FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Many repeat a sinner’s prayer and think that’s their guarantee to admittance to heaven. Author Denise Wilson says, “We aren’t saved by repeating a prayer. No one ever has been saved, or ever will be saved, apart from the conviction of sin, repentance, and true faith in the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ.” In a new release, Seven Words You Never Want to Hear: How to Be Sure You Won’t (Redemption Press), Wilson takes a hard look at assumptions people make about becoming a Christian.
She repeats the words of Jesus in Matthew 7:21: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 7:21). The book compares what the Bible actually says about becoming a Christian with popular thought. Wilson, a former missionary and church planter, examines the mystery of salvation, what being a Christian really means, and how to become one. She writes for those who may have prayed a sinner’s prayer but whose lives do not reflect a commitment to Christ—and for those who love them and are deeply concerned for their souls.
“The way a person lives give evidence of true faith, but does nothing towards gaining salvation,” says Wilson, a Bible teacher from Ontario, Canada. “The gospel changes everything—our beliefs, lifestyles, and priorities.” Lifestyle issues of greed, living for self, and what we love are held up against the biblical values of obedience, dying to self, and counting the cost, with reflective questions of each chapter.
Denise Wilson has been concerned about the issues discussed in this book for over thirty years. She has a BS in biblical studies from Emmaus Bible College. A former missionary and church planter, she leads Bible studies, speaks at women’s events, and is passionate about sharing her faith. This homeschool mom lives in small town Ontario, Canada, with her husband, two sons, and a whole bunch of chickens.
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