What do you have to actually believe about Jesus (Christ) to have true faith
By: The John Ankerberg Show
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|Saved for Sure, Overcoming Doubt: How do you overcome those doubts, to be brought to the point where you say, “Yes, I know it’s okay. I’m going to Heaven.” For Doubters Only: There are still some people who have a tough time in having confidence in their salvation. What do those folks need to do? Dr. Erwin Lutzer’s personal testimony.
Copyright: 2003, Number of Programs: 4, Cat. No. YBS2
Keywords: True faith, Casual faith, Trust
- Ankerberg: Let’s stop right there, because that’s just a little more sophisticated form of the same argument and that is, they would say, “This is what grace is. Christ comes in, gives me the power to do works, and I contribute to what He did with His power.”
- Lutzer: Exactly. That’s what the man who went into the temple to pray thought [Luke 18:11-12, paraphrase]: “I thank thee, God, that I am not like other men. God, I am better; You are the one who gives me the grace to do good works, so really it is of grace.” But his understanding of grace was too shallow and Jesus said he was not justified. Grace does not come through manmade ritual so that you can hold the salvation of someone else in your hands. Grace comes immediately through the human heart, to the human heart, through the preaching of the Word, through the work of the Holy Spirit of God and we need to keep that in front of people. Because even salvation that comes through rituals, if you talk to those people, they can have no assurance.
- Ankerberg: Right. Titus 3:5 says, “It is not by works of righteousness which we have done,” either with the strength of the Lord or without it, the fact is, there’s nothing that we do that contributes.