God does want us to live by grace and to produce good works by grace through faith in Jesus and by His Spirit. But He does -not- want us to rely on those works in any way to be saved, or to prove that we are saved.
We know that we are saved for Heaven and forgiven of all sins through simply believing in Christ crucified and resurrected (1st Corinthians 15:1-4).
I believe that the False Gospel must be exposed when the true biblical Gospel is being preached, because the False Gospel has infected many, probably most, American churches.
Having lived in both Texas (18 years ago) and Arizona (10 years ago), for whatever reason, I found that most of the churches there were very strong in the true Gospe
l of salvation through faith in Jesus. (Each church must be checked out individually.)
But most churches today teach some form of salvation by works.
I wish it weren’t like this and I wish people in America were spiritually safe in the most important matter (the saving Gospel) when they walk in to a “Christian” church. But they are not.
Preachers are preaching “follow Christ,” “make a commitment to Christ,” and “change your life” as the way to be saved. Or they preach: “repent of your sins and believe in Christ.” Or they tell you to look at your life and your works to determine if you are a true and saved believer. All of these are salvation by works, not salvation by faith in Christ.
What we need to repent of is -unbelief-. We simply need to believe that Jesus the God-man died on the cross for our sins, and was resurrected from the dead on the third day.
This is the saving Gospel message clearly taught, over and over, in Scripture.
The Lordship Salvation False Doctrine is the most dangerous false doctrine ever, in my opinion, because it is so widespread in American churches, because it blocks people from the true Gospel, and because it uses Jesus and so many biblical truths in its presentation.
In the quote below, Tom Cucuzza makes a great point along these lines.
In his sermon entitled “Living in Light of Our Redemption”, delivered March 10, 2013, Tom Cucuzza discussed the use of the term “follower of Christ”, and how it communicates the wrong message. Following is a pertinent excerpt:
Minutes 41:10- 42:30
We don’t talk about believers anymore. Well, we do, ‘cause that’s what the Bible calls us. But, you know what? Because of the huge impact that those who are preaching Lordship salvation, which is works for salvation, because of the huge impact they’re having on Christendom today, the new buzzword is “followers of Christ.”
You hear that a lot – followers of Christ? A follower of Christ. Where’s the emphasis there? It’s on how you’re living, right? Not what you believe, but how you’re living. There are people who have followed the moral teachings of scripture their whole lives, who when they die, they won’t go to Heaven. They have followed the Sermon on the Mount as best they can. I’ve had people tell me “I’m going to Heaven.” Why? “Because I follow the Sermon on the Mount.” And I’m thinking, “no you don’t. No, you don’t. You can’t. It’s an ideal. It’s great. There are great principles there. I believe them. But, you know what? If you’re going to follow that, you’re gonna have to be perfect, and none of us are. You’re not gonna make it there by that.”
So, when somebody says, “oh, they’re a follower of Jesus”, my question is “what do you mean by that?” Well, usually they’ll say “well, they follow the teachings of Jesus.” Well, that has to do with how you live. Are you gonna get to Heaven by how you live? No. You get to Heaven by faith in Christ.
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