- I am
not a sinner.
- Are you saying you are perfect?
If you are, then you're the first perfect person I've ever met.
- Are you saying you've never broken
the Law of God? Have you ever lied, cheated, or stolen? If you
have, then you are a sinner whether you think so or not. The laws
of God have punishments (a law without a punishment is only a
slogan). As a sinner, you are separated from God (Isaiah 59:2).
However, God loves you enough not to want you to be separated
from Him. He sent Jesus (1 John 4:10) to pay for sins on the cross.
So, the only way to have your sins forgiven is to put your trust
in Jesus and the sacrifice He made.
- The Bible says that everyone has
sinned (Romans 5:12). That means you, too.
- Sin is doing what is wrong as
well as not doing what is right. It is breaking the Law of God
(1 John 3:4). In other words, it is doing what is against God's
will. If He says do not lie and you lie, then you have sinned.
If He says do not steal and you steal then you have sinned. And,
according to God, sin separates you from Him (Isaiah 59:2).
- Sin is an offense to God's character.
Because God cannot lie, it is wrong for you to lie. Because God
cannot steal, it is wrong for you to steal. Right and wrong, then,
is a manifestation of the character of God. God is holy; He cannot
sin. Sin offends Him personally because it is His laws of right
and wrong you are breaking. If you have offended Him then you
must find a way to "unoffend" Him. The problem is that
you can't, but He can and has, by offering His Son, Jesus Christ,
on the cross as a sacrifice for sin.
- I am
too big a sinner.
- Nobody is too big a sinner. The
love of God and the sacrifice of Jesus is capable of cleansing
the worst of all sin. Even Hitler could have been saved if he
would have turned to Christ. You have sinned the same as anyone
else. It is just that your sins are yours. They aren't too big
for God to wipe away. Sin has no power over God, only over you.
- Let me ask you something. Do you
think murder and adultery are serious sins? Yes? Well, David,
a man in the Bible who was called by God a man after His own heart
(Acts 13:22), was a murderer and an adulterer. He even tried to
hide his sin from everyone. But God knew his sins and exposed
them. David repented and threw himself on the mercy of the Lord.
God forgave him and loved him. God loves you and He will forgive
you if you put your trust in Jesus and ask Him to forgive you
of your sins (Romans 10:9-10).
- Salvation is the forgiveness of
sins. It is only accomplished through faith in Jesus as Savior.
He died on the cross for sins. If you want salvation, you need
to trust in what Jesus did on the cross. Only then can you have
eternal life and be with God.
- Salvation is saving a person from
damnation. Damnation is judgment upon the sinner. This judgment
consists of God condemning the sinner to eternal punishment in
hell. This is the destination of all who reject God's provision
for the forgiveness of sins. If you want salvation, then you need
to recognize that you are a sinner and ask Jesus to forgive you.
do I do to get saved?
- Salvation is a free gift of God
(Romans 6:23). Jesus bore sin in His body (1 Peter 2:24) and paid
the penalty for breaking the Law of God, which is spiritual death
(eternal separation from God). If you want salvation, you need
to admit that you are a sinner and that you want Jesus to forgive
you of your sins. You must acknowledge that there is nothing you
can do to earn forgiveness. Pray and ask Him to forgive you. You
need to trust in Jesus. Seek Him; He will save you.
- Repentance is part of salvation.
Once saved, you should stop doing those things that are displeasing
to God. He will live in you and give you the ability and desire
to resist sin (1 Corinthians 10:13). When you are saved, expect
to change--for the better.
- Is baptism
necessary for salvation?
- See also an article that deals
with this issue: Is Baptism Necessary for Salvation?
- No. Faith in Jesus is sufficient
for salvation. You don't have to do anything. Christ has done
it all. However, baptism is very important and all believers should
be baptized. If you refuse baptism after salvation, I would doubt
- There are Christian denominations
that believe baptism is necessary for salvation. The arguments
used, on the surface, seem to be powerful, but upon examination,
baptism is found to occur after conversion and is not in anyway
a cause or part of it. Take, for example, Acts 10:44-47. While
Peter was witnessing, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who
were listening to the message ... and they were hearing them speaking
in tongues and exalting God. Then Peter answered, "Surely no one
can refuse the water for these to be baptized who have received
the Holy Spirit just as we did, can he?"
- This passage shows that baptism
happens after salvation. How do we know they were saved? They
were speaking in tongues -- which is a gift from God (1 Corinthians
14) to believers and they were exalting God. Non-believers do
not exalt God. Also, Peter said they had received the Holy Spirit.
That is only for Christians and it happened before baptism.
- Another set of verses applicable
to this issue is 1 Corinthians 1:17. Paul says, "For Christ
did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel ..."
The gospel is what saves and it is explained in 1 Corinthians
15:1-4. Baptism is not part of the gospel; it is something that
the believer does after salvation.
- Baptism is only a symbol of that
which saves and symbols don't save.
- I am
already good enough.
- How good do you have to be to
get to heaven? God is holy and requires holiness. Holiness is
purity. Even though you may think you are good enough, even one
sin disqualifies you from being in the presence of God. You could
never be good enough. That is why you need Jesus.
- The Bible says that there is none
good enough. "There is none who does good, there is not even one"
(Romans 3:12). Goodness is measured by God's standard not yours.
- To say that you are good enough
means that Christ did not have to die. But He did die to save
sinners. The Bible says if righteousness can come by good deeds
then Christ didn't need to die (Galatians 3:21), but He did, so
being good isn't enough.