Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Proofs of Genuine Salvation

Here are some proofs of a genuine work of salvation:

Are you wrestling with the thoughts that you aren't saved? Do you question whether your  faith in God is genuine?  Perhaps you feel like you've had a conversion experience in the past but you’re not sure if you're a true convert. Below are five questions to ask yourself and explanations that provide general proofs of a genuine work of salvation. We hope that these provide helpful insight to you: 

Is there present belief in God?

We are never to depend upon a previous testimony of something we did years ago such as praying a prayer or sign a card or walk down an isle for an altar call, we must presently be confessing Jesus Christ as Lord through faith.

Is there a habitual impenitent sin in your life?

A true Christian will not habitually and impenitently practice a lifestyle of sin. (1 John 1. 5-10). This does not mean that we will ever be sinless, this side of heaven, but that we who are in the light do not seek to remain in darkness.

Is there observable growth?

There must be an observable growth in the life of the believer. We are called to grow in our salvation in the areas of knowledge, love, grace, and fruit. (John 15; 2 Pet. 3.18). Those who think that nothing more than a mere confession of faith is needed, to prove oneself a Christian, run the danger of self-deception and ultimately lack assurance of their salvation.

Is there a pursuit for holiness?

A true Christian is not to remain carnal in mind and affections. We are to pursue holiness.  A believer in Christ, hungers for righteousness and seeks to be pleasing in obedience to the Father. (Hebrews 12:14). This proof is extremely telling regarding ones salvation as well as their spiritual maturity. Do we love darkness? Do we rejoice in sinfulness? These things are to be rejected by the true child of God.

Do you hold to the essential doctrines of the Faith? Especially, having to do with the Doctrine's of God, Authority, and Salvation?

There are certain doctrines and teachings in Scripture that cannot be breached. The failure to hold to the "Essentials" will result in heresy, false doctrine, and false hope. One of the reformers once said, "If you have the wrong God in the end you meet the Devil". Thus, it is essential that we have the right God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). That we believe in the true identity of Jesus Christ, being fully God and fully man.  

We must believe that the Bible is the word of God and the final authority for all of faith and practice. We will have no foundation otherwise. Believing, therefore, that the Bible is inerrant, infallible, and inspired is essential. For without it we would not know God at all. Also, we must believe in a proper view of salvation. In other words, it is by grace through faith that we are saved and not by human works lest we boast in ourselves. (Eph. 2.8; Tit. 3.4-7).

These proofs are never to be mistaken as works.  That is, that none of the above mentioned are offered as works which prove that we have earned the right to be saved.  Rather, we are saved by nothing more than sovereign grace. Assurance is a miracle of God and it is reserved for the child of God. For the Christian, we have the blessed promise of assurance and that we can know for certain whether we are saved or not. Below are two powerful verses on assurance that you can take comfort in:

"I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life" (1 John 5.13).

"Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without doubting, for He who promised is faithful." (Heb. 10. 22-23).

~An excerpt from the website: Fish with Trish

The full article can be found here: Are You Saved?

For many years it puzzled me as to why there were Christians, in church, who acted nothing like a person who had previously had an encountered with the Lord Jesus Christ. They continued to do the same sins over and over again. Some even attended church every time the doors were open and even worked in the church, yet there was no evidence of growth and there seemed to be no pursuit of holiness. They had no concern for souls or even their own church family. They lived for drama and gossip and would ice anyone who didn't do the same.

But, you know what, this doesn't puzzle God. He even speaks of it in His Word. False converts may fool people, but God knows each person's heart and He knows which belong to Him and when He comes He will take His true bride to the marriage supper.

A statement by Ray Comfort of Living Water Ministries is very alarming:

Many converts don’t fall away. They get followed up and squeezed into a local church where they’re surrounded by a good social life, and they stay within the church given assurance they’re saved when there is no grounds for their salvation, because they do not have the things that accompany salvation.

His teaching in True and False Conversion was a real eye-opener and helped explain those "Christians" who caused me to question their actions and/or lack of action. They may not be "Christian" at all! How horrifying it is to think that there could be thousands who are sitting in our churches today that are really goats and not sheep -- that are on their way to hell and not heaven. 

May God help us all to know that we know that we know. To test ourselves to see if we are in the faith. Once God saves us He does not want us to doubt, but neither does He want us to sit on a pew for years in a lost condition.

Please share this with someone that may be doubting their salvation or a person who seems to show no evidence of an encounter with the Savior.

In His Service,

The Princess Warrior

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