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Eternal Security and Counterfeit Salvation, Part 2
by Carl Light
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Counterfeit Salvation

I prefer the term :Eternal Security; rather than the phrase :Once Saved, Always Saved. It is true that the term neither adds nor detracts from it・s validity, but its just a personal preference.

I believe many who seem to have fallen from grace or to put it another way, have lost their salvation, were never saved in the first place.. Neither have they :back-slidden, because they have never slid forward. A back-slider is someone who is saved, but has grown cold and in-different toward God. They have lost their passion to serve and to worship God. They have also lost the peace that comes not with merely being saved but with being saved AND walking in fellowship with God. Some may say that it doesn・t seem right that someone who has grown so far apart from God could still be saved and therefore get away with this behavior. Well, just because they don・t loose their salvation, does not mean that they will get away with any thing. The Bible teaches us that we will all stand before God and give an account for our Christian walk. We will be rewarded for both the good work we have done and the bad.

So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
Romans 4:12

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
2 Corinthians 5:10

The Judgement Seat of Christ is for the saved, not for the lost. The lost will stand at another judgement known as the White Throne Judgement. The backslider will therefore make atonement at the Judgement Seat of Christ, but not loose his salvation..

Every man・s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man・s work of what sort it is. If any man・s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man・s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
1 Corinthians 3:13-15

We do not hear nor read a lot about :counterfeit salvation;. The concept seems to be foreign to many people, yet the bible is clear on its reality and I believe it is astonishingly common today. Have you ever known anyone who claimed to be a Christian but did not act anything like a Christian? The truth is they may not be a Christian at all. They may have a counterfeit salvation. A true child of God can not live just any way we choose. We don・t belong to ourselves anymore. We have been bought with a price. Of course we are still capable of committing sin, and as previously stated a saved person can fall into a back slidden condition. The difference is that we can not knowingly commit sin without conviction. The Holy Spirit dwells inside every true child of God. That same indwelling Holy Spirit that will bring us comfort in time of sorrow and leads us in a time of indecision will also bring conviction to us when we sin. This conviction will lead us to repent (if we will submit to it) so that we can once again walk in fellowship with God.

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God・s.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Therefore if a person can knowingly sin without conviction, without any searing of the conscious, then there is something terribly wrong because that does not line up with what the word of God says regarding the truly saved child of God. It・s not enough to think we are probably saved or we hope we are saved. We need to know that we know that we know that we are saved! We need to examine ourselves to see if we line up with how God・s word describes the born again believer. Some may say, :Oh no! We should never question our salvation!; That・s NOT what God・s word says. God・s word says the opposite.

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
2 Corinthians 13:5

Let・s look at three types of people and what happens when they sinK

h The born again child of God who walks in fellowship with God: This person will have conviction in his heart when he sins and that conviction will bring about Godly sorrow which works repentance. After repenting this person will be forgiven and restored. He will then be able to walk in fellowship with God and thereby receive all the blessings that come with living a live of obedience to God. The first chapter of Psalms describes the blessings this person will have as opposed to others.

h The backslider: The backslider is saved and therefore will experience conviction when he sins, but chooses to ignore that conviction. As a result this person looses some of the blessings he or she could otherwise have, like that deep settled peace just to name one. Their joy is one. The bible says that the way of a transgressor is hard. Not only will the backslider loose the blessings he would otherwise have in this life, but the bible says that if he continues on in a back slidden condition without repenting, the Lord may call him home (take his life).

To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
1 Corinthians 5:5

Then the backslider will face the Lord at the Judgement Seat of Christ and give an account for his life after salvation. So if you hear someone say that believers of Eternal Security are simply using that as an excuse to :get away with sin;, don・t believe it! Sin must be dealt with!

h The person with the counterfeit salvation: This person having not been saved does not have the Holy Spirit dwelling inside him to bring conviction when he sins.

But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
Romans 8:9

So this person lives in deceit thinking everything is fine because they feel no conviction. That is mistakenly interpreted as :everything must be fine;. Now here is an important point: This person CAN experience conviction just as any lost person can experience conviction when the gospel is presented to them. The word of God being preached or brought out by a witness CAN bring conviction to this person through the Holy Spirit, but they must understand that they are lost before they can be saved. This is why I have such a burden for those with a counterfeit salvation. They are worse off than the person who is lost and knows he is lost.

A few paragraphs back I wrote about the importance of knowing for sure that we are saved. I・ve heard people say that we can not really know for sure that we are saved until we get there. Wrong Wrong Wrong! If we could not know, why does God・s word tell us to examine ourselves to see if we are of the faith?

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
2 Corinthians 13:5

Also the bible tells us straight out very plainly that we can know that we have been saved by the new heart of love that receive when we are saved that enables us to love even the unlovable. We have a love for one another that we didn・t have before. The bible tells us that this is how we can know we are saved

We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
1 John 3:14-15

Another way of knowing we have been saved is by experiencing conviction when we sin which has already been discussed.

Another way is by being aware of the incredible changes that has taken place in our inner most being since we have been saved. If you have been saved, you have changed.

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 5:17

The kind of changes that happen to a person when they become saved are changes that only God could make. I・m talking about a different heart, a different attitude, a different outlook on life, on death, on others. I・m talking about having your priorities turned upside down from what they were before. I・m talking about your desires being changed to the point that the things you used to love to do will make you cringe and tremble to even think about doing them and the things you used to have no interest in at all like church and studying God・s word, and just discussing the things of God・s word with others becoming your most favorite things to do. I・m talking about having a peace inside that you never knew before. I・m talking about tears of joy and compassion streaming from eyes where tears wouldn・t flow before.. I・m talking about changes that only Almighty God could make! I・m talking about a super natural logic defying set of changes that leave those around you in awe when they see them. If you have been saved you have had such changes. If a person has never experienced such changes in their life, then they need to check up.

I・m afraid many make the profession, but do not have the possession. Perhaps one reason that Counterfeit Salvation is a foreign concept to many is that it is often confused with the concept of :loosing one・s salvation. Eternal Security and Counterfeit Salvation are so connected that it is impossible for me to discuss either in any depth without discussing the other as well. Most of us have known someone who has went through the motions or made a profession that they were recently saved, yet no change could be seen in them, or if there was a change it was short lived and shortly they were back to their old ways. I do not believe such a person lost their salvation. I believe that most likely they never received it in the first place. As already discussed, the bible tells us that when we are saved, we are changed into new creature. I believe the changes are significant enough that they will be noticed by others and in the words of my pastor, :I believe these changes last longer than Blackberry Winter;. I therefore believe that many who have never been saved, but have had a false conversion are diagnosed by some as having fallen from grace.

All this discussion about the concept of counterfeit salvation should be backed up with scripture, so here it isK

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Matthew 7:21-23

These are the words of Jesus himself. He is talking about the judgement yet to come. It is plain and easily understood that Jesus will be talking to people who believed they were saved but will learn on this judgement day that they were not saved at all. Although the term :counterfeit salvation; is not used in the bible, this description plainly identifies some as having a counterfeit. Notice it reads :Many; will come, meaning that many will stand in judgement having only a worthless counterfeit salvation

So how does someone get a counterfeit salvation? By not following God・s plan of salvation. The plan is simple and easy enough for a child to follow, yet it is absolute and without compromise.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a theif and a robber..
John 10:1

One possible way people receive a counterfeit salvation is that perhaps as a young child in church one day he or she was told or strongly encouraged to go forward during the alter call to be saved. Perhaps the child comes forward because a friend comes forward. In any case they come forward without the drawing power of God, lacking in understanding of salvation or how it is acquired, sincerity, and correct motive. Then someone, perhaps the preacher or a deacon asks them to recite one of those repeat after me type prayers. When the child finishes repeating this prayer, the preacher pats him on head and tells him he is saved. . The child doesn・t have a clue what that means, but he believes the preacher and unless he learns the truth, he may go through life believing he was saved based on this experience.

True salvation comes only when a person is drawn by God and Holy Ghost conviction reveals to them that they are lost and in need of a savior. You can not get saved until you first understand that you are lost. They then humbly come forward broken with godly sorrow and a repentant heart and contrite spirit.

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

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free
John 8:32

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

The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
Psalm 34:18

This lack of understanding has several causes. Not all churches preach and teach sound doctrine in this day. Others, while preaching and teaching elements of truth, dilute the gospel with political correctness or efforts to conform to the ideology of a more modern culture. There is a high priority placed on pleasing the people and avoiding being offensive. While this intent may seem quiet noble and Christian-like on the surface, in reality it deceives people by presenting a compromised, watered down version of the gospel. The fact is that we do not always need to feel comfortable. Sometimes for our own good the gospel needs to cut us and remove us from our comfort zone and show us the error of our ways.

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

We grow as Christians by learning hard truths that often make us squirm and bring conviction. This is part of the molding process. We need to be pruned and reshaped sometimes to become better Christians. When the word is preached and taught in pure truth as it was intended, it has the power to convict lost souls, both comfort and correct the saved, and inspire Christians to worship, praise, and labor for God and His kingdom.

Without the benefit of knowing the truth, people will often mix an already watered down version of the gospel with their own ideas, opinions, and philosophies. Without the convicting power of :hard; truths, people can become complacent, and settle into a comfort zone they have made for themselves. They may feel supported by a corrupt version of the gospel that pats them on the back and tells them they are alright the way they are, because God forbid that the church would present a message that might upset someone.

Once settled in a comfort zone, a person don・t want to get out of it. Sometimes such a person will have a tendency to accept the parts of a message that conform tot heir lifestyle and simply dismiss the truths that are contrary to their lifestyle.

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
2 Timothy 3|1-5

Let・s take a look at some truths that are sometimes misunderstood, not taught, or are often rejected.

First, we find that a person can not be saved any time they feel like it. You must be drawn by God. A person can not just wake up one morning and say, :today I think I・ll get saved and just stroll down the church aisle popping their bubble gum and get saved outside of the drawing power of God.

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

To be drawn by the Father is for God to speak to your heart, showing you that you are a sinner, guilty of breaking his commandments, lost and without hope except for His free gift of salvation. When you reach a state of having sincere GODLY sorrow, with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, you are able to believe, repent and confess your sins with sincerity and call upon God to save you.

The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
Psalm 34:18

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

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Romans 10:10

This conviction that starts the whole process comes directly from God through the preaching of His word, or the reading of His word, the teaching of His word. You simply can not be saved without this conviction which God sends when He draws you. You can not wait to choose your time. Sure, you may get another chance, but that is not a guarantee. You need to strike when the poker is hot.

Its not as hopeless as it may seem however, because although a sinner can not be saved without the drawing power of God, the sinner can put himself in a position where God will deal with his heart and send that drawing power by studying the bible and attending church services. Besides, God promises that if we seek, we will find.

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

Most people know that to be saved you must believe, but it seems many do not understand the difference between believing in the mind and believing in the heart You must believe in your heart.

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 prostitutes, strippers, drug addicts, alcoholics, thieves, and people of other 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.

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. 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 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, 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. Real faith is having that fear and understanding of the reality of Hell to the same extent as the man in this analogy does, except without having to actually see anything for it to become real in their heart. 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 Hell is as real as Kansas City, then they believe in their heart and then they will cry out to God to save their soul.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1

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

Not understanding these two conditions of God・s plan of salvation (having to be drawn by God and believing in the heart as opposed to believing only in the mind) can cause a person to reap a counterfeit salvation.

I have a burden for those who have a counterfeit salvation. I believe they are in a worse condition than the ones who know they are lost. No one can be saved until they first realize and acknowledge they are lost. The person with the counterfeit salvation therefore has to be go through an extra step to be saved. That first step is to come to the realization that they are not really saved. This is an extra step in humility. Humility does not come easy for most people, even the one who knows he is lost. The person with a counterfeit salvation not only must be humble enough to admit they are a sinner and cry out to God for salvation, but first they must have the even greater humility of accepting the fact that they have been deceived in their belief that they were saved when they in fact have been lost the whole time.

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
Matthew 23:15

People who have a counterfeit salvation are also the most difficult people to witness to and convince that they need to be saved. How do you approach them as a witness to convince them they need salvation without accusing them of having a false conversion? You can not do that. For one thing you would be judgmental and for another thing, you would most likely only anger them and loose your influence on them as a result. You can however, share the truth of the gospel with them without making accusations. You simply discuss the topic of counterfeit salvation with them using the bible to show them that the condition is real. You can discuss how some people come to acquire a counterfeit and share with them the true elements of acquiring real salvation. There is a good chance the person has never considered the existence of counterfeit salvation. Hopefully, after being exposed to the truth and realization of false conversions, they will then examine themselves and in the process come to the realization that they have never really been saved. This is the principle of simply sharing the truth with them and then allowing God to do the convicting and deal with their heart, using the truth that you have shared with them.

One obvious question that a person may have who has come to understand the concept of a counterfeit salvation is, :how can a person know whether or not they have a false conversion as opposed to the real thing?; There are ways of knowing! One way is to go back in time through memory and compare the conditions of their conversion with the conditions of God・s plan of salvation to see if they line up.

We have already covered two elements of God・s plan of salvation; you must be drawn by the Father, and you must believe in your heart on Jesus Christ. Confession, repentance, and calling upon the Lord asking Him to save you are the other parts of God・s salvation plan. Confession is simply humbly admitting to God that you are a sinner and guilty of breaking His laws.

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Romans 10:10

Repentance is not simply saying that you are sorry for committing sins. It・s not even :being; sorry for committing sins. :Repent; means to turn away from. Repentance of sin therefore means to commit one・s self to strive to live a righteous and upright life, being obedient to God as He has given us instruction in His word. To repent is to have a change of attitude about sin where it is no longer something taken lightly.

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Acts 2:38

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
Acts 3:19

Calling upon the Lord asking Him to save you. There is no need to comment on this one. It is straight forward. Simply call on the name of the Lord with faith, confessing your sins, and asking Him to save you and He will save you.

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

Broken down, God・s plan of salvation is:

h Come to the Lord because you have been drawn by the Father who has shown you your need of a savior.

h Believe in your heart and not simply believing in your mind.

h Confess with humility that you are a sinner in need of God・s forgiveness and salvation.

h Repent (turn away from the sinful life you have previously been living and commit your life to serve and obey God.

h Call upon God to save you.

A person can examine themselves to see if they came to God under this plan (God・s plan) of salvation. If you did not come in accordance to this plan, then you are not saved.

There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Proverbs 14:12

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
John 10:1

The other way of knowing that you are truly saved is by the changes God has made in you since you were saved.

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 5:17

Some people do not understand this. They believe people are saved because they have changed or that a person needs to change before they can be saved. Not having the confidence that they can change, they may believe they are beyond salvation. The truth is however that we are not saved because we change, but rather we are changed because we have been saved! Some of the changes that occur when we are saved are as follows:

h We have a new heart capable of loving the unlovable, people we don・t even know, and having compassion for those we would not have had compassion for before we were saved.

h We have a desire to hear and to read God・s word. We desire to have a close relationship with God.

h Our socializing habits change. Some of the people we used to find pleasure keeping company with, make us uncomfortable after we are saved because of their ungodly ways. This does not mean we don・t care for them. In fact we will love them even more than before and have a burden for them, but we can no longer enjoy being around them if their lifestyle conflicts with that of a child of God.

h Our language is cleaned up (often without any special effort on our partK God does it!)

h We worry less. We have a peace that passes all understanding. Others may wonder how we can have such peace in times of despair. We have that indwelling Holy Spirit which among other things, gives us peace and comfort when it would seem to the world that our circumstances could only bring us sorrow.

h We have a burden for lost souls, especially our loved ones. Before we were saved we did not give much thought to the state of other peoples souls. We simply didn・t think about such things.

h We experience conviction when we sin or do anything outside of God・s will. We used to sin before we were saved and were complacent about it or perhaps even laughed about it. A child of God however, will feel guilt and shame when he sins. We also know however, that repentance will restore our joy and peace.

h We love to talk about the Lord, discuss the bible and all things spiritual. Before being saved, these were most likely among our least favorite things to discuss.

h We are happier than we were before we were saved even though we may actually experience more trials and tribulation and persecution than we did prior to being saved. We know that all the sorrows we experience in this life are temporal. We know that we are on our way to a better place; a place so wonderful that no poet or artist can capture its beauty and wonderfulness. What a wonderful thing we have to look forward to! Knowing the glory that lies ahead for us, enables us to keep a smile on our face even in the midst of our trials.

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Romans 8:18

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
1 Corinthians 2:9

h Our general attitude is changed. It is changed for the better due to the previous changes listed. The sinful pleasures we used to enjoy before being saved would make us miserable now. We can・t do the same thing, go to the same places, or even talk the same way that we did before; at least not without experiencing conviction for doing so. We are not our own anymore. We have been bought with a price. We have a new set of desires. Attending church is no longer something done out of a sense of obligation, but it is something we actually love to do. Our joy now is in serving the Lord. That sounds boring to the unsaved, but for the Christian it is his greatest joy.

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God・s.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20

These changes in you can not, nor should they be hidden. These changes in you made by God when He saves you are intended to be noticed by others. When they see these changes in you it serves to bring conviction to their own lives showing them that they have need of a savior. It is one aspect of how we serve to be the light of the world.

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.
Mathew 5:14-16
The point to be made here is that if a person is truly saved, their will be changes in their life such as the ones discussed here, but a counterfeit salvation will yield no such changes on a permanent basis. If a person has true salvation they will be able to testify of how God has changed them.

Also remember that salvation occurs in a single moment; it does not come in stages or by a progression. The conviction that leads to salvation may indeed occur over time and be progressive, but salvation itself comes in an instant. Therefore if someone is saved they should be able to go back in time in their mind and recall the moment they were saved. You don・t have to know the details like the date or day of the week, but you should be able to recall that moment when God saves you. If a person can not point to a moment in time that they were saved, they are probably not saved, because when God saves you, it is something you will not forget! You・re more likely to forget your own name.

Up to this point in this article, we have looked into the concept of counterfeit salvation. I feel it is necessary to fully address the concept of counterfeit salvation before discussing the topic of eternal security because, what some may believe is a case of a person loosing their salvation is in reality a case of someone having never actually been saved in the first place. We looked at Counterfeit salvation in regard to its definition, and how a person may be deceived by a false conversion, and how someone may receive a false conversion. Scripture was used to make the points of this concept. Then we looked at how to recognize a counterfeit salvation by presenting God・s plan of salvation compared to the way someone with a false conversion received what they believed to be real salvation. We then looked at another way of recognizing true salvation by the changes God makes in a true convert. If someone is not confident in their salvation, they can examine themselves by asking these two questions:

1. Did I come to know Jesus as my savior in accordance with God・s plan of salvation?

2. Has there been real changes in my life such as the ones discussed here?

Now that we have established the reality of Counterfeit salvation, so that it can not be confused with a person loosing their salvation, we can now examine the concept of eternal Security.

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