Here is a question you can ask of any preacher, church, or ministry and very quickly determine whether they teach the true biblical way to be saved. The Bible says about 150 times that the way to be permanently and irrevocably saved is to *believe in Jesus*, who was crucified for the forgiveness of all of our sins, who died, who was buried, and who was raised from the dead for our salvation (John 6:47; 1st Corinthians 15:1-4).

If someone says that the way to be saved is to repent of your sins, to make a commitment to Jesus, to follow Jesus, or to commit to a lifetime of discipleship, or anything that says or implies that you have to do something other than believe in Jesus to be saved, then you know you have found someone who teaches a False Gospel.

The most dangerous thing in every religion and also in “Christian” denominations is the idea that your good works can save you from Hell and deliver you to Heaven.

Discipleship, repenting of sins, spiritual growth, relationship with God, fellowship with God, etc, can and should come after a person believes and is assured of his or her salvation–but these are -not- conditions of salvation. Here is the phrase that I just used in an email:


Do you believe that salvation (the guarantee that you will go to Heaven when you die) is a free and permanent and irrevocable gift received in a one-time moment of faith in Christ; or do you believe that salvation is received through a lifetime of discipleship and good works?


Curtis Smale