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Refuse Righteousness

posted Jul 12, 2013, 8:53 AM by David Gerhart
It’s entirely plausible that all of the marriage metaphor in scripture exists so that Christ’s bride can be sure.  

Mark 10:9 “What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”

And that this is an (unappreciated) cautionary comment for those who would assert that the union of God with men in Salvation can be dissolved. 

Hebrews 13:5 “[Let your] conversation [be] without covetousness; [and be] content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, ‘I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee’*.”

*Deut. 31:6 “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he [it is] that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”

But a marriage only lasts as long as the mates remain together.  Some men, like they do in marriage to women, sometimes “forsake” their bride, but Christ wont. 

John 12:12 “While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gave me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled." 

David Wilkerson quoting Paul wrote: 

"That they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things" (Titus 2:10). What is Christ's doctrine? The grace of God teaches us that “denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world (Titus 2:11-12). The doctrine of Christ will conform you to the image of Christ. It will expose every hidden sin and every evil longing. 
Can we agree that Salvation is an event and Sanctification is a process? 

Having listened to so many teach the full range: Strict Calvinist to Liberal Armenianist... One must disagree with both. 

The model for loosing one’s salvation: 

1Cor. 7:15 “But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. ...” 

John 6:66 "From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him."

And to obtain formal divorce...  

Mark 10:5 “And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept.” 

So, in this version of the truth – since it is faith, not works (like being sinless) that enables Sanctification – to have been Saved, and then RENOUNCE ones salvation is the only means by which Gods grace will be removed.