For the next couple of months, I will be participating in a soul-winning program called Operation GO. I have attended two weeks of it so far and I have found it to be very insightful and practical. I think it would have been nice to participate in this type of program when I first got saved, but the Lord wanted me in it 11 years later. Anyway, as we were talking about how to present the plan of salvation, someone used an example of one of their opportunities while door-knocking. This lady presented the Gospel to another lady who just then realized that she had asked the Lord to forgive her sins and to save many years ago, only she forgot about it. My initial reaction was "how can you forget something like that?" The lady being witnessed to, after receiving the Lord as her Savior, continued going to the same church she had been going to (it was not a Bible preaching church) and "forgot" about her salvation while being falsely indocrinated by that church.
II Peter 1: 1-9 says:
1Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:
2Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
3According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
4Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
5And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
6And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
7And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
8For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
Look at verse 9: But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
Wow! Losing that first love and going right back to what you have been pulled out of makes a person blind to the fact that they had received salvation. It makes me wonder how many people out there are saved. Of course, I know that this is not something for me to know because man only sees the outside, but God sees the heart and knows truly whether or not someone is saved. Without growing, you can not look back to see where you have come, thus making it hard to remember your salvation.