This morning at one of my locations, I preached an unusual message to a good sized crowd.
As I preached from Matthew 7, I specifically warned them and then apologized to the non-saved, for the poor witness of the many false converts across America. I then attributed this problem specifically to ‘unbiblical soteriologies,’ as I defined some of them (below).
By Gods perfect providence, the fellow in the above photo claimed he was a Christian, but he dropped so many f-bombs, editing my video would be too cumbersome. He then asked me for “cash” for food. Since another brother had donated some McDonalds gift cards to IPOC Ministries, I offered to give him one gift card. He then stated “Fu!# you, you mother fu!%#$, stick your gift card up your ass!”
When I rebuked him for his profanity, and challenged him to examine himself to see if he is in the faith (2 Cor 13:5), he then quoted Romans 3:23 – out of context.
This man ‘made my case,’ that I had just preached about.
He is a byproduct of todays unbiblical “accept Jesus” to be saved, or “repeat this prayer after me,” or “bow your head and raise your hand” altar calls, or “Walk forward to the front” altar calls, or “invite Jesus” into your life, or “make a decision” for Jesus soteriologies.
To my surprise, Dr. John Snyder of the ‘Behold Your God’ series apparently proposed a compromise, with what I would perhaps call ‘decisional regeneration.’
Dear brethren and worldlings. Albeit a “decision” had nothing to do with my salvation, but my decisions do have a lot to do with my sanctification (Holy Spirit willing).
The following passage is written to Christians.
Paul said in Ephesians 2:4-5, “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were DEAD in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),”
The word “dead” here comes from the Greek work ‘nekrós’ (νεκρός), it is an adjective. By short definition this ‘nekrós’ means that before a person was saved (born-again), they were metaphorically and spiritually DEAD, dead as a corpse in a graveyard.
By long definition it also means they are “not able to respond to impulses, or perform functions; unable, ineffective, dead, powerless;” or “unresponsive to life-giving influences (opportunities); inoperative to the things of God” (Greek Lexicon helps, L & N, 1, 74.28).
Which means because they were dead (before salvation), they are not able to “invite” nor “ask” Jesus into their life (nor heart), nor “make a decision” for Jesus.
Salvation is of the Lord, not ourselves. To be more specific, salvation is the Divine work of the Holy Trinity. Salvation comes to others as the Father chooses His elect, draws (gives) them to His Son (John 6:37-44; 17:2, 6, 9, 24), through the redemptive work of Christ (John 10:15, Heb 9:11-28, Eph. 5:25b), as the Holy Spirit regenerates their heart (Ezekiel 36:26-27, John 3:5-8, Titus 3:5-6, Rom 2:29; cf 2 Tim. 2:25, 2 Cor. 4:6, John 10:27, Acts 16:14, John 1:13).
At the end of this particular outreach, I spoke to two different men that professed to be Christians. One was the aforementioned man that I believe is a false convert. And the other was a humble man, that was willing to spend time to further go though the Scriptures, to investigate what I had previously stated in my sermon (photo below). And the world was witnessing the difference, and the Seeds were planted. Soli Deo Gloria!