“Critical Questions For Christians”

Posted: September 25, 2020 in Uncategorized

Do you profess to be a Christian but act like God doesn’t exist. Are you a “practical atheist”? Suppose, after listening to you talk and observing your walk in life, someone were to ask you these questions about your faith, what would you say? Are you absolutely (100%) sure that if you died today you’d go to heaven immediately? Why should God let you into His heaven? Is there anything you could do, or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be? Please think about them carefully and be ready to give an honest answer to anyone who might ask you these questions (1 Peter 3:15). Furthermore, if you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?

Sadly, many Christians have doubts about their salvation (deliverance from hell to heaven). Are you one of them? Many people believe that they have to go to Purgatory for awhile before they can go to heaven. In other words, they can’t go through the front door but only through the back door. Others think it’s very presumptuous for anyone to say that he knows for sure that he will go to heaven the moment he dies. What are your thoughts about this? We’d like to hear from you.

Why do so many people lack assurance of their salvation? Dr. Larry Moyer, in his book entitled, “How To Book On Personal Evangelism” suggests several reasons for this. [1]

First, he writes, there are those who have never understood the Gospel. Or perhaps they struggle with the fact that salvation is freely offered to all mankind (John 3:16; 1 John 2:2). There are no “good works” that a person needs to do to be saved. It’s all of grace – unmerited favor from God (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). What is the Gospel that leads to salvation? Jesus Christ, the God-man, Who never sinned (Hebrews 4:15), died in our place for our sins to pay the debt that we owed to God. His bodily resurrection from the dead assures us that God the Father was satisfied with His payment for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 4:25; 6:23). The only thing that a person must do is to “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for his/her sins…and rose again bodily from the grave, and he/she will be saved” (Acts 16:31). The word “believe” is used almost 100 times in the Gospel of John as the only condition for us to be saved.

Most people think that good works or faith plus good works are the means of our salvation. When asked, “Why should God let you into His heaven,” some can be heard to say, “I try to live by the 10 commandments and do good works. Furthermore, I’m not as bad as some people I know.” They miss the fact that salvation is granted only to those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Unbelievers can’t have a Biblical assurance of salvation. But the devil will try to convince them that they don’t need God and are OK without Him (2 Corinthians 4:4; 1 John 5:19).

Second, there are people who fail to realize that God’s gift is called eternal life” and involves eternal security” (John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24; 10:28, 29). It isn’t something that God takes away from a Christian just because he/she is disobedient periodically to his/her heavenly Father (1 John 3:9, 10). Furthermore, “…the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable” (Romans 11:29). Having “eternal life” (God’s quality of life) right now should cause true Christians to want to live a holy (pure) life that pleases God and be devoted fully to Him (1 Peter 1:16; 3:15; Romans 12:1, 2). The Apostle Paul wrote, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). Christians who live carnally (1 Corinthians 3:1 ff; Galatians 5:19-21) in disobedience to their heavenly Father can/should expect to be disciplined/chastened by Him (Hebrews 12:5-11; 1 John 5:16; James 5:19, 20; 1 Corinthians 11:30) without losing their salvation and eternal security. (See John 10:28, 29.)

Illustration. Dr. Moyer tries to illustrate three types of people by drawing three circles. In the first circle, he puts the letter “W”. This refers to those who want to gain entrance into heaven by their good works. Underneath the circle, he puts the words “Unnecessary.” This individual says, “It wasn’t necessary for Jesus Christ to die on the cross for me. I’m not so bad and I can make it on my own.” The second circle has “C+W” in it. Underneath this circle is written the word “Disappointing.” This person believes that Christ paid for some sins, but not for all of them. He/she believes that salvation is a partnership, not a gift. The third circle has a “C” in it. It refers to the fact that Christ alone paid our debt to God by dying for our sins (Romans 6:23). He satisfied God’s outraged holiness against our sin nature and our sins (1 John 2:2). Underneath this circle is the word “Sufficient.”

Third. Dr. Moyer also points out that some people lack assurance of salvation because they have been the victims of false teaching. We need to study God’s Word carefully so we see for ourselves what God said (2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16, 17). We must be careful not to read into the Scriptures what we want it to say. Instead, we should seek to find out what God the Holy Spirit wanted conveyed to us through the human author. Some teachers of the Bible make the “rules for living” and spiritual maturity the conditions for salvation (Example: “Lordship in exchange for salvation.”) [2] Others tell their people that if they don’t pray, love, forgive (and the list goes on and on), they aren’t saved. This becomes very subjective. How could anyone be assured of his/her salvation if such things have been imposed on someone as a condition for salvation? Our good works and service to God and others should be done out of love, not grudgingly out of obligation (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5:13). Many Christians have never been taught how to study and interpret the Bible. (Ask about our FREE “Dispensations Chart & Bible Study Helps book marker.”)

Fourth. There are some people who seem to have doubts about everything. They have doubts about being loved by their spouses, their children, and their friends. They can’t believe that God could love them and forgive them because of all their past, horrific sins. Perhaps they have been led to believe that they’ve committed an “unforgivable sin.” The Apostle Paul wrote, “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). Judicial forgiveness (Ephesians 1:7; See Romans 8:1) comes to everyone who believes on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day.

Know So Salvation. Can true believers know for sure that they have “eternal life” as a present possession and that they will spend eternity with God in heaven? Yes, since God’s Word is trustworthy (1 John 5:13; See John 17:17) and God the Holy Spirit will bear witness with the true believer’s spirit that he/she is a genuine child of God (Romas 8:16). One’s lack of assurance also may be due to unconfessed sins. “If we [as Christians should] confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). If a believer wants to be “at ease with God” (abide – John 15:1-8), and enjoy intimate fellowship with God, he/she needs to walk in the light as God is in the light (1 John 1:6, 7).

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Please let us know if this article has helped you, and then SHARE this with others.

[1] Dr. Larry Moyer, “How-To Book On Personal Evangelism” Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids. MI,1998,pp. 103-115

https://www.cheapestbookprice.com/prices/9780825431791-larry-moyers-how-to-book-on-personal-evangelism

[2] Lordship In Exchange For Salvation: (Must reading)

Dr. Andy Woods, https://www.bibleprophecyblog.com/2011/03/what-is-wrong-with-lordship-salvation.html/

Dr. Manfred Kober, http://indefenseofthegospel.blogspot.com/2010/07/lordship-salvation-forgotten-truth-or.html

George Zeller: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

Dr. Manfred Kober, “Do We Really Know The Gospel?” https://faith.edu/faith-news/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

Dr. Ron Shea, “Clear Gospel” http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/English/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

Eternal Security: https://www.gotquestions.org/eternal-security.html

https://bible.org/seriespage/14-assurance-eternal-security

Dr. G. Michael Cocorus, Repentance: The Most Misunderstood Word

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/02/28/repentance-the-most-misunderstood-word-in-the-bible/

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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