Romans 8:33-37, “Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”
This is one of my favorite passages of Scripture! There is no condemnation for any Christian believer. Romans 8:34 is a powerful Scripture, which is packed full of doctrine. In this one verse we see Christ's death, burial and resurrection, and His ascension into Heaven, where He is seated on the Father's right hand, interceding on behalf of every saint as our High Priest. Hebrews 4:14, “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” Amen, Jesus is our High Priest, Who ever liveth to make intercession for the saints.
Hebrews 7:25, “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” We come to Christ for salvation, and we follow after Christ for service. When you're talking about salvation, you're talking about receiving, not giving. Eternal life is a free gift!
“Can a child of God be disobedient? The answer has to be 'Yes' otherwise it is not faith alone in Christ alone.” —Pastor Ralph 'Yankee' Arnold
I hear corrupt preachers saying that if a professed Christian is still living in sin, that they didn't get the same grace they got. Such horrible preachers pervert grace, requiring people to live above reproach to prove they are really saved. The truth is that even the best Christians still commit sin every day. You may succeed at living above reproach, but no one can succeed at living above sin (Romans 7:14-25). Romans 8:34, “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” This is a rhetorical question? The implied answer is clearly, “No,” because Jesus Christ died for our sins on the cross, paying the price with His precious blood. 2nd Corinthians 5:21, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” Jesus paid a debt that He did not owe, because we owed a debt of sin we could not pay.
Jesus is the Author of eternal salvation. It could not be eternal if it was not perfect. Only that which is perfect is eternal!!! Hebrews 5:8-9, “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;” You can be justified because Jesus paid for your sins on the cross. When you make the Jesus “Lord” of your life to be saved, you are attempting to pay for your own sins. You cannot get to Heaven that way, because it is a counterfeit gospel. Either Jesus paid it all, or you don't go!
Salvation is a matter of you completely RESTING in Christ's finished work of redemption, and not you exerting effort to clean up your life of sin. What saith the Scripture? Hebrews 4:10-11, “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” I am astonished when I hear deceived preachers saying that adding “turning away from sins” to be saved is not considered “works.” Are you kidding me? I heard Pastor Charles Lawson say that garbage. I heard Dr. Steve Pettit (president of Bob Jones University since 2014) say that garbage. These are unsaved reprobates in the pulpit, who sow tares among the wheat, preaching a false gospel of Lordship Salvation.
Turning away from sinful behavior is absolutely a WORK! God offers His free gift of eternal life only to those who cease from all their works, as God ceased from His labors on the seventh day of creation. That is exactly what is meant in Hebrews 6:1-2, “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.” A man “repents” from his DEAD WORKS, placing his faith in God to do His will to be saved. John 6:40, “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” Dead works include both good and bad works alike. We are not saved by works! Salvation is not me meaning business, it is God meaning business. God promises “to save them that believe” (1st Corinthians 1:21b).
The entire purpose of the Old Testament Sabbath Day was to picture salvation in Christ alone by faith. That is so simple! On the seventh day God completely rested. God did no work at all on the Sabbath. His work was DONE! Yet these wicked preachers today—like Rick Warren, Steve Pettit, Sam Horn, R.C. Sproul, Charles Lawson, Chip Ingram, William Lane Craig, Beth Moore, Paul Washer, John Piper, Marty Herron, Ray Comfort and John MacArthur, to name but a few—errantly teach that to be saved you MUST “repent of your sin,” meaning that you MUST “turn from your sinful behavior.” How is that resting in Christ? Jesus died on the cross to pay our debt, so that we wouldn't have to in Hell burning forever.
For these corrupters of grace to say that turning from sin is not a work, would be equally as ridiculous if I told you that the birthday gift I just gave you is indeed free, but to keep it you must make an effort to keep your room clean from now on. Would that genuinely be a gift? No, it would then become a reward for keeping your room clean. Using their faulty reasoning, we could contend that a person who is blessed to receive a free gift, if they are truly sincere, will show their gratitude by making an effort to please you, the giver. Likewise, these corrupters of grace say that if a person is really saved, then we will see a change in their life and behavior. Somewhere along the way these dear folks lost sight of the truth that eternal life is a gift. In fact, the Bible even uses the phrase “free gift” multiple times in Romans 5:15-18.