The Free Gift Of Eternal Life
By David J. Stewart | March 2015
Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of different ways that people say a person can get to Heaven, or have eternal life. Recently, beloved actor Leonard Nimoy died at age 83. Tragically, Mr. Nimoy placed his faith in the female goddess Shekhina. Biblically, we read in Acts 4:10-12 that there is no other name given among men to be saved, than the precious name of Jesus Christ . . .
Acts 4:10-12, “Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
I recently stopped by a Korean store to look around. I noticed that they were selling many statues of the potbellied false prophet, Buddha. Hundreds-of-millions of people around the world are trusting in the name of Buddha to obtain eternal life, following the satanic teachings of Buddha that living a good life leads to eternal happiness and peace. It doesn't! As you just read from the Holy Bible, their is no salvation in any other name than the precious name of JESUS! This is the truth!
Specifically, to be saved, you must BELIEVE that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, Who died on the cross for your sins, and was buried, and was bodily resurrected after three days. 1st Corinthians 15:1-4 . . .
1st Corinthians 15:1-4, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”
The Word of God plainly teaches, as evidenced by our text verse from Romans 6:23, that eternal life is the gift of God through Jesus Christ our Lord. If you don't trust Christ as your personal Savior, you will never see Heaven, and the Lake of Fire is the only other place you can spend eternity. People often ask why God lets people go to Hell, but where else can the wicked go? God's holiness demands justice
The Devil is very sneaky, continually trying to corrupt the churches with a false plan of salvation. May I say, kindly, any plan of salvation that requires something from you other than simply believing the Gospel is a fraud!
The following information is just wonderful, doing an excellent job of differentiating between salvation and discipleship. So many people are confused today in the churches, even the pastors, not rightly dividing the Word of truth in the Holy Scriptures. The following quotes and information will help clear your mind on the matter and set you straight . . .
The following excellent information by Dr. Hank Lindstrom is from the helpful Christian website, GetGodsGift.Org...
Is Your Church Really a Church?
Many churches today, including some independent Baptists, are teaching a false plan of Lordship Salvation. These have ceased to be Biblical churches and are mere religious organizations, teaching religious dogma instead of the truth of God's Word. How can they be true churches when they require people to forsake sinful behavior to be saved? That is a works-based plan of salvation, not the free-grace view of the Gospel as taught in the Holy Scriptures. If a church is wrong on the plan of salvation, they have ceased to be a Biblical church and are now a false religion. It's the occult-influenced modern counterfeit Bible versions from Westcott and Hort that are influencing the churches to embrace the heresy of Lordship Salvation.
Luciferian-worshipping occult groups like Freemasons and Theosophists have deliberately infiltrated and corrupted the churches. The Holy Bible calls the Church the pillar and ground of THE TRUTH. 1st Timothy 3:15, “But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” So if the truth has been corrupted, then the pillar and ground of truth is gone, and there is no church. A religious organization is not a church. Roman Catholicism is not a church! Why? It is because Catholics believe they can merit Heaven by doing good works, confessing their sins to a priest, keeping Seven Sacraments and being a member of the Catholic church. In sharp contrast, the Word of God teaches in John 6:28-29, “Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.”
Another example of a religion that is not a church is the Church of Christ (COC). May I say, the term “Church of Christ” is a misnomer. The COC a very popular religious denomination. Unfortunately, they teach a false plan of salvation. This means that they are not a local New Testament “church” in a Biblical sense. Here is one such Church of Christ false prophet, Don Blackwell. This heresy is typical of the Church of Christ. Literally, they take the phrase “churches of Christ” from Romans 16:16 and claim their denomination is the only one that is found in the Bible. That is foolish gibberish and unscholarly rhetoric!
Just because John the Baptist is in the Bible doesn't make Baptist churches of God. The truth is that the Bible doesn't teach nor promote any religious denomination. The Church is the Church! Although it is not wrong to use a denominational label to identify one's self and beliefs with historical positions and religious groups. I'm proud to be identified with Independent Fundamental Baptist Churches (IFBC). Albeit, when asked, I tell people foremost that I am a born-again Christian. Being Baptist doesn't get anyone to Heaven. Jesus said that a man must be born-again (John 3:3).
I mentioned the Church of Christ because they are about as close as you can get to a Baptist church, yet they are unsaved heathens. They sing the same hymns. They have alter calls. They have hard preaching. Yet, they errantly teach that you must be water baptized, openly confess Christ in public, and forsake sinful behavior to be saved. They are not a church.
Is your so-called “church” truly a church? If you teach the heresy of Lordship Salvation, you are NOT A CHURCH! You may be a 501c3 state-licensed non-profit organization, but you are not a church. You may have a big building to meet each Sunday, and several hundred people attending, but you are still not a church. You may have a big religious school with a thousand students, but that doesn't make you a church. If the simple Gospel is not being preached correctly, then your so-called “church” is no better than the satanic cults of Seventh Day Adventism, Mormonism, Church of Christ or Roman Catholicism.
The elderly Evangelist Billy Graham (now 95 years old) gets paid over $600,000 a year, and has much land, employees, influence, money and buildings for their worldwide ministry, but THEY ARE NOT A CHURCH!!! They are wrong on the plan of salvation! They're good people, decent and hard-working people, but they have been deceived by the Devil, because of a half-century of hobnobbing with the satanic religious cult of Roman Catholicism. If your church teaches that you must stop living a lifestyle of sin and make Jesus Lord of your life to be saved, please run for the nearest exit and get out now, because you're not in a church!
It reminds me of actor Harrison Ford who starred in the movie Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Han and Chewy land the Millennial Falcon (that's their spaceship) inside an asteroid (so they think). It turns out to be inside of the mouth of a giant monster. Perhaps you've felt secure in your church all these years, but now wake up to realize that you're inside the mouth of a giant monster!!! Will you escape before the big mouth closes? Or will you be eaten by those giant monster's teeth? I'm dead serious! If your false church teaches that you cannot be saved without forsaking sinful living, you are inside the belly of a monster and need to escape as fast as you can... Go to light-speed! We live right as Christians because WE ARE saved, not to BE saved. I am TRUSTING to be saved, not TRYING to be saved. Salvation is RECEIVING, not ACHIEVING!
These religious groups all have big fancy buildings, big schools for their children, all 501c3 incorporated with the government, all singing and going through the motions of a devout religious group, helping the needy and doing many wonderful works in Jesus' name. Yet, horrifyingly, they will one day hear the Lord Jesus say to them on Judgment Day, “DEPART FROM ME, YE THAT WORK INIQUITY, FOR I NEVER KNEW YOU!!!” (Matthew 7:21-23). My friend, you'd better make sure that you have not believed a lie! I have shared with you the simple truth of the Gospel on this webpage, please read it again and make sure that you understand it. We are saved by God's imputed Righteousness through faith in Christ Jesus, and not by any righteousness of our own. I have no goodness or self-righteousness with which to impress God (Isaiah 64:6). Our best is filth to God, because there are so many sins in our lives that cannot be offset by any amount of good. We need God's righteousness!
My only heart's desire is to help others in the Lord, and I believe by God's grace He has done so through His Holy Spirit in me over the years. As the Apostle Paul said in 2nd Corinthians 11:6, “But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things.” Don't ever let anyone deceive you by saying that eternal life is a free gift, but you must surrender to Christ, turn away from sinful living, make a commitment to Jesus, or give your life to God to get it. That is a forked-tongue false plan of salvation. If it's truly a gift, then it's completely free.
love God who doesn't love sinners!”
(a quote by Dr. Jack Hyles classic MP3 sermon, “The Happiest Man” (happiest is the man who will not impute sin to others!)
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Another Gospel Which Is Not Another (a red-hot MP3 by Dr. Curtis Hutson exposing Lordship Salvation)
† † † Praise God For The Blood Of Jesus! † † †
Eternal life is a free gift, paid for by Jesus' previous blood. 1st Peter 1:18-19, “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” It's Not The Shedding Of Jesus' Blood That Saves, But The 'SPRINKLING' Of That Shed Blood. Jesus was the sacrifice, the perfect and sinless Lamb of God, slain upon the cross for our sins. Jesus bled and died on the cross for our sins. He arose from the dead bodily and visibly ascended into Heaven as our High Priest, to appear before God the Father on our behalf with His liquid blood. This is why Jesus told Mary not to touch Him, lest she corrupt the blood sacrifice (John 20:17 - King James Bible). Jesus entered into the heavenly Holy Place with His own precious blood (Hebrews 9:12), and sprinkled that blood (Hebrews 12:24) upon the Mercy Seat in the presence of the Holy Father (Hebrews 9:24). The price for the Church is Christ's blood.
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