Statistics say that about 71% of Americans claim to be Christians, but how many of that actual percentage are actually saved. How many of that percent even understand the basic fundamentals of being a believer in Christ? How many of that percent know what it actually means to be a child of God? Believe it or not, but many people in that percentage are probably not truly saved or America would not be as secular and worldly like it is now.
Being true believer does not mean going to church every Sunday, being a true believer does not mean singing worship songs in the car, it does not mean you posting a status on Facebook, and it mostly certainly does not mean you doing whatever you want.
“that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:9-10
To be born again, you must confess by your mouth, believe in the Lord Jesus, and you must believe that God raised Jesus from the dead, but how many people have confessed? How many people out of that 70% confessed by their mouths and believed in their hearts?
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
In today’s day, many people base salvation on works and what you do, which is not correct according to Ephesians. You are saved by grace through faith! What you do for your church does not get you saved, and your works alone does not save you, for Christ is the only way go the Father! If salvation was based on works, none of us would go to heaven because we would constantly hit rock bottom.
Why are so many believers confusing and twisting the Bible? Why are over 1,500 churches closing each year in America? Why are people turning away from God? The misguided information on salvation is the reason why so many churches are shutting down! Their are lies in the church that are turning people away are such as, “There’s a dress code here,” and “Why is a sinner in church? Why would a sinner come to church?”
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
Can you see the obvious problems in each lie? Salvation is not based on a dress code. Jesus didn’t say you had to wear this to be saved or wear that to be saved. Instead, Jesus said that whosoever believes in Him, shall not perish but have eternal life. The Gospel has the power to save souls, yet we worry about a dress code or we dictate who comes to church. Instead, encourage them to read the Bible and to come to Jesus!
“Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”” Luke 5:31-32
The church is not a place for only the saved, it’s also place for the broken. The church is meant to heal, to save, and to transform lives. Luke says that those who are already healed do not need a physician, but the one’s who are broken are the one’s who need the doctor. Jesus did not call perfect people, He called broken people! Therefore, we should have open arms to the atheist who wants to come to church, and we should have open arms to the drunkard who came to church to hear about Jesus! How do you expect these people to get saved when you are kicking them out of church?
To be a believer in Christ is simple. It’s so simple that even a young child could comprehend it, but the blind thinks different. Being a follower of Christ is not following a list of rules and hoping you do not break one, instead, it means having a heart relationship with the Lord, and even though you may fall short of the glory of God, you can repent to Him and He will forgive you. Being saved is believing in Christ and all that He has done, so why are people making it complicated?
“For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”” Matthew 11:30
When Jesus releases us from our chains, He does not expect us to put new chains on. Jesus clearly said that His yolk is easy and His burden is light, so why must we put chains on that should not even be there?
Being a saved isn’t complex or rocket science. Being a believer in Christ is simply having faith in the Lord and having a relationship with Him, but how many people can say that they truly have Jesus in their hearts? How many people can say that they have faith instead of works? The only person who knows your heart is you and God, so if you see things that you feel aren’t right, it is not too late to get right with the Lord, for He is willing and just to forgive you of your sins!