“Sin is disobedience to God’s commandments, either by doing what is forbidden or failing to do what is required. The good news is that, no matter how serious the sin, God is always seeking us out and is willing to forgive and forget our sins and give us a fresh start. As long as we live, it is never too late to ask for forgiveness and make a new start! However, two things are required as conditions of forgiveness: sincere repentance (turning away from sin) and forgiveness of other people who may sin against us.”
It tells me that mainline, institutionalised, denominational Christianity doesn’t believe that Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s Cross and His resurrection for THEIR SALVATION, although they do believe Christ died for their sins, was buried and rose again on the third day.
How do I know this?
(a) For them salvation is ongoing – “God is always seeking us out and is willing to forgive and forget our sins and give us a fresh start.” It isn’t a once-off transaction for them, they believe in “will be saved”, not “are saved”.
(b) They believe in enduring to the end – “it is never too late to ask for forgiveness and make a new start!”
(c) They believe in the repentance of sin – a work. Their work, not Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s Cross and His resurrection for forgiveness of their sins (salvation).
(d) They believe in forgiving others their sin in order to have their own sins forgiven by God – their own righteousness, not God’s imputed righteousness which comes by having faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
In this current dispensation it’s not what you can do or have done already. It’s about Him, the Lord Jesus Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s Cross and His resurrection.
Do you believe Christ’s died for your sins? That He took them (forgave them), that He was buried (proof that He died), and that He rose again from the dead on the third day, and in so doing you have obtained God’s righteousness, and that there’s nothing you can do (which is your own righteousness) in order to save yourself, i.e., no good works on your part,not even the changing of one’s lifestyle, to be/come a better person, continual repentance of your sin (the same sins Christ took away/forgave), not even confessing that He is Lord and Saviour of your life can save your eternal soul.
NOTHING apart from faith-trust-belief in His payment for your sins – all of them can save your eternal soul.
What is the object of your faith? Christ’s payment for your sins, or your own work (what you can do) in order to be saved?