A professing man in my area passed recently and his daughter had a conversation with him before he passed about whether or not he believed Jesus was his savior. I’m not going to comment further on that conversation as it really isn’t mine to share. However, a friend and I have been having this conversation among ourselves (she used to go to meetings) and we were wondering did we really believe Jesus was our Savior while in the meetings.
I always believed (when I was in meetings) that Jesus was my Savior but I didn’t always believe that what He did for me (us) was enough. It was great what He did, but I believed that now, in turn, I had to do my part in order to secure my salvation. I just didn’t need to simply believe He was my Savior (that concept was actually made fun of because that was what ‘religious’ people believed, and we certainly didn’t want to be one of those kind of people.)
All the works I was taught in meetings had to do with helping me to move my salvation to the desired end. But I obviously did not believe Jesus was my Savior completely because I was never sure of my salvation.
It goes back to control. The workers had control over the friends through all the unwritten rules that, if kept, would give the friend a good funeral and the hope of eternal life. If the workers were ever to let go of that control, and simply encourage their flock to believe in the Grace of God and that, yes, by believing in Jesus Christ and confessing their sins, they would be saved, they then (the workers) could sit back and watch God work in individual lives in amazing ways. They wouldn’t be able to ‘control’ people, and yes, people would make mistakes and mess things up. But life is messy and we all screw up. The only one who didn’t was Jesus.
The workers could instead point people back to Jesus over and over again when they screwed up and tell the people that He could put all the pieces of their lives back together again. What the workers don’t know, is that, if they believed that and lived by that, their lives would be so much easier. They wouldn’t be worrying about ‘fixing’ someones life but instead, point them to the One who could fix things. All too often as a worker myself, I would come up with some solution of things to do, when all I would have needed to do was point them back to Jesus over and over again. THAT is part of the Good News of the Gospel.
I’m not sure a person could totally believe Jesus was their Savior unless you embraced the Gospel of Grace as well. If the workers embraced Grace, it would change EVERYTHING.
We never heard once at that recent funeral about Jesus sacrifice being ENOUGH. Period. In fact, we barely heard the name of Jesus at all. Need I say more?