Does Grace come with a price?

By: Neil Anderson 

 If you want to know something that is dangerous to your health (spiritual health, that is), this is it. And it is not brand new. It’s older than the New Age collection of pieces of ancient cults revived during the 20th century and the Emerging Church Movement, but younger than the Reformation. It dates from the time of C.I. Scofield and L.S. Chafer, and it flourished under men like Zane Hodges, Charles Ryrie, and Charles Stanley.

 The main idea of this ‘gospel’ is that one act of faith (the belief only kind) guarantees eternal security regarding  salvation for one who makes such a profession, regardless of whatever sinful lifestyle he may practice after his one act of faith, saying he believes that Jesus is his Savior [but not his Lord].

 This belief only ‘gospel’ claims that God’s only requirement for salvation is justification by faith, which the proponents of this system say means belief only. According to this way of thinking, belief is faith. Any works of righteousness applied toward sanctification are not of faith but of works. Accordingly, a person’s one act of faith (belief) may become shipwrecked, and the person may deny his faith, but his salvation remains secure. He is just a Carnal Christian and may lose some rewards.

 What is wrong with this picture? What is wrong is that it is not Biblically complete or correct. Is this not a false faith, a miscarriage of a supposed spiritual birth?

 The Bible teaches that God does not justify anyone who will not be sanctified. The so-called positional sanctification at regeneration is only the beginning of a person’s purification process for making him fit for the kingdom of heaven. There will be no persons in heaven who are committed to a life of sin during their physical life.

 Please take note of the following verses.

 Lev 11:44a ‘For I am the LORD your God. You shall therefore consecrate yourselves, and you shall be holy; for I am holy…’

 1 Pet.1:15-16 “…but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”

 Heb. 12:14 “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:”

 Rom. 8:13-14 “For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” [eternal life or eternal death]

 Heb. 3:14 “For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end,…”

 1Cor. 6:9-10 “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners  will inherit the kingdom of God.”

 Gal.5:19-21 “Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

 These verses are directly from the Word of God. God’s wisdom says believe the truth, while man’s wisdom may say otherwise.


New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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