RCCG Open Heavens Devotional Tuesday 12 February 2013
By Pastor E. A. Adeboye
Memorise: "what does it profit, my brethren, though a man says he has faith and has no works. can works save him? James 2:14
Read: James 2: 14-20 Bible in one year: Thessalonians 1-3
Prayer point: "Father, thank you for past Special Holy Ghost Services and your son Pastor E. A. Adeboye you have been using in them. Let this year's Special Holy Ghost Service witness Your unprecedented move, power and testimonies.
Faith is a very unique and indispensable subject that every believer in Christ must operate in because of the peculiarity of the Christian life. We are called to a life of faith. Hebrews 11 :1 says,
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Normally, there is no substance in something you are hoping to receive because it is still futuristic, but in the Christian life, faith is the substance in our hope. In the same vein, it is impossible to have evidence among things that are unseen, yet in our peculiar lifestyle, faith is the evidence that can be seen in unseen circumstances. Do you have faith? Is your faith tangible? Is it enough evidence in the world of the unseen? Broadly speaking, faith can be categorized into two types – living faith and dead faith. In most cases, faith has a partner it can hardly do without and that partner is “Works. Faith partners works just as the body partners the spirit They are inseparable hence, James 2:20 says any faith that has no works to back it up is as good as dead. Works partly gives life to faith. If you have faith but lack works, that faith is dead faith. Today, many people who have faith are yet unsaved because they have not taken the necessary steps to receive salvation - God’s free gift to mankind. If you are offered a gift you will be unable to enjoy it until you move to where it is and claim it. Are you yet to be born again but you have faith in Jesus Christ that He is the Saviour of the world? You cannot be saved from your sins until you take some definite steps: you must realise you are a sinner and that you cannot save yourself from your sins. You must believe that Jesus died for the whole world but particularly for you to be saved from eternal hell. You must confess your sins before God in church, at home or anywhere, promising not to return to them. You must invite Jesus Christ into your heart and ask Him to take over the control of your life. Also confess Him as your Lord from that moment. Thereafter, you must destroy everything ¡n your custody that reminds you of your past evil lifestyle evil books, worldly music, videos and VCDs: you must separate from bad influences – sin partners, bad gangs, occultic friends and materials. Cut off visits to reveling spots and disco halls. Start to read the Bible, pray regularly and fellowship with God’s children. These re works backing your faith for salvation. Is our faith backed by works?
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The five points of Calvinism should be expressed as unconditional damnation.
The premise of Calvinism that men have no free-will and that men can only be saved if God predetermines each person for salvation.
Calvinism teaches that men are saved are by unconditional election.
The antithesis of unconditional election is unconditional damnation.
THE FIVE POINTS OF CALVINISM
1. Total Depravity: Man is totally depraved so he cannot choose or desire God.
If total depravity is true, then unless men are unconditional elected for salvation, they are unconditionally damned to hell for all eternity.
2. Unconditional Election: God unconditionally elects those whom He has predetermined to save.
If unconditional election is true, then conversely all others are unconditionally damned, lost outside of Christ.
3. Limited Atonement: Jesus died only for those who have been unconditionally elected for salvation.
If limited atonement is a Biblical fact, then all who are not unconditionally elected for salvation will die in their sins because they will face unconditional damnation.
4. Irresistible Grace: When God calls the elect for salvation, they cannot resist.
Those who are not called by irresistible grace will be unconditionally damned and will spend eternity in the lake of fire.
5. Perseverance of the Saints: Once you have been unconditionally elected for salvation you can never be lost. Once saved always saved.
If God did not unconditionally give you the faith so you could believe and be saved, and you have no free-will to believe or reject Jesus; then you are unconditionally damned. You are once damned always damned.
God does not unconditionally save anyone nor is anyone UNCONDITIONALLY DAMNED.
THERE ARE NO POINTS OF CALVINISM THAT ARE SUPPORTED BY SCRIPTURE. [Read the whole New Testament and understand God's plan for mankind]
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