Six (6) Fallacies Concerning Salvation

A fallacy = a false or mistaken idea.

Today let’s consider: Six (6) Fallacies Concerning Salvation

1. No people will be saved
2. All people will be saved
3. All good people will be saved
4. All religious people will be saved
5. All believers in Jesus will be saved
6. All who are now saved will stay saved

Work Out Your Salvation With Fear And Trembling (Phil. 2:12-18)

Phil. 2:12  So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling;

Philippians 2:12-18
1. Work Requested (2:12a,b)
2. Work Requirements (2:12c-18)

(i) Work Reverently (2:12c)

(ii) Work Confidently (2:13)

(iii) Work Willingly (2:14)

(iv) Work Blamelessly (2:15)

(v) Work Steadfastly (2:16)

(vi) Work Cheerfully (2:17,18)

Three Important Bible Periods

  1. The Promises (Christ)
  2. The Law
  3. The Gospel (Christ)

LESSONS

  1. God does not lie!
  2. Rejoice in the Lord always!
  3. Today we live by the gospel / the law of Christ and not by the law of Moses!
  4. Do the deeds of Abraham today!

Four (4) of Jesus’ Thought-Provoking Questions

  1. Isn’t life more than food or clothing?
  2. Who do you say that I am?
  3. Why do you keep on saying that I am your Lord, when you refuse to do what I say?
  4. You do not want to go away also, do you?

Jesus often asked questions:

  • not because He didn’t know or wasn’t sure about the answers,
  • but to provoke others to careful thought – to cause people to think very seriously about something.

Neglecting Salvation

Introduction Heb 2:1-4 KJV

(1) Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.

(2) For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;

(3) How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;

(4) God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?

Your First Love If its important, you will make the time. If its not, you will make the excuse. Making Time Rev 2:4 KJV Jer 2:1-2 KJV Making Excuses Rev 3:15-16 KJV

Take Heed Heb 2:1 KJV The Things you Have heard Old Testament Deu 11:16 KJV Jos 22:5 KJV New Testament Mar 13:5 KJV 1Ti 4:16 KJV Mat 13:22 KJV 2Ti 4:10 KJV How Shall we Escape? Heb 2:2-3 KJV Just Recompense Act 7:51-53 KJV Jer 6:10-15 KJV Remember we have been grafted in Rom 11:20-22 KJV Heb 10:28-29 KJV

What is the meaning of life?

What is the meaning of life?
  • Why are we here?
  • What is life all about?
  • What is the purpose of existence?
It is natural and proper to search for the meaning of life.

the Bible shows us that we are unique compared to the rest of nature:

  • 3:11 He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.
    • e., We know intuitively that there is more to life than just what we see.
      • God has made us like this!
      • Our thoughts are directed to eternity – we are not satisfied with just the here and now!
  • So it is natural and proper for us to seek that which is higher and eternal.
Many search for the meaning of life in all the wrong places.

Solomon was the king of Israel at the height of its prosperity 1 Kings 10:21

So Solomon had all the resources to experiment with any kind of enjoyment in life – things like earthly wisdom, pleasure, wine, possessions, entertainment, etc. (scan Ecc. 1:16 to 2:17).

Ecc 2:11 Thus I considered all my activities which my hands had done and the labour which I had exerted, and behold all was vanity and striving after wind and there was no profit under the sun.

But don’t people today try exactly the same kind of things which Solomon did, only usually on a lesser scale?

  • They think that if they have more money, or have a better job, or get a bigger home, or reach a certain degree of fame and recognition, then they will feel fulfilled!
    • e., Many, like Solomon, search for the meaning of life in all the wrong places.
The meaning of life is really quite simple!

After all Solomon’s pursuits, he finally arrived at this simple truth:

  • 12:13-14 The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. 14 For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.

Which church is the true church today?

Why are there so many churches today with different beliefs and practices?
– Where did they all come from?
– Does God approve of such division and confusion? i.e., Does it really matter?

The church which Jesus built:

Matt. 16:16-18 Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God’. And Jesus said to him, Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.
1. Jesus would build His church (in the future).
2. It would be built upon the content of Peter’s confession: “Christ, the Son of the living God”.
3. It would always exist once it was built (so where is it today??).

When did Jesus built His church?
Well, we know it was in existence by the time of Acts 5 …
Acts 5:11 And great fear came over the whole church, and over all who heard of these things.
We also know that people were first added to it in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2) in A.D. 30:
– Acts 2:41 So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls.

  • Note 1Co. 12:13a For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body,
  • Col. 1:18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.

What must I do to be saved?

A most important question in this life is: “What must I do to be saved?”
– This is the question that every person must answer correctly in their lives if they hope to spend eternity with God in heaven.
– Sadly, in the world today, there are many wrong answers given to this question:
e.g., Some trust their own feelings in the matter; but feelings are, of course, unreliable:
Prov 16:25 There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.
e.g., Others trust in the advice of people (where some say one thing, and others another thing!) but this is useless as well:
Matt. 15:9 BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN

Surely Jesus is the only One who truly knows how we can be saved (cf. Rom. 1:4)!
So let’s “listen to Him!” (as God commanded the disciples to do in Matt. 17:5) …

Believe, repent, baptism for forgiveness of sins. Luke. 24:47, Mark. 16:15-16, Matt. 28:18-19, Acts 2:36-40

Remember:
– All parts of the process contribute to the result of being saved; all parts, therefore, are essential.
– Under the NT, someone who is baptized without believing, or believes without being baptized, is not saved!

Have you been saved according to Jesus’ instructions?
– Don’t trust your own feelings! Don’t trust in other people (e.g., “faith only”, “saved without baptism in water”, etc.)! Listen only to Jesus on how to be saved!
– We would urge you, as Saul/Paul was urged: Acts 22:16 Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.

Sowing the Seed

Jesus’ command to all His disciples:

  • Mat 28:18-20 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

 How are we to “make disciples”?

Sowing the Seed

  • Luke 8:5,11 The sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell beside the road, and it was trampled under foot and the birds of the air ate it up … 11 “Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God.

Rom. 10:17  So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.

Sometimes Christians may become discouraged by the apparent lack of response to the direct telling of the gospel.

It is equally discouraging to see people respond to the gospel and then fall away some time later.

So there is a great temptation, at times, to try devious means to entice people to Christ!

But to employ such:

(i)  is to practise deception (like the devil, Rev. 12:9), and

(ii)  may cause people to be attracted to the wrong thing (i.e. not to Christ).

Let’s consider four (4) questions this morning:

  1. What tricks may I use to bring others to Jesus?
  2. How should we bring people to Jesus?
  3. Why can’t we modify God’s word to please all people?
  4. Does the word of God need any “help” from us?