It would seem that many pastors fall all over themselves trying to reassure the unsure that their salvation is secure. They go to great lengths to explain the free gift of salvation and the unmerited reward of grace but they don’t allow the natural uneasiness of a sinner or a casual Christian to bear the fruit of change. Eternal security gets equated with mustered up feelings of nostalgia rather than being ratified by human action, and insecurity on this matter is something that never propels ‘would be’ believers into active pursuers of Christ.
People get upset when someone’s salvation is called into question, citing the verse that warns us not to judge, but doesn’t that verse work the other way round? Isn’t assuming someone is saved, just as much a judgment as telling them they aren’t? Yea, let’s not be so quick to judge, because I’m afraid that we may be giving comfort to those who rightly feel uncomfortable in their sin and complacency. Let’s also not be so quick to assume that just because someone’s in church, sends you a Christmas card, knows the right answers, and puts on a good show when the conversation turns religious, means that they’re living a transformed life in response to a genuine acceptance of Christ’s work on the cross.
Making someone feel insecure about their salvation is by far better than giving them the impression that they’ve got their ticket stamped when they really don’t. Nobody can make that judgment except God alone; for it is alone we stand trial before God and when that day comes all the pretense in the world isn’t going to help. But pretense is all there is with hordes of people that consider themselves Christians because they’ve never allowed the gravity of the scriptures to weigh on them and motivate them to make their calling and election sure (2Pet 1:10).
Our desire to escape pain overshadows our desire to simply be comfortable. That’s why you would find more energy to run from certain death than to catch the guy running away with your safe deposit box. And that is why, ‘God Loves you and has a wonderful plan for you life’ isn’t half as motivating as ‘God is a just judge and will not let the guilty go unpunished’. Both statements may be true, but only one has the kind of teeth that can penetrate the self-centered heart.
A little eternal insecurity would do wonders in a church culture that has completely lost sight of the necessity for continual Christian grown in a believer’s life. (James & 2Peter) Being a little insecure about my ability to follow through, means that I’m faced with a life long challenge to pursue God on a deeper and more passionate level, it means taking my gloves off, getting off my couch and making my Christianity cost me something.
If we’re talking about balancing my eternal security with a little insecurity than I’m in, there’s nothing more exciting and motivating than a gift that requires a response to validate it’s true acceptance. Shoot, I’d rather be a little insecure about my eternal future, than to sit and rest in my perceived eternal security only to find out in the end that it required action to be validated.
If your Christianity hasn’t changed you’re life, do you really think that it’s made a difference to your eternal soul?