Living in the Land of Uncertainty (Part 2)

cross-of-doubt.jpgYou might recall that we are in a series titled “Living in the Land of Uncertainty” — and we are dealing with the issue of Christians doubting their salvation. Last week, we discussed the “Consequences of Doubt.” This week, we will deal with “The Cause of Doubt”  

Daniel Whyte III

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But, first, allow me to read our Bible passage for this series from I John 5:9-13: 
If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. 
The Cause of Doubt 
Why do people doubt their salvation? What is the cause of doubt. 
I. Some doubt because they don’t remember when they were saved. 
There was a song that some people used to sing some time ago: They would sing, “It was on a Monday Somebody touched me–” and everybody saved on a Monday would stand. Then they would sing, “It was on a Tuesday Somebody touched me–” and everybody saved on a Tuesday would stand. They would go on like this until they mentioned every day of the week. And you would stand up on the day of the week when you were saved.  
Well, some people don’t remember the day that they were saved. And, if you are not careful about this, the Devil will get on your shoulder and say, “You are not saved because you do not remember when it happened.”  
Even some Christians might tell you, “If you can’t remember the day you were saved, then you are not saved.” Well, let me turn it around. If you can’t remember the day you were born, then are you born. 
“But,” you say, “I know I was born. I have a birth certificate.” So have I. I have a spiritual birth certificate, too, which says that I am saved — whether I remember the day it happened or not. 
Suppose I go to the bank to cash a check, and I tell the bank teller, “Listen, I need one hundred dollars for something. I want to write a check.” 
“Well, Mr. Whyte, do you remember the day and hour you made your deposit?” asks the teller. 
“No, I don’t remember the exact day.” 
“I’m sorry. You don’t have any money in this bank.” 
“What do you mean?” 
“Well, you can’t remember when you made your deposit, so you don’t have any money here.” Listen, I have money in the bank whether I can remember when I made the deposit or not.  
My friend, our ability to remember our salvation is not the basis of our assurance.  
What about the poor Christians who become so forgetful in their latter years they can hardly remember their names? Are you telling me they are not saved?  
What about the fellow who goes to the hospital, is put under an anesthetic, and doesn’t know what he is saying? He forgets everything. You mean, while he has forgotten everything and is sick and doesn’t know anything, he is not saved? No, he is just as saved as he ever was. His ability to remember has nothing to do with whether or not he is saved. 
A lot of people are very forgetful. They are like the fellow who went in to see the doctor. “Doctor, there is something wrong with me. I can’t remember anything.” 
The doctor said, “Sit down here and tell me all about it.” 
The man replied, “Tell you about what?” 
Some doubt because they cannot remember when they were saved. 
“He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life.”
II. Secondly, other people doubt because they didn’t have the same experience someone else had. 
Sometimes in the old country churches, when folks got saved, they shouted. I have seen folks, after praying and trusting Christ, hug people and shout, “Glory to God! Hallelujah!” Some of you may sit in church and think, “I must not be saved. I didn’t do anything like that. That woman ran up and down the church aisle shouting. I didn’t do that when I got saved. I must not be saved.” 
I did not have the same experience as others when I got saved. But I found that all people in the Bible didn’t have the same experiences either. When Matthew was saved, he was sitting at the receipt of customs collecting taxes for the Roman government. Jesus came by and said, “Follow me.” He got up and followed Him–saved. No big experience, no shouting, no hugging of necks, no handshaking, no right hand of fellowship, and no voting into the church. 
Paul is riding a donkey. A light shines out of Heaven, and a voice speaks out of Heaven, “Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?” Then God knocks Paul off the donkey to the ground, and he goes blind. A man has to come to lead him around to the street called Straight. Then a man comes in and prays with him, The scales fall off his eyes and he can see. 
So Paul says, “If you weren’t riding a donkey when you got saved and if a light didn’t shine from Heaven, if you didn’t hear a great voice saying, ‘Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?’, if you didn’t get knocked to the ground and blinded for three days, you are not saved.”  
Do you know some preachers do that? They want everybody to have their same experience. If you didn’t have their experience, you are not saved. That kind of teaching is not in the Bible. 
The Bible says in John 3:36, “He that believeth on the Son hath eternal life.” It does not say, “He that believeth on the Son and has a certain experience hath eternal life.” It does not say, “He that believeth on the Son and has a certain feeling hath eternal life.” Nor does it say, “He that believeth on the Son and remembers the day and hour he did so hath eternal life.” What it does say, very simply and plainly, is, “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life.” Feeling or no feeling, experience or no experience, memory or no memory, one has everlasting life the moment he trusts Jesus Christ as Savior. 
We don’t all have to have the same experience. But if you put your faith in Jesus Christ, you are just as saved as the fellow who jumped up and down and shouted and ran up and down the church aisle.. 
Some doubt because they don’t remember when they were saved. Some doubt because they didn’t have the same experience somebody else had. 
“He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life.”
III. Thirdly, other people doubt because of their feelings. 
After I got saved, I must say, I did have a great feeling — a feeling that I had never had before. In fact, for a while I felt like I was walking on cloud nine. You have to understand that my conversion was an Apostle Paul like conversion. See, you have to understand that I did not like the church, I could not stand preachers or people in t
he church. I did not like many of the men in the church because of how effeminate they were and how the women controlled them and controlled the church. I partied hard. In fact, I was the first one at the club and the last one to leave.
But there are days when we don’t feel too good and the Devil will say, “You don’t feel like you did the night you got saved, do you?” 
“No, Devil, I don’t.” 
“Are you sure you are saved?” 
“Well, I don’t know. I thought I was. Now I don’t know,” some of us might say. 
“Where is all the joy you had?”  
“I don’t know.” 
“Are you sure you are saved?” 
“I don’t know.” 
My friend, we have to learn that we don’t base the assurance of salvation on our changing feelings. We base the assurance of salvation on the unchanging Word of God. There is an old poem, which is said to have been written by Martin Luther, that comes to mind here. It goes like this:  
Feelings come and feelings go,
      and feelings are deceiving.
My warrant is the Word of God,
      naught else is worth believing. 
Though all my heart should feel condemned
      for want of some sweet token,
There is one greater than my heart,
      whose word cannot be broken. 
I’ll trust in God’s unchanging word
      till soul and body sever,
For though all things shall pass away,
      His word shall stand forever. 
I do not know I am saved because I feel good. I know I am saved because God said so in His word. And I feel good because I know I am saved. 
One man told the story of how he got married. He went to the preacher’s house, and the preacher had forgotten that they were coming to get married. He asked the young man, “Can I help you?” 
The young man said, “I hope so. We came to get married.” 
“Oh, that’s right,” said the preacher. “You were coming to get married.”
 
The preacher said, “Do you take this woman, whom you hold by the right hand, to be your lawfully wedded wife?” When the preacher looked at the young man quizzically, the young man said, “I do.” 
The preacher asked the bride, “Do you take this man, whom you hold by the right hand to be your lawfully wedded husband?” The woman said, “I do.”  
Then, the preacher said, “I now pronounce you husband and wife in the presence of God and these assembled witnesses.” 
This young man and his new wife walked out of the preacher’s house, and the young man said to himself “I am married now!” 
They both got in the car and stopped by to see some friends. Do you know what they asked this young man? They said, “Well, how does it feel to be married?”  
The young man said, “I don’t know. I don’t have a particular feeling.”  
Now do you suppose that this man and his wife were not married because he did not have a feeling? Certainly not? He was just as married as when he said “I do” and he will be just as married thirty or forty years later. 
Listen, your feelings fluctuate. They are up and down. Forget your feelings and take what God said, and stand on it. Some doubt because of their feelings. Be my feelings what they will, Jesus is my Saviour still. 
 
“He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life.”
Ladies and gentlemen, are you certain of your salvation? Are you certain that if you were to die today that you would go to heaven? If not, here’s how you can be certain today: 
1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” 
2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…” 
3. Accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” 
4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.” 
5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” 
6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” 
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” 
If you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me the following simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen. 

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in twenty-three foreign countries. He is the author of fifteen books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts, The Prayer Motivator Devotional and the Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, and the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, and a Master’s degree in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for twenty-four years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com.


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