From: Craig Rolinger (
Date: Thu Apr 30 1998 - 16:56:29 EDT

Having thought something about this subject. I would like to contribute my
uneducated 2 cents. It seems from a comparison of the usages (the chief
determinant in the meaning of Greek terms) PISTEUW can reflect just about
whatever degree of commitment to the thing believed as the context
determines. Commitment is not inherent at all in the idea of PISTEUW.
Compare John 1:23 and 24. Here the people believed with no sense of
commitment whatsoever. In fact their belief was conditioned on the signs
that the Savior performed. Therefore the Savior responded with no (PISTEUW)
or commitment or trust toward them.

Also the "taking up the cross" issue has nothing to do with belief. It has
everything to do with discipleship, a fact which the Lordship salvationists
consistently confuse.

23 Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many
believed (PISTEUW) in His name, observing His signs which He was doing. 24
But Jesus, on His part, was not entrusting (PISTEUW) Himself to them, for He
knew all men,

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