Does this message apply to you?
Assume that was the last mouse click you will ever make.
If you should die before finishing this paragraph, are you 100 percent certain that you are ready to have God judge your life against the righteous standards of the Holy Bible? Do you know what His standards are? Are you ready to receive His eternal verdict with no possibility of probation, parole, or appeal? Do you know what the possible eternal outcomes for your soul are?
Each of us is separated from God by a basic sin nature that we inherit from our parents. We start our lives unable to meet God's standards on our own due to this sin. It doesn't matter how good a life we lead. God requires a blood sacrifice to cleanse from sin. The only sacrifice that is acceptable to God is the blood of Jesus Christ. His blood was shed during His crucifixion on Calvary. You must accept that sacrifice once you reach the age of accountability and start recognizing right and wrong. On the day of judgment, you will be reminded of all those times that your conscience warned you about your actions or thoughts. If you haven't accepted Christ as your personal Lord and Savior there is nothing else that will cover your sin. You aren't ready to stand before God's judgment seat.
I will present the steps you must take to accept Christ and get right with God. I will also attempt to give you some of the reasons from the Bible why it is the only acceptable decision to make. Bible references are provided for each point I make. You don't have to take my word for anything. If you have any doubts about what I have written, click on the associated Scriptures and read what the Bible says.
These salvation steps need to be more than just words on a screen to you. You must take the described steps and make Christ a dynamic reality in your life. Accepting Christ as Savior is easy. Letting Him be Lord in your life is harder. No one can make the decision for you. It is intensely personal. God loves you and wants you to choose Him. Until you make that decision you are living on borrowed time.
The Gospel Message is divided into several parts.
- Why must you be saved?
- When must you make the decision?
- Where can you make the decision?
- How do you make the decision?
- What should you do after making the decision?
Each answers a basic question you might have. If you are new to the whole idea of Christianity, read each section. You can skip to the essentials if God has been dealing with you for some time. If you're already a Christian read the last half of "How?" and "What Then?" to see if you are where God wants you to be.
Why must you be saved?
As Christians, we believe that the following conditions apply to all mankind. You must be led by the Holy Spirit to understand that they apply to you. Until you reach that point, you will feel no need to be saved.
If you don't feel you are at that point right now, I respectfully ask that you take a few minutes to examine your life. Think about what you have done. Think about the motives behind your actions. Think about the way you have treated people and your motives for that treatment. Think about the way you have reacted in situations and why you reacted in that way. Examine how you feel about your life deep down inside. Be honest in your evaluation.
Ask God to illuminate your innermost self for examination. Peel back all the layers you present to those close to you and the world around you. Read the rest of this brief page. Read the scripture references. God will illuminate His words in your heart. Bookmark this page and reread it several times if necessary. Then take the steps to get right with God.
- Admit that you are a sinner.
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" [Romans 3:23]
Adam and Eve were created sinless. They sinned and fell from God's grace. Through the seed of man that basic sin nature has been passed on to every man and woman in every following generation. [Rom. 5:12-14; Gen. 2:7, 21-22, 16-17, 3:1-19].
Jesus Christ, incarnated of Mary and the Holy Spirit, was not contaminated by this basic sin nature. He was tempted in all things, just like us, but He didn't sin. He was able to give Himself as a perfect sacrifice on the cross for the sin of the world. [Heb. 4:15; Lk. 1:26-38].
Your basic sin nature is at odds with God and will keep you out of heaven no matter how good you think you have been. [Lk. 16:15; Isa. 64:6; Jas. 2:10, 4:4; 1 Cor. 6:9-11].
If you have been a Christian and slid back into sin, God wants you back. He'll give you another chance. [2 Chr. 7:14; 1 Jn. 1:9; Jas. 5:19-20; Rev. 2:5].
- Acknowledge that sin brings eternal punishment at death.
"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." [Romans 6:23]
There are two possible outcomes at death. There are no other alternatives. The only thing they have in common is that they are never ending and never changing.
- If you have accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior, you have eternal life in heaven with God. [Lk. 23:43; Jn. 14:2-3; Rev. 21:9-22:7].
- If not, you have eternal life in hell without God. [Ps. 9:17; Mt. 10:28, 25:41, 46; Rev. 21:8].
Punishment of the wicked in hell before the final white throne judgment and punishment in the lake of fire afterwards wasn't God's original plan for man. It is the eternal destination for those who reject Christ as their Savior. Don't be deceived by Satan. If you ignore what you read here, you are rejecting Christ.
- Know that accepting Christ as your Lord and Savior is the only means of receiving eternal life with God.
"And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life." [1 John 5:11-12]
There are no shortcuts or back doors into heaven. All Christians should do good works and live uprightly. But just doing good works and living a good life won't get you into heaven. You won't make it into heaven because your parents were Christian. You won't make it into heaven because your children are Christians. You won't make it into heaven by belonging to a particular church or denomination. You won't make it into heaven because someone has prayed for you. You must take action yourself once you have reached the age where you know right from wrong. [Eph. 2:8-9; Mt. 7:13-14].
Once you die, there are no second chances. Nobody can pray you into heaven if you die a sinner. There will be no bargaining with God. He will rightly point out all the opportunities you have had to commit to Him (including this one). [Heb. 9:27; Jn. 8:24].
Christ came to fulfill the required sacrifice for sin. He died once for all. No matter what you have done, he will forgive you if you ask Him. He will write your name down in His Lamb's Book of Life. [Rom. 8:3; Rev. 20:11-15].
Believing and accepting Christ as your Savior are two separate things. Satan and the fallen angels believe in God and Christ. They have seen Them first hand. Yet Christ's sacrifice on the cross cannot save them. [Jas. 2:19].
You may have particular reasons for believing that the above scriptures don't apply to you. It is impossible to address all the objections in one document. I will try to address a few of the main objections here. Perhaps some of these will address the issues you have. Perhaps only one or two will apply. In any case, please read whatever fits your circumstances, along with the scriptures.
- I do not believe that the Bible is really the Word of God. This is the key objection that must be addressed. If you believe in the Bible, then these other objections can be resolved by quoting scripture. If you don't believe in the Bible, then the rebuttals will not be relevant to you. Please read Inspiration of the Bible by Finis Jennings Dake for more information.
Too often, people simply reject Scripture because of what they have been told it says. They don't read it for themselves. Don't reject the Holy Bible as the Word of God without reading and studying it yourself. See what the Bible tells you - don't rely on what others tell you. Go in with an open mind. Ask God to help you understand it. He will. Listen to what He says you should be studying in it and study that first.
If you do have a question about the Bible, and you don't seem to be getting a clear answer from God about it, then ask a Christian for help. You wouldn't ask a punk rock band to critique the nuances of a Beethoven symphony. They may have an opinion about Beethoven, but it unlikely that they have studied it. Likewise, don't ask or rely on a non-Christian to answer your questions about the Bible. Ask a Christian who has spent much time in the Word.
- I do not believe in God. [Mt. 17:1-8; Jn. 3:11-21; Rom. 1:15-25].
- I do not believe in life after death. [Lk. 16:19-31; Mt. 27:50-54; Mk. 16:1-14; Eph. 4:7-10; Rev. 6:9-11].
- I do not believe in hell. [Mt. 10:28, 13:38-50, 25:41, 46; Rev. 14:9-11, 19:20, 20:11-15, 21:8, 22:15].
- I believe that God is too good to damn anyone. [Mt. 7:21; Mk. 16:16; Pr. 1:24-33].
- I believe all will be saved. [Ps. 9:17; Mt. 7:13-14; Mk. 16:16; Jn. 3:18; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Gal. 5:19-21; Rev. 21:8].
- I will have another chance after death. [Pr. 29:1; Rev. 20:11-15].
- It doesn't matter what I believe if I am living right. [Mk. 1:14-15, 16:16; Jn. 8:24, 14:6; Acts 3:19, 4:12].
- I believe that being law-abiding is enough to be saved. [Gal. 2:16; Eph. 2:8-9; Jas. 2:10].
- There is no harm in living like the world. [Rom. 12:1-2; 2 Cor. 6:14-18; 1 Jn. 2:15-17; Jas. 4:4].
- I cannot be lost regardless of what I do. [Rom. 6:16-23, 8:12-13; 1 Cor. 3:17, 6:9-11, 9:27; Gal. 5:19-21; 2 Tim. 2:12; Heb. 6:4-6, 10:26-29; Jas. 5:19-20].
- I have committed the unpardonable sin. If you are visiting this site, reading these scriptures, purposing to get right with God you have not committed the unpardonable sin of blaspheming the Holy Ghost. It is He who draws you toward salvation. [Heb. 6:4-6, 10:26-29; Mt. 12:31-32].
- I am satisfied with my religion. [Mt. 18:3; Jn. 14:6; Acts 4:12; Col. 2:4-10; Rev. 21:27, 22:14-15].
- Salvation is not for everybody. [Rom. 1:16, 10:9-13; Rev. 22:17].
- No one can really know that he is saved. [Jn. 3:36, 5:24; Rom. 8:14-16].
- The Christian life is too hard to live. [Pr. 13:15; Mt. 11:28-30; 1 Cor. 10:13; Jas. 4:7].
- I will have to give up too much. [Mt. 6:25-34; Mk. 10:29-31; Rom. 8:32; 1 Cor. 2:9; Ps. 34:9-10, 84:11].
- There are some things I cannot give up. [Rom. 6:11-23, 8:1-5, 12-13; 2 Cor. 5:17-21; Col. 3:2; Tit. 2:11-12].
- My friends and relatives would make fun of me. [Mt. 5:10-12, 10:36-37; Jn. 15:18-20; 2 Cor. 6:14-18].
- Additional common excuses and scripture reference rebuttals can be found in Dake's Quick Answers to Excuses, the source for most of the above information. [Excuses]
The world judges a Christian by the things that the person does or does not do. They use their own standards for right and wrong when making the evaluation. Christianity is about accepting Christ as your Savior and Lord. It is about building His Church. It is about eliminating the things that God has said are sinful from your life, regardless of what the world thinks of those things. It is about living your life in an acceptable fashion before God. [1 Cor. 1:18-25; Rom. 12:1-2; Col. 1:20-22].
- If you call yourself a Christian but really are just going through the motions and haven't accepted Christ as Savior and Lord,
- you once accepted Him but later fell back into a life of sin, or
- you have never taken the steps to accept Him at all,
then accept Him now as your Savior and Lord. There is no other method of salvation. Accept the whole truth of the Bible's plan of salvation; it is your only hope. [Acts 4:12; Jn. 3:18].
When should you make the decision?
"In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." [Matthew 3:1-2]
John the Baptist predicted Christ's arrival in human form on the Earth. Over the years, many have predicted specific times that He will return for His Church. Many have predicted that we are in the end times. We make no such statement.
We feel the time of Christ's return for His Church has been set by God. It could happen several millennia from now or it could happen this second. We anticipate the Rapture with the same hope the Apostles had in their time. All that is certain is that it will occur and that it will begin a period of tribulation before Christ returns to set up His Millennial reign that you don't want to experience firsthand. [1 Th. 4:13-18; Tit. 2:11-13; Mt. 24:3-51].
As time has passed since Christ's crucifixion, many Christians have lost the sense of urgency to be ready at any time for His return. Yet for Christian and non-Christian alike, the end time for a particular individual is not predictable. You could die this year, this month, this week, this day, or indeed - before you can click the mouse again... [Pr. 27:1, 29:1]. There have been messages in tongues and interpretations lately that speak to His soon return. Neither give a date, but in all my years of listening to interpretations, this is the first time that I remember Him saying He longed to return for His church [#1, #2, #3, #4].
"While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation." [Heb. 3:15]
The time to accept Christ as your Savior and Lord is right now, while the Holy Spirit is dealing with your heart. Don't let something or someone interrupt you. Don't give Satan a chance to lure you back to him. God won't force you to accept His plan for salvation. He gave you free choice. But it is the only way to escape His wrath and eternal punishment.
If any of the following thoughts are passing through your head, please read the associated scriptures.
- I'll make the decision after I have had time to think about it. [Mt. 13:3-9, 19-23].
- I'll make the decision some other time. I have plenty of time. [Lk. 12:16-21; Heb. 2:1-4, 3:7-15].
- This doesn't feel like the right time to make this big a decision. [Isa. 55:6-11; 2 Cor. 6:1-2].
- I am too young to be a Christian. [Pr. 8:17; Mt. 18:3].
Where can you make the decision?
"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." [Revelation 3:20]
Everything you need to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior is right where you are, right now.
- The Holy Spirit is with you. [Jn. 16:7-11; Rev. 22:17].
- The steps to follow are but a few paragraphs away.
Don't let Satan deceive you into thinking you need a special person around. To be saved, you don't need a pastor, minister, priest, or lay person present. You don't need any person at all. You don't need any special music playing. You don't need to be in a particular church building. You don't have to be kneeling at an altar. All you need is the Holy Spirit drawing you to God, a bit of guidance, and yourself. You're ready - go on to the next section and read the simple steps about how to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
How do you make the decision?
"... Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway." [Acts 16:30-33]
God's desire is that all accept Christ as their Savior. He is ready to accept you now, just as you are. All you have to do is ask.
These are the basic steps to follow to accept Christ as your Savior and Lord:
The prayer for salvation is simple. If you really mean it, you can be assured that God has heard you and forgiven you for your past sins. You stand free of the curse of your past sins and basic sin nature at that instant in time. [1 Jn. 1:9].