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    It has been recently brought to my attention that not all those who attend churches that are called "the Church of Christ" believe what I am about to address in this newsletter. I would ask those that do not believe in the heresy described herein to bear with my references to "the Church of Christ" and realize that this is not an attack on the denomination of the Church of Christ. My only purpose is to expose the doctrine that is detailed in this letter.

    While there are a variety of different doctrines floating around within the Church, the doctrine that is embraced by the Church of Christ is not your average spirit of error. When a church claims that a person baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost is going to Hell because he was not baptized in the name of Jesus, it is obvious that the heart of the gospel, which is faith in Christ’s blood for full forgiveness of sins, has been violated. We are commanded to be baptized as believers, and I believe that it is a beautiful thing to see those of all ages being baptized. The depth of the declaration that is made in baptism could never be fathomed in this flesh. Unfortunately the line of heresy is crossed when one claims that without being baptized in a certain formula of words uttered by the one doing the baptizing, one is eternally damned. What is actually being taught is a new way to be saved other than by grace, through faith. Those who believe in Baptismal Regeneration say they are trusting in Christ’s blood and water baptism to get them to Heaven. This ultimately nullifies Christ’s blood, for without the water baptism one is damned whether or not ones faith is in Christ’s finished work on the cross. The deception within this teaching is straight from the pit. If you talk to someone that attends this church they will tell you flat out that we are saved by grace thorough faith. They might even go as far as to say that baptism is not necessary for salvation. But the minute they find out that you do not remember what formula of words that you were baptized in, or that you were baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, that is it you are going to Hell if you are not again re-baptized. Now if you ask me that is a belief that baptism has something to do with salvation. The hard part about confronting the Devil or those that are being used by him is that he is allowed to lie. And he is usually pretty good at it.

    The Philipian Jailer asked "what must I do to be saved" (Acts 16:30-31 KJV) And Paul and Silas, said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved…. But don’t forget, if you are not baptized by someone saying in the name of Jesus, you are going straight to Hell until you are again re-baptized the right way. NOT The Philipian jailer’s question was answered without the mention of baptism. All throughout the Bible there are numerous references to the fact that we are saved by grace through faith without the mention of baptism.

    Examples:

    1. (Rom 10:9-10 KJV) That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. {10} For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
    2. (Rom 4:16 KJV) Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all
    3. (Eph 2:8-9 KJV) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: {9} Not of works, lest any man should boast.
    4. (John 3:16 KJV) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
    5. (John 6:28-29 KJV) Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? {29} Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
    6. (Eph 1:7 KJV) In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace
    7. Even in Mark, where he mentions baptism, it is believing that allows one to escape damnation not baptism. It is believing that justifies and not believing that damns you. Baptism following faith, and salvation not dependent upon baptism (Mark 16:15-16 KJV) And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. {16} He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

    Someone is trusting in a lie that could cost him or her their eternal life. Either baptism is, or is not necessary for salvation. Both teachings can not be right. One of them is what Paul referred to as another gospel which he then went on to describe as anathema (Gal 1:8). Doesn’t it seem strange that a teaching, so urgent that if it is not obeyed one is eternally damned, is not clearly stated anywhere in scripture? Why didn’t Peter, James or John clearly teach this doctrine in their letters if ones eternal life depended on it? You would think that it is important enough to at least state once clearly in the Bible. Why is it that even Jesus Himself never mentioned this life damning revelation? Paul stated in Acts that he did not neglect to give to us the full council of God. (Acts 20:20-21 KJV) And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have showed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house, {21} Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 20:27 KJV) For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.

    Paul here summarizes everything he preached and says he kept nothing back that was profitable but preached faith. Well, if Paul taught us everything we needed to know, where is this teaching that you must be baptized to be saved and only in a certain set of words? Why is it that nowhere in scripture he did not just come out and say, "beloved do not forget…if you are not baptized in the name of Jesus you are going to Hell". You would think, with Paul’s love for souls, he could have at least mentioned "now beloved, make sure you do not obey Matthew 28:19 that says Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Brethren remember, if you do say it this way you need to be re-baptized in the name of Jesus or you are surely Hell bound".

    In Paul’s letter to the Romans the whole letter is addressing sanctification (how one is saved) and yet baptism is only mentioned in 2 verses. When it is brought up it is not even to warn of the necessity of being baptized, but is used as an analogy to describe Christian living. You would think that if water baptism were essential to salvation that Paul could have at least left some kind of a subliminal message somewhere in his letter to warn the Church of Rome. But yet nowhere is it even hinted that without water baptism and the right set of words everything he wrote in his letter, concerning sanctification was useless. Despite any clear teaching on this new way, isn’t it coincidental that the Church of Rome today has embraced the teaching of Baptismal Regeneration within their sacraments. The teachings in the Church of Christ are no better off then that of Roman Catholicism. This alone should be enough to convince anyone that what is taught by the Church of Christ is something you see only in cults. One of the characteristics of a cult is that usually they poses something to segregate themselves from other churches so that everyone outside their beliefs are damned without the revelation that is held within the walls of their teachings.

    If baptism was necessary for salvation how could the Bereans in (Acts 17:11) search the scriptures to see if what Paul was saying was true. The New Testament wasn't written yet and Paul couldn't have proven water baptism was necessary for salvation in Old Testament scriptures because it is simply not there. The same goes for all the letters to the Romans, Corinthians, Ephesians, Galatians, Philippians and so on, in that he convinces all the churches through the Old Testament that Jesus is the Christ, and that it has always been by faith that God determines the just from the unjust. Not water baptism.

    The Gospel Saves

    (Rom 1:16-17 KJV) For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. {17} For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

    It is through faith in the Gospel that souls are saved. Paul claimed to declare to us the full gospel, nothing excluded (Acts 20:20-30) and yet Paul’s gospel had nothing to do with baptism. As a matter of fact he made it clear that the gospel and baptism have two different purposes (1 Cor 1:17). Paul went as far as to say that God did not call him to baptize and then could not even recall who he had baptized. You would think if baptizing in this secret formula of words was necessary to get to Heaven, Paul would not seem to carelessly cause people to believe that baptism is not necessary to be saved by stating in (1 Cor 1:14-17 KJV) I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; {15} Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name. {16} And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. {17} For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel….

    Some might say, "this is not fair. Paul was confronting contentions among the Corinthian Church and not dealing with the teaching on baptism" True, but to confront the divisions that were taking place, Paul gave us specific truths and further insight into what baptism really entails.

    1. It is not the gospel
    2. Paul was not called to baptize
    3. If he did he could not remember who he baptized
    4. As far as he can remember he only baptized a few.
    5. If baptism is necessary for salvation why is Paul thanking God that he baptized no one?

    Even if Paul might have been falsely accused of baptizing in his own name wouldn’t it be worth the accusations to see a soul or two saved from Hell? If baptism were necessary for salvation, this would mean that God’s use of Paul only brought about the salvation of a few people that heard him up until the day this was written.

    Within the teachings of Baptismal Regeneration we are asked to believe that water baptism is necessary for justification. Paul used the Old Testament to preach how one is justified prior to the covenant of circumcision given to Abraham. Paul taught this justification had nothing to do with anything but faith.

    (Rom 4:3-11 KJV) For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. {4} Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. {5} But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. {6} Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, {7} Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. {8} Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. {9} Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. {10} How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision. {11} And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:

    Paul made it clear to us that the gospel and baptism were to different works, but there is one thing that Paul did parallel to baptism. In Colossians Paul parallels baptism to circumcision (Col 2:10-12 KJV) 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 said Abraham received the sign of circumcision a seal of the righteousness that only comes through faith while he was yet uncircumcised. We to have received the sign of baptism because of the righteousness that only comes through faith while yet unbaptized. Circumcision had nothing to do with Abraham’s justification, and baptism has nothing to do with ours.

    The more this is looked into the more ridiculous it gets. If baptism is necessary for salvation Jesus never saved anyone, because the Bible says (John 4:2 KJV) (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,). Also if baptism in the name of Jesus is required to get to Heaven, there is no biblical record of the twelve apostles, ever being saved.

    Because of his faith, Jesus promised the man on the cross (Luke 23:43 KJV) …..Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. Yet as far as we know he was a criminal right up until the day that he put his trust in Christ without ever being baptized. And it was not as though he died in the dispensation prior to Christ because the Bible says in (John 19:32-33 KJV) Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him. {33} But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs. He died after Christ and yet he was promised paradise and did not go to Hell for not being baptized. Could the Church of Christ be misinterpreting scripture somewhere? I have a sincere question to ask to those who believe that without the submerging in H2o one is eternally damned? Would the gentiles in Acts 24:45 have gone to Hell as children of the Devil, speaking in tongues and filled with the Holy Ghost, if they would have dropped dead prior to being submerged in the baptismal waters of the Church of Christ? I think not. (Acts 10:44-47 KJV) While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. {45} 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. {46} For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, {47} Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? Peter was saying "seeing that these Gentiles are obviously saved just as we were, what is to keep us from baptizing them."

    Before the eunuch in Acts could be baptized, Philip made sure he was saved and the one condition that was confirmed prior to baptism was faith. Water baptism being symbolic of the confirmation of what had already taken place in his heart. (Acts 8:36-37 KJV) And 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? 37 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. (Rom 10:10 KJV) For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

    Besides the fact that there is not one reference that one must be baptized in the Old Testament, if we examine the Epistles of the New Testament, we find that references to baptism were very rare. Sometimes the best way to put things into perspective is to take a step back and look at things as a whole. The New Testament contains four Gospels and the Book of Acts which are all narratives that bring across what was happening from different perspectives of those telling their stories. All of the rest of the New Testament that follows (besides Revelation) are epistles that deal with doctrine, theology and correction within the church and the individual lives of believers. Don’t get me wrong I believe (2 Tim 3:16 KJV) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. But there is a difference in the epistles in that they are not narratives but were written to deal specifically with doctrinal issues such as the validity of Baptismal Regeneration. What is astonishing is that this teaching taught within the Church of Christ of baptism in the name of Jesus only being necessary for salvation is never mentioned. And even more astonishing is that baptism and every reference to it is only mentioned in these Epistles, which deal specifically with doctrinal issues, in ten places.

    Below is every verse in Romans through Revelation containing references to baptism.

    1. (Rom 6:3-4 KJV) 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.
    2. (1 Cor 1:13-17 KJV) Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? {14} I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; {15} Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name. {16} And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. {17} 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.
    3. (1 Cor 10:2 KJV) And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea
    4. (1 Cor 12:13 KJV) 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.
    5. (1 Cor 15:29 KJV) 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?
    6. (Gal 3:27 KJV) For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
    7. (Eph 4:5 KJV) One Lord, one faith, one baptism
    8. (Col 2:12 KJV) 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
    9. (Heb 6:2 KJV) Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
    10. (1 Pet 3:21 KJV) 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. Baptism is being used in like figure (figuratively) and not as though the baptismal waters themselves cleansed or put away filth. What the writer is saying is that it is what’s done in the heart through faith in the resurrection, which brings about a good conscience and saves us. Again let us not forget, the Church of Christ teaches that baptism needs to be preformed in the name of Jesus for one to be saved, which is nowhere mentioned here.

    I think these verses (or lack of verses) speak for themselves. It might be interesting to note that references to faith in Romans through Revelation occur 304 times.

    This is not the first time this issue was brought up among believers. In the book of Acts we hear that a dissension arose among the Jewish believers who were confusing the Gentiles by teaching that one must be circumcised to be saved. Again let us not forget that Paul parallels circumcision with baptism in (Col 2:11-12).

    (Acts 15:1-31 KJV) And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved. {2} When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question. {3} And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren. {4} And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them. {5} But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses. {6} And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter. {7} And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. {8} And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; {9} And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. {10} Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? {11} But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they. {12} Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them. {13} And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me: {14} Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. {15} And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written, {16} After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: {17} That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things. {18} Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world. {19} Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: {20} But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood. {21} For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day. {22} Then pleased it the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren: {23} And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia: {24} Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment: {25} It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, {26} Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. {27} We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth. {28} For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; {29} That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well. {30} So when they were dismissed, they came to Antioch: and when they had gathered the multitude together, they delivered the epistle: {31} Which when they had read, they rejoiced for the consolation.

    Yes, they said, "No greater burden than these necessary things". Not even an inclination of having to be water baptized, never mind the magical words "in the name of Jesus". You would think if water baptism was necessary to be saved this letter would have been the place to deal with that issue, but throughout the whole letter baptism is not even mentioned once. I pray that this letter alone would cause us to wake up and see the infiltration of error in this teaching. It is almost as if Paul could have wrote his letter to the Galatians, to the Church of Christ and all he would have had to do is replace a few words with the word baptism.

    (Gal 3:1-5 KJV) O foolish believers in Baptismal Regeneration, 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 water baptism, or by the hearing of faith? {3} Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by being baptized? {4} Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain. {5} He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by water baptism, or by the hearing of faith?

    The focus of the whole Church of Christ is on Acts 2:38 and in water baptism. I wish they would read the rest of the book of Acts, specifically chapter 15 and the letter that was just went over in detail. Concerning Acts 2:38 there is definitely a big misunderstanding brought about in the doctrine that is taught in the Church of Christ. What is taught is that the Greek word for eis in Acts 2:38 means in (forward-looking action, in order to obtain), the remission of sins. For some reason they have chosen to ignore what the Bible says that "without the shedding of blood there is no remission.

    (Rom 3:25 KJV) 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;

    (Heb 9:22,23,26-28 KJV) And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

    Nevertheless let us look at the use of the word eis in other scripture references to determine if it is being used elsewhere to mean (in order to obtain). The word (for) in (Acts 2:38) is the word eis in the Greek. Its number is 1519 in the Strongs concordance. It means (in view of) in this particular verse. It does not mean (forward looking action, in order to obtain) as is taught within Baptismal Regeneration. As a matter of fact the same word eis is used in the following scriptures. If that is always what it means look at the things that would be obtained through the word eis in for instance.

    1. Mat 28:19 (KJV) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them (in) eis the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Baptizing them (in order to obtain) the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
    2. Mark 1:9 (KJV) And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John (in) eis Jordan. Was baptized of John (in order to obtain) the river Jordan.
    3. 1 Cor 10:2 (KJV) And were all baptized (unto) eis Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And were all baptized (in order to obtain) Moses.
    4. Mat 3:11 (KJV) I indeed baptize you with water (unto) eis 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: I indeed baptize you with water (in order to obtain) repentance. You do not baptize someone unless they are already repented. Not to obtain repentance. Repentance had already taken place and that is why they were baptized.
    5. (Acts 2:38 KJV) Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ (for) eis the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. In order to obtain remission of sins. NO, without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins, remission of sins had already taken place through faith in Christ’s blood and that is why they were being baptized.

    All the commandments that are given to us in the New Testament are directed to repentant believers (those already saved). You would not go to an unbeliever and command them to be holy as God is holy, to love his neighbor as himself or to love his wife as Christ loved the Church. These commandments were all directed to the Church that had already been justified in Christ through faith. They did not do these things to be justified, but because of justification and the new creation they had obtained in Christ through faith they were able to now do the things the Lord commanded them to do. The same can be said of the command to be baptized. It is only to those that are already saved and on their way to Heaven. It is not a commandment used to make them eligible for Heaven.

    As you can see eis in (Acts 2:38) is being either ignorantly misused or deliberately misused. One way or another it is being misused and it does not always mean (Forward looking action, in order to obtain) as is claimed by those in the Church of Christ.

    Remission of Sins

    The word remission is only used in the Bible in Ten places. Three of the times that the word is used have to do with baptism. One is in Acts 2:38 and the other two have to do with John’s baptism. The Bible says in these to places that John’s baptism was unto remission of sins. (Mark 1:4 KJV) John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. But yet the bible says the disciples of John had to be re-baptized in (Acts 19:3-5 KJV) And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism. {4} Then said Paul, 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. {5} When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

    If the baptism in Acts 2:38 is in order to obtain the remission of sins, then how come Johns baptism for the remission of sins had to be done over again. As you continue to read Acts, Peter goes on to say that it is through faith in Christ that one obtains remission of sins. (Acts 10:43 KJV) To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. If baptism was necessary in order to obtain the remission of sins than Peter is not being up front with his preaching to these Gentiles. Paul talks about what it takes to obtain the remission of sins to the Romans. (Rom 3:25 KJV) 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. I know this might seem redundant, but again no mention of baptism.

    The writer of Hebrews explains that there is only one thing necessary for the remission of sins in (Heb 9:22 KJV) And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. Even Jesus talks about what was necessary to obtain the remission of sins without ever mentioning baptism. (Mat 26:28 KJV) For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

    The teaching of baptismal Regeneration is a magical superstition. What does drenching your body with H2o have to do with the salvation of the soul? Why would God make salvation dependent on the availability of water? God forbid one gets saved in the desert or in the frozen Arctic’s prior to dying. Baptism is a symbol of reality of the regeneration that has already taken place when one puts his faith in the complete redemption of the blood of Jesus. Just like a wedding ring or marriage certificate is a symbol of the reality of love that is shared between a husband and wife, so baptism is a symbol of reality of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ that has taken place in our own lives.

    Gal 2:20-21 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

    (2 Cor 5:15-17 KJV) And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. {16} Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. {17} Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

    As it can be seen someone is trusting in a lie that Satan is diabolically using to get souls to doubt some of the last words Jesus spoke while hanging on the cross for us. (John 19:30b KJV) …he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. Apparently within the walls of the Church of Christ salvation is not something that has been finished in Christ, but needs to be perfected in the baptismal waters with the magical words "In the Name of Jesus". Let us never forget it is only through the shedding of the precious blood of Christ alone that we have the remission of sins.

    He is Antichrist, that denieth
    the Father and the Son

    Another doctrine that places what is taught in the Church of Christ on the side of the enemy is the teaching of Jesus Only. The teaching of Jesus Only falls into what the Bible describes as the spirit of Antichrist. The Bible gives criteria to determine when we are confronting the spirit of Antichrist.

    1. (1 John 2:22 KJV) Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
    2. (1 John 4:3 KJV) And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist….
    3. (2 John 1:7 KJV) For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

    The Church of Christ has no problem believing that Jesus has come in the flesh. The problem is they do not believe in the Godhead. They violate 1 John 2:22 in denying the Father and just acknowledging the Son. What they believe is that Jesus is the Father and when He spoke to the Father He was speaking to Himself. By doing this they deny the nature of God, a triune Godhead, who is acknowledged in the Bible as one God existing in three individual identities, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

    (John 15:26 KJV) But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

    Yes, Jesus is God, and the Bible does say that He is the fullness of the Godhead in bodily form. He is not 1/3 of God, but fully God. But I have a question for those that believe in Jesus Only and deny the individuality of the Father. What is a Godhead? It is mentioned in Acts 17:29 & Col 2:9. The Bible says in (Rom 1:20 KJV) For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse. So we are all without excuse (because of creation) not to know and understand, that the God of creation is a Godhead. Apparently belonging to the Church of Christ and embracing the teachings of Jesus only will not be excuse enough for those things, the Bible says, may be "known of God" concerning the Godhead. His creation and His Word will be a witness against those who reject the existence of His Nature.

    When man was made God said in (Gen 1:26 KJV) And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness……..(Gen 1:27 KJV) So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him……. We were created in the image of God, so why would God, when He was creating us, say "Our image"? How come He does not say my image? He could not have been talking to the angels when he said this because we know that we were not made in the image of angels according to (Psa 8:4-5 KJV) What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? {5} For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Since we are made in the image of God the only way God was able to say our image is if he was speaking to God. (John 1:1-3 KJV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. {2} The same was in the beginning with God.

    All throughout the Bible there is communication within the Godhead. Besides all the prayers that Jesus prayed to the Father, we also have the Father speaking to the Son.

    1. (Heb 1:8-10 KJV) But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. {9} Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. {10} And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands.
    2. (Gen 3:22 KJV) And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever.
    3. (Mat 3:16-17 KJV) And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: {17} And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

    All throughout the Old Testament the Hebrew word for God is in plural form. This is something the Jews have struggled with for thousands of years. It is only through the realization that the God of the Bible is a triune Godhead that the plural word for God makes any sense. Isaiah reveals to us that the nature of God as a Godhead has not been hidden from us from the very beginning. Keep in mind who is talking (the I am, the First and the Last, and the One who created all things.)

    (Isa 48:12-16 KJV) Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last. {13} Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand up together. {14} All ye, assemble yourselves, and hear; which among them hath declared these things? The LORD hath loved him: he will do his pleasure on Babylon, and his arm shall be on the Chaldeans. {15} I, even I, have spoken; yea, I have called him: I have brought him, and he shall make his way prosperous. {16} Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the Lord GOD, and his Spirit, hath sent me.

    The Lord God and His Spirit hath sent the one from the beginning, the First and the Last? What is God trying to tell us? He said from the very beginning this has not been spoken in secret. Well lets go back to what the Bible says happened in the beginning.

    1. (Gen 1:1 KJV) In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (God the Father)
    2. (Gen 1:2 KJV) And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. (God the Holy Spirit)
    3. (Gen 1:3 KJV) And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. (God the Word)
    4. (John 1:1-3 KJV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. {2} The same was in the beginning with God. (John 1:14 KJV) And the Word was made flesh…...
    5. (Eph 2:18 KJV) For through him (Jesus) we both (Jew & Gentile) have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

    Jesus never claimed or even insinuated to be the Father. As a matter of fact He said I and my Father are One. (John 10:29-30 KJV) My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. {30} I and my Father are one. (One God) It might be hard to understand with our finite brains that the nature of God is three and one at the same time but that is exactly what the Bible says He is in (1 John 5:7 KJV) For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

    Lets not forget the Bible says that God is not like us (Ps 50:21). That His ways are not are ways. He is referred to in many different ways in the Bible. For example:

    1. Fire (Heb 12:29 KJV) For our God is a consuming fire. (Deu 4:24 KJV) For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.
    2. Love (1 John 4:8 KJV) He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
    3. Spirit (John 4:24 KJV) God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
    4. Light (1 John 1:5 KJV) This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

    Not to confuse anyone but not only is our God "bare record" in three individual identities (identities used for lack of a better word) comprised in one God, (1 John 5:7) this triune Godhead has seven Spirits.

    1. (Rev 3:1 KJV) And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.
    2. (Rev 4:5 KJV) And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
    3. (Rev 5:6 KJV) And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

    But wait a minute, did not Jesus say to the woman at the well that God is a spirit? (John 4:24 KJV) God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. Are we going to deny these verses because mathematically we cannot fathom how God, that claims to be three and one at the same time, now claims to be a Spirit and at the same time have seven Spirits? God forbid! We take His Word in faith for what it says. God’s Word is foolishness only to those who are perishing but to us it is the power of God. (1 Cor 1:18). There are some things that take faith to understand. For instance (Heb 11:3 KJV) Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. There is no sensible way to understand or explain creation but by faith. God’s nature is the same way. This is just another one of those things that we are going to have to believe God at His Word.

    The best analogy I have heard to date that puts into perspective the nature of the triune Godhead is coincidentally explained with water. The scientific name for water is H2o. Water comes in three forms one is water, then ice, and lastly steam. Yet know matter what form it is in it never ceases be one substance in nature, which is H2o. The Godhead can be explained the same way. God is One in Nature, yet we see in the Bible Jesus being referred to as God (John 20:28), the Father being referred to as God (Eph 6:23) and the Holy Spirit being referred to as God. (Acts 5:3-4) and the Bible says these Three are One (1 John 5:7). It is through God’s Word that we derive just who and what God is. Nowhere does it say that Jesus is the Father, but it does say that they are both one God. When one takes into consideration all that is said about God it almost seems foolish to limit who God is because we want His nature to be something that we are able to piece together and fathom. (Psa 50:21 KJV) These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes. We have to remember God is not like us. (Prov 14:12 KJV) There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

    Between Baptismal Regeneration being another gospel and the teachings of Jesus Only being the spirit of Antichrist it is no wonder why we are told in 2 John 1:7-10 to have nothing to do with anyone that is not bringing to us the greatest love story ever told. God the Father offering His only begotten Son. (the teaching of the Father and the Son). Be aware that you have to believe in the Godhead to be saved (Rom 10:9 KJV) That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

    Personal note:

    If you are in a church that is embracing these teachings I would like you to know that you are not alone. Most importantly the Holy Spirit is living in you and the Bible says the Spirit of truth will lead you to all truth. But I thought I would mention that I myself was in a cult that was teaching things that I struggled with. I was constantly running back and forth from brother to brother trying to figure out just where the Lord wanted me and what was the truth. Maybe that was my problem. Well anyway, Jesus said my word is Truth. But at the time it did not seem to be that easy. I really cared for the people that were in this church I was attending and I did not want to hurt anyone by leaving. One day (by the grace of God) a brother came up to me and I shared with him that I did not know what to do. This might seem like a simple answer to a complex problem and you might be looking for fire to come down with a voice from Heaven telling you just what to do, but all this brother said to me was "Mike, you have two legs, just walk away." And I did, and when I did a tremendous burden left me and God confirmed to me that I made the right decision in leaving. Brothers and sisters, let me say this, you have two legs, just walk away.

    (2 John 1:7-10 KJV) For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. {8} Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. {9} Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. {10} If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:



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