The Basic Tenets of Christianity
God Saved Me, And How!
The Lost Doctrines of Repentance and Regeneration
The Dangers of “The Sinner’s Prayer”
Not Everyone Goes To Heaven
Text Version of The Basic Tenets of Christianity
- God is perfect.
- God created human beings.
- God gave human beings free will.
- Human beings chose to sin; to give into their sinful desires.
- God despises sin.
- The wages of sin is death. God cannot have sin in his presence. It is abhorrent to him. Therefore, the consequence of our sin is eternity in Hell. God is also a just God and, therefore, must punish sin.
- God created a way for our sins to be removed from us.
- God became a man in the form of His Son, Jesus Christ, to take the punishment for our sins by dying on a cross. Only the sacrifice of perfection can wipe away our imperfection. God showed that He accepted Jesus’ sacrifice by bringing Him back to life three days later.
- God wants us to humble ourselves, confess our sins, acknowledge our need for His forgiveness, and ask Him to save us through the payment that Jesus made for our sins. If we are sincerely humble and want God to save us and change us, He will. He will forgive us. He will grant us repentance (turn us away from our sinful desires). He will give us eternal life, starting from the moment He saves us and continuing for all eternity. After this life is over, we’ll spend forever in Heaven with Him.
He will also give us a down-payment on our inheritance in Heaven, His Holy Spirit. That’s right, God’s Spirit will live inside of us. We will know we are saved, not because of a momentary emotional experience, but because we have God’s Spirit living in us every moment; and God’s Spirit changes who we are.
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold, all things have become new.
— 2 Corinthians 5:17
We will no longer live by the flesh, desiring the things of the flesh. We will want to serve God and do His will. We will not make excuses for our sins, defend our sins, or try to see what we can get away with. We will not chase after sin. We will not dive into sin.
If, on occasion, we fall into sin because of the impulse of our sinful nature, we will immediately confess our sins to God and ask Him to forgive us and help us to not sin against Him again, because we will desire to obey Him. We will not put ourselves in tempting situation, we will not look at or listen to sinful things, we will not spend our time with people who willfully sin against God and encourage us to do the same.
We will read His Word, The Bible, every day, so that we’ll know more about Him and know what He expects of His saved children. We will read His Word so that the world will not fool us with its lies. The world tells us that all sorts of things are acceptable, but these things usually conflict with what God wants us to do. We have to be reminded of the truth every day in order to counter the lies the world throws at us every day.
We will pray and thank God for all He’s done for us and all He’s given us. We will ask Him for the strength to resist temptation so that we do not sin against Him.
Our greatest desire will be to serve, submit to, and obey God, because He’s God, and because He saved us through His Son, Jesus, and because He’s changed us so completely that these are the deepest desires of our heart.
- Because God loves all people, we are to help others discover God’s gift of salvation through Jesus.
God offers us amnesty, through Jesus Christ, from the just
punishment for our crimes against Him. We just need to stop
fighting God. Just give up.
This is not something that our pride likes to hear. But our pride
and the sins we cherish so much are not worth an eternity of
punishment. We can tell ourselves that God doesn’t exist or
that He wouldn’t punish us; but if we’re honest, these are just
things we tell ourselves to quiet our conscience so we can
enjoy our sins.
No sin in this world is worth an eternity in Hell. Surrender to
God and let Him save you!