The Abomination of Easy-Believism – Part 1- Repentance

 

by Mike Ratliff

“The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.” (Acts 17:30-31 ESV)

Today’s gospel, that is, the gospel that is prevalently adhered to by most of the visible Church, is one constructed around the goal of persuading people to make a ‘decision for Christ.’ The entire process is one of appealing to either one’s desire for a better life here and now or their fear of hell. Invitations are designed to entice people to “come forward” by “priming the pump” as several people move towards the front when it begins. Then those folks who are persuaded are led to pray a prayer “accepting Jesus” into their lives or hearts. There is no mention of the Lordship of Christ. There is no mention of repentance. Is this the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ?

A close study of our Lord’s own sermons will quickly reveal that He did indeed command those who were called to enter the Kingdom to repent. 

Now when he heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee. And leaving Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles– the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.” From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:12-17 ESV)

I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:32 ESV)

No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:3-5 ESV)

Repentance was the message our Lord preached. This was the message that the Apostles preached. This was the message that the Reformers preached. This was the message that the Puritans preached. This was the message that George Whitefield, Jonathan Edwards and John Wesley preached. When did this change? When did the biblical doctrine of repentance come under attack and become diluted by Easy-Believism? In 1937, Dr. H.A. Ironside wrote, “The doctrine of repentance is the missing note in many otherwise and fundamentally sound circles today.”1 Dr. Ironside wrote that those doing the diluting decried “the necessity of repentance lest it seem to invalidate the freedom of grace.”

My brethren, this is antinomianism done in the name of preserving “the freedom of grace.” While that sounds quite noble and even biblical, it is actually a deliberate ignoring of our Lord’s command to repent. To get around this contradiction, for that is what it is, those who teach no-Lordship salvation teach that repentance was called for prior to the cross. It is another age they say. Is it? Let us look at what repentance really is.

The Greek word for “repentance” is “μετανοιας” or “metánoia.” It means, “A change or alteration of mind (Hebrews 12:17). Repentance, change or mind from evil to good or from worse to better (Matthew 3:11; 9:13 Textus Receptus; Acts 20:21).“3Metánoia” is a compound word made up of “meta”, “after” and “noeõ,” to understand.” “Metánoia” literally means “afterthought” or “change of mind.” A survey of “metánoia”in the New Testament reveals that it “always speaks of change of purpose, and specifically a turning from sin.”4 Our Lord Jesus’ use of “metánoia” was as a call for a definitive turning from evil then a turning to God for salvation. This is a radical conversion. It is a transformation of our very nature from the natural man to the new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17.) More often than not, when I think of repentance, the Lord brings to my mind the following passages.

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11 ESV)

For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, (1 Thessalonians 1:9 ESV)

But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:4-7 ESV)

Biblical salvation is by grace through faith alone, apart from works (Ephesians 2:8-9). We also see that genuine salvation is succinctly marked by a radical repentance unto a new life. This repentance is the product of regeneration which washes the believer unto salvation. It is impossible to separate belief from repentance in the Bible. Those whom God draws to Himself, regenerates, justifies and sanctifies will believe and repent prior to being declared righteous as the Father imputes Christ’s righteousness to their account. 

What is so tragic in “today’s gospel,” is the removal of repentance and submitting to Christ as Lord as part of the “general call.” This leads people to believe they are saved if they pray a sinner’s prayer and are baptized. They are actually counseled to not be concerned about “making Christ Lord” of their life because that is not part of salvation. Repentance is seen as simply “a change of of mind or attitude concerning either God, Christ, dead works or sin..”5 However, as we saw above, biblical repentance is far more than simply a “change of mind or attitude.” It is a product of becoming a New Creation through the washing of regeneration. 

I was listening to John MacArthur on the radio this morning as I drove to work. He was speaking about this very thing. He quoted one of the leaders of the No-Lordship movement as saying, “If repentance is a requirement for salvation then the actual number of genuine believers is very small.” This was spoken in defense of the No-Lordship position stating that this couldn’t be God’s will since this would limit the size of the Church.  I do understand their concern believing that this radical repentance must be a human work, but as we have seen, it isn’t. It is what happens in the heart of real believers who are regenerated by God. This genuine repentance produces real fruit.

The fruit of genuine repentance always begins with a complete surrender of the will to the “Kurios,” Lord as His “doulos,” slaves. This will always create a change in behavior, which is the new life in Christ. Can you see the mighty hand of God in this miracle? When our Lord called for “metánoia,” the Jews He was preaching to had no problem understanding what He was saying. “They realized He was calling them to admit their sin and turn from it, to be converted, to turn around, to forsake their sin and selfishness and follow Him instead.”We have seen clearly that this is all done by the grace of God. It is not a “work” done by the unregenerate. 

What we must never forget is that many respond quickly to “today’s gospel,” but they quickly prove their disingenuousness by not showing the fruit of repentance. Just because someone comes forward, prays the prayer and is baptized does not mean they are saved and their total lack of fruit in their life shows they have never really repented. Those who are genuine turn their backs on sin, unbelief, and disobedience. They draw near unto Christ with a faith that obeys Him as Lord. Genuine salvation manifests itself in true repentance, which causes the believer to walk in righteousness. 

Never forget that being part of church is not the fruit we are talking about. Church attendance and any thing that people do that we would call religiosity are not fruits of repentance.

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” (Matthew 7:13-23 ESV)

Those being cast away from the Lord in this passage were convinced that they were believers. Some are preachers and theologians. However, they are not genuine because even though they called Jesus Christ “Kurios,” they were not really His “doulos.” No, instead, they believed a false gospel that saves no one. 

Soli Deo Gloria!

1H.A. Ironside, Except Ye Repent (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1937)p. 7.

2Ibid., p. 11.

3Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study New Tesament  (Chattanooga:AMG Publishers, 1991) p. 936.

4W.E. Vine, Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (Old Tappen, NJ: Revell, 1981), 3:280.

5G. Michael Cocoris, Lordship Salvation-Is it Biblical? (Dallas: Redención Viva, 1983), p. 12.

6John MacArthur, The Gospel According to Jesus (Panorama City:Word of Grace, 1988), p.165.

42 thoughts on “The Abomination of Easy-Believism – Part 1- Repentance

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  2. We just talked to a pastor last night on the phone who said this very thing Mike. He said that because someone ‘told him since he said ‘the prayer’ that he was saved’, and he believed them!! It is SO dangerous. He realized something was wrong after a few years. Then the Holy Spirit came and got him for real. He was broken and brought to the end of himself and he repented and cried out to God on his knees. From that point on, he was so permanently and radically changed inside he has never been the same since or ever wanted to go back. That was 13 years ago.

    Good post!!

  3. Hi Mike,

    Well said! It is really sad how this vital subject is so neglected today, even in my denomination, the SBC. I’ve got some good news though. I’ve been at the Southeastern Baptist seminary for 2 years now, and they constantly stress the need to emphasize the importance of repentance in our preaching and witnessing. I’ve heard many of the professors acknowledge that we’ve dropped the ball here in the past, but I see a sincere effort to return to the true gospel call…and for that I’m very thankful.

    Returning to the true gospel call is among the top needs in the Church today (if not the top need), so I’m glad you brought the topic up!

  4. How can you decry those who do not repent when you argue that they can only repent if God causes them to repent?

    Then you go on to say that, “The fruit of genuine repentance always begins with a complete surrender of the will.” I completely agree with this. But help me explain how surrenduring the will is what leads to repentance if one is to accept that repentance only comes as God regenrates people. This seems like a bit of double speak to me. What am I missing in your argument?

  5. Heath,

    I’m not decrying those who do not repent. I am decrying those who preach that repentance isn’t necessary for salvation.

    Surrendering of the will means your will is consumed in God’s will, therefore, you will walk in repentance because your will is lined up with God’s.

    In Christ

    Mike Ratliff

  6. Mike,

    I understand the post …. but to really be fair all we need to do is to discuss total depravity and point to Christs atoning sacrifice. I think you can write a similar post on people that misuse Gods sovereignty and transfer Gods sovereignty into a power play of their own and to feel good about themselves.

    Easy believism is way too simplified, way too overly generalized, way too much over caricaturization and just happens to be a concept on way too many Christians hit list of things to “shout down”.

    Sorry in advance for the negative response.

    JS

  7. I do, however, absolutely agree with the repentenance part.

    I just happen to be a bit moody at people that like to guess at others peoples “level” of repentance.

    JS

  8. Jon,

    Give me a break. Read the post again.

    It is about those who PREACH easy-belivism, not their victims.

    Are you suggesting that we shouldn’t contend against those who corrupt the Gospel? You concern over preaching total depravity, etc. is exactly what I am advocating here Jon. To preach no-Lordship as if that is the Gospel does NOT include this. You can’t have it both ways.

    Power play? An attempt to feel good about myself? What are you talking about? Those are accusations Jon and you are insinuating that I have a certain “motive” for doing this that is ulterior. Have I understood your “accusation” correctly Jon?

    Did you even read the post? I documented the very words of the No-Lordship people. There are tons more that I could have used. This is not an attempt to put down anyone, but to warn the Body of Christ about the evil of not preaching the whole Gospel, which is what we are COMMANDED to do in scripture.

    In Christ

    Mike Ratliff

  9. Jon,

    Without repentance, there is no forgiveness of sins. That is basic. That is Mike’s point. How can you miss that?

    Easy -believism implies that Christ is just some added touch to who you already are. Kind of like an extra curricular activity so to speak. Come as you are, leave as you were.. still dead in your sins and yoked with the world. Easy-believism does not preach the death of sin and self, nor anything about living the crucified life. Easy-believism conforms to the image of the world instead of Jesus. God is kind of like a co-pilot who takes commands from men, according to easy-believism. There is no mention of God’s severity, his wrath, his dealings with men, nor anything about contending for the faith. It implies that we are to experience paradise here and now, and anybody who experiences anything different, is outside of the will of God. No chastening, refining, or perfecting of the saints. Just eat all the cotton candy you want. Junk food is good……..who needs meat.
    Godly sorrow produces repentance. Anybody who experiences regeneration experiences chastening from the Lord. Those who have been regenerated are under grace, while the unrepentant sinner cannot possibly be under grace. The unrepentant sinner is ruled by his/her carnal nature (flesh). God does not always have an open ear to the unrepentant sinner. The unrepentant sinner does not belong to him, nor cannot.
    Easy-believism also assumes that material wealth and perfect health are always a sign of God’s ownership. That is a great tragedy. You see Jon, God tries those he loves by exposing them to trials and tribulations to purge out that worldliness, and to refine them. Our character is more important than our material things. Our flesh is deceptive because it hates the fires of tribulation. Our flesh relies on feelings and ‘golden calves’ for affirmation of God’s approval and ownership. Men who walk according to their flesh get ensnared by easy-believism just because it is easy. Just because something is easy or popular, doesn’t make it right. The way is narrow and not wide and popularity. If we seek to win a popularity contest, then we are not really doing real ministry. Real ministry is never a popularity contest, as so many act like it is today. If we abide in Him, we will contend for the gospel. The world will label us a peculiar, weird, judgmental, arrogant, holier-than-thou, or what have you. Jesus and Paul warned us in advance that there is a cost to following the Lord. He did not say that we would pray a 1 minute prayer, sit back in our easy chair, and interact with God like some waiter in a restaurant. There will times of doubt in our walk, times of despair, bitterness, brokenness, lots of sorrow and grief, troubles, calamities, and physical afflictions.

    Easy-believism is carnal and a lie which only satisfies the natural. The natural man opposes the Spirit of God. It does not have the ability to submit to the will of God, while the Spirit enables us to overcome those lusts and youthful passions.

  10. “He quoted one of the leaders of the No-Lordship movement as saying, “If repentance is a requirement for salvation then the actual number of genuine believers is very small.””

    I think that’s very true. I think we have a lot of people who are deceived into thinking they’re Christians simply because they walked an aisle, prayed a prayer, go to church, help the poor, etc. It’s impossible to turn to God without turning from idols (I Thes. 1:9). But that’s just the beginning … we have to keep allowing Him to root out the idols in our lives and conform us to Christ. The number of “easy-believism” preachers out there is scary.

  11. Amen Carrie. As I studied this two things became very apparent. The first is that this heresy is embedded deeply into the Visible Church. The second is that any who try to reveal this as fact will be attacked by the enemy from every possible direction. Please pray for me my sister.

    In Christ

    Mike Ratliff

  12. Mike, Why do Jon and Heath insist on being a ‘thorn’ to you? Do they really want to know some true information or are they just showing up to try to irritate you anyway they can? They seem to critique anything you post!

  13. If they had ligit questions it’d be different, you know, like one who is really searching for the Lord to know what is right and wrong. These guys already have their minds made up as to what they believe and you aren’t going to change it……..so we were just wondering why they hang around this blog when there are plenty of them out there that believe the way they do? O.K. enough about them…..

    I read something that I think YOU will like:

    People do not like to hear much of repentance; but I think it is so necesary that if I should die in the pulpit, I would desire to die preaching repentance, and if out of the pulpit, I would desire to die practicing it.
    —Matthew Henry—

  14. Mike,

    From what I can see, you are confusing the “Christian” business model with true Christian ministry. You see, the goal isn’t to create true followers of Christ…it is to increase the coffers so that we can build another “campus”, another wing, or buy more High-Def camera equipment. This is how it works…

    (1) Start with just getting them to ask Jesus into their hearts, then get the baptized….now that are in the “Family of God”.

    (2) Next prime the pump by showing them that God really “wants” to bless them, if they will only let Him. In fact, he begs us to test Him, and promises that if we will only let Him, He will bless us in ways we haven’t even imagined.

    (3) Be sure to answer the next question on their minds, which is “OK, how can I free God to “really” bless me?”. That is an easy one. Using the book of Malachi almost exclusively, convince them that the only thing standing in the way is that they are not faithfully giving their local church at least 10% of their gross income.

    (4) While you continually bring that up each and every Sunday, also try to convince them that even more giving is expected…after all, since all good things come from God and we are just stewards of His money, you should give even more to your local church. (of course, you have no real say in how we spend God’s money even though you are a steward of it, and if you do question how we spend it then you apparently have authority issues and you need to get right with God. Also, the Holy Spirit would NEVER encourage you to give your offerings in support of the Kingdom in ANY way other than to the local church…at least not that top 10%).

    (5) If you are successful, you need not go much further with these “disciples” really. Oh, you can encourage them to bring a friend to church on “high attendance weekend”, but take care not to alienate them with talk of a Holy and Righteous God, or true repentance. After all that is just legalism, and you might just be cutting into your own salary by doing that.

    Is this more clear now? ;-)

  15. Great post!! I was a “convert” from easy believism. I prayed a prayer, walked the aisle, was baptised twice and was lost. God graciously regenerated my heart and opened my eyes to His Holiness and my sinfulness. I am humbled everyday by His grace and mercy. There is an eternity’s difference between the faith that demons have and true saving faith that manifests itself in a life that desires to know Him and to walk in holiness.

  16. I just don’t like the label of easy believism.

    Too many people lump too many things into this idea. its far too general and way overused by “mature” Christians. I think as Christians we get ALL get many things wrong ALL the time and quite often the ones getting it wrong are those that consider thelselves mature Christians.

    I don’t disagree with the post at all Mike in terms of repentance and probably most of what you said. I really dislike this specific label because its far too much of an over generalization, over caricaturization by people that dont see the issues in their own court.

    JS

  17. Jon,

    Am I not defining it right? I am defining what it is in this and the next several posts. Honestly, I have never heard of this term being used as you have implied. By-the-way, regardless of your perception of getting things “right” or not, that is the purpose of what I have been writing about for the last several weeks. We are defining what is genuine and what is not. Our source is scripture alone. Your perception of not liking the term is no reason to point a finger at those who are exposing the false gospel by comparing it to the genuine gospel. I picked the term over several others I could have used here, but I used it because I belief that it best fits what we are discussing. We are not doing as you are implying Jon. This is about contending not putting people down. We are looking at false preachers as compared to genuine preachers of the Gospel and how the false has corrupted so much of the visible Church.

    In Christ

    Mike Ratliff

  18. Clay, That is refreshing to hear!!!! Now if we can just go into the ‘churches’ that preach easy believism with no repentance and teach them what you learned, then we’d be doing 100% better than whats happening now!! Seems at this time, the ‘older ones’ who have been preaching easy believism for years now, are refusing to listen to the truth about how the Lord actually does all of saving from beginning to end and the dead man was made alive by the Holy Spirit, not by anything WE did. As they say, ‘Dead men don’t make decisions’!!

  19. “Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart….Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:1,8 (NKJV)

    Luke 18:8 is a verse that goads me to investigate my own faith and lack thereof. How many preachers and believers really take the warning in verse 8 seriously?

    I am astounded at the great difference between the testimonies of men like Brainard, Bunyan, Owen, Luther or Menno Simmons and the “I asked Jesus into my heart” group. I know that at other web blogs people treat these former saints like a joke, just funny dressers and old fundies but I look at their lives and all they suffered and I know their faith was not cheap or easy. They really knew God. The proof is not the confession a person makes it is in their relation to Christ. I’ve read the testimonies of converts to Islam and they really don’t differ that much from todays “walk the aisle” Christian testimonies. Anyone can give up bad habits and turn their back on a wicked lifestyle, especially if they are offered a structured environment like a secular support group (AA), a Christian study group or even a madrassa.

    It takes faith to seek after God and repent, it takes faith to literally be reborn and truly experience God’s grace through Jesus His son. When Christ returns will He really find faith on earth?

  20. Mike,

    I thank you for bringing this once again to our collective attention. Far from being a “catch-all” term, easy-believeism clearly fails to raise the criticality of repentance and what it means to make Christ our “Lord”. And while many are slowly becoming alarmed at this, there are many out there who are still trying desperately to solve the problem in mad-centered ways.

    One church in the Dallas area requires that prospective members attend and graduate 2, 5 hour new-member orientation classes, which seek to “…identify their spiritual gifts and match them to available ministries in the church…”. Is it working…? According to the article, only 33% (more or less) graduate from the 10 hour “class”, and of those who do graduate “…most honor the commitment they make to serve…” Most…? Is that 95%, 75%, 51%?

    Another church, after a couple of “orientation sessions”, presents prospective members with a covenant they must sign in order to become members. So now we are at the point of “encouraging” people to sign a contract…? And even if they do, have they truly repented and been born again, or just said the prayer and be desperate enough to belong to something they view to be greater than themselves that they will “sign on” for some weekend duty.

    We are freed from being slaves to sin, and are now slaves of righteousness. Our service to our Lord is not optional, nor is it to be fit into our schedule of life’s more important things. In our local church we can simply look for the first need at hand, and then fill that need. Many times I suspect that what God has for us to “do” would NOT be something we “have always wanted to do”. Do we really think that people are “called” into the ministries of nursery duty or visiting the sick or prison evangelism?

    And none of this should even be started unless and until we ensure that people know that following Christ is more than just a quick prayer, and that Jesus didn’t refer to it as taking up our cross daily and following him (Luke 9:23) because it would bring us earthly happiness and salve our guilty consciences.

    God bless you Mike…thanks again for sharing this with us.

  21. Great post. We are having “revival” at our church this week. I went last night and never heard “repentance” mentioned. I heard alot of “you need to get right with God” though.

  22. Seems like a lot of people, well ok two, are very concerned about labels. Try these, goats and sheep. One day Christ will return and give people one of these two labels, not fleece deprived horned ones, but goats, and not sorta kinda better off ones, but sheep.

    Now tell me, you told them they were sheep, yet they had not repented. You told them they were sheep, yet they walk and talk like goats. You told them they were sheep, just so you wouldn’t make them feel alienated. But they were and still are goats.

    So, they will look to you when they are thrown into HELL, what do you think they will feel then? Do you care about labels? Or do you fear man?

  23. Mark 8:34-37
    34Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35For whoever wants to save his life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? 37Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?
    The evidence of true conversion is a changed life.
    Amen MIke!

    Cristina

  24. Mike,
    I love the description of a bond-servant and wish this was used as a illustration of our call in Jesus. I saw a discussion by a famous preacher saying that you can be saved but not be a bond-servant but I disagree because it’s just a picture of making Jesus LORD.
    Julie

  25. Julie,

    Amen, a bond-servant is a permanent slave (doulos) who’s will is consumed in their Lord’s (Kurios) will. Genuine salvation belongs to those who have taken up their crosses, denied themselves, and followed Christ. They have counted the cost and see that being a doulos of the Kurios is worth more than their Free Will or any thing this life can bring.

    In Christ

    Mike Ratliff

  26. I was born again in 1979 after repeating a simple prayer I can’t even remember at the beckoning of a TV evangelist.

    When it’s real it’s real… regardless of the messenger.

    “Those others do not have pure motives as they preach about Christ. They preach with selfish ambition, not sincerely, intending to make my chains more painful to me. But that doesn’t matter. Whether their motives are false or genuine, the message about Christ is being preached either way, so I rejoice. And I will continue to rejoice.” Phil 1:17-18

    Not to commend those with false motives… but is it not possible that some who hear the message of easy believism are truly saved? Is not God able to work in a man’s heart regardless of how they first hear of Christ?

    Of course! So as we expose the false gospel we must embrace the true believers… whoever they are… I cannot always tell unless there is time to observe true spiritual fruit.

    To me it is not so much what they do “in church”… but how they live Monday through Saturday at work , at home, at school. This is where “ministry” really needs to take place.

  27. Hi Scott,

    I agree with you. My own testimony is that I was saved after hearing the man-focused gospel for YEARS. However, one Sunday as I was preparing to sit through Sunday School I came under severe conviction that I was lost. I surrendered to my Lord later that afternoon after hours of misery. In any case, yes, people are saved according to God’s Will regardless of the religious message they are hearing.

    My focus in this series is to get people to understand that real salvation will bear fruit and real Christians endure. They are Doulos to their Kurios. I like your last paragraph very much brother.

    In Christ

    Mike Ratliff

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