THE JEWEL OF CONSISTENCY

By Billy Norris

Stealing is a grievous sin, listed along with other grievous sins. Those who practice such shall not inherit the kingdom of God. “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Cor. 6:9,10).

 One steals from God by withholding that which rightfully belongs to God — by failing to give as he has been prospered (1 Cor. 16:1,2;  Mal. 3:8-10).

One can even steal the Word of God. God brought this charge against the prophets of Judah: “Therefore behold, I am against the prophets, says the Lord, who steal

My Words everyone from his neighbor” (Jer. 23:30). They stole God’s Word by

teaching the people their own word rather than the Word of God.

It continues today. Christ, with all authority in heaven and on earth, plainly said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mk.

16:16). When one teaches salvation is by faith only, he steals from the people what Christ actually said. Jesus said, “He who believes (but He did not stop there) and is baptized will be saved.” To teach that baptism is not essential to salvation is to make the same kind of mistake for which God condemned the prophets of Judah.

The epistle of James gave Luther, with his salvation by faith only concept, a world of trouble. He called it a pile of straw. it is still giving advocates of Luther’s doctrine a world of trouble, for James said, “You see than that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only” (Jas. 2:24).

Paul said, “Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need (Eph. 4:28). If this is good counsel in regard to material matters, how much more in spiritual matters when multiplied millions in every generation need salvation!

Do not rob the lost, of the Word of the Son of God, that tells them what they must do in order

to be saved from sin and its dreadful consequences.

Do no forget what God said to the false prophets of Judah: “Therefore behold, I am against the prophets, says the Lord, who steal My  Words every one from his neighbor” (Jer. 23:30).

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