You know, this idea that Jesus can be Savior without being your King and absolute sovereign is foreign to the Bible. It is a lie from the pits of hell and millions are pouring into the abyss under the false assurance that they “prayed a prayer once.” Listen, if you are struggling with doubts about your salvation..that fear is very legitimate.
Scripture is clear
“work out your salvation with fear and trembling“-Phillipians 2:12
“be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election” 2 Peter 1:10
Let me put it this way. According to Scipture you are saved by faith alone. Here is the definition of faith: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Heb 11:1 ESV.
If you do not have assurance or conviction, by its very definition you don’t have faith!
When John the Baptist and Peter preached people cried out “What shall we do?!” A holy panic fell upon them like people on a sinking ship. “God have mercy on us!! Oh God, forgive us!”
There is a reason why tradition calls the front of our churches an “altar.” Its symbolic meaning has been lost to consumeristic Christianity who go up to “receive something”- prayer, blessing, healing etc.
“We must alter the altar, for the altar is a place to die on. Let all those who will not pay this price leave it alone!” –Leonard Ravenhill (Why Revival Tarries)
Ray Comfort’s classic Sermon “Hells best kept Secret” is among the best I’ve ever heard on this. Using many simple illustration he clearly explains all of this much better than I ever could: