ARE YOU SAVED?
Jesus Christ said that few find the way to life, and that most go down the wide path to condemnation. So if you value your soul, and if you care about whether you spend eternity in a state of blessing or not, you should take the teaching of Christ seriously. Some just want to be mollycoddled, as though they had forever to make up their mind to adapt their way of life to God’s standards. But we do not have forever. The apostle Paul warned that today is the day of salvation. We have no guarantee of tomorrow. So if you have heard the message of the gospel, you need to take it seriously. Because your response to it will affect your eternal condition.
Are you saved because you call yourself a Christian? Not at all. I recently read a statement that correctly says that being in a church does not make you a Christian any more than being in a garage makes you a car. There are plenty of people in churches who disagree with the doctrine of Christ. And there are plenty of preachers who preach lies, falsehood, error, or confusion. This is what Christ and the apostles warned would happen, and it is obviously what is happening. Denominations, divisions, contradictions of the gospel, and different gospels are proof of it.
Are you offended? Many are, when it is insinuated that their standing with God may be in danger. They tend to quote snippets of scripture to defend the idea that they are fine because they are in Christ. Unfortunately, if you are not in obedience, you are not in Christ. Period. If you think that claiming to be in Christ is equivalent to being in Christ, you are deluded. Some become offended because someone like me is the one who tells them these things. But God’s word tells us to warn those who need to adapt to God’s will. It is my job to warn you.
I could be politically correct, like so many others who show up smiling and happy at the gathering of the church, where men who defy God teach what contradicts his word. But then I would be guilty of your blood. No thank you. I prefer to do my job and save my soul.
If you want to save yours, open your Bible, and corroborate whether what you are being taught at church services is what God says in his word. Your eternal salvation depends on it. Ignorance is not bliss, but leads to hell. If you call yourself a Christian, according to God’s word it means that you do not belong to yourself, must continue faithfully to follow Christ in obedience, and will be persecuted if you do so, possibly to death.
Preachers like to preach that the church will be removed from Earth before the tribulation, but Christ taught that his followers will be persecuted, some killed, and must be faithful through it to the end in order to be saved. So do not depend on a rapture to keep you from persecution, and when your pastor teaches that Christians will depart in the Rapture before the tribulation, show him how he is contradicting the words of Christ spoken in Matthew 24.
As already said, there are plenty of people in churches who have not agreed with the doctrine of Christ. Some of the teachings of Christ are a bit harder to grasp than others, but some are so clear that no possibility exists of misinterpreting them. Matthew 25:31-46, for example is so clear. However, even though there are close to 2 billion who claim to believe in Christ, hundreds of millions barely subsist on the edge of starvation, while millions die of starvation each year. In my opinion, this is damning proof against the Christian establishment.
Many will say that it is so much more important to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ so that the lost might be saved by turning to God. But the fact that they seem to overlook is that Christ commanded that we teach them not only the gospel but also to obey all that he commanded. Those were his final words on Earth before ascending to Heaven. And the words he spoke in Matthew 25:31-46 are ignored by so many Christians. So how can they be saved, while they continue to disobey Christ?
So are you saved? If so, then act like it. Christ said, If you love me keep my commandments. He did not say that you have the freedom to proceed however you wish, with the security of a future in Paradise. He said, Keep my commandments. If you read the word, you will see plenty of passages where believers in Christ are warned to repent of sin.