Archive for October, 2017

Saved By Faith, But When?

October 27, 2017

We certainly agree the Bible teaches we are saved by faith (“Therefore being justified by faith” – Rom 5:1). But the question is → When are we saved by faith, before or after that faith leads us to obey God in baptism?

Old Testament illustration – Heb 11:30: “By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.”  Heb 11:30 shows that just because something is done “by faith,” that doesn’t mean that something happens “at the point of faith,” or “by faith alone.” And that is the issue!

New Testament parallel – Gal 3:26-27: “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”  The word “For” beginning Gal 3:27 means “to introduce the reason.” That means the reason we are children of God by faith is because we were baptized into Christ. So Gal 3:26-27 is saying we are saved “by faith,” but it is not saying we are saved “at the point of faith.” Instead it is saying we are saved “by faith” when we are baptized.

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Does Salvation Come At The Point of Faith?

October 19, 2017

Romans 10:13 (and Acts 2:21) undeniably teach salvation is conditioned upon calling on the name of the Lord, which according to verse 14 (“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed?”) clearly comes after belief. So salvation does not come at the point of faith.

In the same context, Rom 10:10 teaches salvation is conditioned upon a “confession with the mouth,” which of course could only come honestly after belief. So one is not saved at the moment he believes.

Notice also Acts 9:5-6 shows that Saul believed on the road to Damascus, but Acts 22:16 plainly shows Saul was still in his sins at least three days later (Acts 9:9). So Paul was not saved at the time he believed.

Conclusion: Salvation at the point of faith is not true Bible doctrine.

Saved by Faith Only?

October 12, 2017

Many denominations teach salvation by “faith only.” But their proof texts only say “saved by faith.” If I told you I went to a restaurant and “ate steak,” would that necessarily mean I ate “steak only” (and not a baked potato)? Do you see why those proof texts prove that faith is required, but they don’t rule out repentance and other necessary conditions stated elsewhere in God’s word?

A verse in the Bible that puts those two words (“faith” and “only”) together is James 2:24, and it says “Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.” Those who respect God and what He says will accept James 2:24, along with passages like John 3:16. All Bible verses are true. We can’t just pick the ones we like, and ignore the ones that don’t fit our preconceived view.

In Genesis 2:17, God told Adam and Eve that the day they ate of the tree, “thou shalt surely die,” but in Genesis 3:4, the devil said, “Ye shall not surely die.” Do you see the similarity between what denominations teach about how to be saved and what Satan said?

God Gives The Holy Spirit To Those That Ask Him

October 5, 2017

Luke 11:13 reads “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?”

Notice in this verse the Holy Spirit himself is what is given; He is the gift. It is not just a gift or power from the Holy Spirit. This confirms that in Acts 2:38, the “gift of the Holy Ghost” is the Holy Ghost himself (in person).

Who is promised the Holy Spirit according to Luke 11:13? Those that ask him, that is, ALL those who become Christians (not just a select few like the miraculous). This verse applies to everybody just like verses 9-10 and the parallel Matthew 7:7-14 do. Context proves that.

How does one ask God for the Holy Spirit? The same way one asks God for salvation:

• Acts 22:16 ask (call upon) God to wash away sins by being baptized

• Acts 2:38 ask God for remission of sins by repenting and being baptized

Acts 2:38 ask God for the Holy Ghost by repenting and being baptized

Have you ever asked God to give you the Holy Ghost by repenting and being baptized for the remission of sins?