Friday, November 7, 2008

Question 2: What if someone accepts Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and they don't attend church or do anything remotely religious and vice versa?

God does not command any specific duties from his people in order to be saved. Therefore, going to church and participating in religious activities does not guarantee salvation, nor does refraining from these activities exclude one from salvation. Scripture clearly states that man can only be saved by grace and faith, when they accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. When you confess aloud and believe in your heart that Jesus paid the price for your sins, you are justified in spite of your wrongs and saved for eternity. [Romans 10:9-10] There is nothing we can do to earn forgiveness; it is a gift available to all. [Ephesians 2:8-9]

Thus, it is through God's unmerited grace and our personal faith in that grace that causes us to gain salvation. In response to grace and as an extension of faith, we pursue a living relationship with God by following his commands. [James 2:26] Those religious acts do not guarantee salvation, they are a continuation of accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Emailed Comment:
"I read this and I just thought of where it says in the bible that you know a tree by its fruit. So, our actions should show that we are followers of Christ. "