By Johnny O. Trail — Just recently a sound gospel preacher wrote an article that taught a person’s sins are not forgiven until the point of baptism. That is, one cannot be saved prior to being immersed into Christ. This article was posted on Facebook, and a well-known “progressive” in churches of Christ responded by saying, “Tell Jesus that.” The implication of the statement is that Jesus would tell a person that they could be saved prior to baptism or without being baptized.
Personally, I find such a statement to be rather childish and ridiculous in nature. It is sad to think about having to defend baptism for forgiveness of sins (Acts 22.16) to one who calls himself a member of the Lord’s body. It is not up to me to tell Jesus anything. It is my duty to humbly and obediently follow His will. In light of this fact, the Master Himself tells humankind to be baptized for the purpose of salvation (Mark 16.15-16; c.f. Matthew 28.19). If Jesus commanded it, I need to do it. No further debate should be required.
It is presumptuous and sinful to contradict the will of God regarding any matter. The Bible teaches that Jesus is the author of eternal salvation. Hebrew 5.8-9 says, “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.” This passage teaches many things about the mission, nature, and importance of Christ as it pertains to salvation. Continue reading
By Johnny O. Trail — Our family has a dog named Sadie. It is a running joke in our family to regularly say, “Sadie is a dog.” It is a statement of an obvious truth. She looks like a dog, barks like a dog, eats like a dog, and acts like a dog. She is a dog.
Lately, we have been reassessing this conclusion. One of our sons has said, “Sadie is a goat.” Another child has said, “Sadie is a cat.” Still, another son has stated, “I don’t really know what she is.” Of course, we do all of this in jest. My children know the differences between a cat, a goat, and a dog. They also know what defines a dog as being a dog.
Suffice it to say, there is plenty of evidence to demonstrate that Sadie is a dog. If enough evidence exists to prove something as being factual, then it must be accepted as the truth. One cannot deny that our dog, Sadie, is a dog. There is too much evidence to refute that fact.
The same principle is true in regards to scriptural considerations. If there is enough evidence to demonstrate that something is being accurately and truthfully represented from God’s word, it must be accepted at fact and practiced as outline in the Bible. That is, there are truths in God’s Holy Writ that are undeniable. Continue reading
THE BAPTISM OF ALEXANDER CAMPBELL
Following is the account of Alexander Campbell’s baptism (as well as that of other members of his family) as reported by him in the Millennial Harbinger of May 1848, Vol. V, Number V. These are Campbell’s own words (including his spelling and punctuation) in describing the baptisms and the events leading up to them. It will be noted that the baptisms occurred one year to the month following Campbell’s sermon on “Humble Beginnings,” the subject of last week’s “News & Views.” (Note: I have inserted numbers into the body of Campbell’s account to indicate explanatory notes which I provide at the end of the account.) Continue reading
“When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.”
Paul found some disciples in Ephesus who had received only the baptism of John. Perhaps they had been taught by Apollos, whose information was outdated. Paul taught them correctly and they responded appropriately.
Baptism is a once-in-a-lifetime act of obedience. Wrong ritual that does not put one in Christ doesn’t count. A person needs to be “baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.” The proper response to hearing the truth is acting upon it.
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“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. Do not be like the horse or like the mule, Which have no understanding, Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, Else they will not come near you” (Psalm 32:8-9 NKJV). David clearly states God’s instruction should guide one without being forced to obey. Jesus said things proceeding “out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man” (Matthew 15:18 NKJV). True, evil begins in a heart, but so, also does obedience. Paul “preached to you the gospel of God” (1 Thessalonians 2:9 NKJV), and “you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered” (Romans 6:17 NKJV). “And many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized” (Acts 18:8 NKJV). Don’t be forced to be baptized.
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.
- To become a disciple of Christ — Matt 28:18-20
- To become the possession of, and have fellowship with, the Godhead — Matt 28:18-20
- To fulfill righteousness — Matt 3:15-17; Matt 28:18-20: Acts 10:48
- For forgiveness of sin — Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16
- Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit– Acts 2:38
- To enter the church — Acts 2:41, 47; 1 Cor 12:13
- To undergo God’s grace — Rom 6:1-7, 14
- To be freed from the law system — Rom 6:1-7, 14
- To be freed from the domination of sin — Rom 6:1-7
- To obtain hope of eternal life — Rom 6:5; Col 2:12; Col 3:1-4
- To be united with Christ — Rom 6:3,5
- To receive the benefits of Christ’s death — Rom 6:3
- To enter newness of life — Rom 6:4
- To become a son of God — Gal 3:26-27
- To put on Christ — Gal 3:27
- To become an heir of Abraham — Gal 3:26-29
- To express faith in Christ — Gal 3:26-27
- To undergo spiritual circumcision — Col 2:11-12
- As the anti-type of Noah’s salvation — 1 Pt 3:20-21
- To obtain a good conscience — 1 Pt 3:21
by Scott Wiley
#baptism #salvation #reasons
Yesterday, someone discovered the post on my personal website, from 2011, which shared a link of a podcast by the name “Water in the plan.” I was a guest on Kyle Massengale’s “iQuest” program, and that was the title for the subject of the day. We spent about an hour talking mostly about baptism in all its rich and varied teaching.
Since yesterday the post has received over 50 hits. On my site that’s a significant number for such an old post. So somewhere on the internet, the link was undoubtedly shared, with lemmings falling over the podcast cliff. I thank whoever it was. Continue reading