Undecision for Christ

There is a man whom I would consider to be a very good friend and a dear brother in Christ. When I met him, I didn’t know the first thing about Christianity. I mean, I had some vague ideas, but no real understanding. He helped me tremendously in understanding the faith. I can honestly say if it weren’t for him, I would not be a Christian today.

Now it’s many years later and we have very different understandings of scripture. We are still brothers in Christ, but we could never commune together. Our beliefs are too different. One of the beliefs that separates us is salvation. I believe that there is absolutely nothing we can do to be saved. Outside of Christ choosing us for salvation, we can do nothing. My friend on the other hand believes that we must choose to accept Christ’s gift of salvation, effectively leaving it in our hands.

So, how can I say that if it weren’t for him I would not be a Christian today if I believe I did not have a choice in the matter of Salvation. We can find the answer in 2 Timothy 2:9-10.

But the word of God is not bound! Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

I was elected for salvation, but faith comes through hearing. My friend spoke to me the Word and through the Word, Christ gave me forgiveness. This is how I can say if it were not for him, I would not be a Christian and at the same time claim that Christ first gave me forgiveness of sins and brought me to repentance through no action or choice of my own.

For those who are interested, here is a link to my friend’s blog. As stated, we have different understandings of scripture, but if what he has to say helps you with your faith as he has helped me, then I’m glad to share it. Do I believe in many ways he is in error? Yes. Do I believe he is heretical? Absolutely not. He is a dear brother in Christ.  Our salvation is not contingent on these differences. We both believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God. We both believe he died on the cross for our sins. And we both believe that through Christ is the only means of salvation.

Thank you.

http://jesusisgod316.blogspot.com/

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  1. I would just like to add that “salvation from God’s viewpoint is through election. From man’s viewpoint there must be an obtaining by faith.” What do I mean?

    “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10:9-15)

    I think it is important for all of us to not just take one view of scripture. I would be in error to say there are only scriptures that point to God choosing us, while ignoring all of the scriptures where God calls us to come, repent, confess, believe on His Son, receive eternal life, etc. God gives us the ability to see the truth and act on it, and he knows what we will do in advance, but he also knows that its up to us if we do good or evil.

    Ty for taking the time to post what you did. I was just the messenger proclaiming the good news of the Gospel. God did the rest and you responded to His call. ^_^

    “As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Levi got up and followed him.” (Mark 2:14)

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