For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them.Most churches would claim that they faithfully proclaim this gospel message.
[2 Corinthians 5 : 19 NLT]
But many don't.
Their main message is:
We are all sinners with our sins standing against us.In Chapter 2 of "The Really Good News About God" (beginning on page 78) I deal quite extensively with the common concept that mankind has freewill by showing that, at best, we have limited freewill.
We have a choice.
If we repent of our sins and we accept Jesus as our Saviour we will be forgiven and secure peace with God and a place for ourselves in heaven.
However, if we refuse to do this, we are forever lost, alienated from God, and on our way to everlasting torment in hell.
The difference between heaven and hell as an eternal destiny is determined by our freewill choice.
I have also addressed this topic in several earlier posts. You can find these by typing freewill in the search box on the right.
Today's post deals with a serious consequence of this belief in freewill.
It torpedoes the gospel !
Let me explain.
The salvation message of many churches is that because we are sinners, our sins stand against us and, unless we do something about it, we are on our way to everlasting torment in hell.
And this is where our freewill comes in. We can freely choose Jesus or not.
If we use our freewill to choose Jesus, we are forgiven for our sins and we avoid that terrible hell consequence.
In other words, our freewill choice saves us. Unless we make that choice, we are lost. Jesus doesn't save us; our freewill choice does!
Wow! How subtle is the deception.
The truth is that God, through Christ, is the Saviour of the world.
We struggle and work hard, because we have placed our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all and especially of those who believe.
[1 Timothy 4 : 10 GNB]
He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.Jesus has done it all - with absolutely no assistance from us.
[1 John 2 : 2 NIV]
Salvation is a done deal because of what Jesus achieved on our behalf.
That is THE gospel.
We must not dilute what Jesus has achieved by claiming he needs our assistance to complete the deal or to put the deal into effect.