What Does NOT Save

As seen in the book of Acts

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The 3,000 Jews

Acts 2:37

Remorse for sin (only)


Saul of Tarsus

Acts 26:9-11; 23:1

A good conscience

Acts 9:3-6, 11-12

True faith (only)

Prayer and Fasting


A personal miracle


(Saul still had sins to wash away! Acts 22:16 )



Acts 10:3-6

A vision from God

Acts 10:1-2

Being righteous and devout (only)


(Cornelius was told to call a preacher who would tell him how to be saved. Acts 11:14 )

Acts 10:44-48

Holy Spirit Baptism


(Cornelius was commanded to be baptized in water in the name of the Lord)

The Ethiopian

Acts 8:26, 36-38

Formal religious ceremony

A special location

Baptism that is not immersion


The Philippian Jailer

Acts 16:30-34

Anything “only” (All his actions were summed up as "having believed in God")


The Corinthians

Acts 18:8

Becoming righteous before being baptized (Cp. 1 Cor. 6:9-11 )


The Ephesians

Acts 19:1-7

John's baptism ( Any baptism that is not in the name of Jesus for the remission of sins.) Cp. Acts 2:38 .


We also learn from the book of Acts that there is no other savior than Jesus (Acts 4:12), and that the doctrine of “once saved, always saved” is false. (Simon, after becoming a disciple of Jesus, had a heart that was not right in the sight of God, was in danger of perishing, and needed to ask the Lord for forgiveness. Acts 8:18-23 )


We also learn what is involved in “calling upon the name of the Lord” in two stories, by comparing Acts 2:21 with Acts 2:37-38, and by comparing Acts 9:9-11 with Acts 22:16 .

Written by InkMan

Quotes are from the New King James Version of the Bible.

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