Note: This is the first of several evangelism misconceptions in our series “Correcting our Misconceptions about Evangelism” adapted from Larry Moyer’s book 21 Things God Never Said. Also see: “Evangelism Misconception: You Gotta Know the Date (Part 1).”
Misconception: “If you do not know the date you were saved, then you are not saved.”
What’s the problem? Scripture never makes such a statement. The Gospel of John explains how to receive eternal life. Note the following passages and the words in parenthesis that are not in the text.
That whoever believes in Him (and knows the date) should not perish but have eternal life.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him (and knows the date) should not perish but have everlasting life.
He who believes in Him (and knows the date) is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
He who believes in the Son (and knows the date) has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.
Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him (and knows the date) who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.
And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me (and knows the date) shall never thirst.”
And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him (and knows the date) may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me (and knows the date) has everlasting life.
I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me (and knows the date) though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?
But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing (and knowing the date) you may have life in His name.
The list could go on. When Scripture gives assurance of salvation, it goes back to a fact, not a date. The real question is, “Who am I trusting in right now?” If one is trusting Christ alone to save him, he is saved regardless of when and where he crossed the line. Our salvation is established by Who we place our trust in, not when we trusted Him.
Join me next Monday as I discuss further: “Why is the fact, not the date, important?”