Friday, November 30, 2007

"Beware... of presuming thou art saved"

A quote from Charles Spurgeon concerning those who claim to be Christians but who show no real evidence of it:

They say they are saved, and they stick to it they are, and think it wicked to doubt it; but yet they have no reason to warrant their confidence. There are those who are ready to be fully assured; there are others to whom it will be death to talk of it. There is a great difference between presumption and full assurance. Full assurance is reasonable: it is based on solid ground. Presumption takes for granted, and with brazen face pronounces that to be its own which it has no right to whatsoever. Beware, I pray thee, of presuming thou art saved.

If with thy heart thou dost trust in Jesus, then thou art saved; but if thou merely sayest, "I trust in Jesus," it doth not save thee. If they heart be renewed, if thou shalt hate the things that thou didst once love, and love the things that thou didst once hate; if thou has really repented; if there be a thourough change of mind n thee; if thou be born again, then hast thou reason to rejoice: but if there be not vital chang, no inward godliness; if there be no love to God, no prayer, no work of the Holy Spirit, then thy saying, "I am saved" is but thin own assertion, and it may delude, but it will never deliver thee.

Our prayer out to be, "Oh that thou wouldst bless me indeed, with real faith, with real salvation, with the trust in Jesus that is the essential of faith; not with the conceit that begets credulity. God preserve us from imaginary blessings!