The Three B’s of Salvation

The New Testament gospel of Jesus Christ emphasizes three ‘B’ events that must be rightly divided and ordered, for all salvation heresies may be identified by their confusion in the timing of the three events.
  1. Belief … faith in Jesus Christ as Son of God and Saviour.
  2. Baptism … use of water in various denominational ways.
  3. Birth … being born again or regenerated as a child of God.

Credit: Elder Sonny Pyles’ sermon.

Roman Catholicism and Her Infant-Baptizing Daughters

The admitted and condemned mother church (Rev 17:1-6), she leads the way in abominations. Her priests get salvation started by ritual pouring with parents and godparents promising future confirmation.

  1. Baptism
  2. Birth
  3. Belief

Church of Christ, Mormons, and Pentecostals

Alexander Campbell, a renegade Presbyterian and renegade Baptist, rejected infant baptism, so he started his own church with believers’ baptismal regeneration. Acts 2:38 is pretty much their total hope.

  1. Belief
  2. Baptism
  3. Birth

Fundamentalists, Charismatics, and Mega Churches

Arminian followers of Charles Finney, D.L Moody, Billy Graham, Benny Hinn, and Joel Osteen teach that accepting Jesus Christ gets you born again, and then you can be baptized for a public profession.

  1. Belief
  2. Birth
  3. Baptism

The Truth

The Bible teaches regeneration comes first to save the elect from their depraved natures in order to believe and obey, and baptism by immersion then follows mature faith as faith’s activity and evidence.

  1. Birth
  2. Belief
  3. Baptism

The Bible condemns all three heresies above and confirms the truth in one verse.

“Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:13

For a detailed study of regeneration and application of John 1:13.