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COLUMN: You're saved or not – no in-between

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By Phyllis Perkins

 I was told recently that I am a conservative concerning scriptures. I have to agree, I am. 

The way I perceive things is there is a right way and a wrong way: no in-between. In other words, “You can't straddle a fence.” I believe the scriptures say just what they mean and is God speaking to us through his word.

I believe you are saved or you are not saved. There is no place for “I hope

I am, I believe or I think I am.” You will know. 

If you are born of God, you will make a practice of doing right at all times and at all cost.

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.” (II Corinthians 5:17)

What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun.

This is not to say we can't sin, because as long as we live in this fleshly body, we will sin; but we will not willfully practice sin. The Holy Spirit which indwells a true believer will convict him of that sin; then we are to confess and repent in order to restore our fellowship with God.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:9)

The way I perceive a follower of Christ is to meditate on his word and practice the commands of God. You either serve God, or the world. You can't do both.

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (I John: 2:15).

Some will say, “It is not what a person does but what Jesus did on the cross.”  I know the blood of my precious savior cleanses us from sin and that should make us love him even more and desire with all our heart, soul, mind and strength to live right, not wrong.