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WHERE I DISAGREE WITH BAPTIST FUNDAMENTALISTS 4/81 There are two things that fundamentalist Baptists emphasize over and over, two main points of their doctrine, that sets me apart from them. Although I may not wish to totally disagree with them I don't like their fanatic, uncompromising emphasis on these points. These two points are: 1. Eternal Security (Once saved, always saved). This point is closely related to their emphasis on salvation being guaranteed through compliance with a rather ritualistic formula (i.e. "Accepting Christ as your Savior", "Giving your heart to Christ"). 2. Salvation is by faith not by good works. Baptist fundamentalists fanatically emphasize that salvation is not by good works. They repeat this over and over again. They have, in fact, become so biased and polarized against the idea of "salvation by good works" that you never hear anything about the value of Goodness and Virtue in their sermons. They have become so carried away, so fanatical, that they have totally separated the ideas of Goodness and Virtue from religion. It has nothing to do with religion in their minds. Their sermons are devoid of reference to it. They live in a spiritual vacuum devoid of it. To mention it would be an act of treason to their doctrine. Now that I have been away from Baptistism for awhile I note that "salvation by good works" is just another way of saying "salvation by following God's commandments and teachings" and that is not very far from my own view of "salvation through faith in God and following his commandments".