Does all belief equal salvation? James 2:19

 

10/17/16

 

James 2:19 “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”

It is overwhelming to consider the number of people who think that a professed belief in God provides them a relationship with God; makes them a follower of Jesus Christ; and secures them an eternity in Heaven. James clearly states that the devils believe, and tremble at the reality of God’s existence; and yet, they still perish.

Belief that does not lead to submission will lead to destruction. Belief, as defined in the Scriptures, is a belief unto salvation. This belief is more than a mere acknowledgement of the existence of God; it is submission to the Lordship of Jesus Christ as God. The devils acknowledge His existence, and although they must bow to Him as Lord, they do not willingly submit to Him.

A professed belief, as defined today, meaning acknowledgment rather than submission to God, does not make one a disciple, or follower of Jesus Christ, any more so than one’s belief in the existence of the devil makes him a practicing devil worshipper.

–┬áPastor T