February 20, 2012 by Stacy McDonald

Will Becoming a Passionate Housewife Save Me?

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Inspired by a sermon from Joseph Charles Philpot (1802-1869)

We are not saved by:

  1. Works of righteousness which we have done or can do
  2. The use of our free-will, which is really only free to choose and love evil
  3. Diligence, prayer, fasting
  4. Self-denial, restraint, outward sanctification
  5. Anything which depends on the natural wisdom and strength of man
  6. Head-knowledge
  7. A life outwardly consistent with the Gospel
  8. Church membership
  9. Emotional zeal
  10. Sacrificial giving
  11. Faithfulness in marriage
  12. Faithful and loving parenting
  13. Chastity
  14. Tribulations and suffering for the cause of Christ
  15. Heartbreaking despair over sin

All of these things “accompany salvation” and should be increasingly evident in the life of any believer; but, some of or all may equally be found in the lives of the lost. No matter how much you claim to love God or desire to do good, you can neither deliver your own soul from hell, nor earn God’s favor with your good works.

We are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags… (Isaiah 64:6)

We may place great value on our sincerity and love for God; however, it is important to remember that we cannot take credit for our salvation in any way—not even our desire for it. If God had not chosen us, and overcome our will, we would yet be lost.

All things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain… John 15:15–16.

Though we are created for good works, our good works do not save us. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” The goal of this blog is to teach and challenge you to walk in the good works that you were prepared for before the beginning of time. Through God’s mercy (Romans 9:16-17), you were chosen for this task—be faithful.

“He saves them not from any foreseen goodness in them, but of His own distinguishing, sovereign grace. God loves them freely, eternally, and unchangeably. They are redeemed, justified, quickened, sanctified, preserved, and glorified, only because they are the objects of the undeserved love of a Triune Jehovah.” – J.C. Philpot

If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:9–13)



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5 Responses to “Will Becoming a Passionate Housewife Save Me?”

  1. Robin says:

    Thank you, Stacy! This post gives me hope, especially as my 9-year-old son and I had a discussion about how to be saved last night, and I have to admit I didn’t explain things well. I am going to use some of these scriptures, or I might just read him the whole thing! God bless! – Robin

  2. Dana Adams says:

    Excellent post, thank you Stacy~

  3. Aoj says:

    This is the Gospel! I want to take a marker and a huge poster board and write that list of “We Are Not Saved By” and hang it where I have to see it every day! Thank you!

  4. Caroline says:

    Wonderful post Stacey!

  5. collen v. payton says:

    my worth comes from knowing every day i will attempt to not let my life be in vain. as anne rice once wrote . knowing since the age of 11 when i died of an illness and came back [check w/ mary bridge childrens hosp,] that god does not make junk ; so i will not make my day junk. colleen v. payton

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