Website owner: James Miller
BAPTIST DELUSION 3/98 The "plan of salvation" is the heart and core of Baptist teaching. All of their doctrine revolves around it. It is the main thrust of every sermon. Every sermon is a sales pitch. They keep emphasizing the simplicity of it: salvation is a gift from God --- all you have to do is just accept it. It is that easy. And then at the end of every service they call on people to "give their hearts to the Lord" ("accept Christ as Savior", etc.). And the truth is they do have hold of an important truth and have things partly right: repenting of your sin and turning to God, giving your heart to him, is indeed the critical first step one must make in becoming a Christian. That is a critical and important truth. The problem is it is only the first step and it isn't what makes you a Christian. Walking in God's way is what makes you Christian. And they don't talk about that part. For them that step of "accepting Christ" is everything. Walking in God's way is a completely separate issue and totally disconnected from the subject of salvation. And this is why their teaching is such a big fraud and deception. People are told that when they "accept Christ" they automatically become a "new creature in Christ Jesus" by some miraculous process ---- and it is not them that effects that change, it is God that does it. And in believing that comes the self-deception. What actually happens is that they regard themselves as transformed creatures, born-again, but in reality the majority of them don't change at all --- they just continue the same old person. Some may change some but it is probably short-lived because the preachers completely neglect talking about the practice of Christianity, the importance of following the way of Goodness and Virtue. They are told they are different from the world, they believe they are different from the world, but they are no different from the world. They are just laboring under a grand delusion. Promising to do a thing is not the same as doing it and committing yourself to God is not the same as following him. Their great error: the idea "once saved, always saved". It leads to great self-deception.