I have talked about cultural Christians on this site before and, although I could (and might someday) write a book about it, I would like to keep it simple here by listing some of the things true and cultural Christians fall for.
Although the following beliefs can be found with those who are really saved and with those who are not, the discovery of it in either group is disturbing at the very, very least.
A belief that I have recently been exposed to from many different people is that we cannot know for sure if someone is saved. We can’t “play God” and decide for certain that someone is saved. Although I do believe with part of this statement, I find the rest completely unbiblical.
The part I agree with is where the say, “we cannot know for sure” who is saved and who isn’t. I agree. I cannot say, if someone says they are a Christian, that I’m absolutely sure, with my base in the Word of God that they are saved. I cannot say that.
However, the rest of the statement does not make biblical sense.
If we could never say someone is not saved, then how and why would we witness? What if someone said they are a Catholic? Since we know Catholicism does not teach the Gospel, then you could say that person is not saved.
However, for the person who believes that we can’t know might say, “there are many Catholics out there that call themselves Catholics but don’t believe all that the Catholics believe. We can’t be God and say we know what is in their hearts and that they are or aren’t saved. We can’t be God and know.”
That argument is full of errors.
First off, it is not “being God” to say whether or not someone is not saved. If someone does not believe in . . .
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
If someone does not believe in the God of the Bible (“that God hath”), the Jesus Christ of the Bible (“the Lord Jesus”), that God raised Jesus from the dead, physically, and that God/Christ is the only One who can save them and not their own works (“it is the gift of God”) then how can we say “we can’t know for sure”?
Does that make any sense? That is a lot like the people who read that God made the earth in six days and then they go on to say, “but we can’t know for sure that it was six days.” The Bible said it, didn’t it?
Those who say we can’t know for sure that one person is saved or isn’t, is not paying attention to what the Bible says. Why would God give us such criteria if He didn’t want us to use it? It just doesn’t make sense. It is just comfortable compromise.