Lately, I have heard so many things that are unbiblical spread by mouth and by Facebook. Today, I want to address some of these myths or confusions. Of course, my word means absolutely nothing, so I will consult the ultimate source of Truth: God’s Word.
You can give back or lose your salvation once you have truly attained it.
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. – John 10:28-29
What makes anyone think they have more power than God? God has a grip of steel, and nobody (including ourselves) can release that grip. I think we get confused because of those people who portray the appearance that they are saved and then show their true colors. We assume they are saved, but they never truly were. It is not that they lost their salvation or “gave it back;” it’s that they never had it in the first place.
We reach heaven by the good deeds we perform. We need to be sinless and continuously do things considered righteous.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. – Ephesians 2:8-10
If we could get to heaven on merit, we wouldn’t need Jesus Christ. That would mean that my Lord died in vain, and nothing could be farther from the truth! We also would fail miserably! Good works FOLLOW salvation; it is not salvation itself.
And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. – Romans 11:6
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; – Titus 3:5
If we are saved by works, then everything the Bible teaches about Jesus’ mercy and grace is null and void.
There is more than one way to get to heaven.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. – John 14:6
Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. – John 18:37
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. – Acts 4:12
And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. – 1 John 5:11
I don’t believe anything that I can say better proves the truth than the scriptures that Jesus is the only way to heaven!
Only the elect people can be saved. God has already chosen who will get into heaven and who will go to hell. If he hasn’t chosen you, you are out of luck.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. – Romans 10:13
No verse discredits this myth better than this one! (There are numerous that contradict the myth, however!) It does not say that whosoever . . . except the ones God decided He wants to go to hell. It doesn’t say whosoever . . . except the Muslims and Buddhists. It says whosoever, period. The elect is everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord.
God wants everyone to be saved, but we have free wills. Many people reject Him; He does not reject them!
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. – 1 Timothy 2:3-4
Wait, doesn’t it say that some men to be saved? Nope, it says all men to be saved! Amen for that! We all have a chance to go to Gloryland if we choose to!
One can be saved and not change. It’s only important that they make a profession of faith; all that church stuff does not matter. Everyone decides for themselves how they want to live.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. – 2 Corinthians 5:17
The Bible does not tell us that we stay in sin once we are saved. If you are truly saved, a change will take place. You can’t help that! I heard a preacher say recently that he changed without anyone even telling him. He didn’t stop drinking because a pastor told him to – no one ever did. I believe he was not going to church at the time. He did it because the Holy Spirit convicted him. It is impossible not to change. Some may change more or quicker than others, but it is inevitable!
And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. – Ephesians 4:24
God hasn’t convicted me to do anything. (I hear this a lot about working in ministry)
Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; – Romans 12:11
As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. – 1 Peter 4:10
For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. – Mark 10:45
Even Jesus Himself did not come here to be served and waited on. He was the perfect example of humbleness and servanthood. We were not meant to get saved and end it there. That is the tip of the iceberg.
To get saved and not serve would be like buying the ingredients to bake a cake and never actually baking the cake. All of the ingredients are there for use, but they go to waste.
Every person has at least one talent to use for the Lord. One must be prayerful in discovering that talent. In addition, once you do, and you use it to glorify God, it will be multiplied (Matthew 25). If you do not use your talents the way God intended you to, you may lose them completely!
It is okay to be hateful towards Muslims and other people who are involved in religions and cults, as well as people living in sin (such as homosexuals).
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; – Matthew 5:43-44
It is NOT okay to treat anyone with hate, period, end of story! As I have heard throughout my Christianity, “hate the sin not the sinner.” Christ never once name called or started a chaotic stir between anyone. He showed love and compassion for the lost world.
I know that in our flesh, it is hard not to get angry. Things happen, and it is human nature to want revenge. As we grow in the Lord, however, that need for revenge should dissipate from our lives. If it doesn’t, we aren’t praying enough. We are not emulating Christ enough.
If Jesus thought it was okay to be hateful, he would have killed Saul instead of making Him one of the greatest Apostles, correct? The Lord holds compassion for all sinners, not just some. He wants to see all come to salvation!
The Lord tells us to Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature in Mark 16:15. He doesn’t say to go bash all the heathen religious people and cause anger. We will never win anybody to Christ by using hateful words and anger.
Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. – Romans 12:20
We are told to do the opposite of hatred. We are to love those who hate us – feed them, give them drink, provide what we can . . .
We don’t have to like what others do. We don’t have to condone it. We do have to put up with some things for the cause of Christ. It is not about winning a battle and knowing you triumphed over them. It is not about winning an argument and receiving self glory. It is about winning souls to Christ and showing them how to live for God. It is about stepping aside and letting Christ reign through us. It is about God getting all the glory and honor!
We also need to remember where we came from. Just because we did not bow down to Buddha or Mohammed, it doesn’t mean we weren’t worshipping another god. Anything that consumes us becomes another God. Many of us probably have dark skeletons in our closet that we have hidden or forgotten. We were no better than the terrorist that crashed the twin towers. I have heard preachers say that they allowed evil to reign and did it . . . but we have the heart to do the same thing in our flesh. If we had not come to Christ, we do not know what the devil would have done with us!!
Sometimes, people won’t be won. Sometimes, evil prevails in a situation. It is not up to us to seek revenge or “pay them back.” Vengeance belongs to God!
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. – Romans 12:19
These are merely seven of many myths that pollute our society about God and His Word. I pray that these Bible verses help clear things up for those who might be misled. Maybe in the future God will lead me to address some more.
I welcome any thoughts, discussion, or Bible verses that you may want to share. Please do not get hateful and disrespectful of others, or I will delete it. There is no need for angry words. We can discuss in a respectful manner.
Have a blessed day!