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Saved?

By Jim Miller
Gray, Maine

Yes sir there are even qualifications for being a member of the Lords church. This usually comes under the heading of what must I do to be saved.
 
What Must One Do?
The New Testament answers this inquiry so plainly that one can easily list the acts leading to Jesus in order (John 1:12). These are not just cold, formal demands but rather provisions, privileges, and opportunities afforded by the grace of God for man’s salvation. Let us examine these acts or steps one by one.

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Hindrances to Conversion

Luther Blackmon
Noblesville, Indiana

There is a story about a man who had a balky mule. He hired a fellow to break his mule from his stubborn disinclination to do his work. When the trainer arrived and the mule refused to pull, he simply picked up a club and knocked him down. He got up and shook his head. Pow! The trainer knocked him down again. "Hold On" said the fellow, "I hired you to break that mule from balking — not to kill him." "Simmer down" said the trainer, "I ain't gonna hurt him. There's one thing you have to learn about a mule. You can teach him nothin till you get his attention."

This is a corny illustration, but it is also true that we must get the attention of people before we can teach and convert them to Christ. This is the hard part of the job. There are two sides to this problem: Theirs and ours.

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A Biblical View of Sin

Mike Willis
Bowling Green, Kentucky

That America is faced with a misunderstanding regarding the nature and consequences of sin is an understatement. Christians need to guard themselves against becoming a victim to society's definition of sin lest sin be minimized in their eyes. What better source to learn a biblical doctrine of sin can be found than the opening chapters of Genesis?

The record of the beginning of sin is related in Genesis 2-3. Most of us can recite the story from memory. After God created Adam and Eve, He placed them in the Garden of Eden to dress and keep it (Gen. 2:15). He commanded them, "Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die" (Gen. 2:16-17). Sometime later, the devil appeared to Eve in the form of a serpent, deceived her and persuaded her to eat of the forbidden fruit. She persuaded Adam to eat of the fruit. God appeared to them in the Garden, pronounced the curses upon Adam and Eve, and excluded them from the Garden and access to the tree of life.

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The Logic Of The Plan Of Salvation

Tom Roberts
Ft Worth, Texas

How fortunate we are that our scientists do not approach medicine, research, physics, etc., with the utter abandon of reason that characterizes the study of religion. Surely a return to the Dark Ages would be imminent if scientists worked in their fields as do people with the word of God. How slowly, if ever, would electricity have been invented, men have walked on the moon or computers have been developed if the same principles of thought had been applied to these disciplines as are applied to the study of the Scriptures. Ever breathed there a scientists worthy of the name who randomly flipped through texts, putting his finger upon sentences at will, expecting this procedure to reveal some important truth? Do researchers make it a practice to ignore definitions and treat substances as it suits their whimsy? Do scientists bring a sense of predestination of their study, expecting that everything is beyond their ability to influence and that their efforts make no real difference? Do researchers just fling different substances together without thought of alignment, direction, compatibility, complementation or harmony? Do they just take a "blind leap" into situations without some basis or foundation upon which even their theories are built? Pseudo-scientists may be guilty of such behavior, but no one of training and reason would elect to follow such a course. Why, then, do so many religious people use this foolishness when entering into a study that is vastly superior to science, the salvation of their soul?

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Salvation and the Book of Romans

Larry Ray Hafley
Plano, Illinois

In the book of Romans, salvation is ascribed and attributed to a number of items. One is saved:

1. By the gospel: "The gospel" is "the power of God unto salvation unto every one that believeth" (Rom. 1: 16).

2. By the Grace of God: "Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus" (Rom. 3:24).

3. By faith: "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Rom. 5: 1).

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