LOOKING TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP JESUS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. 18 No man has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of the Father, He has declared Him [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known].

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

April 28, 1973

That was the day that our triune God saved me. Since the previous March 8th Kevin Bartlett, his twin sister Karen, and their mother, Betty, had been sharing the Gospel with me. They were careful to tell me that I was a sinner and that Christ was my only hope of salvation. They made very sure that I knew that it was through faith alone in Christ alone that I could be saved. To them faith in Christ and discipleship were all one thing, meaning at the moment that I bow to Him for salvation I was also at that very moment bowing to His Lordship in my life. From that point on I was to be a learner, learning to walk in His ways. To be sure I wasn't perfect in following Him; but boy did my conscience hurt when I veered off course. I had to confess my sin right away. I was and am a learner - an imperfect learner. I confess my sins and He forgives me and cleanses me from all unrighteousness.



Blogger jazzycat said...

Exactly! We are saved from the power of sin and not to continue sinning without giving it a second thought.

As Dr. David Jeremiah said in a sermon I heard Sunday, most people can tell you about Eph. 2:8-9, but forget the very next verse (10) which says:

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

April 28, 2009 8:24 AM

Blogger mark pierson said...

I know that those who oppose the "Lordship" position like to paint a picture that we teach that one must become perfect in obedience in order to be saved. Was Simon Peter perfect even after Pentecost? Did not Paul have to confront him face to face. Was the early church pristine, even that very first one in Jerusalem? What of John Mark? What of the heated argument between Barnabas and Paul? Yet they were disciples, one and all.

April 28, 2009 8:43 AM

Blogger Gayla said...

The position of the proponents of the "non-lordship" folks is ridiculous.

The fact of the matter is - Jesus IS Lord. He IS Lord, whether someone acknowledges it or not.

April 28, 2009 9:55 AM

Blogger mark pierson said...

They would say that Christ is LORD of the Universe, but that does not mean that He must be Lord of your life at the point of salvation. They put His salvation and our knowing Him as Lord of our lives - the sanctification process - into two different catagories. Many say that the genesis of this thinking was L.S.Chafer.

April 28, 2009 10:57 AM

Blogger mark pierson said...

People who hold to Free Grace Theology are welcome to comment here. Also people from the Grace Evengelical Society are allowed to comment here as well. And yes, I realize that they are not one and the same. I acknowledge that Free Grace Theology folk wish that the rest of us would see the difference between the two.

April 28, 2009 11:14 AM

Blogger mark pierson said...

This is from Daniel Doulogos' current post, and is fitting here...

" I make my children understand that they are not Christians unless they personally become so through Christ, and not through me. I speak of sin and its consequences both in the here and now (pain and suffering in the world) and in eternity (condemnation and wrath) openly and pointedly - there is a judgment coming, and anyone who is not in Christ needs to know about it. I don't spare mentioning it out of concern that it might cause an undue fear or trembling in the hearer - even if that hearer is my own child. It is good to dread condemnation - it shows you understand it.

I think that unless a person agrees with God regarding their condemnation, they can not be saved. They have to see sin for what it is, and see God for who He is - see clearly that they deserve hell, and understand fully that God will pay them the wages of their sin - that is a very hard place to get to when everyone around you is crying "peace, peace" - because you begin to believe there is peace when their is no peace. That is why, I believe, we are seeing children grow up in Sunday school and youth groups, and then live like the world till they eventually abandon the faith they never really came to.

My plan is simple, I don't say it's perfect, nor do I suggest anyone else follow it, I mention it only because I am asked. I believe the scriptures, and teach them to my children when I get up (five days a week at least), and when we go to sleep (each night), and when we eat (at supper) together. I talk about the whole gospel to them, often, including hell and damnation, and make it very, very clear that just because I am God's child, doesn't make them God's child. That unless they see themselves as God sees them, they will never come to Christ in earnest. I don't assume that the soil of their heart is good soil, I assume it is hard, rocky, and full of weeds, and I plow, plow, plow."

April 28, 2009 11:55 AM


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