Pentecostals/What is being saved mean?

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Hello Robert

I come from a RC family background
I have christain work mates and they talk about Jesus being their personal saviour.
Having a personal relationship with him!
And their saved by putting faith in what Jesus done on the cross!
They go to church
I go to chapel
Could you please explain to me is there a differents between me and them.
Thank you for your time"

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Hi Fran!

I am so glad to hear from you and will happy to try and answer your question.

First of all, if there are more questions after reading this, please write me at RMorgan112@gmail.com or call me at 813-404-1837.  The reason I am offering you this is because I have a heart for those in the Catholacism.  

I'll TRY to be to the point.  First of all, one of the underlying differences is the Catholics believe church tradition carries the same weight as the Word of God as the authority in our lives.  Also, since the Reformation in the 1500's, Protestants Strongly contend that Jesus is the ONLY mediator between God and man for salvation, not the church.  According to the Scriptures, we are born again (saved) today just as early believers were saved in the New Testament, particularly the Book of Acts.  This is the pattern Jesus Himself established and intended for us to follow.  The New Testament plan of salvation according to Acts 2:38 and 39, is faith in the risen Jesus alone as Savior and Lord.  That faith to believe is a gift from God Himself.  Secondly, in response to the drawing of the Holy Spirit and the faith He gives us, we repent of any and all sin and declare our willingness to follow Jesus as His disciple.  Thirdly, all New Testament believers were baptized (immersed) in water in the Name of Jesus Christ (the early church never used the titles Father, Son and Holy Ghost).  Fourthly, God has promised to fill us with His Spirit which is what happened to the early church in Acts 2:4.  God gives us the evidence of speaking with other tongues when God gives us His Spirit.  This entire process begins with simple faith at which time spiritual life in concieved in the heart.  It is this New Testament plan of salvation that regenerates the heart and gives us spiritual new birth.  We don't join the church, we are BORN into it!  After being saved, a disciple needs to get into a Bible believing church that teaches total and complete reliance on Jesus and His Word.  Salvation is NOT of works or being a member of any particular church.  It is the result of faith in what Jesus did for us on the cross and our continued discipleship following the Lord Jesus who was God in the flesh.   

Does this help?  Please let me know if I can clarify anything.  God bless you for your hunger for God.  It is leading you into all truth!

Robert
Acts 2:38!  

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Robert L. Morgan

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I was raised as a 4th generation Pentecostal in an ordained Assemblies of God minister's home and educated for the ministry at an A/G Bible College. I transitioned into the United Pentecostal Church International and also attended one of their Bible Colleges. I have a balanced understanding of the Oneness/Trinity debate, water baptism in the Name of Jesus, grace versus legalism, the new birth, the differences between Charismatic, Apostolic, and Pentecostal, worship, church history and the evolution of Christian theology. I have also personally confronted the issue of same gender attraction often found among classical Pentecostals.

Experience

I have a deep passion for doctrine and history which I invested myself into heavily while pursuing my education. My entire life has been spent finding Scriptural balance with help provided by exposure to reputable ministries from across the spectrum of the modern Pentecostal and Charismatic movements.

Organizations
Presently, I am the General Chairman and co-founder of the Global Alliance of Affimring Apostolic Pentecostals, an "affirming" organization dedicated to sharing truth as it is understood by Pentecostals with all people, including but not limited to gay people in their pursuit of God's fullness in their often challenging lives. I attend a multicultural United Pentecostal Church in Tampa, FL.

Publications
The Pentecostal Herald. I was also one of the featured subjects of an article written for Charisma Magazine in 2000 regarding the issue of Homosexuality and Christianity.

Education/Credentials
I graduated in 1983 from Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL (Assemblies of God) with a Bachelors degree in Theology and Pastoral Ministry. I also attended JacksonCollege of Ministries in Jackson, MS where I studied organ, piano and vocal music. I attended A/G churches all my life until 1985 when I fully transitioned in the United Pentecostal Church International. I held a General License with the UPC for several years before resigning to confront personal issues with which I was struggling.

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