Since Biblical times, there have been scoffers. Mockers. Unbelievers. It started with Cain, and thus began the downward cycle of humanity. If you do a lot of evangelizing (and you should.) then you’ll talk to a lot of these types of people. I see three types of unsaved people – people who are willing to listen and ready for a change, people who hate Jesus and everything about Him and are willing to tell you that, and fence straddlers. People who tell us, well, “I’m trying to believe.” or “I’m almost saved.” I’ve had quite a few people tell me that they’re planning on being saved, or that they’ve been trying to read the Bible and pray and find God. These people have no understanding of scripture. You see, you are either saved, or you aren’t. There is no “almost” in salvation. When God calls you to be saved, there is no “trying” to believe involved. Of course, you have to know that God sent His son, Jesus, to die for us. You have to believe that He died on the cross and rose again. You have to believe in the foundation of the Gospel, that Heaven is real, and so is Hell. That you must repent in order to have forgiveness. That good works will not get you a place in Heaven, only Jesus can. And yes, some people grow to believe this in time. You don’t wake up one day and say, “I’m going to get saved today.” You feel the calling of Christ and then go to Him, ask for His forgiveness, and you are saved.
These people often tell me that they’ve been trying to believe, but they just can’t believe in the whole Bible. They tell me parts of it are too farfetched, and they ask me why God, if He’s real, can’t just come down and prove it to us. Why isn’t He still performing miracles like raising Lazarus from the dead or casting out demons in front of a crowd or healing the blind man? Why can’t He just speak to us and tell us all, hey, I’m real! Hell is real! So get saved! And they get a little upset and confused when I say…He’s already been here. And even when He was here, God in flesh, God as a human man, performing miracles and preaching to crowds, people didn’t believe Him. There have always been, and always will be, scoffers and mockers and unbelievers. And if you are straddling the fence, if you have one foot in the doorway of Christianity saying, “Hey, Jesus looks pretty nice I guess, maybe I’ll get saved.” and you have one foot in the world thinking to yourself, “But I can’t believe this God would really damn people to Hell, or that He actually rose again or performed miracles!” then you aren’t really trying at all. There’s a difference between someone studying scripture to understand the Bible, and a person that is simply checking out religion because it seems interesting. The people that are dabbling aren’t doing it for God, they are doing it because they want to feel good. They want to have peace, they think it’s interesting.
These people say they’ve been praying, and then blame God when He doesn’t answer their prayers…all the while, they aren’t even listening. If you aren’t saved, prayer will do nothing. God isn’t going to speak to an unbeliever unless that unbeliever is actually asking to be saved with a soft heart.
These people that I’m talking about…they want God to prove something to them, as if He owes them. They don’t see themselves as who they are – sinners. They don’t see their lifestyles as what they are – sinful. They don’t really believe that God should have to forgive them, or that they deserve Hell. If they did, they’d be on their knees begging for His forgiveness and His intervention, not straddling the fence and demanding that He prove something to them. God doesn’t have to prove anything to us.
“Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”
Salvation is really a simple thing. It’s not nearly as complicated as most people make it out to be. Want to be saved? Believe on Christ, trust in Him and His word, repent of your sins, and welcome Him into your hearts. You don’t have to have an unbelievable understanding of scripture, or a great education to be saved.
There is no almost-saved. There is no “I’m nearly saved.” You are either saved, or you aren’t. You either believe, or you don’t.
The Pharisees came out and began to argue with Him, seeking from Him a sign from heaven, to test Him. Sighing deeply in His spirit, He said, “Why does this generation seek for a sign? Truly I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.”