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Misconceptions
by Carl Light
02/02/07
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At the very core of every work a Christian does in service to our Lord is the objective of winning souls for Christ. Much is written in the bible on the Christianís charge of being light and salt to the lost of this world Below are twelve common misunderstandings we often hear expressed, especially when we are trying to witness. After each expression, I have written one possible response or explanation in an attempt to shed some light on these misconceptions. I do not claim to have any great knowledge nor to be a great witness at all. I just created this as a witness tool for myself and to share with the saved and lost alike.


(1) Well, if John Doe is going to Heaven, I'll surely go too.

God does not grade on a curve.

work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Philippians 2:12

Whether you go to Heaven or go to Hell, it will depend on whether you accepted or rejected Jesus Christ as your savior and nothing else.


(2) If I go to Hell, there will be a lot of people I know that will be there with me and some of them say they are Christians.

First of all, there will be no born again Christians in Hell, but there will no doubt be some there who called themselves Christians in this life; these will be the hypocrites and not true Christians who accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior. Now considering that there will indeed be many others in Hell besides your self if you should choose to go, let me ask you;

Just exactly how does that help your situation?

There is no real comfort in the knowledge that if you go to Hell that you will not be there alone. If you go there, your torment will be just as unbearable as if you were Hell's only occupant.


(3) Most Christians I know seem to think they are better than me.

If a Christian thinks himself to be better than you, he is either a hypocrite, meaning he has not actually been born again, or he is an ignorant Christian; not well studied in God's word. Most likely he is a hypocrite because even a Christian who is not well studied still has the Holy Spirit in them to lead and guide them. Also when a person is born again, the bible says we become a new creature; old things are passed away and all things become new. Therefore I believe a person who would think himself better than another is most likely not a true Christian at all.
True Christians know, understand and strive to abide in the very fundamental principles of humility, which is revealed in God's word teaching that children of God are NOT to exalt themselves higher than another.

Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.
Proverbs 27:2

A real Christian with biblical understanding and living in obedience does not think himself to be better than anyone else including a lost person, but they do know and will not hide the fact that they are "better off" than a lost person.

Perhaps one reason you may have the perception that Christians think they are better than you is that Christians are instructed by God's word to separate themselves from worldly things (meaning activities, environments, trends, and culture, that are associated with the ways of those who have never been born again). Christians can not do the things that the un-redeemed sinners do, nor be in the presence of activities and environments that are contrary to the teachings of the bible. So if a Christian does not laugh at your dirty jokes, will not go out to have a few drinks with you, asks that you not use profane language in their presence, etc.. it is not because they believe themselves to be better than you. They are simply being obedient to God as all Christians should be. Christians are to be a light to the lost and set an example for others to follow. They can not do this if they condone sin by either engaging in it or witnessing it with out standing against it. The bible says that if the blind lead the blind, they both fall in a ditch.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Romans 12:2

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. 2
Corinthians 6:14-18


(4) I am as good a person as any Christian I know.

Indeed you are. In fact your statement is supported by the bible.

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9

What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
Romans 3:9-10

God has never saved anyone because they were good enough to be saved.

But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
Isaiah 64:6

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Romans 3:23

All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
John 10:8

Nobody is a good enough person to merit their way into Heaven. The ones that are saved are the ones that realize this by receiving God's word and humble themselves before God, confess, repent, and ask God to forgive and save them.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9

A Christian is no more than a sinner saved by the grace of God. Knowing you are as good (and as bad) as any Christian doesn't save you however.

It would be a shame to waste that knowledge knowing God WILL save you, but never accepting His wonderful gift of salvation and therefore spend eternity in Hell without hope of escape or mercy.


(5) I don't go to church because the church is full of hypocrites.

I imagine that most every church has it's hypocrites. Why would you want to allow the hypocrites to keep you from receiving the blessings of God's word? Why would you want to allow the hypocrites to keep you from coming to a place where God's word being preached can bring soul saving conviction to you which could then lead to you repenting and your soul being saved from a devil's hell?
When you stand in judgement before God (and you will stand in judgement one day) you will stand alone. You will answer for no one except your self.

So what if hypocrites are in church? We are not there to observe or follow after them anyway. The Christian goes to church because first of all God's word commands it. We also go there to be spiritually fed; to learn about what God has to say about how we are to live our lives, to find the strength to bring us through the trials, tribulations, and the dark valleys of this life, to find the inspiration, hope, and comfort which comes from continually being reminded that in spite of all our troubles we experience here in this life, a day of rest, peace, and unspeakable joy lies ahead for us. Christians also go to church to worship God and to lift up His name in praise and prayer. For the lost person, church can be a place where God can reach down through the preaching and reading of His word and touch the heart of that lost soul, showing them the need for a savior which can bring on godly sorrow which works repentance which leads to salvation.

There are no good reasons not to attend church; there are only excuses used because the person in reality, does not like the discomfort which comes from the convicting power of God showing a lost person the terrible state they are in; which detracts from the pleasure they find in the sinful life style they're living. The discomfort a lost person experiences while sitting under the preaching of His word is to help him, not hurt him. The sorrow you may feel while hearing God's word preached would lead to repentance if you allow it and then you can be saved and the same preaching that brings discomfort will then bring joy!

For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
2 Corinthians 7:10

There is no better place for a hypocrite to be than in church where they can hear the truth that can set them free.

Would you rather go to church with a few hypocrites two or three times a week or go to Hell with many hypocrites for all eternity?


(6) I have plenty of time to be saved; I'm going to have some fun first.

Are you sure you have plenty of time? Are you willing to wager your soul on it? The fact is you can not possibly know with certainty that you have even another day.
All over this world people died today. Many of them got up this morning and went through their every day routine of getting ready for work, had their breakfast, kissed their spouse and children goodbye and headed off to work without a thought that death was at their door step about to ring their bell. Yet death took them before the day was done. I know that is a morbid and an unpleasant thought, but it is reality.

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
Hebrews 9:27

The bible teaches that we have no promise of tomorow.

Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
James 4:14

Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
Proverbs 27:1

As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.
Psalm 103:15-16

Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.
Job 14:1-2

Basically, this game you're playing is to put off salvation so that you can enjoy the pleasures of sin for a longer period of time and then grab hold of salvation almost at the last minute to avoid going to Hell.

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 6:23

This game you're playing is a very dangerous one. You're trying to match wits with God. You're trying to take advantage of God's mercy. You're trying to con God. However you should know that God knows every corner of your heart.

O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.
Psalms 139:1-4

Do not think that you can live your life as you choose and then come sliding into salvation at your final hour when you don't even know when your final hour will be. This whole way of thinking is a mockery of God. God is in control; not you nor I nor anyone else. Your next heart beat and your next breath comes from Him and if He gives it He can take it at the time of His choosing.

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Galatians 6:7

This way of thinking also shows a lack of fear of God. Godís will is that you will be saved and he makes known to you his plan of salvation through his word, through his witnesses and through the men he has called to preach and teach the gospel. Here is what God says regarding those who have no regard for the knowledge he has provided nor shows no fear of God, and continues to reject His mercy over and over againÖ

Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
Proverbs 1:24-33

Your motive for putting off salvation is disturbing and irrational. We are talking about your soul here and we are talking about your soul being cast into Hell and the Lake of Fire for all eternity. We hear the word Hell so much that I believe sometimes we loose perspective of just what Hell is. Imagine your worst nightmares coming to reality. Imagine the most agonizing pain you can. Now multiply that a million times. You're still not captured the awfulness of Hell. Our imaginations are limited by our knowledge and experiences of this world, but Hell is not a place confined by the rules of nature or physics as we know in this world. For instance, in this world, our bodies are such that they will only tolerate so much agony and then we will faint or die. There is a limit to what our bodies can stand. In Hell however, the agony that will be experienced is unlimited and there is no escape even by fainting or death. The torture will be continuous and eternal. A person who has been in Hell for a million years will not be one second closer to its end than the moment he first arrived. Hell's fury is beyond our comprehension. Though we can certainly imagine some terrible things based on our earthly knowledge and experiences, it doesn't compare to Hell's never ending unlimited torment. People in Hell would regard a trip to the most hideous man made torture chamber as an exotic vacation.

So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Matthew 13:49-50

Are you having such a good time in your sins that you are willing to even chance going to this awful place called Hell? The person who has been in Hell a few billion years will certainly think of his time in sinful pleasure as being very short and very much not worth it's cost. There is yet another flaw to the plan of "fun first, then salvation". We are saved when God's word brings conviction to our hearts and godly sorrow sets in. This godly sorrow then leads to repentance if we will heed God's call.

For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
2 Corinthians 7:10
Godly sorrow is of course sincere. How then can any sorrow be considered sincere if it was premeditated? If a person says, "I will not be sorry today, but will take sinful pleasure instead and then be sorry tomorrow, then his sorrow will not be true sorrow. A person will not be saved until first God shows them they are lost and then fills their heart with convicting godly sorrow and perhaps fear as well. When a person is in that state they can be saved. You can not be saved any time you feel like it. God must first deal with your heart.

No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
John 6:44

For this reason, you can not trick or con God because He knows and deals with hearts. You may be able to fool men with an outward appearance and deceitful speech, but God is able to see past that right into your heart and know you like no other. I would encourage you to begin right now considering your present state and the uncertainty of tomorrow. Please recognize the danger in putting off God's free gift of salvation. If you were watching your favorite TV show when you felt you might be having a heart attack, would you finish watching your show before seeking medical attention? Your soul is even more important than your life so please give it at least as much urgency in saving it as you would to save your life.

...behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) 2 Corinthians 6:2


(7) I've already sinned too much. I've went too far for God to save me.

This is one of the biggest lies the Devil has ever told. The truth is that God will save you. Your sins are not more powerful than God's grace. How many Christians have you fed to the lions? If your answer is none, then your sin is not greater than the apostle Paul's sin. Paul himself had many Christians fed to the lions and yet God saved him. Not only did God save him, but He made a great preacher out of him. Paul wrote many books of the New Testament. If God would do all this for the greatest persecutor the church ever had, don't you think he would do no less for you?

Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
Acts 10:34

That verse above means that God loves and cares of one as much as he does another.

For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Romans 10:12-13

When you read those verses take them to heart exactly as they are written without assuming God ment something a little different than what His word says. Notice He says He is no respecter of persons. That means he does not play favorites when it comes to salvation. God gives equal oppertunity to all people to receive His gift of salvation. Notice His exact words are; "whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved". God does not list any exceptions. He does not say whosoever except for.... The blood shed at the cross by God's only son is sufficient for the cleansing of all sinners.

In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
Ephesians 1:7

Perhaps you require even a more direct statement? How about this one...

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9

Adolph Hitler was probably the cruelest man to God's chosen people in recent history, but I tell you by the authority of God's word that IF he had called upon God with a humble and sincere heart asking for forgiveness and to be saved, then God would have saved even him!

All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
John 6:37

God will save you if you believe, confess, and repent. God will save you. God wants to save you. The only thing preventing God from saving you is YOU.


(8) God has never answered even one of my prayers.

The first prayer God will answer for a sinner is the prayer of repentance and the crying out to Him to save their soul. When prayed with sincerity, this is one prayer that God will always answer with a Yes! God will always save those who come to Him with humility and sincerity asking to be saved.

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Romans 10:13

God hears and answers the prayers of His children (the saved) who ask in faith. If you have never been saved then Christ does not abide in you and the bible tells us that answered prayers are for those who abide in Christ and His words abide in them.

If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
John 15:7

While salvation is not dependent on your works or anything else that you do other than being humble enough to confess, repent, and call upon him to save you; the blessings of God are indeed conditional to how you live your life. God will not bless over sin. A person can not reject the Lord by turning his back on His free gift of salvation and continue in the ways of sin and expect God to bless him just as he does His children who have become so by accepting Jesus as their Lord and savior and are striving to live an upright and righteous life. God is waiting for that first prayer of asking to be saved. This one He will answer unconditionally when the prayer is sincere and comes out of conviction. Then you can by being obedient to Him and living your life in accordance to His will as revealed in His word be in a position where God can open the windows of Heaven and pour out His blessings on you; one of which is the answering of prayers.

...The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
James 5:16


(9) I don't believe a loving God would send a good decent person like myself to Hell.

It is true that God is loving, merciful and long suffering; but He is also a sovereign and just God as well as a God of judgement. Because God is all these things, He will not allow anything corrupt to enter into His kingdom made and set aside for those made pure and righteous by the cleansing of all sin because they cried out to God and asked Him to forgive and save them. God has done everything possible to make a way for every person to avoid Hell. He gave his only son and let him suffer and die for you just so that you can be saved. Salvation cost Heaven the best it had to offer and is given to all who will receive it free of charge. God doesn't cause anyone to go to Hell. He has made a way to avoid that terrible place, but he gives us the choice. If a man goes to Hell, he goes there by choice, because rejecting Jesus is to choose Hell. If you go to Hell, you will go there as an intruder and you will go there knowing that God loved you so much that He let His son who was guiltless and without sin die and pay your sin debt, but you would not accept that gift that cost so much. Is there anything more sad than for a person going to Hell for eternity when salvation is offered to all and it is free? God does not want anyone to go to Hell.

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9

Suppose you came upon a man who was dying of thirst and you had water to give, so you set it before him. Supposethe man refused to accept the water, saying either he did not need it or that he would wait and drink later and then the man died from his thirst. Would it have been you that killed him? No! Of course not; you tried to save his life. You offered him the only thing that would save him but if he rejected the water and died, then he died by his own choice. So it is with God. God is offering a drink of living water to the lost of this world so that they may have eternal life, but if they refuse to be saved, it is not God that causes them to perish but by their own choice.

When God convicts you, showing you that you are a sinner in need of salvation, you can change your eternal destiny in the time it takes to say, "Save me Lord, the sinner that I am." God does the saving, you must accept the gift before it can be given. To reject the gift is to choose Hell. What a terrible thing it must be for those in Hell suffering agony unimaginable to realize they are there because they chose to be there.
Heaven or Hell; it is the most important choice you will ever make. You would think such a choice would be a no brainer, yet the bible teaches us that more choose Hell than Heaven.

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Mathew 7:13-14

Every human being from the beginning to the end has a choice to make. God is not to blame for those who choose Hell. He has made a way for avoiding Hell, but has given us the freedom to choose. God has made it so simple that even a child can understand it. The bible says that unless we become as little children, we can not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. Think about that... even a child's mind has the wisdom to make the correct decision between Heaven and Hell; it is the adults who often struggle with it.


(10) The bible says that if you believe in Jesus that you are saved, so I guess I'm ok because I believe in Jesus.

A common mistake people make in interpreting scripture is that they will form their own doctrine based on a single scripture. To acquire sound understanding however the Word of God must be taken in context and part of taking scripture in context is to read ALL that is said of a particular subject. It is true that believing is the way to salvation.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:16

And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
Acts 16:31

For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
1Corinthians 1:21

We see from these scriptures that indeed one must believe to be saved. If we study more scripture however, we find that not just any type of belief is the saving kind. If we were to go into the most sinful places we would find people there who profess a belief in Jesus, yet they are not saved. We can find harlots, prostitutes, strippers, drug addicts, alcoholics, thieves, adultors, cursors, and people of many more sinful lifestyles who will tell you that they believe in God and even believe in Jesus. So why are these people not saved then if the scriptures tell us that if we believe, we will be saved? The difference is that to be saved, you must believe in your heart. There is a difference in believing on an intellectual level and believing in your heart. This is something that many people can not grasp. There was a time when I did not understand it either.

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Romans 10:9-10

Explaining the difference between believing in the head and believing in the heart is one of the most difficult things I have ever tried to explain. People seem to have a terrible time understanding the difference. It is something that often needs to be experienced to be understood. Some people will want to argue the subject with you, saying, "believing is believing and you're just trying to complicate it. Here is a simple point however which proves there is a distinct difference in believing in the head and believing in the heart: If believing was believing and there was no such thing as a discernment between head belief and heart belief then almost every single person you meet would be saved, but we know by our own experience and by the word of God that is not true. The bible teaches us that many are called but few are chosen. The bible also teaches us that the road to destruction is broad and many are on that broad way, while the road to righteousness is narrow and few are on that road of righteousness.

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Mathew 7:13-15

The best way I know to try explain the difference in believing in your mind and believing in your heart is that heart felt belief is when it becomes it becomes a "reality". Still a person believing in their mind will often say, I DO believe that it is real. In fact however they really don't see it as real as the things of this world that they can see and touch. Imagine this scenario: God allows a person who claims to believe but has not been saved, to peer down into the real physical Hell. They are able to see with their own eyes the torment, the unspeakable and indescribable horror taking place there. Then that person is told that they are headed for this awful place unless they confess, repent, and call out to God to have mercy and save them. Without argument, such a person having witnessed Hell in a real tangible state and knowing this was their eternal destination unless they were saved, they would immediately fall on their face and cry out to God to save them. But wait a minute... What would be different after seeing with their eyes the horror of Hell that would cause them to cry out to God? One might say, "well, just seeing it in tangible form would frighten them into repentance. Well, that's what believing in your heart is. You see, this person claimed to believe before seeing, yet they did not have enough concern about it to call on God. Believing in the heart is believing to the point of absolute realism so vividly that you see yourself hanging over the pits of Hell by a rotten thread without anything to cling to or grab hold of except for the outstretched hand of Jesus. When a person sees himself or herself in this condition and what has just been described here is not a parable but as real a place as Kansas City, then they believe in their heart and then they will cry out to God to be saved. Now this was just an example, but a person really needs to believe the whole gospel. That means believing in Jesus and everything the bible says about him. You can not will yourself to belief in your heart, even if you want to. God must show you these things and speak to your heart for you to have that heart felt belief. This is brought about by God's word whether it be read, preached, or given by a witness and by Holy Ghost conviction.

How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
Romans 10:14

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Romans 10:17

Why would a person of even the slightest intelligence not choose Heaven over Hell when given the choice? and why would a person of even the slightest intelligence put of making that easy decision once they know they must make it while they are still living or Hell will be the default choice? Why would they put off choosing Heaven over Hell when they also know that not only must it be made while they are living but also knowing that they do not know when life will end? They only reason any person of the slightest intelligence would not choose Heaven over Hell and not put it off is because they have not yet come to believe the gospel of Jesus Christ to the point of complete realism; in other words, they have not yet believed in their heart. Get in church and read the bible so that God's word can bring you to a place of heart-felt belief and godly sorrow which works repentance. Yes, it sounds like magic that God's word can change your heart in this way and ONLY God's word can change your heart in this fashion, but it is not magic, it is the power of God's word.

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12


(11) Response when asked if they are saved: That is between me and God.

That is not what God says. God's word is very plain that salvation is not to be kept a secret. Also it is a fact that if a person is truly saved, they WANT to tell others about this wonderful gift of salvation they have. The bible teaches us that we are to be a witness and a light to this lost and dying world. That is our great commission as a Christian. We certainly can not fulfill that commission and be obedient in this regard if we hide our salvation.

This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Acts 2:32
Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe:
1 Thessalonians 2:10

Another way of saying that we are to be a witness for others is that we are to be a light for others so that they may see Jesus in us and thereby we become examples as followers of Christ as well as spreaders of the gospel which is the good news of Jesus Christ. We can not be a light and fulfill this commission if we keep secret our salvation.

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 5:14-16

How is it possible to believe salvation is to be kept a secret after reading those scriptures? If God has saved you, He wants you to shine bright before the world as a believer, a Christian, a redeemed child of God.

Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;
Psalm 107:2

God does not want His children to be ashamed of him.

Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;
2 Timothy 1:8

For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Fatherís, and of the holy angels. Luke 9:26 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
Mark 8:38

Enough scripture has been presented here to prove that it is not the will of God that His children be silent concerning their salvation. God wants all people to be saved...

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9

Knowing then that God's will is that all would be saved, isit not logical that He would want the ones He has already saved to work in this endeavor by witnessing and spreading the gospel?

Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
Matthew 9:37-38

How can we serve God and labor for Him while keeping secret our salvation? There is a song about this subject and the key line reads... "You can't be a beacon if your light don't shine".


(12) I just don't believe I could live the Christian life. It just seems too difficult to me and I don't want to be a hypocrite so I'll wait until I can live that life to be saved.

You will never reach the point of being worthy of salvation. God's standard is perfection and humans are far from being perfect. The Christian life is not a life of perfection, but a life of repentance and accountability to God. When a person is saved, a change takes place in their heart. This is perhaps the key mark of evidence that the person has received "real" salvation as opposed to a counterfeit. Salvation brings on supernatural changes to a personís attitude, behavior, personality, etc... Salvation is the only thing that can permanently bring these changes to a significant degree. A person can not change themselves on their own, but God can and does make these changes. We are like a heap of clay and God is at the potter's wheel shaping us and molding us constantly into what he wants us to be. Many of these changes will take effect instantly such as a sense of joy and peace never before experienced. With this new peace and joy in a person's heart, it then has an effect on attitude personality, and behavior. Another instantaneous change is a new zeal and passion for serving God and walking in the center of His will. Having a desire to be pleasing to God will also certainly help a person to live the Christian life. Again, these things do not come with a counterfeit salvation. True salvation brings change.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
2 Corinthians 2:17

A lost person that does not believe he could live the Christian life, is making that evaluation based on his current condition and in fact there is truth in that; on his own he would NOT be able to live the Christian life in a way pleasing to God. Understand, we are not saved because we change, but we are changed because we are saved. It's a matter of trusting God to help you in walking that straight and narrow path. He will once you are one of His. Don't fall for that old lie of Satan that you must first clean up your life to be saved. You'll never be clean enough to be God's child until you are cleansed by the blood of Christ which is the essence of salvation. The redeeming blood of Christ can and will cleanse you from all sin. Bring to God all your sin, all your faults, all your sorrows and burdens. Come just the way you are to God and confess, repent and call on him to save you. He will make a new creature out of you. Salvation is the BEGINING of living a Christian life.

Carl


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