We are Saved by Grace Through Faith - Eternally
This page has been designed to explain the Christian understanding of salvation. A very good summary on this subject is in the Scofield Study Bible as a footnote to the first chapter of the book of Galatians:
"The test of the Gospel is grace. If the message excludes grace, or mingles law with grace as the means either of justification or sanctification (Gal 2:21; 3:1-3), or denies the fact or guilt of sin, which alone gives grace its occasion and opportunity, it is 'a different' gospel, and the preacher of it is under the anathema of God" (vv. 8-9).
Other Scriptures on the true Gospel of Jesus Christ:
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son." (John 3: 16-18)
Please notice that believers are NOT condemned and have eternal life. This will be very important to remember as you read the claims of most of the false prophets and false teachers critiqued on this web site who claim you can loose your salvation.
We are saved by faith, not works:
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from youselves, it is the gift of God--not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." (Eph. 2:8,9)
The "good works" referenced above applies to what you do as a Christian, i.e., ministry, exercising the spiritual gifts of teacher, mercy, service, etc. It is not referring to what you must do to be saved.
It is the only gospel that is:
"the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes . . . ." (Romans 1:16)
God does not purify us through works but,
"he [God] purified their hearts by faith. . . .We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved . . . ." (Acts 15:9, 11)
In other words, being a good person, helping others and trying to live a moral life won't get you a ticket to Heaven's door. However, believing who Christ was and that he died for your sins, i.e., faith, will get you the ticket and you won't even have to pay for it.
The steps to confession,
"If you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved ." (Romans 10:9, 10)
Paul instructed us on the true Gospel in (1 Cor. 15:2-6):
" By this gospel you are saved, IF you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. OTHERWISE you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance,
- (1) that Christ died for our SINS according to the Scriptures
- (2) that he was buried
- (3) that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and
- (4) that he appeard to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more . . . . "
Since Christ died on the cross on our behalf, everyone, including Jews, need to believe in the above or they may not be truly saved, i.e., believing that Christ was the coming Messiah without acknowledging your are a sinner, won't be enough.
We were dead in our sins as unbelievers,
"As for you [believers], you were DEAD in your transgressions and sins [before you became believers], in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air [Satan], the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. . . .We were by nature objects of [God's] wrath. But because of his great love for us, God who is rich in Mercy, MADE US ALIVE with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions--it is by grace you have been saved." (Ephesians 2:1-5)
We are saved by faith, not works (emotional experiences, saying a prayer, signing a covenant, getting baptized, etc.):
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast." Ephesians 2:8
A Christ led life will produce righteousness,
" For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say 'No' to ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope--the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himeslf for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good." (Titus 2:11-15)
There is only one way to God,
"Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart. Anyone who does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who had the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life."(1 John 5:10-13)
We are warned about those who will lead us astray from the true Gospel:
"For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord." (Jude 1-4)
A poem I wrote while researching the errors of Lordship Salvation:
It's That SimpleWe're being
A precious gift
if you can.
Waste your time.
Waste your life.
Waste other's lives.
or just believe:
He was buried,
He rose again.
(1 Cor. 15:1-5)
Can Christians Lose their Salvation?
As we have seen from the scriptures above True Christians are redeemed, justified, promised eternal life, sealed by the Spirit and guaranteed glorification.
Salvation is a gift (not something you have earned) so you can't lose it. And Jesus said he would not lose any that the Lord had given him. So no, true Christians cannot lose their salvation.
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Other Websites that Defend the true Gospel:
Here is a video explaining why the Parable of the Sower is NOT talking about Salvation:
Does it really matter what your beliefs are? an article on this site explaining the Religion vs Christianity.
If you want to learn more about Lorship Salvation, and why it's wrong, check out Some Thoughts on Lordship Salvation, by: M. James Sawyer
The Word of Truth ministries has numerous tapes by Chet McCalley that clearly outline Saved by Faith through Grace not by Works. They also explain very clearly why Lordship Salvation is not Scriptural ("making" Christ Lord of your life before you become a believer).
The Terms of Salvation by Lewis Sperry Chafer. This document contains some of the best explanations I have seen yet regarding the specific terms of salvation, i.e., what does repentance really mean? Do we need to believe and get baptised to be saved? do we need to confess our belief before men? etc.
The Meaning of Salvation by Brian Sherring, published by the Berean Publishing Trust in England.
The following article by Alan Yusko takes a Scriptural look at Eternal Security vs Conditional Salvation
A large collection of links to articles on Eternal Security.
Chad Rudolph's website called BibleLight provides resources for contextual Bible study and Christian Growth.
Upon this Rock has numerous Christian links, graphics and banners.
RECOMMENDED STUDIES ON GRACE
Word of Truth featuring the works Chet McCalley that clearly teach salvation by Grace. This site also produces tapes speaking out against Lordship Salvation and other false teachings leading people away from the truth of the Gospel.
Gospel Outreach Ministries Online A Christian apologetics ministry dedicated to the proclamation of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ containg numerous apologetic, evangelistic, and devotional articles also information on some of the major cults of today and research on special theological topics.