Picking and choosing

Posted: December 30, 2011 in christian living
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Picking and choosing – or believing.

I changed the title.  We need to read the word of God (in context with the help of the Holy Spirit) and believe it…. not try to explain away what doesnt fit into our systematic theology.

These truths can be confusing to us as they seem to contradict each other on some level. A carnal mind will take one of these two truths and exalt it to the point of making the other null and void. A reprobate mind will go as far as to say that one of the two writers were false apostles. Most arguments (Cal vs. Arm) are based on me taking half the scriptures, you taking the other half and we start warring over who has the truth. It is quite a display of ignorance in most cases – just read a few christian forums. Of course there are some gems of truth that get mixed into these conversations by humble brethren too and I really appreciate that. I do believe God is sovereign over all things including the salvation of men, that justification is by faith (a gift of God) and also that faith without works is dead. There is a works based phariseeism, and there is a laodecian claim to faith (that thinks it is really sincere) that are both under judgment. As usual there is error on the left hand and the right. True faith produces works. Jesus did not just die to save us from burning in the next world. Salvation means so much more than that.

Rom 4:1 What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh?
Rom 4:2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.
Rom 4:3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.”
Rom 4:4 Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due.
Rom 4:5 And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness,
Rom 4:6 just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works:
Rom 4:7 “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered;
Rom 4:8 blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”

Jas 2:17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
Jas 2:18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
Jas 2:19 You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe–and shudder!
Jas 2:20 Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless?
Jas 2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar?
Jas 2:22 You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works;
Jas 2:23 and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”–and he was called a friend of God.
Jas 2:24 You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.

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