Modern Christianity teaches that in order to be saved and inherit eternal life we must accept Jesus Christ, repent of our sins, and be baptized.
That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:15-16
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Of course these verses are completely true and right, but the problem is that most Christians are taught that this is all there is to salvation. But it’s only part of the truth, the rest of the truth is taught to us by Jesus Christ himself. What did Jesus say in his own words were the way to inherit eternal life?
And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, “Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honor thy father and mother.” Mark 10:17-19
And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. Luke 10:25-28
Jesus himself directly taught that to inherit eternal life we are to follow the commandments. In the first set of verses above he summarized the second tablet of the Ten Commandments and in the second set of verses he summarized the first tablet of the commandments by telling the lawyer to love GOD, so all we have to do to verify this is to see what the bible says is the way to show love for GOD.
And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 1John 2:3-5
So why is there this huge disconnect in the way salvation is taught to Modern Christianity and the way Jesus Christ taught it himself? Why are 99 percent of all Christians taught half of the path to salvation, which is to love and accept Jesus, but the other half, obedience to GOD’s Ten Commandments is either downplayed or almost completely done away with?
The answer is a simple one, the Sabbath Commandment, The Fourth Commandment.
Modern Sunday Pastors cannot fully teach the importance of the Ten Commandments because in doing so they would also have to teach the importance of the Fourth Commandment and the keeping of the seventh day, Saturday, holy instead of Sunday, the first day. This poses a very large problem for them as their very livelihoods are dependant on filling the church pews on Sunday morning. So instead of properly teaching the truth about salvation, they have found ways over the centuries to rationalize away the importance of keeping GOD’s Ten Commandments through various excuses or the using of verses out of context. In short, they are gambling your salvation against their ability to draw a paycheck and hoping that what they are doing will be “ok” with GOD.
Also there are a few other reasons. Pride can cause people to ignore what Jesus taught; they simply do not want to be wrong about something they have believed their entire lives. Also tradition and upbringing has had a large part in downplaying of the importance of the Ten Commandments, especially the Fourth Commandment, over generations. People cannot accept that their parents or church leaders would have given them misinformation on this subject. The truth is, very few people are lying to us, they have simply been given bad information, that they sincerely believe, and unintentionally pass that information on to the next generation.
Remember, our minds work in seconds, minutes, days, weeks, months and years, but Satan works in centuries and eons, he doesn’t have to get things changed over night, he just has to introduce error into our teachings and let time do the rest with generation after generation handing down the error until it becomes tradition, and then doctrine.
Some may argue that in the verses above, where Jesus is summarizing the commandments, that Jesus never literally states that we are to keep the Sabbath commandment, but Jesus also never states that we are to only have one GOD, that we are not to engage in idol worship, or that we are not to take GOD’s name in vain. If we do not jump to the assumption that those three commandments are now invalid because Jesus did not mention them, why do we jump to the assumption that the forth commandment is now invalid? When answering the lawyer to “love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind;” Jesus knew that the lawyer was Jewish and he was already taught that to love GOD meant to keep all GOD’s commandments including the Sabbath, there was simply no reason for Jesus to read off every commandment just as GOD had written them in stone so long ago since keeping those commandments was just a way of life for the Jewish nation at that time.
Bible prophecy actually tells us that the deceiving of our religious leaders would happen in the end times.
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Matthew 24:24
The overall context of the Holy Bible is the love and obedience to GOD, and here it shows us that in the end times the “very elect”, that is the religious leaders of our world, will be deceived, it is obvious that they have been deceived and that this verse is already proving true, as they have been deceived into believing that GOD’s law, and therefore obedience to GOD, has changed. There have already also been many “Christs” in the world, a study of history will show these people who have called themselves Christ, but the shortness of this study keeps me from going into that at this time, but these anti- “Christs” are the ones who issued the change in GOD’s law, just as the next verse shows.
And he (the antichrist) shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. Daniel 7:25
Notice that changing the “times and laws”, which are the law of GOD, is part of the gospel of the antichrist, not of Jesus Christ. The changing of “times” is the changing of the day of worship from Saturday to Sunday, a change in time. So why would the Christian world ever think to risk obeying a change in the law when the bible clearly shows it is the antichrist who will make such a change?
So, how do we inherit eternal life?
First, accept Jesus Christ, but understand accepting Jesus Christ is to accept the gospel of Christ, and the gospel of Christ is not just saying “I accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior” as so many Christian leaders preach and as you have clearly read above. Accepting the Gospel of Jesus Christ means to literally accept and practice those things which Jesus Christ spoke to us. His Gospel is literally what he taught and what he said, not that he just existed. We are to accept his words, his lessons, and his commandments which are the exact same as GOD’s commandments as Jesus and GOD are one in the same, including the seventh day sabbath commandment, unchanged since GOD wrote it in stone with his own finger. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is “if you love me, obey my commandments.” (John 14:15) and tells us that what Jesus teaches is the same as what GOD taught, “My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.”(John 7:16)
Second repent of our sins. What does it truly mean to repent of our sins? We are taught that in our prayer to accept Jesus we should say something to the effect of “I am sorry for my sins, please forgive me” and there is nothing wrong with this because admitting we have sinned is an important part of admitting that we need Jesus’ help in our lives, but it is not a complete repentance of sin.
I generally do not use anything outside of the bible, or historical proven facts and evidence in any of my bible studies, but a man named Martin Luther, who lived in the early 1500’s and was the man responsible for the protestant reformation that broke Christianity apart from Roman Catholicism explained true repentance more clearly and succinctly than anyone else I have ever heard explain it. It is the quote below.
“The sincerest form of repentance is to do so no more”. – Martin Luther.
How much clearer could repentance be? If you truly are sorry for you sin, stop committing the sin. Now most people would argue against this saying, “we all sin”, “it’s impossible not to sin”. They get this from the verse.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Romans 3:23
This verse is making a true statement, a statement that we are all sinful creatures and cannot help but commit sin in our lives at some point. But modern Christianity has some how turned this verse into some type of permission to sin, which is an assumption that the verse simply does not convey. “I can’t be perfect so why even try to keep all the commandments or the Sabbath”, we are conditioned to say and believe. But we would never teach our children that it is ok to disobey us just because we know that sometimes they will disobey us, and GOD does not think any different, while he realizes we will sin, he does not give us permission to sin.
We have to understand our Christian lives are much like our physical biological lives. We start as babies, unable to tell right from wrong, but as we grow older our parents expect us to learn what’s right from wrong as we mature, and we are in turn held more accountable for our actions the older we get and the more we learn.
Your Christian life is the same way. We start out not Christian and we sin. Then we make a conscious decision to accept Christ and start working to put sin out of our lives. Jesus died on the cross to pay for these sins that we make on our journey through life, not to give us permission, or to condone our sin. As we become more and more mature Christians, then through time, study and experience we should be growing in obedience to GOD’s love and law. That is real, solid actual Christian growth. Once we have sinned we are always guilty of having committed sin and therefore we need Jesus to pay for our sins. But the bible teaches, “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. (1John 3:4), so shouldn’t mature, experienced Christians be able to live closer and closer to GOD’s commandments the older they get, just like a maturing human being learns to obey their parents. Let’s go over the commandments and see if it’s possible not to transgress GOD’s law and commit sin.
- Have no other GOD before GOD. Check, we can do that!
- Do not make any graven images, idol worship. Check, got that too!
- Do not take the LORD’s name in vain. Check, got it!
- Remember the Sabbath day, the seventh day, do no unnecessary work. GOD did not create the Sabbath to see if you would be willing starve your family to prove your love for him, or to leave people in need, or any other lie that has been started about keeping the sabbath so… Check, got it!
- Honor thy mother and father. Obey your parents when you are younger, don’t abandon them when you get older. Check, got that one also!
- Thou shalt not murder. Check, it should be easy not to purposefully murder people!
- Do not commit adultery. Check!
- Do not steal. – DON’T TAKE OTHER PEOPLE’S STUFF. Check, got it!
- Do not bare false witness. In other words don’t lie. Check, got it!
- Do not covet. People don’t understand this one and think that just thinking about wanting something that isn’t yours is “coveting”. Looking at a neighbors new car and thinking, “that’s nice, I would like to have one of those”, or at an attractive woman or man and thinking, “she/he is nice looking” is not coveting. For a great example of true coveting refer to David and Bath-Sheba. David wanted Bath-Sheba so badly he was willing to have her husband murdered to cover up the adultery he had committed with her. Greed, envy, and wanting something so bad you are willing to commit other sins to get them is true coveting. so… check, we can avoid that also!
So as we grow and mature as Christians it is easy to see that we should be more and more able to live lives in obedience to GOD’s commandments. We still may make some mistakes, we may tell some small lie’s to help people feel better such as telling your child everything will be ok in a bad situation to stop them from worrying, but things like this are not what GOD’s law was created to stop. GOD’s law was created to make the world safe. And we can follow it in that way. Saying that we all sin, is not a good enough reason to think we all have permission to sin. So we should sincerely repent, by doing so no more, when it comes to sin and striving to lovingly and honestly keep all Ten of GOD’s Commandments.
Third, be baptized. The word baptized is from the Greek word, “baptizo”, which literally means “to make whelmed (or fully wet)”. The Roman Catholic church introduced the practice of “sprinkling” as a means of baptism, but it is obvious that “sprinkling” does not make you fully wet. There are other means of baptism that churches have practiced over the centuries as well, but if the bible is our sole authority in life shouldn’t the bible’s practice of full submersion be the standard we practice baptism by?
After all, the idea behind baptism is that we die to our old sinful life and are born again as Christians obedient to Christ, how can sprinkling be symbolic of death and rebirth since you are never submerged, symbolically die, and then reborn, raised out of symbolic death from under the water? If the bible is our only guide then baptizism by submersion is the only true form of baptism.
Every part of what is written above is vitally important, to deny the commandments is to deny the gospel of Christ which is to deny Christ, since we cannot claim to love Jesus and then directly ignore his gospel which is what he spoke to us, not just simply saying, “I love and accept Jesus”.
That’s like saying you are on fire, but not actually being on fire. You may claim it, but anyone looking at you can see that it’s not true.
It’s the same with our witness, saying we love and follow Christ does no good if we are not actually practicing what Jesus taught.
ken elliott jr – July 10, 2010