Steps of Salvation – Concerns

Peter’s Patter blogs an evaluation of the “Five Steps of Salvation” outline that emerged in Christian Churches during the 1800s. While each of the “steps” are crucial, he writes, such a presentation of the Good News can become spiritually damaging.

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The current final version of the Plan of Salvation taught in most Churches of Christ and Christian Churches looks like this:

  1. HEARRomans 10:17,
  2. BELIEVEJohn 1:11-12, Acts 8:36-37, Romans 10:9
  3. REPENTLuke 13:3, 5, Acts 2:38, 17:30, 2 Peter 3:9
  4. CONFESSMatt 10:32-33, Romans 10:9-10; Acts 8:37
  5. Be BAPTIZED1 Peter 3:21, Acts 22:16, Romans 6:3-5
  6. (GROW2 Peter3:18 and/or ENDURE to theEnd – Mark 13:13)

For more explanation of these steps see this post.

Although these Steps have been taught as Gospel for many years, I have a few concerns with them.  I also have some issues with this approach to Bible study.  However, I DO BELIEVE that each of these “Steps” is crucial to our relationship with God. We cannot have meaningful relationship with God while rejecting any of these commands.  The Bible clearly connects each of these…

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