Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Here lately I feel that God has placed on my heart that we, as Christians, need to come together as the body of Christ; regardless of how our denominations divide us. So, I began having a Bible study with a pastor other than my own. I believe that different perspectives can lead to better understanding of God's Word but I am learning that it can also lead to greater confusion. I know that is the enemy at work; keeping me from growing in my faith. I could really use some clarification right about now.
I was always taught that being saved meant (1)Accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior (2)Believe that he died for your sins and God resurrected Him from the dead (3)Asking Him to come into your heart (4)Repent for your sins (5)Give Him control over your life and allow His will to show through you. Then, if you asked for all that with a sincere heart, your sins will be forgiven and your heart forever changed. Your walk with Christ can begin. And, one of your first steps should be to show the world your commitment and obedience to Christ by being baptized.
Now, through this Bible study I am being taught that forgiveness of your sins cannot take place until you are baptized. What if there is a time gap between being saved and being baptized? Are you not really saved in that time? Then what happens when you sin after being baptized? Is baptism needed again? Can anyone help with this or have scripture that can show me the truth?