CHRIST'S REQUIREMENTS FOR SALVATION

Your Ole Pal
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January 7th, 2010, 2:26 pm #21

Ken,
You got any time in the next month for me to come up to Hohenwald? I want to see that fortress of yours.

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January 7th, 2010, 11:04 pm #22

Health won't permit it: I woke up at 1:30 today.
My wife checked my color and let me sleep.
Looking forward to the 24/7.
Now, I am heading to the recliner
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Ken Sublett
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January 8th, 2010, 5:28 pm #23

Denominationalists will say, "Jesus requires nothing from us for salvation," or they may say, "All we need to do is just believe/have faith, nothing more," or even, "Just trust in Christ's sacrifice alone; don't bother obeying Christ's commandments." Either these people really don't know that Christ has issued specific requirements for salvation, or their denominational traditions compel these people to deny Christ's requirements for salvation. Here are Christ's requirements for salvation with example references from the KJV:

1. HEAR THE GOSPEL
"And the gospel must first be published among all nations" (Mark 13:10).

"How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?" (Rom. 10:14).


2. FAITH.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).

"And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house" (Acts 16:31).

Faith is certainly a highly important requirement for salvation, but it is by no means the only requirement. Without faith, we cannot comply with Christ's other requirements.

3. REPENTANCE.
"I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish" (Luke 13:3).

"Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord" (Acts 3:19).


4. CONFESS JESUS BEFORE MEN.
"Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven" (Matt. 10:32-33).

"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation" (Rom 10:9-10).


5. BE BAPTIZED.
"He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned" (Mark 16:16).

"Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost" (Acts 2:38).

"And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord" (Acts 22:16).

"The like figure whereunto [even] baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 3:21).


6. LIVE A CHRISTIAN LIFE IN OBEDIENCE UNTO CHRIST.
"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven" (Matt. 7:21).

"If ye love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15).

"And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power" (2 Thess. 1:7-9).

"Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him" (Heb. 5:8-9).


The first five requirements deal with the conversion process. A person cannot be saved until he is converted to Christianity and obeys the Gospel. After obeying the Gospel, a Christian must continue to obey the teachings of Christ for the rest of his life. Therefore, the sixth requirement comprises everything else that Christ commanded explicitly and through His apostles (for example, observing the Lord's Supper, helping the needy, visiting the sick, love thy neighbor, doing good for mankind, assembling together for worship, etc.). Collectively, all six are required for salvation. Of course, Christ knows if man's compliance is done faithfully and willingly or just for show.

Therefore, Christ requires that we hear the Gospel, followed by faith, repentance, confession, baptism, and a life of obedience from us before He will grant salvation unto us. Those people in rebellion will argue that since these requirements are not conveniently provided together in one spot in the New Testament, they are not valid. But even if they were listed together, the rebels would then brand that a "legalistic list" and thumb their noses at it. Rebels will also argue that obeying Christ equates to personal works, that obedience "robs" Christ of His sacrifice, that physical water can't "save" anyone, or a hundred other man-made excuses for circumventing what Christ commands. The fact remains, however, that Christ has issued certain requirements for salvation, either directly or through the apostolic epistles, and it is up to us to decide whether we"ll submit gladly and willingly, obey Him, and have the promise of salvation; or not submit, disobey Him, and have the promise of damnation.

Jack Mann notes that John 20 is most often misunderstood.
That is a fact: while proof-texting to prove that an individual should be obeyed because they claim to be guided by the "spirit", most people fail to teach that which is written or that which has been taught. Over and over God warns against self-speak or private opinions.

Another point gleaned by follow up on this passage is that the power were given to all of the apostles and not just Peter.

And the result of all of the Apostles receiving power to open or close was that they imediately began to preach the Words of Christ which He bestows as BREATH which can save or consume

We have two accounts of Jesus meeting or "synagogue" on the first day of the week.
Jn 20:19 Then the same day at evening,
......being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut
......where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews,
......came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
Jn 20:20 And when he had so said, he showed unto them his hands and his side.
......Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.
Jn 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you:
......as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
Jn 20:22 And when he had said this, he BREATHED on them,
......and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy SPIRIT
Jn 20:23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them;
......and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

Psa 33:6 By
......the [1] word of the [2]Lord were the heavens made;
......and all the host of them by the [3]breath [Spirit] of His mouth
......he layeth up the depth in storehouses.
Psa 33:8 Let all the earth fear the Lord:
......let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.
Psa 33:9 For he spake, and it was done;
......he commanded, and it stood fast.
Psa 33:10 The Lord bringeth
......the counsel of the heathen to nought: [private opinions]
......he maketh the DEVICES of the people of NONE EFFECT. an, contrivance, machines]

......Ma chashab ah h4284 from h2803 h2803 Chashab To weave colored fabrics,
......one mixing threads and colors too think out, to invent, to compute, as songs [lmusic]
......Amos 6:5 That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of musick, like David;
......The Greek word is Pleko: plat, twine, weave, contrive, devise.
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of poets writing hymns or songs or dramatic plots by mythmonters not permitted
......to write true history. Aoide singing, a spell, incantation.
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"Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive."Sir Walter Scott

Aristotle: Melody Deceives: "Poets also make use of this in inventing words, as a melody "without strings" or "without the lyre"; for they employ epithets from negations, a course which is approved in proportional metaphors..

The form of diction should be neither metrical nor without rhythm.

If it is metrical, it lacks persuasiveness, for it appears artificial, and at the same time it distracts the hearer's attention, since it sets him on the watch for the recurrence of such and such a cadence..

According to Philo, the gods of the pagans exploit this weakness of men. For the sake of a better effect, and with the intention of more easily cheating their devotes, that they have set their lies to melodies, rhythms and meters.."

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ON THE VERY LARGE OTHER HAND


Psa 33:11 The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever,
the THOUGHTS of HIS heart to all generation

The records by Luke defines the meaning of BREATHING on them
Acts 1:1 THE former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
Acts 1:2 Until the day in which he was taken up,
......after that he through the Holy Ghost
......had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:
Acts 1:3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs,
......being seen of them forty days,
......and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:

......In 2 Peter 1 he left us a MEMORY of what they had seen and heard about THE KINGDOM of God. He said that this confirmed word which was the PROPHECIES made more PERFECT must not be subject of "private interpretation." That means "further expounding" in the sense of Psalm 33:10 above which outlawed our private opinions (doubtful disputations in Romans 14) and the inventions or machines of the people.

Acts 1:4 And, being assembled together with them,
......commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem,
......but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
Acts 1:5 For John truly baptized with water;
......but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

This event was manifested by WIND [breath] and FIRE which gave them the power to SPEAK words which would separate the chaff from the grain to be burned up.

Acts 1:6 When they therefore were come together,
......they asked of him, saying Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
Acts 1:7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power,
......after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:
......and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem,
......and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

The favorite MANTRA today is to IMPROVISE or INNOVATE: hop to it but Psalm 33 says that it WON'T WORK.
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January 8th, 2010, 6:05 pm #24

Denominationalists will say, "Jesus requires nothing from us for salvation," or they may say, "All we need to do is just believe/have faith, nothing more," or even, "Just trust in Christ's sacrifice alone; don't bother obeying Christ's commandments." Either these people really don't know that Christ has issued specific requirements for salvation, or their denominational traditions compel these people to deny Christ's requirements for salvation. Here are Christ's requirements for salvation with example references from the KJV:

1. HEAR THE GOSPEL
"And the gospel must first be published among all nations" (Mark 13:10).

"How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?" (Rom. 10:14).


2. FAITH.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).

"And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house" (Acts 16:31).

Faith is certainly a highly important requirement for salvation, but it is by no means the only requirement. Without faith, we cannot comply with Christ's other requirements.

3. REPENTANCE.
"I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish" (Luke 13:3).

"Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord" (Acts 3:19).


4. CONFESS JESUS BEFORE MEN.
"Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven" (Matt. 10:32-33).

"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation" (Rom 10:9-10).


5. BE BAPTIZED.
"He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned" (Mark 16:16).

"Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost" (Acts 2:38).

"And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord" (Acts 22:16).

"The like figure whereunto [even] baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 3:21).


6. LIVE A CHRISTIAN LIFE IN OBEDIENCE UNTO CHRIST.
"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven" (Matt. 7:21).

"If ye love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15).

"And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power" (2 Thess. 1:7-9).

"Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him" (Heb. 5:8-9).


The first five requirements deal with the conversion process. A person cannot be saved until he is converted to Christianity and obeys the Gospel. After obeying the Gospel, a Christian must continue to obey the teachings of Christ for the rest of his life. Therefore, the sixth requirement comprises everything else that Christ commanded explicitly and through His apostles (for example, observing the Lord's Supper, helping the needy, visiting the sick, love thy neighbor, doing good for mankind, assembling together for worship, etc.). Collectively, all six are required for salvation. Of course, Christ knows if man's compliance is done faithfully and willingly or just for show.

Therefore, Christ requires that we hear the Gospel, followed by faith, repentance, confession, baptism, and a life of obedience from us before He will grant salvation unto us. Those people in rebellion will argue that since these requirements are not conveniently provided together in one spot in the New Testament, they are not valid. But even if they were listed together, the rebels would then brand that a "legalistic list" and thumb their noses at it. Rebels will also argue that obeying Christ equates to personal works, that obedience "robs" Christ of His sacrifice, that physical water can't "save" anyone, or a hundred other man-made excuses for circumventing what Christ commands. The fact remains, however, that Christ has issued certain requirements for salvation, either directly or through the apostolic epistles, and it is up to us to decide whether we"ll submit gladly and willingly, obey Him, and have the promise of salvation; or not submit, disobey Him, and have the promise of damnation.

Dr. Bill,

I am NOT arguing the individual items you noted, I am ONLY questioning the combination:

1. Does it bother you that 1/2 of the scriptures you listed were NOT spoken by our Lord Jesus?

2. Does it bother you that this combination was NOT required in ANY recorded conversion in the book of Acts?

3. Does it bother you that this list was NOT divinely combined in ANY SINGLE sermon recorded in the Bible?

4. Does it bother you that the Bible gives us divine examples of Christians with imperfect obedience who were still considered brothers in Christ?

Blessings
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January 8th, 2010, 11:07 pm #25

This comes pretty close.

Rom 10:6 Or, Who shall descend into the deep?
......(that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)

Moses warned the musical idolaters that salvation was available in The Book of the Covenant of grace but they repudiated it. He promised that another prophet LIKE Moses would come and YOU shall hear Him or else:

Rom 10:8 But what saith it?
......The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth,
......and in thy heart: that is,
......the word of FAITH,
......which we PREACH;

Rom 10:9 That if thou
......shalt CONFESS with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,
......and shalt BELIEVE in thine heart
......that God hath RAISED him from the DEAD,
......thou shalt be saved.

RECYCLE ONE

Rom 10:10 For with the heart
......man believeth unto righteousness; and
......with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Eisodos (g1529) ice'-od-os; from 1519 and 3598; an ENTRANCE (lit. or fig.): - COMING, entering) in (to).
Eis-odos is the Entrance-Road: You are on the WAY

Preaching the word,
confessing Lord Jesus,
Believe that God raised Him from the dead.

RECYCLE TWO

belief, call upon the name, must believe, must hear, preachers must be sent:

Rom 10:11 For the scripture saith,
...... Whosoever BELIEVETH on him
......shall NOT be ASHAMED.

Now, NOT ASHAMED is not the opposite of BEING SAVED (by faith only).

THERE ARE NOT TWO GOSPELS AS IN BAPTIST FAITH-ONLY.

Rom 10:12 For there is NO DIFFERENCE between the Jew and the Greek:
Rom 10:13 for the SAME Lord over all is rich unto all THAT CALL UPON HIM.
......For whosoever shall CALL upon the NAME of the Lord shall be saved.

Here is how you call upon the name of the Lord

......Acts 2:38 baptism is into the NAME or calling upon the name.
...... Acts 22:16 Baptism washes away sins because it CALLS upon the Name.
...... 1 Pe 3:21 Baptism saves because it ASKS for A good conscience or A holy spirit.

How then shall they call on him in whom
they have not BELIEVED? and

how shall they believe in him of whom they have not HEARD? and
how shall they hear without a PREACHER (Kerusso Herald)? Rom 10:14

SEEMS THAT CALVIN IS CORRECT: NO ONE HEARS THE SPIRIT OR BELIEVES WITHOUT HEARING THE WORD.

Rom 10:15 And how shall they preach (Go and herald),
...... except they be sent? as it is written,
...... How beautiful are the FEET of them that
...... preach the gospel of peace, and BRING glad tidings of good things

NOW NOTICE THAT HE THAT OBEY THE GOSPEL IS THE ONE WHO HATH BELIEVED

But they have not all OBEYED the GOSPEL. For Esaias saith, Lord,
who hath BELIEVED our report? Rom 10:16

So then FAITH cometh by HEARING, and hearing by the WORD of God. Rom 10:17
But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound WENT INTO all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world. Rom 10:18
But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you. Rom 10:19
But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was MADE MANIFEST unto them that asked not after me. Rom 10:20
But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my HANDS unto a DISOBEDIENT and GAINSAYING people. Rom 10:21

GAINSAYING is:
Antilego (g483) an-til'-eg-o; from 473 and 3004; to dispute, refuse: - answer again, contradict, deny, gainsay (-er), speak against.
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Dr. Bill Crump
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January 8th, 2010, 11:57 pm #26

Dr. Bill,

I am NOT arguing the individual items you noted, I am ONLY questioning the combination:

1. Does it bother you that 1/2 of the scriptures you listed were NOT spoken by our Lord Jesus?

2. Does it bother you that this combination was NOT required in ANY recorded conversion in the book of Acts?

3. Does it bother you that this list was NOT divinely combined in ANY SINGLE sermon recorded in the Bible?

4. Does it bother you that the Bible gives us divine examples of Christians with imperfect obedience who were still considered brothers in Christ?

Blessings
What's important is that Christ and/or His apostles spoke those requirements and that they are present in the New Testament. Too many people are not willing to accept them because, as I said in my initial post, they are not conveniently listed in one book or chapter. But when we read the WHOLE message of Christ in the New Testament, there those requirements are. People can deny them if they wish, but there they are. Christ spoke some of them and His apostles spoke others, because the apostles had the authority of Christ to do so. But there are folks who believe that anything beyond the four Gospels can be taken with a grain of salt.


When I was in college, I had courses with exams that required us to list certain properties or characteristics of things. The professor had never listed them conveniently 1-2-3 in the lectures as such, but the properties and characteristics were present somewhere in the material, nonethless. The exam tested us to see how well we knew the material and could summarize it by a list. The New Testament is the same way. The way to salvation is presented in the New Testament. It is man's responsibility to read the WHOLE message of the New Testament to see what Christ requires for salvation, either explicitly by His own words or through Him by His apostles. All I've done is to make it a bit easier for people to know those requirements by formulating them in a list. The requirements are there, no matter how much people want to deny them.
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Your Ole Pal
Your Ole Pal

January 11th, 2010, 4:14 pm #27

Does an old thread at FaithSite titled "The Narcissist" ring a bell with "old pal"? That thread was explicitly created to smear someone. I think "ole pal" would agree that the one who was smeared in that thread should forgive the mean-spirited person who created that thread. That would be the Christian thing to do, right, "old pal"? And "ole pal" did tell us, "Jesus says to forgive and forgive. If He says to, then it is good enough for me." Very well, I am quite sure that the person who created "The Narcissist" thread was forgiven long ago.

After all, to forgive those who wrong us is just one part of Christ's sixth requirement for salvation: obey Christ's teachings for the rest of our lives. And Christ taught us to forgive.
Does an old insult like "H.A.A.H" ring a bell with "believeonhim (Bill Crump)? That insult was explicitly created to smear someone. I think Bill Crump would agree that the one who was smeared in that thread should forgive the mean-spirited person who spoke the insult. That would be the Christian thing to do, right, Bill Crump? I did tell you, "Jesus says to forgive and forgive. If He says to, then it is good enough for me." Very well, I am quite sure that Bill Crump, who slandered "ole pal, SFH," with the term H.A.A.H., was forgiven long ago.

Oh, by the way, for anyone who doesn't know.....H.A.A.H. stands for 'Hot Air and Halitosis.'
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January 11th, 2010, 8:47 pm #28

What's important is that Christ and/or His apostles spoke those requirements and that they are present in the New Testament. Too many people are not willing to accept them because, as I said in my initial post, they are not conveniently listed in one book or chapter. But when we read the WHOLE message of Christ in the New Testament, there those requirements are. People can deny them if they wish, but there they are. Christ spoke some of them and His apostles spoke others, because the apostles had the authority of Christ to do so. But there are folks who believe that anything beyond the four Gospels can be taken with a grain of salt.


When I was in college, I had courses with exams that required us to list certain properties or characteristics of things. The professor had never listed them conveniently 1-2-3 in the lectures as such, but the properties and characteristics were present somewhere in the material, nonethless. The exam tested us to see how well we knew the material and could summarize it by a list. The New Testament is the same way. The way to salvation is presented in the New Testament. It is man's responsibility to read the WHOLE message of the New Testament to see what Christ requires for salvation, either explicitly by His own words or through Him by His apostles. All I've done is to make it a bit easier for people to know those requirements by formulating them in a list. The requirements are there, no matter how much people want to deny them.
Ken,
Are you pretty much house confined? Can you get out any? What are your health issues?
Just wondering...
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January 12th, 2010, 12:52 pm #29

What's important is that Christ and/or His apostles spoke those requirements and that they are present in the New Testament. Too many people are not willing to accept them because, as I said in my initial post, they are not conveniently listed in one book or chapter. But when we read the WHOLE message of Christ in the New Testament, there those requirements are. People can deny them if they wish, but there they are. Christ spoke some of them and His apostles spoke others, because the apostles had the authority of Christ to do so. But there are folks who believe that anything beyond the four Gospels can be taken with a grain of salt.


When I was in college, I had courses with exams that required us to list certain properties or characteristics of things. The professor had never listed them conveniently 1-2-3 in the lectures as such, but the properties and characteristics were present somewhere in the material, nonethless. The exam tested us to see how well we knew the material and could summarize it by a list. The New Testament is the same way. The way to salvation is presented in the New Testament. It is man's responsibility to read the WHOLE message of the New Testament to see what Christ requires for salvation, either explicitly by His own words or through Him by His apostles. All I've done is to make it a bit easier for people to know those requirements by formulating them in a list. The requirements are there, no matter how much people want to deny them.
Dr. Bill,

I preface once again that I am not challenging anything that God has stated, but I am challenging the right or audacity of any human to build their own list and call it "God's Word".

So, it does not bother you that you have created a man-made list based on your summarization of what you believe is required. Since Holy God in His wisdom never made a list like you have made - you yourself have confessed that you have made this summary on God's behalf - I am glad you are comfortable that you have seen yourself fit to speak where God has not. You may have left things off or you may have added things, but you are comfortable with your made made list rather than just letting the Word of God speak for themselves.

Thank you for clarifying this for all of us.

God bless
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January 12th, 2010, 9:11 pm #30

What's important is that Christ and/or His apostles spoke those requirements and that they are present in the New Testament. Too many people are not willing to accept them because, as I said in my initial post, they are not conveniently listed in one book or chapter. But when we read the WHOLE message of Christ in the New Testament, there those requirements are. People can deny them if they wish, but there they are. Christ spoke some of them and His apostles spoke others, because the apostles had the authority of Christ to do so. But there are folks who believe that anything beyond the four Gospels can be taken with a grain of salt.


When I was in college, I had courses with exams that required us to list certain properties or characteristics of things. The professor had never listed them conveniently 1-2-3 in the lectures as such, but the properties and characteristics were present somewhere in the material, nonethless. The exam tested us to see how well we knew the material and could summarize it by a list. The New Testament is the same way. The way to salvation is presented in the New Testament. It is man's responsibility to read the WHOLE message of the New Testament to see what Christ requires for salvation, either explicitly by His own words or through Him by His apostles. All I've done is to make it a bit easier for people to know those requirements by formulating them in a list. The requirements are there, no matter how much people want to deny them.
This man-made checklist is not the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is just a man-made checklist based on one man's interpretation of another man's sermon/outline.

The movement that became the churches of Christ, Christian Church, and Disciples of Christ was born on the American frontier. Religious life there was dominated by denominational separation and revivalistic enthusiasm. It was often thought that salvation was entirely a matter of God's choice, electing some individuals to salvation and others to damnation. The individual could do nothing except hope and pray that he or she was among the elect. One was told to wait until some sign of God's Spirit at work in one's life indicated one was chosen by God.

In reacting to this situation, early preachers in the Restoration Movement, notably Walter Scott, developed a simple "plan of salvation" that spelled out what human beings could do in response to God's grace. God had already acted for human salvation, and awaited the individual's response. The "plan of salvation" consisted of six "steps"--three actions for human beings to take, and three actions that God would take. Humans were to believe in Jesus Christ, repent of their sins, and be baptized in the name of Jesus. God would grant forgiveness of sins, the gift of the Holy Spirit, and eternal life. For ease in remembering them, these six steps were compressed to five by combining the final two, and the "five finger exercise" of early Restoration Movement evangelism was developed. It was in fact a simple and biblically based "sermon" of what human beings could do who wanted to respond to the grace of God revealed in Christ.

In later Restoration Movement history, the "plan of salvation" developed into several different forms, tending to neglect what God had already done and to emphasize human responsibility. A common form that became "standard" in the early twentieth century was "hearing the gospel, faith, repentance, confession, baptism, live a Christian life." The five finger man made-outline, even in the current form promoted here, while Biblically based, represents evolving Restoration Movement tradition - an evolution from Grace to works.

Thanks be to God many, if not most, Churches of Christ are returning to the Gospel of Grace. Let's continue to pray we get back to the Bible and the Blood of Jesus as our Gospel:

"Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ." (Acts 2:36, NIV)

"Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12, NIV)

"We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a tree, but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen--by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name." (Acts 10:39-43, NIV)

"Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him everyone who believes is justified from everything you could not be justified from by the law of Moses." (Acts 13:38-39, NIV)

"Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of the Lord, which he bought with his own blood." (Acts 20:28, NIV)

"But I have had God's help to this very day, and so I stand here and testify to small and great alike. I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happen-- that the Christ would suffer and, as the first to rise from the dead, would proclaim light to his own people and to the Gentiles." (Acts 26:22-23, NIV)

"But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus." (Romans 3:21-26, NIV)

"You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through him! For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation." (Romans 5:6-11, NIV)

"Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength." (1 Cor. 1:23-25, NIV)

"When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power, so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power" (1 Cor. 2:1-5, NIV)

"Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born. " (1 Cor. 15:1-8, NIV)

"In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding." (Ephesians 1:7-8, NIV)

"Remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ." (Ephesians 2:12-13, NIV)

"For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins." (Colossians 1:13-14, NIV)

"For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him [Jesus], and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross." (Colossians 1:19-20, NIV)

"When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not manmade, that is to say, not a part of this creation. He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption." (Hebrews 9:11-12, NIV)

"How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness." (Hebrews 9:14, 22, NIV)

"The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp. And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood." (Hebrews 13:11-12, NIV)

"But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin." (1 John 1:7, NIV)

"Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death." (Revelation 12:10-11, NIV)

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