They May Say It, But They Don’t Really Believe It…
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. People tend to say one thing and yet not really believe it or mean it (Isaiah 29:13).
1. The disciples were SURE that Jesus was the Christ (John 6:69), but they weren’t really sure (Matthew 28:16-17).
2. Some people say they want to see the truth (Mark 8:10-13), but they really never wanted to do so (Mark 12:13).
B. We should really believe it before we say it (II Corinthians 4:13).
1. There is a principal in knowing that a Christian’s words mean something (James 5:12).
2. Therefore, if we say we believe something people should know that we’ve tested it out (I Thessalonians 5:21) and REALLY believe it (II Timothy 1:12).
II. Body: Just Because They Say It Doesn’t Mean Anything (Ezekiel 33:31 and Titus 1:16).
A. People say: “We are saved by faith alone without good works, but saving faith results in good works”… Then those same people say: “So how do we find our own justification before God? What exactly do you have to do? You should speak to God in prayer. You must repent of your rebellion, sincerely apologise to God for living your life so far as if He did not exist. Ask Him to forgive you and accept you through the death of Jesus Christ. Ask Him to give you eternal life through Christ’s resurrection. And ask Him to help you from now on to live with Jesus Christ as you ruler” (http://www.understandingthebible.org/Concise%20Desciption%20of%20Justification%20by%20Faith%20Alone.htm).
1. No one really believes in faith only as they all believe you have to do something. Faith in itself cannot exist without doing something (Romans 10:17 and II Thessalonians 2:13-14).
2. In fact, the Bible says we’re not saved by faith only (James 2:24).
3. We must DO many things to be saved (Acts 2:40, Acts 3:19, Acts 18:8, Philippians 2:12, etc.) and do things to continue to be saved (Colossians 1:23, Jude 21, etc.).
B. People say: “You are forgiven! You may be the worst sinner on the planet but by the grace of God you are forgiven! You may be a saint who has drifted into sin but you are forgiven! Whether you have confessed everything or nothing at all; whether you have repented or are still senseless in the pig pen – you are forgiven” (http://escapetoreality.org/2011/10/18/are-sinners-forgiven-too/)! Then those SAME PEOPLE say: “Sin is destructive. Sin can hurt you in this life and the next. We don’t know exactly what Jezebel’s “bed of suffering” was but it may have been hell. Note that Jesus says she is both out of time and “unwilling” to repent. Every sinner is just one heart beat away from eternal condemnation. As long as life endures, every breath is a moment of mercy where one may repent and take hold of the grace of God. To delay, to be unwilling, is to risk everything” (http://escapetoreality.org/2010/04/29/holding-fast-in-thyatira-the-seductress-versus-the-savior-rev-218-29/).
1. People will scream that everyone is going to Heaven, until you ask about men like Hitler. If one can be saved without repentance all would be (Romans 2:11).
2. Grace demands us change (Titus 2:11-14).
3. Everyone is not going to Heaven (Luke 13:23-24).
4. Consider these verses lest we get a false sense of security (Luke 8:13, I Corinthians 10:12, and I Peter 4:17-19).
5. Grace does not allow for sin to continue (Romans 6:1-2).
C. A woman recently told me this: “I believe God has predestined everything that happens.”
1. I asked: “If your husband were to molest your children would you praise him for doing the will of God?” NO ANSWER – She was offended. Yet, if God was the mover of molestation, He should be glorified by those doing it (I Corinthians 10:31).
2. I asked: “If a person murders another you would then conclude they should not be punished because they were only doing what God made them do?” HER ANSWER: “I don’t know. I am confused.” The truth is, murderers should be held responsible for their actions (Revelation 21:8).
3. I asked: “Everyone in Hell will be there by God’s choice. Yes or No?” HER ANSWER: “I guess so”.
a. The truth is, God doesn’t want anyone to be lost (I Timothy 2:4 and II Peter 3:9).
b. God wants everyone to have the opportunity to hear and obey the Gospel (Mark 16:15-16).
D. Some will say: “The Bible tells Humankind that all must be Baptized to be saved (Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:38; Gal. 3:27)” (http://www.bburgchurchofchrist.org/assets/uploads/2010/08/web-what-must-i-do-to-be-lost.pdf).
1. What about infants, young children, mentally retarded, etc.? How can an infant hear, repent, confess Christ, etc. (Acts 2:38)?
2. How can an infant even commit sin (James 4:17 and I John 3:4)?
3. Why would a child be our example of what to act like if such were sinful (Matthew 18:3)?
4. The truth is, once a person has known sin immersion into Christ is PART of what one must do to be saved (Luke 13:3, Luke 14:25-33, John 8:23-24, Acts 8:25-38, Romans 8:24, Romans 10:10, I Peter 3:20-21, etc.).
III. Conclusion: We’d better be sure of what we profess (Proverbs 13:16, Proverbs 15:28, and Colossians 4:6).
© 2012 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager