Fleetwood. A foundation based on authentic Christianity. Authentic Christianity can be discovered and understood only by a careful examination of the New Testament. That source alone portrays the pure religion authorized by Jesus and preached by His apostles (II Timothy 3:16-17). The Christianity of the New Testament is genuine. All later additions and alterations have caused modern religions to be something different from the original.
Altered Christianity is not satisfying. Nor is it safe (Galatians 1:8-9; II John 9). It is more an invention of man than a revelation of God. If we desire to be truly religious, really spiritual, authentically Christian, then why not return to the original ground of truth! Why not have first-century Christianity in the twenty-first century? After all, the real thing is the most desirable thing.
Restoring Christianity in the modern world is quite possible. The values and principles of living, the mission, worship, and organization of the church, and the way persons become saved and remain saved can be duplicated in our time and place. To sum it up, the entire scope of authentic Christianity is all a simple matter of returning to the authentic revelation from God, the New Testament, for our guide in all religious thought and conduct (I Peter 4:11).
What will it take to regain authentic Christianity? It will involve giving up human traditions and uninspired religious documents and accepting only the word of God as our standard of faith and behavior.
If we will speak where the Bible speaks and remain silent where it is silent, we can be sure we are practicing restored Christianity. This means we can then be Christians in the same sense that persons were Christians in the apostolic period. And, if we are willing to embrace pure Christianity, we will have the same vibrant hope of heaven that marked that time.
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God's Plan of Salvation
You must hear the gospel and then understand and recognize that you are lost without Jesus Christ no matter who you are and no matter what your background is. The Bible tells us that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) Before you can be saved, you must understand that you are lost and that the only way to be saved is by obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 1:8) Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6) “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
You must believe in and have faith in God because “without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6) But neither belief alone nor faith alone is sufficient to save. (James 2:19; James 2:24; Matthew 7:21)
You must repent of your sins. (Acts 3:19) But repentance alone is not enough. The so-called “Sinner’s Prayer” that you hear so much about today from denominational preachers does not appear anywhere in the Bible. Indeed, nowhere in the Bible was anyone ever told to pray the “Sinner’s Prayer” to be saved. By contrast, there are numerous examples showing that prayer alone does not save. Saul, for example, prayed following his meeting with Jesus on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:11), but Saul was still in his sins when Ananias met him three days later (Acts 22:16). Cornelius prayed to God always, and yet there was something else he needed to do to be saved (Acts 10:2, 6, 33, 48). If prayer alone did not save Saul or Cornelius, it will not save you either. You must obey the gospel.
You must confess that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. (Romans 10:9-10) Note that you do NOT need to make Jesus “Lord of your life.” Why? Because Jesus is already Lord of your life whether or not you have obeyed his gospel. Indeed, we obey him, not to make him Lord, but because he already is Lord. (Acts 2:36) Also, no one in the Bible was ever told to just “accept Jesus as your personal savior.” We must confess that Jesus is the Son of God, but, as with faith and repentance, confession alone does not save. (Matthew 7:21)
Having believed, repented, and confessed that Jesus is the Son of God, you must be baptized for the remission of your sins. (Acts 2:38) It is at this point (and not before) that your sins are forgiven. (Acts 22:16) It is impossible to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ without teaching the absolute necessity of baptism for salvation. (Acts 8:35-36; Romans 6:3-4; 1 Peter 3:21) Anyone who responds to the question in Acts 2:37 with an answer that contradicts Acts 2:38 is NOT proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ!
Once you are saved, God adds you to his church and writes your name in the Book of Life. (Acts 2:47; Philippians 4:3) To continue in God’s grace, you must continue to serve God faithfully until death. Unless they remain faithful, those who are in God’s grace will fall from grace, and those whose names are in the Book of Life will have their names blotted out of that book. (Revelation 2:10; Revelation 3:5; Galatians 5:4)
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