Letter: Marshall’s Public Pulpit column receives agreement from reader

Feb. 16, 2013 @ 12:14 AM

Editor:

Regarding the “Repentance” article by Alden Marshall in last Sunday’s Public Pulpit: I wholly agree on the many points made about finding cozy words for horrible sinful practices. The points are all good, including the fact that it takes something to open heaven’s door.

However, the Bible teaches that there are five keys to heaven’s door, not merely one key.

There is the key of faith. One must believe with his whole heart that Jesus is God’s Son.

The key of repentance is crucial, as Marshall wrote. Unless one repents, she cannot enter heaven.

The key of confession, not of sins but of one’s faith. With the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

The key of baptism, not sprinkling a few drops of water or pouring a cup of water over one’s head, but a full body immersion under water, the only baptism recognized in the New Testament. In baptism is the forgiveness of sins and the imparting of God’s Holy Spirit.

The key of faithfulness till death. He that endures to the end will be saved.

Tom Haynie

Buffalo, Ind.