Q: I believe I’m saved; in fact, I’m sure I am; I feel it deep inside, so why all the fuss about biblical confirmation of it?
A: Just as a computer will produce its output based only on its programming, so we tend to do. Terrorists who are convicted enough to kill innocent victims are still wrong; those who routinely kill unborn babies are still wrong despite feeling justified (Proverbs 6:16–19).
Saul of Tarsus, an extremely devout and well-educated religious man of the first century, was so convicted that Christianity was pagan that he became a Christian-killer, later stating: “I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison . . . and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them. And I punished them oft . . . and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities” (Acts 26:9–11). He was so “zealous toward God” that he persecuted Christians, “unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women” (Acts 22:3–4; cf. Acts 7:57–8:3).
But his zealousness and convictions were completely contrary to God’s will because they were not based on a knowledge of and obedience to God’s truth (Romans 10:1–3; Acts 22:1–16).
What we “think” or “feel” simply will not save us on Judgment Day, if it is not accurately and obediently in accordance with God’s Word, which will be the only basis of our judgment (John 12:48).
If we are truly saved, then why not study God’s word to simply confirm it? If the study of God’s Word alone reveals that we are not, it will surely show us what is lacking so we can correct it. Either way we win! Please contact us today and let’s study only what God has to say. —Douglas E. Dingley, Cleveland, Oklahoma