Voddie Baucham – True Religion

This 7 minute clip is from Voddie Baucham’s visit to Romania, in December 2012.

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The Bible is talking about true religion, and it implies that if there’s true religion, then there’s false religion. Being born into a religion is not necessarily a bad thing. That’s different than being saved. You can be born into true religion, you can be born into a family that takes you to a true church, where you experience the true religion of Christianity, and come to faith in Christ, and that’s wonderful, no need to change that. But, you can also be born into false religion, and born into a religion that does not understand or communicate the Gospel. Born into a religion that causes you to trust in the religion itself, and not in Christ alone. If you find yourself in a false religion, if you find yourself in a religion that is pointing you again, and again, and again to yourself, to what you can achieve, to what you can accomplish, or to things that are done to you, or for you, by those in the religion, then you’ve found a false religion, that is ironically moving you away from those truths- the truths of your own sinfulness and the need for justification, and the true means of sanctification, as well.

It’s not just that we’re justified and declared righteous, but, we’re actually made righteous. And the Bible makes it clear that without holiness, no one will see God. And that righteousness is produced in us, by the grace of God, through that very same means. And, it’s not through us adhering to the rules of men, but, it’s by us being transformed. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5 „If any man is in Christ, he is a new creation. Old things have passed away, new things have come.” It is really difficult, because, as a pastor, I want people in my church to raise their children in true religion. I want to see them walk in that. And, I want to see my children raised in true religion, and to walk in that. But, we have to understand the difference between truth and falsehood, and not just accept things because of the way that we were raised.

Q- How do you know a religion is true or false?

Because of the Gospel. Because of adherence to the Scriptures. The reformers are pretty clear on this, that a true church is a place where the Gospel is rightly preached. Where the sacraments or ordinances are rightly administered, and where is true Biblical discipline, and, underlying all of that, of course, is the truth of God’s word, wherein we find all the rest of these things. And so, when the word of God is received and believed, as authoritative, when the Gospel is proclaimed rightly, as we find it in the Scriptures, when we are observing things, like the Lord’s Supper and baptism, and when we actually exercise discipline because of this expectation of people being made new creatures in Christ, the, and only then, we find ourselves in the true church, or practicing true religion.

When any of those things is undermined- the Scriptures- when suddenly, the Bible is not authoritative, but, the tradition of man is authoritative, or a man is authoritative, we’ve left true religion. The Gospel- when the Gospel is perverted, we’ve left true religion. When we have a man centered Gospel, we have a Gospel that is not honest about sin, when we have a Gospel that is not accurate about justification, and sanctification, and adoption, and things of this nature, and then, when those ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper are not viewed rightly, or when you add to them different things. Like, for example, when Rome adds sacraments, being sacramental religion- grace being dispensed through things like marriage and last rights, and so forth… Or, when there is no discipline, when there is no expectation of righteousness, and when we have no expectation of holiness, we find ourselves in false religion, and we should flee from that.

Q- There are many people who believe in salvation by grace, but, they think it’s necessary to add a few things to it, maybe a few good works…

That’s a pretty scary thought. I think people who believe that don’t view themselves rightly. First of all, I am not capable of good. I’m really not. Any good that is ever done in me, or through me, or by me is by the grace of God, through Christ Himself, and through Christ alone. Philippians 2:13 tells us that it is God who works in us, both to will and to do His good pleasure, and, any good that I do, to me to live is Christ, to die is gain. I am crucified with Christ, and yet I live. Not I, but Christ, who is in me. So, I’m not trusting in myself, I’m not trusting in my own works in order for me to be saved. But, I am anticipating, that because my salvation is genuine, that I will be saved, that I will be sanctified, and that progressively, I will see fruit in my life. The fruit of the Spirit in my life is not the way for me to measure whether or not I am achieving salvation. But, it is a way for me to recognize that salvation has been achieved and that it is working itself out in me. And so, there’s a difference in perspective. I’m not trusting in my own efforts to make me right with God, but I’m trusting in God’s work in my life to change me from the inside out. VIDEO by Biserica Speranta Oradea

2 comentarii (+add yours?)

  1. Delight in Truth
    mai 01, 2013 @ 22:36:15

    Voddie is so articulate!

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