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Max Solbrekken, D.D.
Complete Biblical study on Water Baptism.
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Peter the Foundation of the Church?
Sprinkling of Infants scriptural?
everyone be baptized to be saved?
about Baptism in Jesus' Name?
children be baptized?
does it mean, "to be baptized for the dead"?
Water Baptism pre-figured in the Old Testament under Moses?
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Baptism is practiced by different faiths and religious organizations
around the World. Various modes and methods are used to administer
this sacrament to the applicant and also various interpretations are
placed on the meaning of the world baptism and what it represents.
is not the purpose of this book to convert anyone over to the views and
doctrines of a certain Church organization, denomination or religious
order, but rather to present the clear teachings of the Holy Scriptures in
the matter of Water Baptism.
am not concerned about what religious men have to say about Water Baptism,
but I am vitally interested in what Jesus Christ had to say on the
subject. Many gifted men have written articles and books on the
subject of Water Baptism and other Bible doctrines. These may
be good and fine, but they will never take the place of Christ's Doctrines
and teachings. Men can make mistakes, but Jesus Christ is never
wrong! He is The Way, Truth and Life. (John 14:6)
Roman Pope, Joseph Smith, Judge Rutherford, Mary Baker Eddy, Martin
Luther, the Archbishop of Canterbury and other writers could have made
mistakes and many did, but God's Word, the Holy Bible is perfect, divine,
authoritative, pure and void of error.
Book of Mormon, Koran, Roman Missile and Prayer Books, Water Tower, Plain
Truth magazines and other religious writings could be wrong and many such
writings are erroneous! The Holy Bible, however, will stand as a
great tower of never failing strength and as a Great Lighthouse of Truth
in this message I present the words of Jesus: Not the words of a religious
ruler, Holy man or Pope, but rather the words of the Son of God who alone
lived an infallible and perfect before meeting the demands of Divine
Justice on Calvary's cross to purchase Eternal life for all who believe on
Him and by faith accept His pardon and cleansing from their sins.
do not teach from the writings of men, but from the doctrines of Jesus
Christ, as found in the 'Book of Books', the Holy Bible. As you read
these lines, do so with an open heart and mind. Throw aside all
preconceived ideas, traditions of men, dogmas and ritualistic beliefs you
have formed in your mind regarding Water Baptism, and allow me to
share with you some straightforward Bible truths on the subject!
GREAT COMMISSION: Given by Jesus to the Church
before Jesus Christ ascended into Heaven and sat down at the Right Hand of
the Majesty on High, He appeared to the eleven disciples and gave them
final instructions concerning the work they had to do and the future
ministry of those who would believe on Him.
Bible states: "And He said unto them, go ye into all the world,
and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is
baptized shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be damned.
And these signs shall follow them that believe."
my Name shall they cast out devils. In My Name shall they speak with
new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly
thing it shall not hurt them: They shall lay their hands on the sick and
they shall recover." (Mark 16:15-18)
charge that Jesus gave His disciples is commonly known as the 'Great
Commission'. In this Commission, which sets forth the ministry of
the Church from the Day of Pentecost until the rapture, Water Baptism
plays a very important and vital role. Jesus defines salvation
in very clear words: "He that believeth and is baptized shall be
saved. He that believeth not shall be damned."
He reveals the power of the Gospel, by identifying the exploits that
believers would do in His Name. His promise majors on the
supernatural aspect of the Gospel, like miracles of deliverance,
exorcising evil spirits, protection against venomous snakes and accidental
poisoning, as well as the supernatural gift of 'speaking in tongues'!
Baptism, I repeat, must be very important and more than that, it is
necessary because Jesus included it in His Great Commission.
"He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved. He that
believeth not shall be damned."
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Matthew 28:18-20, we read another account of Jesus' last words to His
disciples in the Great Commission. "And Jesus came and spake
unto them saying, All Power is given unto Me in Heaven and in Earth.
Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of
the Father, and the Son, and The Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe
all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo I am with you always,
even unto the end of the world. Amen."
giving His disciples their charge, Jesus commanded them not only to,
"Go into all the world to teach" but also to baptize those
who would believe. Thank God for the clarity of Jesus' Words in the
Word of God is steadfast, unchanging, immutable, inerrant and
life-giving. You can depend upon His Word, and this book is
based entirely on God's revelation to man, The Holy Bible. It
is indeed the 'Great Lighthouse of Truth' that brings salvation to lost
humanity. Open your heart to Jesus Christ. Believe His Word
and you will be saved!
BAPTISM IS A DOCTRINE OF CHRIST
only do we find that Water Baptism is in the Great Commission of our
Blessed Lord, but it is actually one of His Doctrines. It is common
for various churches and denominations to have doctrines that are
traditional and ritualistic, but which are NOT Biblical.
hath Isaiah prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people
honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Howbeit
in vain do they worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of
men. For laying aside the commandments of God, ye hold the tradition
of men as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye
He said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may
keep your own tradition." (Mark 7:6-9)
Book of Hebrews enumerates the Doctrines of Christ.
"Therefore leaving the principals of the Doctrines of Christ,
let us go on unto perfection. Not laying again the foundation of
Repentance from dead works, and of Faith toward God, of the Doctrine of
Baptisms, and of Laying on of hands, and of Resurrection of
the Dead, and of Eternal judgment." (Hebrews 6:1-2)
CHRIST HAD ONLY SIX DOCTRINES
to the scriptures, Jesus Christ has only six doctrines, which are the
foundation doctrines of the Church of the Living God. Other
doctrines are only man made, and not recognized as doctrines by
Christ. We may call them doctrines, but Jesus calls them "traditions
and doctrines of men".
SIX FOUNDATION DOCTRINES:
Repentance from dead works
2. Faith toward God
3. The doctrines of Baptisms
4. The 'Laying On" of hands
5. Resurrection of the dead
6. Eternal judgments
REPENTANCE FROM DEAD WORKS
cannot be saved unless you repent of your sins. This is the first
Foundation Doctrine of Christ. Jesus warned, "Except ye repent,
ye shall all likewise perish." (Luke 13:3) Again our Lord
stated, "Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand". (Matthew
repent of your sins means to be sorry for your sins and seek
forgiveness. It means to be sorry enough for your sins to forsake
them. To repent is to turn away from a sinful lifestyle and by the
grace of God receive His mercy and pardon!
IS REPENTANCE SO IMPORTANT? Our sins have separated us from God:
"Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that is cannot save,
neither His ear heavy that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have
separated between you and your god, and your sins have hid His face from
you, that He will not hear." (Isaiah 59:1,2)
Bible says: "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of
God. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal
life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 3:23; 6:23)
when we were yet without strength (helpless), in due time Christ died for
the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet
peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his
blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His
Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom
we have now received the atonement." (Romans 5:6-11)
bad news is that our sins had condemned us to separation from God but the
good news is that through His vicarious, substitutionary death for us on
the cross, Jesus has purchased our pardon and eternal life!
FAITH TOWARD GOD
as you cannot be saved unless you repent of your sins, neither can you be
saved unless you have faith toward God. The Scripture states: "Without
faith it is impossible to please God: for he that cometh to God must
believe that God is: and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently
seek Him." (Hebrews 11:6)
second ‘Doctrine of Christ’
is faith toward God. When you have repented of your sins, you have taken
the first step towards God and His wonderful salvation! Faith in God is
confidence and trust in God! If you have faith in God, you will believe
His Word. In order then to have faith in God, you must believe in Him
because believing is faith!
must believe the Scriptures and accept them at face value. In order to
have faith in God and be saved, you must have complete confidence in God
and in His Word. But, you may say, “1
cannot understand God, so how can I believe in Him?"
Here is where many stumble and fall. God has not asked us to understand Him! He has only asked us to believe Him: You
and I will never be able to understand God.
He is too great for us to understand! He Is God. If
we could understand Him, He no longer would be God, but would be like one
of us. The Creature will never be able to understand the Creator
who made him. That is impossible!
The Scriptures say: “He that cometh to God must
believe that God is.”
We come to God in prayer, repenting of our sins. We come in
faith, believing that God exists and that He loves us and desires to
forgive and save us. We accept His word, therefore, we believe that Jesus
Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead and offers us salvation
through His shed Blood.
Then, by faith we receive the pardon that God offers and we are
saved. We simply trust in Him, take Him at His Word and thank Him for His
THE DOCTRINE OF BAPTISM
third doctrine of Christ is the doctrine of Baptisms. There are
several baptisms spoken of in the Bible and they are all covered in this
Scripture. First, when we are born again we are baptized into the
Body of Christ by the Holy Spirit. (Galatians 3:27) Secondly, there
is the believer's baptism in water, by immersion (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:41)
and thirdly, there is the 'Baptism in the Holy Ghost and Fire', by Jesus
Christ Himself. (Luke 3:16)
this message, however, it is the believer's water baptism that we are
considering. Here is the point I want to make clear. Water Baptism
is a Doctrine of Christ. It is not a doctrine of the Lutheran
Church, Roman Catholic Church, Baptist or Pentecostal Church, but it is a
doctrine of our Blessed Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
ON' OF HANDS
are many spiritual and practical uses for this doctrine!
"Laying on' of hands for the healing of the sick (Mark 16:17),
receiving the 'Baptism of the Holy Ghost' (Acts 19:6), to receive
Spiritual gifts, power and the Holy anointing before going out on the
field of service for the Lord. (1 Timothy 4:14; 2 Timothy 1:6; Acts
13:3). And to dedicate little children (Matthew 19:13-15) and bring
the blessings of God to His people in the name of the Lord. (Genesis
OF THE DEAD
are two future resurrections spoken of in the Bible - the Resurrection of
the Just and the Unjust! (Revelation 20:5-6). "And many of them
that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life
and some to shame and everlasting contempt." (Daniel 12:2)
not at this: for the hour is coming in which all that are in the graves
shall hear His voice, and shall come forth: they that have done good, unto
the Resurrection of Life and they that have done evil, unto the
Resurrection of Damnation" (John 5:28-29)
is the final and sixth ‘Doctrine of Christ’ mentioned in the Holy
Scriptures. Each human being is born with a living
soul that is eternal. (Genesis
2:7) When your body dies, your
soul will live on in Eternity (forever) in either Heaven
Bible says: "And the devil that deceived them was cast into
the Lake of Fire and Brimstone, where the beast and the false
prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever.
I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat upon it, from whose face the
earth and the heaven fled away...and there was found no place for
them. And I saw the dead small and great, stand before God: and the
books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life:
and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the
books, according to their works.
the sea gave up the dead which were in it and death and Hell delivered
up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according
to their works. And Death and Hell were cast into the Lakeof Fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in
the book of life was cast into theLakeof Fire." (Rev. 20:
conclusion, I would like to stress again that water baptism is not a doctrine
of a church denomination, but is a Doctrine of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
CHAPTER 2: BAPTISM OF REPENTANCE
did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the Baptism of Repentance for
the Remission of Sins. And there went out unto him all the land of
Judaea and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of
Jordan, confessing their sins." (Mark 1:4-5)
went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about
Jordan, and were baptized of him, confessing their sins. But when he
saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto
them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath
to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance."
baptism was a baptism of repentance!
The people whom he baptized had to repent of
their sins before he would allow them to be baptized. The
multitudes heard John the Baptist preach a powerful Holiness
message, condemning their sins and warning them of the Judgments
he invited them to repent of their sins. They were so convicted by the Word
and the Holy Spirit that they confessed their sins, repenting
of them. Then to prove that they really meant business and were going
to serve the Lord, they were baptized publicly as a testimony of
their changed life and their new faith in God.
Pharisees and Sadducees wanted to get some recognition and wanted to do as
the others were doing, but John
the Baptist stopped them because they had not repented of their sins. John's
baptism was therefore an outward confession of
a changed heart. Many today, like the Pharisees and Sadducees
of old only are baptized because
it is the popular thing to do, but that is hypocrisy! John
the Baptist wouldn't allow it, and ministers
today shouldn't either.
FULFILL All RIGHTEOUSNESS
cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad Him saying I have need
to be baptized of thee, and cometh thou to me, and Jesus answering said
unto him, suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all
righteousness. Then he suffered Him.
“And Jesus, when He was
baptized went up straightway out of the water: and the heavens were
opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and
lighting on Him: and lo a voice from Heaven, saying, This is my beloved
Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matt. 3: 13-17)
Jesus came not only as our Saviour but as OUR EXAMPLE! There is no
one as great, perfect and good as Jesus Christ. He
lived a perfect life and kept the entire law, without sin. He is our great
example and we would all do well to follow in His footsteps by the
grace of God. If Jesus had to be
baptized to fulfill all righteousness, then I am sure that we who were
born in sin and have been saved by God's grace and because of Jesus' shed
blood on Calvary's cross, certainly
also need to be baptized! It was necessary for Jesus Christ to
be baptized to "fulfil all righteousness".
John the Baptist was baptizing converts in the river Jordan, Jesus presented Himself as a candidate for baptism. After Jesus came up
out of the water, the Heavens opened and the Holy Ghost descended upon Him
in the form of a dove and settled upon Him.
voice of God spoke: “This is my
beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased." No
wonder John the Baptist called Jesus, the “Lamb of God which taketh away
the sin of the world.” (John 1: 29-37)
EARLY CHURCH AND BAPTISM
You have now
become acquainted with the example that Jesus gave us, Himself being baptized
in water by immersion. Earlier in this message I pointed out the
command of Jesus to His disciples in the Great Commission. This commission
included the baptizing in water of those who would accept the
gospel message. (Matt. 28: 18-20) (Mark 16: 15-18) Now let us examine the
Holy Scriptures to see what was the practice in the early church concerning
BAPTISM IS PART OF THE GOSPEL MESSAGE. Wherever the gospel
message was proclaimed by theEarlyChurch, the doctrine of water baptism was also proclaimed. In
checking through the Book of Acts I have found that there are ten
distinct recorded baptismal services at which new converts to
Christ were baptized in water (by immersion).
people accepted the message of Christ as Messiah and Redeemer they were
baptized in water as a witness to
that fact. According to the Scriptures all who believed were baptized;
there were no exceptions; Water Baptism was a
part of the Gospel. As
soon as they had believed and accepted Christ they were baptized.
AND BE BAPTIZED
the Holy Spirit had been poured out upon the waiting 120 in the
Upper Room, the multitudes came to see and hear this great phenomenon. Peter stood up and delivered
this powerful message of the Resurrected Christ to the multitudes.
When they heard the word they were pricked in their "hearts and cried
out, "Men and brethren, what
shall we do?" (Acts 2:37)
Peter answered and said: “Repent,
and be baptized everyone of you In the name of Jesus Christ for the
remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are
afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” (Acts 2:38-39)
commands the people to repent of
their sins and be baptized in water.
He then informs them of the gift of the promised Holy Spirit which
is poured out upon believes! In Peter's preaching, the doctrine of water
baptism (for believers) went hand in hand with the Gospel Message, as
did the message of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
was all part of the Good News, that Jesus Christ had suffered, bled and
died and was offering new life and spiritual power to all who believed.
Let us now examine Scriptures again to see what the people did after
Peter's powerful sermon to them.
Here it is: “Then they
that gladly received his word were baptized, and the same day there were
added unto them about three
thousand souls.” (Acts 2:41)
had preached it and later Peter declared the same message. Jesus said: “He that believeth and is baptized
shall be saved. He that believeth not shall be damned.”
(Matt. 16: 16). Now, Peter continues by saying: “Repent
and be baptized every one of you…" This certainly makes it very
clear that water baptism is
necessary for every born again believer in Christ.
3: Philip at Samaria
Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. And the people with one accord gave heed
unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles
which he did. For unclean spirits
crying with loud voice, came out of them, and many taken with palsies, and
that were lame, were healed, and there was great joy in that city.
when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they
were baptized, both men and women. Then Simon himself believed also:
and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered,
beholding the miracles and signs which were done.” (Acts 8:5-8, 12-13)
foregoing account is very plain. Philip,
one of the seven deacons had to flee from Jerusalem because of the persecution, and became a mighty Evangelist for Jesus. He
went to Samaria, where he had a city-wide revival. Multitudes heard the Word of God, saw
the miracles of Christ and received the Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour!
The Scripture says: “There was
great joy in that city."
is the Key Verse: “But when they
believed Philip preaching the things concerning the Kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ,
they were baptized both men and women."
they had received the Gospel preached by Philip and were forgiven and
healed, he brought them the glorious truth of ‘Water
Baptism’, and the Scripture says: “They were baptized, both men
and women.” In other words it was a Believers'
Baptism. In this instance, there were no small children or infants
baptized. I repeat, it was a ‘Believers'
DOTH HINDER ME TO BE BAPTIZED?
the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying; Arise, and go towards the
south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem, unto Gaza, which is
desert. And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an
eunuch of great authority under Candace Queen of the Ethiopians, who had
the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship,
was returning, and sitting in his chariot reading Esaias the
the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near and join thyself to this
chariot. And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the
Prophet Esaias and said,
what thou readest? And he said, How can I except some man should guide me?
And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.
place of the Scripture which he read was this: He
was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before His
shearers, opened He not His mouth: in His humiliation His judgment was
taken away: And who shall declare His generation? for His life is taken
from the earth.
the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the
Prophet? of himself, or of some other man? Then
Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same Scripture and preached unto
as they went on their way. they came unto a certain water. And the eunuch
said, See, here is water; what doth
hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest
with all thine heart, thou mayest.
he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And
he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the
water, both Philip and the eunuch: and
he baptized him. And
when they were come up out of the
water: the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the
eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.'
The foregoing is self explanatory. I would, however, like to point
out a few truths. First, Philip
preached Jesus at Samariaand to the eunuch (v. 35). The
Bible says: “Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ unto
them” (Acts 8:5) The end result in both instances was also the same. As
soon as they had believed and taken Jesus Christ as Saviour, they were
baptized in water.
must have done a good job preaching about water baptism wherever he
proclaimed the Gospel. He was an Evangelist and he preached water
baptism and held water baptismal services for the new converts in Christ.
is popular for many Evangelists today to by-pass important doctrines and
only preach soft-sell, easy-believism, situational-ethics messages that
will not offend people of any and all faiths. Philip, however, who
should be every Evangelist's example, preached the full gospel which
brought forgiveness for sins, healing for the sick in Jesus' name and
baptized converts in water by immersion.
second point I would like to drive home to your heart is the CONFESSION
which is necessary to become a candidate for ‘Believers
Water Baptism.’ The Bible says: “And as they went on their way
they came to a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water:
what doth hinder me to be baptized? and Philip said, if thou believest
with all thine heart thou mayest. And he answered and said, I
believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God."
the Early Church, only those who believed that Jesus Christ was the Son of God could be
baptized in water! This is the one confession every person must believe in
his heart and make with his mouth if he wants to gain Heaven's portals. No
one can be saved without making this confession.
said to Jesus: “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God."
(Matt. 16: 16) Then Jesus answered Peter in these words: “Blessed
art thou Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee
but My Father which is in heaven…” (Matthew 16:17-18)
Peter makes the confession that each individual must make if he is to be
saved; that Jesus is the Christ the Son of the living God! The Lord Jesus
then explained further by saying, "Flesh and blood hath not revealed
it unto thee, but my Father which is in Heaven."
other words, Peter had received a Divine revelation by the Spirit of God
concerning the person of Jesus Christ. Peter did not obtain this truth by
studying theology or philosophy in a University or a Seminary. It was
given to him by the Holy Spirit of God.
cannot find God in a test tube, in a scientific experiment or in a
laboratory. God is too big for that! (I Corinthians 2:14) You find Him in His
Word and He is revealed to you by the Holy Spirit. God is Spirit and they
that worship Him, must worship Him in Spirit and in truth." (John
Jesus declared Himself the Rock (Petra - the Foundation Stone) upon which
He would build His Church. Simon, whom He called Petros - the little
stone - had been given the Divine Revelation of Christ's identity and by
this truth and confession Jesus Himself would build His Church. (Not
the Catholic Church, Greek Church, Lutheran Church or any other Church,
but HIS CHURCH)/
then would be the ‘Christian
Platform’ or ‘Foundation
Truth’ that would under-gird the work of Christ upon the earth! The
truth that Jesus was Who He claimed to be, the Messiah, the Anointed One,
the Saviour of the world, the Christ, the Son of the Living God.
St. Paul makes it very clear that Jesus Christ is the foundation upon which the Church of Christ is built, when he says: “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus
Christ." Then Paul goes on to say that we are all builders in
God's House, Kingdom and Church, and we must therefore be careful how we
build thereupon! (I Cor.3: 5-7)
BODIES: The Temple of the Living God
glorious truth is brought to our attention here, as we realize that we are
the Temple , Building and Body of Christ. (Colossians 1:18)
Scriptures say: “Know ye not that
ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God
dwelleth in you? 1f any man defile the temple of God, Him shall God
destroy: for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” (I
Bible says: “Howbeit the Most High dwelleth
not in temples made with hands: as saith the prophet, Heaven is My
throne, and earth is My footstool: what house will ye build Me? saith the
Lord?” (Acts 7: 48-50)
the Scriptures state: “God that
made the world and all things therein, seeing that He is Lord of Heaven
and Earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands.” (Acts 17:24) l want to stress again, that God dwells in the human heart of His
believers! Yes, our bodies are the temples of the Living God.
4: The Great Catholic Confusion
people do not know the Scriptures, or have the indwelling of the Holy
Spirit, they often get deceived and led far away from the truth.
Jesus said to the Sadducees who were very religious, but were absolutely wrong in their doctrines and who claimed there was no
resurrection, "Ye do err, not
knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God." (Matt. 22:29)
the same reason that the Sadducees erred from the truth, the Roman Catholic Church has erred from the Truth!
They do not know
the Scriptures nor do they have the Power of God. They have allowed tradition
to become more authoritative than the Holy Scriptures and they do not know or have
the power of the Spirit of
God. The only power
they know is temporal and
physical. HOW SAD.
warned about traditions: “Thus
have ye made the Commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. Ye hypocrites well did Isaias prophecy of you; saying this people
draweth nigh unto Me with their mouth, and honoureth Me with their lips.
But their heart is far from Me, but in vain they do worship Me; teaching
for doctrines the Commandments of men.” (Matt. 15:6-9)
CHIEF CORNER STONE
When Jesus chose Peter to be His disciple, He gave him a new name:
"And he brought
him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, He said, Thou art Simon the son
of Jona: Thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A
stone." (John 1: 42) They erroneously believe
that St. Peter is the foundation stone upon which Jesus Christ has
built His Church. They
also believe that their denomination is
the true Church, and the only way to God.
claim that they are the ‘only way to God’ is absolutely FALSE because
Jesus said: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, and no man cometh
unto the Father but by ME.” (John 14:6)
is the truth in the matter – Jesus Christ is the only way to God!!! Our
Lord said: “I am the Door, by Me if any man enter in, he shall be
saved…” (John 10: 9)
Now to refute the erroneous doctrine that the big fisherman, ‘Simon the son of Jonas’, is the rock or foundation upon which
the Church of Christ is built. As I have brought out before, St. Paul said: “For other foundation can
no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (I Cor.3: 11)
Again he writes: "Now therefore ye are no more strangers and
foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the Household of
God: And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus
Christ Himself being the Chief Corner Stone’, In Whom all the
building fitly framed together groweth unto a Holy Temple in the Lord: In
Whom also ye are builded together for an habitation of God through the
Spirit." (Eph. 2: 19-22)
Now read what ST.PETER said: "Be it known unto you all, and to
all the people of Israel, that by the Name of Jesus Christ
of Nazareth, Whom ye crucified, Whom God raised from the dead, even by
Him doth this man stand before you whole.
IS THE STONE which was set
at naught of you builders: which is become the
HEAD OF THE CORNER, neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other
name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.'
(Read also Isaiah 28: 16, Psalm 118:22-23, Matt. 21:42, Mark
12:10-11, and Luke 20:17-18) ST.
PETER rebukes false teachers and Roman Catholic scholars and sets the
record straight about our position in the building of God and Christ's
unique position of Chief Corner Stone, Elect and Precious, Whom we are
to believe on for Eternal Life.
"If so be, ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. To Whom
coming as unto A LIVELY STONE, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and
precious, ye also, as lively stones, are built up a Spiritual House, an
holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by
"Wherefore it is also contained in the Scripture behold I lay
in Zion a CHIEF CORNER STONE; elect,
precious: and he that believeth on Him shall not be confounded. Unto you
therefore that believe He is precious: But unto them which be disobedient,
the STONE which the builders disallowed, the same is made the
HEAD OF THE CORNER, and a STONE OF STUMBLING, and a ROCK
OF OFFENCE, even to them which stumble at the Word, being disobedient:
whereunto also they were appointed.
“But ye are a
chosen generation, a Royal Priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people:
that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of
darkness into this marvelous light." (I
We are all living stones in the building or household of God and Church of God - Jesus Himself being the
Foundation Stone and Chief Corner Stone. We, who are born - again by
the Word of God and the Spirit of God, are the Body of Christ. Every day
we are building upon the foundation that has been laid, which is Jesus
The prophets and apostles also built upon Jesus Christ, and we
today are building upon the work they did. The
foundation, however, is none other than Jesus Christ, Who is risen from
5: Peter - A Stone: Jesus, the Rock
Now let me go a little deeper and unravel some more of ‘The
Catholic Confusion’ concerning Peter and the Church. What did Jesus
mean when He said: "Thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by
stone," (John 1: 42) and also when He said, "And I say unto thee, that thou art Peter (gr. petros- a stone) and
upon this rock (gr. Petra – a
rock) I will build my church:
and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it:
“And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of Heaven and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven: and
whatsoever thou shalt lose on earth shalt be loosed in Heaven."
In His goodness, God revealed to Cephas
the son of Jonas – a vacillating, temperamental and unlearned
fisherman - who Jesus really was: The incarnated Son of God (God
in human flesh) who had come to this earth to redeem fallen man and
bring us back into fellowship with the Almighty.
Jesus said: “Thou art Peter (Gr. Petros
- a little stone) and upon this ROCK
(Gr. Petra – Chief Foundation
Stone) I will build My Church and the gates of Hell (the powers,
plans, strategies and designs of Hell) shall NOT PREVAIL against it."
First, He meant that
Peter would be a stone in the household of God, like all other believers
who believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. (Matthew 16:16-17; 1 Peter
2:5). He directed His remarks to
Peter because he was the one who had received the revelation from God of
whom Jesus was.
Remember that all through the New Testament, you will find that
this was the CONFESSION that everyone had to make (and still is) in order
to be saved! Read the following Scriptures: Acts 9:20; Mark 14: 61-62; John 4: 25-26; John 1: 34, 9; John 11: 25-27; Acts 18:
28; John 6: 66-69; John 20: 28-31; I John 2:22)
Because Peter was a spiritual man, he became a leader
among the disciples and Jesus rightly named him a
stone (Cephas), because a stone is solid, and certainly Peter, after
he was filled with the Holy Ghost became a mighty power for God in the
He certainly was NOT
perfect, infallible or the foundation of the Church as the Roman
Church says! Peter, however,
seemed to take the lead after the ascension of Jesus Christ. The Scripture
says: "And in those days Peter stood up
in the midst of the disciples and said…” (Acts I: 15);
"Then Peter said silver and gold have I none (that's different
than today’s papacy) but such as I have give I thee, in the name of
Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk." Peter brought healing to
a crippled man in the mighty Name of Jesus Christ,
and that's a lot different than the Roman Pope.
Peter was a great preacher, who was filled with the Holy Ghost and
spoke in other tongues, cast out devils, raised the dead, commanded people
to repent of their sins and be baptized in water by immersion, and
that's sure a lot different than the Roman Pope.
(Acts 2:38-39, Acts 3:19-21, Acts 2:4, Acts 5:5-6, Acts 8:14-17, Acts
PETER WAS NOT INFALLIBLE
Roman Catholic Church has made the statement that Peter was the Bishop
of Rome for 25 years and that he was the first Pope. This however,
is utterly FALSE and has no particle of truth in it. First, Peter
may have visited Rome, but there is no evidence that he lived in
Rome. He never wrote from Rome nor wrote to Rome. He was
never a Pope.
wrote to Rome. He was imprisoned in Rome, he wrote from Rome and he
finally was martyred in Rome, but in all his writings he never once
mentions Peter. If Peter were Bishop of Rome, surely Paul would have
mentioned him in his letters. That is also part of the Great
Nowhere in the Holy Bible can you find the word Pope,
Archbishop, or Cardinal!
Here are more Roman fabrications. Peter certainly was not infallible, as
the Scriptures prove. Before he was
filled with the Holy Ghost, Peter cursed, swore and denied the Lord Jesus,
(Matthew 26:69-75), attacked a man
with a sword and cut off his ear, (John 18: 10) and
was rebuked publicly - before all the disciples - by the Lord Jesus.
After Peter was filled with the Holy Ghost, he still made mistakes,
proving he certainly was not infallible and certainly ‘Not Foundation
Material’ for the Church of Jesus Christ St. Paul states: “But when Peter was come
to Antioch, I withstood him to the face,
because he was to be blamed.” (Galatians 2:11)
NO, a million times NO!
Peter was never infallible
and never was Pope! Peter had
no priority over the other disciples, and was even rebuked publicly by St. Paul, as I have already pointed out. The following Scripture CONFIRMS this
fact out: “And when James, Cephas (Peter) and
John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given to
me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship.”
In this Scripture, Paul
made no differentiation between James,
Peter and John. In fact, he mentions John before Peter in the line-up.
a foundation Peter or any man would make for the Church of the Living God. How absolutely foolish and ridiculous to
even consider making such a statement!!
In verse 18, Jesus said,
“And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter (petros),
and upon this rock (petra),
1 will build My church; and the gates of Hell shall not prevail
Then just four verses further in the same chapter (Matt. 16:22-23),
we read, “Then Peter took Him and began to rebuke Him, saying, Be it far
from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto Thee.
But He turned, and said unto Peter, get thee behind me Satan: thou art an
offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but
those that be of men."
Certainly, Jesus couldn't have meant for such a person to be the
foundation upon which He would build His Church! The
Roman Church is built upon a man (St. Peter)
and it will fall: and be destroyed! Read
Revelation chapters 17 and 18. The Church
of the Living God however, is built upon the Solid Rock, Christ Jesus
and it will never fall. Hallelujah1
was the revelation that God gave Peter that would be the great foundation
both upon which the Church of Jesus Christ would build and grow!
This is the great truth that opens the Kingdom of Heaven for lost men and
Peter and all servants of God have in their possession, the keys of Heaven in declaring the message of the Gospel of Jesus
Christ, Who is the Son of the Living God! Then
Jesus went on to set forth the law of binding and loosing that we as
servants of God have through the Gospel.
CAN BIND THE POWERS OF DARKNESS IN JESUS' NAME
can bind the powers of darkness in Jesus' name and God's power in Heaven
will come into operation to make ineffective the Devil's power: then we
can loose people from the Devil's power in the name of Jesus Christ, and
again God's power will come into operation, to set the person free.
You may say: “This was
given only to Peter.” THAT IS NOT TRUE! In Matt. 18: 18-20 Jesus
directs the very same promise to all believers! Peter made the confession that every person must
make if he is to enter Heaven when he said to Jesus: "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God." The
Ethiopian eunuch also made the confession that everyone that wants to be
baptized must make, when he said: "1
believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." (Acts 8:37)
CAN FORBID WATER?
“While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on alI
them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed
were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles
also was poured out the Gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them
speak with tongues and magnify God".
answered Peter: "Can any man forbid water, that these should not be
baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he
commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then, prayed
they him to tarry certain days." (Acts 10:44-48)
This story of God’s love and grace is certainly very heart
stirring, as we see how the Almighty leaps across all barriers and
boundaries to bring His salvation to a seeking soul.
Here is a man by the name of
Cornelius, a Roman centurion
living in heathen Rome, but who has a deep faith in
the Living God. He had not been introduced to the Gospel of Jesus Christ
or to the Christian faith before, but he did have a strong faith in God
and was a man of prayer. The Bible says that he feared God with all his
house. He served the Lord the best he could, according to the light which
he had received.
Here is a classic example of how God puts hunger in everyone's
heart for “his maker”, and also of how God answers the prayers of a
seeking soul and meets everyone desires truth.
was devout, but he was not saved: he was a religious man but he
was not saved: he was generous, but he was not saved, and
he was even a praying man, but he was not saved. There are
many devout, sincere, religious, generous and even praying people in the
world today, BUT THEY ARE NOT SAVED.
Millions of Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, Shintoists, Papists,
Modernists and others, are sincere, devout, religious, generous and even
praying people, but they are not
saved, because they have not received the Lord Jesus Christ into their
hearts and lives as their personal Saviour.
Peter said: "Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is
none other name under Heaven given among men whereby we must be
saved." (Acts 4:12); "I am the Way, the Truth and the
Life. No man cometh unto the Father but by Me." (John 14:6);
"I am the door by Me if any man enter in he shall be saved and go in
and out and find pasture." (John 10:9)
HERE IS THE AMAZING TRUTH
If a person will direct his prayers to the Lord God Almighty, the
maker of Heaven and earth (not to a man, angel, image, statue, idol or animal) in
sincerity, then God will some-how and in some way bring the Gospel to
them, so that they can be saved.
Cornelius did not know the Gospel, but he prayed to God in
sincerity and truth, and the Lord was compelled by His love to bring him
the glorious message of Jesus Christ. God gave Cornelius a vision in which
an angel came in unto him and said: “Thy
prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God."
In other words, you can move God by your praying and giving! Then
he was instructed to send men to Joppa to fetch Simon Peter who would tell
him what he should do, (Acts 10:6) and who would give him words “whereby
he and his house could be saved.” (Acts 11: 14)
The angel told him that he would find Simon Peter at the house of Simon the Tanner who lived by the sea side. What a place to find one of history's greatest, most powerful and famous
preachers. There he was living with a man who was a tanner.
You can imagine the terrible smell at such a place, as the
skins went through the various processes of tanning, and also remember a tanner
was not a very high class or rich person, but was
usually a lower class, and despised because of his occupation.
AM I BRINGING THIS OUT?
Only for this reason: I do
not believe we have the same brand of consecrated, unselfish, dedicated
and completely sold-out-to-God preachers today, as there were in Bible
the EarlyChurchthey were willing to give up everything, go anywhere or do anything the
Spirit of God asked of them. They stayed in the homes of the people and
ate what was set before them. (Luke 10:5-9) They never had much of the world's goods, but they did have God's power.
But you may say: “Times have changed and Peter and his fellow
disciples didn't have any money to work with.” YOU ARE WRONG!
Peter and the Early Church Ministers had a lot of money at their
disposal, but they did not use it on themselves. They
used it to win a lost world for Jesus.
There will certainly be a reckoning day for Ministers, also, who
have abused God’s money. The Bible says: “Neither was there any among
them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought
the prices of the things that were sold, and laid them down at the
Apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as
he had need.” (Acts 4:34-35)
The Holy Record states that much money was given to the Apostles
and yet Peter could say: "Silver
and gold have I none." (Acts 3:6) There
is a story I heard some time ago concerning St. Augustine - the Bishop of
Hippo - and the Pope. It seems that St. Augustine was invited to see
the Opoe and was shown by that man-made Pontiff all of the Vatican's Great
Treasure and Wealth. The Pope smiling said: "No longer do we
have to say with Peter of old, silver and gold have I none, look at all
our Treasures and Wealth."
ST. AUGUSTINE then answered
the Pope thusly: "True, O
Pope, no longer do you have to say with Peter,
silver and gold have I none but
no longer can you say with Peter of old to the crippled man, 'In
Jesus name Rise up and Walk.' (Acts 3: 1-8) In other
words the Pope had the riches,
wealth and treasures,
but he was lacking in spiritual power.
I would sooner be a poor man with God’s power in my life to bring
deliverance to multitudes
of sinful, sick and diseased people than to be a millionaire with no
spiritual power to help people. In other words, I would sooner
be like St. Peter than a Roman Pope!
Then, the Spirit of God prepared Peter for the work He had for him
to do in
. Up until this time the early Christians had taken the Gospel Message,
only to the Jews. Now God, by a vision showed Peter he must share the
Gospel with the Gentiles also.
When Peter arrived at Cornelius house the Scripture says, “…and
as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and
worshipped him. But Peter took him
up, saying stand up; I myself
also am a man."
What a difference between Peter and the Roman Popes who claim to be
his successors. Peter wouldn't let a
man bow down before him and yet thousands have bowed before
Italian Popes - and recently a Polish pope - kissing their rings and even kissing their feet. Such arrogance, pride and blasphemy God will judge.
The Scripture goes on to
tell that when Peter began to speak the Word
of God to them, the Holy
Ghost fell upon them and they were filled with the Holy Ghost speaking in
tongues and magnifying God. As soon as this happened Peter
said, "Can any man forbid water
that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy
Ghost as well as we?
Water baptism in the EarlyChurchwas not only common; but
it was an established practice and a compulsory command for all
believers. There was no such thing as a Christian who was not
baptized. Water Baptism, following conversion was the mark of a true
follower of Jesus Christ.
As soon as people accepted
Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour in the EarlyChurch, they were baptized forthwith. In this case Peter commanded them
to be baptized immediately
after they had believed and received the Gift of the Holy Ghost. (v. 48)
LORD OPENED HER HEART
on the Sabbath we went out of the city by the river side, where prayer was
wont to be made and we sat down, and spake unto the women that resorted
a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city
of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us,
whose heart God had opened, that she attended unto the things which
were spoken of Paul.
“And when she was baptized, and her household,
she besought us, saying, if ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord,
come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us." (Acts 16: 13)
Here is another account of how
the Early Church preachers won souls to Christ and then brought them the wonderful truth
of water baptism.
Lord opened the heart of Lydia to believe and accept the Gospel of Jesus
Christ, and then straightway she followed the Lord in the waters of
baptism. Jesus said: "He that believeth and is baptized
shall be saved: he that believeth not shall be damned." (Mark
Same Hour of the Night
“And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises unto God and the
prisoners heard them. And
suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that
the foundations of the prison
were shaken and immediately all the
doors were opened, and everyone's bands were loosed, and the keeper of the prison
awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the
prison doors open, he drew
out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.
“But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying. Do thyself no harm:
for we are all here. Then he called
for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul
and Silas, And brought them out,
and said, Sirs, what must I do to
“And they said. Believe on the Lord
Jesus Christ, and thou shalt
be saved, and thy house.
they spake unto him the
Word of the Lord, and to all that
were in his house.
he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes and was
baptized, he and all his, straightway. And when he had brought them
into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God
with all his house." (Acts 16:25-34)
This is one of the most gripping, stirring and thrilling accounts
in the Book of Acts about
God’s delivering power, manifest in the lives of his believing, trusting
and praying saints.
and Silas had been led by God, through a vision to go to Macedonia to
preach the life-giving gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. God had
given them an open door as Lydia the seller of purple in the city of
Thyatira had been converted and baptized in water.
God was going to give Paul and Silas some more converts, even
though they were going to have to suffer considerably in the process. Here
is the Bible account of what happened:
it came to pass as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a
spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by
soothsaying: The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men
are the servants of the most high God, which show unto us the way of
this fortune teller girl had done this for some days, Paul
became grieved in the Spirit, and spoke to the Evil Spirit to come out of
her. Instantly she was set free and had no more power to tell fortunes.
When her masters learned of this they were angry, as they realized
the hope of their gains were all gone. Therefore, they riled up the rulers
of the people against them. Their clothes were ripped off them, they were
beaten, their feet were made fast in the stocks and they were cast into
the inner prison. (Acts 16: 16-24)
and beaten, Paul and Silas lay in the dungeon: no doubt their backs were
bleeding and their heads were aching from the many stripes they had
received, but they were not discouraged. They were happy to suffer
for the name of Jesus.
With the rats scurrying all around them in the darkness of their
damp, cold and smelly dungeon, they began to praise the Lord. They praised
the Almighty with a loud voice as they prayed and sang praises unto God.
Bible says that their praises were so loud, that the prisoners in the
entire prison heard them. But that's not all. GOD HEARD
THEM, and sent a great earthquake that shook the prison and loosed
everyone's bonds. The glorious outcome of the whole thing was that
the jailor was converted and baptized in water, together with his entire
Holy Record states: "And they spake unto him the Word of the Lord,
and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of
the night, and washed their stripes: and was baptized, he and all his,
straightway. And when he had brought them into his house, he set
meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house."
Can they be baptized?
People have raised the question, "Can children be baptized?" They say that the Philippian Jailor's children were
baptized, so what is wrong
with children being baptized? You
are absolutely right: if they are
believers they can be baptized. If a child is old enough to believe,
he is old enough to be baptized.
It is not the age that makes the difference, it is the belief.
Jesus said, "He that believeth
and is baptized shall
be saved. He that believeth not shall
be damned." (Mark 16: 16)
All through the New Testament and the
Book of Acts you will find when it speaks about baptism,
it speaks about a believer's
baptism. There is none
other! Now, let us examine the facts.
The Bible records that Paul and Silas spoke the Word of the Lord unto the Jailor and to
all that were in his house
(the children were old enough to hear the preaching of the Gospel).
Then we read further, that the Jailor was baptized, he and
all his straightway (all
the children were baptized).
miss this: “And when the Jailor had
brought them into his own house, he set meat before them, and
rejoiced, believing in God with all his house. (The children were old enough to believe in God) The Bible says
“they were baptized,
baptism follows directly after conversion.
In this Bible example, those who believed the Gospel message of Our
Lord Jesus Christ were baptized
the same night they believed.
8: Paul at Ephesus
"And it came to pass that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have
you received the Holy Ghost since you believed? And
they said unto him, we have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy
Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized?
said, unto John's Baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the
baptism repentance saying unto the people, that they should believe on Him
which should come after him, that is, on
they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And
when Paul laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came to them: and they
spake with tongues and prophesied, and all the men were about
twelve." (Acts 19: 1-7)
The foregoing is self explanatory, but I would like to enlarge a
little on a few points. Paul, in his travels finds a group of about twelve
men who were disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, in the city of Ephesus. He asks them if they have received the “gift of the Holy Ghost” since
they have become followers of the Lord Jesus, to which they answer
that they hadn't so much as heard whether there be any Holy
Then he questions them
further concerning water baptism, and finds out that they have been baptized
under John the Baptist’s ministry. Then Paul explains: “John
verily baptized with the Baptism of Repentance, saying unto the people,
that they should believe on Him, which should come after him, that is, on
Christ Jesus.” (v. 4).
The Bible says:
“When they heard this they were baptized in the Name of the Lord
Jesus." (v. 5) Notice, Paul did not hesitate to re-baptize those who
had not been baptized the New Testament way. They were baptized
immediately. The Scripture states
that when Paul laid his hands on the twelve believers who had just been
baptized in water, the Holy Ghost came on them and they spoke with tongues
and prophesied. (v. 6)
And Peter said to the multitudes on the Day of Pentecost: “Repent
and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the
remission of sins and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
“And Ananias went his way and entered into the house: and putting
his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord even Jesus, that appeared
unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me that thou mightest
receive thy sight and be filled with the Holy Ghost.
“And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales:
and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized."
of the most dramatic conversions recorded in the Book of Acts is the
account of the conversion of the Apostle Paul. Here was a man
who was a persecutor of the Church, and one who hated the message of the
Gospel. He was a very zealous, religious Pharisee who actually
thought he was doing God service by persecuting and putting Christians to
day, however, Jesus stopped him in his tracks and knocked him to the
ground so that He could speak to him: The bright light that shone
upon him in the way, blinded his eyes and the proud self-righteous Saul of
Tarsus lay trembling in the dust of the Damascus road. The voice
that spoke to him said: "Saul. Saul. Why persecuteth
thou me?" Saul cried out: "Who art thou, Lord?"
The Lord said, “I am Jesus whom thou
persecutest.” Then Saul was instructed to go into the city and wait
for further instructions from the Lord Jesus. He was led by the
hand into Damascus because he had been blinded by the brightness of the
countenance of the Lord Jesus Christ Who appeared unto him in
the way. For three days he waited in the darkness, neither eating nor
drinking: Saul of Tarsus
and, yes, waiting for The Lord Jesus to speak again. (Acts 9:
HERE IS THE REST OF THE STORY: “And there was a certain disciple
at Damascus, named Ananias: and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he
said, Behold, I am here, Lord. And the Lord said unto him, Arise,
and go into the street which is called straight, and inquire in the house
of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for behold, he prayeth, and hath
seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on
him, that he might receive his sight.
“Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man,
how much evil he hath done to thy saints at
Jerusalem and here he hath authority from the chief priest to bind all that call on
Thy name. But the Lord said
unto him, Go thy way: for he is a
chosen vessel unto Me to
bear my name before the Gentiles and kings, and the children of Israel : for I will show him how great
things he must suffer for My name's sake.
And Ananias went his way and
entered into the house: and putting his hands on him said, Brother
Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as camest,
hath sent me, that thou mightest
receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.
there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and
he received sight forthwith and arose and was
baptized.” (Acts 9: 10-18)
What a wonderful picture of God’s love, mercy and grace.
Certainly God’s ways are not man's ways. (Isaiah 55:8-9) Here
is the point I would like
to make clear: As soon as
Saul was saved, healed and filled with the Holy Ghost, he
In rehearsing his great
experience as he testified to the Jews at Jerusalem, he said, “And when 1 could not see for the Glory
of that Light, being led by the hand of them that were with
me I came into Damascus. And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law having a good report
of all the Jews which dwelt there, came unto me, and stood, and said unto
“Brother Saul receive thy
sight, and the same hour I looked up upon him and he said, the God of
our Fathers hath chosen thee that thou shouldest know His will and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of His mouth for
thou shalt be His witness
unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard.
“And now why tarriest thou? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins,
calling on the name of the Lord." Acts 22:11-16)
This portion of Scripture shows the urgency with which the Holy
Spirit of God, speaking through Ananias, put
upon him the need for Saul to be baptized immediately.
God has never changed, and I
believe today, it is just
as important for people that are saved to
be baptized and seal their confession of Christ in the waters of baptism
as soon as possible, as it was in the time of Paul.
Far too little is said from
the pulpits of our Churches about water baptism. Far too little
emphasis is placed upon this great doctrine of Christ in the Church today.
I believe if we had more water baptismal services, we would win
more souls to Jesus because there is a strong testimony and Gospel appeal
to the unsaved, in watching a ‘Water
Baptismal’ service: Observing a ‘Water
Baptismal’ service also strengthens the faith of the Christians that
are present, and makes them more zealous to win souls for Jesus.
9: What is Water Baptism?
Water Baptism is actually a funeral service
for ‘the old man’. It is a
public confession of an
inward belief and faith in
Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God.
By being baptized in water a new convert tells the world, the
devil, the believers and God, that he has died
to the old life having
completely rejected the World,
the Flesh and the Devil, and that his life is
now under new management and new ownership.
It depicts a complete
changeover from the old life to new life in Jesus Christ.
In other words, baptism is
a testimony and a witness that the new convert has embraced the truth of the death,
burial and resurrection of the
Lord Jesus Christ.
The Gospel message is the truth
that Jesus Christ - the Son
of God - came from Heaven, died
on the Cross for our sins, that He
was buried and rose again from the dead on the third day and now lives to
offer us eternal life by receiving Him into our hearts and lives by
faith. (I Cor. 15: 1-4)
is the burying or immersing of a believer in water as a sign
and a seal of his
receiving the Gospel of Jesus
Funeral Service for the Old Man
Bible says: “God forbid. How shall we that are dead to sin, live any
longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into
Jesus Christ were baptized into His death? Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death that like as Christ was raised
up from the dead by the Glory of the Father, even so should we walk
in the newness of life." (Romans 6:2-4)
Baptism describes the Gospel message in a nutshell. As Jesus Christ
died on the cross, we die to
the old man. As Jesus Christ was buried, we
are buried in the waters of baptism. And as Jesus Christ rose from the
dead and received all power in heaven and earth (Matthew 28:18), we
come up out of the waters of baptism to live a new life and are candidates
to receive the power of the Holy Spirit into our lives. (Acts 2:38-39; Acts I: 8)
Furthermore, when a new convert is baptized in water by immersion (which is the only Bible method of baptism) he makes a public
confession that he believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God Who died
for his sins, was buried and rose again from the dead. (Romans 10:
He testifies to all present and those who will learn of it later,
that he has chosen the Christian life. From that time forward he will
serve the Lord wholeheartedly, denying himself, forsaking worldly lusts
and taking up his cross daily and following Jesus. (Mark 8:34-38; Luke
A CHANGED PERSON
The Bible says: "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a
new creature: old things are passed away: behold all things become
new." (2 Corinthians 5:17) HE HAS PASSED FROM DEATH UNTO LIFE.
Jesus 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)
The one who is baptized also testifies of his solid, unshakable
faith in the resurrection of the human body, which is the Christian hope.
One day the dead in Christ shall hear the voice of the Son of God and
shall come forth from the graves, at the last trump. (I Thessalonians 4:15-17;
John 5:28-29; I Corinthians 15:20-23)
The resurrection of the human body is the Christian hope, and
baptism by immersion also portrays and proclaims this great truth
ARE BELIEVERS IMMERSED IN WATER?
FIRSTLY, because it is the
only way they baptized anyone in Bible times. In all the Bible
examples I have shared with you in this message, there is not a single one
that gives us any other method than
by emersion: in other words, if we are going to do it, let us do it
right and of course the right way is the Bible way.
Any other method is man's way and the wrong way. John the Baptist
used the method of immersion, and Jesus Christ was baptized that way. Early Church
leaders baptized by immersion,
so why should we settle for anything less today?
is the only way you can proclaim
the full meaning of the Gospel (death,
burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ). As Christ was buried, so
we are buried with him in the
waters of baptism. (Romans 6:3-5) Any other method employed, is
not Bible-originated but rather
the doctrines, rituals, ceremonies and traditions of men. They have
absolutely no spiritual value whatsoever and are rejected by God. (Matthew
Sprinkling an infant or pouring water on a person symbolizes nothing, portrays nothing and proclaims nothing: It is only a dead
form, ceremony and ritual, with absolutely no life, power or Bible truth. The very word baptism
means to submerge or dip.
The following article is copied from Dr. Martin Luther’s ‘The Complete Church (fullstendige
kirke) – pastille 1, pages 440 – 442. Copied from Maranata
Bladet (1979), Oslo, Norway, Translated from the Norwegian language to English by the writer -
LUTHER SPEAKS ON BAPTISM: No. 1
Out from Mark 16: 16;
Romans 1:17 and 18, Martin Luther says, "These are clear and plain
words because each one must believe for himself and that no one can help
him with an unknown faith, where he does not believe for himself.
This language must no-one go away from or deny, whatever happens, and one
shall rather let the world go down before he changes this divine
any seemingly contrary situation occurs, which you are unable to answer,
one shall rather confess that you do not understand it and give it over to
God, before you speak anything against this clear language. Let the
pagans, Jews, Turks, small children and all, whatever, remain as they are:
These words should and must be right and be true!"
goes further in his case with the Roman
Catholic Church, who baptizes upon their father’s faith and the ‘Waldenses
Brethren’ who do not believe that children should be baptized, but
yet baptizes them.
Martin Luther states: “If you cannot give a better answer and proof on this question, that
small children themselves believe and have their own faith,
then it is my faithful counsel and knowledge that one immediately refrains
from, yes, and rather never again baptize any children, so that we do not
blaspheme and mock God’s Highest Majesty with such empty foolishness and
MARTIN LUTHER SAID ABOUT BAPTIZING INFANTS:
Rolf H.A. Kuhlen - Dip of Theology, B.Th, M. of D.W.
was Dr. Martin Luther’s own advice - though not in his catechism - NOT
to baptize children. In
1518, Luther writes “The one who believes knows that he owns, indeed has or possesses.
The one who doesn’t believe is not helped by the sacrament”.
In 1528, Luther says, “Baptism doesn’t help anyone.
It ought not to be administered unless a person believes.
As we are unable to prove that young children have faith, it is
my faithful advice and judgment that one abstains the earlier the better
and baptize NO child at any time”.
fact that Luther settled for babe-baptism was due to political
pressure. I wish to refer to the 30 year war in Germany, 1618
to 1648, which found Germany at the end of this war, in what is
called "particularism". Germany was divided into 48
divisions were deep. In order to
save the Reformation in the face of Rome’s Counter-Reformation, Luther had to make concessions, though not all
together favoured by him, protecting Counts.
BAPTISM WAS ONE OF THEM.
wish to mention that I translated the above statements by Luther
from the famous book, "Die Taufe", page 66, by Johannes
Wams, Christliches Verlagshaus Wiegand & Co., Bad Homburg,
this connection, it is interesting to note that the Lutheran theologian
and church historian, Dr. August
Neander, 1789-1850, as well as the Reformed theologian and church
historian, Dr. Karl Barth,
1886-1968, held the same view, namely that a person ought to be baptized
“confession of faith” because the New Testament doesn’t
note any babe-baptism, unless one philosophizes it into the New
Testament via “original sin” or “covenant theology”, nor does it
note any child-baptism. It
notes for both cases - “DEDICATIONS”.
the light of these statements, Professor Dr. Joachim Jeremias tried to prove from gravestones’
inscriptions the baptism of babes and children by translating the Latin
verb “dedicare” with to
baptize. (Hat die Urkirche die
Kindertaufe geuebt?, Pg. 32, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Goettingen,
Germany, 1949). But let’s
clarify: “dedicare” means to dedicate
not to baptize; to baptize is an entirely different word in Latin,
we don’t find this word on the photographed gravestones Dr. Jeremias
uses as proofs. What we find
That is the active, perfect, indicative, singular, third form from the infinitive
form “dedicare”, to dedicate.
the proofs for infant baptism of our contemporary theologian Dr.
Donald G. Bloesch, Professor of Systematic Theology at Dubuque
Theological Seminary in Iowa, USA, are weak though he admits,
“it cannot be denied that infant baptism became a rite of cheap grace
very early in the history of the Christian Church, and the Reformation
did little to correct this abuse”.
See - Essentials of Evangelical Theology, Volume 2, Life,
Ministry & Hope, Harper & Rowe, New York, London, 1979. (p. 13)
10 - My Experience
a little baby I was sprinkled with a few drops of water in a
ceremony called “baptism”,
in the Lutheran Church. All through my early life, I was convinced that it was the right way.
Many times I defended this "baptism" in serious and vigorous arguments. I contended
that it was the proper way because it was the ‘Lutheran way’ and Martin
Luther could not be wrong.
Of course, I never consulted the Holy Bible for any clarity on the
subject. Like an ostrich I buried my head in the sand with the ‘Martin
Luther argument’, and weren't all of my relatives and forefathers Lutheran,
and hadn't they received the same baptism? Of course they had, and if it
was good enough for Martin Luther
and my forefathers and parents, it was good enough for me.
NOTE: I did not know that Martin Luther
himself was against infant baptism, but because of outside pressure from
the Roman Catholic Church -
which was seeking to wrest Germany back into its evil grasp - he did not want to divide the German Nobles over the issue of
Then in June of 1957, I was gloriously converted to Jesus Christ
and received the mighty ‘Baptism
of the Holy Ghost’. My life was changed completely and I was very
happy and overjoyed. I began associating with Pentecostal
Ministers, because I heard that they also had this wonderful experience of
the infilling of the Holy Ghost speaking in tongues.
We began to share our experiences and I soon found out that they
spoke of being baptized in water by
immersion. We clashed at once, because 1 was a Deacon in the Lutheran Church and was not about to change my doctrine on water baptism or my Church.
While discussing the subject one evening with Pastor David Rathjen of the Pentecostal Church in Burns Lake, British Columbia, he said: “Let's not argue about it, why don't you read everything you can in the Bible on
To this I quickly agreed, because I had been brought up to believe
that the Bible is the Word of God and the truth. I was employed as a
commercial traveller and had some free time in the evenings, which I used
to study the Bible and prepare myself for the ministry. I went to my hotel
room that night and began to search the Scriptures concerning ‘Water
Before I began my search, however, I fell to my knees and I prayed
for guidance. This was very important to me and I had to discover the
truth for myself - one way or the other - from the Holy Bible. I prayed, "Dear Lord God Almighty, in the name of Thy Son Jesus Christ, come
to my assistance now and show me the truth. Lord, lead me into all truth;
open Thy Word to me and illuminate it to my heart and soul. In Jesus Name,
Then began the long search for truth! I looked up every Scripture I
could find in the Bible on the subject.
With the aid of a concordance I searched for more Scriptures,
scrutinizing them very carefully and studying diligently to gain further
information: The end result was,
however, that I could not find a single verse in the entire Bible where
they ever “baptized infants or where they ever baptized by
In every instance where there was a ‘Water Baptismal’ service,
only believers were baptized. And the only method employed in the Early Church to baptize was by immersion. At first, I was disappointed because I was so
sure I had been right. I
sought again and again trying to find at least one verse to reassure me,
but to my dismay, there wasn't even one.
On the other side of the ledger, however, I had found numerous
Scriptures to substantiate the claims of the Pentecostal pastor who
believed in water baptism of believers only, and that by immersion.
As I continued to study further on the subject and as I read church
history, I soon discovered where my pet doctrine
had come from. It was a Roman
Catholic doctrine. The Early Church had always baptized by immersion
and only believers were
baptized, but the Roman Church had
changed that and had brought in the sprinkling of infants to take
the place of the Biblical baptism.
1 was glad that I had searched the Scriptures and found the truth
and I was prepared to throw out this man-made
tradition and receive the real thing. The sprinkling I had
received as a baby was made by my parents in honest but misguided faith.
It wasn’t the Bible baptism, but rather a Roman
Catholic ceremony that had not been removed from the Church at the
time of Martin Luther.
Naturally, I felt cheated but also free to follow the Lord through
the ‘waters of the baptism’ for believers in Jesus Christ.
of removing all the old traditions, ceremonies, and rituals when they left
the Roman Church, the Lutherans had allowed some of them to stay in the
Church. It did not take me long to make up my mind; I would exchange this man-made doctrine for the doctrine of Jesus
Christ. It wasn't long before I had joined the glad number of Bible-Baptized-Christians
who had followed the Master into the watery grave of water baptism.
I wrote this book into 1968, I sent it to my Father. He said that since he
had been filled with the blessed Holy Spirit he was comfortable with the
baptism he had received as an infant. I could understand his position
since the Bible is clear that water baptism does not save anyone, but a
changed heart through the New Birth by the Word of God, the Blood of Jesus
and the Holy Spirit does.
a pool of water could save us from our sins and eternal damnation, we
would not need the blood of Jesus! And I also knew that when we
receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, He teaches us all truth.
1975, my Dad together with my sister Astrid and my brother Emil attended
our crusade at the Holiday Inn in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. During that
beautiful time together, my Dad told me that he had studies the Scriptures
in my book and was convinced that he should be baptized. I answered
that we could do it there at the hotel and that I would request permission
to use their how swirl pool for a private service, to which my Father
During that short baptismal service, the blessing of God came down
upon us and as Astrid and Emil witnessed the event, I baptized my Dad unto
Jesus Christ and His death and raised with Him to newness of life, through
His glorious resurrection from the dead. My Dad was so blessed that he
asked me to put him under the water once more, which I did gladly.
11 - Sprinkling
You may ask me, "What is wrong with sprinkling infants with water and calling it
baptism?" First, I could answer your question by asking one,
"What is right with it?" The answer of course is, "Everything
is wrong with it and nothing is right with it."
No. I - It is a man made
ritual, ceremony and doctrine, and is not according to the Scriptures.
No. 2 - It had its birth
and beginning, not in the Early Church (of the Book of Acts) but rather in the deceptive, corrupt and wicked dark
ages of Roman Popery.
No. 3 - It bears no
testimony, portrays no truth, and proclaims no message; while Water
Baptism of a believer by immersion bears the testimony of a changed life.
It portrays the truth of the Gospel (the
death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ) and
proclaims the full message of the Gospel together with the glorious
Christian hope of the resurrection of the dead.
4 - Infants are not capable of believing. Jesus said: “He that
believeth and is baptized shall be saved. He that believeth not shall be
damned.” (Mark 16: 16) Since infants are not believers, they cannot be considered candidates
for water baptism.
5 - Sprinkling is not water baptism: it
is only sprinkling! Nothing is mentioned in the Bible about sprinkling
water on infants, but a great deal is written about water baptism.
Sprinkling is ordained of man, while water baptism (immersion) is ordained
of God. Sprinkling infants is a man-made ceremony, while water baptism by
immersion is a Doctrine of Christ.
The only mention of sprinkling in God’s Word refers to the Jewish
Sacrificial System where the blood of an innocent animal was sprinkled on
the Mercy Seat in the Holy of Holies on the Great Day of Atonement! This
of course, was a type of the blood of Jesus Christ God’s Lamb that was
shed for us on Calvary's cross.
WHY BAPTIZE BY IMMERSION?
John the Baptist always used the river when he baptized
converts. Most of his baptizing took place in the river Jordan. (Matt. 3:6; Mark I: 5) Jesus Christ was baptized in the River Jordan:
“And straight - way coming up out of the water" (Mark 1: 10); “And Jesus when He was
baptized, went up straightway out of the water.” (Matt. 3:16)
THE EUNUCH WAS
IMMERSED IN WATER – “And he commanded the chariot to
stand still: and they went down both into the water; both Philip and the
eunuch; and he baptized him.” (Acts 8:38)
“And John also was
baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there.”
THE BIG WHIP IN THE PRIEST'S
The Roman church, together with some others who sprinkle infants
have a whip of fear they use to persuade the parents with, so that they
will bring the infants for baptism (sprinkling):
Here it is: They claim that if the baby dies before he is
sprinkled, he will go to Hell. This is a cursed doctrine of fear. By the
Scriptures I will prove to you how absolutely erroneous this statement is:
"…And Jesus called a little child unto Him, and set him in the
midst of them, and said verily I
say unto you, except ye be converted and become as little children, ye
shall not enter into the kingdom of Heaven. Whosoever
therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest
in the kingdom of Heaven. And whoso shall receive one such in my name receiveth Me."
(Matt. 18: 1-5)
Jesus’ disciples wanted to know who was the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven.
Jesus answered their question by
using a child as an example of one
who was the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. He admonished His disciples
to be converted and become as little children.
we read: "Then were
brought unto Him little children,
that He should put His hands on them and pray: (not
sprinkle with water, but pray) and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said,
little children, and forbid them not, to come unto Me. For such is the Kingdom of Heaven (Matt. 19: 13)
I am sure the two foregoing Scriptures have clearly proved the
falsity of the statement that children who die un-sprinkled will go to
Hell. If anyone is fit for Heaven it is the little ones who have not had
the ability to commit sin.
It is true that:
sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23); “Whereby,
as by one man (Adam) sin
entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all
men, for that all have sinned.” (Rom.5: 12)
According to Jesus' words, however, little children cannot be held
accountable for their inherited sin until they have reached an age of
The Bible says:
believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall
be damned.” (Mark 16: 16) Since only those who believe can be saved and those who do not believe
will be damned, it goes without saying that little children who are unable
to believe or disbelieve cannot be held responsible.
Explaining to Jonah, why He spared Ninevah when the king and the
people repented, the Lord said, “And
should not I spare Ninevah, that great city, wherein are more than six
score thousand persons (infants)
that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand…?”
(Jonah 4: 11)
When a child is old enough to understand between righteousness and
unrighteousness, then he must decide for himself to serve the Lord. After he has
made his decision to follow Jesus, then
he is baptized by immersion, as a believer.
We who are Christian parents bring our little children to the
Church and dedicate them to the
Lord. The ‘prayer of dedication’ is offered on the
child’s behalf by the Pastor (or the one who is officiating) asking
God's hand to rest upon the child all through his early life, keeping him
from harm, danger, sin and all that is evil.
In faith, the Pastor prays a
“believing prayer” claiming that child for the Lord,
trusting that his parents will bring him up in the fear and admonition of
the Lord (Prov. 22:6), and that when he comes of age he will receive
Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour! Thank God that we can bring our
children to God's House and to God's Servant and that God does hear
and answer our prayers. Praise God Forever.
IS CHILD DEDICATION?
is child dedication? In the Old Testament we have a classic
example of child dedication where Hanna brought her child, Samuel to the
Lord. (1 Samuel 1:22-28) In the New Testament we have the example of
the Lord Jesus Christ taking children in His arms, blessing them and
praying for them. (Mark 10:13-16) (Luke 18:15-17)
RESPONSIBILITY OF THE
The parents, in bringing little children into this world have a great
responsibility in not only giving food, raiment, love and care,
home and education, but in giving the child a spiritual upbringing as well.
The Scripture says: “Thou shalt not bow thyself down to them
(idols), nor serve them: For I the
Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquities of the fathers upon
the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
and showing mercy unto
thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.” (Exodus
SCRIPTURE TEACHES A GREAT LESSON:
“And the woman that hath
an husband that believeth not and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let
her not leave him. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were
your children un- clean but now they are Holy.” (I Cor.7:13-14)
I want to warn every parent; by your life and your example you are
leading your children either on the right road or wrong road; either to
Heaven or to Hell. Seek the face of the Lord, now. Repent of your sins, be
baptized in water and bring up your children to serve the Lord Jesus
FOR THE DEAD: Totally unbiblical & wrong
The doctrine of baptism for
the dead was first given to the Mormon church by Joseph Smith in 1836 and
is found in his Doctrine and Covenants.
The cult of Mormonism has many weird doctrines and among them their
teaching that living people can be baptized for those who are deceased,
thereby bringing them into the kingdom of heaven. What you have here is
the equivalent of the recently
debunked Roman Catholic doctrine of purgatory or worse.
base their teaching on First Corinthians 15: 29 which states: “Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead
rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead?"
danger of ‘cherry picking’ individual passages of Scripture without
studying the entire context – the verses before and after the passage
– is what the Mormon cult fell into, with all their other weird
teachers had come into the Church who did not believe in the resurrection
of the dead, even though they believed in Jesus Christ. In his excellent
apologetic, St. Paul proved from Holy Scripture and common sense that there will be a
resurrection for the saved as well the unsaved who die without faith in
our Lord Jesus Christ.
argues that if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ Himself
could not have risen from the dead and therefore the entire Gospel would
be worthless! If Jesus Christ did not rise from the dead, why baptize in
His name? His name
would then have no more power than any other man who had lived and died.
BAPTISM conveys the Gospel: As
Jesus Christ died, was buried and rose from the dead, believers in Christ
die to their carnal nature, are buried in water and rise with Him in the
“newness of life”. And as Jesus said: “All power is given unto Me in
Heaven and in earth, baptized believers become candidates for the Baptism
of the Holy Spirit and power (Acts 1:8; 2:4).
Bible Handbook puts it this way: “If Christ’s resurrection is not a fact and therefore ours not a
living hope (12 -19)
then what purpose is there for the rite of Christian baptism? Why should
we continue being followers of a dead man (Christ)
if He did not rise from the dead and why continue the rite of baptism if
those who went before us and are now dead have no hope?
there is no resurrection and really no divinely authorized Saviour and
gospel of salvation, might they not better give up a rite that portrays
their identification with such a saviour?"
Below are several interpretations of this isolated text on
‘baptism for the dead:
“Mormons infer that in 1 Corinthians, Paul speaks
approvingly of living Christians receiving baptism on behalf of dead
non-Christians; however, the context and construction of the verse
indicate otherwise. The Greek phrase rendered by the King James Version as
"for the dead" is huper ton nekron. This phrase is as
ambiguous in Greek as it is in English. The preposition huper has a
wide semantic range and can indicate "for the sake of," "on behalf of," "over,"
"beyond," or "more than",
Like the English
preposition "for," it
does not have a single meaning and does not require the Mormon idea of
being baptized in place of the dead. Such a reading would be
unlikely given the more plausible interpretations available, and even if huper were taken to mean "in
the place of," it doesn’t mean Paul endorses the practice.
Corinthians 15 is a key chapter for Paul’s teaching on the resurrection
of the body. He makes no statement on baptism for dead persons except to
note that some unnamed "they"
practice it. While the rest of his teaching in chapter fifteen refers to
"we," his Christian followers, "they" are not further
identified. Who this group was may not be known with certitude today, but
there are some reasonable interpretations:
interpretation envisions the baptism of catechumens who have witnessed the
persecution and martyrdom of their Christian predecessors. With
their belief that the dead do rise, the Christian candidates come forward
boldly and accept both the faith and its consequences.
“Others advance the possibility that Paul was referring to the
practice of a heretical cult that existed in Corinth. On this theory, Paul was not endorsing the practice of the group, but
merely citing it to emphasize the importance of the resurrection. Rather,
his point was: If even heterodox Christians have a practice that makes no
sense if there is no resurrection of the dead, how much more, then, should
we orthodox Catholics believe in and hope for the resurrection of the
A Flat-Out Contradiction
“The case against
baptism for the dead is also made by the Mormon scriptures themselves. The
current Mormon doctrine on baptism for the dead is quite unlike what
Joseph Smith first taught. As in other cases, the Book of Mormon becomes
an important tool for the Christian apologist. It contradicts much Mormon
theology, and baptism for the dead is no exception.
Alma 34:35-36 we read:
"For behold, if ye have procrastinated the day of your repentance
even until death, behold ye have become subjected to the spirit of the
devil, and he does seal you his. Therefore, the spirit of the Lord has
withdrawn from you and hath no place in you; the power of the devil is
over you, and this is the final state of the wicked."
“In other words, those who die as non-Mormons go to hell, period.
There’s no suggestion of a later, vicarious admission into the Mormon
church. We also see present-day Mormon doctrine contradicted in 2
"And it shall come to pass that when all men shall have passed
from this first death unto life, insomuch as they have become immortal,
they must appear before the judgment seat of the Holy One of Israel, and
then cometh the judgment and then must they be judged according to the
holy judgment of God. For the Lord God hath spoken it, and it is his
eternal word, which cannot pass away, that they who are righteous shall be
righteous still, and they who are filthy shall be filthy still; wherefore,
they who are filthy . . . shall go away into everlasting fire, prepared
for them; and their torment is as a lake of fire and brimstone, whose
flame ascendeth up forever and ever and has no end."
“It is unfortunate that Smith abandoned his own, earlier
doctrine. It would not have made the Mormon scriptures any more authentic,
but it would have prevented millions of futile Mormon proxy baptisms from
being performed.” Author unknown
KINDS OF BAPTISMS
There are three kinds of baptisms mentioned in the Bible, as well
as the ‘baptism of suffering’
that Jesus spoke about just before going to the cross! (Matt.20: 22-23).
The first baptism is “being
baptized into Christ” through the New Birth: “For by one Spirit are we all
baptized into one body,
whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been
all made to drink into one Spirit.” (1 Cor.12: 13; Gal.3: 26-27)
The second Baptism is ‘Water Baptism’ by immersion for
believers. The third baptism is the “Baptism of the Holy Spirit and
Fire! (Luke 3: 16; Acts 1: 8;
The belief that water baptism has been pre-figured in the Old
Testament is dubious. St. Paul writes: “Moreover, brethren, I would not
have you ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all
passed through the sea; And
all were baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and did
all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual
drink; for the drank of the spiritual Rock that followed them; And that
Rock was Christ.”(1
Cor.10: 1- 4)
Greek Scholar Spiros Zodhiates, in his Hebrew-Greek
Study Bible states: “Here the meaning of the word ‘baptizo’ is demonstrated in its more general implications. It
be identified with”. These were identified with the work and
purposes of Moses and they were said to be “baptized
unto” Moses. When the preposition eis
“in. into or unto” comes after the verb “baptize”
as in Matt.28: 19, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the
Holy Spirit,” it means “in identification with” that name and all it stands for.
Other Scriptures where the preposition is eis
used after the verb “baptized”
are Acts 8:16; 19:3,5; Romans 6:3; 1 Cor.1:13; 12:13; Gal.3: 27)."
12 - Baptismal
There is only one Scripture that tells us what formula to use in
baptism, and that formula is found in the Great Commission of
our Lord Jesus Christ! HERE IT IS:
"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations baptizing them in
the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy
Ghost." (Matt. 28:19)
In the book of Acts however, we find that the Early Church used the name of the Lord Jesus in their baptizing:
“Then Peter said
unto them, Repent, and be baptized
every one of you in the name of
Jesus Christ for the remission of sins...” (Acts 2:38; “And He commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord.” (Acts 10:48; “When they heard this, they were
baptized in the Name of the Lord
Jesus.” (Acts 19:5)
In some parts of the world, there has been a certain amount of
confusion caused by some good, well meaning preachers and teachers who have not been true to the Word,
but gone off on “a revelation” and caused much heartache. They
were partly right, but they didn't stay with the WORD of God, so they fell into error, taking others
IS THEIR TEACHING: Since Early Church leaders used the name of Jesus
in their baptizing, they have eliminated the use of the 'baptismal
formula' which our LORD gave us, and they only use the name of JESUS in
their baptismal formula.
IS NOT WHERE THE GREATEST ERROR HAPPENS, since it is recorded that the
Early Church baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus, Jesus Christ and the
Lord, but a tragic error has come about as a result of their trying to
make the Scriptures fit their doctrine.
In trying to explain away the use of
Son and Holy Ghost in the
Baptismal Formula some (United
Pentecostals are a good example) have taught that Jesus Christ is
Father, Son and Holy Ghost - all in one! Like the Jehovah’s Witnesses
they reject the Godhead! They do not believe in the Triune God! In
other words, there is no Father or Holy Ghost! There is only Jesus.
This of course is gross error and one error opens the door to other
THEY REJECT THE GODHEAD
Jesus Christ emphasized: “And I will pray the Father, and
He shall give you ANOTHER COMFORTER (gr. Parakletos – One sent alongside to help) that He may abide
forever; Even the Spirit of truth; Whom the world cannot receive, because
it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth
with you, and shall be in you.
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will
send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to
your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
“Neverthless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I
go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but
if I depart, I will send Him unto you. And when He is come, He will
reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin
because they believe not on Me; Of righteousness, because I go to My
Father, and ye see Me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this
world (Satan) is judged.
“I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them
now. Howbeit when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into
all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall
hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come. He shall
glorify Me: for He shall receive of Mine, and shall show it unto you.
“All things that the Father hath are Mine: therefore said I, that
He shall take of Mine, and shall show it unto you.” (John 14: 16, 17,
23, 26; 16: 7-15)
The Name of the Father is Lord (true), and the name of the Son is Jesus (right) and the name of the Holy Ghost is Christ (wrong)!
There is only ONE Christ and He is the Anointed One, the Messiah,
the Saviour of the World, the Christ of God and His name isn't the Holy
Ghost. His name is JESUS! When
they call the Holy Ghost, Christ - they are calling the Holy Ghost, the
Saviour and that is not true.
“I am the Way,
the Truth and the Life, and no man cometh unto the Father but by Me.”
(John 14:6) The Holy Ghost draws men and women to God. (John 6:44). The
Holy Ghost reproves people of sin. (John 16:8-1I). The Holy Ghost
GLORIFIES JESUS (John 16: 14), but the Holy Ghost cannot save anyone. Only
Jesus CHRIST the Son of God can save lost souls.
The message of the Earlyweapon he had against Satan and his forces, and the name of Jesus to us
today is just as important.
Jesus said: “Whatsoever ye shall ask in My Name, that will I do, that the Father
may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask anything in My name, I will
do it.” (John 14: 13-14); “In
My Name they shall cast out devils, they shall speak with other
tongues…they shall lay their hands on the sick and they shall
recover.” (Mark 16: 17-18)
The Scripture record that the Scribes, Pharisees and High Priests
were so afraid of the name of Jesus
that they forbad the early Disciples not to use His
Name any more. They were beaten and threatened repeatedly because they
would not discontinue using His Name (Acts 4:2-3;
4:17-18; 5:2-28) They said: “We ought to obey God rather than man.” (Acts 5:29
ye do in word or deed, do All in the Name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks
to God the Father by Him.” (Col. 3: 17)
The Jews did not believe in Jesus Christ, and even despised His Name, but the Disciples and early followers of Christ certainly
knew the power attached to His Name,
so it is no wonder that they used His Name in baptism also.
They preached Jesus Christ,
prayed in His Name and saw miracles in His Name, so it was natural for
them to include His Name in the Baptismal Formula.
They had, however, received
the direct command of Jesus Christ Himself as to the Baptismal
Formula which they were to use: “Go
ye therefore, and teach all nations baptizing them in the Name of the
Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost,” (Matt. 28: 19) so 1 am sure
they would not disobey that.
They baptized believers in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy
Ghost and it was done in Jesus’ name, for the glory of God! Upon the confession of their
faith in the Lord Jesus Christ they
were baptized into Jesus Christ, in the name of the triune God:
Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
1968 during our 3 1/2 month crusades across Norway, we were baptizing so
many people that many Pastors of the Pentecostal Assemblies asked me to
write this book.
Here is an appropriate model used by many pastors and missionaries
of the Evangelical and Pentecostal Movement, whom I consider the most
zealous for Jesus Christ in many parts of the world.
The Candidate should be given the opportunity to give a short
testimony of his living faith in Jesus Christ as personal Saviour and
Lord. He must give articulate his trust in the shed blood Jesus Christ
through our Lord’s death, burial and resurrection, for the forgiveness
of sins and eternal salvation. The candidate must then declare his
intention to serve Him faithfully until the Coming of Christ or the hour
of his death.
the Minister will raise his hand to Heaven and say these words: "Upon
the Royal Command of our Lord Jesus Christ and upon your confession of
Faith in Him, I now Baptize you in the Name of the Father and of the Son
and of the Holy Ghost, unto Jesus Christ and His Death. This I do in
the name of Jesus!"
When the Candidate comes
up out of the water the Minister usually says: "Risen
with Jesus Christ unto a New Life."
The words a Minister says may vary with the different Pastors and
churches, but they must always use the
baptismal Formula that Jesus Christ gave to His disciples and to
the Church in (Matt. 28: 19). Then, it should be stated that the
Candidate is being baptized unto
Jesus Christ and His death.
Bible says: "Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into
Jesus Christ were baptized into His death. Therefore we were buried
with Him in baptism into death, that like as Christ was raised up from the
dead by the glory of the Father, even so we should also walk in newness of
life." (Romans 6:3-4)
The above model is used by the Pentecostal Assemblies in
Norwayand I believe is the most Scriptural I have ever encountered. In
closing, if you are not born again by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit, then
I would admonish you with these words:
the Lord Jesus Christ today as your personal Saviour, be baptized in
water, seek God until you are filled with the Holy Spirit. Join
yourself with a group of praying Christians in a Full Gospel, Bible
believing Church, become an active soul winner for Jesus and you'll never
a godly life and use every opportunity you have to be a blessing to your
family, the Church and you fellowman." AMEN.