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SALVATION QUESTION 83
If I give my heart to the Lord but I can't give up the pleasures of the world, will I be saved?
The Lord does not ask you to do either to be saved. If you did or could do both you would not be saved. The Bible says, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart...," Jeremiah 17:9-10. What would God want that old thing for? You DO NOT give anything to the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved. You have nothing to give. (Romans 8:8). You are the "Receiver" not the "Giver." God wants to give you the "gift of eternal life..." (John 4:10 and Romans 6:23). You must "repent," [meaning, you agree with God about the sinful condition before Him], and believe. [Trust 100% on the Lord, for Jesus Christ's sacrificial work to put away your sins]. Secondly, God does not ask you to "give up" anything, to be saved. That would be obligating God to save you. There is no merit, on man's part, in salvation. We have nothing to give to Him or nothing to give up. We are a complete spiritual failure in His sight. Man, by nature and practice is lost, guilty, helpless, and hopeless in themselves. (Ephesians 2:12). It took the "Lord of Glory," to leave heaven's throne to come to earth to "seek and to save that which was lost." Luke 19:10.
Dear Reader, don't "try" to become a Christian, it won't work, just come as a sinner and "trust" Him. He has made a provision FOR YOU, and He will do it IN YOU, when you come to Him.
All comments and questions to: Harold Smith
Updated July 2009, by Shelly Allen