How can we save our souls?

Question: “How can we save our souls?” – anonymous

Pretext: Because of our fallen nature people have a sinful bias towards works-based systems of salvation… scripture warns us that our own righteous is no better than a “dirty rag”, that is to say, a menstrual cloth (that is the intended meaning of the text, I’m not trying to be gross). This is a very strong metaphor to describe our righteousness before God. We must despair of own righteousness and receive the one that is by faith in Jesus Christ…

My Answer…

First comprehend what you are being “saved” from – you are being “saved” from the penalty of sin, which spiritual death. Apart from your belief, God is the one who saves your soul once you believe the good news, which is simply the remission of sins through the shedding Jesus Christ’s blood. You are “saved” from the second death through his substitutionary atonement.

What Is The Gospel?

The Gospel is the Remission of Sins Through the Shed Blood of Jesus Christ

It is commonly brought to my attention that I must be in some type of lost sinful state because I repudiate the false teachings of the Shepherd’s Chapel. People question my motives. People criticize me harshly – they condemn, they laugh, they mock, deride, they go on every manner of inimical scriptural tirade… but you know what I say?

TO GOD BE THE GLORY! It doesn’t matter what anyone says. The chief purpose of this blog is to not only give a testimony of what the Lord Jesus Christ has delivered me from but to also exalt the pure gospel and His word.

We also expose Satan’s deceptions and obliterate his lies but I will try to take it easy on Shepherd’s Chapel in this article…

So I want to make it really clear and in doing so maybe I can help some understand: I not only understand what the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is, I accept it by faith. I cherish it, the gospel is the power of God unto salvation.

So what is the gospel? The picture up front says it all, but I want to add my take on it. The word “gospel” means “good news”… but what is the “good news”?

Simply put, and I learned this from R.C. Sproul whom I’d like to give a lot of credit… he is very special to me. The Lord used him to get the truth across to me at a dark time in my life that led to my ultimate conversion to faith. The good news is the REMISSION OF SINS. Remission means to “send away”. The penalty of your sin is sent away through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice.

Or a better way… the gospel is the remission of sins through the shedding of Christ’s blood. God’s perfect justice demanded that sins against a holy God be repaid. The penalty for violating God’s Holy Law is eternal death. Every human because of sin, is under a spiritual death sentence.

THAT IS THE BAD NEWS. We have incurred a debt through our wickedness that we can never discharge before God of our own volition. Many imagine that they can somehow merit God’s mercy through a feat of human performance – sound like the Chapel’s teachings on pre-existence and election?

That is why hell is place of eternal, conscious punishment – we radically violated God’s law, have incurred an infinite debt to an infinite God and then rejected God’s infinite love in sending Jesus Christ to reconcile you. That is double death for sure, do that and you will suffer for eternity, that’s a promise!

Very bad news indeed. You and I are lawbreakers, cosmic criminals in the court of God’s law and we deserve God’s every ounce of God’s wrath – we really need to grasp that. We need to know that before the Good News will be of any value to us… we must be brought to the point of despair about our own goodness before we will truly accept Christ’s righteousness.

Many Chapel devotees see themselves as good enough because of some mythical age where they proved their loyalty to God – I know the lies, Jesus Christ once saved me from them.

They claim to have received their “justification” in a world that was because of their performance before God in the rebellion and then go around spreading this accursed idolatry. God have mercy! Many play around with false religion and denigrate the importance of gospel in favor of some lies man created but the day of God’s wrath is coming for them if they don’t repent…

Let’s look at how the Apostle Paul defines the gospel:

But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” – Romans 3:21-26

Friends, salvation (being saved from eternal death) is received by faith alone, in Jesus Christ ALONE. Or as Martin Luther would say, SOLA FIDE! Do You Believe That? I do. You better.

Sola Fide was the battle cry of the Reformation and it should be our battle cry in the revolt and overthrow of sinful, man centered, false religion like the Chapel which promotes a fetid gospel of works at it’s core.

Satan’s empire is going to be routed through the gospel of Jesus Christ! The dead works of man’s religion are going to sustain a terrible amount of collateral damage through witnesses telling the truth – and Christ will be honored. The fire of Judgment Day is swiftly coming to test their work, it will be consumed like stubble.