Friday, July 8, 2011

Whosoever Shall Call Upon the Name of the Lord

Having been enlightened to the truth of God’s holy Word, I’m always a little perplexed (even slightly perturbed) when I see and hear the following ambiguous words of the Apostle Paul's trumpeted continually in churchianity: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).  What does that mean?  Am I supposed to suck in a big breath of air and shout out ‘JESUS!’ and then I’m saved (on my way to obtaining eternal life)?  Do I do that just once?  Or do I need to do it periodically?  Do you understand how confusing this one little sentence (dangerously plucked and isolated out of one of Paul’s letters) must be to willful sinners who are desiring to hear the truth of God’s Word concerning what they must DO to obtain eternal life (be saved)?

Here’s the reason for my aggravation; because in God’s Word, Jesus (the Son of God himself!) answered the very question of ‘what MUST I DO to obtain eternal life (be saved)?’ several times in Scripture, and his self-explanatory, clear cut answer I NEVER HEAR SPOKEN in churchianity!  Are you serious?  What’s the deal?  Why is that?  Do you know Christ’s answer to the all-important question?  It was: “IF thou wilt enter into life (be saved), KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS!” (Matthew 19:17).  See how easy those words are to comprehend?  A child can understand them!  Those words don’t allow for one single drop of confusion in the listener’s ear!  Stop stealing and start giving, stop lying and start telling the truth, stop living sexually immoral, stop coveting and idolizing dirt possessions, rest the Sabbath day, and on and on with God’s 10 Love Commandments; and then CONTINUE living in that manner until your last breath.  ALL OF THAT is comprised and understood instantly in the phrase “KEEP the COMMANDMENTS”.  In other words, if you want to obtain eternal life (be saved) … STOP WILFULLY SINNING!  Or as Jesus also once put it: “Go and sin no more!” (John 8:11).

Now obviously, since all of God’s Word is inspired of God, Paul’s words above do not contradict Jesus’ words.  And in fact, it doesn’t take long in perusing Paul’s letters to know he understood FULLY what Christ said was true, and even preached it himself: “For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the DOERS of the LAW (the 10 Love Commandments) shall be justified” (Romans 2:13).  And with a little more searching in Paul’s writings we find a clear explanation of what he meant by the phrase 'call upon the Lord': “Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that CALL ON THE LORD out of a PURE HEART” (II Timothy 2:22).  Do you see?  By saying ‘Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved’ Paul was describing the heart of someone who genuinely desires to turn from their sins, which means they desire to obey God’s commandments.  Makes perfect sense now doesn’t it?

But ironically, I also NEVER hear Paul's words (written to Timothy above) used in churchianity today to help explain the other ones they trumpet ubiquitously.  So what's up? What's going on?  Why not just speak in plain language to folks what THEY MUST DO to obtain eternal life, and let the pure seed of God’s Word fall on whatever ground (hearts) it finds?  IF you want to obtain eternal life (meaning if you want to be saved) … KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS!  Come on preachers, you can do it!  You too are allowed to speak the beautiful, holy, life-giving words of the Son of God.  Stop beating around the bush like a snake!

May we all learn to embrace, love, and OBEY Christ’s words,


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