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All that it takes to become a Christian is to believe that Jesus was the Son of God, that He died for your sins for your redemption, thereby creating a personal relationship between you and God. Baptism is an outward manifestation of your confession of Christ as your Savior but isn't required to be saved. The thief on the cross had only to profess that Jesus was the Son of God and he was saved and acknowledge his need for Him. He's the model. It's that easy.
John 3:16 is the answer "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Confirmed in acts "Act 16:30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? Act 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." Confirmed in 1 John "1Jo 5:12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 1Jo 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God." "Believe" is the path if salvation by grace not of works,"Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Eph 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. "
One becomes a Christian by being baptized - the initiation to the faith is Baptism. Acts 2:41 - Peter during Pentecost preached to the crowds, and the crowds received his preaching, were baptized and were counted as Christians that day.
To become a Christian one must follow the Biblical example: hear the gospel of Jesus Christ; believe the gospel of Jesus Christ; repent; be baptized into Christ for the forgiveness of sin; continue to follow Christ. Do this, and you cannot go wrong, these actions are fully supported by Scripture.
To become a Christian is to believe on Jesus as the only way of salvation. John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER believes on Him has everlasting life. Everlasting life means eternal life and we can never be lost. When we first believed it we were sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise and can never be lost. It is by grace, through faith, without works, (what we do) so no one can boast. Jesus paid the price for all sin so that we would not have to go to hell to pay for them. He took the punishment for all our sin. We are all sinners and can only be saved by His life, death, and resurrection. First John 1:8 says, if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. So we are all sinners but Jesus blood sacrifice covers us from all sin. So to become a Christian is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved. It is by faith alone. Jesus said it, and if you believe it, you have eternal life and are a Christian. Ephesians 2:8-9 says salvation is a free gift of God to all who believe on Him who saved us by grace. Jesus gives us His righteousness, and covers us from all sin by faith alone in what He did for us on the cross. John 6:47 Some say this is just easy believeism, but it is easy to believe. How hard is it to believe that Jesus paid the price for all our sin. We are justified sinners by faith in Christ alone and have eternal life given to us as a free gift. It is easy to believe. So all of those that have put their faith in Christ alone have become Christians, and have eternal life through Him who saved us by grace. Paul said that if we preach any other gospel than the gospel of free grace, we should be accursed. So though I or an angel from heaven preach any other gospel let them be accursed. Jesus paid our sin debt in full so that we do not have to. To add anything to salvation by grace is preaching another gospel.
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