Salvation

Do You Know That You Are Going To Heaven?

The Bible clearly tells you, that you can know and be absolutely sure, that you are going to heaven. “These things I have written to you …that ye may know that ye have eternal life.” (I John 5:13).  Here’s how you can know.

Heaven is a free gift.  The Bible says, “…the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).  Good works or religious deeds cannot earn a place in heaven for you.  “By grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8.9).

Man is a sinner & cannot earn his way to heaven because “…all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3:23)  Sin is transgressing and breaking God’s law.  See Romans 3:10 and Romans 5:12.

God is holy and just and must punish sin.  He says, “I will by no means clear the guilty.” (Exodus 34:7).  “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” (Ezekiel 18:4). We have a sin problem & the penalty for sin is eternal death (hell).  Revelation 21:8 says, But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

God loved us and solved this problem for us in the PERSON of HIS SON JESUS CHRIST.  John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  Christ died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins and rose from the grave to purchase a place for us in heaven.  “The Lord has laid on Him (Jesus) the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6).  God hates our sins but because of His love for us, He has placed all of our sins on His Son on the cross.  Christ took our punishment for us.

Now Jesus offers you eternal life through his free gift.  This gift is received by faith.  Saving faith is trusting in Jesus Christ alone for salvation.  “And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house…” (Acts 16:31).

Here is God’s invitation to you.  You can receive His gift now.  Romans 10:9-10 says “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. {10} For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”  Trust and believe on Him today and ask Him for this gift right now.  And you can be sure of heaven as your eternal home.  God promises, “For whoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).  Call or email me and let me know of your decision.

 

 

 

 

The Book

The Perversion and Subversion of John 3:16 reveals a rancid putrid cancer in the Christian realm today.  The Bible is being rewritten and reinterpreted in the new versions.  Ancient heresies cloaked in a new garb have found a new venue.  A battle for true Biblical Christianity rages out of sight and mind of the average Christian.  This book documents, without a doubt, the most important Christian issue in our time.  It is time for Bible believing Christians to return to our true Biblical heritage and take a firm stand with our traditional conservative Biblical faith.

The Perversion and Subversion of John 3:16 …

  1. Reveals the doctrinal perversion and deliberate subversion of the Bible by the rewriting and reinterpretation of John 3:16.
  2. Provides a comprehensive and unprecedented doctrinal study of John 3:16 by connecting the “only begotten son” to critical biblical tenets from Genesis to Revelation.
  3. Documents a concise history of Bible translations and how God has preserved His word though the ages.

The Author


David Shanks is a lifelong resident of Washington County, Tennessee. David trusted the Lord Jesus Christ at 27 years of age. David is a conservative Christian and Baptist who has taught Sunday school for over 30 years and served as a lay speaker on numerous occasions.

David is married to Pamela Deakins. David and Pam were married in 1976. Their two children, Rachel Renee and John David teach in Greene County.

With 25 years of service, David retired from the Alliance for Business & Training, Inc. and where he served as Executive Director for eight years. David previously worked as a school teacher, manufacturing supervisor, and economic development council director. He was raised on a farm and continues to farm part time. The author is a county commissioner in Washington County.

Doctrine

Doctrinal Statement Of David Shanks

1. I believe that the KJV is the perfectly preserved word of God for us in English. Specifically, the KJV is a preserved copy of the inspired, inerrant and infallible word of God. In addition, this writer believes the word of God is the sole and final authority for Christian faith, doctrine, and practice. (Psalm 119:160; 2 Tim. 3:16, 17).

2. I believe in the personal triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, equal in divine perfection (Matt. 28:19). Holiness is the premiere attribute of God (Isa. 6-3).

3. I believe in the Genesis account of Creation (Gen. chapters 1-2).

4. I believe that Satan is a fallen angel, the archenemy of God and man, the unholy god of this world, and that his destiny is the eternal lake of fire (Isa. 14:12-15; Ezek. 28:11-19; Matt. 25:41; 2 Cor. 4:4; Eph. 6:10-17; Rev. 20:10).

5. I believe in the virgin birth and sinless humanity of Jesus Christ (Matt. 1:18-20; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Peter 2:22).

6. I believe in the deity of Jesus Christ (John 10:30; John 1:1, 14; 2 Cor. 5:19).

7. I believe the Holy Spirit is the divine administrator for Jesus Christ in His churches (Luke 24:49; John 14:16, 17; Acts 1:4, 5, 8; Acts 2:1-4).

8. I believe that love one for another as Jesus loves the believer manifests our discipleship, proves our love for God. Love is therefore the great commandment of the LORD Jesus Christ upon which all others are dependent (Matt. 22:35-40; John 13:34, 35; John 15:12; 1 John 4:7-21; 1 John 5:1-3; Rev. 2:4, 5).

9. I believe that man was created in the image of God and lived in innocence until he fell by voluntary transgression from his sinless state, the result being that all mankind are sinners (Gen. 1:26; Gen. 3:6-24; Rom. 5:12, 19).

10. I believe that the suffering and death of Jesus Christ was substitutionary for all mankind and is efficacious only to those who believe (Isa. 53:6; Heb. 2:9; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Peter 3:18; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 John 2:2).

11. I believe in the bodily resurrection and ascension of Christ and the bodily resurrection of His saints (Matt. 28:1-7; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Cor. 15:42-58; 1 Thess. 4:13-18).

12. I believe in the pre-millennial, pre-tribulational, personal, bodily return of Christ as the crowning event of the Gentile age. This event will include the resurrection of the righteous to eternal heaven. This is known as the rapture and will be followed by the tribulation and the millennial reign of Christ. The Millennium will be followed by the resurrection of the unrighteous unto eternal punishment in the lake of fire and that the righteous shall enter into the heaven age (John 14:1-6; 1 Thess. 4:13-18 and chapter 5; 2 Thess. 2:8; Rev. 19; Rev. 20:4-6; Rev. 20:11-15; Rev. 21:8; Daniel 9:24-27).

13. I believe that the depraved sinner is saved wholly by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and the requisites to regeneration are repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 13:3-5; John 3:16-18; Acts 20:21; Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:8, 9), and that the Holy Spirit convicts sinners, regenerates, seals, secures, and indwells every believer (John 3:6; John 16:8, 9; Rom. 8:9-11; 1 Cor. 6:19, 20; Eph. 4:30; Titus 3:5).

14. I believe that immediate, positional, sanctification is the act of God whereby believers are, at the time of regeneration, eternally set apart as belonging to Him by redemption, thereby being placed in the family of God as children, joint heirs with Jesus Christ (I John 3:1; Rom. 8:14-17; I Cor. 1:2; Heb. 10:10-14). I believe that progressive sanctification is the process by which, according to God’s will, we are made partakers of His holiness. Progressive sanctification begins in regeneration, progresses if the believer is yielded to the Holy Spirit’s control, and is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God, self-examination, watchfulness, and prayer (I Thes. 4:3; 5:23; Prov. 4:18; I John 2:29; Phil. 2:12-13; Eph. 6:18; John 17:17). I believe that ultimate sanctification will be the portion of every believer when finally in the presence of the Lord, complete and entire, with soul and spirit united in the resurrected body free from every trace of effect of sin and rebellion (I John 3:2; I Cor. 15:52-54; Eph. 4:30; 5:27; Phil. 4:20-21).

15. I believe that all who trust Jesus Christ for salvation are eternally secure in Him and shall not perish (John 3:36; John 5:24; John 10:27-30; Rom. 8:35-39; Heb. 10:39; 1 Peter 1:5).

16. I believe that God deals with believers as His children, that He chastises the disobedient, and that He rewards the obedient (Matt. 16:27; Matt. 25:14-23; John 1:12; Heb. 12:5-11; 2 John 8; Rev. 22:12).

17. I believe the Church is the body of Christ and is made up of all that have received the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. At the moment of conversion the Holy Spirit places the believer into the body of Christ. The purpose of the Church is to Worship and glorify the Lord, edify the Saints, and to evangelize the world. The Believer is to identify with a local Church, which is faithful to the Word of God. Each member has been gifted to edify the body of Christ. The Church practices two ordinances: Believer’s Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism is to follow salvation and is done by immersion. The Lord’s Supper is for the Believer and is a remembrance of the death of Christ. The bread and the cup are symbolic of the body and blood of Jesus Christ. The Believer should joyfully support the local Church with his time, gifts, talents, and treasures, all to the Glory of God. I believe each church is an independent, self-governing body, and no other ecclesiastical body may exercise authority over it. I believe that Jesus Christ gave the Great Commission to the New Testament churches. (Matthew 26:26-29; 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 8:34-39; 16:31; Romans 6:1-6; 1 Corinthians 11:23-28; 12:12,13; Ephesians 1:22,23; 4:11-16; Colossians 1:18, Hebrews 10:24,25).

18. I believe that there are two pictorial ordinances in the Lord’s churches: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Scriptural baptism is the immersion of penitent believers in water, administered by the authority of a New Testament church in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Lord’s Supper is a memorial ordinance, to be observed by believers (Matt. 28:19, 20; Acts 8:12, 38; Rom. 6:4; 1 Cor. 5:11-13; 1 Cor. 11:1, 2, 17-20, 26).

19. I believe that there are two divinely appointed offices in a church, pastors and deacons, to be filled by men whose qualifications are set forth in Titus and 1Timothy. God also has set aside teachers and evangelists as special gifts to the church and endowed every believer with special gifts for service in the church (I Cor. 12:26-28; Eph. 4:11-13).

20. I believe in freedom of worship without interference from the government and affirm our belief in civil obedience, unless the laws and regulations of civil government run contrary to the Holy Scriptures (Rom. 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-15).