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Do You Doubt Your Salvation

Do you doubt your salvation? I ask this question because of a recent e-mail I received. If you do doubt your salvation feel free to contact me (mima 3783 at penpals) and I will prove to you, by the Word of God, that you are saved.

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I have never doubted God, or Christ, but I have doubted myself. Sometimes I think, "How could God love me? How could I be saved and still sin so much?" I may think this, but again, I do not doubt the saving power of God!

Lord bless you all.
---trey on 10/25/07

I am saved. But we all have doubts sometimes. That is normal and natural. We have to hold to our faith. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Only the ones who endure to the end, will be saved. I think I will run on to see what the end will be.
---Robyn on 10/25/07

Yes, repentance is included in our message to the lost, for one cannot be saved until they turn (repent) from UNbelief to believing on Jesus (faith). But our main theme of the Gospel should be on the reason for our repentance,that is, the work of the Cross and resurrection.
---duane on 10/10/07

Repentance to salvation is what an unbeliever does, it comes by conviction through the Holy Spirit. Repentance for a Christian is different. He is already a child of God and will repent when the spirit convicts him. He is moved by the Spirit because he is in Christ, the unbelieve is not in Christ and so the Spirit does not reside in Him. Reconciliation is for unbelievers when they put their faith in Christ. Believers are already reconciled. They do not keep getting reconcile each time they repent.
---Mark_V. on 10/9/07

We have been given the word of reconciliation and have had the ministry of reconciliation committed to us. Although it may be true that those who remain in their separation from God go to hell, that is not the gospel. Here is the gospel according to Jesus:

Luk 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor,....
---Linda on 10/9/07

..he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Luk 4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
Luk 4:20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
Luk 4:21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
---Linda on 10/9/07

Mark, bless you. Perhaps you and the old man here (me, born 1944) can be examples of disagreement with Christian charity. There is way too much name-calling around here. Thanks for a gentle spirit. Such speaks volumes!
---InimicusStultitiae on 10/9/07

"We as Christians are told what to proclaim, that is Christ crucified, the reconciliation of mankind, not counting mens sins against them."

You forgot to add repetnance and hell. Jesus spoke about repentance and hell very very often. Our Gospel message should mimic what Jesus talked about it.

All these passages I give are parts of the Gospel message from Jesus' own mouth.

Luke 5:32
I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
---Matthew_from_LA on 10/9/07

Luke 24:47
And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

Jesus told us repentance must be preached as part of the Gospel.

I had a man approach me and a woman both saying the same thing. "Say this prayer and you will be saved." I said it and I believed them and I was sincere but I didn't get saved.
---Matthew_from_LA on 10/9/07

Despite them telling me "You are now saved." God taught me I wasn't. Why? They said not one word about repentance and, therefore, I continued in my sins. God taught one must repent of their evil deeds, and that is in accordance with the Gospel because Jesus said the same thing.

Revelation 2:21
And I gave her space to repent of her fornication, and she repented not.
---Matthew_from_LA on 10/9/07

Revelation 2:22
Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.

Revelation 2:5
Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works, or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

Repenting from evil deeds, not repenting about God, is a pattern form the OT to the NT.
---Matthew_from_LA on 10/9/07

Jeremiah 18:8
If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.

Israelites already knew God. So they never had to repent "about God."

Ezekiel 14:6
Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD, Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols, and turn away your faces from all your abominations.
---Matthew_from_LA on 10/9/07

Ezekiel 18:30
..I will judge you,..every one according to his ways,.. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions, so iniquity shall not be your ruin.

When people heard Jesus say "Repent or perish" it was understood he was talking about sin, because the Torah, the OT, revealed throughoully the necessity of repenting of sin. Now yes this is the OT, but I will remind you the calrification of repenting of sin is also in Revelation(written by John, an apostle of Jesus).
---Matthew_from_LA on 10/9/07

Duane, great answer. What ever happened to the good news? That is correct, it is always what they do, their great acts of merit. The condemning of others. Doesn't that sound like the Pharisees? The same problem Jesus had, but He answered them with, "It is written" or "he who has ears, let him hear" too bad no one had ears to hear. Their self-righteous wouldn't let them. That was the bad news, but the good news is Christ crucified for our sins. He died so that we could live.
---Mark_V. on 10/9/07

6) I will say it again. The Good news is that we can escape hell. ONly a few will be saved and the righteous will scarcely be saved. We get to heaven by the skin of our teeth.

1 Peter 4:18
And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

Why say ungodly and the sinner? Ungodly is one who does not know God. Sinner can be one who does know God or one who doesn't know God.
---Matthew_from_LA on 10/9/07

#2. Praise God in the highest for sending His Son to die for our sins. His merit, His righteousness, covers us, without those things, we are nothing at all. Praise be to God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit for He deserves all glory forever.
---Mark_V. on 10/9/07

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Imimicus, thank you for your kind words. When people discus Scripture it is wonderful thing to do. One can learn from each other. There is no need for scubbles as many do with their responses when they don't agree. Here is Romans 5:18-20, as I see it. The whole message is about condemnation to all (except Christ)humanity, and righeousness by One Man Christ, and the availibility of that gift to all man. 5:18, Please read it a few times "Through one Man's righteous act"
---Mark_V. on 10/9/07

#2. the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man's disobedience (Adam) many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righeous." If you look closely, the reason he didn't say that by one man "ALL" became sinners is because Christ was one of those man and He was not a sinner. So many is the correct word. But through Christ "many" will be made righteous, many does not mean all.
---Mark_V. on 10/9/07

#3. because not all will receive the gift. It is free and only given to believers. All those that reject Christ will not recive the gift, if they had, the gift was availible to them too. "made righteous" refers to one's legal status before God and not an actual change in character since Paul is contrasting justification and condemnation throughout the passages, and he has not yet introduced the doctrine of sanctification which are found in (chap. 6-8) which deals with the actual
---Mark_V. on 10/9/07

#4 transformation of the sinner as a result of redemption. Chapters 6:1-8, 39, Paul moves from demonstrating the doctrine of Justification which is God's declaring the believing sinner righteous (3:20, 5:21) to demonstrating the practical ramifications of salvation on those who have been justified. He specifically discusses the doctrine of sanctification which is God's producing actual righeousness in the believer (6:1-8) Paul argues that in spite of their past,
---Mark_V. on 10/9/07

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#5. Paul argues that in spite of their past, all whom God has justified will experience personal holiness (1 Cor. 6:9-11, 1 Tim. 12,13). Again thanks for responding, peace to you.
---Mark_V. on 10/9/07

It is a sad thing that no one knows what the good news is. We as Christians are told what to proclaim, that is Christ crucified, the reconciliation of mankind, not counting mens sins against them. To preach any other Gosple is your own condemnation. All I hear from most on these blogs is damnation if we sin(as Christians) and what WE must do, not what Christ did for us..Didnt Jesus become sin for us? What ever happened to the Cross of Christ? The good News?
Proclaim the good news or answer to Christ.
---duane on 10/9/07

Matthew, Catherine,
Please dont be ashamed of the Gospel..proclaim it.
HE who knew no sin, became sin for us.
HE is our only hope of glory.
---duane on 10/9/07

Matthew from LA,
Excellent reply! I totally agree.
---tracy3346 on 10/8/07

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I think that doubt comes to everyone, but, when it does, we can go back and read the scriptures again, assuring ourselves of our salvation. And it has to be accepted by faith. Obedience causes us to have more confidence.
---Gayla on 10/8/07

Mark, I believe absolutely that no one is saved outside of Christ's sacrifice on the Cross. I just believe with Paul that it covers everyone per Romans 5:18-20. We can agree to disagree on this. I do believe you are saved, and I'm happy for that.
---InimicusStultitiae on 10/8/07

Duane the good news is that one can escape hell. Duane if we don't stick to the Bible then we are not sticking to the truth. If our beliefs don't line up with the Word then our beliefs are false. That's the truth. Christian Scientists,Scientologists,Mormons,JW's etc. all have something in common, their beliefs don't line up with the Word. If your beliefs don't line up with the Word how can you say you are right? The Bible says only a few will be saved and it says it more than once.
---Matthew_from_LA on 10/8/07

Duane most false relgions have people receiving revelations from a Spirit. They will say it's the Holy Spirit, but the Holy Spirit reminds us of what Jesus told us and he reminds us of what is written in the Word. He doesn't create new things that are not in line with the Word. God said he is not a God of confusion. God is a God of order and clarity.
---Matthew_from_LA on 10/8/07

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Imimicus, you might be one of the same people here who used another name who believed in a universal salvation, which in turn rejects salvation through the sacrafice of Christ on the cross, but I will answer anyway. Some of the passages you gave have different context. Only two are speaking about the same thing, but are phrased different. For example Eph. 1:10, that passage is not speaking about unbelievers. At the end of this world's history, God will gather believers together in the millenial kingdom,
---Mark_V. on 10/8/07

The Holy Spirit will never say something that doesn't match with the Word. This is one way how we test the Spirits, you see if what the Spirit says agrees with the Word. If it doesn't you ignore that spirit. I'm not only talking about that voice in your head i am also talking about preachers. If what a preachers says does not line up with the Word then you ignore that preacher.
---Matthew_from_LA on 10/8/07

#2. called here "dispensation of the fulness of times" meaning the completion of history (Rev.21:1). After that, God will gather everything to Himself in eternity future, and a new heaven and a new earth will be created (Rev. 21:1). The new universe will be totally under Christ (1 Cor. 15:27,28, Phil. 2:10-11). Philippians 2:9-11, is stating that the entire intelligent universe is called to worship Jesus Christ as Lord. This mandate includes the angels in heaven (Rev. 4:2-9,)
---Mark_V. on 10/8/07

#3. the spirits of the redeemed (Rev. 4:10,11) obedient believers on earth (Romans 10:9) the disobedient rebels on earth (2 Thess. 1:7-9). deomons and lost humanity in hell (1 Peter 3:18-22). The Greek word for "confess" means "to acknowledge" "affirm" or "agree" The will affirm, agree, acknowledge, whichever word you want to use that Jesus is Lord. It doesn't mean the lost, the demons, will be saved, since while alive they never repented.
---Mark_V. on 10/8/07

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#4. What it does mean is that every single demon, person, whether saved or not will confess that Jesus is Lord. This statement is made right after verse 9 which makes it clear that God has hight exalted Him and given Him the name above every name, that at the name of Jesus every (that means all) knee will bow.
---Mark_V. on 10/8/07

DUANE.You say you want to know the gospel. Okey you start in GEN. and go all the way through to Rev. PS>> The gospel is not suppose to tickle your fancy or ears. Good Day.
---catherine on 10/8/07

Where is the good news?..Do you have any to share? Id like to hear about the Gosple.
---duane on 10/8/07

Mark, if God is the Savior of all mankind as 1 Tim.4:10 says, then by definition all mankind will be saved. The language of the passage is very clear. John 3:17, Eph.1:10, Phil.2:9-11, and Col.1:19-20 teach the same thing. Your salvation is secure in Christ!
---InimicusStultitiae on 10/8/07

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LETS face this delimma. God is only going to save a few people. Your relationship with God down here will be the deciding factor on whether your final trip will be heaven or hell. Up or Down. I am warning you>> Stop listening to feel good messages and how great you are. False teachers and preachers are really going to get the brunt of God's anger.
---catherine on 10/8/07

Paul does not say unbelievers are saved in 1 Tim. 4:10. God is the Savior of all, if all man came to Christ. He is sufficient enough to save everyone but doesn't. Paul is not teaching Universal salvation, since the rest of Scripture cleary teaches that God will not save everyone. Most will reject Him and spend eternity in Hell( Matt. 25:41,46, Rev.20:11-15).
---Mark_V. on 10/8/07

Mima, I believe your answer to Cynthia is in itself not true. You say that "when someone says, Only God knows if someone is truely saved that it is detrimental to witnessing" All those who are born of the Spirit are guided by the Spirit. Not by their own feelings. All who are in love with Christ will forever want to witness for Christ. It is their joy Mima. Why? Because they are inlove with Christ. Cynthia's answer is correct, in that many of those who claim to be saved or not saved.
---Mark_V. on 10/7/07

#2. only the one's who claim they are saved but or not, will be the one's who won't want to witness. They don't have the love for Christ and so give evidence of their bankruptcy. Nothing can stop the witnessing of God's Word. It will go out by those who are geninuely saved, for they have a true love for Christ and it will accomplish that purpose for which it was sent.
---Mark_V. on 10/7/07

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#3. I do believe that no true believer should doubt their salvation. We are to make our accurance sure. If they do, they should test their faith with their lives. If they are not conforming to the Word of God that should give them a clue. The reason why its important to say what Cynthia said, is because many that call themselves Christian, display they are not by their actions, and God really is the only true Judge of our hearts.
---Mark_V. on 10/7/07

Paul wrote to Timothy in 1 Tim.4:10 that God is the "Savior of all mankind, especially of believers." Believers believe they are saved, non-believers, by definition, don't, but Paul says they are saved anyway.
---InimicusStultitiae on 10/5/07

Blessings Mima, I never intended to offend you and I never said that we should not witness to the lost about Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Yes God does stand behind everything in His Holy Word. But, I still stand behind what I stated in my previous post. Your salvation is between God and you. This is not an excuse to not give out the word of God. All of us in Christ should be witnessing to the lost. God bless you Mima, we are both on the same side, the winning side. Amen?
---Cynthia on 10/5/07

Cynthia>>>Is correct in that God really is the only one who knows who is going to make it to heaven. I do not understand something here. Preachers will get up in the pulpits and brag about "ALL THE PEOPLE I BROUGHT TO THE LORD". What I want to know is, where are they, and what are they doing? What were all these people, mine you, supposely saved people, doing when prayers and God's commandments were being squashed to Kingdom Come, and allowing the Atheist to be in control?
---catherine on 10/5/07

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#-1- ---Cynthia your statement, "only God knows if anyone is truly saved is perhaps the most detrimental believe concerning soulwinning". This belief is where lifestyle evangelism comes from, is believed is the excuse used by many not to witness. And the total reliance on this statement seems to relieve people in their own minds of the responsibility to witness. And certainly we know that we all welcome the line of least resistance especially for matters of responsibility are concerned.
---Mima on 10/5/07

#-2-Cynthia I would like to ask you a question. Do you believe God will stand by his words, behind his word? If you do believe this and God plainly says, "whosoever shall call on the name the Lord Shall be saved." Can we take this as fact, as truth, as certainty. If the answer is yes, and then we actually hear someone call on the name of the Lord for their salvation, can we not say then what God has already said in his word, that they are saved.
---Mima on 10/5/07

Mima that is very kind of you and I thank God for your compassion for the lost as well as for your concern for others who may have doubts about their salvation. One thing that I would like to point out that as well meaning as you are, only God sees the heart of us all, and only God knows if anyone is truly saved. God Bless!
---Cynthia on 10/4/07

No I do not doubt my Salvation. If someone is unsure about their Salvation, all they have to do is get on their knees and make sure they are saved. Honestly they don't need anyone else telling them they are. They need to know by old fashioned praying.
---Rebecca_D on 10/4/07

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Mima - that's very nice
---Andrea on 10/4/07

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