Believe in Jesus. Behave like Jesus. Confess Jesus is Lord. It’s the evangelical formula. A surefire ticket to heaven. That’s what we’re all in it for, anyway, right? It almost feels as good as pre-ordering that new iPhone—getting your salvation on lock. Because you’re busy, and you know that line is gonna suck!

Believe. Behave. Confess. It’s the formula the demons use, too. In Matthew 8:28, they have a full-on conversation with Jesus about pigs. Pretty hard not to believe in the existence of someone you’re conversing with, face-to-face, eh? They literally call him “Son of God.” Sounds like a pretty glaring confession. And it doesn’t stop there. 2 Corinthians 11:14-15 says the demons, “…masquerade as servants of righteousness.” Behavior: check. So what kind of twisted formula are we peddling, here?

The last part of that verse says, “Their end will correspond to their actions.” I’m sorry, what? That sounds awfully ominous. Am I understanding correctly that Believe, Behave, Confess gets me the same deal as the demons? No dice. That’s like showing up on iPhone day and realizing you preordered the Jitterbug by mistake. If my salvation is based on a formula the demons subscribe to, then what’s the difference?

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