The Bible basis for salvation, according to the teachings of the Apostles in the New Testament (NT), is belief in and obedience to the Gospel of Jesus Christ — as defined by the same Apostles in the NT (see Acts 2:38).
Jesus said in John 8:24, “if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.”
Trinitarians are not “unsaved”, per se…. All who reject the message of the Absolute Deity of Jesus Christ are unsaved. Jesus Christ, the Son of God as proclaimed by Peter in Matthew 16:16, is the Everlasting Father and the Mighty God of Isaiah 9:6.
“That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
(Compare to Isaiah 45:23 and Romans 14:11.)
To hold any doctrine or teaching that was developed or formulated after the days of the apostles (post-apostolic times) to be essential to salvation is to teach that the apostles and the believers of their day (apostolic times) were not saved — which would mean that the entire New Testament was written by men who were unsaved.
The trinitarian doctrine was developed in post-apostolic times by men who were not apostles. All early believers were universally baptized in the name of Jesus Christ; the triune baptismal formula was a much later development, being formally adopted by the still-emerging Roman Catholic church at the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D.
Peter said in Acts 4:10-12, “Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
The apostolic emphasis on the absolute necessity for water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ is further underscored by Peter’s words to the household of Cornelius in Acts 10:47-48 ESV, “‘Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?’ And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.”
Rev. Tim D. Cormier
May 3, 2010
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