Re: Bill Griese 28 March re-posting of A.W. Tozer:
I agree that we should attempt an "all-inclusive, all exclusive"
attachment to Christ Jesus- "intellectual, volitional (action of the will)
We are, however, not going to maintain such lofty goals all of the time.
One writer (Danny- 26 March) posted " "If the ten virgins were the church,
the parable clearly teaches that if you are not continuously on fire for
GOD you are not saved---that you can loose your salvation,,, or that if
you are backslidden when the rapture happens you will be left behind to
endure part or all the tribulation...."
I (or others) cannot know whom the Lord will take in whichever rapture,
and who will be left behind. It is up to the Lord.
God knows our hearts- whether we are using His grace as merely "fire
insurance"- or when we call upon him in genuine repentance to cleanse us
when our human failings get the better of us. We are all sinners.
1 John 1:6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the
darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But if we walk in the
light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the
blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 8 If we claim to be
without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we
confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and
purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we
make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
I have confidence in my Lord Jesus, who said in Matt. 7:11 "If you then,
being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more
shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask