What role does our performance (good works) play in our salvation
By: The John Ankerberg Show
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|Saved for Sure, Overcoming Doubt: How do you overcome those doubts, to be brought to the point where you say, “Yes, I know it’s okay. I’m going to Heaven.” For Doubters Only: There are still some people who have a tough time in having confidence in their salvation. What do those folks need to do? Dr. Erwin Lutzer’s personal testimony.
Copyright: 2003, Number of Programs: 4, Cat. No. YBS2
Keywords: Good works, Christ alone
- Ankerberg: It’s also – before we get to your last illustration here – it’s also because it’s not, again, their performance that does the saving, it’s Christ and what He’s done.
- Lutzer: And John, while we’re at it, Ted Turner, you remember he said he was saved seven or eight times? We need to be very careful about these things. Listen to what else he says. He talks about the fact that he ridicules the atonement, and because he ridicules the atonement, he says, “This idea of sin being horrible,” well, let me read it.
- Okay, Ted Turner says this: “If you accept the Bible the way it’s generally interpreted, everybody is going to hell. This idea of sin is horrible and disgusting. Christ had to come down here and suffer and die on the cross so that with his blood our sins could be washed away? Weird, man.” The simple fact is, he has not understood the Gospel and as a result of that, we need to say that there are many people who think they have believed but haven’t.
- Can I close with a quick illustration of what saving faith is? You know, there is this parable. It’s not a true story. It’s only a parable. A man is walking along a cliff. He slips down. He’s hanging onto a stump. And he looks up and an angel is next to him. The angel says, “Do you believe that I can save you?” The man looks at the strong arms of the angel and he says, “Yes, I believe that you can save me.” The angel says, “Do you believe that I will save you?” The man sees the smile on the angel’s face and he says, “Yes. I believe you will save me.” Then the angel says, “If you believe that I can save you and will save you, let go.”
- When we come to Christ, what do we do? We let go of our self-righteousness. We let go of everything that we want to control. We let go of all of our prestige. We let go of our pride and we cleave to the only One who is able to save us. And that’s the way we become one of God’s sheep.