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The Dangers of the Charismatic Movement – Part 3

Salvation

In Part One of the Dangers of the Charismatic Movement, it was shown that the Charismatic Movement elevates men’s words over the final authority of God’s Word – The Bible.

In Part Two of the Dangers of the Charismatic Movement, it was demonstrated that the Charismatic Movements teaching and understanding of speaking in tongues violates the clear teaching of The biblical model given.

In Part Three, we are going to examine Salvation from the Charismatic viewpoint and examine that to the Biblical context of salvation. Also, we will provide a link to an article on av1611.com with a 14 step plan to “How a Christian Can Lose Salvation.”

Charismatics/Pentecostals, as well as many other “denominations,” believe in the necessity of the new birth.

John 3:3 (KJB) “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.”

However, we find that Charismatics are perplexed about the Saviour’s power to keep those that He saves. They are further baffled about the necessity to “trust” only Jesus Christ for Biblical Salvation.

Charismatic/Pentecostal churches, as well as many other “denominations,” teach that Christians can lose their Salvation because of sin. They are typically unable to define precisely what sin, or how much sin causes a Christian to lose their salvation; nevertheless, they believe and teach that
Christians tumble in and out of salvation based upon their behavior.

Galatians 3:26 (KJB)   For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

The salvation that Jesus Christ offers is either conditional or unconditional. If salvation is unconditional, then there is nothing we can do to lose it. If it is conditional, then there is something or some things that we can do to lose it. The real issue is, What does the Scripture say?

John 10:27-28 (KJB) “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”

The above verse seems reasonably clear that upon salvation, Jesus gives us eternal life, and we shall NEVER perish, and we cannot be taken out of His hand. Is there more to what Jesus has said in this verse that would make us doubt the definition of eternal or never?

Is there a problem with believing you could lose your salvation? Let me ask this question: If our sin can cause us to lose our salvation, which is received solely by the grace of God through faith, how can you get salvation back?

There is nothing that we can do to earn our salvation. It is a free gift by Grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

Romans 3:24 (KJB) “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:”

Galatians 3:26 (KJB) “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”

It would appear that if we lose our salvation, our behavior must be altered or improved to regain salvation once it is lost! My friends this teaching is works based salvation and very dangerous and contrary to God’s Word – the Bible.

Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJB) 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.”

The Bible indeed teaches that Christians are secure in their salvation in Jesus Christ, not because of what we have done, or our behavior, but because of Jesus Christ and what He has done. Ultimately, Charismatics/Pentecostals believe in another Jesus Christ that cannot keep them:

1 Peter 1:5 (KJB) “Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”

Preserve them:

Jude 1 (KJB) “Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:”

John 10:28-29 (KJB) “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.”

Jesus has sealed us “until the day of redemption.”

Ephesians 4:30 (KJB) “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”

Ultimately, this dangerous teaching regarding salvation is often used as a tool to control Christians and keep them “on the narrow road.” But the scare tactic will eventually have the opposite effect because Christians realize that they cannot keep their salvation and often give up.

We cannot keep our salvation that is a true statement but praise the LORD, HE can!! Regardless of our feelings, and if we feel saved, does not define our current state of salvation. Salvation is based on the Word of God and not feelings or emotions.

1 John 3:20 (KJB) “For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.”

Children of God

Now let’s discuss what happens when we believe by faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ according to scripture. We have established from Ephesians 2:8-9 above that we are saved by grace through faith, not of ourselves, it is the gift of God. Grace is by its very definition God’s
unmerited favor. The Grace is God doing good for what we do not deserve. By believing in Jesus Christ and what He has done, God does us the divine favor of providing the gift of Salvation. When we receive the gift of salvation, something beautiful happens:

Galatians 3:24-26 (KJB) “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. 26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”

Did you catch the last part of verse 26? When faith has come, we become the children of God by faith in Jesus Christ! Being a child of God is something that we need to investigate further so that we understand the Biblical context and meaning of being a child of God. Galatians chapter 3
ends with these inspired words:

Galatians 3:29 (KJB) “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

If we are Christ’s, we are heirs according to the promise. What is this promise that Paul is speaking about?

Galatians 4:4-5 (KJB) “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the
adoption of sons.”

We discover here that we become a child of God, by faith in Jesus Christ and become adopted children of God. The outlook of sonship is here addressed as by adoption. In short, Christ came in order that God might adopt us. An adopted Son has the same rights, privileges, and freedoms as a begotten son. A son once adopted is a permanent intention even as it is for a natural born son. An adopted son is one the parents have chosen to adopt.

Praise God. He, by His grace, has chosen to adopt us in Jesus Christ. We now hold a permanent position as a son of God, even as Jesus does. We now also have the rights and privileges of being a son of God.

Galatians 4:6-7 (KJB) “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. 7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”

By grace, through faith in Jesus Christ, we become an adopted son, no more a servant, but a son, and an heir of God through Jesus Christ.

Analytically, if we were to apply the Charismatic/Pentecostal belief of losing your salvation to the Biblical teaching of Adoption as a child of God, what would that look like according to scripture? If we sin, we lose our adoption? Adoption is a legal matter and particular legal issues would have to occur before someone could become un-adopted. However, in a biblical context, let’s learn about adoption.

In ancient Jewish culture, there is no process for adoption. If a man died, his brother automatically became the head of the household, so there was no need for a legal adoption process. The word adoption, in the Bible, as used by Paul, was referring to the Roman concept of adoption.

In ancient Rome, adoption had a powerful meaning. When a child was born biologically, the parents had the option of disowning the child for several reasons; however, if a child was adopted, in Rome, that meant two things. 1.) The child was freely chosen by the parents, desired by the
parents. 2.) That child would be a permanent part of the family; a parent could not disown a child they adopted.

An adopted child received a new identity, and any prior commitments, responsibilities, and debts were erased. Being adopted made a child an heir to their father, joint heirs in all the possessions of the father.

Romans 8:16-17 (KJB) “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.”

Isaiah 56:5 (KJB) “Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.”

Jeremiah 3:19 (KJB) “But I said, How shall I put thee among the children, and give thee a pleasant land, a goodly heritage of the hosts of nations? and I said, Thou shalt call me, My father; and shalt not turn away from me.”

Examining the scripture, we have to conclude that it is not possible for us to become un-adopted. Any more than it is possible for Jesus Christ to let us out slip out of His hand. While it may be possible for a child to say they disown either a biological or adopted parents it is however not a reality in
Biblical context.

We ultimately become adopted by grace through faith. Again, this is nothing that we do, but it is all accomplished by what Jesus Christ has done. So if we didn’t earn adoption, meaning it was a part of grace and freely given by God, how is it that we could lose this by something we do? We
can’t that would be a works salvation which is not Biblical.

1 John 5:13 (KJB)   These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

Can a Believer Lose Salvation?

Once a person trusts Christ as their Savior, can they lose this salvation? Is it possible for someone to fall from grace? Is salvation that Jesus Christ offers conditional or unconditional?

If it is unconditional, then there is nothing we can do to lose it. If it is conditional, then there is something or some things that we can do to lose it. The real question is this, What does the Scripture say?

The Bible says we will never perish:

John 10:27-28 (KJB) “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”

Those who trust Jesus will never perish. Jesus said nobody would take believers out of His hand. We will never perish because believers are securely held in the arms of God.

The Bible says we will have Eternal Life:

John 3:16 (KJB) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The capability of eternal life is a lie if it can be lost. There is, however, nothing conditional stated in this promise. If a person believes in Jesus, they shall have everlasting life. Everlasting means forever.

The Bible defines Eternal Life:

John 17:3 (KJB) “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”

The Bible says Nothing Shall Separate Us:

Romans 8:35 (KJB) “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”

Romans 8:38-39 (KJB) “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

This scripture makes it clear that nothing shall separate Christ from those who have trusted Him. Nothing. This includes the believer separating themselves from Christ.

The Bible says He Keeps Us from Falling:

Jude 24 (KJB) “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,”

He is the one who keeps us from falling; we are not keeping ourselves.

The Bible says we are Kept by God’s Power:

1 Peter 1:3-5 (KJB) “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”

The Bible says Jesus Christ’s Sacrifice is Adequate:

Hebrews 10:14 (KJB) “For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.”

The Bible says Christ Paid the Penalty Once:

1 Peter 3:18 (KJB) “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:”

If someone believes salvation can be lost, then there is several questions that must be asked. What sin or sins would cause me to lose it?

How do I know when I’ve lost it? If I lose it, can I get it back? Do I have to get baptized again? What does the Bible mean when it promises eternal life for those who believe? How long is eternal life for?

If a person can lose their salvation, then how can they explain what John wrote:

1 John 5:13 (KJB) “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”

If a person could lose their salvation, then no one could know, from moment to moment whether they are saved or not. However, the Bible says that we can know we are saved for once a person truly trusts Christ as Savior, they cannot lose that salvation and can rest in the power and presence of God at work in their life.

As promised for those who believe you can lose your salvation – here is a 14 step plan How a Christian can Lose Their Salvation from AV1611.

https://av1611.com/misc/lose-salvation.html

Below are links to additional articles in this series.

The Dangers of the Charismatic Movement Part 1
The Dangers of the Charismatic Movement Part 2

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