Nearly all protestant denominations claim to preach the teachings of Jesus and ask their members to follow them. But, that’s only on the surface. But if anyone scratches the surface to know more, you will find some of the very important doctrines contrary to the teachings of Jesus and lead its members not into eternal life. In this post, we will compare what Baptists believe on how a person is saved to that of the teachings of Jesus.
Baptists: How is a person saved?
The common beliefs of ACT/NSW baptist churches are mentioned here. We will go through the points that relate only to salvation to see how they reject the teachings of Jesus.
|4. The Divine Inspiration of the Scriptures|
The Scriptures, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, are the infallible Word of God. They were written by holy people of God inspired by the Holy Spirit and have supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
(For Baptists, words of Paul or any men is same as the words of Jesus or the words of the Father in OT)
|Mark 13:31 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.|
John 5:43 “I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive.
(Jesus taught that His words will never pass away, not Paul’s words or anyone claiming to speak through the Holy Spirit)
|5. The Sinfulness of People|
People were made in the image of God and for fellowship with God. By transgression of God’s command humankind fell from fellowship with God and their nature was corrupted. As a consequence all people are spiritually dead under Satan’s dominion and control and subject to God’s wrath and condemnation. Therefore, apart from God’s grace, people are helpless and hopeless.
(Baptists cannot follow Jesus on ther own. Hence, Jesus must push them into narrow gate and drag them through the difficult path because of something called ‘grace’ which never came from the mouth of Jesus Christ)
|Matt 18:8-9 “If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast [it] from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the everlasting fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast [it] from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire.|
(Jesus is giving Baptists an excellent advise for how to be sinless, that is, cut off everything from their life that causes them to sin. How clear are the words of Jesus)
|6. Christ’s Atonement for Human Sin|
In order to redeem people from the guilt, penalty and power of sin, Jesus Christ became human and died a sacrificial death as our representative substitute. By His resurrection, God’s acceptance of His atoning death was demonstrated. This atonement is sufficient for the whole world, but effective only in those who receive it. The sinner is justified and reconciled to God, not through any personal merit, but solely on the basis of God’s gracious gift of salvation in Jesus Christ received through faith.
(Baptists are deceived by Paul who lied in Eph 2:8 that salvation is a free gift)
|Matt 16:25 “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.|
(Salvation is very costly. We have to lose our life to save it for eternal life. It can cost our entire wealth – Matt 13:44-46, all our relationships – Matt 10:37, our body parts – Mark 9:43-48 and even our own life – Matt 16:25. Jesus never mentioned salvation as a free gift)
The core doctrine of Baptists for how a person is saved has nothing to do with teachings of Jesus. Instead, they exhalt the letters of Paul equal to the sayings of Jesus and the words of God in OT, and reject Christ’s doctrine on Salvation.
He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him–the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.John 12:48
Are you ready to receive the words of Jesus? Or reject His words for the sake of your church doctrines using Paul? Follow Jesus and obey His commandments for salvation, not any church or doctrines of men.
What about John 3:15?
Not sure what you are trying to say. The quote ends at verse 21 were it explains what ‘believe’ means from John 1:18-21. i.e., deeds. Even in John 3:15, if we say we believe in Jesus, it doesn’t mean believing merely on His existence but rather believing on what He said.