Eph. 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
In his book “Unlocking the Ultimate Secret: The Mystery of the Gospel,” Barry Smith interviewed the leaders of different churches today to find out what is their church’s official teaching on salvation. Here is his question to them:
“You have 5 minutes in a condemned man’s cell to prepare him spiritually for eternity which immediately follows his execution. What would you say to him about how can he be saved?”
Here are their answers (general statements):
Roman Catholic: Infant Baptism with believing parents. Also adhere to and practice the sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church.
Methodist: Infant Baptism with believing parents.
Anglican: Infant Baptism with believing parents – Later, confirmation into the church.
Presbyterian: Infant Baptism with believing parents.
Baptist: Gospel of the grace of God
Orthodox: Infant Baptism with believing parents
Assemblies of God: Gospel of the grace of God
Open Brethren: Gospel of the grace of God
Independent Pentecostal: Gospel of the grace of God.
Seventh Day Adventists: Receive Christ and keep the law.
Church of Christ: Repent and be baptized for the remission of sins.
I say one point for the Baptist, Assemblies of God, Open Brethren and the Independent Pentecostal. Zero points for those who says Infant Baptism, adhering to their church’s practices and keeping the Law. What is the use of baptism to a man who has only 5 minutes to live, let alone infant baptism? Even if you forget the question altogether, the Bible still doesn’t even speak of infant baptism for us to be saved!
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