Pristine Grace

Burning Bridges
Part 1
by Scott Price
Burning Bridges

"But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe unto the saving of the soul." Hebrews 10:39

    When a person is given spiritual life and is converted to the truth of the gospel he has a great change of mind. Things he used to hold dear to himself such as his religious seniority and his boasting of those years of service are not looked upon as something to be cherished but rather to be thrown out forever. Paul called his religious service before conversion "dung" (Phil 3:8).

    We should not view our conversion as coming into a higher knowledge of doctrine, in that we are just a little smarter than the person who still holds to his self righteous works but we should have the biblical view that we were serving idols and now we are serving God for the first time. This means those you worshipped with in the false gospel are STILL serving idols and are lost, dead in trespasses and sins, needing to be evangelized.

    After we believe the only true gospel we must call ALL other gospels false gospels, which means they are not used by God as the power of God unto salvation. This means those that believe these false gospels are lost and in need of evangelism. The offence of the cross is the fact that the gospel concerning the grace of God reigning through the righteousness of Christ imputed is OPPOSED to all other ways of salvation. This should be something often spoken of in the testimony of every believer. There is only one way. To hear the average person who claims to hold to the message of sovereign grace you would think there is more than one way of salvation, especially when it comes to their family or close friend who hold to a false gospel.

    Repent of your former religion and idolatry otherwise it is not former. We need not look to our old religion with pride but with shame. Burn that bridge (dung is a good fuel).