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Say-Do of Salvation

September 3

"Not every one 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."   Matthew 7:21

"Be reminded though ... the seven sons of Sceva made their living casting out demons"

 

I can find no more sobering words in all of Holy Writ than these!  If there is one great unimpeachable truth from the Word of GOD, it is that we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in CHRIST alone.  With that said, the relationship of true conversion and obedience are equally incontrovertible.  The latter is intrinsic to the former and they find themselves inseparable in print and doctrine.  "... HE became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey HIM;"  In spite of progressive tactics to the contrary, one cannot be authored into the LAMB'S Book of Life, apart from obeying the gospel.  Talk is cheap, but there'll be no 'smack' when it comes to salvation.  "And the times of this ignorance GOD winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:"  GOD, in HIS desire to see all men saved, doesn't compel, suggest, invite, or beg ... HE commands, and commandments can only be obeyed or disobeyed.  The teeth-out professions of faith so commonplace in today's Church, are tantamount to the shallow conversion of a Judas kiss, that sent him, and his empty religious verbiage to Hell. 

"Many will say to ME in that day, LORD, LORD, have we not prophesied in THY NAME? and in THY NAME have cast out devils? and in THY NAME done many wonderful works?"  You say, but what an impressive list of accomplishments!  In thinking that, be reminded though, that Balaam prophesied; the seven sons of Sceva made their living casting out demons; and the Pharisees had established an entire culture which ran solely on self-righteousness.  JESUS also made much ado as well over the proliferation of false prophets who will take their place as the last days evolve.  "And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from ME, ye that work iniquity."  It is not what is present in the asset column that is strange here; but rather what is missing, namely the obedient act of faith.  Not one of the "many" stated: 'LORD, LORD, we have believed on THY NAME'.  They, like the rich young ruler, slid into home, having not obeyed the first base rule of humble, penitent, saving faith. 

"In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not GOD, and that obey not the gospel of our LORD JESUS CHRIST:"


For Love of Country
 James McHenry  (1753-1816)
(Fort McHenry, where the National Anthem was penned, was named after him)
"Consider also, the rich do not possess aught more precious than their Bible, and that the poor cannot be presented by the rich with anything of greater value ... It is a book of councils and directions, fitted to every situation in which man can be placed."

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