If you are looking for spiritual guidance by watching TV preachers you are more than likely being deceived. Example Charles Stanley.

Charles Stanley Quote:   Now, I don’t know about you, but I have learned that a present that can be taken back is not really a gift at all. True gifts have no strings attached. Once we place a condition of any kind on a present, it becomes a trade—not a gift. So to say that our salvation can be taken from us for any reason, whether it be sin or disbelief, is to ignore the plain meaning of what Paul teaches us in the verse above. Questioning the permanency of our salvation is equivalent to not believing Ephesians 2:8-9 or the other passages where what Christ’s sacrifice on the cross is clearly described as a gift.

Charles Stanley says neither sin nor disbelief will cause us to lose our salvation. The Bible teaches something different.

Hebrews 3:12 Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; (NKJV)

Contrary to what Charles Stanley says, unbelief can cause Christians to depart from God.

Hebrews 10:26-31 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgement, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 Of how much worse punishment,, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot. counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing , and insulted the Spirit of grace?…..31 It is a fearful thing to fall in the hands of the living God.(NKJV) [Also see:Hebrews 6:4-6]

Christians who fall into unbelief are not once saved always saved.

Charles Stanley says sin cannot cause Christians to lose their salvation. God says something different.

God says Christians who live an unrepentant sinful lifestyle will not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are:adultery, fornication, uncleanness, licentiousness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in past times, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (NKJV)

God says Christians who live unrepentant lives will not inherit the kingdom of God. Charles Stanley disagrees.[Also see:1 Corinthians 6:8-11 and Ephesians 5:1-6]

If you are looking to a preacher for spiritual guidance a rule of thumb is to not look to preachers who deny that water baptism is essential for salvation.

Charles Stanley Quote:
Baptism allows us to demonstrate our connection with Jesus and with our brothers and sisters in Christ. We’re all members of one body under the authority of the same Lord. But it’s important to remember that Ephesians 2:8-9 says faith in Jesus Christ is the only requirement for salvation, not baptism. But, to fulfill His command, we’re to be baptized following our decision to accept Him into our lives.

Charles Stanley says water baptism is not essential for salvation. Jesus said that baptism is essential. Mark 16:16 “He who believes and is baptized will be saved..(NKJV)

Charles Stanley says that that Ephesians 2:8-9 says that the only requirement for salvation is faith, not baptism. Ephesians 2:8-9 does not say “only” nor does it say baptism is not required.

Charles Stanley says neither sin nor disbelief can cause a Christians to lose their salvation. He says water baptism is not essential for salvation.  Do you really want to use a TV preacher who says those things as your spiritual guide???????


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