The Do Nothing Gospel

Neil Girrard
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Scriptures Referenced in This Article:
          (Follow the Scripture links if you want to study the Scriptures for yourself.)
Mt. 3:8 π Mt. 16:27 π Mt. 22:11-14 π Mk. 3:35 π Lk. 6:46 π Lk. 6:49 π Lk. 9:23 π Lk. 12:42-47 π Jn. 5:17 π Jn. 7:17 π Jn. 15:26 π Jn. 16:13 π 1 Cor. 15:10 π 1 Cor. 16:10 π 2 Cor. 7:10 π Gal. 6:4 π Eph. 2:8-9 π Eph. 2:10 π Eph. 4:11-12 π Phlp. 2:12 π Phlp. 2:13 π 1 Ths. 1:2-4 π 1 Ths. 4:16 π 2 Ths. 2:11 π 2 Tim. 2:20-21 π 2 Tim. 3:16-17 π 2 Tim. 4:3-4 π Tit. 1:16 π Tit. 2:1 π Tit. 3:14-15 π Heb. 4:12 π Heb. 10:24-25 π Jas. 1:21-22 π Jas. 2:20 π Jas. 2:22 π Jas. 2:24 π Jas. 2:26 π Jas. 4:7-8 π 2 Pet. 1:5 π 2 Pet. 1:10 π 2 Pet. 1:20-21 π 2 Pet. 3:16 π 1 Jn. 3:2-3 π Rev. 3:5 π Rev. 7:14 π Rev. 19:6-8 π Rev. 20:12 π Rev. 20:15

There is a strange perversion of the good news of Christ being taught these days that says we must do nothing – any work whatsoever is “self-effort” so as to be saved or a return to law as a way to earn one’s salvation. A simple perusal of the teachings of the New Testament, however, clearly refutes this do nothing “gospel.”

These are not a few, isolated “proof-texts” – these are the Scriptures that convey the whole counsel of God whereby those led by the Spirit of truth can rightly divide and apply these truths. The truly amazing thing is that a person under this false do nothing “gospel” will be able to read all of the above Scriptures and be able to twist, spin, distort and dismiss away all the plain meanings of what was written. If this is not strong delusion ( 2 Ths. 2:11; top ), it would be difficult to know what to call it!

For those who insist upon a simple restatement of the whole of the New Testament’s teaching, we can safely say that all of salvation is a work of God – but part and parcel within a genuine salvation experience (process is probably a better word) will be the works that give evidence of a true regeneration. The true gospel is not a gospel wherein salvation is acquired by doing certain works – but any true salvation will be proven by the works a person does because of the new life of Christ within. Not a salvation of works but a salvation that works! Anyone who does not receive the grace (power) of God to do the works described above truly needs to question whether they have ever received the grace (power) of God that gives new, abundant and eternal life. Those “theologians” who try to differentiate between works done “of” salvation contrasted with those done “for” salvation are misguidedly trying to write laws that discern the hearts of men – a work reserved for the Word, the Person of Jesus Christ, the Man Who Is God. ( Heb. 4:12; top )

We must put our faith in Him, repent of our misdeeds and bear fruit worthy of a true repentance. ( Mt. 3:8 ) We must not dismiss the godly sorrow stirred up in our hearts as “just the devil putting us through a guilt trip.” “Godly sorrow produces repentance [that leads] to salvation, not to be regretted.” ( 2 Cor. 7:10 ) We must reject the “its” – the doctrines, the creeds, the dogmas of men – that replace Him as the focus and source of all of our life in God. When we desire to do His will, we will be able to discern when men are speaking truth or simply trying to draw us after themselves or their own deceptions. ( Jn. 7:17; top ) This is the true gospel.

Let he who has ears hear.

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