Are You Sure You Are Saved?

Posted on February 23, 2012

Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots? Then also you can do good who are accustomed to do evil. - Jeremiah 13:23

In an appropriate follow-up from yesterday’s post, Testimony of Regeneration, Wretched provides the below excerpt from Paul Washer regarding the view that being morally upright saves a person.

Changed behavior saves no one. It is only the grace of God, by the new birth, through repentance grounded in godly sorrow and faith alone in Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross that leads to our salvation. The result of our justification is consequentially our sanctification – that is, we are made new creations in Christ and will grow in our hatred of sin and the things of this world as we grow in our affections toward God exemplified by our love and obedience to Him.

Here is the transcript followed by the video:

“I need to stop doing all the sinful things that I love with all my heart, and start doing all the righteous, godly things that I hate and that bore me in order to save my soul.”

That’s not Christianity. He is not a new creature. All we’ve done is put a wolf in the cage so he can’t continue to act like a wolf but he’s still a wolf.

Let me ask you, honestly, young person, do you really love this world, just admit it, do you love this world more than Christ. You say, “well, don’t judge me, you don’t know what’s in my heart.”

I don’t have to know what’s in your heart, I can just look at your life.

Is your life given to the things of this world – to its so-called beauty, and sensuality, and entertainment, and all these things, so that the Scriptures mean nothing to you, fellowship with Christ in prayer mean nothing to you, seeking out other believers in the local church to grow in godliness means nothing to you, you just come to church on Sunday, if that is you –

Be afraid, repent of your sins, turn to Christ, call out to Him, until you know He has saved you and you know He has changed you.

Related articles:

Biblical Assurance of Salvation

Heart Inventory – do you serve god or God?

Who Am I According to God? Who Are You?

God’s Goodness = Man’s Worst Problem

What Is Wrong with NON-Lordship Salvation? Part 5 – Sanctification