Monday, December 28, 2015

Posts on the "sinner's prayer" and Romans 10

The Gospel of the Grace of God vs the wanderings of John Davis (Part 1) http://av1611studyblog.blogspot.com/2015/08/the-gospel-of-grace-of-god-vs.html

The Gospel of the Grace of God vs the wanderings of John Davis (Part 2) http://av1611studyblog.blogspot.com/2015/08/the-gospel-of-grace-of-god-vs_62.html 

The Gospel of the Grace of God vs the wanderings of John Davis (Part 3) http://av1611studyblog.blogspot.com/2015/08/the-gospel-of-grace-of-god-vs_5.html
 

John Davis's reply to posts 
http://av1611studyblog.blogspot.com/2015/08/john-daviss-reply-to-posts.html  
 

John Davis's apology for plagiarizing Dr. Ruckman (TimeforTruth.com)  
http://av1611studyblog.blogspot.com/2015/08/see-tft-news-issue-43-page-5.html 

Critique of the Baptist "Church" origin
http://av1611studyblog.blogspot.com/2015/10/critique-of-baptist-church-origin.html
 


Critique of the Baptist "Church" false gospel
http://av1611studyblog.blogspot.com/2015/10/critique-of-baptist-church-false-gospel.html
 


Baptist false gospel: Surrender your life to Christ?
http://av1611studyblog.blogspot.com/2015/10/baptist-false-gospel-surrender-your.html
 


The Baptist false gospel: the "Sinner's prayer"
http://av1611studyblog.blogspot.com/2015/10/the-baptist-false-gospel-sinners-prayer.html
 


Question for Baptists: Why do we need the "sinner's prayer"?
http://av1611studyblog.blogspot.com/2015/10/question-for-baptists-why-do-we-need.html
 


Since I am a "Stammite"...(Romans 10:9-13)
http://av1611studyblog.blogspot.com/2015/11/since-i-am-stammiteromans-109-13.html
 


"Altar call" Exposed
http://av1611studyblog.blogspot.com/2015/11/altar-call-exposed.html
 


Baptist/Catholic Confessional Exposed
http://av1611studyblog.blogspot.com/2015/11/baptistcatholic-confessional-exposed.html 
 


The Baptist false gospel: David Cloud, Lester Roloff, Charles Spurgeon
http://av1611studyblog.blogspot.com/2015/10/baptist-false-gospel-david-cloud-lester.html
 


Critique of the Baptist Faith
http://av1611studyblog.blogspot.com/2015/10/critique-of-baptist-faith.html  
 


How to go to hell....Baptist style. 
http://av1611studyblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/how-to-go-to-hellbaptist-style.html
 


False gospel in Chick Publications tracts
http://av1611studyblog.blogspot.com/2015/01/false-gospel-in-chick-publications.html

God will not hear a lost person's prayer for salvation.
 

Isaiah 59:
[1] Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
[2] But your iniquities have separated between you and your God,
and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
[3] For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.
[4] None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity
. 


Psalms 34:
[15] The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.
[16]
The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.  


Matthew 7:
[21] Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
[22] Many will say to me in that day,
Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
[23] And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity

 

Romans 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

John 2:
[24] But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men,
[25] And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man
.


John 9:31 Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth. 

1 Peter 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. 

Proverbs 15:29 The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous. 

Proverbs 28:9  He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.

Besides the fact that God will not hear a lost person's prayer for salvation, audible prayer is a
work that you "labor", "strive", and "persevere" in.


Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.


Romans 15:30 Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;


Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Some people will boldly stand up and say "There is nothing you can offer to God for Him to save you, He won't accept anything you try to offer Him, you just need to trust Him as your Savior--Bless God!" and then they will tell you to OFFER God the WORK of coming down to the altar to say the "sinner's prayer"! Prayer IS something that you "OFFER" God!
 


Hebrews 5:7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared

Salvation is by grace through faith and not of works (Eph. 2:8-9). Anyone who puts their faith in Christ, believing that He died for their sins, was buried, and rose again the third day is saved (Rom. 3:20-27, 1 Cor. 15:1-4, Eph. 1:13, Acts 13:38-39). Those who do not admit they are sinners are not saved (Rom. 3:19, 7:7) and those who add works to the Gospel are not saved (Rom. 10:1-4).

--Eli Caldwell 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Did Christ "challenge" the word of God?

The Message version of Matthew 5:43-44 "You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst."

The King James Bible says "Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;"

The Message version is clearly a very bad error, according to it, Christ "challenged" the word of God. What Christ really did was make a change in dispensation, preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom and New Covenant version of the Law (Heb. 7:12, 8:8-13, 10:16-17) rather than the Mosaic law.

The word "challenge" means:

"a call or summons to engage in any contest"

"something that by its nature or character serves as a call to battle"

"a call to fight, as a battle, a duel, etc."

"to call in question"

According to The Message, Christ called into question His own word and fought against it. Very ridiculous. Stick to the preserved word of God given by inspiration, the King James Bible.


Thursday, December 17, 2015

The case against water baptism (part 2)

In part 1 of this post I stated what the premise of Mid-Acts Dispensationalismis for "throwing out" water baptism for the Dispensation of Grace. Water baptism, like the other ceremonial rites of the Law, have become "dung" and a "doctrine of devils" just as circumcision, holydays, and dietary laws (Phil. 3:1-8, 1 Tim. 4:1-5, Col. 2:14-17). The command to practice water baptism ceased under Grace...

JOHN THE BAPTIST PREACHING THE KINGDOM TO ISRAEL: "And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost." (John 1:31-33)

CHRIST SENDING THE 12 APOSTLES OF ISRAEL TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM TO ALL THE WORLD:
"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." (Matt. 28:19-20)

CHRIST GIVING THE DISPENSATION OF THE GRACE OF GOD (THE GOSPEL AND MYSTERY) TO PAUL:
"I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name. And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect." (1 Cor. 1:14-17)

John the Baptist was "sent to baptize".
The 12 apostles of Israel were told "go ye therefore and baptize".
The apostle of the Gentiles, our pattern, said "Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel".

From Matthew 3 through Acts 8 Christ's disciples were "sent to baptize" and those who refused the practice were rejecting the counsel of God.

Luke 7:
[29] And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John.
[30] But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary definition of counsel:  "instruction", "In a scriptural sense, purpose; design; will; decree." "Directions of Gods word."

From Acts 9 throughout the rest of the 'Church' Age, Christ has not sent us to baptize. Christ has given us no command to water baptize. It is outside of the word and will of God for Gentiles under Grace to baptize (I define the "will" of God as what His word commands). Water baptism was part of the counsel of God in time past under the Law and Gospel of the Kingdom, but not in the present Dispensation of Grace in which we are instantly made "complete" in Christ upon spiritual circumcision and spiritual baptism without any need for physical ceremonial rites (Col. 2:6-23).

When we put our faith in Christ we are baptized into the Body of Christ by the Holy Spirit, "joined to the Lord" being made "one spirit" with Him. In Christ we are members one of another and have no Jew, Gentile, male, female, bond, or free distinctions. We are members of Christ's body crucified, buried, risen, and seated with Him.

1 Corinthians 6:
[15] Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.
[16] What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.
[17] But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit
.

1 Corinthians 12:
[12] For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
[13] 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.
[14] For the body is not one member, but many.
[15] If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
[16] And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
[17] If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
[18] But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him
.

Galatians 3:
[26] For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
[27] For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
[28] There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus
.

Romans 6:
[3] Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
[4] 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
.

Ephesians 1:
[22] And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
[23] Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all
.

Ephesians 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

This standing and position that we have in Christ makes us "complete" and we cannot be "made perfect by the flesh". We are to walk in Christ as we received Him, by faith, not by the works of the Law.

Galatians 3:
[1] O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
[2] This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
[3] Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh
?

Colossians 2: 
[6] As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
[7] Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
[8] Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
[9] For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
[10] And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
[11] In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
[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
.

Paul says that we are "complete" in Christ by the spiritual circumcision of Christ and spiritual baptism of the operation of God. The word "complete" means exactly that, there is no need for physical circumcision and physical water baptism. Paul went on to say "And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;" (Col. 2:13-14).

Those who practice water baptism are like the churches of Galatia who had "begun in the Spirit" but went on trying to "observe days, and months, and times, and years". Paul said "how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?" Water baptism was part of the Law as one of the rites that made a Levite into a Priest (Exod. 29:4, 30:20, 40:12, Lev. 8:6, Numb. 8:7, etc.). This carried over into the Gospel of the Kingdom under the New Covenant that God will make with Israel in the Kingdom when He makes them a nation of priests (Exod. 19:5-6, Ezek. 36:25, Isa. 61:6, Rev. 20:6, Matt. 3:1-11, Mark 1:4-5, 1 Pet. 2:5-10, 3:21). This is expressly stated in Hebrews 8:8-13 and 10:19-22....

Hebrews 8:
[8] For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
[9] Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
[10] For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
[11] And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
[12] For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
[13] In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away
.

Hebrews 10:
[19] Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
[20] By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
[21] And having an high priest over the house of God;
[22] Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water


Israel under the New Covenant will be a kingdom and nation of Priests sprinkled from an evil conscience (with the blood of Christ--Heb. 9:13-14, 12:24, 1 Pet. 1:2, Rev. 1:5-6) and washed with pure water. Water baptism was for the Jewish priests and had to do with entering the temple. When John the Baptist came baptizing the Jews sent "priests and Levites" to ask him why he was baptizing. The priests already knew about water baptism and were expecting either Christ or Elijah to come baptizing as part of the New Covenant.

John 1:
[19] And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou?
[20] And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.
[21] And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.
[22] Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?
[23] He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.
[24] And they which were sent were of the Pharisees.
[25] And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet
?

To practice water baptism under Grace is being "entangled again with the yoke of bondage" (Gal. 4:9, 5:1). It is refusing to acknowledge that we are COMPLETE in Christ upon spiritual circumcision and spiritual baptism without any purpose for physical baptism and physical circumcision (Col. 2:10-12). Dietary laws, animal sacrifices, holy days, observing months, circumcision, water baptism, priesthoods, and all the other Law ceremonies and rites are "weak", "beggarly", "dung", "bondage", and "doctrines of devils" under Grace (Gal. 4:9, Phil. 3:1-8, 1 Tim. 4:1-5).

We have only "one baptism" that we are to walk worthy of and keep in the unity of the Spirit under Grace.

Ephesians 4:
[1] I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
[2] With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
[3] Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
[4] There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
[5] One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
[6] One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all
.

Baptism into Christ is the only baptism that we are told to walk worthy of and keep under Grace, it is part of the "unity of the Spirit". Water baptism was a physical rite of the Law and Israel's gospel of the kingdom, it is not commanded by the word of God under Grace, and is no longer obedience to Christ (1 Cor. 1:17).

Based on the Scriptures, it is clear that water baptism has nothing to do with "joining" a local church, it is not a symbol of the death/burial/resurrection, and followers of Christ are no longer told by the word of God to practice water baptism.

Also, the Bible word "baptism" has NOTHING to do with an "immersion". Many people will go to man made dictionaries to define the word "baptism" instead of letting the Bible define itself. Baptists and Campbellites ("Church of Christ") even go so far as to say that the King James Bible made an error by transliterating the word baptism instead of translating it "immerse". Here are the facts:

1.) The King James Bible has nothing to do with the invention of the English word "baptize". The word "baptize" was used by Wycliffe in his translation of the Latin Vulgate in the late 1300's almost three hundred years before the KJB was compiled. Also, all the English translations between Wycliffe and the KJB used the word baptize. The reason Baptists and Campbellites "correct" the KJB use of the word "baptize" is because they hate the word of God and so they lie about it. The King James Bible is one of the few that keep the inspired word "with" when describing a baptism. Modern versions change this to "in". (KJB: "baptize with water", Modern Versions: "baptize in water")

2.) Bible correctors (Baptists and Campbellites) also appeal to "the Greek text" to wrongly define Bible words. However, the Greek will not help you because according to Biblical usage, the Greek word baptizo and its variants do not mean immerse or dip. βαπτισμους (baptismos) is used in Mark 7:1-4 in the context of washing tables. Did the Jews immerse a table in water? No, obviously they could pour or sprinkle water on it, but not immerse it. The word is also used in Hebrews 9:10 in the context of the various washings of the Law, pourings and sprinklings. 

3.) Finally, the Bible defines baptism as pouring and sprinkling. Every baptism in the Bible, with the exception of baptism unto Moses, is either a pouring or a sprinkling. 

The baptism with the Holy Ghost was called a pouring, falling, shedding, etc. (Joel 2:28-29, Acts 2:17-18, 2:33, 8:16, 10:44-45, 11:15). 

"I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh" (Joel 2:28)

"in those days will I pour out my spirit" (Joel 2:29)

"I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh" (Acts 2:17)

"I will pour out in those days of my Spirit" (Acts 2:18)

"the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this" (Acts 2:33)

"For as yet he was fallen upon none of them" (Acts 8:16)

"the Holy Ghost fell on all them" (Acts 10:44)

"on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost" (Acts 10:45)

"the Holy Ghost fell on them" (Acts 11:15)

Christ's death baptism is called a pouring (Luke 12:50, Matt. 20:22, Mark 10:38, Ps. 22:14, Isa. 53:12).

"But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!" (Luke 12:50)

"I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels." (Ps. 22:14)

"Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors." (Isa. 53:12)

"But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water." (John 19:34)

The baptism with fire is a pouring (Matt. 3:11-12).

"I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire." (Matt. 3:11-12)

"Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him." (Nahum 1:6)

"Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy." (Zeph. 3:8)

"He hath cut off in his fierce anger all the horn of Israel: he hath drawn back his right hand from before the enemy, and he burned against Jacob like a flaming fire, which devoureth round about. He hath bent his bow like an enemy: he stood with his right hand as an adversary, and slew all that were pleasant to the eye in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion: he poured out his fury like fire." (Lamentations 2:3-4)

"But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed." (Luke 17:29-30)


The Baptists and "Church of Christ" (Campbellites) all use references to baptism into Christ as found in Romans 6:3-4, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Colossians 2:10-12, and Galatians 3:26-28 to teach that water baptism was by immersion (or "burial"). However, none of those references are to baptism with water, they are all said to be baptism into Christ. Christ is not a tank of water, therefore baptism into Christ has nothing to do with water. Besides that, grabbing someone and dunking them into a tank of water is not a picture of burial anyway. Do we grab dead people and shove them through dirt? No! We lay them down and then POUR dirt on top of them.

Baptism into Christ is done by God the Holy Spirit

"By one Spirit are we all baptized into body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have all been made to drink into one Spirit" (1 Cor. 12:13)

"Now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him" (1 Cor. 12:18)

"Buried with him in baptism, wherein also are ye risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead" (Col. 2:12)

The Holy Spirit joins a believer to the Lord making us crucified, buried, risen, and seated with Christ (1 Cor. 6:15-17, Eph. 2:6, Rom. 6:3-4, Gal. 2:20, 3:26-28).

Water baptism has nothing to do with the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. There is not one verse in the Bible that says water baptism pictures the death/burial/resurrection. The 12 apostles baptized (John 4:2) without even knowing about the death/burial/resurrection (Matt. 16:21-23, Mark 9:9-10, 9:31-32, Luke 9:44-45, 18:31-34, John 20:6-10).

Water baptism was said to be a "figure" (1 Pet. 3:21) of the washing away and remission of sins (Mark 1:4, Luke 3:3, Acts 2:38, 22:16). The washing away of sins is done by the SPRINKLING of the blood of Christ, not by immersion (Heb. 9:13-14, 10:22, 12:24, 1 Pet. 1:2, Isa. 52:14-15). Clearly then water baptism was by SPRINKLING as a "figure" (Heb. 10:22, 1 Pet. 3:21).

Water baptism was a Jewish "purifying" (John 3:25-26) that the Priests and Levites knew about (John 1:19) and expected the Christ to perform (John 1:25). Why did the Jews expect Christ to baptize? Ezekiel 36:25 says that Christ would come and sprinkle clean water upon them. Why did the Jews send their Priests and Levites to question John about why he was baptizing? Because they performed baptism all the time....(Num. 8:5-7, Lev. 8:5-6, Exod. 29:4, 30:20, 40:12). The Gospel of John calls baptism "purifying" in John 3:25, every other reference to purifying is a Jewish cleansing (John 2:6, 11:55, Num. 8:7, etc.).



The baptism unto Moses had two phases, in the cloud and in the sea (1 Cor. 10:1-2). The baptism in the cloud was a pouring out of water (Ps 77:16-20) and the baptism in the sea was dry, none of the Jews got wet.

Baptism cannot be defined as "immersion", different baptism are done in different ways

baptism with water was a sprinkling
baptism unto Moses (two phases) was a raining and then dry
baptism with the Holy Ghost was a pouring/falling/shedding
baptism with fire will be a raining (Luke 17:29-30)
baptism into Christ is an immersion OR pouring into Christ performed by the Holy Spirit
baptism with death/suffering was a pouring 





This information makes the Baptists and Campbellites pretty mad. So in response to this, they say "well then why did people in the Bible water baptize in rivers if they did not have to immerse someone"?

Good question.

However, it should be noted that people in the Bible did not just baptize in rivers. In Acts 2:41 three thousand people were baptized there in Jerusalem. Cornelius, the Gentiles, and the apostle Paul were baptized in houses (Acts 10:47-48, 22:16).

But the reason it was convenient to baptize in a river is because sprinkling was done with hyssop (Lev. 14:1-7, Numb. 19:18, Heb. 9:19-22). Hyssop would have grown near the water and the one doing the baptizing would have had to go to the water to get the water to sprinkle. Sprinkling was performed with hyssop as a picture of cleansing/purging/remission of sins. This was what water baptism was a figure of (1 Pet. 3:21, Mark 1:4-5, Luke 3:3, Acts 2:38, Acts 22:16).

Hebrews 9:
[19] For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people,
[20] Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.
[21] Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.
[22] And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission
.

Psalms 51:7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow

Israel under the Old Testament was sprinkled with blood and water as a figure of the remission of sins and the blood of that testament. Likewise Israel was sprinkled with blood and water as a figure of the New Testament, but of course the New Testament sprinkling of blood was the blood of Christ.

Hebrews 9:
[11] But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
[12] Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
[13] For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
[14] How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God
?

Hebrews 10:
[19] Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
[20] By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
[21] And having an high priest over the house of God;
[22] Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water
.

Hebrews 12:24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

1 Peter 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied

1 Peter 3:21-22 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.

The fact that Peter said "baptism doth also now save us by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God" means that water baptism is connected to what Christ did when He was resurrected and gone into heaven. That is, after Christ offered His own blood as the High Priest over the better tabernacle in heaven (Heb. chap. 7-10, Rev. 8:3, 11:19, 15:5) , the sprinkling of His blood is applied to believers of the Gospel of the Kingdom and water baptism was the response of that good conscience (Heb. 10:19-22, 1 Pet. 1:2, 3:21). This will make Israel a kingdom of priests under the New Covenant in the Millennium (Rev. 1:5-6, 20:6, Isa. 61:6, 66:21, Exod. 19:6).

--Eli Caldwell  

Saturday, December 12, 2015

The case against water baptism (part 1)

Out of all the doctrines that Mid-Acts Dispensationalism believes, our greatest criticism has been that we do not believe in water baptism. I know people that do not care at all that I believe that the Church the Body of Christ began with the revelation of the Gospel of the Grace of God given to the apostle Paul in Acts 9, in fact they admit that they probably would agree with this. However, they do not agree with or like the belief that water baptism has ceased to be part of the believer's service and obedience to God under Grace. This doctrine is absolutely hated by the Charismatics, "Church of Christ" Campbellism, and especially the Baptists.

Consider the Mid-Acts Dispensational premise. We believe that the Bible teaches that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision to confirm the promises made to the Jewish fathers and that He was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel (Matt. 10:5-6, 15:22-27, Mark 7:24-28, Rom. 15:8). We believe that Christ, His apostles, and His forerunner all came preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom to Israel to set up the physical Kingdom over the whole world from Jerusalem...

"And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people." (Matt. 4:23)

"And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people." (Matt. 9:35)

"And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." (Matt. 24:14)

"Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God," (Mark 1:14)

This Gospel of the Kingdom was that the promised King was present and that the Kingdom was at hand...

"And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Matt. 3:2)

"From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Matt. 4:17)

"And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Matt. 10:7)

"And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel." (Mark 1:15)

The opposition to our belief will say that the Gospel of the Kingdom is the same gospel that we preach today. They also say that the "kingdom" talked about by Christ was a spiritual kingdom and not the physical kingdom over the world.

The Bible teaches that the Gospel of the Kingdom is definitely NOT the "Gospel of the Grace of God" that was revealed to the apostle Paul. In fact, if anyone tried to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom today, he would be accursed (Gal. 1:6-12). The Gospel of the Kingdom is a false gospel under Grace (2 Cor. 11:3-4). How do I prove this? Well look at what Paul's gospel was...

"For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect." (1 Cor. 1:17)

"For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God." (1 Cor. 1:18)

"But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;" (1 Cor. 1:23)

"For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified." (1 Cor. 2:2)

"Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;" (Rom. 3:24-25)

"But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world." (Gal. 6:14)

"Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:" (1 Cor. 15:1-4)

That is the Gospel of the Grace of God. That Christ died on the cross for our sins, that He was buried, and rose again the third day. Paul said that Christ was set forth as the propitiation, through faith in His blood. What Paul called "my gospel" (2 Tim. 2:8, Rom. 2:16, 16:25) was the "preaching of the CROSS". When Paul preached the gospel he did not add works to glory in or wisdom of words, he knew only Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Paul refers to his gospel as "the grace of Christ" (Gal. 1:5) and "the gospel of the grace of God" (Acts 20:24). He said if any man or angel from heaven preached unto us any other gospel other than the grace of Christ, let him be accursed!

Galatians 1:
[5] To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
[6] I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
[7] Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
[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.
[9] As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
[10] For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
[11] But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
[12] For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ
.

Paul said that if this Gospel of Christ was unknown or hid to anyone, then they are not saved. This gospel is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth, if you do not know that gospel then you are lost.

2 Corinthians 4:
[3] But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
[4] In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
[5] For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake
.

1 Corinthians 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

But was Paul's gospel preached by John the Baptist, Jesus Christ, and the 12 apostles? Is Paul's gospel of the grace of God the same gospel as "the gospel of the kingdom"? Absolutely not.

Matthew 16:
[20] Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.
[21] From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.
[22] Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.
[23] 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
.

Mark 9:
[9] And as they came down from the mountain, he charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen, till the Son of man were risen from the dead.
[10] And they kept that saying with themselves, questioning one with another what the rising from the dead should mean
.

Mark 9:
[30] And they departed thence, and passed through Galilee; and he would not that any man should know it.
[31] For he taught his disciples, and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise the third day.
[32] But they understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask him
.

Luke 9:
[44] Let these sayings sink down into your ears: for the Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men.
[45] But they understood not this saying, and it was hid from them, that they perceived it not: and they feared to ask him of that saying
.

Luke 18:
[31] Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished.
[32] For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on:
[33] And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again.
[34] And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken
.

The "gospel of the kingdom" that John the Baptist and the 12 apostles of Israel preached was NOT Paul's gospel of the grace of God. Paul's gospel was "HID" from them. They did not understand, perceive, or know about the death/burial/resurrection of Christ. The Gospel of the Kingdom, that the Kingdom was at hand, was NOT the Gospel of the Grace of God and today it is a false gospel to preach.

As for the Kingdom supposedly being some kind of mystical, invisible, spiritual, fairyland kingdom, that is completely foreign to Scripture.  [The A-Millennialists will go so far as to say that there will never have a Kingdom on the earth ruling over the Gentile nations from Jerusalem.] Of course, believers under Grace in the Body of Christ are joined to the Lord seated in heavenly places in Him (Eph. 1:3, 2:6-7, Col. 1:13). There is no dispute that Heaven is God's current Kingdom, the issue is that the Bible teaches that His Kingdom will come to the Earth.

What does the Bible say about Christ's first coming and Kingdom?

Luke 1:
[31] And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
[32] He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
[33] And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end
.

Luke 1:
[67] And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying,
[68] Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people,
[69] And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;
[70] As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began:
[71] That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us;
[72] To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant;
[73] The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,
[74] That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,
[75] In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life
.

These verses from Luke clearly state that the Kingdom is going to be a Jewish Kingdom that was prophesied to Abraham and the Jewish fathers [Dan. 2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.]. The main characteristics of this Kingdom are Israel being delivered from their enemies to serve Christ without fear in righteousness all the days of their lives. Now look in Matthew 5.

Matthew 5:
[3] Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
[4] Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
[5] Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
[6] Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
[7] Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
[8] Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God
.

Notice that Christ used the terms "the kingdom of heaven", "the earth", and seeing God as what the believers of the Gospel of the Kingdom would would inherit. If you put the three statements together, the kingdom of heaven is inheriting the earth with God present. Now look at these other statements about the Kingdom...

"But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne: Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King." (Matt. 5:34-35)

"After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven" (Matt. 6:9-10)

The Kingdom of God coming is when His will is done in Earth as it is in Heaven. Further, look at Matthew 19 and 20. Those scriptures clearly state that Christ's Kingdom is going to be one where there are thrones and nations. 

Matthew 19:
[27] Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?
[28] And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
[29] And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life
.

Matthew 20:
[20] Then came to him the mother of Zebedee's children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.
[21] And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.
[22] But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.
[23] And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father
.

In Christ's Kingdom the 12 apostles will be ruling over the 12 tribes of Israel and there will be literal thrones.

Some OT verses (out of the hundreds) on the Kingdom being on the Earth are included in this post:
http://av1611studyblog.blogspot.com/2015/08/church-of-christ-millennial-heresy.html

This Gospel of the Kingdom is also clearly what the 12 apostles continued to preach until Paul's conversion. They were looking for the Kingdom to be restored to Israel and they preached that if Israel repented, then Christ would return to them.

Acts 1:
[6] When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
[7] And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power
.

Acts 2:
[30] Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;
[31] He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.
[32] This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
[33] Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.
[34] For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,
[35] Until I make thy foes thy footstool.
[36] Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ
.

Acts 3:
[19] Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
[20] And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:
[21] Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
[22] For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.
[23] And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.
[24] Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.
[25] Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed
.

Acts 5:31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

With this being the premise of Mid-Acts Dispensationalists, is there any wonder why we do not practice water baptism? All the verses that people typically use to justify the practice such as Matthew 3:15-16, Luke 7:29-30, Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:16, and Acts 2:38 are not even operating under the same gospel as we are today. The command to practice water baptism was part of the Gospel of the Kingdom, not the Gospel of the Grace of God. The commission of Matthew 28, Luke 21, and Mark 16 ceased when the mystery Dispensation of Grace was revealed to Paul (Eph. 3:1-9, 5:32, Col. 1:25-28, 4:3, Rom. 11:25, 16:25). Those who insist that the commission of the Gospel of the Kingdom did not cease I would challenge them to answer these questions: why don't you cast out devils? why don't you speak with new tongues? why don't you take up serpents? why don't you drink poison? why don't you heal the sick? That is what Mark 16:17-18 says would happen to those who believed that gospel and who carried out that commission. Those were not "optional" things, those were signs that were guaranteed to happen. "And these signs shall follow them that believe.."(Mark 16:17) "And they went forth...confirming the word with signs following." (Mark 16:20) Besides this, the commission of Matthew 28 requires that you teach people to observe "all things whatsoever" Christ commanded in His earthly ministry (Matt. 28:19-20). Nobody on earth really follows what Christ taught on earth. Christ taught to sell all that you have, have all possessions common, and take no thought for what you will eat or wear because God will supply all your needs daily (Matt. 6:19-34, 8:20, 10:8-10, 13:44-46, 19:16-24, Mark 6:7-9, 10:17-23, Luke 3:8-11, 9:1-4, 12:15-34, Acts 2:44-45, 3:1-6, 4:32-37, 5:1-11).

Under Grace we are commanded to follow Paul as He followed Christ. Just as Moses was given the doctrines and practice for the nation of Israel, Paul was given the doctrines and practice for the Church the Body of Christ. The Lord made Paul the pattern and spokesman for the Body of Christ and revealed to him the Gospel of the Grace of God, the blindness of Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles comes in, the Rapture of the Body of Christ, and the Mystery of Christ which was hid in God before the world began. 

THE DISPENSATION OF GRACE (REVELATION OF THE MYSTERY) GIVEN TO PAUL:

1 Corinthians 4:1 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God

Ephesians 1:9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

Ephesians 3:
[1] For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,
[2] If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to youward:
[3] How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,
[4] Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
[5] Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
[6] That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:
[7] Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.
[8] Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;
[9] And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

Ephesians 5:32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

Colossians 1:
[24] Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church:
[25] Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;
[26] Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
[27] To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
[28] Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

Colossians 4:3 Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:

1 Timothy 3:9 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

Romans 11:
[25] For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
[26] And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
[27] For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

THE MYSTERY OF THE GOSPEL. (FAITH ALONE IN THE BLOOD OF CHRIST)

Ephesians 6:19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

Romans 2:16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

Romans 16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,

2 Timothy 2:8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:

1 Corinthians 2:7-8 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

1 Timothy 1:
[11] According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.
[12] And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;
[13] Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.
[14] And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
[15] This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
[16] Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.

1 Corinthians 4:
[15] For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.
[16] Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me
.

Titus 1:
[1] Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;
[2] In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
[3] But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;

Galatians 1:
[11] But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
[12] For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Galatians 2:
[1] Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also.
[2] And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain.
[3] But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised:
[4] And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:
[5] To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.
[6] But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man's person:) for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me:
[7] But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;
[8] (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)

PAUL BEING THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE GENTILES UNDER GRACE.

Romans 11:13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:

Romans 15:
[15] Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God,
[16] That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost
.

1 Corinthians 4:
[15] For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.
[16] Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me
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1 Corinthians 11:1-2 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.

Ephesians 3:1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,

Ephesians 3:7-8 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

Philippians 3:17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.

Philippians 4:9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you

2 Thessalonians 3:6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.

1 Timothy 2:7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.

2 Timothy 1:11 Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.

2 Timothy 2:13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

2 Timothy 2:7 Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.

2 Timothy 4:17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.

THE MYSTERY OF THE RAPTURE OF THE BODY OF CHRIST.

1 Corinthians 15:
[51] Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
[52] In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
[53] For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
[54] So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
[55] O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
[56] The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
[57] But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
[58] Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord
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1 Thessalonians 4:
[13] But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
[14] For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
[15] For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
[16] For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
[17] Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
[18] Wherefore comfort one another with these words
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Because of the Dispensation of Grace and the distinct ministry and message that the Lord gave the apostle Paul, there are many practices that Christ taught in His earthly ministry that only pertained to Israel's Kingdom that are not to be practiced under Grace. Here are some examples...

  • Christ said under the Gospel of the Kingdom to forgive others in order to be forgiven (Matt. 6:12-15, 18:21-35, Mark 11:25-26, Luke 6:37, 11:4). Under the Gospel of the Grace of God we are suppose to forgive others because we are already forgiven (Eph. 4:32, Col. 2:13, 3:13). 
  • Christ said to sell all that you have and give to the poor, take no thought for what you will eat, and have all things common (Matt. 6:19-34, 8:20, 10:8-10, 13:44-46, 19:16-24, Mark 6:7-9, 10:17-23, Luke 3:8-11, 9:1-4, 12:15-34, Acts 2:44-45, 3:1-6, 4:32-37, 5:1-11). But Christ later revealed to Paul that we should lay up, giving not by commandment but as we purpose in our heart, working on our own and eating our own bread that we may give to those that need help (2 Thes. 3:7-12, 2 Cor. 8:8, 9:6-8, 12:14, Eph. 4:28). 
  • Christ said to keep the Law (Matt. 5:17-20, 5:23-24, 7:12, 8:4, 19:17, 23:1-3, 24:20, Luke 24:53, Acts 2:46, 3:1, 6:42, 10:10-17) because under Israel's New Covenant in the Kingdom the Law will be observed (Ps. 20:1-3, 51:18-19, 66:15, 89:30-32, Jer. 31:31-34, 32:37-42, Ezek. 36:24-28, 40-48, Micah 4:2, Isa. 2:3, 42:21, 56:1-2, 66:23, Zech. 14:16-19, Heb. 8:8-13). But under Grace we are dead to the Law, not under the Law, and the righteousness which is of the Law is "dung" (Rom. 6-7, 10:1-4, Gal. 3-4, Phil. 3:1-9).
  •  Under Grace we have eternal security (Rom. 8:29-39, 1 Cor. 1:1-9, 3:15, 5:5, 11:32, 1 Thes. 5:23-24, Eph. 1:13-14, 4:30, 2 Tim. 2:11-13, etc.). But Christ taught under the Gospel of the Kingdom that you could lose your salvation by calling your brother a fool (Matt. 5:22), not watching for His coming (Matt. 24:42-51, 25:11-13), being an unprofitable servant (Matt. 25:30), not taking care of the Lord's brethren (Matt. 25:31-46)

  • We do not have altars under Grace (Matt. 5:23-24).

  • We do not believe in giving our suers our other coat (Matt. 5:40).

  • We do not believe that we have to give people free stuff (Matt. 5:42, compared to 2 Thes. 3:6-12)

  • We do not believe that we have to do works to be the children of God (Matt. 5:44-45 compared with Galatians 3:26, Eph. 1:13).

Likewise the command to practice water baptism ceased under Grace. In fulfillment of the prophecies of the New Covenant being made with Israel going into the Kingdom, John the Baptist was SENT to baptize with water for the remission of sins.

Numbers 8:
[6] Take the Levites from among the children of Israel, and cleanse them.
[7] And thus shalt thou do unto them, to cleanse them: Sprinkle water of purifying upon them, and let them shave all their flesh, and let them wash their clothes, and so make themselves clean
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Ezekiel 36:
[25] Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.
[26] A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
[27] And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
[28] And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God
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Isaiah 61:6  But ye shall be named the Priests of the LORD: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.

John 1:
[31] And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
[32] And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
[33] And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost
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John 3:25-26 Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying. And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him.

Part 2 coming soon...

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Ken Ham Vs Hugh Ross

I found this the other day...this best part is when Ken Ham hands Hugh Ross the Bible and says "show me the millions of years". Ken Ham is clearly scripturally right.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNDzt84PcYA

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The "tithing" curse...(part 2)

Here are twenty more point against tithing. I am not sure who the original author was that wrote them, but I first found this exact list from Pastor David O'Steen's blog: http://kjbstudy.blogspot.com/

1. The English word "tithe" means a tenth (compare Gen. 14:20 with Heb. 7:4). Most churches preach tithing as a means of supporting their ministry. There are variations in how they teach this is to be done. Some pay the local church one tenth of their income after taxes and bills are paid; some pay before. Others demand tithing on unemployment, inheritance, gifts, tax refunds, social security and even gambling winnings. The tithing issue has caused a great deal of strife and division in our churches over the years. 

2. Perhaps the most well known passage on tithing is Malachi 3:8-12. This passage is the proof text for "Storehouse Tithing." Simply stated, the congregation is exhorted to channel all of their giving through the local church (storehouse). If they want to give to a Christian organization, radio or television broadcast, etc., it must go through their denominational machinery in order for the local church to get "credit." Also the pastor and elders often must make the determination if the cause supported by the giver is "worthy." 

3. This use of the Malachi passage is a good example of Scripture being taken out of its historical and dispensational context. "This whole nation" in verse 9 is the backslidden nation of Israel, NOT the present day church (Mal. 1:1; 3:6). They were under the law of Moses as a system of conditional blessing (obey=blessed; disobey=cursed). The blessings of keeping the law had to do with Israel's LAND (3:11-12). Believers today are not under the law but under grace (Rom. 6:14; 7:4-6). As such we have already been blessed by God with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ (Eph.1:3). 

4. This should put an end to the common charge that believers who don't tithe are "robbing God" and will be "cursed with a curse." God did not command us to tithe so how could we be robbing Him by not doing what He never told us to do? We cannot be cursed by the law for not tithing (Mal. 3:9) as members of the body of Christ (Gal. 3:13). The storehouse mentioned in verse 10 is not a local church but a storage bin or silo in the Jewish temple where the grain from the Hebrew's tithes was stored (2 Chron. 31:4-12). 

5. Under the law only agricultural products were tithed. They included grain, fruit, and livestock. Only products produced within the boundaries of the land of Israel were to be tithed (Lev. 27:30-34). 

6. Others exempt from the tithing law included the hired hands, fishermen, miners, lumber workers, construction workers, soldiers, weavers, potters, manufacturers, merchants, government workers, and priests. In short, all who were not farmers were exempt. 

7. A farmer with only 9 cattle did not tithe because the law specified the "tenth which passeth under the rod." Likewise a farmer with 19 sheep paid only 1 sheep to the Lord's tithe. 

8. The Jewish farmers in the land could redeem (buy back) the tithes of their crops with a penalty of one fifth. In other words, if a farmer wanted to keep his tithe of grain worth $1,000, he could pay the cash equivalent of $1,200 (Lev. 27:31). 

9. Livestock could not be brought back nor could the farmer exchange a good animal for a bad one or vice versa. Any attempt to substitute any other animal other than the tenth which passed under the rod would be penalized by the farmer forfeiting both the tenth and its substitute (Lev. 27:33). 

10. God ordained the Levites to be the ones to whom the tithe was paid (Num. 18:21). They were one of the 12 tribes of Israel to whom no inheritance was given in the land. The Lord Himself and the tithes of the children of Israel was their inheritance. It was used for the service of the tabernacle (later the temple) (Num. 18:20-28). 

11. It was unlawful for anyone outside of the tribe of Levi to receive the tithe, such as prophets, preachers, kings or evangelists. 

12. The Levites paid one tenth of their tithes to the high priest. Not all Levites were priests but only the sons of Aaron. The priests did not tithe. 

13. The Lord Jesus Christ did not ask for or receive a tithe for support of His ministry. Being of the tribe of Judah (not Levi) He could not without breaking the law (Heb. 7:14; Rev. 5:5). 

14. Neither Peter (not of the tribe of Levi) nor Paul (of the tribe of Benjamin) could receive tithes for the support of their ministries. 

15. Even the Jews do not practice tithing today because there are no Levites, priests, or temple worship in Jerusalem. Jewish rabbis know biblical law well enough to know that tithing under the present circumstances is unlawful. According to them, when the temple is rebuilt in Jerusalem with a consecrated altar with priests and Levites officiating, all Jews living within the biblical tithing zones will tithe. 

16. Those that teach tithing is binding on believers today use the argument that it predates Moses and the law. But this reasoning is not valid, for the Sabbath also predates the giving of the law (Ex.16:23-29) and yet it is not binding on God's people today (Rom. 14:5-6; Gal. 4:9-10; Col. 2:16-17). 

17. Abraham gave tithes to Melchisedec, king of Salem, but this was the spoils of war, not the legalistic tithe of the land which Moses commanded. Also, God did not command the tithe, Abraham chose to give it of his own free will (Gen. 14:17-23; Heb. 7:1-10). 

18. The only other scriptural reference to tithing before Moses is Jacob. Again there is no command to tithe. In fact Jacob puts up numerous conditions to be met before he will pay the tithe to the Lord (Gen. 28:20-22). 

19. The biblical references which address the tithing issues are: Gen. 14:20; 28:22; Lev. 27:30-32; Num. 18:20-32; Deut. 12:6-7, 11-12, 17; 14:22-23,28-29; 26:12-15; 2 Chron. 31:1-12; Amos 4:4-5; Mal. 3:8-12; Matt. 23:23; Lk. 11:42; 18:12; Heb. 7:5-10.

20. Paul the apostle to the Gentiles for this present dispensation of Grace does not mention tithing but says a great deal about grace giving (Rom. 15:25,26; 1 Cor. 9:7-14; 16:1-3; 2 Cor. 8 & 9; Gal. 6:6-10; Phil. 4:10-19; 1 Tim.  5:9-18).