“So many pastors go out of their way confirming people’s salvation. I don’t see this approach in Scripture; it’s actually quite the opposite. Great fear and terrible trembling must overtake us daily. It will determine where we will spend forever”
John Burton on Facebook, 8/16/22
So many pastors go out of their way confirming people’s salvation. They make it easy to get saved. They want them to feel secure in their eternity. Why? I don’t see this approach in Scripture. It’s actually quite the opposite.
There should be a never-ending wrestling match regarding our position in Christ. It’s common to lose it, challenging to retain it.
It costs everything. It’s never settled until we die.
Great fear and terrible trembling must overtake us daily. It will determine where we will spend forever.
Jesus: “Enter in by the *NARROW GATE*; for WIDE is the GATE and BROAD is the way that leads to DESTRUCTION, and MANY are those who enter in by it. How NARROW is the GATE, and RESTRICTED is the way that leads to LIFE! FEW are those who find it. … BY THEIR FRUITS YOU WILL KNOW THEM…. A good tree can’t produce evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree produce good fruit. 19 EVERY TREE THAT DOESN’T GROW GOOD FRUIT IS CUT DOWN AND THROWN INTO THE FIRE [like what Jesus says in John 15]. Therefore by their fruits you will know them. … Not everyone who *SAYS* to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he who *DOES* THE WILL OF MY FATHER who is in heaven. Many will tell me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, in your name cast out demons, and IN YOUR NAME do many mighty works?’ Then I will tell them, ‘I never knew you. DEPART FROM ME, you who work iniquity.’” (Mt. 7:13-23)