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Fallacy 1 - Whoever believes in Him should not Perish, but have eternal life. -Taken out of context with adjacent verses.
Believing is not salvation, as Paul emphasizes eight times in addressing believers in the churches:
1. now is our salvation nearer than when we first believed, Rom 13:11,
2. continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, Phil 2:12, and
3. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation. 1 Thes 5:8
4. For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Cor 1:18. While in the inward cross of self-denial, you will see the sin slowly disappear from your life until you are free of sin.
5. godly sorrow produces repentance that leads to salvation, 2 Cor 7:10.
6. do not grieve the holy Spirit of God, by whom you are sealed to the day of redemption. Eph 4:30.
(Paul is speaking to believers in the church who have not yet been redeemed, which is salvation.)
7. we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold firm the beginning of our confidence to the end. Heb 3:14
8. we desire that every one of you show the same diligence in realizing the full assurance of hope to the end.
So that you are not slothful, but followers of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. Heb 6:11-12.
And Peter echoes the same message that salvation is not just believing or faith, rather salvation is the end of faith's obedient journey:
Who are kept by the power of God through faith to salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a time, if necessary, you may have to suffer griefs through many trials,
So that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tried with fire, might result in praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.
Though you have not seen him, you love him; though you do not see him now, but believe in him, you rejoice with joy that is unspeakable and full of glory,
Receiving the end of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 1 Pet 1:5-9.
Simon the magician believed and was baptized. He tried to buy the power of laying on of hands. Acts 8:13-18.
Peter said to him, "Repent therefore of your wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you.
For I perceive that you are in the gall of bitterness, and the bond of iniquity."Acts 8:22.
Is it not obvious that Simon had not been "saved" by believing and baptism?
Faith is not instant, it is a process of work that yields sharing in the divine nature. As Peter instructs us: which exceedingly great and precious promises are given to us, that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (To escape lust is to have no wants or desires.)
For this very reason, make every effort, add to your faith, virtue; and to virtue, knowledge;
And to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, patience; and to patience, godliness;
And to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly, kindness love.
For if these things are in you and abound, you will neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:4-8
Jesus himself said: The evidence of belief of a true follower is to produce much fruit, John 15:8,
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, Gentleness [or meekness], and self-control.
This involves ridding yourself of the sinful nature which includes adultery, sexual immorality, uncleanness, lack of restraint, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, arguments, jealousies, rage, selfishness, divisiveness, envies, murders, drunkenness, revelries [partying], and the like.
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Gal 5:19-24
Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Mat 7:19
Let's look further at all the verses after this famous verse, which also totally change the traditional, but erroneous interpretation:
15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21 But he that does truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
Everything fits with the common interpretation, out of context, until verses 19, 20 and 21 are included:
Verse 19: this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
Verse 20: For every one that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
Whoever continues to commit evil [sin] loves darkness, and is condemned - whatever they might think they believe.
He does not come to the light, lest (for fear that) his evil deeds will be reproved, (judged).
He wants to continue his selfish lifestyle, his life of evil, and so he rejects and hates the light [which is Christ].
He loves the darkness, where his deeds are not exposed as evil, so he rejects the light and hates the light, which is Christ.
Like the demons, he can think that Christ is the Son of God;
but because he loves his lifestyle, and hates the Light's conviction of it,
he withdraws from the light, into the comfort of darkness, where there is no disapproval;
and so he is condemned. Whatever he says he believes with his mouth - his actions betray his words.
If he believed in the light, he would obey the light. If he believed in Christ, he would obey Christ.
To believe is to obey. Obedience leads to salvation. Obedience leads to righteousness.
Verse 21: King James - But he that does truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
Verse 21: Amplified - But he who practices truth - who does what is right- comes out into the Light; so that his works may be plainly shown to be what they are--wrought with God - divinely prompted, done with God's help, in dependence upon Him.
Paul : I declared.. that they should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance. Acts 26:20
Jesus said, unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Luke 13:3. Repentance requires effort on your part.
And, As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Rev 3:19
Jesus further said, Take my yoke upon you and learn from me. Mat 11:29
Jesus said, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. Luke 9:23
Jesus said, I have not found thy works perfect before God. Rev 3:2-3. He wants perfect works, energized by faith.
Hear! Jesus said: Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. Luke 13:24
The gospel of grace would have you believe striving is unnecessary, yet Jesus ordered us to strive, (to exert much effort or energy).
Paul again: They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. Titus 1:16
Christendom's false instant salvation from an altar call and/or water baptism is a colossal lie to fool you.
I have waited for your salvation, O LORD. Gen 49:18.
Therefore I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me. Mic 7:7.
It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. Lam 3:26.
Truly my soul silently waits upon God; from him comes my salvation. Psa 62:1.
And it will be said in that day, "Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us. This is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation." Isa 25:9.
To wait, is to sit silently and listen: Blessed is the man who hears me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. Pro 8:34, Luke 11:28.
Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly.
And none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand. Dan 12:10.
Christendom does not even believe purity is possible; they do not understand and therefore continue to sin [do wickedly].
Christendom denies the cross is necessary, and so Christendom is perishing for the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing; and whose end is destruction, whose God is their stomach [appetites], and whose glory is in their shame, who set their mind on earthly things. 1 Cor 1:18, Phil 3:18-19.
Jesus made is simple, saying: "There is only one thing needed. Mary has chosen that good part,
which shall not be taken away from her" - to sit at the feet of Jesus and hear his word. Luke 10:39-42
To hear his word it to listen to the word of God in your heart. Rom 10:8,17
Everyone of the truth hears my voice. John 18:37
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27
Listen to and obey My voice, and I will be your God and you will be My people;
and walk in the whole way that I command you. Jer 7:23
Whoever comes to me, and listens to my words and does [practices, obeys] them, I will show you what he is like. He is like a man who built a house, and dug deep and laid the foundation securely built on a rock; and when the flood arose, the torrent beat violently upon that house, but could not shake it because it was founded on a rock. Luke 6:47-48.
Jesus finishes your faith when you see him bring your salvation:
he will appear the second time, not to bear sin, but to bring full salvation to those who are waiting for and expecting him. Heb 9:28
For the grace of God that brings salvation .. Tit 2:11
looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring eternal life. Jude 1:21
Receiving the end of your faith - the salvation of your souls. 1 Pet 1:9
You are saved through faith, and by faith your hearts are purified; but obviously in the beginning of faith, you are not purified, neither are you saved. You must contend for the faith, grow in the faith, build up your faith, increase in faith, until your faith is finished by the finisher; faith is a process and a journey, the end of which is to see Christ bring your salvation, to bring your eternal life.
Ima još toga, ovo je samo dio i to izrezani djelovi, znači da li se spašavamo samo po vjeri, ili su nužna i dobra djela koja proizlaze iz te vjere, inače to ne bi ni bila prava vjera. Pa onda onaj koji samo priča a ne potvrđuje djelima, niti nema vjre u sebi?