My De-conversion Story…

I’m admittedly a church nerd.
 
That means that not only am I a disciple of Jesus, but that I also love to study churches;
 
…what makes them succeed or fail; why some people stay committed to Christ and others fall away; and why some try to change Jesus by rejecting orthodox Christian theology.
 
To that extent, I have had a morbid fascination with the recent trend of “de-conversion” stories.

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How is Discipleship Not Salvation by Works?

One of the great debates surrounding discipleship is if it equates to salvation by works. For being a disciple of someone intrinsically requires the disciple to “do something.”
 
Because, a disciple is someone who attempts to obey and imitate their master by knowing and keeping their master’s words, teachings, commands, and example. And it is clear from the 250+ references in the New Testament that we are to be disciples of Jesus. So how then does that not equate to salvation by works?
 
One point of clarification is that good works are at the very least associated with salvation. Scripture is clear that one cannot simply “get saved” and then not be conformed to the image of Jesus by imitating Him as His disciple.

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The Shield of Faith, Part 2

At this point in the discipleship journey, it is not uncommon for God to allow Satan to bring extremely difficult circumstances into our life. However, while Satan intends these things for evil, God allows them for good.
 
Like all circumstances, God uses these attacks of Satan to conform us to the image of Christ. During these attacks we are forced to choose between our flesh and Christ. Faith allows us to choose the words and ways of Christ. Faith gives us the ability during these difficult circumstances to choose to respond with the words and ways of Christ rather than with our words and ways.
 
The more times this occurs, the more often we choose to respond with Christ’s words and ways. The more we respond with Christ words and ways, the more we are conformed to the image of Christ and the more honor and glory we bring to Him.

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