Doctor Assisted Death, Follow up

Q. RE: Doctor assisted Death. I totally agree with you that salvation comes from believing (trusting and accepting) on the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. Jesus Christ + nothing = salvation. BUT… over and over in the New Testament it speaks of the transformation involved in salvation. Anything other than following Christ after being saved gives no evidence of salvation to either the world or the person. That should cause concern. The “prayer of salvation” can be said many times without the belief that is required. I know it’s hard to explain without risking legalism, but please warn people against easy believism and it’s loss of the abundant life, eternal reward and, possibly, real salvation.

A. If you read my answer more carefully, you’ll notice I said IF Dr. Kervorkian was a born again believer then he’ll be in Heaven when we get there. I’ve always maintained that the Bible says we’re saved because of that we believe, not because of how we behave. It says our salvation was guaranteed immediately after believing before we had a chance to do anything, good or bad (Ephes. 1:13-14, etc.). We are strongly urged to live lives in accordance with Biblical standards, but no where does the Bible say a person’s salvation is conditioned upon his or her subsequent behavior.

Lots of people mouth words that don’t mean anything, and lots of others do religious work that doesn’t mean anything, and some do both to no avail. But none of us can tell by observation whether another person is saved or not. This is why we’re told to leave that judgment to the Lord (1 Cor. 4:5).

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