Notes from our Preacher
While having a discussion with one of my friends, who happens to be of a different faith than I am, the subject was brought up about salvation. He informed me that he was saved when he was 12 years old, and he knows he has a place reserved for him in heaven. Regardless of how he lives his life here on this earth until the time of his death, there is nothing he can do that will keep him out of heaven. I ask him if he knows what the scriptures say about salvation, and what it says about how he conducts his life here on earth. Again he assured me that it didn't make any difference what he done, he was saved by the grace of God, and there is nothing he can do or anyone else that can revoke this salvation that was given him by Jesus, when he was saved! With him there was not need to show him many verses of scripture that rebuke his idea of "Once Saved Always Saved" His reply was God is not an "Indian Giver" in other words he does not give you salvation, and then take it away. And not matter how hard I tried to convince him that the Scriptures take president over his feelings, or his thoughts, he just would not listen or believe me.
Friends this man just like a lot today think God picks people out of all walks of life to save them and there is nothing they can do about it, if God wants you to be saved, then he will save you if you ask him to come into your life, and take control of your Soul. But the scriptures tell us to "Work out our own salvation with fear and trembling" Phil: 2:12 indicating that it is up to the individual to seek and find salvation, not that God is going to just pick certain people to be saved, and then save them regardless of how you live or behave. John 12:48 tells us that if we "reject God's word, we have God's word in the future to judge us" The idea of once saved always saved is refuted by verses of scripture like this: 2 Pet 2:20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and over come, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. Meaning aver you are saved from your sins, and you go back to doing what you did before you were saved, you are actually in worse shape that you were before you were saved. Then look at Rev 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
God and his Son Jesus Christ made salvation possible for everyone, but not everyone will be saved and here is why. Matt 7:21 Not everyone that saith unto me Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of Heaven, but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in Heaven. Meaning You can be religious and conduct your religion anyway you want to, but if you don't do it the way God say's you are not going to Heaven. This is not me saying this but the Scriptures. So it all comes down to what do you believe, Your heart, Old wives' tales, of the word of God?
We would love to have you come join us at the services of the Poplar Log Congregation each and ever Lords Day We are located on Hwy 63 in Barren County in the Freedom Community, about half way between Glasgow and Tompkinsville. Our services start at 10:am for bible study and 11:am for the morning service and at 6:pm for the evening service. We look forward to seeing you.