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Dear Brethren and Friends,
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I received a letter from Rev Kluttz with an article by David Cloud. Checking his website, I came across this article which, I believe is relevant to us. There are many of Bro Cloud’s view that I fully agree with, especially on the preservation of God’s Word and I respect him very much for that, BUT I totally disagree with his anti-Calvinistic stand. Well, I thank the Lord that this article sounds, to me, very Calvinistic in flavor. I hope you will read this seriously! – Bro Jose.
Looking for Evidence of Salvation (1/2)
(August 14, 2018, David Cloud, Way of Life Literature, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, firstname.lastname@example.org)
In light of the Scriptures that describe evidences of salvation, following are some questions that can help an individual examine himself.
“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 Cor. 13:5).
The objective is not to cause true believers to doubt their salvation; the objective is to provide help in situations where there is doubt, either on the part of the individual himself or on the part of a church that is examining an individual for baptism and/or church membership. These questions are not to be answered mentally as in a school test. They are to be answered from the heart, with the whole person.
1. Have you repented and humbled yourself before God?
“Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Mt. 18:3).
“… except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Lu. 13:3).
“God … now commandeth all men every where to repent” (Acts 17:30).
“Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God…” (Acts 20:21).
“The ultimate trouble with the natural man is his pride. … The first thing that has to be done with the man who does not accept the Christian faith is to humble him. … All men have to be converted and ‘become as little children.’ All they know, and all they are, and all they have, and all they have done, is utterly useless in this realm. There is no hope for them until they become aware of their utter bankruptcy and ‘become as little children’” (D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Preaching and Preachers, p. 50).
2. Do you renounce all false religion and believe that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation?
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
“Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver” (Acts 19:19).
“For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God” (1 Th. 1:9).
3. In light of 1 Corinthians 15:3–4, which says that salvation is believing that “Christ died for our sins,” do you believe that you are the sinner that God says you are? Do you believe that you have no righteousness that is acceptable to Him and that you deserve God’s eternal condemnation? Do you believe that the following Scriptures apply to you?
“There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God” (Rom. 3:10).
“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away” (Isa. 64:6).
4. Do you believe 100% that Christ died for your sins? Do you trust Jesus Christ and His blood 100% for your salvation? Do you believe that He bore all of your sin when He shed His blood and died on the cross?
“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isa. 53:6).
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Cor. 5:21)?
5. Do you believe with all your heart that Jesus is the Son of God?
“And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God” (Acts 8:37).
“Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God” (John 6:68–69).
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