The greek word for faith and believe are the same word. We seperate the two, using one as a noun, and the other as a verb. In reality, the greek word is a verb. To Believe in something is to act on that belief. I don’t believe that a one time acceptance of Jesus Christ as your Personal Savior constitutes salvation. It’s a life-long dedication to becoming more and more like Jesus.
I was approached by a group one time, (I won’t say who it was, but it was painfully obvious) who asked if I was saved.
I said, Yes, I’ve repented, Been baptized, and been filled with the Holy Spirit, just like it says in Acts 2:38.
The man quickly turned angry. “So, you’re depending on your baptism to save you?” he asked.
“No,” I said, “I’m depending on my obedience to the scriptures to save me.”
The man flat out told me, “You’re going to split hell wide open.” Yes, those were his exact words.
“Let me ask you something,” I said. “Let’s say for a moment that you’re right, and all I have to do is accept Jesus, and Believe in Him. Well, I’ve done that, and you’ve done that, so we’re both safe. But let’s assume there’s more to it than that, and you DO have to be baptized in Jesus’ name, and live you life for God, and do everything he commands, not just pick and choose, and say some parts don’t apply to us today. If that’s the case, I’m still safe, but you have to ask yourself, are you? Yes, we’ll stumble and sin from time to time. That’s why we have to repent daily. We’re not going to be perfect until we get to Heaven, but we’re supposed to give it our best effort while here on Earth.”
At that point, a few of his buddies came over and started trying to justify their beliefs.
Needless to say, it didn’t end well.
My point in all of this is; There’s more to being a Christian than saying a sinner’s prayer and then living however you want. It’s the “Once saved, always saved” doctrine. I don’t agree with it. It falls under the category of “Easy Beliveism.”