Secure Salvation

By Dr Ray Ashmore

God does not “rape” our consciences, our wills. He demands submission, but does not force it. We are called upon to “surrender” to spiritual consummation, to the intimate penetration of our total beings by the Holy Spirit. Covenant, (making a decision for Christ), must be accompanied, either immediately or subsequently, by the “filling of the Holy Spirit,” consummation. Fleshly resistance, even if cloaked in religious vision and ministry, the works of the flesh, will always be met by Christ’s declaration in that Great Day, “Depart from Me. I never ‘knew’ (ginosko) you, (Matthew 7:21-23).” In other words, “Our relationship was never consummated.”

The pattern for our salvation is pictured in betrothals and marriages during biblical times. The wedding ceremonies we’ve inherited from the 16th century give us an incomplete if not faulty view of the salvation covenant. That’s why our churches today are filled with many who think they are saved, but may not be. This includes religious leaders of every stripe and hue. Making a “decision” for Christ can be very misleading if not accompanied or followed up with complete surrender. The bed clothes of our surrender are evidences that we are truly married to Christ.

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  1. (1) Dr Ray Ashmore also recommends a video message that deals with the relationship between compromises in the church and the wrath of God. The following is taken from his email sent to me:

    “The video is a chapel message by Jim Gifford. He is a godly, unpretentious Christian leader, who outlines the truths of God’s wrath. He points out that we view God’s wrath backwards from the revealed truth in scriptures. By the way, he is the Dean of the Biblical and Theological Studies Department of New Life Theological Seminary, of which I am a member as adjunct professor. I have seldom met one who is more committed to biblical truths than Jim. Enjoy. It will be worth it.”

    The Wrath of God? (A Message by Dr. Jim Gifford)

    (2) Dr Ray Ashmore in his article “Secure Salvation” stated that “Our churches today are filled with many who think they are saved, but may not be. This includes religious leaders of every stripe and hue…”

    I agree with Dr Ashmore. Actually this is one of the things on my mind that troubles me often.

    I sometimes come across Christians who happily believe that they are going to heaven after they die. But the truth is that they are deceived, and do not know it. The following story describes how I learnt about this unpleasant truth.

    In April 1982 I began receiving messages inside my head, usually in the evenings.

    After a few nights I gathered up my courage and asked “Who is speaking to me? Are you a Hindu god, a Buddhist god, or some other type of gods?”

    The answer came back to me “I am the God of the Bible.”

    One of the first things God asked me to do for him was to visit several churches, and to report to him what I have found.

    After doing that for a while, God explained to me that many people who regularly attend churches may not end up in heaven. In some churches up to 90% of those who attend services regularly will not make it into heaven.

    This situation sounded very harsh to me. I felt sorry for those nice Christians who were so confident in their eternal destinies, but were deceived.

    “But the pastors in those churches promised them ‘assurance of salvation’,” I tried to negotiate with God, “It is not fair that they should receive a nasty surprise after they have died.”

    “Lip service does not count. Every one of them has Bibles at home.” God said. “Any person who chooses to be deceived will be deceived.”

    Recently I was again reminded of the same truth.

    I know a Christian family who serves the Lord zealously. Every year they would conduct several Christian conferences and rallies, and they volunteered their time to teach scriptures in government public schools in Australia.

    To those around me, this family appears to be very successful in Christian ministry. But I am uneasy in my spirit. C S Lewis in his book ‘Mere Christianity’ said that the greatest sin is pride. And this family is proud.

    They are very proud of their understanding of the bible, yet at the same time they have totally rejected the gift of prophecy. After experiencing some unpleasant encounters with prophets some years ago, they have decided that all prophets are deceived. They have rejected their own prophetic gifting, and have joined a denomination that firmly believes that God cannot speak to people today.

    In 2012, while I was praying with Robert Holmes, I asked God about this family. I told God that even though they have rejected the prophetic gifts of the Holy Spirit in the world today, they are trying very hard to preach the Gospel.

    I asked God to tell me his opinions of this family.

    The Lord told Robert and me that they are a type of King Saul.

    God then added, “It is true that some preach the gospel out of wrong motive, and some preach with poor execution, but nevertheless it is seed and I will bless it. See Philippians and Paul. [Phil 1:15-18]

    “Some preach a form of gospel that is completely wrong and bring people into bondage – a form of godliness without power – a form of righteousness without hope. Such were the Pharisees and Judaists, the set of the circumcision of the Sadducees in Paul’s days. The Pharisee crosses the ocean to make a convert twice the son of hell than he is.” [Mat 23:15 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are.”]

    There are Christians today who are deceived, and are “headed for destruction” as described in Paul’s warnings in Philippians below:

    Php 3:17-19 “Dear brothers and sisters, pattern your lives after mine, and learn from those who follow our example. For I have told you often before, and I say it again with tears in my eyes, that there are many whose conduct shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ. They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth.”

    Mario Liu

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