I have added myself to follow your blog. You are more than welcome to visit my blog and become a follower as well.I checked out his blog and found a critical error on page 1. Ain't is always the way?
My first question is easy. Why in the world is this man reading me? While it is certainly true that I'm a Christian, I'm not a particularly good Christian nor am I anything close to the noteworthy or popular Christian man. I'm not likely to show up at a political rally disguised as a Christian protest. I don't blockade abortion clinics, nor do I advocate doing so. I'm not big on saving people from themselves and are more apt to say so and have everyone know that I'm a caustic, curmudgeonly sort rather than remain quiet and have them wonder. The services I attend do not involve amplified music, altar calls, break dancing, snake handling, transmuting wine into blood or jabbering away in tongues that no one can understand. So why me?
Having a dull moment during a temporary bout of sobriety, I pointed my trusty browser at AccordingToTheBook and spent a pleasant ten minutes reading. Here's what I discovered.
On page one, right up front covnitkepr1 lists his chosen steps for anyone desiring to be born again to be born again. Well and good, because it saves the barbaric heathen from having to read the entire Bible cover to cover and then having to ask a local minister - which, by the way, happens a whole lot more often than either Christians or Heathens would like to admit. One problem with this is that covnitkepr1 is less than perfectly correct. See how diplomatic I'm being? This is the influence of Ephesians 4:14-16; speak the truth in love.
So here is what appears and here's what I found:
- Believe the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4) that Jesus died for your sin, was buried, and has risen from the grave. (Mark 16:16) (Romans 10: 9-10)
- Confess that Jesus is the Son of God.(Acts 8:37) (Romans10:9-10)
- Repent of the sin in your life.(Luke 13:3) (Acts 2:38)
- Be baptized into Christ for the forgiveness of your sin. (Acts 2:38) (Mark 16:16) (1 Peter 3:2-10) (Acts 22:16)
- Be faithful until death. (Matthew 10:22) (Revelation 2:10)
39 Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, "If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us." 40 But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, "Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong." 42 Then he said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom." 43 And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise."
The reason this is so important is that if you have one foot on the banana peel and one foot in the grave and you feel your purchase slip, you might still have time to yell for help. And, should you do so, help will be forthcoming - baptism or no, good works or none, sins and all. Not that I'm advocating anyone wait until the last minute. I'm just saying that you don't have to be baptized to be saved. And I'm sticking to it.
Just why this misguided zealot would pull my IP address out of the hat is beyond me. And No, I'm not following him.