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9. Have You Accepted Jesus as Your Savior
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Who Accepts Who
Have you ever heard this line … “Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal savior?” If you’ve been in church, I know you have! This is all I heard growing up. This is the foundational salvation doctrine of protestant churches today. If you ask a preacher, “What must I DO to obtain eternal life?” You’ll likely hear, “You need to accept Jesus as your savior”. But what is that? What does that mean? Let’s look closer at this phrase.
Would you believe this phrase is NOWHERE in the Scriptures. There’s no such thing as “accept Jesus” in God’s Word. Do you want to know the truth about the word “accept” in the Bible? It’s ALWAYS the other way around … it’s GOD who ACCEPTS you … but ONLY after you begin doing Term A in the SE. In other words, once you repent, or turn from sin (meaning keep the 10LC) then GOD will accept YOU! Let’s look at some examples in God’s Word:
“I now realize God shows no favoritism, but He ACCEPTS from every nation the one who fears Him and does what is right” (Acts 10:34-35)
“Therefore we labor that we may be accepted of Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that everyone may be recompensed for the things done in his body, according to what he has done, whether it be good or bad” (II Corinthians 5:9-10)
“Thus saith the Lord unto this people, Thus have they loved to wander, they have not refrained their feet, therefore the LORD doth NOT accept them; he will now remember their iniquity, and visit their sins” (Jeremiah 14:10)
“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer” (Psalms 19:14)
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:1-2)
“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God” (Romans 14:17-18)
“That we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour” (I Timothy 2:2-3)
“Wherefore, we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear” (Hebrews 12:28)
See who does the accepting in every case? It’s GOD! But only after we decide to clean up our life and live by his 10LC. It’s that simple. Even from the very beginning, God delivered this message of acceptance to mankind. After seeing Cain become angry with his brother Abel, God told Cain:
“If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door: for it desires to have you, but you must rule over it” (Genesis 4:7)
Wow! See, when Adam & Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of Good & Evil, they learned the 10LC. All mankind has known them. And God was telling Cain, if you keep them, meaning do what is right, I’ll accept you! But if you don’t, sin is going to destroy you! So listen, friend … God has been perfectly fair to all mankind, from the beginning of Creation till now. No one has not known THEIR duty in obtaining eternal life! It has always been, and always will be Term A in the SE, rule over sin in your life by choosing to live by God’s 10LC.
So in summary, you’re going to find there’s about a dozen times the Bible talks about God accepting us after we choose to live righteously, and you’re going to find there’s not a single time the Bible talks about us accepting God, or accepting Jesus. It’s just not there. And who do we know is the master at twisting/flipping God’s Word? The devil! Satan! And I’m convinced it’s Satan who has created this “accept Jesus” phrase to hide the Biblical truth of what WE really must DO to go to heaven!
Now you might say, “Ah, come on Gabe, you’re just splitting hairs, right?” But am I really? Listen, once Satan has coined a non-biblical phrase, it leaves room for massive deception to take place. Why? Because who gets to define it? How does anyone know what it really means when it’s not in Scripture? And then Satan’s game is to have his ministers popularize this new phrase by using it over and over again, so it becomes so well-known in the church world that it’s universally accepted as the truth. And at that point, no one can question it without being called a heretic. But seriously, what does it mean to “accept Jesus” as your personal savior? What is that? How do you do that? You know what I was told growing up in church? This is talking about the one-time experience you have walking up in front of a church somewhere and saying the sinner’s prayer. You know, where you recite you believe Jesus died for your sins and rose again, and that you’re now saved! That’s it! Now you’ve “accepted Jesus”.
Forgive me, but what a joke! Can you see the deception in this? This is not going to hold an ounce of water on Judgment Day. This encounter of “accepting Jesus” is supposed to make you feel now like you are on good terms with God. But in reality, it’s just masking the REAL TRUTH of God’s Word, which says the ONLY way you are on good terms with God is if you make the decision to live by His 10LC. See, it’s like a magician that shows you his one hand, when the truth of what’s REALLY taking place is in his other hand behind his back. This is what this “accept Jesus” doctrine is like. Satan is dangling this phrase out there to you, while the REAL truth of what you need to do to make heaven is being hid behind his back, out of your sight and knowledge. And churchianity today is performing Satan’s trick! They don’t want to put the focus on “keeping the 10LC” as what YOU need to do to go to heaven. No way! They won’t speak that! Even though Jesus said that very thing in their Bibles, they don’t believe it and they don’t want to hear it. So they’ll say anything instead, even if it’s not in the Bible … like if you “accept Jesus” you’ll go to heaven.
Here’s the honest truth … this phrase, “Have you accepted Jesus as your personal savior” should die! It should NEVER be spoken AGAIN in church! If someone asks a preacher, “What must I DO to obtain eternal life?” … the first and foremost words they should speak are the words of Jesus Christ, “If you want to obtain eternal life, keep the 10LC”. See how clear that would be? There’s no confusion in those words. There’s no nebulousness. No ambiguity. Nothing non-biblical and made up. It’s just the clear and simple truth of God’s Word that any person can understand. “Oh, I need to live right if I want to go to heaven, ok, thanks pastor!”
And then they should be teaching people God’s 10LC. Talk about them in depth. Teach how ALL sin is based on disobedience to them, and how ALL love is based on obedience to them. How all of Jesus’ teachings were based on them, every parable, every story, and every direct teaching on the law, when he was instructing us on how to live to obtain eternal life. This is what we’re doing here at 10LC Ministries! We’re obeying Jesus’ final commission to his Apostles
“Go and make disciples of all nations … and teach them to obey everything I have commanded” (Matthew 28:19-20)
Friend, EVERYTHING Jesus commanded was based on keeping the 10LC. Jesus wants us to love! And why? Because if we’ll do that, we’ll be doing OUR PART in the SE, Term A, and that will yield us eternal life.
So, in closing, please be on guard for this “Have you accepted Jesus” phrase, for I fear the only thing these people have accepted is a false sense of eternal security. No one’s telling them the PLAIN TRUTH of what they must do to make heaven. So watch out!