It is eternally vital to understand the difference between true salvation and what christianity teaches, for one is the gift of eternal life, and the other is, well . . . not.

Most christians hold to some idea of “saving belief” being a belief that is sincere, or genuine, enough—it's a belief that passes the qualification test of “believing enough to be saved.” It is a human belief that contains enough “trust for salvation.” Some christians define it as their belief in Christ coupled with trusting on Him for salvation. They believe that means they are born again. But, that belief is wholly self-contained--it is because they read something, or they heard another human say something, and then they applied that to themselves, and they believe it's sufficient for salvation.

That is what determines for christians who is truly saved, and who is not truly saved, according to them. So, then, they add to that false doctrine a litmus test of not committing sins of the flesh as evidence that one's salvation was true salvation—that the person's effort to believe “took.”

If someone provides enough “christian living” to convince other christians that he was saved, and then starts committing sins of the flesh in public, that person is said to have some sort of “sliding back” (LOL!). It's actually all nonsense based on not knowing what saving belief actually is.

It is necessary to learn the entirety of what we are told by the Holy Spirit in His scriptures. Yes, scripture says to “believe in Christ, and thou SHALT BE saved.” But, Christ said in Luke 8:13 that some will believe with all joy, but then fall away because they have no root (life source). We are also told that the demons believe, and they also declare that Messiah Yahoshua is Yah's Son (Luke 8:28). Are they saved?

When we're told that those who believe WILL BE saved, it means that man's belief is the necessary requirement for one TO BE ABLE TO be saved. “WILL BE” is not “ARE.” It is a future condition, not a present one. We are never told that, if you believe, then you ARE saved, for that would be a true contradiction within scripture.

If one does not believe in Messiah Yahoshua and confess Him before others, then he CANNOT BE saved. So, man's belief is what makes him able to be saved—it is not salvation, but the potential TO BE saved. Man's belief is the outer courtyard in the tabernacle; it is not the Holy of Holies.

We are told in 1 John 5:10 who the Father sees as believers—it is those who have the “witness” within them. The Greek word there means “evidence.” It is a legal matter—the evidence, or testimony, of justification is placed within a believer.

It is not the human's belief that saves him, but the completion of that belief by the evidence being placed within him that saves him. It is not the human belief, but the covenant placed within the believer that makes him “born again, “ and those who are born again have eternal life.

That is who John 3:16 is talking about—they are not those who only have their human belief. Their belief has been perfected by the Holy Spirit being placed within them.

Herein we see the vast difference between christian “salvation” and true salvation.

With christian salvation, man is the one who decides he wants to be saved, and then by his own decision, he declares that he has been saved (or some preacher tells him so). He is then expected to start living according to how christians think he should live.

True salvation is not from man. It is not decided by man. It has nothing to do with how man lives. True salvation is given to man after he believes in Messiah Yahoshua and confesses Him before others. It is given when the Father CHOOSES to give it, and then the believer is told by the Holy Spirit that his belief has been completed—he has received the covenant, and is now a child of Yah.

From that point on, the one who is indwelt by the Holy Spirit is led by Him to sacrifice his flesh. It's always the choice of the child whether to obey that leading, and those who do are rewarded in eternity for it. Those who don't will not receive that reward. But, they are still Yah's children because they received the covenant.

Saving belief is not merely man's belief, but is man's belief that has been completed by the Witness being placed within him. Stating that you believe does not mean you are saved. Only those who have been given the evidence within them have “believed unto righteousness.” So, being a believer in the Father's eyes is not what YOU did, but what HE places within His children.

For more info about the period between belief and salvation, click here.

To learn how believers are told they are born again, click here

Written by Dean Haskins and James Finnegan for Way of the Tabernacle. Reproductions with proper attribution are allowed and encouraged.








But now in Yahoshua the Messiah you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile them both in one body to Yah through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity. Ephesians 2:13-16