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  1. Greetings from kansas city !! Been watching your vids. Heard you mention your wife is from kc.I got your link off of Tony Seigh’s site . I really like what you share . Let me know if you plan to be in kc sometime.

    • Bas Rijksen says:

      Hi Renee. Ah, you live in Kansas City; indeed the city where my wife, Michelle, is from! Usually we do take furlough to go to Kansas. However this year we won’t be making it. But probably somewhere 2015 we’ll be there again. I’m glad you enjoy what I share. Be encouraged. God likes you! 🙂

  2. Bas, if you plan on coming to Kansas, I would be happy to try to get you some speaking engagement in Colorado.

    • Bas Rijksen says:

      Hi Chris,

      Thank you for your invitation. That’s very kind.

      I do love to teach/speak, but at least for this year I don’t take any speaking engagement due to some commitments (even if we end up in Kansas this year, which we are discussing :))

      But who knows…later on.

      Bas

  3. Hey bas I just wanted to say think you for all your great and Kind Emails you have helped me out in so many ways. I still have to renew my mind because I do have a way of thinking about the bible and about Jesus but i’m going to keep at it and keep strong and keep my Faith in jesus and never let it go no matter what 🙂 God Bless you and your Family you are in my Prayers.

  4. I just want to say that I hope people out there who don’t want to think Jesus is real or is he is the way. well I can tell you all I lived a hard life did not live a real great life by no means. but even with how I lived even then god still loved me so much to help me to see I needed Jesus in my Life and that I needed him and I got to such a low point in my Life where I just didn’t really care if I lived or died and didn’t care how I lived or how I acted but though the Grace and Love of God he Brought me back into the Light and I wanted to be better I wanted to feel better to feel loved and to feel like I know god wants me to so I prayed and told Jesus how sorry I was for the Life I was living and that I needed him so much in my life and after I did that I felt Peace come over me and before that I use to Cuss all the time without even thinking about it and didn’t care but now I no longer have that want. ive had some slipups but nothing near like I use to and I thank god and jesus everyday for that I use to be so full of Anger and Hate and Rage that I just got to a point where I hated the world but I no longer feel all that inside of me that shows you the Power of Jesus and the Grace and Love and Mercy of God there is nothing he can not overcome and nothing he can not help you with if you just let him. and like others after I was saved I would worry did I really pray right did I do what I needed to do did I talk to Jesus right. how can I know for sure well after hearing about other people that got saved and what they went though and how they said that you would not be worried if you was saved if you didn’t already Believe that Jesus is real if you didn’t think Jesus was real you would not care if you was saved or not. and the fact that you have a Civil war going on inside of you that a part of you wants to follow god but then the other part of you don’t that’s a sign right there. so I hope and pray that people that don’t Believe in Jesus please don’t make that Mistake Jesus loves you so much that’s why he Died for you me and everyone. God sent Jesus because he does not want us to be in Hell He Wants us to be in Heaven with him forever and ever Amen. so don’t pass Jesus up. I thank god everyday that he showed me the way to turn from my old way of living and showed me the Truth and the Light of Jesus Christ. He Shed his Blood on the Cross for us. even now I struggle with my old ways trying to pull me back to that life and sure I trip and fall and make Mistakes but I know that even when I fail and sin that God still Loves me so much and that he Forgives me and will never Leave me or Forsake me 🙂 . so God Bless you all ! and I wish nothing but the best for all of you everyday.

  5. People like this guy shocks me look what he puts about Faith alone is what saves us: ok this is his Post Faith Alone Does Not Save . . . No Matter How Many Times Protestants Say It Does

    Posted on April 20, 2015 by Lee Woofenden

    “We are saved by faith alone.”

    The Bible doesn’t say it. In fact, the Bible rejects it.

    It was not part of Christian belief for the first 1,500 years of Christianity.

    Even today, only about one-fifth of Christians belong to churches that teach it.

    And yet, the minority of Christians who do believe in it think it’s the most important, essential teaching of Christianity.

    “Justification by faith alone” is the Protestant doctrine that the one and only thing that saves us is believing that Jesus Christ died for us on the cross. Our “works,” meaning what we do and how we live, do not contribute anything to our salvation. If we believe that Jesus died for us, we will go to heaven. If we do not believe that Jesus died for us, we will go to hell.

    I have been told that I am going to hell because I am unwilling to say and believe that faith alone saves.

    Now that could be a problem!

    The numbers don’t look good

    Let’s do a little math.

    Approximately 20% of Christians belong to churches that teach that faith alone saves. Approximately 32% of the world’s population identifies as Christian. This means that approximately 6.4% of the world’s population belongs to churches that teach that faith alone saves.

    The current world population is 7.3 billion.

    This means that by the most optimistic estimates (if all of the people who belong to churches that teach faith alone actually believe the way they are supposed to), of all the people alive today:
    •467 million people are saved and will go to heaven.
    •6.8 billion people will be damned and go to hell.

    Or put another way, over 93% of the world’s population is going to hell.

    Is God incompetent?

    So I have a question for you:

    Is God incompetent?

    If you worked in an automobile design studio, and one day you rushed into your boss’s office and said, “Look! I’ve designed a car that works 6.4% of the time!” how would your boss react? I’ll tell you how: “Back to the drawing board!”

    Supposedly God loves all of the people whom God has created. And yet, if the only thing that saves us is faith in Jesus Christ, and the belief that we are saved by that faith alone, then over 93% of the people God supposedly loves are going to hell.

    I would call that an epic fail.

    Even if we broaden the definition, and say that everyone who believes in Jesus can be saved, you’re still talking a success rate of only 32% at best—and that assumes that everyone who self-identifies as a Christian truly believes in Jesus Christ.

    Even a 32% success rate would still be a major fail on God’s part.

    Yet according to the doctrine of salvation by faith alone, that is the best success rate God could possibly have in the population of the world today.

    Is God really such a bad designer that somewhere between 67% and 93% of the human beings on earth end out in the scrap heap with “REJECT” stamped on them in big, red letters?

    Yes, but what about the Bible?

    The churches and preachers who teach salvation by faith alone know about these numbers. Their general response is, “Yes, it sounds harsh. But we must believe it because that’s what the Bible teaches.”

    So here’s a little quiz:

    Question: How many times does “faith alone” appear in the Bible?

    Answer: Once.

    Here it is:

    You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. (James 2:24)

    That’s right. In the one and only place in the entire Bible that “faith alone” appears, it is specifically rejected as saving!

    Christians who believe in faith alone think that Paul teaches it.

    But Paul never even says “faith alone” in any of his letters. (He also doesn’t say “grace alone.”) And Paul was articulate enough that if he had wanted to say that faith alone saves, he certainly had the vocabulary and the ability to do so.

    But he never did.

    What Paul did say is that we are saved by faith apart from the works of the Law (Romans 3:28). And that is one of the most misunderstood verses in the entire Bible.

    Paul was not saying that we don’t have to do good deeds in order to be saved. Just one chapter earlier, he had said:

    God will repay each person according to what they have done. To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor, and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; but glory, honor, and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For God does not show favoritism. (Romans 2:6–11)

    So it’s crystal clear that Paul, like every other writer in the Bible, taught that we must do good works in order to be saved, and that if we don’t, we will be condemned.

    “Faith apart from the works of the Law”

    When Paul said that we are saved by faith apart from the works of the Law, he was talking about the Law of Moses.

    He was arguing, against the main group of Jewish Christians in Jerusalem, that it was not necessary for Christians to obey the ritual laws of sacrifice, diet, circumcision, and so on proscribed in the ancient Jewish ritual code found in the Torah, or Law, which is the first five books of the Bible. Paul, an “apostle to the Gentiles” (see Romans 11:13), did not want to saddle pagan converts with the ritual laws of Judaism. Further, he believed that faith in Jesus made it unnecessary to follow those ritual laws.

    For observant Jews, strictly following these laws was a matter of great pride. See, for example, the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector in Luke 18:9–14:

    To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

    “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

    “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

    That’s why Paul said in Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God—not the result of works, so that no one may boast.” Here “works” like the “circumcision” that he talks about in the next few verses, is shorthand for “the works of the Law”—meaning the ritual laws given by Moses in the Torah.

    Paul even says in the very next verse, “For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life” (Ephesians 2:10, italics added).

    Yes, Paul was big on faith. He’s always talking about faith. But he never taught faith alone. Just like the other Bible writers, he insisted that we must do good works as commanded by the Lord if we wish to be saved and go to heaven.

    Where did faith alone come from?

    If the Bible never says that faith alone saves, how did it become the distinguishing doctrine of Protestantism?

    Martin Luther, by Lucas Cranach the Elder
    Martin Luther

    The answer is simple. The doctrine of salvation by faith alone did not come from the Bible. It came from Martin Luther (1843–1546).

    Martin Luther was a Roman Catholic priest in Germany who, in time, rejected Catholicism and became the leading founder of Protestantism.

    As part of his doctrinal break from Rome, he promulgated the doctrine of salvation by faith alone. This doctrine became the primary doctrine distinguishing Protestantism from Roman Catholicism, and the key doctrine of Protestantism as a whole.

    John Calvin, by Hans Holbein the Younger
    John Calvin

    John Calvin (1509–1564), a French theologian who became another primary figure in the Protestant Reformation, founding the Reformed or Calvinist branch of Protestantism, adopted the doctrine of salvation by faith alone from Luther.

    Philipp Melanchthon, by Lucas Cranach the Elder
    Philipp Melanchthon

    These two theologians, along with Philipp Melanchthon, who systematized Lutheran theology, established salvation by faith alone as the fundamental doctrine of Protestantism. This is the doctrine that distinguishes it from Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and all other Christian churches. It is only Protestants who say, over and over again, that we are saved by faith alone.

    Protestants—especially the Evangelical and Fundamentalist variety—believe and claim that the doctrine of salvation by faith alone comes from the Bible. But the reality is that it comes from Luther, Calvin, and Melanchthon.

    The Bible itself never says that faith alone saves. Instead, as I pointed out earlier, the Bible specifically denies that we are saved by faith alone. Martin Luther actually wanted to remove the book of James from the Bible because it contradicted his distinctive doctrine of salvation by faith alone.

    So what?

    Now, I know what you’re thinking.

    So what?

    What does it matter whether the doctrine of salvation by faith alone is true or false? Isn’t it just another one of those endless and useless doctrinal debates that those old Christian theologians are always having with each other?

    Well . . . first of all, if we were truly saved by faith alone, it would mean that somewhere between two-thirds and nineteen-twentieths of the world’s population will spend eternity being tortured in hell mostly because they just happened to be born into the wrong culture and religion.

    I don’t know about you, but the idea that a loving God would design the world so that most people end out in hell really bothers me.

    What is our life for, anyway?

    But let me ask you a more practical question.

    What do you spend more of your time at: believing things or doing things?

    Don’t get me wrong, faith is very important. If we don’t believe in God, or at least in some higher power and morality than ourselves, about all that’s left is for us to live for the pleasure of today, and hope for more pleasure tomorrow. And that’s not much of a life.

    However, for most of us, believing things takes up only a small part of our time and energy. The reality is that we’ve got work to do.

    Most of us spend most of our days, and most of our lives, getting up in the morning and going about our daily tasks, going to our day job, taking care of our families and other people that we’re responsible for, and getting things done around the house and around the community.

    The main problem with faith alone is not that it isn’t taught by the Bible—as bad as that is. The main problem with faith alone is that if it were true, it would mean that almost everything we do during our lifetime here on earth is irrelevant to our eternal life.

    Our daily work matters

    Why would God put us on this earth and give us bodies, and work to do with them, if all that matters is what we believe? If all that matters is faith, why didn’t God just give us a brain, and a thinking mind, and leave it at that?

    The reality is that everything we do all day—all of our work, all of our struggle, all of our blood, sweat, and tears—does matter in eternity. God did not put us on earth merely to believe and have faith. God put us here on earth to act on our faith, and live by our beliefs. That’s why the Apostle James said:

    What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. (James 2:14–17)

    The Bible everywhere, and in many different ways, tells us that faith by itself is useless. Everywhere, the Bible tells us that if we wish to be saved, we must love our neighbor, care for our neighbor, and engage in active service to our neighbor. Jesus himself tells us that only those who tend to the needs of others will go to heaven (see Matthew 25:31–46).

    Our daily labor, our daily job, our daily service to our fellow human beings is the crucible in which our eternal life is forged.

    God gave us the Ten Commandments, and all the other laws of life in the Bible, for a reason. Only by following God’s commandments, only by living with integrity toward our fellow human beings, only by serving other people day in and day out with love and humility, can God build in us the depth of spiritual character required to spend eternity as angels in heaven.

    God did not make a mistake putting here on earth and making it a requirement that we spend much of our life, and much of our day, engaged in useful services of one sort or another. Quite the contrary. God knew that it is only through active service to others that we can develop as spiritual and heavenly beings.

    The doctrine of salvation by faith alone fails miserably not only because it is contrary to the teachings of the Bible, but also because it would make most of our life, most of our labor, most of what we spend our days doing totally irrelevant.

    But I’m here to tell you that what you do all day does matter. What you do with your life does matter. Because little by little, with each task done and with each service rendered to your fellow human beings, you are building the spiritual character you need for God to bless you with eternal life and joy in the vast community of service that is heaven. ok as you can see he is calling the Bible a Liar God a Liar and Jesus a Liar : now let me point out where in the Bible it does said Faith alone is what saves us: so many think we are saved by Faith alone others say Faith by works well here you go
    well im sorry but in the bible it says that we are saved by Faith alone here let me show you this is in Romans 2:21 through romans 4:2 and it says But now the Righteousness of god apart from the law is revealed being witnessed by the law and the prophets even the righteousness of god through faith in Jesus Christ to all and on all who believe. for there is no difference for all have sinned and fall short the glory of god being justified FREELY by his Grace Through the Redemption that is in Christ Jesus Whom god set forth as a propitiation by his blood through faith to demonstrate his righteousness because in his forbearance god had passed over the sins that were previously committed to demonstrate at the present time His Righteousness that might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. now lets hear about Abraham Justified by Faith shall we. What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the Flesh? For if Abraham was Justified by works he has something to Boast about but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him for Righteousness. Now to him who works the wages are not counted as Grace but as Debt. that is Romans 4:2 though :4 there you have it Roman Catholics often mention that the Bible never says we are saved by faith alone and that the phrase “faith alone” occurs only once in James where it says that we are not saved by faith alone. If this is so, then why do the Protestants say we are justified by faith alone and not by works? Because the Bible teaches that we are justified by faith alone–and not by works.

    The following is a list of verses about being saved by faith. Please take note that faith and works are contrasted. In other words, we are saved by faith “not by works” and “apart from works,” etc. The point is that there are only two options. We are saved by faith alone, or we are not. Since we have faith and works (both conceptually and in practice), then we are either saved by faith alone or by faith and works. There is no other option.

    If we see that the Scriptures exclude works in any form as a means of our salvation, then logically, we are saved by faith alone. Let’s take a look at what the Bible says about faith and works. Then, afterwards, we will tackle James’ statement about “faith alone.”
    1.Rom. 3:28-30, “For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law. 29Or is God the God of Jews only? Is He not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, 30since indeed God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith is one.”
    2.Rom. 4:5, “But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness,”
    3.Rom. 5:1, “therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ;”
    4.Rom. 9:30, “What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith;”
    5.Rom. 10:4, “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.”
    6.Rom. 11:6, “But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.”
    7.Gal. 2:16, “nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law shall no flesh be justified.”
    8.Gal. 2:21, I do not nullify the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.
    9.Gal. 3:5-6, “Does He then, who provides you with the Spirit and works miracles among you, do it by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? 6Even so Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.”
    10.Gal. 3:24, “Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, that we may be justified by faith.”
    11.Eph. 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. 9Not by works, lest any man should boast.”
    12.Phil. 3:9, “and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith.”

    Again, works/Law is contrasted with faith repeatedly; and we are told that we are not justified by works in any way. Therefore, we are made right with God by faith–not by faith and our works, hence, faith alone.

    James 2:24, not by faith alone

    The Scriptures clearly teach that we are saved (justified) by faith in Christ and what He has done on the cross. This faith alone saves us. However, we cannot stop here without addressing what James says in James 2:24, “You see that a man is justified by works, and not by faith alone.”

    There is no contradiction. All you need to do is look at the context. James chapter 2 has 26 verses: Verses 1-7 instruct us not to show favoritism. Verses 8-13 are comments on the Law. Verses 14-26 are about the relationship between faith and works.

    James begins this section by using the example of someone who says he has faith but has no works, “What use is it, my brethren, if a man says he has faith, but he has no works? Can that faith save him?” (James 2:14) In other words, James is addressing the issue of a dead faith–a faith that is nothing more than a verbal pronouncement, a public confession of the mind, and is not heart-felt. It is empty of life and action. He begins with the negative and demonstrates what an empty faith is (verses 15-17, words without actions). Then he shows that type of faith isn’t any different from the faith of demons (verse 19). Finally, he gives examples of living faith that has words followed by actions. Works follow true faith and demonstrate that faith to our fellow man but not to God. James writes of Abraham and Rahab as examples of people who demonstrated their faith by their deeds.

    In brief, James is examining two kinds of faith: one that leads to godly works and one that does not. One is true, and the other is false. One is dead, the other alive; hence, “Faith without works is dead,” (James 2:20). But, he is not contradicting the verses above that say salvation/justification is by faith alone.

    Also, notice that James actually quotes the same verse that Paul quotes in Rom. 4:3 amongst a host of verses dealing with justification by faith. James 2:23 says, “and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, and Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.’” If James was trying to teach a contradictory doctrine of faith and works than the other New Testament writers, then he would not have used Abraham as an example. Therefore, we can see that justification is by faith alone and that James was talking about false faith–not real faith–when he said that we are not justified by faith alone. this was written by CARM. So there you have it and it just shows how he is leading people away from the truth with his teaching may we are Pray for Lee to stop misleading people and to stop calling God a liar. Amen

  6. I just wanted to ask if people on here could pray for Lee Woofenden and the people who follow him he needs it he is in Swedenborgianism and incase you don’t know what that is Question: “What is Swedenborgianism?” Answer: The New Church and the Church of New Jerusalem are alternate names for Swedenborgianism. This group, which has been around since the late 1700s, is well outside of orthodox Christianity in its beliefs and can definitely be labeled as a cult.

    Swedenborgianism bases its teachings on the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg, who was born in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1688. His training was in science, but sometime around 1750 he had a vision in which he believed God came to him and declared him to be God’s personal messenger of new revelation. Further encounters with God and other beings in the spiritual realm he traveled to were the basis for his many writings.

    These writings include teachings such as: God has many names, depending on the beliefs/religion of the individual; the Holy Spirit is not God; the Trinity does not exist; Jesus Christ’s death did not atone for our sin; salvation comes by practicing what you believe, whatever religion it might be; the afterlife is spiritual, but dependent on how well you lived in your physical body.

    None of these teachings are compatible with biblical Christianity. The God of the Bible is the only true God (Exodus 3:13-14; Isaiah 43:10). All other gods are idols; creations of man (Exodus 20:4-5). The Holy Spirit is definitely declared to be God in the Bible (Acts 5:3-4), as is Jesus Christ (John 1:1, 14) and God the Father (Philippians 1:2); the Trinity is a valid, biblical reality. The Bible is also very clear on Jesus’ vicarious atonement of our sin (1 Peter 2:24; 1 John 2:2), and that it is only through belief in Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection that salvation is possible (John 14:6; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4). The after-life will be experienced in one of two places—heaven or hell—and that in a physical body (Revelation 22).

    Swedenborgianism, and its churches by whatever name they might be called, are as far outside historical, biblical Christianity as a group can get. Although they might claim to base their teachings on the Bible, every teaching is tainted by heresy, confusion, and sometimes lunacy. so let us share prayer for him for God to turn him away from this Cult he is in and to stop following the devil and to turn to Jesus and the Truth of the Gospel. Amen 🙂

  7. Lost sheep says:

    Bas you have been saying things that I’ve been saying for years and thought I was the only one who thought this way… the Holy Spirit must have led me to your teaching on Youtube. I’ve been so uplifted to know that I’m not the only one who thinks the Lord’s prayer is a denial of Christ’s work on the cross and we shouldn’t say it, and that it was a guide for how thet should pray before the resurrection and not supposed to be said line by line by born again believers… there are so many things you say that are just amazing and true, and I have more or less given up on church due to the culture of works and condemnation not to mention sexism and cult of family and marriage there is there. I don’t think all churches are as bad, some are better but carry elements of all this stuff. One of the other observations you’ve made that amazes me as I’ve been saying this for years, is that Jesus never told anyone to repent or confess their sins or anything before he healed them, look at Legion, he couldn’t even talk he was so under oppression, and can you imagine Jesus sitting down with him and ticking off a long list of sins before he could be healed? Again it makes a mockery of what we believe to say that unconfessed sin can cause sickness.. talk about blaming the victim!!! I could go on, but I won’t . Thank you for believing in a compassionate Christ who has healed us for eternity. I will be in touch soon via a private email as I have a couple of questions. Love in Christ.

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