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A Common Refrain To A Common Salvation A “Common Salvation”

Thomas Rainer’s book, The Unexpected Journey, is a compilation of stories of people who formerly embraced various beliefs, disbeliefs, and religions-- Mormonism, atheism, Judaism, Buddhism,  the New Age movement, agnosticism, witchcraft, Islam, universalism, etc.-- but discovered and accepted “Christianity”.  While I am persuaded that most, if not all, of those whose stories are told obeyed a “perverted gospel” (Galatians 1:6-9) and became a part of denominationalism instead of the one true church, and while Rainer is not a preacher for a church of Christ, but a dean for a Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, I read the book (more accurately, listened to the book in audio form) to better educate myself as to how to reach Mormons, atheist, Jews, Buddhist, Muslims, etc. with the gospel. While each story told is different, there does seem to be a common refrain that was the determining factor in leading these people to “Christianity”-- God’s love, His grace, and the forgiveness of sins offered in Jesus Christ.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 January 2011 10:35

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Three Thoughts On Sin

Sin is transgression of God's law (1John 3:4).  According to the Genesis account, sin entered the world when Eve partook of the fruit of knowledge of good and evil and gave to Adam and he ate of it also (Genesis 3).  However, since then, all men have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).  There is much that can be said about sin, but three of the  things we must keep in mind about sin are:

1.  Sin is a terrible master.  Paul reminds us that "whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are..." (Romans 6:16).  And long ago, the writer of Proverbs said, "the way of transgressors is hard" (Proverbs 1:15).

2.  Sin is fatal.  Not necessarily physically, but spiritually.   James expresses the origin of sin in man and its consequence: "every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death" (James 1:14,15).  To this Paul agrees saying, "the wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23).

3.  God has made provisions for the forgiveness of sin in Christ Jesus.    Speaking of Christ, Paul said, "In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his (God's, h.h.) grace" (Ephesians 1:7).  One is baptized into Christ for remission of sins.  He must then walk in newness of life serving righteousness (Romans 6:4,16).

Do you seek to serve sin and die or be forgiven and live?

   

What Must I Do To Be Saved?

No question is more important than this. We make many important decisions in life regarding matters such as education, marriage, and occupation. But none is as transcending as that which affects our soul's eternity (Matt. 16:26).

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"Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?"

Luke 9:23-25