Why We’re Writing: My Salvation Is Secure
By Kaitlyn Wright
If you would have told me six years ago that I would be contributing to a theology blog, I would have told you, “I don’t care about theology, I just want to love Jesus.” What I didn’t realize was that theology literally is ‘the study of God’. I had fallen into the trap of easy believism; I thought walking down the aisle and praying the ‘sinner’s prayer’ were the only conditions for being a Christian. The problem was that I didn’t look to God’s Word to learn how to love Him and to learn what a Christian should look like. The reason I am writing is to bring to light the dangers of easy believism, to encourage us all to be devoted to God’s Word, and to charge each of us to find the sweet security of our salvation.
God’s Word Exposes Easy Believism
For as long as I can remember, I believed I was a Christian. I believed that Jesus was the Son of God, that He died on the cross for sins, and that He rose again on the third day. I went to church every Sunday, youth group every Wednesday, and church camp every summer. Affirming and doing these things are good and right, but to believe oneself saved based on these conditions alone is to believe the heresy of easy believism. Through studying God’s Word and theology, I have come to know that to be saved I needed to repent of my sins and trust in Christ; this is why I am writing.
God’s Word Is the Only Source of Truth
When I was 19 years old, I heard the true gospel for the first time. I didn’t know it at the time, but the person who shared it with me would later become my husband. He read Matthew 7:21-23 to me, and I immediately knew that I was one to whom Jesus would say, ‘away from me, I never knew you’. As I read more of Scripture, I saw that I had completely missed the condition of salvation to repent of (or turn from) my sin. To turn from something means you turn to something or, in this case, Someone else. I am writing to continually share my pursuit of God through His Word and to encourage others to do the same.
God’s Word Is the Basis for True Assurance
2 Corinthians 13:5 says, “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you – unless indeed you fail the test?” A big reason why I had false assurance for so long was that I did not read my Bible. If I was honest with myself, I had no reason to have assurance because my life was clearly characterized by sin. But, I was not honest with myself. The only way to be completely honest with ourselves about the condition of our hearts is to examine ourselves by the Word of God. By God’s grace, I found sweet and secure assurance of my salvation through reading the book of 1 John.
Writing has brought back wonderful reminders of God’s grace in bringing me through a season of doubting my salvation. It is amazing to look at where He has brought me; although I will continue to struggle with sin, I have the sure hope of an eternal life with God. I write because my “desire is for each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end” (Hebrews 6:11).