Some churches historically have taught that water immersion is the dividing line between the lost and the saved. This means that a penitent believer remains unforgiven of sin until buried in the waters of baptism (Romans 6:4). Much of the denominational world disagrees with this analysis of Bible teaching, holding instead that one is saved at the point of “belief,” before and without water baptism. Consider some of the points that are advanced in an effort to minimize the essentiality of baptism for salvation. Read >>
Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.
Here are the topics that you will find:
- “God Was Manifest in the Flesh” (Tom Moore)
- “Great is the Mystery of Godliness” (Sam Willcut)
- “Justified in the Spirit” (Trent Kennedy)
- “Seen of Angels” (Kris Groda)
- “Preached unto the Gentiles” (Bobby Burris)
- “Believed on in the World” (Sean Embree)
- “Received up into Glory” (Jacob Rutledge)
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“One of the great things about the Salvation Army and the Robertson family is we’re both trying to help people. Our family has been about reaching out and telling people about the good news about Jesus. And in essence, that’s exactly what the Army does,” said Robertson.”
The above is a quote from Alan Robertson, according to an article by Kyle Rothenberg published on April 09, 2014 on Fox News’ website, as he spoke to Fox News concerning his speaking engagement at a fund-raising event in Mississippi for the Salvation Army organization.
What caught my attention in the quote was the word “essence”. It’s interesting how the word “essence” can be used by some to completely slide (if not right out jump) over key doctrinal gaps, assuming that the doctrinal gaps exist between the guest speaker and the leadership of the hosting group. But I guess it would be “wrong” to tell someone you’re trying to raise money for that they’re wrong when it comes to the good news of Jesus and how to receive the benefits thereof.
Now don’t get me wrong in what I am saying; this is not a “bash the Salvation Army” post. I believe the “Salvation Army” does a lot of good. And I also believe that they are doctrinally sound in many areas of their teaching and understanding of the Bible. But, as far as this post is concerned, one area that I do not agree with them on is how a person must respond to the good news of Jesus in order to be saved. Sure, they believe that one is saved by grace through faith – but according to my understanding they do so to the extent that their version of salvation “by grace through faith” excludes the necessity of baptism when it comes to its role in the regeneration of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5, Acts 2:38). If I’m wrong concerning the Salvation Army’s stance, feel free to correct me. But if I’m correct in my understanding then it is the Salvation Army who stands in need of correction.
Furthermore, this is not a “bash the Robertson’s” post. I praise the Robertson’s clear and resilient stance against the homosexual agenda and their movement of intolerance, and for their stance on other moral issues and the importance of family in spite of their popularity. They have been given a national platform that few are willing to stand on when it comes to politically incorrect topics. But, as far as this post is concerned, going beyond the forces that seek their caving in to “political correctness”, my concern is that their popularity in the spiritual world will only lead to more and more caving in to a version of “spiritual correctness” that winks at what should not be ignored. Namely, what Jesus himself said when it comes to enjoying the benefits of his good news (Mark 16:15-16).
The spirit of unity and the unity of the Spirit should not be confused with one another. They are two different things (Ephesians 4:3-6), and they should be recognized as such.
Now, I believe building bridges is one thing, but helping to support bridges that blatantly teach false doctrines concerning the gospel of Christ and one’s salvation is a road that I wish the Robertson’s, at least to which family members it may apply, would not travel down, for good deeds do not necessarily lead to good results (Matthew 7:21-23), nor does the endorsement of another’s “essence” that resides in error (Romans 16:17). And this is something that I hope they would recognize when a comparison is made.
During one of my classes this past weekend on the NT church, good brother Alex Soares commented that Paul said in Ep 5.25, “Christ loved the church and gave himself for her.” That puts the church squarely at the center of God’s plan.
The church is the object of Christ’s love and sacrifice. When the question is asked, “What did Christ accomplish by his death?”, the church must be mentioned. How then can one talk about Christ’s sacrifice to non-Christians and not mention the church, as some propose?
That same day or the next, someone read from Ac 20.28, where Paul speaks of “the church of God that he obtained with the blood of his own Son.” The text reinforces the Ephesians passage.
Those who urge leaving out the church when speaking of the gospel have an agenda that is not reflected in Scripture. Either that, or they are ignorant parrots of progressive mouths.
Two important stories on BNc today:
And my editorial today on Forthright Mag, giving a great and motivating view of the big picture: