What the Bible Says About a Saving Faith
by Bernie Koerselman
Bernie Koerselman's book on Saving Faith should be read and studied by every pastor in the world. It lays the essential foundation of the gospel that is missing from so many ministries today. Bernie's book could revolutionize the church if its message was heeded.
In recent days, a cloud of confusion has risen on the theological horizon. Personal convictions have been staked, arguments mustered, and battle-lines drawn regarding surrender to the lordship of Christ and its place in the process of salvation. What the Bible Says About A Saving Faith is exhaustive, uncompromising, and a valuable tool for blowing away the fog that hovers over so many who desire to clearly see the answer to the critical question, "What must I do to be saved?"
Ron Mehl, Pastor
When a successful attorney opens his home weekly for a group of pastors to pray together, I want to know what motivates him. Reading What the Bible Says About A Saving Faith explains that motivation, as Bernie Koerselman knows what it means to walk in obedience to the Risen Lord.
Charles W. Colson
Prison Fellowship Ministries
Ronald F. Phillips, Dean
Pepperdine University School of Law
Darryl DelHousaye, Pastor
Scottsdale Bible Church
Bernie, I read What the Bible Says About A Saving Faith on the plane coming back from Minneapolis and in the few days following my return. It is a powerful book. In this day and age when we seem to be concentrating on doctrinal issues in the Christian faith and Christian lifestyles, it is wonderful to be called back to the beginning where everything begins with an acknowledgment that God is, that he is revealed through Scripture in Jesus Christ who is Lord and Savior, that our faith in God and Jesus as the Son of God is the beginning of life, and that our faith calls for bowing our knee in submission to his lordship. You have issued that call forcefully and called for us to look at life through Jesus instead of making Jesus look at life through us. May God bless you always for that.
Charles I. Nelson, Professor
Pepperdine University School of Law
Sherwood E. Wirt, Editor Emeritus
Dan Wooding, President
Dr. Dick Eastman, President
International Every Home for Christ
The fundamental foundation stone of our living in the world today must be to follow the plan and provision that Jesus Christ has made for all mankind. Men place their faith in technology, in wealth, in fame and in health, but all of these are as nothing if they do not have an undergirding faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. To become a Christian one must accept Jesus Christ as Lord, as well as Savior, of one's life. To continue in a relationship with Jesus Christ, He must remain ever and significantly as "Lord" of one's life. May I commend to readers, who may wish to have a thoroughly researched document on the Lordship of Jesus Christ, Bernie Koerselman's book, What the Bible Says About A Saving Faith.
Mervyn L. Morelock, Lt. Colonel
Divisional Commander, The Salvation Army
I think that author, Bernie Koerselman is to be congratulated on his book
"What the Bible Says About a Saving Faith." From the beginning through to
the end, there is the inescapable conviction that the author has not only
researched his subject thoroughly, but that (and this is a novelty in these
days), he also believes and embraces the truth that he presents to us.
I found it a book easy to get into and thoroughly enjoy, primarily because
it's subject matter is also dear to my own heart and soul. I would like to
see this book being read, not only by Pastors and Teachers, but more
importantly, by the rank and file membership of the 'Church'. Precious
souls indeed. Many of whom have been and are being, led far away from the
truth of God's word. Who do not give the time they ought, to personal,
prayerful Bible study. Instead, relying, as so many today, on the, often
spurious, teaching they receive from the Pulpit.
Bernie's book could not have been more timely, as we see in every nation,
city and town, the 'Trojan Horse' of easy believism spewing out it's false
Teachers, Pastors and Prophets. I am appalled at the numbers I meet, who
glibly tell me that they are 'Saved'. 'Washed in the Blood' and 'Born
Again'. Yet, not one of them exhibits any genuine sign of real conversion,
other than attending Church on Sunday and the occasional mid-week Prayer and
They are waterless clouds, barren trees that bear no fruit but the sad husks
of what might have been. They follow 'another Jesus', taken in the snares of
'another Gospel'. Their daily lives and conduct are a living witness to a
spiritual bankruptcy. They know nothing of the Lord Jesus Christ as 'Lord
and Saviour' of their lives, neither do they want to. They will not have Him
to rule over them. Neither will they come to Him, that they might have life.
In Churches all over the world. Christ is preached as a feckless, weak and
powerless saviour. The bloodstained cross is hidden behind a decorous veil
of platitudes. Sin, Judgment and Hell are alike, swept under the vestry
carpet and the doctrines of men and man-made denominations put in their
place. The beauty of the One who is declared to be the Son of God, with
Power, by the Resurrection, out from among the dead, is at once abhorrent to
As I read the words of Paul to the young Timothy, in 2 Timothy 1:7, I cannot
help feeling that they ought to be as applicable today, to the dear souls
who gather eagerly before the false shepherds who lead them in worship. But
this is not the case.
There is hardly a one of them who dares to speak of Christ or bear witness
to the saving grace of God in his or her heart. Many have neighbours
who would never suspect that they are Christians. Why? Because they have a
'spirit of fear'. Paul declares for all time that God only gives "a Spirit
of Power and of Love and of a Sound Mind". So this 'spirit of fear', where
do these so-called Christians get it from? If not God, then it must surely
be from the devil. I urge them all to read Bernie's excellent
book, when they will surely find the answer to their crying need.
Walt Spencer (Evangelist)
Hull Outreach. UK
Bernie Koerselman is a man of God with a passion for truth. May God use this book to fortify the Church in these closing hours of time.
Saving Faith is a must read for those who have a passion for truth.
Kathy Thomas, President
Woman to Woman Ministries, Inc.
William and Esther Ilinsky
Esther Network International
James E. Bultman, President
Bible Study Teacher
Cecil Martens, Sr. Pastor
Paul A. Cedar, President
Evangelical Free Church of America
Tom White, Author, President
Dan W. Chiles, Physician
Yorba Linda, California
Shawn Mitchell, Pastor
Jeannie Griffith, Layperson
San Diego, California
13:14 says to put on the Lord Jesus Christ.
When we minister salvation to lost souls or reflect on our own salvation,
we need to wear Christ well.
This is easier if the salvation is founded on the correct understanding
of how we receive our gift of salvation.
Bernie Koerselman, in What the Bible Says About A Saving Faith,
reveals this scripturally, leaving you focused and ready to grow spiritually
into your godly destiny.
Tom Stephenson, Layman
San Diego, California
Spiros Zodhiates, President
I recommend this book, and have found it very effective in my prison ministry turning men from "liabilities to society" into "assets to society"! Without going into arguments between Calvinism, Romanism or Weleyan theology, this book just shows clearly what saving Faith is. That, after all, is the most important thing all people need to know!!
Tom Adcock, President
Jesus People International Prison Ministry
The Grace vs. Lordship issue has been debated for years, often with more emotion than clarity. This legal-and-evidence-based presentation will challenge your thinking and cause you to tighten your own theology. As his friend, I can assure you that Bernie's personal integrity and spiritual intensity are unwavering.
Fraser Doud, Sr. Pastor
San Diego, California
It has always concerned me that Christians are not being taught the necessity of obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ. In my desire as a teenager to become a Christian and to have the assurance that my heart had been changed I spent much time reading the Bible and praying. After that afternoon in my room God's peace flooded my soul and my life was changed forever. I gave testimony that I now knew Jesus as my King. Since then I have never understood why the necessity of the lordship of Jesus was missing in our preaching. It was only some years ago after reading Andrew Murray's book, The School of Obedience, that I realized that I was not alone in believing that a vow of obedience is expected by our Lord Jesus Christ from anyone wanting a new life in Christ.
Andrew Murray writes: "The Father in heaven asks, and requires, and actually expects, that every child of His yield Him whole-hearted and entire obedience, day by day, and all the day.
"To enable His child to do this, He has made a most abundant and altogether sufficient provision in the promise of the New Covenant, and in the gift of His Son and Spirit.
"This provision can alone, but can most certainly be enjoyed, and these promises fulfilled, in the soul that gives itself up to a life in the abiding communion with the Three-One God, so that His presence and power work in it all the day
"The very entrance into this life demands the vow of absolute obedience, or the surrender of the whole being, to be, think, speak, do, every moment, nothing but what is according to the will of God, and well-pleasing to Him.
"If these things be indeed true, it is not enough to assent to them: we need the Holy Spirit to give us such a vision of their glory and divine power, and the demand they make on our immediate and unconditional submission, that there may be no rest till we accept all that God is willing to do for us."
What Murray wrote confirmed in my own heart what The First Letter Of John had been telling me all along. There is no such thing as a Christian knowingly wanting to live a life of disobedience.
For this reason when I discovered Bernie's book on Saving Faith I welcomed it as a great help for me to continue to not only want to obey the Lord Jesus Christ but to do so confidently with out being fearful of being legalistic. To reject the lordship of Jesus is to reject salvation. The Bible teaches this, so do all the great revival men in church history whom I claim as my spiritual forefathers.
My prayer is that Christians everywhere would seriously consider Bernie's arguments for the sake of the only remedy for the sins that plague the church. Accepting the lordship of Jesus for us personally and for the entire church of Jesus Christ is our only hope of being blessed of God. If we do, it will bring unity in the church and God's blessing in our evangelism.
What the Bible Says About A Saving Faith points out a fact that would surprise many modern-day Christians that the Scriptures never say we are to believe in or accept Jesus as our Savior. However, the Scriptures do command us to believe in Jesus as our Lord! It may seem a subtle difference of words, but could be a major difference in where they lead. Bernie Koerselman demonstrates from Scripture where these differences lead. You might not agree with everything he says, but you will be challenged by his systematic and thorough use of the Scriptures. Even more, your concepts of what it means to be "saved" could be greatly challenged.
Nelson Walker, Layman
Robert D. White, Layman
Volker and Gina Bauerle
La Habra, California
Wawanna Petkelis, Bible Study
When my wife fully accepted the Lord Jesus Christ and was "born again," there was an unbelievable visible change in her. I finally believed that Jesus Christ is Lord and Master and dedicated myself to him.
Since that momentous day, I now truly believe and long to spend time reading the Bible, for it is the Word of God. Tears came to my eyes reading What the Bible Says About A Saving Faith, as I realized what had been missing all these years. The path to gain a "saving faith" is blessedly described in this book.
Tony Petkelis, Believer
Many thanks for the book "What the Bible Says about a Saving
The book? Astounding! I have been unable to put it down since the day it
arrived here. I keep reading thoughts that I have entertained in heart and mind
for many years. It is almost as though this man is reading my mind. How
wonderful and how strange too. The truth lies unwanted in the streets and no one
cares any more. But the Lord Jesus Christ cares and so do we. Thank you for
giving us this all too lovely gift and be assured that we shall do it justice.
It is a pebble thrown into a deep pool and the ripples will go on and on and on,
as He wills it.
I myself have heard “accept Christ as your personal Savior” so many times in the last 10 years that I didn’t think much about using the phrase myself. By reading and studying this book I came to see more and more how the Scripture emphasizes Jesus Christ as Lord, so this is what we should do also.
Here on Death Row the easy believism gospel has taken a hold, because many of the men want enough religion to get them to Heaven and to be forgiven of their terrible sins and crimes, but to go so far as to allow Jesus Christ to be Lord of my Life? You’ve got to be kidding! At least that seems to be the attitude.
I am recommending this book to three different groups: mature Christians that need to examine the way they preach and teach Jesus to the unsaved; new Christians that need to know exactly what they’ve gotten themselves into; and those who are on the verge of turning by faith to Christ, so they can get a clear understanding of what Saving Faith really is. So far the book has been used in these ways, and is a great blessing to us here.
Stephen Nethery, Death Row Inmate
In America where millions and millions of people fill Christian churches every Sunday, yet Monday morning you cannot find a Christian to save your soul – In America where cults, false religions, sports fans and political activists have more courage and conviction than the average Christian – In America where now terrorism has risen its ugly determined head – In America the unsaved people and the church need to know who the real Jesus is and what real salvation is.
This book will show you. I highly recommend it. All Americans need to read this book!
Jesus People Ministry
Your book helped me tremendously. As I think back on my life, for many years Jesus Christ was important in my life primarily as Saviour. You opened my eyes with your statistics of how many times Lord is mentioned in Scripture, compared to the number of times Saviour is mentioned. Now, without fail, as I share the Word with the unsaved, I emphasize the Lordship of Jesus Christ. He must be Saviour and Lord of all!
Dr. James Rentz, Pastor
Sun Lakes, Arizona