There are some preachers
who will try to change what God has said by "what-if" situations. A
classic example is the "faith only" preacher who in his effort to DENY
that, as the Bible says, "baptism now saves you" (1 Peter 3:21),
asks, 'What if a man is struck and killed by a falling tree limb while
on his way to the creek to be baptized? Is he lost?' By that fabricated
event he SUPPOSES that baptism becomes and is therefore UNnecessary for
your salvation. Have you heard this or a similar devised scene where
you worship? If so, then ask your preacher to read and comment on the
following "what-if" situation.
What if a man while on his way to hear the gospel preached for
the first time is struck and killed by a falling tree limb before he
hears and believes the gospel? Is he lost?
Now, what about that? Does the falling tree limb now make faith
unnecessary for salvation as it made, at least in the mind the "faith
only" preacher, baptism unnecessary for salvation? And if not, WHY not?
Jesus said, "the word I SPOKE is what judges man in the last day" (John 12:48).
So any and all "what-if" situations are useless. And dangerous too! The
Bible plainly teaches that every man's eternal destiny is determined by
what he has done, NOT what he may or might have done had he lived longer (see 2 Corinthians 5:10). Jesus said that "he who HAS believed and HAS BEEN baptized SHALL BE saved" (Mark 16:16). Do you believe Him? Have you obeyed Him?
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