Post Reply How Do You Know You Are Saved?
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Posted 2/18/09 , edited 2/18/09
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.

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.

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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