Tuesday, May 1, 2007

More Than A Past Decision

I posted something on my personal myspace account not too long ago that I wanted to post on Truth Or Consequences.

I am concerned with people that think they are saved and going to heaven just because at one time they made a past decision for Jesus Christ. Many claim that because they said a prayer, signed a card, walked an aisle, was baptized as a child and on and on that salvation has occured in their life. One just never reads of anything of the sort in the Bible. The only prayer that was ever prayed in the Bible was one of belief in God and repentance from sin. Salvation is seen in the Word of God as a past, present and future event . One cannot cling onto just a past decision. Salvation, a gift from God, is very much acted out by a believer in the present, the right now, and the daily life. It cannot be overlooked that one day salvation will be fulfilled in heaven when God gives to His child a glorified body by God. God bless you and here is what I wrote last month.

More Than A Past Decision
I am concerned about those that think that they are saved because of a past decision for Christ, one just does not read in the Bible about a past decision for Christ saving a person.
So what am I saying? To many people today are determining their salvation on a past experience only and not looking to the importance of living for Christ in the present. In other words, many people are saying because I walked the aisle, was baptized and said a sinners prayer back in 1900 whatever or such and such age. Some say "I am saved today even if I am not living my life for Christ." This is not necessarily true! We need to understand that the act of salvation is a here and now and not only done in the past. The Bible points to the fact that you must be producing good fruit in your life right now to be a Christian. Prove that you are a Christian today and begin acting like one by putting sin far behind.
Many people think that they are saved and may not really be. Don't you be deceived into thinking you are saved and are really not. Let's be remind of Jesus's words in Matthew 7:21-23 "Not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, 'Lord , Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? And then I will declare to them 'I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness." What alarming words for one to hear, make sure of your salvation today so you don't have to hear those words one day when you die and meet the Lord.
Some so-called Christians choose to be whipped around by daily sin in their life. Friend, put it behind, lay it down, one cannot serve sin (flesh) and Christ. More then ever Christian couples are living together in sin, playing husband and wife. Christian men are subjecting themselves to looking at pornography on the internet or watching it on television, thus having an affair of the heart. I could go on and on about Christians living in sin, but will not. You and God know the area of your life you need to clean up. I hope you will agree with me that the issue of sin must be put aside.
Listen, I do not believe in sinless perfection, I sin everyday and you will too. But the closer one gets to God the less and less he/she will sin. A born-again Christian doesn't have to be whipped around by sin. Remember Christ died for all sins and what Christians are doing when they sin is doing something that Christ died for.
Friend, walking daily with the Lord is not easy. If you have believed in His name and have repented of your sins be rest assured that you are born-again Christian. Just don't base it on a past experience that you may have had at a camp, revival meeting, or church. You can call on the name of the Lord today and be saved from your sins, you can walk with Christ daily producing good fruit or works. You can prove that you are genuinly a Christian because of the way you live your daily life! You are either living your life for yourself or for Christ. Begin living it for Him this day and remember the present aspect of salvation. To Him be the glory!

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