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Well, Soldier, Are You Ready For Battle? (2 of 7)
August 15, 1999
"4 I say this in order that no one may delude you with persuasive argument. 5 For even though I am absent in body, nevertheless I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good discipline and the stability of your faith in Christ."
In verse 4, Paul is talking about those who preach a false salvation - he's talking about those who say it doesn't take Jesus to save - it's not important what you believe, but just that you believe, after all, there are many gods, and all are the same basically. On the other extreme, he's also talking about those who say yes, you must believe in Christ, BUT you've got to believe in Jesus, and do this, and do this, and do this, and this.
You see, folks, what was going on back then isn't much different than what has gone on down through the ages. There have always been people out there preaching a false gospel. They have either been adding to or taking away from the Gospel.
I know, myself, I've heard some say things, like, "if you've been baptized by the church, then you're saved." Again, that's NOT what the Bible teaches. There have been some who have taught that in order to be saved, you had to accept what Jesus did, BUT you also must speak in tongues. The Bible doesn't say that.
Just so you know I'm not making this up, or giving you my own brand of the gospel, turn to the letter to the Romans, chapter 10, starting in verse 8, and listen to this: The New American Standard Bible puts it this way:
But what does it say? "THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, in your mouth and in your heart - that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, 9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart, (Now listen to me, folks: that doesn't say, 'believe in your head'. It doesn't say, 'if you have the Bible knowledge in your head'. Iit says, 'BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART': "kardiva/"2, Cardia - our inner most being.) ...
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