What Must I Do To Be Saved?

Written by Stephen Kingery


One ofrepparttar most important questions which needs to be answered today isrepparttar 141376 title of this article: "What Must I Do To Be Saved?" The answer to this question is important for those professing to be Christians and sinners alike. Why? Becauserepparttar 141377 answer is given inrepparttar 141378 Bible and it is specific. The main thrust of our ministry isrepparttar 141379 admonition of those professing to follow Christ to be "Doers ofrepparttar 141380 Word," or asrepparttar 141381 NIV renders it "Do not merely listen torepparttar 141382 word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says." (James 1:22) Allow me to paraphrase this another way: "Do not listen to what men teach, and let them deceive you. Do whatrepparttar 141383 word says."

Some men would have you believe that all that you must do to be saved is to "call uponrepparttar 141384 name ofrepparttar 141385 Lord." They even give you a sample "sinner's prayer" to pray, and having prayed that prayer they declare, "praise God, you are now saved!" But is this whatrepparttar 141386 Bible teaches? The scripture which is used to prove this teaching is Romans 10:13, where Paul says, "For whoever calls uponrepparttar 141387 name ofrepparttar 141388 Lord shall be saved."

I once heard a very wise preacher say, "If you ever put an interpretation on a scripture that makes another scripture appear to be wrong, then you haverepparttar 141389 wrong interpretation." Let's examine Romans 10:13 to see what Paul is really teaching. First of all you need to know to whom Paul was teaching inrepparttar 141390 book of Romans. To properly interpret scripture, you must know to whomrepparttar 141391 message was given. In Romans, Paul is teachingrepparttar 141392 Christians inrepparttar 141393 church at Rome which had former Jews as well as Gentiles. Therefore,repparttar 141394 book of Romans is a treatise of some things which should be considered by both Jew and Gentile.

Chapter ten teaches that Israel rejected Christ, but this did not mean that Jews could not accept Christ. In verse twelve Paul writes, "For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, forrepparttar 141395 same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him." In other words, both Jew and Greek (Gentile) can call uponrepparttar 141396 Lord for salvation. If either a Jew or a Gentile seeks salvation through Christ based uponrepparttar 141397 New Testament teachings, they shall receive salvation. Then Paul reaffirms what he said in verse twelve by stating in verse thirteen, "For whoever calls uponrepparttar 141398 name ofrepparttar 141399 Lord shall be saved." In other words, it doesn't make any difference if you are a Jew or a Gentile, if you call uponrepparttar 141400 Lord for salvation, you shall receive salvation.

Now please note that Paul was not teaching onrepparttar 141401 subject of HOW you receive salvation, but WHO is eligible to receive salvation.

There are many other "plans" for salvation which have been developed by men. Some say you have to have that "special feeling", others say you have to "pray through," and still others will put some other form of man-made qualification on receiving salvation. No person here on earth will ever produce a plan of salvation equal to, or that will takerepparttar 141402 place of, that plan which Christ gave us. The New Testament gives usrepparttar 141403 plan of salvation which was given torepparttar 141404 Apostles by Christ, and was practiced by them throughout their ministries.

So what isrepparttar 141405 plan of salvation? The plan of salvation consists of five steps, all of which are necessary forrepparttar 141406 person to receive salvation and gainrepparttar 141407 eventual reward of eternal life with Jesus Christ. Those five steps are: Belief, Repentance, Confession, Baptism, and Faithful Living.

Belief

Belief, or faith isrepparttar 141408 first step in receiving salvation. Paul, in his epistle torepparttar 141409 Romans says as much, "How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed." (Romans 10:14a) How do we develop this faith or belief in Christ? Paul continuesrepparttar 141410 above passage by saying, "And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?" (Romans 10:14b) And, "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing byrepparttar 141411 word of God." (Romans 10:17) So we see that we come to a realization that God does truly exist, and that He is able to do that which He has promised, by hearingrepparttar 141412 word of God. Of course this usually happens by listening to a preacher, Sunday School teacher, Bible study, or some other means of learning what God tells us in His word.

This should go without saying, but I shall say it anyway, faith (or belief) is absolutely necessary if we are to receive salvation. How can we have dealings with One who is unseen, and whose chief rewards lie beyond this present life, unless we believe that God exists and will bring eternal life. We see this explicitly spelled out inrepparttar 141413 Bible, "But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." (Hebrews 11:6)

We also read inrepparttar 141414 Bible that our faith must be in Jesus Christ, "but these are written that you may believe that Jesus isrepparttar 141415 Christ,repparttar 141416 Son ofrepparttar 141417 Living God, and that believing you may have life in His name." (John 20:31)

Faith was also preached byrepparttar 141418 Apostles, "So they said, 'Believe onrepparttar 141419 Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.'" (Acts 16:31) Jesus Himself emphasized faith when He said, "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned." (Mark 16:16)

Repentance

The result of faith that Jesus isrepparttar 141420 Christ,repparttar 141421 Son of God is repentance. Not just saying, "I'm sorry forrepparttar 141422 sins I've committed," but a deep feeling of remorse inrepparttar 141423 knowledge that we have not been pleasing to God. Inrepparttar 141424 same way that faith is not merely intellectual agreement that God does exist, repentance is not merely acknowledging that we have sinned and saying, "I'm sorry."

Let's compare for a moment a child who has been caught breaking his parents' rules. He may acknowledge that he has brokenrepparttar 141425 rule, and he may (probably will) say, "I'm sorry and I won't do it anymore." But his real motive may be to avoidrepparttar 141426 punishment that his parents have warned him would be given to him if he disobeyed. However, givenrepparttar 141427 opportunity, he may breakrepparttar 141428 rule again, and not feel any guilt unless he gets caught again. This is not repentance.

Gambling Don't Bet On It

Written by Hoyt W. Allen, Jr.


The more state governments approve of legalizing casinos, lotteries, and various forms of gambling (along with many good organizations and some religious groups),repparttar more citizens become confused about whether it is honorable and right to participate.

The first regular lottery was authorized to be drawn for charitable purposes at Malines, inrepparttar 141375 Low Countries, in September 13, 1519. It was to benefitrepparttar 141376 Church of St. Peter.

An English lottery in 1612 supportedrepparttar 141377 English settlement in Jamestown, Virginia. Between 1744 and 1894, more than 1,300 separate lotteries were approved. Harvard University's Holsworthy Hall was built from such lottery funds. Inrepparttar 141378 1830's, many Americans began to oppose lotteries. State after state began to prohibit them. In 1894, Congress had closed interstate and foreign commerce to lottery materials, thus endingrepparttar 141379 lottery craze. In 1963, New Hampshire revivedrepparttar 141380 American lottery tradition by instituting such.

John Jacobson, Executive Director ofrepparttar 141381 "National Association of Fund Raising Ticket Manufacturers" stated that in 1992 at least $6.4 billion was spent on bingo, raffles and other ticket games for charity inrepparttar 141382 U.S.A. The income fromrepparttar 141383 bets netted about $721 million for charities in 26 states andrepparttar 141384 District of Columbia. The amount did not includerepparttar 141385 amount of money poured into electronic gambling, such as slots and video machines nor dice, punch boards, horse racing, football parlays, check stub number matching, etc. The association actively lobbies against those devises which competes withrepparttar 141386 tickets it manufactures.

The question is often asked, "Is it sinful to gamble?" I will attempt to answer this question fromrepparttar 141387 Scriptures and by applying some common sense. May it be understood thatrepparttar 141388 amount one gambles does not justify it, as it isrepparttar 141389 principle of gambling that makes it wrong.

Gambling is an attempt to gain without working. All games of chance come under this heading. Genesis 3:17-19 states that man is to work for a living. Likewise, Ephesians 4:28; 6:6 calls for old fashioned work. In II Thessalonians 3:10repparttar 141390 inspired writings even state that those refusing to work should not be given charity. Certainly those who are incapable (physically or mentally) do not come under this category. However, when work is available and one refuses to work he is not to be donated to. Our present-day government welfare programs should be readingrepparttar 141391 Scriptures and then maybe our taxes would be much less.

Some would point torepparttar 141392 Scriptures and attempt to prove gambling is justified. Often, one will point to Exodus 28:30 torepparttar 141393 usage of "Urim & Thummim." However, this was a means by which divine revelation was revealed torepparttar 141394 High Priest. God directed this, and nothing that God directs is in error. Likewise, some will point to Acts 1:26 torepparttar 141395 "Casting of Lots," forrepparttar 141396 selection of a replacement for Judas Iscariot. However, this was a procedure which God approved.

I Corinthians 5:11 uses a Greek word "HARPAX," which is translated "Extortion," and "Swindler" in English. It means to: seize, carry off by force, rob, plunder. . . Basically, it means to take without giving in return! That is what gambling is it is all for taking homerepparttar 141397 jackpot without giving labor in return.

Exodus 20:17 (The last ofrepparttar 141398 Ten Commandments) says, "Do not covet. . ." It is greed that causes one to covet. It is also greed that causes one to gamble, (see Colossians 3:5; I Corinthians 6:9,10). Some would have us to believe that gambling is a sickness like alcoholism. However, just like alcoholism, gambling is self induced.

Some cry out, "Butrepparttar 141399 word gamble is not even inrepparttar 141400 Bible, so how can it be wrong?" Please note Philippians 4:8,9 and determine if gambling is right. The seeking of sudden wealth leading to a life of ease and no responsibility is not God's plan for man. Matthew 6:24 states that one cannot serve two masters and this is what happens as one permits him/herself to fall intorepparttar 141401 trap of gambling.

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