"But without faith it is impossible to please Him" (Hebrews 11:6)
Too many Christian leaders, acting like enthusiastic promoters, are teaching that the essence of faith is this: "Come to Jesus - it will cost you nothing!"
The price has all been paid - "it will cost you nothing!"
Brethren, that is a dangerous half-truth. There is always a price connected with salvation and with discipleship.
God's grace is free, no doubt about that. No one in the wide world can make any human payment toward the plan of salvation of the forgiveness of sins.
I take issue on Bible grounds with the statement that "everyone in the world has faith - all you have to do is turn your faith loose."
That is truly a misconception of what the Bible teaches about men and God and faith. Actually, faith is a rare and wonderful plant that lives and grows only in the penitent soul!
The teaching that everyone has faith is simply a form of humanism in the guise of Christianity. I warn you that any faith that belongs to everybody is not the faith that saves! It is not that faith which is a gift of God to the broken and contrite heart!
Lord, I praise You for extending Your grace so freely to me. I repent of any sins I have committed, both knowingly and unknowingly. Help my faith in You to grow today. Amen
~A. W. Tozer~