I'm posting this in this forum, rather than in a "Baptist only" forum because I suspect that for people in different denominational traditions, there may be differences of opinion. Is the direct object of the revelation found in the Bible the salvation of the individual, including repentance, sanctification and justification of the soul through the blood of Jesus the Savior? And is the essential point, after an individual has been under conviction and brought to repentance by the Holy Spirit, a matter of "Believing in Jesus as the Christ, or Savior."? Is there any requirement directly relating to salvation beyond that? What I see in many posts here, and in the Baptists only forums, is a clear expression of faith in which salvation is maintained through a system of works, varying from adherence to doctrinal purity, to a virtual check list of specific commands which must be followed. I think, if someone who wasn't a Christian was reading this board, and using the comments to determine what he must do to be reconciled to God, he would think that there was a list that included avoiding association or membership in churches that have specific beliefs regarding rituals and church practices.