Neither Is Salvation In Any Other Name

"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."

 

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

False Salvation teachings in Churches

Most Christians believe that they are saved since they tell the name of Jesus; they are absolutely certain they will go to heaven. This is big relief to them, since it provides a safe, stress-free alternative to an otherwise scary, uncertain future. Preachers teach that if we believe on Jesus Christ we are saved; it all sounds straightforward and non-intrusive. But, in truth, we all believe in Jesus Christ anyway, don’t we? We also believe that he is the Son of God, that he performed miracles, that he preached the gospel, that he died for us on the cross, that he was raised from death, that he is with God the Father in heaven, and that he will take us to heaven when we die, don’t we? These beliefs, we say, prove that we are ‘strongly religious Christians’. Preachers say we are saved because we believe these things about Jesus Christ. But these same preachers will not probe too deeply to see what kind of lives we live, whether we practice our favorite secret sins, etc. So, is their message, a message of salvation or is it a message of deceit? Preachers quote ‘selected’ scriptures as they preach, in order to validate their preaching. Is it possible to misquote and misapply specific scriptures/verses to support incorrect conclusions? Here is one example.

Neither Is Salvation In Any Other Name

Acts 4 says: "10) Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. 11) This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. 12) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." Preachers pick up these verses from scriptures, create a sentence from the underlined portions, and explain it like this: 'God raised Jesus Christ from the dead, gave his name to us, his name is the means whereby we must be saved, and there is no other name for salvation.' Their message of salvation is simple: We must simply claim the name of Jesus Christ, and so doing we will be saved (from hell) and guaranteed to be carried to heaven, as if it is a magic chant word of 'Mantra'.

It is so unfortunate that Christians fall for such a deceptive misrepresentation of scripture. The entire chapter of Acts 3 describes a situation where Peter and John went to the temple and healed a man who was born crippled. After he was healed, he ran around the temple praising God, and people were amazed. Peter preached to them regarding the fulfillment of the prophesy about Jesus Christ. You may read the entire third chapter, but let me quote a few verses: Peter says in Acts 3: "6) Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. 7) And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. 8) And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God."

Chapter four explains that, because the people were so excited, the priests and Sadducees went looking for Peter and John, laid hands on them, and put them in jail. The next day, the authorities questioned Peter and John. Their reply is recorded in Acts 4: "7) And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this? 8) Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, 9) If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; 10) Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole." The priests and Sadducees specifically asked ‘By what power, or by what name, have ye done this?’ Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said that the lame man was healed by the power and the authority that was given by Jesus Christ. Every preacher knows this passage. Knowing its context, then, why do they preach it as the means of eternal salvation, rather than Peter’s answer to his accuser’s questions about a miracle healing? The context has nothing to do with eternal salvation or attaining heaven. To preach that this verse constitutes the sole requirement for salvation is to deliberately twist scriptures to give a false salvation message. This is an intentional deception, yet it is widely taught by preachers. Many people quote this verse for eternal salvation. They are lie on purpose to deceive.

Salvation, which brings eternal life, comes to us through the preaching of Jesus Christ, and the Bible clearly describes it. Salvation comes to a person who, obeys Christ’s commandments. God gives his grace, spirit and power, to all those who strive to obey him, to help them in the path. Salvation is not a gift casually awarded to someone who says the name of Jesus Christ and it is deception.

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