Daily Archives: March 4, 2014

Questions about Salvation: How Can I Know If I Am One of the Elect?

 

While there are numerous ideas of precisely what election means in regards to salvation, the fact that believers are elect is indisputable (Romans 8:29–30; Ephesians 1:4–5, 11; 1 Thessalonians 1:4). Simply put, the doctrine of election is that God chooses/determines/elects/predestines who will be saved. It is not within the scope of this article to determine how election works. Rather, the question at hand is “How can I know if I am one of the elect?” The answer is exceedingly simple: believe!

The Bible nowhere instructs us to be concerned regarding our status of elect vs. non-elect. Rather, God calls us to believe, to receive Jesus Christ as Savior, by grace through faith (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8–9). If a person truly trusts in Jesus alone for salvation, that person is one of the elect. Whether belief secures election, or election causes belief—that is another debate. But what is sure that belief is evidence of election. No one can receive Jesus as Savior unless God draws him or her (John 6:44). God calls/draws those whom He has predestined/elected (Romans 8:29–30). Saving faith is not possible without divine election. Therefore, saving faith is evidence of election.

The idea of a person wanting to be saved but being unable to, due to not being one of the elect, is absolutely foreign to the Bible. No one seeks after God’s plan of salvation on their own accord (Romans 3:10–18). Those without Christ are blind to their need for salvation (2 Corinthians 4:4). This only changes when God begins drawing a person to Himself. It is God who opens eyes and enlightens minds to the need for Jesus Christ as Savior. A person cannot repent (change the mind about sin and the need for salvation) unless God grants repentance (Acts 11:18). Therefore, if you understand God’s plan of salvation, recognize your need for it, and feel compelled to receive Jesus Christ as your Savior, then believe, and you are saved.

If you have received Jesus Christ as your Savior, trusting Him alone for salvation, believing that His sacrifice is the full payment for your sins—congratulations, you are one of the elect.[1]


[1] Got Questions Ministries. (2010). Got Questions? Bible Questions Answered. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

Topical Bible Questions: How Can the Bible Bring Comfort during a Difficult Time?

 

The Bible is the Word of God written to His people and, as such, it contains everything we need to be “complete” (2 Timothy 3:15–17). Part of the “everything” we need is comfort. The Bible has a lot to say about comfort and has many passages and verses that comfort us in life’s tough times.

Life is fraught with many difficulties. We all experience setbacks in one way or another. Sometimes they are sudden; sometimes they are gradual. Maybe we have suffered the death of a loved one or been forsaken by a loved one. Maybe our health is poor or our finances are uncertain. Whatever the difficulties, they affect all of us at some point in our lives and the Bible states that this is inevitable (Job 5:7; Genesis 3:17; Proverbs 22:8). The Bible is the Word of God (Isaiah 55:11), written by God’s servants under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21) and provided as both a guide and an aide to our daily living.

But perhaps the most important aspect of God’s Word is the promises that are contained within, promises that the Lord makes to those who are prepared to trust Him. It is these promises that bring comfort, promises that feed off the weakest spark of saving faith to provide the reward of comfort, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. There are many promises in the Bible that have to be combined with faith to be realised, for without faith it is impossible to please God, the provider of comfort in times of trouble (Hebrews 11:6; 2 Corinthians 1:5; Psalm 46:1).

Clearly, the promises of God cannot be appropriated in the same way by the unbelieving, with whom God is angry continually (Psalm 7:11). Nevertheless, it is because of God’s grace, through the work of regeneration that happens at conversion, that these promises are realized and become the very fuel that spurs His people on to greater faith and greater obedience. These things go hand in hand; we trust God’s promises, and He has promised to reward us accordingly with joy, peace and comfort, intangible things that the world can never supply. One of the greatest verses that has brought comfort to many is Isaiah 26:3. Embrace it in faith, asking for the Lord’s help, and there will be no disappointment.[1]

 


[1] Got Questions Ministries. (2010). Got Questions? Bible Questions Answered. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

Who is Rick Warren’s Son of God study kit about?

Who is The Life of Jesus In You Study Kit about? Our creator, Savior and Lord? Nope. It’s about you.

Life of Jesus in YouRick Warren, main sponsor and promoter of The Bible mini series and its edited-down film version, Son Of God, has produced his own church blockbuster, a DVD small group study based on producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s movie. Warren asks, “What would happen if you applied the lessons from events in Jesus’ life—temptation, suffering, death, resurrection—to your own? Would you come to know Him more intimately and with a greater understanding of your purpose? Would you embody more completely the mission, love, and mind of Jesus?”

The DVD  features Warren as he explains how you can find your purpose in studying the life of this “Jesus.” But the problem is, the film portrayal is nothing like the real Jesus in the Bible. If you want a blow-by-blow account of the discrepancies, click here. Want a list of questions you must ask before you go spend money on the film? Click here.

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LGBT Film Fest a Labor of Faith for Two Seminary Students

The liberal L.A. Times would have us believe that there is a category called LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) evangelical Christian. Since the Bible teaches that homosexuality is a sin against God, this is a contradiction in terms. According to the writer, Kurt Streeter, instead of repenting (turning) from their sin and doing what’s right in God’s eyes, some in the LGBT community have made a choice to ignore the clear teaching of Scripture and to falsely claim they’re evangelicals.

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First Ever Drag Queen Show Held On An American Military Base

“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.” Romans 1

You are watching the collapse in slow motion of what used to be the greatest fighting force on the face of the earth. The damage that Obama has been able to inflict on the United States military is unimaginable. If you have ever wondered why America is not mentioned in end times bible prophecy, now you know. We collapsed as a nation.

KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — Since the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, U.S. military bases have hosted a gay marriage ceremonies and a potluck gatherings. But on Saturday, servicemembers here may have been the first to take to the stage and perform as drag queens on a military installation in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender troops.

Drag queens and drag kings, to be precise.

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Signs and Wonders: Megachurches order staff to keep their mouths shut

Gag order? Two megachurches facing scrutiny for questionable behavior—Seattle’s Mars Hill Church and Charlotte’s Elevation Church—have something besides controversy in common: They both require staff to sign non-disclosure agreements. I’ve obtained a copy of the Mars Hill agreement, it covers both the employee and the employee’s spouse, and it threatens legal action if the employee has “any intentional or unintentional violation” of the agreement. Dave Kraft, a former elder who refused to sign the document and subsequently left the church, said, “It amounts to a gag order.”

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Jesus Calling Devotional Bible?—Putting Words in Jesus’ Mouth—And in the Bible

By Warren B. Smith

(author of the new release “Another Jesus” Calling: How False Christs Are Entering   the Church Through Contemplative Prayer)

One of the many spin-off products from Sarah Young’s best-selling book, Jesus Calling, is the Jesus Calling Devotional Bible. It is   a New King James Bible filled with “messages” Young claims to have   “received” from Jesus Christ. In the original Introduction to her book, Jesus   Calling, Young describes the nature of these messages:

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The Daily Beast Writes Feature Article About Jesus Calling – Asks Questions Christian Leaders Ignore and Remain Silent On

LTRP Note: While most evangelical pastors and virtually all   Christian leaders have ignored or stayed away from the controversy of Jesus   Calling, the secular publication, The Daily Beast, dares to ask   questions that take a deeper look into this book, while pointing readers to Warren B. Smith’s “Another Jesus” Calling.

“The Strange Saga of ‘Jesus Calling,’ The Evangelical Bestseller You’ve   Never Heard Of”

By Daily Beast Columnist Ruth Graham

A ten-year-old devotional written in the voice of God suddenly became a   commercial juggernaut. Now, its publisher is trying to reconcile its New Age   origins with evangelical orthodoxy.

The seventh-best selling book in America last year was a   10-year-old Christian devotional written by a woman who claims to have written   down the words of God. Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence sold more   copies in 2013 than the much more buzzed-about titles Lean In, the latest   Stephen King book, and 50 Shades of Grey, according to Nielsen BookScan.   Overall, more than 10 million copies in 26 languages have been sold since the   book’s inauspicious debut in 2004.Jesus Calling is a devotional, a   mainstay genre in Christian publishing and in the daily lives of many   Christians. Best-selling devotionals like Our Daily Bread, My Utmost   for His Highest, and The Purpose-Driven Life consist of short   sections that are meant to be read each day for encouragement and contemplation.   Christians who value the idea of nurturing a personal relationship with Jesus—or   of the idea of spending time each day in quiet contemplation—often use   devotionals as a tool to accompany prayer and Bible-reading. Click   here to continue reading.

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