BELIEVING  IS 
NOT  SALVATION

Can you believe you can be saved, simply believing, without fully recognizing your sins?

  Your belief is actually worse than that of a demon - in one way. Our text tells us that "the devils also believe, and tremble" (James 2:19).
We see from the accounts we read in Scripture, that the demons often trembled when they were confronted with Jesus Christ.

  The trembling of demons when confronted with Christ actually shows that they had more faith than you do, my lost friend. Their trembling shows that they had more understanding of the awfulness of sin and damnation than you do. At the wrath of God, which they now feel, and at the thought of future torments in Hell, which they expect… and which is more than some men do   That is the very thing that is missing in your faith. You have a cold, mechanical belief in who Christ is, and what He can do. You simply believe "that He can save me" or "trust Him to do it." But there is no union with Christ. And there is no emotion in your faith. There is no fear of Hell, or terror of eternal punishment for your sins. You do not tremble with fear when you think of these awful truths of Scripture. You are not troubled by your many sins enough to make your heart pound faster with fear and dread. You can change God's laws to serve yourself, because you do not fear God.
  I say that your beliefs are inferior, not as good, as those of the demons! How do you ever expect to experience real conversion if you have faith that produces no fear? How do you ever expect to be saved without at least some inner confusion and turmoil - as much as a demon has when he comes face to face with the Son of God?
  The Philippian jailer came to the Apostle Paul "trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas" (
Acts 16:29) in the throes of conviction of his sins. How do you expect to ever have a real conversion to Christ unless you first feel some of the terror and fear of judgment that this man felt? I would go so far as to say that if you feel no fear and trembling over your sin and the coming judgment, you will never experience a real conversion to Christ.
  In the great revivals of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, many thousands of people trembled, and were in such great fear of their souls being damned to Hell for their sin, that they sometimes screamed out loud, and some fell groaning on the floor.   How about you? Hell is terrible, beyond any words of description I could give you. Your sins are horrible, and nothing you do to get rid of them will help. You are trapped in your sins, with no way out. This should make the blood drain from your face, and bring terror to your heart. Only then will you see the need to flee to Jesus Christ for refuge and salvation through His Blood. Only then will you see the truth of that old song,
  Think deeply about your many sins. Think deeply about the Last Judgment, when God will read out your sins one by one from His books, His records of your sins. Think deeply about the horrors of Hell - where you are going because of your sins. Think deeply about your cold, emotionless dead heart. Think deeply about the fact that you have no hope! No hope! No hope! Pray for God to fill you with fear and trembling. Pray for God to rattle your mind and stir your emotions until you are frightened, and confused when you go to bed tonight, for fear that you will die - and sink down into the fire that never will be quenched, where "There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth" (
Luke 13:28).

See, sinner, that the "faith" you have now is not good enough to save you.
It is not as good as the demons! For the devils also believe, and tremble (James 2:19).

You will not find a church teaching about baptizing of the Holy Spirit. "For John baptized with
water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit" (Acts 1:5).

  Only a very small number of people are foolish enough to be outright atheists. The vast majority of people have at least a hazy belief in a Supreme Being.
  And most people believe what the Bible says about Jesus Christ. A recent poll indicates that 74% of the American people claim to be evangelical Christians. Virtually all of these millions of people believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that He died on the Cross to pay the penalty for their sins.  About 225 million Americans believe the basic facts of the gospel. And virtually all of them think they are saved because they believe those facts.
  But something is missing. Pollsters show that 84% of these people are "ignorant of the faith" The belief in Christ that these people have does not "translate into a personal faith consistent with Biblical teaching".
  It is good that they believe in God. It is good that they believe in Jesus. "You believe that there is one God; you do well…" (
James 2:19). But something is drastically wrong. Something is missing! They believe in the basic facts of the Bible. They will tell you they believe that Jesus died to pay for their sins. They believe that He can save them. Most of them will tell you that He has saved them. After all, they have trusted Him "to" save them. Take a careful look at that phrase, "I trusted Him to save me." What does it mean? The word "to" there is very important. It means that the person believes that Christ can save him, and he trusts Christ to do it. This is a deadly error. It is the error of "doctrinal belief." Trusting Christ to save me means that I trust something that the Bible says about Christ rather than trusting Christ Himself.  "Mere knowledge of these facts will not, however, save us.    The moment we learn that someone has trusted Christ "to save me" we know that he is still lost - for he has not trusted Christ Himself. He has only trusted something Christ can do. He has believed in something Christ can do, rather than believing in Christ, Himself. This is the deadly error of "doctrinal belief."   "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).   

John was talking to the Jews, for them to believe meant confessing to killing Jesus.

Will you die without being a witness? God commands Christians to witness, Matthew 28:18-20
He promises power to be His witness, Acts 1:8

A NEW SONG   Revelation 14-3-4     Start going to GOD!    Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit,   so WE CAN HEAR GOD.
The disciples did not go to "church" they went to God, using the Holy Spirit that Jesus gave them to replace the preacher! 

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