What is the truth about the Pharisees? Were they holy people? They were in the most powerful religious positions of their day, yet were shockingly far from holy! In fact, they were the Lord Jesus’ greatest enemies and wanted him dead! Though they were unrighteous people, they appeared to be righteous to man. Again, they were very sinful, though outwardly religious:
Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness. (Mat 23:27,28)
Jesus openly called the Pharisees blind guides, blind fools, blind men, snakes, hypocrites, etc. Though they didn’t receive the rebuke and repent, the public who heard Jesus openly say those things were probably the greatest benefactors of those facts. From this alone we learn to carefully examine everything with Scripture, even if it comes from people in a Pope-like position.
[Dan Corner has preached hundreds if not thousands of sermons. Many of these are FREE for your spiritual blessing. Refuting once saved always saved is his specialty, but being a former Catholic also enables him to help others ensnared in Catholicism. Dan Corner also has extensive experience exposing and refuting the Jehovah’s Witnesses.]
The one and only gospel of the Bible is directly connected to and associated with a conditional security, but parts of it are often avoided by dangerous teachers of our day. To be more precise, the godless grace changers do that so they can present their distortions about eternal security without even mentioning destructive Scriptures to the contrary:
By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. (1 Cor 15:2)
Paul wrote those important truths to people who had been saved (1 Cor. 1:2) and wanted those Christians to know the facts that they could believe in vain if they did not hold on to the gospel they heard from him. It was up to them. It was their responsibility. Their negligence with this would adversely affect their salvation and nothing less. False teachers were a serious threat back then, as they are today. Again, Paul was not writing to mere professing Christians or false converts, but to genuine Christians. This alone is an important fact about salvation, but in definite disharmony with Calvinism’s fifth point, the deadly perseverance of the saints. If you are Christian, remember your salvation responsibilities under grace, as stated in 1 Cor. 15:2. Do NOT be deceived by a grace changer!
[Dan Corner believes eternal security originated with the devil in Gen. 3:4.]
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