“Another Way Of Salvation?”

Posted: August 14, 2018 in Gospel, Salvation, Suffering

Strange and unpleasant things may happen when we’re obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit in our lives as Christians (Romans 8:14; 2 Timothy 3:12).  The Apostle Paul and Silas had been obedient to “the Macedonian Call” and crossed over into Europe rather than going back into Asia Minor (Acts 16:9). We can be thankful for that because had they not done this, we might be in spiritual darkness like many people in the eastern hemispheres are today.

Converts. Arriving in the city of Philippi, they didn’t find a synagogue so they went down by the river to preach the Good News concerning Christ to some people.  A business woman by the name of Lydia heard the Gospel and God opened her heart and she and her household believed, were saved, and then baptized/immersed (Acts 16:14).

Other Ways. Later as Paul, Silas, and Timothy proclaimed the Gospel, they encountered a demon possessed girl who was making her masters a great deal of money by her fortune telling. As she followed Paul and Silas around, she cried out, saying, “These men are servants of the most high God [true] who proclaim to us “a” way of salvation” [false]. (See Acts 16:17 in the Greek language).

Loss. This upset Paul so much that he rebuked the demon spirit and caused it to come out of the girl.  This led to her inability to predict the future.  When her masters saw that their “golden goose” had lost her power, they had Paul and Silas beaten and thrown in prison.  Strangely, they began to sing songs in the middle of the night and God sent an earthquake that opened up the doors of the prison making it possible for the prisoners to escape.

Question. When the jailer saw what had happened, he was convinced that he was about to die because he thought his prisoners had escaped.  Paul called out to him and told him not to kill himself.  In response to that, the jailer asked, “What must I do to be saved?”

Command. Paul’s simple response was, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved…” (Acts 16:31).  As a result of this, the jailer believed, along with those in his house, and they all were baptized/immersed (not sprinkled) that same night.  These people believed that Jesus was the Lord (God), Jesus (perfect man), Christ (the resurrected and glorified One). Acts 16:32 tells us that Paul also spoke the word of the Lord (the Gospel – See 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 1:16, 17) to him and all his household. He also must have told them of their need to be baptized because that same night they were baptized/immersed.

False Teachers. Today, there are many false teachers (See 2 Peter 2:1 ff; Jude 1:8-13) who are telling people that they must do more than believe in order to be saved.  ExamplesPray, Confess all the sins you’ve ever committed in your life, Stop sinning, Repent and make Jesus the Lord and Master of your life, Believe and do good works, Say the sinner’s prayer, Come forward and confess Christ publicly, Repent and be baptized, Deny yourself and take up your cross, Follow Jesus, Ask Jesus to forgive you, etc.  What about “Repentance? (See below.)

Cursed. Those who teach and preach another Gospel or another way of salvation have God’s curse resting on them. Basically they are doing the same thing that the young, demon possessed girl was doing.  They are telling people “There are many ways to God. Choose the one you like, feel good about it, and you will be fine.” Today many churches are filled with “professing” Christians who don’t “possess” God’s eternal life (1 Corinthians 15:1-4; See Matthew 7:21-23). Are you one of them?

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The Bad News & Good News”

My friend, you and I are sinners.

But Christ died for all our sins…and rose again bodily.

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone and you will be saved eternally.

If you’ve never done this, do it now!

If you’re truly saved, share this message with others.

Repentance – What about it? The Most Misunderstood Word in the Bible

https://voice.dts.edu/review/g-michael-cocoris-repentance/

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