Q. In one of your recent posts, you said some people who think they are saved will learn that they really aren’t. This really concerns me because I do not understand how one can believe they are saved but really aren’t. I do not want to be one of those people. I confessed Christ as my savior and asked him to save me and I want salvation and his kingdom more than anything and was sincere when I asked him. What does it mean for someone to believe they are but really aren’t?
A. There are many people who identify themselves as Christians but have been taught a different path to salvation than the Bible teaches. Some believe it takes a combination of faith plus human works to be saved. Others have been taught you have to join a particular church and obey it’s requirements. Still others say all it takes is to join a church and try to live a good life. And there are those who believe that it doesn’t matter what religion a person follows. As long as they are sincere they will find a path to salvation.
Jesus said He is the only way to the Father (John 14:6) and no one who isn’t born again will enter God’s Kingdom (John 3:3).
Being born again means you believe you are a sinner, that Jesus died for your sins and rose again on the third day (1 Cor. 15:3-4), and you have asked Him to save you from your sins (Matt. 7:7-8).