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Pulpit Crimes

It’s ironic to know that Arminian churches (such as Churches of Christ, Methodists, Disciples of Christ, Catholics, Freewill Baptists, etc.) sing gospel songs that were written by those whom they claim are heretics in hell. Talk about straining at a nat and swallowing a camel!! For example, “Rock of Ages” was written by Augustus Toplady, who also wrote:

“Freewill” is an Arminian idol” 

 “A man’s “freewill” cannot even cure him of a toothache, or of a sore finger, yet he madly thinks it is in its power to cure his soul”

The greatest judgment which God himself can, in the present life, inflict upon a man is to leave him in the hand of his own boasted “freewill”

John Newton the writer of “Amazing Grace” wrote:

“Of all people who engage in controversy, we, who are called Calvinists, are most expressly bound by our own principles to the exercise of gentleness and moderation.”

“This is faith: a renouncing of everything we are apt to call our own and relying wholly upon the blood, righteousness and intercession of Jesus.”

And the list goes on and on, which is no wonder why the gospel songs sung in those churches totally contradict the false, watered-down gospel that’s preached behind their pulpits. For example, “Nothing but the Blood,” “Glory to His Name,” “At the cross,” etc. —-clearly proclaim where the blood of Jesus was applied to His people and it was NOT in water baptism or any other outward ceremony or action! (e.g. Eph.2:13-16). In fact, NONE of the gospel songs EVER insinuate that it is, because it’s not.

Sadly, Arminian churches filter songs such as “Nothing but the Blood” thru the humanistic philosophy that His blood only made people “savable” depending on their “freewill” actions.  But if they had ears to hear they’d realize that Jesus Christ is our ONLY plea, not our actions.  Again, the song “Amazing Grace,” never insinuates that grace only made it “possible” for a wretch like me to do what it takes to get saved, because that’s not the Bibles version of grace.  God’s Word  makes it clear that Jesus actually “saves” and He does it to the uttermost, based on His merits, not ours (Heb.7:25, 9:12).  He’s not just a hypothetically potential Savior but an actual Savior of actual people that He has chosen.

Arminian churches filter songs such as “Amazing Grace” thru the Roman Catholic idea that grace is “necessary” to do everything it takes to be saved but not sufficient to save in and of itself without our help or cooperation. Naturally when doctrines of devils deceive people into believing their salvation is dependent upon them, they will end up having no “Blessed Assurance” (another song legalists can’t sing in sincerity).  Because naturally if one thinks they must do something to be saved, one will also feel they must do something to keep it, rather than believing we are kept by the power of God, thru His irrevocable gift of faith (Rom.11:29, Eph.2:8-10, Phil.1:29, 1Pet.1:5, etc.).

When Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith we can sing gospel songs with a sincere heart, knowing He has granted us a new heart that’s enabled to obey Him out of love and gratitude, rather than legalistic bondage, where sin has dominion. For only God can “make us perfect in every good work to do His will, working in us that which is well-pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ; to Whom be glory forever and ever. Amen” (Heb.13:21).

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The Galatian Heresy

God’s Word reveals in the book of Galatians that a fall from grace occurs when one begins to trust their own “freewill” initiative to enter into God’s promises by works and going thru a physical process. False teachers had come in with this damnable heresy and taught that although faith is needed, more must be ADDED in order to be truly saved (Gal.5:4).

Apostle Paul stood strongly against the heresy of faith PLUS works, which was being slipped in by work-righteous heretics who were telling the Galatians that they needed to add circumcision to their faith in Christ, in order to be saved. They were subtly teaching that Jesus’ work on behalf of His people was not sufficient for salvation and that works had to be ADDED to the equation. As a result, they caused many Galatians to fall from grace into works.

Romans 11:6 clearly states that salvation is by God’s grace alone, NOT works, or else it would no longer be grace. Ephesians 2:8-1o also makes it clear that one can only be saved by God’s grace in granting the gift of faith in Christ, not of ourselves or our own works. Or else Christ died in vain (Gal.2:21).

False religions are STILL committing the Galatian heresy by adding works to faith in Christ and some even go to the extent of teaching that salvation by circumcision has been replaced with salvation by water baptism (such as the “Church of Christ” religion). In a “Church of Christ” publication, they write that “Circumcision was the covenant God made between Himself and His people. Baptism is God’s covenant for men today to become His children.” (housetohouse.com/article on the purpose of baptism).  Scripture NEVER indicates that baptism has replaced circumcision (Rom2:29, Col.2). 

Little do they realize that neither circumcision nor baptism can save anyone.  “For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love” (Gal.5:6). And without this true saving faith, all works are dead and done by those who are dead in their sins and trespasses, who’ve never had their spirits quickened from the dead by the Holy Spirit applying the gifts and merits of Jesus’ work to their account (Eph.1, 2, 4:8). Because all those Jesus died for WILL have a measure of faith that produces TRUE works of righteousness, done in love and DONE IN CHRIST (Rom.12:3, Acts 13:48, 2 Thess.3:2).

Even in the Old Testament, God’s people were saved by faith alone, in Christ alone (Rom.4). All the works of the law pointed forward to Christ, whom they were to believe. And even now, the law (which extends to all works) points back to Christ, whom we are to have faith in. “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to all who BELIEVE” (Rom.10:4). He fulfilled all righteousness on behalf of His people so that they don’t work to be saved, but work BECAUSE they are saved and now hate their sin and love God, Who now works in them to do His will (Phil.2:13).

The tree has to first be made good by God, THEN it can produce good fruits. But false religion always puts the fruit before the tree, which convolutes the entire gospel. A bad, dead in sins tree cannot go through a physical process, such as baptism, and expect to be saved as a result. One must FIRST be born of the Spirit in the washing and renewing of Holy Spirit regeneration—-not baptismal regeneration, which is a damnable heresy.

All thru Scripture water refers to the Holy Spirit (Jn.3:5 original Greek translation means: “water EVEN the Spirit”). In Jn.7:38-39 Jesus even says, “He that believes upon me shall have rivers of living WATER flowing from them. And He was referring to the Spirit, which they whom believe upon Him shall receive”…….Did He leave out anything? NO! Yet, false teachers want to complicate the gospel of Christ by ADDING works to the equation (Titus 3:5).

This is why in 2 Cor.11:3-4 Paul said he feared minds would be corrupted by the subtlety of the devil, from the simplicity that is in Christ. He feared they’d fall for a different gospel and put up with those who try to complicate the true gospel of God’s grace alone, thru faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone. “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage” (Gal.5:1).

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How the “Church of Christ” will be reabsorbed back into Roman Catholicism

The “Church of Christ” religion teaches the damnable heresy of baptismal regeneration, which perverts God’s plan of redemption by teaching that one can be saved by being baptized, whereas the Bible conveys that one can only be saved by God’s grace, thru His gift of faith in Jesus’ merits ALONE. Baptism is only a symbolic ordinance that declares one has already been regenerated by the Holy Spirit, Who alone can apply the merits of Jesus’ sacrifice to our account, so that we’re enabled to obey the gospel call to repent of sins and follow Jesus IN FAITH.

Scripture reveals that the “Church of Christ” religion commits a “negative inference fallacy” concerning Mark 16:16, because Scripture never says one can’t be saved unless they’re baptized. However, it does clearly state that one can’t be saved unless they believe (e.g. John 3:18, 36; 6:53-54, 8:24, Mark 16:16). And one can only have saving faith if they’ve been regenerated by the Holy Spirit, NOT by baptism (Titus 3:5).

Heretical “Church of Christ” creeds on baptismal regeneration stem from Roman Catholicism.

Here are just a few citations from the Roman Catholic Catechism that coincides with the creeds that the CoC says it doesn’t have:

  • “the sacraments of the New Covenant are necessary for salvation (#1129, p.  292).
  • “Baptism is necessary for salvation…. The church does not know any other means other than baptism that assures entry into eternal beatitude” (#1257 p.  320).
  • “By baptism all sins are forgiven, original sin and all personal sins, as well as all punishment for sin.” (#1263 p.  321).
  • The Church bears within itself and “administers” the totality of the means of salvation” (#868 p.  230), …….(which coincides with the usually silent but practiced “Church of Christ” doctrine ofDivine Absolution” by means of a “Church of Christ” mediator who can “administer” the necessary requirements for salvation).

By divine providence, the silent but deadly creeds within the “Church of Christ” are finally being revealed in a “Church of Christ” publication called “House to House.” (Go to www.housetohouse.com). And you will find that in (Vol.18, No.2) they mention “Divine Absolution” on the very front page, where it’s said that the apostles offered the people “Divine Absolution” by offering to baptize them!!

“Divine Absolution” and the false “freewill” doctrine are purely Roman Catholic Doctrines with the sole purpose of exalting man over God, which reveals a spirit of antichrist. In this respect, the “Church of Christ” never completely broke away from Roman Catholicism and is gradually being led back into it thru these heresies.

God’s Word reveals that there is only one mediator between God and men, Christ Jesus (1Tim.2:5). Only He can administer what’s necessary for our salvation (saving faith), for He obtained it and all other spiritual blessings that accompany salvation (repentance, obedience, etc.), so that those who are His are able to believe through grace (Acts 18:27, Rom.8:32, 2Cor.3:5, Eph.1:3, 4:8, Phil.4:19).

Anyone involved in damnable heresy cannot enter heaven (Gal.5:20-21, 2Pet.2:1). Anyone who believes a false gospel cannot be saved. The true gospel is all about what Jesus has done to save His people and enable them to obey, not what we do by our own “freewill” to merit salvation. The true gospel is a call to repentance and faith in Jesus’ merits alone. Pray that God will have mercy on you and grant you repentance and the gift of faith to believe in the merits of Jesus ALONE so that you can be saved………… Do not delay, time is running out!!

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Iniquity of the Holy Things

 

How can anything holy be sinful? It seems contradictory doesn’t it? …… But it’s not. 

In Exodus 28:38 we’re shown that the High Priest Aaron (Moses brother and an Old Testament type, who prefigured Christ) had to offer blood atonement for God’s people even when they offered “holy things.” Because in the O.T. even their holy things (service to God) had to be purified before they could be acceptable to God. He is completely pure and holy, so that NOTHING less than perfect holiness can enter His holy presence. 

This O.T. scenario was only the shadow of what Jesus as High Priest does for His people today. He’s always in the presence of God the Father, interceding for His people and pleading His blood on their behalf. He has sprinkled His blood on the mercy seat of heaven in the “Holiest of all” (Heb.9:8). And there in the presence of God the Father, He pleads His finished work on the cross, where He took upon Himself the guilt, not only of sins actually committed but the guilt of our corrupted sin nature, which has alienated us from God. 

“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (Isa.53:6). Jesus came to earth to live the perfect life we could never live because of our fallen condition, which is why Jesus came to fulfill all righteousness on our behalf.  Because even when we’ve done all He’s commanded (including baptism), we’ve still fallen short of His glory. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Rom.3:23, 9-20; 7:18, 20).   

Yet, many believe we’ve not fallen so far from God that we can’t still please Him. Their motto is “we’re not that bad, so God’s not that mad.” They don’t believe God expects perfection and so doesn’t hold us to that standard. They believe that if we “just do the best we can” our good works will somehow outweigh the bad. However, Jesus said, “be perfect, for your Father in heaven is perfect” (Mt.5:48). And, “be holy for I am holy (1Pet.1:16). Again, NOTHING less than perfect holiness can enter His holy presence. 

Jesus said that even if we did all that’s commanded and required of us, we should say to ourselves, “I am an unprofitable servant” (Lk.17:10). Because nothing we “DO” could EVER possibly save us. Even good works (holy things) must be repented of, for they fall short of perfection, which is what God’s perfect holiness requires.  He hasn’t lowered His standards just because of our sin, which is why we need a Savior.  James 2:10 makes it clear that if we sin only once in a lifetime, it’s enough to earn an eternity in hell, for sin is an eternal offense with eternal consequences. “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ” (Rom.6:23). 

Jesus bore the “iniquity of holy things,” by taking upon Himself the guilt of any error, mistake or wrong motive His people would ever have while offering service to God. Our holy things can only be accepted by God thru the perfect holiness and righteousness of Jesus Christ. We must be born again by the Holy Spirit, Who alone can apply the merits of Jesus’ sacrifice to our account.  We can offer God NOTHING acceptable apart from having Jesus’ righteousness imputed to us thru the gift of faith (Rom.4, Phil.3:9).

So remember friend, any attempt to appease God by works is an abomination to Him. “We are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags” (Isa.64:6). . Instead we must put all our hope and trust in Jesus Christ, Who alone can present us holy and unblameable before God (Col.1:22). Just as the High Priest in the O.T. figuratively bore and took away the “iniquity of  holy things” by sacrifice and intercession, Jesus as High Priest does this today, as He presents His own holiness to God the Father on behalf of His people, so that they can “offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God by Jesus Christ” (1Pet.2:5).

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The Atonement of Christ

In the last article we saw how the freewill doctrine is at the root of every false religion, how it teaches that mans will determines God’s will and shipwrecks faith in God’s word. So now let’s see how it perverts the atonement of Christ by promoting a universal atonement that makes salvation “possible” for all….. but certain for none.

According to Scripture, those Jesus died for are those God foreknew, predestined, called, justified and glorified—-past tense and certain (Rom.8:29-39). “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began(2Tim.1:9).Yet, the freewill doctrine “puts the cart before the horse” so to speak, by implying that we must CAUSE Jesus to die and accomplish all this for us….. by believing, receiving, etc…… How ridiculous!

How can we cause something that God “determined before to be done” (Acts 4:28)? Besides, “a man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven (Jn.3:27). Believing is also the fruit of Christ’s effectual atonement, NOT the cause, for we can only “believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ” (Eph.1:19-20; 3:7). “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly” (Rom.5:6, 15:3). 

And the ungodly that Christ died for were “elect according to the foreknowledge of God” (1Pet.1:2). Not because He foreknew they’d exercise their “freewill” to become godly, but He elected them “according to the good pleasure of His will” (Eph.1:4-5). God’s election of grace is the cause, whereas faith, repentance and godliness are the fruits, given thru the merits of Jesus’ blood (Acts 18:27, Rom.11:5-6). “For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth” (Rom.9:11).

Jesus said, “It is finished” (Jn.19:30). His death atoned for ALL the sins of ALL the elect throughout the world, including the sin of unbelief (Heb.10:12), which is why none of the elect that Jesus died for can end up in hell for unbelief. ”For who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us” (Rom.8:34), so that their faith fails not (Lk.22:32, Jn.17:9, Heb.7:25), for its “the faith of God’s elect” (Titus 1:1).

Yet, the freewill doctrine teaches that we come to Christ by our own “freewill” and so must maintain our own faith. It also teaches that we must “allow” God to save us by believing. But Scripture says just the opposite. “As many as were ordained to eternal life believed” (Acts 13:48). God foreknew His people because He foreordained them to eternal life. Jesus said He laid His life down FOR THE SHEEP, knowing exactly who He was dying for on the cross (Jn.13:1, 2Tim.2:19). But to those who aren’t His—- He said, “ye believe not, because ye are not of My sheep” (Jn.10:15, 26-28). Because those who don’t come to Him in truth are the goats (Mt.25:32-34).

Thank God in heaven that the atonement of Christ did all God intended; an actual payment, for actual sins, of actual people that God ordained to eternal life thru the gift of faith (Eph.2:8-10). It didn’t provide an abstract possibility of salvation, but secured the actual purchase and sure salvation of actual people. God had their names in the Lambs book of life before the foundation of the world and promises to never blot them out (Rev.3:5; 13:8, 17:8), which is why Jesus said they SHALL come to Him (Jn.6:37). And His word says to them, “God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation, through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth” (2Thess.2:13). So friend, if you’re born of the Holy Spirit and able to believe the truth, you’ll be able to “make your calling and election sure” (2Pet.1:10).

So pray and seek God’s mercy in Jesus Christ today.

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God’s Sovereign Will

 

Many Bible verses are used to try to support the false freewill doctrine, but by rightly dividing the word of truth they all end up confirming God’s sovereignty that much more. Take 2Peter3:9 for instance.  It says, “The Lord is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” At first glance, this seems to indicate that there are some in hell that God wanted to save but couldn’t. Yet, when read in context, it shows exactly who Peter was writing to…. the Elect”….”to them that have obtained like precious faith.“ (1Pet.1:2, 2 Pet.1:1).

The key to understanding many of these verses is to know the difference between God’s preceptive will of command and God’s decretive will of purpose. We can resist His precepts and commands by not obeying Him. Yet, even with this resistance, God must allow it, so we’re not really resisting sovereignly and absolutely——only indirectly. God’s will of purpose is what actually happens because it’s what God has ordained and decreed and it cannot be resisted or changed.     

According to Gods perceptive will of command, He naturally desires that all of His creatures obey His precepts for they are good and holy. His commands also show us how holy and good God is and how He is worthy to be worshipped. So anytime we go against His perfect precepts and commands, we are sinning against Him.  As God, He desires and deserves all of our worship and praise, because it’s all of creations duty to worship the Creator. This is why it’s right for God to command all to repent, believe and obey the gospel of Jesus Christ, even though He knows all will not do this.

According to God’s decretive will of purpose, He foreknew what would happen when people would be left to themselves.  He foreknew that without His saving mercy, they’d refuse to keep His commands and reject Christ and the offer of salvation (Jn.12:39-40). This is why He could infallibly decree that they would not inherit salvation. He didn’t make them wicked and didn’t cause them to sin by leaving them to themselves. Neither does He predestine people to hell in the same sense that He predestines people to heaven, that would be “equal ultimacy,” which is a  heresy. He just foreknows that those He leaves to themselves will end up in hell due to the natural consequences of sin. He takes “no pleasure in the death of the wicked” (Ezek.18:23, 32; 33:11). And He does no harm to the creature by leaving them in the condition in which He originally made them—-upright (Eccl. 7:29), so that they are without excuse. And this is one way He makes His power known and one way He reveals how bad sin is. But He does all of this sinlessly and is justified in all that He does (Rom.1:20, 24, 28; 9:22).

God foreknows all things because He foreordains all things (Rom.11:36, Rev.4:11). He not only ordains the ends, but the means as to what will happen and how it will happen. Human actions are one of the means that God uses to accomplish His will. Our actions do not direct God’s will, but His will directs our actions. He doesn’t infuse evil into the wicked, He only directs the evil that was already in their hearts. For example, God prophesied to Moses that He would harden Pharaoh’s heart for His purpose of being glorified in the deliverance of Israel (Ex.4:21). This is why God could infallibly declare to Moses that Pharaoh would refuse to listen, because He was going to leave Pharaoh to his own sinful, fallen will (Ex.7:13, 22; 8:15; 9:12). And note: God could NOT have infallibly declared Pharaoh’s destiny if Pharaoh could have, by his own “free” will, repented and changed his own heart and mind (Rom.9:17).

God foreknew His people in a special way, for He elected them to be holy and blameless before time began (Eph.1:4). He also knows those who aren’t His elect, but only in a general way because He created them. “The Lord hath made all things for Himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil” (Prov.16:4, Rom.9:17).  Hell and the wicked exist to reveal how terrible sin is.  Those who end up there are paying their own sin debt, which is impossible—-to show that sin is an eternal offense with eternal consequences. Hell also exists to show how incredibly merciful God is and how much Jesus suffered on behalf of His people in order to save them. 

So naturally, its God’s perceptive will of command that all repent, believe and BE SAVED (2Pet.3:9), because it’s our reasonable duty to our Maker. Yet, His decretive will of purpose chooses (for reasons unknown to us) not to exert His power TO SAVE all people. It’s as if God reserves His special, irresistible love only for those He’s elected to be in His own family. And He obviously set things up this way to show that it had nothing to do with us, but that “Salvation is of the Lord” (Jonah 2:9). 

Contact Lee Anne @ gospel4life@live.com

 

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The Authority of Scripture

Have you ever wondered what originated the rise and fall of every false religion in the world? The answer may surprise you, because it’s the single most common pitfall of the masses. It’s the “freewill” doctrine of man, which puts man in charge of his own salvation and when it’s taken to its logical conclusion; it ALWAYS shipwrecks faith in God’s word. Because if man’s will was absolutely free, the Bible message would be altered, for it would mean that God chose to have it written down by men that could have supposedly resisted His will.
But this is impossible, “For who hath resisted His will?” “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man; but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (Rom.9:19, 2Pet.1:21). God’s in control NOT man, for He “worketh all things after the counsel of His own will” (Eph.1:11). “Of His own will, begat He us with the word of truth” (Ja.1:18), which reveals the truth about creation, Christ’s Deity, His virgin birth, perfect life, death, burial, resurrection and ascension to save us from sin. And “Scripture cannot be broken” (Jn.10:35).
Yet, the freewill doctrine leads to believing it was altered because it was penned by flesh, which then leads to doubting Jesus Christ who came in the flesh (Jn.12:48). But Jesus said, ““It is the Spirit that quickeneth, the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (Jn. 6:63). “The Word was God”….”And the Word was made flesh” (Jn.1:1, 14). All Scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2Tim.3:16). “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away” (Mt.24:35).
The freewill doctrine teaches that “God gives us a will that can reject Him, because He wants us to love Him willingly and freely.” But saints in heaven aren’t given a will that can reject Him and yet…. they TOTALLY love Him willingly and freely!! For its ONLY by being born again by the Holy Spirit, thru the merits of Christ, that we can truly love Him, NOT by an unregenerate will that loves sin (e.g. Rom.5:5).
The Garden of Eden scenario is also used to try to prove that God allowed sin to be offered so we’d have freewill and not be robots. But that’s like saying we’ll be robots in heaven, for God doesn’t allow sin there! Besides, mankind already had freedom of choice before sin was offered by the devil and they were NOT robots. First of all, the fear of being a robot for God is nothing more than complete rebellion, which shows that if left to our own fallen “free” will, we’d rather be a robot for the devil. Besides, “freewill” to choose sin is NOT true freedom at all, or else God wouldn’t be free, for He’s Holy and cannot choose to sin.
Ironically, the Garden scenario actually proves the freewill doctrine is a complete sham. In the sequence of events leading up to the Fall of mankind, three faculties of Eve’s soul were involved when she chose to eat forbidden fruit; her mind, heart and will….. IN THAT ORDER (Gen.3:1-6). The act of her will was preceded by the thoughts of her mind and the desires of her heart, proving that our will doesn’t determine our choices. The act of our will is preceded and determined by other factors, which are now tainted with sin. So our will no longer has the ability to choose God, unless the cleansing regeneration of the Holy Spirit brings our mind, heart and will into harmony with God’s will thru the merits of Jesus’ blood (Titus 3:5).
So remember friend, we can’t faithfully love God unless He intervenes in our lives with an irresistible love that breaks every barrier—-even the barrier of a fallen will that’s a slave to sin (Rom.6:20; 8:35-39). And once we’re saved we can’t brag that He saved us because we loved Him, for its “not that we loved God, but that He loved us.” We can only “love Him, because He first loved us” (1Jn.4:10, 19). “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure” (Phil.2:13). So pray for His mercy today.

Lee Anne @ gospel4life@live.com