Tonight I was over at Stephen and Misty’s. As I was about to leave, the topic of me
joining the Baptist church we attend came up. I have been delaying this because I am
not overly certain about the move from the Methodist denomination to Baptist. As we talked,
they said that the main difference that they know of between the two is the
idea of “once saved, always saved”. I really am not sure how I feel about that.
On one hand, I have a very hard time accepting the fact that someone could accept Christ,
and then immediately go on a shooting spree killing hundreds of people, yet they would
still be accepted by God. Had this person really been saved in the first place?
As soon as I ask that question though, I have to start asking the tought questions about
myself. Are the sins that I’ve committed since I came to know Christ enough to make
mean that I was only feux saved? I have a really tough time believing that as well.
On the way home though, I had an idea which makes all of this make at least a little bit
more sense to me. Christ is constant. He is there no matter where we go or what we do.
The act of being saved is not the be-all, end-all. Instead, it is the act of us finding
the way at least for that one moment in our lives. Even though we may stray, Christ will
always be there ready to guide us back, no matter how far off that straight and narrow
path we may wander.
As I was driving I started to sing:
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost
But now am found
Was blind but now I see
And as I sang that song, I realized that the words of the song captured not a doctrine
or anything of that nature, but more simply a simple faith. Though completely unworthy,
through God’s ‘amazing grace’ we are saved and shown the way to come out of the
To Stephen and Misty, thank you for talking with me about this tonight. Even more so,
thank you for letting me talk the ideas out of my head rather than beating me over the
head with yours. I know that both of you must have a lot of ideas of your own on this,
but you saw that I needed to think on this for myself.