God’s Simple Plan of Salvation. written by Robert Ford Porter, and obtained from Lifegate Inc. P.O. Box 5 Monrovia, Indiana 46157-0005.
The first error is in the 3rd paragraph where it says, ‘In the Bible God gives us the plan how to be born again, which means to be saved.’ in John 3 Christ told Nicodemus that hemust be born again, not how to be born again. The Holy Spirit is compared to the wind in John 3:8. Man can not see the wind, only the effects of it. More importantly man cannot control the wind, God does. The same goes for the Spirit of God. Man cannot control the Spirit of God. The Spirit is sovereign, which means the Spirit goes where, when, why, and to whom he wants, before and without any human assistance or decision .
The false gospel teaches that a person is born again by the act of believing. In John 3:3 Christ says a man cannot see the kingdom of God at all if he is not born again first. So a person must first have life in order to believe, because faith is a gift of the Spirit. We know that “natural man(that is man dead in trespasses and sin, in need of the new birth) receives not the things of the Spirit” (1 Cor. 2:14). A dead man can and does believe false gospel, but those who are not yet born again cannot believe the true gospel.
The tracts says ‘you must realize you are a sinner’ but it does not define sin in terms of self-righteousness. This is the area of sin that we cannot detect by nature (in an unregenerate state). The sin of self-righteousness can only be exposed by the gospel which teaches that salvation is conditioned on God and not on the sinner. Immorality can be detected by our natural conscience convicting us by the Law within us, even without the gospel. Self-righteousness must be exposed before the sinner can see the need of being imputed with Christ’s satisfaction of the law.. If the treu gospel is not heard, the sinner does not repent of his own righteousness, but rather go about to establish more self righteousness (Rom 10:1-4). But our own righteousness is our greatest sin, because it sets itself up in competition with what God did in Christ, as if to add something to Christ’s death.
In the 6th paragraph the tract says ‘But God loved you so much…’ This promotes the universal love of God for all mankind. This is a very, very popular doctrine that is unbiblical. God does not love every person in the whole world who has ever been born. Consider Psalm 115:3 “Our God is in the heavens: He has done whatsoever He has pleased.” Since God is sovereign He can show mercy or withhold mercy to whomever He wants as it also says in Romans 9:15-19.
Look at Romans 9:11-15. These verses explain that God is sovereign in love and His love is unconditional. Paul explains here that God chose to love and save Jacob but Esau was hated and condemned. This choice of love was made not on the basis of any decision by Jacob or anything good in Jacob because verse 11 clearly says they ‘…were not yet born, neither having done any good or evil…’ Why did God do it this way? “..that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not according to works, but of Him that calls;” God did it that way because He had the right to, the power to, the will to, the purpose and plan to. He did this for His own glory. He reigns all powerful, and all wise in all His dealings. God did it this way so no man could have anything to brag or boast about. This is the only God there is and all other gods are false.
In Romans 8:35-39 it says “the love of God is only in Christ Jesus our Lord.” A person is loved and accepted in Christ. As it says in Ephesians 1:6 “…He hath made us accepted in the beloved.” Verse 3 says “…who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ...” Look what verse 4 says “According as He chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love…” All love and blessings are in Christ. Is everybody in Christ? No! ‘…Jacob have I loved but Esau have I hated’ is what it says in Romans 9:13. Did anyone ever have the right to go to Esau and say ‘God loves you and truly wants to be your Savior.’ Should we say that to anybody in our day? People who believe the false gospel believe in the false god who loves people and then allows them to perish. But that is not the true divine love revealed in the Bible.
Millions of children have grown to adulthood, rejected the gospel and died over the past 2000 years. Should any of these children have been encouraged to sing the song ‘Jesus Loves Me’? It is a lie to say that God loves everybody. God only loves His Elect, sometimes called: His chosen, His people, His sheep, His remnant, the Israel of God, spiritual Israel, the called, His children, children of promise, His seed, a peculiar people, people of God, His Bride. The only evidence we have of anyone being the Elect is that they believe the gospel. So we can only tell believers that God loves them. When unbelievers are told God loves them they are given a false hope, even though they will die in their sins.
Imagine that on the ark Noah had painted on the side ‘Smile God Loves You’ as unbelievers perished in the deep flood waters. That is what people are saying today and have no biblical ground to do so. The God of the Bible secured the salvation of everyone He loves through working out a righteousness for them by dying the death of the cross in their place, satisfying God’s law and justice for them.
This brings me to the phrase in the tract that says ‘…He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, to bear your sin and die in your place.’ (italics mine). Then the tract writer goes on to quote 2 Cor. 5:21. We can say the same thing about Christ’s death that we can say about His love, that it is limited to the Elect, His chosen. Today people have separated the DOCTRINE of the Atonement from the gospel. . People tend to view the Atonement as only a historical event of death, burial, and resurrection. There are many people who believe in the death, burial, and resurrection of this historical figure called Christ, but they do not have eternal life.
Christ’s death actually saves people. By that I mean His death is the very cause and reason that takes away God’s wrath from those God favors. Nothing else in the whole universe can do that. The Bible says in Hebrews 9:22 “…without the shedding of blood there is no remission.” . Christ had the sin of the Elect, and theirs alone, imputed from their account to Christ’s account . If He had everyone’s sin imputed to Him, then everyone would be saved, because their sins would be remitted by Christ’s blood-shed.
The blood of Christ is precious (1 Pet. 1:19) and is not to be counted as something common or ordinary.. To say that Christ died for everyone to render them potentially savable because ‘Christ has done all He can do and the rest is up to you,’ is a MEAN DESPICABLE LIE. it is using the Lord’s name in vain.
In this death God’s chief purpose was to glorify Himself, like He does in everything else. Christ death was accomplished in such a way that God could be known as both a “just God and a Savior” (Isaiah 45:21). This means that God did not say ‘OK, I guess I’ll show mercy on you even though you owe a great debt to me for hating my Law and justice.’ That goes against the very nature and character of God. He must show His justice in salvation, or there will be no salvation at all. The way He does that is through a satisfaction of justice by the death of a spotless substitute, who can be both God and man, so He can take on sin, and be made sin in the sinners place. Then and only then will God the Father punish and pour out this holy wrath and inflexible justice on His only begotten Son to remove the sin of all for whom Christ died for.
The verse in the tract that is quoted in part is 2 Cor. 5:21. This section of the Bible proves that Christ’s death was limited to His elect only. Verse 19 says “…God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself.” Is everybody in the world reconciled to God? No! The word world here refers to His Elect. The next part of the verse says “not imputing their trespasses to them.” Whomever Christ died for, their sins will not be imputed to them. Those whom Christ did not die for will have their sins imputed to them. The latter part of verse 21 says ‘…that we...’ Who are the we? It is the same as the word “world” in verse 19. It says “…in order that we would be made the righteousness of God in him.” The context is clearly limited the benefits of the death of Christ to the chosen Elect of God. Christ only died for the Elect and to say anything different is most certainly a lie. The view that says Christ died for all people that have ever been born is a perversion of the grace of God that actually makes Christ a failure.
The next part of the tract is where it quotes Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Then the writer says ‘Whosoever includes you.’ The question I have is a simple one: How can ‘whosoever’ include everyone, when the ‘whosoevers’ are qualified by the condition of calling? Does everyone call upon the name of the Lord? No! A person might be a whosoever won’t, like most people are. We must conclude that the ‘whosoevers’ are those who actually do call upon the name of the Lord, which is not everybody. Holding to this view of ‘whosoever’ promotes the biblical teaching of ‘whosoever,’ and is not anti-evangelism in the least, but the very opposite. Whosoever is not everybody.
The tract has a ‘1-2-3 Repeat After Me Prayer.’ This is a magic potion that has deceived millions of people down the road to destruction.e\. Saying a prayer has NEVER saved anybody, nor will it ever. We are saved by grace through faith . These prayer formulas are the inventions of man in relation to the public “altar-call,” or “invitation system.” Read Acts 10:43 and 13:38-39.
The back of the tract says ‘Let God save you…’ But Almighty God is absolutely sovereign. You do not let him do anything because God does what He wants. God saves whom He wants. He wants to save His Elect, and does save them. He is not willing that any of His Elect shall perish, but that all His Elect will come to repentance (2 Pet. 3:9). This is whom He loves, and this is whom Christ died for. God’s salvation is successful, just like He planned it. It is the only salvation that gives God all the glory and leaves no room for boasting in the sinner.
THE TRACT IS A PERVERSION OF THE TRUTH OF GOD AND HIS GOSPEL! DO NOT USE IT. PLEASE THROW IT AWAY!