Why do you see people "get saved" over and over and over again
only to see them never change? If their is any true power in
Christianity, the Bible, or the gospel of Jesus Christ: why do
people "get saved" and they never outwardly change? If you have
ever asked this question, listen to this brief answer.
Here are the notes for this episode:
Why do people get "saved" multiple times and nothing
- The question is, “If there is really truth to the claims of
Christianity, the Bible, and the gospel of Jesus Christ, then why
do people get “saved” multiple times and nothing changes?”
- That’s a good question and a common one too. The implication of
whatever the truth is behind it is serious any way it goes. Let me
relate to you something that happened to my wife. She was helping
with a children’s ministry at a certain church we used to attend.
One day a teenager that rode our bus to church on Sundays came and
asked her, “how many times can you get saved…can you max it out or
something?” My wife was horrified at the question. Not because it
was asked, but because that it even came to the young girl’s mind.
What in the world was the young girl taught about salvation? But
this is the common thing to come to when you look at the average
- I’m going to first answer logically and then scripturally.
- Logical Reasoning
- As I always like to do, let’s define some terms:
- “Christian” means “follower of Christ”, and “follow” means “to
walk after, practice, or act in accordance to, to obey” that which
is being followed. So, to be a Christian is to walk after,
practice, or act in accordance to Jesus Christ.
- “Repent” means “to turn from, to have a change of mind”.
- The gospel of Jesus Christ is the command to repent of your
sins and put your faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of past
sins and to be reconciled to God. Jesus Christ is able to be our
Savior because of His death, burial, and resurrection. For a
detailed lesson on “What is the Gospel” listen to our first episode
which has that title.
- Since the Bible makes clear that the gospel involves repenting
of your sins in order to become a Christian, it shows us the
problem by the definition of the very words used. To repent a
person must turn from sin. That means that if they haven’t turned
from sin that they haven’t yet repented. They haven’t become
Christians yet. The word Christian also implies a change itself. A
Christian is a follower of Christ. Jesus Christ was sinless and
taught his disciples, which are Christians, to put away sin. So, if
someone hasn’t put away sin they haven’t yet become a Christian by
the very definition of the word.
- They are either lying or deceived by logical reasoning.
- The Bible teaches that a Christian is one who is characterized
by a difference in how they live from the sinful practices of those
who are not Christians:
- “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name
JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” (Mat
- “Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him
to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his
iniquities.” (Act 3:26)
- “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons
of God.” (Rom. 8:14)
- “In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of
the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither
he that loveth not his brother.” (1 Jn. 3:10)
- The Real Problem
- The real question is not, “Why do so many get “saved” and
nothing changes?” The real question is, “Why do so many people
think they got saved when nothing changed?”
- The answer logically comes as follows: the bible teaches that
Jesus saves people from their sins, the bible says that the gospel
is how we come to know Jesus, therefore people must be hearing a
different gospel than the one which results in biblical change of
character and life.
- People are not being told the true gospel. If they had, and
they received it, then the bible says that they would’ve
- What most people are told is that if they admit they’re a
sinner and ask Jesus into their heart then He will fix all their
problems and save them. They are told that if they pray a prayer
they are saved. They are told that God loves them and has a
wonderful plan for their life. That’s not the gospel! Nowhere in
the Bible are such reasons given for men to come to Christ.
- The gospel that the Bible teaches says that man has broken
God’s law. As a result he is a criminal in the sight of God. God is
a righteous King, and judgment against all disobedience (which is
sin) is the result. Men are condemned justly by a righteous God
because their deeds are evil (John 3:19). But God is rich in mercy
and doesn’t want men to be condemned to Hell, God’s eternal prison.
He has made a way for all men to receive pardon and life through
the payment of Jesus Christ in their place. Jesus Christ died on
the cross to be a sacrifice for sin. He paid the penalty for men’s
sin so that if they would repent of sin and turn to God in faith
they would be saved from the condemnation of their past
disobedience. Through Jesus Christ man is reconciled to God the
Father, filled with the Holy Spirit, and enabled to walk obedient
to God’s commands. That is the change that is the result of
- The Fruits
- Jesus Christ said, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord,
Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the
will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that
day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy
name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful
works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart
from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Mat. 7:21-23)
- The outward proof that a person is a child of God is that they
obey God by doing His will.
- Jesus also used an illustration of this truth again when he
said, “The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good
seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed
tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was
sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.”
(Mat. 13:24-26) A few verses later He explained what He meant, “He
answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the
Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children
of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;”
- Jesus said that the tares were shown to not be the wheat when
the wheat brought forth fruit. The tares He said are the children
of the wicked one, the lost. This shows from Jesus Christ’s own
words that the quality that outwardly proves someone to be a child
of God, a Christian, in this world is that they bring forth fruits,
or outward deeds that show their true change. If they don’t bring
forth the appropriate outward deeds they aren’t children of
- Examine Yourself
- Many today think they are Christians that aren’t. The Apostles
themselves taught that many would be deceived. If you aren’t living
in agreement with the Word of God, if it doesn’t direct the very
thoughts and intents of your heart: then you are not a Christian.
Yes, people will grow over time: but there WILL be an outward
change of character in a Christian.