June 13, 2005

No Works Added to Christ by Wylie Fulton

"CHRIST died for you," we are told by today's preachers, "but He also died for Judas. It is what you do, what you add to His death that results in salvation." Then Christ is not sufficient and He lied when He said, "It is finished" (John 19:30). Also when He said, "Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out" (John 6:37).

Every species of Arminianism and legalism is criminal, for it steals from the glory that belongs to CHRIST ALONE in salvation. The Arminian will say, "You have to accept His atoning death, or He died in vain as far as you are concerned." The preacher of works will say, "Accept Christ but you must also do good works, hold out to the end, live by the 10 Commandments and the Golden Rule [or whatever his favorite works are] — because if you don't DO THESE THINGS, the work of CHRIST ALONE is not enough!" This is implied if not spoken.

We are not Arminians, we are not legalists, nor are we antinomian. We believe it's all of GRACE. What Christ did and what He is now doing is all our salvation. We cannot and dare not add anything to it. He is sufficient. True, a believer will live a good consecrated life, but that's the evidence of salvation, not the condition.

A good preacher of grace was once asked, "Don't you believe in good works?" He replied, "Yes, of course, I believe in good works. I also believe in chimneys, but I wouldn't want a chimney to be the foundation of my house! Neither are good works the foundation of my spiritual house; they are the adornment, the evidence, but CHRIST THE SOLID ROCK ALONE IS MY FOUNDATION!"
"On Christ the SOLID ROCK I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand."
— Editorial by Wylie Fulton in our old periodical Truth for Today, 1991