Editor, The Times:
Re: “Think on These Things: Spiritual revival needed” in Mar. 19 issue of the Times.
A Christian never loses freedom of choice. There are two baptisms discussed in the Bible. The first baptism is the water baptism of repentance for the remission of sins (Mark 1:4); the second baptism by Jesus (Matthew 3:11) is the baptism with the Holy Spirit for the power to witness (Acts 1:8). No mention is made in the Bible about “… an indelible mark … made on our soul that will last for eternity.” Christians are warned not to add or subtract from God’s word (Deuteronomy 4:2) (Revelation 22: 18-19) but rather to be “… a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth,” (2 Timothy 2:15).
Our final judgment is based only on our acceptance of the finished work of Christ on Calvary’s cross. Feeding our needy neighbor is not a condition of salvation; it is evidence of salvation. “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.” (Ephesians 2:8-9).