Shootin’ Straight Part 1-The Sortin’ Gate

by Kevin on June 7, 2010

This is Part 1 of a 5 part series where we take a look at Christian cowboy living without any fancy talk or sugar coating.

Are you saved?

This is the most important question that will ever be asked. Theologicans have debated this since Jesus was crucified. It has been so hotly debated that churches have split and wars have been fought.

There is a sorting gate that every single person will have to go through. This gate has two outcomes: Perfect Pastures or eternal fire. This sorting is based upon a “brand” that’s on your heart. If you have the brand, you go to heaven. If you don’t have the brand, you go to hell. This is what will happen whether you believe in heaven or hell or you don’t. Those with the brand get in and the rest go to the killer buyer.

How do I get the brand?

Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, no one comes to the Father except through the Son.” There is no other way. There isn’t a back door that you can sneak through. There isn’t a magical phrase that you can speak that will get you in. Being a great person won’t get you the brand. Even being a mass murderer doesn’t mean you can’t get to heaven.

There is only one way to get the brand. It is by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

Romans 10:9-10 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

Agreeing with this passage does absolutely nothing. Just repeating the words, “I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord” does absolutely nothing. Believing in Jesus is more than an intellectual knowledge.

I know many people who believe in Jesus and everything that he did. But it’s an intellectual belief, not a deep down “truth” belief.

This passage in Romans has two parts-internal an external.

The first part is believing with your soul. It’s one of those experiences that if you think about it too long, you start to shiver and shake. This is the inside part that nobody else can see. This is where the brand is placed on your soul.

The second part is a more physical one. Being saved should be noticeable. It is evident in your life and the way you live it.

How do I know if I am really saved?

This is the eternal question that we must all ask ourselves. No one can answer this question because it is between you and God. But if you really are asking yourself this question. You can come close to the answer by answering one question.

How has your life changed since you accepted Jesus Christ into your heart?

If there is no change in your life, chances are that you need to do some praying about your salvation. The way you feel in your heart will pour out into your every day life.

Am I Saved?

Don’t let pride stand in the way of answering this question.

Don’t be ashamed of re-evaluating your life.

Don’t put off making a decision.

Don’t worry what other people will think. They won’t be there with you at the sorting gate.

Don’t dally. Tie on.

Hell is not cool. It’s excruciating and it’s forever.

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  • What a great post…I love the way you cut through the bull and get straight to the heart of the matter. Thanks for being bold enough to ask the most important question ever!

    • Kevin

      Thanks Nolan…It’s nice to have you back.

      I think that way too often, Christians ask where someone goes to church before they even asked if they are saved. That one question, “Are you saved”, followed by “How has it changed your life” might really open up people’s minds to the true state of what is going on with our friends and neighbors.

      I had the opportunity to visit with the son of a minister not long ago that was going through some problems. I had assumed the full grown son of a pastor would be saved, but he told me he wasn’t. Sometimes we get more involved in inviting people to church instead of the reason why we have church in the first place. Which begs the question, what do people who are not saved think church is for?

  • I appreciate your approach here, Kevin. Too many Christians and preachers are afraid to even mention hell, let alone how hot it is! But if there is nothing that we need to be saved from, what’s the point of being saved? Salvation is both from something (sin, death and hell) and to something (eternal life with God now and forever, forgiveness of sins, and a transformed life). I think we do need to stress both sides of the issue. Probably some people need to hear more of one side than the other to get it. But telling only half the story can make for shallow Christians. –Richard

    • Kevin

      Great point Richard. I agree that there is more to the story as you say. We must present both sides and both of them are the Good News. I think it’s knowing who you are talking to that presents the option of which one you start with. Some people might not even realize that the sin in their life has eternal consequences. But thanks to Jesus’ sacrifice, we are indeed saved from the fires of hell and saved to all of the things that you said so eloquently.

  • Just read this in my email. Awesome. I like the clear cut definition and the branding on your heart. Nice! I’ll be doing a post later about being sealed with the Holy Spirit.

    In Him,
    Janis

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