Recently, there was a picture quote on facebook that said:
"If the truth offends, let it offend. People have been living their whole lives in offense to God; let them be offended."
Now, for a Christian to read that, it sounds pretty good on the surface. But let's discuss who it came from. A man that teaches Christ's blood was not shed for ALL, the way Scripture teaches, but for a select group. A man that teaches an arrogant and heretical gospel of man instead of the precious gospel of Christ. So let's back this up a minute and see what Scripture has to say about salvation and the TRUE gospel.
If the truth offends, let it offend. Ok, sir... here's some truth for ya from God's Word...
Romans 3:10-12 "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are ALL gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one."
If we look at this verse, the ENTIRE world is not up to God's standards. Of course not! That's why He sent His Son to die. For the sins of mankind.
John 3:16 "For God so loved THE WORLD that He gave His only begotten Son that WHOSOEVER believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
Romans 3:23 "For ALL have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." There's that word "all" again. Yep...we're ALL sinners, short of God's glory.
Romans 6:23a "For the wages of sin is death..." Because of sin, we all have a sentence of death upon us. An eternal death.
Romans 5:8 "BUT God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for US." Hmmm... "us." Who is "us?" Oh yeah... back to John 3:16...THE WORLD, meaning me, you, and anybody.
Romans 5:9 "Much more then, being now JUSTIFIED BY HIS BLOOD, we shall be saved from wrath through him." Hmmm... "we." Who is "we?" Oh yeah... back to John 3:16...THE WORLD, meaning me, you and anybody.
Romans 10:9 "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." Hmmm... "thou." Who is "thou?" Oh yeah...back to John 3:16...THE WORLD, meaning me, you, and anybody.
Romans 10:13 "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." "Whosoever." That means me, you, and anybody!
Now that we know WHO can be saved, in the next part we'll discuss arrogant false teachers and their heresy.