Water baptism is essential to salvation.

It was not until Pharaoh’s army, and the many years of bondage it represented, were washed away by the collapsing walls of water were the Israelites truly free from their oppressors. Paul wrote that they had been “baptized…in the cloud and in the sea” (I Corinthians 10:2), paralleling Jesus’ words that a man cannot enter the kingdom of God, except he be born of water and of the Spirit (John 3:5).

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Repentance is essential to salvation.

The call to repent is not an invitation, it is a command; and those who refuse are guilty of further disobedience before God. Repentance involves four vital elements: 1) you must confess that you are a sinner, alone responsible for your sins; 2) you must determine to forsake sin; 3) you must turn to God as the only hope of your salvation; and, 4) you must be willing to make restitution to the degree possible for wrongs against others.

Man is a sinner.

Just as physical genes transfer physical traits from one generation to the next, so spiritual genes have transferred the trait of sin from Adam and Eve, our original parents, to every generation that has followed them. Sin is no surface problem; it is a spiritually genetic defect.