Baptism Is For Salvation, Not Symbolism

Are We Sending People To Hell?

Major Differences

My recent posts aren’t about minor differences, as if I were talking about the color of carpeting in Catholic churches vs. that in Evangelical churches. These are major differences, and none is more major than salvation. 

“Works-Based Salvation”

Yesterday I wrote about how the Hebrews in Egypt followed God’s order to put physical blood on their physical door frames as a sign for the slayer to stay out. A modern-day Evangelical would refuse this commandment calling it “works-based salvation.” Instead they would insist that all we need to do is “believe” that there is blood on our door. That Evangelical’s firstborn would suffer the consequences.

God says that baptism with physical water touching physical skin is necessary, but Evangelicals reject this as “works-based salvation,” demoting baptism from necessary to optional.

Furthermore, God’s word tells us that people exhibiting certain behaviors will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. ~ 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

Evangelicals reject this as “works-based salvation.” As long as someone believes that Jesus is their personal Lord and Savior, Evangelical logic goes, there is nothing they can do to lose their salvation. Want to attend mosque services every Friday? Why not, you can’t lose your salvation. Want to stop at the gay bar on the way home from the mosque? Why not, you can’t lose your salvation. 

Sex And Drugs? Sure, Why Not

Legions of Christian kids get to secular college and dive headlong into sex and drugs. And why wouldn’t they? They’ve always been taught they can’t lose their salvation. Why not eat, drink, and be merry? For tomorrow we die and we can’t lose our salvation.

Some people don’t rob banks because it’s immoral. But some people don’t rob banks because they’re afraid of jail. Evangelicalism has taken the fear of jail out of the equation. Evangelicalism relies solely on a fallen human being’s broken moral compass, and has removed consequences from the equation. The result is that a majority of kids entering college as Christians leave college as non-Christians.   

Devastating The Faith

Stripping Christianity of all its physicality, and turning it all “spiritual;” and stripping Christianity of all eternal consequences, and substituting “once saved, always saved” has (in my opinion) absolutely devastated the Faith. These are not matters of carpet color. These are matters of room temperature– will the eternal homes of those we evangelize be nice and comfy, or will they be very, very, very hot?

Florence Baptistry Painting - Copy 1

Hell, as depicted in a painting in the Florence Baptistry, Italy (Image source: florenceinferno.com)

3 replies »

  1. Tom I love your work!!! May the Lord keep enlightening you so you may pass all this information to us. I will also add something that proves salvation is work based and not just by faith alone. Look at Ezekiel 18:21-32

    • Efrain, thank you for the kind words. I went and read the passage of Scripture you mentioned, and I like it very much. It reminds me of this passage from the New Testament.

      Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your EVIL BEHAVIOR. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— if (IF!!!) you continue in your FAITH, established and firm… ~ Colossians 1:21-23

      If you continue in your faith, your evil behavior will cease. Faith is inseparably linked to Godly behavior. Salvation is ours to lose.

  2. Tom
    If you take a look at John 15, Christ himself tell us about this. “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me, and I in him, bears much fruit. For without me, you are able to do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me, he will be cast away, like a branch, and he will wither, and they will gather him and cast him into the fire, and he burns.”

    Efrain

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