If you think that being able to mouth the words “Jesus is my savior” means that you are actually saved by Jesus and have assurance of eternal life after you die, think again. This is simply one of the many Christian myths that are now perpetrated in the church during these last days when apostasy rains rampant. However, it is written in the book of James —

“You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe and tremble!” James 2:19

The matter of salvation can certainly get confusing. Especially within a church that does not speak the truth and the whole truth of God’s Holy Word. For a long time, 1 Corinthians 12:3 seemed to confuse me on this very subject.

“Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.” 1 Cor. 12:3

A particular individual close to my heart could mouth the words that Jesus is Lord. Yet, I often wondered about their salvation because of their behavior. Reflecting back on my own walk with God, I can tell you that at Confirmation in a Lutheran church in 1959 I uttered, “Jesus is my Lord.” I can also tell you that in the US Navy in 1963, I signed the Gideon statement in the New Testament to this effect. But I tell you that it wasn’t until May of 1978 that I gave God my heart. Prior to this time, and for the first 32 years of my life, it was all head knowledge. I could mouth the words like everyone else. Very easily too. Yet, there is no doubt in my mind that I was not saved until the belief moved from my head and down into my heart.

Ask your pastor “Who is a Christian?” and you might get a multitude of answers. At least one pastor I knew refused to answer the question directly and instead said to me: “Many people believe they are Christian if they get together and worship on Sunday morning.” If this sounds like your belief in what a Christian is, it is time to wake up before you face the Judge.

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