Dead to Sin, Alive to God


by Mike Ratliff

1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? 2 May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? Romans 6:1-2 (NASB) 

No-Lordship salvation teaches a form of grace that is weak and ineffectual. Some have referred to it as “sloppy grace.” Perhaps a more common name for it is “Cheap Grace.” Cheap Grace is that which appears free, but has little value. It has not the power to change lives. Its sole beneficence is that those who bestow it on themselves proclaim they are saved. On the other hand, Genuine Grace is that which is free, but it very costly. It is priceless. It not only saves, it changes the believer into a new creation. It is never bestowed or controlled by people, but only comes from God. It is freely given to those whose Lord is Jesus Christ. Salvation is by Grace through faith alone. Our salvation is God’s work from beginning to end. Those who claim salvation because of their own religious works such as saying a specific prayer, or walking an aisle, et cetera are trusting in themselves and the quality of those acts of works righteousness in order to claim salvation. However, the genuine Christian is regenerate, a new creation. Regeneration comes first. That is the source of the gift of faith (Ephesians 2:8). It is because of this regeneration and the gift of faith that the new believer does believe, repent, and surrender to the Lordship of Christ.

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