Question:

I am thankful that I found this site. I have someone who believe in miracles. I have addressed this subject to him in full. My question is: Do you think if someone is a born again Christian and has put on Christ in burial baptism that if they believe in miracles today that it affects their salvation? I realize it is an opinion question but wanted your thought. I know God is the judge. I appreciate your response.


Answer:

People like to divide God's word into "salvation issues" and "non-salvation issues." However, it is a categorization that is not done by God. Isn't it convenient that people put the issues they think are important on the salvation side and the things they don't care about or which they are guilty of on the non-salvation side. What we find is: "And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen" (Matthew 28:18-20). "Teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you" doesn't leave much out.

I believe in miracles, but I know that miracles are not being done by people today. Why? It is simply because I believe what is recorded in I Corinthians 13:8-10 that God said He would end the gifts of the Holy Spirit when the Bible was completed ("that which is perfect" - James 1:25).

A person who believes in the continuance of prophecy doesn't believe Jude when he said that the Scriptures were delivered once for all (Jude 3), he doesn't believe Peter when he said that the Bible contains all things pertaining to life and godliness, and he doesn't believe Paul when he said that the Bible is able to make a person complete.

When a person starts picking and choosing what he wants to believe from the Bible, I begin to wonder about the lack of faith he is demonstrating. "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek" (Romans 1:16). That gospel is more unalterable than the Old Testament: "For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?" (Hebrews 2:3-4).

"I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ" (Galatians 1:6-10).

So the question really is can a person teach things contrary to what God had taught and not believe all of that God has left for us and still be saved. "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences" (II Corinthians 5:10-11).