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Do I have to confess with my mouth in order to have God answer my prayer? I mean, do I need to confess to another person? Because the Bible says if I confess 'with my mouth' and believe in my heart' that I will be saved.

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**He begins with the story of Adam and Eve. He explains that man given free will could not of himself save himself. He shows us what happened when man was given free will. MarkV on God in Control blog

MarkV, Are you saying because God gave Adam/Eve free will they sinned, and NOW He has taken away that free will,(back that up with scripture please) and now chooses who He wants, to show His Mercy. So those Chosen without free will, can SIN all they like, because SIN is not the issue any longer?? SO, Free will caused DEATH to all mankind bringing wrath to all but the chosen NOW can sin all they like because they are the Elect?

God can do that without Christ! He's Sovereign isn't He. He can do anything He likes correct?
---kathr4453 on 12/31/09


Mark ... You say "What you are doing is saying that if God doesn't save everyone, He is not loving" But that is not what we say.

Your doctine says that because God planned the Fall, He put us all in that basket ... and that He selects those whom He will rescue from the basket (thus showing His love) and those whom He will leave in it (thus showing His power)

Maybe you don't mean that, but it is difficult to avoid that interprestaion

Now THAT is not love ... to put people in the basket going to Hell, and ensure that they stay in it.
---alan8566_of_uk on 12/31/09


In view of the responses people have about their rights on free will, they suggest that God is struggling along with man as best He can, persuading, exhorting, pleading, but unable to accomplish His purpose if His creatures will otherwise. If God does not effectually call, we may imagine Him saying, "I will that all men should be saved, Nevertheless, it must finally be, not as I will but as they will"
Is it not necessary that a persons must have power to defy and thwart the purposes of Almighty God before His actions can be rewarded or punished? If God actually stood powerless before the majesty of man's lordly will, there would be but little use to pray for Him to convert any one.
---MarkV. on 12/31/09


Jack B, it really upsets me when people, only, suppose Christians, sinful people at that, try to judge God by their own standards. Show me "Free will" in Scripture. Did God ever say, He was going to save everyone? Did He ever say, that man has control over Him with their free will? Did God ever say that at times, He was not going to be Omnipotent so that man could choose Christ with their free will? Did God ever say that the future is determined by man? If He did, you show me where God mentions that He gave control to man, gave them free will. NO Scripture is found where God gave free will to any of the lost or the believers. He gives them the ability to make choices, but never "Free will."
---MarkV. on 12/31/09


Jack B, that is a terrible thing to say to someOne (Almighty God) who loved you so much He saved you when you were heading for hell in a basket. And now you say that is not a God of Love. You are saved because He, not you, sacrificed His own Son so that you could have life eternal. And as a Christian you tell everyone that is not a God of God.
What you are doing is saying that if God doesn't save everyone, He is not loving. You want to obligate Him to your standards as if you know what He should or should not do. You should be thankful that God gave you life when all you deserved was justice.
Why don't you just give everything back and tell Him you don't want to be saved because He is not loving as He should be?
---MarkV. on 12/31/09




Ya know I just figured out what Calvanism is missing... LOVE

It has God doing what He does the show his glory and not because He LOVES the world as He said. He doesnt care if people suffer in hell, He simply wants to prove a point.

If you take away Gods love, you turn him into a monster, a kid with a magnifying glass torturing ants just to show that he can do it. Thats a horrible thing to do.
---JackB on 12/31/09


//Why do you think, and there has to be a reason, that SDA's and others want to force the rest of the Christians to follow the Saturday Sabbath?

Another thought on this from Scripture.

The contest between the free children of the Promise and the slave children of Hagar from Mt. Sinai.

Gal.3:29 But just as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so also it is now.

In demanding Christians keep the OT Sabbath, they show they also are from Mt. Sinai.

Of course, it is very rare that you will ever see the Sabbath keepers quoting Galatians to support their unique and unothrodox beliefs.
---Lee1538 on 12/30/09


MarkV //Why do you think, and there has to be a reason, that SDA's and others want to force the rest of the Christians to follow the Saturday Sabbath?

There are a variety reasons,

1. they view themselves as reformers - that the church has erred in its teachings.

"If you say you love me and do not keep my commandments you are a liar", as apart from keeping the commandments there can be no salvation. A soteriology based on faith + works.

2.Those who keep the Sabbath on Sunday bear the mark of the Beast and are not of the true church. You see that in the writings of Ellen white who got booted out of a Methodist church.

3. Competition among other denominations for followers & resources.
---Lee1538 on 12/30/09


//Paul the Apostle! After the resurrection of Christ, 30 yrs, approximately INTO the church age, teaches boldly:

While the New Testament was not compiled and formalized until well into the 2d century, the epistles of the Apostles were copied and circulated to the various churches. We can see that in the writings of the early fathers.

I do not believe as you contend that the early church taught the Old Testament, but merely reflected the teachings given by Christian missionaries.

Do you not consent to Christ words/Word as taught by the early church instead of the TEACHINGS of the Judaizers who attempted to make the Christian faith just another sect of Judaism?
---Lee1538 on 12/30/09


//How YOU CAN tell if you have been steered wrong by the apostates teachings?

If you have any kind of funtional relationship with the Lord, He should tell you if you are being mislead as He is indeed the Shepherd of His sheep.

"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me." John 10:27

Are you one of His sheep, or are you simply like "children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes"? Eph. 4:14

When will you have eyes that see and ears that hear?
---Lee1538 on 12/30/09




1 Timothy 1:5-7

Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:

From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling,

Desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.
---JackB on 12/29/09


lee stated -"The apostates when they reference this verse really believe John was referring to the ten commandments,...

Not necessarly really true they are apostates. They simply believe one must observe the OT Sabbath in order to genuine Christians.

While nearly all of us may agree with you there is no command in the NT to do observe the Sabbath and that it was not taught in the early church, calling them apostates is a little strong as none of us truly knows the heart as God knows it.

Such may be born again in Christ, but simply misguided as were those Galatians Paul called foolish since they started with the Spirit but tried to add to it, works of the flesh - observing OT law. Ga.3:3
---Mary on 12/29/09


Paul, again you do not understand Scripture for if you understood what the passages were talking about to the new beliver you would understand that the writers were speaking about the Commandments of Jesus Christ.
And His commandments are, "you shall Love the Lord your God with all of your heart and all of your soul and all of your mind, and two, you shall love your neighbor as yourself"
On this two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets"

The word of God. On those two commandments hang all the Law.
Take the burdon off the old laws made for the Jews, which the Pharisees made for them.
---MarkV. on 12/29/09


Are you the VERY ELECT that ultimately can't be deceived? Matt. 24:24

How YOU CAN tell if you have been steered wrong by the apostates teachings?

Epistles written by the apostles:

Written TO GUIDE THE CHURCH age into THE NEW COVENANT, AFTER the resurrection of Christ, THESE MESSAGES INSTRUCT 25 TO 40 yrs INTO the church age!!

1Corinthians 14:37 If any man thinketh himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him take knowledge of the things which I write unto you, that they are the commandment of the Lord.

So why do the so called spiritual OPPOSE THE INSTRUCTIONS, EVEN COMMANDMENTS OF THE APOSTLES for the church age?

Is it because they think they are spiritual but are not? FOLLOW apostles not apostates!
---Paul9594 on 12/28/09


Read the Book of ACTS! This will tell you exactly how to be saved. The sinners prayer is a man made doctrine, you need to REPENT, BE BAPTIZED IN JESUS NAME, and Receive the gift of the HOLY GHOST.
---corey on 12/28/09


MarkV, Lee1538:
Paul the Apostle! After the resurrection of Christ, 30 yrs, approximately INTO the church age, teaches boldly:

1 Timothy 6:3 If ANY teaches DIFFERENT, and consenteth NOT to sound words, THOSE OF OUR :Lord Christ, and to the teaching according to godliness, he is puffed up, knowing nothing, but sick about questionings and disputes.

From SAVIORS lips:
Luke 9:26 for whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and [in his] Father's, and of the holy angels.

Do u not consent to Christ words/Word because of commentaries, TEACHINGS of men?

ITS TIME, TO BEGIN KEEPING THE TEN, OR ELSE HEAR Matthew 7:21-23!!!

,
---Paul9594 on 12/28/09


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Lee, I have been wondering about this arguments alot. Why do you think, and there has to be a reason, that SDA's and others want to force the rest of the Christians to follow the Saturday Sabbath? I understand they want to do this, but why everyone else? Judging by their answers I cannot see what it is that drives them to do what they do.
Here is what I mean. Lets say that I am a Sabbath keeper, because I want to follow some tradition of the Jews. Why would I want to impose the same thing to someone else, when salvation is by grace and not by anything we do? I should be glad I do, and have to answer for myself, why even bother wanting the others to do the same?
---MarkV. on 12/28/09


//John 14:15 If ye love me, ye will keep my commandments.

The apostates when they reference this verse really believe John was referring to the ten commandments, not the commandments to believe in Jesus and love your neighbor. 1 John 3:22-24

Of course they wish to draw the Christian away from the grace found in Christ to back under the bondage of old Jewish law.

Peter himself states that "why are you putting God to the test by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? But we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will."
---Lee1538 on 12/28/09


MarkV, listen to Christ Words first, your thinking is marred by the teaching of apostates.

NO New Testament,not for 250 to 300 yrs later! When Christ, apostle John said the following:


John 14:15 If ye love me, ye will keep my commandments.

Jhn 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself unto him.

1 John 2:3 and hereby WE KNOW that we know him, IF IF IF we keep his commandments.

1 John 2:4 He that saith, I KNOW HIM, and keepeth NOT his commandments, is a liar, AND THE TRUTH IS NOT IN HIM,
---Paul9594 on 12/28/09


Paul9594 - //And would not TEACH against the commandments as u do.

And what commandments do we teach against?

New Testament book, chapter & verse please.

Apparently you still believe males should be circumcised, observe the Levitical dietary laws, and observe the Sabbath(s) as well as other Mosaic laws not mandated to believers under the New Covenant of the Church.

That much is very obvious from your lack of posting verses from the New Testament, especially Romans, Hebrews & Galatians - books apparently you (and your SDA friends) have a deep fear of reading since there is all too much in them that is contrary to what you want to believe.
---Lee1538 on 12/28/09


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//Paul, What I believe you and the SDA's are doing is exactly what the Pharisees were doing during Jesus time.

That can only be true as he believes Christians should be under the old Torah law - the Old Covenant dispensation.

His Bible says that 'God so loved the world that He gave us His only son, that whoever believes in Him and observes the Torah law, shall not perish but have eternal life.'

We all are asking when he will move from the old Torah law - that ministry of death and condemnation - to that ministry of the Spirit. 2 Cor. 3:7f
---Lee1538 on 12/28/09


Paul, What I believe you and the SDA's are doing is exactly what the Pharisees were doing during Jesus time. God instituted the Sabbath to benefit man by giving him a day to rest from his labors and to be a blessing to him. The Pharisees, like most SDA's turned it into a burdon and made man a slave to their myriad of man-made regulations. Jesus claimed He was greater then the Sabbath, and thus was God. Based on that authority, Jesus could in fact reject the Pharisaic regulations concerning the Sabbath and restore God' original intention for Sabbath observerance to be a blessing. Mark 2:27,28. Now you and SDA's do the same as the Pharisees, make it a burdon. Accusing others for not observing Saturday, not Sunday.
---MarkV. on 12/28/09


Lee1538:
u said:
And what that evidence that one is in Christ?
Is it circumcision, Sabbath observance, and obedience to Mosaic laws, or it is simply an evidence of the indwelling Holy Sprit with love of others being the foremost attribute?///

If the Holy Spirit indwells in the Believer, then the Holy Spirit would tell all all all which Christ said unto us!!
And would not TEACH against the commandments as u do.

JOHN 14:26
But the Comforter, the Holy :Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, HE shall
teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all ALL ALL ALL that I said to you...

Including Matthew 5:17-20!!
---Paul9594 on 12/27/09


Comments on Mt. 5:17-18

"Think not that I am come, etc."

In opposition to the Scribes and Pharisees, some might charge Jesus with an intention to destroy their law, and abolish the customs of the nation. He therefore told them he did not come for that end, but really to fulfil or accomplish what was in the law and the prophets.

'To destroy' Christ meant to set men free from the obligation to obey the teachers of the law.

'Till heaven and earth pass' denotes the law never should be destroyed till it should be all fulfilled, i.e, everything else may change-the very earth and heaven may pass away-but the law of God shall not be destroyed, till all its design is accomplished.
---Lee1538 on 12/25/09


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//Yes, to grace in Christ,add, the evidence of your faith, enpowerment by Holy Spirit to walk after His commandments.... which Abraham showed, keeping FATHER'S Laws:

Genesis 26:5 Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept ....my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.

And what that evidence that one is in Christ?

Is it circumcision, Sabbath observance, and obedience to Mosaic laws, or it is simply an evidence of the indwelling Holy Sprit with love of others being the foremost attribute?

You truly need to study basic Christian doctrine as your false gospel of one of works not grace, of adherence to that old ministry of death and condemnation, not the ministry of the Spirit. Read if you dare, 2 Cor. 3:7f
---Lee1538 on 12/25/09


jerry//Do you KNOW Him? How do you know if you don't keep His Commandments?

I do indeed keep His commandments - those that are applicable. See Romans 13:9-10

As for fruit, I can boast only in the Lord as I have seen several come to faith thru my testimony and the distribution of Scripture.

How do I know I am of His household?

Ro 8:16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,..

Furthermore, I have a peace within my very being - a peace those that strive to observe laws for their salvation cannot have.

I can be assured of my eternal salvation as I believe Jesus was not a liar. Those that believe their obedience to laws will save them do not have Jesus as their savior.
---Lee1538 on 12/25/09


//Did the Father REFUSE Abraham THE PROMISE because Abraham kept Father's laws?

Stupid remark from those who know not not the Scripture!

The PROMISE was not not given to Abraham because of his works but because after God revealed Himself to Abraham, he BELIEVED.

Ro 4:13 For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith.

//u delete Matthew 7:21-23, TO FIT TEACHING OF MEN?...Depart from me yu workers of: LAWSLESSNESS!!

Those of Satan, will constantly accuse those in Christ of being lawless people. Rev. 12:10.

Our righteousness is in Christ, not of ourselves.1 Cor. 1:30 .

When will you be in Christ?
---Lee1538 on 12/25/09


Lee:

Mat 5:17,18 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

1Jn 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

Do you KNOW Him? How do you know if you don't keep His Commandments?
---jerry6593 on 12/25/09


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Lee1538:

Or must something be added to grace such as obedience to certain OT laws?///

Yes, to grace in Christ,add, the evidence of your faith, enpowerment by Holy Spirit to walk after His commandments.... which Abraham showed, keeping FATHER'S Laws:

Genesis 26:5 Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept ....my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.

Hebrew Word for LAWS is Root word Torah!! strong H8451!!

Did the Father REFUSE Abraham THE PROMISE because Abraham kept Father's laws?

No!!

u delete Matthew 7:21-23, TO FIT TEACHING OF MEN?

...Depart from me yu workers of: LAWSLESSNESS!!
---Paul9594 on 12/24/09


Dan//Why are these two sinful? Because these were stunting my spiritual growth. This is how the Lord works with me. Your situations may be different.

Very Good! If we spend all of our time focused on our own sin, there will be no time to minister to others that they may be led to faith or grow to maturity in Christ.

Adventists & others, believe that they must be totally sin free in order to inherit eternal life, not beleiving the scripture that they have salvation upon being in Christ.


Joh 10:28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.
---Lee1538 on 12/24/09


In this dispensation, refer to paul's writing and you can't go wrong, look at roman's 10:9,10 I cor.15:1-4 1 tim 1:15 eph 3:1,2 phil.2:2 1 cor 4:15,16 1 cor. 11:11
---michael_e on 12/23/09


Paul9594- what Greek word is used for "commandments" in Rev. 12:17 & 14:12?

Some scholars would maintain that the commandments in those verses do not mean the 10 commandments.
---Lee1538 on 12/22/09


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Paul9594 -Have you received the full message of the Gospel?

And what is the Gospel message?

Is it John 3:16 with implications?

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 (if and only if they obey all the laws).

Or is the Gospel message simply that our salvation is simply matter of grace apart from works of any kind because of what Jesus did on the Cross?

Eph. 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God..

Or must something be added to grace such as obedience to certain OT laws?
---Lee1538 on 12/22/09


Have you received the full message of the Gospel?

Rev 12:17 And the dragon waxed wroth with the WOMAN, and went away to make war with the rest of HER SEED, that KEEP KEEP the commandments of God, and hold the TESTIMONY of Jesus:

rev 14:12 Here is the patience of the SAINTS SAINTS, those those KEEPING the COMMANDMENTS COMMANDMENTS of :God,
and the FAITH of Jesus(CHRIST). .Yea, SAITH the Spirit, that they may rest from their :labors, FOR THEIR: WORKS FOLLOW with THEM.


MANY will be surprised to hear from Father, Matthew 7:21-23:

depart from me ye that work: LAWLESSNESS!!

Are you of the very elect the will hear the full message OF THE GOSPEL? Ultimately, the very elect cannot be deceived, Matthew 24:24!!!
---Paul9594 on 12/22/09


calhoon: "We are under grace now. Rejoice in it,"

1Jn 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
---jerry6593 on 12/22/09


Sometimes the simplest things are the hardest for the wise to understand, Michael. But then again thats the way God likes it.

Amen
---JackB on 12/22/09


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I too have been brought to meditate on this subject. For many years I denied myself Gods peace because of this very thing. I always felt as long as I was able to confess my sins to God that I would be just fine with that alone. It wasn't until I did confess my sins to God and another person that I understood how much pride and fear I was carrying around. I would have never known about pride and fear being sinful.
Why are these two sinful? Because these were stunting my spiritual growth. This is how the Lord works with me. Your situations may be different.
---Dan on 12/22/09


Only public confession is needed for your sin(after your baptised for the remission of your sins- Mark 16:16 and Matt 28--Great commission) if you've wronged some one or done a public sin. Something someone knows about.
---Will on 12/22/09


The most complete gospel message

1 cor 15:1. Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand, 2. By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, 4. And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
---michael_e on 12/21/09


Jesus came to put away sin. Where there is no law, there is no sin. We are under grace now. Rejoice in it, FOR ALL MEN HAVE A SIN NATURE AND CANT EXCAPE, EXCEPT FOR JESUS. There is now no condemnation for those in Christ.
---calhoon on 12/21/09


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Why try in vain to change the plain word of God, when it clearly reads, "confess with your mouth"? Just obey, and be blessed. By sharing your salvation with others you are obeying the great commission, and would not it be a wonderful thing if all the world were Christians? then there would be no need for bars nor alarms nor jails nor prisons, because everyone would be loving one another as commanded.
---Eloy on 12/21/09


Hi Nana and Jack and others
Jack is right they still under the law in the gospels The salvation of Christ which gives us the strength to walk in His ways didn't become available until after Jesus death and resurrection (John3,5 John7,37-39 John16,7)Jesus last words in Acts before he was raised up into glory Acts1,8 You shall receive power after the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you will be witnesses
Everyone today who receives the Holy Spirit receives power and becomes witnesses of the resurection Romans8,11 We should rejoice of the simplicity of this message and the unchangeable nature of God
---Rodney on 12/20/09


calhoon: "Sin does not condemn anyone"

1Jn 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

Jas 2:12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.
---jerry6593 on 12/20/09


Sin does not condemn anyone, for men are saved by grace through faith. What must a man do to be saved? Where does it say men must be sinless? We have to go to a higher power to be sinless, that power being Jesus Christ. He came to bear the sin of men, now believe it if you claim to be Christian.
---calhoon on 12/19/09


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JackB,
Are you saying that after the cross we are allowed to commit adultery, kill, steal, bear false witness, defraud, and dishonor our parents?
---Nana on 12/18/09

Is it always black or white?

You CAN love someone (such as your father) and hurt them. People do it every day, Nana.

People do foolish things when we are stressed, angry, hurt, depressed etc etc.
We even do them against God as wonderful as He is.

None of us have the right to judge whether or not someone loves their father based on some wrong they did against them. And we dont have the right to judge whether or not they love their heavenly Father either. Unless of course we think we are better than the person we are judging.
---JackB on 12/19/09


I think of the Christian life as me doing the best I can to live a life pleasing to God because of what Jesus Christ did for me. When I do sin, I ask for his forgiveness and his strength to not repeat the same sin. And as his word says, He is faithful and just to do so.

The Christian life isnt a tightrope walk over the lake of fire.

Thats the way life was before we came to Christ, except we had already fallen off the rope without realizing it.

Now I see myself on the same tightrope except Jesus has me by a lifeline. When I slip, I call on Him and He keeps me from falling. And I do slip ... all the time.
---JackB on 12/19/09


JackB,
Are you saying that after the cross we are allowed to commit adultery, kill, steal, bear false witness, defraud, and dishonor our parents?
---Nana on 12/18/09


Because Nana, all men were still under the law while Christ was alive.

Even when he healed people forgave them of their sins because of their faith he directed them to go do as Moses commanded at the temple because His own blood has not been shed yet.

The law of sacrifices was still in place until then.
---JackB on 12/18/09


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"The first time that unsaved people asked..."

How about Mark 10:17?
Why did Jesus point to the commandments in v19, "Thou knowest the commandments"?

The natural progression into God's kingdom, is it not hear, believe and obey (Romans 10:13-16)?
---Nana on 12/17/09


Romans 10,9 is not telling the Romans or us how to get saved the Romans were already saved. This verse was to help them to continue in their salvation.
Romans 1,8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.
The first time that unsaved people asked how to get saved was in Acts2,37 The answer is still the answer The power(acts1,8) that you receive with salvation will heal your life take away your addictions and enable you to live a happy and fruitful life. Its a real miracle and its too good to miss out on. The benefits are huge and ultimately you will be able to help others to also receive this blessing and thats what sharing the good news is all about(Luke4,18)
---Rodney on 12/14/09


For anyone to be saved the Holy Spirit must first and formost convict you of your sins and what will happen if you die unforgiven. You can quote scriptures until you are bald headed, without this work of the Holy Spirit, you cannot be saved.
---catherine on 6/24/07


*Then I thought about that verse in the Bible about believe in my heart and confess with my mouth, but I really didn't have anybody to confess to.*

Sue confesion can also be done without someone being their next to you. The next time that passage comes to your mind confess verbally your belief in Christ regardless if their is someone their to hear it. "I believe Jesus is the Son of God", "I believe he died for me" ,"I believe he died and was raised on the third day."
---Matthew on 6/23/07


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*It's just that I was praying for God to help me with some personal problems and all of a sudden I started to cry! And I DONT cry!*

When we give what is in our hearts to the Lord, in prayer, the Holy Spirit helps and ministers us through the prayer. You can feel things you have never felt before, do things you have never done before, and understand things you never understood before. It is all the power of God. God bless.
---Matthew on 6/23/07


Thank you so much for all the replies! It's just that I was praying for God to help me with some personal problems and all of a sudden I started to cry! And I DONT cry! Then I thought about that verse in the Bible about believe in my heart and confess with my mouth, but I really didn't have anybody to confess to. I believe my heart has accepted God. No way am I ashamed to love God. I will say it to anybody, anytime, anywhere. I'm just wondering why God will not answer this prayer?
---sue on 6/23/07


To clarify,there is a difference between witnessing the Gospel to others and going up to complete strangers and confessing I believe Jesus is the Son and that he rose from the dead. The passage is talking about telling the truth and not denying Christ. If someone asks are you a Christian you say "Yes." If you notice someone doing something sinful and they say "want in?" you say "No, I am a Christian and I believe what Jesus taught" We make that confession.
---Matthew on 6/23/07


Sue, you wanted to know how to keep your focus on the Bible recently. I don't know you but one of your recent answers, "I hope I make it to heaven"; If you've prayed at home by yourself over the years and you're still having doubts, it's time to pray with clergy, minister, pastor, etc.
From your answers, it's clear to me you want salvation. Some might say you're already OSAS, or You couldn't lose it if you tried because you were already chosen from the beginning, no need to do anything.
---MMR on 6/23/07


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Some will say, if the Holy Spirit isn't really moving, you're wasting your time; that they're one of the elite and you may not be. It happened for them, but as for you, better test the waters.

If you let all of that confusion settle in on you, you'll talk yourself out of it. That's why I believe praying with clergy, pastor, minister would be best. If prayer at home, praying along with someone on TV has not given you that confidence of salvation, seek someone to pray with you and for you.
---MMR on 6/23/07


That is if you are already saved. You cannot call on Him, If left unsaved, You cannot call on Him in prayer. Calling upon the name of the Lord, means, What is the life of a Christian but a life of prayer? True Salvation is only by invitation through the Holy Spirit, Anything else and it will be considered saving thyself, And that is not Salvation from Eternal Hell. Has the Holy Spirit offered you Salvation? If so, then you may call out to Him?
---catherine on 6/23/07


Sue; Yes you must confess with your mouth to God. But before you can do that, his spirit has to be drawing you in, (convicting you of your sins). If you feel a tug at your heart, that is Jesus knocking and waiting for you to open the door. You don't need to go to church to find an alter. You can make your bed, toliet, couch, etc your alter. If you kneel in prayer, God will meet you there.
---Rebecca_D on 6/23/07


If someone has answers to this do not listen. For if they know they created him, I do not know there for I did not create him. God created you in his image. Forgiveness is given to those who want forgiveness, pray to god. I will pray that no obstacles reach your prayer.
---biran on 6/23/07


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Sue it doesn't mean we must go out and confess to people we believe in Christ it means we must not deny Christ. If someone asks you about Christ, you witness about Him. You declare what you believe. It just means we must not be ashamed of Christ and verbally speak what you believe when given the oppurtunity. We are told "If we deny Him, he will deny us." Many, are those seed that fell in rocky stone and when faced with tribulation fell from the faith. Being ashamed of Christ is dangerous.
---Matthew on 6/23/07


What I believe the Bible is saying here in Romans is that if you are truly saved you will not be ashamed. You have to read the entire context. Verse 9 does say "if thou shalt confess with thy mouth" if you keep going, verse 11 also says that "Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed."
---evangelistjerry on 6/22/07


Accountability is a key asset though. The first thing you should do is confess to God. But it is always helpful to have some one you can be accountable to. If you have an addiction to a certain sin having some one to confess that sin to and to pray for you about it as well as praying yourself and staying in the word will help to overcome that sin.
---evangelistjerry on 6/22/07


If you know you need to confess that sin to another person it may help to curb the desire for that sin as well as "walk in the Spirit and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh."
Remember that Jesus was tempted in the same manner that we are yet without sin, he knows what we are going through and he can therefore help us through our trials and temptations, just rely on him and his word. God bless.
---evangelistjerry on 6/22/07


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Salvation is personal, and unless you go to an alter call to be saved, it is not neccessary that you confess to another person. However, the Bible does say that if you are ashamed of Christ before man, that Christ will be ashamed of you before God - in other words, after you get saved let someone know about it.
---Leslie on 6/22/07


God Father and God Father alone selects who he will offer salvation and grace and who he will reject. Man can not initiate the transaction.
---Phil_the_Elder on 6/22/07


Dearest Sue. You can be born-again all by yourself. Salvation is so deceivingly simple, as long as one is sincere in his or her prayers. Just say this: "O God, I believe Jesus was Your son, was crucified, and rose on the 3rd day. I am a sinner. I repent of my sins. Jesus, come into my heart. I confess you as my Lord and savior. In Jesus' mighty and precious name I pray, amen." If you faithfully did this, you have eternal life. It's that easy!



---Gary_L. on 6/22/07


According to John Ch. 6, we can only be saved when God is dealing with us and according to Phillipians Ch. 2 v. 12 we have to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. Don't be confused by someone having you repeat a "sinner's prayer" because you can only be saved when God is dealing with your heart. Just trust in the Lord and give your heart to him. Say it from the heart not the mind.
---Jason on 6/22/07


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No. You have to confess Jesus as your Lord to Him.(Romans 10:9-10)
---Rickey on 6/22/07


The Holy Spirit is stirring your heart to move. With faith we make the confession with our mouth - speech - spoken outloud to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
We confess outloud before others that Jesus Christ is the living Son of God, He died on the Cross and shed His blood for you.
---Jenny on 6/22/07


Sue, my little sister had the same unction of the Holy Spirit to accept Jesus as her Savior. She went with me to a church service, while the pastor was preaching, she started to cry, and told me she couldn't wait any longer. I raised my hand and pointed to my sister. He motioned her on down to the altar, she accepted Jesus. It was one of the best days of her life and my life. Don't wait, the Holy Spirit is moving in your life, too.
---Jenny on 6/22/07


Sue, as I'm writing to you, I'm crying my heart out for you. If you're the same Sue that's been on these blogs for 5 years, I wish I was there to see you walk down to the altar, too. What a great day.
---Jenny on 6/22/07


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Sue, if you're the Sue from the blogs.
Your decision makes all the days of blogging worth it. It's easy to become numb after hearing of so many failed marriages, and denominational differences; thanks for this blog. It breaks down the walls of hardness and helps me remember why I come here.
---Jenny on 6/22/07


You do not need to confess to man. However, the Bible clearly states "if you are ashamed of me, I will be ashamed of you" (paraphrased). If you are born again you will want to tell people.
---Susie on 6/22/07


Yes, dear lady, yes.
Get yourself to a church and confess Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Don't wait another day. Run, Sue, Run.
Call someone today. It's the best decision of your life!
---Jenny on 6/22/07


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