For any evangelical that has been involved in evangelism, you may have been taught techniques or approaches like the Romans’ Road or Four Spiritual Laws. I’ve seen lots of us ask people to “pray this prayer” confess Jesus and believe – then you’ll be saved. But I keep going back to some scriptures that seem to indicate differently.
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ Matthew 7:21-23.
Jesus makes it clear 0 people who did might wonders in the name of Jesus will be cast out. I don’t believe you enter into the Kingdom by works. But if you truly know Christ and are known by him – You will do the will of his Father.
We hang up on the prayer. Did Jesus ever tell anyone to make converts? He said to “make disciples.” Only real disciples will do the will of their Father. Only real disciples will keep his commandments. Only real disciples will love the one who hates him.
You want assurance of your salvation? Are you a disciple? Are you trying to follow Jesus? I’m not talking about perfection. I’m talking about striving to enter in the narrow way as Jesus says in Matthew 7:
13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because[a] narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7:13-14.