Anticipating the Command

By William V Beasley

While a recruit in the Army taking basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky our platoon sergeant let all the recruits know that one of the great “sins” of a recruit was that of “anticipating the command.” In marching a preparatory command, such as “Left Flank,” “Column Right,” etc., was given followed by a command to execute. Usually the command to execute was given one step after the preparatory command. Sometimes, to test us, “Sarge” would hold off giving the command of execution for several seconds. If we were not on our toes we would, anticipating the command, execute before the command. This, of course, raised the ire of our platoon sergeant.

What does this have to do with the type material generally found in Truth Magazine? Simply this, -I believe that our denominational friends who teach the doctrine of salvation by faith only are guilty of anticipating the command. They see the need of salvation (Rom. 3:23), and know that Jesus Christ is the means of salvation (Rom. 6:23; John 14:6). At this point they, like I and my fellow recruits of some years ago, anticipate the command or the receiving of salvation. Some are no doubt dishonest and know the truth, but most, I am convinced, simply have anticipated the receiving of salvation, and have not waited for the command to execute (baptism, Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16; I Pet. 3:21).

Truth Magazine, XVIII:2, p. 12
November 8, 1973