Many people live their lives as they wish with little or no thought of eternal consequences. But when such living seems to be turning against them, they suddenly want another chance to do better. Sometimes people do "get a second chance" in this life. But the same thing cannot be found once earth life is no more. Such false doctrines as "purgatory" or God will overlook ones sins give false hope to such people. Sin matters now, and certainly will matter for eternity. We have only this life to prepare for the next in eternity. This new article, "Second Chance in Eternity?", will help the reader to correctly think about coming eternity.
The Gospel Plan of Salvation
There are still people who are concerned to know how to be saved from their sins, and how that is accomplished. Of course, God is concerned for your soul salvation, and He showed it by sending His Son Jesus Christ as "the Lamb of God that takes away sins". Just how is one saved from their sins?
Hear the Gospel - Matthew 7:24-27
Believe in Jesus Christ - John 8:24
Repent of sins - Luke 13:5
Confess Christ - Matthew 10:32-33
Be Baptized - John 3:5, Mark 16:16
These are what Jesus said is necessary to do to gain God's forgiveness. The first time the Gospel of Christ was preached is recorded in Acts 2. Peter's sermon about Jesus Christ and who He is and what He has done for us is recorded in Acts 2:16-36. The response of some who heard that teaching is recorded in Acts 2:37-47. In this passage you will find that what Jesus taught as being necessary for salvation is the exact response of "about 3000" people on that day of Pentecost. The result for them was the forgiveness of their sins ("for the remission of sins" - v38), and being "added by the Lord to the church" (v47). If a person interested in their own salvation from their sins today does the same as those folks in Jerusalem in Acts 2, they will receive the same forgiveness, salvation and placement in His church by the Lord Jesus Christ. If not, why not? Think about it.
Is God The Author of Confusion?
>Let us suppose that an evangelist comes to our community to conduct a religious meeting and proceeds as follows:
At the 1st service he preaches that salvation is by faith only; but at the 2nd service he contends that it is by faith exercised in obedience to the gospel, rather than by faith alone.
At the 3rd service he tells people that they ought to baptize their babies; but at the 4th service he says that penitent believers are the only scriptural subjects for baptism.
At the 5th service he preaches once in grace, always in grace; but at the 6th service he tells the people it is possible for them to fall from grace, that some have fallen, and that the Bible tells them how to keep from falling.
At the 7th service he teaches it is all right to have human creeds; but at the 8th service he declares that we should take the Bible as our only guide in religion.
>Now, no thoughtful person would continue to listen to one preacher preaching like that, but the majority of people are perfectly willing for 8 different preachers to preach these conflicting ideas. They say that if one man should preach that way, he would contradict himself and be inconsistent. But what kind of God would He be if He endorsed all these conflicting doctrines and sent out 8 preachers to present them? -Leslie G. Thomas in The Beacon, January 6, 2015