Interview #14: Sam Waldron – Two Things You Must Do To Be Saved: How To Communicate Essential Gospel Truths to the Lost, Book Giveaway + More


On episode 14 of our podcast, we interview Sam Waldron on his book Two Things You Must Do To Be Saved: How To Communicate Essential Gospel Truths to the LostWe talk about everything from the Gospel, faith repentance, every member evangelism, missional, regulative principle and more!

(We know we said this week would be Jeff Johnson on “The Church, Why Bother?” but do to technical issues we will have that next week, sorry.)

After that, we talk about some Reformed Baptist headlines and give you a preview of next week’s episode featuring Jeff Johnson on “The Church, Why Bother?”

Book Giveaway:


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This week you have a chance to win a paperback of Sam Waldron new book Two Things You Must Do To Be Saved: How To Communicate Essential Gospel Truths to the Lost.

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Sponsor: – A wiki dedicated to the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith, commonly called the 1689, and theology in accordance with the doctrines contained therein.

Post-Interview Music:

God Be Merciful (Ps. 51) from Pilgrim Days: Indelible Grace II

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28 thoughts on “Interview #14: Sam Waldron – Two Things You Must Do To Be Saved: How To Communicate Essential Gospel Truths to the Lost, Book Giveaway + More”

  1. Listening now! Love your show. Still new to the whole 1689 Federalism thing, but I’m quite intrigued and just started reading Coxe/Owen.

    1. I’ve benefitted greatly from the presuppositional apologetics of Gordon H. Clark. Knowing our confidence rests in Scripture, the Word of God, and not our own wisdom has a great effect on being able to share the gospel.

  2. Love the show guys! Awesome book giveaway and great stuff from Samuel Waldron! Really appreciate you guys and all that you do. SDG.

  3. Enjoyed the show, particularly Jason’s question over the “missional” movement. As Dr. Waldron rightly points out, there is a confusion of the Great Commission and the Great Commandment amongst the “missional”. Individual believers fulfill the great commandment while the church corporately fulfills the Great Commission.

    The “missional” folks have some real issues with their ecclesiology and do not appear to be much more than a Calvinistic branch of the emergent church.

    God bless, and keep the Confessing Baptist podcasts coming!

    1. “The “missional” folks have some real issues with their ecclesiology and do not appear to be much more than a Calvinistic branch of the emergent church.” Agreed. Some are Amyraldian (“4-Point”) or less (3 1/2 Points, 3 Points)

      1. i agree that some that consider themselves “missional” have ecclesiastical issues, however the question and response points at that even some of our fellow Reformed Baptist brethern have embraced this term… but they obviously mean something different than those with ecclesiology issues (i.e. & Point in case, we can’t lump them all together.

  4. In response to your (contest) question, there are numerous books that have helped me grow in my knowledge and understanding of the biblical gospel and how to share it with others. Some that come to mind include “The Master Plan of Evangelism” by Robert Coleman, “The Gospel and Personal Evangelism” by Mark Dever, “Jesus the Evangelist” by Richard Phillips, “The Gospel” by J. D. Greear, and – of course – “The Soul Winner” by C. H. Spurgeon. All are highly recommended books!

  5. It hasn’t been books for me, but rather resources like blogs, tweets, and personal research after discovering teachers like John Piper, RC Sproul, Kevin DeYoung, Tim Challies, and Ravi Zacharias.

  6. For understanding the gospel, “The God who Justifies” by James White has been one of the most helpful books to me, For sharing it, “The Gospel and Personal Evangelism” by Mark Dever and “Tell the Truth” by Will Metzger..

  7. This is an important interview and conversation. There is a growing hyper-Calvinism in the “reformed” and Sovereign Grace churches that almost calls sinners to do nothing, except believe in their doctrine of election, which is both a redacted and unscriptural gospel call contrary to either Christ or the apostles in the New Testament. John came preaching repentance and baptism and Jesus preached, “the time is fulfilled, the kingdom of heaven is near, repent and believe the gospel”, while continuing, endorsing, and teaching baptism as well as the need for conversion of sinners (read John 3 in its entirety). It was refreshing since Waldron also spoke of baptism as well as repentance and faith, for the New Testament is clear that the ordinance was enjoined with the gospel call (which many reformed and Presbyterians seem to lessen or deny) of preachers.
    In doing this Waldron has subtlely charged against a lack of gospel preaching by Sovereign Grace churches and also clarified the very point which Arminians and “easy believism” teachers try to accuse of, that there IS a call that requires a real response of repentance, faith, and baptism as definite acts (i.e. “passive works”, Calvin), but that it is a “change of mind” (but more than historical, rational) and “believing” with its attendant proofs and acts of obedience (i.e. what James calls “works” that justify faith and prove it).
    Satan has used the most orthodox preachers to utter things contrary to scripture, e.g. Spurgeon started the “just believe” (see his Morning & Evening message on this very same subject), and substituting “trust” for faith, evangelical movement which has dominated the 20th century into a Christian Nominalism, by a **summarized Redacted Gospel** that is devoid of the scriptural commands to “repent and believe” and even “be baptized” (as if it is not The Gospel Ordinance).
    The troubling thing is this: If there is a misunderstanding commonly about what the gospel is and REQUIRES then how can there be what Paul writes to the Thessalonians, who is saved if men must “obey the gospel”? Then how many are truly regenerate if they know not what makes a real Christian, except their own profession and reasoning or church membership? These are “troubling times” where there is a “form of godliness” but “without power”. It is troubling that this subject must be discussed because it proves precisely where the confusion is and lays bare its implications.

    1. The gospel is good news about what Christ has done outside of us. It is not a command for us to obey. “Obeying the gospel” is simply believing the good news of what Christ has already done.

      Those who believe the gospel are called to simultaneously turn from their sin and produce good works, but these obligations should never be confused as part of the gospel itself.

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