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As we all know, these are the last days. The Word of God has prophesied that in the last days, there would be all kinds of false prophets and wrong teachings (2 Tim. 3:1-4:5). Well, it's happened and it still is happening today. If you don't believe me, watch this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydd-SDjZJuY

For those of you who did, you probably noticed that there was no mention of sin or the confession of sin, the death and the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, repentance, faith, salvation, sanctification, justification, the blood of Jesus, why He had to die for the world, or even the true reason why humanity exists (which is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever). To make matters worse, the children recite the "sinner's prayer", which, Scripturally speaking, DOES NOT EXIST! Neither does the command to ask Jesus into your heart. Both of these are nothing more than heresy that crawled their way into the ears of believers, like a parasite.

As Paris Reidhead said, "And so it wasn't long until it got to our generation, where the whole plan of salvation was to give intellectual assent to a few statements of doctrine. And a person was considered a Christian because he could say "Ah hah" at four or five places that he was asked. If he knew where to say 'Ah hah', someone would pat him on the back, shake his hand, smile broadly, and say, "Brother, you're saved!""

Obviously, this leads to the question that is the title of this topic, how do you know that you are saved? Watch this video with clips from a Paul Washer sermon. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAqK2CsOOSA.

As he said, "One of the greatest evidences a person is truly a child of God is that they will be sensitive to the sin in their life, and they will be led to repentance and confession of that sin." ANYTHING short of this and all that I mentioned above is NOT SALVATION and is NOT CHRISTIANITY! For anyone who ever prayed the sinner's prayer, but doesn't feel any different from before, and I was like this myself at one point, do not re-ask Jesus into your heart or anything like that.

Instead, go to a quiet place where no one will disturb you, lock the door (if necessary, shut off the lights), repent of all, and I mean ALL, of the sins that you have committed, confess each and every last one of them to God (no matter how large, small, life-changing, or insignificant they are) and believe that Jesus Christ is not only Lord of the entire universe and everything in it, but also of your very life.

As Ephesians 5:1-16 says, "Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But among you, there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this, you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person-such a man is an idolator-has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore, do not be partners with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: 'Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead and Christ will shine on you.' Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil."

On a related note, I'm going to be posting this topic in every Christian group that I'm a part of or will join in the future. In my opinion, false conversion is the kind of problem in Christianity that absolutely cannot be restricted to the discussion of one group of people.
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My one word answer would be 'faith'. These days too many people sticky tape that word over everything else. Faith without deeds is dead... and all that jazz. I'm a big culprit.
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mlaaaa wrote:

My one word answer would be 'faith'. These days too many people sticky tape that word over everything else. Faith without deeds is dead... and all that jazz. I'm a big culprit.


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well coz the Bible said so.. that whoever will receive Jesus in their heart will be saved...
and i received Him.. so i'm saved~ by the grace of God~ ^^v
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None of us are worthy to enter into the kingdom of God ,but anyone who accepts the wonderful news of his son Jesus Christ is allowed eternal life...Such an easy task, but few even consider it an option. Saved by grace. Saved by Love. Saved from a life without our heavenly father.

In a world that garantees only sin and heartache...the best news in this dying world is garanteed by our Saviour.

1 Peter 2:24 & 25

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.


God bless =)

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mlaaaa wrote:

My one word answer would be 'faith'. These days too many people sticky tape that word over everything else. Faith without deeds is dead... and all that jazz. I'm a big culprit.





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well coz the Bible said so.. that whoever will receive Jesus in their heart will be saved...
and i received Him.. so i'm saved~ by the grace of God~ ^^v


Good answers. As Ephesians 2:1-10 tells us in very plain language, we have been saved by the grace of God shown through the death and resurrection of His son Jesus Christ and the faith He has given to those He has chosen. As true believers, we have been taken out of the world and it's sinful nature by God, and we shouldn't live in it anymore (Romans 6). Frankly, we shouldn't even be able to stand living in unrepentant and habitual sin, but that we will be brought to a GODLY form of sorrow; the kind that the apostle Paul talks about in 2 Corinthians 7:9-11. A godly sorrow is one that leads to repentance and deliverance from sin through the process of sanctification, not one that leads to guilt and despair like the worldly sorrow that we all know so much about. Even if we haven't been delivered, or fully delivered, from that sin yet, as Christians, our souls should be convicted and burdened by the weight, the pain, and the realization that the sin we're committing, or committed, is a direct act of disobedience to God. Which is why by very definition, worshiping God is obedience to Him.

As Paul Washer said, "We have assurance that we have come to know Him not just because we repented, but we continue to repent today. And it is not just that at one time we believed, but that we are continuing to believe today. And it is not just that one time we walked with Him, we continue to walk with Him today." Romans 3:21-26 talks more about the righteousness we have been given by God. As Jesus Himself said in John 10:14-16, "I am the good shepherd; I know My sheep and My sheep know Me-just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father-and I lay down My life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd."

Please understand me here. There are few less accurate teachings of salvation than those that teach that it can be gained through works, or something we do, or some form of teamwork between us and God that results in us getting saved. As I always say, "Faith without works is dead. Works without faith is sin." After true salvation and conversion, as it is discussed in Philippians 1:6, God begins that good work in us. This work is known as sanctification, which is, as we know, the daily process of becoming more like God and turning away from sins we committed as unbelievers. The issue of workless faith is that once we are saved, we slowly become aware of what is good in the sight of God and what is not. Now I'm not saying that good works will save us (because they won't), but, as Christians, it's by our fruits, i.e. actions, that the world recognizes us as followers of the Lord (Matthew 7:15-20;12:33-37). We cannot use our newfound freedom to choose between what we now know is good and evil to continue on in our sin (Galatians 5:13). Knowing what is right and choosing to do what is wrong anyway is, after all, a form of sin. On the other hand, the problem with faithless works is this: Colossians 3:17 says, "Whatever you do, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." No human being can give glory to the God he/she doesn't believe in. When he/she does those good works, it's to feel all good inside, to help other people, or just to seek the praises of men. Seeking such things is an act caused by the sin of pride, the true root of all sin. We should help other people when they're in need, but first and foremost, at all times, what we do should always be done to the glory of God.
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The second video made me cry, I can relate. Because at one time, I completely forgot my relationship with God, so I remember that time in like this flashback or something, while I watched it. I loved the video. I really needed it to be pointed out.
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