In this sermon, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, talks about doubts– their causes and how we can deal with them and overcome them. Here are some excerpts:

“…James says in James 1:6, “Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is driven and blown about by the wind… (he is) unstable in all that he does.”

Doubts

Now, do Christians doubt? What a question! Should Christians ever doubt? Well, let’s see what Paul says in 2 Corinthians 4:8,9 (Good News Bible): “We are often troubled, but not crushed; sometimes in doubt, but never in despair; there are many enemies, but we are never without a friend; and though badly hurt at times, we are not destroyed.” The point Paul is making here is that it is possible to have doubts, but not be defeated by them.

Now today I want to do a couple of things. I want to look with you at three causes of doubt; and then I want to talk to you about how to deal with your doubts. How do you overcome them?…”

Dealing with Doubt

“…Let me ask you this: Is it possible for you to know without any shadow of doubt that you’re going to go to heaven when you die? The answer is — absolutely yes. The Bible was written to assure you of that. 1 John 5:13 says…”

That doesn’t mean that you will never sin again; it doesn’t mean that you won’t sometimes disappoint yourself or other people. But, thank God, you don’t have to be perfect to get to heaven, but you do have to put your faith in Christ alone for your salvation. We can’t work our passage to heaven, just because we have “all sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Jesus said, “I am the Way… No one comes to the Father but by Me” (John 14:6). You put your faith in His redeeming death on the Cross, not in your own efforts, or your own goodness…”

_______________

Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.

September 15, 1991

2 Corinthians 4:8,9

Rev. W. Graham Smith

Download Transcript (PDF)