1. They believe that good works will take them to heaven :
Many people believe that salvation is all about how good you live while on earth but unfortunately it is not by how perfect your conduct is or how good natured you are . You must accept Jesus as your lord and saviour first and foremost because he is the only way to paradise, no other way.
Ephesians 2 : 8-9 ‘For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;not by works, so that no one can boast. ‘
John 14: 6 ‘ Jesus answered, ” I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. ‘
2. They question GOD about his ways
Many people ask GOD different questions about salvation. . . ‘ Why did he have to send Jesus to die when he has the power to simply forgive us’ ‘ Why did a loving GOD sacrifice someone he claims to be his son ?’ ‘ Why did . . . . . ‘ and on and on.
The fact remains that GOD ways are not our ways( Isaiah 55: 8 ) and he made us understand that without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins( Hebrews 9 : 22) and it is impossible for the blood of goats and bulls to take away the sins of the world( Hebrews 10: 4- 5 ). . . . so why not accept the sacrifice of christ and ask GOD why he chose that route when you get closer to him in paradise.
3. The simplicity of salvation
Now this is a very unique reason and many unbelievers find this very hard to understand because to them, getting saved had to be more difficult than just accepting Jesus as lord and saviour and getting baptized. . . but the truth is. . . it is that simple yet as simple as it is, many people find it extremely difficult to accept Jesus as lord and saviour which makes me wonder why a simple escape from eternal suffering can be so ignored by people .
John 3: 16 ‘ For GOD so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life.
4. Self condemnation
It is so sad that many people had at one time accepted Jesus as lord and saviour and have tasted salvation but willingly gave up their salvation due to self condemnation. Because they still find themselves committing the same sins they were involved in before they accepted Jesus as lord and saviour , they just felt they are not good enough to be saved .
GOD expects us to live a holy life and to also work out our salvation with fear and trembling but nevertheless, he will never condemn you but will help you in your weakness through the help of the holy spirit to get better and better because salvation is a work in process we go through right from the day we got saved to the very day we leave this world. So please don ‘t ever condemn yourself or give up your salvation because the moment you are saved, nothing will separate you from GOD except you . Anytime you commit a sin , go on your knees and pray for forgiveness and ask the holy spirit to help you overcome that sin/addiction. . .trust me, he will surely help you and you will hate the very sinful habits you once thought you can never overcome.
Romans 8: 1-2 ‘ Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death’
It is so unfortunate that some people believe that Jesus was never crucified yet they believe in every other aspect of him. . . they say he is not the son of GOD , that he was just a prophet like every other prophet and so on. Some even say there is no heaven, no hell and no GOD .. . But believe it or not . Jesus was crucified, he died and rose on the third day and he is alive forever and ever. He is THE DIVINE SON OF GOD and he is coming back again to rule this world for 1000years and afterwards he will establish a new heaven and a new earth where those who believe in him will live forever and ever and ever without sins , sadness, death but in total grandeur
John 3: 36 ‘ Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life ; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.
False teachings have made many unbelievers run away from salvation simply because many preachers have presented salvation in a very different light and many people would rather remain as unbelievers rather than get involved in what seem to be a bondage to them.
I have heard some preachers say ‘ You will end up in hell If you wear jewelleries, use relaxers on your hair, if a lady wears trousers, if you don’ t pay your tithe, if you have a boyfriend /girlfriend, if you take alcohol , if you marry more than a wife.. . . and on and on they set their own standard that is totally different from what is written in the scriptures thereby making salvation look like a serious bondage and in the process they discourage many people who indulge in those things they condemn from getting saved .
Galatians 5: 13 ‘ For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’ t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love’ .