Why do I doubt my salvation?Mar 11, 2022
- To begin with, we do not want to overlook the possibility that there may be a persistent sin, an unrepentant sin, in a person's life. God does not tend to flood security into those who are in a part of his life that he knows is living like an unbeliever. That because of persistent sin, that in that part of your life, you're actually living as an unbeliever, so God doesn't tend to inundate you with the assurance that a person is a believer when he's in that situation. But, on the other hand, when it comes to sin, when someone converts, the Holy Spirit indwells them and the Holy Spirit brings his holy nature with him.
And so, the new believer has a new sensitivity to sin that he did not have before. They are aware of things in their lives that are contrary to the will of God, which are sins that they did not see as sins before or that they saw as minor problems but did not see as sins against God and therefore actually, in a sense , that is one of the signs of security that you have this new awareness that something is a sin and that bothers you and there is a sensitivity that you did not have before. So, that's actually a good thing, but a person, even though they have stopped many of the sins that were in their life before they became a Christian, now they have a higher sensitivity, so even little things bother them again. a way that it didn't before. .
So it may be that new awareness of sin, where they say, "You know, when I first came to Jesus, I felt so new and so clean." not a Christian at all." In fact, that can be a very good sign. Another reason is that people will compare themselves to other Christians and especially, again, if they are new to the faith and think, "I'm not a Christian at all." am I doing well?" and "How am I doing as a Christian? "I'm growing?" And they look at the others and say, "Wow, they're way beyond where I am." I'm not where this person is, "so maybe I'm not a Christian at all." A fourth reason may simply be related to the person's spiritual immaturity.
Again, if you're a new believer, you haven't grown much yet, or you may have been a Christian for a while, but your lack of maturity, your lack of growth, contributes to your
doubts because, well, you don't know the Bible, perhaps, as well as they should. They have not grown, in terms of knowledge of God, as they should and so this lack of biblical truth, a lack of knowledge of the things the Bible says will strengthen our security, immaturity in those areas can make us more susceptible to
doubts about his
salvation. And a fifth reason that I would mention may sound a bit strange, but I really believe that it is true.
It has been a problem in my own life, in the sense that those who are truly converted as children sometimes struggle with security more than those who are converted later in life. Now, I think that perhaps a bigger problem, a more frequent problem, is a person who made a profession of faith as a child and did not convert. But, I'm talking about someone who I think, like me, was converted, I think, at nine years of age. I grew up in the church. I mean, they took me to church on Sunday morning, Sunday night, Wednesday night, nine months before I was born, so I never knew anything other than growing up in a church and in a home where it was believed and the Bible was taught.
And if that's your experience and you come to Christ in that context, then you continue to live in that, you can become an older teenager, say, or maybe a young adult, and say, "I've only known one thing." I've known a Christian experience. "I wasn't saved until I was nine years old, but I mean, my whole life ethic "was brought up in a local church and around the Bible. "That's all I've ever known. "I only know one thing. "Is it real?" In other words, I don't have a stark contrast. He wasn't a hardened criminal before he was saved at nine years old.
What he becomes later in life, who has a real memory After years of darkness and then all of a sudden the light comes on and now your life has been completely transformed, you can look back and say, "Wow, I know. "Maybe I'm not all that I should be, but I'm certainly not all that I used to be." So you see a clear distinction and it was when I came to Christ, no question about it. But if you've been converted as a child, you've only known one thing, sometimes you wonder if it's real because I don't have a comparison there.
So without that, a person who is genuinely Christian can struggle with whether or not they converted as a child and those doubts can linger for a long time. Let us remember, of course, that children really can be saved. We do not know, there is no time line, the Bible does not give us that you have to be this age or that age or such an age that you cannot believe. Adulthood is not required to understand the gospel. The gospel is a simple message and a child can believe that and I am sure that at nine years old, that God saved me.
So, we want to affirm that. We want to affirm the fact that it is good that those first years have been spent alone. Christ alive. Sometimes I talk to people who say, "I wasted a lot of my life. I wish instead of converting as an adult, "although it was a dramatic change" and I don't doubt it, I look back and think, "Oh, that I had a Christian background in my childhood". So, that is something positive that we want to remember that those who were saved as children do not have years away from God. So, it is good that this person has professed faith in Christ and we want to affirm that children can be saved.
There is many who claim to be Christians as children and it turns out that they probably were not but still, we want to affirm that many who converted, did convert, in fact, when they were children And I believe that they were.The president of our seminary, Dr. Mohler It's the same way and many of my colleagues and many people I've pastored over the years were genuinely converted as children, I myself have baptized many children who I'm convinced really knew l Lord. However, what do you do, if you are in that situation and still struggling with the assurance of
salvationand whether or not you are saved, we will talk about how to deal with those doubts in the next episode. - Thanks for looking at Honest Answers.
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