What denominations are saved?

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  1. mattjtayl

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    I am a recent convert to Baptist theology. I joined a local baptist church my friend goes to. I asked God to save me and was baptized in that church; it was my third baptism, but my first true baptism. I think the baptist church is more a fundamentalist church. It is called a bible baptist church.

    My question is who do the baptists believe will be saved and receive salvation? What denominations? Under Baptist beliefs can a catholic be saved and can a catholic reach salvation? How about a presbyterian, a methodist, or a lutheran?

    I decided to join a baptist church since it follows closely more then other denominations what I believe now since I been doing bible studies with my girlfriend. I still am very knew to Baptist beliefs and am still learning.
     
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    Welcome to Baptist Board and welcome to the family of God!

    A denomination does not save you - just Christ does. I do know for a fact that you can be saved in other denominations. My hubby was saved in a Methodist church and I was saved in the Catholic church. We both were married in a Presbyterian church and have worked with believers in many other denominations. Most of the denominational differences are in what we would call the non-essential stuff like church government and such but they do have the Word preached. Then again, I know of those who went through the Baptist church for years and never were saved. :)

    So who will be saved? Those whom God has chosen and who have chosen God. :) It's a personal thing between God and the individual and nothing else can save them.
     
  3. LeBuick

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    Welcome,

    There will be those who disagree with me but I don't think salvation has anything to do with denomination. It is all about faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Ac 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
     
  4. mattjtayl

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    ya this is pretty much how I was raised to believe. However a few members of this church and my friend tell me the only way to be saved is to do an alter call in the church. Although I think one can be saved by believing in Christ, I did an alter call to show God I really want to be saved and I am committed to making a change in my life and follow him.
     
  5. stilllearning

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    Hi mattjtayl, and welcome.


    I will answer your question a little bit differently.

    There are unsaved, Baptists & Catholics & Presbyterian & Methodists & Lutherans.
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    The differences in these denominations, has to do with “Bible Doctrine”.

    By far, most Baptist Churches, are more sound in Doctrine, than any of the others you listed.
    (Although you will find some unsaved members, in even the best Churches.)
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    In these last days, more and more people are going to be, sliding back from Bible Doctrine, but you don’t have to.

    Stick to your guns, and keep studying that Bible!
     
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    Yep, I agree. If you are really saved, you won't stay in a church that doesn't follow the scriptures. This would include these premises (but not limited to)

    1. Jesus is God
    2. Saved by grace, not by works
    3. Once saved, always saved. Sin doesn't strip me of my salvation.
    4. The priesthood of the believer - I don't need any intercessor except
    Jesus.

    If the church I am attending doesn't believe these things, I would leave, and I would leave fast.
     
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    It may still be possible to be unsaved while believing those premises.
     
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    First, Welcome to the Board.

    I just have to ask if they offered a Scripture for this, cause that is just nuts.

    The alter call is a relatively new thing in Church history, I can't remember who started it, I think it was Charles Finney but I'm not sure, I would also have to ask about the thief on the cross next to our Lord. He didn't "come down an isle" he was nailed to a cross, and our Lord told him He would see him in paradise.

    As far as which denominations are saved. I would have to say none of them, salvation doesn't come with a membership to any particular domination, it is a personal experience. People can get saved in any domination, but I will add they won't stay in any domination.
     
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    Welcome to the Baptist Board. :wavey:

    Oh yeah, pretty much what they said, about being saved.

    No denomination saves; no denomination is saved.

    "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved."

    Ed
     
  10. Jim1999

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    I think you have received essentially the correct answers here. Blessings on you as you journey in faith, and yes, welcome to this forum.

    I realized the Christ as my personal Saviour in the Church of England, was immersed in a Plymouth Brethren Gospel Hall, and eventually schooled and ordained in a Baptist church. The call of God to redemption, indeed, is not limited to any other name that Jesus.

    You will probably find more Bible information at a good Baptist Church and this information should lead to spiritual growth. We can never rule out any denomination that follows the scriptures.

    I am not in love with the name Baptist, but, generally speaking, I am in love with what it is supposed to stand for.

    Read the word, pray and live with the Living Word in your heart and mind, and I am sure all will develop unto fruition.

    Cheers, and God bless,

    Jim
     
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    I do not believe it takes membership of a certain denomination in order to save you, but there are things to consider when looking at other religions that fall under the umbrella of Christianity.

    1. What do they base their salvation upon?
    2. Who can be saved?
    3. Who is Jesus Christ to them?

    The answer to these questions and others according to the doctrine of that particular denomination will tell you if they are preaching true salvation. Can someone within a false religion come to Christ, of course, but did he leave that church after coming to know Our Lord and Savior.
     
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    I think you will continue to find nearly universal agreement in this thread my friend, that it is Christ, and Christ ALONE, that saves. If anyone is saved at all they are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.

    RB
     
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    I'd just simply ask them "Do you have the Scripture for that?" Yeah, the Scriptures show people coming to the Lord in jail, in their kitchen, in the field and even on the cross. I don't see any altar listed in there. ;)
     
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    One of the key beliefs of a Baptist is that all doctrine must stand the "bible test"... if it is not in the Bible, it should not be taught as doctrine...

    Going to the altar is not in the Bible.
    Ask them to show it to you...

    Actually it goes against the belief of salvation by grace alone...
    Because if we have to go to the altar... we are including a work in salvation..
     
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    Note to everyone: It's an "altar" in a church, not an "alter." This is spelled wrong almost always here on the BB for some reason (except Tiny Tim got it right!).

    Okay, now that I have that out....

    You may be in a legalistic church. There are many kinds of Baptist churches - so be aware of that. It is not true that one must answer an altar call to be saved or show they are saved. I was saved while reading a Bible on my bed.

    If people in this church teach that only people in this particular church or denomination are saved then you need to find another church.

    Maybe what they meant is that you go up front to the altar to publicly declare your faith?
     
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    Hey!! I got it right too!!! LOL

    Alter means to change :)
     
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    YaY ME!!! :applause: (London Tipton impersonation)

    By the way, we can alter our lives at the altar....

    (Or anywhere else when we talk to God):thumbs:
     
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    Yeah, well....:tongue3:
     
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    Along the thinking of Tiny Tim, let's not alter the altar call. While this concept exists nowhere in scripture, (and this is probably whre TT and I probably part ways) we do know that a public profession of faith is necessary. Romans 10:9; Matthew 10:32; and Luke 12:8. The altar call is perfectly suited to accommodate this requirement, although it should not be the only way to make a public profession.
     
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    I started a thread similar to this some months ago.

    I do think it is hard to come to salvation in a church that teaches gospels other than Grace. For instance, salvation by baptism, salvation by church sacraments, salvation by works (or how you live your life).

    And even some churches that do teach salvation by Grace add to it to the point that the Grace is overshadowed and may even be missed, for instance, ,,,,,some say you must speak in tongues at the moment of salvation as evidence, or the doctrine of health and wealth are the main focus of teaching and folks ask for salvation not because they realize that they are sinners, but because they want to get rich and well. If folks are looking for signs and miracles instead of forgiveness then they may miss the message of the gospel altogether.

    However, hard as it may be to find the truth in some church doctrines, that does not mean that some folks never find it. There are saved, born again christians in many denominations, sometimes in spite of the church's doctrine, and not because of it.

    I, myself, am not baptist because of the sign on the door, but because of the gospel and the doctrine taught therein.

    AJ
     

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