EX-CHURCH OF CHRIST TESTIMONY: How I Was Delivered From Salvation By Water Baptism Theology

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SOURCE: I grew up in the non-instrumental Churches Of Christ and left the Stone/ Campbell movement in late 2001 when I was about 40. Since that time we (my family and I) have been active members in a Baptist fellowship.

I did not leave the Church of Christ over a falling out or a bad experience or anything. I simply became convinced from reading the book of Romans that the theology was absolute heresy.

It happened one day after reading Paul’s summary statement in Romans 3:9-20 about man’s (read my) fallen condition-

“There is none righteous, no, not one;
There is none who understands;
There is none who seeks after God.
They have all turned aside;
They have together become unprofitable;
There is none who does good, no, not one…”

I continued in the context of the passage and begain to read about the righteousness that God provides as a gift to all who place faith in Jesus Christ-

“But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe…”

This was not just some abstract verse taken out of context.

This theme continues for the rest of chapter 3, 4, 5 and is picked up again in chapters 9,10, and 11.

I kept thinking “I’ve been reading the Bible all my life. How could I have missed this doctrine about the gift of perfect righteousness that God gives to all who place faith in Jesus Christ?”

And then it was- “Yes, Lord! I don’t have any righteousness of my own. I’ll gladly trust in Jesus Christ for evernal life.”

In summary, there are 154 places in the New Testament alone that tell us that salvation is by simply placing faith in Jesus Christ. It is systematically taught in the book of Romans in chapter 1,3,4,5,9,10, and 11, and because of a doctrinal controversy, Paul addresses it again in the book of Galatians in chapter 2,3,4 and 5.

Galatians 2:15-16 says,

“We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified…”

Needless to say, I didn’t stay Church of Christ much longer after I came to understand how we are saved simply by placing faith and trust in the Savior.

This doesn’t mean I didn’t have questions about baptism.

But at least I knew we are saved by faith in Christ and then began looking for answers of how water baptism related to salvation, rather than just thinking we are saved by water baptism and never coming to understand how we are saved by faith in Jesus.

In short, in all four gospels and twice in the book of Acts it says that ‘John baptized with water, but that Jesus would baptize with the Holy Spirit.’

I found out that as the Lord’s Supper is the believer’s sign or a symbol of the actual body and blood of the Lord, water baptism is simply the believer’s sign or a symbol of the real or actual baptism of the Holy Spirit that comes upon the believer at conversion.

1 Cor. 12:13 says,

“For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free —and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.”

By cofcd

http://www.experienceproject.com/stories/Am-An-Ex-Member-Of-Church-Of-Christ/2516021

About Damon Whitsell

Hello, my name is Damon. I have been studying Christian Cults since 1985 and doing Cult Apologetics online since 1998 because I grew up with Mormons, Oneness Pentecostals and Bible Missionaries in my family. All three of these groups (or Cults) think they are the One True Church and the Only True Christians and to be Saved you must join their Church. So as a result I started studying the Bible for myself to try to determine which of these groups had the truth. After much praying, reading and studying I decided the Mormon, Oneness Pentecostal and Bible Missionarie churches are not real Christian Churches at all, rather they are Christian Cults because they do not line up with what the bible really teaches about Salvation and they are not in agreement with other Essential Christian Doctrines. I found that according to what the Word of God teaches, and Historic/Orthodox Christian Teaching, Salvation cannot be earned by any form of human works or efforts I found that Salvation is ALL by the Grace and Work of God and that Salvation and Eternal Life are a Free Gift from God (Ephesians 2:8, Romans 6:23, John 3:16) to all who will Trust in Jesus Christ and the atoning sacrifice He made for us by dying on the Cross for the sins of the world (1 John 2:2). The Word of God is clear and plainly says “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). Because I know what it is like to be targeted by Cult Groups and to suffer from the spirtual confusion and frustration brought on by their false teachings, I have endeavored to help others find True Eternal Life in Jesus Christ and to break free from the clutches of, and to be healed from the damage done by, Cult Groups who claim to be the One True Church. So it is my hope and prayer that the Lord will use my Websites to help those that need help and that some who use my websites will be helped by them to find the Free Gift of God’s Salvation, that is only found in His only begotten son Jesus Christ.

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