The two videos below are staightforward and timely. The Gospel has been reduced by a large segment of our evangelical leaders to a few religious hoops to quickly jump through, then when we can convince a person to give the correct answers to a set of leading questions , ( i.e. ” Do you admit you are a sinner ? ” or ” Do you want to go to heaven ? ” ) we then pronounce that person saved , give them full assurance of eternal life , ( a practice nowhere found in Scripture ) and send them on their way. Romans 5:5 tells us that assurance is given by the Holy Spirit .
The superficial man-centered message that so many hear today bears little resemblance to the Biblical Gospel that Jesus , the Apostles , and the early church preached. Theirs was a message of Faith , Trust , Repentance, and a changed life through the power of the Holy Spirit.
How does a person know that they are saved ? Is it because they walked down an aisle , prayed a prayer , raised their hand , or perhaps signed something ? Can we relate back to an experience or a certain feeling that we had ? No. These things , in themselves do not provide evidence of regeneration. Scripture gives us many elements that will mark the changed life of a true Christian.
1) Love for God Luke 10:27, Romans 8:7
2) Repentance 2 Cor. 7:10, 1John 1:8-10
3) Devotion to God Psalm 105:3 , 1 Cor. 10:31
4) Regular Prayer Luke 18:1, Phill. 4:6
5) Measureable Growth John 15:1-6 , Eph. 12:4-16
6) Hunger for the Word ! Peter 2: 1-3
Although we stumble and fall and we sometimes go through times of neglect , these will be the rule rather than the exception for those who have been Born Again. Their conspicuous abscence over an extended period of time should cause one to re-evaluate his spiritual condition, and “examine himself ” 1Cor 11:28