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|How do I get saved? What must I do? Must I be baptized to be saved????|
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|THE GOOD NEWS OF GOD'S WORD
God loves you so much and He created you to know Him personally and experience His love.
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life." John 3:16
However, we do not enjoy God's love and His plan for our lives because we have chosen to disobey Him and go our own willful way. The result is that we are separated from God.
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23
But God sent His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins. Because Jesus never sinned, He is the only one who could take the punishment for our sins.
The Bible says…
"…God is on one side and all the people on the other side, Christ Jesus, Himself man, is between them to bring them Together…" 1 Timothy 2:5
"For Christ also has suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust that He might bring us to God…" 1 Peter 3:18a
"Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures." 1Corinthians 15:3
"But God demonstrates His own love for us in this; While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8
"The Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world." 1 John 4:14
If you believe that Jesus died for you, tell Him that you are sorry for your sins and accept Jesus Christ as your Savior.
"But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name." John 1:12
God has forgiven all your sins and now you can know God personally and experience His love.
Jesus will save you, but you must come to Him on His terms:
1. ADMIT that you have sinned.
2. TURN away from your sin to Jesus.
3. BELIEVE that Jesus died for your sins and rose from the dead.
4. ACCEPT Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.
Accept Him by calling upon His Name. The Bible says, "Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
Call on the Name of the Lord by praying this simple prayer:
We would like to send you a New Believers Gift Packet. Please contact one of our LIVE support representatives to let them know about the descision you have made. You may contact them by clicking on the LIVE HELP button on our WEBSITE - or - Give us a call TOLL-FREE at (888)970-3030, and we will send you the packet FREE of charge!No, you do not have to be baptized to be saved. The view of having to be baptized in order to be saved is called Baptismal Regeneration. It is one that we have encountered and considered in the past, but do not prescribe to. There are several reasons for which we disagree with the doctrine of Baptismal Regeneration.
First of all, the Apostles did not teach that baptism was necessary for salvation. Probably the most referred to proof text that is appealed to by Baptismal Regenerationalists is Acts 2:38 where Peter says:
“Repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
At a cursory glance this passage seems to teach that baptism is necessary for the remission of sins and to receive the Holy Spirit. However, if one takes the time to examine the original Greek, the confusion that results in our English translations is cleared up.
There are two verbs in this sentence. The main verb is “repent”, an aorist direct imperative. This refers to the initial act of repentance at salvation.
It’s also intriguing that if Peter believed baptism was necessary for salvation, why didn’t he include this element in his gospel presentations in Acts 3:19 and 4:12? Also, the Apostles didn’t deem it necessary to include the command to baptize in their letter to the gentiles in Acts 15. “Well,” one might say, “it was assumed!” Wouldn’t it also have been assumed that they need to abstain from idols and fornication?
Peter’s statement in his first epistle, chapter three, verses twenty and twenty-one, is often incorrectly interpreted as meaning that baptism in and of itself saves. I believe that he makes it incredibly clear that this is not what He means when he says:
…not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience…
It is not the act of baptism in water, but the identification with his saving death and resurrection. Look at Spiros Zodhiates Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible for the Greek break down.
"For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.”
Paul clarifies this even more when he wrote to Titus:
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