Galatians 1:6-9, “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”
1st Corinthians 15:1-4, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”
- Jesus DIED on the cross to pay our debt of sin.
- Jesus was BURIED.
- Jesus bodily RESURRECTED three days later from the dead.
Romans 3:19-23, “Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
“First, you must admit you are a sinner. You have broken God's laws. Then, you must be willing to turn from sin and reject it. Believe that Jesus Christ died for you, was buried and rose from the dead. Through prayer, invite Jesus into your life to become your personal Savior.
Simply pray something like this, and mean it with all your heart:
Dear God, I am a sinner and need forgiveness. I believe that Jesus Christ shed His precious blood, and died for my sin. I am willing to turn from sin. I now invite Christ to come into my heart and life as my personal Savior.” ~Dr. Sam Gipp
“Which comes first, repentance or faith? In Scripture we read, 'Repent ye, and believe the gospel.' Yet we find true believers exhorted to 'repent, and do the first works.' So intimately are the two related that you cannot have one without the other. The man who believes God repents; the repentant soul puts his trust in the Lord when the Gospel is revealed to him. Theologians may wrangle over this, but the fact is, no man repents until the Holy Spirit produces repentance in his soul through the truth. No man believes the Gospel and rests in it for his own salvation until he has judged himself as a needy sinner before God. And this is repentance.” [emphasis added] ~Pastor Harry Ironside, 'Except Ye Repent,' p. 16Yes, that is it! Repentance is simply the acknowledgment that I am as guilty a sinner as God hath declared me to be in His holy Word. Pastor Ironside further offers these helpful words...
Amen and amen! When the Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas in Acts 16:30b, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?,” their simple reply in Acts 16:31a was to: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” The free offer of salvation by faith alone in Jesus Christ was extended to the man's entire family, if they wanted God's gift. Dear reader, please notice that Paul and Silas DIDN'T pressure the unsaved man to forsake his sinful ways to be saved. They DIDN'T tell the Philippian jailer to be willing to stop living in sin, turn away from his sin, or be willing to reject his sinful bad habits to get to Heaven. Sam Gipp is a theological liar—a deadly false prophet who needs to be exposed and rebuked sharply in pulpits across America. ...“The Gospel is not a call to repentance, or to amendment of our ways, to make restitution for past sins, or to promise to do better in the future. These things are proper in their place, but they do not constitute the Gospel; for the Gospel is not good advice to be obeyed, it is good news to be believed. Do not make the mistake then of thinking that the Gospel is a call to duty or a call to reformation, a call to better your condition, to behave yourself in a more perfect way than you have been doing in the past …Nor is the Gospel a demand that you give up the world, that you give up your sins, that you break off bad habits, and try to cultivate good ones. You may do all these things, and yet never believe the Gospel and consequently never be saved at all.”SOURCE: Harry A. Ironside, from the sermon: What Is The Gospel?
Titus 1:9-14, “Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake. One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.”In typical cult fashion, Sam Gibb mixes works with grace to confuse people. One of my favorite sermons is by Pastor Ralph Yankee Arnold...
(an excellent sermon by Pastor Ralph Yankee Arnold)
Tragically, most pastors and clergy today are caught between grace and works, preaching another gospel of partial faith in Christ plus WORKS!!! Sam Gipp and Jack Chick (1924-2016) have blood on their hands. Sadly, Jack Chick printed and sold over 1,000,000,000 religious tracts, all of which lied to lost sinners, requiring them to be willing to stop living a sinful lifestyle to get to Heaven. THAT IS WORKS!!!
My only hope for Heaven is Jesus Christ and His righteousness. Philippians 3:9, “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:” There is nothing I have ever done or ever will do that can get me to Heaven. My only hope is in Jesus Christ, because of what He did through Calvary's cross to pay for my sins, and that He was buried and bodily raised up from the dead the third day. It is done! Jesus paid it all!!!