Friday night I was able to be part of an event called Secret Church, a six hour sermon by David Platt which was sent on a live feed on the internet to multiple churches and bible studies around the country. It was both the most heart pierceing sermon and six hours I have ever experienced. He spoke on the doctrine of salvation and no one could ever have felt comfortable as he talked. Of course in reality it was the Lord and not David that truly brought conviction. Platt even said, “If you have not been saved, the last thing I want is for you to be is comfortable. Instead, I hope you are convicted. If you have been saved, I hope you are encouraged during this time.” Truly no one could feel comfortable as he began speaking though encouragement for believers came later. He began with Matthew 7:21-23 which says:
Not everyone will say to Me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to Me, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophecy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?” And then will I declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.”
Jesus was talking to religious people here. Earlier Jesus said in 7:13-14,
Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
The wide gate is a religious road and what makes it scary is that many are on it thinking they are on the narrow road. Conviction by this verse is a good thing when it leads you to examine your soul. 2 Corinthians 13:5 says, “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? – unless indeed you fail to meet the test!”
What is this test? It is to examine the doctrine of salvation and hold your life up against the doctrine to see if you are saved.