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The False Gospel of Eternal Insecurity (Assemblies of God)

 

Brief Overview: The gospel of the Assemblies of God (AOG) Church is NOT what it, at first, appears to be.  On the Assemblies of God website, (http://ag.org/top/Beliefs/index.cfm) in a section titled, Fundamental Truths, we find this statement regarding salvation: “The Salvation of Man: Man's only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God.”  That is what the Gospel of the AOG Church appears to be, on its face, but as we will discover through further research, that is NOT precisely what the AOG Church believes about salvation.  Based on the above statement, one might think that the AOG Church believes that the salvation of the repentant sinner is procured through the blood of Christ alone.  Yet, sadly, as we will discover through research into its many strange and unbiblical doctrines, that is not the actual AOG position on the subject.

 

AOG’s Statement of Faith on Salvation: Although I briefly covered this above, I will here provide a complete quote of the AOG position on salvation as found on their website in  the section titled Fundamental Truths. Click here to view this section on their website.

 

The Salvation of Man

 

Man's only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God.

 

Conditions to Salvation

 

Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God, according to the hope of eternal life.

 

Luke 24:47 [KJV/NIV]

John 3:3 [KJV/NIV]

Romans 10:13-15 [KJV/NIV]

Ephesians 2:8 [KJV/NIV]

Titus 2:11 [KJV/NIV]

Titus 3:5-7 [KJV/NIV]

 

The Evidence of Salvation

 

The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit.

 

Romans 8:16 [KJV/NIV]

 

The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness.

 

Ephesians 4:24 [KJV/NIV]

Titus 2:12 [KJV/NIV]

 

Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God, according to the hope of eternal life. “

 

AOG’s Statement of Faith on the Fall of Man and the Sinfulness of Man:  Again, I quote directly from the AOG website:

 

The Fall of Man

Man was created good and upright; for God said, "Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness." However, man by voluntary transgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God.

 

Genesis 1:26,27 [KJV/NIV]

Genesis 2:17 [KJV/NIV]

Genesis 3:6 [KJV/NIV]

Romans 5:12-19 [KJV/NIV]”

 

The AOG’s Formal Position on Salvation and the Fall of Man is Scriptural: So far, the AOG position on salvation agrees with the Gospel preached by the apostles in the New Testament.  It looks like the TRUE Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ:  Man willingly sinned against God and incurred “not only physical death but also spiritual death.”  God’s invitation of salvation is through the Lord Jesus Christ: “Man's only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God. Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ...”  This is ALL sound biblical doctrine regarding salvation.

 

The AOG Added False Doctrine to its Gospel:  As we have seen, thus far the AOG position on salvation is scriptural; it is biblical and sound.  The problem, however, is that they do not stop with these simple statements of faith, they add to these statements doctrine which cannot be reconciled with the Bible.  We will consider these additions to the Gospel one by one and examine each one for biblical accuracy.

 

The AOG’s False Doctrine: The Eternal Insecurity of the Believer: Before we begin this section, we need to go back to the AOG’s statement of faith on salvation.  Remember what they stated? “Man's only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God.”  This statement makes it seem that the salvation of the trusting sinner rests solely on the work of the Lord Jesus on the cross–His sacrifice for their sins.  Yet, that is not actually the case, for the AOG does NOT believe that the believer is eternally secure (is guaranteed a place in heaven) based on Christ’s sacrifice for them. Therefore, they do not believe that the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ ETERNALLY saves the soul from condemnation and wrath.  Let’s examine the AOG position on this subject (Once again, these statements are quoted in full, emphasis added, from the AOG website, and can be found under the section titled, Index of AG Position Papers, The Security of the Believer. Click here to go directly to the position paper called The Security of the Believer on the AOG website.)  

 

The General Council of the Assemblies of God disapproves of the unconditional security position which holds that it is impossible for a person once saved to be lost. ...

 

The Bible clearly sates that we are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8) and that the just shall live by faith ( Hebrews 10:38, Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11, Habakkuk 2:4).  As the believer’s salvation is received, not by an act of righteousness, but by an act of faith, so the believer’s salvation is maintained, not by acts of righteousness, but by a life of faith.

 

The believer’s security, then, is solely through faith, both in the receiving of salvation and in the keeping of salvation. This security is made possible through the mercy of God in imputing the righteousness of His own Son to the fallible and faulty believer, so long as he maintains a living faith in Christ.

 

Why such precautions and concern? These repeated warnings are meaningful only when it is recognized that the loss of faith means the eternal loss of the soul. ... Sin and unbelief are closely related. Sin jeopardizes faith, and loss of faith means loss of standing.

 

God does not let anyone go easily...but a believer can be lost if he disregards the continuing checks of the Holy Spirit and reaches the point where he rejects Jesus as his Savior.  

 

The AOG’s Doctrine Examined: After reading the above statements, I think you will agree with me that the title of their paper, The Security of the Believer, is something of a misnomer.  How can the believer have security when he is insecure in his salvation?  At what point has he gone too far into the realm of doubt?  If he sins, will his faith be jeopardized, will he then lose faith altogether and be lost?  At what point has he passed the point of no return, the point of rejecting Jesus as his Savior?

 

A Biblical Rebuttal of the AOG’s False Doctrine of Eternal Insecurity: I realize that the AOG uses many Bible verses in their paper to support their point.  When I was in this church, I believed exactly as they do and used these very same verses to “prove” that a person could lose his salvation.  That was, however, before I had come to the saving faith of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Once I was confronted with the reality of Christ’s sacrifice for my sins and of my utter inability to save myself through any human effort or merit, I realized that the doctrine of eternal insecurity is based wholly on the evil of human pride through a refusal to accept the worthiness and completeness of Christ’s sacrifice for our sins.  Although the AOG position has been carefully crafted through much thought and Scripture twisting and might appear biblical at first glance, the truth is it is founded wholly on the pride of man, it discounts the true meaning of the blood atonement, and is entirely unbiblical.

 

     Truth from the Bible:  The Bible says that salvation is the GIFT of God:

 

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).

 

Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water (John 4:10).

 

Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God? (Acts 11:17).

 

But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many (Romans 5:15).

 

And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification (Romans 5:16).

 

Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life (Romans 5:18).

 

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Bible Doctrine Examined: In order to understand the Bible verses quoted above, we must have a proper definition of the word, gift.  Words are meaningless unless they are properly defined and understood.  God has specifically used the word “gift” over and over again to describe salvation; therefore, we would be wise to carefully consider the meaning of the word that God has chosen to use. The word gift is defined as,  “A present; any thing given or bestowed; any thing, the property of which is voluntarily transferred by one person to another without compensation; a donation. It is applicable to any thing movable or immovable” (Webster’s 1828 dictionary).  We see from the definition of the word, that a gift is something that is given without compensation, i.e., it is something that is given without an EXCHANGE for something else.  In order for the AOG to be correct in stating that God will award eternal life only to those who keep their salvation and continue to have “a living faith in Christ,” then the very definition of the word “gift” must be rejected.  Yet, when we take God at His Word, and believe that salvation is given as a “gift,” then we know that it is not dependent upon anything we do to keep it.  All that anyone needs to do to obtain a gift is to receive it; to say that one must DO something in order to “keep” their salvation, is to deny the truth about salvation as a gift.  The Bible calls salvation a gift and gets even more specific by emphasizing that it is a FREE gift (just in case anyone might disregard the definition of the word gift and be tempted to think that something is required in exchange for it). No, God says that it is FREE.  

 

Additionally, the AOG, in their statement of faith, references Ephesians 2:8, in saying that we are saved through faith.  Yet, the AOG entirely fails to mention the remainder of the verse. The entire verse reads: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.  Yes, we are saved by grace through faith, but the Bible says that it is NOT OF OURSELVES.  It is the gift of God. Therefore, salvation is NOT of our doing, not in receiving it and certainly not  in “keeping” it.  To ignore this truth, is to fly in the face of the very Word of God.

 

Commentary on Ephesians 2:8 (includes contextual information)

 

Here the apostle begins his account of the glorious change that was wrought in them by converting grace, where observe, by whom, and in what manner, it was brought about and effected. 1. Negatively: Not of yourselves, v. 8. Our faith, our conversion, and our eternal salvation, are not the mere product of any natural abilities, nor of any merit of our own: Not of works, lest any man should boast, v. 9. These things are not brought to pass by any thing done by us, and therefore all boasting is excluded; he who glories must not glory in himself, but in the Lord. There is no room for any man's boasting of his own abilities and power; or as though he had done any thing that might deserve such immense favours from God (Matthew Henry).

 

For--illustrating "the exceeding riches of His grace in kindness." Translate as in Eph 2:5, "Ye are in a saved state."  through faith--the effect of the power of Christ's resurrection (Eph 1:19, 20; Php 3:10) whereby we are "raised together" with Him (Eph 2:6; Col 2:12). Some of the oldest manuscripts read, "through your (literally, 'the') faith." The instrument or mean of salvation on the part of the person saved; Christ alone is the meritorious agent. and that--namely, the act of believing, or "faith." "Of yourselves" stands in opposition to, "it is the gift of God" (Php 1:29). "That which I have said, 'through faith,' I do not wish to be understood so as if I excepted faith itself from grace" [ESTIUS]. "God justifies the believing man, not for the worthiness of his belief, but for the worthiness of Him in whom he believes" [HOOKER]. The initiation, as well as the increase, of faith, is from the Spirit of God, not only by an external proposal of the word, but by internal illumination in the soul [PEARSON]. Yet "faith" cometh by the means which man must avail himself of, namely, "hearing the word of God" (Ro 10:17), and prayer (Lu 11:13), though the blessing is wholly of God (1Co 3:6, 7) (Jamieson, Faussett, and Brown, emphasis added).

 

It is by grace we are saved. Now we are not yet in the glory: it is by faith. Would any one say that at least the faith is of man? No[10] it is not of ourselves in this respect either; all is the gift of God; not of works, in order that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship (Darby).

 

 

       Truth From the Bible:  The Bible says that when God gives someone a gift, He will NOT take it away from them.  We have already seen that the Bible tells us that salvation is a gift, but there are those who try to say that God might, at some point, decide to take back His gift.  Yet, the Bible has, once again, given us the mind of God on the subject.  And God, in His Word, tells us that He will not take away His gifts.  The question is, will you believe God or will you believe man?

 

For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance (Romans 11:25).

 

Commentary on Romans 11:25:

 

Repentance is sometimes taken for a change of mind, and so God never repents, for he is in one mind and who can turn him? Sometimes for a change of way, and that is here understood, intimating the constancy and unchangeableness of that love of God which is founded in election. Those gifts and callings are immutable; whom he so loves, he loves to the end. We find God repenting that he had given man a being (Gen. 6:6, It repented the Lord that he had made man), and repenting that he had given a man honour and power (1 Sa. 15:11, It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king); but we never find God repenting that he had given a man grace, or effectually called him; those gifts and callings are without repentance (Matthew Henry, emphasis added).

 

For that which God has once chosen and called He never casts off. He does not repent of His counsels, nor of the call which gives them effect (Darby, emphasis added).

 

For the gifts and the calling of God are without repentance - God does not repent of his gifts to the Jews, or his calling of the gentiles (Wesley).

 

How Salvation is Defined: What is the definition of the word salvation? When God uses that word in the Bible, what does He mean by it? When someone says that they have been saved, what does that actually mean?

 

How, exactly, does the AOG define the word salvation?  Do they define salvation as something transient, here today and gone tomorrow?  What type of salvation do they believe that Jesus purchased for lost sinners?  A salvation that endures throughout eternity or one that can simply fade away into nonexistence? Based on the AOG’s statements regarding the insecurity of the “saved” soul, we must conclude that the AOG’s definition of salvation is one that is transient, which at any moment could fade away into nothing–unless, of course, it is KEPT and MAINTAINED by the “saved” person.  As it is important to this discussion, let us now consider a textbook definition of the word salvation.   Salvation is defined as,: “Appropriately in theology, the redemption of man from the bondage of sin and liability to eternal death, and the conferring on him everlasting happiness. This is the great salvation” (Webster’s 1828 Dictionary). This is the definition of salvation as found in the dictionary.  Yet, for matters of faith, we must look to the Bible as our final authority.  Is Webster’s definition in harmony with the Bible or is Webster’s definition merely his opinion.  To find the answer to this we will now turn to the Bible, itself, and its definition of salvation.  

 

  Truth From the Bible: Unfortunately the Bible does not provide a direct definition, like Webster’s Dictionary, but w e can come to same answer through the words the Bible uses when it tells us about salvation, the way it describes salvation.

 

We have already seen that the Bible tells us that salvation is a gift (verses are quoted above).

 

The Bible tells that salvation comes through Jesus Christ: Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must  be saved.  Salvation, therefore, does not come through man, through his own doing, but through Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ, the Bible says, is the author and the finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2).  So, if the AOG insists that salvation hinges on the believer continuing in faith, the Bible answers that Jesus is the One responsible for the maintenance of that faith, not the saved soul.  The assurance of the believer rests on Christ (His work of salvation that He has fully accomplished for them), not themselves.

 

Salvation is given by faith, by believing.  It is a one time act of faith (which the Bible tells us is NOT a work), in which the soul turns to God through faith in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, in faith that Jesus’ sacrificial work on the cross paid their debt of sin in full, and that they are now free from sin and from all condemnation.  At that moment, they go from lost to saved.  It is a one-time transaction.  Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved... (Acts 16:31).  Notice, it does not say and thou might be saved, or shall soon be saved (if you maintain a life of faith–good luck with that) but that you WILL be saved, at that very moment, no ifs, ands, or buts about it.  When you do believe on Jesus for your salvation, you are saved. Period.

 

Once you have been saved through faith you HAVE eternal life.  The Bible says that it is currently in your possession: He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him (John 3:36). Notice, the Bible says HATH eternal life, it does not say “will have” eternal life.  Again, the Bible says, “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”  The Bible says that we can KNOW that we have eternal life.  We can KNOW that we have it now, in our possession.  This is the faith of the Lord Jesus Christ, it is the faith that rests on HIM, on His work of salvation that He accomplished on the cross of Calvary when He paid the price for our sins before God.  Please don’t listen to the AOG Church that tells you to trust in yourself, in your own ability to maintain faith or any other necessary work to keep your salvation, but trust in CHRIST JESUS, believe that He saves sinners through His sacrificial death on the cross; He saves them fully, not in part, and all you need to do is believe that, trust that His payment for your sins is enough; it is complete; it is sufficient, in and of itself, there is nothing lacking, there is nothing more that needs to be done to give you forgiveness of sins and eternal life.  To trust in yourself, your faith that you somehow maintain by keeping out of sin (as the AOG tells you that if you sin, that will negatively affect your faith, which means that your faith somehow hinges on your own personal works of righteousness), is to deny that Jesus Christ’s work of salvation that He accomplished for all sinners on the cross is not enough to fully save you and guarantee you eternal life.  It is to diminish the work of Jesus Christ on Calvary, to make it insufficient and incomplete.  Please hear the truth: Jesus Christ did NOT save lost sinners in part, He saved us in full.  

 

Once you have been saved, you receive a promise that you will NOT suffer God’s wrath: Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.(Romans 5:9) Notice, the Bible does not say we “might be” or “we hope to be” but WE SHALL BE saved from wrath.  And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come. (I Thessalonians 1:10).  Again, the Bible tells us that Jesus delivered us from the wrath to come; notice, it does not say that He will or that He might or that He hopes to, as long as we maintain and keep our faith.  It says that He has already done it.

 

Once you have been saved, you WILL NOT come into condemnation: Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life (John 5:24). There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his  (Romans 8:1,9).

 

 

Bible Salvation Clearly and Concisely Defined: We see through examination of the above verses that Webster’s definition of salvation is not a man-made doctrine or merely his personal opinion, but is, rather, a reflection of the Bible’s own teaching about salvation.  We are, therefore assurred that the truth about salvation can be accurately explained using Webster’s definition.  Once again, the definition of salvation is, “Appropriately in theology, the redemption of man from the bondage of sin and liability to eternal death, and the conferring on him everlasting happiness. This is the great salvation” (Webster’s 1828 Dictionary).    

 

The AOG Church’s “Salvation” is NOT Bible salvation: Based on the doctrinal statements of the AOG Church regarding salvation, we must conclude that its “salvation” is NOT the salvation of the Bible.  In order for the salvation of the AOG Church to be the same salvation offered by God, it MUST be identical in nature and scope. Yet, we  have seen that the AOG’s brand of salvation differs from the salvation offered by God in the Bible in many important ways.  We will review those here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please believe the Bible, please entrust your soul to Jesus Christ, not to yourself.  The AOG would have you to believe on yourself for salvation, in addition to Christ, but the Bible directs you to Christ ALONE, to His work on the cross, as the FULL and complete payment for your sins, which is entirely SUFFICIENT to guarantee your eternal salvation.  For a complete explanation of the gospel as found in the Bible please click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bible Salvation Versus Pentecostal Salvation:

 

Bible salvation:

 

1)It is a GIFT.

2) It is eternal.

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"What is Confession?

 

Confession has two parts. The one is that we confess our sins; the other, that we receive absolution or forgiveness from the pastor as from God himself, not doubting but firmly believing that our sins are thus forgiven before God in heaven."

 

"How will the pastor assure a penitent sinner of forgiveness?

He will say, "By the authority of Christ, I forgive you your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen."

 

Examination of Luther’s Doctrine: Martin Luther is clearly stating that the LUTHERAN CHURCH has the power to forgive your sins (“that special power and right which Christ gave to his church...”).  That is quite a statement.  He cannot receive full credit for this doctrine, however, as he merely borrowed it from the Roman Catholic Church.  This is actually the same doctrine Martin Luther grew up hearing in the Roman Catholic Church; In reality, Luther never actually started a new church, he just gave it a slightly different face.    

 

False Teaching II.  Biblical Refutation of Lutheran Church's teaching about Confession.  Once again, we have seen the similarity between Luther’s doctrine and that of the Roman Catholic Church.  Yet, how does Luther’s doctrine compare with the Bible?  

 

       Truth from the Bible: God ALONE has the power to forgive sins, respecting the guilt we bare for our sins before God. The Bible says, “who can forgive sins but God only?” (Mark 2:7)  A mere human being may forgive the sins of another human being with respect to the offence done to that individual, but NOT with respect to the offence and the guilt that person bears for his sin before God!  When we sin against one another, we are to forgive each other, but if we want to be cleansed of our sins before God, we MUST look to Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the cross, as the Bible specifically states: My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the propitiation 1for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world (I John 2:1-2).  Only Jesus bore the penalty for our sins before God, and only through faith in His sacrifice on the cross are our sins forgiven in the sight of God (Mt 20:28, Rm 3:24-26, Rom 5:8-11, 2 Cor 5:21, Gal 3:13, Eph 1:7, Eph 2:12-16, Eph 5:2, Col 1:14, Col 1:20-22, Heb 7:27, Heb 9:26, Heb 10:10, Heb 10:12, Heb 10:14, Heb 13:12, I Pt 1:2, I Pt 1:18-19, I Pt 2:24, I Pt 3:18, I Jn 2:1-2, I Jn 4:10) In spite of the truth of God's Word, the Lutheran Church maintains that the Lutheran Church has the power to forgive our sins.  We have already examined the evidence of this in Luther's Small Catechism.

 

False Teaching III: Baptism Saves. Evidence from Luther's Small Catechism:

 

“What does Baptism do for us?

 

Baptism works forgiveness of sin, delivers from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe this, as the words and promises of God declare. What are these words and promises of God? Christ our Lord says in the last chapter of Mark, "Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned."

 

How can water do such great things?

 

It is certainly not the water that does such things, but God's Word which is in and with the water, and faith which trusts this Word used with the water. For without God's Word the water is just plain water and not baptism. But with this Word it is baptism, that is, a gracious water of life and a washing of rebirth by the Holy Spirit.

 

Where is this written?

 

St. Paul says in Titus, chapter 3, "God saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying."

 

Luther’s Doctrine Examined: Martin Luther, and thus the Lutheran Church, believes that the waters of baptism become a vehicle for salvation through the WORDS that are spoken by the priest (“God’s Word which is IN and WITH the water”... “With this Word it is baptism (the waters are transformed into something powerful which can save), that is, a gracious water of life and a washing of rebirth of the Holy Spirit.  Martin Luther again employs faith, but not as it is used in the Bible; for he directs the person’s faith towards the “word used with the WATER.”  In doing so, Luther directs the individual to place his/her faith in the Waters of Baptism and the Words spoken by the priest during the rite of baptism for the work of salvation.  What does Luther say you will receive through baptism (through this gracious water of life and washing of rebirth)?  He says that you will receive forgiveness of sins, deliverance from death and the devil and eternal salvation! Again, Martin Luther cannot take full credit for this doctrine; he is merely regurgitating the doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church on this subject, albeit in his own words and in his own personal style.  Yet, the meaning is the same: Baptism can save your soul.      

 

False Teaching III: Biblical Refutation of the Lutheran Church's False Teaching that Baptism Saves. Again, we must examine Luther’s doctrine in light of the Scriptures:  

 

     Truth from the Bible: The Bible tells us exactly how we are delivered from Satan and his power:  “Giving thanks unto the Father…Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins. Who gave himself for our sins that he might deliver us from this present evil world…(Colossians 1:13-14). The Bible says that it is through the blood of Jesus Christ ALONE that we have redemption, that we are delivered from "the power of darkness," from Satan and his entire dark host.  The above passages also clearly states that we have forgiveness of sins through Jesus' blood.  Yet, as before, we saw that the Lutheran Church did not direct us to Jesus Christ and His work of redemption for forgiveness of sins.  It turns us to a mere outward symbol, a representation in the flesh of what takes places in the spirit during genuine salvation.  The Lutheran Church takes the sacrificial work of Jesus Christ and our salvation through faith in His blood, and replaced it with baptism.  

 

Comparison of Luther’s Doctrine with the Bible: The Bible says that there is only ONE faith (There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, ONE FAITH, one baptism, One God and Father of all who is above all, and through all, and in you all (Ephesians 4:4-7, emphasis added).  The question is, which faith will you believe?  The true faith taught in the Bible or the false faith of the Lutheran Church?

 

The True Faith of the Bible Summarized:

1) Salvation is provided by God through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross.  

2) Salvation is through repentance and faith in Christ's sacrifice as full and complete payment for our sins, with nothing else required.

3) Salvation happens ONE time and results in a new birth.  Everyone who has been saved was LOST before they were saved; Before getting saved, they knew that they were lost and heading to hell.

 

The False Faith of the Lutheran Church Summarized:

 

1) You are lost as an infant before you are baptized in the Lutheran Church.  Through baptism you get saved and become a Christian and a member of the church.

2) Forgiveness of sins is not through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ ALONE, but can be received through the sacrament of "Holy Communion and "Confession."

 

Please believe the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, which He has revealed to you in the Bible.  The gospel of the Lutheran Church is contrary to the Gospel of the Bible and cannot be reconciled with its truth. Please don’t place your faith in its false gospel.  

 

Please click here for a more comprehensive explanation of the Gospel according to the Bible.

 

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The Bible

Salvation must be earned in part by man, through the work of ongoing faith, which must be maintained by the “saved” person. This faith hinges very closely on personal works of righteousness, as the AOG specifically states that sin adversely affects a person’s faith.  

Salvation is NOT earned by man in any respect whatsoever.  It is the GIFT of God, and, thereby is neither received NOR maintained by man.  God tells us VERY plainly that salvation is NOT of works, it is NOT based on our personal merit whatsoever.

Once saved, a person’s soul can be eternally LOST.

The soul of the saved person is ETERNALLY secure in Christ Jesus.  Jesus death on the cross not only pays for the sins of the trusting sinner, but also guarantees eternal life to all who will believe in its sufficiency.  

If a person continues to sin, he/she will jeopardize his/her faith, possibly to the point of losing his/her salvation. Although it is carefully disguised, this is a doctrine of WORKS.  

The Bible says that salvation is NOT of works. Period.  There is no work which man can do to earn it, and no work which man can fail to do to lose it.  This is because salvation is NOT of works, it does not hinge on our personal works of righteousness whatsoever.  “And if by grace, then it is NO MORE OF WORKS: otherwise grace is not more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work (Romans 11:6). God tells us in His word that the very definition of the word, grace, on which salvation is based, entirely precludes works of any kind.  The two are mutually exclusive, the Bible says, and CANNOT be joined together.  Therefore, God’s salvation by grace CANNOT be joined together with works of any kind.  Any doctrine of salvation based on works is man’s doctrine, and is powerless to save.

A believer, a “saved” person can ignore the continuing checks of the Holy Spirit and eventually reject Jesus Christ as his/her Savior.

The believer, the SAVED person, is sealed with the Holy Spirit (by grace in salvation, not because of his/her obedience to Him).  The salvation of the sinner is NOT based on his/her works; this means that it is not based on staying faithful to Christ.  The issue is the constancy of Christ towards the saved sinner, not the constancy of the saved sinner towards Christ.    

 

The facts:

 

1. The Christian is sealed with the Holy Spirit through salvation:   In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory (Ephesians 1:13-14).

 

2. The issue is not the believer’s constancy and commitment to Christ, but the commitment and constancy of Christ their Savior (Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them, Hebrews 7:25):

As our Savior, Jesus promised ,...lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen (Matthew 28:20).  ...for he [Jesus] hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee (Hebrews 13:5)