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February 23, 2015
Video on the correct interpretation of Acts 16:31, Believe and You’ll Be Saved?
I appreciate Pastor Gabriel Hughes videos very much. In today’s postmodern churchianity the majority of pastors, evangelists, and/or Christians are taking Gods Word out of context in their evangelism efforts.
Brethren, eternal life is a very long term, and we don’t want to get this wrong. To me Soteriology (the study of the doctrine of salvation and how one becomes saved) is more important than Eschatology (the study of the end times). Why? Because if our salvation is not right, then it won’t matter if were right or wrong regarding the end times.
I understand this ministries goal is to keep their videos short and to the point, but may I add the following. The word ‘believe’ in this verse comes from the Greek word πιστεύω. The transliteration is pisteúō, and it can be pronounced as pē-styü’-ō. Which means to “to have faith (in, upon, or with respect to, a person or thing.) To be entrusted to, to trust (espec. One’s spiritual well-being to Christ); to commit to and to put in trust with.)”
In other words a mere intellectual belief in Jesus will not save you. This salvation occurs when Gods Gospel Seed impregnates a fertile heart. When this happens, a true convert will then respond to the Lord. Either way, we must teach the ‘whole counsel of the Word of God.’
This video would also apply to the many whosoever verses. i.e. whosoever believes, or whosoever ‘calls upon’ the name of the Lord, etcetera. Those words in their original Greek are far from today’s English words. Remember the Bible never changes, but man’s English changes throughout the years. Y’all know my English ain’t the best. Or as Justin Peters said, “That may not be good grammar, but its sound Theology.”
Jesus made it very clear in Matt 7:21-23 that “many” believers will be cast into the lake of fire. That is because there was only an intellectual belief. There was no repentance, they were not born-again of the incorruptible Seed, and they were not committed to Jesus as the Christ. Me must refrain from easy-believism.