First time here to ChurchSalt?  Well, this is the primary message of this site, and it is addressed to all who go by the name Christian…

Examine Yourself!

Do you obey God?  Don’t worry, this is not some legalistic article trying to promote how we can only go to heaven if we do this, do that, and stop doing that thing over there. With that assurance out-of-the-way, let me ask again… Do you obey God?  Do you do what you know He has commanded you to do?  Do you avoid that which He has told you stay away from?  Be truthful with yourself.  The reason this is important is that John (known as the Apostle of love) wrote the book of 1st John talking about how we can know for sure that we are truly saved, and obedience is one of the things he talks about.  Not obedience to earn something, but to examine something.  So on…

As you probably know, disobedience is called sin.  In the Bible John says this about Christians and sin:

“Anyone who continues to live in Him will not sin. But anyone who keeps on sinning does not know him or understand who He is. Dear children, don’t let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous. But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil. Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God.”     1 John 3:6-10

Do you feel as though the sin in your life isn’t that big of a deal?  According to the scripture above, what is God’s view of those who continue to live in sin?  It says that if you continue to live in sin, it is evidence that you have not been born into God’s family.  You haven’t been born again.  It says that you are not a Christian, even if you call yourself one!  If this describes you, don’t be offended at us…. be alarmed for yourself!  Now you may be saying, “Wait a minute!  I have understood salvation to be a free gift!  This sounds like I have to be good to be saved, or in other words, do good works!”  Well, salvation is a free gift, you can’t earn it, the Bible says:

“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.   Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.             Ephesians 2:8-9

But you cannot be saved until you turn from your desire to sin (change your view regarding sin) and begin following God.  This is called repentance.  Repentance was the first sermon of John the Baptist, and it was the first sermon preached by Jesus.  It was also one of the last things Jesus emphasized before ascend.  Look at this:

“There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.”             Luke 24:47

Once one has repented and is soundly saved, they will no longer live lives filled with sin.  When you stop to think about it, all a person’s actions follow their true beliefs and intentions, and sin is no different.  Sin will be the rare exception in their lives, not the daily reality.

To state it another way… The outward fruit in your life isn’t what determines your inward state; but your inward state is what determines your outward fruit.  And a life trademarked by sin is an outward sign of someone who has not been born again into the family of God.  Think about the story of the fish:

Once upon a time a horse lived on a beach.  To live on the beach, he was required to follow a set of rules.  Daily he was commanded to swim, stay wet, and eat bugs.  The horse worked hard at obeying the rules, but found it very difficult.  The lifestyle he was ordered to live was very unnatural and uncomfortable for him.  In truth, he often failed to fully obey the commands as instructed.  His failure to fully follow the commands made him feel awfully guilty, but he decided that he was doing the best he could, and everything would be OK, in the end.  However, often in the cool of the evening he would dwell on his failure to keep the rules, worrying that things might not actually be OK.  He really didn’t know what to do, and in the end he would always justify his failure to obey the rules.  Thinking once again I am doing the best I can, God will surely accept that!

One day, while walking on the beach, a strange thing happened…he was suddenly changed, or re-born, into a fish!  He quickly flopped into the water, and was very happy spending all his days swimming around, staying wet, and regularly eating bugs.  In fact, he found the bugs to be quite tasty, and his new life as a fish was very fulfilling.  He thought, “How much happier I am now that I am a fish!”  Now the rules he was given made perfect sense to him, and were no longer difficult to obey, now that he was a new creature with a new nature.  His life as a horse was over.  However, every once in a while he would flop up on the beach, to see if he would enjoy his old horse activities, but he found them very unfulfilling.  His old ways made him feel very uneasy and guilty.  Furthermore, he realized that living on the beach, would kill him, so he quickly flip-flopped back into the water.  As time went by, he learned more fish ways, and really enjoyed being a fish.  After a while, he forgot all about once being a horse.  Being a fish and doing fish things was far more satisfying.  He was one happy fish!

So it is with us.  If we still feel comfortable telling lies (even on tax day), if we still like to get drunk, if we still like to look at pornography, if we feel lust and gossip are OK, if our main priority during the week is to make big bucketfuls of money, then there is a problem.  A big problem!  Sure, as a Christian we still struggle with sin, the Apostle Paul himself said:

For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.   For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.             Romans 7:18-19

But if your life is trademarked by sin rather than a thirst for righteousness, then you have a problem; you are not saved!  That is not just the message of this website, it is what the Bible says.  Many will condemn this message and this website.  Many will try to justify a casual attitude toward sin in their own lives and encourage you to do the same.  So… what does the Bible say about that?

Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him.                         Ephesians 5:5-6

Please, inspect the fruit in your own life to see if your faith and salvation is genuine.  Don’t take the teachings of anybody over the teachings in the Bible.  Read it yourself.

“Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter.   On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’   But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’    Matthew 7:21-23

There are other tests listed in the short book of 1st John to see if you are truly saved as well.  for example: do you love Brothers and Sisters in Christ?  Do you enjoy the company of other Christians or do you find them boring and uncomfortable?  Be honest with yourself!  Please read the short book of 1st John with prayer and an open mind!  We actually have an entire article devoted to just this subject (click HERE if you are interested).  If you are beginning to question your salvation, and wonder about the gospel message you have heard in the past, please read what the Bible presents as the Gospel message…The Bible states that we have all broken God’s Laws and stand guilty before a Just God that will in no way pardon the guilty.  But Jesus Christ (God incarnate) died on the Cross taking the punishment of His people while giving us the righteousness of God in the eyes of the almighty court.  When in faith we repent of our sins and trust in Jesus Christ alone to pay for our sins (believing He was raised from the dead) we are saved.  This true belief and this true trust is shown outwardly by repentance of sins from the moment we begin to believe until the day we die and are taken to our saving Lord.  The dead person inside us is made alive again by the Spirit of God, and our outward life and profession reflect that we have become new creatures and alive to God.

Repent and believe today!

Remember, whenever any teaching is presented to you, see if it is aligned with God’s Word.  Many times our beliefs are set in concrete and we then go looking for some scripture excerpts to back up those beliefs. PLEASE do not make that mistake!

Look at every verse, in context, and every place in the Bible a topic is referenced.

Then, and only then, set your beliefs in concrete.

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2 Comments on “”

  1. Robert Tabone Says:

    You speak the truth in LOVE! Thank you for the kind and considerate admonishment!
    Bob T.


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