Skip to main content

Many People Will Die in Their Sins Because of Pride!

While I don't advocate the Gospel of "easy believism" but make no mistake, salvation is all about God's mercy for the undeserved sinner but no heart that's hardened against it will ever want to receive it.  The picture above is a picture of the lost sinner who is about to drop to Hell, the hand may demonstrate the free gift of salvation but pride is preventing the person from accepting it.

Due to the truth that salvation may be a free gift but it may cost you a lot after you receive it.  When a person gets saved, there is the possibility of being disowned and living a life of persecution.  Pride is all about self.  The Bible says in Proverbs 16:18 saying, "Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall."  The idea of salvation that is by grace through faith can cost anybody who accepts it because of of the pride of life.  The pride of life is focused on the three persons of "me, myself and I".

A typical answer of salvation by faith alone and that good works are the fruit of salvation, that no goodness of man is ever good enough for Heaven is repulsive to the natural mind.  The worldly gospel says, "Salvation is by your effort to do good.  If I am not good enough for Heaven then God is not holy." or "God saved me initially by faith but I must do good to stay saved." is contrary to what the Bible says.  Ephesians 2:8-10 is clear with these steps that you are saved by grace through faith so no man could boast and good works follows.  If a person had to do good works either to get saved or to stay saved instead of being saved, the person's actions and beliefs seek to rob God of the glory.  Such prideful people want the glory for themselves and to say, "Look God, you have to let me into your Kingdom because I did my best."  

It's funny how some groups who teach works salvation criticize the Pharisees without knowing the context.  The Pharisees were not scolded for mere hypocrisy which we all suffer like when we fail to take away the beam from our eye.  Rather, the Pharisees thought themselves that because they did their best to keep the Law, they were good enough for Heaven.  Jesus shattered their delusion of self-righteousness that they were good enough for Heaven.  Romans 10:3 has Paul mentioning that the Jews were still trying to establish their own righteousness while such people are ignorant of the righteousness of God.  When I think of why so many Jews refuse to get saved, I blame their pride of life.  Though I can go ahead and open up the history books that shows the Vatican's several anti-Semitic activities such as the Inquisition, the Crusades and the Nazis but the Jews who refuse Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior are just as lost as the heathen who hates them.

Based on experience, the idea of salvation is by God's mercy is repugnant to the natural way of thinking before one receives Christ by faith.  It's very easy to accept a system that teaches salvation by works is because of the fallen nature and pride of man.  Sin is very pleasing to the flesh and self-righteousness is the very sin of pride that pleases man.  When a person does acts of righteousness not with a pure motive, it is not righteousness.  As Charles Haddon Spurgeon says, "It is not enough to do the correct thing, it must be done in a right spirit, and with a pure motive.  A good action is not wholly good unless it be done for the glory of God, and because of the greatness and goodness of His holy name."  If there are false converts who teach grace is a license to sin, there are false converts who also add works to faith rather than faith resulting to works.  The difference is faith brings forth works otherwise it's not faith at all.  You can have works without faith but not faith without resulting to good work.

Many conflicts refuse to end because of the sin of pride.  Looking at some conflicts, they continue because somebody was so full of pride.  Sinful man is no different especially when their enmity with God will not end because of pride.  Many people say they are okay but their life is far from okay by their actions.  Either they are proud of their sinful lifestyles (while claiming to be morally good people) or they are proud of their external display of righteousness that covers their inner total depravity.  Do you remember the rich young ruler?  He was also consumed in his pride when he said, "All these I kept since my youth."  When told of what he was lacking to sell everything, give to the poor and follow Jesus - he showed his pride because all his riches was his pride and accomplishment.  This really showed that nobody can ever brag, "I kept the whole Law." because we are all sinners.

Atheists also have the problem of pride.  They think the whole idea of man being not basically good and in need of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is an attack on their pride.  They think believing in a God deteriorates their belief in the natural goodness of man.  When I look at how a lot of popular atheists talk in media - it can be shown that they are so full of themselves.  They would say something like, "Believe in God, that's a fairy tale for adults." or "I am too great to believe in a God who is willing to save me from my sins.  Only stupid losers believe that."  What is so offensive to them is the idea that man is foolish and must be made wise, man is unrighteous and must be made righteous.  

Christians do good works with a pure and humble motive that is why it is truly a good work not out of a need but because they are grateful.  Romans 3:31 says, "Do we then make void the Law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law."  The Law is never made void by faith but established by faith.  True faith will result to good works (James 2:14-25) as the challenge goes that you cannot show your faith without good works.  Although a Christian is not 100% sinless but he or she grows in grace in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).  Grace is something that you do not earn, you do not deserve but God gave it anyway and that grace makes the person so grateful that they don't want to sin anymore and the struggling against sin is proof that a person is truly saved.

Popular posts from this blog

Ken Ham's Illustrations on Spiritual Warfare Against Humanism

Dr. Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis made these beautiful illustrations to show what's wrong with the church today. Let's take a look at the two illustrations on how Christians engage their spiritual warfare. 
The first illustration reveals the following:
One member is asleep when he should be doing something.Another person is firing at the balloons because the person who's supposed to fire it is asleep on the job.Somebody is focused on deflecting cannon balls than hitting the source of the cannon balls.Somebody is treating the whole situation like a game.  
By doing so, humanism is victorious whenever the local church is asleep. This is the problem to why Christians tend to fall down in battle at times:
Ezekiel 22:30 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before Me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.
In short, if you're not going to stand in the gap on behalf of the land then who will? It's the…

The Ridiculous Roman Catholic View That Marriage Must Be Done Inside Their Church or It's Invalid

I remembered reading through the seven sacraments or ordinances of the Roman Catholic institution in a catechism. One of the teachings is that marriage must be treated as a sacrament. What it also implies is that if your marriage is done in a civil court that even if it was duly registered, that both couples were in a sexually pure union then it's not a marriage. So does that mean that a person can marry in a civil court, get divorced and marry his next spouse in the Roman Catholic institution?

Let's address the issue of civil marriage that is pure and holy. In short there was no incest, no adultery and it was between two people who are eligible for marriage. So why should the Roman Catholic institution even think that two people who got married with the sexually pure prerequisites in the eyes of God should be rejected. Is it because unless it's a priest who performs the marriage then the marriage can't be validated? It's a problem with how Roman Catholics have thei…

No Moral Absolutes Means No Human Rights

We have the truth that human rights activists are everywhere who reject the truth that there are moral absolutes. Many of them have their idea of "Judge not and you will not be judged." As for the atheistic human activists, they tend to carry out Richard Dawkins' quote from the River Out of Eden which says that there's no good, no evil but only pitiless indifference. They think that there are no such thing as moral absolutes. So if they believe that there are no moral absolutes then why are they fighting for human rights which requires moral absolutes to determine them? After all, Dawkins just said there is no purpose but only pitiless indifference.

Here's another problem with atheists' appeal to human rights. Why do they appeal to human rights when they claim that there are no moral absolutes and morality is relative? Human rights are determined by moral absolutes that God made. When God made His Ten Commandments and gave the whole Law - He made it as the st…

James 2 DOES NOT Teach Works Salvation

In a hasty attempt to defend works salvation, they would appeal to James 2.  It would be time to actually clear the fact that Paul and James DO NOT contradict each other. James 2 DOES NOT teach works salvation in which now can be clearly seen when this whole chapter is being dissected to show that James 2 does not defend the heretic crowd.  So let's try to check out what James 2 really is saying.
So first, it's time to think about these facts to debunk the heretical argument of using James 2:
1.) James 2:14-18 is not talking about works salvation but rather, again showing one's faith by one's works.  James 2:18 is a challenge to show one's faith.  Want to know about faith?  Hebrews 11 talks about the results of faith with some of the heroes of the Bible.  Try to coincide Hebrews 11 and James 2 and one sees the results of faith.  As said, when one says that a faith without works is DEAD because true faith produces good works to validate faith.  That's really th…

Does Salvation by Grace Through Faith in Jesus Christ Grant a License to Sin?

Here's a commonly heard argument saying, "Well salvation by faith alone in Jesus Christ is unjust and grants a license to sin." which is frequently done by most world religions.  They demand people must work for their salvation and for one, it's NOT even realistic or practical as it promotes the idea of a dictator God PLUS it's nothing more than asking for the impossible because God's standard of holiness is a LOT higher than all the good works man does.  Despite all the good man does, still they will fall into sin and the followers of almost every false religion this world has to offer shows that like how your average religious person attends religious services yet he/she falls into sin for the rest of the week, showing he/she is WEAK in the flesh.
Now it's time to really correct the whole erroneous argument as false.  Why?  The Bible says otherwise about what God's salvation by grace through faith really does- it transforms the individual to resist…

What Does Pisseth Against the Wall Mean?

It's really getting bad for some of my Independent Fundamental Baptist brethren to actually even take the words "pisseth against the wall" which appears at least six times in 1 Samuel 23:22, 1 Samuel 25:34, 1 Kings 14:10, 1 Kings 16:11, 1 Kings 21:21 and 2 Kings 9:8 where the King James actually has the words "pisseth against the wall".  Now I am a King James only-ist but I do not support the stupid interpretation of "pisseth against the wall" by some IFB preachers who have become in some way similar to the Catholic Faith Defenders that they argue against when they should spend their time soulwinning.  Actually I even heard that rather outrageous "pisseth against the wall" sermon by Steven Anderson that was so taken out of context.
So what does pisseth against the wall mean? Let us take a look at these six verses and take it on a exegetic view NOT an eisegetic (out of context) view:
1 Samuel 23:22- "And so more also do God unto the ene…

What's Wrong with the Ang Dating Daan Movement?

The Ang Dating Daan movement is by the Members Church of God International spearheaded by its pastor (and so-called "prophet") Eliseo Soriano.  While claiming to be an expositor of the Scriptures with his "Itanong Mo Kay Soriano" or "Ask Soriano" In English, this religious group actually isn't Christian as some of the ignorant would want to believe.  Though the group claims the Bible is their only authority (as some cults do) but the problem is that they believe only Eli Soriano may interpret the Scriptures.  This is utter heresy!  Not even a great man in the Scriptures, Charles Spurgeon ever made such a preposterous claim!  This is no better than the "true church" movement by Darwin Fish which is exposed by Pastor Phil Johnson as a heretical movement.  In fact, I'm not going to waste my time debating with ADD members, they are a total waste of my time as every other debate.
Unlike John F. Macarthur of Grace to You that actually encoura…