Are you a “Real Christian”?


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“He’s a true Christian.”

“She’s a real Christian, not one of these pretend Christians.”

Have you ever said something like this or heard someone else say something like this?

Do you realize what people are really saying?

Well, maybe a couple of things.

What they are really saying is that they can determine whether or not a person is saved, BASED ON THEIR WORKS.

Do you know what a real Christian is? Do you know what a real saved person is, according to the Bible?

A real Christian, a real saved person, is a person who believes in Jesus as Savior. (John 6:47; 1st Corinthians 15:1-4).

Nothing more. Nothing less.

When a person says that someone who does good works is a “real Christian,” what they are really saying is that people are saved by being good people–by being people who do good works.

Doing good works and being a good person are good things, of course, but doing these things will not save your soul from Hell.

Being a good person and doing good works, will not forgive your sins.

Only believing in Jesus will save your soul.

Only believing in Jesus will make you a good person in the eyes of God.

But what about people who exhibit the nine Fruit of the Spirit–love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control? If people have these things, then surely they must believe in Jesus, and then, of course, by simple logic, they must be saved, right?

True, but we can be fooled.

How? Because people who do not believe in Jesus can ~seem~ to have these qualities. The problem is that similar qualities can emanate not from the Spirit of God, but from self-justifying PRIDE (“I’m a good person.”) Well, maybe they are a good person in the eyes of people. But they are not a good person in the eyes of God if they do not have the Spirit of God, the forgiveness of God, and the righteousness of Christ, that come only through faith in Jesus.

Only an individual person knows, by the Holy Spirit in his or her conscience, whether he or she believes in Jesus as Savior.

Everyone who believes in Jesus as Savior is saved forever. Everyone who believes in Jesus as Savior is a “true Christian,” and is saved, no matter how unsanctified and unholy they may seem to outside observers.

There is no self-pride in salvation.

Salvation is all the work of God to those who believe in Jesus as Savior.

Of course, it is God’s will that believers live by the Spirit, do good works, love their neighbors, and be filled with the love and Spirit of God.

But, to the outside observer, none of these are proof of any individual’s salvation or lack of salvation.

People who believe in Jesus as Savior are forgiven, saved, indwelled by the Holy Spirit, and irrevocably destined for Heaven.

People who do not believe in Jesus may have a serene soul and they may have many good works, but they are not saved, they do not have His Spirit, and they will not go to Heaven because they have not been forgiven of their sins.

Those who believe in Jesus as Savior are saved because they have been forgiven of their sins, and they have been given the perfect righteousness of Christ by faith.

People are not eternally saved by their good works.

People are eternally saved and forgiven of their sins, and destined for Heaven, by faith in Jesus as Savior.

Curtis Smale

Eternal Salvation vs. Practical Sanctification, Or–Why Are So Many of Us True and Saved Christian Believers So Sinful and Nasty?


To answer this question, we must first distinguish eternal salvation and eternal sanctification in Christ from daily Christian spiritual fellowship, practical sanctification, communion with God while on earth, and the connection with God called spirituality.

Those who have once believed in Jesus as God and man, crucified for their sins and resurrected, are eternally saved and sealed by God irrevocably, per Ephesians 1:3-14. This is the biblical definition of salvation, and people who have once believed in Jesus are thereafter forever-saved people. Salvation is a FREE GIFT, with no strings attached whatsoever.

Secondly, now, what you are talking about is whether those who have once believed and are eternally sanctified–are, by faith, living out their identity in the obedience of practical sanctification and practical faith in their new identity, by His grace.

Are they following the Spirit of God and are they -practically-, in daily life, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit of love and grace?

Are their minds being transformed?

Are their souls being transformed?

Are they living in spiritual communion with the living God?

Or are they living carnally and grieving the Spirit of God?

That is the question, not their status as saved Christians.

Salvation, which consists of forgiveness of all sins past, present, and future; a new self in Christ that is perfect; and the irrevocable guarantee of going to Heaven at death, is a free gift.

God, in practical sanctification, however, works through our wills. It takes an effort, for those who live in God’s love, for those who love God, and many are not willing to give that effort, that obedience, they are not willing to rely on God to live a holy and loving life here on Earth.

They are not willing to humbly rely on God, by faith and by His grace, for their new identity in Christ, for divine love, for holy desire and for spiritual energy.

Many are not willing to rest and abide in the Vine, who is Jesus, who is love, in order to produce these fruits.

Many, it seems most, of us saved people are like the saved believers in Corinth, too often living after the sinful flesh instead of after the Spirit.

–Curtis Smale

Salvation


Our good works add nothing to the perfect life, death on the cross, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Internal Spiritual Faith in Jesus is what saves us. Once we believe in Christ, we are ~saved~ (past tense), we are forgiven of all sins, (past, present and future), we are “declared not guilty” forever by God (justification), we are given a new self, we are indwelled and sealed by the Holy Spirit, we are seated in the heavenly realms, and we are ~irrevocably guaranteed~ and destined for Heaven. There are Bible verses that are the source for every part of this statement. These truths, received by faith, by God’s grace, in addition to the working of the indwelling Holy Spirit, are the strong and energetic impetus for leading a holy life.

Practical sanctification ~is~ also a work of God, but it is an entirely separate matter from salvation, and our good works, while evidences of salvation, are no absolute guarantee of  saving faith.

Faith in Christ Alone for salvation is ~alone~. Luther said it was “faith alone,” and then he hypocritically added Water Baptism, Lord’s Supper, no big sins, and regular church attendance, and the evaluation of mere men as conditions of salvation. According to his writing and teaching, he really did not believe in Faith Alone in Christ Alone, even though he said he did (as many other Lordship False Gospel Teachers do, including Billy Graham, Alistair Begg, Ray Comfort, John MacArthur, John Piper, R.C. Sproul, Francis Chan, and many, many others). I believe Martin Luther may have been unsaved–he certainly was a False Gospel Teacher. John Calvin made “Perseverance”(works!) a condition for salvation, so he may be unsaved, also.

Lordship Salvation is the same old lie of Satan over and over and over: salvation by human good works. God cursed (“anathema”) adding anything to faith in Jesus in Galatians 1:6-10. The Roman Catholic Church teaches Lordship Salvation–that it is your good works that merit salvation–(along with this little thing of believing in Christ).

The reason this little thing, “believing,” is so important, is that its object is the crucified and risen Son of God Himself.”

–Curtis Smale

Good Reasons for Believing in Jesus


“The perceptual/mental/conscience-basis for believing in biblical Christianity can be arrived at by a few simple observations and a few self-evident truths. 1) You see life, consciousness, and beauty; you consider the structure of DNA and the design of the cell, and you experience awe and wonder at the unfathomable interconnected complexity of the human brain; you see the incredible diversity of animal, fish, bird, vegetation, and insect life; and you see the seemingly endless stars and galaxies in the night sky. And you ~know~ there is an all-powerful God who designed and created these things out of nothing. You know that He is all-powerful because of the things you can see that exist. God doesn’t need to appear in front of you for you to have powerful irrefutable evidence for His existence. 2) You know that God is holy and good because you have a strong inborn sense of what is right and good–and what is wrong and evil. Where did you get that sense? 3) Furthermore, you recognize, according to Scripture, that the creation has been cursed by God because of man’s sin, with: death, pain, disease, aging, corruption, decay, rust, thorns, and imperfections of all kinds. 4) You know you have done things that were not holy and good: sins and evil. (1 through 4 are observable facts.) 5) You fear, from the holy God: judgment, punishment, death and Hell for your sins, for your evil thoughts and deeds, and for your wrongdoing. 6) You hear the Gospel of Christ and you know that the man Jesus Christ, God incarnate, died on the cross for the forgiveness of your sins, and that He rose again on the third day, conquering sin, death, and Hell. You sense Jesus’ unique love, goodness and truth. You know from Scripture that you are, through faith in Christ, forgiven by God, saved, indwelled by the Holy Spirit, and destined for Heaven. (7) You know these six things by grace, faith, observation, conscience, thinking, and the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit.”

–Curtis Smale

Are These the Two Greatest Prayers?


I believe that the two greatest prayers you could pray would be for another person’s salvation, and for the hearts of others to be filled with the love of God in Jesus Christ–both of these are the will of God.

I wish you grace, salvation, assurance of salvation, assurance of eternal security, growth in grace and knowledge, discernment in your spirit from God’s Spirit, God’s presence and comfort, His guidance, His peace, love, joy, wisdom, revelation, spiritual fellowship with God, spiritual fellowship with other believers, strength, health, healing, stability, security, provision, protection, honesty, purity, sincerity, success, bravery, righteous anger, blessing–and maturity, and heavenly rewards, in Christ. I wish you His love.

I send these emails to you because I love you and I care about your current and afterlife well-being. Here are some of my favorite Bible verses that clearly teach salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus, eternal security, and sanctification by grace through faith in Jesus.

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he [or she] who believes in Me HAS everlasting life.” -Jesus, in the Bible book of John, chapter 6, verse 47.

“He who believes in the Son HAS everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” -John 3:36

“FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD that He gave His only begotten Son, that who whoever believes in Him should not perish but HAVE everlasting life.” -Jesus, in John 3:16

“this [Jesus] is He who BAPTIZES WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT.” -John 1:33

“Moreover, brethren, I declare to you THE GOSPEL which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved…For I delivered to you FIRST OF ALL that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures..”
-Paul the apostle in 1st Corinthians 15:1-4.

“In Him… HAVING BELIEVED, you were SEALED with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the GUARANTEE of our inheritance…”
-Ephesians 1:13, 14.

“For THE LAW was given through Moses, but GRACE AND TRUTH came through Jesus Christ…” -John 1:17

“Everyone who…believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I [Jesus] will raise [resurrect] him [or her] up at the last day.” John 6:40

“He who testifies to these things [Jesus] says, “Surely I am coming quickly.”
Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.” Revelation 22:20,21 (the last two sentences in the Bible)

All these verses are quoted from the New King James Version (NKJV) of the Bible. The NKJV is the Bible translation I have found most accurate to the original Greek. It is a near-perfect English representation of the original.

..”what must I do to be saved?”
..”believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. -Acts 16:31

“…whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” -Acts 2:21

If you are not saved, or are not sure if you are saved from God’s Hell-punishment of you for your sins, just call out to Jesus right now with a sincere heart, “Jesus save me!” and you will be saved immediately and permanently. You can call out to Him and be saved by His grace through faith in Jesus. You will be immediately saved, you will be immediately forgiven of all sins: past, present, and future, you will immediately be declared righteous, you will immediately be indwelled by God’s Spirit–forever, and you will be guaranteed to go to Heaven the very moment you die.

“Therefore, HAVING BEEN justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” -Romans 5:1

“Through Him we have received grace… for obedience to the faith…” -Romans 1:5

“There is therefore now NO CONDEMNATION to those who are in Christ Jesus..” -Romans 8:1

“For sin shall NOT have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.”
-Romans 6:14

You are a new creation in Christ.

Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.

“…forgive…” -Matthew 18:35

“Let brotherly love continue….”
-Hebrews 13:1

“Love others as yourself.”

“Fight the good fight!”

“…God is love…” -1st John 4:8

“He who does not love does not -know-* God, for GOD IS LOVE.” -1st John 4:8

*This verse refers to -knowing- God in -spiritual fellowship-. This is -not- a salvation verse.

–Curtis Smale

What Is Biblical Salvation?


“It is only through faith in Jesus that anyone will escape the justice of Hell. Jesus is our only hope for the forgiveness of our sins. Once a person believes in Jesus, he or she is forgiven of all sins past, present and future, declared not guilty by God, born again, given new life, made a new creation, indwelled by the Holy Spirit, sealed forever by God, and is irrevocably destined for Heaven. This is what it means to be saved through believing the Gospel–according to the Bible. Growing in grace (sanctification) is what can happen next, but salvation is no longer an issue.”

–Curtis Smale