become angry, and say
THE BIBLE SAYS I AM SAVED, AND THEREFORE I AMSAVED.
Indeed? Does it say that? We then have to ask a serious question: DOES THEBIBLE ACTUALLY TEACH THAT REGENERATION AND UNION WITH CHRISTIS APPROPRIATED BY AN ACT OF FAITH? The answer will stun you:
The doctrine of salvation by an act of faith to APPROPRIATEIT is the very heresy that Christ and Peter warned would sweep the Church.The Bible does NOT teach you anywhere that SALVATION IS SIMPLYAPPROPRIATED BY A SIMPLE ACT OF FAITH. When the Bible says we are SAVEDBY FAITH, it is saying that
FAITH IS THE DYNAMIC THAT PROPELS YOUTHROUGH THE NARROW WAY UNTIL YOU MAKE CONTACT WITH THELIVING CHRIST.
Does the Bible say "Behold, what manner OF FAITH the Father hath bestowed upon us that we be called the sons of God?" NO! It is very specific about whatCONSTITUTES SALVATION: GRACE IS NOT IT, NOR FAITH.
IT IS THEBESTOWMENT OF AGAPE LOVE THAT SAVES US,
THAT JUSTIFIES US,THAT BRINGS US INTO UNION WITH CHRIST.Grace and faith are the underpinnings that provide for, and allow us to walk the narrowway to finding the living Christ. The Bible does not anywhere tell you to make a decisionfor Christ, but it does tell you a multitude of times
TO BE OBEDIENT TO THECOMMANDS OF CHRIST.
That is why CONVERSION is a strait gate and NARROWWAY away from REGENERATION. Grace supplied us with the narrow way, and faithallows us to walk it.Jesus said we are to ask and we will be given. He said knock and the door would beopened. He said seek until you find. How do we know when we have found? Is there anEND TO FAITH and a KNOWING? How do you know if you have found something? Itmay seem like a very foolish question, but it has the gravest of implications. HOW DOYOU KNOW YOU HAVE FOUND SOMETHING?For example, I tell you that I have put a $1000 bill out in my lawn. I tell you that if yousearch diligently for it, you can find it. You know that I am trustworthy, so you decide toabandon all other things you had in mind and you BEGIN YOUR SEARCH. You seek high and low. You examine every area carefully, inch by inch. Nothing deters you. Youhave decided you are going to find that $1000 dollar bill or die trying. HOW DO YOUKNOW WHEN YOU HAVE FOUND IT? You would say, that's easy, WHEN YOU SEEIT, WHEN YOU LOCATE IT, WHEN IT IS BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES, WHENYOU CAN PICK IT UP, AND HOLD IT IN YOUR POSSESSION. You know you havefound it when
THE VERY THING YOU ARE LOOKING FOR APPEARS, SHOWSUP.
How do you prove you have found it? If I asked you to prove to me you had found the$1000 dollar bill, how would you do it? You would
SHOW IT TO ME.
The EVIDENCEyou have IS THE ITEM IN QUESTION.
YOU HAVE IT IN YOUR HAND.
YOUSHOW ME. Now you say all of this is OBVIOUS. WHY ARE YOU BEING SOFOOLISH AS TO SPEAK OF THIS? Because the modern Christian DENIES HE