Many people today are like Felix & Drusilla (Acts 24). They like the sound of the Gospel, but not the Gospel itself. They like the message of God’s Love and reconciliation. Maybe they enjoy the worship time, or the peace that comes from being with God’s people. But the call for right living, self-control, and the judgment to come goes against their self-centered, pleasure filled, way of life. Some people think salvation means that if they have said the sinner’s prayer, been baptized, and go to church they are saved and have a license to sin. They don’t think they should be held accountable for their actions anymore. (2 Tim 4:3 & 4)
Some Christians think they are being attacked when God’s Word is simply teaching that the day of your salvation means you have met Christ, and you will live right, and with self-control. Many are under the power of the flesh so that their own ‘will’ is fighting against God’s ‘will’. But God’s Love, Righteousness, Peace and Joy will rule our lives when we are truly born of God’s Holy Spirit (John 3).