Kenneth Pelletier (26 Jan 2011)
"Kent Crumpler - Re: Jan 21 Letter"


Kent, If I’m understanding you correctly, you believe salvation is a 3-step process:  (1) Belief on the Lord Jesus, (2) Water Baptism, and (3) Holy Spirit Baptism (from paragraph 8 of your letter).  This belief is unscriptural.  The thief on the cross didn’t have the opportunity for steps 2 & 3.  Jesus said to the thief on the cross (Luke 23:43), Today, T-O-D-A-Y shalt thou be with me in paradise. Salvation was provided immediately upon belief through faith.  Not after immersion, and not after receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost but immediately after the thief expressed belief.  Be careful with your sharing/explanations, you are adding requirements to God’s free gift and are treading on dangerous ground.  Rev. 22:18 says,    “….. If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.”  I follow your thinking but water baptism and Holy Spirit baptism are not part of salvation.  Both are an important step in our growing in the Lord.  Water Baptism (a work) is a sign from a Christian to the world saying “I no longer belong to you world, I will now follow Jesus Christ.  The infilling of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues is a gift.  Keep in mind that we have many denominations under the title of Christianity.  Some choose to follow the traditions of man and some choose to follow only portions of the Bible.  Few believe and follow all the scriptures.


God Bless,

Kenn <><