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THE FALLACY IN BAPTIST BELIEF 12/91 The first and foremost question of the Baptist is: "Are you saved?" That is their only question. If you answer "yes" then you are safe. You are going to heaven. You are one of them, one of the "elect", one of the few, one of the "chosen". You have done everything that is needed, done all that matters. It is around this idea that their entire doctrine is shaped and molded. They have an entire vocabulary built around this idea: they talk in terms of words and phrases like "being converted", "being saved", "being born again", "accepting Christ as Savior", "believing in Christ", "confessing Christ", etc. most of which do indeed come from the Bible. What they mean by the term "getting saved" is, at some time in your life, repenting of sin, turning from sin, turning to God and promising to follow him. The formula is often stated in this way, at least. Or it may be stated in other ways such as "Ask Jesus to come into your heart", or sometimes as simply as just: "Accept Christ as your personal Savior. Salvation is a free gift. All you have to do is accept it. It is that simple." It is an act which, they stress over and over, is essential for each man to do at some time in his life. I do believe that it is important for every person, at some point in his life, to repent of his sin, turn away from it, turn to God and follow him. So what is wrong with their beliefs and ideas, what is wrong with their theology and dogma? Where is the fallacy in their thinking, where do they deceive and delude themselves? They deceive themselves in the idea that this act (or any act performed in one's past) can be counted on to guarantee the salvation of your soul --- that the salvation of your soul is guaranteed by some action that you can take. This idea gives them a smugness, assurance and a kind of arrogance that is not justified. To me the important question determining whether a person is a true Christian or not is not whether, at some time in the past he turned away from sin and turned to God, but whether he is following in God's way now, is now living a righteous, godly life. Moreover, I don't see the salvation of the soul as clear cut as the Baptist sees it. I feel pretty sure that if a person follows God's way and lives a righteous, upright life he will go to heaven. But I don't know anything for sure, I am not the final judge, God is the final judge. I only hope and believe this is the case. I have faith that it is the case. I believe God is a merciful God and if even a bad man, on his deathbed, repents of his sin and turns to God, God will save him (as Christ promised the thief on the cross). The truth is if one were to look at a list of all the things I believe and don't believe and then looked at how the Baptists believed in regard to the same list one would be struck by how much we have in common, how similar our beliefs and sentiments were. Yet we are also very far apart.