COLUMN: The Bible shows the way to salvation

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By C.L. Glasscock

Two weeks ago I was talking to a person about eternal security and he said he believed people wanted eternal security but they did not want to live it. One thing is for sure, if you do not want to live it, you never got it to start with. I am a Baptist minister and I believe like the old time Baptists.
They believed and so do I, that if you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and nothing changed in your life and you lived the same old sinful life you always lived, you did not get anything to start with.
I believe Paul describes this kind of life better than I ever could in the book of Galatians when he wrote to the church at Galatia.
Galatians 5:15-21 But if you bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. This I say then, “walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such life of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
As we look at these sinful acts, do we think we can go ahead and do them and still make it to heaven? The Bible says how we should live our Christian life.
Galatians 5:22-26 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
This is the way we should live our Christian life.
The worst thing I ever heard on eternal security was the answer of a famous preacher answering a mother’s question. She said “My son is a homosexual, and I want to know if he has a chance of making it to heaven.” The preacher said “No, he was living a sinful life; but, if he has been saved, he will still go to heaven.”
All I can say is, “I wish someone would show me this in the Bible.”