CONTINUATION – Witchcraft… ON THIS PAGE:
· CATHOLIC, LUTHERAN, CALVINIST ‘BAPTISM OF REGENERATION’ AND BIBLICAL TRUTH
· Biblical baptism by emersion can never be a baby sprinkling or Christening!
· Acts 17:37, the vital and truly contextual, by missing verse on Biblical baptism
· Neither ‘adult’ baptism nor ‘baby’ baptism exists in Scripture, just the baptism of disciples!
· What about Lydia and the prison guard, who were ‘baptised with their households?’
· The ‘sprinkling of regeneration’ is the ‘first door’ of Christian church initiation
· Does Rom 7 Sanction baby ‘baptism?’
· Does this mean we should ‘baptise’ little children while they are still innocent?
· DID BABY ‘BAPTISM’ REPLACE O.T. CIRCUMCISION AS CALVINISTS BELIEVE?
‘sacramental rite’ we find two elements… the matter… [and] the form. I.e., water may be [natural water,] but the words pronounced by the priest when he pours water on the head of the child, with the intention of doing what the Church does, determines the meaning of the act… [which purifies] the soul by grace… visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament. They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions…”
THE WATER AND THE PRIEST SUPPOSEDLY PURIFIES THE SOUL, NOT THE LORD JESUS CHRIST – WHILE IN FACT, AS WE HAVE SEEN IN THE DISCUSSION OF THE ‘WATER GOD’ IN THIS STUDY, THE WATER ITSELF IS THE GOD, SAVIOR, OR CHRIST OF THIS RITUAL, just as in the pagan practice of cremation, where fire is the god that receives the soul of the deceased.
The truth of the Bible attests that we, not “invisible church rites,” have to bear fruit - the fruit of the Holy Spirit, not of a church with its pagan rituals and ‘atoning’ sacraments. God can only manifest real fruit through the obedience of His sincere believers, in the power and leading of the INDWELLING HOLY SPIRIT, (Gal. 5:22!) Nonetheless, the Roman church continues, “Likewise, as the sole dispenser of Christ's sacraments, the Catholic Church itself is spoken of as "The universal Sacrament of salvation" containing the individual seven sacraments…”
In agreement with the ungodly view that the church itself constitutes salvation, Calvinists and other church and clergy worshippers declare, “The church is my mother; outside her there is no salvation!” The Bible plainly refutes this ungodly claim. It is written in 1 Pt. 2:4-9, “You, [ALL sincere believers] also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ…” Despite God’s Word, the Bible, which is always true and so clear and uncomplicated that a child can understand every word, the papacy continues, “The whole liturgical life of the Church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice [the Roman Catholic mass] and the sacraments…” Church life does indeed revolve around, and center on this fake, unbiblical institution, the Roman Catholic Church and all her harlot daughters, who follow her norms, forms, and satanic rituals. However, true salvation and Biblical life can only revolve around a sincere RELATIONSHIP with God the Father through His Son Jesus Christ, Who is the ONLY Truth, Light, and Life! Jesus Himself said, “The hour is coming [after My resurrection,] when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, [neither in this so-called ‘holy’ country, city, or temple] worship the Father… True worshippers will worship the Father in SPIRIT [spiritually born again from spiritual death] and in TRUTH, [the contextual truth of the Word,] for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit; those who worship Him must worship in SPIRIT and TRUTH,” (Jn. 14:6; 4:21-24.)
The Roman Church spells out her ‘atoning’ witchcraft as follows, “There are seven sacraments in the Church: [SPRINKLING baby] Baptism, Confirmation, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony… Christian initiation is accomplished by means of the sacraments which establish the foundations of Christian life.”
Pagans without Christ need to be initiated into satanic temple orders, but without any real spiritual benefit. Rituals play absolutely no role in the REAL salvation, redemption, or blessing of souls, (Rom. 3:21-24.)
Catholic/Lutheran/Calvinist ‘BAPTISM OF REGENERATION’ AND BIBLICAL TRUTH
Hislop wrote in ‘Two Babylons,’ “…The doctrine of Rome is, that all who were canonically ‘baptized;’ [SPRINKLED] however ignorant, however immoral, [or ignorant as babies] if they [later] only give implicit faith to the Church, [NOT TO JESUS CHRIST!] and surrender their consciences to the priests, [NOT TO JESUS CHRIST!] are as much regenerated as ever they can be, and that children coming from the [sprinkling] of baptism are entirely purged from the stain of original sin. Hence, we find the Jesuit missionaries in India… made converts by thousands, by the mere fact of [SPRINKLING] baptizing them, without previous instruction, in complete ignorance of the [Scriptures,] on their mere… submission to Rome.”
In theory, this is true in both Catholicism and Reformed Protestantism; thus, the focus is on SPRINKLING infants and new converts. In practice however, the sprinkling-baptism only is required for true church membership and salvation; church attendance, etc. are matters of minor importance, because the ritual is a “saving” sacrament, where the water itself has “regenerative power.” [See ‘Dedication to water, fire, smoke, and wind gods.’]
According to the full contextual truth of the Bible, baptism and the New Testament, Holy-Spirit circumcision can never relate to unbelieving, innocent little children. Neither can anyone, like parents, ‘stand in the gap’ or ‘stand in the place’ of anyone else. God commanded in Deut. 24:16, “Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor shall children be put to death for their fathers; a person shall be put to death for this own sin.” Jer. 31:29 also wrote, “Every one shall die for his own iniquity…” Gal. 6:5 clearly states, “Each one shall bear his own load.”
Still, the Roman Catholic Church, and her Catholic and Protestant affiliates believe, “The sacrament of [SPRINKLING] baptism frees from original sin and all personal sins, and from the punishment due to them. [NO! ‘IN CHRIST ALONE WE HAVE REDEMPTION THROUGH HIS BLOOD, THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS ACCORDING TO THE RICHES OF HIS (New Testament) GRACE…’ EPH. 1:7.] Baptism makes the person share in the Trinitarian life of God through sanctifying grace, (the grace of sanctification that incorporates the person into the body of Christ and his Church), also making the person a member of Christ’s priesthood… These are the faithful born anew by Baptism…” [NO! ONLY ACCOUNTABLE PEOPLE, CAPABLE OF MAKING A RATIONAL DECISION TO ACCEPT JESUS AS THEIR PERSONAL LORD AND SAVIOR, CAN BE SPIRITUALLY BORN ANEW AND THUS BE BAPTIZED AS JESUS HIMSELF DEMONSTRATED AND COMMANDED, (JN. 1:12-13; 3:3-5; MT. 28:19-20; JN. 3:16!)] Most importantly, the REAL, Biblical baptism of sincere believers is not grace in itself. It is the open declaration that a believer is a truly born again disciple of Christ, who has died spiritually to his or her state of sin and cursedness without God. The new disciple thus states that he or she was born again spiritually through the acceptance of Jesus’ complete atonement in his or her place, and will follow Him in a new life of obedient service – which is true love for God.
Even the truly Biblical baptism does not save. To ‘go down into the water’ merely symbolizes that a disciple or follower of Christ is symbolically buried with Him by baptismal immersion or submersion, just as the Lord Jesus Christ Himself commanded, set the example, and was imitated by all His believers of New Testament Scripture, (please read Mt. 3:16 and the entire Rom. 6!)
Biblical baptism by emersion can never be a baby sprinkling, or Christening!
‘Christening’ really means, ‘to make someone (usually a baby) into a Christian,’ or ‘to give a new convert (usually a baby) a Christian name. Neither the baby baptism nor the christening has anything to do with the Biblical baptism.
Biblical Baptism can never be a sprinkling either – see ‘The Pagan Origins of the Sprinkling-Baptism.’
To “come up” or out of the baptism water just like Jesus did when He was baptized in the River Jordan, symbolizes that this newly born again disciple or follower of Jesus has now risen in a new spiritual life in Him! (Mt. 3:16; Rom. 6:1-20.)
Hence, Jesus commissioned His believing disciples to “Go and make disciples from all the nations, [by preaching the true Gospel of His salvation,] baptizing [sincere disciples] in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, teaching them [the Biblically baptized disciples] to observe all things that [JESUS] had commanded...” (Mt. 28:19-20.)
Acts 8:37, the Vital and Truly Contextual, but Missing Verse on Biblical Baptism
I stand before the judgment throne of the Highest God when I say; there exists not a single CONTEXTUAL verse or passage in the whole Bible, which can support the false Roman Catholic/Protestant doctrine of the baby sprinkling as ‘the (atoning) baptism of ritual regeneration!’
Do not believe me – simply read the verse, and especially the context of Acts 8:37. This verse explains the baptism that Jesus Himself commanded, and which all of His New Testament Scripture demonstrates, perfectly and irrefutably.
This vital verse was omitted in the New International Translation, but it is found in the Old King James Version, and in the New King James Version of the Bible, (as in my favorite version, The Spirit Filled Bible, copyright 1982, by Thomas Nelson, Inc.) The context of this verse is Acts 8:26-39, which describes how an important man from Ethiopia, who came to Jerusalem to worship, was reading the Messianic prophecy of the Old Testament Isaiah, without understanding.
Then, the Holy Spirit sent Philip to explain the meaning and fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy, which is the Gospel of Christ; the Complete Atonement of Christ in the place of all sincerely believing humanity.
As soon as the Ethiopian understood and believed the New Testament Gospel, he said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?”
So, Philip answered, [the omitted verse,] “If you believe with all your heart, you may be baptized.”
The Ethiopian confessed, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God…”
Then Philip and the eunuch “WENT DOWN INTO THE WATER, [just as Jesus that day in the River Jordon,] and Philip baptized him. When they came UP OUT OF THE WATER, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away…”
Neither ‘Adult’ Baptism nor ‘Baby’ Baptism exists in Scripture; just the Baptism of Disciples!
Jesus Himself asked those who chose to disobey Him, not being baptized, “The baptism [that I command in Mt. 28:19,] were did it come from? From heaven or from the people? For if, it came from heaven… why did you not believe Me and obey? And for how long will your reject the WILL of God, being not baptized?” – (Mt. 21:25-26; Lu. 7:29-30.]
Neither an ‘adult sprinkling-baptism’ nor a ‘baby sprinkling-baptism’ exists in Scripture. God’s Word is the ONLY measure of our obedience to Him, and HE commanded that only truly born again, sincerely believing disciples should be baptized as He Himself demonstrated, as Biblical baptism is the outward declaration of the disciple’s personal FAITH in, and ACCEPTANCE of Christ. Therefore, according to Scripture, those who do not obey Jesus and follow His example to be baptized according to the full context of the Word, were NOT BAPTIZED AT ALL!
I tell you God’s truth – those who were sprinkled as babies, or those who converted to Christianity, being ‘initiated’ by a pagan sprinkling rite, were NOT BAPTIZED AT ALL! [Yes, this sprinkling is extremely pagan, as explained in the subject, ‘The Pagan Origins of the Sprinkling-Baptism.’] More importantly – even if this ‘baptism’ could somehow be pressed into Scriptures, IT IS STILL A GRAVE SIN AGAINST GOD TO BAPTIZE UNBELIEVERS! A baby cannot believe, decide, or confess anything, and a religious church convert certainly does not know the Lord Jesus Christ personally. A baby and a church convert are both unbelievers. May God have mercy on the souls of these clergy witches, baptizing unbelievers for the water god, called Satan!
What about Lydia and the Prison Guard, who were baptized with their ‘households?’
It must infuriate the Most Holy God to see how Roman Catholics and traditional Protestants take the truth of His Word and turn it into witchcraft! That is exactly what these baby-sprinkling clergies do when they are called upon to prove this incredible fallacy from the Bible. Exploiting God’s Word even further, they point people to Lydia of Acts 16:14-15, alleging that her faith automatically saved her whole household as well, as “she and her household were baptized together.”
Conveniently assuming that Lydia’s ‘household’ consisted of a whole bunch of babies, they then direct people to Acts 16:30-31, where the prison guard asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” So Paul and Silas said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, [prophesying with foreknowledge from the Holy Spirit,] you and your household.”
This too, did not mean that the guard had a house full of babies.
Just the next verse, (Acts 16:32,) continues with the story, stating, “Then they spoke the Word of the Lord to him AND ALL WHO WERE IN HIS HOUSE… And immediately, [once his wife and all his children of accountable age believed and accepted Jesus personally,] he and all his family were baptized.”
THE ‘SPRINKLING OF REGENERATION’ IS THE ‘FIRST DOOR’ OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION
As the Roman Catholic/Reformed sacrament of ‘baptism of regeneration’ supposedly saves completely and forever, “baptism is the first door by which they enter into the fold of Jesus Christ and receive reconciliation with God. The merits of His death are by baptism applied to their souls in such a superabundant manner, as to fully satisfy Divine justice for all demands against humanity, whether for original or actual sin." – [Wikipedia Online Encyclopaedia.]
This is not the truth of Scripture; this is a rite of passage or pagan initiation into Christianized occultism! This is violating God’s commandment not to “make your children pass through the fire” of pagan initiation! [Read the truth about this occultist ‘first door’ under the headings, ‘Initiation or Unbiblical Dedication is a Pact with the devil,’ ‘Meaning of Initiation, or Rites of Passage,’ ‘The water god.’]
Jesus Christ Himself declared that little children before the age of accountability belong wholly to God Alone and said, "Forbid not the little children to come to Me, for to such belong the Kingdom of Heaven," Then He lay His hands on them to bless them – without ever mentioning ‘sprinkle-baptism;’ ‘initiation,’ or a ‘first door’ of some kind.
When Jesus accepted and blessed the completely innocent little children truly unconditionally, He was not referring to the little children of the Hebrews only, who also believe that they were ‘predestined’ to inherit eternal salvation. Neither was He referring to the children of Catholics, Lutherans, Calvinists and other church members, sincere believers, or even pagans. Jesus was speaking about all the little children on this earth.
Moreover, God’s acceptance of “little children,” refers directly to the inheritance of heaven, not to discipleship. Heaven will always remain the eternal dwelling place for all the blood-cleansed disciples of Christ and the truly innocent, such as the “little children,” before they have reached the age of accountability where they were able to differentiate between right and wrong.
Does Rom. 7 Sanction Baby ‘Baptism’?
Paul’s teaching on Biblical family life in Romans chapter 7 is a much-abused passage of Scripture. So, let us see if we can find anything in the passage that might sanction the ‘baptism’ of babies, whom Jesus called the ‘citizens of heaven.’
Paul explained in Rom. 7:9, "Once I was alive without the law…"
That means, although all of humanity is born into a state or position of sin without God, at one time, as “little children,” we all lived innocently, without any knowledge of evil and of God’s Moral Law that was designed to protect us from sin. As such, we were all spiritually ‘alive.’ Before the age of accountability, we all “belonged to the Kingdom of Heaven,” just as Jesus had said. This does not refer to discipleship in the here and now, (or the Kingdom of God in the hearts of born again believers,) but to innocent little children. Before the age of accountability, ALL children belong to God.
When they die, they go directly to heaven.
Then Paul continued, “But when the commandment came, sin revived and I died.”
The function of the Moral Law is to teach us right from wrong.
Without knowledge of moral sin, there can be no accountability.
The law does not bring salvation but conviction of sin – and knowledge and conviction of our lost, sinful position without God, (Gal. 2:19-21; Rom. 2 & 3.) When we reached the age of accountability and understood right from wrong, (“when the commandment came,”) we lost our innocence. The state of sin into which we were born ‘began to live,’ controlled our spirits and minds, “and we died.”
As soon as we began to know right from wrong, our sinful state without God warranted spiritual death. We lost our place in heaven, the dwelling place of the innocent and sinless, (Gal. 2:19-21.)
Until God sends someone to preach the true Gospel of the Bible, and give us the grace to make the choice to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, we will remain in that lost state of spiritual death. We might even be devout Christians, but in order to live spiritually and to “belong to the Kingdom of Heaven” again, we need to be spiritually reborn from our state of sin into God’s state of innocence, which we once occupied as “little children.”
Does this mean we should ‘baptise’ little children while they are still innocent?
When Paul wrote in 1 Cor. 7, “The unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; else were your children unclean, but now they are HOLY,” he was definitely not referring to the false doctrine of ‘sanctification’ or baby sprinkling. Yet, baby ‘baptizing’ denominations grabbed this declaration as Scriptural ‘proof’ that the babies of Christians should be ‘baptized.’
Paul was not speaking on baptism; he took the time to explain the difficulties that arise from marriages between born again believers and unbelievers. (This passage does not mean that believers may marry unbelievers. This passage pertains to a situation where only one spouse comes to salvation in Christ after marriage, while the other remains an unbeliever, 1 Cor. 7:14.) Here, Paul merely stated that God, in His omniscience, creates a holy environment for the sincerely believing spouse in an ‘unequally yoked,’ previously unholy marriage!
God’s supernatural holiness for the unbelieving spouses and little, young, or teenage children of sincere believers has nothing to do with sacramental (or atoning) ‘church rites’ – just as this ‘sanctification’ has nothing to do with the salvation of the unbelieving husband or wife, or their children. This holiness of the unbelieving spouse and their children for the sake of the believing spouse pertains to salvation in Christ neither on earth, nor in eternal life. The holy position of truly born again spouses, which so favorably affects their unsaved spouses and children, only covers their spouses and children under God’s holiness until the spouses and children are able to make a personal choice to either accept, or reject Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior! Surely, if the unbelieving but holy young children of this ‘mixed’ marriage could be ‘baptized,’ then the holy but unbelieving spouse can also be ‘baptized!’ On the contrary, this passage does not mean that the ‘holy’ children of believers should be ‘sprinkle-baptized’ - or even baptized by immersion! Biblically, only sincerely believing disciples may be baptized by immersion.
DID BABY ‘BAPTISM’ REPLACE OLD TESTAMENT CIRCUMCISION AS CALVINISTS BELIEVE?
Paul, the Backslidden Peter, and those of the Circumcision
Amazingly, baby-‘baptizers’ try to justify their great fallacies by reciting Old Testament Scripture and covenants – using them entirely out of context, of course. However, in this way, they also allege that the law of physical circumcision, which only applied to the 8-day old little HEBREW BOYS of the Old Testament, (that’s why JESUS the HEBREW was circumcised as a Baby,) ‘was changed’ into the sprinkling of Calvinists’ and other false churches’ New Testament babies – making them ‘children of the covenant of circumcision.’ (Where do they find New Testament proof for this neat piece of barefaced witchcraft?)
If this New Testament Covenant baby baptism were indeed a type of the Old Testament ‘circumcision,’ it is an ungodly, unscriptural circumcision nonetheless! Jesus’ disciple Paul “taught ALL [born again] Hebrews… saying that they ought NOT to circumcise their children…” (Acts 21:21.) In this instance, Paul was not, as the Jews alleged, rejecting the Law of Moses. Paul said, “If any can be justified by keeping [certain parts of] the law, then Christ has died in vain,” (Gal. 2:21.) Yet, these baby-sprinkling preventers dare to refer this ‘baptism’ to the circumcision of Jesus when He was 8 days old – ignoring the fact that physical circumcision pertains to the Old Testament, ceremonial, temple-law. (The only law that Jesus ever commanded, was the Moral Law, or the Royal Law of Love, as the entire O.T. Covenant, as well as all the physical O.T. temple-ceremonies, were completely done away with and replaced by His spiritual New Testament Covenant, written in His own blood. Do not believe me - read Heb. 8:6-13!]
In addition, these preventers forget that Jesus was born a HEBREW, Who, at that time, still lived under the physical precepts of the O.T. law until He could implement the spiritual N.T. Covenant after He had risen from the grave.
However, as an Adult, Jesus was also baptized with the Biblical, New Testament baptism of immersion – the baptism, which He then commanded for all His born again disciples, “even to the end of this world,” (Mt. 28:19-20.)
What we find in the epistles of Paul, particularly, is that he had a really tough time with even born again Hebrews, who continually reverted to the physical, or ceremonial law of the O.T. Covenant.; especially, the law of ritual circumcision.
Paul even had to rebuke a backslidden Peter, who, on Pentecost, was inspired by the Holy Spirit to preach the Gospel of Christ – as well as the Biblical baptism, which Jesus Himself had commanded, (Acts 2:38.)
Paul recounted in Gal. 2:11-21, “When Peter came to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because… he withdrew… fearing those who were of the circumcision. And the rest of the Jews also played the hypocrite with him, so that even Barnabas was carried away with their hypocrisy… I said to Peter before them all, ‘If you, being a Jew, live in the manner of Gentiles and not as the Jews, why do you compel Gentiles to live as [circumcised] Jews… knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the  ceremonial or ritual] law but by faith in Jesus Christ… I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain,” (Gal. 2:11-21.)