Ephesians: 2. 8. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9. Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
You will never hear anyone say, "I want to believe in God, but I'm not chosen." How foolish would this sound?
If you believe in God then you know you are chosen, don't get all caught into trying to figure out the mind of an all infinite, glorious God. He chose us because we would never choose Him. We are born spiritually dead, void of any hope. In a state that is lost for all of eternity; but "thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift." 2 Cor 9:15
We are born in a state that is depicted as a dead Lazarus. No one is born again by their own doing, it is God who creates such a marvelous work. We simply believe with the faith that He supplies; child-like faith the size of the smallest seed, the mustard seed. We must Receive the Gift as I said in my recent video; Click to view
God doesn't want one single soul to perish, so don't think he created certain people to be damned for all of eternity; this only happens when folks refuse to believe.
Listen, we all have a free will to choose to believe or not. However, God indeed gives us the faith and we either exercise it or not. We cannot take any credit for our salvation as it is all a grace gift from God.
He supplies everything by grace: the faith, the way out of sin, the new birth, eternal life, the whole kit and caboodle.
No one will stand before God and state, "I wanted to believe and I couldn't." No one will say they didn't know Jesus was the Truth. Romans 1 will attest to that. We are without excuse folks.
1 Timothy: 1. 13. Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. 14. And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
If just about everyone went to Heaven as the majority claim, then what I'm doing with my life is an absolute waste of time.
This whole idea that good people go to Heaven is not biblical once so ever. In fact the Bible states: Isa 64:6 "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away."
You can never be good enough! Jesus says ye must be born again, how? By truly believing and trusting in Him as Lord and Savior. This is not some lip service or mental assent. This is not some religion that tries to be good enough. This is a true transformation that will radically alter your entire lifestyle; a whole new life! You will be awake from being spiritually dead! Even the devil believes in God and is headed to hell.
Jesus will change you from the inside out. Your sins are dealt with and your life will take on a whole new direction with God's hand on it.
One last note, hell is no picnic for the crowd that believes such nonsense. It entails weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth; darkness, a place void of love, grace, mercy. Something you will never know on this side of eternity.
Life is no joke, God loves you and you must become born again.
I'm not wasting my time. I love you and what you just read is the Truth from the heart of an evangelist.
The greatest lie ever told mixed with self- righteousness makes one blinding mess; Satan's lie goes hand in hand with humanity's deadly sin of self-righteousness; the great lie that will damn more people to the lake of fire than anything else; that you can be a good person and go to heaven!
Listen folks, we all sin so that won't work with God. We must be born again so that Jesus Christ lives within us. It's a free gift, however your current life will be lost. You will gain the life of Christ and truly live! Now and for all of eternity. Don't be a fool!
A born again Christian became that way through humility; a recognition of their depravity and need for Christ; death to self as Jesus died for us. A deep belief stemming from the heart, not some whimsical profession or one time prayer. This all results in a radically transformed lifestyle with God the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of you.
A great working on God's part, a miracle, but sadly so many would rather cling to their spiritually dead lives headed to total unending destruction in Hell for all of eternity. Life is serious business; a gracious, precious gift from God.
VII. Having a saving faith is key because it determines our eternal destiny. Many people are deceived. They think because they go to church, are baptized, and tithe regularly, they are saved. They know Jesus intellectually, but they don’t have a relationship with Him.
In the School of Faith, Part 1: A Saving Faith (click to watch video)
Why is it that some people can merely just say they believe in Jesus Christ and think they are going to heaven? Is it self deception or are they blinded by Satan? I think it's a matter of both.
Being born again will bear the fruit of a new lifestyle. Do not deceive yourself into thinking that lip service will get you to heaven. We are saved by faith in Christ alone but regeneration will take part in the lives of those who are truly saved. God WILL transform you beloved!
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
"Good people" don't get to Heaven, only saved ones do. Are you saved from your sins by true faith in Jesus Christ?