Many Denominations Say We Are Saved By Faith Only, But That Rules Out Repentance

Some think showing a passage that mentions faith but does not mention baptism (such as John 3:16), rules out baptism as being a necessary condition of salvation. But I ask → what about repentance? It’s not mentioned in those passages either. Is repentance therefore also ruled out as being a condition of salvation?

And does Matthew 6:14 (“For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you”) make forgiving others the only condition that we must meet to be forgiven of our sins, thus ruling out both faith and repentance? Likewise I John 2:10 would mean all you have to do is love your brother to be saved – you don’t have to believe or repent. We see then that not all of the salvation conditions are listed (at least explicitly) in the faith passages (nor in Matthew 6:14 and I John 2:10). We must go elsewhere to learn that repentance is necessary.

And when we go elsewhere, we will learn that baptism is also necessary to salvation:

· Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved …

· Acts 2:38 … be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins …

· Acts 22:16 … be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord

· I Peter 3:21 … baptism doth also now save us …

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