Someone on their deathbed hears the gospel and receives Jesus Christ as their Savior, but then dies without water baptism. Saved or not?
You can look to examples from the Bible, or you can look to modern day examples given to you by men. Your example is given by man. I prefer to look at examples in the Bible, because I know for sure that they are in line with God's will.Someone on their deathbed hears the gospel and receives Jesus Christ as their Savior, but then dies without water baptism. Saved or not?
That is indeed a quote from the article. If you open your Bible, you might also find it is a quote from the word of God, spoken by Peter on the first day of the New Testament church, to a crowd of persons who believed the message and asked, "What shall we do?"From the article Malum provided in post #1:
[T]he Bible plainly teaches that baptism is "for the remission of sins" (Acts 2:38 ), it is to "wash away your sins
I find it interesting that you think these verses contradict other clear passages, or indeed, that you think God's message to Christians about salvation is contradictory. You must not think much about the inspiration of scripture.I'm not going to debate or try to convince you, but . .
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life."
Ephesians 2:8&9 "For by grace are you saved, through faith; and not of yourselves. It is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast."
I don't believe water baptism is required to be saved. Only belief on Christ.
What do you say about the Ethiopian and the Samaritans in Acts 8, see post 4, above? What about Acts 10's obvious reference to water baptism as well? What do you say about Paul's own baptism, Acts 22:16, since he wrote one of the two verses you cited?Baptized into Christ refers to the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Fair enough, Arty, but I hope you do spend some serious time examining your own premises. Try reading some of these scriptures with an open mind, no preconceived notions, and see whether God's word takes you to a reasonable and easy to understand conclusion. Try to resist forcing the scriptures to fit what you were taught by some other man. Just read it as if you encountered it for the first time and knew nothing.I'm not going to debate.
The thing about that sola Scriptura approach is that it would demand that Christians gather and worship on the Sabbath (7th day) rather than Sunday. The New Testament ends and our canon closed without any revelation that Christians should change the holy day to Sunday. That idea came a couple generations later. And yet, we Protestsnts almost universally accept it.See if one single example of conversion shows a person being told to pray, or to "accept Jesus" or any of the other stuff you have spent your entire life believing, not because you have ever read a single case of conversion like that in the Bible, but merely because other men told you to believe that.
I would say there is "a grain of truth" here. I would offer Hebrews 9 blended with John 3 in support of my position.Doing the right thing with the wrong mindset doesn't save you ---you're still going to hell says this article.
psrumors, I would ask you the same question, What about the thief on the cross? Is that your situation? Is it going to be the situation of anybody else you are teaching?Often times I lean toward the idea that one must be Baptized to be Saved even though I was raised that Baptism is just a symbol of Salvation.
BUT - How does one reconcile Baptism is a must with the criminal on the cross? Christ assured him he would see him in paradise, there was no act of Baptism
Sigh. This is WAY off topic, and I thought about not responding, but your post is so full of falsehoods, and you seem so certain even without any evidence, that I feel compelled to leave a brief response. I hope you will examine it carefully.The thing about that sola Scriptura approach is that it would demand that Christians gather and worship on the Sabbath (7th day) rather than Sunday. The New Testament ends and our canon closed without any revelation that Christians should change the holy day to Sunday. That idea came a couple generations later. And yet, we Protestsnts almost universally accept it.