|Terms of Entrance into
the Church & Heaven:
A script from ALL I KNOW IS WHAT I READ IN THE SCRIPTURES
In order for one to be a member of the body of Christ, his church, the saved (Acts
2:47), they must: 1) HEAR THE GOSPEL (Romans 10:17); 2) BELIEVE THE
GOSPEL (Hebrews 11:6); 3) REPENT (Acts 17:30,31); 4) CONFESS THEIR
FAITH (Romans 10:10; Acts 8:37); and 5) BE BAPTIZED [IMMERSED] IN
WATER FOR THE REMISSION OF THEIR SINS [IN ORDER TO OBTAIN THE
FORGIVENESS OF THEIR SINS] (Acts 2:38).
However, for one to remain a member of the body of Christ, or to remain a part of
the saved, they must remain faithful unto death.
WHAT A CHRISTIAN IS!
Webster's New Seventh Collegiate Dictionary defines Christian: "1a: an adherent
of Christianity..." Thayer defines the Greek: "a follower of Christ."
A Christian is a disciple. "The disciples were called Christians first in Antioch"
(Acts 11:26). Webster's New Seventh Collegiate Dictionary defines disciple as: "1:
one who accepts and assists in spreading the doctrines of another: as a:
APOSTLE b: a convinced adherent of a school or individual." Thayer defines the
Greek as "a learner, pupil, disciple:...one who follows one's teaching:...." There is
a difference between a Christian and a child of God: a child of God can fail to be a
disciple, and still be a child of God; but, a Christian who fails to be a disciple is no
longer a Christian -- he is no longer saved.
CAN ONE BE SAVED WITHOUT BEING A CHRISTIAN?
Hebrews 5:9 -- And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal
salvation unto all them that obey him;
Matthew 7:21-29 -- Not every one that says to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the
kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that last day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophecied in your
name? and in your name cast out devils? and in your name done many wonderful
And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, you who work
Therefore, whosoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him
to a wise man, who built his house upon a rock: and the rain descended and the
floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it
was founded upon a rock.
And everyone who hears these sayings of mine, and does them not, shall be
likened to a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand: and the rain
descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house;
and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were
astonished at his teaching: for he taught them as one having authority, and not as
Colossians 1:18-29 -- And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the
beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the
preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; and
having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things
unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked
works, yet now he has reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to
present you holy and unblamable and unreprovable in his sight: if you continue
in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of
the gospel, which you have heard, and which was preached to every creature
which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister; who now rejoice in my
sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my
flesh for his body's sake, which is the church: whereof I am made a minister,
according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfill the
word of God; even the mystery which has been hid from ages and from
generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: to whom God would make
known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is
Christ in you, the hope of glory: whom we preach warning every man in all wisdom;
that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: whereunto I also labor,
striving according to his working, which works in me mightily.
James 2:14-26 -- What does it profit, my brethren, though a man say he has faith,
and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked, and
destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, Depart in peace, you be
warmed and filled: notwithstanding you give them not those things which are
needful to the body; what does it profit? Even so faith, if it has not works, is dead,
Yea, a man may say, You have faith, and I have works: show me your faith without
your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
You believe that there is one God; you do well: the devils also believe and tremble.
But will you know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham
our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
Do you see how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made
perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which said, Abraham believed God, and it
was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
You see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received
the messengers, and had sent them out another way?
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
ONE WHO WAS ONCE A CHRISTIAN CAN BE LOST!
Galatians 5:4 -- Christ is become of no effect to you, whosoever of you are
justified by the law; you are fallen from grace.
2 Peter 2:17-22 -- These [false prophets] are wells without water, clouds that are
carried with a tempest; to whom the midst of darkness is reserved for ever. For
when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the
flesh, through much wantonness, those who were clean escaped from them who
live in error. While the promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of
corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same he is brought in bondage.
For if after the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them
than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of
righteousness, than, after they haev know it, to turn from the holy commandment
delivered to them. But it is happened to them according to the true proverb, The
dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her
wallowing in the mire.
Examples of those who fell from grace are: Simon the Sorcerer (Acts 8:5-24),
Peter (Galatians 2:6-21), Hymenaeus (1 Timothy 1:20; 2 Timothy 2:17), Philetus
(2 Timothy 2:17), Alexander (1 Timothy 1:20; 2 Timothy 4:14), Diotrephes (3
John 9-10), Nicolaitanes (Revelation 2:6,15), etc.
If one who was once a Christian cannot be lost, then all the warnings of
vigilance in the New Testament are completely ridiculous because nothing
can happen anyway!
THE DEVIL HAS NOT TOLD A BIGGER LIE SINCE THE GARDEN OF EDEN
THAN "ONCE SAVED, ALWAYS SAVED."
One is not saved upon the basis of what they once did, or what they once
believed, or what they once were; one is saved upon the basis of what they are.
Therefore, one must remain faith unto death in order to retain fellowship with
God, Christ and the church.