Something that makes me mad, are those churches that only accept the people that look like they got it all together and turn away the ones who have problems. Like you have to be good enough to be saved. You know what i mean. You know what i mean. They gather every sunday and dress all nice. I was reading about a woman’s testimony this week about how her church she had been going to for years wouldn’t accept her because she was getting divorced. This made her feel so guilty and ashamed. She didn’t feel like she could be saved. That just pisses me off. That is the opposite of what the church is suppose to be. The church is NOT for perfect people. If you are perfect you don’t need a savior. You can save yourself. The church is for the imperfect people who can’t save themselves. You go to church because you don’t have it all together and need help.
You can’t be good enough to be saved. That is the point. Jesus didn’t come to save the good. The righteous. The don’t need him. He came for the lowly. The poor. The troubled. There is no one beyond God’s ability to save. Have addictions, He is your savior, Committed crimes, He is your savior, Something was done to you that makes you feel ashamed, He is your savior, Were the one who did the something to someone, He is still your savior. Murderers, thieves, adulterers, liars, sinners of all degrees. He is your savior. His offer was not for a select few. It was for anyone who feels they aren’t worthy no exceptions. If you will repent and seek after him you may be saved. Don’t have to look nice, don’t have to have it all together. He can help you in the mist of your troubles. Hair all up in curlers and tattered old bathrobe. There is no right time or place. Seek him where ever you are in life and he may be found and you can be forgiven.
People who try to be exclusive are the ones who are seeking their own glory. They want to look like they are better than everyone around them. God is not with those sort of people. If you walk into a church like that turn around and run. So that you don’t fall into their trap of works. You can not earn God’s forgiveness. He can only give it to those who earnestly seek him. It can not be bought no matter how much you donate. It can only be given to you when you repent. Meaning you no longer want to live the life you were. You want a change in your life. You no longer want to do wrong. This of course means that you are still not perfect and might slip up still, but you will struggle and try to overcome your problems and God will help you there. It will be a marathon, not a race. Marathons take time and commitment. You will pass mile markers and slowly get towards the finish line. Races are short and you reach the destination quickly and it is over. That is not a realistic view. Very few people will instantly turn their life around after being saved. There will be time s when you fail. That doesn’t mean you have lost your salvation. God doesn’t say ow well it was worth shot and give up on you. He stays with you and continues to help you keep trying until you make it. Until you can lay down the baggage you have been carrying and stays with you even after. Even when you give up, He doesn’t.
Once you have made that decision to become a Christian, you don’t lose God. Even if you walk away. Once you become his, you are his for life. Salvation isn’t something you loose that easily. Just because you sin again after being saved, doesn’t mean you no longer are. That of course is not an excuse to do whatever you want and still go to heaven. The state of your heart is the real determining factor here. You hae to desire to do right. Your heart has to be in the right place with God. If you run amuck and sin to your hearts content with no regard to God’s will, you are on your way to losing your salvation. Many want to use God’s grace to live however as an excuse. I can do this now and repent later. You never know when you will die. Only God does. You shouldn’t live with unrepented sin in your life. You may not get the chance later.