Barriers to Salvation


by Dr. Hugh Ross

Barriers that block people from committing themselves to Jesus Christ and accepting His gift of salvation appear to fall under three general categories: 1) self-imposed ignorance, 2) pride, and 3) moral impurity. In time, the presence of any one of these three leads to the other two. Often the problem of clearing one's way to the most important relationship in life boils down to discerning and removing the primary barrier.

Self-imposed ignorance

Refusal to carefully examine and consider the claims of Jesus Christ and the evidences for their veracity or to respond to the personal implications of those claims and evidences is self-imposed ignorance. The danger of this form of ignorance about the gospel is that it represents the starting point on the path to apostasy, which means "total desertion from faith in God." The process by which a person becomes apostate generally involves searching out philosophies and religions to find one that is not so strict in defining evil or sin and in identifying its consequences (cf. Jer. 2:19; Luke 18:8; 2 Thes. 2:3; 2 Tim. 3:1-8; Heb. 3:12). The New Testament outlines these seven steps to apostasy (Rom. 1: 21-23)…


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