Note: This is part of our current series “Correcting our Misconceptions about Evangelism” adapted from Larry Moyer’s book 21 Things God Never Said. See Also: “Evangelism Misconception: Doubters Aren’t Saved (Part 1).”
Misconception: “If you doubt your salvation, then you are not saved.”
The Bible guarantees eternal life to a person who has trusted Christ. To assure us of our everlasting relationship with Him, the book of Romans affirms:
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? (Romans 8:31–35).
A second thing to note is that no verse teaches “If you doubt your salvation then you are not saved.” Such a statement is a misconception, not a biblical truth.
Os Guinness in his book In Two Minds says:
There are three basic misconceptions which are especially common; first, that doubt is wrong because it is the same thing as unbelief; second, that doubt is a problem which troubles faith but not knowledge; and third, that doubt is something to be ashamed of because it is dishonest to believe if you have doubts.
I agree with him when he says people err in thinking doubt is wrong because it is the same thing as unbelief. Such teaching is not biblical. Change the word “doubt” to “question” for a moment. I have more respect for the person who questions his salvation than the person who does not question it at all. What greater question could one ask himself than, “Am I sure I am going to heaven and if so, why?”
Stay tuned! Next Monday I’ll answer the question “What should a doubter do?”