"Whosoever of you is justified by the law, Christ is of no effect unto you; ye are fallen from grace." (Galatians 5:4)
Read: 1 Timothy 1:18-20
When Paul began his Christian race, he put his entire attention on it, so that nothing could derail him. "But none of these things disturb me, nor do I regard my life dear unto myself," he remarked in Acts 20:24, "so that I could fulfill my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to declare the gospel of God's mercy."
Paul's comment in the Scripture above illustrates the possibility of starting the Christian race but failing to finish. However, today, numerous preachers over the world are teaching false teachings, claiming that all you have to do is believe in Jesus Christ and you will be saved eternally, regardless of how you live once you are saved. They teach that if you are saved today, you will go to Heaven regardless of how you live.
Some argue that any act of righteousness on your part, even after you've been saved, is self-righteousness, which can't get you anywhere, according to them. They also teach that once you believe in Jesus Christ, you are instantaneously made perfect. They'll try to lure you by asking if you're a good person. If you honestly state that you are still working on some aspects of your life, they will disparage you and claim that you are relying on your efforts to get to Heaven. Such speakers argue that it is acceptable to sin on occasion as long as it is not done frequently. All of this is a lie!
You must understand that, as our memory verse states, it is possible to fall from grace. Do not be fooled by teachers with itchy ears. They'll tell you what your flesh craves and term it "good news." No! It's known as deceit. They blend God's word's truth with a little falsehood. Some would tell you that when you were born again, all your sins, past, present, and future, were forgiven, and that you don't need to confess any sins you commit after that. It's all a ruse!
Why does the Bible tell you to work out your salvation with dread and trembling (Philippians 2:12) if you are saved and thus forever saved? Why does the Bible continually state (Matthew 24:13, Mark 13:13) that only those who persevere to the end will be saved? Why did the Lord of the Unprofitable Servant (Matthew 25:30) cast him into the outer abyss of Hell? Take care not to tumble! It's possible to go out of favor. Take caution when running the race!
Taking the grace of God out of context by believing that consistent, good efforts are not required after salvation.
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