Is It Important to Ask God for Forgiveness?

I have a suggestion for Trump followers who happen to call themselves Christians.

First, read the following “Four Spiritual Laws” and “The Roman Road.”  These two put forth the gospel message in a systematic way.  The Scriptures used are simple and to the point, but are also essential in realizing that Christians need to agree with them in order to be saved!  Otherwise, why call yourself a Christian?

Our job as Christian evangelists is to use Scripture to convict (of sin – for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God) , convince (those who don’t know Jesus Christ personally of the fact that He is the only Lord and Savior who can save us from our sins) , and convert (non-believers to biblical Christianity).

After you read them, read the copy that is written below about Trump’s attitude regarding the need to ask God for forgiveness.  Then, make your own conclusions.

~ Christine

Four Spiritual Laws:

  1. God loves you:
    1. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life,” (John 3:16).

Man is sinful and separated from God.

  1. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Rom. 3:23). “For the wages of sin is death,” (Rom. 6:23). “But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God,” (Isaiah 59:2).

Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for man’s sin.

  1. “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me,” (John 14:6). “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us,” (Rom. 5:8).
  1. We must individually receive Jesus as Savior and Lord.
  1. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,” (John 1:12). “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved,” (Rom. 10:9). “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God,” (Eph. 2:8).

Saw this today (3/2/16) and thought I would add it to this post!

Hat tip:  Pastor Ward Clinton’s blog.

The Roman Road

Another list of verses usable in the same way as the Four Spiritual Laws is the “Roman Road.” The advantage to these seven verses is that they are all in the Book of Romans. Sometimes this is an advantage when you don’t want to flip through a lot of pages.

  1. Rom. 3:10, “As it is written, ‘There is none righteous, not even one . . . “
  2. Rom. 3:23, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
  3. Rom. 5:12, “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned.”
  4. Rom. 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
  5. Rom. 5:8, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
  6. Rom. 10:9-10, “if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”
  7. Rom. 10:13, “For whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved.”

I recommend you put the Roman Road in your Bible. Go to Romans 3:10, underline it, and write Romans 3:23 next to it. Then go to Romans 3:28, underline it, and write Romans 5:12 next to it, and so on. That way all you need to do is memorize where you start: Romans 3:10.

Hat tip:  Matt Slick at CARM

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Article about Trump from The Blaze:

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said back in June that he isn’t sure that he’s ever asked God for forgiveness for his sins, but that he participates in communion, which he described at the time as a “form of asking for forgiveness.”

“I am not sure I have. I just go on and try to do a better job from there. I don’t think so,” he told moderator Frank Luntz during the Family Leadership Summit. “I think if I do something wrong, I think, I just try and make it right. I don’t bring God into that picture. I don’t.”

Trump again discussed this subject in an interview with CBN News’ David Brody last Tuesday, during which Brody asked the businessman if he believes that “it is important to ask God for forgiveness.”

“Well, I do. I think it’s great. I consider communion to be a very important thing. When I go to church and I take communion I consider that asking for forgiveness in my own way,” Trump said. “I do think it’s a great thing and I do think it’s an important thing. It makes you feel good.”

These comments about communion follow additional statements that Trump made back in June at the Family Leadership Summit about the importance of partaking in the Christian practice of consuming bread and wine in remembrance of Christ.

“When I drink my little wine — which is about the only wine I drink — and have my little cracker, I guess that is a form of asking for forgiveness, and I do that as often as possible because I feel cleansed,” Trump said at the time, according to CNN. “I think in terms of ‘let’s go on and let’s make it right.’”

Trump’s comments at the Family Leadership Summit gained attention, considering that asking God for forgiveness and seeking atonement are central tenets of Christianity.

The candidate did tell Brody in his more recent interview that he was possibly “getting a little bit cute” when he addressed forgiveness and communion at the Family Leadership Summit, saying that he didn’t “know it was going to be such a big deal.”

“I think communion to me is very important,” Trump said.

As TheBlaze previously reported, this isn’t the first time that Trump’s views on faith and the Bible have made headlines, as he declined to name his favorite Bible verse when a reporter pressed him on the issue last month.

That said, the presidential candidate struck a very different tone in the same interview with Brody, seemingly having no problem diving into his stance on the holy book.

“There’s so many things that you can learn from [The Bible]. Proverbs, the chapter ‘never bend to envy’ —  I’ve had that thing all of my life where people are bending to envy,” Trump said. “Actually, it’s an incredible book. So many things you can learn from the Bible and you can lead your life and I’m not just talking in terms of religion — I’m talking in terms of leading a life even beyond a religion.”

It is unclear where this “envy” chapter is in Proverbs, as Trump did not cite a specific verse. That said, the subject is dealt with a number of times throughout Proverbs, as Brody noted.

(H/T: CBN News)

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