Is It Normal To Doubt My Salvation?

Is It Normal To Doubt My Salvation? December 21, 2015

Is it normal for someone to doubt their salvation? What does the Bible say about doubt?

The Power of the Word

I’m not sure how it works but it seems that staying in sin keeps you out of the Word but staying in the Word keeps you out of sin. That surely doesn’t mean we’ll be sinless but staying in the Word consistently will help us to sin less! I also know that the more a Christian sins, the less assurance they’ll have about their salvation. Maybe it’s because they know that “No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him” (1st John 3:6) since “No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God” (1st John 3:9). The Apostle Peter tells us to “be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall” (2nd Peter 1:10). What qualities was Peter writing about? It consisted of goodness; self-control; perseverance; and godliness. If you are practicing these things and not practicing sins, then you can make confirm that your calling and election is sure.

The Spirit or the Enemy?

Sometimes, the enemy or his lying demons will try to whisper in the ear of the believer, “You’re not really a Christian. Just look at you! You are a hypocrite and hopelessly condemned.” That is not from the Spirit of God but from the father of lies. The way to know if it’s the Spirit or the enemy is this; the Spirit convicts us of certain sins and we are convicted enough to repent of them and confess them to God but the enemy isn’t specific about sins but in general sends feelings of condemnation and hopelessness, thereby robbing us of our joy and our Christian testimony and witnessing for Christ and we don’t even try to overcome our sins nor confess them to God. The Spirit motivates with a godly fear, the enemy paralyzes with deadly fear.

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God is Faithful

I think most Christians have experienced doubt at times. Maybe the young Timothy, whom Paul was mentoring, had doubts even about his own salvation so Paul writes that even “if we are faithless, he remains faithful for he cannot deny himself” (2 Tim2:13) and Jesus reminds us that “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out” (John 6:37) and all means more than 99 out of a hundred but more than that, Jesus said “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand” (John 10:28-29). Jesus gives eternal life to everyone who comes to Him after they repent and trust in Him. He’s not in the business of taking back what He gives. God only has children and He’s never had a child of His that’s been born again that was stillborn child. Death can’t keep you from God, just as Jesus told Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live” (John 11:25).

Seasons of Doubt

If you have professed to be a Christian and yet are living in sin, then you have no assurance of your salvation. If you say you haven’t sinned, then you are basically calling God a liar (1st John 1:8, 10). Either ditch is dangerous to drive in. The Apostle John wanted his readers to not have such doubts so he wrote “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life” (1st John 5:13). Jude also wrote as if writing to a group of people who had one extreme or the other. They either lived in fear over doubt in their salvation or they were living in sin and needed to hear a mixed message of hope and fear so he wrote “have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh” (Jude 1:22-23) but even in Jude’s closing doxology (praise) he writes “to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy” (Jude 1:24) and that “Him” who is able to keep us from stumbling, in order to present us blameless before God, is God Himself.

Conclusion

Is it normal to doubt your salvation? Yes, for a time but it is not normal to stay there. If you doubt your salvation, that doesn’t necessarily mean you are not saved. Examine why you feel that way. Understand that human emotions are the shallowest pool of truth in the human mind. Our feelings are highly questionable as sources of truth but God’s Word is as sure as anything possibly can be. Our feelings are subjective, thereby subject to error; God’s Word is objective and is always true and is without error. Here’s an example of having assurance in our salvation from God-breathed Scripture; “Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies” (Rom 8:33) because Paul was so sure about our secure position before God he wrote “I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 8:38-39). If you’re not saved, then I don’t know how you can pillow your head at night knowing that after death you’ve got the judgment of God awaiting you.

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

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  • pud

    The “buybull” is NOT the word of any “god” It is a story book written by men, edited by men, collected by men, collated by men.

    You should think jack what it would imply if indeed it was the word of a “god”

    It would mean that a collection of untruths, falsehoods, errors, contradictions, wickedness, prejudice, immorality, interpretations and phobias was the best work your supreme being was capable of. Surely jack a “god” work wouldn’t require different versions, interpretation or translation. There would be no competing texts.There would be no competing factions using different copies. A perfect book would be indisputable across all peoples and would comport with everything we observe in reality.

    A rational person jack would see that your book does none of the above

    An irrational person (you) wouldn’t care and would just “believe” regardless

    • Jack Wellman

      So your words are from a chimpanzee? Are your words not from men too? In your thinking, you are evolved and then your words must be, from your rationality, the words of a monkey’s uncle. And thanks for the page views as these help us immensely and your words bring God’s blessings (Matt 5) so much appreciated.

      • pud

        I really feel sorry for you jack. To be such a slave to ignorance, to cower a life away fearing that which you are commanded to also love…is the worst form of hell. I have shown you repeatedly the logical errors of your thinking, the invalidity of your superstitious theology, the impossibility of your claims and yet you remain willfully mired in purposeful stupidity and darkness. I truly do feel sorry for you. You’re a much more simpleminded man than I originally thought.

        • Jack Wellman

          I thank you so much for such blessings from your words (1 Pet 4:14) and again, helping to support us financially by your page views. These things all help me and help us.. .

          • pud

            Are you really this demented jack? I do not bestow blessings. I demonstrate how absurd you and your cult are and it is I who thank you for the platform to do so. You make your living lying to people and that is a horrible wicked profession made worse by the fact you do it to children. You spread fear, self loathing, false promises…what could be more vile? I’ve given you resources to study and help groups that would aid you back into reality but you remain willfully blissfully content to wallow in ignorance and self delusion as you profit off the gullibility and stupidity of others. Shame on you jack. For shame

      • pud

        The Mormons have a book too..the perfect final “word” of a god
        The Muslims have a book too..the perfect final “word” of a god
        The Hindus have a book too…the perfect final “word” of a god

        Yet you fail to see that every cult member from each of these cults makes the exact same claim as you do with exactly if not more conviction.

        You fail to see that despite thousands of years, dozens of wars, countless theological debates, endless pontification, unspeakable suffering….NO ONE is any closer to proving their respective claim. Are they jack?

        All of you clamp down like rabid pit bulls on the “revelations” of crazy people who had no understanding of the real world. None of you care for the history or sociology or anthropology surrounding the creation and evolution of these myths and thousands of others like it that ancient people long gone “believed” just as you do today. Such is the nature of delusional cult mentality where you each support each other reinforcing every batshit crazy notion. And you and all those before you, put on blinders to anything that challenges you to think. What a sad sad condition to live out ones life in.