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Jesus’ Mission: Salvation Or Kingdom — Jesus Himself Preached Salvation Through Works

September 25th, 2017 by Egbert F Bhatty

Gospel Christianity / Jesus’ Christianity – Christianity As Preached And Practiced By Our Lord Jesus Christ, And Recorded In Matthew, Mark, Luke, And John.

Church Christianity – Christianity As Taught By Catholic, Protestant, And Evangelical Churches, And Recorded In Their Separate Catechisms.

The last post concluded with the statement that Man has to Work for his Salvation.  

Man has to Believe.  The Catholic and Mainline Protestant position.  Which is a form of Work.  

Man has to Confess.  The Evangelical Protestant position.  Which, again, is a form of Work.  

If Salvation is through Grace alone — the Sola Gratia of The Reformation, then, Man would have had to do nothing.  

No Believing — which is, most decidedly, an Action, a form of Work, on the part of Man.  No Confessing — which, again, is, most decidedly, an Action, a form of Work, on the part of Man.  

Whether Believing or Confessing or both — the fact of the matter is that Man has to do something, Man has to Work, for his Salvation.  Which means that Man is not Saved by Grace alone — as Martin Luther has argued, based on his reading of Romans 1:17.  

Reading Romans 1:17 is Martin Luther’s fundamental error.  More properly, over-reading Romans 1:17.  

He read into the passage something that was not there.  

Martin Luther, instead, should have considered Matthew 25:31-46.  In the New Revised Standard Version [NRSV] this section is titled The Judgment Of The Nations.  Who will go to Heaven, and who will go to Hell.

In Matthew 25:31-46 it is Our Lord, JesusHimself, speaking about Salvation and Damnation. Luther would have found it enlightening.

Because, nowhere in this section does Jesus Preach that Salvation is through Grace alone.

And, surely, Martin Luther would agree, that Jesus is a more reliable authority on Salvation than Paul.

Egbert F “Burt” Bhatty has worked 30 years as an Analyst at the American Embassy, New Delhi, and at British [Dunlop] and American [Chase Manhattan] multinationals.  He is a Certified Catechist. Holds a 3-year [part time] Certificate in Foundations For Christian Ministry. 

Material published in christianity21c.com, unless specifically noted, may be used freely for non-commercial purposes.  Attribution, though not required, will be greatly appreciated.  “…..freely ye have received, freely give.”  [Matthew 10:8 KJV — King James Version]

Jesus’ Mission: Salvation Or Kingdom — Is The Church Right About Salvation Through Grace — Not Works?

September 23rd, 2017 by Egbert F Bhatty

Gospel Christianity / Jesus’ Christianity – Christianity As Preached And Practiced By Our Lord Jesus Christ, And Recorded In Matthew, Mark, Luke, And John.

Church Christianity – Christianity As Taught By Catholic, Protestant, And Evangelical Churches, And Recorded In Their Separate Catechisms.

In Judaism, Man is born Sin-free.  And, Salvation is achieved by living a Holy life, following the Law.  That is, Man has to Work for his Salvation.  

Hinduism, also, has Salvation through Works.  But, in addition, Hinduism offers two other paths to Salvation.  Salvation through Knowledge.  And, Salvation through Prayer.  

In Buddhism, Salvation is through Works.  Following the Noble Eightfold Path.  

Taoism, also, has Salvation through Works.  By living in harmony with Nature.  

Shintoism has Salvation through Works, also.  Through the performance of Rituals of Purification.  

It is only in Islam and Christianity that Salvation is achieved by other than Works.  Through Grace, in Christianity.  By Allah’s Mercy, in Islam.  

But, why Grace?  Because, says Christian theology, Man cannot perform sufficient Good Works to gain Salvation.  So, Jesus is Merciful.  And, Saves Man through Grace.  Which is Gospel-speak for Forgiveness.  

But, who receives Grace?  Everybody?  Does Jesus, having made everybody, Save everybody?  

No, — only those who Believe in Him.  Those who Confess that He is Lord.  

When, you come right down to it — Believing, Confessing, seem suspiciously like Work.  Man has to do something in order to secure his Salvation.  

The Church, clearly, is not right about Grace.  If, at heart, Grace is nothing more than Work with a bow tie, — then, what does it say about The Church?  Has The Church indulged in a deliberate distortion of Jesus’ Mission?

Egbert F “Burt” Bhatty has worked 30 years as an Analyst at the American Embassy, New Delhi, and at British [Dunlop] and American [Chase Manhattan] multinationals.  He is a Certified Catechist. Holds a 3-year [part time] Certificate in Foundations For Christian Ministry. 

Material published in christianity21c.com, unless specifically noted, may be used freely for non-commercial purposes.  Attribution, though not required, will be greatly appreciated.  “…..freely ye have received, freely give.”  [Matthew 10:8 KJV — King James Version]

Jesus’ Mission: Salvation Or Kingdom — Future Sins Pre-Forgiven? Really!!

September 21st, 2017 by Egbert F Bhatty

Gospel Christianity / Jesus’ Christianity – Christianity As Preached And Practiced By Our Lord Jesus Christ, And Recorded In Matthew, Mark, Luke, And John.

Church Christianity – Christianity As Taught By Catholic, Protestant, And Evangelical Churches, And Recorded In Their Separate Catechisms.

The Church is all about Salvation.  Not, ETKOOLJCOE.  That is, Establishing The Kingdom Of Our Lord Jesus Christ On Earth.  Which Our Lord Preached and Practiced.  And, therefore, earnestly desired.  

ETKOOLJCOE is given short shrift by The Church — The Catholic, The Mainline Protestant, and The Evangelical Protestant.  ETKOOLJCOE is too much work.  Salvation is easier.  

Convince Man that he is a Sinner.  And, then, tell Man that The Church has the Nostrum.  

But, what Nostrum?  Works, or Grace?  

The Church has opted to push Grace.  

This, despite Jesus clearly pointing to the contrary: identifying in Matthew 25 who will go to Heaven — in Church-language, who will be Saved — and who will go to Hell — in Church-language, who will be Damned.  

And, not only identifying who will go to Heaven and who will go to Hell — but, importantly, — why.  

The Church has no use for Matthew 25.  When did you last hear it Taught from the Pulpit, or on Television?  But, Salvation! — that’s a whole another story!  There’s no end to the babble, and blather, and jabber about that.  About Salvation.  

The Church, in all the multiplicity of its Denominations, is continuously ranting about Sin and Salvation.  What Sin is; and what precise prescription for Salvation the Denomination has.  

The Catholic Church and The Mainline Protestant Church are pretty much agreed, and Teach, that Jesus died on The Cross and shed His Blood for the Forgiveness of Man’s Sins.  Past, and Present.  

This is how the Salvation system operates: Past Sins are automatically Forgiven by Man’s Faith in the Salvific Power of The Blood.  While Man’s Present Sins are Forgiven, in the Catholic system by Confession and Repentance; and, by Faith in The Blood, in the Mainline Protestant system.  

And, this is where Salvation stood for 1700 years.  

Then, came The Great Awakening of the 1730s and 1740s — a Reform Movement within The Mainline Protestant Church.  Which Awakening became The Evangelical Church.  

But, every Reform Movement has to prove its relevance.  Why it is better than the extant system.  

And, so The Evangelical Protestants went one better than The Mainline.  Faith in The Blood not only Forgave Man’s Past and Present Sins — but, Future Sins, too!  

Really!!

Egbert F “Burt” Bhatty has worked 30 years as an Analyst at the American Embassy, New Delhi, and at British [Dunlop] and American [Chase Manhattan] multinationals.  He is a Certified Catechist. Holds a 3-year [part time] Certificate in Foundations For Christian Ministry. 

Material published in christianity21c.com, unless specifically noted, may be used freely for non-commercial purposes.  Attribution, though not required, will be greatly appreciated.  “…..freely ye have received, freely give.”  [Matthew 10:8 KJV — King James Version]

Jesus’ Mission: Salvation Or Kingdom — Did Jesus Not Work For Our Salvation?

September 19th, 2017 by Egbert F Bhatty

Gospel Christianity / Jesus’ Christianity – Christianity As Preached And Practiced By Our Lord Jesus Christ, And Recorded In Matthew, Mark, Luke, And John.

Church Christianity – Christianity As Taught By Catholic, Protestant, And Evangelical Churches, And Recorded In Their Separate Catechisms.

The previous post asked — what is Jesus’ plan for Salvation?  After pointing to the plethora of Salvation plans put forward by The Catholic Church, The Mainline Protestant Church, and The Evangelical Protestant Church.  

This plethora revolves around the question of Works and Faith.  Do we need to Work for our Salvation?  Or, is Salvation a function of Faith?  Faith in His Blood [Romans 3:25 KJV — King James Version].  

Another part of the plethora revolves around the question of Time.  

Are Past Sins forgiven by Faith in His Blood?  Or, only Present Sins?  Which, obviously, are scrubbed by virtue of Faith in His Blood.  And, then, there is the question of the Future.  What about Future Sins?  Sins not yet committed — but, will be committed.  

Will these Future Sins be erased from our Soul — because of our Faith in His Blood?  

The question of Past, Present, and Future Sins, and their cleansing from our Soul — especially, Future Sins — will be considered in the next post.  

This post will address the contention between Works and Faith in our Salvation.  

Are Works necessary for Salvation?  Or, is Faith alone — Martin Luther’s sola fide — sufficient?  

Work as the means for Salvation has been given short shrift since The Reformation [1517].  And, Faith has been elevated to the only True position.  

But, the question needs to be asked — did Jesus not Work for our Salvation?  He accepted Scourging.  He carried His Cross.  He allowed His Crucifixion.  He initiated His Resurrection.  

Is this all not Work? — leading to the Shedding of His Blood for our Redemption.  

Egbert F “Burt” Bhatty has worked 30 years as an Analyst at the American Embassy, New Delhi, and at British [Dunlop] and American [Chase Manhattan] multinationals.  He is a Certified Catechist. Holds a 3-year [part time] Certificate in Foundations For Christian Ministry. 

Material published in christianity21c.com, unless specifically noted, may be used freely for non-commercial purposes.  Attribution, though not required, will be greatly appreciated.  “…..freely ye have received, freely give.”  [Matthew 10:8 KJV — King James Version]

Jesus’ Mission: Salvation Or Kingdom — The Church’s Cafeteria-Style Salvation Choices

September 17th, 2017 by Egbert F Bhatty

Gospel Christianity / Jesus’ Christianity – Christianity As Preached And Practiced By Our Lord Jesus Christ, And Recorded In Matthew, Mark, Luke, And John.

Church Christianity – Christianity As Taught By Catholic, Protestant, And Evangelical Churches, And Recorded In Their Separate Catechisms.

A previous Post pointed to the sorry state of The Abrahamic religions.  Judaism.  Christianity.  Islam. Each has its own Salvation plan.

Jehovah has His own.  Jesus has His own.  Allah has His own.  

The worst of these religions is Christianity.  

According to the World Christian Encyclopedia there are 33,000 distinct Christian denominations.  Excluding the 1000 Catholic and Orthodox denominations leaves us with 32,000 Protestant and Evangelical denominations.  

Which 32,000 denominations present a Cornucopia, a Cafeteria-Style Choice, of Salvation plans.

Which end up, in some Church or the other, as make-it-up-yourself Salvation plans:  this and this and this, but, not that and that and that, for Salvation.  

One make-it-up-yourself Salvation plan even promises Forgiveness for Sins not yet committed!  Can you tell which of the three major denominations Teaches this?  Catholic?  Mainline Protestant?  Evangelical Protestant?

Works, Grace, Confession, — are the largest types of Salvation plans in The Church today.  Either, stand-alone, or, in combination.

And, what of Jesus?  What is Jesus’ plan of Salvation?  And, how does Jesus’ plan of Salvation compare with that The Church Teaches?

Egbert F “Burt” Bhatty has worked 30 years as an Analyst at the American Embassy, New Delhi, and at British [Dunlop] and American [Chase Manhattan] multinationals.  He is a Certified Catechist. Holds a 3-year [part time] Certificate in Foundations For Christian Ministry. 

Material published in christianity21c.com, unless specifically noted, may be used freely for non-commercial purposes.  Attribution, though not required, will be greatly appreciated.  “…..freely ye have received, freely give.”  [Matthew 10:8 KJV — King James Version]

Jesus’ Mission: Salvation Or Kingdom — The Importance Of The Concept Of Sin In Christianity

September 15th, 2017 by Egbert F Bhatty

Gospel Christianity / Jesus’ Christianity – Christianity As Preached And Practiced By Our Lord Jesus Christ, And Recorded In Matthew, Mark, Luke, And John.

Church Christianity – Christianity As Taught By Catholic, Protestant, And Evangelical Churches, And Recorded In Their Separate Catechisms.

The last post ended with the statement that Sin, not Salvation, is the most importance concept in Christianity.  That, without the concept of Sin there can be no concept of Salvation.  

No Sin, no Salvation.  

Yet, as The Gospels are written, Sin gets short shrift.  Salvation is the Alpha and the Omega of The Gospels, of Christianity.  

Right out the gate, Matthew emphasizes Salvation.  Once he is done with the begats — the genealogy of Jesus — Matthew comes to the Birth of Jesus [1:18-20].  

And, the reason for It.  “And she [Mother Mary – ed] shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus, for He shall Save His people from their Sins.” [Matthew 1:21 KJV — King James Version]  

For Matthew Jesus’ Mission is clear.  Jesus came to Save.  His Mission is Salvation.  But, Salvation requires Sin.  

And, so, Christianity starts with the assumption that man is Sinful.  

Not just when Man has reached the Age of Reason  And, is capable of distinguishing between Right and Wrong.  

Not just when Man is born.  

But, The Church goes way back.  To when Man is conceived.  

Christian Doctrine, unchallenged even to this day, is that Man is Sinful from the moment of conception.  

That being the case, Sinful Man, who has no choice but to be born a Sinful Christian, is in dire need of Salvation.  

But, how? — water?  Grace?  confession?

Reese Chronology — Reese, Edward.  The Reese Chronological Bible.  Minnesota.  Bethany House.  1977.  Print.     

Egbert F “Burt” Bhatty has worked 30 years as an Analyst at the American Embassy, New Delhi, and at British [Dunlop] and American [Chase Manhattan] multinationals.  He is a Certified Catechist. Holds a 3-year [part time] Certificate in Foundations For Christian Ministry. 

Material published in christianity21c.com, unless specifically noted, may be used freely for non-commercial purposes.  Attribution, though not required, will be greatly appreciated.  “…..freely ye have received, freely give.”  [Matthew 10:8 KJV — King James Version]

Jesus’ Mission: Salvation Or Kingdom — Is Salvation The Most Important Concept In Christianity?

September 13th, 2017 by Egbert F Bhatty

Gospel Christianity / Jesus’ Christianity – Christianity As Preached And Practiced By Our Lord Jesus Christ, And Recorded In Matthew, Mark, Luke, And John.

Church Christianity – Christianity As Taught By Catholic, Protestant, And Evangelical Churches, And Recorded In Their Separate Catechisms.

According to The Church, the most important concept in Christianity is Salvation.  

Salvation is the reason for Jesus’ existence.  There is no other reason for Jesus to be, according to The Church.  

Jesus’ only purpose — in Heaven and on Earth — is to save people from their Sins.  

According to this viewpoint, Jesus was marking time throughout Eternity.  Just waiting for the appropriate moment that came some 2000 years ago.  To be born.  To bring Salvation to the people.

What is the definition of Salvation?  

Salvation is the deliverance from Sin and its consequences.  

If Salvation is the deliverance from Sin — then Salvation is an Effect.  The Cause is Sin.  

It would, therefore, appear that the most important concept in Christianity should be Sin; not Salvation.  No Sin, no Salvation.   

Egbert F “Burt” Bhatty has worked 30 years as an Analyst at the American Embassy, New Delhi, and at British [Dunlop] and American [Chase Manhattan] multinationals.  He is a Certified Catechist. Holds a 3-year [part time] Certificate in Foundations For Christian Ministry. 

Material published in christianity21c.com, unless specifically noted, may be used freely for non-commercial purposes.  Attribution, though not required, will be greatly appreciated.  “…..freely ye have received, freely give.”  [Matthew 10:8 KJV — King James Version]

Jesus’ Mission: Salvation Or Kingdom — The Salvation Game

September 11th, 2017 by Egbert F Bhatty

Gospel Christianity / Jesus’ Christianity – Christianity As Preached And Practiced By Our Lord Jesus Christ, And Recorded In Matthew, Mark, Luke, And John.

Church Christianity – Christianity As Taught By Catholic, Protestant, And Evangelical Churches, And Recorded In Their Separate Catechisms.

Yes.  Salvation is a game.  In Christianity.  

The first to play The Salvation Game was, obviously, The Catholic Church.  Next, came the Lutherans and the Anglicans — the progenitors of The Reformation [1517] .  And, finally, The Evangelicals in the 1730s.  

What is common to these three major strands of Christianity is the assertion that Jesus died for our Sins. 

The fact that Jesus Preached Establishing His Kingdom On Earth at least 110 times, and Salvation by His Blood a couple of two-three times only, — is of no import.  Not, to The Catholic Church.  Not, to The Mainline Protestants.  Nor, The Evangelicals.  

The Mainline Protestants and The Evangelicals blindly accepted The Catholic position.  That Jesus did not come to Establish His Kingdom; rather, for Salvation.  To Save people from their Sins.

Once Salvation was accepted, and The Kingdom rejected, as

the object of Jesus’ Mission — the three major Christianities were off to the races.  Each outdoing the other in The Salvation Game.  The Game to forgive Sins.

Namely, who — which Church — can forgive more Sins, more easily, than the others.

Egbert F “Burt” Bhatty has worked 30 years as an Analyst at the American Embassy, New Delhi, and at British [Dunlop] and American [Chase Manhattan] multinationals.  He is a Certified Catechist. Holds a 3-year [part time] Certificate in Foundations For Christian Ministry. 

Material published in christianity21c.com, unless specifically noted, may be used freely for non-commercial purposes.  Attribution, though not required, will be greatly appreciated.  “…..freely ye have received, freely give.”  [Matthew 10:8 KJV — King James Version]

Jesus’ Mission: Salvation Or Kingdom — Differing Salvation Systems in Christianity

September 9th, 2017 by Egbert F Bhatty

Gospel Christianity / Jesus’ Christianity – Christianity As Preached And Practiced By Our Lord Jesus Christ, And Recorded In Matthew, Mark, Luke, And John.

Church Christianity – Christianity As Taught By Catholic, Protestant, And Evangelical Churches, And Recorded In Their Separate Catechisms.

The concept of Salvation exists in each of the three Abrahamic Religions — Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.  

In both Judaism and Islam Salvation is obtained through Works and Grace.  In Christianity, by contrast, Salvation is by Grace alone.  

In Judaism, Salvation is both Individual, and Collective.  With the greater emphasis being placed on the Collective.  The Messiah will save the nation Israel from its enemies; and, elevate Israel above all Nations.  

In Islam, Salvation is Individual.  And, is represented strikingly.  In Sura 23 al-Muminun 101-103.  Which says that when the Trumpet shall sound on The Last Day, those whose deeds of Righteousness sit heavy on the Scales of Judgment will go to Heaven.  Those whose Sinfulness outweighs their Righteousness will be Punished in Hell.  But, a Gracious Allah will take them into Heaven when their Punishment is done.  

In Christianity, Salvation is through Grace.  

But, Christian Grace is a flexible proposition.  Subject to differing interpretations.  

For Catholics, Repentance is central to the forgiveness of Sins — and, therefore, to Salvation.  

For Mainline Protestants, it is by fida.  Salvation through Faith in Jesus alone.  

For Evangelicals, Salvation is by mouth.  Confess by mouth that Jesus is Lord — for Salvation.  

It’s messy, messy, messy, — this whole business of Christian Salvation.   

Egbert F “Burt” Bhatty has worked 30 years as an Analyst at the American Embassy, New Delhi, and at British [Dunlop] and American [Chase Manhattan] multinationals.  He is a Certified Catechist. Holds a 3-year [part time] Certificate in Foundations For Christian Ministry. 

Material published in christianity21c.com, unless specifically noted, may be used freely for non-commercial purposes.  Attribution, though not required, will be greatly appreciated.  “…..freely ye have received, freely give.”  [Matthew 10:8 KJV — King James Version]

Jesus’ Mission: Salvation Or Kingdom — Why Do Christians Need To Be Saved? Original Sin

September 7th, 2017 by Egbert F Bhatty

Gospel Christianity / Jesus’ Christianity – Christianity As Preached And Practiced By Our Lord Jesus Christ, And Recorded In Matthew, Mark, Luke, And John.

Church Christianity – Christianity As Taught By Catholic, Protestant, And Evangelical Churches, And Recorded In Their Separate Catechisms.

Original Sin is drummed into the Christian’s mind at about the same time as The Lord’s Prayer is being committed to memory.  

It is the Sin of Disobedience.  Adam eating the apple.  The fruit of the Tree of Good and Evil.  Which, The Old Testament God, Jehovah, forbade.  

The Church Teaches that in eating the apple, Adam Sinned.  And, that his Sin is dis-seminated to Humanity.  At the moment of Conception.  

This is the fundamental Church Doctrine.  All of the other Church Doctrines recorded in The Catechisms and The Confessions, flow from The Fall.  

The two other Abrahamic religions, Judaism and Islam, hold the diametrically opposite Doctrine.  

In Judaism, Man is born Pure.  Man Sins.  And, brings suffering upon his head by his own actions.

In Islam, Man is fitrah at birth — Pure, Sinless.  But, fitrah wanes in face of a relentless World. Sinner-Man asks for Mercy [Sura al-A’raf:23].  And, Allah, not only Forgives — but, provides Guidance [Sura Ta Ha:122].  [Acknowledgement — this section on Islam based on the Wikipedia entry entitled Original Sin.]  

Thus, we see that there is no concept of Original Sin in either Judaism or Islam.  

Then, why does The Church Teach the Doctrine of Original Sin?  

Because, — if Original Sin exists — or, is made to exist — by Doctrinal definition — then, Man has to be Saved.    

And, if Man has to be Saved, then, that gives The Church — The Catholic Church, The Mainline Protestant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Church — each, the opportunity to design, to define, the perfect Nostrum for Salvation.  

Egbert F “Burt” Bhatty has worked 30 years as an Analyst at the American Embassy, New Delhi, and at British [Dunlop] and American [Chase Manhattan] multinationals.  He is a Certified Catechist. Holds a 3-year [part time] Certificate in Foundations For Christian Ministry. 

Material published in christianity21c.com, unless specifically noted, may be used freely for non-commercial purposes.  Attribution, though not required, will be greatly appreciated.  “…..freely ye have received, freely give.”  [Matthew 10:8 KJV — King James Version]

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