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  • Do you need to be sincere to be saved?

    I often get the question that merely saying "I believe" is a handout to heaven. Of course it is not, but what/where is the scripture that tells you to sincerely accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior?

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    Mk 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
    ...be strengthened with power through His Spirit into the inner man, that Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith, that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be full of strength to apprehend with all the saints what the breadth and length and height and depth are and to know the knowledge-surpassing love of Christ, that you may be filled unto all the fullness of God. Eph. 3:16-19

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Romber View Post
      I often get the question that merely saying "I believe" is a handout to heaven. Of course it is not, but what/where is the scripture that tells you to sincerely accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior?
      Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

      This specifically points out the need to believe in your heart, which implies that it's more than just believing in your head. Also, confessing with your mouth means that you really mean it and want others to know that you believe and aren't ashamed of it.

      Mark 8:34 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
      35For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.
      36For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
      37Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
      38Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

      This passage shows that merely believing in your head isn't enough, but the kind of faith He is looking for is for people to deny themselves and give their lives to Him and to not be ashamed of Him.

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      • #4
        Hi Romber,

        Here is one I think.

        The woman said to Him, "Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship." Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." The woman said to Him, "I know that Messiah is coming" (who is called Christ). "When He comes, He will tell us all things." Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you am He." (Joh 4:19-26 NKJV)

        If you go digging you will find plenty. Consider what "in spirit" means toward the topic.

        Peace,
        Joe

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        • #5
          As a kind of OTOH:

          James 2:19 (NLT) says this: You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror.

          Demons believe in God...and in the NT, recognized Jesus for Who He was/is...and it's not going to do them one iota of good.
          θεοφιλε

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Romber View Post
            I often get the question that merely saying "I believe" is a handout to heaven. Of course it is not, but what/where is the scripture that tells you to sincerely accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior?
            Anyone can believe, but he who endures to the end are the born again and shall be saved.

            Luke 8:13 Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away.

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            • #7
              Thanks guys. I am trying to explain to a guy how merely 'believing' doesn't get him a ticket to hell if he doesn't repent his actions or make changes.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Romber View Post
                Thanks guys. I am trying to explain to a guy how merely 'believing' doesn't get him a ticket to hell if he doesn't repent his actions or make changes.
                even the demons believe lol

                faith without works is dead, can this faith save? no way jose

                True "belief" is accompanied by repentance

                there is a passage in the Gospels where Jesus tells a group of Jews that "believed" in Him that they were sons of the Devil lol

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                • #9
                  This passage speaks of something really even greater than sincerity.

                  Luke 14:24 *`For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste of my dinner.´"
                  25 *¶Now great multitudes were going along with Him; and He turned and said to them,
                  26 *"If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.
                  27 *"Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.
                  28 *"For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost, to see if he has enough to complete it?
                  29 *"Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him,
                  30 *saying, `This man began to build and was not able to finish.´
                  31 *"Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and take counsel whether he is strong enough with ten thousand men to encounter the one coming against him with twenty thousand?
                  32 *"Or else, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks terms of peace.
                  33 *"So therefore, no one of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.
                  34 *"Therefore, salt is good; but if even salt has become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned?
                  35 *"It is useless either for the soil or for the manure pile; it is thrown out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear."


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                  • #10
                    I believe that salvation to most is simply self preservation. A get out of Hell free ticket, fire insurance. What if it became a marriage proposal of sorts, a divine relationship? Christ in me and me in Him. I think it would change the way we approach it and it would necessitate that we be real about it.

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                    • #11
                      The Church is being ripped off. There’s a roaring lion out there seeking whom he may devour, but we’ve spent years promoting the half-gospel of “Jesus died to pay your sin debt” and have downplayed the total lordship, power, and authority of Christ over our lives (me in Christ) and His power in and through us (Christ in me) that is free for the taking. Really, we’ve let ourselves be ripped off.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Romber View Post
                        Thanks guys. I am trying to explain to a guy how merely 'believing' doesn't get him a ticket to hell if he doesn't repent his actions or make changes.
                        Glad you mentioned it. Perhaps you meant a ticket to 'heaven'??

                        Here's what was preached on the day of Pentecost (some of it):

                        Acts 2:32-33, 36-38 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
                        33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.
                        36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
                        37 ¶ Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
                        38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by mikebr View Post
                          Quote:
                          The Church is being ripped off. There’s a roaring lion out there seeking whom he may devour, but we’ve spent years promoting the half-gospel of “Jesus died to pay your sin debt” and have downplayed the total lordship, power, and authority of Christ over our lives (me in Christ) and His power in and through us (Christ in me) that is free for the taking. Really, we’ve let ourselves be ripped off.
                          Ron Block, musician and writer (banjo for Allison Krause)
                          Yup, that's why we have multitudes of "Christians" running around out there that either a) got a half-baked (i.e. false) gospel and aren't born again or b) were born again but forever stuck in the baby phase. Your converts are living proof of the gospel you preach, whichever one it is; whether the Gospel of Jesus Christ, or another gospel altogether.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ProjectPeter View Post
                            This passage speaks of something really even greater than sincerity.

                            Luke 14:24 *`For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste of my dinner.´"
                            25 *¶Now great multitudes were going along with Him; and He turned and said to them,
                            26 *"If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.
                            27 *"Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.
                            28 *"For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost, to see if he has enough to complete it?
                            29 *"Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him,
                            30 *saying, `This man began to build and was not able to finish.´
                            31 *"Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and take counsel whether he is strong enough with ten thousand men to encounter the one coming against him with twenty thousand?
                            32 *"Or else, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks terms of peace.
                            33 *"So therefore, no one of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.
                            34 *"Therefore, salt is good; but if even salt has become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned?
                            35 *"It is useless either for the soil or for the manure pile; it is thrown out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
                            You know, this is an extremely good point.

                            Those who believed for a while and then fell away does not mean they were sincere in that belief.

                            They received the word with joy! They were sincere. They desired to come to God. Yet, when temptation came, even with that sincere heart and the joy they had in receiving the Word, they still fell away. They were sincere, but never had root in Christ.

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                            • #15
                              John 3:16-18
                              For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
                              17 For God DID NOT send the Son into the world to JUDGE the world, but that the world might BE SAVED through Him.
                              He who believes in Him is NOT JUDGED; he who DOES NOT BELIEVE HAS BEEN JUDGED already, because he has NOT believed
                              John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.
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