I find it irritating when people lump a Christian with the Catholics. Christians were not the one that ordered the eight crusades (some history books say 9, 10, 11, or 12). Christians were not the one that killed millions during the Dark Ages and Spanish Inquisition. Christians were not the one that molested little boys and girls. We didn’t do that. The Roman Catholics did. Yet, they profess that they are “ambassadors” or “vicars” or what-have-you of Christ. God has said in His Word, Matthew 7:15, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”
Matthew 24:24 “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”
But, even some Christians have committed crimes, and are without excuse. Yet, think on it for awhile, were they really Christians, were their lives displaying Christ since the day they got saved? Matthew 7:20 “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”
I, as a Christian, believe that salvation happens when:
1) You admit that you are a sinner.
Romans 3:10 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:”
Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
2) Because you are a sinner, there is a penalty. Hell.
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death…”
Revalation 21:8 “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
3)But, God did not leave us without hope!
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Salvation is simple:
Romans 10:9 “That if thou shalt CONFESS WITH THY MOUTH the Lord Jesus, and shalt BELIEVE IN THINE HEART that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
Believe that Christ died for your sins on Calvary, he was buried for three days, and on the third day, he arose from the grave!
As you can see, salvation is not by works. Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:”
It is so simple. God is giving you a gift. All you have to do is stretch forth your hand, and receive that gift!
This gift has a no return policy also, for in John 10:28 “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man PLUCK THEM OUT of my hand.”