Saved from What
We have a lot of Christian lingo. Salvation. Born Again. Redeemed. New Birth. Regeneration. We say things when speaking of salvation and we know what we are talking about, the problem is that the ones we are talking to may have a very different idea in their mind about what we said. I have failed to clearly make this distinction painfully obvious in the past and I hope to better in the future. I am going to drive this spike in the ground to be sure. What is it? Keep reading. I believe that when we fail to, as Jesus said, help those who are seeking “Count the Cost” (see Luke chapter 14) we are setting them up to fail. We have failed them.
So, saved from what, well many times speaking of salvation we bring up Hell and rightly so, not as a scare tactic, but as a reality! Jesus spoke alot about hell. A place of never ending pain and torment. Eternal suffering, is it getting warm in here? Who would want to go to a place like that? No one, so it only helps our case to say that accepting Christ will keep us out of Hell. All true, but that is not what we are saved from. Not going to hell is just a much appreciated bonus so to speak. So what are we saved from them? We are saved from sin, not simply hell. To often people are saved from Hell and not from Sin, and we have to help them to see the difference. To be saved from Hell and not from Sin is not Christianity at all, it is a deceptive lie. Check out this quote,…
“And that is why so many are fatally deceived,for their are multitudes who wish to escape the Lake of Fire who have no desire to be delivered from their carnality and worldliness” A. W. Pink
So what does that mean in a nut shell? There are many people who accept Christ to be saved from hell, yet have not intention from changing their lifestyle, the sin in their life. Yes Jesus save me from hell, but don’t cramp my style. That is not salvation! I am all for talking about hell, Jesus did and often, but what he saved us from is our sin nature, he saves us from ourselves.
Please don’t separate your life and your faith. You can have a box labeld “God” and a box labeled “My Life” in another. If your faith doesn’t drastically change who you are and what you do, you need to do some digging to find out if your were saved from Hell or from Sin.