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THE CONDITION FOR SALVATION 8/76 Is a person saved by virtue of a decision or commitment he has made at some point in his past life or by virtue of a current "right heart toward God"? (Note that in the Old Testament the latter criterion was the one used). If you ask a Baptist if he is saved (or if he is a "Christian") he will automatically ask himself if he has ever, in the past, "accepted the Lord" (i.e. "accepted Christ as Savior", "given his heart to Christ", etc.) and his answer will be yes or no based on whether he has or has not performed that past action. He feels that when he performs this action something mystical happens to him in which he suddenly, miraculously and mystically, "becomes a new creature in Christ Jesus --- old things are passed away and all things become new". He may not feel any different but he claims that it is indeed so because, he says, the Bible says it will happen and the Bible cannot lie. Thus he claims it on the basis of the promise of the Bible. It is perhaps the most central part of Baptist doctrine.