Suffering Does Not Save

I do not wish to offend for the sake of offending with this post, but I do wish to share an opinion. I speak this with humility and with the firsthand witnessing of several people I have known who have died from horrible things.

I don’t know how else to say it so I’ll just drop it on you.

Suffering does not mean you are a good Christian.

The assumption is made that anyone who suffers will be in God’s saving grace. I wish this were the case, yet everyone suffers and dies and yet not all are saved. Suffering because of cancer, age, any other dreadful disease or accident is no fun, hence the word “suffering.”

Suffering for suffering’s sake, having to put up with bummer reality on a fallen planet, stinks but does not equate to spiritual suffering or suffering for righteousness sake.

Many believers have been built up through their struggles and many have been brought to salvation through it. But being in it does not give you any special pull with God or make you mature just because your life currently stinks.

It’s like the people who died in the Twin Towers on 9-11. They called them heroes because they died when a plane ran into them. That’s not a hero; that’s being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The firemen who rushed into the burning building, now that’s heroism. Dying does not equal heroism, nor does suffering equal salvation.

I mean no disrespect, but I believe there are many people who think they are on God’s side because they are grinning through diseases while Satan is having a field day with their delusions. Salvation is on the basis of faith, not on the basis of grinning and bearing life.

One thought on “Suffering Does Not Save”

  1. Jeff,

    Well, death is the “final frontier”, and instead of dealing with it as soon as possible, people tend to put off thinking about it until they are suddenly faced with it.

    Then the natural tendency is to try and make a good show before God, as if to try and impress Him with the final act of our lives, so that He overlooks all the former sin and rebellion. It’s similar to the “deathbed repentance” idea.

    But the chance of someone who has rejected the daily prompting and warning of the Holy Spirit, to suddenly “wake up” to God’s claims, to genuinely turn around in the last moments of their life, is very unlikely. Rejecting the Holy Spirit now means we will be too hardened to receive Him later. Repentance is a gift of God, and we cannot turn it on and off when we want. Instead, we are left with a fear-based repentance, trying to confess because we fear the consequences, rather than that we actually hate the sin.

    There have been many cases I have read about, where when faced with death, people made all sorts of promises to God, and as soon as the trial was over, they forgot all about them and went on with their lives, even perhaps laughing at their short-lived repentance experience. This is not real repentance.

    These cases stand as warnings to the rest of us to take advantage of the offer of salvation from sin, right now and not “at a more convenient time.”

    “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath.” Eph 4:26.

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