The way some act in unhealthy churches, the salvation of a believer would appear to be so iffy and subject to change at any perceived wrong one might do or even think. Unhealthy churches are good at instilling this thought.
But is this the way the Bible portrays our salvation? I think not.
The Bible speaks about how intricately God knows us. He knew us even before we were formed in the womb. He knows our thoughts; he knows the number of hairs on our head.
The Bible teaches that NOTHING can separate us from the love of God.
The Bible teaches that NO ONE can pull us from God.
The Bible teaches that we are His, purchased with His blood. God has cleansed us, set us free and clothed us in His righteousness.
The Bible teaches He will NEVER leave or forsake us.
And if anyone does sin, believers have an advocate who pleads their case before the Father.
On and on it goes.
Yet if we leave a church group and their building, supposedly we’re backslid and lost and surely something bad is going to happen to us.
Do you see the picture I am trying to paint for you? Do you see how the fear that was instilled in you distorted your view? Change your focus to God and what the Bible records about Him. Therein you will find the truth to the situation and peace for your soul.
Jesus shed His blood for us- why then would He want us to cower in His presence? God is our Father- in that, He wants and invites us to come to Him. He is both the author and the finisher of our faith.
Fear permeates the teachings. That is why so many periodically question their salvation. It’s why people give up, thinking they just can’t live up to all that is expected. That is why so many live on a roller coaster ride and need to have the high from an ‘exciting’ service so they’ll feel OK for a day or so. It’s why some will follow certain standards because ‘we can’t be sure’ and they would rather be ‘safe than sorry.’
That is why when someone leaves, they often grapple with the fear of ‘what if they are right’ or they are scared by foreboding communication from the pastor or church members.
When someone leaves a healthy church, they do not fear losing their salvation, nor do they worry that God will do something bad to them because they left. Oh, but those of use who have been immersed in an unhealthy church atmosphere encounter this fear. So much was attached to our salvation and leaving that church or group supposedly equated to leaving God and truth.
Our salvation, that came at a very high price, is NOT something that comes and goes from day to day. You need not fear being lost simply because you stopped going to a building where a group of people met. Our salvation is more secure than that.