By David J. Stewart
Do you know for sure my friend, that if you died today, you would go to heaven? If you ask most people this question, they simply aren't sure. Most people I have witnessed to over the years "thought" they were going to heaven, but they were not sure. How sad! How tragic! Millions and millions of people throughout the world do NOT have the blessed assurance of salvation. Oh, listen to me friend! You can KNOW beyond the shadow of any doubt that you are a Child of God. 1st John 5:13 states, "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may KNOW that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God." What a privilege it always is for me to share with people the wondrous truth of God's Word, that you may KNOW that you have eternal life. God loves people!!! God wants you to be His Child. He will not force you to be saved, you alone must make that decision for Christ. NOTE: All Scriptures are quoted from the King James Bible.
It is very simple to be saved―Realize that you are a GUILTY sinner under the condemnation of God's LAW, deserving of punishment in Hellfire, and believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, because of the precious blood that He shed for your sins.
Believe that Jesus is Almighty God, for we must BELIEVE upon the True Christ of the Scriptures... "And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day." The Apostle Paul warned us in 2nd Corinthians 11:4 that false prophets would come, preaching "another Jesus." All false religions today deny or diminish Jesus' deity, i.e., the Biblical truth that Jesus came to this earth as the Godhead incarnate (in the flesh). Jesus is Almighty God!
Believe that He shed His blood on the cross to pay for your sins. Believe that Jesus died, was buried and then rose again after three days for you. This good news is called the "Gospel." Believe upon Jesus to forgive all your sins and save you. Don't rely upon anyone or anything in this world to save you―trust Jesus Christ alone!
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There is nothing you need to give up to be saved, only your unbelief! Though some people would like to make you think you have to stop sinning to be saved, it is simply not true. If this were the case, we would all burn in Hellfire, because even the best Christians still commit sin. To be saved, you need to have your sins forgiven, and ONLY Jesus can forgive them. To be forgiven, you must first realize your guilt and condemned state of sin, and then TURN (repent) in faith to Jesus Christ to forgive those sins and save you eternally. Mark 1:15, "...repent ye, and believe the gospel." Carefully notice that Mark 1:15 speaks of repentance to "believe the Gospel"; and not, repentance from committing sin. To repent is to "turn" to Jesus Christ for salvation. God works a spiritual change in a person's heart once they are in Christ; not before... "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." The change is NOT a prerequisite to be saved; but comes through the power of the Holy Spirit once a person is in Christ (i.e., saved).
Does a person have to give up their sins to be saved? The answer is "No." Although even one sin can keep a person out of Heaven (James 2:10), there is only one sin that can prevent a person from being SAVED, and that is the sin of UNBELIEF. For we read in Romans 10:13, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." This is a promise from God.
Many false prophets today are teaching a damnable heresy called "Lordship Salvation." If you're not a guilty sinner bound for Hellfire, then you wouldn't need a Savior. Does a person have to clean up one's life of sin to be saved? The answer is emphatically "No." For if this were true, it would amount to a works-based salvation. Ephesians 2:8,9 plainly tell us... "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." Again we read in Romans 4:5... "But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness." Our eternal salvation is based upon our faith in Christ's work of redemption to forgive our sins; and not upon anything we can do to merit salvation. No one can merit (i.e., earn) salvation, for it is the FREE GIFT of God (Romans 5:15; 6:23), paid for by Jesus' precious blood (1st Peter 1:18,19).
As Dr. John R. Rice once said―"To turn to Christ in faith is to turn one's back on sin." Salvation does not give us a license to sin as some people allege. Christ wants to clean up our life through the power of His Holy Spirit. It takes time for the Holy Spirit to work in a person's heart (and everybody is different). Whereas Christ was lacking in your life, and sin was the dominant factor before you found salvation; now the reverse should be true... Christ is magnified, and sin is diminished in your life. Biblical "Repentance" is a change of mind that eventually should lead to a changed life; but only God knows for certain if a person is saved, because some believers do sin horribly at times.
If you don't see yourself as a dirty rotten sinner, then you truly don't realize just how sinful you are (1st John 1:8,10). We are all wicked sinners, deserving of Hellfire (Romans 3:10,19-23). This is why Christ needed to die upon the cross, and shed His own precious blood, for our many sins. We simply cannot do anything to redeem ourselves. Salvation is of God friend; not of yourself. No church or organization can assure you of Heaven. No priest can forgive you. Being baptized will just get you wet. Religion cannot save you in the least. It's Jesus or Hell.
Salvation is not found in a religion; but in a person―Jesus Christ!!!
Here are some important Biblical truths to know:
If you believe these things, then you have seen the True and Living Jesus. It is essential that you recognize the correct Jesus because there are many "false" christs in the world today (Matthew 24:24; Mark 13:22). 1st John 4:1 warns... "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try [test with the Bible] the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets [greedy liars] are gone out into the world."
John 6:40 says, "And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which SEETH the Son, and BELIEVETH on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day."
If you recognize Jesus as God Almighty, then you have SEEN the True Son. I don't want you to believe on a fake Jesus. This is why I tell you that Jesus is God Almighty. Only Jesus forgave sin in the Bible (as only God can do). Only Jesus accepted the worship of others (as only God is entitled to). Jesus is God Almighty...
"I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty." (Revelation 1:8)
John 10:33 says, "The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, Makest Thyself God."
Jesus Himself claimed to be God in the flesh. Every false religion attacks Christ's deity by trying to diminish or distort who Jesus is. Jehovah's Witness and Mormons deny Jesus' deity. Catholics elevate Mary to the same level as Jesus, teaching that she was sinless from birth, and never saw death; yet Romans 3:10 proclaims that Mary was a dirty rotten sinner―There is NONE righteous, no not one!
Good Works Cannot Save!!!
Do not ADD good deeds, merit, baptism or church membership to your faith, or else it is no faith at all.
WARNING!!! Trust Jesus Christ alone or you will not be saved!
Do not rely upon your church. Do not trust the Seven Sacraments. Do not trust in Mother Mary. Do not trust the Pope or your priest because they CANNOT do anything to help you! They surely have NO power to forgive your sins. They desperately need forgiveness themselves. Only God can forgive sin, and Jesus is Almighty God.
This is a PROMISE from God. If you will simply call (i.e., TRUST) upon the name of the Lord Jesus, you WILL be saved. How much "faith" do we need to be saved? JUST ENOUGH faith to "call." Jesus died on the cross for you and me. Christ shed His sinless blood for you and me. Jesus was buried and rose again 3 days later for your justification and mine. Friend, do you realize your GUILT of sin? Do you see your condemned state and justly deserved penalty of hellfire? We read in Romans 3:19... "Now we know that what things soever THE LAW saith, it saith to them who are under THE LAW: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become GUILTY before God." The Greek word for "guilty" here means, "to lose one's case in court." The Word of God testifies against us that we have sinned (Romans 3:23). To realize one's guilt of sin means that we understand we are guilty sinners, who have lost our case in God's court so-to-speak, and are found "guilty," deserving of the death penalty in Hellfire... "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23). We all deserve to be cast into the lake of Fire; but thanks be to God for the LITERAL precious sin-cleansing blood of Jesus that takes our sins away forever.
The bottom line is that you need to have your sins forgiven!!! Only Jesus Christ can forgive those sins. Ask Jesus to forgive you and to save you. The word "call" in Romans 10:13 simply means "to trust upon." In Old English, if you did business at someone's shop, you were said to have "called" upon them for their services. Hence, the common business slogan, "Please call again." When you call upon Jesus in faith to forgive your sins, He has promised to forgive and to save you. Forsake your false religion and turn (repent) to Christ alone for salvation. Cease from trusting in your own good works. Trust upon Christ's finished work of redemption.
Is it improper to pray to be saved, or to lead someone in a sinner's prayer? Clearly the Word of God states that BELIEVING on Jesus is all that is required to have our sins forgiven (John 3:16); however, we see in the account of the publican who went up to the temple to pray (Luke 18:13), and again with the thief on the cross (Luke 23:42), that it is certainly acceptable for one to pray a sinner's prayer for salvation. It is important to realize that prayer alone cannot save anyone (Matthew 7:22,23). A sinner's prayer should be the outward manifestation of faith that already exists in one's heart, for salvation is of the HEART... "For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness..." (Romans 10:10). This is why we read in Isaiah 65:24... "And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear." Before the thief on the cross ever opened his mouth, he already had faith in the Lord or else he wouldn't have asked Jesus to remember him.
Salvation is of the heart; not the mouth. Many professed 'Christians' today are running around leading people in prayer to invite Jesus into their heart. This is not Scriptural. The issues of sin, condemnation, and judgment must be dealt with. Inviting Jesus into one's heart, or making a commitment to God, is not salvation. Salvation is a dirty rotten sinner, who realizes his or her guilt and justly deserved penalty of Hellfire, coming to Jesus Christ in faith for forgiveness and salvation. There are many folks today, who profess the name of Jesus, who have no remorse whatsoever over their homosexuality, abortion, or worldly living. Something is wrong. Although a person does not have to forsake their sins to be saved, a genuine born again Christian will experience the conviction of the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 12:8), and a changed life should manifest itself. This is exactly what the Apostle James meant when he said in James 2:18... "Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works." James was speaking about being justified in the eyes of men. In Romans 4:5, the Apostle Paul spoke of being justified in the eyes of God when he said... "But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness." We see the sharp contrast here between being justified in the eyes of God by faith alone; verses being justified in the eyes of men by works. God can see the faith in our heart; but men cannot, so they look at our works alone.
So please understand that although a sinner's prayer is perfectly acceptable, it is not enough to save a person―There MUST be a heart's faith in Jesus Christ.
If you realize your sinfulness and guilt, and have faith in your heart and want to ask Jesus to save you, then you might pray something similar to this sinner's prayer...
There's nothing magical about the words friend, it's just the simple fact that you went to Jesus for salvation that matters... "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:13). You could have simply prayed, "Jesus forgive me," or not prayed at all. It matters not what words you use, just as long as you realize your guilt as a sinner, and then believe in your heart on the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior. Salvation is of the heart; not the intellect. It is a matter of trust.
If you would like to learn more, I have written a book of 36 chapters concerning salvation. The Lord impressed upon my heart to share with others the life-changing and heart-warming truths which have blessed my life so much. My book is copyrighted, but you are welcome to use it freely. A good chapter to start is PUT ALL YOUR FAITH IN JESUS. Another great chapter is THE GIFT OF GOD. Also, please read HOW TO KNOW YOUR SAVED. I use the Bible extensively, the King James Bible exclusively. My book took one year for me to write, but a lifetime to prepare. I humbly present it to all who would allow me share my heart through my book. May God bless you!
Below are hyperlinks to my book. I pray you will be enlightened and blessed.
My book has never been sold, as I did not write it to make money. You may freely distribute it. I wrote my book to help people who desire to understand more about salvation. If you have battled with the assurance of your salvation―My book WILL help you, as I personally went through a seven year battle with my own assurance:
The matter of salvation can be summed up in 2 simple facts:
God loves you...
David J. Stewart