The Plan of Salvation

Associate Minister: W. L. Gardner, Jr.

Let’s talk about this for a short moment. Some say that you can simply put your hand on the radio while hearing a sermon and be saved. Others say that you have to get the anointing or feel something extraordinary before you can be saved such as performing a miracle. While others say that all you have to do is say the sinner’s prayer or tell your Christian experience. If you have heard these things you are among the millions that have been told a lie. This is false doctrine and it cannot be found nowhere in the Word of God, the Bible. In this special study we want to show you what the Bible has said on the subject of salvation.

The Plan of Salvation is so simple, that many people cannot believe it and simply reject the truth. Examine the following 5 steps Plan of Salvation to a new life and eternal life in Heaven if you stay faithful to the end. Make note to read all scriptures pertaining to your soul salvation.

Hear:

You must hear what? Hear some good speech on moral living. Hear what some preacher say about what the Lord God told him. Hear the 10 commandments found in the Old Testament. Romans 10:17 informs us that faith comes by hearing and hearing comes by the Word of God. This scripture is very important because many honest folk will only read Romans 10:13 and say that whosoever calleth on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

You have to read the verses that follow and then you will see that a preacher is required to hear the truth. In other words you cannot be saved without a teacher. If this was true then the Ethiopian Eunuch in Acts 8: could have read his way to salvation. You cannot be saved while accepting Jesus in your heart and saying the sinner’s prayer. Why? Because the Bible says in John 9:30-31 that a sinner cannot pray.

Listen to the Bible:

John 9:31 “Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.” (KJV)

According to the Bible it is impossible to be saved riding down the highway, or at home when you hear a little voice talking to you. Many honest people profess that Jesus talk to them and by revelation they claim salvation took place in their life. You will not find a single person in the Bible that was saved this way. Everyone that was saved was taught first the Plan of Salvation and they were then added to the only church, the church of Christ.

Luke 11:28 says that blessed are they that hear the Word of God and keep it. You must hear the Word of God through a gospel preacher in order to be saved.

Believe:

Believe what? Believe first that Jesus is the son of the living God. Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, he that believeth not shall be damned. Some like to acknowledge the truth and this is not what this scripture is talking about. Everybody will say that there is one church and everybody will say you need the church to be saved… But they will not do anything about it. Even the Devil believes and trembles. This belief will cause you to ACT on what you know is right. When an honest person wants to be saved that person will except the truth and believe it. We are talking about the faith that will cause action and not just acknowledgment only.

Hebrews 11:1 Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen. In verse 6 we find that without Faith it is impossible to please God. You must have the kind of faith, which will produce action. Keep in mind that Faith and Belief is not the same thing. This is the reason that James 2:26 mentions that faith without works is dead. I may believe that the church of Christ is the right church and stop at that. But if I have faith I will get in that church to be saved.

Repent:

Repentance means to stop doing wrong and make up in your mind to do right and then do it. Some think that repentance means to turn, or slow down, feel sorrowful. There are a lot of folks in the world that are sorry about what they have done, but continue to do the same thing. You have to decide to put the liquor bottle down, and stop chasing women or men if you are married. No sex outside of marriage. You have to decide not to use drugs or anything other thing that can do harm to your body. Gambling and playing Lotto tickets, and other wickedness to just name a few. Stop smoking crack and other dangerous substances. Keep in mind that this plan will save our young people today as well.

Luke 13: 3-5 nay except you repent, you shall all likewise perish. The Bible repeated the same statement in verse 5 to show the importance of repentance. What does this means? If you are shacking up with a man or woman who is not your wife/husband move out. Paul told the house of Israel in Acts 2:38 Repent and be Baptized everyone of you for the remission of your sins… it is mandatory that you repent and there is no substitution for it.

Confess:

Confess the sweetest name the human tongue has ever confessed. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God. In the book of Acts 8:36-ff the Ethiopian Eunuch was taught by Philip the preacher man and as a result he was baptized in the same hour. When he saw water, he stated what hindered me from being baptized. He confessed, “I believe that Jesus is the Son of God” and both him and the preacher man went way down in the water

No sprinkling took place, no dashing of water in the face took place, no drinking down the water and spitting it out in the face took place; he was baptized the same day he was taught. Not on baptizing Sunday or the next day or some other day or any other day, but the same day. He was not told to pray until you feel something. The Eunuch was not told that you are a candidate to be saved and we have to vote to find out the panel decision. Thank God all he needed was the truth and that alone will save. After being baptized Brother Ethiopian Eunuch went on his way rejoicing. Romans 10:10 The Bible teaches us that this confession is a mouth confession unto Salvation. You don’t stop there and that is why the Bible said unto Salvation. Now you need some water… Some religions believe that all you have to do is confess and baptism is not necessary. They use the thief on the cross to justify their position. I would not want to compare my salvation to a thief. At this site we will deal with the argument of the thief on the cross and you will enjoy the results.

Baptism:

I told you this Plan was simple. If you are not baptized there is no way you can go to heaven. If you have been sprinkled or dashed or baptized as a baby, or some other technique beside water burial… You are not saved today! You must be buried in water and it is much water that is required. In Acts 8: 36-ff we find again that both men went down IN the water. They were covered up all over with the water…

Gal. 3: 27 this baptism puts one into Christ. Romans 6:3-4 this baptism is a burial… 1 Peter 3:21 it is the answer to a good conscience toward God.

Walk Right: When you do these simple things does this mean that I am once saved always saved. Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone that saith unto me Lord Lord shall enter the kingdom of Heaven, but he that doeth the will of my father which is in heaven.” Christian living is a full-time job and one that requires you to study the Bible daily so that you can know the total will of God. If you are then faithful unto death then you will hear Jesus say “Well done my good and faithful servant.”

My friend it does not matter who you are and what you do. There is no life like the Christian Life. It does not matter how well you are living or what kind of car you are driving. There is no life like the Christian Life. It does not matter how large you claim to be living or how well you got it together… There is no life like the Christian Life. Why don’t you step on board the old ship of Zion today? Find the church of Christ in your community. Make sure the church of Christ is the name because that is the only one that you can be saved in. One church, one, one and can be nothing but one. Maybe you are saying I have already done that plan. I just belong to the Methodist, Baptist, or Catholic Church. Well my friend you did too much and something is wrong, because the Bible says that when you follow this plan the Lord adds you to his Church.

Acts 2:47 and that Church is called the Church of Christ. Romans 16:16. You cannot be saved outside the Church of Christ. I repeat: “YOU CANNOT BE SAVED IN NO OTHER CHURCH, BUT THE CHURCH OF CHRIST. IF YOU WERE BAPTIZED AND YOU BELONG IN ONE OF THESE OTHER CHURCHES YOU ARE NOT SAVED.”

If you want to be a part of the Bible Believing Church please contact us now. If you live in the New York Metropolitan area we would be glad to assist. You also have the option to contact the church of Christ in your area. If you would like you can call us, we will give you the listing of churches of Christ in your city or state. Contact information: (973) 374-4563 and ask for assistance in this area. Make sure it says Church of Christ and the preacher is not called Reverend. No instrumental music in the Church. No women preachers, no baptizing Babies, no speaking in tongues, no healing.