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Tuesday, February 12, 2013


Can you Lose Your Salvation?

"For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame." Hebrews 6:4-6

I have seen and heard so many wonderful preachers tap dance around the above passage. It is what it is. Just read it, take it at what it says, and accept it. The above is talking about apostasy. A Christian can never lose their salvation, that's impossible:

"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." -Romans 8:35-39

"And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him" -Hebrews 5:9

There are many Scriptures like the above, which make it abundantly clear that a true Christian can never lose their salvation. Since Christians (especially Baptists) know the multitudinous Scriptures that teach us that our salvation can't be lost, they freeze up on the above quoted Hebrews 6:4-6. This is where the dance begins. In general, Baptists (especially independent Baptists) and many other Christians, take the Bible literally, and believe it to be true, and this is rightfully so. Yet, that rule seems to fly out the window when confronted with the Hebrews 6 passage. I wish to throw another option out there: Both Romans 8:35-39 (and the other Scriptures like it) do NOT contradict Hebrews 6:4-6, nor the other way around. They are both true.

Here's where a distinction is made. You could take the time and look up and deeply study every instance in the Bible, where we are clearly taught that we can't lose our salvation, and you'd come away, knowing we can't lose our salvation, and that is true. However, we can choose to give it up. Now, don't tell me this is impossible, because the Word of God says otherwise; just take an honest, simple look again at the above Hebrews passage. It's all right there.

Distinction - A Christian cannot lose their salvation, but they can decide to do the dumbest thing ever, and leave it.

Another very important distinction, is to know the difference between backsliding and apostasy.

Backsliding

"But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." -1 John 1:7-9

"Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. Behold, we come unto thee; for thou art the Lord our God." -Jeremiah 3:22

"Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit." -Psalm 51:12

"Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent." -Revelation 2:1-5

Backsliding does not cause you to lose your salvation, but it does cause loss of rewards, yet you will still be saved, even if by fire:

"Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire." -1 Corinthians 3:13-15

Apostasy

While backsliding is a temporary condition, because the person will (hopefully) restore their relationship with the Lord, Apostasy is different. It is final, and the person cannot restore their fellowship with the Lord, but they will go to hell. This is the unforgivable sin. It is blaspheming the Holy Spirit, it is falling away from God, and it is committing Willful Sin. I'll show Scriptures for all of these in a few moments, so hang on.

The Hebrews passage I opened this article with, is certainly referring to apostasy, and not to backsliding. Let us take another look at Hebrews 6:4-6, but more slowly, and a bit more in-depth, this time.

"For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,"

How can it be made more clear, that the above is referring to real, saved, Spirit-filled, born again Christians? Let's look at this, in list form. These people were once:

-Enlightened

-Tasted the heavenly gift

-Were made partakers of the Holy Ghost

and

-Have tasted of the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come

Stop right there, if you are trying to find alternate explanations, or explain this away. Just look at it. It is clearly referring to genuine Christians leaving the faith - not losing their salvation, mind you, but willingly giving it up, knowing that they will go to hell.

Enlightened - In this context, a person, when they are born again, is enlightened - they receive knowledge of the spiritual, which the carnal cannot understand.

Tasted the heavenly gift - How can one taste the heavenly gift, unless they have received the gift? What's the heavenly gift, you ask? It is this:

"Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life." -Romans 5:14-18

"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

You cannot taste the free gift of eternal life through Christ the Lord, without first receiving it. It isn't a free sample at the grocery store.

Were made partakers of the Holy Ghost - This is the baptism of the Holy Spirit, which happens at salvation:

"For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit." -1 Corinthians 12:12-13

"In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise" -Ephesians 1:13

"And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption." -Ephesians 4:30

Have tasted of the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come - These Christians knew the doctrine of Christ, the doctrine of Salvation, and they knew what the Bible tells us about the future day of redemption.

It is clear that these people were true, saved, born again Christians. The tap dance called "they weren't really Christians" falls flat on its face.

Moving on to the next part of the Hebrews 6 passage:

"If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance;"

If you feel so inclined, go ahead and look up "fall away" in a Greek concordance, such as on the TheBlueLetterBible.com. You'll see that that is exactly accurate - fall away means fall away. Another word that we can use, under this context of fall away, is apostatize, which means "to leave, or renounce one's religion." In this passage, contextually, we can see that "fall away," and apostatize are synonymous.

The above says if they (born again Christians) fall away (truly leave the faith, not just backslide) then it is impossible (see the beginning of verse 4) to "renew them again unto repentance."

If a person has backslidden, then they can repent, and restore fellowship with the Lord. However, should one choose to willfully, and knowingly leave the Christian faith, then it is impossible for fellowship with the Lord to be renewed by repentance. Why? The rest of our study passage tells us:

"seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame."

Christ was crucified once, and that's it:

"By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God" -Hebrews 10:10-12

Apostasy: Falling Away, Blaspheming the Holy Spirit, and the Willful Sin

Falling Away

"For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame." Hebrews 6:4-6

When we take this passage at face value, instead of trying to read things that aren't there, then a whole plethora of other Scriptures fall into place. Here's an example:

"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils" -1 Timothy 4:1

Perhaps you are wondering if these people who truly apostatize, will ever want to return to Christ, and then be in a constant torment, knowing that they can't. I don't think that's possible, because 1 Timothy 4:2b says of the apostates "having their conscience seared with a hot iron." They will have no Holy Spirit, for they will have blasphemed it (I'm coming up to that, don't worry), and they will have broken their own consciences.

Romans one talks of those who knew God and his ways, yet went after the lusts of their flesh, and sinned. It says in verses 24 and 26 of Romans one, that "God also gave them up" to these sins. Apostates willfully, and knowingly leave God, and therefore they lose the grace, mercy, and protection of God, and he gives them up, to let them destroy themselves through their sin. God will not force anyone to go to heaven, and that's why salvation is a free gift, which must be accepted and received to obtain eternal life. Should a Christian apostatize, God isn't going to force them to heaven. They chose to apostatize, with their eyes wide open.

I believe that a true apostate will never want to turn back to God. They have broken their seek drive, permanently. There is no more "seek and ye shall find" for them, just as there is no more sacrifice of sins left for them.

A person who is saved, but is afraid they apostatized need only ask themself one question: Do they have the desire to return to God, and repent? Yes? Then you didn't apostatize. You either weren't really saved in the first place, and you need to be, or you were backslidden.

Blaspheming the Holy Spirit - The Unforgivable Sin

The only way to know what this means, is to look this up in the Scriptures, so let's do that:

"But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation." -Mark 3:29

"And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven." -Luke 12:10

The two above Scriptures are clear that blaspheming the Holy Spirit is unforgivable. Now let's look at the context:

"And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils. And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan? And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end. No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house. Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation. Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit. There came then his brethren and his mother, and, standing without, sent unto him, calling him. And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee. And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren? And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother." -Mark 3:22-35

"Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God. And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven. And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say." -Luke 12:8-12

We see parables given in the Mark passage, and one says "No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house." The world, the flesh, and the devil cannot spoil the Christian (house - tabernacle of the Holy Spirit), unless Holy Spirit (strong man) is bound (blasphemed - turned from).

In the Luke passage, we see one cannot be forgiven for blaspheming the Holy Spirit. Right before that, it also says that if you do not confess Christ, then Christ will not confess you - which means no salvation. If a Christian were to deny Christ, and turn away from Him, then he has blasphemed the Holy Spirit, which is a witness with his spirit that Christ is God.

I don't know that it can be possible for an unbeliever to blaspheme the Holy Spirit, because they would be doing it ignorantly, having never tasted of the heavenly gift. It looks to me that a Christian blasphemes the Holy Spirit via apostasy, via turning to devils and false doctrines, and giving those the glory, instead of the Holy Spirit, etc.

The Willful Sin

It looks to me that a true apostate does it willingly, knowing what they were doing. I believe this is why, in another apostasy passage, it is referred to as "sinning wilfully:"

"For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?" -Hebrews 10:26-29

If you don't read this passage carefully, you could misunderstand, and think it is stating that if a Christian sins after they've been saved, then they go to hell, because Christ was sacrificed once and for all, and He is not going to do it again. Relax, that is not what this is saying. Notice "if we sin wilfully after that we have receive the knowledge of the truth." Verse 29 above, defines this willful sin. It says "who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing." The willful sin is the sin of apostasy. This passage in Hebrews 10 is stating the same thing as our passage in Hebrews 6:

Hebrews 6:4-6Hebrews 10:26-29
For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

Now, let's look back at the "blaspheming the Holy Spirit" issue a bit. Did something catch your eye in the Hebrews 10 passage? Take a look at this - "who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?" Done, DESPITE the SPIRIT of grace.

The Holy Spirit is God within us, and He comes to dwell within us, literally, the moment we become born again Christians. To apostatize, you will have to blaspheme the Holy Spirit, and do this sin willfully. As the end approaches, true apostasy is happening more and more, although we still see it as a rare thing, and may it be ever so rare, I hope.

Let's just take the Bible at what it says. There is no reason to try to tap dance around the apostasy passages in the Bible, such as the passages in Hebrews 6, Hebrews 10, 1 Timothy 4, and the myriads of others. It's there, it's real, it happens, and will happen.

Before closing, I'd like to add one more apostasy Scripture... 2 Thessalonians 2 tells us a list of things that will happen, before the mid-trib rapture. One of things on that list is apostasy:

"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition" -2 Thessalonians 2:3

A falling away. If that isn't enough, then look at it in the Greek - "a falling away" is translated from the Greek word - apostasia.

In ending this article, remember the distinction - you can't lose your salvation, but you can willfully give it up, forever. Why anyone would do such a dumb thing is beyond me.


Build Your Foundation on the Rock of Salvation

"He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great." -Luke 6:48-49

"The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation." -2 Samuel 22:47

"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." -John 8:32

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." -John 14:6

The terms "Christian" and "personal relationship with Jesus Christ" have been bantered around so much, that for many people, they have lost their original savor. What is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? Is it going to church? Is it being a "good person?" Is it via doing certain rituals, or following certain traditions? No, it is so much simpler than that.

Jesus says:

"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." -Revelation 3:20

Let Jesus into your heart and life. Put your faith and trust in Him, and in Him alone.

Why did Jesus Christ come to this earth? He came to pay for our sins. Have you ever broken any of the Ten Commandments? Did you know that Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount that just looking at someone with lust in your heart is the same thing as committing adultery in your heart?

Many people will say I'm a good person. Sure, I've stolen a few paper clips in my time, and I've told some lies, but I've never killed anyone, so I'm good enough for heaven. Don't be so sure. Have you ever felt hatred toward someone? If so, then you are guilty of committing murder in your heart:

"Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him." -1 John 3:15

If you have stolen, lied, lusted after someone, hated someone, loved someone or something more than God, etc., then you have broken at least 5 of the Ten Commandments. Do you really think you'd make it to heaven? Not according to God's Word:

"Know ye not that the unrighteous {sinful} shall not inherit the kingdom of God {or go to heaven when they die}? Be not deceived: neither fornicators {sex outside of marriage, or pre-marital sex}, nor idolaters {loving something or someone more than you love God}, nor adulterers {physically, or in the heart}, nor effeminate {cross dressing}, nor abusers of themselves with mankind {homosexuality}, Nor thieves {even stealing a pen or paper clip makes you a thief}, nor covetous {inordinately desiring wealth or things}, nor drunkards, nor revilers {one who assails with abusive language}, nor extortioners {blackmail, or wresting anything from anyone via force}, shall inherit the kingdom of God." -1 Corinthians 6:9-10 {words in curly brackets are my notes}

But there is good news:

"And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God." -1 Corinthians 6:11

We are all sinners:

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" -Romans 3:23

Even Mary, the woman chosen by God to be a vessel that would carry Jesus in her womb, was a sinner, and in need of a Saviour:

"And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour." - Mary said this in Luke 1:47. Only sinners need a Saviour, and Mary also accepted Jesus Christ as her Saviour.

We are all imperfect, fallible sinners:

"This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." -1 John 1:5-8

The blood of Jesus Christ is what cleanses us from all sins. Jesus came to this earth to die to pay for our sins. You see, Leviticus tells us that 'the life is in the blood,' and that it takes spilt blood to atone for sin.

When we choose to truly believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, and to live our lives for Christ, then Christ's spilt blood cleanses us from our sins:

"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." -Isaiah 1:18

Jesus tells us this:

"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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." - Jesus said this, in John 3:16-18

Paul gives us a simple "step by step process" on how to be saved:

"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed." -Romans 10:9-11

Jesus is our one and only mediator:

"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;" -1 Timothy 2:5

Jesus is our High Priest:

"Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." -Hebrews 4:14-15

We are to follow the Lord and the Bible, not traditions of man:

"But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?" -Matthew 15:3

Jesus is God:

"And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory." -1 Timothy 3:16

If Jesus isn't the Lord of your life, then I hope that you will let Him into your heart and life this very moment.

"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." -Romans 5:8

Have you built your foundation on the Rock of Salvation?

Jesus is the way. If you would like to receive Jesus into your heart and life, then let Him know. Pray to the Lord, telling Him that you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, and that you believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay the death penalty for your sins. Tell this to God in your own words, from your heart.

"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." -Romans 6:23

Believe, and Receive:

"In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise" -Ephesians 1:13

When you believe on Jesus Christ, you receive the Holy Spirit. You are sealed as a child of God.

If you have accepted Jesus Christ into your heart and life as your Lord and Saviour, and you believe that Jesus died on the cross in your place, to pay the death penalty for your sins, and that Christ rose from the dead three days later, and you are ready to let Him lead your life, and you will live for Him, then you are saved, and born again.

You are now a saved Child of God, with the Holy Spirit living within you. Dedicate your life to the Lord, and live for Him. Please get a King James Bible and turn to the Gospel of John. That is the fourth book in the New Testament. If you don't have a King James Bible, then you can read it for free, online - here.

After you've read the Gospel of John, go on to read Acts, and then Romans. These three books will bring you through the Gospel, the early church, and basic Christian doctrine. After you've read these three, then turn to the beginning of the New Testament, and read it all the way through. After that, read both the Old and New Testaments.

You should also follow the Lord and get baptized in water. A Believer's Baptism doesn't save you. Only faith in Christ saves you. A Believer's Baptism is an outward showing of your salvation. It symbolizes you being born again. When you are lowered under the water, it shows you dying to your old self, and when you are raised up out of the water, it symbolizes you being born again, as a new creature in Christ. This is called a Believer's Baptism, because, according to the Bible, a person is supposed to get baptized after they have believed on Christ. Anyone who was "baptized" before having faith in Christ just got wet - nothing more. You don't need to find a church to get baptized in. Any born again Christian can baptize you in any acceptable body of water - even a public swimming pool.

Find or start a good home church. Here is more information on Home Church, and why you should home church, or find one to join - HouseChurch.org. If you can't find or start a home church in your area, then look for a Family Integrated Church, an Independent Baptist church, or look in your phonebook for a nearby Baptist church.

Immerse yourself in the Bible. The Bible is God's love letter to you. It is also your Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.

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C. H. Spurgeon's Autobiography

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The Island of Doctor Moreau

Studies in the Life of the Christian

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A Drama in the Air

To Kill a Mocking Bird