A death row inmate snarled through the cell bars to the Christian witnessing to him: “Man, my mother went to church! I was even baptized. I know about Jesus, but I need to be saved? Saved from what?!” Don’t we wonder what we need to be saved from?
You’d be surprised how some respond to the assertion that we need to be saved from God. It usually goes something like this: “No way!” “God is all about love!” Oh really?
Remember how Adam and Eve committed just one sin? Did he lovingly forgive them? No. He dealt out hard labor, and thorns and thistles. He made the animals to turn wild and ferocious. Yet the worst punishment of all was something that’s been passed to us- physical death. Lucky for them and us God did provide a way back into His good graces.
Yet some who call themselves Christians think they have a license to sin. They ignore the requirement that we seek daily to live holy lives, that we seek sanctification. They’re convinced God will wink or nod at their unrepentant state, or just agree to disagree about it when they meet Him. Nothing could be further from the truth!
When the play pretend/make believe Christian dies God pours out His wrath on him just like he does on the atheist and the pagan! The Bible even hints at the dialogue of the encounter with God. It could go something like this: “I sacrificed my son for your eternal salvation and you didn’t let it transform you? Get down on your knees and confess what you wouldn’t in the life I gave you, that I am Lord and Savior over all! Now depart from me for I know you not!”
Sound a little foreign to the “Jesus meek and mild” you’re used to? Sorry, its God’s response to those who ignore, reject or play pretend/make believe they follow Him. He has to be that way since He’s holy and righteous.
Like a condemned convict we all live on a death row. The difference is we in the free world don’t have a set execution day, time, manner or even place. The condemned convict does. The bars he’s behind not only keep him in but protect him from being killed or injured from without. In fact, if a death row inmate tries to injure himself, or gets sick he’s not left to die. Oh, no, he’s treated. His life is sustained so he can eventually be executed by the law. So he knows the exact day he’s going to die giving him full awareness that he needs to be right with God before he does. Not you or I. It’s important that we’re prepared to die today because we might. So get right with Him now, today.
Secondly, your parents faith, or the faith of a sibling, an uncle, aunt, or grandparent doesn’t guarantee your eternal salvation. That depends on your personal commitment or lack thereof in Him. It’s important that we not only believe in Him but that we worship Him and turn our lives around from the sins He clearly describes in His inspired word.