Are We Really Saved?
This is a question that I have been pondering lately! Are we really saved?
As a young man I remember the preacher saying “everyone close your eyes and those that want to accept Christ as your Savior just slip your jand in the air. I see that hand that hand etc.”
“Now I want you to slip out of your seat and come down to the front of the Church where we can pray the salvation prayer with you!”
This always seemed like contrived manipulation to me. Was the putting your hand up in secret NOT enough to get you the golden ticket to heaven or did you have to go to the front of the church as an obvious public confession?
When did this practice start in the church because i do not remember it anywhere in Scripture?
George Whitefield, who historians identify as the main preacher of the Great Awakening, would not speculate on how many of those who listened to him had been converted “There are so many stony-ground hearers which receive the word with joy, that I have determined to suspend my judgment till I know the tree by its fruits,” he said.
This all changed in the 19th Century as Ministers wanted to find out who in the congregation had been converted.
Charles Finney is one of the most noted ministers to use this method. He believed only men’s wills, not their natures, needed to be converted.
Ministers including DL Moody and Billy Graham went on to use this format.
Is salvation ongoing or a one time event?
Acts 2:37 37 Now when they heard this, they were acutely distressed and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “What should we do, brothers?” 38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and your children, and for all who are far away, as many as the Lord our God will call to himself.” 40 With many other words he testified and exhorted them saying, “Save yourselves from this perverse generation!” 41 So those who accepted his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand people were added.
I have always struggled with this! Is this enough or do we daily repent? Because we sin daily (I know I do) then is repentance ongoing?
Matthew 24 talks about the end times and those who persevere to the end will be saved. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2024
Like i said this is developing in me. I cannot point to the time I was saved. When about 8 in Church when my 8 year old mind understood it as best I could or after my 8 months in jail and I asked God to forget my past sins OR in my 40’s when I had an understanding of God, knew I failed Him between my 20’s and 40’s and vowed to do what was right.
Is salvation perpetual?
OK this is just me putting my thoughts on my blog and pontificating. These are thoughts in progress and I know I will get different ideas from within those in different denominations.
We are all growing in our thoughts and our doctrines. None of us have all of the knowlege so if you choose to respond be kind.
I do not believe all that I believed 10 years ago or even 5 years ago. I have learned to question everything when it comes to my beliefs and that is ok. I have a group of friends that allow me to do that and we respect each other.