How can I know I am saved? A question the Bible deals with in detail. In fact, nearly everyone who has an idea of salvation has or will ask this question in one way or another. Recently, I heard a program on the Islamic faith concerning their belief in the means of salvation. As their prophet neared his time of death, he was not sure of his salvation, and asked that his followers pray for him and his family. In other words, his salvation would be based on if he had been good enough in this life to inherit eternal life. All he was trusting in was his work's.
Another program had a character in it who in a different way was depending on his own merits to be rewarded eternal life. He was trying to insure that his good works outweighed his bad works. In all actuality, the two viewpoints are identical. They are simply expressed with different terminology.
There are many ways to express the means of obtaining salvation or the results of what true salvation will produce in the life of the concerned party. Perhaps, the two thoughts should not be confused. Can works produce salvation, or does salvation produce works?
In his 91st year of life, Mr. Dauch asked Bro. Branham if he was ready to die. "do you think I am ready to go? You think I am saved?" Bro. Branham talked to Mr. Dauch about going to a doctor, and the doctor examining him according to a book of medical science to determine if there was a health issue. If the doctor finds nothing he proclaims the patient to be physically well. Then Bro. Branham mentions the giving of a soul examination, and there is only one way to do so, and that is by the Word of God. " Jesus said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life." (St. John 5:24) Mr. Dauch answered, "I believe it. I have heard it. I have received it." Bro. Branham then said to Mr. Dauch, "Then according to the Head Specialist, the Chief Operator, the Chief Doctor of Eternal Life, You've passed from death unto Life and shall never come to the condemnation." Note how Bro. Branham points a man near his death to base his experience on the Word of God.
The entire event may be read in the sermon, God doesn’t call man to judgement without first warning him (63-0724).