True or False Conversion

Most Christians would agree that it is difficult to tell if another Christian is genuinely saved or not. This is because it is considered rude (or offensive) to enquire how another Christian relates to their Savior.

How then can a Christian know whether they are associating with God's people or not? The answer is to become a "fruit inspector" - a spiritual fruit inspector as stated by Jesus:

(Luke 6:44-45)  "For every tree [or every Christian] is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. {45} A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh."

Therefore, this illustration provided by Jesus indicates that everyone who professes to be a Christian can be assessed as to whether he or she has been truly converted to Christ or not by the fruit (their words followed by their actions) that they produce in their lives. It is on this basis that preachers in churches can be detected if they are preaching truth or lies by comparing what they say with what scripture says, and how they conduct their lives.

The illustration below represents the Bible's description of salvation - from Initial Salvation then the New Birth, through to Final Salvation that produces the good works God requires to see each of His children deliver to Him.

(Eph 2:10)  "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto GOOD WORKS, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."

(Rev 14:13)  "And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the [Christian] dead which die in the Lord from henceforth [under the hand of Antichrist]: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may REST FROM THEIR LABOURS; and THEIR [good] WORKS do follow them."

'Labour' produces 'fruit'. If there is no labour then there can be no fruit. The labour that God requires Christians to undertake is initiated by Him in Heaven as His will for the Christian to do, and when he or she KNOWS what God's will is and then DOES His will, God will reveal Himself through their labour to others so that the fruit produced is a joint effort between both God and the faithful Christian:

(Matt 12:50)  "For whosoever shall do the WILL of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother."

(John 6:27)  "LABOUR not for the [Earthly] meat [for your physical bodies] which perisheth, but for that [spiritual] meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed."

(John 15:8)  "Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear MUCH [spiritual] FRUIT; so shall ye be my disciples."

(John 15:5)  "I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth MUCH FRUIT: for without me ye can do nothing."

(Matt 13:8-9)  "But other [seed] fell into good ground, and brought forth FRUIT, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. {9} Who hath ears to hear, let him hear."

The comments that follow highlight the differences between the True and False Gospel messages today. The True Gospel will encourage those who believe in it to go on and produce fruit unto God - fruit that can only be created by God working in you and through you so that the fruit comes from both God and the individual Christian's efforts.

On the other hand, a False Gospel message will deny that 'works' are necessary, and won't dare mention the need for fruit production in the Christian life. Those that believe such a gospel will therefore be deemed fruitless Christians - those who failed to go into the Father's fields (John 4:35-36) to bring in the harvest of lost souls:

(Matt 21:28-31)  "But what think ye? A certain man [e.g. God the Father] had two sons [one obedient and hard working, the other lazy and disobedient]; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard. {29} He [the obedient and hard working son] answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went. {30} And he [the Father] came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not. {31} Whether of them twain did the WILL OF HIS FATHER? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you [the lazy, disobedient, non-fruit-producing son]."

True or False Conversion

 

Diagram Description

STEP 1: Initial Salvation - or Faith without Works (Grace)

When a person hears the True Gospel message and he or she believes in their heart that Jesus Christ is the Son of God sent to Earth by God the Father to pay the penalty for their sins according to the scriptures, then the Bible says anyone who believes this simple message in faith is therefore “saved” – Initial Salvation:

(Rom 10:9-10)  "That if thou shalt CONFESS with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt BELIEVE in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, THOU SHALT BE SAVED. {10} For with the HEART man BELIEVETH unto righteousness; and with the MOUTH CONFESSION is made unto salvation."

IMPORTANT:  No person can offer any good works towards God to earn their Initial Salvation, as salvation is a free gift from God to anyone who asks for it in faith alone:

(Rom 5:15-19)  "But not as the offence, so also is the free gift [of salvation]. For if through the offence of one [the first Adam - 1 Cor 15:45-48] many [of mankind] be [spiritually] dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. {16} And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. {17} For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) {18} Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. {19} For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous."

Initial Salvation therefore is received by faith in Christ alone and by believing in His blood atonement paid at Calvary for his or her past sins, as it is ONLY by God's grace that any person can be Initially Saved.

(John 20:31)  "But these are written, THAT YE MIGHT BELIEVE that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that BELIEVING ye MIGHT have [eternal] life through his name."

(Eph 2:8-9)  "For by GRACE are ye saved THROUGH FAITH; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: {9} NOT OF [your own] WORKS, lest any man should boast [that he or she worked harder than someone else for their salvation]."

REPENTANCE:  Naturally, sincere and genuine repentance from one’s past sinful lifestyle and pressing in towards the new godly lifestyle (1 Tim 4:7-8) is an essential ingredient to become Finally Saved (1 Peter 4:3-4).

Scripture indicates that God gives every Christian a free-will to choose which pathway he or she might take from the Initial Salvation point onwards towards their eternal destiny - the 'Narrow Way' or the 'Broad Way':

(Matt 7:13-14)  "Enter ye in at the STRAIT gate: for wide is the gate, and BROAD is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and MANY [Christians] there be which go in thereat: {14} Because STRAIT is the gate, and NARROW is the way, which leadeth unto [eternal] life, and FEW [Christians] there be that find it."

To walk the Narrow Way means to believe what scripture tells us to do, which means that we MUST:

(Phil 2:12)  "…work out YOUR OWN salvation with fear and trembling."

The statement “work out” means achieving Final Salvation where “works of faith" are undetaken that produce the required spiritual fruit unto God the Father. This should be the goal of every Christian during the course of their Christian life. However, Satan (every Christian’s adversary - 1 Peter 5:8) has an alternative plan waiting for them and their salvation:

(1 Pet 5:8-9)  "Be sober, be vigilant; because YOUR ADVERSARY THE DEVIL, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour [spiritually]: {9} Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.["

The fear and trembling mentioned here relates to every Christian's personal salvation and either retaining it or losing it. The Devil (or Satan) prefers Christians to follow the beliefs and traditions of men (and women), which often contradict what scripture plainly states. Whether these beliefs be the teachings of Mormonism, Pentecostalism or from the Reformation (Luther, Wesley, Spurgeon, etc.) these beliefs often mingle varying quantities of Biblical truths among other beliefs that deny or oppose what scripture plainly states. These opposing religious beliefs often reflect more the biased beliefs of ‘men’ who have since died and not risen from the dead that Jesus warns us to be careful of believing:

(Mark 13:5)  "And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest ANY MAN deceive you:"

In contrast to this, Jesus requires the true followers of His to READ, BELIEVE and then APPLY to their lives, the words of Himself who has both died and risen from the dead. By demonstrating one’s faith in scripture, this will “prove” to the individual that scripture (and particularly the words of Jesus) are truth (John 17:17).

(1 Thes 5:21)  "PROVE all things; hold fast that which is good."

Therefore, Initial Salvation represents the commencement of every Christian’s spiritual journey towards spending eternity with God after we die. The Bible says that salvation is associated with a race that has both a Start line and a Finish line (Heb 12:1-2).

To arrive at the end of our journey at the wrong spiritual destination (Hell) will be eternal torment enough if we have been deceived into believing a lie along the way, rather than embracing the many truths our Saviour requires us to both believe and apply to our lives so that we "finish the course" - 2 Tim 4:7.

The test we either pass or fail from this point onwards is determined by how FAITHFUL we have been towards reading, believing and applying scripture to our lives, or how FAITHLESS we have been because we have preferred to believe the doubts and lies the Devil uses to deceive us when he says to us as he said to Adam and Eve, “Yea, hath God said…?” (Gen 3:1).

(Matt 25:21)  "His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been [proven] faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord."

Compare these words to those spoken to the "wicked and slothful servant" below:

(Matt 25:26-30)  "His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap [souls from Satan's kingdom] where I sowed [them] not, and gather [other souls] where I have not strowed [or spread abroad]…Take therefore the talent from him [the faithless Christian], and give it unto him which hath ten talents…And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

STEP 2: “Strive to enter into Heaven”

When one of Jesus' disciples asked Him the following question, He responded by immediately saying to STRIVE to enter into the kingdom of Heaven:

(Luke 13:23-24)  "Then said one unto him, Lord, are there FEW [Christians] that be saved? And he said unto them, {24} STRIVE to enter in at the strait gate: for many [Christians], I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able." 

Scripture provides good illustrations of men striving and not striving to enter Heaven, as contrasted between the Apostle Paul and the 11 disciples of Jesus. Where Paul was extremely zealous to uphold and enforce Jewish laws and customs while a Pharisee, once he met Jesus on the road to Damascus, this was the manner Jesus used to anoint him to become His disciple to the Gentiles – as demonstrated by his ‘works’ as a Pharisee before conversion.

(Acts 9:15-16)  "But the Lord said unto him [Ananias], Go thy way: for he [Saul of Tarsus] is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: {16} For I will show him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake."

When Ananias prayed for Saul after he had his born again experience (Acts 9:18), he then became known as Paul. On the other hand, the disciples often asked ‘dumb questions’ prior to Jesus’ crucifixion (Matt 16:7), and it wasn’t until Jesus visited them in the locked room following His resurrection that he breathed on them and said the following words that they could not understand previously:

(John 20:22)  "And when he [Jesus] had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the [baptism, of the] Holy Ghost:"

(John 2:21-22)  "But he [Jesus] spake of the temple of his body. {22} When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples REMEMBERED that he had said this unto them; and they BELIEVED the scripture, and the WORD which Jesus had said."

Such striving to impress God as Saul of Tarsus demonstrated back then is as vital for every Christian to demonstrate today. It is this type of determination which demonstrates to God our level of passion for the things of God over and above the things of this world – even more than family members, friends or anything else (Matt 10:37):

(Mark 8:35-38)  "For whosoever will save his life [in this life] shall lose it in the next life]; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's [in this life], the same shall save it [in the next life]. {36} For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world [in this life], and lose his own soul [in the next life]? {37} Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul [in the next life]? {38} Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels."

This is what striving is all about if we sincerely want to spend eternity with Jesus Christ our Savior.

STEP 3: Be Born-again

As the natural birth of a child involves the seed of a man impregnating the egg of a woman and the fetus growing until the birth takes place, so the seed of the True Gospel sown into the heart of any person should produce a spiritual child of God following the new birth. If this spiritual new-birth does NOT take place sometime during the Christian’s lifetime, then there has been no birth and therefore Final Salvation cannot take place:

(1 Pet 2:2-3)  "As newborn [spiritual] babes, desire the sincere milk [or Biblical truths] of the word, that ye may grow [spiritually] thereby: {3} If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious."

If Christians fail to experience the new birth in similar circumstances as the Apostle Paul did (Acts 9:17-18), Jesus stated that such a Christian cannot SEE or ENTER INTO the kingdom of God:

(John 3:3-5)  "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 [while living on Earth]. {4} Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born [again] when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born [again]? {5} Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he CANNOT ENTER into the kingdom of God."

Many false gospel preachers today believe that being “saved” and being “born-again” are one and the same thing – and that this occurs simultaneously when a person accepts Christ as Savior. To contradict this viewpoint, Jesus commanded Nicodemus to not be surprised that a born again experience (or a second birth) was to be achieved in this life, as eternal life with Christ in the next life cannot be attained without it. In this, Jesus said:

(John 3:7)  "MARVEL NOT that I said unto thee, Ye MUST be born again."

To help put a more practical application to all of this – the Bible states that Adam and Eve died the very day they sinned against God:

(Gen 2:17)  "But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in THE DAY that thou eatest thereof THOU SHALT SURELY DIE [spiritually]."

Scripture records that Adam lived for 930 years (Gen 5:5), therefore the way he (and Eve) died that day was a spiritual death. This means that where they once communicated with God spirit-to-spirit (I believe they did not use their mouths as scripture says God is a spirit being – John 4:24), then we as their descendants are born into this world 'spiritually dead' as a consequence of ‘The Fall.’

Scripture reveals the nature of the human tongue AFTER 'The Fall':

(James 3:6-8)  "And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. {7} For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: {8} But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison."

Surely Adam did not have such an unruly tongue before 'The Fall' when he communicated with God?

The aim of the New Birth is to restore the communication link that Adam and Eve destroyed between them and God when they broke His one commandment and became rebels. It is this new level of communication with God (human spirit towards God’s personal spirit – Gen 6:3) that is needed for us to "destroy the works of the Devil” in the same manner as Jesus destroyed his works (Col 2:15). It also establishes a personal relationship with God that determines our entry into the Rapture (Matt 7:23).

It also underlines the vital reason why every Christian should hate sin:

(1 John 3:8)  "He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy THE WORKS of the devil."

This communication with God is vital to achieve if any Christian expects to be able to worship God in the manner He requires. Without this new level of spirit-to-spirit communication being developed between Christians and their Creator God, it is IMPOSSIBLE to expect God to let them enter into Heaven after they die – as no personal relationship can be established between them:

(John 4:23-24)  "But the hour cometh, and now is, when the TRUE WORSHIPPERS shall worship the Father IN SPIRIT and IN TRUTH: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. {24} God is a Spirit: and THEY THAT WORSHIP HIM MUST worship him IN SPIRIT and IN TRUTH."

(Luke 13:27)  "But he [Jesus] shall say, I tell you, I KNOW YOU NOT whence ye are; DEPART from me, all ye workers of iniquity."

STEP 4: Final Salvation - The Need to be an Overcomer

While Jesus walked on Earth, Satan tempted him every day in the same manner as he tempts us to commit acts of sin. If Jesus had succumbed to simply one small temptation, His purpose of coming to Earth to achieve salvation for humanity would have been lost – and Satan would have had the victory over both Him and God the Father:

(Heb 4:15)  "For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but [Jesus] was in all points TEMPTED LIKE AS WE ARE, yet without sin [and therefore remained to be the pure, undefiled, Lamb of God – John 1:29]."

If we believe Jesus has “washed away our sins,” then WHY should we ever desire to live in sin anymore?

(1 Cor 6:9-11)  "Know ye not that the unrighteous [the unsaved people and certain Christians] shall NOT INHERIT the kingdom of God? BE NOT DECEIVED: neither [Christian] fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, {10} Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. {11} And such [of these mentioned above] WERE SOME OF YOU: but ye are [now] WASHED [clean in Christ’s blood], but ye are SANCTIFIED, but ye are JUSTIFIED in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God [because ye have properly repented of these things and no longer do them]."

To continue to live in a sinful lifestyle is to bring disrepute upon Christ’s name, His sacrificial atonement, and God’s kingdom. To do so makes the Gospel message hypocritical if Christians choose to live a sinful lifestyle after being ‘saved’ from it. To continue to live in any degree of sin as a Christian is to believe the lie of Satan who says: “Yea, hath God said [you don’t have to become sinless to the same degree as Christ is sinless]” (Gen 3:1).

(1 John 3:8-10)  "He [or any Christian] that committeth sin IS OF THE DEVIL; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil [to overcome his temptations to commit sinful acts]. {9} Whosoever is born of God DOTH NOT COMMIT [any acts of known] SIN; for his seed [that came from the true Gospel message that HATES SIN and is OBEYED – Rom 10:16] remaineth in him: and HE CANNOT SIN, because he is [truly] born [again] of God. {10} In this [evidence of a sin-accommodating lifestyle] the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother [or sister in Christ]."

In Christ’s letter to the Seven Churches of Asia, Jesus said that ALL Christians are required to be an overcomer of Satan’s deceptions in their lifetime, and in doing so, destroy their former sinful lifestyle just as Jesus overcame Satan’s temptations during His lifetime on Earth:

(Rev 3:21-22)  "To him that OVERCOMETH will I [Jesus] grant to sit with me in my throne, EVEN AS I ALSO OVERCAME [Satan’s temptations to commit sinful acts], and am [now] set down with my Father in his throne. {22} He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches."

To summarize these points – Jesus is our Savior from our spiritual enemy – Satan, who is determined to see ALL Christians spend eternity in Hell.

(1 Pet 5:8)  "Be SOBER, be VIGILANT; because YOUR ADVERSARY THE DEVIL, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom [meaning ALL Christians that] he may devour [with his lies and deceptions]:"

Satan’s plan is to trick God’s people into causing offences to others and to God while believing they have their Salvation safely secured. The Old Testament is full of accounts about how such behavior by Israel forced God to bring judgment upon them for the offences they caused Him. This deceptive tactic by Satan's people is called the Doctrine of Balaam by Jesus:

(Rev 2:14-17)  "But I [Jesus] have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them [false Christians] that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. {15} So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate. {16} Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. {17} He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; TO HIM THAT OVERCOMETH will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it."

This is Satan’s plan for Christians – to have God judge them harshly and send them ultimately to Hell for what they have done as offences towards His Son Jesus Christ:

(1 Pet 4:17-18)  "For the time is come that JUDGMENT MUST BEGIN at the house of God [or, the churches]: and if it first begin at us [Christians who are "scarcely saved" - 1 Peter 4:18], what shall the end be of THEM [the rebellious Christians] THAT OBEY NOT THE [true] GOSPEL OF GOD? {18} And if the righteous [Christian] SCARCELY BE SAVED, where shall the ungodly [Christian] and the [unsaved] sinner appear [before Christ at the Judgment]?"

(2 Cor 2:11)  "Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices [or are we?]."

FINAL SALVATION - The Need for ‘Works’

The Bible says in many places about the need for Christians to undertake “works”. These ‘works’ are first:

  • Initiated by God the Father
  • They represent His will for us to undertake on His behalf (Mark 3:35) with Him working through us as His “chosen vessels” (Acts 9:11-16).
  • The Holy Spirit provides spiritual gifts (1 Cor 12:1-11) to enable God’s people to do those things He equips them to do:

(1 Cor 12:7-11)  "But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. {8} For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit…But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man [or woman, those gifts needed for him or her to serve God] severally as he [the Holy Spirit] will."

  • Our ‘works of faith’ combined with God’s involvement in the tasks He assigns us, produce the required ‘spiritual fruit’ that He requires Christians to bring forth into His kingdom, as stated below:

(Eph 2:10)  "For we are his [spiritual] workmanship, created in Christ Jesus [as a “new creature in Christ Jesus – 2 Cor 5:17; Gal 6:15] unto GOOD WORKS, which God [the Father] hath before ordained that we should walk in them."

(James 2:26)  "For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith [alone] without works [of faith initiated by God] is dead [faith] also."

(John 14:12)  "Verily, verily, I [Jesus] say unto you, He [the born-again Christian] that believeth on me, THE WORKS THAT I DO SHALL HE DO ALSO; and GREATER WORKS THAN THESE SHALL HE DO; because I go unto my Father."

(John 15:5-8)  "I [Jesus] am the vine, ye are the branches [grafted in at Initial Salvation]: He [the Christian] that [continues to] abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth MUCH FRUIT [into God’s kingdom throughout Final Salvation]: for without me ye can do nothing…Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear MUCH [spiritual] FRUIT; [and in doing so] so shall ye be my disciples [resulting in eternal life]."

Scripture plainly states that those Christians left behind AFTER the Rapture (Luke 13:25-30) will then have to do “works” to enable them to get into Heaven during the Tribulation period (Matt 24:29):

(Rev 14:11-13)  "…Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. {13} And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead [Christians] which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and THEIR WORKS do follow them."

SUMMARY

  • A Christian cannot do anything to earn Initial Salvation through his or her own “works”.
  • After achieving Initial Salvation through faith alone in Christ alone, we are required to not only overcome Satan and his “devices” used to deceive all Christians (1 Peter 5:8), but to undertake “works of faith” initiated by God the Father as His will for us.
  • We do this to produce the required “spiritual fruit” into His kingdom as fruitful branches 'grafted' into Jesus (John 15:2) throughout our years of Final Salvation.
  • If we ignore the Bible’s warnings about Satan and his deceptions, we demonstrate our preference to believe his lies rather than the Bible and the truths it contains for us to secure Final Salvation through the application of God’s words to our life.
  • This is the living faith that contrasts with dead (religious) faith that often comes through believing a particular religious viewpoint that emanates from the traditions and doctrines of ‘men’ (Matt 15:3).

We either believe the words of Jesus and the scriptures presented here, or we don’t. If we prefer to believe the words of any preacher (whether they be dead or alive) - those who have NOT risen from the dead in preference to the words of Jesus who has both died AND risen from the dead as recorded in scripture, then we lose our Initial Salvation at our death.

If our salvation is lost, this means we have demonstrated to God (and to ourselves throughout eternity) that we preferred to embrace a lie from Satan rather than believed and applied Biblical truths revealed to us by God in scripture.

God bless.