John 3:35-36, “The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” James 2:10, “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”
I want to share a very important truth with you that burns my heart often, which is that the ONLY righteousness we have is GOD'S IMPUTED RIGHTEOUSNESS. We hear much heresy taught in the churches today about turning from sins to be saved. For example: Bob Jones University teaches their 2,600 students that you must “repent and turn away from your sin” to receive God's free gift of eternal life. This is a perversion of God's grace and a false gospel. BJU sends out graduates to work in thousands of churches. Consequently, here is a classic example of how just one corrupt Bible college can contaminate thousands of churches. I detest Bible colleges these days.
Dear friend, this is the great truth I want you to take away: You are either washed in the blood of Jesus, or you are just as condemned as the vilest dinner in the world! James 2:10 warns that to violate even the least commandment of God makes us guilty of violating them all. Why? It is because committing even one sin makes us GUILTY. God is 100% perfect. God is 100% righteousness. God is 100% holy. No sinner can enter into Heaven. Dear friend, you don't have to turn away from living a sinful lifestyle to be saved, you MUST be absolutely perfect in every way. Unless you are perfect you cannot go to Heaven!
That is why Jesus told His disciples that salvation is IMPOSSIBLE with men:
Matthew 19:24-26, “And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”
Salvation is of the Lord (Jonah 2:9). John 1:12-13, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” Either God does the saving, all of it, or you are not saved. Salvation is not doing your best, it is having Christ's best put to your account through receiving Him by faith. God will not save anyone who is trying to be saved, He will only save those who are trusting to be saved.
Dear friend, you are either washed in the blood of the Lamb, and you unworthily possess God's imputed righteousness which is by faith alone in Jesus Christ (Romans 4:1-6); or else you are still wallowing and perishing in your own sin and self-righteousness, trying to turn away from your sin to qualify as being worthy to receive God's free gift of forgiveness and eternal life (Matthew 7:21-23). I have no goodness to offer God. I have no righteousness to offer God. Isaiah 64:6, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” The only thing you contribute to your own salvation friend, is the sin that made it necessary. Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) said that and he is 100% right!
Which is it friend? Have you been washed in the blood as a guilty sinner, wholly leaning on Jesus name? Or are you among those in Matthew 7:21-23, who are going about to establish your own righteousness by looking within yourselves to turn away from sinful lusts and desires to qualify for God's grace? If you think I am exaggerating, please read what Dr. Steve Pettit (president of Bob Jones University since 2014) heretically teaches their faculty and students. Mr. Pettit errantly teaches that you must “qualify” to receive the “award” of “Heaven itself” (those are all his own words). Pettit is wrong on all counts! Salvation is not an award, it is a free gift (Romans 5:15-18; 6:23). You cannot qualify to obtain Heaven, you must humbly receive it as a guilty sinner (Romans 3:19-20), wholly unworthy of God's grace. Mr. Pettit is not a born-again child of God, he is an infidel in the pulpit at BJU, who needs to be fired.
Faith is the only righteous thing I can do! This is a serious matter. Right doctrine matters! You're either redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus, or you're toast friend. Life is short, Hell is hot and eternity is a long time! Dear friend, any plan of salvation that does not offer you immediate, irrevocable and permanent assurance of eternal life is a false gospel. Any theology that does not give you the absolute assurance of salvation is WRONG! God does not give temporal or probationary life, He only gives eternal life. John 6:47, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.”