Why People Doubt Their Salvation

Reason #1:  We cannot remember the exact time and place of our salvation.

This usually happens when we hear a teacher or a preacher say, “If you cannot remember the exact time and place of your salvation, you are not saved.” This produces fear in the heart.

If you were very young when you were saved, you may not remember the exact moment of your salvation. There are many things we have forgotten about our childhood.  If you have experienced a significant trauma in your life after your salvation and have some genuine memory loss, you may not remember the moment of your salvation.

There are three important points to affirm here.  Number 1: We are saved because of what God did in us.  What someone says about us cannot change that fact.  Number 2:  We are saved at a point in time. There is a specific time of our salvation. We do not evolve into salvation.  Number 3:  As important as memory is, our forgetting does change the fact of our salvation by God.

Our salvation is secure in Christ. As we mature we are growing in our understanding and appreciation of salvation. Prior to our salvation, we realized we were lost and Jesus died on the cross. We didn’t understand all the ramifications of our lostness – but we knew that much. Then we were saved.

As we grow in the Lord, we come to realize that He did save us.  We also learn He is saving us and He will keep saving us. The fact is salvation is not static it is dynamic.  Remember this verse in Phil 1:6:  “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” and this verse in Phil 2:13:  “For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.”