Romans 10:9

Romans 10:9
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."

 

Romans 10:13
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."

 

John 4:2

John 4:2
"Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples."

 

Problem:
Since Jesus did not baptize, it is reasoned that baptism cannot be necessary for salvation.

 

Solution:
  1. It should be immediately apparent that the conclusion, "baptism cannot be necessary for salvation" does not follow from the statement, "Jesus himself baptized not," since his disciples did baptize.

     

Mark 7:4

Mark 7:4
"And when they come from the market, except they wash . . ."

 

Luke 11:38
"And when the Pharisee saw it, he marvelled that he had not first washed before dinner."

 

Problem:
Since the Greek word, "baptizo" is translated "wash" and "washed" in these passages, it is argued that one cannot insist that the form of baptism must be immersion.

 

Mark 10:14

Mark 10:14
"Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God."

 

Matthew 18:4
"Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven."

 

Problem:
These references are cited to justify the widespread practice of "baptizing" infants. The United Church of Canada puts it this way:

 

Ephesians 2:8, 9

Ephesians 2:8, 9
"By grace are ye saved . . . it is the gift of God . . . not of works, lest any man should boast."

 

Problem:
This passage is used by Evangelicals to justify their doctrine of "eternal security" when "Jesus comes into the heart". This "eternal security" is said to be independent of subsequent works.

 

John 11:26

John 11:26
"And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die."

 

Problem:
This passage is cited by Pentecostals and Evangelicals as proof that when one "accepts the Lord Jesus as his personal Saviour", he is saved for eternity.

 

Solution:
  1. Jesus said "whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die." He refers to living believers who will be transformed directly from mortality to immortality without experiencing death.

     

John 10:28

John 10:28
"And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand."

 

Problem:
This passage is cited by Evangelicals to prove that those who "accept the Lord as their personal Saviour" are eternally secure, their future salvation being assured.