We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Friday, July 17, 2015

What the Gospel Promises


The one thing the gospel does promise us is eternal security in the matter of our ultimate destiny.  It does not say, "Believe the gospel, and then you will never have any trouble in this life and world.  If you only believe it, it can banish war." Not at all!  It is an utter travesty of the gospel to believe that it does.  Indeed men and women who believe that will be disillusioned, if they have not been disillusioned already.  That kind of thing has been preached more in the last hundred years than it has ever been preached, and during that time we have had two major world wars.  So the gospel's purpose is not to tell you how war can be avoided.

What it tells you is that whether there is another war or not, you and I are passing through this world of time.  We have to die in any case, and the one thing that matters is how we can arrive at God and heaven and spend our eternity in the glory.  That is what I am interested in, and that is the only thing that we should be interested in, because a day is coming when we will have no other interest and we will leave the world and everything else behind.  Then we shall face that unknown eternity, and our great question--how can I know God?--will have already been resolved by that time.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled, p.79-80


4 comments:

Jesse said...

Hi Glenn,

Here is a quotation from your resource citation above, "The one thing the gospel does promise us is ETERNAL SECURITY in the matter of our ultimate destiny..."

So I take it that you believe in once saved, always saved, right?

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

I believe one who is truly saved, one who really understands the gospel and put their faith in Christ and His work, will never turn their back on it - i.e., once saved, always saved. There are many people who have false conversions, emotion-driven altar calls, who often later leave the faith for many reasons; they were never saved to begin with.

Jesse said...

Hi Glenn,

I believe that salvation is conditional (1 Corinthians 15:2). In other words, a person can choose to walk away from his or her own salvation. But I must ask how you know that other people were "never saved to begin with", especially in light of the fact that only God knows the hearts of man (i.e. 1 Kings 8:37-39)?

Well, I wrote a post on having assurance of salvation awhile back. Any thoughts?:
https://rationalchristiandiscernment.blogspot.com/2017/03/on-assurance-of-salvation.html

Thanks

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Jesse,

Interesting article; I agree with it except the last paragraph.

My contention is this: You cannot have assurance of salvation if you have to worry about losing it over something you did. One who truly has the Holy Spirit (i.e. is saved) then they may get caught up in sin but the conviction of the H.S. won't let them stay there. one who lives a lifestyle of sin proves he was never saved to begin with because he is not convicted of his sin.