This website and my new book are both dedicated to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, for His glory and honor is my ultimate motive. He is the One Who has granted these “spoils won in battles”(1 Chron. 26:27), in order to edify His true Church and to illustrate His radical, rescuing love for His people.
The constant longing that I’ve had for the deliverance of those still in darkness, has not been a burden lightly endured. But now that this labor of love has been completed, my heart’s desire and prayer to God is that He will get this book into the right hands and use it as a means to lead His people into a deeper understanding of His love and the true gospel of Christ that sets the captives free.
To God alone be the glory!
In my book, I also go over encounters that I had with some Christians outside the church who I perceived to be over-zealous fanatics. Because they would seem so full of joy and enthusiasm when they would talk about Jesus and what He did on the cross. And, for the life of me, I could not figure out why in the world anyone would be so joyful about Jesus merely making a way for us to save ourselves through works of obedience. Because, for me, it had always been horrible news (and rightly so), because I just knew I was going to fail on “my part” and end up in Hell. Any honest person would!
As a former, fourth generation member of the CoC, my testimony reveals that there is no true possession of the gospel in the CoC. There is just possession of a system that Jesus supposedly left us with. But the true gospel is that Jesus actually accomplished redemption on the cross for His people, rather than just making a system available, where one can redeem themselves. Jesus never made a way for God to lower His perfect standard of righteousness! On the contrary, Jesus fulfilled God’s perfect standard of righteousness on behalf of His people. He died for their sins so that they can have His perfect righteousness credited to their account, and so they can serve God out of a loving and reverent fear, rather than a legalistic fear.
In the CoC we were theologically conditioned to believe a different gospel and “hope for the best,” thinking our good would somehow outweigh the bad. But reality constantly testified to the fact that it was impossible! Although I believed in God with all my heart, I had a hard time believing in a Savior that supposedly died for everyone but allowed many that He supposedly died for to perish in Hell. Our false doctrines made me think that whatever He did for sinners, it must not have been enough to save us from ourselves, let alone save us from Hell. So although I thought that I had come to Jesus to be saved, I still lived in constant fear that He would allow me to perish in Hell if I didn’t do everything “just right.”
But I didn’t realize then
that I had come to another Jesus, one
not represented in Holy Scriptures. It
was a different Jesus and a different spirit that I had received; a
Jesus who was unloving and untrustworthy unless I “did my part;” a Savior who couldn’t
really save, unless I saved myself; a taskmaster who would meet me in the
waters of baptism, but leave me as soon as I rose out of the water and sinned
again. So I began to feel as if I would
have had more hope if I had drowned in the waters of baptism.
Yet, while going through the physical process, there was this grand illusion of resurrection to new life, because that’s what we were led to believe baptism literally did. While under such suggestive, baptismal regeneration conditioning, one couldn’t help but to imagine that one’s sins wereliterallybeing washed away in the water, due to the trick terminology used. But in practical reality… it never played out that way.
Inwardly, I had become even worse, for to my former guilt I had added
the sin of self-righteousness. But even though I was told that I was now a
Christian, my conscience was still far from being purged from guilt, no matter
how hard I tried to believe that I had actually come to Christ in baptism. I
was told that I had peace where there was no peace (Jer. 6:14).
Instead of carrying God’s
pardon sealed in my heart by the Holy Spirit, through faith in Jesus, I then
had to carry the added burden of trying to earn God’s pardon by throwing myself
into the CoC’s “second laws of pardon.” For
although we were taught that baptism was supposed to initially put one into Christ, and initially put one into right standing with God, we were also taught
that one could fall from grace out of
Christ as soon as one sins.
This was a classic example
of tap water theology, where one turns the grace of God on or off at will. One minute I would be repenting for a certain
sin that would immediately be replaced by another….and then another. And yet,
this was the vicious cycle that I had to learn to live with, as one who was
still dead in sins and trespasses, for I had not been truly changed and born
again by the sanctifying power and indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
Instead, I was deceived by a false support
system that could only support me as long as I supported myself, by fulfilling
the “second laws of pardon” that allowed me to “grow in Christ,” which meant
gaining more salvation brownie-points. So,
like many, I became extremely “religious,” but still lived just as worldly as
any other lost sinner. Because, in the
CoC anything went, as long as it was socially sanctioned and/or popularized on
Since we didn’t have formal,
doctrinal positions to safeguard any kind of true, biblical structure in our
lives, we could believe or do anything outside the church that we wanted, as
long as we just kept a misguided trust in the CoC’s outward codes of behavior and
its unique interpretations of
I thoroughly go over how the CoC’s conditioning process produced a type of religious schizophrenia, for we had to disassociate our legalistic and perfectionist theology from our worldly lifestyles and our lust for worldly entertainment. This was the only way we could still claim to be Christian, and yet still fit in with the world. So, predictably, we ended up blending in perfectly with the world.
Instead of being separate from the world as “salt and light,” our selective perceptions allowed us to choose those things which were of the devil, disassociate them from our theology, and still maintain our social status as a “Christian.” After all, it was still fashionable to be considered a Christian. But in instances where it wasn’t, we kept silent and made sure to never “rock the boat.”
In my book I unfold how compulsive conformity was the name of the game in the CoC. Far from promoting spiritual growth in the midst of life’s problems, the CoC’s system of theology served to promote neurotic and psychotic tendencies that affected how we viewed ourselves and God. Although we sincerely thought we were “doing right,” we were actually being led further and further away from the true God and Savior of Scripture. Sincerity is no guarantee of Heaven. As it has often been said, “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.” And there are many ways to Hell, but only one Way to Heaven….the true Jesus of the Bible.
Sadly, the “Church of Christ” embraces a false gospel and a false Christ that cannot save. As a fatal consequence, the CoC system collapses and falls under the same condemnation as Romanism and the Israel of Apostle Paul’s day, which embraced God but rejected His message (Rom. 10:1-3).
This is not a matter of splitting hairs, for there is nothing more important than knowing the way of salvation through Jesus Christ. And the issue is not whether doctrine or Christ saves, which is just a false dichotomy. The issue is what the gospel really is, Who Christ really is, and how He really saves. We are commanded to believe the gospel (Mk. 1:15), not a false version of it, which God places under a divine curse (Gal. 1:6-9). The CoC’s baptismal regeneration gospel is a fatally false gospel that leads to eternal damnation.
When a system claims to be Christian but
doesn’t have the doctrine of Christ, (the truth
about the work and Person of Jesus Christ), it doesn’t have the true God and
Savior, but falls under the condemnation of 2 John 7-11 as being a deceiver and
an anti-Christ. That’s what makes this so serious.
Over fifteen years ago, I began to realize that the Christ of the “Church of Christ” was not matching up with Scripture, for God was leading me to seek, to know and to trust in the true Christ. But, before then, I had been a self-righteous “Pharisee of Pharisees,” a devout follower of the CoC my entire life, heavily involved in its advance, and knowing it’s doctrines inside and out. I unfortunately raised my children in it for many years, and even taught its Sunday school for well over a decade. After all, I was trained very well.
My grandmother would have had it no other
way. She had already set the precedent
for all of us to become strict adherents of the CoC. But God, in His great mercy, kept me from
becoming another carbon copy, and He kept me too spiritually inquisitive to
continue to conform to CoC obscurity.
No wonder grandma was never
too enthused when I’d come running into her kitchen as a child, with new
discoveries about God’s creation; like the beautiful designs I’d find on a
butterfly or the design of His perfectly formed snail and periwinkle shells I’d
collect from the nearby branch that inspired my artwork. She always made it clear that it was
forbidden to talk about God on an intimately personal level, because it made
her so uncomfortable.
Grandma would even shy away
when I’d refer to the field next to the branch as “God’s Meadow,” a special
place I’d go to pray as a child, for God always seemed to be revealing Himself
there in the light of creation, as Creator of all things (Rom. 1:20). So it was very confusing to my quiet little
spirit when grandma’s air of condescension always relayed the message that it was
a waste of my time to write about it, or to express it artistically.
Because, as my Sunday
school teacher, she would religiously teach me gospel hymns and Bible stories. Even so, the emphasis was strictly on good, moral
behavior, to the exclusion of genuine faith in Christ, along with the mundane challenge
of surface-level questions at the end of class…as if Jesus was just an impersonal, imaginary, storybook character with
So it would always throw grandma for a
loop when I would ask her much deeper questions, like whether she looked
forward to being with Jesus (sadly she never could answer in the affirmative),
or about all the Scriptures concerning the link between predestination and salvation,
for our church always seemed to skip (or stumble) over those parts.
When pressed for
clarification, obscure answers were always backed with the same escape clause, “Well,
we just can’t be sure what that means; we just have to try to do the best we
can and hope for the best.” Yet I knew deep down that God must have revealed
them in His Word for a reason, for “The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto
us and to our children forever” (Deut. 29:29).
Looking back, it has become
increasingly clear, that our minds were blinded by the CoC’s theoretical
theories, which would cast such doubt, obscurity and confusion upon Scripture. However, God is not the author of confusion (1
Cor. 14:33). That is what deception does. It dismantles the capacity to think
God’s Word through, according to the language in which it was written, its
historical context, the identity and purpose of each author, and who it was
originally being addressed to in each situation. True, biblical exegesis interprets what the original
text actually conveys and means in
context, whereas the CoC’s unbiblical eisegesis
inserts foreign meanings into the text, which creates a pretext to hide the true meaning.
Without the standard rules
of interpretation, people are led to believe truth and error are just
differences in opinion. This began in
the Garden of Eden when the serpent tempted Eve to doubt what God had actually
said (Gen. 3:1). Those who are unstable
and unlearned are still taking portions of Scripture that are hard to
understand, and are twisting them to their own destruction (2 Pet. 3:16). “In
whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not,
lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, Who is the image of God,
should shine unto them” (2 Cor. 4:4).
So even if one acquired a
Ph.D. in theology, it would still never be a cure for spiritual blindness.
Because, when it comes to spiritually
understanding God’s Word, and loving Who He really is, we must first be born from above and enlightened by the
Holy Spirit. For “the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; for
they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them, because they are
spiritually discerned” (1 Cor. 2:14).
Sometimes the truth hurts, because
it’s hard for our sinful flesh to accept God’s absolute sovereignty. We all
have our weak points and blind spots. And, while it’s true that we can’t
understand all of God’s ways, what He
has revealed to us, we are to accept and shout from the housetops,
and what He speaks to us in the dark, we are to speak in the light (Deut. 29:29,
Mt. 10:27). For “No
man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that
they which come in may see the light” (LK. 11:33).
these truths many are strengthened in their faith, for “he that doeth truth cometh to the light that his deeds may be made
manifest, that they are wrought
in God” (Jn. 3:21). But, there will
be some who reject and rebel against the truth, for “every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh
to the light, lest his
deeds should be reproved” (Jn. 3:20).
Today, the “hive mind” stronghold
in our technologically advanced era is also dumbing down minds to the point of
disabling the ability to think theology
through. And when false notions are called into question or exposed, many
have a theologically conditioned response, where they automatically assume a
false persecution complex that triggers a hostile defense mechanism. Instead of a willingness to submit to the
judgment of Scripture with a teachable
spirit, many take personal affront.
Through the subtle art of
redefinition, many are being tempted to compartmentalize between the character
of Christ revealed in Scripture and the character of anotherChrist that’s being
promoted by society’s false religious systems. Many are willingly brainwashed against deep
theological studies that challenge faulty interpretations and preconceived
notions. A false gospel that’s hammered home repeatedly, programs minds to shut
out anything that challenges it, and blinds them to its spiritual
Still, we must not get
discouraged, for Jesus said His people will be led by the Spirit into all truth
(Jn. 16:13). They will be given the “Spirit
of truth; Whom the world cannot receive” (Jn. 14:17). They will know the truth and the truth
will set them free from the dominion of sin and false religion (Jn. 8:31-32). They will “be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:4), for
God teaches them by illuminating Scripture to their heart and mind (Jn. 6:45). Those who savingly believe in the true Christ
will not abide in darkness (Jn. 12:46), for God has ordained the means to rescue
This is why I write and “endure all things for the elect’s sakes,
that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal
glory” (2 Tim. 2:10). It is my duty
as a servant of the Lord, to use the means that He provides, in order to unpack
the truth, where Scripture interprets Scripture. It speaks for itself. What seems obscure in one place will be made
clearer in another, so that it can all be taken as a whole to get the full
Acts 17:11-12 tells us of
Apostle Paul’s encounter with noble-minded Bereans. These men and women were
not only ready to receive God’s Word, but they also searched the Scriptures
daily for themselves, to see if all they were being told was true. Not only does this scenario show us that
women are to be involved in theological matters too, but that we all need to
apply ourselves to know the truth, even if it threatens our status quo.
Therefore, Theological Thoughts are prayerfully woven
throughout the fabric of this work, to help readers to think their theology through, for we are commanded to commit
ourselves to the Lord so that our “thoughts
shall be established” (Prov. 16:3). And comparison/contrast writings are
often the means that God uses to bring our thoughts into sharper focus. Proclaiming the light of the gospel and
exposing the lies hidden in darkness, helps God’s people to discern the difference
between the spirit of truth and the spirit of error (1 Jn. 4:5-6). By
evaluating the evidence, they can make informed
decisions on what to believe, based on
what God’s Word actually conveys.
“Group think,” on the other
hand, thrives on spiritual ignorance, and manipulates minds on the basis of
gaining control and authority. This is
why many, who embrace the CoC system of thought, don’t even realize what they’re
being taught to believe, or the serious implications of those beliefs. And when false religion convinces people that
absolute truth is not really knowable or obtainable, it blasphemously implies
that God is not able to reveal
Himself and His truth to His people.
That’s when the devil slips in.
The more people can be convinced that God has failed to preserve and
reveal His truth…. the easier a
replacement system can be carried out.
Philippians 4:8 says our
thoughts are to be upon things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely and of
good report, all of which are a perfect description of the gospel of Jesus
Christ. Yet, mixing the gospel with
worldly views, shows a low esteem for the authority and sufficiency of
Scripture. Worse yet, truth mixed with
error is no longer truth at all (1 Jn. 2:21), but becomes false, dishonest,
unjust, impure, ugly and a bad report. Sowing seeds of the gospel mixed with
worldly philosophies and opinions of man, leads to a false Jesus, and therefore,
becomes a false gospel. No wonder Scripture warns us to abstain from all appearance of evil (1 Thess. 5:22). For what could be more manifestly evil than a
false gospel that leads to Hell?
The idea that one can “chew
up the meat and spit out the bones,” also has its limits when it comes to bad
theology, because it can lead to becoming an excuse for tolerating deceptive
doctrine, or for allowing it to go unchecked. Scripture warns that “alittle
leaven leaveneth the whole lump” (1 Cor. 5:6). It also warns that we cannot be partakers of
the Lord’s Table and of the devil’s table (1 Cor. 10:21). Even common sense
tells us that chewing meat that’s mixed with bones can be a choking hazard.
When Paul identified false brethren, he was being wise,
discerning and loving by warning others. Yet the world still continues to accuse
faithful Christians of being unloving and judgmental when they warn of God’s judgment. But we are to never
cower or shrink back from exposing serious departures from the Christian faith
behind an unbiblical concept of love.
While “the truth sounds
like hate to those who hate the truth,” Christians are still commanded to commit themselves to pulling
down strongholds and “casting down
imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge
of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ”
(2 Cor. 10:4-5). This extends to
stern warnings to “have no fellowship
with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them” (Eph. 5:11),
for true “love rejoices in the truth” (1 Cor. 13:6).
Therefore, exposing error
and proclaiming the gospel are two aspects of the same task, which may be one
reason this documentary has proven the old adage true… that “truth shines brightest against the backdrop of error.”
“For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you” (1 Cor. 11:19).
There was such a deep resentment in the church toward any who seemed to live holier than we did, especially if they gave credit for their godly living to the power of God’s grace, rather than the oppressive CoC doctrines that we had to follow. Because we took pride in the fact that we believed one must live right. Yet we were hypocritical in how we actually lived, due to our false humility and self-imposed religion that had no true power against sinful indulgences.
“These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh” (Col. 2:23, NKJV).
No wonder there was such a vicious
animosity and jealousy toward any who claimed to actually be saved. I remember verses (e.g. Rom. 12:3) that were pulled
out of context and used against them, to try to make them look like they were
evil for daring to have blessed assurance in Jesus’ power to save and change
them through simple faith in Him alone. ₂
It was falsely assumed that
all who claimed such assurance were
abusers of grace who thought they had a license to sin. The CoC system contained no knowledge of how a
truly saved person would battle sin and
serve Christ out of love, rather than legalistic fear. Therefore, it had to
resort to obedience-based control in order to keep its unconverted members in
So, consequently, we were theologically
trained to believe that if anyone had a right to God’s favor… it had to be us….because we worked for it. Since
our doctrines nourished the belief that we were better than others, we were
inevitably led to believe that God was indebted to us. So, sadly, we were not
only set up for boasting, but for inevitable failure, for we were paradoxically
proud to be “humble.”
“Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of
debt.But to him that worketh not,
but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for
righteousness” (Rom. 4:5).
Although our doctrines indicated
that we had to be absolutely perfect or end up in Hell, deep down we all knew
that we couldn’t really pull off
perfection. So we excused our sins
(especially the sin of self-righteousness) by constantly and legalistically performing
what we thought was repentance for
our sins, according to our “second laws of pardon” doctrine.₃
This man-made idea is strikingly
similar to the Roman Catholic sacrament of “penance” (the so-called “second plank” of justification), where
one must try to regain the salvation one initially
had in baptism, but lost again and again due to sins committed after baptism. In summary, subsequent
works were necessary after baptism,
as a secondary means of justification.
So, although I was
constantly performing what I thought was repentance, there was never a true
removal of guilt, for the sin supposedly pardoned through repentance one minute
was replaced by another sin the next!
And it had the potential to land me in Hell just as surely as the one
previously pardoned! So, without the
true gospel, I had to try to stay sane by either adopting an antinomian view of sin (an abuse of
God’s grace as an excuse to live in sin), or else become an
Although our “second laws of pardon” were conditioned upon our own works, the CoC claimed that these works were exempt from Paul’s condemnation of works salvation, because they were supposedly works of a different category….those that baptism had made acceptable for salvation.
The CoC would also elusively dodge Paul’s condemnation of works salvation by giving lip service to the fact that one couldn’t earn salvation. But what was really meant was that one could not initially earn salvation, for one could not lay the sacramental groundwork for salvation, which Jesus supposedly did when He instituted baptism. But after baptism, “works” of repentance, faith, etc….could be meritorious, for they were now “baptized works,” acceptable for meriting or earning salvation. So, the gist was that one couldn’t earn salvation by works…until after baptism, which was still a salvation by works… just misleadingly worded different.
Out of a deep and abiding love for God and His people, I would like to announce the release of my first book.
Christ Rescued Me! ….from the “Church of Christ”is my personal testimony of how God used severe sickness and even spiritual abuse, to lead me to the true Christ as He is presented in the Bible.
is inevitable that many will be offended by all that “comes out in the wash,”
Jesus said, “Blessed is he who is not
offended because of Me” ( Lk. 7:23).
We live in a
very clarifying time where God is bringing to the surface “the hidden things of dishonesty” (2 Cor. 4:2) in every corner of
the earth, so that a dividing line is being drawn between true followers of Christ and those who are “fall-a-wayers” from Christ (Mt.
My hope and
prayer is that His true followers will be blessed by this book as they come to
a deeper love and understanding of Who Jesus really is and what He actually
accomplished at the cross.
For a free preview, just go to Amazon.com and type in Christ Rescued Me! …from the “Church of Christ” by Lee Anne Ferguson. The Look Inside feature at the top right hand corner of my book cover will allow you to go through the Table of Contents, most of the Introduction and most of Appendix 2. But the deepest and most personal portions of the book are chapters 1-30. Lord willing, within the next year, YouTube videos are planned to elaborate on some of the most prominent parts of those chapters.
incidents, conversations and practices are real and accurately depicted, be
assured that a clarifying distinction has been carefully made between errors
and persons; reflecting only upon the deluding effects these errors have on
those believing them, the abuse that occurs as a result, and how the gospel and
those who proclaim it are marginalized and persecuted due to such error.
“And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful; and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her” (Lk.10:41-42).
Mary had an exalted view of Christ because she knew that everything she needed was in Jesus Christ alone. Martha on the other hand, was caught up in the cares of the world and was trying to do good works in her own strength.
The same is done in every false religion in the world, which has an exalted view of man and his own works. They have long lists of all they think they can pull off in their own power with just a “little help” from Jesus. “But all their works they do for to be seen of men; they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments” (Mt.23:5), proclaiming the broad way to destruction.
Yet, Jesus proclaimed the narrow way—-Himself. He is the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but by Him (Jn.14:6). It’s not Jesus PLUS our own works. It’s Jesus alone who makes the tree good so that it produces good fruit.
True repentance, saving faith, and the ability to obey God are found only in Jesus Christ. Only by the merits of Christ does God grant the gift of faith to trust Christ alone for salvation and to endure the cross (Phil1:29). Only by the merits of Christ does God reconcile His people back to Himself (2Cor.5:19, 21). Only by the merits of Christ does God grant repentance (2Tim.2:25). Only by the merits of Christ does God grant the ability to follow Him in obedience. “When He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive and gave gifts unto men” (Eph.2:8, 4:8).
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” (Eph.1:3). All spiritual blessings; faith, repentance, the ability to obey God and produce good works have all been obtained for God’s people in Christ, “Who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification and redemption” (1Cor.1:30, Heb.9:12). So that none of the sheep He died for will ever perish or lack the ability to believe the truth and follow Him (Jn.10). And if any are caught up in a false religion, He will rescue them, lead them out and place them in the green pastures of truth, where they can rest in Him. All their supplies of grace come from Jesus Christ and Him alone, for He says; “Without Me you can do nothing” (Jn.15:5). “Their righteousness is of Me saith the Lord” (Isaiah 54:17).
Our duty to God is made clear….. “If ye will fear the Lord, and serve Him, then shall ye continue following the Lord your God” (1Sam.12:14)…..along with the fact that only God can enable us to fulfill our duty….. “I will put My fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from Me” (Jer.32:40).
“Thou also hast wrought all our works in us” (Isaiah 26:12). “For it is God who works in you to will and to do” (Phil.2:13). “Who bore our sins in His own body on the tree, so that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness” (1Pet.2:24). He quickens dead spirits by His mighty power (Eph.2:1, Titus 3:5).
The death of Christ is the meritorious cause of all the spiritual blessings that the Father bestows upon His chosen elect and the Holy Spirit is the effective agent Who uses the instrument of the Word to effectively apply those merits to those Jesus died for, so that none of them will ever perish, for those ordained to eternal life are enabled to believe with the heart unto salvation (Acts 13:48, Rom.10:10).
True saving faith can be said to be “our act” if God bestows that gift upon us. Who can deny that a gift is the possession of the one it has been given to? Faith is “ours” by reason of God bestowing it upon us as a gift (Eph.2:8). If it was a natural endowment or ability we were born with, everyone would have it and it wouldn’t be referred to as a gift in God’s Word (2Thess.3:2).
“Who makes you to differ from another? And what do you have that you have not received” (1Cor.4:7)? Everything that makes a Christian differ from others is bestowed by God. “Who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (Jn.1:13). “If anyone glories let him glory in the Lord” (1Co.1:3). So pray God will grant you faith to trust Christ alone for salvation.
Arminianism is the belief that Jesus died and did all He could for everyone, so that the only people who would be saved by His atonement are those who would be “better than others” and cause the atonement to be effective by doing their part. But this fails to acknowledge the extent of our fallen nature and the fact that faith and repentance must now be granted by God based on Jesus’ merits (e.g. Acts15:9, 18:27, Eph.1:19, 2Tim.2:25, 1Pet.1:21, 2Pet.1:1). As a result of what God accomplished in times past, it is worked out thru people’s actions in the process of time. So although it’s not always easy for God’s people to distinguish the working out of God’s will in their coming to Christ, God was the first cause of their coming for “the preparations of the heart, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord” (Prov.16:1).
The Holy Spirit must first apply God’s enabling gifts to His peoples account before they can respond to the gospel. Repentance and faith are actually provisions of the gospel that enable God’s people to fulfill His commands. Regeneration and quickening by the Holy Spirit occurs before anyone even has the desire to respond to the gospel call (Ps.110:3, 1Cor.2:14, 4:7). Or else there’d be no need for a Savior and Jesus would have died in vain!
The spiritual gifts necessary for responding to the gospel (faith and repentance) were obtained for God’s people by Christ Jesus (Eph1:3, 4:8). In other words, God has provided what He commands, or else no one would be saved. Yet, false teachers convolute the whole gospel by teaching that we must first conjure up our own faith and repentance (in a degenerate, fallen state) and then Jesus’ atonement would atone. How ridiculous!
How could anyone wholeheartedly put their trust in Christ if His atonement didn’t actually atone— unless our works are added to it —-to make Jesus die for us? How ludicrous! How can anyone be called to trust in an inefficient atonement that would allow some that He died for to slip thru the cracks? How could anyone trust in an atonement that couldn’t even save His people from themselves, let alone from hell!!?? Yet, this is the kind of blasphemy that’s being preached today!
The true gospel and the true nature of the atonement is that it actually atoned and was actually purposed by God the Father to fulfill what it was intended to accomplish. God the Son actually purchased those it was intended for. God the Holy Spirit actually applies the merits of it to the “purchased possessions” in the process of time (Eph.1:14). Any divergence from the true nature of the atonement and eternal security would fall apart. It is unconditional or else we could earn or lose our salvation.
Thank God for the truth, so that those who are truly concerned for the salvation of their souls thru Jesus Christ can have the blessed assurance that Jesus’ blood atonement actually secures, because it’s an unconditional atonement, based solely on God’s “election of grace,” not our works (Rom.11:5-8).
So those who end up in hell can’t blame it on an insufficient atonement and they can’t blame it on God’s election of grace. God isn’t unfair or unjust by sending people to hell due to their total corruption and rejection of Jesus Christ. They will be in hell because they are the seeds of the serpent by their own fallen “free” will to serve sin and satan, rather than the seeds of promise by grace thru faith in Jesus Christ.
God’s judgment is righteous and He divides the darkness as He sees fit and He does it sinlessly and righteously. No one will be in hell due to any unfairness on God’s part, because we all deserved hell, but He’s chosen to have mercy on some. And He’s set it up this way so that no one will have an excuse for their sin (which deserves hell) and so that the elect cannot boast that they are any “better than others”—- (like Arminianism does).
God’s eternal redemption is based solely on His grace and mercy for He has the right to “have mercy on whom He wills and to harden whom He wills (Rom9:18). Because He’s God, we should fear before Him and plead for His mercy. So, instead of the belief of just “doing our part”—-hoping Jesus “makes up the difference”—–
Scripture holds true
—-Jesus is the Author and Finisher of our faith (Heb.12:2).
The error of Arminianism is not that it holds the Biblical doctrine of responsibility but that it equates this doctrine with an unbiblical doctrine of “freewill” and preaches the two things as though they were synonymous. The truth is that man’s will is always exercised in harmony with his nature and, as his nature is at enmity to God, so is his will. Rom.8:7 “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” Man being fallen, his will cannot be neutral or “free” to act contrary to his nature. Freewill has carried many souls to hell, but never a soul to heaven.
Man’s spiritual inability is due solely to his sin and therefore it in no way lessens his responsibility. That man must be able to believe and repent in order to be responsible for unbelief and impenitency is a philosophical conception nowhere found in Scripture. In fact it is directly contrary to Scripture because, if responsibility were to be measured by ability, then it would mean that the more sinful a man becomes the less he is responsible!
When theologians speak of man’s free-agency, which is essential to moral responsibility, they mean that man’s will is “free” from any external compulsion to sin. In this sense man has a free-will (which is obviously different from the Arminian usage of the term) and it makes our position one of terrible personal accountability for our actions.
Salvation “is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God who showeth mercy” (Rom.9:16).
“Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (Jn.1:13).
“In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will” (Eph.1:11).
“Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” (Rom.8:7).
“The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1Cor.2:14).
So pray ——-
“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him:
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
And what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power” (Eph.1:17-19).