THE CONVERSION OF PAUL
by Dan Goddard
In the book of Acts we have the
account of the conversion of the apostle Paul.
In Acts chapter 9, Paul is traveling on the road up to
Let’s see now what Paul was told
that he must do. In Acts chapter 22, a
man named Ananias came to Paul, taught him, and told him in Acts , “And now why
tarriest thou? Arise, and be baptized,
and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” Paul was not saved three days earlier while
on the road to
Paul was not told to “pray the sinner’s prayer and ask Jesus to come into his heart In order to be saved” as many falsely teach today. This is completely foreign to the Scriptures. Forgiveness occurs in the mind of God and not on the basis of man’s feeling in his heart. Only when we have done what God has said that we MUST do, will God forgive our sins. Man cannot devise his own plan as to how his sins are to be forgiven. Our sins have to be washed away in baptism, just as Paul’s sins were. To be baptized for any reason other than for the remission of sins so one can be saved is to reject Christ. A person who has not been baptized for the purpose of having his sins washed away still has all his sins and is still lost.