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Worthless Works, Egocentric Efforts, Rancid Righteousness, and Rejected Religion

November 9, 2008

A man must deny his worthless works, his egocentric efforts, his rancid righteousness, his rejected religion, and believe only in what God has done through Christ. The graciousness of the gift is highlighted by the Apostle Paul, “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” Grace is a free, undeserved gift, unmerited, and stands opposed to what is obtained by one’s own efforts or as a matter of claim –Richard Bennett  (http://www.bereanbeacon.org)

It’s so simple, why complicate it?

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. scaryreasoner permalink
    November 9, 2008 2:36 am

    Because it makes no sense.

  2. November 9, 2008 2:42 am

    Does something have to make sense to our finite minds in order for it to be true?

  3. November 10, 2008 12:18 pm

    Because it is bad theology. This is simple – simple Calvinism. God chooses who to save in heaven, or who to send to hell, and there is nothing anyone can do about it one way or another.

    Yuck.

  4. November 11, 2008 12:33 am

    Eric,

    What do you mean there is nothing we can do? God has made a way for us to be saved. The way is through trusting in His Son and receiving His righteousness instead of trying to present to God our “filthy rags” of righteousness. We either receive or reject His free gift. Rejecting means working to present our filthy rags of righteousness in an attempt to pay our own way for a gift that cannot be bought. It must simply be received. (Romans 4:4-5; 5:17-19)

    This is not yucky! This is the glorious good news of the gospel available to all!

    Glad to see you again, by the way. I missed your comments! 🙂

  5. November 11, 2008 3:03 am

    I think Eric makes a good point though. Not everyone gets a chance to accept His Son. The bible says he’s not a respecter of person, but it seems like he’s giving privilege to someone over another. That’s really a Calvinistic approach.

  6. November 11, 2008 4:31 am

    Hi Randall, 🙂

    Thanks for visiting my blog and for your comments.

    I find it odd that this post makes you and Eric think of Calvinism. Justification by faith is the theme of the NT and both Calvinists and non-Calvinists would give a hearty Amen! to this post. Evangelical Christians of a vast array of denominations are in complete agreement that we cannot earn our salvation because the NT is so clear on this point. Salvation is the gift of God, not a result of works so that no one can boast (Eph. 2:8-9). That’s what this post is about. It has nothing to do with Calvinism. It has to do with the Biblical gospel which is not about what we can do, but what Jesus has done.

    As far as your contention that not everyone has a chance to accept His Son, God has commanded us to carry the gospel to every creature. We respond out of obedience and leave the results with God. We cannot change human hearts, only God can.

    We need to make sure we are preaching the right gospel, though, and not putting barriers in people’s way that prevent them from coming to know and have a relationship with the true Jesus Christ. Barriers that concern me most are those extra-biblical requirements for salvation that are not included in the gospel Paul preached and the apostles died for.

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