We often hear many so called Christian preachers saying that god’s plan of salvation is very simple indeed. He gave his son, Jesus Christ, to save those who believe in him, who in turn lived a sinless life and died on the cross to redeem the sinners from the eternal punishment. Their view, faith alone in Christ can save us, work, good deeds, religious affiliation and church membership are not necessary for our salvation. In order to show that their concept of salvation is scriptural, they cite passage from the bible that first glance seemingly support their view. Salvation is indeed a gift from God. Truly, Christ is the only one appointed by him to save us from eternal punishment. And yes, belief in Christ is all important and necessary. But just because all these statements are true doesn’t mean that the conclusion that faith alone in Christ is sufficient for us to attain salvation is also true.
There are other things that the bible teaches on this issue that should also be considered without diminishing the all important function of Christ as the only Savior appointed by God and without contradicting the truth that the salvation id God’s gift and that all of us who want to be saved should believe in Christ. For instance, the bible does not teach that works are not necessary for the attainment of the salvation. Therefore, the church of Christ is indeed an essential part of God’s master plan of salvation. Therefore, anybody can attain salvation as long as we make sure that we are in the church that Christ will save. Simply accepting Christ as one’s Lord and personal Savior will not guarantee us entry into the kingdom of heaven as god’s plan for all of us who believes that he will truly saved us.