One of the most amazing things about God is His salvation plan for us. When we repent and receive Jesus as our Savior, He forgives us and removes all of our sins from us. But we must come with a humble heart and be willing to give it all to Him—just as I am—and then He prepares our hearts to receive Himself as our Lord and Savior.
New age “Christianity” changes the meaning of this phrase, “Just as I am”, and turns it into one of the biggest deceptions in Christian history. Jesus receives us in our sinful state—just as we are—because that is the condition that each of us is in when we aren’t saved. So when we come to Jesus, we are all like filthy rags in comparison to His holiness. We come to Him with our sins and give those sins to Jesus because we come as we are, a sinner in need of a Savior.
- For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.—Matthew 26:28
But once we have received Jesus as our Savior, we are changed. Our sins are gone and God puts His Spirit in us. We become a new creature in Christ. So initially, we may look the same on the outside, but our hearts will be different. The person we were when we came to Jesus is gone and our character and our will become like His. Then, we study the Scriptures and get to know God and His ways. We change as we grow, and are no longer the person we were when we came to Jesus.
But the new age Christianity says that you don’t need to do anything because Jesus loves you just as you are. John 3:16 says that God loved the world so much He sent Jesus to come and die for our sins so that we would be free of sin and live with Him forever. But they don’t read the second half of that verse that says “whoever believes in Him will be saved.” We are not automatically saved just because we acknowledge that Jesus died on the cross. We need to make it personal and humble ourselves before Him and believe that He is our Savior, and then receive His forgiveness. Then, we study the Scriptures so we can know Him, follow Him, and obey Him.
Whatever sins you had you when you received Jesus are now gone, and God makes it very clear that we are not to return to those sins. We must turn away from a sinful lifestyle and become like Jesus. So we will no longer be the person we were when we came “just as I am” because we will become who Jesus has delivered us to be now, a child of God.
Jesus DOES expect us to change because His Spirit lives in us and wants us to stay away from sin. So we cannot be a true Christian, filled with the Holy Spirit, and continue to live a sinful lifestyle. It canNOT happen! Our hearts will want to please God and sin is not an option. Yes, we will all be tempted and maybe even give in to our old sinful desires at times, but God’s Spirit in us will check us right away, and although we give in, we will immediately repent because we know it’s wrong—and we will be cautious not to do it again. But if we wilfully turn back to the world and like it, it’s because we did not honestly give our heart to Christ in the first place. We were simply acting on a really good idea when our heart was touched by the news of the gospel, but it wasn’t something that we wanted to submit to because the flesh wants to remain in sin.
If before we made Jesus our Savior we were a thief, we will stop stealing; if we were a liar, we would stop lying; and if we were immoral, we will stop living in immorality and live according to God’s rules. We will follow God’s laws in our hearts because God lives in us and we cannot serve two masters. So we become very different from the person we were before we got saved. Our salvation will be apparent in everything we say, do and think because we belong to Jesus and we have come out of the lordship of the world and into God’s Kingdom where Jesus is Lord. We are alive in Christ and His life shines through us. Then, we can reach out to the lost and share the good news with them so they will come for salvation with a humble heart and say, “I come before you, Lord, just as I am. Please forgive me.”
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