The following articles are related to the topic of SALVATION

Colossians 2:12 — Baptism – A Working of God

Many denominational people oppose the idea that baptism is an essential condition for the remission of past sins. One of the misconceptions leading to this erroneous conclusion is this. It is argued that the New Testament plainly teaches that we are not saved by works. But, baptism is a work. Therefore, baptism can have nothing to do with our salvation. ... read more »

Does Ephesians 2:8-9 Exclude Baptism?

For by grace have you been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not of works, that no man should glory. So wrote Paul in his letter to the church at Ephesus (2:8-9). The passage is one of great beauty and power. How tragic that this text has been so abused by sincere ... read more »

A Dispute About the Purpose of Baptism

We receive a great number of questions dealing with a variety of biblical issues. It simply is not possible to deal with all of them. Some are impertinent, trivial, seemingly bereft of any semblance of sincerity and, therefore, in our judgment, warrant no response. We give very little, if any, attention to unsigned correspondence. Some questions, however, though reflecting erroneous ... read more »

Acts 2:21 — Calling on the Lord’s Name

In his sermon on the day of Pentecost, Peter declared: "Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Acts 2:21). In view of this statement, folks sometimes ask: Why do members of the church of Christ insist that baptism is a requirement for being saved? One should not assume that calling upon the Lord's name, and ... read more »

Does Mark 16:16 Involve “Water” Baptism?

"Would you provide biblical evidence in answering this question: Does the baptism of Mark 16:16 involve water? A friend contends the passage refers to a 'baptism into Christ' at the point of faith. Then, subsequently - as a Christian - one submits to baptism in water as an act of obedience, symbolizing his salvation. Unfortunately, your friend is quite in ... read more »

Please Explain 1 Peter 3:21

Please explain 1 Peter 3:21, especially the phrase which says that "baptism" is the "answer of a good conscience." Would not this teach that a person has a good conscience before he is baptized? Would not this indicate then that salvation precedes baptism? 1 Peter 3:21 says: . . . which also after a true likeness doth now save you, ... read more »

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 »

Ephesians 1:4 – Predestination

As he commences his letter to the saints in Ephesus, Paul declares that God: "chose us in him [Christ] before the foundation of the world ... having foreordained [predestinated - KJV] us unto adoption as sons through Jesus Christ unto himself?" (1:4-5). Does this passage teach that our salvation is strictly a matter of God's arbitrary election, settled before the ... read more »

The Assault upon Mark 16:16

A group of disgruntled defectors from the faith has initiated a subversive electronic magazine mislabeled, Grace Centered Magazine.The names associated with this nefarious effort read like a "Who's Who" of apostates within the "change agent" movement. Recently, a writer, who chose to remain anonymous (cf. Gal. 2:4 - "false brothers secretly brought in," ESV), published an article in GCM titled, ... read more »

Is Faith the Gift of Ephesians 2:8?

"A friend says that salvation is solely of God's 'sovereign grace,' and that not even 'faith' is essential for justification. He argues that believing is not something that we do of our own accord; instead, it is a 'gift' from God. He cites Ephesians 2:8 as proof that faith is a 'gift.' Would you comment on this?" With all due ... read more »