Why Believers Lack Assurance 2
The reason for a lack of assurance among many believers is that they attend unbiblical churches that incorrectly believe and teach that one can be saved and lost again and again. Other churches and their members believe that they are saved whenever they confess a sin and lost again when they commit another one. Kind of sad to believe that if you die between confessing a sin and committing another one you will go to Heaven but if you happen to die between committing a sin and confessing it you will go to Hell. People who believe those things believe that keeping their salvation is dependent upon themselves. They need to know that they are saved by receiving Jesus and are ever after kept by the power of God.
1 Peter 1:3: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
I was part of a church like that for more than two decades before Jesus saved me eternally. They associated regularly scheduled confession and forgiveness with a communion service. Many of them depended upon that for forgiveness. When I attended those churches, I wondered if I would go to Hell if I died before the communion service and if I would go to Heaven if I died after the communion service and before I committed another sin. It is possible for one to receive Jesus before or during a communion service. I heard one man testify that before a communion service was when he received Jesus, but of the multitudes of testimonies I have heard of individuals receiving Jesus, He was the only one. Also one should confess his sin and forsake it BEFORE a communion service so he will not be partaking of it unworthily.
1 Corinthians 11:27: Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord*s body. 30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
Individuals who have not received Jesus and believers who are dabbling in sin and have not and will not forsake some besetting sin should be afraid to participate in a communion service. The purpose of communion is remembrance of Jesus.
1 Corinthians 11:25: After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
And, of course, in remembrance of His forgiveness. It should be a remembrance of past communion with Him and a present seeking of it.
The time for confessing sin is whenever you commit one and the Holy Spirit convicts you of it. That will happen to children of God who are in continual communion with Him immediately after they commit the sin. Waiting for a communion service to confess sin would be foolish.
Proverbs 28:13: He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
1 John 1:9: If we (who have heard the witness of the Holy Spirit that we are the children of God) confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Romans 8:16: The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
Care to discuss Why Believers Lack Assurance 2 with Ron?