*As are the other subjects we’ve studied, salvation is a largely misunderstood and skewed subject. Although the bible outlines the steps to salvation and makes it obvious as to what they are, the denominational world skews and ignores these steps, proclaiming that we are to have “faith only”. This idea of salvation only by faith contradicts the word of God entirely.
-So what are the steps?
*Not only is it obvious, but the bible makes the point that we must hear the word of God in order to obey it. Romans 10:14 says, “And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” Vv. 17 makes another point, “So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” We can’t be saved without the scriptures. We cannot be a Christian without the scriptures. We hear the word and then obey it.
*The second step is believing that which you hear. This is where faith comes in. Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him...” Acts 16:31 tells us to “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved...” It is obvious that we must have faith in God in order to be called His child and disciple. Faith saves us, but not faith only.
*Repentance is the third step on the path to salvation. To repent means to have a change of heart. When a person repents, he suddenly regrets the sinful life that he’s led, and he feels convicted in his heart to turn to God. It says in Acts 17:30, “Truly these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands men everywhere to repent...” In 2 Peter 3:9, we read that God is “not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”
*The fourth step is confession. Romans 10:10 makes it clear that we must confess when it says, “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” We must confess our desire to be saved and that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. We see an example of confession in the story of the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8:35-37.
*Finally, the last step to salvation is immersion, or baptism. This step is highly refuted by the denominational world, although the bible is clear that it plays a vital role in our being saved. There are as many passages that preach salvation by immersion as there are salvation by faith.
-1 Peter 3:21 says, “There is also an antitype which saves us-baptism...”
-John 3:5 says, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.”
-Mark 16:16 says, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved...”
-Acts 2:38 says, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
-Acts 22:16 says, “And now why are you waiting, Arise and be baptized, and wash away you sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”
-Must be baptized to wash away sins. Denominations believe that you are saved without baptism, and that being immersed is an “outward sign of an inward decision”. They do not believe that you are baptized to wash away sins which is the baptism that the Bible supports. A person must be baptized for the correct reasons.