Many people assume they’re saved and believe that when Jesus died on the cross He became automatic salvation for everyone. However, if they believe that, they don’t know what salvation is or why it was provided on the cross! It’s not an automatic reward to be assumed; it’s a personal gift from God that must be received!
- For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.—Romans 6:23
Jesus came to earth and provided a means through His shed blood whereby every one of us can have our sins forgiven and look forward to a Home in Heaven—(John 3:16). But there is a “new age Christianity” spreading quickly across the globe that wants us to believe we’re all automatically saved and that personal repentance is not necessary. It teaches that we can live how we choose because we are not sinners from birth; we are all saved. Yet, God says in the Bible that we have all sinned and that we ALL need to repent for our sins.
- Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.—Psalm 51:5
- For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.—Romans 3:23
- Then Peter said unto them, ‘Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost’.—Acts 2:38
Some people are so adamant about getting to Heaven their way (just as Cain did) that they post their rebellion online and get a following to agree that God is god of love, that He wants us to live free and happy, and that Heaven is for everyone. They obviously haven’t read their Bible to know how Adam disobeyed God and brought sin upon all of mankind, and how much God hates that sin for separating us from Him. They ignore the fact that God brought judgment onto people and nations because of their sin—the time of Noah, Sodom and Gomorrah, Gideon. They try to convince others that God doesn’t judge or condemn anyone to hell because a loving God would never do that. And they haven’t read the New Testament where it’s proclaimed many, many times that we each need to repent and accept Christ as Lord. A final judgment is about to come upon the earth, but they hide in their false doctrine and ignore it.
- They profess that they know God; but in works they deny Him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.—Titus 1:16
The enemy is using every deceptive and humanistic means possible to steal people away from God and prevent them from knowing the truth. And one of the greatest tools he’s using is our own intellect. He’s convincing many of us through our thoughts and experiences that God is not what the Bible says He is—if we can even believe that the Bible is true. He wants to keep them from studying the scriptures and learning the truth, and he does this by convincing them that the Bible is filled with error because it was incorrectly transcribed by incapable men. And this delusion has created a false god.
- All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.—2 Timothy 3:16
Jesus said we need to be born again! We need to repent of our sins and receive forgiveness by accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Then God will remove the old inherited spirit of the world from us and fill us with His Spirit. We become a new creature in Christ! Born again! Then we are saved from the judgment that is about to come upon this world to all people who are still filled with sin.
Everyone has the opportunity to be saved, but sadly, this new age religion—false doctrine of salvation—is deceiving people who are searching for God, but who don’t want to submit to His ways. It’s convenient—they don’t have to change anything; it’s convincing—easy to accept and suits their own logic and understanding; BUT it’s condemning—those who believe this will be judged by the law for the very sin that they insist they don’t have!
Salvation is a personal thing! God offered it to everyone at the cross, but only those who accept it and turn away from the world to live for Him are saved. And once we’re saved, we have a desire in our heart to know God, to know this wonderful Jesus who we call Lord. And so we study the Bible diligently, and once we start, we just keep going. As we read the entire Bible over and over, the big picture begins to unfold and it becomes a reality as the Holy Spirit turns the words into revelation in our heart.
- My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed.—Psalm 71:23
Salvation is personal and although He loves us all as a family, He also loves us as individuals. When we read about the life of Christ in His three-and-a-half year ministry on earth, we see that He didn’t wave His arms over crowds so they could be healed collectively, but that He healed individuals personally and privately. Each one of us is special to Him.
- Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? 7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.—Luke 12:6-7
When we pray, it’ s a personal conversation between God and us. We may praise and worship Him as a family group, but the time we spend with Him in prayer is personal, and it all begins with our personal commitment to Him. Salvation isn’t something we can assume; it’s something we receive when God becomes real to our heart.
- Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.—Revelation 3:20