Many of my friends say “I am a Christian and I’m going to heaven.” I ask, “How do you know?” The answer is usually something along the lines that they said a prayer, somewhere, with sincerity, asking God into their heart. The reality is that many Americans believe something similar, and yet we all recognize that very few people live the Christian life. (more…)
Posts tagged ‘Salvation’
Salutations. I listen to numerous debates, as well as interviews on the street, where people talk about various views on religion. One interesting question comes up often. Some even refer to it as the one question that stops Christians cold. “So you’re saying that anyone who does not believe just like you is going to hell?” (more…)
Recently, I read The Continuous Atonement by Brad Wilcox. According to Wikipedia, “Bradley Ray Wilcox is a professor of education at Brigham Young University, the author of several books, and a popular speaker in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” This book rates very high, and came recommended by one of my LDS friends, so I had to give it a good read!
I continue my series of blog entries addressing numerous notes I took while reading it. Today, I wish to address his concerns about eternity, and counter the answers he gives. Even if you do not particularly care for this perspective here, many others express similar concerns. Thankfully, the Bible has answers, though not many will like what God has to say. (more…)
Many of my friends say “I am a Christian and I’m going to heaven.” I ask, “How do you know?” The answer is usually something along the lines that they said a prayer, somewhere, with sincerity, asking God into their heart. The reality is that many Americans believe something similar, and yet we all recognize that very few people live the Christian life.
The Bible does not state that if one says a prayer, with sincerity, they become saved. The Bible says that we must have faith in Jesus, repent and become born again. (more…)
The Gospel message forms the heart of Christianity. Over the decades, we have lost this message in the political yelling, pandering and concern over offending someone. Yet, as Christians, it really should be what people know us for. We should talk about it first, last and always. It is the Good News of God, and the only message the saves people from hell. Here are some scriptures which plainly convey the Gospel message. (more…)
Eph 2.8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
I have numerous brothers who come to me with heavy hearts. They have placed their faith in Jesus for their justification. However, they cannot seem to shake the issue of sin in their lives. With verses like Galatians 5:16-25 and John 8:36, it would seem we should live with a life free from sin and filled with love, kindness and other characteristics of the Spirit. However, as they dig deeper, they find instruction from their leaders saying either that we cannot be free from sin, or that we simply need to take steps to try harder.