The TRUTH about Water Baptism
Water Baptism was one of three things left to the church to do. To be done and to make it worth doing, it had to be done God's WAY.
After the Roman Catholic church changed the Godhead into three persons, it wasn't long before true christian baptism was lost. Today most churches baptize using the titles that Jesus spoke of in Mat 28:19 instead of the only name that was given to man by which they must be saved. And that name was not "Jesus only", as some do. There are many men that have the name 'Jesus', but only one 'Lord Jesus Christ'
Today they sprinkle water over babies and call it baptism, Where is that in the bible? How can a baby repent?
When you follow the rules of man and not God, then you are out of the will of God. When you teach or believe for the truth the traditions of man, Isa 29:13 and Mark 7:7 apply. They worship me in vain.
Rom 3:4 Let God be true and every man a lier.
Gal 1:8 † But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
Baptism was only done one way in the book of Acts 2:38, 8:16, 10:48, 19:5, 22:16. It wasn’t until the Catholic Church changed the Godhead and came up with their form of baptism that it changed to the titles(Father, Son, Holy Ghost) that are used today.
Look at Cain and Able, both worshiped God and both built an altar and made a sacrifice. Able had the true revelation of what was required, Blood. Cain was told what to do, but no revelation, and he brought fruit. Didn’t God even tell him to go and do what his brother did and he would be accepted? That is the same with baptism, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are titles to a name. LORD (Father), SON(Jesus), HOLY GHOST(Christ), Lord Jesus Christ is the compound name of God. And that is what the Apostles believed and all the 1st church believed.
It wasn’t until the Catholic Church that the three person doctrine came out, (about 325 AD), and baptism was changed to the 3 person formula. Even the Catholic Church at one time baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The following is a true record of a Baptism which took place in Rome A.D. 100 and was reproduced in TIME magazine, December 5, 1955.
"The deacon raised his hand, and Publius Decius stepped through the baptistry door. Standing waist-deep in the pool was Marcus Vasca the woodseller. He was smiling as Publius waded into the pool beside him. ‘Credis?’ he asked. ‘Credo,’ responded Publius. ‘I believe that my salvation comes from Jesus the Christ, Who was crucified under Pontius Pilate. With Him I died that with Him I may have Eternal Life.’ Then he felt strong arms supporting him as he let himself fall backward into the pool, and heard Marcus’ voice in his ear ---- ‘I baptize you in the Name of the Lord Jesus’ ---- as the cold water closed over him."
Paul, Peter and all the Apostles preached baptism in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Faith comes by hearing the TRUE WORD of God. And that church had faith.
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
There is no salvation in titles, Rose of Sharon, Lilly of the valley, Father, Son, Holy Ghost. No salvation in any of them. There is only one name given to man by which we must be saved.
Col 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
To be baptized in the titles Father, Son, & Holy Ghost is to break this scripture.
Luke 24:47 † And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
That Name, the Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Sam 15:22 ……. to obey is better than sacrifice……..
Eph 3:15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named:. The Lord Jesus Christ.
Baptism is one of three ordnances left to the New Church.
Just ten days after Mat 28:19, Peter stands up before the people and makes the promise for the true church. Acts 2:38
a.) Repent of What?
b.) Unbelief in God’s Word. To deign one Word is Unbelief
2) Be Baptized
a.) How? A certain way.
b.) To be immersed in water in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
c.) Rom 6:3,4 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 we also should walk in newness of life.
d.) Col 2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
3) Receive a Gift.
a.) What Gift, The Baptism of the Holy Ghost. God living in man.
After a person is obedient and does 1 and 2 above. Then the person becomes ready to receive the Holy Ghost. And they will receive it when God accepts their faith.
Acts 8:16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
4.) Someone could repent of all they know and not receive the Holy Ghost, because they left out being Baptized or did it incorrectly. Acts 19 Paul made the disciples be baptized again correctly before they received the Holy Ghost.
5.) Someone could be baptized correctly and not repent completely.
So a person will not receive the Holy ghost indwelling until they have correctly fulfilled the Word, they will receive the Holy Ghost with them, but not in them.
Remember Peter had the keys to the kingdom and whatever he bound on earth(Acts 2:38) is bound forever.
Paul was so sure of himself, for he knew it was the Holy Ghost speaking through him.
Gal 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
Mat 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
Mar 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized(correctly) shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
Gal 3:27 We are baptized into Christ.
The Nicolaitane Doctrine was “the corruption of the clergy as they sought political power amongst themselves”, while “Balaamism is the subjection of the people to their system of creed and worship in order to hold them”. Balaamism was and is the creeds and dogmas formed into church tenets. Doing baptism in titles instead of the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ is following church tenets and Balaamism, which God hates.
This last church age (Laodicean) says it is very rich and in need of nothing, yet Jesus said, Rev 3:17, .……..knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
Scripture must line up from A to Z, the beginning to the end of the Word. When Jesus said to baptize in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost and Peter said to Baptize in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. It has to be the same or the bible is in error and our faith is worthless. Both Jesus and Peter were absolutely CORRECT. The Lord Jesus Christ is the compound Name of God. ISA 28:10 † For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
REVELATION 18:4 † And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
One ending thought, Where is the power in the church today? People don’t even have faith for healing, How are they going to make it in the Rapture. There are millions and millions of professed Christians today that believe some lies that came from the Catholic Church, their mother so to speak.
Mat 7:13,14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
The gate that leads to life is not wide or broad, it is strait and narrow.
Isaiah said it all in this scripture. Jesus was the Flesh that Jehovah God lived in.
ISA 9:6 † For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.