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LYNN ALAN HEATH July 23, 2016 at 3:54 am

Mr. Wellman by adding the word “alone” to your believed doctrine of salvation (“by grace alone by faith alone in Christ alone) you have added to the teaching of Scripture. Not to mention the fact that by grace alone excludes by faith alone.
I believe in the simple truth of Scripture and what it teaches. The Bible also does not teach that we are “born into sin” – we are born innocent and then choose to sin at that point in time when we know the difference between right and wrong and openly defy God. Paul in his letter to Rome says that it is grace that saves us, but not grace alone. God’s grace is the way of salvation.
Paul clearly states that no one deserves or can earn their salvation, in Romans chapter 4 he explains faith [faith = the who of salvation]. “Therefore it is of faith that it may be according to grace…” (Rom. 4:16). Faith may be defined as “Believing what God said enough TO DO what God said” (cf. James 2:20ff; Rom. 11:19-23; Heb. 3:18-19 do not obey = disbelief).
In 2 Thess. 1:3ff Paul explains what is to become of all “who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (vs. 8). The gospel being the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord [at the core] 1 Corinthians 15:1-3, but how do you obey this w/out having to physically die, be buried, and resurrected as was Jesus. Paul explains in Romans 6:3-7. The apostle Peter, using the “keys to the kingdom” in Acts 2 told the believe Jews to “repent and be immersed unto the forgiveness of your sins” (Acts 2:38).

Jack Wellman July 23, 2016 at 7:50 pm

Amen sir. Well put. Paul said it all: “8For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Eph 2:8-9).

Jack Wellman August 5, 2016 at 8:46 am

Hello Lynn. I disagree with your statement that we’re not born into sin. There are dozens of Scriptures that say we’re hopelessly helpless before God as sinners (Rom 3:10-12) so please read this to see why the Bible teaches that we are all born into sin and are even conceived in sin at birth: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/what-is-the-original-sin-a-bible-study/

DocReits August 5, 2016 at 12:28 am

Hi Pastor Jack,

You were gracious and gave Mr Heath a pass. Unfortunately he holds the popular belief that we are not sinners by nature. This notion flies in the face of Scripture. We are sinners not because of what we do, but because of who we are. We continue to sin as we age because of this nature, not because we learn to sin, but because we are by nature sinners. We all are damned because of the fallen nature we have inherited from Adam. Christ came to rescue us from this curse.

Here is a concise primer with the salient Scripture references to illustrate this point:

http://www.gotquestions.org/inherit-sin.html

Blessings,

DocReits

Jack Wellman August 5, 2016 at 8:44 am

Nice catch Doc. I missed the part where he said that there we are not born into sin because the Scriptures are clear about this. I would agree that Got Questions gives a great Scriptural basis for this fact and we wrote elsewhere about this at: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/what-is-the-original-sin-a-bible-study/ Thank you for standing on the truth.

Bonnie Clark August 13, 2018 at 11:00 am

I know my question is not unique. But I must clarify for my self. When God was helping soldiers win wars and the favoritism her showed David after David committed Murder and won the prize of the dead mans wife; How could a just God do this? Is there clarification on the many things in the Bible that can lead to answers that can be truly understood in a logical manor. Our minds and hearts are very good at discerning, so we must be given truth or method of understanding what the greater meaning is in many verses?

Jack Wellman August 13, 2018 at 2:54 pm

Hello Bonnie. A God that I could explain would not be God at all. His ways are past finding out. We must trust Him. God gives the vivid details of all the heroes of the faith, warts and all, but I believe that gives the rest of us the assurance that God can forgive any sin. David paid dearly for his sins because his sons were a constant threat to him, often being on the run from his own sons who overthrew the throne. David had very bad consequences. Read what happens in David’s life in 1 Kings or 1 Chronicles.

Lawrence Griffith-Cox September 23, 2019 at 9:55 pm

This article was offensive, narrow minded and ethno/cultural centric in a way that neglects a rich cultural and theological tradition much older and more sophisticated than your own. Additionally you have attempted to explain a position and belief that you do not hold while belittling it and God’s chosen people. May Qadosh Barukh Hu continue to rain down His Chesed on you and on His people for all generations.

Jack Wellman September 24, 2019 at 1:36 am

Hello Lawerence. As I said, the “Guf” or the “Chamber of Guf” is not at all biblical and in fact, is contrary to the biblical doctrine of being saved by grace alone by faith alone in Christ alone. The Bible doesn’t teach a “seventh heaven” but that a person can either go to hell or to heaven. There are no other options. We either have been brought to repentance and faith in Christ or we reject believing in Him but at our own peril (John 3:36b). The Talmud insists that there are a specific number of souls that are in heaven that are waiting to be born and in this heavenly repository and until they are born, the Messiah cannot return but the truth is, the Messiah has come and the Jews rejected Him.

The way is narrow,…not my thinking…Jesus said there is only one way to be saved…and it is narrow, not my mind narrow, but the way is narrow. God’s will not save “chosen” people if they do not repent and trust in Christ (Mark 1:15-16) so He said,not me. If it is narrow for you, then you are rejecting the only way to be saved (Acts 4:12) not saved by being “His chosen people” No one, Jew, Arab, white or black, unless they put their trust in Christ and not some mythological way. If you are offended,it is because you hate the truth and are rejecting biblical truth. I will pray for your soul and your bitterness of gall to be absolved by repentance and faith…not by myths. You are the one who is judging. I am not judging people but what they believe (Myth) so you are actually hypocritically doing the judging. I pray you repent of this. the truth sets you free or it makes you mad. Apparently, the latter for you. repent today of your condemning attitude.

Don October 14, 2019 at 1:17 pm

I find everything written here about the Guf as nonsense as the Guf itself or is it ? afterall a body has to have some sort of engine to drive it steer it race it and just plain old use it in kind ; the soul can’t do much without a body , much like your car, it’s about sources and resources …what is a body without a soul and what is a soul in kind …without a body . I think you don’t have to look much further than your own children they have bodies so much different than each other and even their experiences , personalities , and the motives that drive them ; much different than even yourself (parent) in every aspect, from tolerances to wealth and so on . The combination of body and soul often rejects the parent and the opposite is true too . you can’t get some children to move on if your life depended on it such as the sibling attachment in the movie WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS (about 2 whippets) The Legend of the Guf is a fascinating one hard to let go of, and do we really know ?

Jack Wellman October 14, 2019 at 1:23 pm

Hello Don. As I said, within Jewish mysticism or mythology there is a “Chamber of Guf” called the “Otzar” which is Hebrew for “treasury” or the “Treasury of Souls” which was believed to be in the “seventh heaven,” wherever that is. For Jews, the Guff is a term the Talmud uses to refer to the repository of all unborn souls where near the Tree of Life was the Tree of Souls that was supposed to blossom, producing new souls which would then fall into the Guf or the “Treasury of Souls” and allegedly fell upward, into the believed, “seventh heaven.” I see no value whatsover in myths that cannot be proven, unlike the Word of God and Jesus Himself Who is the truth. This article is intended to debunk that myth and point them to the Truth in Jesus Christ, so you ask, “do we really know?” Yes, we know the truth and know a lie (the Guf), so stand on the truth or you will be decieved.





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