When I ask some people if they're saved, they sometimes answer, "Well I think so" or "I hope so." What if someone came up to me and asked, "Pastor Sligh, are you married?" Suppose I say, "Well, I think so." You say, "Now wait a minute. You either are or you aren't. I mean, do you have a wife?" And I respond, "Well, I'm not quite sure, but I certainly hope so." You'd think I was bonkers, wouldn't you? I KNOW I'm married!
How do I know?---Because on August 10, 1974 I stood in front of a preacher...and I'd never been so nervous in all my life! I was more nervous than a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs! And the preacher said to me "Do you promise to love and cherish, in sickness and health, in prosperity and adversity, this woman whose right hand you now hold?" And I said, "I...I...I...d-d-do." And he said, "Do you take this woman to be your lawful, wedded wife, as long as you both shall live?" And I said, "I...I...I...d-d-do." And he said a few other nice things, and there was some pretty music and pretty flowers everywhere and then he said, "I now pronounce you husband and wife." The last thing he said was, "You may now kiss your wife." And, son, did I ever kiss her.---Mmm-mmm!!
How do I know I'm married? Because it was an event that forever changed my life!
And that's how you know you are saved. It's an event that forever altered your life.
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