Kent Crumpler (9 Dec 2010)
"Belief and Obedience to the Gospel"
I am aware of what Paul the apostle spoke of in
Romans Chapter 10 concerning salvation. Yes, most of it is about
believing and confession that Jesus was raised from the dead by God and
whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved, etc, etc.
However, what I want to point out is that there is more to these
scriptures and why he spoke mostly to believing.
whole chapter concerns the Israelites (Jews) who did not believe in
Jesus; they had a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.
Romans 10:2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
is very aware of the principle of obedience to the gospel of Christ for
salvation. In the same chapter in verse 16 look at what he said:
Romans 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For E-sai-as saith, Lord, who hath obeyed our report?
you must believe in Christ to be saved. This is the first step and the
first step only. You must believe in something before you can become a
part of something. The Jews did not believe, so why talk about
repentance and baptism in water and of the Holy Ghost here in this
chapter if they did not believe. James made very strong statements
concerning belief only:
James 2:19 Thou believest that
there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and
tremble. 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith (belief) without
works is dead. 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith
without works is dead also.
He is saying that the devils
believe in Christ also, but you and I know they will not inherit the
kingdom of God. I believe in the PGA tour, the NFL, NASA, etc, etc, but
that doesn't make me a part of them. I have not obeyed their
requirements to become a part of them. I believe in the world and I
believe in Satan; but that doesn't make me a part of them. In other
words, I believe in Satan, but that doesn't mean I am going to end up
in hell. I have to do certain things & disobey God to do that.
Rather, I have separated myself from the world and Satan by obeying the
gospel and receiving the Holy Ghost.
I will close with
these thoughts. How does belief alone fulfill the requirements stated
by Jesus to get into heaven? He said you must repent or perish, you
must believe and be baptized, you must be born again of the water
(baptism) and of the Spirit (Holy Ghost). Believing and calling on the
Lord doesn't accomplish these things, but they can lead you to these
How does belief alone fulfill the requirements
stated by Peter on the day of Pentecost during his first sermon to the
people? He said in Acts 2:38 to repent, be baptized in the name of
Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and receive the gift of the Holy
Ghost. Peter was given the keys to the kingdom of heaven from Jesus on
the day of Pentecost. It makes no sense to me whatsoever that Jesus or
any of the apostles would allow Peter to preach a wrong message or a
message that you don't have to follow. Jesus left the apostles with the
mission of spreading the gospel throughout the world with power in the
Holy Spirit given to them.
Why would Paul himself repent,
be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus and receive the Holy Ghost
and then preach another message? Doesn't make sense to me; discern for
I cried out to the Lord and I was led to the
saving gospel through a local Church that preaches and teaches the
principles of the bible; the word of God. I can relate to what Paul was
saying by calling on the name of the Lord, but please understand that
based on my personal experience and the word of God that this is only a
first step, not the only step.
May the Lord bless you and lead you into all truth!