We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ when He died on the cross provides the fundamental basis for forgiveness of sins and salvation, which is the free gift of God’s grace. Salvation is affected by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit and cannot be secured by works or one’s personal merit. Salvation is only possible by an individual who places their faith in Christ’s finished work. Repentance is genuinely turning away from sin toward God. The salvation of the believer that is offered under grace is eternal.
John 1:12-13; Rom. 1:16; 10:9-10; Eph. 1:7; 2:8-10; 1 Pet. 1:3-5, 18-19; Phil. 1:6
The Doctrine of Salvation reveals the blessed benefit of God’s saving grace; faith in Christ’s death burial and resurrection, and repentance that it brings to the sinner is the restoration to Divine favor and to a life in intimate communion with God. Salvation also involves one’s knowledge of God as the Divine source of the life, the well-being, the strength and the happiness of mankind; and the fact of man’s total dependence on The Lord for both the present and the future.
Salvation encompasses restoration, redemption and renewal, and can only be understood in the context of man’s original condition of being created in the image of God, and of the following fall of man from the original communion in the relationship that existed between God and man by the entrance of sin into the world.
The salvation of the lost sinner is completely the work of God, which He knew from all eternity, and because of the fall of man, God made provision for the redemption of lost mankind. If God never made the move in the direction of fallen man, there would be no way possible for anyone to be delivered from the penalty of sin, which is eternal damnation. Theologian, Dr. Edgar Y. Mullins states:
A Gospel, or good news of salvation announced to a race of sinful men and left without the active energy of God’s grace to make it effectual, would surely come to naught…apart from infants and others incapable of responding to the Gospel call, salvation never comes otherwise than through God’s choice of man and man’s choice of God, But God’s choice of man is prior to man’s choice of God, since God is infinite in wisdom and knowledge, and since He will not make the success of His kingdom dependent on the contingent choices of men. God does not fling out the possibility of salvation among men, say, like a golden apple, and leave it for men to use or not use as they will. He keeps His own hands on the reins of His government.
If God were to stand at a distance from men and simply wait for them to move in His direction, no one would choose Him. It is through the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; the moving of the Holy Spirit; the prayers of the people of God and everything else that God uses to convince and persuade lost man to believe, is totally at God’s disposal to draw sinful man to respond to His call. The salvation of the lost is truly the greatest thing that could ever happen to anyone.
Your servant in Christ,
Pastor James Moore, Jr.