effect continues to grow. The doctrine of instant maturity is one of them.

Paul believed no such delusion. Speaking of his own situation, he says, “Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect [mature]: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:12). Christian sanctification comes to us in a positional sense instantly and totally when we receive Christ. Progressive sanctification is a daily and laborious task and will not and cannot be fulfilled so long as we live in a sinful world.

That is indeed the way God has ordained it. Earth is like a university, and our course of study will never be complete so long as we live on this campus. The moment a person believes that he has achieved an exalted plane in life, at that moment, the evil one has successfully cut off the educational process that alone can perfect real holiness in life. 

How many millions of Christians have been fixed in a state of tragic immaturity because they have believed a doctrine of instant perfection that has no basis in Scripture? Spiritual infants populate our churches and become problems because they have not continued to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Finally, the doctrine that the pursuit of God is a pointless errand has been the great inhibition to Christian evangelism. Of those who neglect or refuse to receive Christ as their Savior, the largest portion do so because they believe that the way to fulfillment is along another road. They pursue business achievements, personal pleasure, prestige, or other forms of human accomplishment as the path to success as they perceive it. Each individual who is not a Christian believes that there is a more valuable course to follow in life than the spiritual one.

Millions in their spiritual blindness believe the satanic doctrine that there is another path to destiny beside receiving Christ as Savior and growing in the Christian life. Satan makes the world appear to present great promise, but once again, this is a promise that cannot be fulfilled. He promises, but he does not perform.

Despite this lack of performance, people continue to believe that the path to destiny is in some other direction beside God. 

Deciding against the will of God for their lives, they move into wasted years and a lost eternity.

They discover too late that the only purpose worth pursing was the exciting plan that God has for their life. To believe any other point of view is to be subverted by a satanic doctrine.

Dave Breese

Saved No Matter What


Believer in Jesus: Never forget that you are a child of God. God declared you not guilty of all your sins—past, present and future, because of Jesus’ atoning sacrifice. You are forgiven of all your sins, past, present, and future. You are indwelled by the Holy Spirit of God, you are saved forever from Hell, and you are guaranteed to go to Heaven, no matter what you do, because you have believed in Jesus, true man and true God, who died for all of your sins on the cross, was buried, and rose again on the third day. Salvation has zero to do with what sins you do, or what good works you do. Salvation is all of Jesus, 100%. Salvation is a free gift of God. Eternal life is yours, forever, right now.

Bible Truth from Curtis Smale

 

The Seven Most Important Christian Focuses


1) The FREE GIFT of Salvation from sin, death, and Hell by a moment of faith in JESUS,

2) The GOSPEL Essentials of 1st Corinthians 15:1-4: Jesus, the God-man, died for the washing away of all of our sins: past, present, and future, through His death on the cross. He was buried, and He resurrected from the dead on the third day.

3) The love of God and His Son Jesus,

4) The biblical doctrine of Eternal Security,

5) The biblical fact that, in Christ, believers are holy children of God Our Father,

6) The Indwelling Holy Spirit (and the importance of following Him by our spirit (fully explained in “The Spiritual Man,” by Watchman Nee.)

7) The Believer’s Crucified and Risen Righteous Identity in Christ (and the importance of living out that identity)

I strongly believe that these are the seven most powerful, comforting, and effective biblical teachings for creating spiritual maturity and also a giving, loving, Christ-like community.

Curtis Smale

Heaven Guaranteed


Salvation:

is by faith in Jesus. (John 6:47)

Which Jesus? 

The Jesus who is the Son of God. (John 3:16)

The Jesus who died for the forgiveness of all your sins (on the cross) according to the Scripture, who was buried, who rose from the dead on the third day, according to the Scripture. (1st Corinthians 15:1-4)

No repentance of sins or turning from sins is necessary or allowed as a condition for salvation. (That is salvation by works of turning from sins.)

No good works are necessary or allowed as a condition for salvation. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

No water baptism is necessary or allowed as a condition of salvation. (That is salvation by ritual good works)

No continued discipleship to Jesus is necessary or allowed as a condition for salvation. (That is Lordship Salvation by Works False Gospel. (Galatians 1: 6-9)

Salvation is eternal. Eternal life. It is eternal life and the guarantee of Heaven at the moment of death. It cannot be lost, sinned away, or given back.

The eternal security of eternal salvation is the biblical truth.

Eternal salvation is a free gift 🎁 received by faith. (Ephesians 2:8)

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After the moment of salvation, of receiving irrevocable, irreversible, unreturnable eternal life (Ephesians 1:13-14), it is God’s will that we follow His indwelling Spirit and live by the truth of His Word, as children Of God. But doing this does not get us saved, nor is it any condition of being saved or “staying saved.”

Curtis Smale

Is this what John 3:16 says?


“For God so loved the world that whosoever repents of their sins and becomes a lifelong disciple of Jesus, faithful to the end, should not perish but have everlasting life.” Is that what John 3:16 says? No.

It says that whosoever believes in God’s Son (Jesus) has everlasting life.

Salvation is a FREE GIFT, received permanently and irrevocably in a moment of faith.

Curtis Smale