Can Your Church Give You Salvation?

Christ Saves - not Churches
A Church Cannot Save You – Christ Can

Being that today is Sunday, I am sure that many people will be going to church. This is a good thing, and I hope that many more people will go, too, even those who have not been in a church for a long time.

The thing that I want to focus on this morning is the issue of “why” some people go to church. Of course, many people have been brought up in church. They plan on going and are often faithful to every service. Again, I think this is a good thing.

For those who may look at going to church as a part of going to Heaven, however, I want you to pay attention to this post. Salvation does not come to people through the local church.

Don’t get me wrong. It certainly can be valuable in showing people how to go to Heaven – but it cannot confer the gift of salvation to you.

I have met a number of people who have gone to church all their lives. They thought they were saved and on their way to Heaven, but one day they discovered they were wrong. What brought them to this conclusion?

A number of them just thought it was kind of automatic. They knew the lingo, the songs, were faithful and some had even been serving actively in the church for years. Others around them thought they were saved, too.

The plain truth, however, is different than that. You see, just because you go to a pool or lake and start swimming, does not at all make you a fish. Walking into a garage won’t make you a car either. Likewise, going to church, no matter how often, will not make you a Christian.

The Lord Jesus tells us how to be saved. He said in John 3:3 that every person needs to have a new birth. We were born into the wrong family and our sin proves it. We love to go against the laws of God. Every one of us is guilty of breaking His laws. God’s Word tells us: “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10). Because of our sin, we all are on our way to Hell: “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).

The only way this situation could be changed was for God to do something about it. He loved us, and proved “his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Notice that Christ, the Son of God died for us. Not the church.

Participating in religious ceremonies and services cannot wash away sin. Only the blood of Jesus can do that. It can wash away all your sin.

In order to be saved, you need to come straight to God. You must confess your sinfulness to God and be willing to turn from it. There is no one else Who can save you: “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (I Timothy 2:5).

The reason the church members I mentioned earlier were not saved is because they realized they had never actually asked God to forgive them and save them. They had been baptized, joined the church, and did more – but this cannot save you.

Salvation comes only by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ. This must be a deliberate decision on your part and it takes places at a specific point of time. Have you deliberately chosen to trust Christ to be your Savior. Can you point to a time when you did that? Consider what Christ said: “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18).

I hope and pray that you have called on Him for salvation – or will do it now.

Evangelist Mike Valles

P.S. – If you have still questions about salvation, I encourage you to download my free eBook: How to Be Saved and Know It and read it carefully. It will answer many questions.

Salvation – God’s Way

Christ died for us.
It took the Cross of Christ to save us.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

One of the most blessed things to know is that you are on your way to Heaven. Just as important is that you are not guessing about it, but that you know you have followed God’s plan of salvation.

The above verse is probably the best known Bible verse dealing with salvation, and it gives a very simple formula. It first shows us that God does love us. He loves us so much that He sent Christ to die for us.

He did not have to do it. When you think about it, though, it is important to realize that God does not make a mistake. If it took the death of Christ to ensure our possibility of going to heaven, then it also means that we were not going there in the first place – or He would not have had to die for us!

The Bible confirms this for us in Romans 3:10, where it says: “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” None of us would have made it if it were up to us. God is infinitely holy, and our sin prevents us from ever entering His holy Heaven.

Note also that we cannot earn our way to Heaven. It just is not possible to get there by being good or even by doing religious works. In John 3:16, the above verse, it declares that salvation is by believing only on what Christ has done for us.

What did He do? He paid for our sins. Not just some of them, but all of them – for all time. If you recognize your need of a Savior, Christ is just what you need. God sent Him to die for “whosoever.” This means there are no exceptions.

He loves you and wants to save you, but He will never force you. It is a choice you must make. Christ waits for you to tell Him you are sorry for your sin and to ask Him to come into your life and heart, and that you want to serve Him from now on. If you ask, He has said that you will “not perish, but have everlasting life.”