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Get Saved

Get Saved

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What does the Bible say about salvation? How does one get saved? What are we saved from?
What does the Bible say about salvation? How does one get saved? What are we saved from?

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Published by: jiadonisi on Jan 27, 2009
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How to Get Saved
About two years ago, I went through crisis of faith. Although I hadbeen a Christian for over two decades, I began to doubt my salvation.Worse, I feared that I was on my way to hell. I had to resolve this fearsomehow, so I turned to the internet - you know, that Great Black Holeof Disinformation. I read everything I could find about salvation. Therewere so many different ideas. Just to be sure of my salvation, maybe Icould do all the things these different groups proposed. That turnedout to be a bad idea, as they all had conflicting ideas. For example,there is the Lordship Salvation crowd, headed by well knownexpositor, John MacArthur. According to them, you must prove (orearn) your salvation by following MacArthur's "ElevenCommandments". If you don't have have these evidences, you're notsaved and you're on your way to hell. Others have condemnedLordship Salvation as teaching salvation by works. They are sure that John MacArthur and his followers are also "on their way to hell". Somaybe they're all on their way to hell - or not. What's an ordinary,normal, thinking, searching person supposed to think about all this? Iwas even more confused at this point. You're probably wondering whyI didn't just go straight to the Bible for answers. Well, later I did. AndI'll tell what I found there after I list a few things I discovered in theBlack Hole of Disinformation.Christians generally agree that you must believe in Jesus, his life,death, and resurrection in order to be saved. Beyond that there amany things which are considered necessary for salvation. Also, thereis rather unclear distinction between things which are prerequisites forsalvation and things which must accompany or follow salvation. Hereis small sample of what I've found: You have to confess your faith in public. You must be born again - whatever that means. You have to prove your salvation by doing good works. You must belong to a certain group.
 
 You must show mercy to your fellow man. You must have faith. You must believe that Jesus is "God Almighty in the Flesh" You have to be baptized in water. You have to be baptized in the Holy Spirit (with the initial evidence of speaking in tongues) You must love the brethren - whatever that means. You must observed the Sabbath (which of course is Saturday, notSunday) Jesus must be "Lord of all" If Jesus isn't Lord of all, he's not Lord at all. You have to say the "Sinner's prayer". You must believe in salvation by grace. If you try to earn yoursalvation, you'll end up losing it. You must feel a "Godly sorrow" for your sins. You must repent of your sins first. You must be willing to repent of your sins. You must obey the Gospel. You must obey the Ten Commandments. You have to observe certain parts of the Law of Moses, such as dietaryrestrictions or moral laws. You must be predestined to be saved. You have to called by God. You have to endure until the end.
 
 You have to believe in the Trinity You must believe in certain doctrines. You must be sure you really are saved. If you doubt your salvation,you're not saved. You must experience physical healing.Are you confused yet? I was confused so I said to myself - what areyou doing wasting your time searching this bottomless pit of uselessopinions. You have a Bible, why not check there instead? Surely, theWord of God must have the answer on how to get saved. After all, isn'tthe most important thing in the Bible the message of salvation? So Icracked open the Bible, certain that God would clear things up. Soexactly how does the Bible tell us how to get saved? We are saved...(Note: This section copied from a web site, see reference at end)
By Faith (belief) only
(Luke 7:50, John 3:14-16, 18,36, 5:24, 6:29, 35, 40, 47, 70, 10:25-28, Acts 13:39,16:31, Rom 1:16, 3:20-26, Rom 4, 9:32, Gal 2:16, 3:11,14, Eph 1:13, 2:8-9, 1 Tim 1:16, 2 Tim 3:14-15, 1 Pet1:9, Heb 10:38-39, and 11:17, where Paul gives as anexample Abraham offering Isaac). But mercy can substi-tute for unbelief (1 Tim 1:13).
By Works only
(including obedience to commandments)("do the will" of God, Matt 7:21, "keep the command-ments," 19:16-20, Luke 10:36-37, 12:47-48, 19:8-9, John14:15; also Lev 18:5, Ps 65:12, 103:17-20). Paul alsosays works ("law") (Rom 2:5-6, 13, 2 Cor 5:10), andsays we must "work out" our own salvation (Php 2:12). James also says works, giving the example of Abrahamoffering Isaac (James 2:20-24). James also says "faithwithout works is dead" (James 2:14-26), and "be doersof the word," which you must also know (so that knowl-edge is also required; James 1:22-27). Also Ezek 18:1-22, 30, Rev 20:12-15 ("judged according to theirworks"), 22:12-14, 2 Pet 1:10, 1 John 2:3-5, Ps 62:12,Jer 17:10, 2 Tim 3:17, Heb 5:9 (obedience). Paul says

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