So you have probably heard the ABC way of evangelizing
A – Admit you are a sinner
B – Believe that Jesus is the Son of God
C – Confess your faith in Jesus
I would like to submit that there is a much more biblical ABC’s of Christianity. The more common ABC’s are a really generalized outline. Let me break the more common down before I go into the more biblical.
A – Admit that you are a sinner. This is somewhat biblical, but does a person just look at this and say, sure I’ve told a lie or 2, I committed adultery a time or 2 as well. BUT admitting and actually coming to a true understanding of your transgressions against a Holy and Just God are totally different.
B – Believe that Jesus is the Son of God. Just one point here James 2:19 – Even the demons believe and tremble – Matt 8:29 States that demons acknowledged that Jesus was the Son of God and thought He had came to torment them before judgment day. So just believing IN is not enough.
C - Confess your faith in Jesus. Romans 10:9-10, 13 are a common proof scripture for this “C”. You must first put these verses into context in which Paul wrote them. These were not written for a “means of salvation”. These are actually the doorway to salvation, the first step if you will, of the act of God turning your cold sinful heart into a warm moldable heart of flesh.
Now I will lay out a more biblical representation of the “ABC’s of Salvation”.
A – Allow the Holy Spirit of God you have hated since birth to perform a transformation from the sin loving person you have been since birth into a God loving, God fearing believer. 2 Cor. 5:17 says that If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things are passed away ALL things become new. This is a spiritual re-birth that is a requisite for salvation. You cannot stay in the sinful lifestyle that you once loved; you cannot submit to the world and be of the world. It not spiritually possible.
B – Become a new creation in Christ. Totally die to self, Rom 12:1, Rom 8:13-14, Heb 9:14, Matt 16:24. If you have been truly regenerated by God, then your life will no longer be your own. You will seek the face of God daily and will shun sin and seek His righteousness – Not just one time, but for the rest of your life. No profession of faith, no prayer, no decision ever saved a man from Gods fury and judgment. If you have truly been born again you will have a new heart for God and a new relationship with sin in which you will shun it, despise it and be instantly impacted by it when you fall into it. You must put yourself down and pick up your own cross. This is not a very popular message this day and age where the “seeker sensitive” or man centered message is the norm.
C – Continually repent of your sins Matt 4:17, Luke 13:3 and 5, Rev 2:4-5 - continually seek the face of God 2 Chron. 7:14, Heb 11:6, 1 Peter 3:12, continually profess Christ Rom 10:10, Matt 10:32-33, Psalms 107, Rom 1:16 - continually praise God for providing salvation that is totally undeserved of anything that you could do Eph 1:3-14, Matt 25:34, Luke 12:32, Acts 9:15, 2 Thess 2:13-14, 2 Tim 1:9, Jn 1:12, Eph 2:8-19.
If God has truly saved you and you have become a new creation, born again, then you will walk in the Light and will no longer have the same fleshly desires. Think about the physical world as Nicodemus did, how can I be born again? Enter back into my mother’s womb? Of course not, Jesus was talking about a spiritual birthing process. Just as you were truly born physically, you cannot change your genetic make up and become a dog or even change your skin color if you wanted to. So it is with spiritual birth, when you are TRULY born of the Spirit, you can not change your spiritual DNA, you CAN NOT live in sin 1Jn 3:4-10, Eph 4:22-24, Gal 2:20, Tit 2:14.
If you are having doubts about your conversion I pray that you will examine yourself as 2 Cor 13:5 tells us. If you are living a life filled with sin, then chances are you are not a true Christian. If you are friends of the World then you are the enemy of God - (James 4:4). Understand that nothing you can do can save you from Gods wraith, the only thing to do is cry out that God will save you, pray that God will regenerate your heart, cry out that He will cleanse you of all unrighteousness and stand just through the merits of Christ. As humans we deserve nothing but hell and damnation for our sins against a just and holy God, but He loves us as the Father He is and grants us mercy.