Pierderea mantuirii

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Asistam la o acutizare a relativizarii tuturor conceptelor care pana in urma cu cativa ani erau de necontestat pentru majoritatea oamenilor.

         Asa este de exemplu cu conceptul de familie care, in aceste zile, in mintile a tot mai multor oameni are intelesuri diferite, reclamand nevoia de definire, de explicare. La nivel de stat, deja, se doreste o definire a familiei care sa explice anumite comportamente (ex: familia este uniunea dintre un barbat si o femeie, sau familia este uniunea dintre doua personae sau alte variante).

         La fel se intampla cu libertatea de expresie. Daca in urma cu doar 20 de ani popoarele erau capabile de revolutii pentru a castiga dreptul la exprimarea libera a propriilor conceptii, deja, in mod fulgerator teoria conform careia nu mai poti spune nimic care ar putea fi ofensator pentru vreo grupare de personae (deocamdata legiferarea acestei filosofii a “bunului simt” s-a facut in unele state americane prevazand o pedeapsa cu inchisoarea de pana la 2 ani) castiga tot mai mult teren. Adica, libertatea de expresie continua sa fie afirmata, dar definirea ei se face pe alte coordinate.

         In fine, un ultim exemplu (desi lista poate continua) ar fi noul mod de definire a fascismului, a elementelor extremiste, a sovinismului. Intra in aceste categorii, de o vreme in coace, acele persoane care afirma sau practica o etica dupa Scripturi; UE a declarat Polonia ca fiind fascista si a sanctionat-o ca fiind condusa de un regim sovin, pentru simplul motiv ca a interzis manifestarile publice ale minoritatilor sexuale; nesiguranta din scoli si abuzurile asupra unor minori au determinat introducerea in unele tari europene si in unele state din SUA a unor fise personale ale elevilor si cadrelor didactice care contin rubrici privitoare la atitudinea periculoasa fata de personae din colectivitate care au orientari sexuale diferite, cu exceptia pedofiliei; adica, daca nu esti pedofil, nimeni nu are dreptul sa te considere ciudat, indifferent de ceea ce faci.

Sa nu ne indepartam, insa, de subiect: relativizarea, caci despre asta vorbeam, se manifesta nu doar in spatiul cultural si politic secular, ci patrunde puternic si in biserici. Teologia liberala a reprezentat un catalizator al relativizarii unor concepte si chiar a unor doctrine. Sa nu ne gandim mai departe decat la morala situationala, la etica de conjunctura pe care o adopta majoritatea membrilor bisericilor evanghelice, si, mai grav, adesea, chiar liderii acestor biserici. Este la ordinea zilei sa auzi justificari de genul “Pai, trebuia sa ii zic asa, pentru ca altfel nu obtineam cutare lucru”, adica: “a trebuit sa mint ca sa beneficiez de ceva”. Minciuna, micile furtisaguri, cleveteala nici nu mai sunt considerate pacate. Asistam deci la o relativizare a moralei, in ciuda preceptelor biblice care raman, vrem nu vrem, absolute.

 

Dincolo de aceasta introducere cam lunga (si poate lipsita de interes) voiam sa spun ca siguranta mantuirii, credinta in pretul perfect platit pentru pacatele noastre de catre Cristos, intelegerea harului ca favoare nemeritata, bucuria alegerii din vesnicia trecuta a sfintilor si increderea neclintita in suveranitatea si atotputernicia lui Dumnezeu care a avut puterea sa ne mantuiasca si care are si puterea de a ne pastra mantuiti sunt in mod public si continuu supuse unui process de discreditare, menit sa zdruncine credinta sanatoasa a bisericii. Evanghelisti, teologi, predicatori, scriitori vorbesc si invata poporul Domnului despre partea omului in mantuirea sa. La o simpla intervievare a membrilor unei biserici evanghelice se va constata o majoritate covarsitoare de personae care afirma ca nu pot fi siguri de faptul ca sunt mantuiti, ca daca mor in aceasta secunda nu stiu unde va merge sufletul lor. Samanta acestei controverse este veche. Totusi, mai mult ca niciodata parca, azi, relativizarea exprimarii gloriei de la cruce si a proclamarii unei credinte depline in cel ce ne poate mantui pe deplin a castigat atata teren, incat exprimarea adevarului biblic conform caruia Dumnezeu mantuieste in mod suveran, pe cine doreste si fara constrangeri si ca Dumnezeu mantuieste prin har, fara contributia persoanei mantuite, este privita ca exprimarea unei erezii. In una din emisiunile lui Steve Boros din luna septembrie sau octombrie, invitatul lui, un pastor roman din SUA pe care nu stiu cum il cheama, a afirmat in mod expres ca a sustine rolul unic al lui Dumnezeu in mantuire fara aportul uman la propria mantuire, sau a sustine predestinarea este una dintre cele mai dracesti erezii.

 

Totusi, in ciuda celor promovate de Steve Boros, imi place sa affirm impreuna cu scripturile, ca cei ce se nasc din nou sunt si cei care intra in Imparatia lui Dumnezeu, prin harul lui unic si care nu trebuie diminuat sau subestimat. Iata, in acest sens, cateva opinii ale unor persoane foarte credibile:

  1. apostolul Pavel afirma in primul capitol din Efeseni ca Dumnezeu ne-a ales sa fim sfinti mai dinainte de intemeierea lumii;
  2. apostolul Ioan spune in prima sa epistola ca cei ce se pierd nu au fost niciodata gasiti: “ei au iesit din mijlocul nostrudar nu erau dintre ai nostri. Caci daca ar fi fost dintre ai nostri, ar fi ramas cu noi ”. (2:19)
  3. J. Calvin: “desi cei alesi primesc prin credinta harul infierii, alegerea lor nu depinde de credinta, ci este anterioara in timp si in ordine”
  4. C.S.Levis afirma ca: “Odata Rege in Narnia, ramai pe veci Rege al Narniei”
  5. Bishop T.D.Jakes facand o paralela cu nasterea fireasca spune: chiar daca dupa ce vine in lume unui om nu ii place lumea in care s-a nascut, nu va putea nicicum sa se intoarca in pantecele mamei sale; la fel e si cu cei nascuti din nou: ei nu se pot intoarce in lume.

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  1. Engleza website: http://www.medinachurchofchrist.com

    People often been asked this question.

    Can a Child of God Lose His Salvation?

    Salvation is a gift from God offered to all mankind. We are free to
    accept or reject salvation. Once we accept salvation, we are still
    free to make choices. We can become unfaithful and lose our salvation
    or we can remain faithful until death and receive a crown of life.
    (Revelation 2:10)

    Most of the New Testament was written to Christians encouraging them
    to remain faithful and receive eternal life. If a man could not lose
    his salvation, why write all these letters encouraging him not to lose
    it?

    “Work out your own salvation in fear and trembling.” (Philippians 2:12)

    Most preachers who teach the doctrine of “once saved always saved”
    quote John 10:28, “and I give them eternal life, and they shall never
    perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.” Then they
    will say that includes yourself. If we read John 10:18, we will
    understand this statement better. Jesus says, “no man takes My life
    but I lay it down of Myself.” There was no external force that could
    take Jesus’ life but He could lay it down and He did. There is no
    external force that can take salvation from a child of God; but he can
    lay it down. He can go back into the world. Salvation is a choice that
    the child of God made to become a Christian and he still can make
    choices whether or not he will continue to serve God or Satan.

    Some questions:
    Does Satan tempt Christians?
    If they can’t lose their salvation, why is Satan tempting them?
    If we can’t fall, why does the Bible warn us that we can?
    “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall” (1
    Corinthians 10:12). Peter says in II Peter 1:5-11, if we add the
    Christian graces we will never fall, but if we lack these things we
    have forgotten that we were cleansed from our old sins. The Hebrew
    writer warns us, “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an
    evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort
    one another daily while it is called today; lest any of you be
    hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” (Hebrews 3:12-13)

    “Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear
    lest any of you seem to have come short of it.” Hebrews 4:1.

    In Hebrews, the writer warns the Jewish Christians if they turn their
    back on Jesus and go back to Judaism, they have no hope.

    “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened and have
    tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy
    Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age
    to come if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since
    they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an
    open shame. (Hebrews 6:4-6)

    See also Hebrews 10:26-29.

    False teachers had taught the Jewish Christians and the Gentile
    Christians in Galatia that they must be circumcised and keep the law
    of Moses or they cannot be saved. Some believed these false teachers,
    and Paul tells them the results: “You have become estranged from
    Christ. You who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from
    grace” (Galatians 5:4).

    In Acts chapter 8, we have an example of a man who became a believer
    and was baptized. According to Jesus’ promise in Mark 16:15-16, this
    man, Simon, was saved. Can he lose that salvation? Yes, as we read
    further we see that Simon reverted back to his old ways of wanting to
    earn money by any means. When Simon saw that through the laying on of
    the Apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money,
    saying “Give me this power also that anyone on whom I lay hands may
    receive the Holy Spirit.”

    But Peter said to him, “Your money perishes with you, because you
    thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money. You have
    neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right
    in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and
    pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you, for
    I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.”
    Then, Simon answered and said, “Pray to the Lord for me that none of
    the things which you have spoken may come upon me.” (Acts 8:18-24)

    There were some teachers in Ephesus by the names of Hymenaeus and
    Philetus who departed from the truth and overthrew the faith of some
    saying that the resurrection had past already. (II Timothy 2:17-18.)
    In II Timothy 4:10 Paul said, “Demas has forsaken me, having loved
    this present world.” You cannot depart from where you have never been.

    Notice that Demas loved this present world. We are warned in 1 John
    2:15-17 not to love the world.
    “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the
    world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the
    world — the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of
    life is not of the Father but of the world and the world passes away
    and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”

    John was writing to Christians.
    Can a child of God lose his love for God and fall in love with the
    world? These scriptures prove that he can. Demas did. Christians have
    done it in the past and are doing it now and will do it in the future.

    Peter points out the condition of those who depart from God. “For if
    after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the
    knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again
    entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than
    the beginning. For it would have been better for them not to have
    known the way of righteousness, than having known it to turn from the
    holy commandment delivered to them. But it has happened to them
    according to the true Proverb: ‘A dog returns to his own vomit’ and ‘A
    sow having washed to her wallowing in the mire.’” (II Peter 2:20-22)

    You have the power of choice to reject the salvation that is in Christ
    Jesus or you have the power to accept it.

    You have the choice to reject Jesus and go back into the world and be
    lost throughout all eternity, and you have the choice to remain
    faithful until death and receive the crown of life.

    In conclusion I borrow the words of Moses that he spoke to the
    children of Israel as they were getting ready to enter the promised
    land, “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing;
    therefore choose life, that both you and your seed may live.”
    (Deuteronomy 30:19)

    If you have more questions: Email us
    questions@medinachurchofchrist.com Thank you!

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