From the Free Presbyterian Tract Society
The title, I trust, is self explanatory. There is a church
that damns the souls of all who trust in it for their
eternal welfare and there is, by comparison, a Christ who
"is able to save to the uttermost all that come unto God by
Him" (Hebrews 7:25.)
I might be wrong but I think that the vast majority of
people who read these words have associated themselves with
the church that damns. It doesn't really matter if
you are Protestant or Catholic or Orthodox. This church goes
beyond any denominational name. It would be unfair to single
out one group.
The church that damns might even have a creed that is based
on the the Bible and believe in the Trinity and other great
truths. Oh that there were more churches where the Bible was
taught in all its purity, uncorrupted by the teachings of
men! But the orthodoxy of a church does not guarantee that
all who belong will be saved from a lost eternity.
Perhaps these words confuse you. You are somewhat perplexed
because you have always been taught that the church, with
all its ceremonies and programs, can assure you a place in
God's kingdom. You have thought, "As long as I faithfully
attend and pay my dues and live a good life, then all will
be well at the end. My dear reader, it is this kind of
thinking that turns the church that should help you into the
church that will eventually lead you to hell. Countless
sinners have gone out into eternity trusting in this
sacrament or in that ritual to save them. But the Bible
nowhere points people to the church for salvation. Rather,
it clearly states that we are not saved by our good works,
What the Bible does teach is that Jesus Christ alone
can save. Listen to what the Apostle Peter preached in Acts
4:12 concerning Christ: "Neither is there salvation in any
other: for there is no other name under heaven given
among men, whereby we must be saved." Don't make a
Christ out of your church. Misplaced trust in so vital a
matter as your eternal destiny will have devastating
consequences. God has not pledged Himself to accept
sincerity at the expense of truth.
To the contrary, He has spent considerable time in setting
forth this great truth in the pages of His Word, that only
by calling upon the name of the Lord can we be saved (Romans
10:13.) This is not the same as being baptized or taking
Communion. It means that we trust in Jesus as our sin
bearer. We look to Him who "suffered the just for the
unjust, that he might bring us to God" (1Peter 3:18.) It
means that we not only to actively and consciously abandon
all attempts to save ourselves, but we must distinctly trust
the finished work of Christ as the sole ground of our
salvation. This is how you will become a Christian. This is
how you will come into the knowledge, assurance, and joy of
being born again.
In this paper I have spoken the truth in love. What will you
do then with Jesus, who is called the Christ? What will it
be: the Church that damns or the Christ who saves?
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly lean on Jesus' name.
On Christ the solid rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand.
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