Have you ever noticed that the Baptist say that eternal life is all about faith and faith only, yet they themselves do not have the kind of faith which leads to good works. How can I prove that belief only is not enough to save? By the scriptures.
The Baptist say that they believe in Jesus, but is this in name only? Consider this, they say that Jesus is the Christ and perhaps in name only they believe he was just that. However, Jesus made one thing very clear, and that is, we can’t just call him Lord, Lord and still be pleasing unto him. We must also do what He says. Mt 7:21 Do the Baptist do what Jesus said?
Did not Jesus say to his apostles to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature? Did not Jesus command them to preach: “He that believes AND is baptized shall be saved”? Yet, Baptist reject the notion that baptism saves us today. The apostle Peter said differently when he said, “The like figure where unto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:” 1 Pet 3:21 Peter was the very one who commanded believers of his day to: “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38 Wasn’t the apostle Paul commanded by Ananias to: “…Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” Acts 22:16 Wasn’t it this same Paul who said: “Do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” Rom 6:3-4
Wasn’t every Christian convert baptized into the watery grave of baptism? The 3,000 on the day of Pentecost were baptized. Acts 2:37-47 The Ethiopian Eunuch was baptized. Cornelius and his household were baptized. Lydia and the Jailer were baptized. The Corinthians were baptized. This is the same gospel that was preached unto all the world. Col 1:23 This is the same gospel that all are prohibited from changing. Gal 1:6-9 This is the same gospel which shall save the righteous and condemn the unrighteous. 2 Thess 1:7-10
Yet, the Baptist say that they believe in Jesus. They verily believe in Jesus’ name, but they reject his plan of salvation. They are quick to go before the gospel ever come into effect to claim that the thief on the cross believed in Jesus Christ and without baptism was saved. Yet, they forget the thief never said he ever believed Jesus was the Christ the Son of God. The thief never repented of his sins. They forget that the thief, as well as Jesus Christ, died before the gospel of Christ ever come into effect. How do we know this to be true? Because the gospel is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. 1 Cor 15:1-4 Wake up call: Jesus had yet to die and be resurrected while he hung on the cross. Therefore, the thief was never subject to obeying that which had yet to come into effect. In legal terms, the thief is irrelevant to the salvation of anyone’s soul. The thief never was taught the gospel, nor did he obey the gospel, because the gospel had yet to come.
It was James who said that faith without works is dead. Jam 2:20 James concluded that one is justified by works and not faith only. Jam 2:24 As Jesus said concerning the Pharisees, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do.” Matt 23:2,3 The Baptist teach for doctrines the commandments of men and reject the very gospel which was preached to every creature and which was obeyed by every new testament convert.
Today, we have the gospel of Christ which if we obey, we are added to the Lord’s church and have the opportunity to be saved if we remain faithful unto death. Acts 2:47 f; Rev 2:10 The gospel requires us to believe that Jesus is the Christ the Son of God and to confess such before men. Rom 10:9,10 It requires us to repent and be baptized for the remission of sins. Acts 2:38 It requires us to continue in the apostle’s doctrine unto the end. Jn 8:31 ff; Acts 2:42; 2 Jn 9 Rev 2:10 If you are a Baptist, don’t go and tell others you believe in Jesus, when by your very action you have already proved that your faith does not lead you to the obedience of the full gospel of Christ. As Jesus verily said,” By their fruits you shall know them.” Mt 7:16,20 By the fruits of the Baptist, they call Jesus Lord, but they do not the things which he said. Therefore Jesus shall say unto them come the day of judgment, “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” Mt 7:23