Posted by: reformbama | June 26, 2011

How Much Should A Christian Of 5 Years Know?

I used 5 years because I like the number 5. How about a Christian of a year? Or one that has been a Christian for 40 years?

What doctrinal basics should they understand? Seen some more status’s of people that have been Christians, at the minimum of 5 years.

Here is quote 1 as seen on FaceBook:

“God is someone who… understands your past, believes in your future, and loves you just the way you are!”

I’ll leave the understand your past and believes in your future alone (mostly a wording issue and basic lack of knowledge of God). Going to focus on the ” loves you just the way you are” part.
Really? If He loves you the way you are then why did Christ need to die on the cross? Why is hell full of people?

Oh, the quoter  may be talking about those that are already believers. Nice try.  There is this thing called sanctification that means to become holy. Also there is regeneration. I think these are two things a Christian of 6 months should be able to understand.

I’ve noticed more and more that there is more focus on “God is good!” in churches and on FaceBook status’s lately. One church it opens up with that little “God is good…. All the time… God is good” thing. While that is true it is focusing on one attribute of God. Would not be so bad if that church made a concerted effort to teach the other attributes of God. Like wrath, just to name a couple.

Here is a little more info on regeneration and sanctification from CARM.org

Justification and Sanctification: What is the Difference?

Understanding the difference between justification and sanctification can be as important as understanding the difference between salvation and damnation.  Rightly dividing between the two is of crucial importance.  When you understand what they are, you can then draw a line in the sand and say, “This is what saves.  This is not what saves.”

Justification is the work of God where the righteousness of Jesus is reckoned to the sinner so the sinner is declared by God as being righteous under the Law (Rom. 4:35:1,9Gal. 2:163:11).  This righteousness is not earned or retained by any effort of the saved.  Justification is an instantaneous occurrence with the result being eternal life.  It is based completely and solely upon Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross (1 Pet. 2:24) and is received by faith alone (Eph. 2:8-9).  No works are necessary whatsoever to obtain justification.  Otherwise, it is not a gift (Rom. 6:23).  Therefore, we are justified by faith (Romans 5:1).

Sanctification, on the other hand, involves the work of the person.  But it is still God working in the believer to produce more of a godly character and life in the person who has already been justified (Phil. 2:13).  Sanctification is not instantaneous because it is not the work of God alone.  The justified person is actively involved in submitting to God’s will, resisting sin, seeking holiness, and working to be more godly (Gal. 5:22-23). Significantly, sanctification has no bearing on justification.  That is, even if we don’t live a perfect life, we are still justified.

Where justification is a legal declaration that is instantaneous, sanctification is a process.  Where justification comes from outside of us, from God, sanctification comes from God within us by the work of the Holy Spirit in accordance with the Bible.  In other words, we contribute to sanctification through our efforts.  In contrast, we do not contribute to our justification through our efforts.

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Responses

  1. Hell is full of people who chose to be non-believers. God does love us just the way we are, because He created us, in His image. He died on the cross to save us from our sins….but it’s up to us as His chosen people to accept Him into our hearts, love him, live for him and trust in Him. He is GOOD, His mercy endures forever, but He never said our journey on earth would be without trials, He did say that “I am with you always” but we must first admit. believe and confess.

    • Then explain sanctification and the part about being a new creation. He does not love us the way we are. I laid the proof out otherwise.
      Prove your point with Scripture. Your version of salvation is a works salvation dependant on man. Salvation is all of God, regeneration.

      • No, that’s not my version, and I was not disagreeing with you or your blog post. I was sharing my thoughts. And yes, we are a new creation when we are born again which means that no He doesn’t love us the way we are born but he loves us…..obviously I didn’t make the point I was trying to make very clear. Seems to be my problem a lot here lately.


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