R.C. Sproul | – How can I obtain assurance of salvation?

It is not the perfection of a Christian’s life, but the direction of his life that demonstrates his conversion. From one of our Ask Ligonier events, John MacArthur explains how the evidence of salvation manifests itself in a believer’s life. Ask your biblical and theological questions live online at [support us]


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  1. I've found that sin in my life causes me to doubt my salvation more than anything. Broken fellowship with God and guilt for having sinned against Him always brings me to that place of doubt. It's also a foothold for the devil to attack our salvation.
    The benefit is that it's a great motivator to resist temptation the next time. God is good though. He is merciful and patient with His people. Salvation is sure as it's God's gift and work in our life. He won't lose one of His children and His true children will always come home to Him if they've wandered away.

  2. Salvation is a solution to a problem the religion scam has made up to scam the gullible fools. It is like a charlatan going around cutting gullible fools with a knife in order to sell bandaid.

  3. There is no salvation, only oblivion. Which is not a bad thing.
    Oh,by the way, I don't go around antagonizing religious people, I'm a "live and let live" kinda guy, but this channel paid Google to advertirse, and it advertised to me. This channel came to me, I didn't come to it.

  4. People doubt it because no one knows the mind of God. Simple.
    You may or may not be pre-ordained to be saved.
    This guy is trying to convince himself and others that he is one of the elect – something he cannot know.

  5. Let me clarify, these calvinist always know how to complicate everything. How do u know you're saved. Have you believed on Christ? Are you trusting in him alone? If not , your not saved. That easy. John 5:24 verily verily i say unto you, he that heareth my words and believeth on him that sent me hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation but hath passed from death unto life. The Bible says that a child can understand the Gospel, Calvinism adds to the Gospel witch makes it a false gospel. Heritics!

  6. My affections changed toward all things wholesome, honorable, peaceful, truthful, etc.
    I was steeped in deception and ruthlessness as a kid; life was simply bad/good luck, affections skewed.. ~11-12yrso
    Eventually, these softened my heart/soul:
    “…be of good cheer I have overcome the world.” – Jesus; John 16:33 
    (I knew the world sucked.)
    "O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him."-Psa 34:8<– 
    (I trusted nobody, needed to take a chance. Assumed I was hell-bound; so, what the hell? – pretend it's true…for now.)
    A kind MAN, (not a pansy) introduced me to these, and more.
    Pansies had no cred with hard-hearted, 'Motown me', ugly inside, a sickened, violent, soul.
    It took two years … TRUTH.
    Again briefly, my affections changed significantly and almost immediately. Ignoring them didn't work.
    Hoping this does some good … for someone.

  7. What do you love?
    What do you have strong affection for?

    If you are new..

    1. Love
    Love for the Lord
    Strong impulses toward Christ

    You will love the Scriptures
    Love the Church
    Love the Lost

    2. Marked by humility
    Not self-exalting
    Not brash
    Sweet brokenness

    3. Desire what is right according to God
    Long for those things

    Not perfection, but direction

  8. I challenge every one of you reading this post. Do a search here on YouTube, and you'll discover that this false teacher teaches that a person could receive the Mark of the Beast, and still go to Heaven. His position is in direct opposition to Rev 14: 9, 10, and 16:2. There are no exceptions to the outcome of someone who accepts the Mark of the Beast. PERIOD. Don't be deceived by this heretic!!

  9. TWO SEPARATE GIFTS OF SALVATION (see illustration) https://ibb.co/qNHv4c3
    1) The first gift of salvation is LIFE. (Born Again)(Rom10:9) Not salvation from Hell.
    2) Continue in the Apostles doctrine. Be perfect because one sin KILLS (Heb 10:26)
    3) The last gift of salvation is ETERNAL LIFE. This gift is our inheritance given only to those who are alive at the end. (Math 10:22) (Rev 20:11-15). 

    Rom 10:9.  Paul is NOT saying we have been saved from Hell / eternal death. He is saying that when we believe and confess the Lord Jesus we are saved from death. Salvation from death is our Pass Over. (1Cor 5:7) Now we are alive having passed from DEATH to LIFE. (John 5:24) Death passed over Israel and they  began there journey to the promised land. When we believed the gospel we began our journey to the promised Kingdom.( Math10:22) The Word of God (John 14:6) is the highWay we must continue on in order to reach the Kingdom of heaven. Be warned, Israel died and were unable to enter. We are alive as long as we don't sin knowingly. (Heb 10:26) If we are dead in any sin on the last day we will not be able to enter His rest.

  10. Or, you could just believe and obey the scripture which, once we have faith, says to repent, then be baptized in Jesus' name for the remission of sins, then happily receive the Holy Ghost (evidenced by speaking on other tongues. Then watch the fruits of holiness manifest through you in Love.

    Cessationism is the mother of all "cancels". It effectively rips the book of Acts right out of the Bible. Good luck with that, because that is all you have.

  11. SALVATION is SPEAKING the WORD of GOD (Jesus) without FEAR.

    Romans 10:8
    But what saith it? The WORD (Jesus-The Truth) is nigh thee, even in THY MOUTH and in THY HEART: that is, the WORD of FAITH (Jesus) which we preach;

    Romans 10:9
    That if thou shalt CONFESS with thy MOUTH the Lord Jesus (The Word). They changed the scripture to “Jesus is Lord”

    Romans 10:9
    and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. How do you show the Father you believe he raised Jesus from the dead? You CONFESS the Word (Jesus) without FEAR. (Matt 10:28)

    2 Corinthians 4:13
    We having the same SPIRIT of FAITH according as it is written, I BELIEVE and therefore have I SPOKEN WE also BELIEVE and therefore SPEAK

    2 Corinthians 5:1
    For WE KNOW that if our EARTHLY HOUSE of this tabernacle were DISSOLVED we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

    Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness. HE offered Issac as a BURNT offering, his BODY WOULD have been FULLY destroyed. HE believed God would RAISE HIM from the DEAD HIS FAITH FULFILLED.(Jam 2:23)

    Romans 1:17
    For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from FAITH (Beginning) to FAITH (Fulfilled)as it is written, The just shall live by FAITH.

    How do YOU get the FAITH to CONFESS the WORD without FEAR? IT is A GIFT of GOD (Eph 2:8)

    So this notion that you have FAITH and you LIVE your LIFE in PEACE never desiring to see the Lord Jesus (The Word) glorified (followed) among ALL MEN is a LIE.

    Philippians 1:29
    For unto YOU it is given in the behalf of Christ (THE WORD) not only to BELIEVE on HIM (Jesus-The Word) but also to SUFFER for HIS (Jesus-The Word) sake.

    Romans 8:17
    And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; IF so be that WE SUFFER with HIM (Jesus-The Word) that we may be also GLORIFIED together.

    Romans 8:18
    For I reckon that the SUFFERINGS (for Jesus- The Word) of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

    2 Timothy 2:12
    IF WE SUFFER, we shall also REIGN with HIM, if we deny him, he also will deny us:

    Proverbs 28:23
    He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.

    Matthew 10:32
    Whosoever therefore shall CONFESS ME (Jesus-The Word) before MEN, HIM will I CONFESS also before my Father which is in heaven.

    You can’t do this because you don’t have THE FAITH, you are scared to lose your job, your family, your friends, your house, your car, YOUR LIFE.

    Romans 10:10
    For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the MOUTH CONFESSION is made UNTO SALVATION.

    How do you know Jesus (The Word) is in you?

    Revelation 19:10
    for the TESTIMONY of JESUS is the spirit of prophecy (Confessing The Word-Jesus)

    Romans 8:16
    The Spirit itself BEARETH WITNESS with OUR SPIRIT that WE ARE the CHILDREN OF GOD.

    How does the spirit bear witness? By telling you to TELL your neighbor to STOP sinning when they sin.

    If this is not happening to you, you are not his. You don’t have the HOLY SPIRIT or JESUS (The Word) dwelling in YOU.

    Acts 14:22
    Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to CONTINUE in THE FAITH (Confessing The Lord Jesus-The Word) and that we must through MUCH tribulation (suffering for the Word) enter into the kingdom of God. God Bless.