Q. My husband went to the altar and asked for salvation about 11 years ago. He told me he was born again. He does not read God’s Word, refuses to listen to any of the Christian shows I watch, and will not talk or let me talk about anything religious.
I have to drag him to church where he sits and sighs about being pulled away from his day. He thinks I am crazy for believing in the Rapture and thinks that the world will recover from all that is happening and it will go on just as it always has. I have prayed daily for him to draw closer to God as I feel time is very short. Is he saved and will he be raptured? If not, how should I go about convincing him that he needs to wake up and see that God is real and our time on earth is short?
A. Obviously, it’s not for me to say whether your husband is saved or not. The reason the Lord told us to judge nothing before the appointed time (1 Cor. 4:5) it that we can only observe outward appearances. Only He knows the motives of men’s hearts.
All we can say for sure is if your husband was sincere in asking the Lord to save him 11 years ago then he’s saved. His subsequent behavior could deprive him of blessings both here and in heaven but it can’t revoke his salvation. Jesus said everyone who asks receives (Matt. 7:7-8) and once that happens, nothing can take us out of His hands (John 10:27-30).
If he wasn’t sincere and is not saved, your prayers for the Holy Spirit’s intervention in his life are both the best and only thing you can do. It doesn’t sound like further effort on your part will be fruitful. Your prayers and the example you set as a Godly woman will be sufficient. Peter said the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit is of great worth in God’s sight (1 Peter 3:4).