The Doctrine of Salvation


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What differentiates the Evangelicals from the rest of the Christian world is this concept of being born again. Other religions speak about conversion and even force people into such conversion, but the born again concept is uniquely ours.

         In John 3:3 Jesus made a powerful statement concerning salvation and the need to be born again, “…Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (NKJV)

         How do we become born again? Are there many paths to salvation? Can you do it your way? Are there other saviors? Can you be good enough to be saved? Romans 3:10-18 clearly describes our spiritual condition:

10 As it is written:

“There is none righteous, no, not one;

11 There is none who understands;

There is none who seeks after God.

12 They have all turned aside;

They have together become unprofitable;

There is none who does good, no, not one.”

13 “Their throat is an open tomb;

With their tongues they have practiced deceit”;

“The poison of asps is under their lips”;

14 “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.

15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;

16 Destruction and misery are in their ways;

17 And the way of peace they have not known.”

18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” (NKJV)

         Nobody is good enough or capable of saving him or herself. We have a sinful condition that separates us from God. Psalm 51:5 tell us, “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” (KJV).

         The message of the Gospel was lost for more than a thousand years. Things were about to change after Martin Luther’s Reformation on October 31, 1517. The message of the Gospel was not fully restored until the Anabaptist came to the scene. After the reformation, common people had access to the Scripture. The Anabaptist came out of that group; they were not into reformation; they saw that the Catholic Church went too far, and they did, so they were separatist.

         Anabaptist means re-baptize. They were against baby baptism. They understood that the requirement for baptism was to be born again. This seemingly simple doctrine brought a devastating persecution against the Anabaptist. They were persecuted by everybody; the church of England, Rome and even by the followers of Luther. I always respected this group and, even as they made some mistake themselves, these were true Christians who loved the Lord and love souls.

         For the sake of this article series we will focus on the Doctrine of Salvation.

To be continued…

Author: angelcasiano

An independent thinker with a profound call to see the orthodoxy of the church and passion for Christ manifesting together. Angel was born in Brooklyn, New York in April of 1968, he was raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico where he earned his B.S. degree in Sociology with a minor in Education from the Inter American University in San Germán in 1991. That same year he moved to Jacksonville, Florida. After working construction jobs for a year and learning the English language, his first job working with foster-care children in the capacity of youth care worker was with Jacksonville Youth Sanctuary in September of 1992. With JYS he was promoted several times as group home supervisor, legal caseworker, and program director. While in Jacksonville, Angel studied a couple of martial arts styles. After earning his black belt, he became the founder of Good Fight Ministries as he used martial arts as an instrument to preach the gospel. In 2004 Angel was selected Martial Arts Instructor of the Year for the State of Florida and in 2005 Angel was inducted in the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame where he also received the Christian Spirit Award. In July of 2005 Angel accepted his call to pastor a bilingual church in Winton, NC where he served for a couple of years. Five months later he lost his first wife to cancer in December of that same year. This initiated a deep valley of suffering in his life, a mountain of costly mistakes and the embracing of lifestyles of sin that are well documented through this blog. In August of 2012 Angel moved to Fairbanks Alaska with his wife Rayette Casiano and six children who are now adults. In Alaska, Angel continued his social work-related career and his ministry of preaching, teaching and writing. Angel is the author of two books, Hope for the divorcee: Forgiving and Moving Forward and 7 Banderas de Esperanza: La Bendición de Yokdzonot. In January 8th of 2020 Angel and his wife moved to Arizona.

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