CHRIST'S REQUIREMENTS FOR SALVATION

CHRIST'S REQUIREMENTS FOR SALVATION

Dr. Bill Crump
Dr. Bill Crump

December 30th, 2009, 5:32 am #1

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.


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Your ole Pal
Your ole Pal

December 31st, 2009, 5:00 pm #2

Be truthful now. Well, forget about the 'be truthful' part. You got nowhere to go and no one to hammer on or slander. Just passing through boys and wanting to say hello and love you!

1 Corinthians 13
1If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
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January 1st, 2010, 2:51 am #3

Interesting premise stated in the initial post:

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:

Ole Pal,

Do you agree or disagree with the denominational teachings pertaining to God's plan of salvation?

Let's discuss. Are you ready?
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Your ole Pal
Your ole Pal

January 1st, 2010, 7:04 am #4

Am I ready?
Always!!!
2 Timothy 2:15
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

Am I ready to discuss it with you guys?
No.
Matthew 7
6"Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.

Sure do miss Faithsite already.
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Joe
Joe

January 1st, 2010, 11:18 am #5

Are you always ready? Yea you are always right, with lies. When you post them here the light is shine on them and they wither. You're the dog, but our love for the concerned causes us to cast our perils amoung you also.
Dogs like having their itching ears scratched so go on back to faithsite I'm sure they will tell you what you want to hear.

To God be the Glory
Joe McKnight
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Dr. Bill Crump
Dr. Bill Crump

January 1st, 2010, 1:51 pm #6

Am I ready?
Always!!!
2 Timothy 2:15
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

Am I ready to discuss it with you guys?
No.
Matthew 7
6"Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.

Sure do miss Faithsite already.
Nobody who really wants to become a Christian would balk or scoff at anything that Christ requires to become a Christian.

All the verses that "ole pal" cited are part of the sixth requirement for salvation: obey Christ's teachings and commandments for the rest of your life after you have been converted to a Christian. No true Christian would have any problem with following anything that Christ teaches.

And if "ole pal" misses FaithSite that much, how come he didn't fork out the $75 a month to keep the boards going? BTW, surely "ole pal" saw that BOH posted the last topic thread titled "For SFH" before the boards shut down.
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Dr. Bill Crump
Dr. Bill Crump

January 1st, 2010, 4:05 pm #7

Be truthful now. Well, forget about the 'be truthful' part. You got nowhere to go and no one to hammer on or slander. Just passing through boys and wanting to say hello and love you!

1 Corinthians 13
1If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
When the poster identified himself as an "ole pal" from FaithSite, I thought it might be either ServantforHim (Dave) or wavemaker. But the IP address confirms "ole pal" to be SFH.

Just remember that the FaithSite boards collapsed and the CM boards are still standing, proclaiming the Truth of the New Testament.
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Dr. Bill Crump
Dr. Bill Crump

January 1st, 2010, 10:04 pm #8

Are you always ready? Yea you are always right, with lies. When you post them here the light is shine on them and they wither. You're the dog, but our love for the concerned causes us to cast our perils amoung you also.
Dogs like having their itching ears scratched so go on back to faithsite I'm sure they will tell you what you want to hear.

To God be the Glory
Joe McKnight
ServantforHim can't go back to FaithSite, because the boards there are now defunct. Since Servant was just "passing through" the CM site and wanted to say "hello" (in a manner of speaking), he'll either have to find another board that will allow him to smear the mainstream church of Christ or wander aimlessly about until FaithSite should ever revive its boards. And you know what they say about a snowball's chance in the infernal regions...
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Your ole Pal
Your ole Pal

January 2nd, 2010, 1:17 am #9

When the poster identified himself as an "ole pal" from FaithSite, I thought it might be either ServantforHim (Dave) or wavemaker. But the IP address confirms "ole pal" to be SFH.

Just remember that the FaithSite boards collapsed and the CM boards are still standing, proclaiming the Truth of the New Testament.
I love you William Crump. I love you too Joe. I forgive you both. Jesus says to forgive and forgive. If He says to, then it is good enough for me.
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Tom Brite
Tom Brite

January 2nd, 2010, 1:48 am #10

When the poster identified himself as an "ole pal" from FaithSite, I thought it might be either ServantforHim (Dave) or wavemaker. But the IP address confirms "ole pal" to be SFH.

Just remember that the FaithSite boards collapsed and the CM boards are still standing, proclaiming the Truth of the New Testament.
Bill, because of [...], I overlooked the first time that you posted my name without my permission or participation. However, now that it has happened again, I would request that you observe normal internet rules and not post my name again without my permission. I realize that this is much like posting a correction to spelling or grammar, however, I figure that you would appreciate learning basic internet rules of behavior. I am sorry that I have needed to correct you yet again.

(Donnie, I would request that you edit Bill's posts above to remove my name from the thread. Thanks!)
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