FROM TIME TO TIME I listen to radio evangelists. They are so frustrating, for they often teach some truth about a subject, but at the end they teach absolute error regarding salvation.
You know what I mean. They say things like, “ask Jesus into your heart” or “join the church of your church”. The problem with these statements is that they’re found nowhere in scripture.
Sometimes a person will say, “I feel God is telling me to _____” then they cite some error that supposedly God told them to do.
This happened to the gospel preacher, Robert Turner, he turned to the person and said, “do you mind if I ask Him?” He then grabbed the Bible and turned to the truth and then said, “He’s telling me He doesn’t want you to do that.”
Before we heed what some person might say (including me), we must compare it to what God has said through His divine word.
Can you imagine…
PETER saying: “Baptism is not essential”?
1Peter 3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us.
JAMES saying: “Man is saved by faith only”?
James 2:24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
ANANIAS saying: “Brother Saul, ask Jesus into your heart and get rid of your sins calling on the name of the Lord”?
Acts 22:16 arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
PAUL saying: “You cannot so sin as to lose your salvation”?
Galatians 5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
PAUL saying: “It doesn’t matter what you believe in religion just as long as you are honest”?
2Thessalonians 2:11, 12 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
PAUL saying: “You don’t have to obey the Gospel to be saved”?
2Thessalonians 1:7-9 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;
PAUL saying: “We are sprinkled with him by baptism”
Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death:
PETER saying: “There is nothing in a name”?
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
LUKE saying: “those that were saved joined the church of their own choice”?
Acts 2:47 And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
JUDE saying: “I don’t think it is right to argue the scriptures”?
Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
Adapted from the Gospel Guide, Shanwnee Oklahoma.