August 8, 2011

I haven’t written about baptism lately, so I feel that it is time.

If you think baptism is a work or it is unnecessary for salvation, then I would ask you the same question that Jesus asked the chief priests and the elders of Israel.

(Mat 21:25 NIV) John’s baptism–where did it come from? Was it from heaven, or from men?” They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’
(Mark 11:30 NIV) John’s baptism–was it from heaven, or from men? Tell me!”
(Luke 20:4 NIV) John’s baptism–was it from heaven, or from men?”

The people that Jesus asked were afraid of being stoned to death, if they answered “From men”, but you don’t have to worry about being stoned today. The world will applaud you if you say “From men”. However, it would seem that no one, but God is asking. The only reference found of baptism is in the Bible, so where did baptism come from?

There are those who think baptism is only a sign and if you are one then consider Luke 7:29&30.

(Luke 7:29&30 NIV) (All the people, even the tax collectors, when they heard Jesus’ words, acknowledged that God’s way was right, because they had been baptized by John. But the Pharisees and experts in the law rejected God’s purpose for themselves, because they had not been baptized by John.)

Ask yourself if you are any different than all the people. Then ask yourself if God’s way is right. What is God’s way? Don’t answer as I and all true believers know God’s way and we know it is right. You see, baptism has power to grant understanding: that is you see “if” you have been baptized.

Well, this post is to explain the mechanics of baptism, so let me explain.

Every man sins and God will not become one with a sinner. God is pure and would not soil Himself by uniting with the impure.

There are three parts to baptism. John’s baptism is a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. It is the first part of baptism.

The second part is that the individual is buried. That may seem odd that one is buried alive, however the person is dead in sin, they may seem alive to others, even to themselves, but they are dead to God, so they are not buried alive at all.

The third part is that they are raised a new person and that new person has not sinned: at least not yet. Then God can become one with that person, because at that moment in time they are pure and can receive the Holy Spirit.

Without the Holy Spirit one only has men to lead. All men are flawed, so no man is perfectly qualified to lead. However, the Holy Spirit is perfect and wants to lead everyone to understanding.

If you are someone that clings to the belief that we can not work for salvation, then calm down as someone else does the work of baptism. All a new believer has to do is let someone baptize them.

By the way, does anyone believe that we should just sprinkle dirt on a dead body and call it a burial? That body would smell so bad that there could be no question about the matter. If you have just been sprinkled and you have let someone convince you that you have been baptized, then ask God if that is true. Then seek His answer from His Word.

Also as Scripture says John’s baptism, is a baptism of repentance. Can a baby repent? What sin would a just God hold against a baby? How can it be said that a baby could be baptized when it doesn’t even know what is happening to it? Doesn’t the person have to know they are a sinner in order to know they must repent?

I’m good at giving advice when it wasn’t asked for, so let me continue. If you have not been properly baptized, then go, as soon as you can, to a church that still practices it and ask to be baptized. You do not have to join that church, as all of God’s people are the church. If that church demands that you join their congregation in order to be baptized then seek a church that doesn’t make such a demand. I also would advise you not to ask, or even tell, the leaders of a church, that accepts sprinkling, what you are contemplating, or have done. It really is none of their business. It is your life that is at stake, not theirs. The only thing they have in the game is their pride in what they think they know and their income. For if they were to agree with you, then they would lose their position and they might have to work with their hands for a living, as the Bible says they should.

You see John came to prepare the way for the Lord. He brought baptism and baptism prepares the way for all the people of the Lord.


August 3, 2011

If you have confused yourself, or allowed someone to confuse you, with the idea that it is only God that determines whether, or not one is saved, then I do not think that you can understand that sin does, indeed, have a purpose.

Sin is both a noun and a verb. Sin is the opposite of righteousness. If righteousness is one choice and we can choose not to do righteous acts, then the other choice would have to be the opposite and it is called sin.

If you believe that it is only God that chooses those who will be saved, then even Jesus had/has no purpose. Why would anyone have to suffer the punishment for sin, if God were going to choose the saved, without considering sin? And if God did consider sin, then, because all humans sin, no one could be saved. So, then sin would have no purpose and all the wrong done in this world was for nothing!

(Isa 59:1&2 NIV) “Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” You can see that sin is what separates us from God and we all sin. The Gospel, or good news is that all, who want to be saved, can be saved, through Jesus Christ.

Mat 7:78 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” That is good news to all sinners and it could not be true, if salvation was only for those that God would choose.

If it is only God that chooses then what purpose is the Bible? It would only confuse both the lost and the saved. Who would need to know anything about God, if it were only God that chose and man could neither help, nor hinder Him with His choice!

I, for one, cannot see any purpose in “anything”, without free will. I know, for a fact that I am free to sin, because I have, and though I do not want too, I still sin. I believe that God lets me sin, so that I do not forget my need of a Savior. It is not enough for me to remember Jesus only during communion.

So, you are probably thinking ‘Well, when are you going to tell me what is the purpose of sin?’ Right now. Sin is proof we have free will. If there were no free will, there would be no sin. Sin is to disobey God and everyone disobeys God.

The purpose of sin is, SIN PROVES GOD CORRECT, because the result of sin always hurts others as well as the sinner and if we do not sin then no one is hurt. It proves God’s way is right.

Another purpose of sin is SIN SEPERATES THOSE FROM GOD WHO DO NOT WANT TO BE WITH HIM. It also separates those who will not do to others, as they would have others do to them, from the saved. We will be at peace in Heaven, because everyone will do to others as they want others to do to them and there will no longer be any sin. There would be no longer any purpose in it.