Lordship of Christ, the grace of God, and repenting of sins

( Below is my thoughts on some Christian doctrines which I put in a newsletter I send out to friends. I hope it will bless you. Most of all my desire is it would challenge you.)

     I have a question for you. What did you do to get right with God, or what can you do to stay right with the Lord? 

       I have heard teachings which say we should not use the term accept Christ. We should just preach repentance, and the Lordship of Christ. I also know of a speaker who said the best thing God gave us was the law, the Ten Commandments. 

   I believe the law is a powerful tool we can use to show good, and religious people they are sinners. The law is not the best thing God gave us. The law can not save one soul. 
       At the same time there are souls who love the Lord,who are concerned by what they call easy believism. 

              I saw this years ago when I helped out at a junior high camp. The speaker for the most part asked who wanted to go to heaven. That was his way of getting kids to embrace Christ. Now I know God can use a soul’s desire to go to heaven to bring him to Christ. At the same time that is the end result of a relationship with God.That should not be the main goal in receiving Christ. I am sure God saved some of those kids who wanted to go to heaven. But I believe we need to be careful when our preaching is just about going to heaven. 

    On the other hand I think those who are concerned about using the term accepting Christ are missing something. If they are not careful they may forget God’s grace, love, and mercy. They may judge other ministries. And at times if they do not watch out, they could become fruit police. “She doesn’t have true saving faith because she has not really repented. That ministry is just telling people to accept Christ. They are not preaching the need to repent.”What does it mean to repent? It means to turn away from known sin. To embrace Christ is an act of repentance. Yes, we should preach sin. But preaching sin, and the law will not make one right with God. It is God’s grace which saves us. I think some churches don’t preach on sin along with repenting enough. All churches,and believers should preach grace. After all that is what will save us. Some folks need to be shown they are sinners by using the law. Others just need to be shown God loves them. My experience has been those who concerned about making salvation too easy, is they don’t preach grace along with God’s love enough. 

Far as not telling folks to accept Christ. What does the Bible tell us in John 1:12. “To those who receive him, he gave the right to become children of God.”If it is done the right way,it is Bible to tell folks they need to receive Christ. Also we don’t make Christ Lord, or Savior. He is both of those. When we come to Christ we receive him as those. 

  We in the body of Christ should learn from each other. Those who are concerned about easy believing have some good points. 

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