Spiritual Immaturity Does Not Effect Salvation
ChristiaNet.com, a large Christian portal with eight million monthly page loads, recently asked, "Are longtime Christians who lack spiritual maturity saved?" ChristiaNet's president, Bill Cooper, stated, "Most Christians polled believe that salvation is a free gift of grace, not based on the level of one's spiritual maturity."
Out of 900 Christians surveyed, 65% felt that a believer's salvation is not contingent upon how much or how little they grow in God. Comments included, "Some religions teach loss of salvation and judge others according to religious do's and don'ts. No! This is the way people give gifts, but God is greater and He is love. God is merciful to His children who have been born again through faith alone in Jesus Christ." Others quoted Ephesians 2:8-9: "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."
Twenty-three percent were unsure, and many remarked that to question someone's spiritual maturity is to judge unfairly. One poller remarked, "I believe that only God can say whether they are saved or not. The Bible does say that we must bear good fruit as evidence of our salvation." Another in this group said, "I haven't a clue what makes a Christian 'spiritually mature.' Do we even get there on this side of Heaven?" And, "Christians who are immature are probably good people, but will not totally surrender their lives to Him and will not receive the deeper things of God or the gifts of the Spirit. As far as being saved, God knows."
Twelve percent of those surveyed believed that longtime Christians who lack spiritual maturity are not saved. One respondent stated, "They may be church goers and not actually Christians. Therefore, if you are not an apple tree you can never mature enough to produce apples." Another poller remarked, "Spiritual maturity is the fruit of our salvation; but some believe in 'once saved, always saved.' But, it's impossible to be saved without being changed by your salvation for the better. When faith, lordship, and obedience are transferred from sin to Jesus, growth always takes place."
To help educate Christians on the topic of salvation and spiritual maturity, ChristiaNet has just released a free Sanctification Quiz. Using the latest interactive technology, one can test their Biblical knowledge on issues facing the Christian community.