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False Assurance of Salvation

By September 4, 2011April 12th, 2016Assurance, Blog

Narrow Door“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. ~ Matt. 7:13-14

Assurance of Salvation

“One wonders how many members in our churches today assume that they are saved when in fact they treat Jesus’ teachings lightly – people who give no thought to their temper, their mental chastity, their integrity and so forth during the week (compare Matthew 5:21-48), then pretend to be religious or even spiritually gifted in church. Do we have the courage to communicate Jesus’ message as clearly as he meant it to be conveyed, to warn ourselves and others that it is possible for people to assume they are saved and yet be damned? Some texts in the Bible provide assurance to suffering Christians that the kingdom is theirs; this text, Matthew 7:13-14, challenges “cultural Christians,” those following only Christian tradition rather than Christ himself, to realize that they need conversion.” ~ Craig Keener, Matthew