What Must I Do To Be Saved?
Acts 16:30 “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
Some time ago there was a young woman under great distress of soul; she came to a very pious Christian man, who said “My dear girl, you must go home and pray.” Well I thought within myself, that is not the Bible way at all. It never says, “Go home and pray.” The poor girl went home; she did pray, and she still continued in distress. Said he, “You must wait, you must read the Scriptures and study them.” That is not the Bible way; that is not exalting Christ; find a great many preachers are preaching that kind of doctrine. They tell a poor convinced sinner, “You must go home and pray, and read the Scriptures; you must attend the ministry;” and so on. Works, works, works-instead of “By grace are ye saved through faith,” If a penitent should come and ask me, “What must I do to be saved?” I would say, “Christ must save you-believe on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.” I would neither direct to prayer, nor reading of the Scriptures nor attending God’s house; but simply direct to faith, naked faith on God’s gospel. Not that I despise prayer-that must come after faith. Not that I speak a word against the searching of the Scriptures-that is an infallible mark of God’s children. Not that I find fault with attendance on God’s word-God forbid! I love to see people there. But none of those things are the way of salvation. It is nowhere written-”He that attendeth chapel shall be saved,” or, “He that readeth the Bible shall be saved.” Nor do I read- “He that prayeth and is baptised shall be saved;” but, “He that believeth,”-he that has a naked faith on the “Man Christ Jesus,”-on his Godhead, on his manhood, is delivered from sin. To preach that faith alone saves, is to preach God’s truth.