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Published On : October 7, 1997

Last Updated : January 3, 2009

Exposing A Lie Of The Self-Righteous Elitists!

Within Christianity, there seems to be a certain body of
believers who have the erroneous idea that God's invitation
to Salvation is not liberally extended to all men
everywhere. Given the many Scriptures which show the exact
opposite, I am quite surprised to see that such a belief
even exists within the Christian body. The only conclusions
I can arrive at is that either those who hold this view are
not aware of certain passages in the Bible, or else they
have put on spiritual blinders and are knowingly rejecting
these verses because they happen to go against their pet
doctrine of exclusiveness. One of the very first verses
which comes to my mind is one which many folks are already
familiar with:

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten
Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but
have everlasting life." (John 3:16)

Notice that God has chosen to manifest His Love to the
world, meaning everyone, and not just to some select body of
human beings. It is right after this that we see human free
will coming into play when John says 'that whosoever
believeth'. That is very clearly an invitation to everyone
everywhere. Anyone who chooses to believe in the Sacrifice
of Jesus Christ can receive Eternal Life, and NOT just some
specialized group of people. This leads right into another
verse which also shows the free will nature of the Salvation

"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to
become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his
name:" (John 1:12)

Again we see that the invitation is open to anyone who will
receive the Lord as their Saviour. 'But as many as received
Him' John informs us. Only five verses before, John also
tells us:

"The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light,
that all men through him might believe." (John 1:7)

It is God's desire that all men everywhere repent of their
sins and accept the Sacrifice of His Son. Consider what
Peter tells us in his second epistle:

"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some
men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward,
not willing that any should perish, but that all should
come to repentance." (2 Peter 3:9)

Notice again that it says 'that all should come to
repentance'. This does not mean that this is what is going
to happen, but it is the ideal condition that God seeks
after. However, as I have said before, during this current
period of Grace, He will not force Himself upon any man. If
we accept Him and His Son, it must be by our own free will
and loving choice. It must also be because we truly realize
and accept our sinful condition, and our need for a Saviour.
God's love and longsuffering towards all men is also
expressed in the following Scriptures:

"Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and
forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness
of God leadeth thee to repentance?" (Romans 2:4)

"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we
were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again
unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from
the dead," (1 Peter 1:3)

Based on the scriptural evidence I have presented thus far,
how can anyone possibly doubt God's Love towards us, and His
desire to share His Heavenly Kingdom with us? While Jesus
was on Earth, He made it quite clear that His Sacrifice was
for the Redemption of all men, IF they would only believe:

"And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all
men unto me." (John 12:32)

When the Apostle Paul stood on Mars Hill in Athens and
preached to the Greeks, he likwise told them that God was
calling all men everywhere to repent:

"And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now
commandeth all men every where to repent:" (Acts 17:30)

As the Apostle Peter found out in the Book of Acts, God is
not a respecter of persons. He doesn't go around saying 'You
can be saved, but you can't'. This would be ridiculous and
totally unfair:

"Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I
perceive that God is no respecter of persons:" (Acts 10:34)

In his epistle to the Romans, Paul also spent a great deal
of time explaining that, inasmuch as the Sacrifice of Jesus
Christ is concerned, and the Salvation which that same
Sacrifice offers, the Lord makes absolutely no difference
between any man. All are sinners in need of Salvation:

"For there is no respect of persons with God." (Romans 2:11)

This same thought is supported in some of the other epistles
as well, as is demonstrated by the following verses:

"And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing
threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven;
neither is there respect of persons with him."
(Ephesians 6:9)

"But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are
convinced of the law as transgressors." (James 2:9)

"And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of
persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time
of your sojourning here in fear:" (1 Peter 1:17)

When Paul was testifying before the crowd on the steps of
the castle after his arrest in Jerusalem, he told them of
his miraculous conversion on the road to Damascus. While
explaining how Ananias had come by the Lord's command to
heal his eyes, Paul quotes Ananias as saying:

"For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou
hast seen and heard." (Acts 22:15)

This is exactly what Paul did. After the hard-hearted Jews
had rejected the message of Salvation, Paul took it to the
Gentile nations, and did one fine job of it! He is one
fellow I look forward to meeting in person someday! Isn't
this also exactly what Jesus told the Original Twelve to

"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach
the gospel to every creature." (Mark 16:15)

Notice, He didn't say to just take it to the Jews, or to
this group of people, or to that particular race. He said to
go into ALL the world! This very same idea is also reflected
in the first chapter of the Book of Acts where we find:

"But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is
come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in
Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the
uttermost part of the earth." (Acts 1:8)

In his letter to the Romans, Paul was explaining how sin had
entered into the world by one man, that man of course being
Adam. But then Paul goes on to tell them that just as
condemnation entered into the world by the actions of one
man, so too, God's free gift of Eternal Life is made available
to all men by the Blood of Jesus Christ:

"Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all
men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the
free gift came upon all men unto justification of life."
(Romans 5:18)

Later on in his first epistle to Timothy, Paul also made
mention that it is God's desire that all men come to the
knowledge of The Truth that they might be saved through
belief in that Truth:

"For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our
Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto
the knowledge of the truth." (1 Timothy 2:3-4)

Later on in the very same letter to Timothy, Paul added:

"For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because
we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men,
specially of those that believe." (1 Timothy 4:10)

Notice Paul's inference to free will in the above verse.
While Jesus is indeed the Saviour of all men everywhere, it
is only those who accept Him as such to whom Eternal Life is
given. Jesus taught this same principle in His parable of the
wedding feast. While the offer of Salvation is indeed
offered to all men, the only way we can obtain it is by
being clothed in a garment of righteousness; and that
righteousness is the Blood of Jesus Christ:

"Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but
they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into
the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the
marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and
gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and
good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. And when
the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which
had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend,
how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And
he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind
him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into
outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of
teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen."
(Matthew 22:8-14)

Notice how the parable ends. Does this mean that God has
only purposely chosen some while rejecting others? Of course
not! This would totally negate personal choice in the
matter. The reason the man in the above parable was not
chosen is because he tried to sneak into the wedding feast
without accepting Christ. It is just like people who try to
sneak over or under a fence at a sporting event without
buying a ticket; or who try to sneak into a movie theater
without paying the admission price. In this case, Jesus has
already paid the price with His Blood; so all we have to do
is accept His Sacrifice. In this parable, this man was
kicked out because he wanted to enjoy the benefits of the
Kingdom of Heaven without honouring or accepting the Captain
of his Salvation who made it possible for us:

"For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are
all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the
captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings."
(Hebrews 2:10)

This is the true meaning of being chosen by God. God chooses
us because we have already chosen Him through our belief in
the Sacrifice of His Son:

"He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth
me receiveth him that sent me." (Matthew 10:40)

This works in reverse as well, as in the case of the
unbelieving Jews and Muslims. You can't say that you believe
in God while at the same time denying the Sacrifice of His
Son Whom He sent. This is why Jesus told us that there be
few who find the path to life:

"Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate,
and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and
many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is
the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto
life, and few there be that find it." (Matthew 7:13-14)

Most people want to make their own conditions for Salvation
instead of accepting God's conditions, which are really
quite simple: Just believe in Jesus! Considering the
preponderance of Scriptural evidence I have provided in this
article, it should now be clear that Christianity is NOT
some kind of a closed religion meant only for white people
or Westerners. Likewise, it is not the false religion you
find in certain churches and religious organizations which
falsely teach that you must belong to their organization, or
you must attend their church in order to truly be saved.
This is precisely what the Roman Catholic church teaches for
example. They say that the 'holy mother church' is the only
one who can forgive sins and grant salvation to the
faithful. What an abominable lie of Satan! This is the very
thing these Scriptures speak against, a private club of
elite religionists! This kind of talk is absolutely
ludicrous! It is usurping the Power and Authority which
belongs to Jesus Christ alone! He is the Author and Finisher
of our faith, and no one else:

"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;
who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,
despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of
the throne of God." (Hebrews 12:2)

Eternal Life is the free gift of God offered to ALL men the
world over IF they will only believe. If a person does not
belong to this Club, it is because they have chosen not to
by their own free will, because this Club is universal in
scope. In the end, those who don't make it in will have no
one to blame but themselves and their own rebellious pride.
The Lord extends His offer of Salvation to you. Will you
accept it? I pray this article has been an inspiration and a
blessing to many.

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