Category Archives: Salvation – The Gospel

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What is an ex-Christian?

Romans 8:16  The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,

According to this verse, true Christians not only believe in God, but know Him.  Not all who claim to know God actually do.

 James 2:19 “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.”

Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’”

If false prophets are rejected by Jesus, how much more will those who outright deny Him.

Matthew 10:13  “but whoever denies me [Jesus] before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.”

People who abandon their faith prove they never knew and loved Jesus.  According to the evangelical pastors I’ve polled, about 40% of evangelical church members are only Christians in profession, but not in possession.

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Suicide is Never the Answer

At the writing of this post, there is much talk about the need to affirm transgendered people to avoid them committing suicide.

Non-affirmation ? Suicide

Suicide simply does not follow from non-affirmation. If if did, everyone would kill themselves. Everyone has to deal with rejection. Live your life. Don’t end it over someone elses views about you.

But it hurts so bad

Everyone deals with people not affirming them. Why don’t they all commit suicide? Because it makes no sense to most people. They are not living their lives based on other people’s approval. Neither should you. Please seek out help to get a proper perspective.

But it’s hateful

Some people are hateful. It’s part of life. It does not warrant letting them get the better of you and committing the ultimate act of hate against yourself. But not all non-affirming views come about by hate. Keep in mind that you don’t affirm all people. Does that mean you hate them? Maybe it does but this is not how all people think. In fact, most people can disagree with others without hating them.

But being LGBT is different

This is true. Most people’s communities are not stressing their differences from others in society are the most important thing about them. You are a human being above your sexuality with value and worth. No one can take this away from you but you can throw it away yourself by committing suicide.

But things will never get better

You’ll have to live your life to know if this is true. What you should know is this is a statement of a depressed person. Depression makes it seem much worse that they are. People do not make good choices in a depressed state – they make bad ones. From a depressed state things can always get better.

If you identify as Christian

Being a Christian means Jesus is not just your Savior but your Lord. He has given you your life as a precious gift. As Lord, He has a plan as to when your earthly life will end. Taking your own life says something about who is really Lord of your life. Jesus could has saved Himself from death but instead He stated, “Not my will but Yours by done.” This is the attitude of a true follower of Christ.

Suicide is not the ultimate answer but the ultimate mistake. I implore you, whether you feel bullied, hated, rejected, depressed, worthless, broke, unemployed, you name it – do not end your life. You were created with a purpose – the purpose to life and love forever. Jesus paid your penalty on the cross for the forgiveness of your sins. Repent and trust in Him for eternal life. Eternal life with God, not death separated from Him, is infinitely more important than anything else in this world.

Why do Christians insist Jesus is the only way?

What other religions do this?

Answer

  1. Most religions say their faith is the only way as well.
  2. Most other religions say salvation can be earned by good works.
  3. Christians believe we’re guilty of breaking God’s law and no amount of good works can pay God off.  That’s why Jesus paid our penalty (death) by his crucifixion and conquered death by his resurrection.

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