ave you received the Holy Ghost since you were saved? HUH???
That doesn't make sense . . . You were saved if you didn't receive the Holy Ghost!
I read that on the mezanine of a popular church once time, and I never forgot it. You can tell pretty much what kind of message the church preaches when they make a statement like that. All one has to do is compare the language a person uses to plain Bible speak. Let me give you an example:
The opening statement was no doubt meant to coincide with the verbage used in Acts 19:1
Here Paul asked the people "Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed?" In the opening line, they changed one word from the original text found in the Word. But it gave salvation as a whole, a completely different meaning!
Most people in the church world today are familiar with the phrase, "Accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal saviour." This phrase is straight out of the pits of hell. This was coined in the late '70's by a popular preacher who did not preach the message of salvation as per the Word of God. Just because you accepted the Lord, doesn't mean He will accept you!
Blasphemy? I hardly think so. He, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour, was condemned falsely, beaten for our healing, bore our sins on a cruel cross, was pierced in His side, and died. He was placed in a tomb, arose three days (and three nights) later. He exemplified the death, burial and ressurection message preached by the Apostles.
But He paid the price so we don't have to. And you think you can just accept Him without paying any kind of price? You think He came you to save you in your sins, so you can just keep living an ungodly life? He wants a clean vessal. He WILL NOT put His pure Holy Ghost in an unclean vessel. Period.
For Christ to accept us to come to Him, we must repent of our sins. Repentance means to stop doing them, make 180 degree turn from them. Repentance means to ask God for forgiveness of our sins. Hearing the Word preached, about His love, what He did on Calvary, what He purchased on Calvary, and having His power convict of those sins, we will weep with a Godly sorrow for those sins. But we are still dirty until we are washed and have the blood applied.
That is accomplished not by us, but by Him but only after we follow His command. He commanded us to be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of those sins. When we are buried with Him in baptism, calling on the Name of Jesus, then the blood is applied, and we are washed clean from every sin we ever committed, instantly.
We have buried the old life, our old self, our old habits, wants, failures and stifes. We don't want that life anymore. What we want Salvation. I don't want religion: I want Salvation! I don't want a form of godliness: I want Salvation!
Am I saved? Nope. You have to fulfill the scriptures. The scripture says to receive the promise. The fulfillment of Salvation. Let's read about that. Let's read Acts 2:38.
It's a promise, it's free to us of money or any earthly thing. But, it does cost us one thing: Our old dirty, possesed, opprosess, depressed, life of sin. In it's place, God doesn't just give us peace, joy, life, contentment . . . He gives us GREAT peace, joy, life, contentment!
Then, and only then are you "saved . . ." When you are in this condition, you can sin all you want . . . because you don't want to sin. You want to live for Him. The closer you draw nigh unto Him, the closer He will pull you.