Bad Heir Day -- By: Joy Veinot
CTSJ 8:4 (October 2002) p. 2
Bad Heir Day
[*Editor's note: Joy Veinot is co-founder of Midwest Christian Outreach, Inc., a national apologetics ministry and mission to new religious movements based in Lombard, IL. She, along with Don, her husband of thirty-two years, have been missionaries to New Religious Movements since 1987. They are frequent guests on various radio and television broadcasts. She is a staff researcher and writer for the Midwest Outreach Journal and is co-author of A Matter of Basic Principles: Bill Gothard and the Christian Life. She is also the author of the booklet, Characteristics of Cults, and articles in the CRI Journal, PFO Quarterly Journal, and other periodicals. Joy’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.]
We can safely say that the case has been made that salvation is a free gift, not of works. However, under cultic belief systems, faith in Christ is not enough to gain eternal life. Faith is just the starting point, and only gives us the opportunity to save ourself through a system of prescribed works. There are usually long “Do… .” and “Don’t… .” lists. We must do this and refrain at all costs from doing that. For example, do wear the holy underwear, attend all meetings, knock on doors; and likewise do not break God’s laws (biblical sin), or sport a beard (manmade taboo), or tell a lie (possible sin, depending upon whether it is a “real lie” or “theocratic war strategy”)!
Let us hope that by now all of us understand that “keeping the rules” does not justify us before God—that doing good works cannot in any way contribute to our eternal salvation. However where does a Christian stand after salvation in regard to good works? Once we have been saved, what role, if any, does our behavior, good or bad, play in our eternal destiny? Can we lose our salvation by our performance or by our failure to perform? And, if we cannot lose our salvation, does that mean we can just live anyway we please?
While there are several different views on this subject, let us consider three common ones before examining the biblical position on the issue. These views are:
- The no-assurance crowd: Faith alone = salvation. But you must hold on tight, keep God’s laws, make sure your confession of sin is up to date, etc. The bottom line is that one might believe in Christ, but end up in hell anyway.
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- The Catch 22 “Lordship salvation” position: Faith alone = salvation, and no one can lose salvation. That is good news, is it not? Now for the catch. Anyone whose life does not show Jesus to be the abs... You must have a subscription and be logged in to read the entire article.visitor : : uid: ()
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