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God's Plan of Salvation

 What Must I do to be Saved

Jesus on Eternal Salvation

Special Conversion in the Book of Acts

Born Again?

Baptism: God's Perfect Symbol

Grace Only


More Grace Alone


Faith Alone and Paul

Faith Alone and Jesus

The Need for Law

Perfected Faith

Born of Water and Spirit


More Faith Alone

Saved by Faith

 Led by the Spirit

Pouring Forth of the Spirit

Why Don't People see the Bilble Alike?

Obedience of Faith


Billy Graham and the New Birth

Edward Fudge on the Coversion of Cornelius

What do you mean "Faith Only"?

Luke 3:16

The Levels and Limits of Biblical Faith

Faith, Which Works by Love

The Three Thousand

Marriage & Divorce


Common Salvation Questions

Seeking Consensus

The Gospel of Jesus Christ

The Process of Conversion

1 Corinthians 12:13

The Baptism in the Holy Spirit

Objections to Spirit Baptism

Baptism with Fire?

Essence of Christianity

F. F. Bruce and Water Baptism

The Church


The Star of Bethlehem

Spirit Baptism

Measures of the Spirit

Questions and Answers on Regeneration

The Sovereignty of God


Freedom in Christ

Is Belief in God Reasonable



Obedience & Works

Genesis Chapter One


The Bible

Law of Christ

Begotten of God

The Trinity


Legalism & Grace



The New Birth and Other Views

The Covenants

New Birth

Leadership & Authority

Filled With The Spirit

Book of Revelation

Becoming a Child of God

AD 70 Doctrine

Indwelling Holy Spirit


Eternal Life

Original Sin

The Age of the Earth

Reformed Regeneration


The Sinner's Prayer


The One Baptism of Ephesians 4;5

The Just Shall Live By Faith

The Gift of the Holy Spirit

The Restoration Movement



Abraham-Faith and Love

 Limited Atonement

The Sacraments

Total Depravity

Perseverance of the Saints

John the Baptist

Christ Did Not Send Me To Baptism

Calling on the Name of the LordUpdated

Thy Kindom Come

A Response

Imperfect Baptism pt. 1

Imperfect Baptism pt. 2

Imperfect Baptism pt. 3


Baptismal Regeneration

Church Affiliation

Promises of God

Remission of Sin

Children of God by Faith


Max Lucado and Salvation

A New Life, A New Heart

The Kingdom



The Abundant Life

Progressives From the Restoration Movement

Wash Away Your Sins

A New Spirit

Jews and GentilesNew

The Transitional Interpretation of Acts 2:38New

The Transitional Interpretation of Acts 2:38 part 2New





Welcome to PLAIN TALK ABOUT THE SCRIPTURES.  PLAIN TALK is basically an attempt to sort out the teaching of the Scriptures in regard to salvation.  No one has the right to tell another what they must believe or do.  Therefore these articles are offered in the spirit of sharing and persuasion.  Take what you can, dismiss what you must, but always approach God in faith and love.  PLAIN TALK holds that God saves mankind by grace through faith which obeys in love, not by works.  If you are also searching for the truth, we hope you will consider and check out the above statement.  (Ephesians 2: 8- 10; Galatians 5: 6)

Despite many conflicting ideas in the religious world, we believe, we can discover the truth about salvation for ourselves.  Jesus said, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  Jesus, who is the truth, is central to that endeavor.  Finding the truth about salvation is dependent on two things; first, we must seek; and second, we must deny yourselves.  In regard to the former, Jesus said, “Ask and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.”  In regard to the latter He said,  “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.”  (Matthew 7: 7, 8; 16: 24)

What do we think about salvation?  Have we accepted the views of our minister, priest or parents..  This is where most of us get our first answers.  Are we prepared to critically examine our personal views and the views of our mentors?

But what question should we ask, and from whom?  We believe the word of God is true and authoritative; we should seek answers there.  There are many well-meaning folks eager to guide us, but are their answers consistent with the Scriptures?  If they are not, are they are really trustworthy.

Common Salvation Questions:

Who and what saves?

Do they save in the same way?

Does grace save, grace alone?

Does faith save, faith alone?  In what way is faith unique?

Is salvation in Christ alone?

Does the obedience of faith save?  How?

Does love save?  How”

Must we belong to a particular church?  Keep the sacraments?

Must we keep the Ten Commandments?

Do other factors save?

Do works save?  Is there a difference between the obedience of faith and works of righteousness?


You will find Plain Talk’s answer to these questions in the article: Common Salvation Questions.  Comments (even if you don’t agree) and questions are invited.

God bless you in your quest for the truth.




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God bless. 

Arland  Pafford  


PS:   Thanks to Phil, my son, for all his help.  I can barely turn on my computer.   He is not responsible for any errors you may find.  Also, although my wife and I worship with the Church of Christ, the views presented in Plain Talk are my own and not necessarily any Church of Christ.

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Last Update   10/06/12