70 myths on losing salvation (10): Becoming worthless salt, good for nothing but to be cast out and trodden underfoot of men Matt 5:13

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Recently I found an interesting blog which states that we can lose our salvation in 70 ways. For the complete list of the 70 “ways”, kindly refer to:https://hischarisisenough.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/70-ways-of-losing-your-salvation-1-stop-believing-luke-813/ 

 

You will find links to the rest of the myths at the end of this article. Please refer to them after your finish this  article.

Today we will deal with myth No. 10: You can lose your salvation, if you  lose your saltiness and you will thrown out and trampled upon!

Today’s article is going to be short and salty, er, I mean sweet but then again we are talking about salt, so let this article be season with salt. Are you confused? So am I. Let me get my bearings right… let’s begin again.

Many Christians attribute the above passage of Scripture with losing our salvation. Many say that it is possible for salt to lose its “saltiness” and thus becomes useless and is thrown out and trample underfoot.

Let me be blatantly direct. That is taking Scripture out of context again. Note Jesus was referring to his disciples when he was saying that they were the salt of the earth. However, he did not stop there he also said “there were the light of the world”! Therefore the question beckons can light lose its “lightiness”? Hmm, I bet you have never  looked at that passage from my suggested perspective.  

See: Matt 5: 13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

If we adopt that line of interpretation and you are “the light” and light cannot  be lose its “lightiness” that would mean, you cannot lose your salvation right? So, is Jesus contradicting himself when at one moment, you can lose your salvation and the next you can’t?

As such may I submit, that this “losing saltiness” has nothing to do with losing your salvation? Rather, it actually has nothing to do with salvation but  influence. Jesus is saying that the disciples add influence to the world and hence if they do good deeds people will glorify the Father.

I must add a caveat here. Note something strange here. If they do good deeds, they don’t get the praise. The Father does. Hence Jesus is actually saying it is Father that does these deeds in them.

Now having said that, you may ask the question, why do you say it has nothing to do with salvation? The answer is simple, Jesus had not died yet. None of this people, including Judas were saved at this juncture. Hence do note Judas never lost his salvation, he never had it in the first place. Had he waited for Jesus to die instead of hanging himself, even Judas would have been forgiven and saved.

I know some of you may then argue “come on, Simon that’s taking the easy way out” and insist the passage speaks of salt as Christians and if they lose their saltiness they becomes absolutely useless. Well, I am willing to go along for the ride. BUT! Let me ask you a very interesting question: what do you mean by “It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”

“It is no longer good for anything, EXCEPT,” Let me repeat with BOLD AND BIG LETTERS, EXCEPT. Let me repeat EXCEPT!! EXCEPT!!! What do you mean by EXCEPT? This means, there is a still a use.

What is this use? “To be thrown out trampled underfoot.” You may say that how can to be a “use”? It is useless that is why it is thrown out. Nope, Jesus said it is no longer good for anything except… he did not say it is no longer good for anything so we throw it out and trample on it. He said except! That means when salt is thrown out and trampled onto the ground there is actually a use for it. That means even after it loses it flavor it is still useful!

See the other translations.

 
 

(NIV)
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.

 (NASB)
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.

(KJV)
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

 

Note what Jesus is actually saying  is that, this salt which is used for ceremonial cleansing and the exercising of the covenant of salt (Please see here for reference for the using of salt in Jewish law), even if it becomes no longer useable for those purposes, is still useful to be thrown to the floor. [For how salt is used in ceremonial laws, see: http://www.christianblog.com/blog/arisensleeper/the-covenant-of-salt-part-1/

I was really cracking my head on this, how can “salt be useful” when it is “thrown on the floor and trampled upon?” Somehow as I was meditating on this, I saw this article:

http://www.ehow.com/how_4891851_rid-of-weeds-grass.html

How to get rid of weeds?

“The answer: Morton Salt: Pour Morton Salt directly on weeds during a hot sunny day to suffocate and kill weeds. Use enough salt to thoroughly cover weeds and grass, but be sure not to get any salt on your fresh, healthy plants. The salt will prevent further growing of weeds in that spot as well…at least until it rains a few times.”

See also: http://www.ehow.com/way_5655117_inexpensive-way-kill-lawn-weeds.html

Inexpensive Way to Kill Lawn Weeds. Answer: Salting!

“If you want to kill weeds in a spot where you do not plan to plant anything else (like around pavement), TheDollarStretcher suggests you sprinkle salt over the weeds. The salt will kill weeds, grass and anything else growing wherever the salt is.”


Salt is used in the ancient world to get rid of weeds
! Here’s the proof.

“By the Third Punic War, Rome was ready to end the Carthaginian threat for good. After a successful several-year siege of Carthage, the Romans burned the city to the ground. Legend has it that the Romans then poured salt into the soil so that nothing would ever grow there again. Carthage was finally defeated, and the Roman Republic was safe.”

See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_Punic_War

“Many Carthaginians died from starvation during the later part of the siege, while many others died in the final six days of fighting. When the war ended, the remaining 50,000 Carthaginians, a small part of the original pre-war population, were, as was the normal fate in antiquity of inhabitants of sacked cities, sold into slavery by the victors.[2] The city was systematically burned for 17 days; the city walls, and its buildings were utterly destroyed.

The remaining Carthaginian territories were annexed by Rome and reconstituted to become the Roman province of Africa. A century later, the site of Carthage was rebuilt as a Roman city by Julius Caesar, and would later become one of the main cities of Roman Africa by the time of the Empire.

That Roman forces then sowed the city with salt to ensure that nothing would grow there again is almost certainly a 19th century invention.[10]Contemporary accounts show that the land surrounding Carthage was declared ager publicus and that it was shared between local farmers, and Roman and Italian ones. North Africa soon became a vital source of grain for the Romans. Roman Carthage was the main hub transporting these supplies to the capital. The fact that Rome came to rely on North African grain as quickly as she did after conquering Carthage makes any notion that she might have destroyed Carthaginian farmlands quite doubtful.”

So there you have it Jesus is not saying that you, the salt of the earth can lose your saltiness, but rather you flavor, taste and use for ceremonial use, you are STILL USEFUL even though thrown to the ground. You will stop “weeds” from growing. Now we all know that “weeds” are sown by the Devil. See: Matthew 13:25 (NIV) But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away.

What he is actually saying is this, even you think you cannot be used “in the limelight” or some form of “glorified ministry” or think you are completely useless to God, by the simple fact you are salt, you stop Satan’s work effortlessly! Let me repeat, just by the fact that you are the salt of the earth and (although you think you are useless) you STILL STOP Satan’s weeds from growing!

What a thought! Let’s bow down and worship Jesus. Thoughts like this make me fall in love with Him. Thank you, Jesus for your love. You are the One that makes my life meaningful.

That’s myth 10. Here are the rest!

For myth No. 2, please go to: https://hischarisisenough.wordpress.com/2012/06/09/70-myths-about-losing-salvation-myth-no-2-hardening-your-heart-hebrews-312-13-3/

 

For myth No. 3, 20 and 50 please refer to:https://hischarisisenough.wordpress.com/2012/06/09/70-myths-about-losing-salvation-myth-3-and-20-you-can-lose-your-salvation-if-you-shrink-back-and-when-you-sin-willfully-3/

 

For myth No: 4 please refer to:https://hischarisisenough.wordpress.com/2012/06/11/70-myths-on-losing-salvation-4-doctrine-of-demons-3/

 

For myth No: 5 please see:https://hischarisisenough.wordpress.com/2012/06/11/70-myths-on-losing-salvation-5-turning-away-to-satan-1-tim-515-2-2/

 

For myth No. 6: https://hischarisisenough.wordpress.com/2012/06/12/70-myths-on-losing-salvation-shipwrecking-your-faith-2/

 

For myth No. 7: https://hischarisisenough.wordpress.com/2012/06/14/70-myths-on-losing-salvation-7-spat-out-for-being-lukewarm-5-2/

 

Myth No. 8: https://hischarisisenough.wordpress.com/2012/06/15/70-myths-on-losing-your-salvation-8-being-sexually-immoral-or-godless-like-esau-4/

 

Myth No. 9: https://hischarisisenough.wordpress.com/2012/06/15/70-myths-on-losing-salvation-9-being-castaway-1-cor-927/

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. savedbygrace says:

    now that’s awesome!

    when you mentioned the “no more saltiness salt” is used for ceremonials, it hit me.

    could it be that the “no more saltiness salt” means going back to the Law for justification?

  2. Simon Yap says:

    The Greek there means become foolish…. it is not clear. There is a possibility. This is because the Greek word for salt is Grace….

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