Believe and Love the Truth and so be Saved


by Mike Ratliff

6 who WILL RENDER TO EACH PERSON ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS: 7 to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life; 8 but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation. 9 There will be tribulation and distress for every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek, 10 but glory and honor and peace to everyone who does good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 11 For there is no partiality with God. Romans 2:6-11 (NASB) 

Earlier this week I listened to John MacArthur’s Sunday Morning sermon. In it he talked about the necessity of preaching the law and gospel and how not being obedient to this is being disobedient to the Great Commission and actually creates churches full of false believers. He gave a short history of how preachers have labored to try to remove the offense of the Cross along with not preaching about sin and the wrath of God so as to make becoming a Christian easy and more attractive to the lost. But, as I said above, all this does is create lots of false believers.  He emphasized the vital importance of believers hearing and believing the truth of God. Even though it should be obvious to us, I believe we take for granted the veracity of Gospel. However, the Word of God, Sacred Scripture, makes it clear that those who belong to God believe His truth while those whose eternal destiny is Outer Darkness do not believe the truth, but have pleasure in unrighteousness. Dr. MacArthur stated throughout his sermon that the lost know the law of God because it is written on everyone’s heart. They know they are sinners. However, when we obediently preach the truth about their sin to them, they often respond in anger. However, that is the process God has given us that He uses to draw those He has chosen to hear the Gospel, believe, repent and come to faith. Continue reading