CONTINUATION — Witchcraft… ON THIS PAGE:
· God’s Covenant of Faith with the believing Abram came First
· The real sign, which sealed the Abrahamic Covenant of Faith, was not circumcision!
· This second O.T. covenant, circumcision, pertained to Israelites Only
· The Calvinist ‘Covenant of Circumcision’ is a pagan rite of passage
· DO UNBAPTIZED BABIES BURN IN HELL FOREVER?
· THE PAGAN ORIGINS OF THE SPRINKLING BABY ‘BAPTISM’
· THE ROMAN CATHOLIC/PROTESTANT RITE OF TEENAGE CONFIRMATION
· Teenage Confirmation is not in the Bible; it comes from Paganism
God’s Covenant of Faith with Believing Abram came First. It focuses on all Jesus’ Believing Descendants from all the nations, (Gen. 15)
Personal faith is the first and most important qualification to salvation!
The truth is that we find God’s covenant with Abraham, on which the entire New Testament Covenant rests, and which pertains to all true believers, (both Hebrew and Gentile,) in Gen. 15. This the blood Covenant of faith in Jesus the Savior for everyone, who believes in Him, (Jn. 1:12-13.)
In Gen. 15:5, God promised to make Abram’s spiritual descendants, (all sincere believers in Christ, bought with the blood of Christ from every tribe, and tongue, and nation,) as many as the stars – “and Abram believed God, (verse 6,) and God counted [his personal faith] righteousness to him!” Paul confirmed this truth in Gal. 3:7, “Therefore know that only those who are of [personal] faith are sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, (Genesis Chapter 15,) foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles [all non-Hebrews] by faith, preached the Gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, ‘In you all the nations [Hebrews and Gentiles] shall be blessed.’ So then, those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.”
This proves that faith in Christ is vital so salvation – and saving faith has to be intelligible and personal!
Then believing Abram asked God to validate His promise of salvation with a sign, (Gen. 15:8.) God then sealed this everlasting Covenant with blood sacrifice. He commanded the blood sacrifice of a 3-year old heifer, a 3-year old female goat, a 3-year old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon. “Cut them in two down the middle and place each piece opposite the other, but do not cut the birds in two.” When the blood-sacrifice was ready, a deep sleep fell on Abram and God prophesied to him the future spiritual darkness and suffering of the Hebrew nation for their impending rejection of His New Testament Lamb, the Lord Jesus Christ. Then God Himself moved between the halves of the sacrifices, (the sign or symbol of the Ultimate New Testament Sacrifice, Jesus, Who was to come under the New Covenant,) as a burning torch, sealing His eternal blood covenant of salvation by looking forward in time to personal faith in Christ Jesus.
This blood sacrifice was the precursor of the ultimate Sacrifice, the Lamb of God, and the symbol of Jesus’ New Covenant, which He cut with all the believing descendants of Abraham on the cross! That’s why Jesus gave the bread and wine of the Lord’s Supper as a sign of His New Testament Covenant of faith, written in, and sealed with His own blood – 1 Cor. 11:25; Gal. 3:10-14.
Sincere, personal, Biblical faith in God came first even under the Old Testament Covenant, as described in this passage. So, under the New Testament Covenant, “Jesus became a curse [in our place] that the blessing [salvation and redemption] of [believing] Abraham might come upon the Gentiles [and also believing Hebrews] in Christ Jesus, that we [all] might receive the promise of the [indwelling] Spirit through faith,” (Gal. 3:13; 1 Cor. 6:17-10.)
The main reason why Roman Catholics and Lutheran/Calvinist Protestants pervert God’s New Testament Covenant of personal faith in Christ, is because they substitute real Biblical salvation and repentance with so-called “complete baptismal regeneration,” and the wrong covenant, (Gen. 17,) which supposedly makes Calvinists and others “children of the circumcision.”
One cannot make disciples for Christ by baptizing them either with Jesus’ Biblical baptism or the sprinkling of babies, because a so-called ‘regenerative’ baptism does not exist. One can only make real disciples in Christ by preaching the true, Scriptural Gospel to them, so that they can understand the Gospel and make a personal choice to either accept or reject Jesus, (Mt. 28:19-20; Jn. 1:12-13; Gal. 4:6.) However, if someone willingly chose to become a sincere disciple of Christ, Scriptural baptism according to Jesus’ own example is not a choice but obedience to His commandment to be baptized in water.
DO UN-‘BAPTIZED’ BABIES BURN FOREVER IN HELL?
Contrary to the Truth of the entire New Testament, the Roman Catholic catechism, (which Protestant Reformers and all their church members follow with scary precision,) teaches that “the merits of death are by baptism applied to [the souls of Roman Catholic babies] in such a superabundant manner, as to fully satisfy Divine justice for all demands against humanity, whether for original or actual sin." [Calvin taught his church members cannot choose to do either right or wrong and can therefore not have any ‘actual sin.’]
Hence, the Vatican teaches that all non-Catholics and their babies, who die without this rite, cannot go to heaven. Instead, all so-called ‘unbaptized’ adults and babies, who were not “Christened” [or Christianized] as church members and therefore do not belong to the Church of Rome, (or to Lutheran, Calvinist, or other Reformed churches,) ‘forfeited ‘salvation,’ and will burn in hell for all eternity!
This witchcraft comes directly from Greek mythology, as this sprinkling rite has nothing to do with the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible, or the true body of Christ, (Mt. 28:19-20.) ‘The Infernal Region, Sibyl, Chapter 25’ by Virgil, Dryden’s translation, declares, “When Aeneas entered ‘hell’ at a place where the countryside was cleft with deep chasms from where sulphurous flames arise, he came to a black river where a ferryman discriminatingly took only some souls abroad, [babies, soldiers, etc.,] driving the rest away, because, “those who are taken on board the bark are the souls of those who have received due burial rites… Between the infants and the suicides one other class is interposed, that is, those who on earth have been unjustly condemned to die. Hope is held out for these, but no hope is held out for the babes who died without the baptism rite…”
The sole intention of the Christianized pagan doctrine of baptismal regeneration is to make disciples for the Church of Rome and for her daughter, the Protestant Reformed church system. Ultimately, all churches remain connected and lead back to the ‘mother church,’ the ecumenical Church of Rome. The way the unbiblical priesthoods of these churches scare people into ‘baptizing’ themselves and their babies by threatening them with eternal punishment in the fires of hell testifies to their satanic control. Jesus promised, “Suffer not the little children to come unto Me, for to such [innocents] belong the kingdom of heaven, [because they are without the knowledge of sin!]”
The Pagan Origins of the Sprinkling Baby ‘Baptism’
Sprinkling-baptism, the ‘atoning salvation’ and ‘spiritual regeneration’ of the water god, comes directly from the historic pages of Ancient Babylon. Hislop explained in ‘Two Babylons,’ “This doctrine of Baptismal Regeneration also is essentially Babylonian… In India the bigoted Hindus, who have never opened their ears to [the Scriptures, are] as familiar with the term and the idea as ourselves. The Brahmins boast that they are "twice-born" men, and that, as such, they are sure of eternal happiness. The same was the case in [ancient] Babylon, [where] the new birth was conferred by ‘baptism.’ [Water baptism without personal faith in Christ is a mockery of God’s Word and a great sin.] In the Chaldean mysteries, before any instruction could be received, it was required first, that the person to be initiated submits to ‘baptism…’ In certain sacred rites of the heathen," says [church ‘father’] Tertullian, especially referring to the worship of Isis and Mithra, "the mode of initiation is by baptism." The term "initiation" clearly shows that it was to the [Babylonian] Mysteries of these divinities he referred… The worshippers of Odin also had baptismal rites… They… believed that the natural guilt and corruption of their newborn children could be washed away by sprinkling them with water… In Mexico, the same doctrine of baptismal regeneration was found… All the relations of the child were assembled, and the midwife… [who administered the rite] was summoned… When the sun had risen, [signifying the presence of the sun god,] the midwife took the child and called for a little earthen vessel of water… Then she sprinkled water on the head of the infant, saying, 'O my child, take and receive the water of the Lord of the world, which is our life, which is given for the increasing and renewing of our body. It is to wash and to purify. I pray that these heavenly drops may enter into your body and dwell there; [the indwelling water god itself,] that they may destroy and remove from you all the evil and sin which was given you before the beginning of the world, since we all are under its power... Whencesoever thou comest, thou that art hurtful to this child, leave him and depart from him, for he now liveth anew, and is born anew; now he is purified and cleansed afresh, and our mother Chalchivitylcue [the water goddess] bringeth him into the world… Grant him, O Lord, thy gifts and inspiration, for thou art the Great God, and with thee is the great goddess.’
“In the Roman Catholic ceremony of baptism, the first thing the priest does is to exorcise the devil out of the child to be baptized in these words, "Depart from him, thou unclean spirit, and give place to the Holy Ghost the Comforter." There exists not the slightest hint in the New Testament of any such exorcism accompanying [Biblical] baptism. It is purely pagan… The Mexicans held that doctrine of baptismal regeneration in common with Egyptian and Persian worshippers of the Chaldean Queen of Heaven…
“This is a very striking proof that the [ancient Babylonian] unity of the human race [resulted] in the wide-spread diffusion of the system that began at [the Tower of] Babel,” (Gen. 11.) Paul, in Rom. 3:9-26, refuted the deception of either infant or adult baptismal regeneration and wrote, “Both Jews and Gentiles are all under sin… But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed… being justified freely through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus…” The water baptism of Jesus’ believing disciples will, until the end of this world, remain the symbol of spiritual death to sin, burial in Christ, and being risen from death into a new life with Him, (Mt. 28:19-20; Rom. 6; Col. 2:11-15.)
THE CATHOLIC & REFORMED RITE OF TEENAGE CONFIRMATION
In Catholic/Reformed terms, ‘coming of age’ or teen confirmation means, a ‘baptized’ baby is already a full church member, but confirmation is the second atoning sacrament – the second rite of passage that “renders the bond with the Church more perfect.” In the East, Catholic babies and new converts ‘accept’ this sacrament directly after the sprinkle-baptism, while in the West the child receives this ritual as a teenager.
The Roman Catholic Catechesis teaches, “Confirmation or Chrismation is the second sacrament of Christian initiation." [Here is that pagan word “initiation” again.] It is called Chrismation because it confirms and strengthens baptismal grace… and seals us with the Holy Spirit of God. Hence, its name, ‘Sacrament of the Seal.’ It [this ritual itself; not God,] gives us grace to become complete Christians and soldiers of Christ as King, His Mother as Queen, [the Catholic Mary, the so-called ‘mother of god,] and the Church militant [or aggressive] as His Kingdom on earth…”
In the Bible, Holy Spirit teaches us and gives us grace to study and understand the truth of His Word, which is the only real ‘nourishment’ for true believers – not the Christianized pagan rites of ‘confirmation’ and ‘holy communion!’ – (Jn. 14:16,26; 15:26; 16:8-14; Acts 1:8!) The body of Christ consists of all sincere believers worldwide, and the nature of God’s true children is not aggression, but meekness – (not weakness!)
The Roman Catholic catechism continues, “God confirms us so we may do spiritual battle and imparts to us the 7 Gifts of the Holy Ghost, as in a ‘personal Pentecost:’ Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, Fear of the Lord…” This system, as all other church systems in Protestantism too, wrote its own bible, for Paul described the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit 1 Cor. 2:8-10. The true gifts of the Holy Spirit are: a word of wisdom; word of knowledge; supernatural faith to do miracles; gifts (plural) of healings (plural;) the working of miracles, supernatural prophecy, discerning of spirits, different kinds of supernatural tongues for private and public use in the assemblies of born again believers, and the interpretation of these supernatural tongues.
Essentially, the second rite of passage, confirmation, means that a baby or a new convert, who was first initiated into that church system through the sprinkling-baptism, now needs to be ‘anointed’ with their ‘holy spirit’ through confirmation. However, this spirit is not really the Spirit of God at all, but Mary, or the goddess Isis, the Roman Catholic ‘Queen of heaven!’ Nevertheless, this pagan rite of initiation is imitated in Reformed Protestant churches. What god do these Reformers really have, seeing that all their core doctrines came directly from Roman Catholicism?
Latter Day Saints, church fathers of the Pentecostal/Charismatic Movement, also confirm their teenagers in a ceremonial rite; laying hands on them, commanding them to “receive the Holy Spirit!” What nonsense! Only Jesus Christ can and does baptize sincere believers with the Holy Spirit at the same moment they are born again through personal faith in, and acceptance of Him as their Lord, Savior, Redeemer, and Blessor!
Reformed churches view this ‘second rite of passage more as a teaching of church catechism and a confession of church faith by those who have already received the ‘rebirth’ through their sprinkling-baptism. However, in both Catholicism and Reformed Protestantism, the rite of confirmation makes their sprinkled children into full church members, who can then participate in ‘holy communion.’ This initiation is so important in their affiliation with their churches that confirmed Catholics even receive new names - just as in paganism! Usually, the confirmed chooses the name of one of their ‘gods,’ (their dead saints,) to whom they pray most frequently.
Neither Catholic nor Protestant ‘confirmation’ is Biblical or Godly! There is not a hint of the initiation rite of teenage confirmation in the whole Bible!’ So, where did they get the ‘sacrament’ of confirmation? Once again: from paganism, of course!
Teenage ‘Confirmation’ is not in the Bible; it comes from Paganism
Pagan initiation rites for teenagers, just as sprinkling-baptism and ritual circumcision, are a worldwide phenomenon. Typical of all pagan religions, (Islam, Judaism, and Catholic/Reformed Christianity as well,) atoning and anointing sacraments and celebrations make teens ‘pass through the fire’ of initiation into adulthood, thus turning them into full members of their religious cultures and secular societies. In Christianity, this means granting them official church membership and the right to ‘holy communion.’
In India, the Hindu ritual of teenage ‘confirmation’ is known as Upanayana or Janeu. This rite, accompanied by the Gayantri mantra, (the ‘blessing’ which the priest chants over the initiate,) declares the teen a Dvija, or ‘twice-born.’ This means that the baby, who was first ‘spiritually regenerated’ through the rite of Hindu sprinkling-baptism, has lost his or her innocence in the sinful world, and as teen, “must be born again to enter the spiritual kingdom once more!” The Christian version of this ‘twice-born’ initiate is that baby-sprinkled teenagers study their church’s catechisms, (which is twisted and therefore a fabricated version of the Bible,) to ‘graduate’ in the ‘second atoning sacrament:’ the rite of confirmation.