Most in today’s world go about their lives and thing they are fine with God. All they have to do is say “I am Christian” or “I am Catholic” or even “I am Muslim” and they believe they are going to heaven.
Sorry to say this, but it doesn’t work that way.
Then there are those that say “I am saved” or “I am born again.” Yet they show no visible signs of this salvation. As you look at them, as you watch their behavior they seem like all others. Act like all others. Well that is because they are like all others. They have lost the very salvation they thought they had received.
2 Peter 2:20 – And when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before. 21 It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life. 22 They prove the truth of this proverb: “A dog returns to its vomit.” And another says, “A washed pig returns to the mud.”
True salvation brings about a change in the person. What they once loved becomes something that no longer brings them happiness. Their hearts and they minds change, but as can be seen above. There will be those that say “Okay now that you are saved you are free to live as you like.” This is a lie.
For with true desire to serve God through Jesus Christ there comes a need to stop living in sin. Any sin. It is made clear in John 15 that you can be saved. You can be a part of the vine of Jesus Christ. Yet you bear no fruit showing your salvation. God sees this and sees that your branch is dead upon the vine. So God Himself breaks you off and cast you to humanity. Who gathers you up and then cast you into the fire. The fire of damnation, not salvation.
It is not faith or love of God alone. It is both faith and works.
James 2:14 – What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? 15 Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, 16 and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? 17 So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. 18 Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.” 19 You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. 20 How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless? 21 Don’t you remember that our ancestor Abraham was shown to be right with God by his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete. 23 And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” He was even called the friend of God. 24 So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone. 25 Rahab the prostitute is another example. She was shown to be right with God by her actions when she hid those messengers and sent them safely away by a different road. 26 Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.
Faith is dead without works. But what are the works? The works are the teachings of Jesus Christ and His apostles. They are the commandments. Which is not just the twelve commandments (yes 12). But those commandments that were not directly changed by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ upon the cross. You must seek to live these teachings, every single hour, of every single day, of every single month, of every single year, for the rest of your live.
Will you stumble and fall? Yes. For none are perfect. But if you cling onto a sin and refuse to reject it. That sin is your god. That sin is you master. That sin is your damnation. God is to be the center of your lives. Not ourselves or our lust and desires. If you place anything other than God at the center of your life. Then that is your god. That is what you worship. Be it money, sports, clothes, a home.
The only way to true salvation is to surrender yourself to God through Jesus Christ. To abandon sin. To not live in sin. For as long as you desire the world. Then that is your fate.
Romans 1:18 – But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness. 19 They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. 20 For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. 21 Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. 22 Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. 23 And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles. 24 So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. 25 They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. 26 That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. 27 And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved. 28 Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. 29 Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. 30 They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents. 31 They refuse to understand, break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy. 32 They know God’s justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too.