Why is Salvation Assured?

John 6:37
All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out

Why is salvation when granted 100 percent assured? Because Jesus Christ said so!

John 10:28
I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them out of My hand.

If you are part of a world religion such as Roman Catholicism, the question is why are you following a false gospel of insecurity? Roman Catholics for example believe they are just one subjective “mortal sin” from being cast out and snatched out of Jesus Christ’s hand. This would include missing a Mass or an unbiblical “holy day of obligation”.

Jesus teaches a Gospel, Good News, contrary to every world religion which teaches you that salvation can be lost. As John MacArthur- pastor of the Grace Community Church and Masters Seminary said, “if we could lose our salvation, we surely would!” MacArthur is 100 percent correct! We ALL will fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) so if being perfect in of ourselves was the only way to keep your salvation? We’d ALL be doomed!

When God justifies and saves a sinner through Jesus Christ, you are placed in Him. This is called being “set apart” or sanctified. Since salvation is eternal, there is NO end to this being set apart. In other words, if you are justified by the blood of Jesus, set apart in Him, there is no losing this standing in Him.

Does it mean one will then let their guard down and seek to sin? NO! If justified by God, you have been also made into a new creation, the desire turns from seeking sin to striving for holiness. The newly saved sinner who has been set apart IN Christ, now has His righteousness imputed to their account by faith alone. With this comes a natural duty to share this Good News to the lost, and the realization that your name is now a part of Christ’s name. You REPRESENT the very King of the Universe!

I find it quite odd when someone encapsulated in a works based religion instantly gravitates to “if you are saved, great, we can sin up a storm”…on the contrary, if you did so and you were not chastised and disciplined by God, you would need to ask yourself if you were actually saved in the first place. God will allow you to pursue the nature you possess. Those set apart now have a new nature, a nature which pursues holiness, not evil nor sin.

The GOOD NEWS is that IF you have been saved by Jesus Christ, you will NEVER lose your salvation! Why? Again, because He Himself said so!

Catholic Pride

Psalm 73:6 Therefore pride serves as their necklace; Violence covers them like a garment.

I make no apology for my exposure of many problems with the Catholic Church, and would say one of the deadliest fruits to remaining a Catholic is the sin of pride. This is easy to discern as if you ever encounter a proud Catholic, their boasts are never in their salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ, but in their church.

“We (meaning the RCC) compiled the Bible”, “Jesus founded our church”, “we have been around for 2,000 years” are just some of the many boasts you will hear. But when asked to remove their pride and provide a personal testimony and witness in Jesus Christ? Well, they will invariably either come up empty or vacant. Here is the opportunity to prove these boasts, but you will find as I have found a vacancy.

Having spent four decades in the RCC, I can rightly say it is self serving PRIDE which is needed in order to remain a good Catholic. Catholics can say all they wish about the RCC sacraments, but all they prove is that these rituals are empty without a Catholic’s sinful pride. This humanistic pride tells them to cooperate more, and if a Catholic falls away from the church, well they just didn’t have the moral or prideful capacity to remain.

Pride tells them also to IGNORE the rampant sexual abuse of children scandal of their church. Pride tells them that the RCC name must be protected at all costs, even if children are being preyed upon and the church has been covering these crimes up. Pride tells them to keep their mouth shut and not raise any attention to these crimes, but to divert and distract outside onlookers onto other sexual abuse problems in other churches.

The deadly sin of pride is a staple to every world religion! The RCC has many centuries in perfecting this sin. The glaring striking difference between Christianity and Catholicism? Christianity says “do not look at me, rather look at my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!” Catholicism says in pride, “look at our church, look at my church attendance and knowledge of the Catholicism, look how good and moral I am”.

Pride is a deep seeded sin which results in many other sins! Pride removal comes easy and quickly if you see your wicked nasty sins imputed to a perfect Lamb of God, Jesus Christ who died in your place for those sins.

The opposite of pride is HUMILITY!

Proverbs 22:4
By humility and the fear of the Lord
Are riches and honor and life.

Dealing With Loss

Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted.

If you have lived long enough, you will deal with loss. We live in a fallen world filled with sin, pain, death, destruction. With this comes the overwhelming emotions of sadness, despair, and loss.

If you have lost a close family member, a spouse, a parent, a child, a sibling, these emotions hit harder than most. Even the loss of a family pet can bring on unbearable pain and sadness. This is a natural human condition. The only folks who do not experience sadness with a loss, are called narcissists, they are void of this via a mental disorder.

So why is there such loss? Why do bad things happen to seemingly “good people”? Well for one thing, Scripture teaches us that no one is truly “good”, so that concept is fleeting. The main reason there is loss, is we sin against a Holy God, and with sin there can be no expectations placed upon Him. He is also sorrowful in this, it pains Him as well but in different ways than what we experience as human beings. He does NOT take joy in your loss! As Jesus stated “they will be comforted”.

Psalm 34:18 The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart,
And saves such as have a contrite spirit.

Another answer in my view after careful study of Scripture as to why there is loss, is that it used by God to draw His children CLOSER to Him, not away from Him, CLOSER. In our fallen nature, sometimes it is absolutely necessary that we experience loss so that we see only God, Him alone, as our Supreme Sovereign King. We are natural born idolaters, we seek everything and everyone else but God, so by loss, it can be used by Him to correct this sin in a big hurry.

So how should we deal with loss? The world has a zillion answers for you. Do this, join this group, go to church more, take these pills, drink this, read this book, go to this place, replace the loss with something else. There are millions of self-help books as well which provide LITTLE if NO comfort. The answer is to turn to God! I mean REALLY turn to Him! This is the opportunity to discard your world religion, and to speak to Him personally. Believe that He is present and listening, because He is! It is completely OK to be angry, sad, questioning of Him during a loss, and completely confused and shocked with Him as to why this happened, and He will show you the how and the why if you place your faith in Him. What He expects is your honesty and your faith in Him.

Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted
And binds up their wounds

But more importantly, He will show you His sovereign hand in all of the loss. That while you experience the pain now, that pain will be brief and go away if you TRUST in Him!

God has suffered more loss than we could ever go through! Imagine being perfectly holy, good, without sin for all eternity. And to see your sinless, blameless, perfectly obedient Son, Jesus Christ be helplessly tortured, spit upon, rejected, cruelly mocked, and then crucified by those He came to save. Here was the Redeemer, His only begotten Son, put to death as a common criminal while having to sit there and watch the spectacle. There was MUCH pain endured by God in order that we could possibly be saved. So never think He doesn’t understand your loss!

If you are struggling to get past the loss, time does heal, so turn to God during this time! Ask Him to heal this pain, to replace the pain with the beautiful memories and the appreciation of the time He granted you with the object of your loss. He promises to wipe every tear away if you trust in Him!

Revelation 21:4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

The Walking Dead

Psalm 26:5, “I hate the mob of evildoers, and refuse to sit with the wicked.”

The Psalmist makes a deliberate and succinct statement in regards to sin and those who promote sin. He calls them “evildoers” and “wicked”. He hates them and refuses to sit with them, meaning having anything to do with them.

Sin is not to be used as a subjective standard. In other words, one sinner is not bad as the other, or one sin is not as bad as another, as is the common ploy in modern society. One who murders many can be seen as more evil than one who commits open idolatry or is a habitual liar, but logically BOTH are still evil. So the levels of sin do NOT defeat the premise of sin, again which is the common ploy especially by world religions such as Roman Catholicism.

The RCC teaches to forms of sin, “mortal” and “venial”. And by using the extreme levels of a sin such as murder, then lying is not seen as detrimental by the Catholic. But Scripture refutes this nonsense, as God would cease to be holy and good if He were to just become subjective on ANY sin which defiles His holiness. Yes, there are more major of sins such as murder or adultery, but just because they are more major doesn’t dismiss minor sins as equally defiling to God’s holiness.

One can look at themselves and say “I am a good person”, if they use the levels of sin as the rationalization. Catholics for example by avoiding the committing of “mortal sins” while keeping the venial sins in tow, believe they are “good people”. However Scripture says what?

Romans 3:12 They have all turned aside;
They have together become unprofitable;
There is none who does good, no, not one.”

What does Paul mean, “none does good”? It means as he continues to say in this chapter in Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”.

Can any mortal human beings measure up to God’s perfection?

The easy way to look at this to STOP comparing yourself with other human beings. Now compare yourself to a God who has been sinless, holy, and good for an eternity. Can you now call yourself “good”? If you do, then you do not believe in God most likely, or you just do not want to submit to His holiness. Reducing God in any way to your sinful self, is called idolatry, as you idolize yourself.

When God gives a rebirth to a sinner, the first thing we realize is that we are in FACT a dirty rotten sinner! With this realization we are given a Savior, Jesus Christ, and know what He saved us from, specifically the wrath of God on our sins. The walking dead however will continue to say “I am a good person”, or that God because He loves MUST accept me for who I am no matter how much I defiled His holiness. Meaning then, Jesus died in vain.

This is why regeneration is so very important. Until that supernatural power of God comes upon a sinner, they will continue to be the walking dead.