Video from Dan Beesley
Can you be a Christian and go to Hell after your death?
Look at your life and reflect. What is your fruit?
Going to church or being in Christian ministry doesn’t guarantee salvation, being pro-Jesus doesn’t mean you’re a Christian, even conviction of sin and attempts at obedience do not ensure you are saved. So what does?
The Bible says no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Person of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus said, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst” (John 6:35). So believing is a coming to him to have your thirst, your pain, your anguish satisfied.
“Not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” (Matthew 7:21–23)
“The god of this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:4). So, what we see when he opens our eyes is that Christ is glorious. Christ “is the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15). Christ is the greatest person that ever was, the greatest Savior, the greatest Lord, the greatest Teacher, the greatest Counselor, the greatest Friend. That is what our faith receives from Christ in believing.
The Bible is clear that Good works won’t save you. Only Jesus saves. By grace are you saved through faith. Salvation is a gift of God, not an achievement of our own works. The plan of salvation that Jesus gave to Nicodemus was the same plan of salvation he gave the rich young ruler. He told Nicodemus that whosoever believes in him will have everlasting life. He told the rich young ruler, “Follow me.” Believing in Jesus and following Jesus are the same thing.
Take some time to examine your life and your soul, and ask yourself, Do I genuinely believe in Jesus? Am I following him? Have I made him the Lord of my life? If the honest, searching answer to those questions is yes, then take a moment to thank Jesus for dying on the cross for your sake. Thank him for the gift of eternal life. Give praise to God the Father for his forgiving grace. Give thanks to the Holy Spirit for sealing your salvation for all eternity.
What we are supposed to do is submit to His lordship. Another word for our response to Jesus’ lordship is “submission.” To submit is to yield to the will and control of another, and, with reference to Christians, it is yielding to the will and control of Jesus Christ. This means that when Scripture commands believers to love one another (John 15:17), that is what is to be done. It means that when Scripture says we are not to commit adultery or steal (Exodus 20:14-15), these things are not to be done.
Submission and obedience to the commands of God, is related to Christian growth and maturity, and is not related to becoming a Christian.
A person becomes a Christian by faith alone in Christ apart from works (Ephesians 2:8-9). This is because even believers are prone to sinful conduct and thoughts apart from the work and power of the Holy Spirit. To be obedient, we must rely on the power provided by the indwelling Holy Spirit (John 14:16-17)
It is also important to note that even when we fail to obey, God has made a provision so that we can remain in fellowship with Him. First John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Even this is part of submission and obedience—to confess our sins to God so that we can remain in fellowship with Him. It is important to note that when tough decisions arise, the first thing we should do is pray, asking the Lord to help us to make the right decision and/or be obedient to what we already know is right from the Word.
So these folks say, “I believe Jesus is Lord.” That is what they are calling him — “Lord.” But they are not saved. Why aren’t they saved? And the answer Jesus gives is, they are hypocrites. They were workers of lawlessness. They called him “Lord,” but they were workers of lawlessness. They were like the Pharisees. It is amazing to me that in Luke 16:14 Jesus says, “the Pharisees, who were lovers of money.” I mean, they claimed to believe the whole Old Testament. God is more valuable than anything. We should love him with all our heart and soul and mind and strength. And Jesus just slips in: They were hypocrites because they were really lovers of money.
If you find yourself thinking and behaving hypocritically then repent, change your behavior, and pray daily.
The way the human mind works, when the heart prefers one thing over another thing, the mind will eventually join the heart in finding ways to justify the heart’s sinful behavior.
Sincere and authentic belief in what the Bible says about God, Christ, and the way of salvation, will lead to salvation. What the Bible says is, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13). If you believe that, you do it, then you will find it to be true. If you call upon the name of the Lord, you will be saved. Amen