Tuesday, March 6, 2007

When were you saved?

Some people make a cottage industry of arguing over what moment a Christian is saved. I’m not talking about teenagers what-ifing around a campfire. Christians are building brick walls of fellowship over whether a believer who dies of a heart attack while climbing the baptistry steps goes to heaven or hell.

Let’s be clear about a couple of things. First off, choosing Heart Attack’s final destination is not our call; God’s the only one who assigns those seats. Second, it’s clear from reading the New Testament that baptism is intimately involved with the forgiveness of sins, new life in the Spirit, and membership in the body of Christ. Beyond those truths, most of what passes as baptismal doctrine (including the strange phrase, “contact the blood of Christ”) comes from somewhere besides the Bible.

(c) Copyright 2007, A. Milton Stanley

So let’s stop arguing over things God has not chosen to tell us. He expects believers to be baptized at the threshold of faith. Isn’t that enough?

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