The following articles are related to the topic of PLAN OF SALVATION

Was Paul’s Theology Consistent on “Conversion”?

J. Carl Laney is a Professor of Biblical Literature at Western Conservative Baptist Seminary in Portland, Oregon. Laney is a respected scholar but in some serious particulars his theology is flawed. For example in his book, Answers to Tough Questions From Every Book in the Bible, he raises the issue of whether baptism is essential to salvation. In response to ... read more »

Is Baptism a Gospel Obligation?

"If baptism is an essential requirement within the plan of salvation, why did Paul dismiss it as NOT being a part of the gospel (1 Cor. 1:17)?" This is a common argument employed by certain denominational folks in an effort to negate the several compelling passages that associate baptism with the remission of sins. In 1 Corinthians 1:17, the inspired ... read more »

The Responsibility of the Bible Teacher

There is a great honor attached to teaching the Word of God. This exercise is the most sacred trust one can imagine. Unfortunately, there are those, on occasion, who want the honor that attends that lofty role, yet they are unwilling to pay the price that accompanies the responsibility. What are some of the costs that accompany this sober responsibility? ... read more »

Acts 4:32 – The Jerusalem Church of Christ

One of the most thrilling passages in the book of Acts is recorded as follows: "And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and soul..." (4:32). Several important points from this passage must be noted. The Church, a MultitudeThe church had come to consist of a "multitude."It started on Pentecost with at least 3,000. "They then that ... read more »

Are the Unfaithful Still “Christians”?

"Is it ever appropriate to refer to the apostate child of God (one who has ceased to be faithful) as a 'Christian'?" This semantic problem has generated confusion among the Lord's people for many years.The controversy results from the different ways in which the term "Christian" is employed among the people of God.The issue is not one that is easy ... read more »

Does the ESV Translation Promote “Faith Alone” Salvation?

"Does the English Standard Version of the New Testament promote the doctrine of 'salvation by faith alone' in Romans 10:9-10?" This text, in the ESV (2001) reads as follows: "because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart ... read more »

Did Jesus Exclude Repentance from Forgiveness?

Would you explain what appears to be a conflict in the way we interpret the Scriptures? Jesus frequently encountered sinful people whom he "forgave," with no mention of repentance. For example, he said to a crippled man, "Son, be of good cheer, your sins are forgiven" (Mt. 9:2). There is no mention of repentance. First, it must be recognized that ... read more »

Belief as Used in the Book of Acts

The Greek noun for faith is pistis; the corresponding verb is pisteuo. Combined, these forms are employed some 243 times in the New Testament. There is a great deal of confusion and controversy in the community of "Christendom" as to the meaning of these terms. Unfortunately, sectarian bias has clouded the understanding of many on this important biblical theme. Depending ... read more »

More Preaching on Baptism?

What do you think? Do we need more sermons on baptism? Ask that question and you will receive a variety of answers. In fact, you will no doubt get conflicting answers -depending upon with whom you are talking. Some have expressed the opinion that "all we hear" are sermons on baptism. First, one need not apologize for teaching any New ... read more »

Scholastic Subterfuge

Franklin Johnson was a professor at the University of Chicago. His book, The Quotations of the New Testament From The Old - Considered in the Light of General Literature, is a valuable resource in discerning the manner in which the New Testament writers employed texts from the Old Testament in the propagation and defense of the gospel. While reading this ... read more »