Thursday, January 20, 2011

The problem with apostacy

It baffles me that Christians can dare think they can lose their salvation when it is clearly indicated in Scripture that you cannot. It seems borderline heretical. Plus, when you question your salvation one of a few things surface:

First: Christianity would become a religion of legalism and works. We do not earn salvation, it is a GIFT from God. Yes, we ask for it ane receive it when we do but it is final! According to Epheasians 2:8- we are saved by grace NOT OF WORKS lest anyone should boast. This where the question of an unforgivable sin may come up, or the possibility of walking away (found in Hebrews ). But one thing would account for walking away: FALSE CONVERSION if you truly meant turning to Christ, one would think you would not slip away when times get tough. When we confess our sins, we are forgiven. Once and for all. When we ask

Second: Forgiveness from sins would only be made possible via Old Covenant sacrifces. The life of Jesus did not necessarily replace or counteract burning sacrifces but fulfilled the Old Law. John 14:6- Jesus said: I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me. 

Third: what would Jesus of died for? His ministry, life, death and ressurection made salvation possible and more accessible for everyone but with this apoasacy issue questions of divine election, too much sinning and the unforgiavable sin come up. Yes, greieving the Holy Spirit is a sin, lets look at what it is (according to Christianity Today):  to hinder a godly lifestyle. Both happen when a believer sins against God and follows his or her own worldly desires. The only correct road to follow is the road that leads the believer closer to God and purity, and farther away from the world and sin. Just as we do not like to be grieved, and just as we do not seek to quench what is good—so we should not grieve or quench the Holy Spirit by refusing to follow His leading.

Turning away from faith and puposely continuing in particuar sins dies not affext your salvation, although we are forgiven, do we think that God would allow us to choke on it? 1 Corinthians 10:13- No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it

To conclude: believing or not one can lose salvation does not affect your own salvation. The only thing that matters is that you are sealed by the Holy Spirit, written in the book of Life and that you have trusted Jesus with all of your heart, mind and soul.  (obviously you can see my opinion on the matter: you cannot lose salvation).

Saturday, January 1, 2011

The year that was

With 2011 almost a day old already, I look back on some of the big things in my life in 2010.

- I began my internship at Benton Street Baptist. I needed one in order to graduate on time and this church answered my prayers. The pastoral staff and youth leaders are so encouraging and helped me grow as a future youth worker. Pastor Jaye has been mentoring me, and giving me opportunities to "take charge". They have been hard, but I always learn by experience. Also, the youth I work with are fantastic, fun and also encouraging to be around. I feel that I have found my niche' for a church, forgive me if it sounds kind of selfish, but I want to be a part of a congregation that is being taught theologically sound doctrine, is growing and is an example of Christ's love. My home church had a nasty split a year before I moved to Kitchener and now, it seems to lack spiritual growth. I cannot thrive in an environment that is not thriving themselves.

- 2010 was a year of healing: I won't go into details here, but those close to me know what I mean. The support means more than you will ever know. I was suffering through certain things and I had a demonic attack in April. It was so scary and still do this day, haunts me. The days after the attack brought alot of healing and at a worship night that following Friday, I lost it. I broke down. Certain friends had their input with this healing and I am eternally greatful. 2011, will prove to be a challenging year, but with God's help will be able to overcome.

- I learned many things last year:  academically and in real life. How to handle leadership, resoponsibility and stress. No doubt I learned about stress, and also the pure, real power of the simplest act most Christians struggle with: prayer. 

I learned how to trust people better, to be more open.  To truly filter my choices of media. Finally, to trust God no matter what. I know there's more, but that's it for now.