Category Archives: Salvation

A New Creation

by William J. Stewart There are two texts in the Bible which specifically use the phrase “a new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 6:15). That said, the concept is found in multiple places in the Scriptures. Other texts speak of … Continue reading

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I’m Going To Heaven, And I’m Taking You With Me

by William J. Stewart Several years ago, we had a visiting preacher with us for a weekend meeting. Following the Saturday evening study, while driving one of our visitors home, our enthusiastic evangelist asked how long she had been a member … Continue reading

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Why did Jesus have to die?

by William J. Stewart Have you ever wondered why Jesus had to die? Why did God not just wave His hand over our sins and command them to be gone? I have no doubt He is able. Why did He require … Continue reading

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Counterfeit Christianity

by William J. Stewart One encounter with a counterfeit bill is enough to make anyone appreciate the high cost of counterfeit currency. Banks will not and cannot honour counterfeits, for to do so would encourage criminal activity and damage the value … Continue reading

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Water baptism, final

by William J. Stewart Mr. Melton mentions 1 Peter 3:21, and just as quickly as he refers to it, he discounts it and moves on. He says of baptism, “…it is a figure, not a doctrine.” It is a doctrine. … Continue reading

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Water Baptism, Acts 22:16

by William J. Stewart Acts 22:16 reads, “And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” After quoting the text, Mr. Melton immediately states: “Revelation 1:5 plainly … Continue reading

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Water Baptism, Acts 2:38

by William J. Stewart Acts 2:38 reads, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Those who teach … Continue reading

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Water Baptism, Mark 16:16

by William J. Stewart Melton points his readers to what he calls “proof texts” used by the Church of Christ and seeks to demonstrate they do not say baptism is essential for salvation. The first text he addresses is Mark 16:16, … Continue reading

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Water Baptism And Salvation

by William J. Stewart Mr. Melton rejects the necessity of baptism for one to be saved, and in fact identifies it as an “ancient pagan belief.” How sad that he not only discounts the truth, but he calls what is specifically … Continue reading

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What About the Thief on the Cross?

by Keith Sharp When faced with a Bible passage that plainly teaches the necessity of water baptism for salvation, many of our friends protest, “But what about the thief on the cross? He was saved forty feet above the high … Continue reading

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