I heard someone say on the radio today that the way to be saved is repent and receive Jesus’ free gift of salvation.
That is true, however it leaves out a BIG part of the gospel. Sadly, a lot of people are living their lives under a false sense of security. They are thinking they’re saved when they aren’t.
“I believe Jesus is the Son of God and that He rose from the dead. I believe He is the only way to heaven.”
That’s awesome, so does Satan and the demons. In fact, they know the whole story real well and are even more sure of those facts than you are.
What else you got?
“Well I said the sinners prayer at an altar call.”
Okay, you repeated some words that a pastor was saying as he lead you in this prayer.
What else ya got?
The real question here is this. Is Jesus Christ your Lord? Do you deny yourself, your plans, your hopes, your dreams, your desires and put Him as King above everything in your life? Is He Lord, King and God over your life and over everything you do? Does the Spirit convict you of your sins bringing you to repentance when you mess up? Is there spiritual fruit in your life that shows evidence of your faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord.
Or have you gone on living as you always have with no conviction, no battle between your flesh and spirit, no regard for what God wants for you or from you, no interest or pull toward the things of God, no change in behavior as the Spirit works in and through your life to make you more like Christ…..a CHRISTian?
So many people want Him as their savior but haven’t surrendered to Him as Lord. They are walking around under a false sense of eternal security because of what they KNOW theologically and a prayer they said once at an event instead of true humble faith and surrender to the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Bible is clear that we are saved by faith in Jesus Christ. It is also clear that if that faith doesn’t result in a surrendered life to Jesus Christ as Lord and King and spiritual growth (by that I mean biblical spiritual growth), then your faith is dead and useless. All you have is theological knowledge.
Matthew 7:21-23 NKJV
 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.  Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’  And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
James 2:19-20 NKJV
 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe-and tremble!  But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?
Matthew 16:24-26 NKJV
 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.  For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.  For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
John 3:3 NKJV
 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Galatians 5:16-18 NKJV
 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.  For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
Romans 12:1-2 NKJV
 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.