Keep Your Heart Steadfast

They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD. (Psalm 112:27)

The Christian share of the U.S. population is declining, while the percentage of Americans who do not identify with organized religion is growing. That’s the conclusion from a new survey conducted by the Pew Research Center.

There are many ways to cut the data, and plenty of opportunities for “the-sky-is-falling” crowd to crow the demise of Christianity. In fact however, the United States remains home to more Christians than any other country in the world, and a large majority of Americans — roughly seven-in-ten — continue to identify with some branch of the Christian faith. Also, the integration of Latinos from the south as a share of all three religious groups — evangelical Protestants, mainline Protestants, and Catholics — is growing.

What should Christians do in light of the recent poll?

For all Christians, let’s not worry about surveys. Salvation is not a popularity contest. Rather, be strong and consistent in declaring what we know. If we don’t do it, don’t expect anyone else to do it for us.

So, here’s the Good News.

First, our salvation (ie, deliverance from sin and its consequences in this world) depends solely on Jesus Christ. The work necessary for our salvation from a broken wicked world was fully accomplished by Jesus — the One who lived a perfect life, took God’s judgment for our sin, and rose again from the dead. If you have ever wondered, “what’s next after this life,” the Good News comes only from Jesus.

But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God (Hebrews 10:12)

Second, admit it. Our own works do not merit salvation. Don’t be fooled or misled. Nobody is saved because of righteous things they do. No matter how “good” you think you are, you will never measure up to God’s standard of holiness.

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)

But beware, the Bible clearly states nearly 200 times that salvation is conditional. God will not save everyone. The one condition, the sole condition for salvation is faith in Jesus Christ.

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God — children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. (John 1:12-13).

Accept this personal invitation from Pastor Sam. “We are so glad you found us and hope you will join us for Sunday worship!”

Don’t be influenced by surveys. The answer for your life is in front of you. All of us at BCBC hope you will accept this invitation to joint us this Sunday morning at 11 am and learn more about our beautiful Savior and about Christ’s promise for you.