Biblical Faith Defined - Letting GO
We can now see the problem when people just bow their heads and say a prayer. The problem is that no one has called them to forsake their life and repent. No one has called them to fall backwards in the chair until they cannot catch themselves anymore. The problem is that no one has called them to truly believe and have faith. If we were speaking to a thousand people about Jesus and we told everyone to bow their head and say a prayer, out of the thousand who come to the “altar call,” maybe two or three people out of a thousand would truly fall backwards in the chair. The rest are not saved.
Jesus said, “Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord we did miracles in Your name.’ And He said, “Depart from me. I never knew you. You did not do the will of my Father. You didn’t let go. You wanted to stay in control of your own life. You wanted to decide what you would love and what you wouldn’t love. You wanted to decide where you would go and where you wouldn’t go. You wanted to decide who your friends were and who your enemies were. You wanted to decide where you worked and where you lived. You wanted to decide how much money you had and what you did with your money. You wanted to decide who you married and how you would treat your wife or your husband. You did not forsake your life, and you did not take up your cross. You said a religious ‘Lord, Lord,’ but you never leaned back past the point of no return. You said a prayer at the crusade, but I never knew you.” Jesus said the road is broad and filled with people like that.
Can you see that this has nothing to do with denomination versus no denomination? This has to do with our heart toward Yesu. The problem in many religious organizations is that they won’t answer the question, “What must we do to be saved?” in the same way that Peter answered it. They won’t say, “If you truly want to be saved, you must repent. You must have true faith and fall backwards.” Instead they say, “You can say a prayer and be saved and then come and tithe and everything will be okay.” That’s not true. It’s a lie.
Jesus said in Luke 13:3, “Unless you repent, you will all perish.” “Unless you forsake your very life from the heart, you cannot be my disciple. You cannot be a Christian. Unless you will love what I love and hate what I hate you cannot be a Christian. Unless you will build your life around second-born people, and not just first-born people you cannot be a Christian. Unless you define your family the way I define family, and unless you choose your job and how you spend your money based on righteousness and holiness and transparency, you cannot be my disciple. Unless you forsake your very life from the heart, you cannot be my disciple. You cannot be a Christian.”