Do You Really Believe? Part 3


“What Separates a Christian from the Rest of the World?”

“that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:9-10

After repentance takes place and after, by grace, we believe; the next step is a vital part of the fruit of our salvation. We must now deal with what “confession” really means. This is where the enemy is having a good time in introducing false gospels. This is where many feel that they are saved because one day they came forward and repeated a prayer. In Romans 10:9“Confess” means: (ὁμολογέω) to express openly one’s allegiance to a proposition or person—‘to profess, to confess, confession. (Louw Nida 33.274)

This definition is very significant because inMatthew 10:32-33, we find the use of the same word:

“Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.”

 

We can also addHebrews 10:23to make the point that confession is more than just a onetime thing, it is indeed a lifestyle.

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”

Romans 15:9also closes the argument about confessing Jesus among the Gentiles or non-believers.

“And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name.”

 

            The idea that we can repeat a prayer and accept that as being saved is a Biblical error. This word “confession” challenges us to express openly one’s allegiance to a proposition or person. This means that as witnesses we are unashamedly declaring our alliance to Christ. Many are making it look as if they have an alliance to Christ; but at the end, when you study them a little deeper, you can clearly see that their alliance is not with our Lord.

In our own churches, I have heard people who claim to be Christians; however they also believe in other ways of salvation outside of Christ. Others claim to be saved, but don’t believe that the Bible is totally accurate. I actually had a young man that told me that he was a Christian, but that he had a problem with Jesus being the only way to heaven, as the other religions have been around longer than Christianity. They claimed to be saved because at one point they were, in many cases, manipulated into repeating a prayer. They stand today as enemies of the cross and it will not take long before there lie becomes visible.

TO BE CONTINUED…

Do You Really Believe? Part 2


“What Separates a Christian from the Rest of the World?”

 

            Let’s explore what really needs to take place in the life of an individual in order for that individual to be saved. A key verse to understand salvation isRomans 10:9-10:

“that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

The first thing we need to understand is that there is no salvation without repentance. Repentance was John the Baptist‘s central message. It was also Jesus’. God accepts us the way we are; no doubt about that; but we must repent for what we’ve done. The second thing that must happen is that we must believe in our hearts that Jesus is Lord.Luke 6:45tells us:

“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heartbrings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”

            Even as Romans 10:9-10 mentions confession first, we must understand that confession is the result of a repented heart. The third thing that must take place is the confession itself. What I have said so far is not perhaps strange or far off, but there is more that we must understand in order to go deeper into the doctrine of salvation. We must look at two key words “believe” and “confess.”

“Believe: From the Greek Word (πιστεύω; πίστις) Meaning to believe to the extent of complete trust and reliance—‘to believe in, to have confidence in and to have faith in. In rendering πιστεύω and πίστις it would be wrong to select a term which would mean merely ‘reliance’ or ‘dependency’ or even ‘confidence,’ for there should also be a significant measure of ‘belief,’ since real trust, confidence, and reliance can only be placed in someone who is believed to have the qualities attributed to such a person.” (Louw Nida 31.85)

Lets take a look at the following verses that gives us the same Greek Word for Believe:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3.16

 

 “For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.” Romans 4:3 KJV

“Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.” 1 Peter 2:6 KJV

Believing is more than just acknowledging, but is in fact, trusting. That is what makes us believers!

TO BE CONTINUED…

Do You Really Believe? Part 1


“What Separates a Christian from the Rest of the World?”

I am growing concerned with the fact that many people that sit in the church on Sundays are not saved from the terrorizing Lake of Fire. These are people that perhaps repeated what is commonly known among evangelicals as the “sinner’s prayer;” nevertheless, it was all an illusion, a lie, an incorrect interpretation of what true salvation is. Many people call themselves Christians, some are even baptized, but they were never born again. They remained in their pitiful lifestyles, refusing change.

Beloved, it is impossible to be a Christian without first being born again. For some, this is common sense, but after working as a Chaplain and Counselor in a Christian Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Program and after doing one-on-one Biblical Advise Sessions with so called, Christians; I am finding out that they don’t even understand the basic doctrine of salvation. They are Deacons, Youth Pastors; they work with the kids in the church, are Elders and some are even Senior Pastors. I grieve at Mega Churches and their “cheese-ball” Pastors such as Joel Austin with sugar-coated messages that simply add to the confusion. Watch this Video of an Interview Pastor Austin had with Larry King live: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwL1DThtxYg The Bible clearly tells us inGalatians 1:8

“But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!”

            It is not really a surprise that the enemy is introducing other gospels; after all, he is the father of all lies. However, we as Christians must clearly understand salvation. Without such basic understanding, not only are we going straight to hell, but chaos will exist here in earth. We will literally live fruitless lives. Mathew 7:16 explains:

“By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?”

 

TO BE CONTINUED…