Reason #20: Salvation has not happened.
Some people doubt their salvation because salvation has not happened. Maybe they prayed a prayer, joined a church, were baptized, or did another spiritual activity. However, salvation has not actually happened. If you have never been saved or you would like to review the message of the gospel, please click here.
If you have questions or concerns about your salvation, please email me at the following address: Tom@TomSavage.us. I will get back to you ASAP.
In 1 John 5:10 we find, “He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son.”
Reason #19: They are trying to read a Bible they cannot read.
I grew up reading the King James Version. Many of the verses I quote I quote from the King James Version. For the first ten years of pastoral ministry, I gladly preached from the King James Version. I think the beauty and flow of the King James Bible is beyond compare. Why mentioned all that here? How could reading the King James Bible or an older translation be a problem with assurance? To be free we need truth and we need to know truth. To know truth we need to understand truth.
The truth is, we do not talk in King James English. People may pray in King James English, but it is not their heart language. The English language has changed a lot since 1611. We do not talk like that or use words in the same way they used them in 1611. Let me know if you need some actual examples.
If I have offended you in this reason, allow me to add this. I would be willing to guess that many people who carry a King James Bible are not reading from the original translation. Rather, they are reading from a modernized version. I have a copy of the original 1611. Your church might have a copy somewhere. It may even be under lock and key. The truth of the matter is, hardly anyone actually reads from a 1611 version and many people would find it very difficult to read from the original 1611 KJV Bible. Rather, they are reading from a more current English translation. Here is a copy of John 3:16 and a few surrounding verses in 1611 KJV.
My point here is, read and study from a translation (not a paraphrase) of the Bible you can read, follow, and understand. I read and study from several translations; primarily the NKJV. I have found it maintains the flow of the KJV. It replaces some of the words we no longer use with ones we do use. In addition, it does not make changes just for the sake of change. Some Bibles I have read leave me wondering if they changed some words just because they wanted it to be different from the KJV, not because it made the translation better to read.
Probably the most literal English translation is the NASB. When I was in seminary for my first seminary degree, the professors held it in high regard for its accuracy in translating from the original languages to the English language. All I am saying here is, read and study from a translation you can read. If you need or want some further help in this area, let me know.
Reason #18: They are operating on feelings.
Romans 8:1 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” People who doubt their salvation are operating on feelings and their feelings determine their decision-making. We could call this – “Feeling oriented acceptance.” If they feel saved they are. If they do not feel saved, they are not. They might say things like “If I felt more assured, I would be more assured. People who do not doubt their salvation are operating based on facts in Scripture rather than feelings.
Three Men Walking on a Wall
Imagine with me, three men walking on a wall. Their names are Fact, Faith, and Feelings. Fact walks straight ahead. He never looks to the right or the left. He just keeps on walking. Faith follows right behind him. Where Fact walks, Faith walks. Faith has no problems as long as he keeps his eyes on Fact. However, as soon as Faith looks around to check on Feelings, Faith and Feelings fall off the wall and Fact just keeps on walking.
Feelings are fine. They help us cheer for our favorite team. They cause chills to run up and down our spine when we sing the national anthem. They cause us to weep when a family member or friend is hurting. However, feelings are fickle. When we depend on feelings we are unwise. Appreciate feelings, but trust is the facts of God’s Word.
Jude 1:1 “Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, To those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ.”
Reason #17: They have an unhealthy fear of the future.
2 Timothy 1:12 says, “For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 tells us, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. In addition, He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.”
People who doubt their salvation wonder and are fearful that God may not keep them. For many people, the whole concept of eternity is deeply troubling. People who do not doubt their salvation have absolute confidence and faith in the power of God to keep them saved. For more assurance read this.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” (1Pet 1:3-5)
Reason #16: They have an issue with God’s perspective.
Ephesians 1:6 tells us we have been “accepted in the Beloved”; in Christ. In Colossians 1:22, we find that God’s work in us has a goal “to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight.” People who doubt their salvation have insecurities stemming from an incorrect view of how God sees them. They see Him as a taskmaster ready to beat them when they make a mistake rather than a redemptive heavenly Father.
People who do not doubt their salvation have a biblical view of God. That the Father sees us as children and fellow-believers in Christ and we are secure and gaining assurance in that perspective.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” (1 Pet 1:3-5)
Reason #15: They were raised or live in a legalistic environment.
Gal 5:1 says, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” Many people lived or live in a very legalistic environment. Another way to say this is, there were many dos and don’ts to test ones spirituality. They live in a performance-based environment and have themselves trying to live in that kind of a relationship with God. They believe they must perform to maintain God’s approval and His salvation.
People who do not doubt their salvation have a biblical perspective about liberty; the freedom produced by Jesus and that which He is perfecting in us. As Jesus said in John 8:34-36, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”