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Vol.  9  No. 10 October 2007  Page 18
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A Moment of Reflection

Are You Sure That You Are a Christian?

By Ernest S. Underwood

Ernest Underwood

    Some folks don’t want to be identified as Christians so they call themselves after some man or some doctrine. These show an unholy disrespect for Christ and his title. Some, however, refer to themselves as Christians when they haven’t met the biblical criterion for the name. For instance: One may be religious and not be a Christian. There are many religious people. In fact, one seldom meets a person who is not religious in some way, even if that religion is atheism. One may be a good moral person and not be a Christian. Cornelius is a good example, as was the rich young ruler who inquired of Jesus what he should do to inherit eternal life. One may believe the Gospel and not be a Christian. Agrippa is a case in point. One may even be baptized, according to some religion’s definition of the word, and not be saved. If one is not baptized for the right reason, the one given in the Scriptures, he is still in a lost condition. One may offer worship to the Lord and not be a Christian. Jesus stated on this point: “These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men” (Matthew 15:8-9). Last of all, one may have his name on some church roll, but not have his name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. How can we be sure? Jesus Christ is the author of salvation to all who obey him (Hebrews 5:9). Have you obeyed Him?

Dry Hole Drilling

By Ernest S. Underwood

    Not long after I was discharged from the U.S. Army in 1954, I moved to New Mexico to work in the oil fields. Although I wasn’t involved in the drilling process, I became acquainted with some of the terminology of that phase of the industry.

    After every means available to them to ascertain if oil was present in a certain area, they would bring in the big rigs. For several weeks they would drill—4,000, 5,000, 8,000 feet down. Then they would discover that they had been “dry hole” drilling—no oil there.

    Isn’t this much like men today who want to find satisfaction of the soul, satisfaction that comes only from being saved by the blood of Christ? They “drill” in the area of men’s writing, feelings, opinions and doctrines only to learn that they are “dry hole” drilling.

    The Word of God still says that the Gospel, and one’s obedience to it, is the only way to salvation of the soul (Romans 1:16; Matthew 7:21). Is this where you are drilling?

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