October 20, 2017

It Makes A Difference

By Edwin Broadus

1. It makes a difference what a person believes. Some will believe a lie and be lost (2 Thess. 2:11, 12).
Jesus said, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32). It is not enough to be
honest and sincere; one must also believe the truth.


2. It makes a difference what church one is a member of. Jesus promised to build his church (Matt. 16:18).
All churches built by men will be destroyed, for Jesus said, "Every plant which my heavenly Father planted
not, shall be rooted up" (Matt. 15:13). One church is not as good as another. One must he a member of the
Lord's church.


3. It makes a difference what name one wears. The name given the Lord's disciples in New Testament times
was the name Christian (Acts 11:26), and they were told to glorify God in this name (I Pet. 4:16). It is
dishonoring to Christ to wear the name Lutheran, or Baptist, or Methodist, or any other human name.


4. It makes a difference whether one is baptized. Jesus said that "he that believeth and is baptized shall be
saved" (Mark 16:16). He also said it is for the "remission of sins" (Acts 2:38). The Bible makes no promise
of salvation until we have been baptized.


5. It makes a difference how one is baptized. New Testament baptism is burial in water (Rom. 6:4), and
not sprinkling or pouring. It is "for the remission of sins" (Acts 2:38), and not because one's sins have already
been taken away. When Paul found some who were improperly baptized, he baptized them again (Acts 19:1-7).


6. It makes a difference how one worships. The New Testament furnishes us with the divine pattern for
worship. It teaches, for example, that the Lord's supper should be observed each first day of the week (Acts
20:7). To do it less frequently is to subtract from God's word. The New Testament does not teach us to use
instrumental music in worship. To use it is to add to God's word. Jesus taught that our worship is vain when
we substitute the ordinances of men for the commandments of God (Matt. 15:9).


7. It makes a difference how one lives after he becomes a Christian. If, after having "escaped the
defilements of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ," one is again entangled
therein and overcome, the last state is become worse with them than the first" (2 Pet. 2:20). Christians can so
sin as to be lost eternally, if they do not turn from that sin. "Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take
heed lest he fall" (I Cor. 10:12).


The difference between all of these things could well be the difference between being saved and being lost
forever. We beg of you, study God's word, and do what he commands. A man's soul is far too precious to
gamble with. Every man owes it to himself to make his salvation as certain as possible by studying God's word
and following it as closely as possible.


Truth Magazine III:3, p. 1
December 1958

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