Salvation is NOT of works. It is Not Baptism. Not Being Born Again. Not Loving the Lord. Not Following Jesus. Not Repenting and stop sinning. Not A personal relationship with Christ. Not Accepting Jesus into your heart. All these things are a result of Salvation, not the cause of it. These are all WORKS of the flesh.
The only thing we can do to be saved is to personally accept the finished work of Jesus Christ on the Cross, where He willingly sacrificed Himself as ransom payment for our transgressions, and where He cried out, “It is Finished.” All else is vanity. Salvation is NOT by works of the flesh. It is by the working of God’s Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ in our hearts.
1 Corinthians 1:17-18 (KJV) For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. 18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
Ephesians 4:30 (KJV)And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
Romans 1:16 (KJV)For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the [Gentile].
Recent George Barna Research indicates that although 70% of Americans classify themselves as Christians, the majority (57%) believe that good works will get you into heaven, and a whopping 43% of Americans do not believe that God is all knowing, all powerful, or created the universe. Even more disturbing, only 6% have a Biblical worldview (21% Evangelicals; 16% Pentecostals; 8% Protestants; and 1% Catholics). And, only 2% of Americans 18 to 29 years of age have a Bible.
We need to be praying for each other, our nation, and the world. MARANATHA!
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