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!


Truman and Amber said...

Thank God the English language has changed!

On a more serious note, I like that prayer...real faith, real salvation.

jody said...

I will have to reject the idea that presumption and assurance, when relating to salvation, are different, especially in the case of "people who think they are converted when really they are not." i certainly do believe that there are people that are sincere and wrong (e.g. LDS), but this is something different.

it all comes down to knowing. how do you know you are saved, and, more importantly to this discussion, how do you know someone else Isn't saved.

let's consider the elect. they know who they are, presumably, by the end of their life. since the elect are not Really being made holy, but rather, just being called holy, why should we doubt that one who claims to be elect, and therefore saved, is not, their wicked actions notwithstanding?

we should not, because their wicked actions are only in relation to ours. to god we would seem vile creatures indeed if god held us up to the standard we hold others (that claim to be elected) up to.

in other news:

how is north carolina? I've missed hearing from you tom.

pax christi

Knappsters said...

Dude, you had some good stuff on your blog...why quit updating it? Well glad I found it and now we can at least be blog friends if we can't hang out all that much.