Reprint of the SALVATION Message: BELIEVE JESUS DIED FOR YOUR SINS; WAS BURIED & ROSE AGAIN ON THE 3RD DAY
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.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
Believe in your heart that Jesus Christ came and died on the cross for your sins according to the scriptures, and that he rose again on the third day. You must understand that it is God only - not your religious works of self righteousness - who by his grace called you, and by that grace saved you. Your faith to believe Jesus came and died on the cross for your sins. He is your savior. This makes you saved. Period!
What about the ABC Salvation plan? The Romans Road, Romans 10:8,9 confession with your mouth? Please read: LINK https://thirdheaventraveler.blogspot.com/2019/01/abc-salvation-equation-is-not.html
At first I felt embarrassed that as an adult who'd attended church since childhood I hadn't been familiar with this term. I opened my Bible and began marking up my book of Romans to understand the Romans Road and understanding the ABC Plan Note 2.
But I was always bothered by the end of the road Romans 10:9, 10 which seemed to be a complete contradiction to salvation by grace through faith alone and not by works. Compare scripture with scripture. Read Ephesians 2:8,9 KJV next to Romans 10:9,10 and hopefully you'll see a problem. To see that as far as eternal salvation- redemption is concerned, Romans 10:9,10 is actually the cliff to salvation. If you don't understand, please keep reading. Please see Note 3 on what is Bible based Salvation.
Unfortunately, not wanting to be a weak Christian and to find lost souls to save, I memorized the Romans Road ABC Salvation plan and employed it for more than 15 years.
I pulled out my King James Bible and really started to research this issue fully and now confess that I was in error in following and teaching the ABC Salvation plan also the Romans Road. Please study the links below to prove that the ABC plan is not based on the scripture of salvation which is clearly given to us in Ephesians 2:8,9 which by belief in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the Cross and is NOT of works but in belief and faith alone.
NOTE: There are thousands of professing Bible teachers out there today preaching false salvation of faith plus works. These are ravenous wolves. Please pray and be a good Berean (ACTS 17) and not fall for their added works teaching which is damnable heresy and they will be judged of God for teaching another gospel than the true gospel given to Paul to the church which is the body of Christ.
In my research I've found that the reason the Romans Road ABC Salvation plan is so misleading is because it is based on truth in that it is based on solid Bible scripture not related to our eternal salvation because immediately it starts preconditioning a person to start a mental task of work; i.e., doing a series of tasks to make ourselves saved.
When in reality it is God who draws us to him, we don't come to him. He called us as clearly written in John 15:16 and Ephesians 1:4. and by the power of the Holy Spirit convicts us of our need for redemption to salvation. Simply by understanding the simple gospel message found in 1 Corinthians 15: Jesus coming to earth and dying on the cross for us and by his shed blood we stand righteous before God and Jesus was resurrected on the 3rd day and ascended to heaven and believing on this we are saved.
Please research for yourself and understand that Romans Chapters 9 - 11 are not addressing the Church age directly and that confession of faith is not related to our eternal salvation. Also, please don't fall prey to hyper-dispensationalism and think Romans chapters 9-11 can't be used by Christians for insight and application in our daily lives as Christians. If you have questions please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Links below: Thank you. God Bless your study in being a good Berean .
Quote taken fro Dr. Badger Appendix 7 on Romans Road: page 332 beginning: quote:
1:1 - 17
1:18 - 3:20
3:21 – 4:24
5 – 8
9 - 11
12 - 16
Wrath on Jew
How to live by
Paul gives the reason for the temporary exclusion of national Israel in Romans 9:30-10:4. They had rejected the Messiah and failed to attain the righteousness which only Christ could supply. This allowed for the inclusion of Gentiles in His plan until the time Israel would turn to the Lord. Paul later uses the image of a cultivated olive tree with branches that are either broken off or grafted in. The whole olive tree metaphor indicates the state of things in the present Dispensation of Grace (cf. (Romans) 11:17-24).
Page 338: Romans 10:9,10 focuses on (Paul's passion) for Israel's national salvation more pointedly. He (Paul) wanted Israel as a nation-state to be saved from the coming judgemental wrath of God in light of their rejection of the Messiah. So, after he advises that the message or word of God from heaven is not difficult to obtain, but that it is actually near them (Romans 10:5-8), he gives the precise remedy for the people and the nation. etc...
In summary, internal faith in the resurrected Messiah (Romans 1:3-4) with one's heart results in justification-salvation on a personal level. But Paul has the nation of Israel in view for the outward, verbal confession. Such confession of and calling on Jesus as Messiah by the Jewish nation results in their physical salvation or deliverance during the time of God's wrath upon His chosen nation. Verse 9 focuses on salvation for deliverance in a twofold sense: First, national-salvation from their enemies is obtained in the corporate sense by their confession of Jesus as Lord as the nation returns to Him. second, justification-salvation in the individual sense is obtained through internal faith in the Messiah. The nation is saved by confessing Jesus as Lord after Israelis are individually justified by personal faith in Him. Verse 10 reverses the order of this twofold sense of salvation by speaking, first , of belief in Him (which leads to one's individual justification) and, second, of confessing His name for a broader salvation or deliverance from dire national circumstances. Only believers are qualified to call upon him for salvation from harm, danger present situations or, in the case of Israel, God's wrathful dealings with her as a nation under Gentile attack." End Quote...