Salvation is by Faith Alone – David Wilkerson

Most Christians who see the lukewarm Christianity of today are so repulsed by lukewarm churches that if they were to see a street preacher preaching on repentance and hell they would immediately affirm that person as a Christian brother and perhaps even join ranks with that person. Sadly such a presumption would be dangerous as that street preacher may hold to several heretical doctrines which, if you were to adopt, could damn your soul. The list of heresies held to by some street preachers is large and significant. In the midst of God’s great work in reviving street preaching the devil has sown false teachers to lead souls captive to hell. Two preachers in particular, Jesse Morell and Kerrigan Skelly, hold to doctrines that are so different to the traditional interpretation of scripture that they cannot possibly be considered to be Christians, neither can their followers. Both these men deny salvation by faith alone, deny penal substitution, deny original sin, they are open theists, they deny God is good, holy, pure, love, just and merciful by nature, (instead say He is so by choice), they deny that all our sins (past present and future) were laid upon Christ when He was crucified and they deny that Christ’s righteousness is imputed to those who believe. These men have a following and its growing. All of these heresies are heresies of old and have, historically, been rejected by Gods people.

Romans 3:28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

In looking at this verse one would think that this would be sufficient to convince any sceptic that justification is by faith apart from the works of the law. However Kerrigan Skelly and Jesse Morell insist that “law” refers to the ceremonial aspects of the law and any moral commands are to be excluded from the meaning of “law” in this verse. Kerrigan Skelly insists that as you read the book from the beginning this becomes apparent. I watched his series on this subject and as he read out a few chapters there were certain verses where he stumbled and turned red in the face. I found it amusing that he overlooked key verses that refuted his position.

Romans 3:19-20 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.

It is an obvious reality that “law”, as it is used in Romans, clearly includes the moral commands. Notice this verse says “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” and that “through the “law comes the knowledge of sin”. The “law”, as it is used in Romans, plainly includes “sin” and consequently the moral commands.

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