equivocation that salvation comes to one without and prior to baptism.(3) In other words, baptism is simply an "outward sign of an inward grace." Disturbed, I began to wonder, "Just how prominent is this sectarian error among us?" "How can we know?" I needed a sample, a sample that everyone would agree that it was not random on my part. Where would I find such an objective sample? I decided to list every congregation mentioned in the current issue of the Christian Chronicle for any reason. Though my count may be off somewhat, I found 42 congregations mentioned by name. I proceeded to look up the 42 congregations and discover for myself what kind of salvational message each one had on their respective websites. I then grouped the 42 into 5 separate categories based upon what I discovered. Here they are:
- NO - No website
- N/A - No salvational message of any kind
- AMB - A salvational message written in ambiguous language that contains some Bible and some Calvinism. These salvational messages seem to want to have in both ways, "Calvin and Christ"
- BIB - A salvational message consistent with what the New Testament teaches.
- BAP - A salvational message clearly Calvinist and clearly anti-biblical.
- 11 congregations have a clearly articulated and biblical salvational message clearly stating that "baptism is for the remission of sins." This is where the "good news" ends.
- 11 congregations have no websites whatsoever.
- 9 congregations have no salvational message of any kind. In other words these 9 websites do not answer the question of the ages; "What must I do to be saved?"
- 9 congregations have a salvational message that contains "some Bible" and some "Calvinism."
- 2 congregations have a clearly articulated Baptist / Calvinist salvational message in clear contradiction with Scripture.
- In this sample, only about 26% of all the congregations mentioned by name in the current (August, 2018) edition of the Christian Chronicle have communicated the gospel message on their websites.
- An equal amount of about 26% of the 42 congregations mentioned have no kind of website at all!
- Another approx. 21% of the 42 congregations mentioned have no salvational message whatsoever!
- Disturbingly, yet another approx. 21% of the mentioned congregations have an ambiguous salvational message, mixing Christ and Calvin.
- At least honestly, an approx. 5% of mentioned congregations openly admit their Baptist / Calvin error by publishing it on their website in a "salvational message."
NOTE: Public Domain Image of John Calvin Courtesy of Wikipedia. "Church of Christ" photograph courtesy of the Archdale church of Christ, Charlotte, NC.