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Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - OUR TOWN - bil­ly­gra­ham.org BILLY GRA­HAM Write to Billy Gra­ham in care of Billy Gra­ham Evan­ge­lis­tic As­so­ci­a­tion, 1 Billy Gra­ham Park­way, Char­lotte, N.C. 28201 or visit the web­site at

DEAR REV. GRA­HAM: If we re­pent of our sins (as the Bi­ble says we’re sup­posed to do), does this mean that if we ever com­mit an­other sin, we’ll lose our sal­va­tion? I worry about this.

— E.F. DEAR E.F.: One of the devil’s old­est tricks is to make us be­lieve that God will turn against us and take away our sal­va­tion if we ever com­mit an­other sin. But it sim­ply isn’t true.

The rea­son is be­cause when He died on the cross, Je­sus Christ be­came the fi­nal and com­plete sac­ri­fice for all our sins — with­out ex­cep­tion. Re­mem­ber: Je­sus Christ was with­out sin, be­cause He was God in hu­man flesh — and God can­not sin. But on the cross, all our sins were trans­ferred to Him, and He took upon Him­self all our guilt and all our con­dem­na­tion. He didn’t die for some of our sins — He died for them all. The Bi­ble says, “In him we have re­demp­tion through his blood, the for­give­ness of sins” (Eph­e­sians 1:7).

Don’t trust your­self or your own good­ness for your sal­va­tion — for you and I can never be good enough. In­stead, trust Christ and what He has al­ready done for you. By His death and res­ur­rec­tion He bought your sal­va­tion — and now He of­fers it to you as a gift. By a sim­ple prayer of faith ask Christ to come into your life and save you — and He will.

Then ask God to help you fol­low Christ every day — not out of fear, but out of joy and thank­ful­ness. In ad­di­tion, ask Him to help you trust His prom­ise to save you and take you to Heaven when you die. God’s prom­ise is for you: “This is the tes­ti­mony: God has given us eter­nal life, and this life is in his Son. Who­ever has the Son has life” (1 John 5:11-12).

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