Question: Two times in your April 1997 newsletter it seems to me you have stated directly or indirectly that “we are saved by believing that Christ died on the cross for us.” I’m sure you realize that such a statement is unbiblical—never once is it stated or implied in Scripture....When you state it as you have and do, you are saying we can be saved through believing in (or faith in) something Jesus did, instead of faith in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. Over and over the Scripture says, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.” It is in the person, not a thing or a deed.
Response: That God exists and that God the Son became a man and, as Jesus Christ, lived a perfect, sinless life and performed miracles, would never save us. The person of Christ would never save us unless He died on the cross for our sins, as the Scriptures foretold. When Paul said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts:16:31), that belief necessarily included all that Jesus Christ is and did on our behalf. To believe in Jesus Christ must include who He is (that He is God, that He became man through the virgin birth, but never ceased to be God, that He is the one and only God-man, etc.) and that He died for our sins.