by Bailey Smith

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Seven Kinds of People God Will Not Save
Bailey Smith

According to the Scriptures, there are three things necessary for salvation. The first is to repent once. Isaiah 55:6 instructs us to seek the Lord while he may be found. This passage indicates that he may not always be available. He may not always be as accessible as he is at other times.

The second is to believe or have faith. Acts 16:31 is clear in teaching us that we must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and we shall be saved. Also, John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

Third, we are to confess. Romans 10:9 proclaims, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shaltbe saved."

These three ingredients are absolutely necessary for salvation. With this in mind, let's examine seven things that will most assuredly hinder these three things necessary for one to be saved. I want us to see the seven kinds of people that God will not save.

God Will Not Save the Self-Righteous
In the Gospel of Luke (18:9-14) we look flush into the face of the self-righteous sinner. This is the first kind of person God won't save. "And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others" (v. 9).

I look at people like that every day. I preach to people like this all the time. They trust in themselves. They hardly know anyone quite as wonderful as they are. The way they think of others would be expressed in this way: "My, you're not as righteous as I am. You're not as holy. You're not as wonderful as I am."

In the parable, two men went up to the Temple to pray; the one a Pharisee and the other a publican. "The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this ...

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