Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Roman Road to Salvation-put into perspective.

As long as I am re-posting favorites, this needs to come too. This is what the church is supposed to be teaching, I believe, but got led astray through Roman Catholicism, and never got back on course through the Reformation. Please seriously consider this point of view.

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Romans 3

23. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 5
8. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 6
23. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 10:
9. That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
13. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Is This the Doctrine used By the First Century Church?
·         You would think so by the witnessing plan found in almost every tract, book on evangelism, and sermon heard on TV, radio, and from most church pulpits…

·         BUT IS THAT WHAT SCRIPTURES REVEAL? The only yardstick for truth is scripture. Let’s look closer….

The book of Romans was written about
60 A.D.


Who was the Book of Romans Written to?
6. Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:
7. To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
8. First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.

Who are the other books after the book of Acts written to?

2. Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:

2b:… , unto the churches of Galatia:

1. Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:

1. Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:

2. To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

1. Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Beat Goes On
Every letter, epistle found after the book of Acts was written to churches, saints, preachers, fellow-laborers, etc.

The only book after the gospels written to explain how the church came into being, the doctrine that established the church is the book of Acts.

The Roman Road
To use the Roman Road for the N.T. plan of salvation is to take those verses out of context. The context of Romans is that it was written to those who had already repented, had been baptized in Jesus name for the remission of sin, and been filled with the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Acts 2:
41. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
42. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

Acts 8
12. But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
13. Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.
14. Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
15. Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:
16. (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
17. Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
(they believed and were baptized, but still lacked the baptism of the Holy Ghost)
18. And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,
19. Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.
20. But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.
21. Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.
22. Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
23. For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.
(Simon believed and was baptized, Peter said he was still a lost sinner)

Acts10:1-33 God prepares Peter to go to the gentiles.

Acts 10:34-43 Peter preaches the gospel- death, burial and resurrection to gentiles.

Acts 10:44-48 gentiles repent are filled with the Holy Ghost, and baptized in Jesus name.

Acts 10:
44. While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
45. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
46. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
47. Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
48. And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

Acts 19:
1. And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,
2. He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
3. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism.
4. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
5. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
6. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

In Summary

·         Peter preached repentance, baptism in Jesus name and receiving the Holy Ghost for salvation
·         Paul preached repentance, baptism in Jesus name and receiving the Holy Ghost for salvation
·         The dispersion spread the Apostles doctrine (see above)
·         The letter to the saints in Rome ~60 A.D., after a great number of churches had been started.

  False teachers entered into the flock, changing the doctrine Acts 20:29-30
  The Ascension of the Roman Catholic Church- illegal to own Bible, etc. Change doctrines
  Reformation- taking R.C.C. doctrine with them
  Roman Road to Salvation – reformation doctrine, not taught by 1st church.
Rather than perpetuate an error just for the sake of unity, we should rather teach the original New Testament plan of salvation as taught by the apostles, and first century church: Acts 2:38…
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
If this has helped you, it would be nice to hear from you.  Please feel free to leave a comment!  If you think I'm nuts and this is hogwash... I'll publish those comments too.
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