joh 02v09 Salvation Is Of The Lord



Jonah 2:9

                Recently Jimmy Swaggart revealed his heretical theology in the plainest terms possible. This is exactly what he said: "Free-will is our passport to salvation. Free-will is our foundation in salvation. Free-will is our ticket out of salvation. Salvation is not up to God, it is up to you. It is not up to God, it is up to you." Such heresy none of God's elect can endure.

                Let no one be deceived by the delusion of freewill. Salvation is not up to you. It is up to God. "It is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy...God has mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth" (Rom. 9:16-18). Free-will is not your passport to salvation. Our only passport to glory is the blood of Christ. Free-will is not your foundation in salvation. The only foundation of our souls is the Lord Jesus Christ himself, and the work he has performed as our Substitute (I Cor. 3:11). Free-will is not your ticket out of salvation. Salvation is of the Lord. It is therefore eternal (Ecc. 3:14; John 10: 27-29). What fool, (other than one who is intoxicated by the proud philosophy of free-will), would even dream that a saved man would ever willfully choose to be unsaved?

                My friend, mercy's gate is God's gate. He alone holds the key. He opens the gate of mercy to whom he will; and he shuts the gate of mercy against whom he will. Not all the power of man's will can persuade God to open when he has shut; and all the power of hell cannot shut the gate of mercy when God opens it. It is God "that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth" (Rev. 3:7).

                Others may overlook the blasphemous heresies of freewillism as "a minor error in doctrine", and embrace freewillers as brethren, if they like. As for me, I assert that free-will, as preached by Mr. Swaggatt, is utter heresy. All who preach it are false prophets. And all who believe it are lost in the darkness of that Satanic delusion. "Salvation is of the Lord!"