Even Demons Believe, Chapter Seven

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7. Losing Our Saltiness

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Jesus said only the church that understands His salvation call remains “salty.” If any church or disciple loses this “salty” quality of God’s “terms of peace” it will be “thrown out.” It drives one to tears to consider how many different styles of salvation calls will be “thrown out” in the end. The large numbers of individuals supposedly coming to Christ will prove to be the Church’s shame, because they rejected Jesus’ salvation call and made up one of their own.

  • Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is t neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out. “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” (Luke 14:34–35)

All those souls being “saved” will be “thrown out” because churches remove counting the cost from their messages. At our own peril, we ignore or change Jesus’ salvation call.

The cost of salvation by Jesus is one-hundred-percent. It cost Jesus all to die for our sins, and as a fair exchange, we give Him everything. All preaching to potential converts should involve estimating the cost. If not, the result is a wide gate gospel call that many enter through to their destruction in hell. Jesus at out declares, without shame, that it will cost a man everything in this world to be saved.

  • In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:33)

Again, remember this is the starting point of what it means to be a Christian or a true disciple. is is not the end goal, but the requirement of entering the race of righteousness. Anyone not willing to pay the entrance fee becomes disqualied right from the start. After all, a runner refusing to race “according to the rules” is disqualied from the prize. How many run the race toward God, but not “according to the rules!” In the end, they nd themselves disqualied for eternal life.

  • Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules. (2 Timothy 2:5)

This may sound like someone trying to earn his or her way to heaven. The schemes of man have altered the meaning of true faith in Jesus. When men speak of faith in the church today they falsely believe no matter what people do, if they believe in Jesus, they will go to heaven. at type of faith, without obedience, mocks Jesus’ death. Jesus suffered, labored, and died to give us faith that works “obedience” in us.

  • Through him and for his name’s sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith. (Romans 1:5 emphasis added)

As the Scripture above reveals, Paul preached “grace” that produces “obedience.” So true faith in Jesus starts and ends with obedience. This means doing what God commands, in God’s power, and in the way God declares things should be done. Without this true faith, our belief equals that of the demons’.

Truths To Ponder, Beliefs To Examine

  1. What opinion do you have about the way of salvation?

  1. What opinion do you have about the way of salvation?

  1. What opinion do you have about the way of salvation?

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