How is salvation found? By means of faith or by means of an organization?
God’s holy word makes it plain how salvation is to be found. Let us therefore examine the record.
For by GRACE you have been saved through FAITH, and that not of yourselves; it is the GIFT of God, NOT OF WORKS, lest anyone should boast. Eph. 2:8,9 NKJV
So they said, “BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, AND YOU WILL BE SAVED, you and your household.” Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And IMMEDIATELY HE AND ALL HIS FAMILY WERE BAPTIZED. Acts 16:31 NKJV
And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. John 17:3 NKJV
if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” Ro. 10:9-11
I don’t think these scriptures are too difficult to understand, indeed they seem plainly put do they not? This however is not always what is taught in the churches today, and indeed something very contrary is taught by the sect known as Jehovah’s Witnesses. Note below, what their organization declare is necessary for salvation:
According to the Watchtower Organization, Feb. 15, 1983, p. 12, there are four requirements for salvation as taught by the Watchtower magazine. Please check out the list.
Jesus Christ identified a first requirement when he said in prayer to his Father: “This means everlasting life, their taking in knowledge of you, the only true God, and of the one whom you sent forth, Jesus Christ.” (John 17:3) Knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ includes knowledge of God’s purposes regarding the earth and of Christ’s role as earth’s new King. Will you take in such knowledge by studying the Bible?
Many have found the second requirement more difficult. It is to obey God’s laws, yes, to conform one’s life to the moral requirements set out in the Bible. This includes refraining from a debauched, immoral way of life. 1 Corinthians 6:9, 10; 1 Peter 4:3, 4.
A third requirement is that we be associated with God’s channel, his organization. God has always used an organization. For example, only those in the ark in Noah’s day survived the Flood, and only those associated with the Christian congregation in the first century had God’s favor. (Acts 4:12) Similarly, Jehovah is using only one organization today to accomplish his will. To receive everlasting life in the earthly Paradise we must identify that organization and serve God as part of it.
The fourth requirement is connected with loyalty. God requires that prospective subjects of his Kingdom support his government by loyally advocating his Kingdom rule to others. Jesus Christ explained: “This good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth.” (Matthew 24:14) Will you meet this requirement by telling others about God’s Kingdom?
You may notice the first two qualifications are in accord with God’s word, and such they are. Notice however points 3 and 4. Did you notice that the watchtower POINTS TO ITSELF AS NECESSARY FOR SALVATION? I didn’t notice THAT in God’s word did you? Have you ever come across a scripture saying we must be members of a certain church in order to attain salvation? I invite you to try.
Now the watchtower is well aware that to point to any man or organization for salvation is idolatry. Notice this quote:
“We cannot take part in any modern version of idolatry-bit it worshipful gestures toward an image or symbol or the IMPUTING OF SALVATION TO A PERSON OR AN ORGANIZATION. Watchtower Nov. 1, 1990 page 26
As we can see, the watchtower is well aware, that to point to any organization, or man, for salvation is idolatry. They’ve come out with this in print, there for all to see. Notice the next several quotes however.
“They must appreciate that identifying themselves with Jehovah’s organization is essential to their salvation.” Kingdom Ministry 1990 Nov p.1
Here the watchtower has broken its own rule. The watchtower for the public says the correct thing, but the Kingdom Ministry, which is only for those Jehovah’s witnesses who engage in the door-to-door activity, they lead then astray, pointing to the organization as being necessary for salvation. Did the watchtower NOT JUST SAY THAT THIS IS IDOLATRY? Why then are they leading the many people astray, making them break God’s law by committing idolatry?
Come to Jehovah’s organization for salvation. Watchtower, Nov. 15, 1981 page 21
“Where should your faith be placed-in a religious organization or in God?” Wt. Jan 15, 1970 pg 37
As you can see from their quotes, the watchtower says BOTH things! But they are OPPOSITE TEACHINGS!! So who will you trust? God’s inspired word?? Or the words of an UNINSPIRED, IMPERFECT ORGANIZATION?
Take heed therefore, to pay attention to, and obey the word of God. Here is what God’s word says:
“DO NOT put your trust in nobles, nor in the son of earthling man, to whom no salvation belongs. Psalms 146:3 NWT
So do not put your trust in man, for they cannot save you, regardless of their claims! Even if they should say, Salvation is by means of following me! There is only one path that leads to salvation, that is by means of Faith in the Son of God, our Messiah, our Redeemer, our Savior. There is no other!