The Salvation D ebate. The Salvation Debate. What does a person need to do to receive eternal life? Provide biblical support. What is the meaning of the word “faith”?
“Saving faith is no simple thing. It has many dimensions. ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus’ is a massive command. It contains a hundred other things. Unless we see this, the array of conditions for salvation in the New Testament will be utterly perplexing.”
John Piper, Desiring God, 51
“These are just some of the conditions that the New Testament says we must meet in order to inherit final salvation. We must believe on Jesus and receive him and turn from our sin and obey him and humble ourselves like little children and love him more than we love our family, our possessions or our own life.
This is what it means to be converted to Christ. This alone is the way of life everlasting.”
John Piper, Desiring God, 52
"As I see it, a lukewarm Christian is an oxymoron; there's no such thing. To put it plainly, churchgoers who are 'lukewarm' are not Christians. We will not see them in heaven.”
Francis Chan, Crazy Love, 83-84
“Saving faith is reliance upon God for salvation. It does not include within its compass the determination of the will to obey, nor does it include a commitmentto a life of works. To believe is to be persuaded and be reliant and includes nothing else.”
Joseph Dillow, The Reign of the Servant Kings
“An insistence on the necessity or inevitability of perseverance in good works undermines assurance and postpones it, logically, until death. But this denial of assurance clashes directly with the clear intent of the Gospel proclamation. It flies in the face of the offer of eternal life made by the Son of God Himself.”
Zane Hodges, The Gospel Under Siege, 13