The Three Steps Toward
Becoming a Christian
SEARCH THE BIBLE from cover to cover and you'll find this[i.e.
inarguable fact: There are no Christians, BUT saved Christians.
You won't find anyone who has "always been a Christian." Every
Christian in the Bible had to FIRST GET SAVED in order to
become a Christian. And the one Bible passage that sums up what they
had to do to get saved is this:
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus
REPENT], and shalt believe in thine heart [i.e. TRUST] 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." Romans 10:9,13
Getting saved isn't complicated. Christ died on the cross and arose
again from the grave to pay the price for our sins. What Christ did is
commonly known as the Gospel, a word meaning, "GOOD NEWS"--our
sins have ALREADY been paid for! It's up to us to accept what Christ
has done; admit that we are a lost, helpless, hell-deserving sinner, and
in repentance and faith call upon Christ to save us: "For whosoever
shall CALL upon the name of the Lord SHALL BE SAVED..."
Calling upon Christ simply means crying out, a heart-felt, "SAVE ME!"
However, the Bible describes two things that have to occur BEFORE a
person is ready to call upon the name of the Lord: "...How then shall
they call on him in whom they have not BELIEVED? and how shall they
believe in him of whom they have not HEARD? and how shall they hear
without a preacher?" (Rom. 10:13-14). Therefore, before people can
earnestly call upon Christ, they must first hear the Gospel, and believe
what it says. Makes sense, doesn't it?
However, there is a serious implication
to everything you've just read.
You see, many people who assume they are Christians, can't testify to
ever being saved. They've never HEARD the Gospel, BELIEVED it, and
CALLED upon Christ. They cannot describe a period in their lives when
these three events occurred in the same order the Bible describes. They
can't say they've taken these three steps PRIOR to becoming a
Friend, if you consider yourself a Christian, please take the next few
moments to do a little self-examination. As we look at this subject, ask
yourself: "Am I saved?" "Can I point to a time when I first HEARD what
I had to do to get saved?" "Did I BELIEVE what I was hearing?" "Can
I describe where I was when I CALLED upon Christ to save me? . . ."
". . . Have I ever taken these three steps
toward becoming a Christian?"
"whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord..."
When a person realizes he is lost, repents of his sin, and is ready to trust Christ
as his ONLY Saviour, HE MUST CALL UPON CHRIST, asking Him to save him.
Don't assume that God will somehow "automatically" save everyone. God
won't save anyone who doesn't ask to be saved. He gave all of us a free will.
We have a choice: we can choose to continue rebelling against God, or we can
choose to repent and ask for forgiveness.
Yet, many "Christians" can't point to a specific time in their lives when they
chose to repent and ask Jesus Christ to save them. Some claim the choice was
made for them when they were baptized as a baby. Yet, nowhere in the Bible
is infant baptism taught--and much less as a means of salvation. After all, how
can an infant willingly choose to call upon Christ?
Friend, take a moment to examine yourself. Can you point to a time in your life
when you consciously, and willfully, CALLED upon Christ to save you? If you
can't, you're not saved from God's judgment. (And you can't be a Christian if
God's judgment is still looming over you: Rom. 5:1-9; 1 Thess. 1:10; 5:19). Don't
expect salvation to "just happen." If you don't ask God to save you, YOU
WON'T GET SAVED, and you'll never go to Heaven.
"...How then shall they call on him in whom
they have not believed? ..."
Before a person can call upon Christ to save him, he must believe that Christ
can save him. Jesus Christ said: "I am the resurrection, and THE LIFE: he that
BELIEVETH IN ME, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever
liveth and BELIEVETH IN ME SHALL NEVER DIE. BELIEVEST THOU THIS?"
There are many claiming to be Christians who don't believe that salvation is
ONLY through Jesus Christ. Instead, they are trusting in their own good
works, and self-righteousness, and adding Christ somewhere in the mix.
But Jesus specifically warned, "I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in
your sins: for IF YE BELIEVE NOT THAT I AM [THE ONLY SAVIOUR], YE
SHALL DIE IN YOUR SINS." John 8:24
The Bible clearly warns that performing good deeds, keeping the Ten
Commandments, getting baptized, or being a faithful member of a church
won't save anyone! We are saved, "NOT BY WORKS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
WHICH WE HAVE DONE, but according to his mercy HE [Jesus Christ] SAVED
US" (Titus 3:5).
We shouldn't trust in the "good things" we are doing, but in what Christ has
already done. He has ALREADY PAID the price for our sins by providing the
only acceptable payment--DEATH AND SHED BLOOD. "But God commendeth
his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, CHRIST DIED FOR US.
Much more then, being now JUSTIFIED BY HIS BLOOD, WE SHALL BE SAVED
FROM WRATH THROUGH HIM." Rom. 5:8-9
"Neither is there salvation in any other: for THERE IS NONE OTHER NAME
under heaven given among men, WHEREBY WE MUST BE SAVED" (Acts
4:12). Every true Christian believes that Christ is the ONLY WAY to
salvation--that's how they got saved in the first place! "Jesus saith unto him,
I AM THE WAY, the truth, and the life: NO MAN COMETH UNTO THE
FATHER, BUT BY ME" (John 14:6). Friend, can you point to a time and place
when you stopped trusting in your good works and started trusting Christ as
your ONLY means of salvation? If not, then according to God's Word, you're
not a Christian. You're still lost, and Jesus said, "ye shall die in your
sins." John 8:24
"...And how shall they believe in Him of
whom they have not heard?"
Before anyone can call upon Christ to save them, they must believe He can
save them, and before they can believe, they must first HEAR what God has
to say. "So then FAITH COMETH BY HEARING, and hearing by the word of
God" (Rom. 10:17). ONE STEP MUST PRECEDE THE OTHER!
There is no such thing as having "always been a Christian." If you can't
describe when and where you first HEARD and understood the Gospel,
BELIEVED it, and then CALLED upon Christ to save you, then you've never
been saved. You're still lost. You're not right with God. And Jesus warned that
on Judgment Day: "The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall
gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and THEM WHICH DO
INIQUITY [sin]; And shall CAST THEM INTO A FURNACE OF FIRE: there shall
be wailing and gnashing of teeth." Matthew 13:41-42
Friend, maybe this is the very first time you've heard that you are a lost,
helpless, hell-bound sinner, in need of a Saviour. Maybe you've heard it before
but didn't believe it. Or maybe you did believe it, but IN YOUR HEAD, not in
your heart, where it would have caused you to call upon Christ to save you.
In any case, please realize that all three steps are AN ESSENTIAL PART OF
GETTING SAVED AND BECOMING A CHRISTIAN.
To learn more about how to truly become a Christian,
read the back of this pamphlet, or write to us.
We'll gladly send you more material.
IF you were to die today, are you 100% SURE
you would go to Heaven? The Bible says
YOU CAN BE SURE (1 John 5:13).
BUT FIRST, you must realize that what keeps you
from going to Heaven are your sins, because:
"...your iniquities [sins] have separated
between you and your God," Isaiah 59:2.
In fact, in God's eyes YOU ARE A SINNER: "For
all have sinned, and come short
of the glory of God;" Romans 3:23.
SECONDLY, you must realize that there is
NOTHING you can do to save yourself and earn
Heaven: "For by grace are ye saved through
faith; and that not of yourselves: it is
the gift of God: Not of works, lest any
man should boast." Eph. 2:8-9 Baptism, good
deeds, church membership, self-righteousness are
all examples of good works that cannot save you,
because: "Not by works of
righteousness which we have done, but
according to his mercy he [Christ] saved
us," Titus 3:5.
THE ONLY WAY you can get saved is through
Jesus Christ. He said: "I am the way, the
truth, and the life: no man cometh unto
the Father, but by me." (John 14:6) THAT'S
WHY: "...while we were yet sinners, Christ
died for us." (Rom. 5:8-9)
THEREFORE: You must REPENT (change your
mind); admit that you are a Hell deserving sinner
and can't save yourself. And call upon Christ, and
Him alone, to save you. "if thou shalt confess
with thy mouth the Lord Jesus [REPENT], and
shalt believe in thine heart [TRUST] that God
hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be
saved." Romans 10:9
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