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Sunday, January 19, 2014

WHY DO BELIEVERS IN CHRIST REJECT BIBLICAL BAPTISM?


The Bible is quite clear as to the purpose of water baptism. There is no ambiguity as to who qualifies as candidates for water baptism. Why is there so much confusion and disagreement among believers in Christ?

THE CAUSES OF UNCERTAINTY ABOUT WATER BAPTISM.

1. Many reject the Bible as the only and final authority of faith and practice.

2. More than a few believe that God is still giving new revelation. The would make the Bible subject to revision and changes, making the Bible a secondary source for truth.

3. Some do not believe that the Bible is the inerrant word of God. If you do not trust the Bible, why would you believe what God says about water baptism?

4. Many simply explain away the Scriptures about water baptism in order to support the traditions they have been taught.


5. One of the popular ways to discredit the Bible and the purpose of water Baptism is to claim that the Scriptures have been mistranslated. Which, in fact, is saying God does not have the power to see that we have a Bible that is trustworthy. 


THE QUALIFIED CANDIDATES FOR WATER BAPTISM


Qualified candidates are believers of the gospel. On the Day of Pentecost the apostle Peter preached the death, the burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Peter preached Jesus as both Lord and Christ. When they believed and were convicted of sin they were baptized in water. (Acts 2:22-41.....37 Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brethren what shall we do?"........41 So then those who received the word were baptized....)


Believers of the gospel are the only qualified candidates for water baptism. Non-believers are not qualified. Dead men are not capable of believing; they are not qualified. Infants are not capable of believing the gospel; they are not qualified candidates for baptism.


THE PURPOSE OF WATER BAPTISM


The purpose of water baptism is for the forgiveness of sins. (Acts 2:38 ....and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins...) The purpose of water baptism is in order to be saved (Mark 16:16....have been baptized shall be saved....)(Acts 2:40-41 ...."Be saved from this perverse generation! 41 So then, those who received the word were baptized....) Those who were told to be saved were baptized. 


When it comes to who is qualified to be baptized and the purpose of baptism, the Bible makes it clear. There is no ambiguity. There is no uncertainty. There is no vagueness.  There is no enigma.


IF MEN WOULD SIMPLY TRUST THAT GOD HAS THE POWER TO GIVE THEM, A TRUSTWORTHY, TRANSLATION OF THE BIBLE; THERE WOULD BE NO CONFUSION OVER WHO IS QUALIFIED TO BE BAPTIZED AND THE PURPOSE OF WATER BAPTISM!         

      

2 comments:

  1. Jesus was baptized. His followers should also be baptized.

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  2. Anabaptist's, most of whom followed the teachings of a catholic priest (yes he came out physically yet he remained bound in the chains of catholicism's strong delusion) named menno simons, believed that water baptism was not for new born babes but for those who had been previously baptized(immersed) in, of, and by The Holy, Set Apart, Spirit?

    Seems they are liken unto impetuous Peter who declared, "Can any man forbid water, that these(gentiles) should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Spirit as well as we? (Acts 10:47-48)

    It is needful to note that the gentiles had already received The Holy Spirit! Yet Peter commanded them to be baptized in water in the name of The Messiah!"

    "Can any man forbid"? And since when was Peter the commander of the gentiles? Especially since only "The Good News for the circumcised (not the uncircumcised) was committed unto Peter". (Galatians 2:7)

    What of "water baptism"? Why is it that so many seek to follow all that can be observed "outwardly" to the letter?

    Wasn't that "the way of the pharisee's" who had The Messiah crucified?

    Truth IS water baptism was for the Israelites who were yet under the authority of the old covenant, for the Israelites had been "baptized into Moses in the cloud and the sea", and so the need for the "baptism of repentance", the outward testimony of turning from the sacrificial system that was of the law given Moses for a "disobedient and gainsaying(covetous) people" who did not want GOD to speak too or rule over them! A turning(repenting) from the sacrificial system given Moses unto The Promised Messiah's(The Lamb of GOD) sacrifice for the forgiveness of sin. (Romans 10:21)

    The thief on the cross was the first to realize The Good News of The New Covenant! And all that was needed was "the washing of water by The Word", immersion in, of and by The Holy, Set Apart, Spirit.

    Thankfully Faith is Victorious! (I John 5:4)

    And Paul saw no need for the gentiles to be baptized in water for he testified, "The Messiah sent me not to baptize but to preach The Good News", the same Good News that the thief on the cross received. As for the three, and the family of one of them, that Paul did baptize, nowhere is it stated they were heathens and not natural jews. (I Corinthians 1:17)

    It was as Paul testified, for the uncirumcised there is "one baptism"(Ephesians 4:5), yet for the circumcised?

    The letter to the Hebrews(6:2) bears witness to "baptism's"!

    As for the pagan catholic/christian/anabaptist belief concerning a man being "born of water and of Spirit"?

    John 3:3-7 "The Messiah answered and said unto him, "Truly, truly, I say unto you, except a man be born again, he cannot see The Kingdom of GOD".

    (4)Nicodemus said unto Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born"?

    (5)The Messiah answered, "Truly, Truly, I say unto you, "Except a man be born of water and of The Spirit, he cannot enter into The Kingdom of GOD.

    (6)That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of The Spirit is Spirit.

    (7)Marvel not that I said unto you, Ye must be born again."

    Verses 5 and 6 speak of The Truth concerning water baptism. Quite clear that the Messiah was referring too a man's birth from the water filled womb of a woman when He testified, "Except a man be born of water"! For "that which is born of the flesh is flesh " refers to a man's natural birth, not "water baptism" as practiced by pagan catholicism and her harlot christian daughters!

    Continued @ http://asimpleandspirituallife.blogspot.com/2010/08/water-baptism-anabaptists.html

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