Optional Obedience?

A strange assumption is permeating many believing communities in our day. Even a number of Bible schools and seminaries are making this assumption. Evangelistic appeals are watered down because of this assumption. It is that we can be saved without  yielding obedience to Jesus. It is very subtle because we are saved by faith alone apart from works. The assumption is that obedience is adding works as a condition for salvation. This is shallow reasoning. Works, obedience, no matter how good they might be, are not necessary to be saved. However, genuine conversion produces obedience. A conversion that doesn’t initiate and progressively increase obedience is not a genuine Spiritual conversion. Paul, after explaining in Ephesians 2:8-9 that grace alone, received as a gift, through faith alone, entirely apart from works, brings salvation to us. Then, in Verse 10, he adds, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” This verse is just one of many places in the Bible where obedience is taught, implied, commanded, expected and done. Obedience is not a perfect and instant accomplishment; it is the lifelong process that starts with our new birth. We grow in grace! James G. Small in “I’ve Found a Friend,” echoes the determination and desire of any true Christian’s heart. He wrote, “I’ve found a Friend, O such a Friend! He bled, He died to save me; and not alone the gift of life, but His own self He gave me. Naught that I have my own I call, I hold it for the Giver: my heart, my strength, my life, my all, are His, and His forever.” Selah! Willing and joyful obedience is the inevitable outworking of the love and gratitude of one who has been truly converted.    Ron

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