The main difference may be summarized by a look at the subject of cause and effect. What others say is the cause of salvation, such as belief, faith, repentance, baptism or other acts by an individual, Primitive Baptist believe these acts are the effects of, or evidences of, spiritual life and can only be performed sincerely by those already in possession of eternal life. In other words, salvation is totally by God’s grace.
Doctrine of Salvation by God’s Salvation
- The fall of Man Resulting in Depravity
- When Adam transgressed God’s law, he and all the human race died as they fell under the law of sin and death. This act did not result in sickness or injury but in death and separation from God. Therefore, he became incapable of recovering himself from this fallen condition, by his own will or ability. (Genesis 2:17, Romans 3:9-18, 5:12, Psalms 14:1, 58:3-5)
- Unconditional Election and Predestination
- This wonderful doctrine teaches that God, according to his own purpose and will, chose an innumerable people in Christ, out of every kindred, tongue, people, and nation, before the world began and predestinated them unto the adoption of children, to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ, and to obtain an eternal inheritance, in heaven. (Ephesians 1:4-11, I Peter 1:1-5, Romans 8:29-30, Revelation 5:9).
- Regeneration, New Birth, Being, Born Again
- These different terms define what happen when God quickens one of his children into eternal life. We believe this is done by the life giving voice of Jesus Christ and is always effectual and irresistible on part of the individual. This is done separate and apart from the preaching of the gospel and without any aid of man. (John 3:6-8, 5:25, 6:37, Romans 8:30, Ephesians 2:1, II Timothy 1:9)
- Work of Redemption
- The word redeem declares a price to be paid and prior ownership of that which is to be redeemed. The price of eternal redemption (Hebrews 9:12) was the blood of Christ and those he redeemed were his by covenant out of every kindred, tongue, people and nation (Revelation 5:9) All Christ died for, will live in heaven because the debt of sin was paid, and the righteousness of Christ was imputed unto his family. (Hebrews 10:17-18, I Corinthians 1:30, II Corinthians 5:21).
- Preservation or Eternal Security
- This comforting aspect of salvation by grace teaches all that Jesus Christ died for, will be eternally saved without the loss of one. They shall never perish, be cast out, separated from the love of Christ nor plucked out of the hand of God. They are preserved in the blood of Christ and kept by his power. (John 6:37-39, 8:28-39, 10:27-30, I Peter 1:1-5, Hebrews 10:14, Jude 1).