What Does NOT Save
As seen in the book of Acts
The 3,000 Jews
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 )
A vision from God
Being righteous and devout (only)
(Cornelius was told to call a preacher who would tell him how to be saved. Acts 11:14 )
Holy Spirit Baptism
(Cornelius was commanded to be baptized in water in the name of the Lord)
Acts 8:26, 36-38
Formal religious ceremony
A special location
Baptism that is not immersion
The Philippian Jailer
Anything “only” (All his actions were summed up as "having believed in God")
Becoming righteous before being baptized (Cp. 1 Cor. 6:9-11 )
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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