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New Book – Forgiven.

Forgiven – How do I know?

I’ve just finished and published my fourth kindle book on Amazon called Forgiven – How do I know?

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Forgiven Book CoverPaul Noble is like a stick of rock …. There is a lot of talk about values today.

Values communicate what is important, they indicate what you stand for, what really matters, what is worthwhile and you really want more than anything else.

Each one of us has own set of values.  Values such as health, friendship, success, integrity, financial independence and loyalty. These values determine our direction, behaviour and provide the basis upon which we make our decisions. Our most important value is the one which is written though us.

In this sense, Paul is like a stick of rock… and the word embedded in every fibre of being is grace.  God’s unconditional acceptance and longing for a loving relationship with us is at the heart of Paul’s writing.  Discovering grace for himself, changed everything for him.

Now, Paul has become an advocate for this kind of grace: the grace which breaks down the walls we have erected and use them to build bridges to God. Paul’s message is one worth listening to; because those who understand the truth of God’s grace experiencing what it means to be free for themselves. May we all be sticks of rock with this word of grace written through our lives.

Rev Sean Blackman, Church Leader at Freedom, (Exec) AMBA MBA, PGDipTh, BD (Hons)

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Losing your salvation (an awful thought)

lost and foundThe thought of losing your salvation is an awful and scary thought – and I believe a doctrine of demons designed in hell to rob believers of the joy of their salvation. This is what the scriptures say:

Hebrews 7:25 “Hence, He is able to save forever (completely or permanently) those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them”

Who initiated your new birth?

You became a child of God through new birth. That was a miracle not initiated by you just as in the natural. You didn’t choose God; he chose you! You didn’t find God; He found you. You didn’t deserve God’s mercy and grace; even the faith you have He gave you as a gift and that faith is simply the ability to believe and receive unseen spiritual things.

Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:”

How and why did that miracle happen? If it did, all you know is that it did! You don’t know how it happened. Your repentance didn’t make you a suitable candidate of grace as some preach. No your sinner-ship, your godlessness made you the object of God’s abundant grace and mercy. While you were a sinner and an enemy christ died.

How can you be separated from God’s love?

How then can you be separated from that love? One minute his child, his beloved son and the next minute back on your way to hell? If God hates divorce, the scriptures say so, then why do you a think a covenant keeping God is going to renounce those he bought with his own blood?

I mean, do we really think that God, who is apparently powerful enough to save rebellious and wicked sinners such as you or I, but yet not strong enough to keep us saved after we are transformed into sons and saints?

God finishes what he starts

Are we not confident that God keeps his word and has the ability to finish what he started?

Philipians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”

No, He is never going to leave you or forsake you. Even if you deny him he is not going to deny you. Nothing can separate you from the love of God. When God makes a promise he keeps it. That is why the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable.

Romans 11:29 “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.”

The fact is, God didn’t put your own salvation into your hands. You may have signed the legal paperwork but the fulfilment of the contract is all His responsibility not yours. To put it plainly, you are not your own saviour – Jesus is and I believe he’s lost none of his sheep yet! In other words getting to heaven does not depend on your endurance, your faith, holiness, amount of confession, repentance or any other criteria other than faith – it depends on Jesus and his endurance!

What God starts he finishes. His glory is at stake; the angels are watching!

Salvation is not like your car keys!

It follows therefore, that if God didn’t put the inheritance of your salvation in your hands in the first place, how can you somehow lose it? Salvation is not like your car keys, it can’t be misplaced or lost that easily!

1 Peter 1:4 “To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you”

Finally, often the charge is made that this doctrine of grace makes for lazy believers? In fact, I don’t believe it does. Indeed, I am convinced that a thorough grasp of God’s grace and eternal security frees believers from an evil works minded mentality and enables them to enter God’s rest: actually trusting completely God’s ability to save rather than relying on their own strength and endurance.

1 Corinthians 15:10 “But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.”

Further reading:

Work out your own salvation (prophecy)

2 Corinthians 7:1 (Holiness)

Eternal salvation

Sinning wilfully

Dangers of the holiness movement 

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Christ in you the hope of glory
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Can a believer lose their salvation?

can a believer lose their salvationA few Pentecostal teachers today, such as Dr Michael Brown, are attacking so called ‘hyper-grace teaching’, by writing articles in Charisma magazine claiming that those who believe that future sins are forgiven are introducing heresy into the Body of Christ.

Consequently therefore, those who believe that only past sins have been forgiven, believe that you need to ask and receive forgiveness for every sin that you commit from the point of salvation. In extreme cases, some believe that if you die without confessing your latest sin, you may go to hell!

So, can a believer lose their salvation? Did God really design salvation to be that uncertain and precarious? If what Dr Michael Brown is saying is correct, then none of us can sleep safe at night, as at any moment we may be in danger of being plunged into hell for a brief lapse of faith or oversight in confession. I mean, what are the chances of anybody getting saved? This is a doctrine of life-time insecurity! Its hardly peace with God!

Of course, it gets even more complicated when you get down to the detail of individual sins we might commit, because there are not only sins of commission but there are sins of omission. In addition, there also sins we are not even conscious of at all!

James 4:12 “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth [it] not, to him it is sin.”

To cap it all, Paul declares in Romans 14:23 :  “what is not of faith is sin”. This makes it virtually impossible to ever list, confess and repent of  all your sins! Maybe then, it would  be better to confess all known sin and then commit suicide quick so you go straight to heaven – unfortunately suicide is a sin so, that won’t work either!

Fortunately, this idea, that a believer can lose their salvation through unconfessed sin, is not true. If it were true, then the work of the cross is not sufficient to save the believer completely but is only completed by the endurance of the saint.

It means also,  that unconfessed sin can cause the believer to become unrighteous, unjustified, unborn again, unredeemed or even lose eternal life – which doesn’t make sense if its eternal!

What preachers such as Dr Michael Brown are afraid of I believe, is that if future sins are forgiven, then there is no motivation for holiness and the believer will simply abuse grace. In other words grace is a license to sin! I wonder though,  how much of this angst  comes from a genuine concern for their congregations or rather,  that if God’s grace is this good,  then they no longer have a big stick to scare their sheep into behavioural change!

In fact, if there is no possibility of abusing grace, then what is being preached is not grace at all!  If real grace is being preached, then this question should always come up, as it did in Paul’s exposition of the Gospel when he wrote Romans 6:1:

“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?”

If therefore a believer can be lost because of un-confessed sin, then tell me: how he can continue in sin so that grace might abound? How is losing salvation God abounding in grace towards the sinner?

Salvation therefore, is not some kind of probation: in other words you get a free ticket to heaven but make one false move and your out the door without a parachute!  Neither, are you paying for passage on this salvation voyage by working for God as one of the ship’s crew. No, he has paid for everything up front and there is nothing to pay back ever. Your in a first class!

This then, is the ‘to good to be true news’ of the Gospel. Can a believer abuse this grace? Yes, but would a genuine believer want to? So, I believe the answer to the question: “Can a believer lose their salvation?” ,  is a resounding NO!

Further Reading:

Is it possible to preach to much grace?
Eternal Salvation
The dangers of the holiness movement

 

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