Salvation is NOT for Sale.
by Jonathan Bailey
Salvation is not for sale. We don’t peddle Jesus like Oxy Clean. Frantically going over all the amazing benefits of this cleansing product. We don’t try to convince people that Jesus is the logical conclusion to the question, Why are we here?
Salvation is the process (not destination) in which Jesus by His Spirit will transform us into His image, i.e. character. Jesus does it–not us. So what do we do? We preach what Jesus preached! We teach what Jesus taught! We lift Him high with our words and our deeds so that people can see Him and vigorously applaud (Matthew 5.16).
One common thread relentlessly weaving it’s way into the fabric of the American church is the idea that salvation requires no repentance at all. There is no need to turn and go a different direction. Simply believe. All you must do is simply agree to some facts–and you’re in! You’re saved a.k.a. going to heaven when you die. Nothing could be further from the truth.
We need preachers and teachers who are not afraid to offend the carnal mind. We need people to stand up and say, “You’re lost! You’re dead! Do you want to live in God’s kingdom now? Then repent and believe in the gospel Jesus preached (Mark 1.14,15). Dallas Willard always ask the poignant question, “Does the gospel I preach make disciples or converts?” We need disciples.
But in order to grow numerically the church declines spiritually. Worshipping the growth-god pastors throughout the land choose to preach watered-down, feel-good truth and thus makes their followers two-fold more the child of hell than they themselves are (Matthew 23.15).
Help us Jesus
“Cheap grace is the deadly enemy of our Church. We are fighting today for costly grace…Cheap grace means grace as a doctrine, a principle, a system. It means forgiveness of sins proclaimed as a general truth, the love of God taught as the Christian ‘conception’ of God. An intellectual assent to that idea is held to be of itself sufficient to secure remission of sins…In such a church the world finds a cheap covering for it’s sins; no contrition is required, still less any real desire to be delivered form sin…Cheap grace means the justification of sin without the justification of the sinner.”
The Cost of Discipleship, Pg 1.