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# Salvation cwh diagram

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### Salvation cwh diagram

1. 1. I learned this one from a local pastor here. His name is Mike Fabarez at CompassChurch.org I hope to do a podcast on this presentation method on http://OverflowToday.com soon. This is a great diagram to cause someone to understand where we put works in the salvation equation. This is a good one for when we are asked if all we have to do is place our trust in Jesus’ blood sacrifice, and then we can go out and sin all we want and be a hypocrite. A repulsive thought to a Jehovah’s Witness, Mormon, Muslim, or any other works-based religious person, right? Even an agnostic might be uncomfortable with grace if it allows hypocrisy, and I would not blame them. OK, here’s the diagram. My explanation verbiage is lengthy below, so first let me just write the four lines of formula that you will draw for the person you are talking to. You draw the first line, and then have dialogue. You draw the second line, then dialogue. Etc. Etc. So all that would appear on the piece of paper, or on the restaurant napkin by the end of the discussion would the these 4 lines: W=H C+W=H C=H ‘ C=H ‘ +W ‘ (Try to draw the formula lines so that the = signs are lined up perfectly, best showing the distinctions. And notice my attempt at a dotted line in the last line of formula, just before the +W). **See note at the bottom of this entire document regarding why this diagram is particularly effective with members of pseudo-Christian cults like JW, Mormons, etc. Yet I primarily use it to communicates grace well to a typical seeker. OK, here’s how the conversation might flow, as if I am speaking to you from across a table:
2. 2. Could I show you the main difference between Christianity and most all other religions on earth? It involves where my good works or good deeds fit into earning my way into heaven. I’ll use these symbols: W – my good works H – Heaven as my reward, at death. C - Christ’s sacrifice on the cross Now the BIG difference is what someone relies upon for heaven, or places his faith in. Almost all religions in the world believe this, right? My good works = Heaven at death. Like this: W=H But Christians believe that Jesus has to be involved, right? So, they believe that Jesus paid the price for my sins, so his sacrifice + my obedience and good deeds = Heaven at death, right? Like this: C+W=H But wait a minute. Actually, although many churches or people might leave you to assume that, that’s actually not what Christianity teaches. That’s not what the bible teaches, and not what churches that accurately teach the Bible believe. What the bible teaches is this. Placing my faith in Christ and his blood sacrifice on the cross as full forgiveness for my sins is all it takes for me to be guaranteed my heavenly reward at death, and for eternity. Like this: C=H Now you might protest, as would many, “That’s too easy. And that’s cheap! So you can put your trust in Christ, and then go out and cheat on your spouse, cheat on your taxes, and be dishonest at work to move up in the company. That’s not right!” Well, I agree with you. And biblical Christianity would agree with you. Yes, good works are connected to a Christian’s salvation. The above formula is not a sufficient representation of the bible’s view on salvation. I’m going to put a W on the same line as the biblical salvation formula. Watch where it appears. This is a subtle but giant difference in BIBLICAL salvation and salvation that is taught by virtually all other religions in the world: