Tuesday, February 23, 2016

James White's works salvation heresy

James White, author of The King James Only Controversy, is promoting works salvation on his statement of faith. Of course, he would never admit to this (nobody does), but it is clear from reading his statement that he believes good works are "necessary" to stay saved.

"We believe that God, in His sovereign grace and mercy, regenerates sinful men by the power of the Holy Spirit, not by any action of their own, bringing them to new life. God grants to them the gifts of faith and repentance, which they then exercise by believing in Christ and turning from their sins in love for God. As a result of this faith, based upon the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ, God justifies or makes righteous the one who believes. God’s gift of faith, and the continuing work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the elect, results in good works. These good works flow from true, saving faith; they are a necessary result of faith, but are not to be considered necessary to the gaining of justification, which is by God’s grace through faith alone, so that no man can boast."

Notice in his statement that he says "These good works flow from true, saving faith; they are a necessary result of faith". What if a new believer does not produce the good works? According to James White the new believer would not remain saved, or never was saved, since these good works are "necessary". James White is promoting the classic heresy that if someone has faith, then they will always have works. So when a believer does not have good works, James White will say that they do not have faith. This is common among Calvinists, often times they judge someones salvation on their works rather than what they believe. In the Bible there are many examples of new believers that did not have good works and they continued in bad works until the day they died (1 Cor. 11:30-32). Paul said that if the man at Corinth continued in fornication, Satan would destroy his flesh but the man's spirit would still be saved! (1 Cor. 5:5)

Also notice that James White says ""

When someone believes on Christ by their own freewill, he/she is not going to magically quit drinking, smoking, cussing, etc. God does not turn saved people into puppets that He takes control of and keeps them from sinning. In fact, aside from the conscience that God has given everyone, He does not give believers special feelings that keep them from desiring to sin. What determines if a new believer will do good works or stay the same is based on whether or not he/she starts studying the Bible. If a new convert starts reading the Bible, he is likely to do good works. If he does not read the Bible, he is more than likely going to sin just as much as ever. Practical sanctification comes from the receiving of the word of God in your heart after salvation....

Psalms 119:
[1] Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
[2] Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
[3] They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
[4] Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
[5] O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
[6] Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
[7] I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
[8] I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
[9] Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
[10] With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.
[11] Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee

Romans 7:7 "...Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet."

John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

2 Timothy 3:
[15] And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
[16] All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
[17] That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works

Ephesians 5:
[25] Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
[26] That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
[27] That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish

--Eli Caldwell

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