What Must I Do To Be Saved? Jesse Morrell

“Save Yourselves” Acts 2:40

Someone asked me on My Facebook “what must I do to be saved?” I sent this this excerpt from my book:


Jesus Christ, John the Baptist, the Apostle Peter, and the Apostle Paul were all asked the same question: what must we do to be saved? None of them gave the answer Augustine, Pink, or Luther would have. None of them said, “You must not and cannot do anything at all.” Jesus was asked, “What good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?” (Matt 19:16). Jesus did not say, “You must do nothing!” He said, “…if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments” (Matt. 19:17).

We also see another dialog Jesus had. “Then said they unto him, what shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent” (Jn. 6:28-29). John the Baptist was asked, “What shall we do?” (Luke 3:10; 3:12; 3:14). He told them to bring forth fruits worthy of repentance. He did not say, “You must not do anything!” Peter was asked, “What shall we do?” (Acts 2:37). Peter did not say “Make sure that you do nothing!” Rather, Peter said, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38). When Paul was asked, “What must I do to be saved” (Acts 16:30), he did not respond with, “You cannot do anything to be saved! Make sure that you do nothing!” Paul said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou will be saved” (Acts 16:31). It could not be any clearer from these examples that men must do something to be saved!

Jesus Christ taught that if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out; or if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better to go through life without these than to have your whole body cast into hell (Matt. 5:29-30). Jesus was clearly teaching that we ourselves must do something about our sin if we were going to escape hell. The idea that we do not have to do anything to be saved or to escape hell is a notion which is completely foreign to the Bible.

John Fletcher said, “We have received it as a maxim that a man is to do nothing for justification. Nothing can be more false. Whoever desires to find favor with God, should ‘cease from evil, and learn to do well.’ ‘Whoever repents, should do works meet for repentance.’ And if this be not in order to find favor, what does he do them for?… The express declarations of God’s word: – ‘To him that ordereth his conversion aright will I show the salvation of God.’ Is ‘ordering our conversation aright’ doing nothing? ‘Repent ye, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out.’ Are ‘repentance and conversion’ nothing? ‘Come unto me, all ye that are heavy laden, and I will give you rest,’ I will justify you. Is ‘coming’ doing nothing? ‘Cease to do evil, learn to do well. Come now, let us reason together, and though your sins be read as crimson they shall be white as snow’ you shall be justified. Is ‘ceasing to do evil and learning to do well’ doing nothing? ‘Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.’ Is ‘seeking, calling, forsaking one’s way, and returning to the Lord,’ a mere nothing? ‘Ask, and you shall receive; seek and you shall find; knock, and it will be open unto you.’ Be ‘violent, take even the kingdom by force.’ Is ‘seeking, asking, knocking, and taking by force’ doing absolutely nothing? Please to answer these questions; and when you have done, I will throw one or two hundred more of the like kind your way.”

Benjamin Franklin wrote, “Men must do something to be saved… The difference between the wise and the foolish was not that one class heard while the other did not, nor that one class believed while the other did not, but that one class did what was required in the teachings of Jesus, while the other did not. The whole matter turned on doing and not doing what the Lord commanded… The Lord requires man to do something in order to be saved…Any theory that leads men and women to disobey God is wrong. Any theory that leads men and women to do nothing, when God has commanded them to do something, is sinful.”

The Natural Ability of Man: A Study on Free Will & Human Nature by Jesse Morrell, p. 280-282

The Natural Ability of Man: A Study On Free Will & Human Nature by Jesse Morrell is an exhaustive theological volume that defends the Christian doctrine of man’s free will against the false Gnostic/Calvinist doctrine of man’s natural inability.

This volume explains the truth of man’s freedom of choice in light of Church history and other doctrines like total depravity, regeneration, atonement, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, predestination, repentance, faith, the believers security, original sin, etc. One Bible teacher called this book “the most comprehensive exposition on man’s natural ability in print.”

690 pages


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“Jesse Morrell has provided much needed evidence that man is capable to meet his obligations to God. He has compiled evidence from historical Christian leaders, Biblical declarations, and the compelling demands of man’s conscience and reason. An honest mind will see the truth with clear conviction.”

Dennis Carroll,

President, Gospel Truth Ministries

 “By appealing to Scripture, logic, common sense, examples from civil government, and some of the greatest minds from Church history, Jesse Morrell has annihilated every excuse the careless sinner has to sin.  He also has torn down the last refuge for religious sinners, which is the Augustinian/Calvinistic doctrine of inability.”

Brother Jed Smock,

President, The Campus Ministry USA  

“Jesse Morrell has written a complete apologetic for natural ability. His research rivals and exceeds most doctoral thesis. The primacy of Scripture and logic in proving his points, makes this work a must read for those interested in defending God’s justice in eternal punishment.”

Dave Coke, M.A.

“It is Biblical truths like the ones found in The Natural Ability of Man that vindicate the character of God and put full responsibility for sin upon man, where it belongs.  To deny free will is to blame God for sin, which is blasphemy in the highest regard.  Christians everywhere would do well to consider the truths found in this book with a willing heart and an open Bible.”

Evangelist Kerrigan Skelly,

President of PinPoint Evangelism

“The Natural Ability of Man is a well-researched, powerful, and readable book that clears away confusion and makes this vital Biblical truth crystal clear. The author effectively demolishes dangerous errors that have grown up around this doctrine. It will be a very valuable tool for Biblical evangelism and discipleship.”

Pastor Mike Wiley,

Hope Church, Oregon

“Jesse Morrell’s new book ‘The Natural Ability of Man’ is one of his finest works next to his “Vicarious Atonement” booklet!  The language is simple and understandable by even the new believer.  I’ve been using nearly all of Jesse’s works i.e.: videos, DVD’s and booklets (especially his Atonement Series) in my YWAM School of Evangelism (SOE) here in the Philippines in preparing my missionaries-in-training in their theology as preachers and evangelists.  I so appreciate Jesse taking the time to put all of these important doctrines in print during this generation.”

Mitch Metzger,

Missionary with YWAM Philippines

“The Natural Ability of Man by Jesse Morrell is so comprehensive that it may be the standard in theology for many years to come. It is the most comprehensive exposition of man’s natural ability in print. It could be the primary “go to” text on the subject for many years to come.”

Dean Harvey,

Pastor, Author, & Itinerate Bible Teacher

“In a day when it is common to hear statements like, “God only gave us the law to show us that we cannot keep it” or “We all have to sin every day” or “Even repentance and faith are not our choices but God’s work in our lives,” Man’s Natural Ability provides a necessary and refreshing rebuttal to these common misconceptions. Jesse Morrell’s Man’s Natural Ability is thorough and well documented, giving abundant Biblical and historical references to support the truth of the natural ability of man to repent, keep God’s commandments, and persevere in a relationship with God. I recommend Man’s Natural Ability as a welcome refutation to the false doctrine of the natural inability of man.’

Michael R. Saia, author of

“Does God Know the Future?”

and “Understanding the Cross.”

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4 Responses to What Must I Do To Be Saved? Jesse Morrell

  1. Art Anson says:

    Good Post ! Good points ! For years now I have noticed that the Calvinist/Lutheran/Augustinian bunch often neglect the many verses in the Bible which Jesse Morrell has mentioned in this post. Spent years in the Calvinist camp , and not once did I hear a sermon that used or quoted from John 7:37. Christ Jesus was not a greasy-gracer / do-nothing / fatalistic Philosopher. So sad that Calvin & Luther ( as well as the R.C.C. ) followed Augustin instead of Scripture.

  2. Evangelism is pointless unless men must do something to be saved. We are to urge them, in evangelism, to meet the conditions of salvation.

  3. CALVINISM – the “Do nothing” religion!

    BEING A SINNER – you didn’t do that. You were born that way.

    BEING REGENERATE – you had no role. God alone does that.

    REPENTANCE – You didn’t choose that. God granted it to you.

    FAITH – You didn’t choose that. God granted it to you.

    PERSEVERANCE – You didn’t choose that. God preserves you.

    “You don’t do anything to be saved,” they say, “so you have nothing to boast of.” “God does everything. Jesus said it is finished.” “Other religions all say DO, but ours says DONE.”

    No wonder people love Calvinism. It is “do nothing” itching ear teaching.

    Read the Gospels and Jesus told men to do many things – cut off hand, pluck out eye, forsake all, strive to enter, repent or perish, hate father and mother, lose your life, forgive others, endure to the end, abide, etc.

    Jesus preached “do, do, do,” not “done, done, done.”

    “It is finished” refers to His sacrifice, not salvation. The great commission isn’t done. The ministry of reconciliation isn’t done. The salvation of the world isn’t done, so we must evangelize, calling them to fulfill the conditions of salvation.

  4. This is an example of false theology right here:

    Do nothing for salvation:

    Jonathan Edwards — ‘You contribute nothing to your salvation except the sin that made it necessary.’

    A. W. Pink – “The new birth is solely the work of God the Spirit and man has no part or lot in it. This from the very nature of the case. Birth altogether excludes the idea of any effort or work on the part of the one who is born. Personally we have no more to do with our spiritual birth than we had with our natural birth.”

    The Bible says you must do something to be saved – repent and believe the Gospel.

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