We’re coming to the end of our summer series entitled Assurance: The Genuine Article. Loosely based on J. D. Greear’s Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart, we’ve tried to encourage our folks that they can indeed have assurance of their salvation.
This past Sunday I preached with the title Genuine Doubts from Hebrews 10:19-25. I tried to help our folks know that when they have genuine doubts, there are answers from the Scriptures to encourage them.
One of the reasons some people doubt they are saved is because they’ve been taught, and continue to believe, bad theology. There are people who believe theology is useless. But in this case, theology hits people squarely at the point of their need.
If we can be truly saved, then lose that salvation, imagine the fear we will live with. How would we ever know we are saved? How would we know we lost our salvation? How would we know we’ve done enough to stay saved? How would we know when we’ve done too much to be saved again? We would, as James says, be double-minded people unsteady in all our ways.
Poor theology, in this case, would lead to fear and worry. If Jesus has invited us to come to Him so that we can find rest, what rest would we have if we can’t have assurance we’re saved?
We must all be careful that we don’t kick theology to the curb thinking it’s really for professional theologians. In a sense, we’re all theologians. The question is whether we have good theology or bad.