Originally posted by robbie carrobie
sure you could have your own inflatable cult, they wouldn't need to do a thing, you
could be their charismatic leader espousing your personal opinions and making it law,
think of the fun you could have, you could meet in secret, wear long priestly robes, fail
to advertise your public meetings so that no one would know where your at, stay
inside and tell no one of your tenets, inflatable Christians, even better than the real
You really don't grasp God's grace and mercy, pity. You cannot earn God's
favor, you cannot keep it by working for it, it is a gift to us. Accepting God's
grace and mercy that was given to us by Jesus Christ, it did away with that
which separates us from God, from there we live with Him, He teaches us,
He leads us, He makes new creatures in Christ. In Him is all we need for our
forgiveness, it is not a matter of getting God's grace and keeping it by our
good works. He turns us into new creatures where we by our new nature
do the things of God. The thing I see you saying unless I'm reading you wrong,
is that God gave us a gift and now we have to earn it, I'm telling you no amount
of good works on our part is enough to cause to recieve or to keep us worthy.
The good works we will be doing as Christians will be because it is the right
thing to do, it will be athentic not something done for vain glory. You can read
and look at what Jesus is saying below, those people are condemned not
because they didn't do works, but because He didn't know them. Jesus didn't
call them liars for the things they said during judgment, He said He didn't know
them and they were workers of iniquity.
Matthew 7:21-23 (King James Version)
"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
With the tale of jugment below we see that those that were indeed doing the
work of God were doing it and didn't even realize it, it was because they were
acting as they should, not because they were attempting to do the right thing
to (GET RIGHT OR KEEP RIGHT) they were simply being caring people who
were acting out of love for their fellow man. You are not like that, you are
always proclaiming how righteous you are because of the things you do, this
vain glory you are recieving now will be all you get.
Matthew 25: 31-46 (King James Version)
When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.