A Great Lie has been sown into the souls of people world wide; the man-made doctrine of predestination, whereby we can sit back, just believe, and we will be saved is false. Men have even given a name to this man-made doctrine, it's called "easy believism" whereby one only needs to believe to be saved; and anyone who holds to this belief, faithfully, need not works. This is A Great Lie.
Also, because of John 3:16, many people think that all they need to do to be saved is to profess their faith in Jesus as the Son of God: believe in Lord Jesus and you will be saved; just receive Jesus Christ as your Saviour and you will be saved; that God has done all the work for your sins, just believe (think) and you are saved.
Still others preach that all our sins are forgiven because Jesus died on the cross; that as long as one has faith, nothing else matters: we don't need works to be saved. Jesus was torchured and then murdered by crucifixation because he had to fulfill the prophecies of the Jewish scriptures; showing he was the Messiah. Jesus even asked, "O Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou will." (Matthew 26:39)
Salvation was not made possible because of a sacrificial death on the cross, but because Jesus came down from Heaven and taught the Way of Salvation. Jesus said, "God sent me; to do the Will of God; and this is the Will of God, that everyone may return to everlasting Life. My doctrine is not mine, but God's who sent me; and no one comes to my teachings unless the Father draws him."
Now reading Matthew 17:1-3, "And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain, and was transfigured before them; and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light, and behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him."
Moses and Elias were sinners who died before Jesus came, and yet they attained salvation. Could they have done good works? Could they have done the Will of God? Were they born again? Or, did they just "think" their way into Heaven? We need to stop believing in Satan's Great Lie, brought about with the help of Constitine, and "work out our own salvation". (Phil 2:12)
Jesus plainly asks in Luke 6:46 and again in 8:21, "Why do you call me Lord, Lord, and DO NOT the things which I say? My brothers are those who hear the Word of God, and DO IT. If any one does God's Will, he will know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or man. If you DO these things, happy are you if you DO THEM." (John 7:17; 13:17)
You do greatly err, not knowing the scriptures: in vain you do worship Jesus, teaching for doctrine the commandments of men. "Salvation is nearer to you than when you believed." (Romans 13:11)
Salvation is not a matter of passive yielding and surrender, of "letting go and letting God." Praying a prayer is easy, but there is a lot more to salvation than asking. What about seeking and knocking?
Do you realy believe that all you have to do is to accept Jesus into your life as your saviour, believe that he died on the cross for your sins, and you are saved? What happened to becoming "born again" ?...
Do not continue to be deceived by well spoken men, dress in clothes of authority, "born again" does not come because you believe in God, or trust in Jesus as your saviour; nor does in come in a moment of prayer or water baptism.
Born Again is a spiritual process of great change that takes years of struggling with the devil inside (soul), while continually and honestly seeking, knocking, asking, and receiving revelations (the rock upon which Jesus founded his church). During the process, the old sinful ways of the soul are identified and stopped, one by one, while the old consciousness of the mind, righteousness, is resurrected and restored (then you are born again). The truth fills the mind with great joy and happiness as it realizes, during the regenerative spiritual process, that, "once I was dead, but now I am alive; I have come to Life"; that you were lost in the bottomless pit of sin and suffering, but now you have been found. (Reread the Parable of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15:11-30)
If born again were as easy as "just believe," "have faith," prayer, water baptism, or any other physical or intellectual process, everyone would have gone back home to Heaven by now: after all, it has been 2,000 years.
Salvation is a Gift from God, a chance to return home, not something we can attain solely by our own efforts. We are "called" back to Eternal Life, but it is still our free choice to follow the "calling" or not. You must choose to work out your own salvation, with the help of God, by becoming Born Again.
You cannot serve God and mammon: either you are walking in the sins of this evil world, or you are walking in the Will of God, doing His work here as it is done in Heaven, in accordance with God's plan of salvation. Do you not understand the Parable of the Talents? - or the Parable of the Pounds? What happened to the servents that did no work? (Matthew 25:14-30 and Luke 19:12-26)
Do not misuderstand, works are not the cause of salvation; for many do good works without any faith, in an effort to save themselves, but they do greatly err; works are a part of the "saved person's" new Life. Those who have faith will also have good works, and those who have good works will also have true faith. James tells us in 2:14-20, "Faith that doesn't show itself by good deeds, is no faith at all; it is dead and useless." "What does it profit a man who says he has faith, and have not works? Can faith save him? If you have not works you are dead. You believe that there is only One God, and you do well, because even the devils believe and tremble."
This type of "belief" the devils have can be compared to the masses intellectual belief in God, and Jesus, and the church made by hands, and being saved because they believe: the devils "believe" but they are not saved.
To those who are "washed" by their religious leaders to "just believe" in God, Jesus, Mohammad, the church, or some combination, and you will be saved, that "works" are not required or are unimportant, that is A Great Lie: the blind leading the blind. They do not enter into Heaven, and neither do they want you to enter in.
There is a Great War to be fought between you (the mind) and the devil's soul of good & evil before you become born again. You will need to put on the "Whole Armour of God" and stand on guard every moment of every day, especially while out in public, against the wiles of that soul within you, and the wiles of those other souls around you; even family and friends. Be prepared, there is a temptation coming your way every moment for you to deal righteously with.
Becoming born again comes out of this Great War, but before victory can be achieved, there are many battles to be fought, some won and some lost, and some to be fought over and over, again and again, until we muster up the necessary will to put an end to soul's rule over us, once and for all time. Eventually, with God's help and Jesus' help, we become born again; having learnt all the deceptions of the soul and becoming its Master.
Faith starts with belief the size of a mustard seed, that God exists and that we are sinners who fell from His grace, sinning against God in Heaven, and for doing that, we were cast down here in the Bottomless Pit where we have continued to follow the way of sin. Then after seeking, knocking and asking, the Father sees the sincerity and honesty of His Prodigal Son's efforts to return home, and help is sent.
Then there is no more "belief," we know the truth that can set us free and our faith can move mountains (overcome great obstacles on our path). We come to know that faith is not an intellectual belief, it is a commandment to trust God and Do His Will here on earth, as it is done in Heaven. We "let our light (knowledge) shine before men in such a way that they may see our good works and glorify our Father who art in Heaven."
We are baptized into Jesus' Church to serve God and Do his good works. We are to pray to God for revelations and what He wants us to DO. He is the Lord and we are his servents. When we are at work, we are serving God. "God, what will you have me do?"
"By works, faith is made perfect. You see, by works a man is justified, and not by faith only: for as a body without the spirit is dead, do faith without works is dead." (James 2:14-26) "For this is good in the sight of God our saviour, who will have ALL MEN be saved, to come unto the knowledge of the truth: for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, Jesus." (1Titus 2:3-5)
"Call on the Father who, without the respect of persons, judgeth according to every man's work. For God's son .... gave to every man his work; and behold, I come quickly and my reward with me to give to every man according as his work shall be." (Mark 13:34, 1Peter 1:17, Rev 22:12)
We must become "born again", created anew. Then we perform the work after being being born again. We cannot do it by ourselves; God and his Son born of man, Jesus, help us to become born again. Born Again is between God and you, with the help of Jesus, the intermediatery who acts on our behalf, to help us to "work out our own salvation."
Salvation is a gift from God, a chance to return home, not something we can attain solely by our own efforts. Get right. Become born again. Get to work and await the gift, in patience. There is a lot of work to be done. This is the hardest thing you will ever do.
Few there be in any generation who find the Way because most people just "don't believe," or their faith is intellectual lip service. They won't take the time to put forth a sincere effort to seek the truth; they are too busy with the things of this world. And today, instant gradification is making it even harder for the "few" to stick with it.
Faith without works is false. How could one be a member of Jesus' Church and not work to find the lost sheep who have made themselves ready for the return home (Salvation)? Read the Parable of the Sower in Mark 4:3-20. How many can you find?