One can find a great variety of tracts and booklets dealing with the subject of salvation. The reader is told the things he must do in order to be saved. These things the lost person is told to do include believing, repenting, calling on God, confessing, being baptized, continuing faithful in good works, refraining from wickedness and a few more beside. This, ofcourse, is grouping together what you will find from varied sources.
All do not agree on just how many steps or what particular things one must do to be saved. This is aptly illustrated by the story of the penitent sinner who came for salvation in a revival meeting. From a worker on one side he heard, “Let go, brother, let go.” From his other side he was encouraged, “Hang on, brother, hang on.” The poor fellow was so confused, he didn’t know what to do.
Is this the case with you, dear reader? You have heard so many conflicting ideas from different sources, each of which claims Bible authority for its position, that you have just about given up hope of ever knowing what the truth really is.
DO OR DO NOT
All agree that you must do something. God does not just save you without any response of doing something on your part.
Since there is so much disagreement on what you must “do”, why don’t we approach it from the other side and see if we can clear up this problem by finding out what the Bible says will damn us to eternal hell if we “DO NOT” do it. Really, the answers to the “do” and the “do not” should be the same if we are consistent in our Bible interpretation. In other words, whatever is essential for us to “do” to be saved will be the same thing that will condemn us to hell if we “do not”.
SEARCH THE SCRIPTURE
Our only source of absolute truth is the Bible. The Bereans were said to be “noble” because they searched the Bible diligently to find out what real truth was. (Acts 17:11)
From Bible statements that tell us what condemns, damns, sends us to hell, puts us under the wrath of God, makes us perish, etc., we learn that there are only two things, on our part, that must be done to keep us out of hell or that will condemn us to hell if we “do not” do them.
“Except ye REPENT ye shall all likewise PERISH.” (Luke 13:3)
He is saying, if you “do not” repent you will go to hell (perish). You must come to Christ with a godly sorrow and a change of mind about how your sin has offended a holy God. You will not do so, unless you see yourself as a hell-deserving, hopelessly lost and vile sinner before God. “The Lord is…not willing that any should PERISH but that all should come to REPENTANCE.” (II Peter 3:9)
Again we see that if we “do not” repent, we will perish!
The rich man in hell (Luke 16:30) knew that if his brothers “did not” repent, they would end up in the same torments of fire.
The one thing that will condemn us to hell if we “do not” do it is faith or belief in Christ as our Saviour. This faith is not mere “head” or “mental” assent, according to human logic, but a wholehearted trust in the Saviour as revealed in theHoly Scriptures.
Actually, repentance and faith are so inseparable in the salvation of a sinner that they can be thought of as one act (receiving Christ). Both elements must be there, but may not necessarily be distinguished as such by the sinner who receives Christ (John 1:12, 13).
NOTICE THE FOLLOWING CLEAR STATEMENTS
“He that BELIEVETH NOT shall be DAMNED” (Mark 16:15).
“He that BELIEVETH NOT is CONDEMNED” (John 3:18).
“He that BELIEVETH NOT…the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:36).
So we see that if we “do not” believe (with all our heart) we are condemned to eternal hell.
THE BIBLE DOES NOT SAY
From the varied tracts one could read, we see some teaching that we would be condemned to eternal hell if we: are not baptized, do not join a church, are unfaithful in church attendance, etc.
A good Christian should do every one of these things and more, and will lose many rewards if he does not, but failure to do any or all of these does not condemn a person to hell. There is NO Bible statement that teaches this.
Some would teach you that the statement in John 3:5 (“Except a man be born of water…he cannot enter into the kingdom of God”) means that water baptism is essential to salvation, but, if you would read the entire chapter, you will see that baptism is not in consideration here, but simply “belief” in Christ as the means of the new Birth.
ALL THAT IS PROFITABLE
In view of this, it is significant that Paul stated in Acts 20:20-21 that he “kept back nothing that was profitable”: which would mean that he declared “everything that was essential.”
When you see that he listed all that was “profitable” as being “repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ,” you can see how this perfectly agrees with what we found will condemn us to hell if we “do not” do it. So, the negative agrees with the positive. It always does.
Now you must face the most serious question in your life: what will you do about your eternal salvation?
It is our desire that you will realize your hopelessly lost condition before our holy God, and, with a repentant heart, believing in Christ, trusting completely in what He did for you on the cross to save you from eternal damnation.
“NOT TO DO” so is to be eternally lost in a Christless Hell.
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