Don’t do anything that is not Christian


Who can count the number of believers who take confidence in Jesus’ ability to bring us home?  Many a believer has taken comfort that Jesus will keep them from falling away into damnation.  In fact multitudes believe it is impossible for true believers and disciples to fall away from Christ because Christ makes it impossible for us to do so.  They are happy to quote for us the following verse.

You have heard it said.

To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy–[1]

But we say.

To him who will keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy

For many a believer today we have replaced the words “is able” with the word “will”.  I know it doesn’t matter to us that we handle scripture this way.  We were told by our teachers that the meaning of “is able” in the court of law doesn’t mean what it should in scripture.  How many of you have a Will?  How many of you have you Will state the words “shall or will”? 

Really, what hypocrisy.  None of us makes a Will or a legal document of any kind and put the words “is able” in place of “shall or will”.  Ironic isn’t it that the Will is called what it is because people will abide by what is written in it.  When you die you don’t have to worry about those who are to carry out your wishes only being able to, leaving room for them to do something different instead.

Why is it we treat the living word of God with less respect than a legal document.  We are more studious to make sure every “t” is crossed and every “i” is dotted in our legal document because we know the words “is able” doesn’t mean “will”.  Yet with the word of God, we nonchalantly through aside such care and concern about treating the word of God with such care.  Then afterward we proclaim a doctrine of salvation from this misuse of scripture.

If I am so full of it, prove me wrong.  Have your Lawyer replace in all your legal documents the words “shall” and “will” with the words “is able”.  We truly are hypocrites!  What we teach is not practiced in what we do.

The facts of scripture remain the same no matter how much we misuse them.  We have a hope of salvation held out in the gospel and Christ is able to bring us our promise of salvation.  But we must remain, abide, obey, believe until the end in order to make this hope sure.  Yes, Jesus is able but we have to participate in a willing manner ourselves, according to scripture and not according to our beliefs.

Stop!  Don’t change the way you look at salvation now.  You don’t want to show the same respect for what God has written as you do for what your Lawyer has written.  This wouldn’t be the Christian way.  You don’t want to do anything that is not Christian do you?


[1] Jude 1:24

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