Vital saving truth

Vital saving truth

Three kinds of faith

The Lord Jesus constantly drew attention to the fact that it is quite possible to look, sound and act like a ‘Christian’ without ever actually being one. He spoke of two trees that looked very similar but ultimately one was seen, by its fruit, to be diseased. He spoke of two houses that outwardly appeared the same. No one could tell them apart until the storm came and revealed one had a faulty foundation. He drew attention to two crops growing…

Have you been truly converted?

To stress the imperative need of individual conversion, the Lord Jesus said: “Verily [assuredly] I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not [Lit: you will by no means] enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 18:3). Not many of the pronouncements of the Lord begin with the word ‘assuredly’. Fewer still contain the double negative ‘by no means’. Undoubtedly the Lord meant His hearers to understand this; conversion is absolutely vital. Have…

Is the contemporary gospel another gospel?

Central to every genuine spiritual revival, has always been the public preaching of the gospel. Directly through this particular means1 the Holy Spirit has been pleased to awaken multitudes to a proper sense of the dreadfulness of their sin against God. They have been stripped of all self-righteousness, broken in repentance and have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who satisfied God’s demands against their sin through Christ’s once for all sacrifice on the cross. Sadly, in the evangelical scene today, such true…

The two ways – which one are you on?

You are travelling in one of two ways. Your own way, or God’s way. The way of lawlessness or the way of righteousness. The Bible says, “All we, like sheep, have gone astray, we have turned, every one, to his own way” (Isa 53:6). It all started in the Garden of Eden. Our first father Adam went astray from God in two aspects – first, as his supreme delight and, second, as his supreme authority. At the beginning, human beings,…

What is repentance?

Referenced over 100 times in Scripture, repentance is undoubtedly a topic of vital biblical importance. God commands all men everywhere to repent,1 and the Lord Jesus declared there is no salvation without repentance.2 “Repent” was the first word uttered by both John the Baptist and the Lord as they commenced preaching publicly.3 When reviewing his whole lifetime of ministry, Paul spoke of having told the world to “repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.”4  Repentance is also part of ‘the…

How to find peace with God

Inner peace. Illusive, fleeting, easily disturbed. How to obtain it? How to maintain it? Meditation, drugs, religion, yoga, romance? Endless options, mixed success. But there’s another kind of peace that you need. Objective rather than subjective; fixed rather than variable.; eternal rather than fleeting. Think about it this way. The opposite of peace is war. Ever since humanity first raised its fist to God in the garden of Eden by wilfully disobeying His law, the whole human race has been…

Do or done – which?

An examination of the world’s religions quickly reveals one stand-out fact. Whether Hinduism with its rituals, Islam with its pilgrimages, Roman Catholicism with its sacraments or evangelicalism with its “sinner’s prayer”, ultimately all religious want you to do something to get right with God. Your salvation, your forgiveness, your peace with God, is dependent on something that you do, or have done; something meritorious on your part; something thank-worthy that you have achieved. If you do your part, God will do His…

Safety, certainty and enjoyment (by George Cutting)

This booklet has been a blessing to thousands of people over many years. It deals with how a person can know for sure that they are saved and on their way to heaven. The author, George Cutting (1834-1934), gives wise scriptural counsel which has led many to a saving understanding of the gospel of Christ. May you find help from it too. “In which class are you travelling?” What a common question! Let me put it to you. You most…

God’s way of salvation (by Alexander Marshall)

This article by Alexander Marshall (1846-1928) has been a blessing to thousands of people over many years. In booklet form it has been published in more than 20 languages with over four million copies in print. It highlights around 30 questions, excuses and enquiries about the vital topic of God’s salvation and the way to heaven. In answering all of these common issues, Alexander Marshall gives wise scriptural counsel which has led many to a saving understanding of the gospel…

Around the wicket gate (by C.H. Spurgeon)

If you are struggling to be saved, C.H. Spurgeon’s Around the Wicket Gate is for you.  Awakening If we are sensible, we shall pray that our anxiety about our souls may never come to an end till we are really and truly saved. It would be an awful thing to go dreaming down to hell, and there to lift up our eyes with a great gulf fixed between us and heaven. It will be equally terrible to be aroused to…

Light for anxious souls (by George Cutting)

George Cutting (1834-1934) was a faithful English evangelist and author, well known for writing the booklet Safety, Certainty and Enjoyment. His other lesser known work – but equally effective – is Light for Anxious Souls, which is reproduced below. This work will be a great help to anyone who is awake to both their condemnation before God and their danger of judgment, and who longs to be saved. Introduction If one thing more than another has weighed upon the heart of the…

My child wants to be saved. What should I do?

For parents who value the salvation of their children above and beyond everything else, there’s nothing more pleasing than to hear a child say, “Daddy/Mummy, I want to be saved”. Yet, precisely because the eternal welfare of their children is so important, parents can so easily – in all sincerity – respond in a way that leaves their child with a “false profession” of salvation, rather than the real thing. Acknowledging that every child, family and circumstance is different, and…

Stop telling people to ask the Lord to save them

An American author wrote a book a while ago called “Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart”. Allow me to make a slightly different plea: stop telling people to “ask the Lord to save them”. This 6-word-sentence is a favourite cliché of many a preacher, Sunday School teacher and Bible Camp leader. Closing a gospel presentation the audience is told how to be saved. The recommended method? “Ask the Lord to save you.” Yet when Paul was asked “What must I do…

Can Christians lose their salvation?

Arriving at a clear understanding of the true nature of salvation represents the first step in settling the question of eternal security. The Bible clearly teaches that at the very moment of genuine repentance and saving faith a sinner is: Converted – turned around (Acts 3:19) Reconciled – brought near (2 Cor 5:19) Sanctified – set apart for God (1 Cor 1:2) Regenerated – given new life (1 Pet 1:23) Redeemed– purchased or bought back (1 Pet 1:18) Adopted – placed in God’s family as…

John Owen and the double payment dilemma

Authoring more than 80 books in his lifetime, John Owen the Puritan (1616-83) was arguably the mightiest Reformed theologian the world has ever seen. He applied his brilliant mind to the question “For whom did Christ die?” and concluded “the elect only”. He saw in scripture no provision made at the cross for the sins of the ‘non-elect’. Any who disagreed with him met with the following argument: “God imposed His wrath due unto, and Christ underwent the pains of…

Did Christ die for everyone?

According to one dictionary, the word “vicarious” means “acting or done for another”. It is in this sense that we use the word to describe the death of the Lord Jesus. He did not undergo death for Himself, but for others. This raises an obvious question. Who are those ‘others’ for whom He died? Certainly, He died for believers. We do not need to go outside Paul’s writings to find ample testimony to this. As an individual, he writes of…

If Christ died for all how can anyone perish?

The Scriptures teach that not everyone will be saved. The reason is that, in order to be saved, one must repent of one’s sins and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. The testimony of the Word on this is so plentiful that we need only give a few sample quotes: “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19); “Whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16); “He that…

When you were saved?

Ponder the powerful probing questions of the preacher George Whitefield (1714-1770) from one of his over 18,000 sermons: “They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace” (Jeremiah 6:14) “And now, my dear friends, examine your hearts, for I hope you came hither with a design to have your souls made better. Give me leave to ask you, in the presence of God, whether you know the time,…

A doubter’s story

Clement Read Vaughan (1827-1911) wrote a powerful letter to Robert Lewis Dabney (1820-1898) when Dabney, a Presbyterian theologian, had become blind and weak and was approaching death. Feeling the weakness of his faith, and beginning to look inwards instead of upwards, Dabney began to doubt hissalvation. Vaughan penned an eloquent letter, directing the doubting Dabney’s focus back to Christ. Vaughan asked Dabney to imagine what a traveller might do if he came to a chasm over which a bridge was…

You can know the truth

It’s impossible to deny the existence of truth without at the same time affirming it. How come? Well, think about it: to say “truth does not exist” is to make a truth claim. So, what is truth? Truth is what corresponds to reality. Simply put, truth is “what is”, as defined by God. God is a God of truth; all truth is God’s truth; and no truth exists apart from Him. In His Word, the Bible, God has revealed His…

How do you know you are saved?

Ask people who claim to be saved how they know they are saved, and you’ll receive a wide variety of answers. Some say “I just know”. If that’s your answer, may I kindly ask you exactly how you know? Without a valid basis for this ‘inner-knowing’, all you are really saying is “I know because I know”! You wouldn’t speak like that about your bank balance, or your employment contract, or your house insurance – how much less about your eternal destiny. Let’s be clear, “I just…