Attempting to prove his point, Pastor Seltz tells the story of the Pharisee and the Publican/Tax Collector who go into the Temple to pray (Luke 18:9-14). The Pharisee boasts, "Thank you Lord for not making me like this tax collector..." The tax collector humbly prays, "Have mercy on me, a sinner." Jesus declares it is the tax collector who goes away justified before God. Hmmmm, according to Pastor Seltz just "calling upon the Lord" is enough to justify, or save (keep in mind, he makes this equivocation in using this parable to support his argument for salvation). So, per Seltz' earlier statement, the Pharisee should have been justified too! Afterall, he too called upon the Lord, did he not? Scripture tells us that the Pharisee did not leave justified. So there we have yet another example of "fine print" which negates Pastor Seltz' premise.
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One cannot read Romans 10 in a vacuum, apart from the rest of Scripture. The "fine print" is there, for those who have eyes to see.
Overall, Pastor Seltz message is not too far off the mark, in fact, "the message" is right on - but when it comes to where/whom to call, he "missed it by that much."
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