Program#L6The Theological Adventures of Johnny Lukewarm andPastor Loophole: Salvation by Grace
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Thanks Mark. Today we continue ourmini-drama entitled The Theological Adventures of JohnnyLukewarm and Pastor Loophole. You may remember ourcharacters, Johnny Lukewarm, and Pastor Loophole from our lastbroadcast. But before we re-introduce these two characters,lets read again from 2nd Timothy chapter 3. For the time will come when men will not put up withsound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, theywill gather around them a great number of teachers tosay what their itching ears want to hear. Theywill turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside tomyths. People often turn to counselors who tellthem what their itching ears want to hear. As is the casewith our character, Johnny Lukewarm, who comes into PastorLoopholes office to get advice
(Lower) Please have a seat, Johnny. What seems to bebothering you today?
Johnnys brow furrows with concern. (Higher)Pastor Loophole, Im very upset about this particularpassage of scripture. It seems as though God is commandingme to do something I really dont want to do. Do Ireally have to repent, and stop sinning, and obey God? Oris there some other alternative?
(Lower) Why, certainly there is, Johnny, you just relax. I can offer you dozens of alternatives, and give you very logicalreasons why you dont have to obey God.
(Higher) Oh, thank goodness. For a minute there, Ithought Id actually have to change my behavior and obeyGod! Johnny breathes a sigh of relief. He sitsforward eagerly, with his itching ears searching for some escapefrom the Holy Spirits conviction. But the Spirit ofGod is grieved away, and He slowly withdraws his conviction fromJohnnys life.
(Start) And afterre-defining mercy, love, and truth, Pastor Loophole continues hisexcuses with Loophole #4, entitled Salvation by gracethrough faith, not by works.
So Heres Loophole #4:
(Lower) Johnny, it says here in Ephesians chapter two,For it is by grace you have been saved,through faithand this not fromyourselves, it is the gift of Godnot by works,so that no one can boast.
(Lower) First lets re-define the word Salvation. Salvation. Hmm. Salvation from what, Johnny? Whatdid Jesus come to save you from? I think Jesus came to saveyou from God. In other words, Jesus came to rescue ussinners from Gods angry wrath, even if we dontrepent. Thats why Jesus died on the cross, so Godwould never be angry with us, even if we continue to enjoy oursins. Because of what Jesus did on the cross, sinnerscant go to hell anymore.
God doesnt look at your sins anymore,he only looks at what Jesus did for you on the cross. Goddoesnt even notice your sins. He just sees a Jesusmask over your face. That way, you can go to heaven, evenwhile you continue to enjoy your sins. Now thats agreat way to define the word salvation, isnt it?
TIME OUT !! Lets look at thescriptures, and analyze Pastor Loopholes advice. Letsrightly divide the word of truth, and separate the truth from thelies in the advice given by Pastor Loophole. First, I wantto acknowledge the true part. Its true that Itis by grace you have been saved,through faithand this not fromyourselves, it is the gift of Godnot by works,so that no one can boast.
But the lie is that Jesus came to save us from God, or fromGods anger, or from Gods wrath. Heres thetruth to replace that lie: Jesus didnt come to saveus from Gods anger about our sins. Instead, Jesuscame to save us and separate us from our deadly sinsthemselves!
The Bible says Godtold Joseph to give him the name Jesus, (which means the LORDsaves) because he will save his people from their sins.
Again, from what terrible danger must sinners be set free? TheBible says you have been set free from sinand have become slaves to God, the benefityou reap leads to holiness, and the resultis eternal life.
And again, the blood Jesus shed on the cross, what does it do? Does it shield us from Gods anger about our sins? No,the Bible says, Jesus freed us from our sinsby his blood.
Jesus didnt come just to save you from hellfire, orpunishment, or Gods Holy Wrath. If He had, Hedbe opposing God, who has every right to be angry when you sinagainst Him.
No, its far more important to be savedfrom your deadly sins than to be saved from hell. Why? Because hell does not offend God nearly as much as our sinsdo.
Listen to this quote from Charles Finney, written in 1850: Salvationconsists in being saved from sin; and the reason why agreat many persons are not saved is that they are unwilling toaccept salvation on such a conditionthey are unwilling togive up their sins
Some individuals will spend much time inpraying for pardon while they indulge themselves in sin
theyare seeking comfort while they refuse to be holy
such peopleknow nothing at all of the gospel! They make Christ theminister of sin! They seem to think that Christ came tojustify them in their sin instead of saving them fromit
.In support of this monstrous idea, they will even appealto the Scriptures. They found justification in theatonement; now, this work of Christ can never be imputed to anyman in such a sense as to justify him while he remains in sin! Justification in sin is a thing impossible! Now howcan a man be pardoned and justified before he repents andbelieves! It is impossible!
Now, who does not knowthat the true Christian is more afraid of sin than of punishment? Yes, and a great deal more!
You cantcontinue to sin, while claiming that Jesus has saved you. TheBible says You know that he appeared so thathe might take away our sins
No one wholives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin haseither seen him or known him.
Again, salvationfrom hell is just a side effect, but first Jesus came to save youand separate you from your deadly sins. Ifyouve never been separated from your sins, theresonly one reason: Youve rejected the Savior. Youvewillfully refused to be saved by Him, because you love your sinsmore than you love God.
If you really knewhow terribly dangerous your sins are, youd reject them allimmediately. Your sins are like ravenous parasites withvenomous fangs, and they will destroy you. Theyllenslave you into addiction, or even worse, deceive you into aslumbering denial. Your sins will attract the FuriousWrath of God like an irresistible magnet. Theyllbetray you, and loudly call out for your destruction on the dayof judgment. Your sins will shout and scream and give awayyour location, no matter where you try to hide. And whenyoure found, your sins will demand you be cast into eternaltorment. They cant be silenced and they cant beignored. Your sins can only be cast far awaynow,while your hearts still beating and you still have a chanceto repent.
Will you allowJesus Christ the Savior to rescue you from your deadly sins? Will you let Jesus remove them from you, as far as the east isfrom the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us?
Lets pray tohim together. Would you pray to the Savior with me? Praythese words along with me to our Savior: Lord Jesus,save me, and separate me from my deadly sins. Remove mysins from me, and I reject them and I forsake them and I castthem far away right now. I stop resisting your rule over myheart, Lord Jesus, and I invite you to come and rule my heartright now. Take me, Lord Jesus. Here I am. Comeand rule every part of my life. Amen.
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Thanks again, Mark. Letscontinue Loophole number 4, entitled Salvation by gracethrough faith, not by works. Heres Pastor Loopholeagain
(Lower) It says here in Ephesians chapter two, Forit is by grace you have been saved,through faithand this not fromyourselves, it is the gift of Godnot by works,so that no one can boast.
Now we already re-defined the word salvation. So now,lets re-define the word Grace. For it is by Grace youhave been saved, Johnny. Grace. Hmm. What doesthe word Grace mean, Johnny? And Pastor Loopholecontinues his perversion of the word grace, changing the graceof our God into a license for immorality.
(Lower) Grace means tolerance, Johnny. It means thatbecause of what Jesus did on the cross, God now tolerates yoursins, even while you continue to enjoy them. He just turnshis head and graciously ignores your sinful behavior. Godonly sees the imputed righteousness of Christ on you, kind oflike a Jesus mask, so God cant see your willful,rebellious, unrepentant heart. Now thats grace.
TIME OUT !! Letslook at the scriptures everybody, and analyze PastorLoopholes advice. Lets rightly divide the wordof truth, and separate the truth from the lies in the advicegiven by Pastor Loophole. Again, I want to acknowledge thatIt is by grace you have been saved,through faithand this not fromyourselves, it is the gift of Godnot by works,so that no one can boast.
But the false part is that Grace means tolerance. Goddoesnt tolerate your sins. Heres the truedefinition of the word grace: According to StrongsGreek Dictionary of the New Testament, the English wordgrace comes from the Greek word charis,which means divine influence on the heart, and itsreflection in the life.
Well let mesuggestthe very fact youre hearing this broadcastsuggests that God might be trying to influence you. Willyou respond to Gods influence?
Grace doesnt mean tolerance, it meansDivine influence. Have you ever been influencedby somebody? Think back to that situation. How didthey influence you? What did they do? Did theypersuade you to choose a certain thing, using words and truth andargument? Did they induce, impel, incite, inspire or offeryou an incentive to voluntarily move in a certain direction? Did they entice, exhort, or encourage you to follow theirexample? Did they convince you, sway your mind, and win youover to a new way of thinking? This is influence. Andwhen influence comes from the Divine, its called grace.
Throughout human history, God has been patiently persuading andinfluencing rebellious people to voluntarily forsake their sins. He does this by the Holy Spirit, who comes to convict andpersuade.
And what tool does God use to influence and persuade? HisWord; His Undeniable Truth. Thats how God influencesyou to voluntarily forsake your deadly sins. He persuadesyou and cleanses you with His influential Truth. Thatswhy Jesus said to his disciples, you are already cleanbecause of the word I have spoken to you.
So if God persuades you to be holy by telling the truth, then thedevil persuades you to sin by speaking lies. Did you knowthat every sin has its roots in a lie? If you expose thelie, and confound it with Truth, you shall pluck the sin out byits roots. How did the devil persuade Adam and Eve to sinin the Garden of Eden? By speaking a lie. Youwill not surely die. the serpent said.
So Johnny Lukewarm,if youre out there listening, how many lies are lodged inyour mind? Do you see how important it is to read the Bibleevery day? How much of Christs Truth do you letpenetrate your heart, to make [you] holy, cleansing [you]by the washing with water through the word, and to present[you] to himself....without stain or wrinkle or any otherblemish, but holy and blameless?
Did you know you can resist Gods influence? Peoplehave resisted Gods influence and persuasion throughouthistory. Thats why Stephen said in the book of Acts, Youstiff necked-people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears!
Youalways resist the Holy Spirit!
Now some of you outthere listening have been struggling with the same sins, over andover, and you cant get free from them. You know whatthe answer is? Grace! You need to let God influenceyou with His truth! Stop resisting Gods influence.
But youdont know how powerful my sins are, theyre toostrong, and Im too weak to resist the devilstemptation, cries Johnny Lukewarm. But Johnny ifyoure out there listening, you dont know Godsconquering grace. How can you say youre too weakto resist the devils temptation, but youre so strongthat you can resist the Spirit of Almighty God? Relaxand submit to God. Stop resisting. Give in toGods persuasion. Let Gods Truth set you freefrom your deadly sins. Its no use waiting for God toinfluence you, when youre still resisting the influenceHes already given you.
Now if I had a set of balancing scales here, and on the leftscale I could measure the amount of influence God needs to applyto get you to repent, how much would it weigh? How manygrams of influence would it take to get you to repent? Well,that just depends how stubborn you are. It would weigh justas much as the amount of stubborn, willful resistance youreputting on the right side of the scale. Or think of it thisway, if you were a donkey and Jesus were leading you with a rope,how hard would Jesus have to pull on the rope? Well, itdepends on how stubborn you are. If you werent astubborn donkey, Jesus wouldnt have to pull the rope veryhard at all.
So now how are you going to get free from your sins? Areyou waiting for God to just zap you, and force you to turn into aholy, robotic puppet? No. Your sins are voluntary,just like holiness is voluntary. God wont forceyou to be holy, youve got to choose that. God willinfluence you, but youve got to voluntarily respond. Yousin with your choices; you must also be holy with your choices. This is how youll be saved from your deadly sins. Godsgrace will influence you to make a choice. So make a choicealready. Gods waiting. Its like playingcheckers. Its your move.
Now I dont know everything about predestination vs.free-will, or Calvinism vs. Arminianism, or all that. Iknow the Bible says that God hardened Pharaohs heart, butGod also asks us to not harden our own hearts. Hereshow I see it. If any man gets saved, he cannot boast,because it was God who overpowered that mans resistance,influencing him to repent. But if any man goes to hell, hecant blame God. Its his own fault for resistingGods influence. Give God the glory when anybody getssaved. And blame us men if we dont get saved. LetGod be true, and every man a liar.
So the next timesomebody says to you give me a little grace here, askthem what they really mean. Do they want you to back off,and tolerate their sins, (which is false grace), or do they wantyou to influence them, and persuade them to stop sinning (whichis true grace)? The Bible says, Whoever turns a sinnerfrom the error of his way will save him from death.
Lets pray for a moment. Would you pray these wordswith me to God? Stop what youre doing for a moment,and pray these words with me to God. Father inHeaven, I want to embrace your Words of Truth whenever you try toinfluence me. I welcome your gracious influence, and I stopresisting you, in every area of my life. Lord Jesus,Im not going to harden my heart to you, and Im notgoing to resist you anymore. When you pull on my rope LordJesus, Ill follow you willingly. I welcome you torule my heart right now. And I welcome you to lead mewherever you want me to go. In Jesus name, Amen.
Did you pray with me just now? If you prayed with me, sayAmen. Go ahead, say it out loud. Amen, Lord Jesus. Some of you are being set free from habitual sins right now, asGods loving rulership takes over in your heart. Ihope youll write to us and tell us about that. But ifyou said Amen just now, I hope youll write to us and get acopy of this book youre hearing. Ive been veryfortunate and blessed to have this book read and endorsed bypeople like C. Peter Wagner, Tony Campolo, Jon Mark Ruthven whowas my systematic theology professor, Pastors Ted Haggard andFloyd McClung, Joy Dawson and Bill Hamon. So you knowits trustworthy. In our book and in our very nextbroadcast, well tackle the controversy of faith versusworks.
And youll hear more theologicaladventures of Johnny Lukewarm and Pastor Loophole. So Ihope youll write us tune in again next time. Now Ilove you, and I care about you. So heres Mark withmore information.
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