[We are] not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. (Romans 1:16)

Thursday, May 04, 2006

False Assurance

by HK flynn

I think there are many who have false assurance that employ the Lordship Salvation template of looking for evidence of one’s salvation. First, of all the uncertainty implies the possibility that they may never have believed in Jesus for eternal life apart from their Christian efforts.

But another factor is that they’re belief in total depravity prevents them from acknowledging that God may work through them as unsaved people. (see Acts 10. Esp. 1-6) I think lots of somewhat-Liberal and especially Catholic missionaries stoke a sincere love for Jesus Christ. To me this means that they have responded to some of the light of Scripture. But they’ve closed the door on believing in Jesus for eternal life—that would be too much for many, many people!

I also think if a Bible-believing church-going unregenerate person begins to fervently pray for ministry, that they may see some answer to prayer. Why not? Cornelius did. And there is no indication in Acts 10 that this was unique. Therefore, I see it as a tragic theological blunder to think that clear answers to prayer and God working in one’s life are evidence of being regenerate. And I suspect that many people make this tragic mistake.

14 Comments:

  • Some good points here Jodie. I agree. Odd that I just got done posting some similar thoughts over on Rose's blog in response to the Cornelius example.

    By Blogger Bhedr, at Thursday, May 04, 2006 12:48:00 PM  

  • Also remember that anything that deviates us in human reasoning away from faith in the Person of His son is not of truth either. Please consider this.

    By Blogger Bhedr, at Thursday, May 04, 2006 1:46:00 PM  

  • Great post, Jodie.

    By Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist, at Friday, May 05, 2006 12:22:00 AM  

  • Cornelius wasn't saved?

    By Blogger nathaniel adam king, at Friday, May 05, 2006 3:58:00 AM  

  • Hmmm... I was curious if the theological background of this website is founded on "free grace"? Is this the same as "cheap grace" theology? I have just completed a study here at school regarding cheap grace theology .

    My email is ajbarnhart@yahoo.com

    Also, you can leave an answer on my blog if you wish.

    By Blogger darker than silence, at Friday, May 05, 2006 6:46:00 AM  

  • Darker than Silence, copuld you name some cheap grace theologians?

    That sounds like the sort of term of abuse that we do not appreciate here.

    Especially if you are calling the gracious sufferings of our Saviour cheap.

    God Bless

    Matthew

    By Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist, at Friday, May 05, 2006 8:53:00 AM  

  • Jodie,
    Good post, great thoughts. My mother-in-law wanted my daughter to pray to St. Anthony to help her find a gizmo gadget my daughter lost. Why? Her answer was, “Because it works for her every time.”

    Darker than Silence, what is "cheap" about "grace"?

    Matthew, that was a good question. I am looking forward to a reply.

    By Blogger J. Wendell, at Friday, May 05, 2006 10:03:00 AM  

  • Simply because one says 'cheap grace' you needn't assume they are actually degrading the grace of Christ by calling it cheap. They may be referring to a specific interpretation of the Biblical grace that they find make true grace out to be cheap.

    Grace is never cheap. To anyone.

    By Blogger nathaniel adam king, at Friday, May 05, 2006 10:55:00 AM  

  • I think the term 'cheap grace' is confused, insulting and very unhelpful doctrinally.

    I am not sure it is helpful to even debate a person who persists in using such a term.

    Every Blessing in Christ

    Matthew

    By Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist, at Friday, May 05, 2006 1:34:00 PM  

  • Hi Brian ,

    Thanks for the acknowledgement and the challenge, which I take to mean the whole trinity/divinity gospel issue. I do think it is important that we believe in biblical content. And that we get our content from the specifics of the Gospel of John.

    God bless :)



    Hi Matthew :)

    Glad you liked these thoughts.

    God bless :)



    Hi Sofyst,

    I don't believe Cornelius was saved when the angel first appeared to him. He was called a God-fearer and a devout, praying, alms-giving man, but I think it is clear that he wasn't regenerate until Peter brought him the message of Jesus.

    Do you see him as regenerate? I think that may be a dispensational position too, because they might say he was saved in a different dispensation, as an OT proselyte. I'm assuming that's not your view though...

    God bless :)



    Hi darker than silence,

    Do you mind me asking what school you attend or what they taught about "cheap grace", we don't consider receiving a free gift at Christ's expense to be cheapening Him or His sacrifice? As a former Catholic I think it can even cheapen God's holiness to think that our grace empowered works are necessary in addition to Christ's work on the cross. They have contempt on the Protestant idea that we are saved through faith!

    I think you'll find we respect people even if we sharply disagree wtih them, so I hope you feel free to describe your views.

    God bless !

    Jodie

    By Blogger H K Flynn, at Friday, May 05, 2006 7:54:00 PM  

  • Hi John,

    I used to pray to St Anthony. I think he was demoted though, which prompted a SNL skit about praying to Mr Anthony.

    That cracked me up!

    "It works" is never ever a theological defense...

    God bless :)

    Jodie

    By Blogger H K Flynn, at Friday, May 05, 2006 7:57:00 PM  

  • Jodie,

    Thanks.The Gospel of John is such a ear opener to who the Person of Christ is on a personal level.

    I also like what you said here:
    As a former Catholic I think it can even cheapen God's holiness to think that our grace empowered works are necessary in addition to Christ's work on the cross. They have contempt on the Protestant idea that we are saved through faith< Amen! His grace is beautiful to behold as well as hold. I learn more and more the beauty of it everyday. It is anything but cheap and you are right...it is only our self-righteousness that cheapens it.

    By Blogger Bhedr, at Friday, May 05, 2006 8:58:00 PM  

  • You might like to take a look at my Christian blogs at http://procyon4x.blogspot.com or the more spiritual one at http://borax.wordpress.com

    These are spiritual blogs, but are both enlightening and edifying.

    Regards
    Rupert

    By Blogger Procyon, at Saturday, May 06, 2006 3:18:00 AM  

  • Brian,

    Good thoughts :)

    Jodie

    By Blogger H K Flynn, at Saturday, May 06, 2006 2:09:00 PM  

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