“As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are certain things hard to be understood, which the unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures,to their own destruction.” 2 Peter 3:16
I hear it all the time, someone has found Jesus and made Him, Their Personal Saviour! Seems a little backward doesn’t it? Not to mention the Holy Ghost does not propagate error, no matter how “moved” one might believe themselves to be. God is changeless. Time is measured by change in the universe, for God there is no such thing as time He always was and always will be.
While that is sometimes a hard concept to grasp for us it nevertheless remains true. So if He always just IS then He is never subject to change as He is never subject to time. He is changeless in a moment of eternity. So chances are He will not change to become YOUR personal saviour, however He is always personable, and personally YOU can be saved IF you accept Him as your saviour, but this means going beyond reading the Bible and deciding what works best for you in your life “situation” in fact the same rules apply to everyone. You just don’t get to pick which ones you would like to adhere to and throw out the rest. It’s like the definition of Christianity, following the teachings and beliefs of Jesus Christ. Not SOME teachings, just THE teachings, all of them. Otherwise you might be considered a PROTESTant.
The following is an excerpt from a website I rather enjoy because a lot of people love Holy Scripture as do I. However, a lot of people like to take it out of context and do what they want with it to justify their wrongdoings.
You can see more on different topics at http://www.protestanterrors.com
And let us remember, it was the Catholic Church who put all the books in the Bible under one cover without which there would have been no other editions or versions that throw out whole books, change words, and even add and remove lines. Yes every other translation into English besides the Douay-Rheims version is a false translation. Just like the many “Churches” that claim to be the “Church of Christ” are suprisingly not so.
The best way to find out what something means in an owner’s manual is to contact the company who built the product and wrote the manual (not private interpretation, see section on Bible).
Without further ado…
To those who feel sin does not affect your salvation, or believe that by simply choosing Jesus as your “personal savior”, you have been saved regardless:
First consider the verse, “Not every one that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doth the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 7:21. Here we see we must DO, not just believe!
Consider the verses, “Know you not that the unjust shall not possess the kingdom of God? Do not err: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, Nor the effeminate, nor liers with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor railers, nor extortioners, shall possess the kingdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. These verses clearly tell us that sin DOES effect our salvation!
Consider the verses, “And behold one came and said to him: Good master, what good shall I do that I may have life everlasting? Who said to him: Why asketh thou me concerning good? One is good, God. But if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.” Matthew 19:16-17. Why would Our Lord command us to keep the commandments in order to have life everlasting if we are already supposedly saved by choosing Him as our personal savior?
Also consider the verses, “For if we sin willfully after having the knowledge of the truth, there is now left no sacrifice for sins, but a certain dreadful expectation of judgment, and the rage of a fire which shall consume the adversaries.” Heb 10:26-27 (St. Paul). Again these verses clearly show sin directly effects our salvation.
Consider the verse, “Wherefore, my dearly beloved, (as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but much more now in my absence,) with fear and trembling work out your salvation.” Phil 2:12 (St. Paul). If we must work out our salvation with fear and trembling, this is incompatible with the belief that we are “saved” by simply choosing Our Lord as our personal Savior.
Consider the verse, “But Peter said to them: Do penance, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of your sins: and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” Acts 2:38. Of what purpose would St. Peter tell us to do penance for the remission of our sins if we are simply saved and have no need to worry about sin?
Consider the verse, “Lest again, when I come, God humble me among you: and I mourn many of them that sinned before, and have not done penance for the uncleanness, and fornication, and lasciviousness, that they have committed.” 2 Cor 12:21. For what purpose would St. Paul say penance is necessary to make up for our sins if we are simply saved?
Consider the verse, “And God indeed having winked at the times of this ignorance, now declareth unto men, that all should every where do penance.” Acts 17:30. Why does Scripture tell us to do penance if we are already saved by accepting Christ?
And the verses, “Do penance therefore for this thy wickedness; and pray to God, that perhaps this thought of thy heart may be forgiven thee.” Acts 8:22 and “No, I say to you: but unless you shall do penance, you shall all likewise perish.” Luke 13:3 and “And going forth they preached that men should do penance.” Mark 6:12. Clearly these verses indicate we are commanded to do more than just believe for our salvation, we must do penance.
And the verse, “Confess therefore your sins one to another: and pray one for another, that you may be saved. For the continual prayer of a just man availeth much.” James 5:16. Here we see even St. James knows being saved is not a given!
Of what purpose are all the references in Scripture to confession of sins, forgiveness of sins, remission of sins, repentance of sins, doing penance, and “blotting out” sin if they are of no concern to our salvation, and if we are not to worry about cleansing ourselves of them?
Consider the verse, “For we must all be manifested before the judgment seat of Christ, that every one may receive the proper things of the body, according as he hath done, whether it be good or evil.” 2 Corinthians 5:10. This clearly shows that what we do in life effects how we will be judged. Christ merited our salvation by His death on the cross, but it is NOT guaranteed and CAN be lost if we do not properly accept it and do what Our Lord instructed as mentioned above.
Lastly, if we look at the writings of the early Church Fathers, they all refer to terms such as “attaining”, “securing” and “affecting” our salvation. Clearly the early Christian Church openly believed and taught this in accordance with points directly above.
God Bless BJS!