Try this test: Read the verses below from the Bible and then think back and try to remember the last time you heard a sermon taken from this text. Probably you never have. That is because these verses are among a good number which contradict the beliefs of most modern preachers and churches. Because of this most preachers have never preached on these verses. Probably they have never dealt with them except to try to explain them away, assuring their hearers that they do not mean what they say. Think of it! Modern professing Christians who refuse to believe all that the Bible teaches while claiming to believe that the Bible is God’s Word. So, take the test. Read these verses and decide if you and your preacher and your church really do believe all that the Bible says. Perhaps you will decide that some changes need to be made – not in the Bible – but in your thinking and understanding. Here are some of the “Forbidden Scriptures” about salvation that only a few people believe.
“As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid. For hesaith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.”
These words are quoted from Paul’s Letter to the Romans chapter 9, verses 13 through 18. Those who believe that salvation is offered to all men universally and that whether or not a person is saved is entirely up to him or her find their theory devastated by these verses. God saves whom He will when He wills to do so. Your eternal destiny is not a matter of your making a decision or exercising your will. Your destiny is completely in the hands of God! Will you believe God’s Word or will you follow the theories and ideas of men?
Will you humble yourself before the Sovereign God or do you dare to think that your deeds (believing, praying, going forward in a religious meeting, being immersed, speaking in tongues, etc.) will cause God to save you? Do you really believe that you can initiate you own salvation – that you can do something (works) that will result in your salvation?
Think about it: You cannot break your own heart over your sin and yet it is this broken heartedness (called in the Bible “godly sorrow”) that works repentance. The Bible says exactly that in 2Corinthians 7:10. There we read:“For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.”Have you repented to salvation? Let no one (including yourself) give you a false assurance of salvation. Without the kind of repentance brought about by godly sorrow you have not experienced “repentance to salvation”regardless of your religious experiences. Jesus said, “…except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” May God be pleased to grant you repentance!