I Accepted Jesus – Am I Saved?
Question – Does man have a free will to accept or reject Christ?
The problem with the term “free will” is that Bible teachers and Theologians use this term (or idea) to teach a doctrine that includes an action on our part (using our free will) to seal or complete the action of Salvation. We either accept or decline the offer of Salvation made to us from God. This kind of thinking begun with wrong Bibical ideas regarding on how to be Saved. It starts out with the premise that Christ went to the cross and made the payment for every sin commited by man in the history of mankind. People have created this doctrine by using a verse here or there in Scripture and then proceed to ignore what else the Bible teaches on this subject.
They then reach a conclusion that this is the method for Salvation. When we compare Scriptures that deal with how we can become Saved, we quickly see that this is false doctrine. But for those who teach “free will”, this is the foundation they use. If you do not accept this gift from God, if you do not reach out and take advantage of this offer of Salvation, then you have rejected Christ and will be sent to Hell. This man-made doctrine has no Bibical Truth in it!
What the Bible teaches about Salvation is this. First, Christ had to pay for every sin of those He came to Save (past, present, or future) at the time of the cross. Jesus was found guilty for all of those sins and then paid the price which is the equivelent of spending an eternity in Hell. Notice that Christ did all of the work required. Secondly, the Bible teaches that the person to be Saved is spiritually dead. They will NEVER reach out to God.
Romans 3:11 tells us “There are none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.”
The book of Ezekiel chapter 37, tells us we are just a valley of dry bones with no water of the Gospel whatsoever. To teach that all of us have a “free will” to choose or decline God’s offer for Salvation because all of mankind’s sins have been already paid for is deceptive, a lie, and will lead many to the Judgment Throne of God on the last day.
This was never the way to become Saved. How terrible for those who think they are Saved only to find out differently.