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Soul-Saving Faith vs Soul-Damning Faith

Soul-Saving Faith vs Soul-Damning Faith

February 23, 2014 at 4:02pm

The of way salvation is falsely defined. 
In most instances the modern "evangelist" 
assures his congregation that all any sinner has to do 
in order to escape hell 
and make sure of heaven is to 
"receive Christ as his personal Savior" ...
That is one of the devil's lies! 
Only those who are spiritually blind 
would declare that Christ will save any 
who despise His authority and refuse His yoke: 
why, that would not be grace, 
but a DISgrace-
charging Christ with placing a premium on lawlessness!

Christ is "the Author of eternal salvation unto all them that OBEY Him" (Hebrews 5:9)

Alas, alas, God's "way of salvation" is almost entirely unknown today, 
the nature of Christ's salvation is almost universally misunderstood, 
and the terms of His salvation misrepresented on every hand. 
The "Gospel" which is now being proclaimed is, 
in nine cases out of every ten, 
but a perversion of the Truth, 
and tens of thousands, 
assured they are bound for heaven, 
are now hastening to hell as fast as time can take them. 
Things are far, far worse in Christendom 
than even the "pessimist" and the "alarmist" suppose...
We are frank to say that we know not what God is about to do... 
But this we greatly fear: 
Unless God is pleased to grant a real revival, 
it will not be long ere 
"the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people" (Isaiah. 60:2),
for the light of the true Gospel is rapidly disappearing.
Modern "evangelism" constitutes, in our judgment, 
the most solemn of all the "signs of the times."

What must the people of God do in view of the existing situation?
Ephesians 5:11 supplies the divine answer: 
"Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, 
but rather reprove them;" 
and everything opposed to the light of the Word is "darkness." 
It is the bounden duty of every Christian 
to have no dealings with the "evangelistic" monstrosity of the day, 
to withhold all moral and financial support of the same, 
to attend none of their meetings, 
to circulate none of their tracts. 
Those preachers who tell sinners that they may be saved 
without forsaking their idols, 
without repenting, 
without surrendering to the Lordship of Christ, 
are as erroneous and dangerous 
as others who insist that salvation is by works, 
and that heaven must be earned by our own efforts.

Let us point out what we are firmly convinced are the causes
of the moral laxity and the immoral sentimentality
which now so widely prevails.
We unhesitatingly blame the pulpit
for the present sad state of affairs.
The unfaithfulness of preachers
is very largely responsible for the lawlessness
which is now so rife throughout the whole of Christendom.
During the last two or three generations
thousands of pulpits have jettisoned the Divine Law,
stating that it has no place in this dispensation of grace.
And thus the most powerful of all restraints
has been removed
and license given to the lusts of the flesh.

~ Excerpted from AW Pink's 'Studies on Saving Faith'  &  “The Sermon on the Mount”  

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