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Am I Saved? Seven Tests to Know!

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“Am I saved?” is one of the most important questions we can ask. Jesus said many people are deceived about the answer:

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”

Matthew 7:21-23

Paul commands:

“Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves.”

2 Corinthians 13:5

Here are seven ways to do that, but first, two introductory points:

  1. I taught messages on six of the tests at Woodland Christian Church. Links to each message are below.
  2. First John was written, “that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13). As a result, 1 John is referenced more than any other book.

Watch this message I delivered as a guest preacher, and/or read the post below to help examine your salvation…

Although rejected by the world and unpopular in the church, Jesus clearly taught that “few” people are going to heaven, and “many” people are going to hell. What can we learn from Jesus’ important words in Matthew 7:13-14 and 21-23, and what can we do to make sure we don’t hear the terrifying words from the Lord, “Depart from Me, I never knew you!”

Test 1: Have I experienced godly sorrow that produces repentance?

Here’s the accompanying message.

Repentance is required for salvation, and it comes from godly sorrow over our sin:

For godly sorrow produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly sorrow produces death.

2 Corinthians 7:10

Worldly sorrow is the sorrow in:

  • Courtrooms across the country when the verdict is read
  • Children when they find out they’re going to be punished
  • Adults when they find out they’re going to suffer because of something they’ve done

Basically, worldly sorrow is regret or shame, not because of the sin itself, but because of the consequences. It has no redemptive value.

Godly sorrow on the other hand involves sorrow over the sin, because there’s understanding the sin was committed against a holy, loving God. Godly sorrow desires victory over sin, and as a result it produces a change of mind about the sin; a turning from it. Repentance.

“Sorrow” is synonymous with regret, and Paul says godly sorrow won’t later cause regret; it won’t later cause more sorrow. Why? Because it “produces repentance that leads to salvation.”

Test 2: Has my repentance produced fruit?

Here’s the accompanying message.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

Ephesians 2:8-9

Even though we aren’t saved by works, they  are one of the strongest evidences of being saved. I’m amazed by the number of people confident in salvation that lacks fruit. Could be the salvation of a parent, child, sibling, or even their own. Three times James said, “faith without works is dead” (James 2:17, 20, 26).

Test 3: Has my faith persevered through trials?

This message had two parts: Part I and Part II.

While none of us enjoy trials (which is why James 1:2 commands us to “count” them as joy versus “feel” joy), one of the blessings from them is the greater confidence they can give us in our salvation:

  • James 1:3 says trials “[test] your faith.” In what sense? To see if it survives trials.
  • 1 Peter 1:7 says trials “prove” or “reveal” the “genuineness of our faith.”

When our faith survives trials we can rejoice regarding our faith being tested and proved.

Conversely, in Matthew 13:21 Jesus said the seed that fell on rocky ground didn’t survive when trials arose. Just as trials reveal the sincerity of faith, they also reveal when faith is insincere.

Test 4: Is my life characterized by obedience?

Here’s the accompanying message.

Just like Christians never reach a place of perfect sinlessness, they also never reach a place of perfect obedience; however, just like believers can avoid lives characterized by sin, they can also have lives characterized by obedience:

  • Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments (1 John 2:3).
  • He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him (1 John 2:4).
  • But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked (1 John 2:5-6).
  • Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous (1 John 3:7).

Test 5: Do I practice sinning?

This message had two parts: Part I and Part II.

Scripture does a tremendous job providing balance, and sin in a believer’s life is one of those balanced areas:

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

1 John 1:8

We never stopping sinning completely and to believe differently is a lie, but at the same time Scripture makes clear that believers can’t have lives characterized by sin.

  • If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth (1 John 1:6).
  • And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure (1 John 3:3).
  • Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him (1 John 3:6).
  • He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God (1 John 3:8-9).

John means, “he cannot keep on sinning,” establishing a pattern, or lifestyle of sin. That’s an impossibility for believers.

Paul communicates the same truth. In 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 he lists a number of sins – lying, idolatry, homosexuality, thieving, drunkenness – that prevent people from inheriting the kingdom of God. Then in verse 10 he says, And such were some of you.” After we become Christians our lives can no longer be characterized by those sins.

Test 6: Do I hunger and thirst spiritually?

This message had two parts: Part I and Part II.

None of us always feel like praying, reading the Bible, going to church, or being in fellowship, but we should have a regular desire for these spiritual activities. Assuming people have put their faith in Christ, they should look forward to worshiping the Lord who saved them. There’s only one group of people who don’t hunger and thirst for truth for these spiritual activities and that’s the unregenerate.

Test 7: Do I understand spiritual truths?

Believers have received the Divine Teacher:

  • John 14:26 The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
  • 1 John 2:27 The anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.

Saved individuals will have at least some grasp of spiritual truths. We’re not talking about every believer being a tremendous theologian, but we are talking about a spiritual illumination of basic truths. As much as spiritual blindness is an evidence of being unsaved, spiritual sight is evidence of being saved.

Conclusion

I’m thankful for the tests God provides in His Word. They should give some greater confidence in their salvation, while making others question whether they’re truly saved. My prayer is this post helps both groups!

Discussion Questions for the Comments Section

  • Can you think of any other tests?
  • When you administer these tests to yourself, what comes to mind?
  • Think of some individuals in Scripture we’d consider to be saved. Which tests do they pass? Fail?

84 Responses

  1. i’ll try 2 make this short —i’m an adult christian believer w’ asperger’s (possibly more) that is unable 2 recognize god’s voice, presence, answers, signs or even warning signs in general (except rarely after the fact)…i can only understand the literal parts of the bible & not even all of that (symbolism, codes, #’s, imagary, etc is 2 difficult 4 me)…also, even thou i know right from wrong, i don’t even know when i’m sinning as everything has 2 b written down or listed in full detail & only then am i able 2 use my free will…i grew up in a house w’ parents who not only don’t believe in god, but wouldn’t even let me go 2 church w’ a friend, until i was @ lst 13 (& even then they were unwilling) even thou i knew there was a higher power @ maybe 5 or 6…also, they were/r extremely controlling & i was never able 2 make my own choices or speak 4 myself…my dad esp, has been angry & all my life & now has become very erratic, & has emotionally abusd me as well, but denies it…anyway, i’m telling u this cuz it relates 2 my ?, but 1st i need 2 say 1 more major limitation that is also involved in this & that is that i don’t have the ability/foresight 2 look into/search future events cuz like a recovering alcoholic, i can only take things 1 day @ a time as my sensory system becomes overloaded 2 the pt where it actually debilitates me & it takes @ lst 3 days 2 fully recover, if not mre as it depends on how much stress i had…anyway, as a result of these limitations, i unknowingly took the mark of beast thru the rt pcr dna (covid test), which does inc. the vax (or should i say gene experiment) which proves that the vax can b taken unknowingly, thereby proving that the bible has been altered from it’s original languages (greek & hebrew)…now i will list what the cax really does contain (there may b more or i may b missing something, but this is the gist of it: 1st, it changes ur dna (transhumanism = chimera, cyborg, artificial intelligence – beast/ nephelium, fallen angel) & that in itself is irreparable…it magnitzes u – there r video’s of people who had the test or shot w’ magnets, silverware, or anything that is magnitized (u can even light up a bulb) – this is so u can b attatched 2 the ‘beast ‘ computer that they will turn on once the 5g is in place (this is one reason y people who have been vaccinated feel sick/sicker in areas w’ 5g — it’s what they have done in china)…initially, this is a bio-weapon (depopulation weapon) that was made in a lab in china & in the us…it has the quantum dot, which is activated by the lucerferous or the vax itself ( it has something 2 do w’ like how a firefly lighs up) that can b seen under an infered light…it has micro chips – i don’t know what goes w’ what, but they do include the image of the beast, the # of a man & the buy/sell deal…there r also micro needles which r going 2 be used 2 put in different vaxes by the nwo people…it includes mind/mood control, tracks u (they can even exterminate u if/when they choose…it also kills ur god gene, so u turn away from god, but luckily it did the opposite 2 me — i not only feel the spirit more often, but @ a grtr intensity…some people even lose their god gene after the 1st jab, but i guess it depends on ur hlth…it also contains a digital id as well as invisible in…also, it’s very toxic – it has graphene oxide & other toxic ingrediants, as well as aborted fetus’s, animal parts, etc…initially, the beast & the temple is inside u, so that’s how u worship the beast…anyway, the vax used in the pcr test is not the same as the typical vax since i had the test done in 2019 & the vaxs weren’t out, but they r a form of the vax (or should i say medicine since the kits were purposly labeled as such — these so called test kits were snuck into the us in 2018)…i never was gonna get the test or vax, but only cuz i didn’t c y a hlthy person should b tested just 2 c if u had it, w’out having it (covid)so i saw no need 4 going in 2 b tested…however, 2 yrs ago, i had 2 go 2 the er 4 what turned out 2 b an inner bleed (gastritis) in which i lost 3 units of blood in 2 hrs after admission (plus 1 more the next day) & as the test was required 4 admission, & w’ no warning signs or anything, i felt pressured/forced 2 take it, not knowing what it was…even now, there’s more talk abt the jab being the mark when the test is & the test is even more dangerous as it can kill u on the spot…finally, i need 2say that this was not a regular swab test (cotton tip) that is used (they actually don’t show images of what the test really looks like…initially, it’s 2 parts – 1 being a literal 6′ inch wand w’ what looks like most of a ball on the top that has bristles (in which the chips & other objects r hidden…the 2nd part look like a tongue depressor & when used 2gother they look like tongs…both r used 2 insert microchips (as an aspie, i’m more sensitive 2 things, so i felt the chips being implanted)… the tongue depressor put a chip somewhere in/ near my throat & the wand in2 my frontal lobe/4head – it actually went as far as up to the base of the brain, where it traveled 2 my 4head (there r articles of people who’s brain’s actually leaked brain fluid following the tests)…i also felt the vax going into my nose as well…afterwards i got a major headache that lasted a long time & i still get them occassionally & it was rare 4 me 2 even get headaches b4 this – or @ lst as bad & as long lasting…anyway, i finally looked up 2 get info abt the test once i was discharged as a result of what i felt/experienced & that’s when i learned what it was…i know u may not believe these things 2 b the mark so if that’s the case, plz answer hypothetically, otherwise do so normally…now, this is my question — can i still b saved since this was a result of my aspergers & that it was not directly a choice i made, but 1 made 4 me???

    1. Christian,
      As far as recognizing God’s voice I would encourage you to try to hear from him through the Bible. I would discourage you from trying to hear audibly from him or expect him to speak to you through other mediums. Basically, the question I would have for you or anyone else is: are you reading and trying to obey the Bible? While that does not save us, it is an evidence of being saved.

      Also, nobody understands the Bible completely or perfectly. I wouldn’t get too hung up on some of the things that don’t make sense in the Bible. It sounds like you have experienced some difficult things, and it probably affected you mentally. Fortunately, our ability to understand everything, or even most of the Bible, isn’t a requirement for salvation.

      Have you repented of your sins and put your faith in Christ? Do you believe you are a sinner who needs to be saved and that Jesus died in your place and took the punishment your sins deserve? If the answer is yes, then you are saved. You should be confident in what Jesus is done for you, and not in what you have to do.

  2. June 6, 2021

    Dear Mr. S. LaPierre,

    I have some questions. However, I would like to say that I see a lot of truth or simplicity/purity in the gospels you teach. I would like to say thank you for your sermon about “True Salvation/false Christian’s ““https://www.scottlapierre.org/am-i-saved-seven-tests-to-know/”
    I have a question based on two different perspectives that I see in the Christian spectrum (mainly most Christian News Articles and a Christian’s view on the Bible) on salvation through Jesus. There is a large broadcasting channel which I don’t know is valid that can be found at the website: s04j.com. Here is this main sermon on salvation and how to truly acquire it.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7i7H7hqHLCY&t=2s
    Then there is the another perspective to this article or a website called gotquestions.org, and I think I understand this, and here is their sermon on salvation
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hf09XJCCMsg&t=1s

    Both of these teacher’s seemingly have the same idea of thought, but when I look closer at what they are saying, they seem to contradict each other. I have had many hard experiences in my life that have helped me accept that Jesus is actually God. Most of these experiences are a result of them being “fruits” seen growing in my soul and myself. I personally think that there is something wrong with these “fruits”

    Example: I am having a conversation and remember Chastity/Humbleness and try to be a peaceful person in the conversation then “Lust/Envy” comes in to ruin the conversation. It has gotten to the point where I think I am immoral to an extent far beyond God’s Grace and I don’t want to know. It seems very convincing from a biblical standard.

    So I would finally like to get the correct Biblical Right on how to Truly be saved and the main two belief system I see in these websites are:

    Arminianism, a theology that emerged during the Protestant reformation, tends toward Semi-Pelagianism, although Arminius himself held to the doctrine of total depravity and the need of God’s grace to initiate the human will to turn to God.

    OR

    Protestant Theological System of John Calvin and his successors, which develops Luther’s doctrine of justification by faith alone and emphasizes the grace of God and the doctrine of predestination.

    I think one of these is teaching or leads to false teachers, false christians and the second death. I see that gotquestions.org has more Arminianism traits in it but holds the main message of Faith in Calvinism. Also, s04j.com has the same problem that I see and have been fooled (I think) in the past by Allen Parr “https://www.youtube.com/user/thebeatagp” being a false teacher. I still can not tell which is correct, so I would like your guidance on this matter.

    Sincerely,
    Jared Ross

    1. Jared,
      I’m sorry, but I’m not familiar with the broadcasting channel, so I can’t comment on it. But I am very familiar with GotQuestions.org and I’m a huge fan of their work. I link to them in many of my posts and have used much of their material when studying for sermons.

      I listened to their video you linked to, and I agree with it. Personally, I might have stressed repentance a little more.

      I am familiar with Arminianism, and I reject it. I don’t think of GotQuestions.org as an Arminian site. In fact, this is what they said when discussing Arminianism: “Four-point Calvinism (the official position of Got Questions Ministries) finds the other four points of Arminianism to be unbiblical, to varying degrees.”

      I tend to shy away from labels, because sometimes they communicate things that I don’t believe. For example, even though I lean more toward Calvinism, I don’t believe in double predestination (that God predestines people to heaven AND hell). Yet some people might think that if I say that I’m Calvinist.

      Generally, I try to acknowledge the two truths that I think are made abundantly clear in Scripture: God is sovereign and man is a free moral agent. Although these seem mutually exclusive, because they’re both presented in Scripture, I believe and teach both.

      I’m not sure that I answered your question, but if not, feel free to follow back up and I’ll respond further.

    2. Alright then this will answer my question on salvation,

      Is repentance

      Fighting a certain sin your entire life(From actually doing it)

      vs

      Stop doing one certain action or sin entirely(And how would you do this)

    3. Jared,
      Good question. I would say the first. Repentance is fighting a certain sin, and we might fight it our entire life. The end of Romans 7, where Paul talks about doing what he doesn’t want to do and not doing what he wants to do is the safe haven for all believers as we struggle against sin and temptation. As we struggle against temptation we feel like Paul does in these verses. There are great encouragement to all believers in this battle against sin.
      Considering Jesus struggled against temptation in a way we can’t even imagine tells us there’s nothing wrong with having to resist temptation. In other words, it’s not a sign of spiritual maturity (or immaturity) to be tempted. In fact, as we mature and become more sensitive to temptation and sin the struggle against it can seem to become even more intense.

  3. Hello,

    So I am trying to apply the tests to myself but I am not sure. I have believed in Christ and repented to the best of my ability.

    1. I believe I have experienced Godly sorrow but I am not sure. Like sin bothers me. Part of me is mad that I sinned against God but another part of me just doesn’t wanna go to hell. Or how do i know my sorrow is just not my emotions going out of control because i am usually very hard on myself?

    2. I have had Christian brothers say that they see fruit in me. But i don’t know. People say I am one of the only real Christians they know but I don’t know. I still feel I like I haven’t had a whole lot of fruit produced. I feel I have matured as a believer some but i don’t know

    3. The only major life trials that I have had are my own struggles with assurance of salvation. And when a couple of family members died when i prayed for them to recover but they didn’t. i still have faith in Him. But i don’t know how to approach this test overwise.

    4.I believe i try to live in obedience. I try to live Godly. Avoid sinful stuff. I try to share the Gospel(Not as much as i should.) but I don’t know if I am just passively being nice to people instead of actually loving them.

    5.I don’t practice sin. I try to avoid it. I don’t wanna participate in it. But when I am tempted I fold up and give in like a beach chair, so I don’t know.

    6. There have definitely times in the past I have felt that I have hungered for spiritual stuff but a lot of the time i just wanna be idle. And alot of the time Bible time feels like a chore. Though I do desire to have the deep intimate relationship that I have seen other believers have with God.

    7. I was serious when i believed in Jesus. I do my best to repent. I feel so weak.

    I just have alot of uncertainty. I believe I am saved. Other people say my faith looks genuine even some nonbelievers. But i have so many doubts.

    1. John,
      From what you wrote it sounds like you are a Christian. None of us have evidences of salvation in all of these areas to the extent that we would like; however, it sounds like as you consider these tests, there are definitely areas that evidence your faith and conversion.

      You need to keep in mind that doubt is not the same as unbelief. Doubt is what all believers experience. Unbelief is what unbelievers experience. Every Christian has doubts.

      To be candid with you, I think you might be focusing too much on yourself. I understand this post is about testing ourselves to see if we are saved, but the balance is that we must also remember that we are saved because of what Jesus has done for us, and not because of what we could do for ourselves. Keep looking at Christ and the sacrifice He made for you.

    2. From the day you thought u were saved did you continue to go or be around same people an places ? Have you had sex out of marriage? Is Jesus the first & last thing on ur mind ? Do you willfully sin ? Do you seem like an outcast ? Do people think you as out of touch? Because your life Everything changed in a second!!!!

    3. Billy,
      I’m sorry but I’m a little confused by your comments and questions. Can you elaborate a little, or explain the point you’re trying to make?

  4. Hey, it’s me again.
    On March 7th, 2021, I accepted Jesus Christ into my life as my saviour, or at least I think I did. I’m not sure anymore.
    For about the entire week before then, I had been feeling very convicted and wanted to get my salvation settled once and for all so that Sunday I went to my pastor to talk. He knew he couldn’t tell me anything I already knew, so he went through verses about salvation and the sorts.
    At the end of it, I walked out not very confident that I was saved, but as the minutes got longer I started getting confident that I was saved, although every once and a while I doubted me being saved. Multiple times through the following days I looked at lots of sites that talked about how salvation wasn’t about feeling, it was about the faith.
    I went into a thing where I began what would be the somewhat healthy mindset of knowing and thinking to myself that nothing in my walk with God had to be immediate, it’s a journey that would improve and grow as time went on.
    But now the past two days have been a struggle for me and I really don’t think I’m saved. When I tell myself I’m saved, inside it feels like a lie. Sometimes when I tell myself that I’m not saved, that too feels like a lie, and it keeps switching back and forth.

    I don’t want to go to hell, I want to have a growing relationship with God, and know confidently that I’m saved.
    I’m not sure if it’s pride that’s making me think this way, or if I just don’t actually want God, which is highly unlikely. Do I just not have enough faith? Maybe I’m still scared of what others will think, which I also know doesn’t matter, and I know God can help me with those thoughts.
    There’ve been so many people who have been praying for me, and I don’t want to disappoint them.

    I know God has been working in me, but I don’t know what’s happening with all these switching thoughts and doubts. Right now telling myself that I’m saved seems like a lie, but telling myself that I’m really unsaved also seems like a lie.
    I have a feeling that I’m not really saved and I’m trying to convince myself that I am saved (if that makes sense) I’m not sure if it goes along with any of the above text but I’m really not sure at this point. I know what I have to do to get saved, so what’s stopping me? Why don’t I really waNT to pray about it? I know God can help me, so why can’t I ask for it?

    At this point, there’s some fear of disappointment. I want to live for God, but I don’t know if I really can.
    There’s so many questions, and for some, I already know the answer yet I’m still asking them.

    What should/can I do?

    1. Allie,
      Nice to hear from you again. I am thankful for the work God is doing in your life and that you have become a Christian.

      I do agree with you that salvation is not about feelings but about faith. There are people who feel like they are saved when they are not, and there are time saved people might feel like they are not saved.

      I think you also need to do your best to go by truth and not by feelings. You might feel like you are not saved, but if you have turned from your sins to Christ, and put your faith in him as your Savior, then the Bible says you are saved.

      It is common for the devil to try to cause us to doubt. I don’t want you to think that this is something that only happens with you. Keep reading the Bible and preaching to yourself the truths in it. Read Romans 10:8-10.

  5. Hello.

    If you are reading this comment, you are probably wondering also if you are saved. I would like to share a recent and ongoing journey that I pray might give you hope. For about 3 years, I was completely torn and flipped inside out about my salvation. I had first trusted Christ when I was only five years old, but along the line, I didn’t take my relationship with God that seriously. When I was in the sixth grade, though, I was convicted to get things right. I took initiative and started once again. I started to pray more often and put down things that I knew were not Christ-honoring.

    That is, until a particular summer a few years ago.

    I don’t know what exactly had started it, but a certain experience concerning my parents and in-laws caused a huge amount of doubts, and what-if’s started knocking at my door. I don’t even remember what exactly was my first doubt, or when it actually happened. I NEVER had had these types of what if’s going through my head, and each of them pounded at my head every single day. My heart started to hammer in ways that it never had before. I didn’t want to ask my parents, because I was afraid that they might label me as “a doubter”. I was the MOST afraid of asking any spiritual leaders (such as pastors) because I was afraid of being condemned. And I especially didn’t want God to know about these thoughts (which He already knew, haha!)

    I had kept all those “what-if’s” about my salvation to myself. I always felt on edge, like at any second I would die and be sent to the place I deserved: hell. I, obviously, saw my sin. It was gross and ugly and I knew I could not go anywhere near God with it. I eventually told my family and we walked through Scripture, but some of those “what-if’s” kept coming back. I cannot recall how many times I had clung on to Christ as my Savior, and how many nights I just sat down in the closet (where I do devotionals) and cried and cried. Soon, I started to look back at my experience as a five-year-old and felt assured, until a piercing thought came upon me.

    “What exactly did you say that day you trusted Christ?”
    I responded, “Well…I don’t know. I think I just said what my pastor’s wife had told me.”
    The voice came back. “What if you didn’t even say anything? What if you didn’t fully understand? What if….what if…what if…”
    I threw my hands in the air with despair, seeing that I could not find any assurance in what I had done as a child, so I decided to trust Christ again.
    The voice came a-knocking. “What IF you didn’t say the right thing? What if you didn’t MEAN it? What if He didn’t HEAR you? WHICH time was it that you were saved?”

    What if, what if, what if.
    I moaned again, not finding assurance in anything that I had said.

    It seemed like everywhere I looked, I could not find assurance of my salvation.
    Not in my five-year-old experience.
    Not in anything I said.
    Not in anything that I felt.
    Not in any date found on the 365 days on the calendar.
    And the list goes on and on, and on.

    I remember one day I was in the shower, I told God that, quote, “I trust you, but I do not want to be anxious any more! Please help me!” Once I had gotten dressed, I was cleaning the library section in our house, and I found a booklet by George Cutting titled “Light For Anxious Souls” (which I recommend!). I read it and gained a bit of understanding, but the light did not click just yet. I couldn’t still find any assurance until I then again stumbled upon a website called https://knowimsaved.com/ which I recommend anyone to go to.

    I had finally found a place to put my faith in and where I could confidently stand. On CHRIST and His WORK for me.
    As I write this, I know, for a sure fact that I am truly, truly, TRULY saved from sin and it’s consequences because of what Christ has done for me and I trust Him. Even though afterward I discovered and believed and trust Jesus’ work for me, I still have those “what-ifs”. I still sometimes have those moments. But when I feel anxious, I always look at the palm of my hands, just as a subtle reminder of what Christ has done for me and WHERE my faith (trust!) should be at. In Him!

    The lesson that I would like to share with you all is that you will not find any assurance if you look at yourself. You will only find confidence if you rest and look unto what Christ has done for us. “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.” Isaiah 45:22. Believe it, cause it’s true! Trust Him, cause He truly saves!

    Even as I write this, I am still learning to lean on Jesus every single day. I still am growing and learning more about the awesome truths of salvation. I still go through the up and downs, but I feel more confident when I look at Christ rather than myself.

    As I end my small paragraph, I will leave you with this illustration that was inspired from a George Cutting booklet.

    Two men were drowning in the depths of the sea. Someone throws them a life preserver into the roaring waters. The first man throws his whole body onto the preserver, while the other man just grabs onto the end of it.

    Now, let me ask you, who is safer? The man whose whole body is on the presever, or the one who simply grabbed it?

    Or, perhaps they are both safe because they are holding onto the preserver?

    There is a Preserver we can reset confidently in. Jesus Christ and His work for us.

    Wheter it is your pinkie or your whole body, throw yourself onto Him.

    Also, thank you Mr. LaPierre for your comments that point people to Christ!

    1. Melody,
      I wish I could tell you this in person. Thank you SO much for sharing this wonderful testimony and pointing people to the Savior.

      In Christ,
      Scott LaPierre

    1. Anna,
      Many people have gotten in trouble for prophesying when Jesus would return. So far all of them have been wrong. During Jesus’s earthly ministry he said he didn’t know the day or hour of his return. That leads me to believe none of us do either. Plus Scripture doesn’t set a date. We are told to look at the seasons though, which means the things happening in our world. I hold a premillennial view of the future, so I believe as things get worse we are getting closer.

  6. I am afraid that I am not saved. I have been watching sermons, praying, reading my Bible, and I worry if my “conviction” is actually conviction or me just feeling bad. I don’t love others as I should and I think my repentance might be worldly. I don’t know what to do. I can’t remember when I was saved and it is not a whole new world for me yet. I don’t know if the Holy Spirit is in me because I don’t have a deep love for other Christians and I don’t have joy right now. I have been doubting Jesus and I am afraid that I committed the unpardonable sin. I don’t feel anything most of the time and my thoughts sometimes tell me I don’t believe but I choose to believe even though I’m doubting. Am I saved or not saved?

    1. Hello Chloe,
      I think you believe you’re unsaved, because you’re looking at yourself too much. For example, you said you think you’re unsaved because you don’t love others as you should and your repentance might be worldly versus godly. The truth is that none of us love others as we should and all of us at times have experienced repentance that is worldly versus godly. Your confidence needs to be in the work of Christ on the cross. Have you repented of your sins and trust in Christ for salvation? Have you put your faith in him? If so, then you are a Christian. While I don’t know you, the conviction you’re experiencing is hard to reconcile with an unbeliever.

      You mentioned the way you feel. We can’t go by our feelings. They come and go, and are up and down. We must go by the truth of scripture.

      You said you were doubting. All believers experience doubt at times. Unbelief is what unbelievers experience, and it doesn’t sound like you’re experiencing that.

  7. Hi Scott,
    I’ve been questioning my salvation a lot recently and it has been sparked up by the realization that if I truly loved Jesus, I would follow his commands. I never share the gospel and I am not as loving as I should be. I repent and feel sorrow sometimes but not as much as I should. I know how I should be acting and the will of God based off scripture, but my decisions in my life don’t seem to back up what I know I should be doing. I read my Bible, pray, watch sermons, and have felt moments where I’ve been close to God. Yet, I can’t tell if those times where I was close to God were just an emotional spikes, and not actually love towards Him, because those times didn’t turn into a devotion for Christ. I say that I love Christ and want my life to be centered around Him, but my actions aren’t evidence of that claims. I know that the people around me probably don’t know I am a Christian. I have also been baptized and I thought I was saved then, but I don’t think I had a clear grasp on salvation. Do you think I’m just going through a period of lukewarmness, or am I actually not saved?

    1. Hi Macy,
      Yes, there’s truth that if you love Jesus you’ll obey him since that’s what he said: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15). But the question is, what does it mean to follow his commands? While that sounds pretty self-explanatory, none of us followed his commandments…perfectly. So he cannot mean that as literally as it sounds. Instead, I think it has to do with this: what characterizes your life? And what do you desire to do? Is your life characterized by obedience our disobedience? And do you desire to obey the Lord?

      Another evidence of salvation is conviction of sin, which just from this comment, I can tell you experience. You’re convicted about disobeying his commands, and you’re convicted about not sharing the gospel like you should. To be candid with you, while not trying to minimize your conviction, I will say that I suspect most Christians will confess that they don’t share the gospel as much as they should.

      Spiritual hunger and thirst is another evidence, and you mentioned reading your bible, praying, and watching Sermons.

      I would discourage you from going by your feelings and emotions. You mentioned “emotional spikes.” Unfortunately, that’s what happens with emotions and feelings. They go up and down. Instead, look to the truth of God’s Word.

      Since you asked, my suspicion, based on this comment of yours, is that you’re saved. I can’t imagine an unsaved person writing these things. I’m not even sure it that I would say you’re lukewarm. If the Holy Spirit is trying to do a work in your life and convict you have been lukewarm, I don’t want to shortchange that. With that said, I think you’re experiencing conviction that will produce sanctification. My encouragement would be for you to be confident in your salvation, pray that if you’re not God would reveal that to you, and act on the conviction you’ve received. Look for those opportunities to share the gospel, and consider those commandments you’re not obeying and strive to obey them with God’s help.

    2. I am afraid that I am not saved. I have been watching sermons, praying, reading my Bible, and I worry if my “conviction” is actually conviction or me just feeling bad. I don’t love others as I should and I think my repentance might be worldly. I don’t know what to do. I can’t remember when I was saved and it is not a whole new world for me yet. Am I saved?

  8. im scared that I am not truly saved. I remember when I was a child I was in the middle of a panic attack when I said that I wanted to get baptized. but I cant remember when I was saved, I just remember that I was very young. is that a bad thing? im 16 now and struggling with the CONSTANT fear that I am not truly saved and that when I die and stand before God that He will say, ‘depart from me, I never knew you’. I read my bible on a daily basis now and pray as much as I can. however, when I pray and repent of my sins during prayer, I really feel nothing. nothing lifted off of my chest, God never speaks to me, I just feel like im not saved because of this. because I dont feel anything. I’ve been to a million different websites trying to gain reassurance or something, but nothing is helping me. I ask myself if people around me would know that I am a Christian and I don’t know. I have been recently turning away from sin and trying to do better. some websites worry me more that im not a christian because of the ‘signs’ the authors of the website gives, and some reassure me for a moment then I go right back to worrying about it. im so lost and scared. please help me.

    1. Hello Taylor,
      Thanks for reaching out and for sharing so openly and humbly.

      im scared that I am not truly saved. I remember when I was a child I was in the middle of a panic attack when I said that I wanted to get baptized. but I cant remember when I was saved, I just remember that I was very young. is that a bad thing?

      No, that’s not a bad thing. I think many people can’t say the moment they were saved, and there’s nothing wrong with that. There’s only something wrong if there’s no evidence of salvation.

      im 16 now and struggling with the CONSTANT fear that I am not truly saved and that when I die and stand before God that He will say, ‘depart from me, I never knew you’.

      I will say that it’s hard for me to believe that someone who feels this way would be unsaved. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and it sounds like you have plenty of that healthy, biblical fear.

      I read my bible on a daily basis now and pray as much as I can. however, when I pray and repent of my sins during prayer, I really feel nothing. nothing lifted off of my chest, God never speaks to me, I just feel like im not saved because of this. because I dont feel anything.

      We shouldn’t be guided by our feelings and emotions, because they come and go and can be deceptive. It’s completely fine that you don’t feel anything. We need to be guided by the truths of Scripture. I believe that when you believe what Scripture says then you will feel the way you want. In other words, then your shame and guilt will be gone. For example, 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Have you confessed your sins? It sounds like you have. Then you must trust that God has been faithful and just and has cleansed you from all unrighteousness. When you believe this, your conscience will be eased and your worry will be gone.

      I’ve been to a million different websites trying to gain reassurance or something, but nothing is helping me. I ask myself if people around me would know that I am a Christian and I don’t know. I have been recently turning away from sin and trying to do better. some websites worry me more that im not a christian because of the ‘signs’ the authors of the website gives, and some reassure me for a moment then I go right back to worrying about it. im so lost and scared. please help me.

      I don’t think the answer is any website, as shown by the number of websites you’ve visited. If a website could give you what you need, you would’ve found it by now. Instead, what you need is to believe the truth of Scripture. Also, I think you might be believing that you’re saved by something you do, such as praying enough, reading the Bible enough, repenting of enough sins, etc, but this is also against Scripture. We’re saved by believing in Jesus, which it sounds like you’ve done.

  9. Hi pastor,
    I’ve also been having severe issues with whether I’m saved or not. Corona virus was a HUGE wake up call for me and I have finally tried to stop being lukewarm. My biggest issue is what everyone will think of me when I return to school, I’m not ashamed of the gospel but I still want friends. I pray for boldness every day but I dont know if I’m changing.
    My biggest fear is that on judgement day Jesus will tell me that he never knew me. This honestly scares me as I dont know which commandments I’m required to keep, I end up wandering into legalism trying to secure my salvation especially with the whole keeping the sabbath etc. Jesus said if you love me you will keep my commandments so if I unknowingly break one am I doomed to hell for eternity? I also am not baptised which also scares me greatly as I’ve had the opportunity in the past to be baptised but I wasnt ready, now that I am, it may be too late.
    Also, I am sometimes unaware of when I sin, I dont purposefully try and wander into sin anymore but I end up doing things like judging someone without knowing and I dint repent because I dont realise. How do I deal with this?
    I honestly fear God so much and I dont know if I’m wandering on the wide road to destruction. Whilst we aren’t saved by works I haven’t personally done enough according to biblical standards to be called a disciple of Christ and it makes me soo sad.
    How do I know if I have the Holy Spirit I end up relying on my feelings when it comes to faith and I feel like this is my problem. I feel like when it comes to religion it’s more what I’m thinking rather than my feelings 🙁
    I just feel like im not doing this whole christianity thing right, i didnt have a radical experience

    1. Hello M,
      I responded below your statements…

      Hi pastor,
      I’ve also been having severe issues with whether I’m saved or not. Corona virus was a HUGE wake up call for me and I have finally tried to stop being lukewarm.

      I’m glad God has used recent circumstances to get your attention. He does that ?.

      My biggest issue is what everyone will think of me when I return to school, I’m not ashamed of the gospel but I still want friends.

      Interestingly, if you look at Allie’s comment you’ll see she said something similar a few days ago. I’ll tell you the same thing I told her. No you shouldn’t have that fear of your school friends, but it’s understandable. What I’ve often seen is when people are Christians and they want godly friends, God provides them! I’m going to pray God provides you with some friends who are a support to you in your faith.
      I pray for boldness every day but I dont know if I’m changing.

      Regarding boldness, just to let you know I typically think it looks more like being kind, saying no to worldly movies or parties, than it means standing in the middle of a group preaching the Gospel. In other words, be bold with your actions versus your words.

      My biggest fear is that on judgement day Jesus will tell me that he never knew me.

      Ironically the people who do need to have this fear typically don’t, and people who have this fear typically don’t need it because it drives them to salvation. Another way to say it is those who fear God have the least reason to fear God, while those who don’t fear Him have the biggest reason to fear Him.

      This honestly scares me as I dont know which commandments I’m required to keep, I end up wandering into legalism trying to secure my salvation especially with the whole keeping the sabbath etc.

      For salvation there’s only one commandment to obey, and that’s the command to believe: “And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us” (1 John 3:23).

      Jesus said if you love me you will keep my commandments

      Yes, that’s true, and Christians do obey Jesus, but not perfectly. If I met someone who had no heart to obey Christ I would doubt the person’s salvation.

      so if I unknowingly break one am I doomed to hell for eternity?

      No. Just because a person sins, it doesn’t mean they’re not a Christian. Read the end of Romans 7 to see the struggle we all have.

      I also am not baptised which also scares me greatly as I’ve had the opportunity in the past to be baptised but I wasnt ready, now that I am, it may be too late.

      You aren’t saved by being baptized and you don’t go to hell for not being baptized. You’re convicted, so now you should be baptized and it’s definitely not too late.

      Also, I am sometimes unaware of when I sin, I dont purposefully try and wander into sin anymore but I end up doing things like judging someone without knowing and I dint repent because I dont realise. How do I deal with this?

      This is the case for all of us. The Old Testament describes unintentional sins. The solution is simple: repent when you’ve learned you’ve sinned. God will faithfully convict you. But don’t have anxiety over potential sins you don’t know you’ve committed.

      I honestly fear God so much and I dont know if I’m wandering on the wide road to destruction.

      If you were on the wide road you probably wouldn’t have this fear of God as the wide road is reserved for those who don’t fear God.

      Whilst we aren’t saved by works I haven’t personally done enough according to biblical standards to be called a disciple of Christ and it makes me soo sad.

      You mean there’s not enough evidence? I appreciate your sensitivity to conviction. Now you can start living for him.

      How do I know if I have the Holy Spirit I end up relying on my feelings when it comes to faith and I feel like this is my problem.

      I would look for changes to your life and interests. You shouldn’t be the same person in a year that you are today, and your interests should change. You should hunger and thirst for the Word and worship, not all the time, but at least sometimes.

      I feel like when it comes to religion it’s more what I’m thinking rather than my feelings 🙁

      We can’t go by our feelings, so this is good!

      I just feel like im not doing this whole christianity thing right, i didnt have a radical experience.

      You’re saying something similar to Allie. Like I told her, it’s not about a radical experience or emotions. It’s about believing in Christ for salvation and then daily following Him.

      If there’s anything else, please let me know. I’d really like to see you receive the answers you desire. I could even get you in contact with a woman to speak and pray with if you’d like.

    2. Hi pastor,
      Thank you very much for your detailed reply! 🙂 it’s given me so much hope, even though I have really bad days sometimes with my faith, I will keep striving to please God in all that I do! Would you please be able to put me in contact with this woman 🙂 once again, thank you pastor!

    3. Hi Mary,
      Yes, I’ll get you in contact with someone soon. I’ve got your email, and she’ll reach out to you soon!

      God bless you and I’m praying for you!

  10. thank you for replying! for a while now I’ve seen the way to getting saved is too simple to know if you are or not. I’m interested in whoever this person is to talk to, although I have a gut feeling I wouldn’t respond as often/quickly as I would like.

  11. no clue what to write, but I’ll try anyway. I’ve been going to a bible believing church for my entire life (I’m 13). during these last 2-3 weeks of this Corona thing, I’ve been wanting to get saved, but for some reason, I just don’t know HOW, even though I know what to do to get saved. there’s a little bit of fear of changing and getting judged by my school friends, and I know that I shouldn’t have this fear. I can’t feel emotions very well, and when I do its very muted, which kinda sucks for me because I feel like you need to have some sort of special feeling after you get saved, along with when you decide to get saved that I feel like you need to be in unbearable guilt and sadness and the sorts. sometimes I think that it’s too late for me because of all the rejecting I’ve done throughout my life, and that my lack of emotion will not allow the feeling of needing to get saved to be in me. I don’t know what to do in this situation, any advice would be appreciated, my friend told me that the prayer for forgiveness doesn’t need to be long and fancy, but you just need to believe and mean what you say, which is the part I’m finding hard to do the most :\

    1. Hello Allie,
      First, let me say I appreciate your spiritual sensitivity, heart to do what’s right, and desire to be saved. I’m going to copy what you wrote and respond below it…

      no clue what to write, but I’ll try anyway. I’ve been going to a bible believing church for my entire life (I’m 13). during these last 2-3 weeks of this Corona thing, I’ve been wanting to get saved, but for some reason, I just don’t know HOW, even though I know what to do to get saved.

      I think the issue you’re dealing with is found in this statement. The “how” is believing. In John 6:29Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”

      there’s a little bit of fear of changing and getting judged by my school friends, and I know that I shouldn’t have this fear.

      No you shouldn’t have that fear of your school friends, but it’s understandable. What I’ve often seen is when people are Christians and they want godly friends, God provides them! I’m going to pray God provides you with some friends who are a support to you in your faith.

      I can’t feel emotions very well, and when I do its very muted, which kinda sucks for me because I feel like you need to have some sort of special feeling after you get saved,

      This isn’t true, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

      along with when you decide to get saved that I feel like you need to be in unbearable guilt and sadness and the sorts.

      This also isn’t true. Many people are thankful when they’re saved, because they’re forgiven, born-again, and imputed with the very righteousness of Christ. This is cause more for joy than sadness!

      sometimes I think that it’s too late for me because of all the rejecting I’ve done throughout my life, and that my lack of emotion will not allow the feeling of needing to get saved to be in me.

      If it was too late for you, you wouldn’t have sent me this email. I say that, because when it really is too late for people they no longer have the fears and concerns you do. Romans 1 describes God giving people over, and when He does that, they no longer care. That’s definitely not you!

      I don’t know what to do in this situation, any advice would be appreciated, my friend told me that the prayer for forgiveness doesn’t need to be long and fancy, but you just need to believe and mean what you say, which is the part I’m finding hard to do the most :\

      I agree with your friend. Romans 10:9 and 10 says, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”

      If there’s anything else, please let me know. I’d really like to see you receive the answers you desire. I could even get you in contact with a woman to speak and pray with if you’d like.

  12. Hey Pastor,

    I stumbled across your website and hope you don’t mind but I have some questions.

    I grew up in a Christian home and said the “sinner’s prayer” and did try to serve God but when I became a teenager became very ill and in college walked away from God. I never doubted there was Jesus or what he did but I certaintly didn’t care about what I did because I viewed that God would save me eventually when I repented. I’m not sure if I had a pastor who preached that message or if he preached something similar and my teenage brain completely warped it into what I wanted it to say.

    Throughout the years I have occasionally attended church but could never keep attending due to several issues (I never felt at peace, I was too busy and too mad at the hypocrosy of some christians). During this I would still intermittently proclaim myself a Christian to certain people so I wouldn’t bring shame to my family or myself. I was so far into sin that while I told others that Jesus would forgive them I didn’t truly believe that for myself since I had willingly kept walking in sin and ignored God. For around 5 years I would occasionally go to a new church and tell others that I wasn’t a Christian because there was no mask to keep up and I didn’t want to lie since I wasn’t living that way.

    The reason I mention this is to give you a backstory because COVID has served as a wake up call for me. Over the last month I have come to a point where I realized I couldn’t keep living this way anymore. I believe I repented but I’m not entirely sure because it was more of a mix of fearing the consequences of my actions and also being utterly ashamed of how I treated God. I realize that my sin has separated me from God and that by doing the things I was doing that I was a disgrace to God’s name and the character of God. Since then I have been reading my bible, worshipping, praying and attending church services (online obviously). I still struggle with sins (anger, pride, lying etc) but I have stopped participating in others (swearing, watching pornography, etc.). To be honest I am disgusted by how far I went but I’m not sure if the actual concept of it disgusted me – more like I am upset that I upset God. You mentioned that a sign of being saved is loving God. I don’t know if I love God and I’m not really sure how to tell. What I do know is that I don’t want to live like before and I want to honor what he did for me and glorify him. My concern is that I’m not really saved because I’m not sure I’m not sure I have real repentance or love for God. I saw scriptures that makes me think you can’t come back to God. Like when it talks about in Hebrews about the people who turn away from God who have tasted him and that there is no repentance for them. Also when it talks about how you can’t recrucify Christ. These scriptures really scare me and I feel like I really blew it which makes me ashamed of how much I dishonored God. I guess I’m asking if you think it is too late for me? I thought that I had repented but now I’m not sure because I don’t see fruit and I often love the world, I’m not sure if I’m in fellowship with God, if I hear from God, etc.

    I definitely know that I wasn’t living by almost any of the requirements during that 5 year period but now I’m struggling with if I am living by the requirements now. So even now I question if I am really saved and if my lack of showing these fruits shows that I’m beyond redemption.

    1. Hello Allie,
      You said, “Throughout the years I have occasionally attended church but could never keep attending due to several issues (I never felt at peace, I was too busy and too mad at the hypocrosy of some christians).” I don’t know what you mean about “not having peace,” so I don’t know to respond to that comment, and I don’t know how busy you were, but I’ll say when most people say that they seem able to find time for other things. The hypocrisy of Christians is not an excuse for not attending church.

      You said, “I believe I repented but I’m not entirely sure because it was more of a mix of fearing the consequences of my actions and also being utterly ashamed of how I treated God.” You sound like these aren’t good reasons, to repent, but they sound like good reasons to me.

      You listed sins you still struggle with. Every Christian has sins they struggle with. The question is whether they struggle against them, which it sounds like is the case with you, or give themselves over to them.

      You said you don’t know if you love God. Love is not a feeling. Love is actions and behaviors. We aren’t saved by works, but you can look at your actions as evidence of whether you love God.
      You’re wondering if you have real repentance. Has your life changed. It sounds to me like it has.

      What you’ve written is encouraging to me. While I can’t know if you’re a Christian, the fear and desire you have are hard to reconcile with an unregerate person.

      I can tell you that it’s not too late for you, and you’re not beyond redemption. You wouldn’t feel this way if it was too late. You’d be indifferent and uncaring.

  13. Hi, Scott! I’ve made some progress with my faith, but something happened. My sister’s boyfriend broke up with her via text message, saying he liked a girl first semester, but thought he wouldn’t have a chance, so he went ahead and dated my sister. Now she is devastated, and I don’t know what to do. I don’t have the best relationship with her, but what happened is just wrong. How do I forgive him for that? He had no reason to, and I don’t know if he is sorry.

    1. Hi Andrew,
      Nice to hear from you.

      Forgiveness is difficult. Remember that whatever this young man did to your sister pales in comparison to what we’ve done to God, yet He’s still forgiven us; therefore, how much more willing should we be to forgive others? Read the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant in Matthew 18 to fully understand this point.

      Plus, as David said in Psalm 51, we never really sin against anyone else. All of our sin is against God; therefore, the young man didn’t really sin against you or your sister. He sinned against God.

  14. One day I was asking someone for nude pictures, and I said,”One more for the devil.” I haven’t felt right since, and believe that it was blasphemy, and I’m going to hell.

    1. Hi Andrew,
      We’ve all said and done things we regret; things that betrayed and dishonored Christ. That’s not the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. The blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is a lifetime rejection of Christ.

      Would you listen to this sermon I preached on the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. It’s called, “What Is and Isn’t Forgiveable.”

      Please let me know your thoughts after you listen. I’ll pray God speaks to you through it.

  15. I can’t attend a gym unfortunately. My parents say I’m too underweight, and I have a texture issue with eating. I pretty much only love chocolate cake, chicken strips, and fries.

    1. Hello Andrew,
      Yes, this is Scott LaPierre. I respond to all the comments on my site.

      You’re going to have to learn to enjoy some other foods, especially nutritious ones, if you want to gain weight and be healthy.

  16. I want to turn my life around. As I’ve stated, I’m 14. I wake up late, and I weigh 80 pounds at 5’. I know this isn’t the place, but is there any way you could help me with gaining weight and being more active?

    1. Hi Andrew,
      Well, interestingly, I used to be really into fitness and bodybuilding.

      The good news about gaining weight is it’s pretty straightforward. You have to eat more calories than you burn. If you eat a certain amount of calories and don’t gain weight, then you need to eat more!

      Would you be able to attend a gym?

  17. I don’t feel anything for others and I want what I shouldn’t. I don’t want God to condemn me, but it’s extremely difficult to follow his commands. However, whenever I think of giving up my faith or giving into evil, I don’t want to.

    1. Hi Andrew,
      Consider these verses in Romans 7:15-20:

      15 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. 17 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.

      These verses don’t justify sin, but they’re the safe haven for every believer to throw themselves into when they’re struggling as you described. I couldn’t help thinking of these verses when reading your sentiments. I hope they encourage you as they encourage me and many others.

    1. Andrew,
      I’m sorry to hear that, but without you giving me more details, I’m not sure how to help?

      I would encourage you to read the Bible, and especially throw yourself into the psalms.

  18. I’m struggling with my faith in the Lord. It is weak, as whenever trials present themselves, I am more inclined to sink in defeat than stand with God.

    1. There’s a difference between unbelief and doubt. Unbelief if what unbelievers experience. Doubt is what every believer experiences, because none of us have a perfect faith. In other words, none of us believe perfectly (without any doubts). In Matthew 17:20 Jesus said:

      For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”[e]

      The point of this verse is that we don’t need a lot of faith. Even a little faith can accomplish much. I hope that can encourage you.

      Also, sinking in defeat versus standing with God is determined by your actions. When you’re experiencing a trial, do you continue to serve God or do you turn from Him?

    1. Have you ever heard that some are prophets and some are mercies? You can pray to have more compassion toward people, but I wouldn’t see that as a grievous sin.

  19. I do all except for church, as I haven’t been able to due to my parents schedule. However, I was recently informed after Christmas I will start attending. I have been asking for years to go to church.

    1. Hello again,
      You saw in the post that one of the tests is about hungering and thirsting spiritually. The fact that you’ve been praying for years to go to church is a great evidence of salvation.

      I reread your previous comment and I have a question. You said there’s a lack of feeling or empathy. Do you mean toward people or toward your sin? In other words, do you mean you’re not as kind (sympathetic) toward people as you know you should be, or do you mean you don’t feel bad about your sin?

  20. I know you might not see this, but I am struggling. I am fourteen, and I struggle with repeated sin and lack of feeling or empathy. I try to resist sin, but I keep giving into temptation. I also only feel godly sorrow maybe once a week. I really want to be saved, and worship the Lord upon entering Heaven. If you see this, please help. I will reply if you reply. Please, I do not want to burn, and I know the Lord could come from the clouds any day.

    1. Hello Phantom,
      You are correct – as the post says – that Christians don’t engage in habitual, unbroken patterns of sin; therefore, if that’s the case in your life, it is good to be concerned. With that said, from the little I can tell from your message, you do seem to want to be saved. Have you repented of your sins and turned to Christ? Surrender your life to Him and cry out to Him for mercy and deliverance from the temptation you face. Do you read the Word regularly? Do you attend and serve in a biblically-ordered, Gospel-preaching church?

  21. When I read about salvation in the Psalms, it seems obvious when God saves David from his enemies. Why do we have to ask people if they are saved? When did salvation become something that is not plainly seen?

    1. Hello Shira,
      When God saved David, it was from physical enemies. It was easy to see whether he was or wasn’t delivered. Salvation is spiritual. While there is physical evidence (such as fruit and works), it’s still something that takes place inwardly. Plus, there are verses that reveal that unsaved people can look saved. Tares look like wheat. 1 John 2:19 says:

      They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.

      They looked saved until they went out. It was only them going out that revealed they weren’t saved.

  22. I question my salvation. I feel the Lord has taken away my desire for alcohol drugs and secular music and tv and movies but i continue to smoke cigarretes. I know it is against God and i feel gross about this habit but i still continue to smoke. I feel there is no fruit in my life. I go to church , worship, listen to bott radio every evening. But i dtill feel something is not right. I have prayed on my face about this but still feel unsure. Please help i dont want to burn. Perhaps i havent totally submitted my will???

    Thanks,
    Dan Mc

    1. Hi Dan,
      Thanks for reading, commenting, and sharing so openly. Just because God has taken away your desire for alcohol, drugs, secular music, and other things you listed doesn’t mean He’s going to take away every struggle. I knew a man with the reverse of your situation: he said God took away his desire to smoke, but he continued to struggle with drunkenness. While some people struggle with lying, gluttony, lust, anger, etc, it seems you’re going to continue to have to struggle against smoking. I wouldn’t let that make you doubt your salvation though; as long as we’re on this side of heaven all of us have different struggles and temptations to resist. The same was true of Jesus (Hebrews 4:15).

      You said, “I feel there is no fruit in my life. I go to church, worship, listen to bott radio every evening.” This is an ironic sentence. You said you feel there’s no fruit in your life…but then you listed fruit in your life!

      Also, you said, “I haven’t totally submitted my will.” Except for Jesus Himself, nobody has ever “totally submitted [their] will.”

      Have you repented of your sins and put your faith in Christ? If the answer to that is yes, then don’t be governed by your feelings; you said you “still feel unsure.” Be governed by the truth of God’s Word. I don’t know, so I couldn’t say whether you are or aren’t saved, but I can say your comment shows many encouraging points about you. Keep crying out to God, both for victory over smoking, and for peace regarding your salvation.

  23. Pastor I have a addiction of cocaine and alcohol but I read the sinners prayer several times and I no there is a God in heaven but its har d for me to get away from the addiction to cocaine please give me some words of encouragement to help me with this

    1. Hello Benjie,
      Saying “The Sinner’s Prayer,” doesn’t save people. There are many people walking around believing they’re saved, simply because they recited some words, but they might end up finding themselves experiencing Matthew 7:21-23:

      “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

      The solution is true brokenness over your sin and genuine repentance. Confess your sin, cry out to God for forgiveness, and beg Him to give you victory in this area. If you truly want to be delivered from your sin, He will deliver you from it. But if you love your sin more than you love Christ, then you will stay addicted.

      I don’t know if this is the encouragement you wanted, but it is the truth, and that’s what you need.

  24. I struggled with terrible doubt for years after I was saved, never able to find peace in my salvation for longer than a few hours before the doubts came back around again. At that time, I was under the influence of people who said that if you doubted your salvation at all, there is a very high chance that you aren’t saved at all. This just destroyed any peace I had left. Eventually, I stopped seeking God out on the topic because I felt like He wasn’t hearing me, and there was no chance of salvation for me. Praise God, my heart was lifted during a church service and I found my way back to Him, but my doubts continued. I spent years searching for some sort of clarity on this, and was unable to find it until this year when I attended a new church and the Pastor seemed to speak right to my heart. How I wish that I could’ve read this post years ago, I know it would have helped me see the light! Thank you for writing this and discussing such an important topic. SO many Christians struggle with this, and it is truly one of the worst struggles to face!

    http://www.thedivinepresence.wordpress.com

    1. Hi Kalinann,
      Thanks for your humility in sharing all this.

      I’m sorry you received such harsh – and I would say unbiblical – counsel. In a recent sermon I discussed the differences between doubt and unbelief. Here are a few highlights:
      • Unbelievers experience unbelief, but believers experience doubt.
      • Unbelief is an issue of the heart (Hebrews 3:12, Romans 10:9-10), but doubt is an issue of the mind (James 1:6-8).
      • Unbelief is a choice, while doubt often takes place when we’re striving to understand. We believe, but we’re confused by what God is or isn’t doing.

      There’s a great example in Luke 7 when John the Baptist is in prison and he sends messengers to ask Jesus if He’s the Messiah or not. Pretty crazy to think of John – of all people – asking that. He had doubts, but he wasn’t experiencing unbelief. He wasn’t an apostate like Judas.

      Here’s the sermon if you’re interested: Luke 7:20-23 When We Doubt

  25. Good morning Pastor LaPierre,

    Thank you for your post. This is something I question on a daily basis. This question for can be so overwhelming that I actually lose the joy of life. I was raised Pentecostal (which I no longer identify as) I have accepted Christ at least 4,876,229 times (lol) Seriously though, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for forgiveness every day, but I have been caught up in homosexuality all my life (I knew since I was 5 years old…I am now 52) I didn’t choose this, and I ask God everyday to get this sin out of my life, but nothing ever changes.

    20 years ago, I wrote to so many Pastors begging for help. Some responded, most did not. I opened up my life to these Pastors looking for help, a way to escape, but I was told “You literally make God want to vomit every time He thinks of you”, “you are vile and an abomination to God”, “you are one of those unloveables”, “there is no way you are saved” These are just a few. I have been asked to leave a church when I confided in the Pastor…I have a lot of horror stories….and I was asking for help! I have NEVER asked anyone to accept this sin, I only asked for help.

    20 years later….many churches “accept” homosexuality…..I still do not, and yet I am one of them. No matter how the world, or some churches try to twist the word of God to justify homosexuality….Gods Word still holds true to me, and I cannot accept any other interpretation other than God….and that is homosexuality is still a sin!

    Pastor LaPierre, I fail terribly and I have lost this battle. I cry out to God all the time. I have accepted Christ as my Savior, I know His death on the cross is the final payment for ALL sin, and there is NOTHING I can do to earn my salvation. But this sin has defeated me. I have yet to find 1 Church or 1 Christian that will walk through this fire with me…..the Church & Christians just don’t care….they have proven that to me time and time again. I am completely broken. I thought the Church was supposed to be a hospital for the sick…..I thought the bible tells us to confess our faults to each other….I thought the bible taught that we are to gently and humbly leads others to Christ….I just don’t get it. Like I stated earlier, I have accepted Christ at least 4,876,229 times….I just hope one of those times worked…please pray for me

    1. Hi Dan,
      I truly appreciate your humility and transparency. Romans 7 is the safe haven for every believer struggling against sin, and it seems that’s what you’re doing. Reading your comments reminds me of Paul’s words, “Doing what I don’t want to do, and not doing what I want to do.”

      I appreciate that you recognize the sinfulness of homosexuality, and I do too, but I completely disagree with any pastors who made those statements to you. We’re all struggling against different temptations. Yours takes this form, while others – including myself – takes different forms.

      I find your view refreshing and I wish you were closer Dan, so you could be part of our body and we could help shepherd you through this with biblical counseling. You shouldn’t be removed from any church unless you throw yourself in to the sin, which it’s clear you’re not doing.

      Give me a little time to talk to our associate pastor, Doug Connell, who does most of WCC’s counseling. He’s wise and gracious, and I believe he’ll have some resources I can pass along to you.

      I’ll get back to you soon!

      I appreciate you Brother, and I am praying for victory for you over this sin. Know that every true believer finds themselves many times at the end of Romans 7 saying those words. Keep fighting!

    2. Hi Dan; I passed along a few resources that I use when teaching or counseling about this topic; I pray they are a help to you. Feel free to contact me directly, via our church website (my email address is over there) and I would be glad to help you find a like-minded church in your area. There are thousands who believe what we believe and I think we could point you in the right direction to find a local body of Christ that would serve you and where you could serve.

    3. Wow Dan, thank you so much for your humility and in sharing your struggle! I am thankful you commented here and excited about the resources my husband is sending you in the mail! You are not alone. Christ is for you and your desire to live in obedience to Him.

    4. Hi Dan, I just read this and my heart truly broke for you! I hope this past year has been better. You say that you were born with homosexuality, and I believe you. Maybe it’s no different than me telling you that I was born an alcoholic, or someone else having an inclination towards shoplifting. We’re all a mess, not one of us is without sin. I guess i just wanted to tell you that I am hurting and praying for you brother. God bless

    5. Hi Bryan,
      Thank you for encouraging Dan. I agree with what you’re saying that we’re all born with propensities toward certain sins, and for one person it’s anger, jealousy, or lust, while for others it’s lying, homosexuality, or bitterness. Yes, we are all “messes,” in need of the forgiveness of Christ.

    6. Dan I see that this post has been many years ago and I am not sure that you will see this. I want to thank you for your testimony. My teenage stepson identifies as gay. It has been hard on him and us. I believe you when you say you did not choose it as I believe him when he says he did not choose his feelings either. His father and I feel to act on the feelings is sin because we agree with the Bible but his mother’s side of the family is very accepting of everything and encourages everything he does. We don’t agree with him on living out his homosexuality but we accept him as a person but I feel like sometimes his personality is meshed with his sexuality so he feels like we are rejecting him as a person. It is very difficult. I am so sorry that you have been treated harshly. I think a lot of people don’t understand homosexuality because they don’t suffer with it with other sins like gossip, lying, etc. Many are harsh to gay people because many times we Christians feel forced by society to accept something that is against our faith. We lose sight that gay people are struggling people that need grace and support. I think we need to find some middle ground of saying “No, this is wrong” but we love you and will fight by your side–praying for you constantly and loving you regardless. I am here today because I have my own struggles with doubt so I identify with what you are going through but not to the same degree. I struggle with mental illness (OCD) and deal with doubts constantly. I understand that defeated feeling. God does not always remove things from us–for instance your feelings–just like my mental illness. God sometimes gives us these hardships that we are kept humble and will walk by his side. Remember the Apostle Paul and his “thorn in the flesh.” God could completely deliver you from it but he may require the thorn to remain that you will remain humble and walk with him. You may never be free of those feelings just like I may always deal with my illness but I pray that the Lord will give you the will and knowledge to resist temptation. God is not disgusted by you. If you are struggling to do right, He understands and supports you.

    7. Kimberly,
      Thank you verry much for reaching out to Dan to encourage him.

      Also, thank you for sharing your testimony about your son. I’m so sorry, as that sounds terribly difficult. I agree with you that the Christian community can be too harsh toward people struggling with homosexual temptations. You described a good balance in your comment.

      You are correct that God does not remove all of our temptations. The end of Romans 7 is the safe haven for all believers as we struggle against sin on this side of heaven.

  26. “While works don’t save, they are one of the strongest evidences of being saved.”

    Vastly inaccurate. Many people may live good, clean and moral lives.. and just as lost as the devil himself. One cannot look at another and know if or not that person is born-again. Frankly, I am able to tell if a person is saved or not.. or at least have a pretty good idea.. if that person shares w me their doctrines.. what they really believe. If they are not trusting in Jesus Christ ‘alone’.. but, instead trusting in Christ + themselves, works, conduct, etc.. most likely they are not saved. Think about the “Lord Lord” crowd. We must and belief, faith, trust and hope in Christ alone and what HE HAS DONE.. not anything we have done or are doing. He does the saving. ALL of it. The burden of our Salvation is upon Christ.. not ourselves. Once Christ saves the believer.. He then, SEALS the believer for the Day of Redemption. Its a done deal. Thats why it is called “EVERLASTING-Life”.. or “ETERNAL-Life”.. as if it could be lost, its not eternal.. and God would be a liar.

    Per James 2 ‘faith w/o works is dead”.. is not referring to regeneration.. but, about physical salvation. It gives the scenario : if you are accosted by a needy individual.. and you just merely read that person a passage of scripture or two, say a prayer and bid him or her good day… ‘did your faith save that needy person from being anymore hungry or whatever?’ No, it didn’t. However, if you meet the human needs of that person.. your faith + works.. saved. Faith in action.

    Because we already know (or SHOULD know) that we are made born-again (saved) by grace alone, thru faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone. NOT OF WORKS. And we also know that the Word of God does not contradict itself (albeit sometimes it may very well SEEM that way).. and since is doesn’t, Paul and James are not butting heads. They are speaking about two different meanings (contexts) of the word “SAVE.” Paul = Salvation by Faith alone.. James = salvation by Faith + Works. Former = Spiritual Salvation.. latter = physical salvation.

    God Bless.

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