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  1. Chadi
    April 30, 2011

    Surly, it’s not a question of “ Once saved always saved”, rather “what’s the definition of being saved?” For, if Repentance or to Change is the requirement Then only those who are willing, working hard and Are Changing can fit into this category?


    • Macie
      July 26, 2017

      Just a quick thought for you on the topic of salvation – we are born spiritually dead; salvation is full repentance and acceptance of Christ as savior which provides spiritual birth (eternal life) through the grace of God in Christ’s death (penalty for sin paid for all) & resurrection (victory over death!). I like to think of it not as “once saved always saved” because this sounds like being rescued from THIS life as a one-time act that leaves the remainder of our mortal lives in question; instead, I remember our salvation is from eternal death and separation from God which is a new birth of the eternal self in Christ Jesus and (as the name suggests) is eternal and therefore one cannot be “unborn” or essentially, die a spiritual death once being borne into eternal life. The question of works is relative only to this life and the penalty for sins has been completed fully by Christ on the cross (not merely a ceremonial act as was the sacrifice required in OT). What’s amazing is that Christ’s blood redeemed us once and for all – everyone (yes even non-believers), but we can ONLY receive eternal life by accepting Christ as savior, which requires salvation/repentance and out of love would exhibit “works” through the Holy Spirit in us (the temple in which God now dwells). We would never cease to sin either way because that is the curse of original sin, however, we need no priest, ceremony, or keeping of the law to be in the presence of God as when He enters through the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives, if a person truly repents, means he is now forever a child of God, and this cannot be earned. It makes sense that we cannot lose salvation because you can only lose what you have gained; we did not merely gain a gift of salvation in accepting Christ but invite the Holy Spirit to dwell within us and He is not a backpack we can take off and on. We did not earn the Holy Spirit in our lives and we therefore cannot control whether or not we “have” Him. If we were to be subject to the loss of our salvation, much like the gift itself, it would have to be taken away by God in His judgment, and that is obviously contradictory to the Bible (not to mention offensive to the death of Christ as payment for our sin since if we could “earn” it through works (or lose it for lack thereof) why would Christ have had to die?).


      • Kathy Hershberger
        October 31, 2017

        I agree with what you say about how we are saved through the blood of Christ and that baptism is a to show that we have repented and been saved I’m a little confused about your description of the holy spirit because as of Baptist I believe that once you accept Jesus as your lord and savior that the Holy Spirit dwells in you


      • Kirsten
        April 5, 2018

        Thank you so much for this beautiful explanation of Christian faith.


  2. louise
    March 2, 2013

    I am a member if a Lutheran church and have been taught that Christ is present at communion through the bread and wine, but the bread and wine are not literally the body and blood of Christ. Our church also offers grape juice along side of the wine for those who do not wish to or can not have wine. We have contemporary church services and the communal service does not strictly follow the order of mass and we do not have sung liturgies. If your article is speaking about one particular sect of the Lutheran church you should say that because this does not represent all Lutheran churches.


    • Nancy Watson
      October 30, 2020

      Very much agree with you as a fellow Luthern


  3. Olivia Gurtrude
    November 6, 2014

    It would be more convent if the website wrote some of the differnces in dot points so it is easier to understand for religion assignments. Much thanks


  4. Kristin
    September 10, 2017

    You don’t have to be an adult to be baptized in the Baptist church. You just have to be old enough to personally accept Christ. That can be a child. It depends on the individual.


  5. Mark
    August 13, 2019

    I wish churches would not use expressions not used in the Bible – like “Holy Trinity”; “Pray the Prayer”; “Invite Jesus Christ into your life“; “Make Him your personal Savior”. Having read the Bible through 27 times, I started to count the times it says simply to believe. Around 70 times! And that is in the Gospel of John alone! And my main study has been looking for “Once saved, always saved”. It appears that many look at the moment of conversation more important than having faith itself and I have actually heard on a radio broadcast “You are not saved by believing”. This is blasphemy. Many point to the passage “you are sealed” as a way to get out of having faith. How I wish I could “Pray the Prayer” and relax. “Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the Crown of Life”. Or “Watch your life and doctrine closely, and you will save both yourself and those that hear you”. And at the end of the Bible “…if anyone…adds or takes away…words from this book…God will take away his share in the tree of life”. Hard to get around that.


  6. Joseph godleski
    March 20, 2020

    I am a member of the Wisconsin evangelical Lutheran synod
    We have a very informal liturgy first we sing the liturgy
    Also we believe that the bread and wine done not physical change
    I was explained to by a pastor this was the elements become 4
    From 2 meaning it is the bread and wine and the body and blood
    Roman Catholics believe that the wine and bread physical change
    And the bread and wine are no longer bread and wine but the actual
    Body and blood this is what is called transubstantiation what Rome believe
    We Lutherans says it is the real presence it is a mystery we do not know the exact moment when the Holy Spirit overshadows the gifts on the altar or how long they are are presence this is why we do not save any of the bread or wine the pastor finish’s all the remaining communion we do not put it in a tabernacle or parAde it around in a sun shaped object and bow down to it


  7. Daniel Brown
    May 1, 2020

    I am a Baptist seminarian who just finished a very large research paper on Martin Luther and I can tell you based on 20 sources that he did not believe in transubstantiation! For him it was Sola Scriptura (scripture alone). If it’s not in the Bible he didn’t believe it. That goes for purgatory, indulgences, celibacy, prayers for the dead, etc.


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