After reading through a completely upsetting a depressing PDF file called “Liberalising and backsliding in the US“, I have come to the conclusion that a vast majority of Americans who consider themselves Christians are going to hear the horrible words, “Away from me! I never knew ye.”
It’s easy for us to look at some foreign country and think, “Wow, those folks – it’s sad. So few Christians in a country of a billion people! What a tragedy that will be to see that billion people going into Hell!”
i’m here to tell you there’s a country of 300 million people, most of whom will be going to Hell as well. I’m going to speak very highly of another country – North Korea. The Christians there have no time for things like backsliding, questioning the Bible or ecumenism. Their lifespan is measured in weeks. You know who North Korean Christians, who are being shot, tortured, and crushed alive by steam rollers – you know who THEY are praying for?
Let’s get some things right. Some of you reading this may need these words as a wake up call. And I’m going to upset some of you a great deal.
If a deacon or the pastor in my church came to me and said, “listen, Brother Phil, I’m worried about you. I have some questions about your salvation. Would you mind giving me your testimony?” My answer would be, “Not at all!” And then after giving it, would ask, “Are you seeing some areas of concern I need to work on?”
If you believe you can earn your way into heaven – you’re not saved.
If you believe you must perform works plus grace, you’re not saved.
If you do not believe Jesus Christ is God, you’re not saved.
If you do not believe in the Trinity, you’re not saved.
If you do not believe ye must be born again to be saved – you’re not saved.
If you believe you must be baptised to be saved, you’re not saved.
If you think you’re saved because you had an emotional reaction to an altar call, you’re not saved.
If you do not believe that you can only receive forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ, you’re not saved.
If you do not believe that anyone who does not receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour will not go to hell – You’re sadly mistaken, and I have grave concerns. As a matter of fact, there exists a possibility you may not be saved and may well be joining them!
if you believe Jesus was not virgin born, I have grave concerns for your salvation.
If you question the Bible, I have concerns.
If you are looking to your own emotional reactions to determine whether God is present, you’re looking in the wrong direction.
George Barna reported in 1998 that:
“fewer than 10% of all born-again Christians possess a biblical worldview that informs their thinking and behaviour”
That’s tantamount to saying that 10% of Americans were saved in 1998. I’m not going to boldly state that, because I recognize that there are many carnal Christians, and over 95% of Christians readily describe themselves as “baby christians”.
So, I’m speaking to you.
Shame on you. you have the same Bible I do. Don’t you READ the thing??? You know, those “devotions” you’re supposed to do!
Barna said out of born-again Christians only half could correctly describe the content of John 3:16, 6 out of 10 knew what the Gospel was and just 2 out of 10 knew what the Great Commission was. (Liberalising and Backsliding In The US)
How can you possibly be unable to recite John 3:16??? HOW??? this has been described as one of the most important verses in the Bible! If you can’t get that right, I have concerns!
I have concerns about anyone who calls themselves a Christian and cannot describe the Gospel. How can you claim to be saved, but not know how or from what?
People, your eternal destiny rides on this, the choice you make! If you’re bobbing on the ocean after your ship sinks, and I toss you a life ring, and it’s within your reach and you sit there praising God the life ring is inches away, you’re gonna drown while you sing your halleluyahs!!!
GRAB THE LIFE RING!!! DO IT! QUIT SINGING HALLELUYAHS AND GET SAVED!
Salvation requires knowledge of Hell. If you tell me you’re saved, but then say you really don’t believe in Hell, I get VERY concerned for you.
If you tell me with a straight face that you’re saved, but you think everyone who believes in some form of religion is going to heaven – I have grave concerns, because it tells me you don’t understand the Gospel, and it means you don’t know the answer to one simple question – “Saved from what?””
“Well, I love God.” I’m sure you DO. There are people who lived in the Pacific Islands that truly loved their gods! You know what they were? carved idols of US Cargo planes. That can’t save. Really. think about it.
A saved Christian should be able to say, “I’m saved from an eternity in a literal Hell by the atoning sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ.” You can of course say it in your own words, but if you don’t understand that much, I’m very worried for you.
A couple of years ago, I did a study of how many people on earth are saved, using Operation World statistics. I removed every religion and denomination that does not teach “Ye must be born again”, or some combination of salvation by works. The number jumped out at me: 1.5%
That’s scary. That’s telling me 97.5% of the people on the earth are going into Hell. Few actually say they’re going to Hell, which means a great many people are in for a rude shock after they die.
Your eternal destiny rides on you getting simple things right. Christ died for your sins. He was God in the flesh, virgin born, one-third of the Trinity, eternally the son of God. He was crucified, buried, rose physically on the third day, and ascended bodily into heaven. We are saved by grace alone, and not of works. We are saved when we are born again, and spared an eternity in Hell. And only those who are born again will enter the kingdom of heaven.
If you disagree with any part of that statement, you’re not one of the 1.5%, but part of those rushing headlong on the broad, wide way into Hell.
Get it right. Get saved.