God says tomato, we say tomahtoe

In the church we teach believers in Christ are no longer in condemnation.  We believe we have been set free from the law of sin and death.  We recognize the Law could not bring about the righteousness we need to stand before a Holy God.  God also understanding this sent His Son in human form to be a sin offering for us, and this sets us free from the law of sin and death.  We rejoice that now the righteous requirements of the Law are fully met in us.

But what is the situation of the believer who can have this hope in them?  Is it as some teach, that it is for all believers in Christ? Or is conditionally for believers in Christ?

God says tomato, when He by the Holy Spirit speaking through scripture says, the righteous requirements of the Law are met in those who do not live according to the sinful nature but live by the Spirit.  When He says there is no condemnation for those who do not live after the flesh.  God in His word, the teaching of Paul, says this hope is conditional upon producing works according to our faith, just as James teaches.

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.  For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:  That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.[1]

But we say tomahtoe, when we teach it is not conditional, that just because a believer doesn’t live like a believer, it doesn’t make him not a believer.  Or to put in another context, if your child disobeys you do they cease to be your child?  We instead tell the believers, just because one does not live obedient like a believer, doesn’t mean they are not saved, they just are not filling their job description.

God says tomato, when He by the Holy Spirit speaking through scripture says, believers are not controlled by the sinful nature but by the Spirit.  If by the Spirit then not by the sinful nature.  The evidence of the Spirit living in us in not being controlled by this sinful nature.  If we still live by the sinful nature and not by the Spirit of Christ we do not belong to Christ.  Further evidence this hope is conditional for the believer.  Again not only supporting what James wrote, but John the Baptist also that we need to produce fruit in accordance with our repentance.

So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.[2]

But we say tomahtoe, when we teach again, there is nothing conditional for a believer, that a person salvation is not based on their walk of obedience to the Lord.  When we misapply scripture and say it is not by works but by grace that we have been saved so that no one can boast.  Ignoring completely that those who love Christ obey Him.

God says tomato, when He by the Holy Spirit speaking through scripture says, that we need to not believe in vain in order to be saved.  We need to hold firmly to what is preached in scripture or our belief in Christ will have been for nothing.  The Holy Spirit through Paul is saying this to us today.  If we do not remain in what is taught in Paul’s doctrine we have believed in vain.  This doctrine agrees with James, John the Baptist, Christ and the rest of the whole of scripture.

By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain..[3]

We say tomahtoe, when we teach that we are saved, and once saved always saved, there is no ifs, ands or buts about it.  There is no such thing as a believer believing in vain.  We teach this scripture is for the person who thought they were saved, and had evidences in their life they were saved, but they were not really saved at all,as if it were our call to say.  There is never any warning in scripture for the true believer, we say.  Even though Paul taught the righteous requirements of the Law are met in those who live by the Spirit and not in sinful nature, we free men by our teachings to live a sinful nature by our doctrine of salvation.  They have no awareness that God has said tomato and we keep teaching tomahtoe.

So go ahead keep on saying tomahtoe, tomahtoe, tomahtoe.  But God still says tomato.

[1] Romans 8:1-4

[2] Romans 8:9

[3] 1Corinthians 15:2

One thought on “God says tomato, we say tomahtoe

  1. In reality the real difference in a proper Calvinism, verses an Arminian gospel. Is the concept of grace, in the call and election of the redeemed. Calvin says this call is unconditional, in other words by God. But when that “call” comes to the elect, he/she responds in the measure of God’s calling and choice, and shows forth the “fruit” of this work by God alone. The Arminian gospel would make this calling conditional somehow on the man/person. The grave problem with this is what is there in the person called that makes them respond? Free-will? Hardly humanity has not free will from sin inbread, in himself no man cannot choose or come to Christ. He can but reject and neglect, and even fain believe, but not saving grace itself, he cannot make. No all is left to God! Only HE can awake the dead sinner, to life, light…repentance and real belief. If we look care fully at the scriptrues, we can see that sinful man is “dead” in himself! (Eph. 2:1-3 / Col. 2:13 / Titus Titus 3: 3, etc.) And only God can “change” the sinner, from darkness to light! It is completely a work of grace & glory from top to bottom! Man, saved and being saved is a certain moral agent, but only responsive under the power, grace and mercy of God! No man can say, I was part of my salvation! This is forever the one of the grave problems with any form of the Arminian gospel!

    “But by (lit. of Him) His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteouness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (1 Cor. 1: 30-31)

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