A Prayer
of Jesus
I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.
The  Voice  of  Jesus

This is my Son, my Chosen; Listen to Him!

False Doctrines of Christendom
#13 - What Must I Do To Be Saved?
The False Teaching

The Southern Baptist Answer Please let me tell you how you can be saved:
Admit Your Sin: First, you must understand that you are a sinner. The Bible says, "All have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God" (Rom. 3:23).
Abandon Self-Effort:
You cannot save yourself by your efforts. The Bible is very clear that it's "not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us" (Titus 3:5).
Acknowledge Christ’s Payment:
You must believe that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died for your sins. The Bible says, "God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). That means He died in your place. Your sin debt has been paid by the blood of Jesus Christ, which "cleanseth us from all sin" (1 John 1:7).
Accept Him as Savior:

Are you willing
to offer the following prayer to God today? "Oh God, I'm a sinner. I'm lost, and I need to be saved. I know I can't save myself, so right now, once and for all, I trust You to save me. Come into my heart, forgive my sin, and make me your child. I give You my life. I will live for You as You give me strength."If you will make this your heartfelt prayer, God will hear and save you! Jesus has promised that He will not turn away anyone who comes to Him in faith (John 6:37). He will make you a child of God, if you will turn to Him
You must put your faith in Jesus Christ, and Him alone for your salvation. The blood of Christ does you no good until you receive Him by faith. The Bible says, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved" (Acts 16:31).
Exposing the Error

Search the word and see that Jesus has not issued a salvation formula remotely resembling the one presented in the left column.  This is a total perversion of the Word and to promote it must be one of the weightiest of sins.  It has caused many millions of persons to be assured of their salvation who remain utterly lost!
Yes!  We must admit our sin.  But this is useless while we think of our sins only as our misdeeds or as our transgressions of the law of God.  See our prior edition on The Essence of Sin. 
Yes!  Abandon self-effort  means to stop attempting to save yourself by good works.  But other self effort is essential.
Yes! Christ died on account of our sins -- but he did not pay a sin debt. To Acknowledge Christ's Payment is futile. A debt paid is not forgiven. God understands that we can't pay and is merciful to forgive us. And He is not unjust to require the sinless one, Jesus, to pay the debt of the guilty ones.  That is not the reason Jesus went to the cross.  He went there ahead of us, not instead of us!
Yes! Accept Him as Savior.  But making a decision per the Baptist / Fundamentalist mantra is futile.  Believe and be saved works, but only when one knows in whom one believes.  It entails far more than the evangelical decision for Christ.
If the simple prayer (to the left) is the essence of being saved, would not Jesus have expressed it so?  Search and see that he has not told anyone to pray thus. This prayer is total voidance of his Word and makes this Word of no effect: For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few.  These are the words that will judge us!
Declaring the Truth
Here is salvation according to Jesus! The hour is come that the son of man be glorified. Truly truly I say to you, unless [a] grain of wheat having fallen into the earth die, it remains alone, but if it die, it bears much fruit.  The [one] philia-loving his psyche-life will lose it, and the [one] hating his psyche-life in this world will guard it to zoe-life eternal. If anyone be serving me, he must be following me, and where I am, there also will be the [one] serving me. If anyone be serving me, the father will honor him (John 12:23-26,FNT).
If anyone would come after me, let him renounce himself and take up his cross, and be following me For whoever would save his psyche-life will lose it, but whoever loses his psyche-life because of me and the gospel will save it.  For what does it profit [a] man to gain the whole world and forfeit his psyche-life For what will [a] man give in exchange for his psyche-life?  For whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the son of man will also be ashamed of him, when he come in the glory of his father with the holy angels (Mark 8:34-38 FNT).
What part of "follow" don't  they understand?

Compare this with Paul's false answer to the question: If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For man believes with his heart and so is justified, and he confesses with his lips and so is saved (Rom. 10:8-10). Men, what must I do to be saved?" Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household  (Acts 16:31).   Read More