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In this daily Bible reading Paul tells the Philippian Church, “Work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” The journey to Salvation is not an easy journey. It takes diligence. It takes work. This journey requires making difficult choices. It will mean suffering for doing what is right. It requires sacrifices.

There are some churches that teach a doctrine called ‘the assurance of salvation.’ They teach that once we profess our Faith in Jesus that we are assured we will go to Heaven. However, the Bible doesn’t support this doctrine.

We still have freedom of choice and we can choose to depart from our belief or Faith in Jesus Christ. We cannot know how we will believe in the future.  Therefore, we cannot be assured of our Salvation.

Rather, we must pursue living rightly before God according to His Word, the Bible. We must maintain a healthy hope that we will make it to Heaven. The Bible says that we must ‘persevere or endure to the end to be saved.’ The Bible also says that ‘it is difficult to be saved.’ The assurance doctrine demotivates this necessary perseverance and will likely lead people to destruction and eternal agony in Hell.