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Why the Plan of Salvation Was Necessary

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Introduction

The Bible is a book about sin and a Savior. Paul announced wonderful news in this regard:

There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus made me free from the law of sin and of death (Rom. 8:1–2).

This grand statement at once calls attention to mankind’s need of a means by which he might be saved from “the law of sin and death” and to the fact that such a plan is available and operable. The need for salvation implies dire jeopardy of some sort and a cause for this danger. The cause of this irreparable loss is transgression of the law of God—sin: “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4, KJV). The jeopardy is loss of one’s soul in eternal separation from God in Hell—death in the ultimate sense.

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Ingredients of Evangelism

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No subject is more vital to sincere saints than evangelism. Jesus made it our first responsibility when He issued the Great Commission (Mat. 28:18–19; Mark 16:15–16; Luke 24:47). It is God’s means of saving the lost. It is the lifeblood of the church. Evangelism lurks around every “corner” of the Gospel. Consider some facts about evangelism:

·  The what of evangelism: Deliver the Gospel. Evangelism is actually a Greek word, euangelizo. It means to proclaim glad tidings, to deliver a message that brings joy. The noun form of this word (euangelion), is the New Testament word for “gospel,” good news. Thus God chose a word for His message of salvation that practically demands its proclamation. God’s Truth about salvation in Christ is encouraging, thrilling, and thus wonderful news to right-thinking people—a message which every person should know and from which he can profit both in time and eternity. The message must be only the Gospel Truth, for it alone is God’s saving power (Rom. 1:16). Men have originated their counterfeit “gospels,” but there is only one God-given, saving Gospel (Gal. 1:6–9).

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Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Errors Reviewed and Refuted

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Introduction

The doctrine of the Jehovah's Witnesses presents a real challenge to lovers of Biblical Truth for many reasons. It is challenging because cult members are very zealous and bold in the advocacy of their doctrine. At this writing an estimated 1,500,000 Jehovah's Witnesses participate in distribution of literature every month.

The doctrine of Jehovah's Witnesses is challenging because it is an intricate and confusing maze of ancient and modern heresies, strung together in an illogical and often self-contradictory manner. This anti-scriptural system of doctrine is rendered all the more confusing and challenging to many due to the abysmal ignorance of most people who answer the knock of the Jehovah's Witnesses at their door.

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Twin Parables—The Treasure and the Pearl—Matthew 13:44–46

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Introduction

The Dickson New Analytical Bible lists thirty-one parables spoken by our Lord. Since I deny that the account of the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19–31) is a parable, my list contains only thirty. The frequency with which Jesus employed this story-form to teach a wide spectrum of lessons signals to us that this method was one of His favorite vehicles of instruction. He obviously considered parables very effective.

Parable is actually an Anglicized Greek word, parabole. This compound word means to throw down (bole) something beside (para) something else. Hence, a parable consists of a story involving human experiences that illustrates one or more spiritual truths. These elongated figures of speech always involve events that either have happened or could happen. Unlike fables, they do not employ impossible or unnatural scenes (e.g., talking animals, trees, etc.). Jesus stated all of the “kingdom parables” in Matthew 13 (except the parable of the sower) in the form of similes: “The kingdom of heaven is likened unto…” (v. 24; et al.).[1] Thus, in these parables we have a figure of speech (simile) within a figure of speech (parable).[2]

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Baptism—What Does the Bible Teach?

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Introduction

In Mark 16:16 Jesus made one of the most explicit statements in the New Testament concerning baptism: “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that disbelieveth shall be condemned.”1 In spite of the plainness of His statement regarding the purpose of the act and its place in the Divine plan for man’s salvation, men still largely ignore and/or obstinately oppose Jesus’ teaching. Jesus tied the act of baptism inseparably to salvation, which makes it imperative that we understand what the Bible teaches on this subject. Any interpretation of other passages relating to baptism and salvation that contradicts the plain statement here must necessarily be an erroneous interpretation.

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