Q. My mother is currently going to an Episcopal church and is OK with women holding a man’s office, thinks homosexuals should be allowed to get married, and does not believe that Jonah really got swallowed by a whale for three days. However, she does believe that the only way to heaven is by believing Jesus died for our sins. My husband says she is following a false doctrine and does not follow the Jesus of our Bible and is not saved. I say it is not our place to question anyone’s salvation, that only God knows our heart. What do you say?
A. What I say is not the issue. The New testament is clear in stating that the only condition for salvation is believing that Jesus died for our sins. John 3:16, John 6:28-29. John 6:40 and other references make this an indisputable fact.
If your mother has admitted that she’s a sinner in need of a savior and believes in her heart that Jesus died for her sins and rose from the dead, then she’s met the necessary requirements for salvation according to 1 Cor. 15:1-4.
1 Cor. 4:5 tells us only the Lord is qualified to determine this and Matt. 7:1-2 says we’re not to judge others by their actions unless we’re prepared to be judged by ours.