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GOOD QUESTION 

Don: Explain why you say a Non Christian can go to Heaven.
  • Understanding the Bible meaning of theological terms is important in order to understand the Message of Grace.
  • The Bible meaning of the word Christian is “Christlike.”
  • Not every one who has been justified, born again, and reconciled to God, so that they are secured for going to Heaven, is experiencing sanctification (being made holy), so that they are becoming Christlike.
  • We are justified, regenerated (born again), and reconciled to God (a one-time event) when we trust in the Blood/death of Christ on the cross at Calvary as the only Payment God will accept to satisfy his Judgment against mankind (because of Adam’s disobedience in the Garden of Eden).
  • We are being sanctified (incrementally transformed to be made Christlike/holy) (an on-going process) when our heart (mind, emotions, and will) is being increasingly renewed by our experience of the Resurrected Life of Christ living in our heart during our extended quiet time worship each day to read the Scripture.

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Don, can we lose our salvation?

  • Not our salvation for going to Heaven (justification, regeneration, and reconciliation) - which is 
    • a one-time event,
    • the promised result of trusting in/receiving the Blood/death of Christ (John 3:16) as the only Payment God will accept to satisfy his Judgment against mankind (because of Adam’s disobedience in the Garden of Eden).
  • But we can lose our salvation for health, happiness, and holiness (sanctification) - which is 
    • a lifelong process,
    • the promised outcome of trusting in/receiving into our life God’s Provisions of Grace (Romans 5:17) in
      • Creation (the soil and atmosphere), 
      • Community (Grace Leadership in the home and Church), and especially 
      • Christ, his Resurrected Life to live within our heart (which is)
    • received during our quiet time worship to read the Scripture,
    • but which we can neglect (Hebrews 2:3). 

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Hello Don! Are all humans created in the Image of God?

  • Only Adam and Eve were created in the Image of God. 
  • But when they disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden, 
    • God withdrew his Life from their spirit, so that 
    • they became sinful and broken and no longer existed in the Image of God as they were originally created,
    • their descendants (by reason of heredity) were born, by natural birth, with a fallen human nature, with the consequence that
    • no person exists today in the Image of God in the same way Adam and Eve were originally created.
  • However, when we trust in (receive) God’s Gift of the Blood/death of Christ as the only Payment he will accept to satisfy his Judgment against the human race - which was separation from him (not because of our disobedience, but because of the disobedience of Adam and Eve) - 
    • we are justified, which means God declares us "not guilty,"
    • the judgment of separation is removed (forgiven), 
    • our spirit is born again (regenerated), and 
    • we are reconciled to God so that 
    • we are secured for going to Heaven. 
  • However, by virtue of our sanctification, which is our experience of the Resurrected Life of Christ to live in our heart (soul: mind, emotions, and will), we can be incrementally renewed (through quiet time worship to read the Scripture each day) to increasingly manifest the Likeness of Christ. 

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Don, what is freedom?

  • Freedom is the power God gives us, especially through our experience of Christ (his Resurrected Life to live within our heart) to say yes or no, to accept or refuse.
  • Our U.S. Constitution / Bill of Rights protects our God-given freedoms.
  • Communism restricts freedom.
  • Addiction (bondage) is lost freedom.
  • "For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!" (Romans 5:17).

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