Answers to yesterday’s quiz. Thanks to all who submitted responses (that was unexpected but quite welcomed!)
1. I know that it is right for me to read the word of God (Bible) each day. I may miss a day or two on occasion (sometimes even more) but I always get convicted again in my heart and know that God wants me to return to His word. ___TRUE ___FALSE
TRUE. This is a good sign that you are really God’s child. Often a person will say they believe, but they don’t have any sense that reading the Bible is important. This would put a real question mark in my own mind! Psalm 1, Joshua 1:8, Psalm 119:105, John 17:17.
2. When I am with people, I feel it is my duty and responsibility to let them know about Jesus. I don’t want them to go to hell! I want them to be saved and go to heaven. Therefore, I try to share with them about the love of Jesus whenever I can –whenever there is an opening for me to do so. ___TRUE ___FALSE
TRUE. If you are a true Christian, you know that the “good news” is really too good to keep to yourself. In fact, Jesus commands that we share our faith. Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 13:10.
3. I practice saying the rosary each day. I may miss a day or two (or even more on occasion), but I always get convicted and come back to it. I know that saying the rosary will gain me favor with God and that if I don’t say it my prayers will not be as strong. ___TRUE ___FALSE
FALSE. The rosary is a form of repetitious prayer. Repetitious prayer is condemned in Scripture as being “meaningless”. Matthew 6:7. It also directs prayer at someone who is NOT God, which is inconsistent with Scripture, which repeatedly tell us to “call on God” but never anyone else. 1 Chronicles 5:20, Luke 6:12.
4. When I pray, I do so in church. It’s there that I can meet with God the best. It’s there that I feel closest to him. ___TRUE ___FALSE
FALSE. The earth belongs to the Lord and he can be found anywhere. Psalm 8, Acts 17:27, Psalm 139:7
5. I have been baptized or am planning to get baptized in the near future. I know that getting baptized is a requirement for me to go to heaven and to find favor in God’s eyes. ___TRUE ___FALSE
FALSE. Baptism is required for obedience, following salvation, but not for salvation. A person is saved by their faith alone, “not by works, lest any man should boast”. Ephesians 2:8-9. See also Matthew 28:18-20.
6. It is better for me to go to a minister so I can confess my sins to him (or her, as the case may be), rather than go directly to God. I know that God has given the minister of my church the power to pardon me, so that when I follow the minister’s instructions to do “penance” after I make confession, that God will then forgive me. ___TRUE ___FALSE
FALSE. No one has the authority to forgive sins but God alone. Mark 2:7
7. When I am on my deathbed, I would want the minister of my church to administer “last rites” or “extreme unction” on my behalf, which will assure my place in heaven. On the other hand, if I die and it was not possible for the minister to perform “last rites” or “extreme unction” on my behalf, or, if I did not follow the other required sacraments of the church when I was alive, then I would want others to pray for me, and light candles on my behalf, and say the rosary for me, and pay the minister to perform ceremonies for me, so that my soul could be released from purgatory (or from limbo, as the case may be). ___TRUE ___FALSE
FALSE. First, you should not wait until you are on your deathbed to make your peace with God. You can do so now. Just confess that you are a sinner and receive Christ as Lord into your heart. Then, attend a good, Bible-believing church, where you can grow. Secondly, once you are dead, it is too late, because “it is appointed unto man once to die, and then comes judgment!” (Hebrews 9:27) By-pass purgatory. By-pass limbo. It’s straight to “the judgment”. If you are saved, the judge will “tip his hat” (so to speak) and you’ll be allowed to keep going straight up to heaven. If not, he’ll “stare at you with quite a stare” (so to speak), and then direct you to go straight down to hell (and you’ll go). There is no in-between. Are you ready?
8. Going to church does not save me. It is my relationship with Christ that saves me. In fact, I am sure that I will go to heaven, not based on any good works that I have done, but based only on my relationship with Christ as my Lord and Savior. ___TRUE ___FALSE
TRUE. Once we are “born again” into God’s family, thereby becoming God’s child, we are eternally secure. Our works do not save us. Christ’s work on our behalf does. John 3:3. John 1:12. Titus 3:5.
9. I am not afraid of “losing” my salvation (or right to go to heaven, or my relationship with God). I did not do anything to earn or deserve my salvation — therefore, I know that there is nothing I can do to lose it, either! I am eternally safe in God’s hands. I will go to heaven when I die, and it is absolutely certain — I have absolutely no doubt about it, and I do not fear death in any way whatsoever! ___TRUE ___FALSE
TRUE. Christians cannot lose their salvation. They should therefore be confident that they will go to heaven when they die and should not fear death. 1 John 5:11-13. John 10:27-29, Hebrews 13:5.
10. I know that God disciplines His children. And it is for the purpose of drawing His children to a closer, more intimate walk with Him that He does this. I have been disciplined by God. This is evidence that I am really His child and will go to heaven when I die. ___TRUE ___FALSE
TRUE. If you have never been disciplined by God, then you are an illegitimate child, according to Scripture. Hebrews 12:8.
11. I have been a Christian since I was born, because I was born into a Christian family. Therefore, I know that God will accept me and that I will go to heaven when I die. ___TRUE ___FALSE
FALSE. Born once (even into a Christian family) is not good enough. That is why Jesus said you must be born again — (the first time) of the flesh (physically), and (the second time, hence “again”) of the Spirit (spiritually). John 3:3 (please read the whole chapter — and the whole book!).
12. I am faithful to celebrate both Christmas and Easter — symbolizing the birth, death, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. I am not always faithful to attend church, or to celebrate communion (or the Lord’s Supper), but I know that because I celebrate Christmas and Easter, that the Lord will accept me, and that I will go to heaven when I die. ___TRUE ___FALSE
FALSE. Doing anything — whether it is going to church at certain times of the year, or doign other things (like praying, or giving) — will not “buy” you acceptance with God. The only thing that can buy you acceptance is the shed blood of Jesus Christ, and trusting in God for the forgiveness of your sins based on that shed blood. Then, you can start attending church as a Christian. (You will not be accepted because you attend church.)
13. I give to the church. Surely God will accept me. ___TRUE ___FALSE
FALSE. See the previous answer.
14. I have been confirmed and/or received membership into the church, and am therefore accepted before God as His child. I am surely going to heaven when I die and know that I have forgiveness with God. ___TRUE ___FALSE
FALSE. Confirmation and/or church membership will not save you, but having a secure relationship with God based on what Jesus did for you on the cross will. John 14:6, Mark 5:24, John 11:25,26.