What Does The Bible Say?
QUESTION: There are so many churches, How are we to know which one is right?
Answer: This is a matter of prayer, asking the Lord for His leading. James 1:5-6 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith…”. What is preached or taught should be tested by the Word of God. Study the Scriptures that you may know if their message is the Truth or not. The doctrine of God is Christ crucified for the sins of man and He was raised from the grave to give man new life. We read in John 17:17 of Jesus prayer to His Father, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy Word is truth.” I Cor. 2:14 - “The natural man understandeth not the things of God, for they are spiritually discerned.” But God has given His Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth – John 16:13. So then, through prayer and study of God’s Word the Lord will reveal the truth unto us. We will be able to understand what the churches teach. We will recognize by the Word who teaches the truth of God. See Acts 17:11.
Question: Will backsliders be saved?
ANSWER: Once child of God, always a child of God purchased by the shed blood of Jesus Christ. His fellowship with his heavenly Father will be broken by walking after the flesh, but his relationship remains unchanged (Secured through the new birth). A son of God eternally, tho out of fellowship. Jesus words in John 5:24 – “ Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” Also John 10:28-30, “I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one.”
QUESTION: What is meant by the “grace of our Lord Jesus Christ”
ANSWER: His grace is the loving favor which He manifested in leaving the ivory places of glory and coming down to this sin cursed earth. He took upon Himself a body of weakness and humiliation, dependent upon His Father, a servant of God and man. Then going to the cross, dying as a transgressor, bearing the penalty of our sins, which is the judgment of the righteous God. II Cor. 8:9, “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.” That is the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Eph. 4:7 “But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.” I Tim. 1:14 “And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.” II Tim. 2:1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.