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3 years ago  ::  Mar 01, 2015 - 2:33PM #1
allan444
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Wonder why  the simplicity of  the Gospel message is rejected by so many .



Perhaps the work ethic is ingrained in the western culture that surely something as valuable as eternal life cant be completely free..



Perhaps its our(society) view of God as a taskmaster or far off being and therefore the much difficulty in  grasping  the idea that “God so loved the world”



More likely its our sin of pride



Whatever it is ,  its certainly not a new problem since  Paul had to deal with it with the very early church in his letter to the Galatians


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3 years ago  ::  Mar 02, 2015 - 9:13AM #2
allan444
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Mar 1, 2015 -- 2:33PM, allan444 wrote:


Wonder why  the simplicity of  the Gospel message is rejected by so many .
Perhaps the work ethic is ingrained in the western culture that surely something as valuable as eternal life cant be completely free..
Perhaps its our(society) view of God as a taskmaster or far off being and therefore the much difficulty in  grasping  the idea that “God so loved the world”
More likely its our sin of pride
Whatever it is ,  its certainly not a new problem since  Paul had to deal with it with the very early church in his letter to the Galatians




Let me mention 2    influences that may have contributed to this difficulty in accepting the simplicity of the Gospel message of salvation by grace through faith alone .


One would be the many Non-Denominational  churches that teach “Lordship Salvation” including  the Billy Graham Organization.


In Decision Magazine* from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association an article entitled “How to be Saved” included 2 requirements


absolute trust in Jesus Christ’s ability and authority to provide the “way” to salvation,


AND


 an unapologetic submission to His Lordship


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another influence  would be  some in the   Catholic Church who are influenced by the teaching of the Council of Trent . 



 “If anyone says that it is by faith alone the sinner is justified, in such wise as to mean, that nothing else is required to cooperate in order to obtain the grace of justification…let him be anathema”   .    (Canon 9)


 
:  "If any one shall say that justifying faith is nothing else than confidence in the divine mercy pardoning sins for Christ's sake, or that it is that confidence alone by which we are justified . . . let him be accursed" .   .   ( Canon 12)


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3 years ago  ::  Mar 08, 2015 - 6:35AM #3
allan444
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note continued...... 

 



 


But should we be surprised since  even Israel, God’s beloved people struggled with this issue of justification through faith alone 
 


 “What shall we say, then? That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith;


  •  but that Israel who pursued a law that would lead to righteousness did not succeed in reaching that law.


  •  Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone,


  •  as it is written,  "Behold, I am laying in Zion stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame." ( Romans 9:30-33)



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                         Of course submitting to the Lordship of Jesus is a good thing, but it is just not part of the justification process (getting saved) but of the sanctification process ( after one is saved) and living  out the Christian walk.


      In Romans 12 Paul is speaking here to fellow saints who are already justified in the sight of God and whose names have been written in the Lamb's book of life. 


        " I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.


        Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."


    • (Romans 12:1,2)  


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    • addendum


    • As Lutherans we believe that  infants  baptized are “saved” “born again” through faith and "by the washing of regeneration" at the time of baptism




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