Does Anybody Agree with this Quotation XII
Pastor Steve Lawson, preaching at a conference sponsered by John MacArthur and his Grace Community Church:
If you want to receive this gift it will cost you the total commitment of all that you are to the Lord Jesus Christ. There are many here who think they are saved, but are not; they have never really done business with God.
Question: Is eternal salvation the result of doing "business with God" as if it were some contractual arrangement whereby the "cost" is the undying obedience of the sinner, and once paid God makes good with His stipulated obligation to save?
I want to single you out in the midst of this crowd. Have you taken up a cross in order to follow after Christ? Have you recognized your own sinfulness, acknowledged that God's judgment is true, have you acknowledged Christ's right to rule your life? Have you submitted to the Lordship of Christ? Have you really come to the end of self? Because Jesus does not begin until you end.
Question: Does Christ receive sinners into His family as they are or does He require that they put all things on the table up front, putting an "end [to] self"?
You need to make terms of peace with this king or you will be subjected in damnation forever. Christ has made terms of peace and you need to settle out-of-court with him. You do not want to go into that final day of conflict with Christ, for He will be ruthless in the execution of justice. He offers mercy today. He will agree to terms of peace and surrender, but they are His terms of peace, not ours. His terms are this: you must love Him more than anything. If you cannot do this, you will meet Him in the final judgment and glorify God in your destruction.
Question: Must we love Christ more than anything or we cannot be saved? What happened to "just as I am", and the ideas of growth in grace and knowledge?
How can this man escape the charge of works-salvation?