“Say this prayer and you will be saved” ever heard that before? How about “You better get some fire insurance ask Jesus into your heart” or “if you EVER asked Jesus into your heart you are saved don’t let anyone tell you, your not.”
What do all the following statements have in common? They are all unbiblical, we don’t give people assurance of salvation were not that powerful the Holy Spirit does.
Okay, now I will admit some people are and will be saved after they said the sinner’s prayer, but it isn’t “the sinners prayer” that saves them. They are saved because they have Godly sorrow that produces repentance and leads to salvation (2 Corinthians 7:10) and they truly put their faith in Christ.
But to tell people getting into heaven is easy is just a flat out lie one of the hardest things to do is surrender and submit ourselves to someone else’s authority. In Matthew 13:18-30 Jesus teaches us in the parable of the seed sower their will be 4 responses to the gospel.
First the enemy just blind the minds and the person doesn’t give it any thought the seed is just snatched up, the next response is people receive the news with joy, by the outward appearance you would think they are saved, but like a plant who’s roots go into bed rock when the heat of trials come the plant withers and dies. Who do you run to when things get really hard, do you press deeper into God or do you run to alcohol, drugs or even self and turn from God?. The next response to the gospel is they also receive the news and appear to be growing for awhile but then the money and love of this world overtakes them (James 4:4) like thorns and thistles’ overtaking a plant and the last reponse is a good soil hearer who receives the news and obeys his roots go deep into God.
Jesus never said getting to heaven was easy, but in Christianity today we sure do. Are we going to continue following modern Christian traditions that are false or are we going to follow God and His truth found in the scripture. It’s not a flu shot the narrow road is difficult that leads to life and few will find it (Matthew 7:13) We love to tell people about the narrow gate Jesus but then try to ignore the narrow path. Quit comparing yourself to other Christians who compare themselves to other Christians examine yourself and see if your in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5) Jesus tells people to count the cost it is going to cost you something to be His follower are you ready? If your not don’t fool yourself, He knows your not your not fooling Him go to Him in prayer and work it out with Him.
And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.
For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it– lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him,saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace. So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple. Luke 14:27-33
Scot Brandon-Copyright 2007