HOW TO BE SAVED

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How tragic it would be if we went through life thinking we were saved and then woke up on Judgment Day to find out we were mistaken! But the Bible teaches that this will be the case with many people. Christ said, “Many will say unto Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name have cast out devils? and in Thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity” (Matt. 7:22-23).

However, we do not have to go through life without the assurance of salvation. In 1 John 5:13 the apostle says, “These things have I written unto you…that ye may know that ye have eternal life.” How then can we have this assurance? This is the most important question we will ever face in life because our eternal destiny is at stake! The Bible teaches that those who remain unsaved will spend eternity in a place of perpetual torment (Matt. 25:46; Rev. 14:9-11).

The reason for this is because their sin has not been paid for, and God’s perfect justice requires that payment be made for sin (“the wages of sin is death” Rom. 6:23). Therefore, it is vital that we know the answer to this question. This is why the Apostle Peter wrote, “Give diligence to make your calling and election sure” (2 Pet. 1:10).

It is true that we must believe in Christ in order to become saved (Acts 16:31), but how can we be sure we have savingly believed in Him? Certainly we cannot rely upon our feelings since feelings can be misleading. Some might suggest we can be sure by acknowledging the facts of the gospel or saying “the sinner’s prayer.” However, the Bible teaches that it is not possible to be saved without being regenerated. Christ said, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Therefore, we cannot know we have savingly believed in Christ until we know we are born again.

But what does it mean to be born again? Is this some kind of emotional experience? No, the Bible teaches that being born again means our life is changed. In 2 Corinthians 5:17 we read, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” The Bible also tells us what changes will take place in our life when we are born again.

First, we will not habitually commit sin.

“Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin.”—1 John 3:9

“How shall we that are dead to sin live any longer therein?”—Romans 6:2

Though we will continue to sin because of indwelling corruption, we will no longer practice it for its dominion has been broken in our life, and God has instilled in our heart a hatred for it.

Second, we will seek to live a holy life by obeying God’s Word.

“Everyone that doeth righteousness is born of Him.”—1 John 2:29

“And hereby do we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.”—1 John 2:3

We will not obey God’s Word perfectly as long as we still have a sinful nature. But we will obey it purposefully because of an ongoing, earnest desire to do God’s will.

Third, we will love others, regardless of who they are or what they have done.

“Everyone that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”—1 John 4:7-8

“We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren.”—1 John 3:14

Since God is love He has given us a desire to love others, especially believers. We may not always feel love towards them, yet we will show love by seeking to do them good when we have the opportunity.

Fourth, our affections will not be set upon the things of the world.

“If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”—1 John 2:15

“For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit…But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.”—Romans. 8:5, 9

Though we can and should enjoy the things of the world God has given us, our heart will not be set upon them because Christ is our all in all.

These changes are not the cause of our salvation for we are saved by Christ (as our propitiation and as the giver of the gift of perfect righteousness) through faith—even that is not of ourselves but is a gift from God (Eph. 2:8-9). Rather, these changes are the evidence that we truly have been born again. If they are not evident in our life, it is likely we have not savingly believed in Christ. And therefore, it is vital that we diligently read the Bible until we are assured of having saving faith in Him. The Bible says, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Rom. 10:17). A good place to start is 1 John and James for they deal extensively with the changes that result from being born again.

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CHARLIE COULSON, THE CHRISTIAN DRUMMER BOY (AN INTERESTING READ)

The following story is a true account, taken from an old, out-of-print book called “Touching Incidents And Remarkable Answers To Prayer”. It was complied by S. B. Shaw and published in 1894 “I was a surgeon in the United States Army during the civil war. After the battle of Gettysburg, there were hundreds of wounded soldiers in my hospital. Many were wounded so severely that a leg or an arm, or sometimes both, needed to be amputated. One of these was a boy who had only been in the service for three months. Since he was too young to be a soldier, he had enlisted as a drummer. When my assistants came to give him chloroform before the amputation he turned his head and refused it. When they told him that it was the doctor’s orders, he said, ‘send the doctor to me’. I came to his bedside and said ‘young man, why do you refuse chloroform? When I found you on the battlefield, you were so far gone that I almost didn’t bother to pick you up.

But when you opened those large blue eyes, it occurred to me that you had a mother somewhere who might be thinking of you at that very moment. I didn’t want you to die on the field, so I had you brought here. But you’ve lost so much blood that you’re just too weak to live through an operation without chloroform. You’d better let me give you some.’ He laid his hand on mine, looked me in the face and said, ‘Doctor, one Sunday afternoon, when I was nine and a half years old I gave my heart to Christ. I learned to trust Him then, and I’ve been trusting Him ever since. I know I can trust Him now. He is my strength. He will support me while you amputate my arm and leg’. I asked him if he would at least let me give him a little brandy. Again he looked at me and said, ‘Doctor, when I was about five years old, my mother knelt by my side with her arms around me and said: “Charlie, I am praying to Jesus that you will never take even one drink of alcohol. Your father died a drunkard, and I’ve asked God to use you to warn people against the dangers of drinking, and to encourage them to love and serve the Lord”. I am now 17 years old and I have never had anything stronger than tea or coffee. There is a very good chance that I am about to die and to go into the presence of my God. Would you send me there with brandy on my breath?’ I will never forget the look that boy gave me. At that time I hated Jesus, but I respected that boy’s loyalty to his Saviour. And when I saw how he loved and trusted Him to the very end, something deeply touched my heart. I did for that boy what I had never done for any other soldier – I asked him if he wanted to see his chaplain. Chaplain R. knew the boy well from having seen him frequently at the tent of payer meetings. Taking his hand, he said, ‘Charlie, I’m really sorry to see you like this’. ‘Oh, I’m all right, Sir,’ Charlie answered. ‘The doctor offered me chloroform, but I told him I didn’t want any.

Then he wanted to give me brandy, which I didn’t want either. So now, if my Saviour calls me, I can go to Him in my right mind.’ ‘You might not die Charlie,’ said the chaplain, ‘but if the Lord does call you home, is there anything I can do for you after you’re gone?’ ‘Chaplain, please reach under my pillow and take my little Bible. My mother’s address is inside. Please send it to her, and write a letter for me. Tell her that since I left home,

I have never let a single day pass – no matter if we were on the march, or the battle-field, or in the hospital without reading a portion of God’s word, and daily praying the He would bless her.’ ‘Is there anything else I can do for you, my lad?’ asked the Chaplain. ‘Yes – please write a letter to the Sunday school teacher of the Sands Street Church in Brooklyn, New York.

Tell him that I’ve never forgotten his encouragement, good advice, and many prayers for me. They have helped and comforted me through all the dangers of battle. And now, in my dying hour, I thank the Lord for my dear old teacher, and ask Him to bless and strengthen him. That is all’. Then turning to me, he said, ‘I’m ready, doctor. I promise I won’t even groan while you take off my arm and leg, if you don’t offer me chloroform’. I promised, but didn’t have the courage to take the knife in my hand without first going into the next room and taking a little brandy myself. While cutting through the flesh, Charlie Coulson never groaned.

But when I took the saw to separate the bone, the lad took the corner of his pillow in his mouth, and all I could hear him whisper was, ‘O Jesus, blessed Jesus! Stand by me now.’ He kept his promise. He never groaned. I could not sleep that night. Whichever way I tossed and turned, I saw those soft blue eyes, and when I closed my own eyes the words ‘Blessed Jesus, stand by me now,’ kept ringing in my ears. A little after midnight, I finally left my bed and visited the hospital – a thing I had never done before unless there was an emergency. I had such a strange and strong desire to see that boy. When I got there, an orderly told me that 16 of the badly wounded soldiers had died. “Was Charlie Coulson one of them?’ I asked. ‘No sir,’ he answered, ‘He’s sleeping as sweetly as a babe.’ When I came to his bed, one of the nurses said that at about nine O’clock, two members of the Y.M.C.A came through the hospital to read and sing a hymn. Chaplain R. was with them, and he knelt by Charlie’s bed and offered up a fervent and soul’s stirring prayer. Then, while still on their knees, they sang one of the sweetest of all hymns, ‘Jesus lover of my soul’. Charlie sang along with them, too. I couldn’t understand how that boy, who was in such horrible pain, could sing.

Five days after I performed the operation Charlie sent for me, and it was from him t hat I heard my first Gospel sermon. ‘Doctor’, he said, ‘my time has come. I don’t expect to see another sunrise. I want to thank you with all my heart for your kindness to me. I know you are Jewish, and that you don’t believe in Jesus, but I want you t o stay with me, and see me die trusting my Saviour to the last moment of my life.’ I tried to stay, but I just couldn’t. I didn’t have the courage to stand by and see a Christian boy die rejoicing in the love of that Jesus who I hated. So, I hurriedly left the room. About 20 minutes later an orderly came and found me sitting in my office with my hands covering my face. He told me that Charlie wanted to see me. ‘I’ve just seen him’, I answered, ‘and I can’t see him again’. ‘But, Doctor, he says he must see you once more before he dies.’ So I made up my mind to go and see Charlie, say an endearing word, and let him die. However, I was determined that nothing he could say would influence me in the least bit, so far as his Jesus was concerned. When I entered the hospital I saw he was inking fast so I sat down by his bed. Asking me to take his hand, he said,

“Doctor, I love you because you are a Jew.’ The best fried I have found in this world was a Jew.’ I asked him who that was, and he answered, ‘Jesus Christ and I want to introduce you to Him before I die. Will you promise me? Doctor, that what I am about to say to you, you will never forget?’ I promised, and he said, ‘five days ago, while you amputated my arm and leg, I prayed to the Lord Jesus Christ, and asked Him to make His love known to you.’

Those words went deep into my heart. I couldn’t understand how, when I was causing him the most intense pain, he could forget all about himself and think of nothing but his Saviour and my unconverted soul. All I could say to him, was, ‘Well, my dear boy you will soon be alright’. With these words I left him, and 12 minutes later he fell asleep, ‘safe in the arms of Jesus’.

Hundreds of soldiers died in my hospital during the war, but I only followed one to the grave, and that was Charlie Coulson. I rode three miles to see him buried. I had him dressed in a new uniform, and place in an officer’s coffin, with a United States flag over it. That boy’s dying words made a deep impression upon me. I was rich at that time so far as money was concerned, but I would have given every penny I possessed if I could have felt towards Christ as Charlie did. But that feeling cannot be bought with money. Alas, I soon forgot all about my Christian soldier’s little sermon, but I could not forget the boy himself. Looking back, I now know that I was under deep conviction of sin at that time. But for nearly ten years I fought against Christ with the hatred I had, until finally the dear boy’s prayer w as answered and I surrendered my life to the love of Jesus.

About a year and a half after my conversion, I went to a prayer meeting one evening in Brooklyn. It was one of those meetings where Christians testify about the loving kindness of God. After several had spoken, and elderly lady stood up and said, “Dear friends, this may be the last time I have a chance to publicly share how good the Lord has been to me. My doctor told me yesterday my right lung is nearly gone, and my left lung is failing fast, so at the best I only have a short time to be with you. But what is left of me belongs to Jesus. It’s a great joy to know that I shall soon meet my son with Jesus in heaven.

‘Charlie was not only a soldier for his country, but also a soldier for Christ. He was wounded at the battle of Gettysburg, and was cared for by a Jewish doctor, who amputated his arm and leg. He died five days after the operation. The chaplain of the regiment wrote me a letter, and sent me my boy’s Bible. I was told that in his dying hour, my Charlie sent for that Jewish doctor, and said to him, ‘Doctor, before I die I wish to tell you that five days ago, while you amputated my arm and leg, I prayed to the Lord Jesus Christ for you’.

As I heard this lady speak, I just couldn’t sit still. I left my seat, ran across the room, and taking her hand said, ‘God bless you, my dear sister. Your boy’s prayer has been heard and answered! I am the Jewish doctor that Charlie prayed for, and his Saviour is now my Saviour! The love of Jesus has won my soul!’

A LESSON FROM THE ARABS (An Interesting Tracts)

“Some years ago, several Arab chieftains accompanied that famous First World War character, Lawrence of Arabia, to the Paris Peace Conference. The Arabs saw many wonderful things in the great city, but the most amazing sight to them was the running water in their hotel rooms. It seemed to them impossible that by simply turning a faucet they could have an almost inexhaustible flow of water without effort or expense. They had been accustomed all their lives to consider water as a scarce commodity.

They know its great value and, from experience, the difficulty of obtaining it. At the end of the conference and as the delegates were preparing to depart, Lawrence saw his chieftains trying to remove the faucets from the walls of their rooms so they could fix them to walls in their own rooms at home and continue to have an exhaustless water supply without effort in their barren deserts! It required considerable time and patience to explain that the faucets alone were utterly valueless”. We smile at the simple-mindedness of the Arab chiefs, but we have all been guilty of such actions. We take an example from an account in the lives of the children of Israel.

“Israel went out against the Philistines to battle. Israel was smitten before the Philistines: and they slew of the army in the field about 4,000 men.

And when the people were come into the camp, the elders of Israel said, Let us fetch the Ark of the Covenant of the LORD out of Shiloh unto us, that it may save us. And when the Ark of the Covenant of the LORD came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout. And the Philistines fought, and Israel was smitten, and there was a great slaughter; for there fell of Israel 30,000 footmen” (1Samuel 4:1-3, 5, 10). The Arabs trusted in the detached faucets for water, and the Israelites trusted in the visible Ark of the Covenant, detached from God Who is the true Source of supply. Some trust in their good upbringing as a reason why God’s favour should be Page 2 of 3 theirs. Others trust in good deeds and almsgiving as a merit to bring God’s blessing to them. Some trust in long prayers and religious observances. Others trust that fasting will recommend them to God. ‘Useless, if detached’.

“All our righteousness are as filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6).

Reading of Psalm for prayer will disappoint you like the detached faucets would have disappointed the Arabs. ‘Useless, if detached’. Do you still trust in good morals to recommend you to God? Do you hope to be saved because you try to ‘Obey the Ten Commandments, love your neighbour as yourself, do good to anyone you see and have a clear conscience towards everybody’? Do you say that these are things that will qualify one for heaven? Ask yourself, have you done all these today? Of course, no. All these are incapable of saving you unless the source is God, the Giver of every good and perfect gift through Jesus Christ. False hopes are costly for they shall cause eternal regret and cause you to wail in anguish of deepest regrets in eternity. Baptism, whether of the infant or of the adult, whether sprinkling or immersion – cannot save you. Don’t be satisfied with the useless detached faucets. Be sure you have the real thing – the passport to heaven: heart cleansing. God gives it through Jesus Christ. You may trust in being ‘baptized in the Holy Spirit’, dreaming and seeing visions, prophesying, speaking in tongues and interpreting while you are still SINNING – ‘useless if detached’; How can that be, do you say? Well, God does not baptize dogs (sinners) in the Holy Spirit. He only says if His children ask for the Holy Ghost, He’ll fill them. It’s only for children – and who is a child?

“Whosoever is born of God does not commit sin for the seed of God remains in him and he cannot sin” (1John 3:9).

Going to consult prophets and attending revival services every day is not what God requires of you. ‘Useless if detached’.

Nothing less than God can save. Do not have faith in anything less than God.

“Neither is there salvation in any other for there is none other name (and no other thing) under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Only Jesus can save.Jesus died that you may live. His death is the only remedy for your sins. Pray to God with faith in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and you will be saved from the guilt of sin, from the love of sin, from the power of sin and from the consequence of sin.

“Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Ro 10:13). “Now why tarriest thou? Wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16). “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2).

The Testimony of Charles H. Spurgeon

Isaiah 45:22, “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.”

Pastor Charles H. Spurgeon

My dear friends, this is a very simple text indeed. It says, ‘Look.’ Now lookin’ don’t take a deal of pain. It ain’t liftin’ your foot or your finger; it is just, ‘Look.’ Well, a man needn’t go to College to learn to look. You may be the biggest fool, and yet you can look. A man needn’t be worth a thousand a year to be able to look. Anyone can look even a child can look. But then the text says, ‘Look unto Me.’ Ay!” said the preacher, in broad Essex, “many on ye are lookin’ to yourselves, but it’s no use lookin’ there. You’ll never find any comfort in yourselves. Some look to God the Father. No, look to Him by-and-by. Jesus Christ says, ‘Look unto Me.’ Some on ye say, ‘We must wait for the Spirit’s workin’.’ You have no business with that just now. Look to Christ The text says, ‘Look unto Me.'”

Then the good man followed up his text in this way: “Look unto Me; I am sweatin’ great drops of blood. Look unto Me; I am hangin’ on the cross. Look unto Me; I am dead and buried. Look unto Me; I rise again. Look unto Me; I ascend to Heaven. Look unto Me; I am sittin’ at the Father’s right hand. 0 poor sinner, look unto Me! look unto Me!”

by Charles Spurgeon | Reprinted from C. H. Spurgeon: The Early Years (Banner of Truth), pp. 86-88, 99-100.


It’s not what you’re doing that gets you to Heaven, it’s where you’re looking. Look to Jesus.


Charles H. Spurgeon was born at Essex, England, June 19, 1834; led his class at every examination in school at Colchester; converted December 15, 1850; preached first sermon 1851 at age 16; became a pastor in 1852; published more than 1900 sermons in his lifetime; died 1892, he was mourned by thousands.

In Spurgeon’s own words:

I had been about five years in the most fearful distress in mind, as a lad. If any human being felt more of the terror of God’s law, I can indeed pity and sympathize with him. Bunyan’s “Grace Abounding” contains, in the main, my history. Some abysses he went into I never trod; but some into which I plunged he seems to have never known. I thought the sun was blotted out of my sky–that I had sinned so against God that there was no hope for me. I prayed – the Lord knoweth how I prayed, but I never had a glimpse of an answer that I knew of. I searched the Word of God; the promises were more alarming than the threatenings. I read the privileges of the people of God, but with the fullest persuasions that they were not for me. The secret of my distress was this: I did not know the gospel. I was in a Christian land, I had Christian parents, but I did not fully understand the simplicity of the gospel.I attended all the places of worship in the town where I lived, but I honestly believe that I did not hear the gospel fully preached. I do not blame the men, however. One man preached the divine sovereignty. I could hear him with pleasure; but what was that to a poor sinner who wished to know what he should do to be saved? There was another admirable man who always preached about the law; but what was the use of plowing up ground that needed to be sown? Another was a great practical preacher. I heard him, but it was very much like a commanding officer teaching the maneuvers of war to a set of men without feet. What could I do? All his exhortations were lost on me. I knew it was said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus and thou shalt be saved,” but I did not know what it was to believe in Christ.

I sometimes think I might have been in darkness and despair now, had it not been for the goodness of God in sending a snowstorm one Sunday morning, when I was going to a place of worship. When I could go no farther, I turned down a court and come to a little Primitive Methodist chapel. In that chapel there might have been a dozen or fifteen people. The minister did not come that morning; snowed up, I suppose. A poor man, a shoemaker, a tailor, something of that sort, went up into the pulpit to preach.Now it is well that ministers should be instructed, but this man was really stupid, as you would say. He was obliged to stick to his text, for the simple reason that he had nothing else to say. The text was “Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth.” He did not even pronounce the words rightly, but that did not matter.

There was I thought, a gleam of hope for me in the text. He began thus “My dear friends, this is a very simple text indeed. It says ‘Look.’ Now that does not take a great deal of effort. It ain’t lifting your feet or your finger, it is just ‘look.’ Well, a man need not go to college to learn to look. You may be the biggest fool and yet you can look. A man need not be worth a thousand a year to look. Anyone can look; a child can look. But this is what the text says. Then it says ‘Look unto Me.'”  “Ay,” said he, in broad Essex, “many of ye are looking to yourselves. No use looking there. You’ll never find comfort in yourselves. Some look to God, the Father. No, look to Him by and by. Jesus Christ says, ‘Look unto Me.’ Some of you say, ‘I must wait the Spirit a working.’ You have no business with that just now. Look to Christ. It runs: ‘Look unto Me.‘”Then the good man followed up his text in this way: “Look unto Me; I am sweating great drops of blood. Look unto Me; I am hanging on the cross. Look! I am dead and buried. Look unto Me; I rise again. Look unto Me; I ascend and sit at the Father’s right hand O! look to Me!” When he had got about that length, and managed to spin out ten minutes or so he was at the end of his tether. Then he looked at me under the gallery, and I dare say, with so few present, he knew me to be a stranger, He then said, “Young man, you look very miserable.” Well I did, but I have not been accustomed to having remarks made on my personal appearance from the pulpit before. However, it was a good blow struck. He continued:

“And you will always be miserable in life, and miserable in death if you do not obey my text. But if you obey now, this moment you will be saved.”Then he shouted as only a Primitive Methodist can: “Young man, look to Jesus Christ!” I did “look.”

There and then the cloud was gone, the darkness had rolled away, and that moment I saw the sun: I could have risen that moment and sung with enthusiasm of the precious blood of Christ, and the simple faith which looks alone to Him. Oh, that somebody had told me that before. TRUST CHRIST, AND YOU SHALL BE SAVED.Remember, dear brother, if you give your whole soul to the charge committed to you, it does not matter much about its appearing to be a somewhat small and insignificant affair, for as much skill may be displayed in the manufacture of a very tiny watch as in the construction of the town clock; in fact, a minute article may become the object of greater wonder than another of larger dimensions. Quality is a far more precious thing than quantity.

C.H. Spurgeon

An All-round Ministry, p. 70


Repentance Is “A Change Of Mind”

       The Bible says that Judas “repented” (Greek: metamellomaiin, meaning, “to regret”) in Matthew 27:3. Yet, Jesus said Judas had a devil (John 6:70). Judas didn’t repent toward God in faith to be saved; but rather, he felt regret that he got caught for betraying the Lord. Judas brought the 30 pieces of silver back to the Pharisees, but they refused it. Judas cast down the coins on the floor and went and hanged himself (Matthew 27:5). Turning from the act of sin is not salvation. The false repentance of Judas evidences this truth.

The false prophets in Matthew 7:21-22 said “Lord, Lord,” but they were not saved. They had amended their ways… speaking in Jesus’ name, performing good works and miracles; but they were unsaved and went to Hell forever in their sins. They failed to do God’s will concerning salvation. John 6:40 tells us God’s will, “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.” Lordship Salvationists are not saved because they think repentance means to change your lifestyle to be saved, which is self-righteousness. If you’re wrong on repentance, you’re not saved (just like Judas)!

Concerning salvation, the Bible uses a different meaning for repentance, which is simply “a change of mind.” Repentance in this sense is necessary for salvation. Mark 1:15, “And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” The word “repent” here in mark 1:15 is the Greek metanoeo, meaning, “to think differently.” Hebrews 6:1, “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God.” Lordship Salvationists need to repent from their dead works of religious self-righteousness and trust the simple gospel of Jesus Christ.

Here is a great quote from Pastor Charles Spurgeon which evidences that Spurgeon did not teach forsaking sinful bad habits as a condition of salvation. In the quote below, Spurgeon is saying that you don’t have to change your life (forsake sinful bad habits) to be saved. My friend, God only saves sinners! Even if you’re the vilest ungodly sinner, God will save you if you’ll simply place your faith in Jesus Christ…

“You must not expect that you will be perfect in ‘repentance’ before you are saved. No Christian can be perfect. ‘Repentance’ is a grace. Some people preach it as a condition of salvation. Condition of nonsense! There are no conditions of salvation. God gives the salvation himself…

— Charles Spurgeon

SOURCE: http://www.spurgeon.org/sermons/0044.htm (Charles Spurgeon, from a sermon titled, REPENTANCE UNTO LIFE, preached at the New Park Street Chapel, Southwark, on September 23, 1855)

Eternal life is a free gift, which is yours if you’ll receive it by faith in Christ Jesus. But let’s hear this truth from God Himself in the Bible…

Romans 4:5-6, “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works.”

God only saves THE UNGODLY. Amen! Whatever changes need to be made in a person’s life is God’s department and He will attend to that you can be rest assured (Hebrews 12:6-8). Jesus is precious!

Where Will You Be After Death?

Q. That is kind of a morbid question isn’t it?
 
A. Yes it is, but it is something that every human being must face for there is no
one that escapes death. The people in the World Trade Center on
September 11, 2001 expected a routine day at work and to return home at
night.
(Psa 49:10 KJV) For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the
brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others
 
Q. How can you be sure there is an afterlife?
 
A. The Bible teaches that there are one of two places a person will spend eternity:
Heaven or Hell.
(2 Cor 5:8 KJV) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from
the body, and to be present with the Lord
(Psa 9:17 KJV) The wicked shall be turned into Hell, and all the nations that
forget God
 
Q. I believe I will go to Heaven because I have never done anything bad in my
life, like stealing or murder. Those who do these things should go to Hell
because they are the wicked, right?
 
A. The problem with that philosophy is that God views sin as sin, no matter how
we trivialize it. One sin can send a person to Hell. A lustful look or thought is
a sin equal to murder and will condemn a person to Hell.
(Mat 5:28 KJV) But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust
after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart
 
Q. Does God make a distinction between little sins like “little white lies” and big
sins like murder?
 
A. In the Bible there is no difference. All sin will lead to eternal damnation.
(Heb 9:27 KJV) And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the
judgment:
(Luke 12:5 KJV) But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which
after he hath killed hath power to cast into Hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him
 
Q. Okay, then would you give me a good definition of sin?
 
A. God does not make the definition complex. Sin is the breaking of God’s holy
law.
(1 John 3:4 KJV) Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for
sin is the transgression of the law.
 
Q. Well I don’t break His law, I go to church, I give to charity and live a decent,
moral life. Doesn’t that count for something?
 
A. Unfortunately, it is only good for society that you do not break the law, but in
God’s sight, every single human being has broken His law and sinned.
(Rom 3:10 KJV) As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
(Rom 3:23 KJV) For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
(1 Ki 8:46 KJV) If they sin against thee, (for there is no man that sinneth not,
and thou be angry with them, and deliver them to the enemy, so that they
carry them away captives unto the land of the enemy, far or near;
 
Q. On earth, if someone has done wrong, they are innocent until proven guilty.
Will each person have an opportunity to explain to God why they did things?
 
A. They sure will. It is called the Great White Throne Judgment when all human
beings must give an account to God. However, when a person shows up at
this Judgment, there will be NO mercy shown, and they shall be cast into
eternal Hell.
(Rev 20:11-15 KJV) And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it,
from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no
place for them. {12} And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God;
and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the
book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written
in the books, according to their works. {13} And the sea gave up the dead
which were in it; and death and Hell delivered up the dead which were in
them: and they were judged every man according to their works. {14} And
death and Hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. {15}
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake
of fire.
 
Q. Do you mean I will be judged too?
 
A. Yes, unless Christ becomes your Savior, you will be judged for ALL actions in
your life. This means that everything you did in secret, said in secret, and
heard in secret, will be brought to light.
(1 Cor 4:5 KJV) Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come,
who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make
manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of
God.
(Psa 64:5 KJV) They encourage themselves in an evil matter: they commune
of laying snares privily; they say, Who shall see them?
(Psa 90:8 KJV) Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in
the light of thy countenance.
(Eccl 12:14 KJV) For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every
secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
 
Q. It is obvious that according to the Bible, that ALL humans are sinful and are
under the wrath of God. Does this mean there is no hope of going to
Heaven?
 
A. It is true that every human being is under the wrath of God, but that is not the
end. God sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, into the world for the purpose
of redeeming His people.
(Mat 1:21 KJV) And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name
JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
(Rom 5:8 KJV) But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we
were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
 
Q. I have read the catechism, confessions, creeds of my church and have taken
Communion, plus I was baptized. Doesn’t that count for something?
 
A. Unfortunately, going through the rituals, traditions and membership of a
church does not guarantee anyone salvation. In fact, many churches teach
that a person becomes saved at baptism and through their ceremonies.
Jesus even chided the Pharisees and Sadducees (the religious rulers of
Israel) for believing that just because they read the Scriptures, their salvation was
guaranteed.
(John 5:39 KJV) Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal
life: and they are they which testify of me.
(Mark 7:9 KJV) And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment
of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.
 
Q. Now I am really worried. I can’t do good works! I can’t rely on church
traditions or ceremonies! I have broken God’s Holy law! So then how does
one get to Heaven?
 
A. The answer to that question is YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN!
(John 3:3 KJV) Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto
thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
(1 Pet 1:23 KJV) Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of
incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
 
Q. I have heard that term “born again” for many years, but just do not understand
what that means. Could you give me a brief explanation?
 
A. The term, “born again,” actually means “born from above.” It denotes the
result of God removing the sins of a person and indwelling them with the Holy
Spirit (the third person of the triune Godhead) who makes them alive
unto God. It is basically a spiritual resurrection, which makes a person clean
before God, as if they never sinned.
(Psa 103:12 KJV) As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed
our transgressions from us.
(Eph 1:13 KJV) In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth,
the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were
sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
(1 Cor 15:22 KJV) For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made
alive.
(Rev 14:5 KJV) And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without
fault before the throne of God.
 
Q. It seems God’s requirements for salvation are very narrow, and it is evident
that of myself, I could never attain salvation. So how then can I become
saved? I don’t want to go to Hell!
 
A. A person must come to God for salvation on God’s terms and not man’s. The
sacrifice of the Lord Jesus was equivalent to an eternity in Hell. Jesus paid
for the sins of those He came to save. If one is going to become saved, they
must receive the Lord Jesus as their personal Savior.
(John 1:12-13 KJV) But as many as received him, to them gave he power to
become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: {13} Which
were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but
of God.
(John 6:37 KJV) All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that
cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
(John 19:30 KJV) When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It
is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
 
Q. How then do I receive Jesus as Savior?
 
A. God gives you the faith to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and if you are one
of those whom Christ came to save, then you will be drawn to the Lord Jesus,
and you will readily admit you are a sinner and will want Him to be your
Savior. Only a person whom God has qualified to receive salvation through
Christ will desire salvation.  The others will mock.
(John 6:44 KJV) No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent
me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
(Luke 18:13 KJV) And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so
much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be
merciful to me a sinner.
(2 Tim 2:25 KJV) In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if
God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the
truth;
 
Q. Can I wait until I am older?
 
A. The problem is that hundreds of thousands of people tied their shoes this
morning but the undertaker will untie them tonight. Remember the
answer to question number 1!
(Prov 27:1 KJV) Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day
may bring forth.
(2 Cor 6:2 KJV) (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in
the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted
time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
 
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