Last month we looked at an unfortunate growing problem in today’s evangelical Christian churches. On the surface it sounds and feels like great multitudes are being saved. This is especially true of large revival services and many mega conferences. You might say what is wrong with this? How can it be a problem when so many people are being saved? To see the answer to this we MUST go to the scriptures and look NOWHERE else. We must know what scripture says about salvation and how we can really know if we are saved.
Matthew 7:15-23 (NASB)
15 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
16 “You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?
17 “So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.
18 “A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.
19 “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
20 “So then, you will know them by their fruits.
21 "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.
22 "Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?'
23 "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.
Matthew 22:14 (NASB)
14 “For many are called, but few are chosen."
1 John 2:3-6 (NASB)
3 By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.
4 The one who says, "I have come to know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;
5 but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him:
6 the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.
1 John 2:15-17 (NASB)
15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.
17 The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.
Do we get the idea that saying a prayer and living our lives the way we want to may indicate a conflict with what scripture says? If your answer is anything other than yes then I beg of you to reread the above scriptures and pray for God to enlighten you in the true meaning of salvation.
I pray every day that I would never mislead anyone in to believing they are saved unless there is a change of their heart and the way they live their lives. As Our Lord himself says “They will be known by their fruits” This is in no way meant to be a judge of others but to help them to know if they are truly saved or not. If we truly follow Christ’s teaching in Matthew 28 about making disciples of all, then we must help everyone to make sure of their calling. Without someone being saved they cannot be a true disciple.
I have a dear friend that has a saying about the prayer and those that push people into the prayer without the change of heart. He says they only want to get fire insurance against hell and nothing else. This is truly heretical and dangerous teaching. Next month we will take a break from this subject and look at a very different message concerning our Lord’s birth and the true Christmas meaning
In His Service,