I confronted my preacher about
his lack of mentioning baptism. I
am not sure that any newcomer
understands how to be saved
when visiting my church.
I think baptism particularly is
diminished from its proper place
into an act that is symbolic of salvation, but not actually
part of it; I don't subscribe to that. I want the simple Bible
truth to be preached and obeyed without any kind of
I was told to preach Christ, not baptism. In my
understanding, I am preaching Christ. I only call up the
issue of baptism because it is precisely what seems to
be de-emphasized inordinately.
Phillip preached unto the Eunuch "Jesus" and the
Eunuch said "here is water what doth hinder me to be
baptized." Wonder how he knew he had to be
baptized just because he preached unto him Jesus. "
Just preach Jesus" is a cop out. When you preach Jesus
you surely tell his promise "He that believeth and is
baptized shall be saved and he that believeth not shall
Who would talk about a Savior and not say what the
Savior said you had to be do to be saved?
He said, therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins:
for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your
sins.” John 8:24
He said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth
on me hath everlasting life." John 6:47
He said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth
my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath
everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation;
but is passed from death unto life.” John 5:24
He said, ”…if you do not confess me before men I will
not confess you before my father in Heaven.” Luke 12:8-
He said, “If you do not repent you will likewise perish”.
He said, “Except you are born of the water and the Spirit
you CANNOT enter into the kingdom of God”. John 3:5
He said, “Whosoever believes and is baptized shall be
saved”. Mark 16:16
He said, “Whosoever is ashamed of me AND MY
WORDS of him I will be ashamed”. Luke 9:26
Those who will talk about the Man and will not tell THE
PLAN OF THE MAN is OBVIOUSLY ASHAMED OF
THE MAN AND HIS WORDS.
Such a man is in a precarious position. It is one I would
not want to be in for any amount of money, praise,
acceptance, approval, salary, excuse, or numbers who
hear me preach.
God knows what men need. He put baptism in the plan.
Baptism is the point of pardon and if a preacher will not
tell people where the point of pardon is, he is not a
He is no better than a doctor who would not tell a person
of a cure for cancer when he knew of the medicine that
would cleanse them of the disease.
People have a sin problem and baptism into Christ is
where one receives the remission of sins and the Gift of
the Holy Spirit. In Christian baptism we get rid of the
guilt of sin, the consequence of sin, and the power of
A man who will not tell sinners that, is no preacher of