Recently I was reading a doctrinal statement-of-faith of a denomination that’s called “primative baptist,” and I encountered a shocking statement.
I read these statements:
“A person may say that he believes in salvation by grace, but if he sets forth any act of man’s will, such as repentance, faith, baptism, or hearing the gospel, as a condition for obtaining it, then this position must be put on the works side.”
“most religious groups preach that one must hear and understand the gospel, actively obey the gospel, and manifestly believe on Christ, in order to become a child of God. But the great message of grace which is so firmly believed and preached by Old Baptists, declares that one may be a recipient of the mercy of God without hearing the report of it through the gospel and even without fully understanding what has taken place in his heart”
I was stunned by such statements.
(Here’s where I read it: https://www.primitivebaptist.net/Articles/Misc/What_We_Believe.htm)
Yes, God definitely gives His elect both the faith and the will to believe on Jesus Christ.
But a person must specifically believe on the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved.
Faith is not the means of salvation, but it is the instrumentation by which God applies redemption to His elect.
30 “And brought them out, and said, Sirs,
what must I do to be saved?
31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.“
All glory to the risen Lord Jesus Christ, and no glory to us whatsoever